Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dress to, well, Impress!

Today is a "I'm dressed for a conference" type of a day. I wanted to pull out some dresses in hopes of picking up the Thursday mood! Just today and one more day to go. I tell myself "You can pull it together today, you can do it." Do you sometimes find yourself telling yourself that?

Here's something I found on lovely Pinterest that is sure motivation:


Oh also, I am on day 2 of eating vegetarian for a week and I give mad props to those who have dedicated their lives to being a vegetarian. It is sure not easy when you are a newbie trying to be creative in your meal options. Yesterday I had Asian ramen with vegetable sushi for lunch. Dinner was mushroom and spanish tortellini. 

Anyone know of any great vegetarian meal options? Please let me know!




blazer//H&M
dress//ASOS
heels//Forever 21
clutch//H&M
jewelry//Forever 21

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blue Skulls & Studs

How many of us are really keeping up with our 2013 resolutions? 

For me, it isn't because I would not like to keep up with my resolution but I have a harder time remembering to do it (there's prob an app to help you remember). One of mine being: do something new everyday that you've never done. 

But I do remember once in a while (=P) and last night my mom has suggested being vegetarian for a week. It has never crossed my mind to be a vegetarian full on but I will definitely try my best to be one for a week. Wish me luck!

Today I'm sporting one of my favorite pair of heels. I love these because my heels come out of my pumps when I walk and these heels have a strap across like Mary Jane pumps. They make me feel a bit safer despite the height of them! Haha.




jacket//Bebe
pants//local boutique
top//Charlotte Russe
heels//Cathy Jean
bag//Forever 21
necklace//Forever 21
watch//Christian Dior
scarf//local boutique

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hot & Cold

The weather has been playing wonderful tricks on me lately. It was 80 degrees last week but this week has dropped to mid 50's. I'm nearly confused pulling my sweaters and maxi dresses out at differently days. Today I paired cream hues together to match with my comfy booties. One upside to the cold is that I get to pull out my long coat which has bows on the faux pocket flaps. Love!

This look is keeping me real cozy right now and I'm ready to step out outside!

What is your favorite item for the cold?




coat//local boutique
booties//Charlotte Russe
jeans/Macy's
sweater//Forever 21
purse//Calvin Klein
necklace//handmade

Thursday, January 24, 2013

My first haul post

When you are trying to distract yourself from something on your mind, shopping can be a good outlet. But a very dangerous one. I mean really dangerous, unless...you find an unbelievably awesome deal! In one of my previous posts I mentioned that Forever 21 was having a 50% sale on top of their already on sale items. I am somewhat proud of myself to say that I didn't totally go crazy (haha). 

Here's what I got and the total I got everything for. I know I can't believe it myself either! 

-I purchased this sequin sweater in black and have been dying for a sequin sweater so was practically floored when I got it for less than $6!


-The black flats actually were in available in cream with a black bow.


-For some reason I thought the strip in between were a shiny patent gold but it is actually a matte cream color. I might perform a DIY on these to make the cream strip black. I just couldn't resist them for only $7.99! Also, a little minor detail I liked about these shoes were that they came in a neon pink box.



-Been also coveting leopard flats and these had pretty good reviews so score. Come on - $3.49! For two pairs of flats that are less than $7.00 combined, I'll just skip a fancy lunch for a day! (That sounds like an issue doesn't it??)



-The rhinestone necklace was available in black so I went straight for that one. It is a lot daintier than I expected but still cool.


Did you gals purchase any great deals lately? A lot of stores were trying to get rid of last year's Fall/Winter inventory to get ready for 2013 Spring/Summer inventory so there probably were a lot of deals!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A better day of pastels



 Top//local boutique
jeans//H&M
bag//local boutique
heels//Jessica Simpson
triangle necklace//Forever 21
long necklace//Lauren Conrad
bracelets//Forever 21

It's been a little tough to get back into the swing of things. I almost even booked an abrupt trip to Paris due to my family's wishes but that fell through. I've never been to Paris and never thought my first trip there would be this kind of experience if it were to happen.

Thank you again for everyone's kind words. My family and I will make it through!

In keeping up with getting back into the swing of things...I attempted to brighten my day up a bit with bright colors - pastels! I love the color mint green and coral so this is outfit is secretly wishing for the spring days to arrive sooner.

What colors do you gals love for the upcoming spring?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

a long night...

It was a long night dealing with the aftermath of the sudden death of a family member so please excuse me because I rolled out of bed and threw on what as closest to me! I wanted to feel comfortable and cozy today so I threw on my go to big sweater...

My mind probably has wandered off for a bit but it'll back in a day or two. 

Thank you so much for everyone's support and kind words.




top//local boutique
sweater//local boutique
jeans//Macy's
necklace//Forever 21
clutch//Forever 21
flats//Macy's
watch//Kenneth Cole

Monday, January 21, 2013

R.I.P.

Today's post is dedicated to my grandmother. 

My grandmother and half of my immediate family live in France so I have only seen my grandmother a handful of times in my life. It is extremely sad to say that I am not close to her as I could be because of the distance. 

From what I can recollect though is that she was a healthy person, unfortunately tragedy met her the night before. It will take a me a long time to forgive and forget those who contributed to her death. But I can not and will not dwell on that as she has passed onto a different journey without us.

She will always remain in our hearts... rest in peace grandmother.

Thank you.



Friday, January 18, 2013

Pearls, Studs, & The Ellen Show

Last night I had the privilege of being in the audience for The Ellen Degeneres show. It was so much fun! She was super sweet, funny, and absolutely adorable. I can't believe her show is in its 10th season. Of course she had a lot of her audience dancing all throughout the show!




Outfit of the day to sport my new fav piece I made - strands of pearls and rhinestones. I appreciate how the pearls give a small gentle touch to the amount of studs on my jacket... also gave the black and white a pop of red! 

Have a great weekend everyone!







jacket//local boutique
sheer top//H&M
necklace//handmade
jeans//Kohl's
heels//local boutique
clutch//Express

Last but not least, I joined the link-up hosted by Peace, Love, Sequins and Messy Dirty Hair. Theme is Fearless Fashion Fridays! Would love to meet more bloggers who join this link-up (click on the button below)!

 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What I'm wearing to the awards



I'm just kidding. I'm just honored to be nominated for the Liebster award. The below picture is an old picture of what I wore when I participated in my friend's costume fashion show. He loves designing ball gowns so he designed every single piece I was wearing (including the mask) and did my hair and make up!



Today's post is dedicated to the Liebster award - an award that is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers! From what I've read, Liebster means "sweetness" in German. And I'm so honored to be nominated by CatherineBelle's blog! Definitely check her out when you get a chance:

                                                     http://catherinebelle.blogspot.com/

All you have to do is:
  • Say 11 things about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger asked you
  • Ask 11 questions to the bloggers you will nominate
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers
  • Make sure you notify the bloggers you nominate

So here are 11 things about myself:

1) I have 12 first cousins from my mom's side (9 of them are females!)
2) I was in a singing competition before (does not mean I'm any good though! haha)
3) I can speak 4 languages (including English)
4) I've known my bf for over 20 years (known each other since we were about 4)
5) half of my family currently resides in Paris, France
6) I've had probably more past jobs than anyone that's my age
7) I never work out, but sprained my knee on my second time (trust me I've stopped)
8) I LOVE I Love Lucy
9) I watch waay too much of Say Yes to the Dress
10) I went to a foreign school for 10 years to learn all the languages I speak
11) I just finished reading Twilight (the first book haha)

Questions from CatherineBelle:

1) Where would you travel if you could go anywhere right now?
I would go to Japan

2) What is your favorite quote?
"No guts, no glory"

3) What is your dream job?
To be my own boss.

4) Who is your favorite actor?
I love Johnny Depp.

5) What is your guilty pleasure?
my guilty pleasure is reading the 50 Shade of Grey trilogy

6) If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?
Kate Middleton

7) What is your favorite song?
Pixie Lott - Cry Me Out

8) Do you have any pets?
Yes I have a dog.

9) What is your favorite fashion item from your closet?
My khaki cargo jacket with fur lining.

10) What beauty product can you not live without?
my black gel liner!

11) What is your favorite season?
Spring - so many outfits to be created!

Questions for my Nominees:

1) Where would you travel if you could go anywhere right now?
2) What is your favorite quote?
3) What is your dream job?
4) Who is your favorite actor?
5) What is your guilty pleasure?
6) If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?
7) What is your favorite song?
8) Do you have any pets?
9) What is your favorite fashion item from your closet?
10) What beauty product can you not live without?
11) What is your favorite season?

My lovely Nominees:
 
...and just for kicks I nominate back CatherineBelle!

I would love to visit any other bloggers that I have not checked out, so please leave me a comment!

Thank you again to Catherine for this opportunity. This means so much to me to be able to share this with everyone.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Do any other bloggers feel this way?

I get giggly happy when another blogger responds to my comments. Does anyone else (reader or blogger) feel this way? At that moment, even for a short while, I have this tiny connection with someone else out there. It feels good to have a connection and to meet people. It's a source of great motivation. And surprisingly in this short amount of time, I have met quite a few amazing women. 

Thank you blog-osphere!

On with today's program... I believe it's colder in my home than it is outside so with the temp no longer hovering around the 30's, I attempted another skirt. This time my high-low skirt I purchased from the outlets for only $10! This was quite a while ago so I don't believe it's currently for sale still (sorry ladies!). 

Another item I snagged for a good deal? My necklace from H&M was only $3.00! Yes a whopping $3.00. Oh, another thing I get giggly happy about is when I find what I'm coveting for a serious deal. =)

Have you gals snagged any good deals lately?

Oh, also I just joined StyleElixir's Link-up so definitely check out all the wonderful bloggers who joined!

 






jacket//local boutique
sweater//Forever 21
skirt&belt//Charlotte Russe
heels//Jessica Simpson
necklace//H&M
bag//Liz Claiborne
bracelets&bangles//Forever 21

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What I'm Coveting

I have a bad habit...I'm always coveting something. It's almost like my closet is never ending of things I want to fill it with. It wouldn't be that big of a deal unless you have a small closet! In which I do...sigh. So I virtually covet things, I search and pull images of pieces I love and I thank the blog-osphere that I can share them with someone right at that moment. 

What am I currently coveting? Sequin skirts! Dress them up or down - it can give you the extra "pow" in your outfit. In my previous posts, I was coveting sequin sweaters and sequin clutches, maybe I have a thing for sequins at the moment?? I wonder how long this love affair will last...

Do you gals have a sequin piece you're coveting or own that you absolutely love? Let me know to join me in this affair! I thought the pieces below were worth sharing!

Oh, by the way, Forever 21 has a sale on top of their sale items - extra 50% off all sale items with code: EXTRA50. Woot!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Spruce up your Monday!

Rather than being a Debbie Downer because it's a Monday, I'm sprucing things up today with hot pink and cheetah. Woke up to a shocking 36 degrees so bear with me if you can feel me shivering in the pictures. After this quick photoshoot, I decided to throw on a pair of black leggings. Unfortunately I was on a dash so didn't get a chance to take the picture with leggings. boo.

What do you guys think? Would you wear this outfit with or without leggings?





Ugh! Tried a new way to take pictures and it didn't work!





faux leather jacket//Bebe
skirt//Forever 21
booties//local boutique
white blouse//Candie's
necklace//handmade
clutch//H&M

Friday, January 11, 2013

Paint the town red...

Yesterday was an extremely windy day where I buried myself in scarves (yes two scarves) and a coat and I was still cold! =/ Okay maybe I'm over exaggerating because I realize I'm complaining about the 50 deg temp here where there are blizzards in other parts of the world!

The sun was out this morning and barely any wind. It was a nice start for a Fri Fri Friday!

Tonight I'm headed out to a networking event with my friend but isn't it sort of ironic to go to a networking event with a friend? Well, she asked me to accompany her so I guess I'm going to paint Downtown red! J/k...

Also, I've just met some lovely bloggers through a super fun link up! Check out the link up through The Tiny Heart's blog here: http://thetinyheart.blogspot.com/2013/01/look-what-i-got-link-up-knit-scarf.html






In the above accessories pic, I stood in the direct sunset (thought it was cool how it seemed like I was at the beach).  

collar top (detachable by the way!)//Forever 21
pants//local boutique
heels//Express
necklace//Express
pearl bracelet//Forever 21
clear bracelet//Banana Republic
bag//Forever 21

Thursday, January 10, 2013

SATC & Sequins

Y'all know when I'm talking about! Sequin handbags and clutches. I fell in love when I first laid eyes on Carrie's purple sequin Fendi handbag. LOVE at first sight. That was more than 6 years ago.



Today I'm still wanting one but never got around to getting one or maybe I just haven't found one that has been comparable maybe? 

I must get one! I'll more than likely pick up the one in gold below. What do you gals think? I mean about Carrie's Fendi one or even the ones below?

Oh, btw, I grab all of these from Polyvore. Super fun site for shopping and putting any outfit ideas together. Try the site out!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Skulls & Sweaters

Trying to keep it warm today (been a dreary day). 

I truly believe fashion is always recycled and renewed. For example, I was watching a foreign tv show and saw one of the characters wearing a skull scarf. I thought, interesting, never seen a skull scarf. That was 2.5 years ago. 

Fast forward today? The skull scarf is so in! How did the stylist know? Well, maybe it was started in that way... who knows but luckily it did!




sweater - H&M
tank top - Abercrombie & Fitch
Jeans - Lucky
Boots - Forever 21
Bag - Forever 21
Jewelry - local boutique
Watch - Kenneth Cole