Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Good Ole Basics

When I don't know what to wear, I turn to basics that are easy to throw on and don't require ironing. Both items are under $15.
Gap Favorite long-sleeve V-neck. XSP. Comes in a few colors and tempted to pick up the coral for spring.
Old Navy Rockstar Tuxedo - Gray. 0S. Use code Save20 for an extra 20% off. Measurements: 27.5" inseam, 26.75 waist, 7" rise, 9.5" leg opening. 
I also ordered the Rockstar in Ankle-Zip Blue Ridge  (27" inseam, 26.75" waist, 7" rise, 10.5" leg opening) and French Grey (28" inseam, 27" waist, 8" rise, 9.5" leg opening). 
I returned the ankle jeans because the inseam was too short to be regular length and too long to be ankle length on me. I also thought the leg opening was also too wide. I wasn't crazy about the French Grey color (too light) in person and the inseam was a tad too long.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pointed Toes + OOTDs

H&M Leopard Sheath Dress. (similar here).
BR Trench. (similar here). I rarely wear this jacket because of the 3/4 sleeves. I realized I have jackets/coats with the same length sleeves and I never wear them either because my arms get cold easily. Note to self, don't buy coats that do not cover my entire arm. If I have time, I might undo the coat and sew on full length sleeves!
BP Pointed Pointy Toe Flat in  Black + in Leopard. Size 5 (sized down 1/2 size). I never wear flats, because my feet are so accustomed to heels. Every time I try on flats, they just don't feel that comfortable except for these! They are so cute and I love the pointed toes too.

Here's also a few OOTD from last week via instagram (for those who don't follow me or have IG).
BR V-Neck Peplum Sweater. XSP. | Loft Pants (similar) | F21 Earrings (similar)
 F21 Jumpsuit (similar + similar in petite) | HM Jacket (similar) | F21 Necklace (similar) | Prada Havana Sunglasses (similar)
 Asos Dress (similar) | Henri Bendel bracelet | MAC - Up the Amp Lipstick

Monday, January 20, 2014

Little Red Bag

B&W Stripe Dress (DIY). Similar here.
F21 Pleather Jacket. Similar here (come in a few colors too).
Vince Camuto Amber Peep-Toe Bootie. Similar here (on sale!)
Kate Spade Crossbody. Similar here. See Elle in the white version.

There were so many sales and deals during this holiday weekend! I took advantage and stocked on the Old Navy Rockstar jeans in Ankle-Zip Blue Ridge, Tuxedo-Gray and French Grey.

Friday, January 17, 2014

It's Workout Time!

I've taken a break from working out for a few months and it's time for me to come out of hibernation! I haven't put on any lbs. from holiday eating and have remained the same weight, but I can definitely tell that the little muscles I did have turned into fat. Ewww...I know and I feel totally flabby.

Every year I buy myself one set of new workout clothes as a motivator to start going to the gym again. Two years ago, I went colorful and bought Zobha leggings, bra and tanks. They are currently having a sale, so it's a good time to pick up a few items if you're interested in trying their yoga clothes. When I made my purchase their smallest size was a 2 (for pants), but now they are carrying size 00. I haven't tried their 00 so I can't really say how their new sizes compare. What I do love about the brand is that they carry a variety of colors in their leggings. The con about about wearing light color pants (I have the light purple-ish color) is that your sweat will show through. I’m a total sweater and would say I sweat more than most men, so the light color pants didn’t work for me even though I do love the look.

Last year, I decided to try Lululemon Wunder under pants and their padded sports bra and tanks. From what I can remember, they didn't have that many color selection so ended up getting the black Wunder unders. What's great about Lululemon is that they will shorten the length of the pants to fit your inseam at no cost (done at store and I believe the pants have to be regular price). What I didn't like about their tops was that the material felt like swimming suit fabric, but they did offer nice support and padding (for no show through headlights).

This year, I'm interested in trying a new brand called Sweaty Betty (how cute is their name!?). They have super cute yoga pants, yoga clothes and sports bras! Their sizing seem to run small according to their chart, but I haven't tried their stuff in person since they only have boutiques in New York. If anyone is familiar with this brand, I'd would love to hear your thoughts on their quality and sizing.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Faux Wrap Peplum Top

Every time I wear these pants, I think geez, I've had these since end of (maybe?) high school or beginning of college. Either way, it's been forever and I can't believe they have held up so well after many years of washes/drying. What's more surprising is that they are from Urban Outfitters and no alterations were needed. What I love about trouser pants like these is that they conceal my heels and give the illusion that I'm taller than I actually am. 
I found this fun coral print at the fabric store and thought it would be a nice pop of color paired with neutral pants or blazer. I was going to make a dress, but ended up not doing that since the print is so loud and thought it would be best to keep it minimal.
Faux Wrap Peplum Top (DIY).
Aritizia Blazer. similar here + here - both under $45
UO Trousers. similar here - available in petite sizes
Ann Taylor Pearl Necklace. (similar)
Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps. similar (under$40) + similar (from AT in the round toe version)
MAC - lady bug lipstick. I'm in love with this color and wear it all the time.

Monday, January 13, 2014


H&M (Divided) Blazer. Size 4. (similar here).  See Jean wear last year's version. I tried on the size 2 and thought it was too fitted to layer. The 4 wears loosely and fits a sweater comfortably.
BR Peplum Sweater. Size XSP. I picked this up during a winter sale for only $26! It was such an awesome deal that I had to pick up another in the gray color too. 
F21 Pleather Skirt. (similar here, here & here)
F21 Bag. Gifted to me by my friend Steph!
Carlos Santana Pumps. (similar here)