Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Colorful

I'm not usually one to wear head-to-toe colors (I tend to favor mixing colors with neutrals), but the print on this shirt just matched so well with my pink pants and mint flats that I couldn't help it.

Okay, so just a confession, over the past few months I've featured a handful of things from those Asian street wear online stores such as Choies, Chicnova and Oasap, and most of the time, the quality is crap and the sizing is all wonky. Most of the items I've worn just once for the blog (the companies require a post), and then it gets donated or thrown to the back of my closet, though there are a few things I've worn a few times (like the teal blazer I wore in my previous post). I'm just too much of a sucker for OMG FREE STUFF that it's hard for me to turn down their offers of free clothes, and I know that's terrible. Sorry, readers, for featuring stuff I don't fully endorse, but I imagine none of you are rushing out to buy any of the stuff I wear anyway, especially stuff from these stores.

Last month I had a few credits that I was itching to use up, so I was browsing Choie's selection and I was just desperate for something wearable. If you've ever browsed their sites, their stuff is just a whole lot of WTF WHY WOULD YOU MAKE A SHIRT LIKE THAT kind of clothes, so I had narrowed my choices down to a few decent shirts but none of them were anything that I loved. I even asked my husband pick the least ugly shirt out of the lot, but he said they were all pretty terrible. I ended up picking this shirt, thinking that I'd just have to wear it for one post and be done with it, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I actually liked it. It's not something I normally would've picked out at the store, but I am loving the colorful pattern and the high-low chiffon hem. I even like the slight puff sleeves. The quality is okay, but I am looking forward to wearing this top this summer over shorts, if it holds up 'til then.

I guess there's not really a point to my story, other than, sometimes I like crappy clothes more than I should and you never know until you try it on, but... we'll just stop here. Hope you guys had a good weekend!

Shirt: c/o Choies / Pants: J Brand via ThredUP / Flats: Calvin Klein

Note: It sounds like I'm dissing the website in the post (and I am) and you probably think it's not wise of me to burn bridges because they'll probably not want to work with me anymore, but I don't need any more sub par (but free) stuff in my closet, so it's okay.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mint stripes

I started the day off with perfectly curled hair, but by the end of the day (when these pictures were taken), my hair was just a mess from the wind and the rain. So much rain! And probably not the smartest idea to take pictures by the water, so I'm very thankful that my camera didn't get drenched in the rain and my tripod didn't topple over into the lake.

To be honest, these aren't the shoes that I wore all day to work. I had originally thought to channel my inner Syndey (from the Daybook) and wear my Chucks that I haven't worn in 6 years, but mine are high top and they looked a bit strange with these jeans. I know some people have done it and have looked awesome, but on me, it just looked like my legs were extra stumpy and short. I cringed every time I went to the bathroom and saw myself in the full length mirror, so when I got to my car after work, I quickly changed into my backup flats.

In a perfect world, I'd wear white flats to be matchy matchy with the white chain on my necklace and the white stripes in the shirt, but since I don't have white flats, I can only dream. I was originally going to find a few pairs of white flats that I like, but then I came across this pair below and my search ended. THESE ARE PERFECTION IN A SHOE. Like, seriously. Aren't they amazing???????

My hands are very, very, very close to grabbing my wallet and placing an order immediately.

Outfit details: Shirt: Target (recent! check in stores) / Jacket: Target / Jeans: secondhand BDG via ThredUP / Flats: Target / Necklace: H&M

Monday, April 14, 2014

Colored blazers

I don't think these boots were the right choice with this outfit, but my toes are still in their winter hibernation stage and not sandal-ready yet. I almost wore some pumps, but I already had socks on that morning and they were feeling so nice and cozy that I didn't want to take them off. I <3 SOCKS.

I think I want a blazer in every single color. I already have an embarrassing number of cardigans in different colors, but now I'm kind of obsessed with fun-colored blazers. And right now there are just so many pretty spring-y colored blazers that I want so bad! But no, I will have to resist for now. :(



Blazer: c/o Chicnova (old) / Shirt: eBay / Jeans: Hudson / Boots: Target

Friday, April 11, 2014

What I wish I was buying



It's been ages since I've been on a proper vacation. Yeah, I guess we went on "vacation" to my cousin's wedding three years ago, but traveling with a two-year-old should NOT count as vacation because I find traveling with kids to be a lot of work and not at all my kind of "fun" or "relaxing." So I guess that means the last time I stayed anywhere that is not-home was before I even had kids... and P will be 5 next month, so it's been awhile.

Anyway, since we're long overdue for a tropical getaway (am I a horrible mom if I say I'd want it sans kids, because kids are stressful?), I've been planning in my head what I'd bring, and I picture florals and stripes and all the pretty things found in the Joules Vacation Shop.

Maybe we'll plan something next year, after the little one drops her afternoon nap, but for now, it's just wishful thinking. How do other families make vacationing with kids look so easy? I'll never know. But at least I know what I'd wear if I did.

Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Joules. Thanks for supporting my blog!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lightening up

I had been looking for a white blazer for a loooong time (I pretty much say that about everything), and a few years back when we went on vacation, my husband and I made the decision to have all our vacation clothing purchases be budget-exempt, so I bought this blazer. I thought I loved it at the time, but then after coming home, decided that it wasn't really what I was looking for (I didn't quite like the square-ish shape, sateen material, or double back vents). But if I returned it, I'd get nothing back into my budget since it was a vacation purchase, so I decided to keep it just because I was greedy.

I've only worn it a handful of times in the last three years, and yet I've still been itching to buy a more casual white blazer (in maybe a ponte material, with a single back vent). I've told myself though, that I need to wear this one more just to prove that my closet needs two separate white blazers, so I've been trying to wear this more frequently. So far, I love that it instantly lightens up an outfit, and it feels so springy and perfect for those in-between weather days where it's not quite warm but not quite cold either. 

I still haven't found the perfect replacement blazer yet, but here are a few cute options if you are looking for a white blazer:



Tee: Gap Outlet / Blazer: Banana Republic (this year's version) / Jeans: AG / Boots: Target / Necklace: Target