Monday, August 29, 2011

Giraffes and Foxes

Top: Charlotte Russe
Jeans: Gap
Bracelet: Old Navy
Necklace: Kenneth Cole via Macy's
Shoes: Target

When I first bought this giraffe shirt last year, I knew I loved the print, but I hated the boxiness and the unnecessary bottom tier. I had originally planned to only wear it when I could tuck it in. Little did I know that I would come to love this shirt and its boxiness (hides muffin top pretty well!) and the bottom tier that makes it a little more special. The only thing I hate is that every time I see this shirt hanging in my closet, I kick myself for not buying its fox-printed companion at the time, especially because they were on clearance for only $5. WHY DID I NOT BUY IT?!! So mad.

Speaking of regrets, I finally went to watch the final installment of Harry Potter over the weekend (I was lucky it was still playing in theaters) and now I'm so so so so sad that it's all over. Nothing else to look forward to... other than the Hunger Games movie, and the American version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo... and Breaking Dawn? Maybe just a little bit... I haven't decided yet.

Hope you folks on the East Coast stayed safe and dry over the weekend!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Free time

Top: H&M (hand-me-down)
Skirt: Banana Republic Factory Store
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: Hive & Honey Beatriz

I got up in the middle of the night just to write this post. I've been going to bed super early every day this week, and not because I want to (my to-do list is super long and the only free time I have is after my son goes to bed), but bedtime for P has become increasingly difficult. My current tactic is to lie down next to him and pretend I'm asleep. It takes almost half an hour or an hour before he stops rolling around and trying to pry my eyes open, and in that time, the "pretend I'm sleeping" usually results in "not pretending anymore." Today, I woke up at 1:30am to take out my contacts and realized that I should probably write up a post because who knows when I'll have more time to blog again. So dedicated, man.

I was excited to wear my new shoes today. I bought them on Final Sale for $20 on Piperlime last week, but as I went to go link up to the shoes, they raised the price up to $40 for the ivory or grey pair, and $30 for the brown pair, plus the sizes are really limited now. I don't get it. When the prices get slashed down on Final Sale, aren't they supposed to stay down? Another $20 pair that I was debating also got raised back to up $40 as well. I also bought a bracelet from Old Navy in the same order that was on clearance for $9 and now it's back up to $11. WEIRD. Do they always do this? I guess I don't shop online enough to notice.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Yummy dress

Dress: Forever 21
Belt: Nordstrom Rack
Sandals: Madden Girl

I almost passed this dress over when I was at Forever 21 the other day, but the bright yellow sale tag caught my eye (only $12!!) and I decided to try it on without any intention of actually buying it. As soon as I slipped it on in the dressing room, my 2-year old exclaimed "pwitty, mama!"

I mean, come on, if that's not a reason to buy something, I don't know what is.

But as I tried to get dressed yesterday morning, he decided he wanted to eat the dress. I guess "pwitty" and "tastes delicious" mean the same thing.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Healthy eating

Top: Target
Skirt: Banana Republic Factory Store
Shoes: Old Navy
Necklace: Loft

I've been trying to eat more healthy recently, but I don't think I'm doing too well in that regard. Husband and I had a free smoothie coupon from McDonald's the other day, so we were planning to go get our smoothie after dinner (Mexican, kind of the opposite of healthy), but as we were driving there, husband decided that he wanted a vanilla cone instead. Well, if he was getting a cone, then I wanted a Rolo McFlurry (that window advertisement gets me every time I drive by). In the end, neither of us got the free smoothie, which was the reason we went to McDonald's in the first place.

Also, I apologize for the super blurry pictures. I don't know what's up with my camera recently. A lot more photos than usual are turning out blurry, and I didn't notice these were  unfocused until we had already gotten home and it was too late to retake them. And because husband took the photos, I only had like 5 to choose from. I have to work with what I've got.

Day 2 of Kayla's 21 day challenge was "tuck it in" - yeah, it takes me forever and a half to get up my posts. :(

My hair routine (plus HANA Air Premiere dryer review)

I've gotten a few questions on what kinds of stuff I use for my hair, as well as how I curl it. Here are the basics that I use on an average day. Fun fact: I only purchased two out of these 7 items.

  1. I've only tried a handful of hairsprays in my life, but this one so far has the best hold and doesn't weigh down my hair too much. It was a leftover can that my hairstylist doing my hair for my wedding let me keep. I got married in 2007 and I think it's still more than half full.
  2. Teasing/rat tail comb - for when I want to tease my hair a little bit or part in a straight line. I bought this.
  3. Regular comb, courtesy of some random hotel. used mostly on my bangs
  4.  Sanrio brush that I got for my 16th birthday. Yeah, I don't own a real brush, and have never really felt the need to. I use this when I need to put my hair up and want to smooth out the sides.
  5. Hot Tools curling iron. I think it might be a 1 1/4" but I'm not too sure as I didn't buy it. My cousin gave it to me after she moved back to Taiwan in 2001. It still works like a champ, and heats up super hot, which I like.
  6. Corioliss Pro flat iron. My sister was suckered into buying this at a mall kiosk a year or two ago, but let me borrow it so I didn't have to use the Conair flat iron I bought in college for $14.99 that pulls my hair out. I've had hers for a long time now.
  7. TresSemme Heat Protectant Spray - I chose this one because it was the cheapest I could find at Target, and I'm pretty satisfied with how it preps my hair for being styled, as opposed to just plain frying it.
I don't have a hair dryer in there, and that's because I have a really basic Conair hair dryer that I use maybe once a month. I really dislike using it, as it takes forever and I don't like using too many heat tools on my hair if I can help it. I usually just wash my hair at night and let it air dry before I go to bed, or put it up and sleep if it's still damp.

In the mornings, I spritz it with the TresSemme heat protectant spray, and curl small pieces of hair around the curling iron without using the clamp. Two tutorials that use this method that I like are Kyla from Blue Collar Catwalk and Miss Melissa.

Recently though, Misikko sent me the HANA Air Premiere hair dryer to review, which is a super nice and professional hair dryer, and about a million times better than my old Conair. It left my hair super smooth, and it took significantly less time to finish drying my hair.


One thing I loved was that just blow-drying my hair from the top of my head gave me a head full of straight hair, even though I only use my fingers to comb through my hair and not a brush (you've seen how lame my only brush is, it'd probably melt with the heat). With my old blow-dryer, after my hair was dry, it was just wonky and poofy, and I'd still have to straighten or curl it. With the HANA Air Premiere dryer, it dried super straight, and I didn't even need a straightener. It would save me a lot of time if I were to wear my hair straight.

I have pretty thick hair (and used to have a lot, but I think I'm getting old and it's totally thinning out) so with my old dryer, it always took forever to dry my hair. With the HANA dryer, it felt like I got my hair dry in no time.

The only thing I didn't like was how the strong airflow sucked when I was trying to blow-dry my bangs. Even at the lowest level, the airflow was so strong that it was hard to keep my eyes open. haha, yeah I'm weaksauce. Oh, and I had spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to figure out how to turn on the dryer because the buttons are a bit confusing. I totally thought it was broken!

Overall, I really liked the HANA Air Premiere hair dryer. The strong airflow is definitely a plus when it comes to saving time and getting my hair straight and dry, and left my hair feeling really soft, smooth and healthy.

If you're ever in the market for a new ceramic flat iron or professional blow dryer, I urge you to check out Misikko. Great customer service, great product, and a large selection of professional hair tools.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Professional-like

Top: H&M (thrifted)
Skirt: Banana Republic Factory Store
Belt: J.Crew
Shoes: Target Pearce pumps

I love the look of a button down tucked into a pencil skirt paired with a pair of pretty pumps, but seeing that I work in a super casual environment where the majority of people wear jeans and sneakers, wearing such an outfit is a little too professional and fancy. I tried to tone down the fanciness by wearing a casual button-up and a studded belt. Did it work?

I bought these nude pumps back in May after seeing Jean's review of them, but this was my first time ever wearing them, and I've got to say, I'm horrible at wearing pumps. I was walking all wobbly and my feet were hurting by the mid-afternoon and I was tempted to go to my car and change into flats.. but unfortunately that would have required walking.

At 4:52 my boss needed something mailed at the post office 3 blocks away, and asked if I could run there before 5pm, and I think the mere thought of the pain showed in my eyes and he told me he could find someone else to mail it if I was busy. Crisis averted, but now my boss probably thinks I'm lazy. Especially because I happened to be browsing twitter when he approached my desk. Always the worst timing. "Busy? Riiiiiight."

For Day 1 of Kayla's 21 Day challenge, we were supposed to pick one item to remix three times over the next 3 weeks. I'm picking this grey skirt. Boring and safe choice, but hey, I'm kind of remixed out right now.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stealing poses

Top: Banana Republic Factory Store
Skirt: Forever 21 (thrifted)
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Target

Over the weekend, I met up with some of my blog friends (Teal, Emily and Lindsay) for dinner and a quick photo session, which was hilarious as we had three cameras propped on a ledge with the self-timers going off at the same time. A girl who was passing by offered to take the pictures for us, and when we said 'no thanks,' she totally gave us the side eye. LOL

After taking our group self-timer shots, we took a few individual shots, and because I'm clueless when it comes to posing, I took a few lessons from Teal, who was posing just 5 feet away from me (my inspiration here). Then, we all did Lindsay's signature lean-against-the-wall pose which was fun but it was more difficult than it seems to "look natural." Also, I loved how Emily tied all our outfits together with her coral and turquoise combo, and we look so color coordinated. :)

Our reason for getting together was because our beloved Teal is moving back to San Fransisco in a few weeks time, and we'll be one less Seattle blogger. Sad! That's okay though, because as Teal said, we're all just one blog away! :)

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shrunken pants

Top: Banana Republic Outlet
Blazer: Radcliffe (Tiffany's blog sale)
Pants: Express
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Towne and Reese

In college, I had an obsession with the Express Editor pant (as well as the Limited Drew pant, which were pretty much the same thing) and I had snapped up a pair of flared capris that may have been cute back then, but questionable now.

A few summers ago, I had worn these once without my husband seeing them, so he had no idea that I owned a pair of capris, because he only knew of the regular length Editors that I owned which were the exact same color and fabric. He was folding the laundry, and all the sudden, he held these up with a horrified expression on his face. "Um, Kimmie? I'm so sorry... I think I accidentally shrunk your pants." It was hilarious and endearing at the same time, because he was genuinely sorry that he ruined a pair of my favorite pants. I tried to make him feel guilty as long as possible, but I was cracking up way too hard.

Back to the pants, the flare on the capris was horrible and leg-shortening, but I'm glad I didn't throw them out when I should have, because I busted out my sewing machine last month and slimmed the legs down. New skinny pants for free!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Olive and pink

Top: Forever 21
Jeans: Gap
Belt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Target

I first saw these jeans on Sydney, who totally rocked them and I was insanely jealous because they looked awesome on her. But then again, that girl could wear a potato sack and still look cute. NOT FAIR.

Anyway, every time she wore them, I'd want them more and more, until finally, one day, I decided to check the sale rack at Gap, and found her exact pair in my size (maybe? I dunno, because they sure look tight in the mid-section), marked down to $11. I'm not sure they look as good on me as they do on her, but hey, for $11, I'm not complaining.

...or maybe I am, because I wish they were longer. What? My entire life, I've had to hem (or staple when I was in middle school) my jeans, and I've ever never had the problem of jeans being too short, but these were more than an inch off the ground when I wore my other heels, and about half an inch off the ground with these. That would've been fine if they were normal pants, but I just don't like how it looks on flares or wide-legs. Guess I either need some shorter legs or get a pair of shorter heels. I'm guessing I'll go with the new heels :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Good things come to those who wait

Dress: Old Navy
Cardigan: Halogen
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Anirtak

In June, I bought the Old Navy Groupon deal, which was $10 for a $20 voucher, and I thought, "sure why not? I shop at Old Navy all the time!" but man! I went to Old Navy EVERY week in that month and a half trying to find something to use my Groupon on, and I could not find anything for the life of me. Finally, the day before it expired, I went for one last time, and spent way too long trying to figure out what to buy. Ideally, I'd get something on sale or clearance, and something as close to $20 as I could. I did really like this dress, but I'd still have to pay an additional $15 ($20 with tax) on top of the $10 I already spent... um, no thanks.

Finally, my husband told me to "just pick something already so we can go to Target," and I was forced to buy the first thing I saw that was over $20 without trying it on. I was surprised I had never even noticed this dress in all my times of browsing the store, but I really like it!

The dress is a modest length and made with super comfy jersey material, perfect for the delayed summer we're getting. Doesn't look like they have many sizes left on the website, but last I checked, they still have a bunch in the stores. :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

THIRTY.

[Summer 30 for 30: Outfit 30!!!!!!]
Top: Forever 21 (hand-me-down)
Jeggings: Target
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Target

I'm finally done with the 30 for 30. I'm not going to do a recap post because, honestly, I'm just glad to be over with it, and you guys are probably sick of hearing about it anyway. I have all my 30 outfits all over on my 30 for 30 page if you're ever inclined to go see.

A few random things about nothing:

  1. I didn't realize how long my hair was until I straightened it. Looking at these pictures makes me really really want to schedule a haircut, but then I like the length when I curl it, so I'll just keep it long for now... and try to avoid wearing it straight.
  2. My high school 10 year reunion was on Saturday night. It was fun, but it reminded me of how closed off I was. Don't get me wrong, I loved high school, but I was comfortable in my clique, and never branched out because I was too intimidated by the "cool kids." As much as I wish it were different, I guess some things never change.
  3. I feel like I'm starting to finally figure out my personal style and getting better at deciding what kind of clothes I want in my closet. I need to stop focusing on what the latest trends and "must-haves" are, and focus on items that work with my existing wardrobe and lifestyle. Blah blah blah. Point of the story, I returned a bunch of things over the weekend that I bought while on vacation last month, even though they were bought with "bonus vacation budget money" and I don't get to use the refunded money towards new clothes. I realized that I didn't love them enough to keep them, even if they were so-called free. I need to pat myself on the back.
  4. I know i just finished off this challenge, but I plan on participating in Kayla's 21 day challenge... because there's going to be prizes!!!! and also because I like Kayla :) But the good thing about Kayla's challenge is that you just upload your pictures to the Flickr Group, so even though I'll try to participate everyday, I won't necessarily have to blog each outfit. Find out more about the challenge here, and I hope you can join along!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

High school

[Summer 30 for 30: Outfit 29]
Top: Banana Republic (hand-me-down)
Skirt: Karen Kane
Belt: Charlotte Russe
Wedges: Target

I took these pictures at my old high school the other day, except that it's not old anymore. A few years after I graduated, they tore down the entire school and completely rebuilt it. This was my first time seeing the new school up close, and I'm so jealous that it wasn't so cool and fancy when I was there!

It's kind of funny that I just happen to be posting pictures in front of my high school on the day of my 10 year high school reunion. I think we had a graduating class of around 350 kids and only 50 or so are going to the reunion tonight. I looked at the list and I seriously have no idea who half of those people are, and the other half are people whose names I recognize but I don't think I was friends with them (I can't remember, my memory is so fuzzy). Only three or four of my friends are going, all of whom I haven't seen in years, so I'm expecting a whole lot of awkwardness.

But it'll be fun... if I can only decide on an outfit to wear by then.