Wednesday, September 21, 2011

OOTD: Polka Dots and Tweed

Who hasn't seen polka dots and tweed mentioned as two of the top fall trends? Polka dots are feminine, while tweed is menswear inspired. Do they work together? You bet. I pulled out this shirt I owned since before some of you were born, so it's vintage, alright? The tweed skirt is from Loft last year. Add a pair of gladiator wedges. I feel pulled together even though I have been surviving on only 6 hours of sleep and lots of caffeine. 
Vintage shirt
Loft skirt
Ann Taylor sandals
Banana Republic belt
Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses
Pearls from auction

Sunday, September 18, 2011

OOTD: Lots of Olive, Fur, and Riding Boots

I am LOVING this cooler weather! I had to turn on the heater on Saturday, but the cool crisp air was so refreshing. The sun was shining. A perfect fall day. I was so inspired, and brought out a lot of my favorite fall pieces - LV speedy 25 in a rich brown color, Loft fur collar wool jacket (purchased last season end for a mere $14. Yes, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it.), Ann Taylor Betty riding boots (again, purchased last season end for $30), Gap 1969 ponte five-pocket leggings in Olive (size 00, hemmed) for $24 thanks to Jean's tips. J.Crew olive camp shirt ($20 ish).  So the whole outfit (minus the bag) is under $100. I need to get this kind of deals more often. :)

Update info on the boots: Betty Riding Boot, Style # 182470, brown, orig. price $298.



Did you bring out your fall pieces yet? What is your favorite fall trend?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

OOTD: H&M Mini

If someone took a picture of me yesterday, I bet you can't recognize the person in the picture. I woke up at 3:30am yesterday morning and drove my parents to the airport. Never made it back to sleep. Had to be in meetings all day - thank goodness I could call into all of them from home because I don't think anyone would want to see that face of mine yesterday.  Sleep is the best beauty product. After a good night's sleep, I felt rejuvenated. Even though I still have to work in the weekend, I feel much more up for it than last night. This little pink mini helps me feel pretty and happy.
Eew! What's that dirty garden glove doing over there!

East coasters, temperature is dropping rapidly.  Stay healthy and warm!

Outfit Details:
Loft outlet striped T 
J.Crew wool swing jacket
H&M mini (recent. I'm wearing a size 4. I like my minis to sit lower.)
Ann Taylor belt
Michael Kors Satchel 
Aldo booties
Express cuff 
J.Crew seahorse necklace

Sunday, September 11, 2011

HOW TO STYLE RESPONSE: Vest

This post took me much longer than expected. I almost gave up on it, but decided to follow through. I am so glad I did. It was time worth spending. I had so much fun styling this vest with the suggestion that was given in the request post. I tried to work everyone's suggestions in but after more than 2 hours of photo shoot with Jasmine and 9 outfits later, I decided that it was good enough. So I apologize if your suggestion didn't make it into the outfit today. Let me explain a little bit about this vest. The BR vest is a regular size 0, and is obviously too big and too long for my petite frame. Check Kelly's post to see the before and after alteration pictures of the same vest. I haven't altered this vest yet, so I used a couple of safely pins to pin up the top but didn't try to make it slimmer. So please excuse the bulkiness of the vest in some pictures, and some not so subtle extra fabric sticking out the shoulder. After I finished doing the photo shoot, I realized how versatile a vest can be.  Thank you again for all the suggestions you have given me to help me style this vest. With that said, let's begin.

Jessy created this Polyvore for me. Thank you, Jessy! Here's my version:
Outfit Details: J.Crew ruffle front top, Loft Jeans, MT bag, Ann Taylor platform pumps, Swarovski necklace and bangle.  

My Dressy Ways commented: I love this idea! I wanna play! I see this paired with a bow blouse, print if you have it. A mustard or burgundy color (solid or print) would be perfect. Pair it with dark denim - skinnies or flare legs will work! Lace up booties or heeled loafers, if you have them! Can't wait to see.
This is a little tough. I only have one blow blouse but with ruffles, it's plaid though. Will it work? Let's find out.
 Outfit Details: Gap Plaid Ruffle shirt, Gap legging jeans, Aldo lace up booties, MK watch, LV speedy 25.
What do think? 

Now let's go to Aubrey's suggestions. (She's got 5 for me, haha)
"Tunic-length blouse w/sleeves, preferable in a feminine flowy material. vest, skinny jeans.
 Outfit Details: J.Jill silk blouse, Gap legging jeans, Old Navy wedge booties, LV bag, MK watch.

Another suggestion from Aubrey was to try a sheath dress with vest. I didn't apply the blazer.
Outfit Details: Loft sheath dress, Ann Taylor pumps, Amrita Singh necklace, BR bangle, MK watch, Club Monaco clutch 

And I did try out the "sundress, vest, fedora" combo. :)
 Outfit Details: Gap sundress (hemmed, pre-alteration pictures here), Ann Taylor necklace, Aldo wedge sandals, LV bag, my husband's fedora. :)

Annie and Cee both mention the following look - button-up, black pencil skirt, vest, and pumps. This is one of my favorite looks. 
Outfit Details: Loft shirt, Ann Taylor pencil skirt, Ann Taylor pumps, Chanel m/l flap. 

Here's one with a blazer. I swapped out the black pencil skirt with a beige one since I'm using a black blazer.
Outfit Details: Loft shirt, Loft blazer, Ann Taylor skirt, Ann Taylor pumps, Chanel flap. 

Natalie Tran suggested wearing shorts with it. I swapped out the pencil skirts and added the Express shorts. 
 Last one was done just because I wanted to bring out the green jeans again.
Outfit details: Limited top, Zara jeans, AT pumps, MT bag 

Thank you all again for taking the time to participate. I had a lot of fun putting it together. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know which one is your favorite, and is it worth keeping the vest and pay the alteration fee?

Friday, September 9, 2011

OOTD: Gap Ruffle shirt and JCrew skirt

I'm SO SO GLAD it's Friday! The week has been tough on me. I worked till midnight almost everyday and had very few hours of sleep. I knew I was in trouble when I tried to use my husband's car key to start my car this morning and fought for a long while before I noticed I had the wrong key. I swear this has NEVER happened to me before. 
On the plus side, 2 new stores are having a grand opening near my house this weekend - TJMaxx and Ulta. Oohooo! Urban Decay Naked Palette, anyone? Lorac liquid liner? Oh, and I just learned from Cher's tweet via Cee's post that TJMaxx has lots of stuff from Theory to Gucci to Cole Haan at their Runway section. Definitely checking that out. 

Today's Outfit Details:
Gap ruffled shirt
J.Crew skirt
Ann Taylor perfect pumps
Ann Taylor skinny belt

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

OOTD: H&M Mustard Pants

These pants I mentioned in my previous post is going around rapidly in the petite blogging community and is receiving a lot of love. I didn't know until I did my previous post that Jean was stalking these pants until it was available for sale on Elle.com. If you were a religious H&M fan, you probably would have seen these pants in their fall ads. Since I wouldn't count myself as one (I used to hate their quality), I missed the debut of these beautiful pants. When I saw it in the store though I immediately fell in love. The color is a rich fall golden mustard color. The fit is a regular rise curvy fit. Everything I have now in my wardrobe are low rise, and I have to say the higher rise pants are significantly more comfortable (although some higher rise pants do tend to make you look like a granny). I got these pants in size 2, which fits like a smaller 4. Most people complain about the fit being too generous. I love the way it fits on me. See how it fits on Jean post-dryer-shrinking. See how Kileen style it with color blocking.
Outfit Details:
Loft top and cardigan
Cole Haan sandals
Michael Kors watch
F21 ring
Valentina bag

Sunday, September 4, 2011

OOTD: H&M Deer Patterned Dress

Outfit Details:
H&M Dress (sz 2, $29.95, I switched off the belt. I comes with a string belt)
Aldo sandals (sz 6, old)
Banana Republic factory earrings (old)
Vintage bull horn necklace
Michael Kors watch
Chanel camel m/l flap

This is one of my H&M finds yesterday. Thank you, Annie for sharing your 20% off coupon with me. It brought the price of this dress down to $24, and I think it's amazing. The size 2 fits me snug. I love the pattern of the dress and the short length.  During this trip I also picked up these pants in both navy and mustard color. The cropped length on me is a perfect ankle length. The normal rise makes these pants very comfortable to wear. The size 2 fits me very well, and I love both colors.  Have you tried these pants on? What do you think? Also these pants are only $14.95 each. With this 25% off coupon it's only a tad over $11 in store now. I encourage you to try them on.

Have a fantastic Labor Day!

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