Monday, March 26, 2012

All the Baby Soft Colors and Lace

Sage, green, pink, blue, silver, gray, khaki. I think I managed to put all these pretty subdued colors together and made it work. The J.Crew long sleeve crochet lace-front tee was a new purchase that I happen to love. I got a size xxs and it fit very snug. Petite ladies, this is a great top if J.Crew ever runs the 30% off sale again.  The sage color was on sale for $28, and it seems to have sold out online. Update: the top is on sale now for $24.99
Outfit Details:
J.Crew Crochet Lace-front Tee (buy different colors here)
J.Crew skinny belt (buy similar here)
Loft Skirt (old)
H&M jacket
Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps (buy here)
Triple-Strand Pink Pearl (from Hautelook, invite here)
Stella McCartney Falabella Flap Shoulder Bag (buy here)

We are having a hard freeze tonight (22 degrees, they said), after a full week of summer-like weather. In order to save our pretty daffodils from freezing over, I decided to bring them in, like so.
Hope you all have a great week. 
New England friends, stay warm!

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Week In Outfits & an A-Ha Use For Lint Roller

Happy Friday everyone!!! I hope my east coaster friends are enjoying the unseasonal warm weather this week. I surely did. I took the Friday afternoon off to take care of my trusty Odyssey - her tires are wearing off and she needed 4 new tires. After $478 swiped off my credit card, she came out happy and new again. For some reason, this reminded me of how expensive handbags are. $478 can get you half of a bag if you are lucky, and for some bags, this pays 10% down payment. And you all know what brand I'm talking about. :) During the one hour wait for my car to come out, I enjoyed a nice stroll in the parking lot of the BJ's shopping center, finding my jacket over a summer dress too warm for a March day.

Here are some work outfits for your enjoyment.
 Outfit 1:Banana Republic tweed jacket (old)
Banana Republic pleated buckle skirt (old)
Ann Taylor pumps

Outfit 2:
Loft shell (old)
Gap jeggings
Urban Outfitter jacket (old)
Michael Kors watch
Talbots shoes

 Outfit 3:
Ann Taylor blouse
Ann Taylor pencil skirt with zipped pockets
Ann Taylor belts
Alex Woo necklace
Bandolino Captoe pumps (recent, from Marshal's $30, very comfortable)

Outfit 4:
Ann Taylor dress (recent, on clearance for $10, LOVE!)
(Update: On sale online for $49.88, 40% off with code ENTIRE here)
Ann Taylor neon skinny belt
Ann Taylor pumps
Swarovski flower necklace
Loft ponte jacket

 Outfit 5:
Loft Vintage Stripe Shift Dress (buy here)
Ann Taylor belt
Cole Haan Sandals

Outfit 6:
Ann Taylor Crossing path dress 
Ann Taylor belt
Ann Taylor sandals
H&M faux leather jacket

I hope I haven't bored you too much yet with outfits after outfits. Here's the exciting part of this post - well, at least for me it is. This morning I went through my morning routine as usual. When I was ready to put my makeup on, I noticed how filthy my Urban Decay Naked Eye shadow box was. Well, it was dirty for a while, but I couldn't clean it because the box was covered with a felt-like material. The more you wipe it the dirtier it gets. The dust just gets smudged in. But this morning, I knew exactly what to do. I took out my lint roller and rolled it across the top of the box. The result was phenomenal. One roll, it went from filthy to clean. I was so excited that I couldn't wait to share this to you all. This method can be used to clean anything with felt like surface, for example, some jewelry boxes.  Yes, this morning I had a "I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express" moment. Hope you find this trick useful.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Missoni for Target Short Sleeve Dress

I don't know why it took so long for me to post this, because I actually like this dress even more than the sleeveless one that I have already posted twice here and here. The color is vivid, the pattern so beautiful, and it's a comfortable dress to wear with or without tights, belted or not belted.
Missoni for Target Short Sleeve Dress (XS)
H&M Blazer
Ann Taylor belt
Michael Kors watch
Loft necklace
Tahari flats (last worn here)
Marco Tagliaferri bag

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Orangy Red and Faux Leather

I think this is one of the few cases when I wear a piece of clothing I buy the very next day. I just couldn't wait. I scored this bright silky blouse from Ann Taylor yesterday for $9.88 (orig. $98) when I made a quick stop to the store to return a few items that didn't work out. The picture doesn't show it but there is a subtle pebbly pattern on the shirt and it's very pretty and unique.  I see it very easy to style - it goes with black skinnies, pencil skirts, mini skirts, and in the summer, white shorts with a skinny belt - endless possibilities.  For those who wonder, I am wearing a size 2P (I'm usually a 00P for AT tops.) It works fairly well as a casual flowy blouse, as opposed to a more fitted formal look that I think this blouse was meant to be. I put it against my H&M camp shirt in size 2, and they are almost exactly the same on should width and armpit to armpit width, but this shirt is shorter in length.
Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor blouse 
Express faux leather leggings
Ann Taylor platform pumps
H&M jacket
Loft necklace
Chanel M/L flap

Have a great week - only 2 days to go to the weekend!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Snakeskin, Stripes, and Paraty

Ladies and gentlemen, here I present to you my lovely Paraty by Chloe. I toted her around on Sunday afternoon shopping. The weather was so warm, that I didn't need a coat for a change. We are also embracing a whole week of 60s while poor husband traveled to the bay area just in time for a whole week of cold and soaky rain. 
Outfit Details:
Loft striped T (old)
Zara jacket
Gap jean leggings (old)
Loft snakeskin/stripe scarf (New this spring, in store only)
Chloe Medium Paraty bag in wood
Target boots

On a separate note, I just realized that DVF for Gap preview for cardholders is on today.  The collection will be available to general public on March 15th.  The link I used is this. I don't know it'll work for everyone. Please let me know if you try it out. 

I got my daughter this cute dress:

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Week in Outfits & Nordstrom complaints

Hi, everyone. I hope you have had a great week and having fun plans for the weekend. My week flew by just like that (*imagine quick hand movement*) and I'm looking forward to some real relaxation and sleep. Since the busy me didn't have much time to go shopping, I had to de-stress with online purchases. Not all of them worked out, but I have some real nice pieces that I am keeping. Hope to be able to share with all of you soon. As some of you might already know (my twitter friends), I have had some real trouble with Nordstrom online shopping last week. I ordered 4 pairs of shoes - 3 pairs of AGL flats (1 style in two sizes, and another style in 1 size), and 1 pair of Via Spiga boots. Only the boots shipped, and the other 3 pairs of flats (placed in two separate orders in 2 different days) all got cancelled.  I chatted with them online, and all they could tell me was that the inventory was no longer available. I was able to put the flats in the shopping carts and checked out with my credit card with no issue. How on earth could they be not available if I was able to do that? Real inventory not matching the online inventory I suppose. Folks working on IT would be able to tell me how hard it is to have a system that truly tracks the inventory. Being an engineer, I somehow do not think it's that hard. Target is able to do it, Gap/ON/BR is able to do it, even Ann Tayor/Loft whose online website crashes so often that I sometimes wonder if their IT team is simply incompetent has NEVER canceled my order before. Then I remembered that people complained about Barney's online system before. This is making me think that high end retail stores just don't give a crap on their online services, before the majority of their clientele (*rich people*?) do not use them? When I tweeted about my Nordstrom order cancellations on twitter a few other twitter friends joined in and complained about their orders being cancelled as well. One of them said Nordstrom explained to her that if somebody chooses 2-day shipping, priority goes to that person. Aha, too bad for those who wants to save some money and chose their "free standard shipping"! This sickens me, seriously!  Sorry for the Saturday morning venting. I need to do that to get it off my chest. I do not like retailers discriminate!!! Thanks for listening. 

Now onto my weekly outfit post.

Outfit 1:
J.Jill outlet tunic (xxsp old, found in my closet and still love)
Old Navy Rock Star jeggings (size 0)
Via Spiga boots (sz 6)
Loft belt (xs, love how small it fits, recent purchase on clearance $6)
Banana Republic factory scarf

 Outfit 2: 
F21 blouse
Calvin Klein vest
Loft striped blazer
Gap corduroy leggings (00R)
Aldo booties 
Ann Taylor necklace

Outfit 3:
Ann Taylor silk blouse (00P, old)
J.Crew flair skirt in double-serge wool (00P, runs tiny, buy here)
Loft necklace
Cole Haan leopard print booties
Michael Kors watch
the Limited bangle

 Outfit 4:
Abercrombie Kids gingham shirt (girls, size XL)
Loft sweater (gifted by Annie)
Loft Straight fit Jeans
Miu Miu pumps
pearl necklace from HauteLook

Outfit 5:
J.Crew top (old)
Ann Taylor leopard print cardigan
Loft chambray skirt (00P)
Ann Taylor pumps
Ann Taylor belt
Swarovski necklace
Alex Woo necklace

Outfit 6:
Loft long sleeve ruffle front pullover (old)
Old Navy Rock Star jeggings in color Ruby (0 short, here)
What comes around go around fur vest
Ann Taylor pumps
F21 ring 

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Review: Target Mossimo Juniors Skinny Colored Denim + Jason Wu skirt

Colored denim or colored pants are so in this season that it's hard not to notice all the bright neon colors that are popping up everywhere.  My personal take on it is that it'll come and go in one or two season, and the next rotation will be anther 7-10 years. In other words, it's not a fashion trend that will stay here forever. However I very much adore the bright happy colors that will instantaneously lift up my spirit. My only rule to purchasing trendy items is to spend a little as I can. Even though the items don't have to last a long time, I do make sure that I don't sacrifice comfort due to cheap materials. With that said, Target's Mossimo Juniors Skinny Colored Denims are worth mentioning. I tried a couple of pairs on in store, and decided to take 3 pairs home to think about. Note that Target online has 10 colors to choose from, much more than the store has to offer. However, I have to warn you that not every color is made up of the same material. Example: white denim is thicker and has more cotton, less polyester, than the colored ones.

1. Blue - The real color is much more saturated and bright than the pictures. In some lighting, it almost looks teal.

2. Lemon color - Very pretty yellow. As pants I'm not sure if I like it that much.
 3. Pink (reddish) -My favorite of the 3. Bright pinkish red color.
Which color do you prefer? 

MATERIAL:

  • 64% cotton, 33% polyester, 3% spandex

PROS:
  • Bright colors.
  • Very decent fit. I was wearing the smallest size they carry - size 1. If you are smaller than me, I suggest that you try them on still. The fabric is very stretchy, and may work for you as well. The yellow and blue ones do feel a little tight on the waist.
  • Reasonable price. For $22.99, these pants are fairly cheap. Targets runs 20% off sales online all the time.  I might consider buying them online if I do spot one. 
  • Stretchy material. Comfortable.

CONS:
  • Very low rise. It doesn't bother me that much, but might do for some.
  • 32 inch inseam - needs hemming for most. The material is relatively thin so it should not be hard to do a DIY.

On a different note, while I was in Target going through clearance section, I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted this Jason Wu for Target skirt in size 4. I bought it for my sister and couldn't resist the temptation to try it on. The waist for a size 4 is smaller than I thought - only 13.5 inches across. I might even fit in a size 2 without any alteration! Did I mention that I love this skirt? (retails $29.99).


Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Week in Outfits & Igloo Maker

The week I present to you 2 work outfits, 1 work-from-home (wfh) outfit, and a weekend outfit. They don't differ significantly, but I tend to wear my oversized items at home, and more fitted clothing in the office. It's totally my preference, and all 4 outfits would be deemed ok to wear in my casual work environment. Last week, we finally got a day of decent snow.  So kids enjoyed a day off from school and used their igloo maker they got from their aunt for Christmas and made a fort.  I enjoyed a day of working from home wearing slippers and an oversized sweater.
 Outfit 1: (office outfit)
J.Crew honeycomb sweater in mint (xxs)
Loft cargo pants in olive (00P)
Leopard print booties from Cole Haan (sz 6)
Vintage pendants from ebay

Outfit 2: (office outfit)
Loft water painting shell (xxsp)
Ann Taylor merino wool cardigan in black (00P)
Ann Taylor pumps (sz 6)
Alex Woo necklace
 Outfit 3: (WFH outfit)
H&M check shirt 
Banana Republic cardigan (xsp, last year)
Express pleather legging (xs)
H&M belt
Victoria secret slippers (old)

Outfit 4: (Weekend outfit)
Ann Taylor factory shell (xxsp)
Zara shorts (xs)
Loft cardigan (old, xsp)
Michael Kors watch
pearl necklace gifted by my sister

Fort made by kids with Flexible Flyer Snow Block sold here. According to the kids, they are quite easy to use. And it looked like a lot of fun.

Hope you all have a great weekend!


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