Tokyo Trip: One Last Look

And now for my last outfit of the trip (I really know how to extend my vacation, don’t I?).  It wasn’t anything fancy; just something that I could wear and be comfortable in for the long journey home.

I reworked my leggings from earlier in the trip and layered with socks (I thought that I had forgotten to pack my gray socks, but apparently, I didn’t look hard enough).  This was essentially my version of a nightgown that I could wear in public (by this time, I also had a full-blown cold, so I really couldn’t have cared less about what I was wearing).

The best part about this outfit was the vintage suitcase that I bought a few weeks before our trip.  It’ll probably be the first and last time that I’ll use it though.  The fabric started to unravel and I was afraid the whole thing was going to be in pieces by the time we made it to the airport.  Luckily, it survived–and thankfully, you all survived my drawn out recap of our trip.  I miss Tokyo, but I hope we’ll be able to go back and see more of Japan someday.  In the meantime, I’ll see you stateside!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Something Navy/Marshalls

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/ TJ Maxx

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift

Bow:  WEGO in Harajuku

Suitcase:  vintage/boutique store in Delaware


Lazy Day

I have a backlog of pictures to share this week.  Unfortunately, I’ve been slow with posting because I’ve had a lot going on (I know–lame excuse.  I’ll try to make it up to all of you).  So, for starters, here is my outfit from this past Sunday.  I was literally shivering after we stepped outside to take my pictures because I had finished drinking some ice water and there was a bit of a chill in the air.  The jacket stayed on for the first few pictures as I warmed up.

As I became immune to the cold, I decided to show off my outfit the way I had intended it to look–without the added jacket layer but with the focus on the pink/magenta colors.  I neutralized the girly effect with some brown-accented jewelry and blue-gray cargo pants.

I ended up ordering a huge sandwich for lunch that day.  I hadn’t had breakfast for some reason, so my eyes were bigger than my stomach (note: my unsmiling face is probably because I’m stuffed and hoping I don’t have black olives stuck in my teeth).  I was able to bring the leftovers home, only to have Chris accidentally finish off (most of) the other half of my sandwich the next day.  It’s okay.  It saved both of us from having to cook something for lunch that day (I think I had a bowl of cereal or something that required no heating of any kind–what can I say?  I’m a lazy cook).

I mention sandwiches because, sometimes, you just want an easy outfit that, like my ideal meal preparation, takes little time and effort (not that it didn’t take me a few minutes to come up with this outfit, but at least my goal was to be easy and breezy).  So, here is a template for a simple, weekend outfit:  grab a pair of comfortable pants, find a shirt that semi-matches, and accessorize with a neutral color.  Works almost every time.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Esprit/gift

Pants:  Sound & Matter/Marshalls

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Necklaces:  Pink beads:  Target; Brown beads:  gift

Earrings:  Macy’s/gift 


New Year, New Tradition

I was inspired by BeautyRiot Diva for this post.  I liked her idea of having her significant other pick out her clothes for a week.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a week’s worth of outfits to wear to work, so I asked Chris to pick out one outfit on one day of the weekend.

Chris picked out the jacket and asked me to wear it with a pair of jeans.  The jacket is fairly worn and nubby, but it was actually warm enough for me to wear with a light jacket over top.  I prettied it up with my red shoes and some gold jewelry.

So, this is what I wore on the last day of 2011.  Nothing fancy or splashy; just a casual look to ring in the new year.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a swanky party to attend, so there wasn’t a need for a party dress.  We ended up hanging out at my parents’ house to celebrate the new year.  My party outfit ended up being a pair of pajamas with cats in Santa hats and polka dots (sorry, no pictures).  My dad suggested I wear polka dots for good luck.  Apparently, my dad has started a new tradition.  Hopefully, this translates to good fortune in the future.


All in all, I didn’t have to think hard about my attire this weekend.  That’s the way to ease into the new year: with a laid-back attitude (and surrounded by your loved ones).  Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Jacket:  Unionbay/Army base exchange

T-shirt:  gift shop/gift

Jeans:  ZCO Jeans/Marshalls

Flats:  Nine West/Marshalls

Earrings:  gift

Necklace:  loaned


The Fun Never Ends

I still enjoy wearing tops with cartoon characters on it.  Granted, these types of shirts are not in my regular rotation of wardrobe choices, but when they’re worn, they’re worn with pride.  The blogger, Chic Muse, has a great take on combining a cute cartoon with a cute pair of heels (I also like how a blazer imparts a level of sophistication).

This is my version of an outfit that has younger and more mature elements.  I bought this hoodie about four or five years ago when I was still in my early twenties.  I think the whales and sailboats provide a cutesy spin on a nautical theme.  The colors suggest playfulness and vivaciousness; a perfect match for a quiet, Sunday early dinner (note:  this is a sign that you’re getting older; when you eat dinner at 4:30 pm).

I balanced out the cuteness with a paisley-printed blouse and a pair of corduroy cargo pants.  My pink boots and jewelry rounded out the ensemble.  I specifically chose the beaded jewelry for the coloring as well as to help transition to an older look (in my opinion, beaded jewelry, for the most part, can be worn at any age and with almost any outfit).

So, the lesson of the day is:  find a way to incorporate fun designs into your look.  And remember–you’re never too young to eat an early dinner.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hooded sweatshirt:  Sweet Child/Marshalls

Blouse:  JW/donated

Pants:  Terranova/Terranova (store in SoHo)

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Necklace:  Target/loaned

Bracelets:  Macy’s/loaned


Mix It Up

My dinner has consisted of cheese and crackers with the occasional fruit or vegetable this week.  I actually haven’t been all that hungry, since I’ve had huge lunches and an altered appetite since leaving home for a week-long orientation.  Luckily, I’m staying at a hotel that provides a complimentary platter of snacks in the evening, so I’ve taken advantage of the courtesy since this has been enough to satisfy me at the end of the day.  I say all of this because this is probably the most eventful, and possibly, relatable, thing that I’m able to post.  Wait–I take that back.  We had baked potatoes and salad catered to us for lunch today.  Baked potatoes are, by far, cooler.

My pictures today were unfortunately from last Friday (I’m being sneaky and possibly deceptive by posting it today).  The actual outfits that I wore this week are neither glamorous or drool-worthy, but they will be my last work outfits that I will have a good amount of control over since I’ll have a uniform to adhere to starting next week (which I’m okay with; it just means, I can go all out for the weekend, and it’ll make choosing a daily outfit much easier for me).  So, therefore, I’ll post my pictures from this week at a later time as a special farewell to my work outfits (which were never spectacular, but were fun to create in their own way).

This outfit, that is pictured, is specially posted because it’s a “remix” (not my term, but I like the instantly recognizable meaning), of some pieces that I’ve worn before on this blog.  I’m wearing my plaid button-down shirt with my skinny cargo pants and a gray cami over top to help blend it all together.  I enjoy layering with camis or three-quarter length sleeved tops because I have so many of them, and I want to be able to wear them as much as I can.  So, this is a simple remix of an outfit that I wore to grab a burger and some fries with the hubby as well as do some grocery shopping on the night of Black Friday (I know, that’s your idea of a fun Friday night, right?).

So, today’s advice is to remix it well, so you can wear it again and again (oh–and again).  Now, I’m off to get some cheese and crackers.  (Update:  no cheese tonight but plenty of fruits and veggies–yum!) 

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Sears JR Bazaar/vintage

Cami:  PBX Basics/gift

Pants:  Sound & Matter/Marshalls

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target 


Layers of the Fall

I was almost afraid I couldn’t have any pictures taken today.  I was feeling the onset of a cold yesterday, so I had to take a really hot shower, stay buried under a warm blanket, and drink hot tea.  Luckily, when I woke up this morning, I felt pretty much back to normal (no more cold chills), so I was able to put my contacts in, dab on a little bit of makeup, and iron my clothes (meaning I looked a partial mess yesterday).

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week.  I feel like this month has flown by.  Pretty soon, I’ll be complaining about the bitter cold and winds, and I’ll be rocking my winter wear.  For now, I’ll enjoy the mild temperatures and the crisp fall air (and not having to wear heavy jackets every time I go out).

As you can see, I’m a fan of layering clothes.  I’lI continue to layer for the winter, but I’ll probably rely on heavier fabrics and more layers.  We’ll see what other fun outfits I can create as the weather gets even colder.

I actually bought these boots right before I left for my little trip.  I’d been eyeing them for a few weeks, but since I’m such a bargain shopper, I wasn’t going to buy them until they were deeply discounted.  The boots were originally priced at $29.99, but when I first saw them, they were only marked down to $21.  I ended up purchasing them for $7.48 last week.  So, lesson for the day is: it pays to be patient (sorry for the unnecessary pun there)!

I hope everyone has a nice, relaxing weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Sweater:  Lauren Ralph Lauren/donated

Top:  Flutterbye/TJ Maxx

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target


Hang in There, Baby

I was in a purple and black mood today (I was also in a purple and black mood yesterday, but there is no official blog evidence of this).  I also felt inspired by the bandanas that were popularized in the 1940s and 1950s, and of course, inspired by Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens fame when I chose to wear the scarf on my head.  I love the funky pattern of the scarf and knew that since I couldn’t wear too many accessories, the few accessories that I did have had to stand out.  I wore my vintage earrings because I love the design, and I thought they would be a cute addition to my outfit, but unfortunately, my nephew got a hold of one, so I immediately took them off (obviously after the pictures were taken).  So, really, I wore the whole outfit the entire day minus the earrings (apparently, I’m still learning what is appropriate to wear when taking care of children).

 

Luckily, I made it through the day without any other wardrobe changes, although, I can’t say the same for the little one.  Babies seem to have an astounding amount of clothes because 1) everyone wants to buy them miniature-sized version of adult clothes, 2) everyone wants to buy them adorable-themed clothes, and 3) everyone knows that babies are not naturally clean creatures and constantly need to be changed after they get dirty from eating, playing, playing while eating, or from any “diaper accidents” (which can also occur while playing).  Oh, to be a baby again.  You have lots of clothes and have people who will clean you.  That’s the life.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Camisole:  Mossimo/Target

Pants:  Almost Famous/Marshalls

Scarf:  Merona/Target

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

Earrings:  vintage/flea market