Graduation Then Vacation

If you were ever wondering, I burn first, and then I tan.  I was reminded of this last Saturday at Chris’s graduation where my shoulders got almost fried.  But on a positive note, it was a beautiful day!

After graduation, all of us (Chris’s family came down for the day to celebrate) took a little trip and ate at the Inner Harbor.  Then, Chris and I ended the day with a neat photo shoot by the American Visionary Art Museum (a wedding and an engagement shoot were happening nearby–it was a popular place for taking pictures!).

This week is going by fast.  And by fast, I mean I wake up, I eat, I work, I eat, I sleep, only to wake up a few hours later and start all over again.  In the midst of all of that, I’ve been preparing to go on vacation.  Don’t worry–when we come back, I’ll share pictures from our trip.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll see you in two weeks!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Imaginary Voyage/Marshalls

Shoes:  Nine West/Marshalls

Purse:  Coach/thrifted

Necklace:  thrifted

Sunglasses:  London Fog/Marshalls

Bracelet:  Bloom/shop in Delaware

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Let’s Reconnect

I apologize to the one (or two) person(s) reading this blog:  my every intention is to have two posts per week, but alas, at this point, I can’t do this on a consistent basis (cue sad trombone).  I hope in the future, I will inundate this blog with more outfits and musings (this shall be my New Year’s resolution–it’s not too late to make any, is it?).

With that in mind, my outfit for the week comes courtesy of last Saturday.  We attended a celebratory dinner and got a chance to catch up with old friends.  I feel that’s what I’m doing more and more of every year; reconnecting with people whom I haven’t seen in a very long time.  So, yet another resolution of mine is to spend more quality time with friends (good friends=good fun).

I really love this dress (it’s got pockets!).  I bought it at Old Navy a few years ago, and so far, I’ve worn it for Christmas, a wedding, and now a dinner.  I would probably wear it more if I didn’t care if the same people saw me wear it over and over again.  In fact, maybe I should add this to my list of resolutions (it’s growing really fast now); I’ll try to be less self-conscious about what clothes I wear.  That way, I can wear the same thing as many times as I want and not feel guilty about it.

Speaking of guilty, I hate to leave now (it was so great catching up!), but I must attend to some daily chores (don’t worry–I enjoy blogging more than cleaning, but unfortunately, during the work week, I leave our apartment a little on the filthy side).  I plan on showcasing a new outfit next week.  See you soon!

P.S.  If you were wondering, yes, it looks like my head is going to fall off in that last picture (that might be why I appear to be giving the evil eye).

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Jacket:  Mossimo/consignment shop

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Shoes:  Armando/vintage

Necklace:  Macy’s/loaned

Earrings:  Alfani/Macy’s

Bracelet:  Macy’s


Roots

An eerie coincidence happened earlier last week.  On Sunday (the day I posed for these pictures), I decided to wear a shirt that was too big for me as a kid, but is now a bit too small for me as an adult.  It was a t-shirt that my dad had bought for me when he went on a trip to the Philippines when I was probably about six or seven years old.  I found this shirt in my old bedroom a few months ago and brought it to our apartment to be worn at some point.

I recently came across this shirt again, and because I must have been in a nostalgic mood, I ended up creating an entire outfit based on the shirt’s design.  First, I decided to keep my glasses on because I was feeling tired, and since I was planning on just making a quick stop at my parents’ house that day.  I picked a pair of high-waisted jeans due to the cropped nature of the shirt and rounded out the ensemble with a pair of  pointed-toe shoes.  I also kept the accessories minimal, because I felt the shirt, glasses, and bracelets offered enough color and vibrance for the dull, dreary day.

The following Monday morning, however, I discovered that there was an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude that affected the province of Cebu in the Philippines (the capital city of Cebu is Cebu City).  I don’t believe my shirt was an omen of anything, but I did hesitate to post these pictures due to the seriousness of this natural disaster.  I ultimately decided to blog this outfit, not to be insensitive or to make a strong statement, but to showcase a shirt that represents my ancestral roots, particularly at a time when the country of my parents has received international attention.

I apologize if this post, in light of recent events, is offensive to anyone in any way.  I hope this shirt, like other clothes or accessories we might wear, represents how we sometimes seek to show solidarity and pride in a group we may identify with, especially during troubled times.  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  gift

Cover Up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Jeans:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Heels:  Ann Marino/vintage 

Bracelets (jade and beaded):  gifts

Earrings:  vintage/gift


Forget Winter

I had to think carefully when I picked out an outfit that was appropriate for the mild, or dare I say, warmer, temperatures on Saturday (I must have also been subconsciously trying to reproduce this fun outfit–our blazers are very similar!).  I decided to combine a long, flowy skirt with a pair of black boots that finally debuted on this blog (the last of many black boots I’ve worn so far), because I needed to convince myself that it was still winter.  I brought along a light jacket, but I was able to get by with just my blazer for most of the day.

Every winter, I forget a few important things.  For one thing, I forget how dry my skin gets.  When it gets really frigid, my hands are beyond chapped.  It also doesn’t help that I’m washing my hands throughout the day.  I’m sure my best option would be to moisturize more often and wear gloves after using a thick cream at night.  Of course, I don’t do this.  Secondly, I forget how static-y my hair gets.  My “flyaways” become “stick-to-my foreheads.”  Sometimes, wind can help volumize your hair; in the winter, it shakes my hair into a limp state.  It’s the unfortunate truth.

Either way, it was nice to spend the majority of the day outside of our apartment.  I did some winter hat shopping (more on that in another post), plus we found a nice coffeehouse where we could sit back and relax (for about a good hour before closing).  To me, this is the best way to spend the weekend.  Now if only the warmer weather could stick around for just a little bit longer…

P.S.  A special thank you to the iPhone–without it, these pictures would not be possible.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blazer:  Merona/Goodwill

Tank top:  Ellen Tracy/Marshalls

Skirt:  Chelsea Ltd./vintage

Boots:  Franco Sarto/DSW

Purse:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls

Necklace:  boutique shop in Paris

Bracelet:  gift


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


Feast for the Eyes

I have another food-themed outfit.  I purposely wore this sweater because it reminded me of butternut squash, and I figured that Thanksgiving was a perfect day to wear a gourd-colored outfit.  I also subconsciously wanted another reason to wear my green boots, because–let’s face it–green suede boots don’t match with just anything (I know–it’s a shame I can’t wear them more often).  I wore my gray tights, unaware, until after the pictures were taken, of the extent of the shimmery glossiness (but, hey, I guess that’s just a fun way to transition into the holiday spirit).  I was also unaware of how bookish I looked with my glasses, but it was partly an aesthetic choice as well as a decision based on pure laziness (who wants to put on contacts when the remainder of the day will be spent gorging on food?).

 

Despite the abundance of food, I successfully managed to not overstuff myself yesterday.  We brought home leftovers from my parents’ house, which should keep us well-fed today and tomorrow.  Unfortunately, the holiday feasts are just beginning.  Tomorrow, we’ll be celebrating my birthday early since I’ll be starting my new job next week, and I’ll be busy with orientations.  Then, of course, Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner.  So, on the plus side, there are many more opportunities to eat and dress up (or dress down depending on your comfort level and the occasion).

In a way, I look forward to wearing skirts, dresses, and heels (pending any treacherous winter weather).  Most likely, I’ll find ways to wear anything from my growing collection of boots as the Christmas season approaches.  I also have plenty of dresses and skirts that haven’t debuted on the blog yet.  My plan is to introduce new, dressier outfits in the coming weeks and months (we’ll see how successful I am with that).

A belated thank you to everyone reading!  Have an appreciation-filled weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Sweater:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Shirt:  Mossimo/Target

Skirt:  Xhilaration/Target

Tights:  Berkshire/Macy’s

Boots:  Candie’s Fastrack/vintage

Necklace:  loaned

Bracelet:  Charter Club/Macy’s (loaned)


ENAMORed

Brr.  Although the rain has passed, the winds have picked up today.  The leaves have been shaken off of their branches, leaving behind a landscape devoid of new growth.  The overcast skies and gusty winds signal the coming change of season.  Winter is on its way.

I was grossly underdressed for my picture taking.  My sweater is light enough to keep me warm in a sheltered space but is not heavy enough to keep out the elements when posing outdoors.  In general, my outfit today is a mish-mash of things.  I was feeling bored with my clothes (again), so I asked Chris if he had any shirts that he didn’t want to wear anymore.  He gave me this tourist shirt that he bought in Amsterdam that showcases the combination of the words “I am” with the “am” in Amsterdam (note:  I’m all for cleverly crafted words).  The red in the shirt gave me an excuse to wear my recently acquired red shoes.

I am fascinated by the color red.  Red is such a strong, bold color–it can liven up a dull outfit by visually grabbing your attention.  I’d been on the lookout for red shoes, so I was elated when I came across these red flats (I love my flats!).  I’m also hoping to add a red purse or clutch to my collection of red things (which is truly lacking).  In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the vibrance that these new shoes will bring to my wardrobe.

 

I’m off to a concert tonight.  I’m going to bundle up and possibly wear a hat.  And a scarf and gloves.  And a heavier coat.  Yes, I think winter is right around the corner.

P.S.  Safe travels to everyone this Thanksgiving!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  gift shop/donated

Sweater:  Julie’s Closet/Marshalls

Jeggings:  Grane/Marshalls

Shoes:  Nine West/Marshalls

Necklaces:  vintage shop

Bracelet:  Macy’s/loaned