Summer Breeze

I almost wore this exact same outfit yesterday (note:  the outfit pictured was from over a month ago).  But, instead of a denim skirt, I wore denim shorts.  And I wore my brown slingback flats.  And–apparently, my outfit from yesterday was quite different from this outfit, although I did recycle what I wore up top.  Anyway, this is one version of what I call “breezily casual” because this comfortable, flowy top is perfect for when I need some natural air conditioning (and air reminds me of the word breezy–get it?–ugh, sorry I have a horrible sense of humor.).

This is a fun summer outfit because I don’t feel over-exposed or too overdressed.  I also wanted an excuse to wear my green wedges.  I’ve decided that I absolutely need to start adding more color to my outfits.  And wearing colorful shoes is a good place to start.

How’s everyone’s summer so far?  Stay cool, my dears.

P.S.  I hope my hyperextended elbow doesn’t freak out too many people.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  derek heart/Marshalls

Cover Up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Skirt:  Gap/donated

Wedges:  Mossimo/Target

Purse:  vintage Coach/thrifted

Sunglasses:  London Fog/Marshalls

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Tokyo Trip: These Shoes Weren’t Made For Walking

I inadvertently showed a little bit more skin on Day 3 of our trip (hence my serious, slightly ashamed look).  That day, I noticed that there weren’t many (if any) women who wore tank tops or halter-style tops.  Before the trip, I didn’t really research the cultural norms when it came to clothing, so I felt a little self-conscious once I realized I was exposing more skin than everyone else.  I think I had to adjust and readjust my top multiple times throughout the day.

One thing I remembered about halter tops:  if they’re knotted too tightly to your neck, they can give you a neckache.  So, ladies, please consider this when buying anything that ties around the neck.

Also, when walking in an endlessly traversable city, please remember to bring your comfortable shoes.  And by comfortable, I don’t mean you can make do for a couple of hours; you should be able to wear these shoes for an entire day of travel.  I ended up wearing these shoes just once during the entire trip.  And once was enough.

We took photos at Tokyo International Forum and later, we went to Nakano for some fun shopping.

More to come!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Cover Up:  Charlotte Russe/gift

Shoes:  Eastland/vintage


Boots Fantastic

It was a fun weekend.  Chris and I took a short trip where we got to catch up with family and catch up on sleep (although I still felt like I was in a daze the whole weekend–unfortunately, prolonged sleep deprivation equals poor speech and comprehension skills).

I was convinced to wear my boots when I happened to see someone in the city wearing a very similar outfit with booties the day before (I even muttered “that’s my outfit” as I passed her because I was surprised to see someone wearing something that I had planned to wear for the next day).  Actually, if the ground wasn’t wet with rain, I probably would have worn my new black shoes instead (alas, I’ll have to save the shoes for another day).

This is my latest vintage Coach purse.  I think I’m addicted to buying old purses.

Chris and I took some pictures and got to take a stroll before we headed home.  It was the perfect way to end the weekend.   Hope you have a good week!

P.S.  I noticed that there is always something interesting to my left.  I couldn’t tell you exactly what.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Max Studio/Marshalls

Cover Up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Shorts:  Marshalls

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Boots:  Xhilaration/Target

Purse:  Coach/thrifted

Necklace:  flea market


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


Dance Party!

I like to support bands and artists that deserve more attention.  I also like to support family any way I can.  So, here is another plug, this time for the group Holy Ghost! (who may or may not have my brother-in-law doing sound for them on tour). For those who are unfamiliar with them, Holy Ghost! plays fun, upbeat, electropop music that makes you want to move and groove.  When Chris and I went to their last show of the tour, I felt like I needed to put more elbow pumping into my dance moves just to create a pocket for more breathing room (note:  I’m not used to the expected closeness at concerts; unfortunately, I don’t go out enough).  All in all, we had a great time, although my new red shoes got scraped and scuffed (expected casualties from a jamming environment).

My souvenir for the evening was this rad shirt.  I was in a color-block, ’80s-inspired mood (must have been all the ’80s movies that I watched over the weekend), so I wore this loose-fitting magenta and black dress underneath.  I, unfortunately, didn’t have an appropriate blazer to wear (I’ll save that for this upcoming weekend, I think), so I went with a gray cover up.  I also wanted to wear an outfit that showed off my platform heels from my Family Ties post, but I wasn’t in the tights-wearing spirit, so I decided to wear my black, white, and gray argyle socks.  I was hesitant to wear the socks with the heels, but Chris did his “squint and assess” and told me it matched (although he was probably trying to get us to leave the apartment for food–I’m not sure).

So, this is what I wore to celebrate my birthday.  At my parents’ house.  Hey–when you can’t bring your parents to a club, you bring the club to them, right?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Holy Ghost! concert

Cover-up:  Charlotte Russe/gift

Dress:  Rampage/Marshalls

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/Marshalls

Socks:  Target

Heels:  Esprit/donated


Hidden Inspiration

I like to look at various sources for fashion inspiration.  Unfortunately, for the print and publishing world, I very rarely thumb through a magazine (however, this is probably because I’m behind on my pop culture reading, and I’m probably too engrossed in my search for The Hunger Games trilogy or the sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when I’m in a bookstore).  I tend to spend most of my Internet time visually digesting style blogs and articles devoted to fashion.  Somewhere along the way, I absorb ideas for certain outfits.  And at random times, the thoughts for these outfits just spring out and demand to be heard.  This was probably one of those desperate-to-be-seen outfits.

It seems that lately, I’ve been wanting to wear my button-down shirts.  I like the print on this particular shirt–the flowers and the neutrality of the top appear to pair well with my denim jeggings.  The beige cover up also helps add an extra layer for warmth and for texture (it’s a fun exercise to mix and match clothes of different textures as long as the materials don’t create such a jarring or uncomfortable image or feel).

The latent inspiration that I had came in the form of choosing to wear my socks rolled up over the ends of my jeggings and wearing a pair of summer sandals to top it all off (what can I say–I just can’t let go of my summer wear).  As usual, I thought about taking the safer route (tucking my socks under my pants), but with a daring flourish, I pulled my socks over my pants, and thought, “let’s see what the world thinks of this” (or some other nonsense that made it seem like I was rebelling against what my inner fashion critic would say).

And there you have it.  I’m wearing an outfit in a way that brings back memories of when I used to feel embarrassed shopping with my mom as a teenager because she used to wear her socks over her pants too (I also wore my socks over my cuffed pants when I was very young–but I chalked that up to being a young child in the early ’90s).  It’s funny that what was once embarrassing is now worthy of emulating.  Fortunately, I have learned to be appreciative of my mom’s style as I’ve gotten older.  So, thank you Mom, for being fashion-forward, particularly when it came to keeping your ankles warm–practical inspiration for a chilly day.

P.S.  I’m not mad in these pictures.  I just don’t know how to have a relaxed, pleasant-looking face.  I’m working on it.

P.P.S.  Sorry for the lack of full length pictures.  This was probably one of our quickest photo shoots yet (unfortunately, Chris is very busy with projects of his own).  Stay tuned for my next post featuring images from a very special guest photographer!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Liz Claiborne/donated

Cover up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Jeggings:  Domaine Brand Jeans/Marshalls

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Shoes:  Merona/Target

Necklace:  gift

Bracelets:  vintage


See and Be Seen

It was a beautiful day for taking pictures.  The hubby and I decided to do an impromptu photo shoot in the city, because it beats having just trees and shrubs in the background, and we wanted to wander outside in the gorgeous weather.

I wore a modified version of an outfit that I was planning on wearing in the summer, but I never got around to it (knowing me, it took forever for me to do my laundry).  In hot weather, I would have just worn the sleeveless blouse and skirt with my strappy gold shoes to dress it up.  The fall version of this look has the same overall effect, but it’s more seasonally appropriate.


Unfortunately, the shoes I ended up wearing, although comfortable at the beginning of the day, gradually started to hurt the balls of my feet.

So, here I am kicking back after a long day of walking.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Skirt:  Esprit/Army Base Exchange (bought when I was in high school)

Coverup:  imaginary voyage/Marshalls

Shoes:  Merona/Target

Purse:  Olivia + Joy/Marshalls

Bracelet:  gift