On the Regular

I’ve been away and back since my last post.  I had another hectic week and no cool outfits from this past weekend, so, instead, I’ll share some fun pictures from about eight days ago.   Over a week ago, we took a little trip to North Carolina to celebrate a very special birthday for a very special little guy.  I wore minimal accessories and even went with my natural wavy look for the occasion (my “no fuss”/I’m-too-lazy-to-blowdry-my-hair/I-need-a-haircut look).

When I was packing for the trip, I was browsing through my closet and found these jeans.  It had been months (almost a year?) since I had worn them.  I’ve been having fun wearing skirts or the same capris and skinny pants/jeans year round, that I’d forgotten about these particular pair of jeans.  These jeans are one of the few pairs that I own that fit me (almost) perfectly length-wise.  I think I might have to start putting them into my regular rotation of “bottoms.”

Speaking of what I like to wear regularly, I just can’t seem to get enough of this plaid button-down shirt.  I’m afraid that I might wear this top at least once a month.  I know–I shouldn’t be concerned about wearing something too often, but I do like to show just a little bit of variety.

I will try to post again soon.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Sweater:  Pink Rose/TJ Maxx

Button-down shirt:  Sears JR Bazaar/vintage

Jeans:  Grane/Marshalls

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

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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


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


Happy Holidays

I didn’t think it was fair to make the holidays about me, so we didn’t do any photo shoots.  In fact, the only picture I have for this post is of Chris and me  (which is actually cropped from a family picture–we forgot to get a nice shot of just the two of us this year).

I’m happy with the outfit I ended up wearing.  The sweater material kept my upper half warm, although, I think I could have invested in warmer tights.  My go-to choice of footwear for the past few weekends have been these suede boots, because: 1) they’re relatively comfortable, and 2) they have a dressy, wintry look to them.  I accessorized with the belt that came with the sweater dress as a means to “cinch” my waist (by the way, does anyone else remember the SNL Gap girls sketch with Adam Sandler and David Spade?  They were on to something with their obsession with cinching).

The hubster wore a blazer with a dress shirt, tie, and jeans.  I convinced him to buy the blazer, although he wasn’t initially on board.  Overall, I think he was able to pull off a look that wasn’t his style.

I hope to post more in the new year–in the meantime, don’t be afraid to try (on) new things!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hers:

Sweater:  Cable & Gauge/Marshalls

Dress (with belt):  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Boots:  Jasmin/vintage

Necklace:  Guess/Macy’s

Earrings:  loaned

His:

Blazer:  INC/Macy’s

Button-down shirt:  Calvin Klein/Calvin Klein

Jeans:  Levi’s/Levi’s Outlet Store

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Shoes:  Clarks/Comfort One Shoes


Child Care Challenge

I was very thief-like.  I wasn’t satisfied with the shoes that I had brought for the trip, so I sneaked into my sister’s closet and borrowed a pair of her shoes (I actually gave her these shoes, so maybe it doesn’t count as thieving?).  I literally only wore these shoes for the pictures, since we stayed in the house most of the day taking care of my little nephew.

So, in case you were wondering what to wear when you are helping take care of your sweet baby relative, this can be your go-to ouftit.  The off-white color helps to mask any splashes of urine that may have accidentally found its way onto your shirt (yes, I was sprayed on, but after these pictures were taken).  Plus, the cotton will make it easier to pre-wash when you do your laundry (see, I thought ahead!).  Also, if you need to hide wrinkles in your top, use a big handbag to help cover you up.  The minimal jewelry is also a must, just in case someone gets a little grabby.  And of course, a pair of worn-in jeans helps to keep things casual yet comfortable.

So, my theme for this week is:  clothes that you can wear both in and out of the house when taking care of little tots (you can put imaginary quotation marks around that if you’d like).  It also helps that I’m not the only one helping to take care of the little guy; these outfits would obviously not be possible if there weren’t extra hands to help out the working parents.  But, I will do my best to come up with comfortable yet interesting outfits that will hopefully be versatile for any hands-on work you might have to do.

Just another tip:  it helps to wear clothes that are on the old(er) side.  This shirt is about three years old, the blouse is about nine years old, and the jeans are six years old (I know–there I go with my old clothes again).  So, no fancy outfits this week, but I still plan on having fun (with the baby and with the different outfits).

To recap:  make sure you can borrow shoes (or clothes) in case you’re not satisfied with what you have, wear clothes that can be easily washed in case of any possible accidents, and remember to keep comfortable.  Happy Monday!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Shirt:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Blouse:  Zinc/TJ Maxx

Jeans:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Shoes:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target (borrowed!)

Purse:  Fossil/gift

Earrings:  gift (Target)


Family Ties

I actually had a very different outfit in mind, but I’m glad I ended up wearing this.  For some reason, I was compelled to wear this shirt with a tie.  I also envisioned myself wearing a cute, short skirt and a pair of black tights and platform heels as well, but then I thought, “this would have made a better outfit for Halloween!”  The more I thought about it (and yes, I unfortunately do think quite a lot about what I wear), the more I realized that the whole ensemble was either too costumey or too youthful for me to pull off.  I’m glad I stuck with the platform heels though.  I was easily able to wear these jeans without folding them at the cuff (which I normally do, although I’m sure I get a lot of weird stares), plus it made me about 4 inches taller (note:  I normally like to wear flats or heels no higher than 3 inches, but every once in a while, I indulge).

I had to ask Chris to help me with the tie (more like he noticed that I stole his tie from his side of the closet, and he saw me with a really haphazard knot around my neck–I’m sure he even realized that ties were meant to be worn a certain way–so he quickly offered to show me how to tie a tie).  My knot ended up pretty crooked, but I was hoping that would be part of the appeal.  The funny thing is I actually bought this tie for him as well as a dress shirt that looks suspiciously similar to the shirt I’m wearing here (except I have three-quarter length sleeves).  I guess when I go shopping for other people, I’m secretly hoping I can steal their look for myself (yes, this makes me a horrible person).

I wore this snazzy outfit for lunch with a former co-worker and then for an evening hanging out at my parents’ house.  So, hats off to my dad for filling in as my photographer!  Fortunately, he didn’t protest when I asked him with puppy dog eyes to take pictures for my blog.  But, let’s just say this was also not the longest photo shoot either.  All in all, I can’t complain–my outfit was captured for posterity, and I was able to make my first public appearance wearing a tie!  Next up–suspenders?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Button-down shirt:  twenty one/vintage shop

Tank top:  Ellen Tracy/Marshalls

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Jeans:  ZCO Jeans/Marshalls

Shoes:  Esprit/donated (I will have to get a good picture of them so you can see my high heel limit)