Tuesday, February 28, 2012

017 It's a dress! It's a Jumpsuit! It's Just A Top and Some Pants!



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Pants - Zara (borrowed from my housemate), Top - Plastic Island, Long necklace - Amrita Singh via Hautelook, Choker - gift from a friend, Jacket - Cynthia by Cynthia Steffe, Shoes - Deena and Ozzy, Clutch - Cooperative, watch - vintage Timex, Gold ring - vintage, Sunglasses - Chloe (similar here)
 
I'm pumping up some cobalt for spring! I wanted to wear an outfit of mismatched blues, but when I put this top and pants together, it turned out they matched perfectly. I don't mind matchy-matchyness so I went with it either way. So no, it's not a jumpsuit. They're separates. And I'm so pleased to have finally found a choker and long necklace that are layerable.

On an unrelated and last note, I had an A-ha moment last week. I realized that I'm really enjoying doing this, so much so that even if no one ever reads it, I'm totally happy (and now I actually have a few subscribers! Hi guys!). For the most part, I'm actually pretty happy in my life right now, actually. Sure, things could always be better, but at the same time, when were things ever this good? I have a job I love, live in an awesome house in a great city, am about to get the dog of my dreams, and have a bunch of loving friends and family. I believe in always reaching farther...but I also believe in counting your blessings.Thanks for reading :)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Music Monday: I Wouldn't Miss It For The World


Everything about Johnathan Rice is beautiful. Do men like this actually exist? I want my money back.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Twinkle Toes


One of my newest purchases, these Cynthia Vincent brown glitter strappies make me want to wear glitter all through the new year, through all occasions and all weather. You will see me in them very soon.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Other Schtuff I Liked from NYFW

I started reviewing my favorites from NYFW and I'm going to finish it off. Who knows, I might eventually throw in some stuff I like from London Fashion Week and beyond. I can tell you right now that they are two lines that both start with "Antonio."
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3.1 Philip Lim, 3.1 Philip Lim Fall 2012, Alice + Olivia Fall 2012

Obviously you can tell from my fashion week outfit that I really like black and white, especially when placed side by side. There was paneling all over NYFW but my favorite were the black and white pieces. Refinery29 and the Glossies are already calling it a fall trend...here's to hoping it gets to H&M fast so common folk like myself can have a piece of the action!

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All BCBG Maxazria Fall 2012 

I own quite a bit of BCBG Maxazria pieces (read: about 4) and I love them to death. BCBG Maxazria capitalized less on color-blocking and more on just...well, "blocking!" I like that they took last year's trend and made it a more demur. The clever cuts in the heamlines and alteration between opaque and chiffon fabrics also make me giddy with excitement.
 
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All Cynthia Rowley Fall 2012 

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 Sorry, that was me catching my breath. Of all that came out of the second half of fashion week, nothing compared to Cynthia Rowley, at least in my opinion. The things I liked about it, in no particular order, were the use of leather on unexpected pieces (meaning jackets), the two-toned boots, the digital prints, the chocolatey browns that all had a hint of purple, the use of socks in heels, and that oversized shearling-lined coat. I have no other justification for liking it other than the fact that I just do.



Thursday, February 23, 2012

016 Slouchy

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Sandals - Antelope Collection via Crossroads (similar here), Pants - BCBG Maxazria via Crossroads, Hat and sweater - H&M, Sunglasses - House of Harlow 1960, Bag - Roots, necklace - Gorjana c/o, Socks - target 

Yes, I wear socks with sandals. I love socks and anything and I don't care.

Okay, now that we've got past that, I have to say something about this outfit reminds me now of Rumi Neely. I mean, she wasn't the first person to wear slouchy, but she's done it so much and so well that she might as well have patented it. Anywho, I was going for comfy but no sweats comfy. Mission accomplished, I think. Oh, and I love the sandals. I've been waiting to wear them since December. It's funny because I didn't think they would just be manrepelling but in fact humanrepelling, but since I wore this outfit I've only gotten complimented on them. A few people even said they liked them with the socks, which was surprising.

So now for banter unrelated to this outfit.

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Coming back from NYC a few weeks ago was like a culture shock for me. I've lived here in the Bay Area for almost my entire life, but being in NYC felt so natural and so right. I spent a good amount of time with my good friend Ashley, who moved to NYC in October to purse her dreams of being a wardrobe stylist. I now miss her immensely.

Being in NYC is unlike anything I've ever experience anywhere else in the world. It was my second time there so I already knew much of this, but I had more time to reflect on it this time around. Everyone seems to have a personal compass pointed at something they're working towards. Everyone walks fast and as if they have some place important to be, and they might! I know some people find this disdainful, but as a fellow driven, ambitious person, I find it admirable. A good friend of mine once told me, "Sarah, LA is a place where talented people go and get lazy. New York is where talented people go and get to work."

Basically, NYC is the place to be. I love that place.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February It List




February It List

It may be almost March but I decided to make my February It List anyway. This is basically a list of things I'm currently looking for right now. Things may carry on over to the next month. Some things are very particular and I am holding off on buying them because I'm looking for a deal, and others I am looking for more generally. They are, from top to bottom, left to right:

1. Orange/pink/red heels
2. A boxy bag (in general, but loving that one by Pour La Victoire)
3. House of Harlow cuff
4. White high top chucks
5. A long, sheer, collared tunic/dress
6. High waist white skinny jeans
7. Pastel Skinny jeans
8. Crisp white blazer
9. A Fun backpack (for festival season...this one is from Asos)
10. The Kate Spade Angelique Sunglasses (not pictured) (but blogged about here)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

015 Please Call Me Princess Sparkly Cupcake








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Shirt - Audrey via Crossroads, Skirt - vintage via Crossroads, Necklace - JCPenney, Shoes - Calvin Klein, Bag - vintage Coach, Sunglasses - Ray-Ban, Watch - vintage Timex, Belt - Forever21

Spring hasn't quite sprung yet but I say force it! I've been so engrossed in my coats and sweaters that the faintest glimmer of warmth and sunshine propelled me to pull out my pastels and florals, and then I proceeded to wear them together. This top and skirt were both Crossroads finds that I absolutely adore! The skirt makes me feel like a sweet little girl and a princess at the same time, and the sheer floral shirt with slit sleeves has inspired numerous outfits I can't wait to wear. It made for such a feminine, flirty outfit I (jokingly) (well, sort of) wanted to be called Princess Sparkly Cupcake for the whole day. The necklace and glitter belt helped, but I wish I had those Kate Spade Angelique sunglasses I was raving about...I feel that they would have gone perfectly with this outfit. And the Pour La Victoire metallic patent bag. Oh the things we want but can't have.

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Sort of off topic, but have you ever thought about personal style, and why yours is yours? 
When I was a child and went to Egypt for the first time, I was shocked at what the buildings looked like. Everything was apartment buildings, and most of them lacked color. Around the airport, they were mostly gray and looked barren and cold. Sidewalks are a foot high, streets range from freeway width to too narrow for a car. I guess I was expecting it to look like America, but the amazing thing about man is that, in each place in the world, he saw his canvas differently. In theory, cities across the globe could have been built the same, but they weren't. It's amazing, if you think about it, isn't it? Each man is his own artist, and they all have different visions, even if the canvas is just as blank across the globe.

I think dressing yourself if quite similar. True, there will always be outside influences that will tell you what's hot, what's not, and if you hear "Neon is in!" enough times you will probably start to believe it. But if that were all fashion is, we'd literally all look the same, and clearly we don't. The reason is personal style. The way I style a shirt or a skirt may look ridiculous to you, but to me it seems completely natural, and I'm sure I might find the way you'd style the same skirt as equally ridiculous. Even in dressing, people have different visions - because dressing your body is much like painting on a blank canvas. You can make it look like whatever you want it to, and tomorrow, you get a new one to paint all over again. You can paint it in a similar manner or do something totally different.

When I see myself in slow motion, attempting to envision myself as an outsider, I wonder if people think I take fashion or clothing too seriously. My friends all come to me for fashion advice with is both flattering and slightly disturbing at the same time. But the way I see it is that I'm just a girl who loves getting dressed in the morning, because I try to do it as creatively as possible. I sincerely love it. Not because I'm a materialistic person, but because I find it to be an artistic outlet, one in which I can exercise my artistic nature. Whether we like it or not, the world at least partially sees us as the way we dress, and how the world sees us actually effects who we are. If that's the case, I'd like to be someone different every day.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Currently Coveting: Eye Candy

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I realize I just splurged on my House of Harlow 1960 "Emily" sunglasses, but when I saw these pretty little sunnies in a window at the mall last week, I knew I was about to create a new current obsession. These pink and red cat eye sunglasses look as sweet as candy on the rack and equally suit my face. With a $128 price tag they seem a lot more like caviar for my taste...

Friday, February 17, 2012

014 NYC Day 2

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Sweater - Eddie Bauer, Purse - vintage Gucci via Crossroads, Boots - Ugg, Socks - Target, Coat - Kristen Blake, Sunnies - Chloe (similar here), Silver shirt - Crossroads, Necklace - vintage Trifari via Crossroads

Wearing this outfit on my second day in NYC made me feel like a glammed up Angela Chase. Naturally, I loved ever moment of it prior to the point when my feet died.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

NYC Digital Diary


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A few street style and street snaps from my trip to NYC last week. I need to stop photographing dogs and unknowing people and start photographing my friends. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jayinee and Jenny

I want to take a moment to be like a proud mama and show off some photos of my awesome, awesome friends. I have lots of them but just two examples today.
Exhibit A. Jayinee.



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I met Jayinee about five years ago when I went to visit my friend Najia in San Diego. We were just youngsters then, and them particularly young, but I always thought Jayinee was effortlessly well dressed and beautiful. I appreciate people that have a style of their own and just own it, you know? Jayinee is one of those. There's always an element of grunge involved, and of course I fully approve of that. If you are reading this, then go to her blog, Visual Input, and read on, dude. She wrote a sweet little blurb about me a few days ago when I sent her the link to this blog. It's weird reading about yourself in third person, hm? Especially when that person is actually...well, really nice!

Exhibit B. Jenny.


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Once I met a Jenny when I wrote for the school paper, and as she explained to me, no one named Jenny can be a bitch. I mean, it just isn't possible with a name as friendly as Jenny. That makes sense right? So when I met this new Jenny at the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference when I was in NYC last week, I knew there was no way she could be all bad. Much not to my surprise, by the end of the day I realized she was actually ridiculously cool and we now send each other e-mails that start with the word "Dude" and include other things such as "OMG!" I think this is a sign of kindred spirits, haha. But regardless, when I saw this impeccably dressed lady on Refinery29 yesterday, it actually took me a moment to register that it was the exact same Jenny! So kudos to you Jenny, for being cool and looking cool while wearing earmuffs. That's definitely a first.