Monthly Archives: December 2011
When I started this blog, it was just a canvas to express my thoughts, concerns, and my writings. I always wanted to moonlight as a writer, romance writer to be exact. However, writing dialogue and character building never really interested me. The dialogue and characters were always interesting in my head, but not exactly on paper. How could I write about a character when I didn’t really know who I was? At that point in my life, I had 2 kids, 2 years apart. I was hormonal, and I felt like my world shrunk to just my two little (loud, and rambunctious) girls.
I was feeling more like my old self in July 2011. What fascinated me was the fashion blogging community. Instead of buying People Magazine, Lucky and Cosmopolitan, I figured why not be creative in what I’m wearing from day to day. Why not share my ideas and outfits whether right or wrong? Being fashion minded is what motivated me to lose my baby weight and put me on the road to discover what type of fashion really works with my new body type.
A week ago, I was nominated for “Versatile Blogger of The Year” from The GSB. I am truly honored. I have not been blogging long – maybe 4 months. I know I have a long way to go. But I’m having fun and that’s what matters. Thank you for going on this journey of discovery with me.
With the Versatile Blogger of The Year award comes a list of rules. And these rules are:
1. Thanking source of the nomination:
THE GSB – You are Amazing. Thank you so much!
3. Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for Versatile Blogger of The Year and letting them that with the honor, there are rules
4. Finally, state 7 facts about oneself.
My 10 Nominees are:
1. Creative Fashion Glee
Glee is a lovely woman who just celebrated her 1st Wedding Anniversary. I love her great outfits and her style tips. Many of her fashion finds are really affordable and easily incorporated with any outfit.
2. Bravoe Runway
Bessie is a strong and diligent woman. While work full time and running a fashion blog, she also graduate with a Masters in Business this year. Her blog features reviews on beauty products, outfit of the day posts, and even DIY projects. She is really sweet and open about any fashion trend.
3. Really Petite
Annie is so pretty! I love her work outfit posts. Her wardrobe is largely from Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft items which I adore because those are the brands my closet is consisted of. I really like the idea of using Annie’s experiences to better my own. Her reviews are clear and her photos express her style.
4. Fash Boulevard
Anna is a southern Alabama girl living in the fast life of L.A. Her style is young, sexy, and fashionable. With style icons like Lauren Conrad, Anna’s photos expresses a fun and feminine fashion style. Her outfits are so fun and edgy. I love the energy she exudes through her outfits.
5. Sew Petite Gal
With an Etsy shop featuring her beautiful handcrafted jewelry creations, SPG is such a sweet blogger. I love her projects and her outfit reviews. You can tell she is truly a creative person with a sense of fashion. Her jewelry is very ladylike especially the strands of pearls (she even shows you how to create it).
6. La Belle Mel
I found about Mel when she was voted Best Outfit for cuteandlittle.com Color Brigade challenge about 1 month ago. While on youtube.com, I came across Mel’s shopping finds and reviews. Very informative and thorough. Her outfits are exactly what I would wear, so I can totally relate to her fashion. It’s hard to find common ground. You might like how certain outfits look but it might not necessarily be something you would wear.
7. Mix And Match Fashion
Tara is another cuteandlittle.com Color Brigade winner, several weeks ago. Her color palette is awesome, very eye popping and tasteful. She’s a teacher so I love her casual work wear outfits. She makes me want to add more color to my wardrobe. I have never really commented on her posts, mostly enjoyed her blog from afar.
8. Hearty Chic
HeartyChic focuses on shopping and trends that are popping up anywhere and everywhere. Based in Montreal, Cananda, AshleyKCC is so on top of the game that every time I check out her blog, I spend at least an hour perusing it. Her informative collection of photos are magnetic and so stunning. I don’t know how she finds all those photos.
9. Searching For Middle Ground
Carrie is a newlywed who is enjoying married life and the joys of homeownership. I really like to read about her day to day activities whether it’s baking, decorating, or even little tidbits about her life. I think blogging is so fun because it opens doors and there’s no boundaries. We all take pleasure in little things in each other’s lives.
10. Integral Chic
Her IFB avatar is like a Japanese Darth Vader. Tiffany welcomed me to the IFB world. Her blog is filled with a sense of fashion that is fashion forward and very hip. I like her content and tend to just ghost her blog.
7 Facts About Dietingfashions
1. I do not know how to sing. I work in a karaoke store. We sell karaoke music and equipment. But I have no talent at all. People ask me to demo the equipment and I tell them, “I do not sing.” Alright, I sing in the shower or I hum, but I cannot carry a tune.
2. I was very artsy as a child. Won Honorable Mention in 1st Grade for my painting of an Ice Cream Cone. 2nd Grade, won a poetry contest. My poem The Witch and the Pumpkin was a memorable poem that my parents till this day still mentions to their friends. 5th Grade won Best Overall for my City Scape drawing. 6th Grade Honorable Mention for my Self Portrait. 10th Grade – 1st Place in Citywide Poetry Contest among High Schools.
3. I played the Violin for 10 years. It was not my first choice. I wanted to play the Flute. My dad signed me up for Violin Classes but it grew on me. I ended up also playing the Viola and Cello.
4. I didn’t pursue any artistic classes in college. I wanted to focus on graduating as early as possible. So in my 4 years at Tulane U, I received a Bachelors in Business Management, Business Marketing and a Minor in Pyschology. I had a plan and I stuck with it. Too bad it burned me out.
5. I know how to crochet. In high school, I earned extra money making crocheting scrunchies. I still need to finish a blanket. I am almost finished after 10 years of working on it.
6. My next splurge will be a Disney World Trip for 6 Adults and 2 Kids in December 2012. I begin the savings fund 01/01/2012. We want the whole shebang suite, the character dinners and shows, and the Christmas experience.
7. I have never won anything monetary in my life. I watch those E! shows that follows up on people who won the lottery. Sometimes they win twice. I know deep down I don’t have that luck. So in the meantime I work my butt off so I can hopefully retire earlier than my parents.
I hope everyone is having a great New Year’s Celebration. I am already hearing the fireworks bursting outside. Onward to 2012 with my set of resolutions, I hope everyone out there is ready for 2012! Happy New Year!
Top: BDG White Carditgan, Ann Taylor Loft Stiped Long Sleeved Tee
Bottom: Ann Taylor Loft Slim Leg Grey Cords
Shoes: Steve Madden Candence Boots
Bag: Coach Hobo
Scarf: StyleKelly Map of Paris Scarf from Yesstyle.com
I don’t wear a lot of jewelry because my kids like to yank on them. I have two curious little girls and they love my bracelects and necklaces. If I’m wearing one, it will be off and around their necks almost instantly. So instead of jewelry I accessorize with scarves and purses.
My scarf collection is mostly from Ann Taylor Loft because it’s very affordable. About a month ago, when I purchased my Tweed Jacket from Yesstyle.com, this Lemon Yellow scarf caught my eye. What was about this scarf? It’s a dainty yellow color with a greenish, gray trim. But it had a partial Map of Paris, France on it. It shows the area of the Seine River and around the Notre Dame Cathedral. I’m not sure if it’s an accurate map but I don’t mind. I think it’s pretty special. I had a lot of compliments because people thought it was pretty unique.
I live in comfortable clothing. I do know that I need to step up my outfit choices. It feels like my outfits still make me look like I’m in college somehow. Maybe instead of this cardigan, I need to wear a blazer. I do get frustrated of my choices, but I’m learning more and more everyday what an outfit can do.
What else should I change with this outfit?
Top: Ann Taylor Loft Print Smock with banded hem
Blazer: Banana Republic Sweater Blazer
Bottom: Ann Taylor Loft Skinny Jeans
Leg Warmers: Hollister Leg Warmers
Shoes: Steve Madden Candence Boots
One of my purchases at the end of this summer season was this Banana Republic Sweater Blazer. It’s made of a terry cottom blend that is lightweight and perfect for the weather Houston has been having. With this outfit I wanted to try the Leg Warmer trend. But I think I failed at it. The Leg Warmers I have are a little schoolish, not trendy as I thought it would be. Maybe with the right outfit I can pull it off. I do like the overall outfit.
Top: Ann Taylor Satin Sleeveless Tier Top
Bottom: J. Crew Minnie Pants in Grey
Shoes: Nina Ricci Peep Toe Bow Slingbacks in Silver
Scarf: Missoni Infinity Scarf
I decided to try J. Crew’s Minnie pants. I have been hearing that it’s flattering on all body types. Since it was on sale during Black Friday with 25% off, might as well try it.
I do like how it fits. It elongates my legs making them look leaner and it slims down my hips. Much kudos to the pants. Unfortunately it itches and feels so scratchy when I put it on. The inside fabric is a bit rough and scratchy. Perhaps a defect on my pair?
Luckily, after wearing it for an hour, the scratchiness went away. I guess I got used to the material. The stretchy material and semi high waist is great for shaping my body and helps hide a bit of tummy.
Many women after childbirth are left with a tummy. So I do feel like J. Crew touted this Minnie Pants very accurately. I do find also what helps hide my tummy are tiered tops that have diagonal layers. This Ann Taylor Satin Tiered Stretch Top is a lifesaver. The tiers help hide my tummy while accentuating my upper body. This is one of my favorite tips because I can easily wear it with shorts, jeans, slacks, skirts etc.
This is my first Missoni scarf. I splurged and totally adore the multicolored chevron design. It is so light, poofy and warm. I want to snuggle with it.
Did anyone pick up this Minnie pants? What’s your review on it? How would you style it?
I finally got the Malang jacket from Myuniqueen.com in a size Medium. I first ordered a Small which the sleeves did not fit my arms. It was too tight. Jean from Extrapetite.com did a review on the jacket and I fell in love with it. I decided to wear a form fitting black dress that is work appropriate along with the jacket to see how it will look.
Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA LBD
Jacket: Malang Jacket from Myuniqueen.com
Shoes: AT Perfect Leather Pumps
The jacket is quite comfy and it is the right length on me. It’s not thin as the Yesstyle.com Tweed jacket in my previous post. I was surprised to see how much thicker it is. If you check out Jean’s post on the Malang, she notes the size and measurements of the jacket. But there is one difference I saw from her post. She has a picture of the lining. Hers show a shiny satiny lining. The jacket I got has a quilted lining that it a bit matted. There are top and bottom pockets large enough to put in my car and house keys. As noted by Jean, this jacket is an open style that just hangs wide. I am considering putting in a hook closure.
This is another outfit I wore with the Tweed Jacket. The weather was 60 degrees all day and dipped to the 40s at night. I was still warm because of the jacket. My turtleneck from Diane Von Furstenburg however was very thin and sheer (had to wear a nude cami underneath). I was glad I paired it with the jacket.
Overall regarding the Tweed Jacket, I think it will be staple in my wardrobe.
After Jean from Extrapetite.com reviewed her MyUniqueen.com Malang Tweed (Boucle) Jacket, I was determined to get one. Why? Because I always wanted a ladylike jacket and I have been burned before by buying one I thought would look good (Ann Taylor Loft Tweed Jacket with Studs).
So when I got my Tweed Jacket from Uniqueen, I was sad to see that the Small size did not fit. It fit everywhere except my arms. Yes, if I wear even a thin sleeved layer, the jacket becomes extremely tight and constricts my entire arm from wrist to shoulder. It was like stuffing my arms in plastic tubing. Very odd. I never had a problem with the arm holes of jackets or such. So I returned the jacket and ordered a Medium after consulting with Anna Cho from myuniqueen.com.
In the meantime, my Yesstyle.com Tweed Jacket from StyleKelly arrived. Luckily I ordered a Medium and it fit. But there was a downside, it was too short! My tweed obsession keeps being twarted by my nitpickiness. Still I shot these photos, just to document.
The Jacket measures:
Shoulder to Shoulder – 14″
Length – 18″
Sleeve Length – 22″
Bust – 18″
Waist – 16″
After seeing the pictures, I was pleasantly surprised at how well this jacket looked on me. I love how my Ann Taylor Ruffle Poet Blouse’s collar adds a flirty flare to the outfit. Yesstyle.com’s description of jacket stated that it is a Beige color. However, the picture (could be due to lighting or the shade of my blouse) showed a light pinkish hue that I really like. Even though the jacket does not have pockets, it had fun studded like hardware sewed where the faux pockets are. The jacket is lined in a shiny pink satin however it is very thin. I don’t think it would keep me warm at all during 40 degree weather like what Houston has been experiencing.
The pictures were an eye opener to me. The jacket is on the expensive side at $150.00 and I even requested to return the item. However, looking at the photos I really like it. Hopefully I’m not making another serious mistake. It took me a week of contemplating. I kept taking the jacket out and pairing other outfits and I think it’s going to work out in the long run.
Am I right to keep it? How would you pair this jacket?
After trying on all those BCBGMaxazria dresses from Hautelook, I didn’t know how this Polka Dotted Dress would look. I do like the chiffon mesh at the front and back yoke. This keeps the dress conservative yet hints at some skin. The cinched waist is right at my natual waist. It does not feel tight at all. The material is very thin although it is lined. It has hidden side pockets though not very deep.
I like how it looks on me but apparently even with the 20% discount, I eventually found it cheaper on Macys.com for HALF the price. Consolation: Macy’s doesn’t have my size. So I will be keeping this dress. I do really like it and I think I would regret not keeping this dress.
My search for a great dress for a wedding continues. Haute Look (referal, cashback) had a BCBGMaxazria sale, I had my eye on this Blue Ruffle Dress. The front is very flirty with the ruffles but the back is left bare which gives the dress a major WOW factor.
Unfortunately, on me, the WOW factor was diminished. I don’t know why but the dress made me look a lot wider from the backside. The pictures showed that I have a slight hunchback for some reason. Could it be the angle and lighting?
It was a lot better, but the pictures still showed that it was not a good dress for my body. The ruffles at my hips made me look a lot wider. Furthermore, the placement of that black strip against my back is too high up. It cut up my body from the back making me look short. I want a dress to elongate my body not splice it up.
It was a fun dress to consider. Sorry I had to return it.
This is the 2nd dress I bought from Haute Look’s (referal, cashback) BCBGMaxazria flash sale. The Short Ruffle Front dress is classy and sexy. I love it! It was a fun and flirty with a V neck, and side slit pockets in the skirt. The ruffle trimmed the bodice to the straps. I love the feel of the satin against my skin. It was very easy to put on. The zipper did not catch and stall like most dresses to a certain point. I don’t know why the zipper was gold when the dress was red.
Bracelet: Forever 21 color block Bangle, Banana Republic 3 piece brangles
Even though I love the feel of this dress and the look of it, it was quite large for a size 6. The bust was roomy and loose. The straps also were way too long. The dress cost $98.00 but alterations would add an extra $30. I didn’t it was worth the time and effort. I rather use my time and energy to find one I adore and can’t live without.