Monday, September 27, 2010

Getting Vesty

Dear Diary,
I think I've found my next smart investment: vests! It might be hard to believe but I never thought I was a “vest” person. Perhaps it’s because I've always been a firm believer in smart blazers, sassy outerwear, and functional cardigans that a vest just seemed…insufficient. But I was wrong. You can put a vest over almost any of your usual outfit and create a brand new look! For example, a vest over white blouse and skinny jeans, how about wear it over old tees and ripped jeans, or even a vest over a floral dress! You have essentially reinvented the old and doubled the number of outfits you have now! Talk about getting a high marginal return on investment!

So I grabbed an old white tank from Gap that I really shouldn't be wearing out in public alone and an old bright skirt that I am no longer crazy about. Added a vest and a belt over the outfit and voilà, I now have a new look I would enjoy wearing today!

Vest: Forever 21
Skirt: Walter
Belt: Banana Republic

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New York Wedding

Dear Diary,
Day 2 in New York was another beautiful day. Perfect for a friend's fairy tale wedding in the New York Botanical Garden. For such day, I wanted to wear something airy and modern-day princess-like. I fell in love with this grey all chiffon dress when I laid my eyes on it. I can never resist anything in chiffon! The thin delicate layer of chiffon on the shoulder can be worn as straps or spread out for a capped sleeve look. Bubble hems keep the dress young and fun while the pleated details on the bodice make the dress sophisticated. With this dress on I can almost hear Frank Sinatra sing:

"New York, New York
I want to wak up in a city, that never sleeps
And find I'm a number one top of the list, queen of the hill
A number one"

Gray Dress: Robert Rodriguez
Navy Suede Platforms: Zara
Jeweled Cuff: Forever 21
Bag: Chanel

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Art of Trickery

Dear Diary,
When it comes to getting the look I want, I always have a trick or two. Sometimes it takes a little bit of disguising, re-purposing, and a whole lot of determination. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail, but that’s what life is all about!

Yesterday in my entry I revealed that there was a hidden secret in my outfit in “In Full Swing”. What could be behind the seeming straightforward look? A printed top, a pleated skirt below the knee, embellished with a bow belt. It turns out the top is not much of a top at all…it’s actually a sheath dress!

When I was putting this look together I knew I wanted to wear prints, but most of my prints come in dresses. So that’s when I arrived at my “make it work” moment. The sheath dress is made in silk, so it ended up like a lining in the skirt. It was still comfortable and totally unnoticeable. I’m all about making every piece of clothing work hard for the money!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

In Full Swing

Dear Diary,
An epidemic is quietly but rapidly happening around me. It's so subtle and it might have even slipped past me if I wasn't super observant. There's nothing creepier than being the last person in a room to catch on to something. I'm sure I had a nightmare about it at some point in my life. So what's happening? Fuller and longer skirts!

I am not going to talk about how people are correlating skirt lengths to a nation's economic state. It's not much of an indicator when you're already at the bottom. Plus, I've contributed my fair share of mini-skirt wearing this Spring. But fuller skirt are seen in editorials, TV (Mad Men) and even on the street!

Although I'll never fully give up my mini hems, I will embrace the shift in this trend. Once in a while, I can really appreciate a more elegant and lady-like look. To stay true to my style, I opted for a color print top instead of a blouse (watch out for the old librarian effect!) and added a bow belt as a fun detail. I have to talk about my obsession with bows on another day, but it's my way of adding a sense of humor to my outfit and life.

My outfit has a hidden secret. Read my blog tomorrow to find out!

Top: Adam by Adam Lippes

Skirt: Banana Republic
Bow Belt: Chanel
Pumps: Prada

Louis Vuitton 2010 Fall/Winter

Prada 2008 Resort

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Take Me Back In Time - Wide Brim Hats

Dear Diary,
There is one instance where I would be willing to travel back in time and live in an era where TV's were not in HD, the concept of "world wide web" was just crazy talk, and no one was obsessed with texting and emailing via "mobile devices". What would be so attractive to me that I 'm willing to give up all these modern conveniences you ask? Big hats!

Not just any hat will do, BIG hats! Wide brim hats and floppy hats have been my secret obsession for years but I never found the appropriate opportunity to wear them! Retailers sell them, customers buy them, but you hardly seen anyone wear them in the mall or in a coffee shop. It got me thinking, when did it become socially unacceptable to wear big hats in public settings? How did we go from a time when not wearing hats was considered faux pas, to wearing floppy hats in a bar will get you some very critical stares? Some how, I jus can't imagine that rocking a wide brim hat in my cubicle while I'm sitting in front of my monitor would win me sincere compliments from my coworkers (even those closest to me!).

So this entry is dedicated to the revolutionary day when big hats are back in our everyday life. I look forward to the day I will be able to stroll down the grocery aisle in my wool floppy hat with my cart and a gentleman will pass by and say: "Good day!".

Wool Floppy Hat: Banana Republic

Knee High Suede Boots: Giuseppe Zanotti

Fashion Inspirations

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stop The Labeling!

Dear Diary,

Yesterday I wanted simplicity; today I want drama. Yes, I have already confessed that my wardrobe's personality can be a bit bi-polar, but I personally think being unpredictable (even to myself) keeps life interesting!

Ever since I started Frills and Ruffles, I've wanted to wear this one shoulder top with tiers and tiers of ruffles. I used to pair it with a black pencil skirt and pointy pumps for dinner dates, which makes it pretty dressy. But surely, there are other ways I can enjoy the uber feminine top without dishing out some serious money over steak and wine. So viola, my mission to dress down an occasional top was born!

Most logical gals purchase clothes and immediately designate some type of occasions with them; this black dress is the meeting Mr. Right cocktail dress in a newest bar in town, this maxi dress is for strolling on the beach with Mr. Right, this blouse is the meeting Mr. Right’s parents for Sunday brunch top, etc (you get the idea!). What’s up with the fashion prejudice?! If you allow yourself to see beyond these labels over your clothes, you might just discover more possibilities and outfits. And I might have just have lowered your credit card bill!

Ruffle One Shoulder Top: Banana Republic Monogram
Sueded Wood Platforms: Gucci

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Call Me Lacey

Dear Diary,

My legs have taken a life of their own. They are demanding for my attention now more than ever! I guess it’s true that I've been ignoring them for a bit; my neck is usually accessorized with fun necklaces, my arms stacked with bracelets, fingers adorned with large cocktail rings, and my feet – well they get a closet of their own. So to make up for the hurt feelings, I will make them the star of my look today. How? With lace of course!

Dress: Haute Hippie
Metallic Clutch: Dolce & Gabbana
Lace Tights: from Taiwan
For some reason, tights that are more than just “black” can be a bit scary. But the truth is they can be romantic, sophisticated, edgy, sexy or stylish, depending on how you pair them with you clothes. My recommendation for gals who want to try some slightly more daring tights (other than black rights) is to pair them with monochromatic clothes. Keep your clothes, color, and cut simple so your legs can do all the talking! It’s honestly another great way to make your usual go-to outfit look new and chic again!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Dear Diary,

Thanks to the hit show “Glee”, I was reconnected with the 1998 Billboard Hot 100’s #3 “Crush” by Jennifer Paige.

It's just a little crush (crush)

Not like I faint every time we touch

It's just some little thing (crush)

Not like everything I do depends on you

Sha-la-la-la, Sha-la-la-la

Who can forget the entrancing chorus that is so flirty and heartfelt? While you put the song on repeat and sing along for about 40 times, you can't help but relive the memories of your first crush.

So, I am dedicating this entry to my very first crush, who has had a special place in my heart even today!

Why was my crush so special?

Like many people’s first crush, mine took my breath away on our first encounter. I was young and my heart raced in a way I had never felt before. The overwhelming feeling from one little touch and one little look haunted me for days.

Who was my crush?

A pair of the iconic leopard print calf hair peep toe Manolo Blahnik pumps.

The timeless leopard print (which is a huge trend again this Fall).

The texture and depth from the calf hair.

The flirty peep toe which lightens up the seriousness of the print and the material.

It’s every amazing quality you want in one elegant package. With these heels on your feet, you become the person you dream to be.

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Although today I have developed a love affair with a different crush named Christian Louboutin, I will always remember how special I felt when I first opened the simple white box and touched the calf hair with my fingers.

I heart you forever~