Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pop of Red

Dear Diary,

So we have mastered the art of dressing up. But can we dress down?

That small section of your clothes that you’ve identified as your “going-out top” could have a second chance as the key element to your weekend style. Whether it’s silky in material, shiny in texture, or bright in colors, dressing the fancy top with neutrals will help to tone things down. Lastly, be sure to make friends with a pair of gold flat sandals, they are the secret to perfecting any casual occasion.

Cardigan: Forever 21
Red Tank: A/X
Belt: Banana Republic
Trouser: Taiwan
Thong Sandals: JCrew

Monday, April 25, 2011

From Drab to Fab in 5

Dear Diary,
Pulling on a shirt when you are on the run is just routine. But have you taken a minute to make you look the best you can? Follow these simple steps to transfer from drab to fab!

Step 1: forget your usual bootleg jeans and go with something that shows off more of your personality (ripped jeans or colored skinny jeans)

Step 2: if your top lacks interest, put on a pair of great shoes that brings in color, texture, or design

Step 3: a great trick to brighten up any boring outfit is to add an oversize scarf with colors and prints

Who said you can’t look fabulous in 5 min?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring Shirtdress - Work Edition

Dear Diary,
We spend more of our waking hours in the office than at home. Some of us might decide to maintain two separate identities in the workspace and outside; I, on the other hand, prefer to bring a little of myself to any environment.

One way I do that is to bring my weekend style to the office. Recall that print shirtdress from an earlier entry? It’s the best opportunity to present yourself in the latest Spring trend while still being work appropriate.

Put on a black blazer for coverage and formality and swap the 5" tall sandals with low neutral pumps. With these simple changes, you might just feel the Spring air even when you are stuck in your cube!

Blazer: French Connection
Dress: fei
Pumps: Boutique 9

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

And The Fabulous Reader Is...

To My Fabulous Readers,
I can’t express how lucky I feel everyday to have the support of very sweet ladies around the world. I’m gracious that you are sparing a few minutes of your day to check out my fashion diary and even leave your encouraging comments!

The winner of this giveaway - the mauve Mini Flap Bag is comments #15 from chris!

Here’s her lovely comment:

Chris, please email me with your contact and shipping address!

F&R readers, I’m listening to your feedback! Because I believe your great ideas will inspire me to be a more well-rounded blogger one post at a time, you will see some of your suggestions start coming through a lot
sooner than you think!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Shirtdress

Dear Diary,
If you are looking for ways to make Spring dressing foolproof, you cannot undermine shirtdresses. It has the structure and flattering frame of a shirt and the convenience and softness of a dress.

This particular shirtdress caught my eye with its fun prints and hints of color – it’s like packing three major Spring trends in one! Keeping the whimsical quality of the piece, my first intuition is to outfit this dress with just cute platform sandals, delicate jewelry and oversized tote - a perfectly flirty look to dash around town.

Loving orange accents on my belt and on my envelope organizer inside my tote!

Dress: fei
Necklace: Forever 21
Platform Sandals: Gucci

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tough Lace

Dear Diary,
If you are a loyal reader, then you’ll know that I love unexpected combinations. In fact, I think that’s what makes the everyday task of getting dressed fun!

Inspired by the article on FabSugar on utility jackets, I dug into my closet and re-created Kate Bosworth’s ultra feminine lace dress combined with a more rugged military inspired jacket look. With a slight adjustment - nude lace top (although I do wish it’s a nude lace dress!) and nude heels to extend my legs (no I don’t have Kate Bosworth’s legs), I found a way to look..."pretty tough"!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Reminder: Enter F&R's Giveaway

Dear Diary,
You are probably slightly confused: where are the pictures with today’s post? The truth is I’ve got some work to do and I’m exhausted so I’ll have to delay my usual post by one day. Pretty terrible of me, I know! I seriously wonder how other bloggers have a full time job and still maintain their blogs at the same time; if you happen to know the secrets to life, please let me know!

To make up for the disappointment, I will offer you a chance to win a mini flap handbag perfect for the season. You can wear the bag long as a crossbody for the more modern look or wear it short for a more classic look.

Enter F&R's Giveaway Here!

Giving is fun and I’m spreading the F&R style, one giveaway at a time!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Flower Power

Dear Diary,
The world is constantly evolving and that means we must too, or we’ll be left behind and forgotten like the pink leg warmers from the 80’s or the off the shoulder sweatshirts with cutouts. For better or for worse, my fashion diary has been a great motivation for me to reinvent myself.

Floral prints are such a huge trend now but believe it or not, I am not a huge floral person. While I can’t explain myself why it’s okay for me to wear bright pink dresses, flowers headbands, or ruffle blouses, for some "unexplainable" reason, I would not pick out clothes with actual “flower” prints when I shop. A huge reason is because floral prints can easily look dated and fall out of fashion in a heartbeat.

Things changed when I laid my eyes on this soft and pretty blouse from Forever21! Perhaps it’s the pastel color pallets that made it seem more approachable. Maybe it’s the less than $20 price point that made me want to give it a chance. But I was surprisingly delighted when I tried it on because I felt like I was going to embark on a brand new adventure!

Top: Forever 21
Hat: Banana Republic
Boots: Giuseppe Zanotti

Friday, April 8, 2011

Transitional Wear

Dear Diary,
Not all of us are quite ready for Spring and that’s totally okay! If you are as indecisive as I am, then it’s normal for your outfits to bounce between seasons. Luckily, longer hemlines and silhouettes are back in trend, which will allow me to embrace the unpredictable weather while being “accidentally” fashionable!

This cotton stretchy maxi dress from H&M might soon be my favorite thing to wear now. Wear it with a structural blazer for a more put together look or throw on a large cable knitted cardigan for casual Fridays; a great piece with endless possibilities. With this comfy maxi dress, I wouldn’t mind taking a little longer to make any decisions at all!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring Sweater

Dear Diary,
Spring is right around the corner, so is it time to switch out your wardrobe to make room for the new season? Not for me! Thanks to the California weather and my shopping strategies, I don’t have much seasonality to my wardrobe. That allows me to buy pieces that I can wear all year round and save a ton of money!

So wearing summer clothes in cooler weather is easy – add layers with thin v-neck sweaters, long cardigans, or vests and top off with smart outerwear for extra protection. But how do you wear winter pieces in the Spring? The secret is in the balance.
  1. Offset the heaviness of winter pieces by pairing them with something that shows off more skin
  2. Shake the winter gray by adding bright colors to your outfit
  3. Counterbalance the shapeless sweaters with a formfitting bottom
Follow the rules and you might just discover more potential in your existing wardrobe.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Frills and Ruffles - Free Giveaway! (Spring Must-Have)

To thank my readers for supporting my Japan disaster relief effort and for being just so fabulous, Frills and Ruffles is giving away an adorable mini flap handbag to a lucky reader!

To enter is super easy:

1) Follow me on Google Connect or “like” FrillsandRuffles on Facebook

2) Leave a comment to this post about what you like about the Frills and Ruffles blog and what you would like to see in the future!

A winner will be picked randomly on April 19th using a random number generator by the order of comments. This reader will receive with this irresistible mauve turn-lock mini handbag with chains that you can wear long or short. Start your Spring season with this instant chic accessory you won't find any where else but on Frills and Ruffles!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fashion with Compassion

Dear Diary,
I think we can all agree that fashion and compassion go hand-in-hand. In fact, I have proof! Thanks for my fabulous readers with big hearts, I have raised $105 towards emergency shelter and supplies through the Japan with Love project via Shelterbox. Because of this project, someone in Japan will receive the help they need to rebuild new lives and my readers will have a piece of Frills and Ruffles in their closet! I never thought starting a fashion blog would give me the opportunity to help others!

Have a great weekend everyone!