9.29.2013

neutral and neon.

what a rainy weekend we had.
the bad? terrible picture weather. in addition to being rainy, it was humid and hot. the good? i saw two musicals which i'll share with you this week.

i loved the feathers and bright neon colors in this top from Persun. it's one of those dressier-than-a-tee shirts that is easy to wear and works well with everything from shorts to denim to pencil skirts. paired it here with a neutral denim which, coincidentally, had neon cuffs.

how's the weather in your neck of the woods?

(top c/o Persun (buy); nine west shoes;
bag and denim c/o JustFab)

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9.27.2013

camo + boots.

more and more prints have been finding their way into my wardrobe lately. and since my closet is usually a sea of solid blacks and grays, this works out nicely. this is the other camouflage piece from Patty's Closet i was talking about. i think the [faux] leather trim is an oomph-worthy detail that allows these otherwise casual shorts to be dressed up.

last week i mentioned how our casual lifestyle made it challenging to wear heels with short shorts. but i still like need height. so one way i sneak in heels is with boots, since they have a more casual vibe. even better if they're a neutral, skin-toned color that elongates and doesn't attract
too much attention.

have a great weekend!

(shorts c/o Patty's Closet; nine west shoes; f21 sweater;
sonia rykiel bag; bobby glam hair extensions c/o)

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9.26.2013

aztec shorts + stud earrings.

just as there are wardrobe staples, there are accessory staples.
two kinds of earrings that are a must-have in my jewelry collection are simple hoops and studs. my daily grind of work and kids' activities doesn't warrant the use of big, elaborate earrings (i save those for nights out), but i will always reach for basic hoop earrings or stud earrings in gold or silver. they are the finishing touches on a casual outfit and the perfect fillers for your bare ears when you are wearing a statement necklace. while i'm wearing them here with shorts and slippers, i love that these pretty, square-cut studs from INPINK have enough shine and detail for a formal evening out.

i picked up these shorts from Patty's Closet a few weeks ago when they were having their 20% off labor day sale. i usually prefer cuts and fabrics that are a little more sturdy and structured (like denim!), so this was something different for me. mini-she says they look like pajamas, and i'm ok with that!

(square cut cubic zirconia silver earrings c/o INPINK (buy)
(Patty's Closet shorts; gap pure tee; JustFab bag c/o;
ray-ban sunglasses via ideeli)

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9.25.2013

studded camouflage.

i think i'm going crazy...
crazy for camouflage, that is.
the team at Patty's Closet in Windward Mall probably thought i was crazy for choosing a bunch of camouflage items, but they were too fun to pass up. leggings are tricky (i wrote about them here), but this one passed my test with its studded detail at the knees and busy pattern which camouflages, haha, unsightly bumps and bulges. plus, it seemed appropriate for all the chilly, big-sweater-and-leggings kind of nights soon to come. stay tuned for another fun camouflage piece coming up later this week.

stay in touch with Patty's Closet to see all of their new arrivals and join their text club to receive exclusive discounts. text 'pattys' to 75309.

i survived the 5-birthdays weekend, but it was enough to make me hit the treadmill again. i'm happy to report that i'm back to my midnight runs.
(camo leggings c/o Patty's Closet; express sweater;
enzo angiolini shoes; JustFab bag c/o)

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9.24.2013

east vs west [coast] style. leather.

welcome to week two of east vs west style.
today, we are tackling leather. leather is a trend that i absolutely love, because it's edgy and tough. unfortunately, i don't get to wear it often, because it's too hot here. thanks to Lulu's for providing us with this amazing burgundy vegan-leather jacket. since only the sleeves are leather, it's totally
 do-able in our warmer temps. i couldn't wait to see how the rest of the ladies styled their jackets...i love how there ended up being a mix of dresses, shorts, and pants.

don't forget to visit the ladies:

east
Jackie / Living After Midnite / New York
Meaghan / District Sparkle / D.C.
Tracy / TheRightShoes / New York

west
Ashley / Golden Divine / Arizona
Ashley / Pursuit of Shoes / California
Becks / oomph. / Hawaii


while i generally feel it's too laid back here to wear [short] shorts + heels during the day, i've always made an exception for this leather pair.
(jacket c/o Lulu's (buy); urban outfitters leather shorts;
JustFab shoes c/o; Bobby Glam hair extensions c/o)

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9.23.2013

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9.20.2013

the longer shorts.

every morning, there's a few minutes after i get into my car where my mind drifts off, and i think about stuff. maybe reflecting on something i did, or what i have to do later, things that make me smile, or things i'm worried about. it's like i'm in a bubble and everything around me is on mute.
and then i realize, "hey, i can't hear the music!"
and the moment is over.

i'm kind of obsessed with cutting my jeans at the knees. with our year round warm weather, i wear a lot of shorts. i also love to wear heels, but i can't get away with wearing [short] shorts and heels during the day. a longer length, however, feels appropriate and more within my comfort zone. i first tried it out with this pair, and now these black joe's jeans that had an awkward fit as jeans anyways. i'm still experimenting
with the lengths.

when is your moment of reflection?

the prettiest rainbow jello...
i usually make 5-layer or 7-layer jello.
i think my co-worker was showing off with her 9-layer jello!
(DIY joe's jeans)

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9.19.2013

tigers + mooncakes.

happy mid-autumn festival.
while i am part chinese, i never really partook in festival activities; to be honest, i don't even know the meaning behind it. an old employee and friend [who moved back to taiwan] is here on vacation and brought some delicious mooncakes making this a good time to learn about it. here's what i found out:
- mid-autumn festival or chinese moon festival is one
of the most important festivals for the chinese people;
it's an official holiday.
- ancient chinese believed the movement of the moon played an important role in the changing of seasons and agricultural production. they worshiped the moon and gave offerings
of thanks for successful crops.
- round shape of the mooncake symbolizes reunion of family. eating mooncakes together with family and enjoying the moon at its fullest is an important part of the festival.
(google search)

wearing another great Patty's Closet [Mililani] find. it was a toss up between a grey leopard print blouse and this tiger top. tiger won.

ambassador green tea & red bean mooncake.
(Patty's Closet top c/o; pacsun pants; JustFab shoes c/o)

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9.18.2013

crops + boots.

with regards to personal style, i think it's important to take risks...dress outside of the box, as i like to say.
otherwise, we never change; and change is good.
take this cardigan from Patty's Closet, for instance. while i loved the [faux] leather trims and zipper details, the idea of a long in front, cropped in back style never really appealed to me. i tried it on anyways with an open mind, and to my surprise, i liked it. here's why it worked for me: i'm short. the cropped back elongates by showing off the entire length of my legs while still giving the illusion of a longer style in front. to further elongate, i threw on these tall platform boots from JustFab.
i'm glad i tried something different and found a
new favorite cardigan in doing so.

do you take risks or play it safe when it
comes to your personal style?
what did you try that was different from your norm?

JustFab Valletta boot.
love, love, love these boots. i chose the Valletta because it had a smaller calf circumference. i was unsure about the platform and 5-inch heel height, but it's comfortable and easy to walk in. this style seems to run a 1/2 size smaller which worked out perfectly for me. JustFab is ON right now; i love everything i've been getting. JustFab recently launched its LUXE line of genuine leather shoes. i purchased the remington and
eagerly await its arrival. 
(Patty's Closet jacket c/o; pacsun denim;
JustFab boots c/o; sonia rykiel bag)

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9.17.2013

east vs west [coast] style. leopard.

welcome to the east vs. west [coast] style collaboration.
we had so much fun with the summer collaboration, that we're back to share our takes on four fall trends. as always, it'll be interesting to see how lifestyle and location influence style across the states. we're starting off with one of my favorites, leopard.

hope you take the time to visit these stylish ladies.
here's the crew:

east
Jackie / Living After Midnite / New York
Meaghan / District Sparkle / D.C.
Tracy / TheRightShoes / New York

west
Ashley / Golden Divine / Arizona
Ashley / Pursuit of Shoes / California
Becks / oomph. / Hawaii


i decided to give this leopard romper a fun spin by pairing it with a striped skirt. the romper's belt, tied like a sash, was wide enough to cover most of the skirt's black waistband...gives it a more seamless look. completed the look with an emerald necklace and these ah-mazing shoes from JustFab.
(f21 romper; JustFab 'Jodie' shoes c/o; skirt via local boutique)

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