festivus for the rest of us.

saying hello to october means...
the whirlwind of the holidays begins.
it'll go something like this:

round up local "birthday" goodies to send to my
homesick nephew in oregon by the 16th.
school harvest celebrations.
decorate the house for halloween.
procrastinate, then stress about costumes
and goodie bags for school.
carve pumpkins.
realize that mini-she's bday is the next day.
mini-she's bday celebration.
think about starting my christmas list.
THANKSGIVING coupled with sister #2's bday.
think about starting my christmas list.
buy and decorate christmas tree.
attempt to take (minis') christmas photos for our cards.
finally make christmas list.
school christmas programs.
send out cards.
christmas get-together with girlfriends.
stress and shop.
wrap gifts.
stress and shop.
wrap gifts.

today's lunch...local plate lunch consisting of brown rice,
chicken katsu, and the signature warm (from sitting next to
the hot items) tossed salad.
(skirt, bcbg (similar); top, f21(similar)(similar);
shoes, michael-michael kors (similar))

don't forget to come back tomorrow as:



a section of mini-she's closet is storage for old work suits. some of the skirts are too short and too tight, the jackets are loose-fitting with huge shoulder pads, and the colors and styles are just outdated. however, there are two blazers that i have been able to incorporate into my current wardrobe.
both are black; one is fitted while the
other is two sizes too big oversized.

on this morning, i went to grab the oversized one and was horrified at what i saw...silverfish had chewed the entire lining of my jacket...ick! so i resorted to this one which i much prefer, anyways. it was really hot, so i took the jacket off at work and hung it over my chair for the day.
as i was getting ready to leave, i noticed
that bear had chewed up one of the sleeves while
he was sitting under my chair.
time for some new suits.

anyone remember these? it's like eating flowers...
(jacket & pant; bebe (similar); shoes, jessica simpson (similar) (similar); bag, local boutique)

save the date.


squares and radicals.

i'm not sure why, but i was hesitant to wear this cross-laden sweater to mini-he's (christian church) preschool. i'm already the mom who wears six-inch platforms...i didn't want to be the radical mom who comes wearing crosses around my neck and
on my back, too. i'd hate to offend anyone.
turns out mini-he's teacher loved it.
she even asked where i bought it from. too funny.

this skirt has been in the alteration pile for quite some time. it's one of those sheer numbers with hot pants underneath.
i last wore it here and mentioned that i wanted to line it so that it would be work appropriate. still haven't lined it, but in desperation (of needing something to wear), i cut this slip out of another dress. it's about eight inches too short, but it worked for today. i also realized that this black slip is too dark...a nude color would better show the pretty browns and gold.

today's lunch.
(skirt, f21 (similar)(similar); sweater, DIY (similar)(similar);
shoes, jessica simpson (similar)(similar) belt, urban outfitters (similar))


till the elephants come home.

y'all know i have this thing for animal prints.
it all started with the bird printed blouses from zara, then some adorable vintage horse printed dresses spotted on fellow bloggers, as well as the one from asos.
i don't find many animals roaming around these parts of town, so when i spotted this little number,
it was a no-brainer.

tell me one of your obsessions.

homemade nachos...throw on your leftovers + lots of cheese,
nuke it in the micro till the cheese bubbles, and enjoy!
(top, local boutique (similar)(similar), denim, free people (buy);
necklace, vintage (similar))


weekend news.

ok, so i finally got this DIY done.
(remember i got side-tracked and did this sweater instead?)
i'm making use of some extra tees i had in storage. the fit is huge and boxy, but it is what it is considering it's a men's XL. i'll probably continue to morph it...maybe take some material off the back and lace it up.

also, this is day old hair revived using the TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo i wrote about here. unlike other powder formulas which are messy and just feel yucky, this aerosol formula is light, smells nice, and doesn't weigh down my curls. don't forget to check out this video for your chance to win a $500 target gift card.

lastly, i am featured in Be In Style's
latest Best of the Web series.
if you haven't heard of this site, be sure to check it out. they have a plethora of information on anything and everything. style tips, baking tips, pet tips, living green tips, home ideas, baby and mama tips, outdoor activities tips...you get the point.

how was your weekend?

told you there would be a lot of birthday cake.
we threw them all together for one final celebration.
(cross tee, DIY (similar)(similar); denim, abercrombie & fitch (similar)(similar);
bag, gucci (similar)(similar)(this one is cute! similar))


TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo. an [oomph.] discovery.

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i'm starting to take cues from fellow bloggers who swear by taking days off from washing their hair. it's these same bloggers who have beautiful, lustrous hair. now, our hot, humid weather makes it difficult to skip a day of washing; instead, i am exploring the concept of dry shampooing once a week.

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a whole lotta.

birthdays, that is.
this is the week of birthdays for our family.
my dad, niece, mom, and brother-in-law are all celebrating their birthdays this week. that means that this weekend will be filled with a whole lotta birthday cake.
i'm feeling sick already.

i professed a whole lotta love for this shrunken white blazer before, and i am still finding a whole lotta reasons to love it. i like how it freshens and balances a whole lotta print.

 hope you all have a whole lotta fun this weekend.
happy aloha friday!

"teddi bear"
sister's pup, bear, reunited with his sister, teddi.
(dress via oomph.(similar)(similar); blazer, rampage (similar); shoes, aldo (similar);
gold watch, quartz (similar); necklace, old navy (similar)(similar))


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gold digger.

zara recently launched its u.s. online store.
being that we don't have a store here, i was excited
and had only two items in mind...
the pink boyfriend blazer and green skinny jeans.
everyone and their friend's sister's aunty's cousin's girlfriend's niece has these.
not me.
i wanted.
unfortunately, there was nothing of its kind on the site.
and nothing else i really wanted.
but, like any true shopaholic who finds any reason to shop, they were offering free shipping...so, i opted for these gold denims.
i didn't have to dig too far for this gold.

grilled steak salad + metromint chocolate mint water.
(sweater, express (similar)(similar); denim, zara (buy)(similar)(similar);
bag, charlotte russe (similar)(similar); necklace, f21 (similar);
shoes, nine west (similar)(similar))



one hit wonder.

i used to like miss sixty clothing for its edginess.
each piece had some oomph-worthy detail.
so, i was excited when they finally opened a store here.
unfortunately, it was short-lived...probably because their stuff was really expensive and impractical for our warm weather here.
this is the one dress i snagged before they closed up shop.

nutter butter...an old favorite.
(dress, miss sixty (try these prints-(similar)(similar);
shoes, aldo (similar); clutch (similar);
necklace, urban outfitters (similar)(similar))

blogaversary giveaway here.


a sit down session.

this used to be my favorite hat.
i used to wear it all the time,
except that i used to wear it backwards.
think i like it this way better.

i'm off to mini-she's last volleyball game of the season. they only won two games, but they have really improved over the past month. it would be great if they ended the season with a win...fingers crossed.

thanks to all who have entered my blogaversary giveaway so far;
there's just a few more days left to enter.
as i started to compile the entries, i found that i was unable to verify some of them.
to be fair to all, please make sure that i am able to verify your entries by providing the appropriate information (gfc name that matches your avatar, twitter name, fb name, mention @rockoomph or leave links to any tweets or blog posts, etc.)

(tee, charlotte russe (similar);ring, blue vanilla; necklaces, DIY (similar);
shoes, aldo(similar)(similar);
denim, american eagle (similar))
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