" My Style Lounge: January 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

glimpse of spring

I thought I would move away from the drab mix of grey, black, and cream (for a day) and wear some bright colors. It made me feel a bit weird. I don't really like this skirt anymore but I bought it so I'm going to wear it (at least a couple times). I'm wearing a mix of new things that aren't so new. The belt and cardigan have been sitting in my closet for awhile- belt (several months) and cardigan (a month). I really need to stop doing that.

Martin+Osa turtleneck, Madewell cardigan, viola skirt, Buji Baja belt, Spanx tights, Miss Sixty boots, Lenora Dame necklace

to be or not to be? opening ceremony wedge boot

Finally, the US dollar has gained some value and I might actually make an international purchase. I found the Opening Ceremony oxford heels that I want and now I'm thinking about getting these, too. Should I? Do you think I can make them work? Or they meant for the tall and skinny?

Opening Ceremony wedge boot $111

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Majestic dress, Martin+Osa turtleneck, Jonathan Saunders for Target dress, Gap belt and tights, Naturalizer boots, Club Monaco necklace

Monday, January 26, 2009

tomorrow is another day

It's a weird day. It's Vietnamese/ Chinese New Year (happy new year). My long term guests have gone home (yes, it's been almost 3 months). It's a rainy, cold day. I'm happy. I'm sad. I don't know how to feel. I do look forward to returning to some kind of normalcy whatever that might be.

Madewell cardigan, Martin+Osa turtleneck, Jonathan Saunders for Target dress, Elizabeth and James pants, Farylrobin heels, Club Monaco belt

Saturday, January 24, 2009

you're really close to being mine...

because I can't stop thinking of you. If I get my act together, I hope you are still around. I think you're freakin' gorgeous.

Opening Ceremony oxford $222

Friday, January 23, 2009

Among many other things from this Etsy seller, I find this necklace beautiful.

Lacunae Necklace $50

that's a pretty good deal

Maybe this is a sign that I should get this capelet.

a new belt

I'm wearing a new belt. It comes from the Gap order I placed last week. Now I want it in brown, too. I'm doubting one or two things I ordered so maybe I will exchange it (them) for the belt.

American Apparel pocket frock, Mike & Chris hoodie, Elizabeth and James pants, Gap belt and sandals, J.Crew bracelet

Thursday, January 22, 2009

you don't have to tell me

I look fugly. I know it. I only have myself to blame. I woke up thinking... okay, I will wear jeans. Remember, today is jeans day for charity.

I love jeans. In the past, that's all I wanted to wear. But I don't love the jeans I have anymore but one (my cream Habituals) and I've been over wearing them. After thirty minutes of trying to make a pair of jeans work, I was over it. This is all I had time to do. You know when people wear their outfit on reserve because they know they like it... well, I'm not one of those people. I should. It would make mornings a lot easier because I hate mornings.

There was a highlight to today though. I stopped by Tasti D-Lite and got a chocolate banana and coconut swirl with some sliced bananas. Yummy.

Calypso turtleneck dress, Gap cardigan, Kerrigan pants, Old Navy sandals, Iosselliani necklace, usual arm candy

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

unexpected moments

If I'm repeating myself, I apologize in advance.

I LOVE this cardigan. Finding it was an unexpected moment. While in Houston, during the Christmas holiday, a friend and I were at Rice Village. We happened to stop by the Gap. While we were both standing there, an employee walked passed by us and I couldn't help staring. She noticed it too and asked if I needed help. I wanted her sweater. It was on sale and there was literally 5 racks of them in grey, brown, and black. For $32, I should have bought all three colors but I resisted. If they had a million and one of them, surely the price will go down again and I can get myself more. So... I settled with just buying brown.

If I could (and not that I can't), I would be wearing it everyday. It is the most coziest thing to wear. I wear it at least 2 times a week.

Ready to buy the other two colors, I discovered that I couldn't. I probably called a half dozen stores with zero luck. How was that seriously possible? I also visited two stores. In two weeks, did everybody jump on the cozy cardigan bandwagon? It seems so because one person recognized it the first time I wore it to work and at one of the Gap stores I went to, a fat, old lady was wearing one. Ironically, that hasn't deterred my love for this cardigan.

I'm happy to say that I did score one more. I got another one in black (via online). I really wanted the grey one. We take what we can get, right? I'm hoping that a grey one in small shows up on eBay soon.

Martin+Osa turtleneck, Original Penguin dress, Gap cardigan, Elizabeth and James pants, Farylrobin wedges, FCUK necklace, daily arm candy

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

it took a post to enlighten me

Here is another work conversation that went something like this (more or less):

co-worker: You're not wearing jeans today?
me: What is the purpose? Was I suppose to?
co-worker: For charity.

My work is trying to collect money for a school that was devastated by Hurricane Ike. To be honest, I forgot about it. To be honest, I didn't care to pay $5 to wear jeans. But now that I think about it, I feel like a selfish pig for not donating my share. Going to my come-to source for information, I looked up Hurrican Ike on Wikipedia which let me know it was the 3rd devastating hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. Luckily, today was not "jeans day." It's actually Thursday. So... I'll pitch in my part but I don't really care about the jeans. Until I own a pair of Acne or Current/ Elliot, I don't really have any interest in wearing a pair.

Martin+Osa turtleneck, Target dress, Jonathan Saunders for Target dress, Spanx tights, Club Monaco belt, Naturalizer boots, usual arm candy

pent up excitement

It's hard to get excited about something you haven't even seen yet. I'm talking about McQ Alexander McQueen for Target. Then eeps rambling let us know that Is Mental posted lookbook pictures she discovered from Love is a Battle Droid. All this sampling began my fever. And then finally... Nylon filled the gap by showing all the pictures from the lookbook. Now, it's my turn to continue this domino effect.

It's time now for me to save money because I feel the need to buy (almost) all of it. At least, buy everything I have any remote interest in and then decide later if it works or not. I just hope that it will be available online because if I have to rely on going to my nearest Target, I'm going to be pissed off. I hardly doubt it will last a day in stores.

The line completely fulfills my style aesthetic. I'm in constant search for the perfect unbasic basics. The mix of blues and pinks with black and grey work for me. No, it does not showcase his outrageous designs. Yes, maybe it's McQueen for Americans. I'm no longer 21... I have a profession (that is unfortunately unrelated to fashion or creativity)...blah blah blah.

What's my point? I'm very excited about McQ for Target. I'm going to have a hard time waiting until March to get my hands on it. I want it now.

Monday, January 19, 2009

samples are a woman's best friend

I've been wanting to try Davines shampoos and conditioners ever since I fell head over heels for the Davines Crystal Fixative Lacquer No. 7, the best hairspray EVER!

When I found Blush Beauty, I was super happy. Not only did I found my regularly priced $32 hairspray for a much better price of $21.05, I discovered that they sold travel-sized kits, too. I decided to try out two. And I have to say... I am so happy that I decided to make a smaller investment in travel sizes because the verdict is... nothing beats Bumble & bumble's gentle shampoo and super rich conditioner.

At the same time, it was fine to try something new and get the curiosity bug out of me.

Yes, they fill their bottles only about 3/4ths full.

This is the best hairspray EVER! EVER!

as well as well can be

Today, I gave two presentations amongst my peers. They went well (as well as well can be) but I'm just glad the day is over. Now... time to conquer the rest of the week.

Martin+Osa turtleneck, American Apparel cardigan, Theory skirt, Club Monaco belt, ? tights, Farylrobin heels, usual arm candy

Sunday, January 18, 2009

favorite things at urban outfitters

I was browing the UO website this morning and there was so much that got my attention. These are some of my favorite things. Maybe, I can own a few of these pieces.

UO trellis tights $14
Um... if you haven't noticed, I love tights. This pair would be happy among my collection.

shibori gauze scarves $28
Pretty, pretty scarves. Since I can't decide between the three options, I think I might just grab these two.

Renata knits beaded necklace $34

printed exaggerated hi/low hem $32
It's the shape that I love most about these tanks.

Urban Renewal ruffle skirt $48
This skirt would be great alone or layered under another skirt.

Ecote Masai skirt $54

Silence & Noise high waisted linen skirt $58

Silence & Noise hooded poncho $58
There is something similar by Slow and Steady Wins the Race but $58 is a much friendlier price.

Tikirani fairisle tunic sweater $78
I can't explain why I like this dress. With some light blue jeans and a turtleneck, it gives that carefree look.

S Loves C by Spring & Clifton batwing tunic $98
I'm most attracted to the buttons along the side.

Leather Architectural heel $78
Seychelles Cypress platform $98
I've been looking for the perfect pair of affordable heels and I think these Seychelles will do just nicely.

Jeffrey Campbell lattice heel $128
Frye Gail woven slingback $188
Jeffrey Campbell crosshatch platform $198