Sunday, December 30, 2012

.: holiday sweater :.

I totally forgot to wish everyone a happy holiday! Hope you had a great one.
Is it just me or somehow holiday sweaters are taking over the stores this year? Every store sell holiday sweaters, from the one that's actually cute to the super ridiculous ones. After a very long search that includes begging and bugging the sales assistant at J Crew (it was sold out everywhere!), I finally got this sweater. It's so soft and warm, and the birdie+cat print is just adorable albeit they are not very holiday-related.

Farmyard Fair-Isle sweater: J Crew // Skirt: Nordstrom Rack // Loopy scarf & tights: H&M // 
Boots: Target {similar} // Knit tote: Charles & Keith {similar}

.: winter pastels :.

The weather here is really funky. I managed to wear this pastel outfit a couple of days ago and today I was all bundled up like Micheline Man. I ended up getting the mint loafers thanks to Pinterest. It pops up everywhere and I can't sleep thinking about it. What do you think about the color combo?

Houndstooth scarf: Target // cardigan: Uniqlo // top and tights: H&M // Skirt: Nordstrom Rack {similar} // Loafers: Oasap // Bangles: Kate Spade outlet //
 Chain rubber bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs bought here

Thursday, December 20, 2012

.: wintergreen :.

Okay, it finally feels like winter in SoCal! It was gloomy all day yesterday, but it was actually a little warmer earlier today. I managed to walk around outside without any extra layer. Got my very first Cambridge satchel after contemplating for almost a year, the color is so pretty!

Dress and pullover: Madewell here and here // Necklace: {similar} // Tights: H&M // Satchel : Modcloth // Booties: {similar}

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

.: neapolitan :.

This sweater looks a bit yummy so I have to pair it with my mocha skirt... while drinking peppermint mocha. Ha!

Sweater: sheinside // skirt: Uniqlo {similar} // Scarf: H&M // Scallop satchel : Oasap // Birdcage : Accesorize UK {similar} // Oxford: Nordstrom

Monday, December 17, 2012

.: Double Take :.

Oh what a busy month! Christmas gifts to buy, cookies to bake, cleaning the house for visiting guests... I hardly had the time to post anything! :) We're probably just going to have a mellow, relaxed Christmas dinners so I just bought a simple dress that can be dressed up and down. This dress has a ruched band around the waist to hide the holiday weight, which is great. The cut is very flattering for someone with fuller hips. Oh, and the dress is available all the way up to size 3X.

Dress it down with a denim jacket and fitted cotton blazer for the weekend.

Dress it up with festive necklace, jeweled shoes, and fluffy cardigans. I bet it'll look nice with some faux-fur capes and glittered blazer, too.

Raspberry Iced Tea Dress : Modcloth // Denim  blazer : Gibson // Cloche: Goorin Bros //  Bike necklace: Leola Lace //  Ruffled cardigan, feather headband : H&M {similar here and here} // Necklace : Accessorize {similar} // Bangle c/o my in-laws: Henri Bendel // Scalloped satchel: Oasap // Crystal shoes: similar 

Monday, December 10, 2012

.: What a character :.

I saw so many novelty sweaters popping up this season and got into the whole cute character sweater mania. I was not a big fan of sweater because they tend to add unpleasant bulks in my body. I learned it's best to avoid chunky, cable-knit sweaters and opt for leaner, well-fitted wool/cotton blend ones. I was so smitten by this one and while it's not necessarily age-appropriate, I went ahead and bought it. Who cares about age when you're having fun.

scarf: TJ Maxx {similar} // sweater: Forever 21 {similar} // Skirt: Modcloth // tights: H&M // flats: Kimchi Blue {similar}

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

.: staying warm :.

The weather here is not frightful at all. I can still get away with wearing skirts sans-tights during the day.  Keeping warm with layers and a wool blazer. The nice thing about fitted blazers is that it can create shapes when there was none; in this case it created an illusion of a smaller waistline :) And the elements draw attentions away from places that are less flattering (a.k.a my tummy).

blazer: Anthropologie (old) // top : Madewell // Skirt: ModCloth (goes up to size 3X) // Necklace: Anthropologie (old) // Flats: Target (similar)

Friday, November 30, 2012

.: dream closet :.

I'm currently under the weather, so while all drugged up with NyQuil/DayQuil cocktail mix I entertained myself with a very unhealthy dose of Pinterest and found this lovely color palette.
While it looks like a leftover from summer, I'm still loving seafoam/minty green and coral. What a fresh combo against all Fall colors. And they are all a petite12-friendly.

1. Coral Dress: so pretty with the textures - ShopRuche
2. Mint Loafers available here and here
3. Poppy skirt: looks great with minty blouse - ModCloth
4. Hilma blouse (on sale!) - Anthropologie
5. Glossy bangles
6. Coral Mirage bracelet
7. Upwardly Mobile Satchel - ModCloth 

Disclaimer: I don't get compensation from any of the stores above. This is purely for my own reference. All images belong respectively to each store.

Monday, November 26, 2012

.: I left my heart ... :.

Trip to San Francisco always left me wanting for more... I wished we had spend more time exploring the city, meeting more friends... maybe we'll do it next time :)

 Walk past this building everytime I went to school. 
Definitely don't miss school days but I miss my school friends.

 goodies & shops at Ferry Building 

 yumsies from Bouchon, Yountville

Fresh persimmons from the farmers' market 

Got my proper Giants attributes, girly style

Thursday, November 22, 2012

.: Thanksgiving trip :.

I'm getting ready for our Thanksgiving trip to San Francisco: packing, unpacking, re-packing and repeat. I wish I can bring my whole closet! So excited to see SF once more & reminiscing of the good old days :)
I tried to venture out of my safety zone and bought a patterned legging. I'm not a huge fan of legging/jegging because they're usually too tight and highlighted the chubbiest part of my leg. Then Uniqlo came along with their comfy & stylish legging with actual pockets! I'm still not very confident with this houndstooth version but I so love the comfortable part.

utility jacket: Forever 21 {similar} // cotton tunic: Zara // Scarf: TJ Maxx {similar} // Crossbody satchel: H&M // Houndstooth legging: Uniqlo

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

.: Recently acquired :.

Over the weekend I went to Desert Hills Premium Outlet with the whole family. My mission was to find this cute riding boots that can fit my wide calves or buy this flats without paying the premium price *yeah, right*. Didn't find such things; and not one boots fit my wide calves. Feeling dejected and *gasp* fat, I walked into the accessories bin at Tory Burch. And Kate Spade. And I walked out with boatloads *okay that was an overkill* of bracelets; 50% off the retail price. Then I felt so much better. Bracelets always fit.

What knee-high boots taketh away, bracelets giveth back.

bow, statement and polkadot bracelets: Kate Spade Outlet // plato leather wrap bracelet : Tory Burch //wrap bracelet: gorjana via rue la la

Monday, November 19, 2012

.: Here's to the 90s! :.

I got pretty excited when I found the 'perfect' denim jacket *because everything I found was either studded to death and cropped like mad* and was telling my friend all about it when she cut me off and said, "Ew, I can't believe you bought that! It's so 1990! I threw mine away a long time ago! Why did you buy something that is so out of fashion?" Obviously said friend have never even heard the magical place on the internet that is Pinterest. So here's to the 90s and whoever lucky enough to find the 'perfect' denim jacket!

denim jacket : zara trf // dress: frothed dots - Anthropologie (sale) // Bow Belt : Anthropologie // 
Cloche: Goorin Bros via Zulily // mint flats: TJ Maxx

Friday, November 16, 2012

.: dream closet :.

2.  Topiary Dress - modcloth
3. As You Dreamt - modcloth
4.  Raspberry Ice Tea dress - modcloth

Yup, somebody spent way too much time online shopping... I'm a sucker for lace and frilly-girly stuff. Being a full-figured girl, I have to be careful not to wear too much lace or I will look exactly like curtains at my parents' house. I think these dresses are lovely but not too lace-overload. The one from Ryu is especially lovely because of the flutter sleeves. I can probably get away with not wearing anything to cover my arms.

credits: all images belong to shopruche and modcloth. Washi tape and Starburst medallion from pugly pixel.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

.: surviving Fall :.

1. Warm milk tea

2. Cozy slippers

3. Soft and thick pajama, soft throw, rose salve, creamy body lotion and moisturizer

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

.: I too can has cheezburger :.

While I'm not understanding the whole 'can has cheezburger' phenomenon, I thought the cats they featured are pretty funny. *maybe the politically correct lolspeak is funneh kitteh? I'm not sure.* I'm not a cat person, unless they come printed on a dress; especially an Anthropologie dress that was on sale from $159 to $39.95.

cardigan: H&M // Dress: Feline karma dress-Leah Reena Goren for Anthropologie // Bow Belt: Anthropologie // wrap bracelet: Brandy Melville // Purse : Hogan // Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs from DSW

Monday, November 12, 2012

.: transition :.

The weather has been very undecided in SoCal. It feels like winter last weekend, then it's going to be in the 80s later this week, and back to low 70s. The good thing is that I can still wear my dress but I get to wear jackets without sweating like a turkey on Thanksgiving week. I'm also trying to wear glasses more often because lately my contacts has been giving me some problems. And it fits right in with the hipsters, right? *wannabe, cough cough*

Blazer: Forever 21(similar) // Dress: Lush  // Scarf: remi and reid // Necklace: b.p by Nordstrom (similar) // Chain link bracelet: Forever 21 // Leather wrap bracelet: Gorjana // White enamel bangle: Banana Republic (similar)