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Thursday, July 26, 2012

If I'm not mistaken, these girls are twins, but I like how they both took their dresses in different directions.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

This is bound to be a rather un-glamorous trip, but I'm going to see family, not live it up :)  I packed according to several warnings - heat/humidity, bugs, the countryside and a more modest culture in general, rough clothes-washing/drying, and of course, sun.  My grandma lives around the area where the first Survivor was held, if that gives you any idea XD

For comfort, mobility and family dinners:

Forever 21 and Mossimo butterfly tops, Made for Life and Bozzolo leggings
 (... Plus some old free t-shirts and baggy shorts and other stuff that would be weird to photograph lol)

 For battling mosquitoes and sun:

Limited Too hoodie (it still fits!), Everlast sweat-proof workout top, Fragile Blue Jeans cropped pants

For the beach:

D&Y sunhat, MixIt flip flops, Cazimi onepiece swimsuit, Dockers aviators, Forever 21 midi dress

For country walking:
Mushroom sandals (kind of ugly haha... oh well, I'm not going to kill my joints)


Facial towlettes, sunblock, bugspray, oil-blotting sheets

And just in case (for a nice dinner or city outing):
because you never know who you'll meet ;)

Kimchi and Blue dress - Urban Outfitters

I'll be on hiatus for about two weeks (although I'll put one or two things on queue)!  Hoping to come back with some interesting local fashion shots and lots of memories.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Admittedly, around junior high/high school, I swore to myself that I would never again shop at JCPenney or Sears.  Things were poor quality/ill-fitting, tacky, etc.  But nowadays, I realized that that was unfair and rude.  Perhaps these companies have stepped up their game a bit due to the economy, but it's also a matter of taking a careful look to see what you can really discover.  Similar to thrift store shopping, there's the "who would ever buy that" merchandise, but there can be a few gems - at amazing prices - if you're patient and lucky.

Speaking of price: after developing a keener eye in outlets and consignments, plus all the crazy recession sales in the past few years, I've come to realize how much clothes generally are REALLY worth.  It's never worth it just to "buy the brand" or just to follow a trend.  And I loathe paying full price now.  Not that I sacrifice quality, but quality often doesn't warrant the $100 price tag like I used to think.  And really, I take good care of my clothes so they hardly ever tear, fade or shrink anyway.

Being creative with re-styling what you already have, and buying only what you love and what makes sense, means you don't need as much.  Eventually you stop wanting everything in sight.

Here are some recent buys.  Everything except for the boots and the blue/red top was $15 or less!

Clockwise from top: [From Sears] Trend Report sable booties; 
[From JCPenney] Six Degrees of Separation Peter Pan top / Dockers men's aviators / 
MixIt flip-flops /  Purple fashion and black basic leggings;  
[From Target] Mossimo butterfly top

I've avoided this style for a long time, but they're surprisingly cute on and fairly comfortable and sturdy.

Already found a Peter Pan top! (I mentioned looking for one in the post here)

These are from the men's section, because my head is too big haha...  If you look carefully at the reflection, you can see my injured thumb :P

Monday, July 16, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Burberry sure knows how to market an image.  Gorgeous atmospheres and poignant songs that feel truly loved and "hand crafted" by the artists, just as Burberry puts much thought into their quality designs.  They're not just selling the clothes, they're selling the image (Not that they hadn't already convinced me that a Burberry trench is my dream investment piece.)  Burberry takes pride in their heritage, and I believe these are all British/UK artists.

Acoustic music and British accents, two of my weaknesses.  And honestly, British fashion is probably my favorite, aesthetic-wise.

Here are some of my favorites.  I imagine walking through London on a summer morning just as the sun is coming up:

Life in Film - "Carla"

General Fiasco - "Sinking Ships"

"In the Arms of Another Day" - The Daydream Club

One Night Only - "Long Time Coming"

One Night Only - "Chemistry"

Music ties into one of several perfumes that I've been deliberating on buying:  Burberry "The Beat"

Thursday, July 12, 2012

When the sun comes out, so do the colors.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"There is no excellent beauty that hath no strangeness in the proportion." - Sir Francis Bacon

Like I've talked about before, figure accentuation isn't always a prerogative.  Sometimes it's just fun to play with shapes.  Otherwise, this combination might have been too stuffy.

(and luckily for Washington, we've been spared by the heatwave)

Uneven hem trench - Daughters of the Revolution  /  Ruffle front shirtdress - Blue Bird Shirting 
[both from Anthropologie]

(and no shoes in the house, of course)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This guys looks like a legit fashion photographer, alright.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Wedding photos taken at the library?

I think the veil and shape of the gown are gorgeous, soft and elegant.  Interesting choice to have off-white bridesmaid dresses - I like the lace.

Friday, July 6, 2012

If you get that title reference, bonus points for you ^_^

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sunday, July 1, 2012

(OTLO = on the look-out, a new category I will post about now and then)

I definitely have to dress according to my mood and schedule, and that can sometimes fluctuate.  Sometimes, I have sweet/skipping-through-the-fields sort of mornings...

The Peter Pan collar (this one below is a bit of a modified version):

 Though, I'm not sure if I could pull it off in real life?  I might look like a child or a nun.
Image credit: brand Lulus at
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The romper:  Though I have yet to find a flattering one!

Image credit: brand CLICK at

Other days, dressing calls for an edgy/take-on-the-city feeling.  Sometimes I forget that I'm turning 21 soon.  Embracing the 20's my way looks kind of like this:

Cut-out shoulder detailing:

Now technically speaking, this shirt covers up a lot.  But there's something about deliberately showing a shoulder that's very... mature, I guess.  It requires confidence.
Image credit: brand Redopin at

 A tough vest:

I always like mixing masculine with feminine.  Vests add a little coverage without too much extra warmth, and if you're lucky they will even come with pockets.

Image credit: brand Jcstyle at

I will be on the look-out this summer!  :)

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