What a Friday! Nothing exciting just running around trying out the new camera lens with DH. First of all I'm obviously not a professional photographer and I don't really have the patience with my DSLR camera. I'm more of a point and shoot kind of a gal. I wasn't happy with the lens that came with my camera so DH borrowed a lens from Borrowlenses.com. He's ordered a couple of lenses with them before for our DSLR camera and it's a good idea considering most lenses are expensive so before shelling out $$$ why not try it out. You can borrow their lenses for a couple of days to a month and they don't just have lenses they also have some DSLR cameras for rent.
Have you ever noticed how expensive macaroons are? They are expensive and small but so are cupcakes.
But, I still eat them up.
Anthropologie cardigan and pants.
The pants poofs on the bottom that reminds me of Jeanie pants with drawstrings.
Sam Edelman rose studded shoes
Tory Burch Sunglasses
We had dinner/snack at The Melt. A restaurant that specializes on grilled cheese accompanied by soup and chips. Another overpriced place but DH wanted to try it. We ordered The Parisian Brie/Apple Butter on White Wheat with Creamy Wild Mushroom soup. It was pretty good and the apple butter made the sandwich a little sweet but for $9.00 plus a drink which came out close to $12. I'm better off next door at California Pizza Kitchen.
Have a great weekend.
Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with Borrowlenses.com just sharing our experience.
I have to say that James Perse is truly expensive but the good news is you can find them for a fraction of the price at stores like Marshall's or Nordstrom Rack. I would never pay over $100 on any of his items but I have to admit I do see why he has a following. His items are really soft, comfortable and the silhouettes are simple but just add some accessories and it can transform from day to night.
Turquoise and Leather choker from SF street vendor
Sandals - Old
Going out for drinks with a friend
Vintage Lion head gold belt
Vintage magazine clutch
Black Onyx and gold earrings
Black Michael Kors open toed shoes
Stay tuned for my other James Perse finds. One was under $30 and both designs hides my mid section pooch.
I am linking up with Marionberry Style today for her trend of the month challenge, florals. For this challenge I realized that I don't have much florals.
I wanted to purchase the H&M black floral pants that's $14.95 but like most H&M items, on me they are not flattering and a little over priced for what they are. One time I was trying on a shift dress without a zipper and it went on fine but taking it off was another story. The dress went up with my arms suddenly it felt like the dress shrunk down two sizes within my arms and shoulders. I was struggling to get it off while sweating and on the verge of breaking down crying. It felt like I had to dislocate my shoulder to finally be free. It just seems that the cut was too boxy but without any room for the shoulders, if that makes any sense. Anyhoo, I do have a couple of items from H&M but overall it's mostly misses than hits.
Anthropologie tank and skirt (old)
Vintage bracelet, belt and Japanese bamboo purse from Chicago Flea Market
Shoes are from Nordstrom Rack
Go check out other bloggers who linked up and get inspired. Hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday.
I was having a bad day last week and when I got in my car to drive home the radio started playing Everything Gonna Be Alright by Bob Marley. It can totally be a coincidence but I like to think that the universe and Bob Marley was trying to tell me not to fret, coz everything is gonna be alright. So I sang along loudly in the car and drove straight to Costo to grab some Haagen-Dazs ice cream bar.
Once I got home I tore that box and the wrapper up and yes, Bob, everything IS gonna be all right. What's your comfort food?
Inspiration Monday courtesy of Two Birds
I'm not good at styling my hair (nor smiling in pictures), so braiding it is out of the question. I wore my F21 necklace as a headband and put my hair up in a low bun. The necklace is braided rope like material and it's a perfect color match with my dress.
This is the second time I've worn this dress. Thanks to the lovely Two Birds sisters for reminding me that I have it.
My lipstick is a close color match to her her booties.
Flea Market Vintage Necklace
Shirtdress - Nordstrom
Studded Heels - Gift
We don't have cable. We don't even have a regular antenna for the TV. DH made a TV antenna using wire hangers from the dry cleaners. He bolted them on a piece of wood and it's standing up on our window sill and at times when we don't get signal one of us has to get up and fidget with it to get a clear picture. I mean we used to have cable but found ourselves with plenty of channels but nothing worth watching so we decided to cancel it.
We don't get ABC and there are shows on there I would like to watch such as Modern Family but to be honest everything is available on Netflix nowadays that I don't really mind just having four sometimes three channels. We are caught up with Breaking Bad, Dexter and Weeds so I'm good. I watched all the Mad Men episodes on my phone or iPad so I'm caught up with those and a friend of ours said he'll upload the new episodes for me to watch so I don't have to wait a year to find out what's going on with Don Draper. Do you guys watch Mad Men?
Anyway, I was waiting for DH in the car yesterday and stumbled across Hoarders on Netflix and now I can't seem to stop watching it. Have you seen Hoarders? Any thoughts? I am a little freaked out, saddened and horrified at the same time. I was so moved that I am starting my Spring cleaning today.
One of my favorite purses purchased at Anthropologie is this Lulu Guinness purse back in 2003? You open the lid and in red stitching reads, Life is a Bowl of Cherries. It's a little small compared to what I usually carry but I can fit all my necessities, my iPhone, keys and my credit card holder comfortably so it's just not cute it's also functional.
Anthropologie Cardi, necklace, belt, shorts and Lulu Guinness Purse for Anthropologie.
White V neck t shirt form F21.
Sorry for the blurry, dark pictures. It's raining outside and not the best light.
These shorts have a buckle connected to the actual shorts but it's a little big so I added the belt and wore it backwards.
Hope to wear more shorts and skirts this weekend. Finally Spring!
I love flea markets. Do you know what's the difference between flea markets vs. swap meets? To me flea markets are vintage items and swap meets is where you can buy tube socks, tools anything that you can find at a 99 cents stores?
Anyway, my favorite flea market is the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena that's held once a month, second Sunday of each month. But it's harder to go there once I moved in the bay area so I always have to plan it in advance. My favorite flea market here is an hour away, the Alameda flea market which is similar to Rose Bowl, which happens the first Sunday of the month. A vendor told me that if you want to sell items at the Alameda it has to be 20 years or older which is considered vintage. Then there are smaller flea markets that is also a swap meet like De Anza flea market held the first Saturday of the month at De Anza College.
A few months ago I've mentioned that I went crazy over leather pants and skirts which I still need to do a post on and now I'm going crazy over leather handbags. I think they get better as they aged. Still so buttery soft. Both straps are detachable which is a plus. I like having the option of carrying it as a clutch.
Vintage Coach Handbags.
Original Coach City Bag. There's a scratch that is visible in the picture but the scratch didn't damage the leather, it just looks like a fold. Inside and outside front pockets.
Flea market $25 vs. $278 Coach.com
I guess this is the original Coach Classic City Bag. The straps are different than the new version. The straps are also shorter than the City Bag and not adjustable, one inside zip pocket. It has a pen mark inside the flap but I cleaned it with wet wipes and the pen park came off.
$35 vs. $278?
My handbag collection has dwindled in the past years. At one point I had 120 in my collection mostly vintage but now I have a great mix. Some of my favorites are the quirky ones which I'll share in a different posts.
There's a storm watch right now but by Sunday and next week it'll be in the 70's so I can't wait. Hope you're weather is better than ours. Have a great weekend!
I have plenty of jeans. I go through stages on which silhouette I like wearing months at a time. I guess it really depends on the kind of shoes I feel like wearing with it and the weather outside because I have so much that they are all different lengths for different heel heights. I have my trusted skinnies that are great with both flats and pumps. Then there are pairs that are just for going out which are darker and dressier. The ones that you can just throw a dressy top on and go. I also have work jeans which are also dark but are more like a trouser cut and high wasted.
I love this take on them. The one of the left is more work appropriate and Miranda Kerr's take is casual.
I took both looks above and combined it here.
Anthropologie blazer and necklace (Old)
Forever21 yellow button down blouse
Belt from Savers
It's still a little cold and cloudy, raining on and off. I'm off to get my eye exam and hit up some vintage shops. I have $50 left for the month and I'm gonna stretch it as far as I can.
I'm finally taking part of Two Birds Inspiration Monday, Miranda Kerr. It's actually warm today so I couldn't wear a cardigan, I was already sweating while taking these pictures but I should enjoy it today considering it'll be raining the rest of the week. This is definitely my kind o outfit.
I'm running errands today so this is the perfect outfit.
I love this handmade necklace I purchased in the Philippines.
I haven't used this handbag and shoes in a while but it's one of my favorites. I haven't told DH about my shopping prohibition, don't want to jinx myself so every time I pull something out of the closet that I haven't worn he asks is that new?
Guess what this series is called? Yup! It's called What Would You Have Done?
A few days ago me and DH saw 21 Jump Street. While waiting for the movie to start a group of about 6 people walked in and counted the seats next to us, we were the only ones seated in that row. The movie theatre wasn't full but everyone was scattered. Within five minutes four more people came in that was part of the group and they started to figure out if they can all sit together. They looked like they were looking for a whole row that'll sit everyone in their group. Part of the group gave up and sat down a few rows in front of us but one of the lady was still trying to make it work and this went on for close to ten minutes. The movie is about to start and I hear chatter within the group sitting in our row. The person next to me then turns to me and asked if we can move two seats to the left making room for two people that came in. Again the movie theatre was not full which is beside the point. I politely whispered, No.I came early so that I can seat right here, pointing down at my seat. He then turned to her direction and shook his head and said, no. She was a little dumbfounded asking, What? Why not? Then he finally raised his voice and saidNO!Then the movie started.
We came in early so that we can choose our seats, which is situated, (at least in my mind) in the middle of the screen and I am not going to move because you didn't give yourself enough time to show up early to pick your seats or have a couple of people in the group come early to hold seats. Besides it's a movie. Do 12 of you really need to be seated together? You're not supposed to talk anyway and it's not like you're sharing popcorn and if you were I still wouldn't move.
After the movie I asked DH if he heard what the guy asked me and he said, Yea. I didn't hear what you said but I figured you said no. I wouldn't have moved either. I've seen a whole row get up and move so that a couple can sit together not to mention it was opening night and the theatre was packed. Really? You just inconvenience 10+ people to move so that you can sit together when it's your fault for being late. News flash you can find each other by the door after the movie is over, it's gonna be OK.
Do you think was I being unreasonable? What would you have done?
DH baked this bread so I wanted to share. It's such a pretty homemade bread and it's really good too.
You probably have to squint to see me considering I blend into the background. This is what I wore to church and usually I would think that this is a little bit too loud for mass but hey it's Easter so I opted for a bright green and pink wrap dress.
The dress is a little long and I'm debating if I should get it shortened about two inches so that it will be just above my knees or just wear higher heels to balance it out. I've had it for almost two years and this is my second time wearing it so obviously I can't make up my mind to shorten or not. What do you think?
Here's a sneak peak of what I purchased at the flea market yesterday, vintage Coach signature leather used as a clutch.
For reference I am vertically challenged at 5 feet tall and from this picture I'm leaning towards getting it altered.
DH is in love with Zoe Saldana. He doesn't think she's a great actress but he does think she's pretty hot. I say he can have her and I'll have Bradley Cooper or Chris Hemsworth, better yet, I'll have both. When I saw this I said hey we're style twins. I've sported this look many times. I guess Bradley Cooper isn't the only thing we have in common.
Not so casual Friday Outfit
I wanted to wear something I've never worn before and that item today is the gold Spaniard coin necklace I've had for three years purchased from Savers. When I got it I soaked it in a liquid jewelry cleaner and it cleaned it so well that it made it too shiny and blingy? I wanted to dress up this outfit vs. Zoe's casual attire so what's a better way than adding some shiny, bright coin gold necklace. My risk felt a little left out so I added the gold cuff from F21.
DH was supposed to zoom in on the necklace but he didn't so I don't have a close up but take my word for it, it's a great vintage piece. This weekend is flea market weekend and I hope to find some treasures.
Happy Friday Everyone! While goofing around the net this morning I stumbled across this from Today.com
It sounds like something from a science-fiction movie, but it may not be far off. A company called 3D Systems, which has been working with complex printing technology for the past 25 years, is getting ready to release Cube: an at-home 3-D printer that will enable people to design and print products from prosthetic legs to hearing aids to, yes, shoes.
The printer, which 3D systems says will be available later this year, will cost $1,299 and come with Wi-Fi, 25 free files, and the plastic, Lego-like material required to create a few initial projects. You'll be able to design your own products or browse Cubify.com, where users can upload and sell designs.
These reminds me of jelly shoes like the brand Melissa
I am all over this one. I wouldn't be able to walk on it but it looks cool
I think the machine is fairly priced considering a handbag could cost as much and I can totally see people purchasing this at home system to create jewelry and shoes then selling their creation at Etsy. The only thing they didn't mention is how much the lego like materials would cost. It's not available yet but they are touring different cities for the unveiling. They will be in Beverly Hills on April 10th.
Here we go again. Another forgotten item, this Anthro blouse. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, I did work there for 6.5 years. I used the tie of the blouse as a belt.
Kate Spade pants form Nordstrom Rack for $42. AMAZIIIIING!!!
Talbots Toe cap shoes purchased for $30
My work bag is a tote that house my computer and camera so I have everything else in my LV toiletry pouch, great size for makeup and my credit card wallet.
When I had my styling business and I would tell my clients that we're going to Talbots they always had this confused face followed by isn't that a store for older women? I don't blame them because that's what it was a couple of years back but they have a new buyer and changed their marketing, a total facelift of the brand with Julian Moore as a spokesmodel in 2011. The face for Talbots in 2012 is Linda Evangelista. Remember her? She's the model who said "We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day". She was talking about money and how she and a few other models were calling the shots and changing the game in the90's, before movie stars covered the front page of magazines there were supermodels.
Talbots reminds me of Ann Taylor for their career friendly items and JCrew for their casual looks, same price point. Here are some examples.
Zigzag Stripe Voile full skirt
Embroidered Linen Skirt
Signature Fit graphic Floral Print Crop Pant
Pique Polo Striped Dress
I don't really shop there much for myself unless they are having one of their awesome sales. I bought another pair of shoes there months ago. Leopard flats for 85% off, total $35. It'll make a debut on here soon. Oh, and they also carry petite sizing for us vertically challenged girls.