My outfit breakdown:
- Top: t-shirt by Teepublic
- Bottom: striped pencil skirt by Bebe
- Bottom: opaque stockings from Amazon HERE
- Shoes: moto boots by American Rag (from Macy's)
See you tomorrow!
I own a lot of black and white stripes, as it's a very neutral pattern that you can pair basically anything with. Here's what I'm wearing!
The pop of turquoise color is my favorite part of this outfit, and it's a very cheap trend to jump on! I ordered a bunch of opaque colorful stockings from Amazon, from different brands/sellers, and the ones that I felt were TRULY opaque and had the boldest colors were from HERE for only $8.49 and free shipping, and I'm wearing them in the photo above so you can see that they definitely pack a punch. There are some cheaper options on Amazon, but they're more transparent, so if you don't want super opaque, you do have a lot of choices. The ones I bought are also thick enough to be warm, which is important as I head into Seattle Darkness (the sun is basically done with us now).
My outfit breakdown:
See you tomorrow!
One of the easiest ways to mix patterns is to simply pair a floral with a stripe. It's one of the few pattern-mix pairs that I don't think you need to really focus on the scale of either pattern. You can even choose to ignore color, though if in doubt, just make sure there's one common color in the two patterns.
Today I wore this striped duster cardigan over the floral Kate Spade top from my latest Material World style box (designer consignment). I could have kept red as my pop of color, but I like incorporating a secondary accent color (to keep my look from being too matchy-matchy), and I think red and a robin's egg blue pairs really well together.
Here's what I wore:
I'm stubbornly avoiding putting on a coat yet, because I refuse to just skip over autumn and head straight into nuclear winter, so I'm just layering with lots of cardigans and pretending I'm not cold.
Not going to lie, I have been SLOPPY these past few days. Transitioning to cooler weather is generally not a problem for me, but it IS when we go from 31 degrees F/ -0.5 degrees C in the morning, to freaking 60 degrees F/ 15.5 degrees C by the afternoon. I don't even know how to dress for that. Generally our weather out here in the Pacific Northwest is content to be predictably cold, soggy, overcast, and miserable. I don't like whatever nonsense is going on right now. We don't want you here, Sun. Go back to California!
Anyway, I did put on real pants and real clothes today, instead of sulking in my stretchy pants/workout attire.
See you tomorrow!
Happy Friday everyone! Quick video (about six and a half minutes) to just show what I got in my latest Material World designer style box (check out the service HERE if buying premium brand clothing for cheap is your thing). As you can see, I'm wearing the outfit from Wednesday in it (that's when the video was recorded), so you can REALLY see how fluorescent that sweater is! LOVE IT.
For my newer readers, here are the links to my previous boxes if you want to check them out (they'll open in a new tab/window:
Now on to Material World Box #9!
I didn't have time to try these things due to my kids' being off school and parent-teacher-conferences (kiiiiilllllll meeeeee). Parent-teacher conferences are the epitome of the "meetings that could have been an email"... but here are some close up photos of the items and the price list.
Who else was excited about the DYT store bringing jewelry back? Definitely me! What I was NOT excited about was that the prices seem a lot higher than what they charged before they took a hiatus. I don't know if it's because they switched distributors, or were not charging enough to for the business to be sustainable the first time around. Either way, I was a bit miffed. These are inexpensive fashion jewelry pieces, and I want them at inexpensive fashion jewelry prices.
I'm definitely fine with paying for quality metals (gold, sterling, gemstones etc). But if it's not made of something actually valuable, I want dirt cheap prices!
I saw a pair of (now sold out) resin earrings that were multicolor craziness, and LOVED THEM... until I saw the price tag of $18.99. Okay, granted, that's not a terrible price for earrings in general, but it is for RESIN. Resin is a very cheap material and you can find resin earrings EVERYWHERE as they are on trend right now, and you have thousands of choices for well under $10, so how does DYT get off on pricing them that high?! Clearly SOMEONE is buying them, because they sold out, but that someone is NOT me.
HERE are the nearly identical multicolor resin earrings I found on Amazon with free shipping, for a mere $6.98. (Click on the image or link to go directly the listing, and also, if these aren't your style, they have a TON of options!)
Obviously I swooped these up and LOVE them. They are very lightweight, as I can't tolerate heavy earrings, but still manage to be large enough for visual impact. These are definitely a statement earring, but you won't have that sagging ear lobe problem with any resin earrings, which is great news especially for mature women.
See you tomorrow!
People often think of autumn colors as being jewel tones and rich shades, but I tend to go in a different direction. Black and white are year-round neutrals for me as they basically match everything in my wardrobe, and although a fluorescent yellow-green sweater might not be the typical autumn choice, I think it works great. And animal print is on-trend for fall, with leopard everywhere. I think snakeskin is a fresh take on that.
Here's a breakdown of the outfit:
First of all, we are not going to talk about my hair. It's doing some weird "the bigger the hair, the closer to Jesus" thing today, and who am I stop my hair from testifying about the good lord, or something?
Now, my outfit though, is probably committing a bunch of sins but I just don't even care. See those burgundy crushed velvet over-the-knee boots? Those could only be worn by someone who has reached the bottom-most depths of their inability to care. You can not wear crushed velvet and give a damn. Nope, not a single one. Go put that damn back, it's not yours.
To make it even better, my mock-turtleneck (because I'm short, leave me alone you giraffe women) is not only a cheetah print, it's freaking sparkly.
Then I decided that what this outfit REALLY needed was some freaking neon because clearly the other items were just NOT enough. I was definitely not going for "tasteful" here. There is nothing even kind of tasteful about crushed velvet thigh boots with 4-inch heels.
A breakdown of the outfit my kids won't want me to wear to their gymnastics practice tonight:
See you tomorrow!
I'm finally getting around to sharing what I chose from my quarterly Elizabeth & Clarke box!
On the left is the Unstainable Ramirez (gorgeous burgundy sheen, love it), and on the right is the Unstainable Hart asymmetrical top. Not that it really matters if something BLACK is "unstainable". (If you want to see how unstainable these actually are, I did a video where I dumped coffee on one of their white unstainable tops, HERE).
And here they are, on me. For reference, I wear size 00 in their brand, and their sizes only go up to 18.
The lengths of their shirts DO get longer as the sizes go up, so any petite readers who wear larger sizes, keep that in mind. It's generally only a couple of inches. Also, they base most of their sizes on the average female height of 5'4, instead of supermodel heights of 6'0, so taller women may find the sleeves run short, especially if they are thin and ordering the smaller sizes that don't have any extra length.
I am a hardcore Elizabeth & Clarke fan, but I was very disappointed in the contents of the upcoming Winter Box, and decided to skip (FYI, you can skip a box by simply emailing customer service, and you'll get a response very fast, in about a couple of hours).
Right off the bat, I know 2 out of 3 of them are just colors that look terrible on me, and the only one I'd even consider wearing is the sweater in the middle... but I already own a blue and white striped sweater, so that's just redundant.
Granted, I could simply pick shirts from their unstainable line instead, but I literally already own nearly all of them! Hashtag First World Problems.
So the next Elizabeth & Clarke review will be in the spring of 2020. Honestly, it'll be nice to take a break from all the boxes I receive. I'm trying to pare down all these subscriptions into something more reasonable because I am drowning in shipments and no one needs this much clothing, ever.
See you tomorrow!
How embarrassing, I thought I had already posted this...
Soooo... obviously this video was recorded prior to my haircut, and seeing my overgrown hair makes me realize that the haircut was definitely the right choice (though I do think it's a bit too short right now, it'll be JUST PERFECT in about a month because my hair grows like radioactive weeds).
It's my September Material World style box! Quick recap of the service for people who aren't familiar with it... it's like Stitch Fix, but the brands are all luxury and premium, but the prices are pretty affordable in spite of the designer labels because they're all consigned. (If you want to check out my previous boxes from Material World, here's #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7. Those will open in a new window, FYI).
Here's the price list, because I don't like to say something is "affordable" or "expensive" because that's very personally subjective, so seeing the actual prices, you can determine for yourself if those prices work for you. You'll notice that some of the items are not that much different from Stitch Fix prices (I've had 26 boxes from them, and granted, you always pay more for new items than consigned).
And now here are the photos of what these items actually look like ON me. God I have ugly feet. I mean, in my defense, I don't even TRY because I run marathons so my feet are just going to look like trash. (This is why I generally avoid open-toed shoes. No one should have to be subjected to my toe nail jank).
I'm trying to figure out what would be fun, versatile, easy to wear pieces for Nassau, Los Angeles, and Mazatlan (2 of these trips are mandatory, and 1 is for fun). I realized that all 3 of my upcoming trips are in sunny, beachy places, so I can really just create ONE travel capsule wardrobe that works for all of it. The pants are awesome and not up for debate (except that they might be too thick and sweaty), but I'd love some feedback on the top.
Upsides: It's a cotton poly blend so it won't wrinkle, probably would look cute with my swim top strap exposed, and it's loose-fit so I can eat too many tacos and get bloated on margaritas without looking like a dump truck. Black matches everything I own, so it's versatile.
Downsides: it's black so I'm going to sweat my tiny gazungas off, and nothing with significant amounts of cotton in the blend is going to be that breathable, so this might end up feeling like wearing a swampy towel all day.
As a semi-regular jet-setter, I have a pretty different set of requirements for my clothing when I'm traveling than when I'm staying put, and obviously things like versatility (the ability to be dressed up AND dressed down) is key so I can pack lightly, but the other important thing is NOT NEEDING TO BE CONSTANTLY IRONED. Which eliminates most of my button-up shirts.
I know not everyone has positive views on MLMs or on Lularoe, but I promise it's not all garish prints and stretchy pants. This button-up (the Valentina) is a surprise hit with me. Comfortable, stretchy, and doesn't wrinkle, even after I literally slept in it! (That photo on the right is me after sleeping in it)
Office appropriate? Check.
Casually chic? Check.
Glorified pajamas? Check.
There are lots of brands that make stretchy knit button-ups, not just Lularoe, and I think this type of shirt is definitely something that should be in your closet. Most people who dislike button-ups have complaints about them being uncomfortable or feeling too formal, or not wanting anything they'll have to dryclean or iron... and a stretchy knit button-up is none of those things. Mine is a very very pale blue, but you can buy something like this in virtually any color, or patterned if that's more your style.
As I'm 36 years old, I don't necessarily want to resort to t-shirts all the time when I'm dressing casually. For me personally, as a mom of 4, I think elevating my style and taking it up just a notch, helps me look less frumpy and less sloppy. Button-ups can still be just as comfortable as a t-shirt, but not make me look like a sleep-deprived college kid who is barely hanging on to her sanity and is one coffee away from passing her midterms. That grungey sloppy college look is waaaaaaay less cute on us middle-aged-moms. We just end up looking like a People of WalMart meme.
You want a shirt like this. It feels like wearing pajamas in public but still being office-appropriate. There is no downside here. (Once again, mine is the Valentina by Lularoe if you want the exact style I have. You probably have like 40 friends who sell this, so it shouldn't be a problem finding someone, but you can join my friend Meghan's group if you like irreverent humor and getting a good deal, right HERE.)
This is the outfit I wore when I went to get my haircut. I think that when you go in for a chop, you should always always ALWAYS wear an outfit that embodies what style you're going for. I was aiming for something modern, effortless, and flirty, and I dressed the part. If I went in dressed all corporate or mumsy, I likely would have received a more corporate or mumsy haircut. Your stylist is going to look at how you present yourself for some clues on what your overall style is and your wants/needs in a cut. Give them the right clues! The last thing I wanted was some matronly "mom" haircut, or something very boring and conservative. If you're worried about being treated like a middle-aged mom and getting a soccer-mom-haircut, or even worse, the I-need-to-speak-to-your-manager haircut, you can also slip off your wedding ring and not mention that you have kids. Granted this really only works if your stylist doesn't already know you. I don't go to the salon frequently enough to ever be recognized. Hell, you can even make up a fake job like being a fashion blogger *cough* if you want to make sure you get a cut that's youthful, modern, and fashionable.
I wasn't entirely sure about the yellow stockings but I think I like them. They are much more straight-up-Crayola-yellow than marigold (I do not have anything resembling professional photography equipment, and I don't like to filter my photos, so colors are not always accurate). I saw a lot of crayon-colored-legs on the fall runways so I decided it's a pretty cheap trend to try, and if I hate it, whatever. I can still wear lots of my regular clothes, but this time, my pop of color can be my stockings instead of shoes or a handbag. A different approach to incorporating that bold color statement.
Here's my outfit breakdown:
See you tomorrow everyone!
It's Basic-White-Girl-Blanket-Scarf season!
All I'm missing in this outfit is some nasty, burnt-tasting Starbucks, and the inability to "even".
One of my favorite ways to wear this glorified throw-blanket we pretend is a scarf, is by draping it over my shoulders and belting it. It keeps it in place and my body still has a shape. Being petite, I know I can easily drown in large amounts of fabric and layers, so this is what works for me!
Need a Basic-White-Girl-Blanket-Scarf too? Grab one at Modcloth! Or even better, hit up Poshmark. People have the Modcloth scarves for sale EVERYWHERE, new in package, and for pretty cheap. Paying full price is for suckers.
See you tomorrow!
Hey everyone! This post went up a little later than usual for no other reason than that I just freaking forgot. I'd apologize, but meh. It happens.
This outfit is from Saturday, when I attended my town's local Art and Wine Walk event. You can see I decided to wear the earrings and ring from Rocksbox, and kept my color palette simple, but definitely not boring! I finally got around to altering and hemming these shiny pink pants. They're a metallic knit tweed material, so they actually work really well for cooler weather, but are definitely shiny. They were originally FLARED, like 70s disco flares, so I took them in to be straight leg, and hemmed 4 inches (god I'm short).
Here's my outfit breakdown:
As for my makeup, I get everything really "icy" to go with the whole theme of the pants, since that was the big statement piece here, and the highlighter I use is from the DYT store, and even though it's technically for Type 1s, I steal it anyway (I'm Type 4 in case that's not obvious). The highlighter can be found HERE, and it's called "Golden Glow".
See you tomorrow!
We made it to Friday!
Not that it matters if you're a parent. Everyday feels like a hangover but without the fun part from the night before.
Today I'm sharing the contents of my jewelry subscription box from Rocksbox! It's $21 to rent 3 pieces of jewelry for the whole month, with the option of keeping any of them that you want, with your $21 fee being credited toward the cost of your jewelry. If you want to keep it all, you get a $10 discount. I'll post the price list below the video so you can judge for yourself if you think Rocksbox is fun for those who only want to wear pieces a few times before cycling out for something new, or if it's overpriced and not worth it. Check out my jewelry! And then read more to figure out how to score some $31 of free jewelry!
Here's the price per item. Note that there were plenty of less expensive items available as well, but I chose the things I actually liked to be sent to me, instead of just choosing by price. You can expect most items to be between $30-60.
Some quick tips to hack this box into something more affordable and score some FREE jewelry, up to $31, which can definitely get you one of the less expensive items, or knock the price down of something to super cheap!
First, use someone's referral code for to get the first month free (and you can cancel after one month, FYI). Here's my code HERE, but everyone's gets you same perk. You do have to put in a valid card number, and they do a quick charge and then reverse it, just to make sure it's a working and legit card. Even though you didn't pay the $21 fee for that first month, you STILL get the $21 credit toward any jewelry item you want to keep.
Then you get another $5 by adding a ton of items to you "wishlist". I forget the exact amount, like 20 or something?
Then, for another $5, add your birthday, but put in a birthday that is for the same month you sign up, and you can then combine with the the other credit, for a total of $31 in credit.
Make sure you remember to cancel if you have no intention of receiving a box monthly! (Click HERE for a blog post I wrote on all the ways you can make sure you don't get screwed by membership autorenewals and weaseling out of hidden charges).
Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see you on Monday!
Back when I was but a slightly shorter, over-educated, sleep-deprived undergrad tater-tot, I wore clothes that definitely didn't go over well in the midwest. I tended to combine menswear pieces with things that really didn't make sense, and the less it went together, the more I liked it. My sense of, er, "style", was not appreciated out in Honkey-Dorey-Cornville.
Of course, the older I get, the fewer fucks I have to give, and it seems I may not have even hit the bottom of my fucklessness. There are in fact even fewer fucks, or so I hear from my friends who are over 40. I can't wait until I stop caring enough to be super over the top and flamboyant.
What I wore:
Classics that you can dress up, dress down, pair with and layer over... are the type of pieces that definitely pull their own weight in a capsule wardrobe or during seasonal transitions.
Yesterday was warm enough that I could wear this sleeveless trench as a dress, with some fun heels and a bright bag.
Other ways to wear this is over a sweater (the constrasting sleeves make it look like you have a cool two-toned jacket, or you can pick a matching color), leaving it open as a vest, it looks great with knee high boots, with stockings or leggings on colder days... And you can switch out the belt and use a bright colorful belt, or even a silk scarf, to change it up.
Sleeveless trench by Ostwald Helgason, purse by Cambridge Satchel Company, silver pumps by Louis Vuitton, and aviators by Betsey Johnson.
I survived parent-teacher conferences, middle school orientation, back to school night, and getting my kids herded out the door to 3 different schools today, so I'm off to grab some margaritas in my now FINALLY quiet house. God I can't wait to clean it and have it STAY clean.
See you tomorrow!
I'm back everyone! My wonderfully beat up suitcase has now been to both hemispheres, and it definitely shows.
My son has been wanting to go to New Zealand for years now, and that's something he finally cross off his own bucket list (I wonder where he got that wanderlust from, hmmmmm.... must be from his dad).
FYI, New Zealand is NOT a country where you get claim your GST back, and that tax is hiiiiiiigh. Not a lot of shopping was done because of that, and I wonder why they don't encourage more frivolous tourist spending, like in Europe where I got aaaaalllllll my taxes back. I had so many items I had to SHIP them to my house in spite of bringing a half-empty suitcase for souvenirs. You know what I do when I know I get my taxes back at the airport? I do things like buy Hermes, Louboutins, and fur coats. Yes, I literally bought fur (in my defense, the Euro was weak and my US dollar was strong and that felt like all of Europe just went on clearance sale). Obviously, for me, it's the principle of the thing. Not every tourist is a total lush like me though, and I'm certain that the 15% non-refundable GST is doing New Zealand's tourist economy zero favors.
Anyway, time for all the videos I couldn't successfully upload until now!
We'll start with August's Material World box! For those who are new here, it's like Stitch Fix, except exclusively designer and premium brands, but it doesn't cost more than Stitch Fix because all of the items are consigned! Affordable designer clothes, often still new with tags, at a big discount. I also love Stitch Fix for more casual/everyday items, but Material World is my favorite (see aforementioned confession of being a total lush). Grab your own box HERE to see what they're all about, or if you are interested in selling your clothing to them (you don't have to subscribe to their service to consign).
Here's what I got:
Here's my price list (I decided to keep the skirt and those shoes, and the shoes are far more saturated and cobalt in real life):
Even though I'm average height for South Korea (my country of birth), I'm considered pretty short by US standards. That makes buying certain styles of clothing a little more challenging, because proportions are KEY to making an outfit work for shorter women.
I absolutely LOVE this midi-length dress I bought from Venus. A lot of their clothing is a little bit sexier and clubbier than I prefer personally, but this dress seemed like the right combination of "covered" while still having some sex appeal. Normally I preach that short women should keep their dresses/skirts at knee length, and that works a pretty universal rule. But you CAN wear a midi-length without looking 4 feet tall, as long as you watch your proportions!
When I wear a midi-length dress, I make sure it's fitted, not loose. Being able to see the shape of my body and legs keeps my body from disappearing underneath the longer length of the fabric, which can end up making you look short and a little juvenile. So keep it fitted. You still want to be able to move in it though. My dress is a stretchy knit.
To create the illusion of a curves (if you're an underweight petite like me), and the illusion of longer legs, belt the dress at your natural waist (i.e. the smallest part). Where that is individual to each person, and what style of belt is up to you. If, like me, you don't have a naturally-cinched in waist and want to fake it, don some shapewear. Again, you still want to be able to move in it though.
I think that when wearing a longer length like a midi, heels are nonnegotiable, but that's up to you. If you wear flats, avoid ankle straps so that your leg and foot have a long continuous line. It will help lengthen your legs without heels. I paired these with a chunkier heel (which will be featured in my video tomorrow), to help match the weight of my chunkier belt (yes, that's a thing I do... skinny heels with skinny belts, chunkier heels with chunkier belts... flats go with either).
Also, when trying on different midi-dresses, look at the length. Where does the end of the dress hit? I think that if it hits right at or slightly above the widest part of your calf, that's the perfect length! Anything longer, and your legs disappear, as does all of your height and stature. Try on different dresses to see which length you personally think you look best in.
And in the case of a turtleneck style dress, I also go for a mock-turtleneck because they're shorter. Regular turtlenecks require a TON more folding down on me because shorter women usually have shorter everything, including necks, and it just ends up being a whole lot of bulk around my neck, and stops being sleek. A mock turtleneck doesn't need to be folded down, and keeps my neck from having tons of extra bulk around it. My neck looks slimmer in a mock-turtleneck, plus I'm more comfortable.
I'm definitely 100% ready for cold weather, in case it weren't obvious!
New video up tomorrow, see you then!
I'm obviously way too excited to pull out my autumn jackets again, and I maintain that if you can buy a "basic" style, or a statement style, BUY THE STATEMENT JACKET. We all have boring basic "goes with everything" outerwear. But with cold-weather coming up and jackets/coats being the main focal point, go for something different, something colorful, something fun, something bold! (Jacket is by Tibi, from my Material World box. View all my boxes here: Box 1 , Box 2, Box 3, Box 4, Box 5, and Box 6). Spoiler Alert: New Material World unboxing video is going up on Friday! Get your own box of affordable, consigned designer clothing HERE.
Here's my outfit breakdown:
Not that we had temperatures even slightly bordering on intolerable this far north, but I'm ready for autumn. Well, no, not really, because that means a kajillion school-related appointments and meetings, but x4 because I decided to go and breed a small army of dependents, so really, I'm only ready for cardigans and more hot cocoa.
I own so many cardigans (and blazers) that it's ridiculous. This marigold one is actually more yellow than mustard, and is one of the crossover colors from T3 and T4. Not that I'm a T4 purist anyway. Also, that tank top with the geometric print is REVERSIBLE! The other side is a black-and-white large scale floral print, and either side would work for this outfit. Why do I love reversible clothing so much?
Here's what I wore:
See you tomorrow!
Outfits that don't have to be boring: a plain white tee with jeans shorts.
I nearly forgot I even owned these shorts, because I basically got rid of nearly all of my shorts because I don't like my thighs (not for "I have a secret eating disorder" reasons, okay? I don't like their shape, in that they bulge out at significantly about halfway up instead of being a gradual slope, and yes, I know it's probably insane to care about that). These shorts did not actually start off distressed; I basically accidentally kinda sorta ruined them *cough*.
I forgot they were dry clean only, and threw them in the washing machine, and now we're going to call my destroyed metallic jean shorts "distressed" instead of "totally bleeping ruined dear god what have I done". Did I mention they're designer? Ooof.
Anyway, I paired my jeans metallic distressed jean shorts with a basic white tee, and had fun with my accessories!
Here's what I wore:
Another Stitch Fix box! (Get $25 off your first box HERE)
Check out what I got! I'll post the price list with item names and individual photos of the items for easy Pinning for those wanting to request any of those items from your stylist, just click "Read More" below the video.
Another photo where my hair looks like a dumpster fire, but it's because it's all sad and wet and flat from god-knows-what-damage I caused to it the other day. Where are my cute waves???? I killed them! :(
But here's my youngest daugther, who loves to crash my photos because she's a total ham! She is the only child I have that probably won't tower over me as an adult; so teensy for her age! My other 3 are all going to be much taller than me, and some of them probably before Christmas. Only my littlest squish-nugget will understand my short-people-problems.
Not a super great outfit, even if my hair weren't a total disaster. I stupidly attempted to do Anne Tuttle Brown's hair tutorial to "enhance" the natural waves in my hair, and you can see how great THAT turned out.
The individual pieces were okay, but all together, this outfit felt a little flat. I can't believe I'm saying it, but I think it needed MAKE UP. (Who am I???)
Here's what I wore:
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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