Thursday, April 21, 2016

New Cut, New Cap

About a month or ago, I decided to cut my hair (see default, black and white blog picture). It was one of the most impulsive decisions I've ever made, and I don't regret it in the least. 

I literally took a pair of household scissors and cut off the processed portion of my hair, so all that was left was a few inches of new growth. Needless to say, I avoided my stylist (aka, the person who had given me my curly perm 10 or so years prior) and only spoke to her on the matter when she called and asked me where the hell I'd been. She wasn't too thrilled, but when you get to the point where you want to do the big chop, YOU JUST KNOW. Obviously, I was so over it that I didn't even consult a professional, but thank God for twist-outs because I have no idea what I would be doing with my teeny fro! I'm sure it isn't all the same length but this style does a good job of hiding it, lol.

Today I was out with the boo, and we stopped by H&M. I was telling him he should look for a new jacket when I peeped the Spring hats. Granted, they're mens hats, but who cares? I tried a pale grey one on, I liked it, he liked it, I purchased it, and we rolled. First hat purchase since cutting my hair, woohoo! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wedding Bells

I've been away a while.

Honestly, things have kinda been a whirlwind since I got engaged last August. My Mom is very hands-on, so she's been my unofficial wedding planner, pretty much. Lol! A couple weeks after Steven and I got engaged, we were at a wedding expo. A week or 2 after that, I went dress shopping, and it's been full throttle ever since!

We only have about 5 months until the big day, and some days that seems like a lot of time, and other days it seems like we're hurtling forward at a rate that's too intense to comprehend. Wedding planning seems so fun in the movies, but there's a lot of stress and minutia that can compound into a giant, tangled knot (no pun intended). Even so, it's all coming together and it's going to be an amazing, beautiful, fun day, and we're so blessed that friends and family will be there to share our joy.

Here's to getting hitched!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Shopping Hiatus

There's something so painful about not being able to shop - the withdrawal symptoms, the feeling that you're missing out on something - but then again, there's a very freeing aspect about it that I'm discovering: the hunt ceases to exist.

When you can't shop, the list of "must-have" items disappears, and you no longer entertain the notion of browsing website sales for the best deals. With this pressure alleviated, I find myself trying to re-work pieces of my wardrobe in fresh ways so that they don't feel stale. Of course, there are a few outfits that I will revisit because they're just so good - my loose-fitting, chartreuse crop top with one of my black maxi skirts - but that's to be expected.

Don't fix it if it ain't broken.

...But I definitely am up to the challenge of creating new outfits with my well-loved Summer pieces, especially since I haven't done a lot of shopping this season. I was more focused on replacing a couple pairs of my ancient sandals, so my clothes shopping kind of took a backseat this go round. (I did, however, find a couple of über-bright dresses that I am looking forward to breaking out soon.)

I often look to my favorite fashion blogs for inspiration when I feel stuck, but sometimes even THAT is too tempting to my wallet. Eventually, I end up looking at my old Instagram posts, because then at least I'm looking at clothes that I already own.

Hmm. This post seems a bit pointless now; my conclusion was basically that my best bet is to avoid outside sources when trying not to spend money on clothes. So that means locking myself in the house and reading a book, I suppose...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What I Would Wear to NYFW

I've been obsessed with New York Fashion week since I knew it existed.

Not obsessed in that outward, obvious "Who What When Where Why?!?" way, but in a covert, eye-roll-worthy "I don't care but I really DO" way.

I guess cuz I'm never there.

Every year, fashionistas and fashionistos from the globe over converge upon NYC to observe the hottest fashion shows and brush elbows with designers, models, and the chicest of celebrities. And every year, I sigh wistfully while scrolling through my Instagram timeline, browsing womens magazine websites, and visiting fashion blogs as I watch peeps strut their stuff in some of the most inventive outfits they can muster.

Some people make it look easy, but let's face it: the gloves come off for fashion week. Even if you've made a habit of being invisible all year, fashion week is the one week where you want to be seen by the paparazzi.

So what if, for some crazy, amazing, random reason, I was invited to fashion week? What in the HELL would I wear? If you know me, you know I avoid heels like... like they hurt. Because they do. (Good thing sneakers are so in, right? Who cares; I've been wearing Converses for FOREVER...) So perhaps we should start with some awesome, comfortable shoes.

Let's do these haircalf ones, since I just got them from DSW a few weeks ago: 

Kenneth Cole Reaction Salt-N-Pepa Leopard Sport Flat

Then let's add a fun, sporty skirt in a luxe fabric, liiiiiike leather?

Warehouse Drawstring Leather Skirt
And a crisp, yet breezy top...

Equipment Sleeveless Blouse
And of course, a coordinating bag:

Coach Bleecker Toaster Satchel

Add some fun accessories - a hot pair of shades, a chunky curb chain necklace, some sparkly armcandy - and voila: an outfit worth photographing!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Booking It

I have the best news ever! After a lot of writing, erasing, and a few bouts of writer's block, I am officially a published author. Head on over to to get a copy of my book: A Little Rant on Retail.

All of the years I spent working in retail couldn't fit in this lil ole book, but suffice it to say that I chose a good portion of the more noteworthy stories to relate to you all. There's drama, despair, dancing, dinero... the whole nine.

This book is for anyone who's worked in the service industry. And for anyone who's dealt with difficult customers. And for anyone who sometimes worries if they have a shopping habit. Which, let's face it, is most of us. Here's to you, everyone. I hope you enjoy my pièce de résistance.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Denim Dilemmas

I know I'm not on here much, (to the point where I don't even really consider myself a "blogger"... Doesn't that entail getting pursued by retailers to showcase your style and give your opinion?) but when I do write here, I make sure it's to talk about something that will be relevant for a good amount of time, at least to myself, if not to my readers.

And what's more ever-lastingly relevant in the fashion world than denim?!

Ever since they were conceived, way back when, jeans have been at the forefront of fashion, as far as classics are concerned. I doubt there's been any other garment that's been more reinvented, destroyed, reborn, or reworked than denim has. Jeans have a very no-nonsense back-story to them that keeps them as practical as they are cool: they were originally designed for cowboys and miners. As in, your average, everyday working man.

Fast-forward a few years, and jeans are still some of the most popular pants in closets all over the world.

Being a tall girl has made my search for great jeans particularly troublesome, despite the wide variety of price ranges and styles available on the market. During my my last years of elementary school and into junior high, my Mom used to sew wide ribbons onto the hems of my jeans so she wouldn't have to repeatedly replace good jeans every time I outgrew them. I was fine with the practice until I started being teased about my seemingly peculiar fashion statement.

Nowadays hems of all lengths are welcome, and if you wear skinnies, you're often only a cuff away from your perfect length.


Two of my Instagram outfit posts featuring a couple of my faves: Madewell destroyed boyfriend jeans and Free People high-waisted skinny jeans. Both pairs were under a hundred bucks. SCORE!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Keep it Simple

Lately I've been paring down my wardrobe a bit; trying to weed out things that I don't wear/need because a.) it frees up some closet space, b.) it makes it easier to get dressed, and c.) if I sell it, it gives me a little extra cash. Haha!

I do my fair share of eBaying, so it makes me feel less guilty about spending money when I sell something that has been collecting dust. Lately I've been selling a few of the leather bags that I fell in love with a few years ago, mainly because they aren't as practical as certain other bags that I grab on a daily basis. It made my heart ache to part with my Marc by Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang satchels, but at the end of the day, I didn't miss them nearly as much as I thought I would. It's crazy, because I absolutely LOVE bags. It's like the icing on the cake to a great outfit. I had a pink MbyMJ satchel, a black one, and a grey, badass strappy Wang one, but all of them are making homes in other women's bag collections. So why is it that I DON'T find myself wishing I still had these bags in my possession?

I guess the main reason is because I've fallen head over heels for the leather shopper. It's incredibly simple, yet cool enough to be worn almost Every. Single. Day. Working a 9-5 job in the city means I often take lunch with me most days out of the week, so I like the fact that I can toss my lunch bag in the same bag that I carry my makeup, wallet, and other various necessities in and be ready to go. In the winter, I can stuff my scarf and gloves in it when I get to my destination. In the summer, I can store my cardigan in it when I step out of the sometimes too chilly, air-conditioned office. 

Another great thing about the simplest leather shoppers is that they go with a variety of looks. Perfect for work, whether you work in a tattoo shop, or in a law firm. Wear one with anything from strappy sandals, to Converses, to oxfords, and it never looks out of place. No hardware, so you don't have to worry about matching the metal in your jewelry to your bag. There are also a wide assortment of price ranges to suit any wallet: I found my first (ZARA) leather shopper on eBay for $40. My second, and most favorite one is by Baggu; they offer different colors throughout the year, and sell in multiple stores so you can sometimes catch a deal if you shop around. (The Baggu one was $160, but well-worth every penny, especially when you consider the fact that lots of other leather bags cost $300 and up.)

Anywhoooo, suffice it to say that you need one. Trust me, you won't regret it ;)

Baggu Basic Leather Tote in Persimmon: $160

Genuine Leather Tote in Teal-  Alexbender on Etsy: about $210