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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sparkle, Sparkle!!


Some days you just want to sparkle like the ocean at sundown.  Or you just want to be as reflective as possible so you can blind others as they pass by on their bikes.  I was little guilty of that, but it was an accident I swear!!  So long as they didn't ride off into the Hague.


I couldn't stop piling on the sparkly items.  My shiny nylon skirt, leopard sequined blouse, gold shoes and glittery necklace were just begging to be put together.  It was a really fun outfit to wear while walking down by the water.  Plus, such a vibrant outfit leads to exhibiting some personality.  I love giving people a hint at my personality by what I wear before I even meet them.  I'm a little nutty and colorful, so there you go.  I wouldn't go so far to say I have a sparkling personality, because that's a corny pun and a bit pompous.  Haha.

Quick story about the shoes.  My friend Brittany got these from Golden Ponies and didn't have much use for them so she gave them to me!!!  It was serendipitous because I had a pair of these waiting in my etsy cart about to be purchased.  I've seen a few bloggers wear them and had fallen in love with the simple shape and color. Who doesn't love golden shoes?!!!


Blouse, similar Forever21
Skirt, Urban Outfitters ---2 years ago
Belt, Vintage

Friday, January 27, 2012

Finding the Good


It's strange, as I have aged a little more, I am finding myself more drawn to mini dresses.  It should be the other way around, but what can I say.  I guess I'm proud of my legs.  For more than a year I've been walking about 2 miles a day with my commute to work and it's paid off.  So yep.  I think this dress is a tad too short and the fact that I got it from Forever21 might be the reason for that, but whatevs.  I'm actually at a point in my life where I'm becoming comfortable in my own skin.  I guess that comes with age too.

how to style a mini dress

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and really gets a chance to relax and unwind.  I'll be going to a party and then doing lots of laundry.  I take the good with the bad;)  Oh and if you plan on leaving a comment make sure to include something you love about yourself.  Positive thoughts about ones' self lead to higher self-esteem and happy feelings.

dressing for yourself

Dress, Forever21
Tights, Target
Platforms, Urban Outfitters
Cardigan, Vintage
Scarf, Old Navy ...many moons ago

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

But Get That Ice or Else No Dice


It's been a few days since I've last updated my blog!!!  The weather just won't stay nice!!  That is, until this morning when I woke up to pretty blue skies and birds chirping.  I think Mother Nature has been confused lately.  Anywho, I took advantage of the nice weather and called up my sister to see if she wanted to take some shots of my outfit!!  It was pretty early in the morning, but I love the light that comes from the morning sun.  It's just perfect.


I was excited to put on a pretty dress and glam myself up a little for a morning romp to the park.  A little ridiculous, but I'm not all that conventional when it comes to my wardrobe.  I threw on my brightest dress and my platforms and then added this pretty new bracelet from Anjolee.  They have such amazing selections for jewellery and this bracelet in particular is the most well made piece I've come across in the long time.  Right down to it's clasps.  It's glittery shine made my outfit seem way more put together than if I had decided to wear nothing.  Plus, 3/4 sleeved dresses are a perfect match for bracelets.


And have you ever noticed that you might always gravitate towards some type of accessory to really put your outfit together?  Diamond jewelry has always been something I reach for when it comes to making my outfits complete.  Other people love shoes but I've always been a jewellery person, whether it be fine or fashion jewellery.   Diamond tennis bracelets in particular are perhaps my favorite type of jewellery, mainly because they're so classic and timeless.  Tennis bracelets are also perfect for adding a bit of shine and gleam to an otherwise casual outfit.  I mean, you could wear jeans and a white tee and dress up your look with a tennis bracelet and still be chic.


Dress, ASOS
Platforms, Piperlime

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Capsule of Wonderful Things

vintage cardigan

I wish I could make a capsule of all the wonderful things I did this weekend and keep it safe forever and only open it up if I truly needed a burst of good feelings.  These past few days have been wonderful!!  Friday was spent doing things all on my own.  When you've been married for nearly five years, its so hard to find time for yourself.  I spent my morning taking a long cold walk to a coffee shop to read, followed by a nice lunch with my friend Diane and her daughter, and I finally finished the day off by stopping by my friend, Kelsie's vintage store. 

corduroy mini skirt
styling up oxfords
olive green tights

Saturday, Zach and I, plus our couple friends Brittany and husband trekked up to Richmond to meet up with Julia and her beau for a bit of thrifting and then dinner at the Capital Ale House.  It's so cool the way the internets can connect people that you would otherwise never meet.  Julia and Brittany are such cool ladies.  Added bonus is that our guys get along too.  That makes it so much better.  Oh and I'd tell you all where I went thrifting, but I am keeping it a secret since I was told in secret ;)  hehe..  But it was fantastic!!  Lots of cheap cheap stuff!!!  I even got a cute new pair of G.H. Bass leather loafers for .99 cents.  Way cheaper than my local thrift store. Those jerks price those types of things for $10!!

shop le mode accessories
ruffle chiffon

And this is what I wore for my Friday full of frolicking.  I'm totally in love with this glittery necklace from Shop Le Mode and the way it glitters like a chandelier.  The skirt is a new addition of corduroy to my wardrobe from Ralph Lauren (of course thrifted) and then just a handful of other items from my closet to make an outfit that was worth photographing.

glittery necklace
leather belt

Cardigan, Vintage
Skirt, Blouse, Belt, Shoes, Thrifted

Friday, January 20, 2012

Making Use of Those Instax Photos

How to display instax photos

The other day I mentioned I got new film for my Fuji Instax Mini and I thought it would be fun to show you guys some of the things I've done with them!  The film is kind of pricey ($1 per photo) but the results are so cool, plus they are fun just to flip through and rekindle fond memories.

With these photos, I thought it would be interesting to make a banner to keep up on the wall.  They can be proudly displayed in a cool fashion, plus it's a great feature for a blank wall.

instax photo banner

Another thing you can do is make a collage!!  I put mine up in my cubical at work so I can see pics of my travels, friends, and pets.  It's nice to give my eyes a break from mundane paperwork and computer screens.

instax photo collage

I received a journal as a present from my mother in law for Christmas and I finally figured out a creative use for it!!  Doodles and instax photos!!  Like a scrapbook, but less work.

handmade journal

Finally, if you're never quite sure what to do with those photos, or you're collecting them slowly for a project, keep them in a pretty bowl!! I have a vintage lotus bowl that is perfect for them. And looking at them in a bowl is just as keen on the eyes.

vintage bowls

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Doing My Birthday Dance

chambray blouse

It's that time of year again!!!  It's my birthday!!!  And I feel like it's kind of a big one.  I'm 27.  I don't feel like I'm getting old or anything crazy like that, but it's kind of a milestone for me in a way.  Can't really put my finger on it, but this year seems like it will be a real interesting year 27.  So my plans for the year?  Not much really.  Just keep on keeping on.  I'll probably come up with some sort of list of things I've liked to accomplish before I turn 28, but for now I haven't any sort of concrete idea.  For the hell of it, here's how I felt on my birthday last year :)

how to style a scarf
leather jacket looks

Now that this day has come, I have the feeling that since I'm crawling into my late twenties and I'm married, people are going to be pestering me way more often about when I'm finally going to have children.  For some reason people can't help but pry and poke and prod into when I plan on having a baby because "I'm not getting any younger".  So there you have it.  I may have a tinge of the birthday blues, but nothing that can't be cured with delicious Turkish dinner that I plan on having tonight :)  Can't wait for that.  Oh and drinks.

wedge booties and skinny jeans
colorful scarf

Well I'm off to celebrate!!!  First by heading into work, then by having dinner and then relaxing.  The real celebration happens on Friday when I take a day off from work to hang out with my awesome friend Diane and then on Saturday I'm going up to Richmond!  Yippie!!!

wearing a bright shade of lipstick
leather belt

Jacket, Tulle
Chambray Blouse, Thrifted
Booties and Scarf, Target
Belt, Gift From Uncle N :)  Thanks!!  The belt is so nice!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Remembering What Once Was

sweater tights

There's nothing like awkwardly standing in front of a, now, defunct Union Mission to take outfit photos.  Looking up at the building and marveling at all the history that manifested in there and then realizing it's all gone into an empty abyss where no one roams anymore, is kind of sad.  It's a beautiful place from the outside.  And it used to be the Navy YMCA so there are rumors of an indoor pool in this building.  Quite interesting.  And here it sits empty.  Eventually it will turn into some very expensive apartments, but time will tell.  Anywho.

how to wear a corduroy mini
styling boots

So, something about this outfit seems a tad odd.  A little too mismatched perhaps?  Then again, I like it too.  I mean, I wouldn't put an outfit on this blog if it looked stupid, right?  Ok, don't answer that.  Hehehe...we all wear some crazy things from time to time.  In any case, at least it was warm and comfy!!  Sweater tights, corduroy, and chunky printed cardigans do wonders on cold days.

what to wear with cranberry
leather and handle

Now, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!!  I did!!  Some of it was boring, but the highlights were buying an iPhone, going thrifting (thrift haul video coming soon!!), and lots of coffee dates.  It's not a weekend unless I have an opportunity to drink coffee in a quiet and pretty coffee shop.

grommet belt
dolce vita boots

Blouse, Altered dress
JCrew Skirt, Thrifted
Tights, H&M
Sweater, Thrifted
Dolce Vita Boots, Target

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Seasonally Appropriate?

So tell me this.  Is this sweater season appropriate for January?  I mean, I know it has reindeer leaping in the air and all, but it just seems like the perfect thing to wear on a cold January day.  Maybe I'm wrong.  As long as I'm not wearing bright red velour pants with it, I guess I'm in the clear.


I chose to wear a dramatic monochromatic look since I hardly ever wear head to toe black.  It's a bit different to not have some form of color in my outfits, but today just seemed like a good day to don an all black look.  I'm not depressed but when you're feeling rather blah, it feels good to wear something simplistic.  But what it lacks in warmth in color, it makes up for in fabrics.  A velvet dress is under the warm wool sweater and then I added this new handy dandy faux leather jacket to make my children's reindeer sweater just a tad more hip.  I said a tad more hip, not totally hip ;) hehe...


Alrighty, I hope you all have a fabulous rest of your weekend.  I'll be busy spending the rest of my day watching the NY Giants game.  Please pray for my Giants!!  I would love to see them cream Green Bay.  Oh and I now have an iPhone (early bday gift from my boy) and I have an Instagram account all set up with pictures!!  You can follow me at  Daily_Fashionista .


Sweater, Dress, & Hat, Vintage
Jacket, Tulle
Shoes, Dolce Vita for Target
Ring, JewelMint