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And The Tape Is Your Voice

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I think it was love at first sight when I saw this skirt on ModCloth.  It’s called the “Music In Me in Mix Tape” skirt, and I literally said, “I must have that!”  I fell in love with the pattern, and the fact that is has pockets (skirts and dresses with pockets are the best things ever).  I’m glad I bought it when I did because not only was it on sale, it’s now sold out.  Hopefully ModCloth will bring it back somehow because it has quickly become my favorite skirt in my wardrobe, and I know so many would love this skirt.  When I wore it to work, one of my co-workers said, “You definitely should have been born in a different era!”  I admit I styled the skirt for this outfit to be retro, but I can also see this skirt in a more edgier outfit.  But maybe he was talking about the fact that the pattern is cassette tapes, and everyone knows how much I love the 80’s.

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Outfit – Burberry sweater (old); Bitten t-shirt (old); Retrolicious skirt from ModCloth (sold out); Rebecca Minkoff purse; Nine West shoes (old); Zekes Zipper Bangle from MimiBoutique (sold out); Michael Kors watch; Suki Bijoux and Wendy Brandes rings; iSee glasses from GlassesUSA; Unknown brand pan collar necklace and belt; Tambourine earrings made by my sister, Rholnna

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(The title of this post is a line from the Depeche Mode song Photographic.)

(Photos by Rholnna Jiao)

New Life

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New seasons always breathe new life into pieces I think can only be worn during particular times of the year.  Having this blog and learning from all of the wonderful blogs I read allows me to approach my wardrobe differently.  I’ve worn these pieces separately during warmer times of the year (here and here).  Because of the complimentary colors, I paired them together, but added opaque tights & other darker accessories to help make it feel more like a transitional outfit.

Outfit – 3+1 Audrey dress; H&M jacket; Old Navy tights; Mossimo for Target shoes; Rebecca Minkoff 5 Zip clutch; Burberry sunnies; Juicy Couture ring; For Joseph necklace; Michael Kors watch

FTC Disclosure: Although this is a sponsored post, the opinions, pictures & content of this post are strictly my own.

In The Navy

I’ve fallen in love with my new pair of navy blue suede Naughty Monkey boots that I bought recently on Zappos.com (seen here). It’s no surprise that I’ve worn them almost everyday since I bought them and even wore them shopping all day two Saturdays ago. The mid-heel makes them comfortable for walking and perfect for any outfit. I wore them with jeans and leggings for a few days, then decided to try them with my pretty little bird printed dress (last seen here). The navy blue color just makes them pop against anything I’ve worn, especially black.

Outfit: Erin Fetherston for Target jacket (seen here); Burberry sunglasses; Cotton On dress; Naughty Monkey boots; Zac Posen for Target belt; Kate Spade bag; Juicy Couture ring

So Newly Charming

I got the chance to use my new tripod and was inspired by yet another Duran Duran song with my outfit. I felt my jacket was quite androgynous with the pin-stripes, so I kept it simple with a white sweater and black skinny jeans. I had the hat on, but felt better holding it to give a hint of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur” without going overboard (the title of this post is a line from the song).

I’m also loving the “Walk the Walk” boots that I bought from Modcloth.com (sorry kids, they went on sale and suddenly sold out!). They are quite comfortable and flattering with everything from jeans to dresses. I have worn these boots everyday since I bought them.

I always get asked where I bought this distressed white sweater. It looks like it’s been sliced or run all over like stockings, and has loose threads on the sleeves and on either side of the sweater, giving it an almost spiderweb look. Believe it or not, I bought it at an “Everything $5.99” store. We went in the store, looking for little knickknacks. I walked over to the 99 cent rack and found this sweater. The best dollar I’ve ever spent!

Outfit: Anna Sui jacket; Guess skinny jeans; “Walk the Walk” Boots from Modcloth.com; Unknown brand sweater; H&M hat; Juicy Couture ring; Burberry sunglasses; Charm bracelet was a Christmas gift from my niece

Coat of the Week: Semi-Casual Friday


After a full morning of taking care of some things for my mom yesterday, my sister came over in the afternoon to help me with some of my “Coat of the Week” pictures.  I think she did a great job, don’t you?

A cashier at the grocery store said to me, “I love that jacket, you must be receiving tons of compliments on it!  It’s something that can make any outfit feel sexy, either dressed up or down.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Outfit:  Rodarte for Target jacket; Burberry sunglasses; Forever 21 tank; Juicy Couture hooded shirt; Tiffany Keys Heart necklace; 7 For All Mankind “A” Pocket Bootcut Jeans; Steve Madden booties

Photos by Rholnna Jiao

Channeling Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks

Ever since I saw “Pandora’s Box” in one of my film classes at UCSD, I had a fascination with Louise Brooks.  I’ve always loved the era of the 20’s and 30’s.  I love the movie and musical “Chicago” and have seen both the movie (many times) and the musical (just once).  Everyone seemed to be dressed as if they were always going out on the town, no matter what time of day it was.  

My most favorite thing about Louise Brooks was her hair style.  When I think of the “Page Boy” or “Bob” haircut, I think immediately of the sleek banged look of Louise Brooks.  

I’ve been growing my hair out because I know my husband loves it when my hair is longer.  With the weather being all over the map these days and trying to chase after a toddler, I’ve found that I’m constantly opting for putting my hair up in a pony-tail rather than taking time to really work on it.   My hair is very thick and requires quite a bit of attention and time, which I really don’t have in the morning before taking off for a job that starts at 6am!

To resolve that issue, I have decided to go back to what I love best.  I’m sorry my dear husband, but the long locks just had to go.  I also think it went perfect with my outfit for FNO, don’t you think? 

 Outfit:  Burberry sunglasses; H&M dress, necklace and bangles; Michael Kors pumps; Judith Leiber vintage purse

Seconds, please!

On the way home from Las Vegas, my husband and I always stop at the Primm Valley Casino to shop at the Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas.  It allows us to gas up the car, get Dominic changed and do a little shopping.  I always make sure to check out Coach, Juicy Couture, kate spade and Old Navy.  My all time favorites are the Burberry Factory Outlet and Neiman Marcus Last Call.

Seychelles "Turnaround" Platform Sandals

I found these very cute shoes for a steal at Last Call.  They are the Seychelles “Turnaround” platform sandals, which retail for $99, but I got them for $32.  They are last season’s shoe, but they still are very current for the summer.

I always wonder if people really know if something is last season.   If you wear it at the right time with the right outfit and the right accessories, anything can be current, right?

The Burberry "Rosie" Shoulder Bag in Nova Check

At the Burberry Factory Outlet store, I spotted a cute little shoulder bag (the Rosie in nova check) for a mere $79!  They were what’s called a “Factory Second”.  I do claim to be fashion conscious, so I knew that the purse had some kind of “defect”, but really all I saw were that they were a little blemished.  When I got home, I got one of my son’s wipies and cleaned the marks off, and the little handbag was as good as new!  I did decide to research “factory second” and saw that it really meant that these items didn’t quite pass inspection to get into the main store due to a minor, usually cosmetic problem.  In this case, they were marks on the front and back of the bag, which were easily cleaned off.  When I found out that the retail price was $395, I made sure to share that information with my husband so he can see that I really am trying to be somewhat frugal.

I really do like nice things, but it’s not always within my budget to get everything I want all at once.  I like to say I’m a “Fashionista on a Budget” rather than a “Budget Fashionista”.  I don’t like to sacrifice quality, so when I can get a great deal, I make sure to take advantage of it.

If I can get more deals like that, I’m sure my husband won’t mind if I say “Seconds, please!”