I’ve always wanted to own a proper pair of creepers. For me, they’re just so reminiscent of Duckie Dale from Pretty in Pink (“I remain now, and will always be, a Duckman”). When I was a teen in the 80’s, creepers were a bit out of reach on a minimum wage budget. Then I sort of forgot about them in the 90’s and early 2000’s. With my 80’s nostalgia in very high gear lately, imagine my luck when I found a pair of classic black suede ones by T.U.K. on sale at Hot Topic. I knew the perfect outfit to wear with them, blending a couple of 80’s trends, wearing a bright neon shirt with a checked headband and badges. I wore this outfit to the office for a little bit of a dress down Friday, and also for my mom’s surprise birthday party. It’s quite the casual, yet put together outfit.
Outfit: T.U.K. Black Suede Original Creepers and Union Jack pin from Hot Topic; Topshop black denim pinafore dress (old, but here’s one similar from ASOS); Unknown brand neon shirt, checked headband and tights; The English Beat pin from their 2013 concert at the Belly Up (post here); Vintage tie; Rebecca Minkoff Jody “C” leather pouch; Eva glasses in sepia c/o Bonlook
Our families during my mom’s surprise birthday on January 25, 2014. My mom is holding a picture of my father.
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.
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
(The title of this post is a line from the Depeche Mode song Photographic.)
I’m always reluctant to wear shorts because I don’t know where the cut off is between too short, and not short enough. In my forties, I’ve become more self-conscious and aware of this fact, despite how much I know I believe it shouldn’t matter. I know I wore cut-offs at the Rewind Festival last year (post here), but can I wear those anywhere else other than maybe the beach? I think I have finally found the a line of shorts that are just perfect for me. These shorts are by Joe Fresh at JCPenney, and they hit me at just the right place on my thigh where I feel comfortable (not to mention they are adorable). They have a whole line of shorts, which will be perfect for those hot summer days that I know are coming so very soon here in San Diego.
I finally got my Val Tex ankle boots by Miista. Free People had them on super sale, so I just had to grab them. They named it the “Glacier Ankle Boot”, probably because the pattern looks like it could be from the aurora borealis. I fell in love with them when Miista introduced their Electromancer line, and I used it in a Polyvore collage (post here). I kept my outfit very simple, allowing these lovelies to steal the show. These booties are even prettier up-close and personal, and many co-workers stopped me to ask me where I got them. This is my fourth pair of Miistas, and I can safely say that I’m hooked.
Outfit – H&M cardigan; Old Navy shirt and jeans; Val Tex ankle boots by Miista in topaz/mauve ($69.95 on Free People); Rebecca Minkoff MAC; Michael Kors watch; Wendy Brandes and Suki Bijoux rings; Honeybadger glasses by BonLook; bracelet, necklace and earrings were birthday gifts from my niece and sister
(‘Ice Machine’ is a song by Depeche Mode, the B-side to ‘Dreaming of Me’)
(Check out the cute bonus pictures of my beautiful niece wearing my Miistas. She loves all of my shoes, purses and clothes, so I thought it would be fitting to get her in this outfit post. I’m telling you, she’s a natural, no?)
I’m not sure how it happened, but I have accumulated quite a collection of printed pants in the last few months. I like what the printed pants add to my wardrobe, making it very dynamic. It’s always easy to pair printed shirts with jeans or dress pants, but I find it more challenging to build an outfit around printed pants. These wonderful printed pants are my first purchase from Madewell. I also don’t really pick a color theme for my outfits, but I ran with the blue in this one (you may recognize the blue purse, as I wore it during my many days and nights out in London last year, orignal post here). Believe it or not, the blues were not all the same shade, but they appear that way in these pictures.
Outfit – Madewell pants (on super sale at the location in South Coast Plaza, only $17!); Old Navy shirt; H&M sweater; Rebecca Minkoff purse; Betsey Johnson shoes; iSee glasses from GlassesUSA; Necklace from Southwark Cathedral (London); Mimi Boutique zipper bangle; Wendy Brandes ring; Suki Bijoux rings; Michael Kors watch
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It’s now 2013 and my love for the bird print still has not waned. I got this pretty mixed-print blouse last year because I loved the subtle colors. I can wear it casually with jeans, but I’m sure it would also be very pretty with a skirt or slacks. The birds had a bit of bright color in them and I decided to make more apparent by wearing these blue suede bow pumps. I almost chose a blue purse, but decided it was a little too matchy-matchy, so I kept my purse neutral.
Outfit – Bird print blouse c/o The Limited; Down East Basics jeans; Linea Pelle Domed Pyramid Stackable bracelet in rose gold; Shamballa bracelet c/o Cutey; Juicy Couture ring (old); Michael Kors watch; Rebecca Minkoff purse; BonLook Honeybadger glasses; Origami Owl necklace
I’ve always admired designs by Vivienne Westwood from afar but never indulged until recently. I love that her style was born out of the punk era, so her fashion seems to speak to me musically (I always include a little punk or goth into my wardrobe). It was my intention to visit her shop, World’s End, while I was in London this past August. Due to time constraints, we never got to do it. Instead, this sweater was my first ever purchase from Vivienne Westwood, and I snapped it up when I saw it on sale on Zappos. It’s from the Anglomania line and the crazy threads woven through the cable of the chunky knit gives it that punk feel. I can let them dangle or cinch them up and tie them for the asymmetrical look. My favorite part is the safety-pin closure. I absolutely love this sweater!
Outfit – Vivienne Westwood Anglomania chunky knit sweater in chartreuse; Old Navy skinny cargos; H&M top; Gunmetal shoes; Wendy Brandes ring; Necklace gift from my sister; Rebecca Minkoff MAC purse; iSee glasses from GlassesUSA
(Photos by Rholnna Jiao. Post title is a movie from 1991 and Depeche Mode’s song Death’s Door appears on the soundtrack.)
The weather is starting to cool off, but I can still get away with wearing some sleeveless clothing now, that I know I can layer later. I love these studded boots, and have been figuring out ways to always incorporate them into my wardrobe. When I got this soft furry vest from Bloomingdale’s, I couldn’t wait to pair them up with these boots. The cool colors and softness of the vest together with the leather and studs of the boots make me feel like a rock star (Warm Leatherette by The Normal was playing in my head while posing for these shots).
Outfit – Aqua faux fur vest; H&M Jeans; Steve Madden “Fraankie” boots; Rebecca Minkoff purse; Michael Kors watch; Coach sunnies; Personalized leather cuff from the San Diego County Fair; Unknown brand studded silver bracelet; Wendy Brandes ring; Cross necklace from Southwark Cathedral in London
I didn’t get a chance to get my whole outfit for this picture, because I was busy watching my son play and I didn’t want to ask one of my cousins to stop and take an outfit picture for me. We went to a birthday party for my cousin Regi’s son, Riley, a few weekends ago at a local park. It was still quite hot here in San Diego at that time, so cut-offs were still okay to wear. I’m excited because we finally are getting cooler weather, which means boots and layers!
Outfit – Joy Division tee (Urban Outfitters); Mossimo denim shorts (Target); Steven by Steve Madden booties; Rebecca Minkoff Covet purse & studded leather cuff; Shamballa bracelet c/o Cutey UK; Unknown brand studded silver bracelet
It’s finally starting to cool down, so I’m feeling like wearing textured clothing and layering them in different ways. These pieces are not new, but I’ve never worn them together so it feels like a new outfit. The jacket is a colored tweed or boucle and the pants are corduroy. I kept the layering simple, but all in the same muted shades. I’m also starting to embrace wearing different shades of the same color. I was always hesitant to do so, but I think that it makes an outfit more dynamic and now actually expands my wardrobe possibilities!
Outfit – din bin jacket (from Nordstrom a long time ago); LEI corduroy pants; Old Navy blouse; Wet Seal tank; Poetic License shoes; Rebecca Minkoff MAC purse; Michael Kors watch; iSee glasses from GlassesUSA; Vintage brooches; Tiffany & Co necklace; Wendy Brandes ring