crew love

I love all things j.crew!  In my imaginary world of color, mixed prints and patterns, I see myself flaunting cleverly in each look addressed above/below, but on a one -week basis imagery. Clearly knowing that if I stretch this fantasy any longer, reality would soon interrupt (not seeing these covetable pieces in my closet). I've always had a vivid imagination, though something’s I may not have yet, (and I emphasis on yet), I truly believe all things are possible, it's never displeasing to create a world of wants. My mom is a big believer in this as well, she will find a designer look and duplicate it in the most ingenious way, only difference is her look is much more price sufficient,(vintage shops) she goes by the cheap is chic motto, and of course her daughter is an advocate as well. Digressing forward, I see myself clad in each look from sunday to saturday, so I labeled my choices by my personal feelings for each day.

sundaywhen I am not singing in the choir (which requires a uniformed attire), this would be the perfect spring look for church, clean and acceptable, illustrating style but keeping it graceful

mondaythis specific day of the week we all dread, but with a practical color-block get up, you’re bound to start the week off sleek and neat 

tuesday: by now I am in a work state-of-mind and feeling a bit classy with a speck of quirky

wednesday: the middle of the week is usually a suffice time to feel relaxed and functional, and this look demonstrates both

thursday: ah, the day before tgif, by now I am pondering what my weekend holds, and my ensemble is visually verbalizing slouchy pastel glam

friday: can someone say, casual Friday!, well not quite, though my denim button-down shirt is a tailored example of just that, my striped skirt is luminously fetching

saturday: a day of comfort paired with cutesy, loose but lush, the leopard shorts are a stylish staple for the most unwinding day of the week


monroe suite

Some of the smallest spaces are the most intimate places. I've had my turquoise polka dot and multi-colored stripe bathroom set for some time now (purchased from target a year ago) and I just added my final touch of classic glam. My triple-faced (andy warhol replica) marilyn monroe portrait (also, target) displays the perfect splash for a bathing delight. On to my next bathroom venture, I am on the whim of dressing my guest/daughters bathroom in a mirror image of mine, but with chocolate shades, showered with gum ball colored polka dots (a gift from my lovely little sister, see below). You would think an area that only involves seconds or minutes of use would not need such decorative maintenance, but it creates a welcoming ambiance (especially to a guest). My fondness for bath decor commenced from my grandmother, growing up she would revamp the bathroom by season but always with upbeat hues. It was so refreshing to see a sundry of looks each time I stepped into one of the smallest yet cheerful spaces on earth. images below: brown/multi-colored polka dot bathroom set and  striped shower curtain, target


conceal it

'Age before beauty' they say. Well recently, I have discovered a slight sign of aging under my eyes, faint dark circles and minimal fine creased lines (smiley face fine). I know, I am only 29 and I look 19 to some but that doesn't mean under my eyes always will. In addition, studies say that under the eyes are the first prospects of aging, hence the slew of anti-aging under-eye-creams. Nevertheless, let’s count down the many reasons why this could be oh so' suddenly happening. 

1). my lack of sleep, I constantly feel the need to work at night (house cleaning etc.), when I already work full-time during the day. Either, I am staying up surfing the net or watching a show that truly is watching me (because my thoughts are elsewhere) 2). My food intake─ you are what you eat? or what you eye? In my case I have to start interrogating my diet─, Is it healthy? What nutrients does it include? Is it beneficial to my skin? (more healthy skin details here) 3).The simple fact that I will be 30 this year, which is a sophisticated turning point in my life, kiss the carefree 20’s goodbye and embrace the thriving 30’s. And, 4). It's hereditary! Something's are just truly passed on, that is what makes us each genetically unique. With that being said, this calls for a search for the next best concealer. 

Presently using M.A.C select moisture cover, I recently observed that it tends to sink in my creases, giving me an unfinished look, as if I forgot to evenly blend. Therefore, I am on the verge of something new. I researched a couple of my beauty brands-of-choice and provided some details on the significance of each one, but I am going to need your (decision-making) help!


pencil sharp

The fit of a garment can make or break your look. About 6 months ago a good friend of mine {Ebony} had some pencil skirts given to her that weren't the right fit, me being consignment chic, I was more than happy to take the unfitting weight off of her. The skirts were exactly my type, since around that time I was coveting the j.crew pencil skirts in the fall 2011 catalog. However, I cannot elaborate on the skirts without revealing a small detailed secret about the present fit. OK, so instead of cleaning my skirts the instructed way (dry cleaning), I decided to wash them at home (not the best idea). I took them out of the  washing machine and noticed that the liners were longer than the hems. I was appalled and extremely indecisive on keeping them because I thought I had ruined them for good. (Did I forget to mention that I recently lost some weight, and the skirts were a tad big in the waist before my cleaning mishap? "OK, maybe I did!"). Well my fairy garment-mother was on my side; I tried the skirts on for a final fitting and noticed that they were exactly true to my current size, (a little shrinking action did wonders). I had the liners fixed and Viola!, two seasons and one cleaning malfunction later, I was finally ready to sharpen my look pencil sharp!  (Check out my double rendition of each look, I wore this past week below).   image above: j.crew fall 2011 catalog, courtesy of camille styles

monday: Gap purple and white gingham button down shirt, blueberry blue pencil skirt,betsey johnson leopard & diamonds watch, forever 21 and h&m bracelets 
tuesday: mossimo olive green v-neck cardigan, cranberry pencil skirt, american eagle bronze metal & multi-diamond choker, both paired with mossimo leopard flats


wishlist 2012

Now that we're 4/12 into the new year, I can’t help but mentally prepare a list of all my materialistic wants (ok, I could have thought of a better term, but that’s kind of what it is right?). Wishing forward, I’ve had my eyes on a savvy pair of tortoise print eyeglasses for quite sometime, ever since I purchased my black chloe pair a year ago. I technically only need them for reading, but those small moments deserve a wink of style and versatility. When it comes to my pout, I’ve been craving for a new shade. Currently owning three vivacious pink hues; it’s now time to paint my lips with a pop of bright coral. On the other hand, my wrist has begun to covet a gold face. My square face, pink diamond trimmed rose gold betsey johnson watch(one of my priceless investments) needs a new bff, so what better than my second favorite designer ─ marc jacobs. And to finalize my  list of wishes and wants, the perfect classic and durable staple; an all American handbag─coach madison sophia satchel in black leather with gold accents.  So, now that I shared mine, I’d love to hear yours; what's on your wishlist for 2012?



tribal treat

Ever went into a store for one thing and walked out with another (several things)? pretty sure we all have. Well, I did not exactly walk out with the extra things, but I snapped some photos of them for sharing purposes. With the intentions of checking out of target (my second visit this week), I spotted these adorable tropical tribal print strapless sundresses. I have noticed a sporadic sprinkle of Aztec prints popping up this season. Yesterday when I fetched my precious flats, (previous post) I came across these punchy Aztec flats, but unfortunately, they did not have my size. The dresses were an immediate reminder and stirred up this beloved post. below: dresses ea. $24.99 , flats $14.99 and h&m sunglasses $9.95, above: teen vogue May issue hot tropic spread.

shoe box

Yesterday I snatched up two pair of affordably classic mossimo flats from target. In need of a quick shoe fix (for the office), I made it my task to use my lunch break as a foot- fetish- fishing moment (try saying that rapidly three times).  Each was a reasonable $14.99, which summed up what I actually wanted to spend. The leopard pair was an instant pick-me-up, who could resist a funky flat that pretty much can be paired with any hue. The black patent pair was a basic attraction, the chicest one of the bunch. I plan to couple these comfy cuties, with a clever pencil skirt. The weather has not been quite consistent with spring temps, so when we do have an expectancy of warmth, it calls for sleek yet cool attire.