Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Floral Meetup

Alright, so you could say I'm a bit obsessed with floral prints this season.  OK, a lot obsessed.  I've loved floral stuff for a long time (it goes with the whole kawaii thing that you guys know I'm so into), and I love how this season it just seems to be everywhere.  Because I've been so into mixing prints, I decided to combine an outfit with using a lot of florals.  


For this look, I paired three floral items: a sweater, socks and shoes.  I completed the look with a handmade bow necklace that I picked up at the Unique LA Art show, mentioned a few posts back.  What do you guys think of my pairing?








Sweater: Abercrombie & Fitch (Old, cute & cheap one here)
Shorts: True Religion (similar)
Tank: Gap Pure
Jewelry: Earrings- Chanel (Vintage); Bow necklace- Homako (Etsy seller!)
Socks: (purchased in Tokyo, but how awesome are these? and these?)
Bag: DIY
Shoes: Urban Outfitters (Sold out, similar here)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Casual Color

I hope you all had an amazing Memorial Day weekend!  Mine was filled with fun, as I spent time with family & some of my closest friends.  We took in a movie (Sabrina) at the Hollywood Forever on Saturday for my friend's bday celebration, had tacos at my SIL's house Sunday night, and rode our bikes throughout Santa Monica and Venice on Memorial Day. 


For the movie Saturday night, I chose to dress in layers, as we had to sit outside, and it got quite cold.  I also wanted to keep my look casual for attending the outdoor movie.  I chose to pair red jeans with a loose-fitting black sweater, black converse & chunky necklaces.  What do you guys think of my pairing?








Pants: H&M (Similar here)
Sweater: H&M (Great oversize one here- and amazing price!!)
Button Down Shirt (Worn under): Gap (Old, similar here)
Bag: Gucci (vintage)
Jewelry: Earrings- Tarina Tarantino (old, but how awesome are these??); Necklaces- Marni at H&M; 
Neon Spike Bracelet- Forever 21 (Sold out, another cool neon spiked one here)
Shoes: Converse

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sleek Black

Black has always been a staple in my wardrobe.  Ok, let's be honest- for a long time, it was THE staple in my wardrobe, the only staple.  It wasn't until I decided that I really wanted to start blogging that I realized I had better add some color to my wardrobe, and to be honest, I'm really enjoying color.  For several years, 3/4 of my closet consisted of black & grey clothes, and I only shopped for items in those colors.  I still find black to be extremely chic and just spectacular in general, but now it only takes up about 1/2 of my closet.


For my sleek black look, I chose to pair some glossy-washed jeans with a navy blazer, and accessories with sprouts of purple, blue & pink colors.  What do you guys think of my pairing?









Blazer: Express (Old, similar here)
Tank: Gap Pure (softest tank ever!!)
Jeans (Similar)
Scarf: Alexander McQueen Koi Scarf (Sold out, very similar here)
Jewelry: Scarf ring- Alexander McQueen ring used as scarf ring! (Sold out, similar here); 
Bracelets- LA Jewelry District (Similar here); Art Deco-style earrings- Vintage (my grandmothers!)
Bag: Chanel GST
Shoes: Prada

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Friday, May 25, 2012

DIY: Studded Satchel Bag / My feature in Fashables Summer Trend Report

When Fashables contacted me and asked if I would be willing to participate in their Summer Trend Report, I was beyond excited.  There are so many great trends for this summer that I wanted to talk about but I chose to highlight neon because I am having so much fun with it right now.  You can see my feature, along with 21 other bloggers, in the report here.


Also, before we begin, a few things that I wanted to let you guys know- a couple of you have asked me if I'm on pinteret.  Can you believe that I'm not?  Sad, I know.  But honestly, I'm so incredibly busy and I know if I started on pinterest that I wouldn't get anything done.  That's not to say that I won't ever, but I don't need another addiction right now.  However, I have added a PIN IT button at the button of the page for those of you who are, and want to pin my things onto your boards!  I also went back and added the PIN IT buttons to my previous posts for those of you who really like some of the other things.  Secondly, I added a search box on my blog so you guys can find things much easier.  About time, right?


OK, now for the DIY!


So, I've really been wanting a satchel bag.  Actually, I've really been wanting several satchel bags, because they just seem so ideal for summertime.  I have all kinds of ideas on how to DIY these bags and one idea I really wanted to try was studding!  I've really been loving all of the studded accessories I've been seeing lately, but I haven't really seen any studded satchels, so I found a cheap satchel, and got to work!


What you will need for this DIY: a satchel bag (I got mine for $10 at Target!)  I chose a bright neon orange because as you guys know, I'm really in love with neon right now.  You will also need pyramid studs (you can easily find these on sites like Etsy- here are 1500 options for you.)  You can either go with one size or several sizes.  On my bag, I chose to use 9mm and 15mm studs.  I also chose an antique brass color to match the hardware on the bag.


Are you guys ready to begin?

1. Gather your materials.  Here I have some different sizes of pyramid studs.  There are three sizes shown, but only the smaller two are used on the bag (9mm & 15mm).

Here is the bag I'm going to use.  The material is thin which makes it easier to pierce the studs through.

2. Lay out the studs on your bag to determine how you will insert them.

3. Carefully begin to insert the studs into the bag.  Make sure you turn the ends of the studs inwards after they are inserted.  If they are not turned inward, they may poke you when you are reaching into your bag!  Ouch!

4. Finish your design.


5. Wear and have a unique satchel bag!

What do you guys think of this DIY?  Will you try it?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monkey See, Monkey Do

I can't tell you how obsessed I am with the monkey print on this skirt.  I got this skirt awhile ago from Anthro, and immediately began my love affair with Leifsdottir because of it.  I think that the quirky monkey print is so much fun, and while I struggled with pairing it for awhile, this season's pattern mix-up trend has provided me with a lot of inspiration.  Here, I've paired it with a vintage chevron-print orange colored blouse and some nude heels.  What do you guys think of my pairing?








Skirt: Leifsdottir (Sold out)
Chevron Shirt: Vintage
Jewelry: Bracelets: chevron- BCBG Generation; Chain- Sequin (similar here); Stone bracelets- Rachel Jewelry; 
Necklace- gift from my lovely friend Susie!
Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM
Sunglasses: D&G (similar)

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Formal Wedding Wear

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my last post. It was such a pleasure reading all of your thoughtful words, and your support truly does mean so much to me.


I can't believe that I'm saying this, but I think this past weekend was the last wedding I'm attending this spring/summer!  While I have really enjoyed bridal showers, bachelorette festivities, and wedding ceremonies, I am so excited for some free time, especially now that it's really warming up.  I'm hoping to spend a lot of time at the beach this summer.


Last weekend's wedding was a traditional Iraqi wedding, which meant that I had to dress in formal attire.  I already knew that I needed to wear a long dress, and I decided on simple black so I could it pair my DIY accessories.  Of course, the day of the wedding, I realized that I left my shoes at home (the wedding was in San Diego) so on the way to the church, we drove by Nordstrom Rack, and I thought that surely I would find some simple black heels in there.  I did, and as I was getting in line to pay, I saw that the line was to the back of the store- and the wedding was going to be starting in 20 minutes!!  It's not like me to run late at all, but mind you that my husband was driving, and the phrase "arab time" definitely exists in our household.  So, I quickly ran next door to Loehmann's, and on the clearance rack, I spotted a blue sparkly pair of shoes.  There was only one pair left, and they were in my size!  They seriously match so perfectly with my DIY earrings, and they were on clearance for $18!  I couldn't have asked for a better pair.


What do you guys think of my formal wear for the wedding?  








Dress: Calvin Klein (similar CK here on sale!)
Earrings: DIY (learn how here)
Clutch: DIY (learn how (here)
Diamond Bracelet: wedding gift (similar here)
Shoes: (similar here)

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