Thursday, October 4, 2012

Diane Von Furstenberg

My sister-in-law found this Diane Von Furstenburg dress at Goodwill!!!  Then, she sent it to me, and I LOVE it.  I normally am not a fan of wrap dresses.  They usually don't fit me well, but this one is adorable (and it has pockets).  I wasn't sure how to accessorize it, so I just went with a simple gold necklace (found here). 

Just ignore my modelesque, uber-serious glare.  I was feeling snobby since I was wearing a designer dress. ;)
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Haircut and a Camera

I gave someone a haircut this week.  Actually, I gave something a haircut this week.

These were cool back during the "gladiator sandal" trend.  I bought them for $5 at a store in Japan, so don't judge me too much.  Unfortunately, I only wore them once (with a costume).  I'm sure you can imagine why...

They were taking up valuable real estate in my closet, so they either had to go or change.  Since I'm doing Mission: $100 Closet, I can't really afford to buy new sandals.  So, I decided to give them a haircut and see how they look.

Guess what?  I like them!  Best part:  they were my EASIEST refashion ever.  They took me about 5 seconds to cut.  I even wore them to work the morning that I did it.  Yeah, I did this one morning while looking for a pair of flats to wear with this outfit. 
Orange Shirt (Banana Republic Outlet), Navy & White Skirt (thrifted in Japan), Jewelry (Francesca's)
Also, my title mentions a camera.  WHY?  If you can't tell, my picture quality is terrible.  Sure, it could be the rushed morning self-photography, BUT it's an old point-and-shoot camera.  I'm super excited that Moneyman (aka the frugal husband) and I spent this weekend shopping for a DSLR.  We've narrowed it down to 2-3 favorites, so we want to read a few more reviews and shop around for the best price.  Anytime we spend more than a couple hundred bucks, we spend A LOT of time researching it.  Hopefully, my next posts will be shot with a much nicer camera!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Thrifting in Japan

You may have noticed by now that most of my thrifted clothing is labeled "thrifted in Japan."  I label it that way because the brand on the label is usually not available in the U.S. (or legible by me).  I just moved to the U.S. from Japan, and while I was there I thrifted ALL THE TIME.  Why?  Generally, Japanese clothing is made in 3 sizes.  All of which seemed to fit me pretty well.  Imagine walking into a thrift store where all of the clothing fits you.  IT. WAS. HEAVEN.  Moreover, I wear a shoe size 5.5-6.  Most of the shoes in the Japanese thrift stores were also my size.  I. WENT. WILD. 
Anyways, this shirt was one of the last items I thrifted in Japan before moving back to the States.  It's also one of my favorite items.  I love how lady-like and sweet it is.  KAWAII!
Lace Shirt (thrifted in Japan), Jeans (Old Navy), Shoes (Nine & Company), Purse (thrifted and painted, see here)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bouclé Blazer

I haven't updated for a couple days, but I have a GREAT reason.  You see, I'm normally a middle and high school teacher.  I'm certified to also teach elementary ESL and Spanish.  Welp, I'm teaaching at an elementary school now in SoCal, and it is HARD.  These kids have way more energy than middle/high schoolers, and I'm trying to figure out how to harness it for the classroom.  Those elementary teachers are special people, I tell ya!  SPECIAL PEOPLE!  Meanwhile, these kids are probably the cutest kids I've ever taught.  The things they say... I could start a blog just based on their daily quotes.  Cuteness overload.

Blazer (Zara), Jeans (Old Navy), Shoes (Nine&Company)

I bought this blazer from Zara during one of their bi-annual sales or "rebajas".  It's perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans.  It's also a great outfit for running around the school, giving hugs to the littles, and running errands after work (without looking like a themed-vest teacher).
Teacher themed-vest found here.
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Indigo and Mustard

This morning I wanted to wear this skirt, but I didn't know what to wear it with.  I settled on this, but I'm still deciding if I like the combination or not.
Mustard Cardigan, Blue Skirt, Gold Shoes (Thrifted in Japan), Cream Tank (Buona Giornata), Belt (Burberry)

*What do you think of this color combination?  Would you wear it?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Orange like a Pumpkin ;)

I wore this to work today... except not exactly like this.  I hate armpits in the classroom.  It's bright, but the jacket that I wear it with tones it down.
Dress (Amy Byer), Jacket (Rope Picnic), Jewelry (F21), Shoes (Nine & Company)

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fringe: A Love Story

You might already know that Zara is my favorite store.  My husband tries to stay clear of cities with a Zara for this reason.  When I lived in Japan, there were 2 Zaras near my house... SCORE!  Now, there is 1 Zara about 1 hour away.  Let me demonstrate why Zara rocks....
2012 Spring/ Summer FRINGE Collection
Now, let's backtrack to the summer of 2010.  I bought a skirt at Goodwill in the States for $1.50 (no pictures, sorry!).  The skirt was about 4 sizes too big and hung to my ankles.  I took it in, but it still looked awkward.  I hemmed it to my knees, but it still looked a little "grandma-ish".  I never wore it.  Finally, I decided to make it a "going out" skirt and hemmed it a lot shorter.  I did the outside first, and then I was inspired by Zara (above) and decided to fringe the liner and keep it long.  Bonus: It's pretty hard (for me) to hem liners, so it's also a short-cut.
Tank (Loft), Skirt (Target via Goodwill), Gold Purse and Shoes (Target), Bracelet (Banana Republic Outlet), Necklace (Ann Taylor)

I love this lace-like necklace!  If I could wear it with everything, I would!

I love it so much that I'm looking for more old skirts to fringe.  Is that weird? 
P.S. Can you fringe a winter coat? No?  Darn.

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