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Lettin’ Loose

17 Sep

I’m a belter.

When it comes to outfits, it usually involves a belt of some kind. It’s trendy and it’s what everyone is doing, right?

Well, my boyfriend gets tired of this look and he thinks it’s boring and stodgy. Loose blouses should be allowed to billow in the wind, he says. They’re meant to flow, not to be tied down by a belt.

I agree, but a belt makes the outfit look better. It separates the body segments and balances your proportions. Without a belt, you could look shapeless or worse…fat! Not that it’s a bad thing, but who wants to intentionally look bigger than they actually are?

So, I’ve been trying to go belt-less.

Call it a mini-challenge, but I do want to mix up the type of outfits I create since I tend to fall back on the belted look.

Outfit Details: Stella McCartney for GapKids cardigan – M, Martin + Osa tank – 0, Rock & Republic Kiedis jeans – 24, Ross flats

How about you?

Do you belt it up or keep it easy breezy?


Thinking about the Vacay

12 Aug

I got some travel photos from my friend’s camera, so I’ll post a couple of them from the trip to Lake Havasu.

The vacation house that we stayed at was fully decorated and themed out…it felt a bit like a B&B, but more spacious. Three bedrooms, two bath, and a large front yard and backyard…it was nice for once to spend a vacation at a house instead of a hotel. I like hotels, but sometimes, I want something more cozy and this place was perfect.

Since I’ve been back, I’ve been lazy so I don’t wear very interesting outfits, but everyone has those days.

Outfit Details: Martin + Osa pullover sweater – XS, J.Crew Favorite Fit Everyday Chinos – 00P (waist taken in), Aldo pumps

The Usual Suspects

7 Aug

So I have a few moments before heading out to Arizona and I needed to run a few errands. Instead of moving around in a t-shirt and shorts, I decided to dress up a bit. Since I’ve been reaching towards the same color combos lately, specifically pink, white, and gray…why not make a different outfit that I haven’t worn before?

I was too lazy to get my belt hole punched so it’d be the right size, so I just slipped it around the buckle and it stayed in place pretty well. It’s just a temporary solution until I get the hole punched.

Outfit Detail: Martin+ Osa denim jacket – XS, J.Crew tunic- XXS, Club Monaco – XS, Urban Outfitters belt – S, Aldo pumps

The Look: A Petite Suit – Separated

26 Jul

Everyone needs at least one three piece suit right?

Well, I don’t need to wear suits so I only have one three piece suit and it’s from Banana Republic in 00P (pants are 0P). (I’m over BR, but it doesn’t mean I’ll eliminate all BR items from my closet.)  I bought it 3-4 years ago when I was starting to job hunt and I picked it up for $150 on sale in Boston when I was visiting a friend. At the time, it fit pretty well and I thought it looked nice. But when I brought it home, my mom thought it looked too matronly when I wore it as a suit.

Even now, I don’t think I can pull off this particular look. I was never a fan of the pantsuit, but even the skirt suit seems odd when I see myself in it. Perhaps when I turn 30, I can wear this outfit, but for now, it’s a little too “old” for me.

I’ve been back to BR multiple times, but I just haven’t found a suit that looked and fit so well that would warrant another purchase. But I am on the lookout for a cute blazer.

Instead of wearing these items together, I wear them separately and it works out fine. Even though the pants and the skirt are in 0P and 00P respectively, they are now too loose for me to wear, so I had them taken in by 2-3 inches at the waist. I guess my body is becoming more womanly with a slimmer waist and more defined hips and not because I’ve lost weight (well, maybe I kept off 5 lbs the last few years…but that doesn’t count).

Here are a couple of outfits I’d wear with these suit pieces. I tried to keep the clothes as similar as possible so you can see how it’s styled.

Outfit Details: Martin + Osa cardigan – XS, Anthropologie Pearly Glow Tank – XS, Banana Republic pants – 0P (waist taken in), Forever 21 necklace, Aldo pumps

Outfit Details: Banana Republic blazer – 00P, Anthropologie tank – XS, Theory Ibbey Pant – 00P, Forever 21 necklace, Payless pumps

Outfit Details: American Eagle cardigan – XS, Anthropologie tank – XS, Banana Republic skirt – 00p (waist taken in), Jcrew skinny belt – S, Forever 21 necklace, Aldo pumps

The Look: Oversized Sweater

12 Jul

Since my beloved Martin + Osa is closing, I was able to snag a couple more items to add to my collection before it disappears forever. One was this oversized sweater. Well, it’s a regular sweater but I bought it in XL because I loved the color and the slouchiness it brings.

I decided to go a little crazy with my hairstyle to give it that anime-feel during the weekend. It was kind of interesting walking down Main Street…everyone was so surf-bum-ish…I stuck out like a sore thumb.

Outfit Details: Martin + Osa sweater – XL, Madewell skinny jeans – 24, Old Navy tank – XS, Forever 21 pendant, Colehaan Saddle Soft Satchel

You’d think that being LA, it’d be blazing hot…but it’s actually been kind of overcast and cool lately. Still, after walking around for two hours, I did get a mild tan. Very mild.

Just for fun…a little GIF.

I’m PALE! (And I don’t tan well.)

Photo Credit – S.

The Look: Menswear

9 Jul

I got my Nordstrom catalog this weekend and while flipping through it, I was inspired by the fall colors and the menswear looks. Though it’s clearly too early to break out the fall gear, the overcast weather here makes me lean toward the darker colors.

Plus, with my new hair, I’m sure I can pull off the menswear look better than when I had the bob.

Outfit Details: Martin + Osa tuxedo shirt – XS, Theory Kissan Pant – 00, J.Crew skinny belt – S, Payless black pumps

When I think of a man’s outfit, it usually consists of three main items (aside from the tie)

Button-down shirt + Black Trousers + Belt = Basic Men’s Outfit

So doing a play on the traditional look, I paired a tuxedo shirt with a pleated harem pant for texture and visual interest. The skinny belt provides a pop of color to complete the look. Since the pant sits on my hip, it elongates my torso while the heels keep the body proportions in balance.

As I was walking around, someone mentioned that I looked more confident with this particular look, but I think it’s the hair.

Stepping Out of the Box

5 Jul

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! I got to hang out in Torrance and see the fireworks.

This weekend’s outfit was a bit different than what I usually wear. I don’t often wear green tops and in bright Granny Smith Apple green no less.

But I bought this top in XXS from Martin + Osa and since I can’t return it anymore, I might as well make use of it. It’s supposed to be a tunic, but it works more like a dress.

There are two giant pockets on each side of the garment and it works great if you want to emphasize your hips, but other than that, it’s not really that flattering. Adding a belt gives this top some shape and provides some structure to this flowy garment.

Outfit Details: Martin + Osa Silk Racerback Tank Tunic – XXS, American Apparel Floral Lace Bodysuit – XS, DIY silk bubble skirt, Charles David Awaken wedges, Urban Outfitters braided belt, random chandelier earrings

Petite Tip:

When wearing a bold color, it’s best to keep  the rest of the outfit in a neutral color palette and use smaller accessories. Adding texture instead of color can work to your advantage.