Where Did She Go?

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I cannot believe how long it has been since I posted anything here! The last time I did an actual style post–I had much shorter hair AND that was back in December. Ahhh!

The other week, I decided to go through my blog archives. Now this is going to sound weird, but I got a little bit jealous of my blogger-self from 5 years back. I know…who gets jealous of themselves?

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I used to post quite a bit–sometimes two or three times a week! I even went as far as posting recipes, and I am not a fan of the kitchen. Seriously, where did that blogger go?

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Honestly, I’m not sure if I will ever go back to being that blogger. Let’s just say, I’m feeling a bit more energized and inspired, so I’m here now.

I am ready to get some new content up, and I’m toying around with the idea of a blog name change. I’d also love to add guest bloggers. I’m not quite sure how that will actually play out, but I think it’d be a fun idea to look into! For now, it’s just baby steps and making more time to have a presence here.

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Over the last couple of years, I’ve become more conscious of what I’m putting into my closet, thus a lot of it hasn’t changed. But because of this, I’m always looking for new ways to pair the pieces that I have.

As a return to the blog, I thought I’d bring back two pieces that I’ve worn here before. I’ve always had fun styling this orange top (check out Bleeding Orange and Jackie O.), but the candy stripe shorts went with a simple gray shirt in the post, Girls at the Gym.

In the spirit of embracing summer, I thought it would be fun to pair the two, and throw in a red/orange lipstick (NARS Heat Wave)!

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Girls at the Gym

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The other day, while I was at a yoga class, I realized that I have a few gym-related pet peeves, all centered around girls. Why is this? I’m all about #GIRLPOWER, but at the gym, I find some of them to be quite obnoxious. For example

1. A few months back, I built up the courage to venture to the front of a very popular Zumba class at my local gym. (By “front”, I mean 3rd row out of a 10 row class). Girls line up outside the door 30 minutes prior to class (yes, it really is that good), and then race in so that they can get to the front. Since I’m in the class before, I get to see this shit-show take place. It’s like a pack of hungry hyenas running to grab gazelle scraps. Most of them absolutely LOVE staring at themselves in the mirror and making pouty faces while dancing. From my usual place in the back, it’s quite entertaining. I never noticed the “social-gap” between the people in the front and those in the back until that day. It first started off with one girl yelling “Get out of my way! You’re in my spot!” to a new girl. Then continued to say that she couldn’t see herself in the mirror. (Ugh…if I was the mirror I wouldn’t want to see her). Poor new girl. Luckily, a nice girl allowed her to stand next to her in the front. To which the plastic huffed and puffed about, then turned around to ask us, “Did I do something wrong? Am I not right? AM I NOT RIGHT?!” Then I’m pretty sure she z-snapped us.

Also, before I knew it a group of much older women (who definitely come every week to release their inner-sexiness), somehow managed to dance their way into the teeny bit of space in front of me. How this happened, is beyond me. They even turned around and gave me dirty looks as if I had taken their assigned spot. Older women + their booties + death stares = I’m scared.

Not only that, I got yelled at a couple times by the girl behind me that said “You’re all up in my space. If you can’t keep up move to the back.” There was so much animosity the front, that I was eventually forced to the back and have never ventured up there again.

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2. There’s a girl in my Pilates class that comes in late every week and goes straight to the front of the class, next to the instructor. Then proceeds to pull out her cell phone and starts texting, surfing the web, answering e-mails, making phone calls, Instagramming, etc.—all the way through class. To make this even better, while doing the exercise she limply raises her leg or arm, while holding and staring at her phone. After that one set of exercises is done, she puts her phone down and then starts doing the poses that WE JUST DID, on purpose. She totally knows that while the instructor is teaching the next pose, everyone will be staring at her in the front. Therefore, she takes advantage of this time to show everyone how “awesome” she thinks she is at Pilates. WHY ARE YOU HERE? No one likes you…trust me.

3. The girl who places her yoga mat either RIGHT in front or RIGHT next to mine, every single week, and then proceeds to breathe extremely loud throughout class. Its common courtesy, in any yoga class, that you stagger the mats and place them a good distance away from each other. Not plop your butt down where you feel like it. Come on now…I actually care about yoga. I want to make sure I’m doing the poses right and you’re ruining my hour of Zen by breathing like a dinosaur in my space. Go away.

4. Girls that cake their make-up on for the gym. Like CAKE IT on. This is completely beyond me. One, you’re here to work out, not to win the Southern Belle Beauty Pageant. Two, you barely even exercise because you’re scared if you sweat, your mascara will drip down your face and make you look like a crack-addict. What is the point? Just wipe it off.

5. The girls who constantly strike a pose, after each and every single routine in Zumba. This isn’t drill team, no one is a football cheerleader, and this isn’t soul train. One or two times, after a really good song – I get it. But thinking you’re a Pussycat Doll – it’s just weird.

However, I’d like to give props to the girls who come in every week, try their hardest and are there for good reasons. I’m with ya – I don’t like them girls either. Ok, end rant.

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10 Fall Essentials

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My friend Jenny (who happens to live someplace where it actually gets cold) recommended that I do a “What to Buy for Fall” post…when it was still 95 degrees down here in Houston (it is now 88, so some progress has been made). I initially told her that would be difficult considering I’m still parading around in shorts. However, I gave it some thought and figured since I hadn’t done any kind of essentials post in awhile (my last two: Summer Essentials and Chic Essentials), this would be a good time to do one. Plus, it helped that I already knew what I wanted to recommend since a lot of these pieces are not only great for fall but also for any month of the year.

I’ve included links to items/stores where you can find pieces similar to the ones I have, at differente price points. Most of the items I’ve listed are less than $50, though you’ll find jackets to be slightly more expensive. I consider each one of these “investments” so the prices are going to be higher on some because I’m looking for good quality, long-lasting, versatile pieces.

Also, I had to break this post up into two parts – 1. A list of essentials and 2. Actual outfits featuring these pieces. I’ll have the second half of this post up next week so check back for that. The above image is just a glimpse of one of the outfits (details at end of post).

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*Suggested sites at end of post.

1. Cardigan/Sweater*

If you need something to throw on or layer with – this is it. I have a bad addiction to cardigans but I find the ones that are in classic colors or subtle prints are some of the best to have.

2. Black Blazer

I own about 3 black blazers – different styles and cuts. However, I’ve found that the classic black blazer is the best. The one I have in the images (which I’ll show next week) is from Banana Republic and yes, it is the $150 one that I included the link to below. However, I happened to have scored this on super sale at the Banana Republic Outlet store for $50 (which is pretty awesome for a BR, suit blazer). I invested in this one because I know I’ll wear it multiple times for a number of different occasions. However, since the $150 price point might be a bit too high for some, I’ve included links to more reasonable ones below.

  • Banana Republic – one; JC Penney – one; H&M – one, two ; Charlotte Russe – one

3. Black Tunic/Dress

Here’s something you will wear year-round. It requires no fuss and can be as minimalistic or as detailed as you want. It’s definitely a classic piece and I’d invest in one that is of good quality and material (not a cheap cotton one) so that it lasts. I’ve included a link to the one I purchased at Target below (it’s from the Leather Shoulders post). It can easily be worn bare-legged or in the cooler months with tights, leggings or pants.

4. T-shirts*

These are essential layering and go-to pieces. For starters, I’d purchase my basic colors – white, gray and black (then build from there with other colors and patterns). Finding one that is quality-made can be difficult; at the end of the post I’ve listed a few places that I’ve really liked and own shirts from.

5. Jeans*

Colored Denim – For fall, I steer away from bright and neon colors like hot pink, purple, mint or highlighter yellow and gravitate towards more warmer colors—navy, forest/dark green, maroon, mustard, dark purple/eggplant or tan.

Dark Denim – Regardless if you’re dressing it down with just a plain t-shirt and flats or dressing it up with a top, blazer and heels—it always makes for a classic, sophisticated outfit. It’ll never go out of style, hence it’s another investment piece.

I have a tough time finding jeans that fit me right but when I came across the Rockstar brand at Old Navy—I had finally found it! (Trust me, I hate buying jeans just as much as I hate scrubbing toilet seats, so this is a good thing). The fit and length are perfect for my shorter frame. The link at the end of the post will also show you the style in different colors. So there you go, a one-stop place for both these pieces.

6. Black Faux Leather Pants/Leggings (Full or Paneled)

I mentioned a couple of posts back that I’m really into leather. Now that fall has set in, I don’t feel so dumb wearing full leather pants. I think it’s a great way to break away from the classic materials used for black pants and it toughens up a look. If you’re not into full leather pants/leggings – consider ones with panels either in the front, back, on the knees or along the sides running up your leg.

7. Leggings*

This is also something that I mentioned in my Chic Essentials piece a couple of years back. Now that patterned leggings and ones made out of different materials (i.e. faux-leather, liquid, silky) are in, you can mix up your wardrobe of just plain black cotton ones with these. They also sell fleece-lined ones, which I found to be great for cooler months.

8. Olive Green Utility/Military Jacket

I purchased this on a whim from Ross 3 – 4 years ago (for less than 20 bucks). I happened to really like the color and thought with it being so light, it’d be great to wear in Houston. Even though, it hasn’t been showcased on the blog all that often (seen here in one of my favorite outfits)—I’ve worn it tons of times over the last few years. I prefer the ones with pockets and a drawstring at the waist so that I can cinch it up; this way it doesn’t look too big with certain outfits that I want a more tailored look to.

Less than $50

 Over $50

  • H&M – one; Old Navy – one; Urban Outfitters – one

9. Long-Sleeve Shirts*

As you already know, these are essential layering pieces. Plus, if you don’t know what to wear, you can just throw on a shirt, jeans/pants, blazer, boots/heels/flats, a scarf and you’re done. Easy peasy. I own a few LS shirts in solid colors like black, dark gray, navy and maroon. However, to mix it up, I recently purchased one with polka dots (Old Navy) and of course, I have my stripes.Since these can be found just about anywhere, the links at the end are to a few stores where I happen to like the quality and fit of their shirts.

10. Black Skirt

This can be in any length, style or material. I do recommend one that is not itsy-bitsy – maybe ones that come a little above the knees or below it. Style is completely up to you – you may like pencil, flouncy, a-line, lo/hi, etc. Find one that you like but in a material that stays intact after wear and wash.

  • Zara – one; JC Penney – one; Target – one

*Jeans (Colored and Dark Blue), Shirts (Long-Sleeve and T), Cardigans and Leggings

 *Dark Denim “Rockstar” Blue Jeans from Old Navy – found here.

Additional Fall Accessories

Here are a few things that will help you bring together your fall wardrobe.

  • Black Boots (tall)
  • Booties (black or brown)
  • Brogues, Converse sneakers (chucks) or Flats
  • Scarves (at least one solid-color and one printed)
  • Hat (floppy, fedora, newspaper boy, etc.)
  • Tights (opaque and patterned)

Hopefully, you guys found some of these items helpful in stocking your fall wardrobe. As always if you have a suggestion for a post, send it my way and I’ll definitely work on it!

Outfit in top picture: Utility jacket – Ross, Stripe shirt & belt – F21, Black tunic – Target, Scarf – Urban Outfitters, Bag – Banana Republic.

Items in chart: Aztec-print cardigan – Etsy, Black blazer – H&M, Black tunic/dress – Target, Gray t-shirt – Target, Jeans – Polyvore, Leather leggings – H&M, Galaxy leggings – Polyvore, Utility jacket – shefinds.com, Long-sleeve stripe T – Ebay, Skirt – 3.1 Philip Lim.

Towing in Grape Pants

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I told you guys that I’d post an outfit before I leave (!) I know…I’m just as shocked as you are. I have a few more hours until my trek to Spain begins and these are the hours that I wish teleportation was already invented. I always have that fear that I’ve left something behind (though I’ve checked my What to Pack list at least 18 times), my nerves are on edge and I really just WANT to be at my destination. Unfortunately, there’s this teeny-tiny body of water (aka the Atlantic Ocean) standing in my way of flamenco dancers, tapas, wine and extreme amounts of awesome-ness.

However, if I were to say that the night leading up to this departure was uneventful, I’d be lying. Last week I took my car into the shop and spent close to $800 to fix it. Then I cursed the crap out of the dealership and at my car for making me spend so much money on something as frivolous as a reliable mode of transportation. Only to end up driving it a couple of days later with a drained battery (that was recently replaced!), flickering lights, a radio that would go in and out and ultimately it died on me after pulling up or should I say gliding into a gas pump.

After waiting 45 minutes for the tow truck to arrive, being followed by a trucker who was either pissed he had to drive so far away from town or maybe he just hates silver cars, finding a random guy parking cars in the dealership lot, more than hour after it was closed – I left my Cookie Monster all alone in the Service lane at the shop. My car and I have never been away for more than two days really, let alone 2 weeks. It’s kind of a big step for us so I guess putting me through all this hassle (and money) is it’s way of saying that it’ll miss me. I for one cannot wait to be free and walk around everywhere! Some relationships just need a break.

Of course, I had barely packed or done anything. So instead of a night filled with a friend’s birthday, packing, wine and Stephen Colbert – it turned into a night of birthday, towing, AAA and a tow trucker I’ll call Raymond, who was not amused every time I chased him in parking lots, which was more than one time.

That my friend’s is my big bon voyage.

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I was also wearing these grape-colored pants, so at least I was doing all these awesome things in style. I wore it with a simple cream-colored peplum top with an orange sash and nude heels; but here, I have it dressed up in a business/work-wear style. Another prime example of how to incorporate color into your work wardrobe and if you can’t wear purple pants, then maybe the color combo (grape, navy, white and nude) is something you can try to put together with other pieces.

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Well, my lovely readers I’m ready to cross that ocean so let me just grab my bikini and shark-repellant spray.

Catch you guys on the flipside!

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