Picking At Fashion


I obviously have a slight crush on fashion. At times, I feel like I am fashion-forward but only to the extent that I’m comfortable with. However, there are trends that I cannot get on board with and frankly, I’m a bit tired of some of them. I’m just throwing this out there, just to see if others feel the same way or maybe I’m just being too close-minded about it. Here goes…hopefully no one hates on me(!):

  1. Nail Polish Color-Blocking: I’m not a fan of the whole painting all your nails the same color but just one finger on each hand a different one. Nor am I huge on the whole nail-design trend. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I like consistency? Now, I’m all up for painting your toe nails and finger nails different colors but the color-blocking…it’s just not working for me.
  2. Socks with Open-Toe Shoes: I can’t. I just can’t. The concept of open toe is to show your toes not cover them up with socks. Plus, I’d look like an idiot doing this in Houston when it’s totally okay to wear open-toe shoes in the middle of “winter”.
  3. The Studded Valentino Heels: I’m over them. They were cute but now they’re just played out. Even if I happen to come across a knock-off pair for $20, I’d forego them.
  4. The Hi/Lo Skirt or Dress: I know…you guys are probably really not on board with me about this one. Unfortunately, I have to stick by what I’m saying…I’m growing a bit tired of it. Now, I’m not completely over the trend—I own a few pieces and have featured them on the blog (recently, seen here and here) but it’s definitely not a style I gravitate to anymore. I especially dislike the skirts or dresses that are sheer and long but have the shortened mini underneath it (another outfit I had featured last summer). These days, there have been so many dresses and prints that I’ve liked, reached for and noticed that it’s either hi/lo or sheer and short underneath and it’s killed the overall look of the piece. I’m hoping it slowly phases out but I think people are still in love with it so it might stick around for a bit. (Will I continue to wear the pieces I own? Yes, I mean I have to get my money’s worth, no?)
  5. Rompers: Not sexy. Plus, they make going to the bathroom such a hassle!
  6. Lace/Croqueted Shorts: I’m so over this. Why don’t we all just wrap an old-fashioned tablecloth around our waists and walk out the door?
  7. Harem Pants: These just don’t do anything for a woman’s body. Yes, they might be comfortable but there are so many other types of pants out there that are just as comfortable and flattering. Now harem pant sweats in the house – nothing wrong with that.
  8. Leggings As Pants: Need I say more?
  9. Ombre Hair: As my friend Ameeta put it so nicely when I had the whole look going on – it’s the lazy girl hair-color style. I have to admit though, that on some girls it looks pretty cool while on others it just looks like a bad dye job especially when their roots are SO dark and don’t really flow into the lighter locks. So, I’m not completely against it but do recommend a stylist that will make this look good instead of relying on a box. (I know in the images above it looks like I’m sporting that look but I’ve since dyed my hair to one darker color, added bangs and have gotten rid of the ombre).
  10. Kardashian Fashion (or lack thereof): This family needs to go away. Immediately. Maybe somewhere into the North West.

All right so now that I’ve done my whole “fashion-venting” bit. Here are some trends that I actually do like put together—stripes, colored pants and leopard print. For some the leopard heels might be too much, but swapping them out with nude pumps would work just as well. I’ve featured these pants before in another work-wear outfit that I really liked. Plus, I’ve done this whole look with a more summer-friendly style seen here. Since, a lot of women work in a professional field where shorts really aren’t allowed, I figured showcasing something like this might be more appropriate.

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Top – CR, Pants, Jacket and Necklace  – F21, Bag – Vera Wang for Kohl’s, Shoes – BCBG (via TJ Maxx)

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Black Out but Not

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I had intended to have the first segment of my travels up today but I’m still finalizing and editing images (my Photoshop software is about ready to kill me). I’ll definitely have one up on Thursday as I am really quite excited to share some of the images (not all 3000…I promise!) with you guys plus some travel stories. So instead of saying, I’ll be back, I thought I’d go ahead and kick off my May posts (three weeks late) with some travel style. Side note: I did not take very many outfit-centric pictures when I was away as that really wasn’t the intention of my trip. However, my cousin was kind enough to take a few on my second day in Madrid, right before we had to leave to catch a plane to Morocco.

I packed very lightly for this trip. So lightly, that all I had were two carry-on sized bags, that fit all my clothes and essentials for two weeks, plus my camera bag and purse. Go me! I’d have to say the biggest help I had were E-bags packing cubes. For $20 you get a set of three cubes in different sizes; they are awesome for packing clothes and undergarments in. If you roll/fold your pieces up properly, you can fit all three packing cubes, plus a make-up bag, toiletries bag and a few other things all nice and snugly into a carry-on. I learned how to pack from this blog, Seventeenth & Irving, and found the E-bags packing cubes here.

I wanted to make sure the pieces that I took were versatile enough to be worn a few times in different ways. I planned outfits a couple of weeks in advance, however I didn’t pack anything until the night before (the procrastinator in me). I ended up wearing most of my pieces at least 3-4 times before they got too dirty to wear again. Some of them got dirty/smelly in one day and I didn’t get a chance to wash them, so they only got one wear; but for the most part, I really did pack just enough. This black maxi dress definitely got out a few times.


There was still a slight chill in the air in Madrid so I attempted to do the whole “chic-black” look by adding a black leather jacket to the dress. It was a bit too boring for me, so I threw in the gold belt and red TOMS. The shoes don’t particularly match, but I chose comfort over style (besides they’re TOMS, they pretty much go with everything anyways). By the way, these are another essential travel purchase (a tip I got from a friend). They are so comfortable, almost as if you are walking on air plus your feet don’t hurt as much at the end of the day.

With that, we set out for Reitro Park in Madrid where we shot these pictures. I’m not going to get into too much detail about the park as that is part of my travel stories post but I will say that it was not easy climbing up this pillar-structure especially in a dress. However, I was in Spain and if I did flash anyone, I doubt they’d be phased by it.  Also, it smells like cat pee between the pillars. So inviting.

Here’s the struggle…

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..made it!




Dress – Ross, Jacket & Glasses – F21, Scarf – H&M, Belt – Thrifted, Bag – Sam Moon, Shoes – TOMS

Photos taken by Menka in Madrid, Spain.

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Saved by the Bell

I own Saved by the Bell Seasons 1 – 4 on DVD. I am not ashamed. It’s still as funny, if not funnier, than the first time I watched them…20 some odd years ago. I had such a huge crush on Mark-Paul Gosselaar that I wrote to his fan club asking for a signed autograph…I’m still waiting for that autograph to come in the mail…

Since, I’ve been watching them for the last week and half between cleaning, getting ready and going to bed – I’ve come up with a few conclusions:

  1. I am Lisa Turtle.
  2. Zack Morris…need I say more?
  3. Jesse and AC’s relationship – dysfunctionality at it’s best.
  4. I love Jesse, Lisa and Kelly’s aerobics work-out music video. (By the way, how was it every OK to wear thong-spandex work-out body suits?) Let’s not forgot that this was also Jesse Spano’s caffeine addiction episode.
  5. “I can’t believe I’m at school on a Saturday morning to take the S.A.T – I’d rather be at the beach getting a T.A.N.” – Zack Morris (the epitome of 90s wit)
  6. How does AC Slater/Mario Lopez still look the same?
  7. 90’s fashion is awesome – neon colors, stripes, denim jackets, leggings, boots with skirts, off the shoulder tops,  sweat pants as pants, form-fitting dresses

It’s funny to see what they wore back then and then to see how it’s been altered to meet fashion now. Everything about what I’m wearing below is a bit 90s – stripes, denim, leopard print, bangs, tennies, thick glasses, a fitted dress…but in a different way.

If I was 7 it’d be a stripe top, denim skinnies with little zippers in the back, disheveled bangs, super thick glasses, white Keds and a leopard print headband. Yeah – I was stylish back then too.  I lied – if you saw me back then you’d run in hide. Trust me.

I actually really like this casual look; it makes running errands and doing every day things a bit easier. I could even throw on a pair of nude wedges to dress it up a bit more for work or dinner. Not going to lie – I love carefree outfits as much as I loved my carefree 90s days. I also love neon! Sometimes I wish I could go back – but with better hair.

A Navy and Black Night

I definitely used to be one of those people who believed wearing navy and black together was one of the biggest fashion faux pas anyone could commit. Something about pairing two dark colors that didn’t match seemed like a complete no-no.

As you can see, I’ve changed my mind. I love the idea of mixing these two colors together, I think it has to do with the fact that navy and black are such classic colors. They’ll never go out of style and will always be worn, so why not wear them together? The pairing of the two colors definitely gives off a pulled together, chic look – something I’ll be doing more often this coming season.

I’ve had this skirt in my closet for years now and it happens to be one of those pieces that I’ve never stored away. I kept it hanging in my closet season after season in hopes that something would inspire me to pull it out and actually wear it. Well, it seems that the time has finally come. Longer skirts are back on the fashion scene and the ways in which they are now styled definitely appeal to my taste. For this outfit, I just wanted to keep it simple, hence the black tank top and a statement necklace.

With longer skirts that go past your knees, try and wear high heels. This way the hem of the skirt is further from the ground and since heels help to elongate your legs, you don’t end up looking short or stumpy.

I haven’t worn this ensemble out just yet (as you can tell I took these pictures in my backyard) but I’m hoping to one night for dinner or drinks with friends. If it gets a little cooler I’ll just throw on a cropped black blazer.

By the way, I love this necklace – it jingles when I walk and reminds me of Christmas… my favorite time of year!

Top – Target, Skirt – Thrifted, Leopard Clutch – TJ Maxx, Necklace – F21, Shoes – Jessica Simpson (via Ross)