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A co-worker once complimented me on this cardigan and said, “I love the robin’s egg blue shade.” Before her remark, I had no idea that robins’ eggs were blue; I just thought that was a name for a shade of blue.
Apparently, robins’ eggs are blue and they’re similar in color to my cardigan:
Esprit Blue Cardigan (Size M, gift from a friend in 2000 or 2001)
BR Dress (Size 2, bought in 2008 from a gift card a friend gave [shortened by about six inches])
H&M Aqua Belt (came with a pair of navy Bermuda shorts, bought in 2010 – the newest version of the Bermuda shorts has a tan skinny belt attached)
Turquoise & Pearl Necklace (gift from a family friend)
Turquoise Bracelet (gift from a family friend)
Gold Bead Bracelet (wedding gift from my husband’s aunt)
Pearl Earrings (gift from my auntie)
Mossimo Taupe Heels (Size 7, bought from Target)
Detail of Bracelets:
I’ve had this cardigan for over 10 years. When I pointed out to my friend that she gave it to me a decade ago, she said, “It’s held up well!” I replied, “It’s because I’ve only washed it three times!” I wore it often in undergrad, a few times while teaching, a handful of times while in grad school, and a couple of times while in law school. I hadn’t worn it in a while, though, and I found that it was the best lightweight cover for the BR dress.
I like to call the BR dress my “Belle” dress because it reminds me of Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Belle dress used to end at mid-calf, but I brought it to the tailor’s to shorten it to knee length a couple of years ago. This dress is usually worn to special occasions: my brother’s graduation from graduate school, my friend’s son’s second-year-old birthday, my husband’s Confirmation, a reunion dinner with some close law school friends, and now added to the list: my friend’s graduation from pharmacy school!
Today was one of the busiest days I’ve had in quite some time. Early in the morning, I was scheduled for my first in-person renewal at the DMV. My driver’s license has had my 16-year-old picture for the last 13 years. I was forced to get a new picture; otherwise, I would have been fine with the picture of my 16-year-old self, if only out of sheer laziness and my reluctance in going to the DMV. Following my one-hour stay at the DMV, my girlfriends and I road tripped it to my friend’s graduation (her husband kindly treated us to both lunch and dinner), and then we all went shopping.
Loved this dress, but sadly left it at Forever 21:
It was a Size S, priced at $24.80, and it was the last one that the store had. I loved the scoop neckline, the flattering fit, the pockets, the color, the sleeves, the lining, the way it fit, the reasonable price, and the lace.
The only thing I didn’t love? My stupid self imposed shopping ban. Okay, not so stupid, but at the time, that’s what I was telling myself. As we left the store (H&M and F21 bags happily flapping from the hands of my friends), two of my friends did tell me they were proud of me…and I’m actually proud of myself.
I am learning to appreciate my closet more, and additionally, I’m getting better at deciding which items I really love as opposed to the items I just have a passing fancy with, and those are just the types of lessons I need to learn while on my quest for fashion sense.
On Saturday night, my girlfriends and I got together to hang out with one of our friends who had relocated to San Francisco and had traveled down for a visit. Although my girlfriends and I only get together one or two times a month these days, the estrogen fest was a welcome event. Our chatter and laughter could be heard from downstairs and outside of my friend’s 2nd floor apartment so said a few latecomers. Among our topics of conversation: a lacy “magic bra” that made everyone look good (I think it’s this one) and its twin from Target (I think it’s this one), bathroom hangups, finger toes, how my friend totally looks like Wendy‘s doppelganger, and favorite brands for certain items of makeup.
The overwhelming favorite brand was Mac for eyeshadow, eyeliner, and any item that is not face/foundation related.
Photo Credit: Lauren Miyake
My favorites include Dior Diorshow mascara (my friend’s a fan of Dior Black Out), Nars Orgasm blush, L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick, bareMinerals foundation, Almay intense i-color, and Smashbox Limitless eyeliner.
For our dinner get together (my friend made a mouthwatering steak using this recipe), I wore the following:
H&M White Cardigan (Size 6, bought in 2007)
F21 Pink Top (Size S, gift from a friend in 2009; cut off the band at the bottom)
F21 Aqua Ribbed Tank (Size S, bought in 2010)
H&M Bermuda Shorts with Belt (Size 8, bought in 2010)
Mossimo Camel Patent Pumps (Size 7, bought in January 2011 here)
Shell Flower Earrings (bought from an NYC street fair in 2005)
[cost/use of pink top = 0/5 = 0]
The inspiration for my outfit, however, unconsciously came from Revlon’s advertisement featuring Jessica Alba in Lucky magazine:
The first time I went through the magazine, I was struck by the color combo, but didn’t give it a second thought. It wasn’t until I re-browsed through the magazine a few days later that I realized my pink and aqua combination came from the ad.
And where will my next inspiration come from? That’s a secret I’ll never tell. XOXO, Gossip Girl.
[Apologies for the corniness. It's late, I'm watching Gossip Girl while writing this, I just found out earlier today that I signed up for the wrong Real Estate exam (doh!), and I have tomorrow off because I was slated to take said wrong exam. Life is both good and bad - good that I have tomorrow off, bad because all of my studying will now be postponed for a later date until I can take the Broker's exam.]
Back when I was living in Maryland (circa 2004-2005), I had worn a coral button down shirt, and my roommate and close friend saw it and complimented me on my choice; she told me that coral was really flattering for Asian skin tones (apparently it’s flattering on all skin tones).
Since then, I’ve been drawn to coral items, especially for spring and summer [previous coral post here]. I particularly like the color combination of coral with aqua and white, as displayed below:
H&M Coral Tank Dress (bought in May 2010)
BR White Lightweight Cardigan (bought in 2006)
H&M Aqua Belt (came with a pair of shorts – bought in May 2010)
Target Taupe Heels (bought in 2009)
Gold Initial & Rhinestone Pendants (REALLY OLD)
Gold Bead Bracelet (gift from my husband’s aunt)
Turquoise Bead Bracelet (gift from a family friend)
F21 Square Mirror Studs (not shown – part of a set/received in 2010 for a friend’s bridal shower)
I wore this outfit to go to brunch with an out-of-town friend who I had not seen in a very long time. The wait to get in to the brunch place was a bit intense. My husband and I went an hour ahead just to guarantee that we’d get seated as soon as my friend and her fiancé arrived.
Once they came in and we were seated, we heard some great stories from them and caught up on the last 10 months or so since we’ve last seen them.
My husband and I had a few errands to run afterwards and the weather was so hot and sticky that it felt like we were in the middle of July.
I haven’t worn this coral tank dress in quite some time because it’s a bit sheer and I feel like I have to wear leggings under it to be comfortable. However, at the same time, the color is very spring-like, so I feel odd wearing leggings with the dress when it’s warm. The last time I remember wearing it was on the last day of the bar back in July of 2010. I wore it with black leggings, my VS hoodie, and my Onitsuka Tigers. The test center felt as cold as a meat locker, though, so wearing the leggings actually made sense.
Today, without any leggings, I was feeling a bit exposed, but I ended up wearing the bottom half of a swim suit underneath the dress so that psychologically, I’d feel better. I try to psych myself out every now and again with tricks like that. For instance, I would say to myself, “Well, if the wind blows or someone can see your knickers, it’s okay, because it’s really a swimsuit.” Of course, this could have totally been avoided by not wearing the coral tank dress at all, but I like the color and it really was the perfect fit for this type of weather. I also live in California and somewhat close to the beach (or close enough where beach-y attire is not uncommon), so I think I can get away with wearing what’s really a swimsuit cover up which I’ve been passing off as a dress.
What I love about this dress is that it has pockets, it’s comfortable, and it was only $7! This is the fourth time I’ve worn it, so that makes the cost/use $1.75.
Please also note that I’m wearing an initial necklace. I completely forgot that I had this in my possession. I got the initial pendant as a gift from my dad when I was 6 (!). That means it’s old (um, more than 20 years old). I was reminded of it when I read this post from Cher of a.fashion.deliberation. I thought I didn’t have any initial pendants and really wanted one–then I realized I had one all along. It’s been kept in a small jewelry box that I rarely open because it contains gold jewelry. I generally don’t like to wear gold jewelry, but I’ve recently opened up to wearing it more–partially because I’ve gotten some wedding gifts from my husband’s relatives that are gold and partly because I love this blazer with gold buttons and I tend to wear gold jewelry when I wear the blazer.
When I first found the pendant, I noticed there wasn’t a chain attached to it, which could be why I haven’t worn the pendant since I was in high school. I’m pretty sure I broke the accompanying chain one night while I had a nightmare that someone was chasing/choking me…and that was the last time I wore necklaces to bed.
Luckily, my mom had a few chains to spare in her jewelry box. Score! She didn’t have a chain on its own–the chain came with a rectangular rhinestone studded pendant that can’t be removed, but I think the initial pendant and the rhinestone pendant go well together.
I liked how all of the colors in my outfit, gold included, complemented each other–and even though the sun was blisteringly hot (not a cloud in sight!), I have no complaints for today…and that is partly because no one saw my swimsuit (although if someone did, it would still be okay).