Thursday, June 26, 2014

OOTD || Basic Blacks & Gladiator Accents

Hello!

I love black and about 85% of my wardrobe is black. But after starting a blog, I began to really challenge myself with colors. Once in awhile I like to go back to my roots and indulge in a blacked out outfit. A black on black outfit always adds a certain edge, even when styled simply or extravagantly. I always feel a boost of confidence when sporting an all black ensemble.

This outfit is as basic as it gets. I paired a loose black shirt with a tight pair of skinny jeans. I decided to go off of the gladiator-esque theme of the shoes and put on the golden bib necklace. Personally, I think the necklace screams warrior woman. Am I right?! [I said that exact line to a friend and she replied with: "Those look like leaves or arrowheads"] Sigh. To each their own, I say!!

Sidenote: I always see my favorite blogger/vlogger/youtuber EssieButton sport Topshop jeans. So I had to go and try it out myself. Oh boy. Softest, stretchiest jeans ever. They also fit like a glove. :)

Outfit Details
Top: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack [similar]
Bottom: Topshop
Shoes: Nine West via Nordstrom Rack [similar]
Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs [love this style]
Necklace: Ibiss Boutique [in Willow Glen]
Bracelet: Taiwan

Photographer: Deanna L.








How do you feel about the all black look? :)
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

OOTD || Soft Fit & Flare and Caged Heels

Hello!

Sorry for the lack of update, but I was having some trouble with my editing program. My friend/photographer Deanna helped me out...so now I'm back!

Yesterday I posted these beauties on my instagram:


I found these awesome caged booties by Nine West at Nordstrom Rack for ~35 bucks and I've been obsessed with these shoes. I've been looking for a pair of caged heels for awhile, but wasn't ready to spend the dough. My eyes lit up once I tried these on. They're comfortable and so easy to walk in!

I've been playing around with them and started pairing them with some basic outfits. You'll see the second pairing in the next post!

Photographer: Deanna L.

Outfit Details
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack [you might like this!]
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack [similar]
Purse: Kate Spade [similar]
Jewelry/Belt: Taiwan & Forever21







That feeling when you snag a great deal...*sigh* :) Have you gotten any good deals lately? :)
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

OOTD || Linen on Linen

Hello Hello!

I hope everyone is enjoying some wonderful sun. During the warm summer days I gravitate towards clothes that are comfortable and made with breathable materials. This season's answer to that is linen. I never really owned much linen items (and I still don't have much), but when it gets warm, they are the first pieces I grab.

I use to stray from linen items because I was scared of being too...resort-esque. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but on a daily basis, I want practical pieces that are appropriate for a variety of settings. Both the jacket (as seen previously) and the shorts are made with linen. The shape & design of the items provide the edge while the linen provides an air of casualness.

Honestly, I sport this outfit...quite often. And let's be real, when I'm running errands or going shopping, I swap out the heels for some comfy sandals.

Outfit Details
Jacket: Lou & Grey via Ann Taylor Loft
Top: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack [similar]
Purse: Taiwan
Shoes: Ibiss [shop the boutique]
Jewelry: Therapy [find one near you!], Anne Klein

Photographer: Deanna L.









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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summery Garlic Basil Pappardelle

Hello hello! How have you been? :)

Today, I come to you today with a recipe that is fantastic for warm summer days. This easy pasta recipe is packed with delicious flavors. The pasta itself is flavored with lemon pepper. There's some spice with the raw garlic. A refreshing taste coming from the basil. A bit of sweet from some caramelized onions and lots of savory flavors coming from sundried tomatoes and roasted bell peppers.

This pasta is so flexible you can omit or add anything you like! More herbs? More fresh veggies? Be my guest. Make this dish your own in every way! My recipe may seem to have lots of ingredients, but trust me most of the work is in the prep, there is minimal cooking involved. :)

You can eat it as is, or balance the meal with some protein. I added some seasoned chicken breast tenders I baked at 400F for about 20 minutes.

Summery Garlic Basil Pappardelle
3-4 Servings
All ingredients may be found at your local Trader Joe's
You will need:
1 - 8oz bag of Lemon Pappardelle Pasta
2-3 Garlic Cloves
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 of an Onion
1 Cup of freshly chopped Basil
~1 Roasted Yellow/Red Bell Pepper [mine came from a jar. :)]
1/4 Cup Sundried Tomatoes
Sea salt
Pepper
1 Tbsp of Mascarpone or Ricotta [Optional]

Instructions:
1.  Chop garlic up into fine pieces. Place into a small bowl along with olive oil. Let it sit while prepping the rest of the pasta.
2. Dice the onion & cook until caramelized. Set it aside for later.
3. Prep Pasta as instructed on the package. Remember to liberally salt your water! :)
4. While the pasta is cooking, slice up the basil, bell pepper, and sundried tomatoes into bite size pieces.
5. Drain your pasta & place it in a large bowl
6. Combine pasta, caramelized onions, bell peppers, sundried tomatoes & toss along with a couple tablespoons of your garlic olive oil. [Add more or less oil per your own preference]
7. Salt & pepper to taste
8. Lastly, add in the fresh basil, toss, & serve

I finished off my pasta with a dollop of Mascarpone cheese, fresh basil, & a couple drops of balsamic vinegar just for aesthetic appeal.

The heat of the pasta will help warm up the added ingredients & bring out all their flavors. It's also good the next day, as the flavors become intensified & developed. Remember that this sort of dish may be catered to your palate. I like my pasta filled with garlic & sundried tomatoes, so I tend to add extra.





I hope you try out this recipe & make it your own! 
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Monday, May 19, 2014

OOTD || Blush Linen & Cobalt Blue Florals

Hello hello!

I apologize for not posting last week! I was busy studying for finals. But now that's over, I can get back to blogging!! :) I have so many ideas for the summer, I'm definitely going to update more often. I have a couple series in mind & lots of recipes to share as well! I really hope you enjoy the following posts to come.

This past Saturday, a group of friends got together for a BBQ to celebrate finishing our 3rd semester of nursing school. It was a beautiful day, perfect for some Coronas and hot dogs. :) The sun was out & a slight breeze picked up during the day. I originally planned to just wear the top & shorts but realized it was a slight bit too breezy to be rocking a semi backless shirt that flew open with the wind. So I popped on my blush linen moto jacket from Loft that I am currently obsessed with. It's extremely light weight & comfortable. It will definitely be a staple piece during spring days & summer nights.

Ann Taylor Loft always has fantastic sales at really random times. So be sure to check their site/store often! I got mine on a random day that they had 40% off your whole purchase. Woooo! :D

Outfit Details:
Top: Zara
Shoes: Forever21
*not avail online, check your local F21!*
Purse: Target
Necklace: Ibiss [check out their website!]




Absolutely in love with the back of the shirt!



These shoes are SO comfortable. Forever21 is def. upping their game in the shoe department!



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Monday, May 5, 2014

OOTD || The Denim Shift Dress

Hello hello!

This post is all about the Shift Dress. So classic, so simple, so not made for my body. My body proportions just aren't meant to look good in a shift dress. I tried on SO many, but each one just ended up bunching or fitting weird. I really don't know why I keep trying.

I saw this denim shift dress at Zara & was about to put it back on the rack...but I ALWAYS tell my friends, you don't know unless you try it. So, I tried it. Lo and behold...I loved it. This is my perfect shift dress. Comfortable, easy, and has the power to cover a post-buffet tummy ;) ...

Today, I decided to showcase this dress in its simplest form. I threw on a minimal amount of gold jewelry and a pair of summer-appropriate coral patterned wedges. Sometimes less is more.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Zara
*gifted from my lovely aunt, only sold in Taiwan*
Shoes: Coach [last season's; love these & these]
Jewelry: Nordstrom Rack & Taiwan



Oh, it also has pockets! :D


The purse transforms looks when used as a tote or crossbody! Snazzy huh? :) 
This bag is only sold in Taiwan sadly, but it's VERY similar to Longchamp in style & price.





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Monday, April 28, 2014

OOTD || Mint Leather & Abstract Florals

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend! If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that I picked up a gorgeous mint faux leather jacket at Nordstrom Rack a couple weeks back. Des actually spotted the mint jacket & I was instantly obsessed. I'm really trying hard to incorporate more color into my wardrobe and for the blog. My closet is literally...black with spots of color.

I was always scared to wear light colors, like pastel, because of my extremely fair (...pasty pale) skin. I just...don't tan. It's pretty much physically impossible for me. I just burn. Anyone feel me? ...Anyone? *crickets chirp*

Anyways...on to the outfit!

I paired the beautiful jacket with a full A-line skirt with an abstract floral print and a lacey tank top tucked in. Threw on some heels I recently bought at my favorite boutique & grabbed a color blocked clutch that accented the thin pink piping at the bottom of the skirt.

This is a perfect outfit for those very breezy but sunny California days. (The wind has been going bonkers these past couple days...goodness gracious)

Outfit Details:
Jacket: BCBGeneration via Nordstrom Rack [similar]
Tank Top: Target
Skirt: Target [similar in midi-skirt form]
Shoes: Ibiss [check them out online]
Clutch: Ann Taylor [comes with a detachable crossbody strap!]
[color not available; but they've updated the pattern/colors!]
 Necklace: Costplus World Market









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