Saturday, March 24, 2012

J'adore Dior

I was cleaning my room recently and dug up one of my vintage finds from my college days! Don't you love that feeling you get when you find a lost treasure in your room? The only thing better than thrifting has got to be finding forgotten items in your closet and bringing them out to play!

I purchased this vintage Dior (photos below) clutch a few years ago at a trendy thrift shop in Newport Beach. At the time, it was a splurge for me, since I usually spend very little money (kind of the point of thrifting, right? haha) on pre-loved items, but I could not resist this cute designer piece!

How do you feel about thrifting? Do you have any thrifted pieces you adore?

Clothing: Chiffon hi-low top- local boutique, Hi-lo skirt- Foreign Exchange (Double Zero label)

Accessories: Antique gold cuff & bib necklace- flea market (similar here), Two-toned chainlink bracelet- DIY, Copper bracelet ring- f21 (only $3.80!), Vintage Dior clutch- thrifted ($58)

Shoes: Strappy Platform Sandals- Olsenboye (as featured in previous post)

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Just thought I'd add a quick link here to my newest feature! The lovely, Miss Michaella of Fashionable Unicorn featured me as a guest blogger today. Check out the interview here!
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Battle of the Brands: Strapped In

Get the look for less!
    This weekend, it was hailing and raining so hard that I was not in much of a mood to go out. However, I did have to make a quick trip out to H&M to return some ill-fitting Marni pieces (sad times). Naturally, I did a *bit* of shopping and may do a "haul" on this blog. Would you be interested in seeing a shopping haul or would you rather just see them on me in an outfit? The reason I ask is because I am always so anxious and excited to show you all what bargain buys (and not so bargain...hehe) I came across and who knows? Maybe you can snag a thing or two if you like my purchases, too. Let me know in the comments below if you might want to see something like that!

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As I mentioned in my last post, I will be doing another Battle of the Brands post here today, where I showcase 1 item and tell you where to buy it at a variety of different price points. Today, I am featuring the classic ankle strap platform sandals (as recommended by my friend Ellen H.), and the battle will be very heated today, as the prices range from $995 to $25! I opted for the Olsenboye sandals, as featured in my last post. I could not BELIEVE how comfortable they were! I wore them for 6-7 hours continuously dancing/walking/standing and they did not hurt one bit! I highly recommend them!

Our Competitors:
3. TOD'S

Take your pick and let me know which you would buy!

SERGIO ROSSI- Platform Sandal, $995

JIMMY CHOO- Linda, $695

TOD'S- Ankle Strap Sandal, $665
SEE by Chloe- Ankle Strap Platform Sandal, $355
JEFFREY CAMPBELL- Perfect 2, $150
STEVE MADDEN- Dynemite, $110

MADDEN GIRL- Naughtyy, $50
OLSENBOYE- Dakota, $40

CANDIE'S- Peep-Toe Platform High Heels, $25

Why pay more, when you can get it for less, right?

If you're like me, you might prefer two pairs of shoes totaling $100 as opposed to investing in one pair for $100. Why? Well personally, since I live in Southern California, I *rarely* wear my shoes down to breaking point (I have only done that twice, both with Nine West heels, which I wore less than a dozen times each). I rotate a variety of different pairs and wear each for only a few hours at a time, and even less is spent walking since I mostly drive everywhere. Anyway, that's my rationale for non-work shoes, but I do believe in investing more in staple pieces (especially for work/school) that you find yourself wearing daily.

I hope you found this helpful! Want to read more "Battle of the Brands?" Click here, or here to read past battles. TIP: Always do your research before buying! It might actually pay off, like when I was looking into buying a rose gold watch, I found out that Michael Kors, Fossil, and Relic watches are all manufactured (some are also designed) by Fossil. That was key to helping me decide which watch to buy!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Springing Forward

Anyone else read that this is the first official week of spring? Or, was it next week? Basically every year after DST I know that spring is upon us. A part of me is so excited to bring out my florals and sandals, but the other part of me is sad to see my ankle booties and fur collars go. I adore winter fashions (I know how funny that sounds coming from a Californian)...but out with the old and in with the new!

This weekend, I got to enjoy some sunny, yet windy weather this weekend in Huntington Beach and a couple of other fun spots in Orange County and Los Angeles. Wearing 1 shirt, I mixed and matched it with 2 pairs of bottoms, 2 pairs of shoes, and 2 purses because, like SoCal weather, I can be pretty indecisive! Hope this post will give you some ideas on different ways to style your everyday outfits for FUNction.

Style 1: Cuffed up jeans, Gold-chained sequin purse, with strappy, peeptoe sandals
Clothing: Chiffon v-neck- Ross (on sale for $8.99!), Cuffed jeans- Vigoss denim from Loehmann's
Accessories: Antique gold chain bracelet- Urban Outfitters, Alligator (or is it Crocodile??) bangle- flea market, Key necklace- Tiffany & Co., Gold-chained sequin purse- thrifted
Shoes:  Suede, peeptoe sandals- Olsenboye Dakota
Style 2: Cuffed up jeans, metallic leather satchel, with sparkly flats

Clothing: Chiffon v-neck- Ross (on sale for $8.99!), Cuffed jeans- Vigoss denim from Loehmann's
Accessories: Antique gold chain bracelet- Urban Outfitters, Alligator (or is it Crocodile??) bangle- flea market, Key necklace- Tiffany & Co., Metallic leather satchel- COACH Flagship Caroline dowel (70th Anniversary edition) similar here
Shoes: Sparkly flats- Steve Madden I-Dreemy in blush
Style 3: Floral shorts, Gold-chained sequin purse, with strappy, peeptoe sandals

Clothing: Chiffon v-neck- Ross (on sale for $8.99!), Cropped tank top & shorts- CottonOn
Accessories: Antique gold chain bracelet- Urban Outfitters, Alligator (or is it Crocodile??) bangle- flea market, Key necklace- Tiffany & Co., Gold-chained sequin purse- thrifted
Shoes: Suede, peeptoe sandals- Olsenboye Dakota

I hope you enjoyed this look, and I plan on posting another "Battle of the Brands" on the sandals I wore in this post. For those of you unfamiliar with that series, "Battle of the Brands" is something I created where I write about a trend (i.e. rose gold watches or suede ankle booties) and show you where you can get the style for less, or more, depending on your budget and needs! Designers really do "battle" in a sense, for your business, hence the name. Just something for to look out for!

Fun drinks with jello & boba at Tebo, with friends
H a p p y     S p r i n g !

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

2fer 2sday!


I'm going to do something a little different with this post. As you might have already guessed from the title, I will be posting 2 things here: a DIY and a (quick) peek at my Sunday outfit from this past weekend. In case some of you are still baffled by my title, allow me to explain. When local shops have sales, instead of stating, "Buy two for the price of one," they have shortened them to slogans like "2 for 1" or "2fer." I'm starting to see why other countries always view Americans as the 'lazy' ones...

Unfortunately, I was sick for most of last week and this past weekend, I haven't felt quite well enough to be inspired to do any outfit posts, but I will try my best to resume them for next week. Believe it or not, sometimes illnesses can be blessings in disguise. For instance, I would have never spent the weekend indoors and doing DIY projects if I hadn't felt under the weather, now would I? And then what would I have shared with all of you?

So, if you want to learn how to make a simple layered chain link necklace or some fun chain link bracelets for stacking, scroll down and keep reading!

- Pliers
- Mirror
- Jump rings
- Measuring tape
- Clasps of your choice
- Fabric of your choice
- Chain color/size of your choice

STEP 1: Acquire all the necessary materials. 

Sure, that may sound easy, but until you know exactly how you want your necklace to turn out, this may be more difficult than you think! Do some research (Etsy is a wonderful site to get ideas) and pay attention to the thickness, size, and color of the chains you would like on your necklace.

I knew I wanted thicker chains in rose gold/copper. I was short on time and suddenly had an urge to make a necklace on Sunday so instead of visiting a few different crafty stores around my neighborhood, I went straight to Michael's determined to get everything I needed.

I bought: (1) assorted pack of jump rings & clasps in copper, (1) 30inch chain, and (1) 30 inch mixed metal chain. My total (with a 40% off coupon I pulled up on my iPhone in line for checkout) was about $10. I will try to upload the packaging for the exact ones I bought if I can! I might have thrown them away :( Silly me....I blame that on my cold!

STEP 2: Plan your design & measure.

I knew I wanted a simple, double-layered necklace and some chain link bracelets to stack with my rose gold watch. I laid everything out and made sure I had enough materials. Then, I just picked up the two different chains I purchased and tried them on by wrapping them around my wrists and holding the chains around my neck.

STEP 3: Execute!

Necklace: I took the two chains and made sure, by looking into a mirror, how I wanted them to look. Then, I carefully laid them down on the table and made a mental note of how much I'd have to take off of each chain. Then, with my pliers, I pried open the last ring of each chain and ended up with my desired length.

Then, connect the two chains together at each end with a jump ring. You will need two, one for each end of the chain. Again, pry open each ring and connect them together. Now, you should have the two chains connected together to form one, continuous circle.

At this point, you have some options.
1) connect the two jump rings you just put on with clasps and be done, or
2) weave some fabric into one (or both) of the chains, creating a "Chanel"-inspired chain link.

The possibilites are endless here (i.e. adding charms or beads), but since this is meant to be a SUPER EASY tutorial on a simple chain necklace, I'll stop there.

As you probably noticed in my photo collage above, I weaved in a skinny (approx. 0.25 in wide) piece of black stretchy material into the wider, mixed metal chain links.

The great thing about this tutorial is that you can use these basic steps to customize a necklace to your own liking and based on whatever you have on hand. I did not buy the piece of fabric I used. I actually found it lying around in my stationery cupboard (score!). I'm not 100% positive what it is made of, but I suspect it may have come off of an old swimsuit top. Of course, you can use a piece of leather, lace, ribbon, etc. too.

After I weaved in my mystery fabric in and out of the rings of the chain, I secured it through the jump rings by tying a small knot. Since the material I used was so long, I was able to use it to tie around my neck without the use of any clasp. However, if you would like to use a clasp, you can do that after you tie the knot and that would work just as well!

Bracelet: The concept behind making a bracelet is too similar to making a necklace, so I won't go into detail explaining it. However, if you have any questions about it, feel free to shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment!

STEP 4: Enjoy your handmade creation!

This photo doesn't quite allow you to see the copper links in the bottom necklace,
but the combination of the copper and antique gold links
 paired with the copper chain above it is really lovely.

My lazy Sunday look, in a nutshell.
Hot tea, Steve Madden 'Chainge' sandals, HK for F21 cardy, white tank, thick black leggings,
& some beauty essentials.
Have you done any fun Do-It-Yourself projects lately? Share them with me in the comments below! Why buy when you can DIY, right?

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