Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Loop

Mindy Gledhill - Bring Me Close

Monday, August 20, 2012

"Fall"ing Pieces

Gearing up for fall has meant changing my mind set. We have been dealing with high temps and humidity lately. Who wants to look at thermals, fur, and boots right now? To let you in on a little secret, now is the time to shop for fall wear. With all the back to school sales and discounts, you can grab some great deals out there.

While shopping this month I had to keep in mind that the colder weather is just right around the corner. What pieces can I wear now and later, things that can see me past till next spring/summer. 
High-low teal skirt. Sure the high-low skirt has been around for awhile now. How many of us have them in several colors? Teal, is a wonderful color for fall/winter. Warm, rich jewel tones are always on point. I'm planning on wearing this skirt with black tights, and boots. Come spring/summer it will be just as pretty with a floral top and wedges. 

Speaking of florals. I've been eye-balling these pretty skirts for some time. Just never had the opportunity to jump on them in time before they sold out. My inner pin-up was screaming at me not to pass this up for the umpteenth time. O.k., o.k. you're probably saying, "Well that isn't very wintery looking.". Hang in there with me. With a sweet little cardigan, in emerald green or burgundy it's the right "transition" skirt.

I finally jumped out of my comfort zone and bought a pair of floral pants. Since last summer I've been teetering on the edge. My main concern was what would I wear with them? Silly me, I was over thinking it. Why, I would wear solids of course. If I was really brave I could throw on a color blazer with it. 

Will the sheers stay on through the fall? You bet. Black is my staple color. Isn't almost everyone's? Layering is commonplace during the cooler months. With sheer tops you can go conservative and wear matching color tank underneath. You can do daring and show how sheer your top can be with color underneath or a pretty print bralette.

I'm into pretty blouses for work. Days will come around when you just don't feel up to par. This blouse can hide a multitude of body image issues. Wear it with slacks, skirt, and my fave tucked in a high-waisted jeans. The perfect compliment to this blouse, which I haven't found yet... a suede vest. We'll see if I can't find one.

I haven't really bought any tanks in while. They more or less seem to be disposable. You only truly love them for a season. Why did I commit to this one? Um, it's black, tough, and I can sweeten it up with my flowy skirts. So yes, it will be a transitional piece for me. Layered with a lace strap bralette, a faux leather jacket it will see me through till next spring. 

Ornate collars are once again here. I find that I tend to hold off on trends. I let the thought simmer and take root before diving in. I like the juxtaposition of the decadence of the gold tone and the sweet vintage look of lace. In the spirit of the necklace I would dress up my sweatshirt and jean outfits with it.

The creme de la creme. The Louise boot by Dr. Martens. Year after year this classic style boot comes back. I can't tell you the hours I've spent pondering on this one. Could it be something I'm willing to invest it? Or will it just be a passing fad for me? Taking into a count the daydreaming hours, and the puddle size drool that I make year after year - it was time. As far as boots go, Dr. Martens are my go to brand. I have always felt that the quality was high, and as long as you take care of them you can have them for years. I think I've spoken about the Oxblood finish that they use to have and how bad I waited them. These boots are close, it's a burgundy rub-off finish. You can rub-off some of the color to change the intensity of the undertone. 

I hope you enjoyed my recent fall/winter pieces. Being able to see my purchases collectively reminds me that I'm done and I don't need to spend anymore this season. Ha, ha it doesn't stop me from daydreaming though. Be sure I'll share those with you too.

*All clothes purchased through, boots

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Packed Lunch

Bento Boxes

Hi ya'll! It's been forever and a day since I've been able to put fingers to keyboard (pen to paper). Nose to the grind, life has been on one of those series of mundane day to day stuff, peppered with amazing events. Last weekend A.J. and I were in the desert and got caught in a monsoonal deluge for 15 minutes. With thunder and lightening, and pea-size hail it was quite exciting and scary. Ha, I guess if something is scary, it's exciting right? 

With the much needed rain soaking into the ground, we wished for a fast clear up so we can watch the heavens for the Perseid meteor shower that evening. So lucky with living out there part time and having the lack of light pollution. We had this amazing show with meteors the size of softballs to little specks streaking against the sky.

Back to the meat of this post...Bento boxes. Bentos are little stacked or portioned out boxes that people use to pack lunches. Since I've been working full-time now I've been slowly putting on the pounds. I think it's inevitable when you only eat out for lunch and your just too tired to work out after work. Not only am I gaining extra poundage, I'm losing money in the process. Yeah, not a good equation. My solution, packed lunches. I can have a healthy lunch with protein, fruit, and veggies everyday all in a cute little carrier. Just like a kid, having something cute makes the whole lunch event feel special.

The fun part of all this, besides the cute ideas I have plan for lunches is picking out a Bento box for myself. Shopping opportunity, oh yes please. Should I say the word "cute" again? There are so many cute  choices for a Bento box design- woodgrain, bears, cats, metallic painted. Le sigh, I was in hog heaven browsing it all. If I had the space to spare, that would be a new collection to start up. I was think I can use them for my make-up, desk storage for rubberbands and paper clips...

So what did I end up with? I'm so giddy. Here she is...

Kotobuki Girl Ninja Bento Set

 I choose something that fits my inner personality, a ninja. Ha, ha it feeds into my secret superhero daydreams. I went for something more of a character design, so that I can keep it out on my kitchen counter for decor and a reminder to pack my lunch.

Just to let you know, I have been doing my best in getting in those work out sessions. It mainly consist of the elliptical and doing yoga. With a healthy diet and exercise I'm well on my way to losing those extra pounds.
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