Saturday, July 30, 2011

PFC #9: Dressing in the Heat Wave

Ms. Elle of Fast Food and Fast Fashion is our gracious host for this month's petite fashion challenge. She has asked us to "...create an outfit that accounts for the various environmental factors that plague us in the summer. I want to know how you dress when it's 90 degrees outside and 65 degrees inside."

Now, I always carry a jacket around with me even when it's 100 degrees and counting. I get cold and sneezy very easily, and of course that holds true for the office environment as well...

Jacket: H&M
Dress: BCBG
Floral Scarf: H&M
Purse: Chanel m/l
Shoes: Louboutin Simple 85

My normal work staples include trouser pants, pencil skirts, cute tops/blouses, and sheath dresses. In the summer, I often wear more "fun" dresses that are still conservative enough for 9 to 5. This light yellow dress is cheerful, lightweight, and can be worn for both work and fun.

The dress looks lovely on its own when the weather is scorching outside. I pile on a light blazer and scarf for the AC-blasting office. *I must make a conscious effort not to reach for this blazer because I wear it entirely too much!* I actually don't keep the scarf on my neck, but use it to cover my bare legs because they turn purple and blue and full of goosebumps when it's cold. :D

I adore all the pleated details on this number....

....and adore the nude red soles...

I hope I did ok with this challenge and can't wait to see you ladies' outfits. Please head over to Fast Food and Fast Fashion to see all the entries.

Happy Heat Wave but stay cool! :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Foodie Birthday Weekend

Me, my sidekick and bf's dog

It was my birthday recently (another Cancer in the house!) and boyfriend spoiled me with food food and more food. When he said that I could eat to my satisfaction all weekend, I litterally started mapping out all the places I wanted to hit up haha...

At first, I put on a cute little dress but was wise enough to change into this "pregnant lady" dress in order to accommodate all the eatings. By the way, I saw the black version of this H&M purse in Lucky magazine and loved it...but after seeing the cognac version on Jean, I am sold! This girl is the shopping guru! ;)

Birthday flowers from mi man. ;)

When I saw this cake, I was like "holy, you're creative!" He filled the basket with my favorite tropical fruits and put the cake on top! Oh heck yesssss!!! <3

He took me to my favorite restaurant, Crustacean. We indulged in lobster with garlic noodles, roasted crab with garlic noodles, and grilled lamb chops. Everything was oh-so-amazing!!! *drools* I want more...

From top left going clockwise:
1. My leftover lunch from Crustacean. Ok I must admit that I'm a food addict; all I thought about that morning was "is it lunch time yet?" haha. I wanted to get to my garlic noodles!
2. Ice cream crepe from Harajaku Crepe. Green tea batter, vanilla bean ice cream, nutella, strawberry, blueberry, whipped cream, almond. Uhhh need I say more?
3. Goodies from 85 degrees. My fav is the marble taro.
4. Look at this gigantic basket of tropical fruits that bf got me. How can I not love him? :D

1. Fresh oysters for bf. I refuse to touch this stuff.
2. Crawfish at Boiling Crab. My weakness can be summed up in 3 words: lobster, crab, and crawfish. Done.
3. We went to OC Fair for the first time and had more food. This is pork ribs with all the fixin' + blue moon beer.
4. Fried avocado and fried twinkies. We wanted to try other crazy fried food but were soooo full. Sucks man :/

We went fishing at night and caught 4 catfish. More like bf fishing while I slept in the tent. :P There were lots more foodies but I forgot to take pix. :( When you put food in front of me, it's hard to think about anything else, ya know? :D

Happy Monday everyone!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A "Tall" Petite

Blazer: BCBG (more than half of my BCBG stuff are from eBay)
Top: Ann Taylor; Skirt: LOFT
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Prorata
Purse: Chanel Jumbo
Watch: Omega; Rings: H&M

Prior to finding the petite community, I've always felt like I'm the shortest/scrawniest person in this world. I was so self-conscious of my stature that I even "lied" about my weight on my driver license...putting me at 5 lbs. heavier than I really was. Most of it didn't come within as I'm a pretty confident person; but hearing those comments from extended family members, peers, co-workers etc... do get to me after a while. I guess I was really skinny which makes for an easy target. At one point during my undergrad years, I weighed 78 lbs. standing at 5 feet 2 inches tall. I couldn't gain weight no matter how much I eat and eat and eat... (I wish I could say the same now lol.)

Since then, I have gained a few (a lot actually haha) so the skinny part isn't so much an issue anymore. Moreover...I now realize that at 5'2, my height actually ranks me as one of the medium-taller petites. I feel so fortunate that my pencil skirts always hit above the knees and I rarely have to hem pants (money saved). Some inseams are actually short on me; for example, the infamous petite Gap legging jeans (made popular by the lovely Jean of Extra Petite). I had to go with regular sizing because P00 barely hit my ankles! Now only if companies would stop offering such ginormous pieces as their smallest sizings, because overall fit is still an issue. I definitely feel for you ladies that are smaller than I am. Shopping must be so difficult (but I hope it's at least fun).

I'm so thankful I've found a community that understands what I've gone through as a "small" person. I'm sure many of us have it worse. Now I can truly say that I embrace my petite-ness, flaws and all! Kinda proud of it, actually. ;)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Jamaican Sun

Hello lovelies,

Boyfriend and I were in Jamaica last week soaking up some sun! Not that we don't have enough sun and beaches in CA, but it's always nice to take a break to nourish the soul. This was probably our most relaxing vacation yet...

From top left going clockwise:

1. Iberostar Grand all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay
2. one of the nicest/biggest rooms we've stayed at
3. fully stocked fridge but we don't really drink boohoo :'(
4. from the reading chaise looking out to our private patio (omg there's a swing!!!)

I feel like the little Mermaid in this dress hehehe....

Overlooking all of Montego Bay...

1. we took a safari jeep tour to explore Jamaican rainforest
2. haunted tree. it was used to hang slaves back in the days so there are supposedly lots of haunted spirits around there *shudders*
3. waterfall & lush rainforest
4. what used to be a slave hospital but now it's an Anglican church

Nooooo don't jumpppppp!!! :P

Some stuff we ate...
1. starter course with potatoes/tomatoes and some other goodies that i forgot
2. lobster salad with tomato sherbet
3. our midnight room service snack complete with mimosas and ice cream lol...
4. candied salmon

1. lobster thermidor
2. surf and turf
3. phyllo dough filled with vanilla cream
4. saint honore. gosh these desserts were to die for!!!

Boyfriend's choice of morning exercise: karate chops!!!

My choice of morning exercise: playing in the water??? LOL...

Life's a beach... ;) Hope you enjoy travelling along with us to Jamaica! <3 Yeah mon!!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Smell the Roses...

Hello friends!'s been awhile. My boyfriend texted me yesterday and said "how come you haven't updated your blog lately?" Can you believe even he noticed my MIA-ness? I wish I could say I've been off on some exciting adventures but it's just work, volunteer stuff, and my niece that's keeping me insanely busy. Whine whine whine bore bore bore. :)

Skirt: Ann Taylor
Necklace: Amrita Singh
Purse: Chanel Jumbo
Shoes: CL Prorata

I took these pictures on Father's Day and here they are...two whole weeks later. I remember mentioning to my dad once about how much I love the purple of jacaranda flowers, so he went and planted it one for me. That's my dad...always putting us first. <3

Blouse in matchy matchy shade with my jacaranda flowers....

And since I've been spending so much time with my sidekick, she makes an appearance again! Ahhh this little one is European I tell ya...always kissing people smack on their lips. You like our crocs. vs. Loubies battle? Crocs can win this time just because my niece is wearing them lol.

No matter how crazy life is, I have to remind myself to stop and smell the roses. I always get caught up being so busy and then I feel completely burned out. Good news is I'm going on vacation for about a week starting tomorrow. Woohooo!!! Can't wait to share it with you when I get back. :)

I shall leave you with this... My niece has something to say to you all: pffftttttttttt!!! :P

Happy Independence Weekend!!!
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