The Dressing Room – heat wave

I was trying to think of a name for lookbooks posts and I couldn’t come up with one until the hubs started giving me ideas (LOVE HIM and his creativity).  The one I fell in love with was “The Dressing Room.”  So from now on OOTD, Lookbooks, WDYWT, etc posts will be referred to as The Dressing Room.

Anyhow, it seems to be the newspaper and tv news headlines this week that half of the country is going through a heat wave, which in Atlanta is COMPLETELY TRUE.  The humid heat is just DISGUSTING.  I’m only outside for at most 15 minutes so I really shouldn’t complain, but it’s just nasty.  Thank GOD it wasn’t this humid in Virginia Beach when we got married last July.  I would’ve died in my dress.  I’m so happy I’m heading back home to the bay tomorrow because its supposed to swelter up on this side of the country this weekend.  For the DC metro area, the heat index is supposed to reach up to 116 (100 degrees plus humidity).  MY GOODNESS!  80’s during the day 60’s at night.  Bay area weather right now is PERFECTION.  My mom and sister will be so happy when they jump on their plane to come visit us on Saturday.

Wardrobe musts when on a work trip during the summer – dresses, skirts and breezy tops.  This week I’m working with an IT team (known for not dressing business casual and more casual); however, our department policy is to dress business casual even if the site we’re visiting dresses casually.  If I was at headquarters, I’d dress anywhere from cute business casual to trendy business casual/professional because it is a more conservative environment.  This week, I’ve toned down the outfits to the cute business casual look.  However this outfit may look more casual and afternoon tea fitting.  Oh well.

The Dressing Room Outfit

Dress:  Unknown, but it’s from Mom’s/my closet circa 1997/8.
Sunnies:  Old Navy, purchased last summer.

Yes, my mom and I used to share clothes back then and now sometimes.  Amazing that it fits after all these years.  Not too tight at all.  I wish I belted the midsection for a more polished look instead of baby doll-ish, but the belt I brought along with me was loose and didn’t sit the way I wanted to with the dress.  The sunnies are the best $5 sunglasses I’ve purchased.  I got these right before we left for our honeymoon to Fiji last year because I didn’t want to wear my Ray-Bans or RL’s and lose them.  YAY for nude shoes that elongate legs.  Details of the shoes below.

Hair:  Braid Strand into side swept ponytail.

I had planned to make this look a little more polished and french braid side, but I overslept this morning and had to quickly do this.  Super simple.   Possible video for this hairstyle later.  p.s. I LOVE how my lashes look in this picture.  They look SO LONG.  YAY for the Shu uemera curler and mascara

the accessories

Shoes:  Aldos (2007)
Nail Polish:  Essie’s Miami Nice

I’m not one to show my toes in an outfit posts (Not a feet fan, but I don’t cringe like others); however, I did want to show you my shoes and that I had color in my outfit even if it was my toe nails.  LOL!

Watch:  Seiko (Dad’s old watch)

Gold bracelets:  JewelMint
Tortoise belt bracelet:  Purchased at a boutique shop in Burlington, VT

Necklace:  BirdCage, Purchased this past March from a vendor at Portobello Markets at Notting Hill

Try to stay cool this weekend love and remember to drink lots of water and stay hydrated as much as possible to beat this heat.

may has been CRAY-CRAY

MIA again I know!  But May has seriously been crazy.  Moving, Vegas for the fight, work trip, Virginia for sister’s grad, etc.  INSANE.  I promise I do have some goodies for you.  Both fashion and food and lifestyle related.

This past weekend the hubs and I flew out to VA for my little sister’s graduation from UVA (and my sister would like me to point out to my readers that it’s the number 2 undergrad b-school in the country  😛  blah blah… you don’t know how much I heard that this past weekend.  *rolls eyes).  But I’m so proud of her.  Getting into UVA alone was hard and then maintaining her grades to keep her scholarship was another challenge.

UVA Lawn being set up for the graduation ceremony

Anyhow the weekend was GREAT.  My in-laws and my beautiful nieces came down the day before graduation to see the hubs and I as well as congratulate my sister.  It was nice to see everyone together again since the wedding.  All the family time was great.  All the food we consumed was great.  I did get my Dunkin Donuts, Chick-fil-a and sweet tea fixes, but I didn’t get to eat BBQ (California BBQ is NOT REAL BBQ!) or blue crabs (Dungeness crabs don’t have CRAP on blue crabs.  quantity – dungeness versus FLAVOR – blue crabs).  Tear  ;’-(  Maybe during my trip out east next month.  Fingers crossed.

The downside of the trip… the usual nasty east coast humidity.  AGH.  It could’ve been worse like it was during the week of our wedding, so I REALLY shouldn’t complain.  BUT my hair was not happy with it all.  It was all done up in curls, but my trusty Bumble and Bumble Texture Creme didn’t hold up against the humidity.  See the flat curls below.  😦  Another downside… a SERIOUS allergy attack during graduation day.  The pollen count was high the last two days of the trip.  My eyes and the rest of my body were so itchy and my throat started getting dry and tight.  I waited too long to take Claritin and when I did it just made me drowsy that I ended up passing out.  Which was fine by me because it stopped me from scratching.  STUPID HUMIDITY AND POLLEN!  Reasons why I LIKE the left coast – low humidity and the allergy attacks aren’t so bad (I’ve had a couple days here and there but not as bad as when I’m on the east coast).

Anyways, don’t my sister and I look so cute (if I do say so myself).  p.s.  She has a good 4 inches over me but I’m wearing heels and she is not.  She’s my little big sister.

With the beautiful grad.

Sister’s outfit
Dress:  Urban Outfitters
Necklace:  My dad’s

My outfit
Dress:  Forever21
Necklace:  Compilation of a cross pendant from my aunt, a past present future pendant from the hubs, and my dad’s wedding band (I like to call it the men in my life necklace:   cross – god, hubs, and my dad)
Bracelets:  Vintage from It’s a Girl Thing
Earrings:  Gifted from mom
Shoes:  ShoeDazzle
Purse:  Longchamp
Sunglasses:  Ralph Lauren (bought these back in 2007)

I wanted to wear a floral sundress but I just couldn’t find anything last minute and we all know I’m obsessed with stripes, so I ended up getting this dress.  Very fitting with the preppiness culture of UVA.

Here’s the completed look… with a retarded pose.  The hubs was making me laugh.

As much fun and nice it was to be around my family, it is GREAT to be back on the left coast.

Til next time… which I promise will be sooner rather than later!

The Dressing Room – spring in the air

and so are my allergies…  well maybe I caught a cold from the husband but I’m not 100% sure.  It’s been beautiful here the weather is great during the day; however, it gets a tad chilly at night.  :-\  So perhaps that’s the reason for this stuffy nose.  Although I blame the high pollen count.  Claritin is usually my friend but for some reason its just not working.

The other day I went to get a haircut and it was BEAUTIFUL outside so I figured why not wear something bright.  I started with the shoes (which I’ve had for a year but haven’t worn out yet) and then the blouse to compliment it.  I had originally put on skinny jeans but I didn’t like the way they fell over the shoes, so I put on some flares.  Pardon the hair, its the beachy wavy, undone look; however, I kept playing with it after my hairstylist styled it so it turned into this frizzy hot mess.

Jacket:  hydraulic
Tank:  h.i.p
Jeans:  Gap
Shoes:  ShoeDazzle Stephanie
Ring:  Charlotte Russe
Necklace:  Forever21

I have a bad habit of hoarding clothes thinking things will come back in style and most of the time I just end up throwing most of it away, except for this outfit.  These bootcut jeans used to be my “skinny” jeans.  Gap advertised these as skinny jeans before.  FAIL, I know.  I’ve held onto these for about, 4, maybe 5 years?  I don’t wear them that often now but I have a feeling they’ll make a rotation back into my wardrobe with the flare trend coming back.  The white jean jacket OMG its been YEARS since I’ve had this.  We’re talking when the mister and I were dating in college, about 7 years (we’ve been together almost 8 years.  7 years dating.  almost 1 year married.).  YIKES!  But I kept these because they are pretty classic pieces.  You never know when a white jean jacket (just like the blue denim jacket) comes back into style and its pretty versatile.

We’re moving into a new apartment soon and I’m super excited because its “new.”  Only one tenant has lived there before and the kitchen is stainless steel and granite counter tops.  Plus did I mention the oven has a window!  My oven now doesn’t have a window plus the temperature is off so my baking has severely suffered.  I’ve figured it out finally after almost two years though.  When instructions say 20 minutes, check it in 15.  If not done check again in 2-3 minutes.  SIGH.  So that’ll be a relief.  That and whenever we do end up using the oven or my cast iron skillet the smoke detector likes to go off.  Which made Thanksgiving NOT fun.  It was so bad that we had to move our oscillating fan onto the kitchen counter top to keep any heat/smoke away from the smoke detector.  It’s pretty ridiculous.  So new kitchen.  YAY!  But the sad part of the move is 1) we’re leaving our first place in Cali and 2) I’m getting rid of so many clothes, shoes, purses.  We won’t have that much closet or storage space so I really needed to consolidate.  Plus I don’t wear all of this stuff (I don’t know why I brought all this with me during our move from VA) and quite honestly if I didn’t wear them within the last 18 months I need to get rid of them.  In doing so, I made three piles.  One to donate to Salvation Army, the other to donate to Career Closet (office wear for woman trying to re-enter the workforce), and the other to sell to consignment stores (for the things that I thought were in decent shape and would be able to get some money back).  But I still find myself with SO many clothes.  SMH!  I can’t wait to have own a house of our own or move into a place with a bigger closet, but then my hoarding habits would get worse!  EEK!  Nina Garcia’s The One Hundred is an awesome book of classics to have in every wardrobe to keep.  What are your philosophies about keeping or throwing away clothes?