The Dressing Room – Maxed out

I used to live in dresses before having Eva.  Now because I have to bend over to pick her up or help her walk, I’ve swapped my beloved dresses for pants or shorts (which of course are a respectable length).  That is, until I rediscovered my maxi dresses, which were tucked away amongst mine and Eva’s clothes (The three of us share a closet.  It’s brutal.   I try to stay organized and rotate clothes based on season but sometimes, it’s exhausting.  LOL!).  I was upset with myself that I didn’t think about these dresses sooner.  It’s such a baby-friendly outfit (a go-to momiform even).  A maxi dress (At an appropriate length.  We, petite girls, need to have it hemmed unless you wear heels, which isn’t always ideal when totting kids around) is an easy quick outfit to put on and comfortable too.  If it’s cool out, pair it with a denim jacket (like I have below. loving the denim trend right now.) or a leather jacket (love that edgy meets boho chic look when paired with a maxi) or a cropped cardigan.  I say cropped cardigan because of how loose and flowy a maxi dress is.  Pairing it with a boyfriend cardigan can swallow your frame, especially for petite girls.  If it’s warm, pair it with a denim vest (which I just nabbed recently during a trip to Marshalls.  I’ve been searching for one for a while!) or a lightly somewhat loose crocheted top or an light scarf (a la Jessica Alba) or just the maxi itself.

When I was younger and the maxi dress/skirt was in style at the time (late 90s), I stayed away from the trend because I was told “You’re short.  You’re going to look even shorter.”  “The fabric is going to swallow your frame.”  For petite girls, all these statements can be true.  However, the secret, as in all things fashion related, to not looking shorter is fit!  How wide is the skirt?  If you cut off the length, will it affect the shape of the dress?  If you don’t get it hemmed, then commit to wearing the dress with heels.  The extra fabric with flats may look sloppy and swallow your frame.  After I saw petite celebrities, such as Eva Longoria, wearing maxi dresses, I knew that if they could wear these dresses and not look ridiculously short and frumpy, then I could too.  I purchased basic colors first then moved on to prints.  Prints can be tricky though.  You have to select one that won’t overwhelm your frame.  When in doubt, take a picture of you in your outfit in the mirror (Selfies anyone?  :-P).  Silly but it works!!!

THE DRESSING ROOM OUTFIT

Dress:  Forever21
Jacket:  Uniqlo
Watch:  Michael Kors (last seen here)

Roll up your sleeves for that casual chic look.

Ready to play with baby girl at the playground.  

Photos by Laurie

The Dressing Room – Blanco

I have a confession… I HEART white shorts.  Actually I heart white dresses, shorts, pants, capris, skirts, etc. especially in the summer time.  I love how white can make an outfit look breezy, effortless and chic.  LOVE!

The Dressing Room

Top:  Uniqlo (purchased during my NY trip)
Shorts:  Forever21
Belt:  eBay
Shoes:  Toms
Sunnies:  Old Navy (last seen here)

I’ve had these shorts for a while and they’re a bit bigger now than when I got them because I had more junk in the trunk, but I LOVE that they’re fit just right.  They’re not too loose or too tight.  Plus I can dress them up or down depending on my top and/or my shoes.  It’s one of my favorite pairs of shorts in my closet.

I originally had green and black bracelets on, but as I was looking at myself in the mirror, I cringed at the matchiness, so I grabbed my multicolored bangles instead.  Yes there’s still green, black and white in there but at least there are other colors.

Bracelets:  Boutique in Burlington, VT

Sorry for the graininess of the pictures.  I’ve been using my husband’s camera and playing around with the settings which I obviously haven’t figured out yet.  😦

I went to my hairstylist last weekend to get my haircut.  Usually I trim off an inch to an inch and a half, but on Saturday I said I’d do two inches.  It’s not too short but when I don’t style it, I feel like it borders a mommy hair cut because hit a couple inches past my shoulders.  Which is totally better for me because my hair isn’t that thick so this length keeps it looking full, but I’m still getting used to it.

And my hair just gets in my face more.  I’ll figure something out.

The weather here in the bay is supposed to get hotter over the weekend and into next week.  The best part of it all?  NO HUMIDITY and more shorts and skirts to one out.  WHOO!

Stay cool this weekend and remember to slather some sunscreen on if you’ll be in the sun and have a great weekend!

June FAVES

Yes, I realize its mid-July and I’m raving about things I purchased or enjoyed in June.

My MOST FAVE JUNE item:

The hubs and I are going on a big vacation soon that requires lots of walking.  I decided that I needed to buy a new pair of comfortable shoes to make the miles and miles of walking bearable but I really didn’t want to buy a new pair of sneakers (which I think I’m going to end up buying now that I think about it because both my shoes that I’m going to bring on vacation are dark gray) or ballet flats (I have flat feet… it’s the asian in me.  So I need better support) or converses (which have no support and lesson learned when we went to Paris, are NOT walking shoes).  I polled my friends and most of them seem to sugggest Crocs (I know they look funny but they have some other decent looking styles) & laughed in the process as they suggested it, Native (which is similar to crocs but have that vans/converse look), or rave about Toms.  I ended up getting dark gray Toms.

I wore them the entire weekend I was in New York, which was a bad idea because they were new and I didn’t break them before hand.  There was A LOT of walking done so it a bit painful.  Now that I have broken them in, they’re AWESOME.  So comfy.  I know what you’re thinking “they’re OK, but I don’t really like how they look.”  At first I was a bit apprehensive getting them too because I wasn’t sure how I’d wear them with my everyday clothes, but you pretty much you wear them the same way you’d wear ballet flats, converses, keds, etc.  Plus the company’s philanthropic efforts is an added bonus.

Other June Faves?  Most of these may deal with my trip to NYC.

  • Vince Camuto Vicky black pumps.  COMFORTABLE and perfect for work.  I went to Nordstrom in May (but I didn’t get them until June) looking for new black pumps because my feet shrank (I think) or all my shoes are just loose now.  I had originally picked out a pair of basic black Nine West pumps but the sales associate recommended these and as soon as I slipped my feet into them, I felt a world of difference in comfort between these and the Nine West pumps.  big fan!

  • New Washington Wizard’s logo/jersey t-shirt.  The Wizards changed their logo this summer and went back, well I suppose improved, the logo when the team used to be called the Washington Bullets.  They implemented the red white and blue color scheme as the Washington Bullets once had, as they’re in the nation’s capital, and to be the same color as the other DC teams, the Capitals (which is also owned by the Wizards owner) and Nationals.  Because we can’t find these shirts in the stores on the west coast, I definitely snapped one up for myself while at home for the niece’s bday.

  • Holistic bra session at Intimacy.  Holistic meaning they don’t use a measuring tape to determine what your bra size is.  This company has been featured on Oprah, Rachael Ray, and other daytime shows.  I’ve been wanting to know what my TRUE bra size was, as I’ve been questioning myself about whether or not the bras I’ve been purchasing are right for me.  I went while we were in New York (there are other locations.  check their website here).  The consultant walked me into the room and asked me what I was looking for in a bra and explained the process.  She left me to undress and put on a robe while she pulled several bras.  She came into the room put the first bra on me and when she told me the bra size, I was SHOCKED.  The bra size I was currently wearing was COMPLETELY off.  I saw the difference between how everything was carried and appeared with the right bra versus what I was normally wearing.  You HAVE to try them out if they’re near you.  The ladies are SUPER professional so don’t worry if you feel intimidated about “your boobs hanging out” and trying out bras in front of them.  It’s their job.  They’re very educated about how a bra should fit and how your breast should look in a bra.  They also do free alterations if they feel that you need them.  YES, you CAN have you bra altered people.  Not everyone is the same exact size.  You could be a 33 or a 35 or something odd.  You can also be a size F or H or FF or HH.  There are other shops that due to true to size fittings, which Victoria’s Secret DOES NOT do.  Go to a budoir shop and ask for a fitting or go to Intimacy and do a holistic fitting.  My sister in law went to somewhat of a budoir store for her bridal bustier and did a measure tape fitting and not a holistic fitting.  Oh and she got her bustier altered as well.  Do NOT trust Victoria’s Secret ladies to measure you properly.  Go here and then go to Victoria’s Secret if you really love their bras.
  • Bumblebee at Uniqlo SoHo.

  • Uniqlo sales.  I talked about LOVING Uniqlo here, but I was so ecstatic when we went to the SoHo store to find sales on shirts, cropped trousers, and shorts for $14.50 each.  For the quality of their products, it’s such a good deal.
  • LOL moments in the Subway.  New York is eccentric but this is just too good.

I know we like to match and mix print AND I know that wearing stockings with peeptoes is fine, but this takes it to another level.  Also tights/leggings in 85 degree weather with humidity?  Seriously?

I LOVE this woman’s shirt and skirt separately.  Together with the matching shoes and purse and weird thing on her hip are too much.  Not pictured her matching hat.  LOL!

  • Poached Eggs on top of fries with bacon, cheese, and tomatoes for brunch:  “Hangover Fries” at PS450.  TO DIE.  Along with belinis.  YUMMY!

  • Dora themed four year old birthday parties.

  • Iced coffee from DunkinDonuts.  You KNOW I had to get my fix while I was on the east coast.  😛  It’s a MUST.

  • Yuengling Lager.  They don’t distribute these past the first 13 colonies, I believe.  When we first moved to the bay, we asked some friends if they had Yuengling at the grocery or liquor stores.  Pretty sure they thought we were making funny noises.

  • Central Park chillin.  Beautiful but HUMID day.

  • LV Ostrich themed window displays.

  • Ess-a-Bagels.  SUCH GOOD BAGELS!  soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside.  The Concierge at our hotel said that most of the stores in NYC get their bagels from here to sell.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  With my lovely cousin & because we passed by it on our way to Central Park & simply had to.

I know it’s a long list but I had such a good June.  Busy visiting with family and indulging in everything good and bad.  July and August should be just as good.  Anniversary month and family visiting, then onwards with birthday month and vacation.  🙂  I just LOVE summer… I just wish I had a job where I had summers off like when we were kids.  Perhaps I should switch professions and become a teacher…  NAH, that’s okay.