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Wild At Heart

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I had bangs a few years ago and after a few months of wearing it, I was so annoyed by the maintenance that I swore off bangs forever. Well, when it comes to hair, sometimes changes of heart can happen and here I am again with bangs. It does take a lot of up-keeping but I’m loving the newness, plus I don’t have to worry about bushy eyebrows!

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wildatheart4[Photos by NR]

Top: H&M floral blouse (old, similar here, here and here) | Dress: Zara leopard tunic | Bag: Milly (similar here) | Shoes: Beverly Feldman polka dots bow pumps | Glasses: Lumete | Accessories: collar necklace thanks to Monee Elizabeth | Lips: Mac “Russian Red”

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If you have been reading my blog, you know how much I love bold prints and it’s even better when they are mixed together. I wore this leopard tunic dress (currently on sale) backwards because the front keyhole on the tunic was distracting the floral blouse layered underneath. It was also really long and loose so I added a thin waist belt that pulled up the dress and gave it a bit of shape.

Hope you had a great weekend and was able to watch the Superbowl. What a good game it was! What team were you rooting for? I was team Beyonce of course! :)

Plum Attraction

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plumattraction2[Photos by NR]

Top:  Free People crop vegan leather jacket, F21 crop top (similar here) | Bottom: KTRcollection high low skirt (in plum) | Shoes: Zara link chain heels | Necklace: Nadri link chain (love this one: here and here), T+J Designs jewel stone | Glasses: Lumete

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Full skirts are demure, sweet and ladylike, but what’s fascinating is how they can transport me to a time in fashion history when the silhouette of a woman was truly grand. When people made a real effort to get dressed. And mostly when there was a real sense of mystery surrounding a woman’s body. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a body hugging mini from time to time, but what can create its own breeze as I walk by, swish and twirl as I turn, and gives me a sense of freedom that celebrate my femininity and comfort more than a full flowy skirt?

I wore this skirt last September to NYFW in blue and thought plum would be the perfect color for winter. I love the intensity of this color and how it can be dark yet vibrant and mysterious yet vivacious. What you think of this color?

P.S. You may have noticed that the skirt looks darker in some photos, we were experimenting with direct sunlight vs. shade for our new lens. The true color of this skirt is when it’s in the sun (see last photo).

Color Replay

[Photos by NR]

Top: H&M magenta sweater, H&M magenta blouse | Bottom: H&M (faux) leather mini skirt | Shoes: Vince Camuto ankle boots | Necklace: Nadri link necklace (similar good deal here) | Bracelet: Lauren by Ralph Lauren | Glasses: Sunglasses: Lumete| Lipstick: Shiseido (Fuchsia)

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About three things I am absolutely positive. First, over-sized sweaters are the comfiest. Second, it looks like this Nadri necklace has not left my neck. And third, no matter the season, mixing shades of pink & green always bring me back to my favorite time of year…spring.  Other variations of this below:

 

Well, it’s the eve of Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to start stuffing my face with all the yummy food tomorrow. We are volunteering the morning of Thanksgiving to help prepare and serve dinner to those who doesn’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving. Afterwards we are off to my mom’s for an early dinner followed by more yummy food at my bff’s home…if we are not passed by the end of the evening, we may check out a few stores. I always have the urge to shop at midnight so this is my once a year opportunity. :)

I hope you are enjoying a lovely day. Sometimes I take it for granted, but I’m so happy to be able to wake up everyday and do what I love. It’s nothing extravagant and my life is actually pretty boring, but I am grateful be around some of the most amazing people like my family and friends. Sometimes we take the simple things for granted, but cherish them every second because tomorrow is never promised…but you already know that! :)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, be safe, don’t kill someone over a sale please and I hope to talk to you soon!

xoxo,

NYC Day 2: On the Go, Go, Go

No matter how many times I visit NY, there’s something about this place that always makes me feel like a tourist. So many things to do and see in such little time….

Our 2nd day in NY was on a constant go, go, go. We visited family in BK in the morning, followed by a quick meeting, than head back to Manhattan to do some touristy stuff in SoHo and NoHo. SoHo is one of my favorite areas in NY to visit because of all the cute little shops. Not to mentioned 3 floors of TopShop and Little Italy is a few steps away.

Nate was like a kid in a candy store when we got to Fight Club.

I spy Kanye’s air yeezy 2 for $3,000, which retailed at $245. However this isn’t bad if you considered the nut who purchased it for $90K on ebay….he could have came here.

I wish every pup can have a loving home. :(

Vintage sewing machines are so freakin’ cool!

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First Outfit – Top: Abstract Top (similar here and here) | Bottom: Zara leopard print skirt (old: similar here) | Glasses: Dior cat eye sunglasses

Second Outfit – Top: H&M floral blouse (love this here) | Bottom: DIY distressed denim studded shorts | Glasses: Lumete

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You can’t really experience all of NY without taking a ride on one of the busiest subway system in America. The subway is so detailed, with over 400 hundred stops and what seems like 3 floors of fast flying trains that can take you anywhere your heart desires….but hold your skirt tight and wear comfortable shoes. I kept a pair of flats in my bag just in case my poor little feet decided to go on strike. There are lots of stairs and you can easily get lost. Well, I would probably still be lost somewhere in the subway station right now if  I wasn’t with my NY native tour guide. :)

NYC Day 1: Carrie-d Away

You know I can’t come to the big apple without having my Sex and the City moment channeling my fave TV gal, Carrie Bradshaw. Carrie is the quintessential New Yorker, dressed to the nines as she walks down Park Avenue in sky high heels. Of course those who frequent this city knows the perception that everyone in Manhattan dresses like they just stepped off the set of SATC is far from the truth. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure even Ms. Bradshaw had a pair of flats hidden in her Fendi Baguette…as I had a pair with me at all times in my over-sized MJ. I learned this valuable lesson many moons ago.

There are a few Zaras in Manhattan but the one in Midtown (689 5th Ave) has the best selections. With two floors of endless options of casual + dressy clothing, shoes that are actually available in all sizes and accessories you can play with for days… you’ll end up in this store way longer than your husband would like you to be.

The jerk chicken, friend plantains and rice & beans at Golden Crust is my favorite spot for a quick-on-the-go lunch.

One of the best dinners started with this heavenly red velvet waffle, southern fried chicken and greens at Soco, a Southern Fusion restaurant in Brooklyn. Make sure you visit this spot if you are ever in the area!

Love all of the fruit stands that’s conveniently located at every other corner!

[Photos by NR]

Top: F21 | Bottom: KTR hot pink tulle skirt | Shoes:  Christian Louboutin Filo leopard pumps | Bag: Marc Jacobs Crosby Sutton

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Thank you for reading my quick recap of NYC Day 1. I hope you are having a fab Monday! Stay tune for my recaps of Day 2 and 3 later this week! xo

UPDATE!!

It’s been so hectic that I neglected the Petite Fashion Challenge #19 hosted by the lovely Angie over at Pandaphillia. The challenge was Trend Benders. “Pick your favorite Summer or Fall 2012 trend and make it work for you, whether it’s going all-out, incorporating it into a professional outfit or using it in moderation.”

I think this challenge went well with this outfit as I used bright colors and went a little “all-out.” I mean, how often can I run around the big apple with a tutu skirt that big and bright? :)