Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 27: Two-fer

Yes, like yesterday, today was a two-fer. A two-a-day. I blame Mr. T and his utter impatience. I kind of threw sthing on.

This is what I wore to the body shop to see Mr. T's f'd up car:

Dress: Calvin Klein (Costco)

I love this dress. Or, at least I did until I saw a friend of a friend wear the *same* dress on FB. Then, I didn't like it so much. I don't know why, but it just deflated my love for this dress. To be fair, one time, after I bought this dress, Mr. T and I saw another girl with the same dress, except it looked frumpy on her. Super frumpy. I think it was because she wore it as a skirt??? And wore some interesting shoes. (*cough Crocs cough*)

One of the biggest things about the clothes I buy from Costco in the US, is that they are a tad big. This is a size S and I feel like it would be cuter if it were a smidge tighter. And, because it's clingy, I can't wear anything under it because it would show the lumps. Any styling ideas would be so appreciated.

After looking at Mr. T's poor car, and possible new ones, I realised I needed to do laundry and also realised I smeared mascara on this lovely dress, so I needed to wash this. And then I changed to Outfit 2.

Yes, another outfit
Top: Korea (Costco)
Capri Jeans: Uniqlo

This is what I wore to pick up my car from the dealership. Turns out only to be a dead battery. Yay! This is also what I wore when I was doing laundry. I hate laundry.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Day 26: Outfit Swap

I wore two outfits in one day. Yes, I am sad.

This is what I wore to go eat Pho.

Outfit 1: Boooring

Tank: Target (Merona)
Jeans: Uniqlo

I kind of threw sthing on, as Mr. T and I were starving and totally craving Pho. Pho 75 is *the* best pho place in Arlington. Saddens me that there is no other ethnic food around that is even decent. I wish the Asian food here in DC was better. 

This is what I wore to go with Mr. T whilst he was getting a MRI:

Outfit 2: Better

Top: Korea (Costco)
Jeans: Uniqlo
Headband: Korea
Earrings: Korea

I just realised this entire outfit was from Korea. Awesome. =) 

I just switched out the tank top to this top, primarily because 1) I was feeling very bloated, but also, 2) because wanted to wear sthing that would cover me up a little more and so I could wear a cardigan just in case it gets cold in the hospital. It wasn't cold, but I did feel better after changing, especially because of point 1.

I am also trying to grow out my bangs because I was looking at some old pics and realised I didn't want bangs anymore. We'll see how long this will last. Since I am trying to *not* cut my bangs, I put on the this headband as a way to get the hair off my face. And, since there were sparkly jewels in the top, I added these earrings as an extra flair.

Ooooh! Pretty!
So, yes, two outfits. One day. I guess that makes up for Tuesday. Or Thursday.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 25: Broke Down Hotel

Top: Mango
Capri Shorts: Uniqlo

This is what I was *planning* to wear to go to watch the Rangers play the Orioles. Until my car broke down. Whilst parking illegally. Watching the police circle around me like vultures was very stressful to say the least. And, the Rangers lost. 

It was one of those days.

On the bright side? Got the shirt, on sale, for 10 USD. I love Mango when they  have those mega-sales. That's when to buy stuff from them.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 24: Unmotivated

Shirt: Wet Seal
Shorts: Target (DIY)

I am feeling very unmotivated to wear anything that doesn't resemble lounge clothes. Hence the lack of posts on Tuesday, and Thursday. Very very lazy. I wore this just to wear sthing outside. It's been bad, indeed.

I love the lace details, even when it's totally pilled. =(

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I Caved. (aka "Why I am a sucker")

Yes, I broke my resolution for no clothes and bought exercise shorts at Target. I was going to cut my other shorts, but I figured this was faster and I realise I needed one more pair. Still, I feel bad. That and I bought some jewelry from Goodwill. Does anyone every feel pressured to buy sthing when you go to a store? I do sometimes. I hate that.

Let me explain how I ended up buying stuff from Goodwill. Before I do, here is a picture of the necklace I bought:
The necklace
Pretty, no? I got it for 5 USD.

This all started when I lost my brooch at the Whole Foods in Clarendon. I was determined to find another brooch to go with the brooch I still had in my presence.I even called to see if the Whole Foods had my brooch. I was SOL. Anyways, since I had to drop my roommate off somewhere in DC, early in the morning, with a very high possibility that I had to pick her up because it was raining like a mofo, I figured I would go to Target for said shorts and then pop by the Goodwill and see if they had any brooches. The problem with the Goodwill in Falls Church is that all the jewelry is ensconced in glass. Where the registers are located. Whilst looking to see if they had any possible brooches, I saw this necklace. I wasn't sure if this was a good idea, because I almost lost my breakfast when they said the necklace was 5 bux, but the dude was breathing down my neck and I wanted to get out of there ASAP. I just wanted to see if there was any brooches that matched the one I lost. I was on a mission. A mission that was an epic FAIL.

Close up of the necklace
What do you think? I like it, but is it too much?

Then, I went to *another* Goodwill, on Glebe, in the pouring rain, grumbling because I couldn't believe how much I spent on a necklace and saw this:

That's a bracelet!

I got *this* for a buck! What's up with different prices in each Goodwill? I thought I would layer this with some other bracelets, and, what's more important, it fit my tiny wrists.

Detail shot!
And, of course, there was no brooch that I liked. Hence, the EPIC FAIL! T_T

Anyways, the reason why I didn't mind buying the bracelet at the Goodwill on Glebe is because 1) the lady at the register was super awesome and friendly; and 2) it was only a dollar. The necklace should have been 3 USD. Also they were trying to push me into buying more stuff. Not cool, man. Not cool.

Any thoughts on how I can wear the necklace? I like it, but am drawing a blank. Don't want to look matronly, either. =*(

Day 23: Traffic is a B!

Shirt: Mr. T's! (Pac Sun)
Jeans: F21
Belt: Uniqlo

Traffic was terrible this morning. And I know the reason why: the RAIN. Every time there is rain, it seems everyone and their mother is driving. And driving poorly. Hate it. >:(

This is what I wore when I dropped my friend off to her interview. In DC. In traffic. Mr. T is tallish (185cm) but is of thin build. So I like to wear his tops and then belt them. ^^ (Actually, I've bought stuff at Uniqlo and it seems XL is still too small. It's not the waist; it's the arms and waist. Hee hee.)  And that's what I did. I like to keep the bottoms tight because of the bigness of the T-shirt. I think it ended up looking cute.

I really love Uniqlo
 I love the stripes on the shirt and I *love* this belt. Basically, I love Uniqlo.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Day 22: Hurry Curry

Dress: BCBG (thrifted)
Brooch: Korea
Earrings: Gift from Mom
Shoes: Korea

Today was so busy! Ugh. I guess that's a good thing. I had to visit family today so I wore sthing conservative. I've never had a wrap dress before, but I got this at the Goodwill and, like many before this, I was kind of kicking myself from buying it. The problem with the dress is that it is kind of big. As in, "I wear a XS/S and got a Medium." But, I solved it by pinning it with a brooch.  I got the idea of pinning to my bra courtesy of Jentine. (Who, by the way, lived in Korea. How awesome is that?!) What totally sucked, however, was I *lost* one of my brooches at Whole Foods, a supermarket I absolutely abhor, whilst buying a gift for said family. I spent way too much money and lost my favourite brooch! FML. I had sthing due today, but I am seriously thinking of going back tomorrow and see if they have it. 

The *other* brooch. Isn't it pretty?
 This is the other brooch that was pinned on my skirt. Without pinning it, the dress is cut way too low and I would need to wear a camisole to hide the non-existent goodies. On a positive note, I love the earring my mom got me; they seem to go with everything! Thanks, Mom!

I know that sometimes I post pictures of just the clothes and sometimes I post them on me. The reason why I do both and not always at the same time is because my goal is truly to determine what clothes I wear and what clothes I am underutilising. Documentation of my clothes is key. I want to ensure that everything in my closet is used. I would like to do more body pics, but they take a lot of time, and also, I don't like how I look. But, regardless, body shots give a better idea of how it falls on my body; I am going to try to do more body shots in the future. And maybe outside! (I really want to)

 As for the title of the post: Hurry Curry is an awesome curry chain in LA. I miss good food. =(

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day 21: Feeling Unattractive

Shirt: JC Penney's
Belt: Uniqlo
Jeans: F21

Today, I was feeling very unattractive. I have been looking at old pictures and  I am realising that in the past few years, I feel less confident that I have felt prior to that. I dunno if it is because I was in Korea, or if I feel *old*, but I just don't feel like I have that zing. I've heard/read from different individuals that their significant others make them feel good about themselves. Well, I call B.S.! I feel *worse* (T_T) In fact, I don't feel like my sexy self. I am constantly criticising my body and feeling well, the *F*-word. (F.A.T.)

Love the stripes!
OK, enough complaining. I love the stripes on my shirt. I used to never love stripes, but now, I can't seem to get enough of them! I also love the belt. This shirt normally has a black plastic belt, but I swapped it with this brown leather one. I kind of like it.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 20: Something New?

Halter Top: H&M
Jeans: Uniqlo
Earrings: Flea Market at Clarendon

I got this halter top in Sweden, only to find out that this top is being offered here in the US a year later for 5 USD! W.T.F?!? It bothers me for two reasons: 1) does H&M ship out clothes to the US a few seasons behind? and 2) I could have bought this same shirt for a lot less! (grrr) 

I was supposed to go visit my relatives, not wearing this, of course, but there was a change of plans and so I decided to wear something different. (Secret: I had to wear Spanx to smooth out the tummy. It was not a good day) I am feeling motivated to start looking cuter and actually enjoy what I wear. I realise that I feel so stagnant in my feelings about my clothes; it bothers me.

Best 12 USD I ever spent!
 Here are the details of the earrings: before I bought these, I bought sthing similar at Target, only to find out they were brassy by week 2. I bought another pair; only to find the same results. These earring have last me a year and are still going strong. In this case, you truly get what you pay for!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 19: Gator Don't Play That!

Sweater: J. Crew (Gift from Mom)
Tank: Korea
Jeans: Levi's
Earrings: Accessorize (Korea)

Today, I went to watch The Other Guys with Mr. T. It was surprisingly very funny; I recommend watching it, if you like other Frat Pack movies. Recently, I've not been a huge fan of Will Ferrel's movies, but this one was better than his last bust.

Love the details!

I love this sweater/cardigan, but the problem with it is when I button it, it looks all bunchy where the buttons are, so I have to keep it open, for now.  I also love how feminine it looks. I will admit I am a total girly-girl who loves girlish things; such cute details make me very happy, indeed.

Aren't these lovely?

I *love* these earrings. I got these in Korea from an English accessory company called Accessorize. I adore all the cute stuff I get from there, and I receive tons of compliments, but they *are* bit pricey, as they are converted from the British pound. I would recommend F21, as they have stellar accessories without the price load. And, regarding said accessories, I truly believe that unless they are something that will last a long time, i.e. precious stones, etc, there is no need to spend an exorbitant amount on costume jewelry, as they will all bite le dust.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 18: Thunder and Lightning

Shirt: Costco (Korea)
Shorts: Old Navy

It has been thundering and lightning all day today here in DC! Boooo. After my epic fail yesterday, I decided to *try* and wear something else in my massive clothes closet. I got the shirt at the Costco in Korea. I love the Korean Costco. Much much better than the one here in DC. Better quality clothes, better fit. Probably because it's for Asian, and that's right, I'm Asian. ^_^

Detail Shot!
Since the top is bejeweled, I decided to *not* wear any other jewelry. In hindsight, some earrings might have done me some good. I also like this shirt because it's looser fit in the tummage area, and I always like clothes that cover my number 1 problem area.

The shorts are the same shorts I have worn in the past, but khaki in colour rather than white. I love these shorts from Old Navy. I usually do not buy in bulk, but I like the fact that these shorts are not too short that they bunch in the thigh area (you *know* what I mean, don't lie) And, they are on super sale now; I would totally get on it if I didn't buy them already. One thing I very much appreciate about these Old Navy shorts is that they are sold in a variety of lengths; from 3-inches, to 5-inches, to 7-inches, to Bermuda length (9.5-inches). One of the biggest problem I find is that shorts are either too short, or they are too long. By giving us the choice, we can buy the length in which *we* feel comfortable. Thank you, Old Navy!

That's me!
Yes, that's me! I know it's better to show how the clothes hang on a real body than just laid out flat. What do you think? I am in le bathroom, as it is raining cats and dogs and I'm still deciding if I should do outfit pics like these because I am seriously unphotogenic. Notice how it hides the tummy?  I like it. And notice how the shorts are short, but not too short? I like that too. I had to size up because the size 0 fit everywhere but the bum area. So this is a little loose, but I can just belt it.

A frontal view (See how loose the shorts are?)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 17: Boring

Shirt: Target
Jeans: F21

Yes, I wore this before. I have so many different outfits, but I am feeling blah. And it shows. Tomorrow, I will strive to do better. =(


I really really want this. Even though it's *just* a shopping bag, it's so cute! Kind of reminds me of the Le Sport Sacs that are exclusive to Hawaii. My favourite is the Onolicious pattern. Too bad I'm not in Hawai'i! *tear*

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 16: Twinsies

Shirt: Costco (Korea)
Shorts: Target (Cut off by me)
Necklace: Goodwill
Shoes: Payless

My roommate and I had almost the same outfit! Wheee! Her's was a black v-neck from F21 and she had blue jean shorts and brown plaid shoes. But the idea was the same. We had to laugh. =)

The cut-off shorts were formally skinny jeans from Target, but there is some "wearage" (ahem) in the thigh area, so I decided to make them into shorts until they wear out. I noticed a lot of bloggers wearing cut-off shorts and I liked the look, as it was, to me, casually edgy. I also noticed F21 also had cut-off shorts, and instead of spending approximately 20 USD, I decided to make my own.

Here is one way to diy your denim cut-offs. The way *I* did it was to first wear the jean.  Then, with a chalk, mark where you would like to cut the jeans off, whilst wearing the jeans. Launder the jeans and the ends will fray. I cut mine lower than most shorts because I don't like the wear really short shorts, as they bunch in the thigh. I also didn't like the look of the cut-offs without cuffing them, so I would suggest to cut them a little lower, and then cuffing them to the desired length. In addition, if your jeans are skinny, i.e. tight, like  mine, I suggest cutting a slit on the side to allow cuffing to occur without pinching your legs. I like the way they look. Very casual and an opportunity to wear them when not at work.

Today, I paired to shorts with a black top and decided to wear this necklace which I got from the Goodwill for 1 USD! I couldn't believe noone wanted this beautiful necklace, but I'm glad I found it.
Detail of the necklace
I love how it is gold and silver. It's absolutely beautiful. Plus, it does add colour to an almost black outfit. In addition, I added a pop of colour with the red plaid shoes. I love the shoes I bought from Payless. Thank you commercial, you did you job.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Day 15: The Sun Is My Mortal Enemy

Bathing Suit Top: Target (borrowed from roommate)
Bathing Suit Bottom: Target (Tara Jarmon)
Cover-up: Calvin Klein (Costco)

Went on a boat, courtesy of Mr. T's friend. The boys went wakeboarding (or at the very least, attempted to try) and I went swimming in the Potomac. It was pretty fun and the water was so warm. I *did* get a tan, and as the title suggests, the sun being my mortal enemy, I am kind of bummed. I like pale skin. I *do* tan easily, but hopefully, the tan will fade sooner than later.

I have a tummy so I am not really a big fan of bikinis. I always admire those who wear them, but I don't know if I ever can. This was a good compromise.  I like my roommate's top because: 1) it covers the dreaded belly and 2) it's not halter, like mine, so it doesn't hurt my neck. The cover-up was a purchase from Costco. It's a little to big for just day wear, but perfect as a cover-up. And I adore the ombre. 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Day 14: Recyling

Sweater: Talbots (gift from Mom)
Tank: Target
Jeans: Uniqlo
Shoes (not seen): Payless

Yes, I know I am wearing the same jeans. I am also wearing the same shoes as yesterday. I like the contrast in the tank and the sweater. I used to wear this same sweater with a long-sleeved striped sweater, too. I guess it goes to show how awesome stripes can be.
 Notice how awesome the contrast is? It's different, but still very neutral. Loves it!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Day 13: Partay!

Shirt: F21
Jeans: Uniqlo
Shoes: Korea

This is what I wore to go to a house party with Mr. T. Suffice to say I am not a big fan of house parties, and this one took the cake.  The police came (twice) because the next door neighbour was a fuddy-duddy. Oh, and there were racists comments thrown around like it was the new black. Let's just say I gave everyone a dirty look after that. Not cool.

Close up!

On a positive note, I love Uniqlo jeans. They are such good quality for such a low price. They remind me of Gap, before Gap tried to be all trendy. Unfortch, the only Uniqlo in the US is in NYC, but if you ever get a chance to go to Uniqlo, do so! I promise you won't regret it.

I love you Uniqlo~~~ <33333

Day 13: It's the Shoes

Shirt: Kenneth Cole (gift from Mom)
Skirt: Gap
Shoes: Payless

I love these shoes! I wore this outfit specifically because of the shoes. I love the shoes.  I did need to pad them  because the soles were so thin, but I love the look and they are comfortable because they are flats. I got this skirt at the Gap outlet ages ago and I love it because it's so comfortable and it's thin enough (yet dark enough) to cool me down in the summer.

Shoe Dilemma

These are the two shoes I bought today from Payless. Normally, I don't go there, but I noticed the plaid-coloured shoe whilst watching a commercial and they intrigued me. I like them a lot, and am trying to think of ways to wear them.

The other shoe was inspired by this post. I loved the way it looked on her.

I do, however, have a secret. These shoes are from the children section. That's right. The children's section. I have incredibly small feet. I wear a 4-4.5 ladies shoe. Normally, I am unable to buy shoes from the normal venues. That means, no women's Target flats that I want, no DSW shoes, unless they are some reject of a reject.

Because of the scarcity of my size, I cherish all my shoes. That said, the one domain where I am able to find an abundance of shoes is in the realm of children shoes. The problem that I have with children shoes is that they are very childish. Understandably so. Thus, when I see shoes that are adult-esque, I want to buy a couple.

Although these are from Payless, and I have shoes from Target, both great places for cheap shoes, I refuse to buy cheap high heel shoes; I truly believe they really screw up your feet. Flat shoes, on the other hand, have a little more leeway, which is why all of my cheap shoes are flats. But, wear them too much and they hurt your feet, too. I *do* pad the shoes, but it still hurts sometimes.

I only got two because it was BOGO and VA was having a tax-free weekend. I still thought they were kind of expensive, as they were $14 USD each, but as they are man-made materials, I felt they were worth only 10 bux.They also had this really cute brown flat with three buckles, but it was $25 USD!!! I can never justify spending that much money on plastic shoes, no matter how cute. Do people buy them??? They were also on the looser side, because going a side down was too tight and since this is not leather, they will not stretch much. I decided to put in shoe inserts and not only do they cushion, but they also make the shoes a better fit. I find Target's shoe size is bang on for me. Walmart and Payless are a little bit on the smaller. Mind you, these are children shoes. =)

On a *very* positive note, I popped by Goodwill and didn't buy anything! Yay! But, to be fair, 100% of it is because of my roommate. (Thank you!) Also, aside from the shoes, I spent money on essentials. I feel not buying at the Goodwill was a good start. Yay!!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Day 12: Gluttoneous Day

Shirt: Mango
Jeans: Calvin Klein (Gift from roommate)

I kind of just threw this on, as my roommate and I had a roommate day and we ate at BGR for lunch and then Bon Chon Chicken for dinner. Then we watched Law Abiding Citizen whilst eating brownies and drinking on Coke slurpies. Nom nom nom.

Burger looks good doesn't it? Truthfully, I didn't love the burger, but the fries were delish. The chix was OK (no pic, sorry); I still maintain it's waaaay better in Korea. Mmmmmm... I miss good Korean food.

The jeans are from Australia (!) when my roommate went there and bought these and they didn't fit her. But they fit meeeee! Wheeeeee!!!! I felt bad taking them from her though, but she assured me that she didn't want them. I took her out to dinner as a thank you. I love them because they are wider-legged than the normally skinny jeans, but fitted in the top. Since the jeans are super long, and because they are wider-legged, I was able to cuff them as capris until I am able to get them hemmed. I might even cuff then even when I do get them hemmed.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 11: Khaki Day!

Dress: Target 
Shoes: Korea
Headband: Hyundai Galleria (Gift from Mom)
Earrings: Gift from Mom

Throughout the past year, I refuse to buy clothes from Target that are full price unless: 1) I am dying to have it  (like this tank) or 2) it's one of those Go Internationals that goes back to point 1 of "dying to have it." So, really, there is just one point, and point 2 should be a corollary. This dress, which is from Merona, was 75% off. I got this dress for 6 bux. Which makes me love this dress more. The only problem is that there is some slight discolouration on the neck and a slight tear on the side, but that is from laundry. =( Still going to wear it.

Since it was super hot outside, I also wore bike shorts, thanks to the wonderful advise from Tina.  Thanks, Tina!

A detail shot of the earrings and headband. My mom received a gift certificate for use at any Hyundai Department Store in Korea, and this is what she got me. I loves it! <3333

You can't really see the earrings, but they are a pretty yellow. Also a gift from mom. I love my mom.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What is Your Blood Type?

In Asia, especially in Korea and Japan, one way to determine what kind of personality a person possesses is through their blood type. Apparently, what you eat is also based on your blood types as well. I am thinking of trying this out. I *know* it's not scientific and my brother will: 1) make fun of me mercilessly, as he is a MD, 2) tell me all I need is to remember "calories in, calories out", and 3) make fun of me again, most likely calling me "Dr. House from Oprah's School of Medicine."

Regardless, I want to try this out. I am type A blood and it says I need to basically have a vegetarian diet, which isn't really a problem for me, since red meat does make my stomache hurt. A lot. I still love my burgers though. And bacon. Especially Korean bacon. Yummmmmm. But, maybe I'll feel better. I am trying to determine how to effectively work my body into a well-oiled machine. Right now, the engine is feeling a bit off.

Has anyone tried this? I would love some feedback.

Also, I realise I haven't really posted pictures of my outfit. Suffice to say I've been wearing my pjs for the past three days. It's been pretty bad.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Day 10: Grey v. Gray

Shirt: Target
Camisole: Korea
Jeans: Uniqlo

I was doing laundry and I wasn't feeling inspired. This is what I wore. Mr. T said I was really grey today. I agree. I should have worn blue jeans. But I was just feeling blah, and so this reflected how I feel.  Here's to hoping that inspiration comes to me....