Fashion Friday: Lace+Stripes

My favorite neutral is probably grey. To me, it’s a little happier than black but still goes with just about anything. I love dark greys, but certain shades of light grey are really pretty too.

When I got this scarf at ALDO over the weekend (hail yes to Memorial Day sales!), I was already planning on what I’d wear it with. I love scarves, but I don’t have nearly enough (I think I have 6 now). And they’re certainly not a fall/winter staple only. Oh no. I love lightweight scarves in summer too. What I love about this one is it’s infinity (my favorite kind) AND it’s got three different striped patterns, making it totally versatile. And it’s grey/white too, so it basically works with anything.

Scarf love.

Scarf love.

Grey cropped lace-trimmed sweater (Hollister), multi-striped infinity scarf (ALDO), burgundy twill shorts (Abercrombie).

Grey cropped lace-trimmed sweater (Hollister), multi-striped infinity scarf (ALDO), burgundy twill shorts (Abercrombie).

I decided to pair it with more grey, and offset it with one of my favorite pairs of colored shorts. I have a serious addiction to colored twill shorts. I own way too many to count (most from Hollister/Abercrombie) and I will never have enough. And they’re totally work-appropriate…well, at least in my workplace. Believe it or not, I’m one of the dressiest people there, aside from the anchors/reporters who HAVE to dress business casual when they’re on-air. For me, I could roll in wearing running shorts, a t-shirt and a baseball hat, especially since I work mornings, but I don’t. The outfit above is more my style. And the shorts are a little short, but since they’re looser-fitting and a dark color, they look pulled together.

Grey-sequined Sperry's knockoffs (Payless Shoe Source).

Grey-sequined Sperry’s knockoffs (Payless Shoe Source).

Snake ring and banded ring (American Eagle).

Snake ring and banded ring (American Eagle).

I pulled the look together with my signature rings, and my knockoff Sperry’s (scored for under $20 at Payless!) instead of my usual fancy sandals. Perfect for a (casual) work environment or a day spent shopping at the mall. Totally up to you. But if I were you, I’d so choose shopping over work 😉

Side note: anyone guess what time these photos were taken? 3 AM on Wednesday morning. My great bathroom lighting fooled ya! Also, promise I’m not a freak who wakes up at 3 to take outfit pics. I’m just a freak who works from 3:30-11:30 AM! 

What kind of clothes do you wear to work? 

What’s In My Bag?

I have an obsession. With purses. Specifically large, designer bags. I got my first, a multicolor Coach shoulder bag for Christmas when I was 16 and since then, I’ve been hooked and have added 5 more designer bags to my collection.

My current go-to is a navy blue bird-printed Fossil tote I got for my 21st birthday and I’ve been loving it ever since. It’s the perfect size, shape and it goes with almost everything. I love that it has an interior zippered pocket and a few pouches so I can attempt to organize my stuff, but let’s be honest, I mostly just throw things in there. That’s what a purse is for, right?

I was inspired by Emily’s recent posts about the things in her bag and I wanted to share what’s currently in mine!

In my purse

Makeup bag (Forever 21)…March 2014 People StyleWatch magazine…White Citrus mini lotion (Bath & Body Works)…hairbrush (Clinique)…Bandaid box (hey, I’m accident prone!)…Lemon Vanilla lip gloss (Bath & Body Works)…earphones…mango butter chapstick (Burt’s Bees)…compact mirror (Gilly Hicks)…wallet (Fossil)…vanilla berry sorbet hand sanitizer (Bath & Body Works)…keys…Advil…multicolored pens…Lipslicks lipstick in princess (Covergirl)…cinnamon xylitol mints…sunglasses (Target). 

What’s in your purse?

Style Phile: Rainbow is the New Black

With spring in full swing (poet and don’t know it 😉 ) and summer just around the corner, gone are the days of boring denim jeans and pants in all shades of grey and tan. One of the biggest trends this season is colored jeans and shorts, which is awesome if you’re as color-obsessed as me!

I already have a couple pairs of colored shorts (hot pink, burgundy and coral) and I love them…but I’m not so sure about the colored jean trend, at least for me. Can I pull it off? I’m definitely not afraid of color, but I just recently became comfortable with wearing skinnies and jeggings versus the flares and boy fits I used to wear regularly. Is wearing that much color flattering? Can only the super tall with long legs pull it off, or is it a versatile trend?

I love this trend so much…so I think I’ll give it a try! I would really like a pair of pink, coral or aqua skinnies, but I might start out with a more safe shade, like royal blue, and see how it works out. And I’ll definitely be stocking up on some more colored shorts!

What’s your take on the colored denim trend? What would be your color of choice?

Style Phile: Apartment Design, Pinterest Style

Happy Friday ladiesssss! Did you all make it through the week okay? For some reason, this week really dragged on for me, which is weird because last week, the first week back from my spring break, flew by. Maybe it’s because this weekend is being spent at home–whenever I look forward to something, it takes  forever to get here! Anyways, I’m just glad it’s finally the weekend.

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am officially moving into my first apartment in August and I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to have a place of my own to decorate the way I want. Having a dorm to myself has been great, but I’m definitely limited by space/stupid dorm rules. Of course, there are still a few limitations next year, but it will be so much better. That being said, I’ve started to brainstorm ideas about how to design my future apartment. Of course, I turned to Pinterest, aka the blogging world’s mecca for some cool ideas. Sure, some of them are a little out there, but who said I can’t create my dream apartment?

Anthro has the best dishes.

Such a cool room divider.

The perfect closet for a girly-girl like me.

I love how bright and open this kitchen is.

Now I know my ABCs...

A seriously awesome light fixture.

A must-have for my future kitchen.

I love the purple, black and white combo.

Great room layout.

I like how the green pops against the white.

I want fish just so I can have this amazing fish 'tank'.

Ummmm, yeah. I need a hanging bed in my life.

Such a pretty glass.

This looks like such a fun room!

Now this is my kinda bed.

Love the lime and aqua dishes.

This rug is just too cool, especially with the chair.

How would you decorate your dream place? Do you like colorful rooms?

Style Phile: Personal Style Blogging 101

Hi all, hope you had an amazing weekend! Mine was nothing special, but it was nice to have a little break from school, and have the chance to sleep in til 10 both days. Who am I? I guess I needed all that extra sleep 😛

Well, it’s been waaaaaay too long since I did a Style Phile post (in fact, it’s been almost 5 whole months–eek!) so I decided to do a quick one, all about my experiences with personal style blogging. In case you didn’t know, I have a Blogger-based blog called Apparel Addiction that’s all about fashion. I started it back in 2009, so it’s been going strong for almost 3 years! That’s definitely a testament to my love for style. Anyways, here are a few tips I wanted to share about it, whether you have your own personal style blog, like to read them or just want to know what they’re all about!

1. Design the blog to fit you

I've had this design for awhile, but I like to tweak it every once in awhile.

If you don’t like how the blog layout looks, how likely are you to stick with it? Luckily, most blogging platforms have plenty of customizable designs, so you can make it fit your personality. Also, make sure it fits with the theme of your blog. If you have a beauty blog, and the background has pictures of dogs, that doesn’t really make people relate to the content, no matter how good it is.

2. Have a ‘twist’ that makes your blog unique

I'm always down for a good sale!

Maybe you’re really into hunting down the best deals (I wish I were a bargainista, but that’s usually not the case), or DIY fashion is your thing. Whatever niche of personal style blogging you fit into, work it!

3. Include a bunch of pictures!

If you don't have your own photographer, use a tripod!

Personal style blogs only work if you show off your personal style–and the only way to do that is through pictures, of course! When I first started my fashion blog, I rarely had photos, but how boring is that? Now in every single post, I include at least one or two pics, whether it’s self-shots of my outfit of the day, Polyvore collections or photos of new arrivals from a store’s website. Visual appeal is key, so try to switch up the photos. You can use programs to make collages, or have close-ups of your accessories. Whatever you do, make sure you have them!

4. Learn the tools of the trade

Polyvore is a lifesaver!

This includes sites (like Polyvore, for creating outfit collections, or Picnik, for cool collages) and terms, like OOTD (outfit of the day) and lookbook (a category or tab on many blogs where they keep all their outfit posts). The more you know about what you’re doing, the easier it will be. And no worries, it definitely comes with time. Just brush up by checking out other personal style blogs and soon you’ll be a pro.

5. Get inspiration

One of my favorite sites for fashion inspiration!

Don’t think that your style is set in stone! Like most people interested in fashion, my personal style has changed over the years and is constantly shifting. Read up on other fashion blogs, check out magazines (Vogue for high fashion, People StyleWatch for celebrity fashion, etc.) and go on sites like Polyvore and look at other people’s collections and sets to get inspiration if you feel like you’re in a style rut. I personally like to do this when the seasons are changing and I need some ideas for what to invest in and try out.

Do you read personal style blogs? What’s a tip you have for blogging in general?

Style Phile: Fierce Fashion Inspiration Board

Hey lovelies! Hope your weekend is going well for you so far. Eeeee, I still can’t believe it’s September. And tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of 9/11 for all of my fellow U.S. bloggies. I can’t believe it’s been that long since the terrible tragedies of that day, it seems like it was just yesterday. Anyways, on to happier thoughts!

So I started this new thing on my fashion blog where I feature a mini-slideshow of all the things that are inspiring me during that season. Natch, I steal borrow photos from weheartit (love their stuff!), and I include everything from style to beauty and even just random seasonal things. Here’s my debut of the fall slideshow in inspiration board format!

Yeah, a lot of them are completely random-ish (like the pumpkin cupcakes and the Starbucks cup that says you’re extremely hot–bahaha I love that one 😉 ) but most of them are very inspirational to my style this season. I love love love Emma Stone–she’s so down-to-earth and I wish I could pull off her amazingly-rich red hair. The Coach Poppy wristlet is totally adorable and I like the combo of pink and silver (in fact, it’s on my nails right now!). The A&F billboard, well…that’s a given 😛 I love A&F, especially their hot half-naked male models. Yum. I’m really into boho hippie fashion right now so I’d love to have a headband and shades like the girl in the middle does. The iPod cases with little bows is just too cute. I’m going to find a way to incorporate pastels and bows into my wardrobe this fall without it being a faux pas. And gosh, who wouldn’t totally adore those cheetah lips? Fierce, I tell ya 😀 I am dying to figure out how to create that, and also to pull it off without looking like a freak.

What are you inspired by this season?

Style Phile: Prints Charming

I am not the kind of girl who’s content with tons of solids and basics in my wardrobe–no, I need a lot of variety. Unfortunately, until recently, it was pretty nonexistent, at least in the patterns department. If you took a look in my walk-in closet at the beginning of the summer, you would have see tons of colors in several shades; a variety of dresses, miniskirts, a few pairs of shorts, plenty of tops; but mostly all florals. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some florals but really? A whole closet full of them is a bit much. And I know that it’s a classic pattern, each floral is different, blah blah blah but I really needed some more prints and patterns in my life.

Enter my two three big hauls this summer. The first one gave me yet another floral piece (but it was a romper–which I’ve never owned before–in a brand new shade, so it wasn’t all bad) but also a very cute, breezy lime green-striped off-shoulder tee. I love how bold it is, and I was in desperate need of stripes.

Neon lime striped off-shoulder slouchy tee (American Eagle), cuffed denim shorts (Abercrombie Kids)

The second one, just three weeks ago, brought me even more variety in the form of solids (also something I needed, despite saying that I’m not one for solids–they are a necessity, however). But I hit the jackpot on my most recent one just a week ago. I got lace (!), more stripes and plaid. Okay, a little floral slipped in there, too, but what can I say, I’m a creature of habit.

Navy & pink floral cami (Abercrombie Kids), cuffed denim shorts (Abercrombie Kids)

Three months ago, if you had offered me a striped sweater, I would have flat-out turned you down. No thanks, I’m not a stripes girl. However, I’ve learned the error of my ways. Stripes, if done the right way, are totally flattering, and cute in a chic nautical way.

I thought the angle of this was cool haha. Beach Street knit layer in blue stripe (Hollister, $20)

Despite my affinity for all things girly, I doubt if I would have bought a lace piece back in May. Now I have a beautiful yet simple dark grey lace-front tee and I love it.

Bay Shore lace tee in dark grey (Hollister), navy twill shorts (Hollister)

I owned some plaid prior to last week’s shopping trip, but I’ve been itching to get some more since last fall. I did buy a couple pairs of plaid twill shorts in the spring, but since summer’s winding down, I was in desperate need of pieces that could work double-duty, right now and this fall. I found it in a royal blue plaid button-down that’s perfectly rugged yet still polished.

Malibu button-down in blue plaid (Hollister, $49.50), navy twill shorts (Hollister)

Now that I know how much difference a variety of prints can make, I will never give in to buying florals again. Okay, maybe just this once…

What is your favorite print or pattern?

Style Phile: Maxed Out!

Because of my undeniable love of fashion (and shopping!) I decided to put together a little series (that will appear from time to time) of style-related posts, featuring some of my favorite new finds or just my personal opinion on all things fashion. Hope you enjoy 😀

I recently embarked on my semi-annual shopping haul (I’m not sure if it counts as a “haul” per se, because I usually only end up buying 4-7 items, but still. Oh, and it also happens probably 3-4 times a year, so it’s not quite semi-annual. Whatevs 😉 ) to Park Meadows Mall. I love this place. It’s my fave place to go shopping in Colorado; I could totally live here. It’s a pretty upscale, modern mall with tons of stores, most of which I’ve never even set foot in. But at some point, I would like to (minus the stores that only sell baby clothes or shoes for men or something like that). I mean, come on, I just realized there is a lululemon store there! Really? How did I not know this before–slash drop all my hard-earned money there? A lot of bloggers talk about lululemon and I’ve always thought, “I wish I could go there, but I’ve never seen one before in my life. I doubt they exist in my little corner of the world!” Now that I know that that’s completely untrue, I’m dying to go check it out. But I digress.

First stop: Hollister. AKA one of my favorite stores ever. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those people that only buy things from there to fit in, look cool, blah blah blah (not that I’m judging them or anything). I first started shopping there five years ago, most likely because some of my friends did, but I’ve been a loyal customer since because I honestly love their clothes and their style matches my personality. Not to mention their prices are slightly lower than Abercrombie & Fitch’s (another favorite store). Win-win-win! But this time, I wasn’t really sure I was gonna end up with anything. I was lusting after a lace-trimmed, pinstriped cotton miniskirt (which was apparently only available for mannequin usage…) and when I didn’t see it, I made a beeline for the back of the store–the clearance area. I wasn’t really down for spending all my cash in one place for one item (ahem, on an adorable dress or khaki jacket) so when I found a pair of navy blue twill shorts for 15 bucks…well, I just had to buy them 😉 Seconds later, I spotted an orange thing all by itself on a shelf. I picked it up, and realized it was a cropped hoodie–just like one I had bought on clearance a year ago! Lo and behold, it was my size (love when that happens) and only $7.90! Um, a definite yes! My sister joked that I already had it, but mine’s in turquoise and this one was orange. Big difference. I do not mind buying the same piece in different colors if I truly love it. And being that cheap, how could I turn it down? So I bought the shorts and hoodie.

Orange cropped hoodie (new, Hollister), navy/orange floral button-down cami (Hollister), destroyed denim miniskirt (Hollister)

 (P.S. My bathroom is the best place for self-portraits, since it’s bright and has a big mirror. Sorry about the awkwardness 🙂 )

Multi floral tank (Abercrombie & Fitch), navy blue twill shorts (new, Hollister)

After a stop at American Eagle (they didn’t have the owl necklace I fell in love with and their leather sandals were a bit too expensive) and Williams Sonoma for some chili-lime seasoning, we hit up Abercrombie Kids and A&F. I actually do own a few items from the kids store, because it’s very similar to A&F’s items yet a lot cheaper and because I can still fit into their things. Score! This time, I didn’t find anything amazing there, so we ventured into A&F. You can seriously smell it almost a mile away! But the cologne smell is amazing, so I’m not complaining. I went almost immediately to the back of the store, because I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything full price here. It’s just way too overpriced. On the way, I spotted the $20 brown twill shorts I’ve been wanting and grabbed them. Usually, I pick out items I think look cute, but then end up having almost nothing to wear with it. This time, I decided to actually find something to go with the shorts. I have a few light pink tops at home, but they’re more fall-like. I needed something to wear with the shorts now! Nothing was really grabbing me, until my mom showed me a ruffly tank in white. It was gorgeous, yet simple, and I liked it, but it didn’t have quite enough oomph. Then she showed me a peachy-pinky-off white ruffly tank and it just seemed perfect. Slouchy, but not sloppy. Understated yet pretty. And just the right shade to pair with brown and pink. And it was 30% off. Well, if I must… 😉

Off-white ruffled tank (new, Abercrombie & Fitch), dark brown cuffed twill shorts (new, Abercrombie & Fitch)

At the register, I pulled out the 20% off entire purchase card I had (that expired two days later, yay for procrastination) and got ready to pay. I wasn’t quite sure how much money I had left on my debit card, but I swiped it happily. At first, I was sure I was in the clear because the woman ringing me up wasn’t paying attention to the screen…but seconds later, she said “Oh, you still owe $2.26.” My heart dropped a little, but I dashed over to my mom and begged her to cough up politely asked her for $2. I was a little embarrassed that I “maxed out” my card, but I was sooooo thankful for my mom being there to save my butt. What would I do without her (and her money)?

Next time, I’ll make sure that I have enough money to pay so I don’t end up in the same situation again. One time’s enough!

Have you ever gone over your spending limit? Favorite place to buy clothes?