Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dressy Casual in the City

I finally updated the layout of my blog! I wanted to dial the colors back to keep it fresh and simple so I hope you guys like it. Unfortunately, I've been recovering from a cold all weekend so these are photos from a while back that I didn't post yet. I hope no one else out there is suffering like me! My boss pretty much had to kick me out of the office last Friday since he was afraid to catch my germs. Maybe I should work from home the next week or so until it's 100% out of my system...that would be nice, wouldn't it?

Ok, let's get back on track. I have always appreciated how easy it is to transform a casual outfit to a dressier version of itself simply by throwing on some heels and accessories. That's what I think is so inspiring about fashion and all the unique ways it can be molded. My basics consisted of just a striped tank top/tunic, black leggings, and a chunky sweater but by adding tan heels, a statement necklace, and some bracelets, it was elevated to a 'dressy casual' look. This is actually somewhat of a default formula for me since I typically like to be comfortable but stylish at the same time.
H&M striped tunic (similar here and here) -- Old Navy leggings (buy) -- Ann Taylor chunky cardigan (similar) -- Steve Madden t-strap heels (similar) -- H&M crossbody messenger bag (similar
Back at one of my favorite spots...the ferry building!
My sister acted as my paparazzi by taking candid photos

Accessories: unbranded tortoise shell sunnies (similar) -- thrifted pearl button earrings (similar) UO bead and chain necklace (similar) -- unbranded watch (similar) -- H&M braided bracelet (similar) -- thrifted knot bangle (similar) -- leather cuff bracelet from Fiji (similar)
Love my baby sister!
I did manage to pick up this red blazer over the weekend at my local H&M with a 20% off coupon =) Did you get anything cool with the discount? (follow me on Instagram: karenyee10)
How do you dress up your otherwise casual outfits?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Girly Edge

Happy Friday! Hope everyone's work week is going pretty well. I'm looking forward to the long weekend in Tahoe. =) Anyway, Ping and I went shopping last weekend and did a bit of damage. I was initially looking to find a new black pea coat but ended falling in love with something completely different. Have you ever tried on an item of clothing and as soon as you wear it, you instantly NEED to have it?? Well, that happened to me with the jacket below...

I wanted to style it with girly but edgy flair so I paired it with a flowy top, colored pants, and a little leopard print to boot.
This jacket was a perfect fit!
These coated jeans/leggings from J Brand are so comfy and I love the maroon shade of red
Side view
Close-ups of the's so cool how it's a mixture of wool and faux leather!
Lastly a photo without the jacket

Zara combined woollen jacket (buy) -- Supre sheer bow blouse from Australia (similar and craving this one!) -- J Brand coated denim in Coated Clay (buy) -- Rubi leopard print heels from Australia (similar)
Accessories: Michael Kors mini runway watch (buy) -- faux pearl bracelet (similar) -- Modtoast arty ring in Coral (buy and similar to this YSL one)

What is a recent item that you "HAD to have"?? Have a lovely Labor Day Weekend!