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?


  1. karen, i love this outfit! so chic and cozy. i want sandals like that. love the candid shots too!!

  2. You look great! Love the dressed-up casual. :) That necklace and top pair so nicely.

    Hope you feel better soon!!

  3. I love the blazer but my favorite is the sweater you are wearing when you went shopping! I hope you feel better soon, I had a lousy sinus infection a few weeks ago and had t go home early! Your baby sister is so cute :)

  4. nice outfit, you look great!
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  5. Beautiful photos! Love your blog! xx.

  6. Love the pictures and love your casual outfit!

    xo, Yi-chia
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  7. Thanks Ping! That's definitely a cozy sweater. My sis is great at the candid shots! haha

  8. Thanks so much Michelle! I feel much better thank you! Hope you are doing well!

  9. Thanks Bessie! I feel better now so almost back to normal. I love my grandma sweater!

  10. Nice new layout. I like how it looks so simple. And your outfit is nice and simple too. Cards work so well for this season.
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  11. Thank you!! I love the new layout too...the other one was starting to hurt my eyes. haha


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