December 30, 2011

I'm Just Sayin'... Be an Inspiration




I know, I know, I've been completely out of commission and have left everyone in the dark. Thankfully though, you've lived through it. My New Year's outfit and celebratory news will be updated as soon as it's over and I've recovered. For now, let's get to something you can do as a sort of New Year's Resolution. Admittedly, I rarely fashion any formal resolutions, but throughout every year I consistently resolve to be a kinder, more uplifting person.


No better way to uplift others than to send them a personal, hand-written letter simply saying, "You're awesome." Last month I came across More Love Letters, a blog dedicated to motivating people online to participating by writing "love" letters to people feeling down in the dumps. It may take a while to understand the entire concept, but please visit the site. Here is a short letter I wrote for a random person to find. I think I'll be leaving it somewhere today - if you happen to live where I do and find it, please let me know! That would be amazing! And no, I will not be telling you what city I live in, I don't want everyone in the world to flock here for my autograph!


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Participating in the "Twelve Days of Love Letter Writing" is another rewarding and beautiful experience. A connection is made between the writer and recipient as each letter is formed. Technology often gets in the way of revealing emotions and care. When handwritten, words tell much more, one can see the care that was taken to make words neat, what kind of person the writer is by the uniqueness of their writing, and so forth. 


So, for the new year, I challenge you to turn around a stranger's day by leaving an inspirational letter behind somewhere public. Let's resolve to make the world a little bit more chipper - writer to writer, reader to reader. 


I mean, I'm just sayin'....

December 15, 2011

Where's Frosty?





Outfit details
Top: Express (gift from mom)
Skirt: Express ($20/$60)
Leggings: American Eagle
Shoes: Sofft
Purse: Tre Vero (gift from mom)
Headband: Claire's
Necklace: Forever 21
Armor ring: Charlotte Russe ($0/$6)

Florida is still waiting for winter as the cold briefly flirts with it and abruptly leaves. In the meantime, I'm trying my best to transition from fall to winter myself. Though I'm color-blocking here, it's not the only way to incorporate colors of both seasons. A light blue (winter) with darker brown (fall) would go nicely together. If your environment is stuck between seasons like Florida is, you may feel unsure about which season to incorporate in your wardrobe, but reflecting surroundings is what is most important. Of course, we're experiencing highs in the 80's and lows in the 60's (this isn't normal - I swear!), but hopefully by Christmas it'll be chilly all day and I can wear a jacket for once this December!

An early Christmas present I gave myself was the armor ring I'm wearing - isn't it gorgeous?! I've been wanting an armor ring long before it got popular. Let me tell you, this always happens. I crave rain boots (zebra print specifically), next year they're the hottest thing. Look for armor rings everywhere, next year they're everywhere. Still don't have rain boots though. I keep buying other boots or shoes instead saying, "Oh, it's not raining today, let's just ignore the fact there have been record rainfalls this year, you know."

Oh, that pretty little armor ring I got for free because Charlotte Russe had an amazing deal going on for some days in which jewelry six dollars and under was free with any purchase. I happened to be there for their happy hour - all boots for $15. These great deals that are over now, but if you want to try out an armor ring but don't want to spend big bucks, I would recommend Charlotte Russe. I don't think I'll be worrying about any hinges coming loose, but I'll keep everyone posted in case one of the rings does break. While this was a recent purchase, unfortunately I don't see any hinged armor rings on their website anymore.

Is everyone ready for the holidays? Are you already celebrating in some way or do you have any unique holiday traditions? Please be safe and mindful of others when out shopping this season! I know it's not purposeful, but sometimes in the mad rush of things people can forget to be courteous.

December 10, 2011

I'm Just Sayin'... Buying Children's Clothes for Yourself

Shhh.... no one noticed there wasn't an "I'm Just Sayin'..." post yesterday. I was testing you guys. During the winter holidays it can be difficult to shop for yourself - especially with the daunting prices on winter coats and shoes. Still, if you are lucky (and sometimes just small) enough, you can get away with buying the same products for less.

Many stores like Abercrombie & Fitch or J. Crew have a children's clothing line you may be able to squeeze into for a reduced price. Many times the clothes are exact or extremely similar copies of their adult counter-parts. A sweater in the adult store may be $80 while a similar one could be $60 at the kids' store. I previously wore a top from abercrombie kids here!
The same goes for shoes. Recently I was looking for a pair of boots from Justice (previously Limited Too). While some of the shoes can be a bit too dazzled for my taste, I did find a pair of boots I liked at a great price and I had a 40% off coupon with me. Unfortunately they were sold out at every store near me - oh, I called over five stores. Sometimes department stores will have exact copies of the shoes in the kids section for less. Ask the sales associates.

Downsides:
  • Your "size" may not be available.
  • The cut may not be flattering to your figure (it can also be great for it).
  • You may end up looking like a child. Watch out for what you get.
  • It's really necessary to try on what you buy from kids stores.
Reccomendations:
  • Even if you're usually an extra small, you may end up being a large or extra large. Don't worry about the size so much as the fit.
  • Stay away from online shopping for clothes.
    • If you're sure the shoe size will fit, online shopping should be ok. Kids' shoes are usually more comfortable too.
      • Don't buy kids' heels. They look like kids' heels. Go for sandals, sneakers, boots.
  • Kids' accessories (especially for the hair) are super cute for us young adults!
  • Try to stay away from graphic tees. T-shirts in general can be a tough fit when meant for kids.
    • Tank tops, camisoles, jackets, and sweaters seem to work best.
    • DO NOT buy kids' pants for yourself. Pants are serious things when it comes to the cut. If you're really feeling lucky though, try them on! Don't take my word too seriously.
    • Watch out for tops with a marking (sewn line) under the breasts. Usually the room they give is too small. The line will either be over the breasts or there will be too much cleavage.
Hope this post helped you to let yourself be a kid again! I mean, I'm just sayin'....

December 1, 2011

Coconuts and Pomegranates






My outfit details
Top: Miss Chievous at Macy's (super old)
Cardigan: Anthropologie (gift from sister)
Tweed Skirt: The Limited ($18/$60)
Belt: The Limited ($15/$25)
Shoes:  France Arno (Gift from sister)
Feathered Headband: Icing ($8/$14)
Clutch Wallet: Zara ($14) 

The lack of posts have been noted. Not a day has passed in which I have not wished I were blogging instead of writing papers and crazily going to and fro with school work. Wednesday I managed to get a terribly vicious paper cut. Normally paper cuts don't bleed, there's just a stinging red line, this one bled! And wouldn't stop for a while! All from handling over 18 essays I was handing in (yeah, to one class) - those essays clearly have my writer's attitude deeply embedded in them.

Well, after today I should have a lot of free time. So much that I've decided to participate in the The World Needs More Love Letters 12 days of love letter writing! It's basically strangers writing strangers motivational letters to brighten their day. The 12 day event happens every month. Here hundreds of volunteers write love letters to one person (nominated by a friend) who especially needs a pick-me-up. I'll try to do both and keep everyone updated!

Now on to the outfit. Like I mentioned a few posts ago, it was my birthday in mid November, well, the day before I got a wonderful surprise delivered to my house - gifts from my sister! She got me this adorable (and warm!) lace cardigan from Anthropologie, one of her favorite stores. It's a great little piece that really packs a punch in keeping me warm, making it easy to wear small cute tops in cooler weather. I loved my gifts from Anthropologie so much that even the boxes they came in made me happy - they were so nicely presented I was going "Ohhh, wooooooowww," before even opening them. Thank you sister!

The tweed skirt was an awesome buy from The Limited. It was on sale for $30 and there was a store-wide sale of 40% off everything including sales. Result? An awesome price just my size. Without the belt it can be worn lower, at the hips, which is what I did for my internship the other week. In other words, it's a versatile skirt that can be professional or cutesy depending on how you wear it.

"I love your shoes," was the statement of day when I wore these, another gift from my beautiful sister. She spoils me. I don't know what I do to make her love me so much, but she does and I love her more than words can say. Well, everywhere I walked I was randomly complimented on my shoes. The best part? They're actually really comfortable. The feminized oxford heels are really in now. They're a great pair of shoes to have to give your outfit a bit of attitude or for some professionalism. 

Hope you enjoyed the long post after a slight post drought!

November 25, 2011

I'm Just Sayin'... Minor Sewing Repairs





Sometimes a button or two falls off or the hemming on a skirt loosens. That doesn't mean you can't wear these clothes anymore! Clothes sometimes need a little maintenance and repair like a car would. But these repairs are much cheaper. Sewing kits are almost everywhere, spend a few bucks on one - you'll need it more than you think!

Hope everyone enjoys this second video blog! And happy Black Friday!

November 23, 2011

Pumpkin Pie!


Happy early Thanksgiving everyone! Today my friend Huong and I baked four pumpkin pies and six mini, teeny-tiny pumpkin pies! Two big ones for her, two big ones for me. And because we made them at my house, we ate two of the mini ones each and I kept the rest. Pumpkin pie is my favorite. Gluttonous pleasures.

I'm excited for the relaxing holiday tomorrow, it should be a blast! Hopefully we'll be putting up the Christmas tree soon too! I know everyone has been saying they can't believe how soon the holidays have rolled around, but I honestly couldn't wait and couldn't be more thankful for them! This semester has been tough!

Thought I'd put together a fun little survey so you all could get to know me a bit better. Got the survey from Miss Mommy.
 
I am weird because:

I make sound effects when I drive
My arms are double-jointed and bend strangely-either impressing or freaking people out
My family has chickens as pets - organic eggs!
I talk to my chickens and pet them everyday
I always sleep on the left side of the bed or the side farthest away from the door

I am a bad friend because:

I sometimes think I've responded to a message or text but I've only thought about what I would say without actually doing it
I think about calling a friend but don't think to actually do it. Yeah...
Apparently I'm not honest about when I don't like something and try to be nice but it comes out mean
I get mean when I'm angry or sleepy and so I snap at people

I am a good friend because:

I help my friends as much as I can
I am thoughtful 
I'll let my friends try on my shoes. Maybe. If we're the same size. Sometimes.
I make paintings, drawings, and knit gifts for friends (so long as the inspiration lasts)

I am sad because:

I miss my Tripi
I have doubts about whether I'll be able to be a good teacher
I can't see my niece, nephew, and sister everyday
Of the violence in the world
I worry over silly things

I am  happy because:
 
I have caring friends and family
My family, friends, and I are healthy
I've had fun interning and tutoring this semester
The earth is beautiful
Life is beautiful

I am excited for:

Getting my bachelor's degree in less than a year!
My sister, niece, and nephew to visit for the holidays!
Christmas - and a month's break!
The new year
Seeing my friends

If you do a post like this I would love it if you linked it up in the comments section so I can read it :)

November 20, 2011

Caution: Piso Mojado






My outfit details
Top: H&M ($20/$25)
Leather skirt: Metropark ($10/$120)
Purse: Coach
 Shoes: Reba
Freshwater pearl necklace: A kiosk at the mall ($20/$60)
Bangle: Vendor from Bull's Market at USF ($5)
Earrings: Forever 21 ($1.50)

In case you haven't noticed, I am horrible at posing. An uncontrollable awkwardness steps in and I just smile awkwardly with a worried expression, hence Huong's expression.

So a cute little cold front paid a short visit to Florida last week! People everywhere were over-dressing for the cold. We get excited. Well, highs are back up to the 80's for now... sigh... yeah.

Anywho! My lack of updates are due to my and my father's birthdays having been this week! The 16th and the 19th respectively. So thought it was about time to share this outfit post with you. I know what you're all thinking, but no, those are not a typos on the prices of that skirt. Last year when winter was over and it was starting to get hot again (yes, it does actually get cold here!), I came across this little leather pencil skirt in the sales rack of Metropark. The skirt had been reduced two other times before dramatically dropping from $120 to $10. Genuine leather, amazing quality. I swear I am telling the truth. I still have the tag as proof and can slap it up here at anyone's demand. Somehow no one else had seen this gorgeous skirt and it happened to be my size. The heavens shined down upon me that day. I didn't even give it a second thought after trying it on.

The best time to buy winter clothes is after the winter is over. Like when it's getting hot and the stores are trying to get rid of warm clothes and they're super great quality but super cheap. This happens when going from hot to cold too, but the sales usually aren't as dramatic. Sure, I had to wait a year to first wear this skirt out, but was it worth it? Heck yeah! I think this might have been a record deal for me. I don't know though, I have other great savings stories.

Here are some recommendations about after-season shopping:
  • Don't go for the first after-season sale you see.
  • Ask yourself if it's worth waiting an entire year to wear.
  • Is the piece a classic that will be worn for years? Or is it a fad piece that is likely to be out of style the next year?
  • Check the quality against the price. Just because it's on sale doesn't mean it's worth it.
  • If you're not sure about an item, ask to put it on hold. Check out other stores and see if they have better deals.
  • And of course, when quality, price, and size are all rocking your world, don't even think about it, go for it.
    • Even if it isn't your size, if it's a huge saving for great quality like this AND you can afford it, buy it anyways. It'll make a super gift for someone.
  • ALWAYS keep your budget and what you can afford in mind. Priorities are eating and shelter!

November 15, 2011

Review It: iPhone Cell Phone Charm Plug

Whenever shopping for a new cell phone, I look for one major deciding factor first - is there a cell phone charm hole-thingie-majiger? I wish I were kidding. Recently, though, I was handed down an iPhone and for a while was deciding on whether to keep it despite its lack of a cell phone charm hole-thingie-majiger. Most popular cell phone in the world (assumption is assumed) and no cell phone charm hole-thingie-majiger.

For those of us who are lovers of the cute and stand up for all that is cute, it can be frustrating to own an iPhone or other cell phone without a little hole to loop a charm through. Fear no more! For Seoul, South Korea can solve all your cell phone charm obstacles! I came across this "Earphone Dock Plug Protector Cap" on eBay and instantly ordered it. Best of both worlds at last.

My Rating: 5/5
Cost: $3 (including shipping!)

This product is genius and I hope its inventors are rich. Not only does it allow you to finally transform your iPhone from drab to fab, it does a myriad of other stuff! The cap also protects your audio jack from dust or other particles that may fall in, dirty, and ruin it. It's also super helpful to have cell phone charms to help identify your phone from others at only a moment's glance.


Some may complain that while your cell phone charm cap is in, headsets or headphone must be out. While true, it's just as simple to remove the cap and place in a pocket, purse, bra, what have you, until you're done with the headphones. People have to deal with storing and inserting the headphones in their iPhones as well after-all. I stick to my rating of a perfect score because the cap manufacturer is only improving a fault on the phone.


This cap means business. I often grab my phone out of my pocket or purse by the charms and nothing else - as seen above. The cap does not fall out or even budge. Smartphones and Androids are heavy too! Gotta hand it to the little cap. Of course, the cap has come out by accident, but only when wedged between something. Still, when you do want to remove it, it does come out easily. I have no muscles worth speaking of, so if I can do it, you can do it.

While there are other caps like this on eBay and possibly some other stores, I am reviewing this particular one because it's the one I bought. I chose this one because it came with just one cap (all I wanted) and it was the cheapest with shipping included that I found at the time. The item itself has not let me down, I received it within about a week (all the way from South Korea!), and the packaging was perfect! For the super low price and dual functionality, I deem this an extremely worthy buy.

November 11, 2011

I'm Just Sayin'... Leggings Are Not Pants


I cringe every time I see a woman wearing leggings as pants. Like yesterday at the grand opening of H&M. That's a grand faux pas, especially in one of the greatest fashion stores! Taking a picture crossed my mind but I wouldn't want to post any embarrassing pictures of anyone on the internet. So I'll just talk about it. 

DO NOT. EVER. wear leggings as pants. No, not even for working out. That's what spandex is for.

They are called leggings because they are basically just bare legs colored or covered in print. Would you walk around with a shirt and just bare legs?

Images from google.com
Legging Rules:
  • Under shorts 
  • Under a skirt (mini, maxi, tight, loose, whatever)
  • Butt cheeks are completely covered by shorts or a skirt
  • Under a long tunic 
    • If long tunic does not cover butt cheeks (bend over and check), leggings will NOT do for butt cheek protection! Wear spandex shorts underneath
  • Leggings ARE pantyhose. Just think of it that way.
Reasons why these rules are necessary:
Images from google.com
  • No one needs to see anyone's tush. No matter how cute the tush may be. 
    • Trust me, you DON'T want any men to see your tush. The mystery is gone, they've seen it, they're done.
  • Leggings are usually unflattering to the tush anyways.
  • Announcing to the world that one is wearing neon yellow leopard print panties with a wedgie is really. really. unnecessary.
  • The tush will be cold. I mean, really? Bringing the leggings out during cold season but wearing them alone? When did they become thicker than jeans? They're not, that's why this post exists.
Alternatives:
  • Jeggings. Jeggings are great and I've worn them loads of times. As seen here and here.
    • Jeggings = jeans + leggings
    • Do not be fooled by leggings with a "denim print." Make sure they are thick
    • Usually have back pockets, usually with fake, non-usuable front pockets
  • Wear leggings under pants for added leg warmth in the cold
This post meant in good humor. Remember, leggings are never pants. I mean, I'm just sayin'....

November 9, 2011

Tribal

Hi everyone! I'm Michaella, a thirteen year old girl who loves fashion and unicorns. My blog is http://fashionableunicorn.blogspot.com/ and I have been blogging since July. 
A few days ago, my mom brought home some red jeans for me. When my mom first gave me these red jeans, I told her I did not want them and she could return them to where ever she got them from. But then I got this vintage sweatshirt at a thrift shop and realized that they were a match made in Heaven. I actually like these jeans now. They're pretty nice and I love making statements, so red jeans are perfect me.
What I'm wearing: vintage tribal print sweatshirt, City Streets red jeans, and Claire's moccasin boots.
This is my 'cheerleader' jump. 

A closer look at part of the tribal print of my sweatshirt. I've always loved Native American inspired clothing and accessories. 


Me and my horse, Hawk, who tried as hard as he possibly could to not get his picture taken.

Claire's boots! I love these.


So now I'm completely convinced that red jeans are not ridiculous and crazy. Would you ever rock red jeans?
I hope you enjoyed my guest post and will visit my blog: http://fashionableunicorn.blogspot.com/

November 7, 2011

Arithmetic Dresses

While math isn't my forte, when it comes to fashion and shopping, I can calculate things right down to the penny. No sale is a match for me - so long as I have some sort of calculator handy. I'm sure many of us can stand up to percentages and dollar signs, but instead of money, can you do basic math with a dress?





My outfit details
Leather jacket: Lulu & Veronica - via Nordstrom (gift from sister)
Top dress: Charlotte Russe ($30)
Bottom dress: American Eagle ($20)
Leather boots: Aerosoles ($80/$100)
Clutch: Zara ($14)

Andrea's outfit details
American Eagle

When I bought this crocheted dress from Charlotte Russe I loved it for what it was, now I love it for what it can become. It holds a bottom slip that can be removed and worn on its own like I did here. Or you can toss the slip aside for a bit and wear this lacy dress with another dress to give it a pop of life. My pink American Eagle dress happened to "slip" perfectly into the dress - haha! No pun intended! Ok, that pun was totally intended.

Try re-visioning your clothes, especially dresses. Dresses are super versatile, not just handy one-pieces for when you don't know what to wear. With this lace dress I can slip a dress of any color underneath to give it a pop of life. Two girls working in two different stores complimented me on my dress, but they had no idea it was actually two dresses!

Andrea and I have been friends since the 6th grade and she's always had a love for American Eagle. Here she is decked out from head to toe in the brand! Pastel colors, like the pink cardigan she's wearing are really in this fall so don't be afraid to incorporate some spring clothes in your fall outfits! We're both wearing pink here but it was pure coincidence! That and pink is Andrea's favorite color and a color I've been wearing a lot this fall for some reason.

Hope you've all enjoyed this post!!

November 6, 2011

Guest Post Opportunity and More

So lately there haven't been any updates. I mean, we're in the sixth day of November and still there are no updates for this month! Many apologies. If I could get a volunteer to write all of my papers for me (A+ quality, please) then I would guarantee an update every day. Guaranteed! 


No volunteers? Come on, 17+ papers in one month really isn't that bad.... *SIGH* I see how it is. Well, I feel bad for you all despite my heavy workload so I've prepared a surprise (and long overdue) post for tomorrow. It'll be fantastic! It'll be AMAZING! People from all over the world will rave over the ingenuity! IT SIMPLY CANNOT BE MISSED!


Hyperbole is the only way to get anyone's attention nowadays. Please be sure to check out Ohh Lulu in the meantime, a lovely blog that is displaying an ad for Amapola Style for some time.

Maybe no one wants to volunteer for writing papers, but in all seriousness, would any fellow bloggers be interested in guest posting for the month of November? Your posts don't have to be about fashion (food and recipes would be great *hinthint*). I would accept up to two posts per person and probably up to two or four different people, depending on how many ask. E-mail me at tripita16@gmail.com with the subject "Guest Post" for details and questions.


For my foreign friends, I hope you'll take advantage of the new translator located on the left. You can pick from loads of languages, go ahead and play around with it. You see?! I'm always looking out for my viewers even when there aren't "updates."


Toodle-loo everyone, still have papers to get back to.

October 28, 2011

I'm Just Sayin'... Halloween Costumes

Even adults or "big kids" without children can enjoy Halloween, but costume preferences change a bit as one gets older. Often store-bought costumes look weak and of poor quality. Lately though create-your-own costumes have been gaining popularity in costume stores for their adaptability and budget-friendly prices.

This year I was a bunny for a Halloween party the Argentine Tango club had at my school (apologies for the lighting in the pictures, the room was lit red for added "creepiness"):


My "costume" consisted of ears, a bow tie, tux sleeves, and a bunny tail. I simply added shoes and a dress to complete the look. I could have used some face paint to make it come to life even more, but chose to save my face of any possible horrible breakouts.


There was another bunny at the party! But clearly she was the evil bunny while I was the angelic bunny! (Just kidding) I saw her "bunny parts" at Target for $8 regular price! - SUPER deal! I heart Target.


Lots of people created their own costumes much like I did. Here's a butterfly and a ladybug below!



Our amazingly talented tango instructor front and center! There I am dancing with Mario (Wario to the left of us) who made me laugh with his huge belly and mustache!


Last year my sister Yeny and I dressed up as a bunny (she's wearing the same costume I wore this year) and cat. I love that with these make-your-own costumes you can dress however you want, even comfortable and casual like we did! I got both costumes for $5 each on clearance at Claire's in the mall on Halloween day. It was pure coincidence that I found them, I was in the mall for something else!


As I mentioned before, Target is a great place for cheap but great create-your-own costumes like these. This Halloween, show off your style with some simple costumes. I mean, I'm just sayin'....

October 26, 2011

Quick Transitions


Let me introduce to you the extremely versatile maxi dress. 

  
Strapless dresses like this one (sometimes even those with straps) can be worn as they are or...


...can be folded and worn as a maxi skirt. But wait! There's more!

  
If you're wanting to show some leg but love the look of your maxi dress, don't waste your money on the tailored version! Start by tying a knot...

...tuck it in and poof that spot out a bit... 

...and voila! You can go from classy to party in seconds!

Outfit details
Dress: Forever 21 ($15)
Shirt: Express
Scarf: Ethiopia (yes, the country/gift)
Bracelet: gift from mom
Shoes: Nine West

Hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed creating it! I've seen many creative ideas around the web about re-visioning clothing items, especially dresses. Plenty share that dresses can turn into skirts, but I've yet to come across anyone who has shortened maxi dresses. Doubt I'm the first to discover this, but just wanted a few more to "discover" it as well. I wore one of these looks that day, which one do you think it was?
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