Out of the #office

I have a lot of catching up to do here, lots of my posts have backed up! For the first time in a long time I’ve been able to keep a good schedule and pace, even when I’ve been traveling! It’s amazing how much I’ve been able to float around since May! Tokyo, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and now Hawaii!! My first time there, so you might want to keep up with me on Instagram!

#outofoffice

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I’m excited to explore Honolulu, and eat some delicious food! I’m grateful you take the time to see this blog and reach out to me through all kinds of facets – I’m also excited to pick up the pace here on the blog – I have a few giveaways be running that should be really fun for you all! But right now I’m #outoftheoffice ;)

Remix: that watercolor dress

Happy Friday! This is a short and sweet post showing how much I’ve changed but yet, stayed the same over the last few years!

These remix blog posts remind me why I enjoy keeping this blog – not that many people can look back and see how they wore things otherwise!

Per usual with the Remix posts, click on the image to see the original post.

This was actually a winter way back spent in Southern California with my family. Hence the warmish weather. I thought I’d ‘dress’ this up with sparkly tights!
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And this is waaaay back in 2009 when I was apparently going through a grunge phase. I had my stomping boots on!
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Now I’m curious as to how I’ll wear it again in a few years!

Watercolor dress

Do you ever have that one item in your closet you tell your “hmmm, I should wear that” but never do? That’s exactly what I do with this dress my mom made for me. I tell myself these sentiments over and over, and before I know it, it’s been YEARS since I wear the damn thing! What the hell :) Oh well. Besides, I’ve already shared I feel guilty about getting rid of any of the clothes my mom makes for me (one day I should share all the early 2000′s things she’s made for me that I have in a box hidden away).

The funny thing is, I’ve never really known how to wear this dress! It’s a little too short for my every day taste – so I wear it when it’s really warm outside. It definitely fit my lifestyle better when I lived in Las Vegas (where you can wear short clothes most of the year because it’s so damn hot). So when we finally got warm in San Francisco (hallelujah!) I knew I couldn’t skip over the dress again!

Item From Made in… BUY
custom dress Mom :) USA -
vintage hat flea market - -
Sam Edelman boots gift China HERE
Bill Blass watch ebay.com Japan -

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It helps that my new (vintage) orange hat motivates me to wear more colorful things too!

Remix: Zara pants

It’s kind of hard to find a good trouser pant – especially for work. Typically when I’m thrifting, I have to sort through hundreds of black, wide legged trousers from Express or Walmart before I find one that has a good cut – let alone, fits me!

Since establishing my goal to only buy made in USA when shopping new, I haven’t visited a lot of places I used to frequent. And I used to typically always get my work trousers at Zara because they always had a modern cut that also came in fun and interesting patterns/colors. I don’t buy them new anymore, but do occasionally come across them while thrifting luckily. It’s just one of those things I had get used to giving up since shopping this way. But I can appreciate what I did have – in fact, most of these are from before I lost weight, so I had to get rid of them anyway. I will say this though, my one pet peeve about Zara pants were the lack of belt loops most the time! (they only have belt loops if they came with a belt, otherwise they had to fit perfectly!).

Per usual with these remix posts, click on the image to see the original post!

Same pants as previous post, I really like mixing them with this orangey color!
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I went through this pleated pant phase, glad they’re not in style right now!
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Yikes, another pleated pair!
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I’ve replaced these with a similar colored denim pant, but I sure did love these khaki ones!
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Even my black trousers were awesome – they had this cool color touch when they were cuffed
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And this is back in Las Vegas! These too were pleated, but the material was very thin – perfect for keeping cool-ish in the summer when we still had to be formal at work.
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This is from 2010, and well, I guess I’ve just always had a thing for green Zara pants!
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These remix posts never fail to make me terribly miss my long hair!!

But I realize that giving up shopping at places like Zara, H&m, Forever 21, etc, means that they amount of what is considered “trendy” type pieces has drastically decreased from my closet! So by the time they filter down to me in a thrift store, they’re technically not trendy anymore – so I’m generally looking for pieces that will become long time staples in my closet instead!

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