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Is it bad to really love it when my KISA is gone? He had a work event tonight, which meant I was home alone for the evening. Whoop, whoop!!! Granted I didn’t do anything for the evening, but that’s why it was so great!

My inspiration.

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Jacket: Express; Shirt: Zara (this season); Belt: H&M (this season); Pants: Gap (this season); Shoes: Lands End Canvas


Yesterday was about as ordinary as my outfit. I know I’m an interesting gal, but I’m allowed to have those kind of days, right?

My inspiration:

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Scarf: J.Crew Factory; Sweater: Gap (this season); Belt: The Limited; Jeans: Mango; Shoes: Lands End Canvas


On Tuesday I had a training for our operations group that I had to give. It was my first instructor led training I was conducting at my new job and I was a bit nervous. Well, I wasn’t so nervous until I learned my boss and my boss’s boss would be sitting in on it. I felt like my head was in a fog all morning and I knew I’d have to think on my feet for the training. I haven’t drank caffeine in about 10 years, but for some reason I decided it was imperative. I don’t drink much soda and don’t like coffee, so the only option was green tea. I tried to force a couple swallows down and when that wouldn’t work I opted for some Laffy Taffy and an instant sugar high. Shortly before we started my boss told me I could lay off the sugar. Apparently I’m more tolerable decaffeinated and sedated. Fortunately the training went really well. I’m guessing it’s because I chose to dress up like a teacher for it. And everyone listens to teachers.

My inspiration.

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Top: New York and Company; Necklace: Banana Republic Factory; Belt: J.Crew Factory; Pants: Tommy Hilfiger Factory; Shoes: Lands End Canvas

Work? Meh.

Like most people, I had to work on Monday. And like most people, I wasn’t looking forward to it. See, it was friend from Louisiana’s last day in town and she was going to have to explore our beautiful city all by herself. Thankfully my boss had mercy on me and let me leave after lunch.

We proceeded to see the city in the only way we knew how – shopping at H&M. Now, we’ve traveled a lot of places together and explored a lot of countries. But, there was never a city we didn’t explore without stopping at the H&M, regardless of if we’d just been there the day before in another city.

 <Any guys reading, please continue to the picture. Do not keep reading, especially if you’re family or you’ll be sorry. I appreciate your support in this whole blogging business and commend you on reading about fashion, but you really don’t want to read this. Trust me.>

Girl talk! Now, one thing I forget is how incredible it is to get a new bra. Like, seriously. I may have gone a bit overboard as I purchased five new ones, but they’re so great! And, they’re only $15 at H&M and fit perfectly. If you haven’t treated yourself lately – please do so. Your new-found perky boobs will thank you. And so will the man in your life (or woman – I don’t discriminate).

My shopping attire inspiration.

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Jacket: Lands End Canvas; Top: Gap Factory; Necklace: Forever 21; Belt: H&M (this season); Jeans: Levi’s (this season); Shoes: Lands End Canvas


You know your weekend was a whirlwind when you can’t really recall what you did two days ago. We were going about 100 miles an hour. Thankfully it was all fun stuff, but even fun stuff can be tiring.

On Saturday we had a house warming party for one of KISA’s high school classmates. I’ve had a straw hat/fedora since last summer that I really want to wear. They always look cute on other people, but I feel so self-conscious and never know what to wear it with. Well, my KISA knows this and encouraged me to wear it to the party since it was a cook-out and we’d be outdoors. I felt completely uncomfortable the entire time, but I got a lot of compliments on it, so I think I was the only one that was uncomfortable. I’m not inspired to incorporate it more into my outfits.


Hat: Banana Republic Factory; Cardigan: Loft; Blouse: Gap Factory; Belt: H&M (this season); Jeans: Mango; Shoes: Lands End Canvas


White Pants, Black JacketThis was the start of my inspiration for today. Well, that was until my KISA informed me that I looked like a cowgirl.

A couple months ago we decided to have a date night and go out for a nice dinner and drinks. I decided to dress up and work a black, silk collared shirt with flared jeans, heeled boots, and a black belt. He and I both decided that night that I looked like a cowgirl. It was cute, but definitely bordering on looking country. Well, this morning I got dressed and pulled on a pair of white chinos that flared. I did the whole outfit, was satisfied and decided I should iron the pants before wearing them. That was when he spoke up telling me I looked like a cowgirl. Baffled, I asked what he meant. He immediately retracted his statement and started back peddling, telling me that if I liked it then I should wear it. You know how when someone plants an idea in your head you start to water it and let it grow? I let that happen this morning. I realized that what he meant by looking like a “cowgirl” was because the legs on the pants were flared. Since I didn’t have a lot of time, I pulled the below outfit on instead. I suppose he’s the only one I care to impress for the day, so if he prefer slimmer fitting khakis then that’s exactly what he’s going to get. I’ll fix those pants this weekend and use it at a later date.

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Jacket: The Limited; Necklace: Urban Peach Boutique (this season); Shirt: Banana Republic; Belt: H&M (this season); Chinos: Gap (this season); Shoes: Lands End Canvas


I bought some blue skimmer skinnies a while ago and don’t really know what to think of them. They’re very basic and very blue. Today I found inspiration from a pin that I wanted to try. I’m still not sure what I think of them, but at least I’m figuring out how to match them with outfits. Ok, let’s admit that I’m matching them with all neutrals. I hope at some point in time to do a color-on-color match, inspired by my Indian work friend. We’ll see if I can go that far. For now, this is an accomplishment.

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Jacket: Express; Shirt: Gap Factory; Necklace: Forever 21; Belt: J.Crew Factory; Pants: Gap (this season); Shoes: Lands End Canvas

82 Degree Attire…?

I made the unfortunate mistake of not looking at the weather reports for yesterday before picking my outfit and proceeding to bike to and from work. For the bike ride into work it was pretty manageable and I typically wear a work-out shirt with a thin layer over it. However, going home was a different story. I didn’t change my outfit because I had an appointment I was going straight to on my bike after I got off the train. I learned pretty quickly that it was a scorcher out there. On my bike ride to the train I made sure to continually move my back in hopes I wouldn’t get back sweat from my 17.6 lb backpack. Thankfully there was no mirror on the train, so I couldn’t prove or disprove if my method worked. I then looked up the temperature in the city and realized it was 82 degrees in the city. Shit. I convinced myself that maybe if I biked fast enough there would be enough of a breeze that I’d still be ok. After I got off the train in the city I headed to my appt. I decided to take a different route, figuring out that it’d be faster. I was wrong. Apparently Pine Street that I started biking up is a 90 degree angle for at least what felt like a mile of it. I made it 100 feet before jumping off my bike and walking it up the hills (yeah, it flattens off for 10 feet so that you can catch your breath and wipe the sweat that’s getting in your eyes, which would technically make it two hills). By the time I got to my appointment (yes, of course they had mirrors) my face was beet red and I looked like I’d just showered in my own sweat. I’m not even exaggerating. I sat in a cloth chair waiting for 10 minutes and when I go up you could see the wet spot from where I’d been sitting.

This was my pintrinspiration for my outfit that I’ll save for next time when it’s a bit cooler.

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How I spent the remainder of my afternoon and evening after my appt. And changing, of course.

Jacket: Lands End Canvas; Tee: Gap; Necklace: Ebay; Belt: J.Crew Factory; Capris: Tommy Hilfiger Factory; Shoes: Lands End Canvas



REAL Beach Day!

I know I fooled you last week with telling you that I had a beach day when it was actually freezing. This weekend we went down to Orange County to visit some friends and had a real 80 degree beach day. I knew our beach day wouldn’t actually be laying on the beach, but rather strolling around the piers and the city. I got my inspiration from a pin I saw, but then quickly decided that the outfit with the white blazer was a bit too “going out” and not casual enough. So, I decided to keep a jacket in case it cooled off (forgetting I wasn’t in SF anymore).

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Beach Day at Huntington Beach

Jacket: Lands End Canvas; Tee: Gap Factory; Shorts: Banana Republic Factory; Belt: J.Crew Factory; Shoes: Lands End Canvas