Monday, January 30, 2017

Do I Like This?

I randomly found this photo through google images when I was looking at DIY blazer dresses, yes blazer dresses! I'm not sure how I feel about this look. I like it because it's creative and unique but not sure if I also dislike it as well haha! Maybe it's a love/hate relationship?! Enjoy!

The one below is what got me thinking and wanting a blazer dress. Sexy right? 

Friday, January 27, 2017

That 70s Moment

I am a lover of trash TV. Yes, it's true, please don't judge me. My current list of reality shows include Real Housewives of Atlanta and Beverly Hills, Married to Medicine, and Vanderpump Rules. And on this week's episode of Vanderpump Rules Arian Madix was serving 70s funkadelic hotness in a denim jumpsuit! I was and am loving it! Now I want a denim jumpsuit too! It was hard to find a good photo of her in it online because she really wears it well. Below are some photos of the Pylo Jumpsuit that she was wearing (no longer available) and a few that can be purchased right now.

Here are some jumpsuits that I'm eyeing that are for sale right now. Why have I not hit that checkout button yet? Remember my spend less, save money, become a minimalist thing? I'm deciding if any of them will be a life long item in my closet and what has to go to make room for it. Enjoy!
By Vero Moda-regular fit & tall fit
By Missguided, found on Asos

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Vision Boards and The Secret

Remember years ago when the book and DVD "The Secret" blew up on Oprah and everywhere?  That was the first time I had heard about the law of attraction and I just thought it and "The Secret" were just positive thinking so I didn't know what all the hoopla was about. It felt like a "duh!" moment. Fast forward to 2017 and I decided to set the goal of creating a vision board by the end of January and that led me to watch those old Oprah episodes about "The Secret" and now I am understanding all that hoopla! It's more than positive thinking; it's changing your focus and language, expanding your gratitude, visualizing the life you want, and putting your desires into action. Some of the words that stood out to me are below.  As for the DVD, some of the dramatizations with actors are kind of hokey but the parts where the experts are speaking really resonated with me so I recommend folks check it out.  I wish you all a prosperous new year!   
Images are from here, here, and here. I added the quotes myself. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sweater Alert

Juliett Kuczynska's sweater is giving me life! I especially LOVE the beading and the tassel thingies (I think that's the technical term) on the ends of her hoodie string. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Vacation Planning

This year we will be attending our first wedding in Hawaii and I am so excited because I LOOOOOVVVVEEE going there. It is one of my most favorite places in the world, so much so that I've visited the islands five times in my life and have been to Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii AKA the Big Island.  Last year I went to England with my best friend and right now I am already in need of a relaxing tropical vacation.  Put that fresh pineapple and some Hawaiian poke in my belly and the warm ocean water touching my skin and I can just float allll day. What fun trips do you have planned this year? 

Photo of Lanikai Beach, Oahu sourced from here.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Office Inspiration

At my job I have an office and I am incredibly grateful for that.  I've been in this current office for maybe two years now? Honestly, I've lost track because this is my third move into a new office.  During my time here I have barely done anything in terms of decor because I thought, "oh it's about the work, why spend money on this room?" but I am so wrong! I spend over 8 hours a day in this room and there are times where I need a little pick me up or inspiration to keep going. So this year I'd like to add more wall decor besides my treasured Bill Murray poster and my little cactus. Below are some items that I want to bring into my office.
DIY pallet art like Colors and Craft's, but instead of a wooden "hello" I'd like to try a wired red velvet ribbon "hello" to mix textures.

3 DIY abstract marble paintings like Elegantly Untamed's
A criss cross DIY tassel garland (in another colorway) like this one from pomtree.
Some airplants and DIY/bought geometric brass holders like handmadesammade's.
And maybe a framed photo of this! Ha!

Here's some office inspo just because it's pretty to look at.

Man Repeller's office from Style Me Pretty.
Homeyohmy above and below (the bottom has a super cute fringe photo garland I like).

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Am I Ready To Be A Minimalist?

I love organizing but I also love stuff and have a hard time with letting go of said stuff.  I have to admit that I am pretty much a hoarder.  A few years ago I came to the realization that I simply have too much. Too many clothes (I still have clothes from high school! It's so hard to say goodbye), too many shoes, too much stuff that is going unused.  And for a long time I just kind of ignored having so much and just went about my day to day.  I did curb my spending on clothes and shoes though, but honestly the clothes spending was because I wanted to lose weight so that I could wear my cute clothes that used to fit me.  In 2015, I decided to try reading Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and I loved it.  Still, loving something you read and then putting it into practice are two very different things.  So I started the "KonMari" method by skipping some categories and starting with smaller ones such as cosmetics, toiletries, and cleaning products. I did this because they felt less overwhelming and I knew I wanted all of these items to live in our bathroom.  Well, I learned that I have a crap ton of make-up! After moving some hallway shelves into the bathroom and then putting everything in one place the amount of just those items was astonishing to me. It's really true that often times we don't really know how much we really have until it's all together in one place.  After that personal triumph I entered a standstill and just could not bring myself to do the category of clothes because again I was not ready to let go.  So I pretty much quit.  Then in 2016 I started to just get sick of having so much clutter in our apartment.  I started watching minimalist/m youtube videos and wanted to get to that point where it was a combo of KonMari and minimalism.  I wanted to own things that bring me joy and also have as few items as I want/need.  It doesn't mean I'll be bare boning it on the furniture and will be rocking a 12 item closet any time soon. It just means that I want to pare down everything I have because having it all is making me feel overwhelmed and sick and not making me happy.  I want to find that happy medium of owning stuff and not owning stuff.  In December I started decluttering again and this time going through things that I'm not as attached to like textbooks, mail, bank statements, learning materials, boxes, and other paper based items.  And so far, I've made a lot of headway and it's making it easier for me to get used to "letting go". In 2015 and 2016 I have also been pretty good about decreasing my clothes, shoes, and make-up spending, but my handbag spending skyrocketed in 2016 and honey, that ain't good! I would buy a designer bag and then a month or two later would start lusting after another.  And I was starting to feel guilty about just the desire to add yet another bag because I wasn't like this in 2015.  I tried to figure out what was driving such a strong want. I would ask myself, "Do I really want this bag?" "Why do I want it?" but what would bother me the most was that I still wanted the bag even after weeks and weeks would pass. Then a few nights ago I finished the documentary, Minimalism, and started to want that bag a little less.  I'm not going to lie and say the want is completely gone but it is much less than before because I want to make room for the things that matter more like spending money on trips and experiences and having less physical stuff to worry about.  


Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone! I feel like I want 2017 to be a very colorful and bold year when it comes to fashion and style for me. It might be because of all the things that happened in 2016 that makes my body and brain crave that kind of visual stimulation.  I hope 2017 is as bold and as colorful as you want it to be! Below are some eyeball candy to get your color/bold fix!

A photo posted by Rachael Wang ( on
Wendy's Lookbook

A photo posted by Jenn Lake (@jenniferlake) on
A Pair & A Spare