Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bebe/Children Clothing

Photos taken from Gymboree and Janie & Jack.

Per request, I have decided to dedicate a post to children's clothing. Even though I don't have any of my own, I think it's darling how some children are dressed! One thing that stuck out to me during my History of Costume course during my undergrad years, is that children dressed as "miniature adults," in the 1700s (Marie Antoinette's children are a good example). As odd as it may sound, I kind of miss seeing that. Okay, I take that back, adult clothing within reason and taste (some "adult" clothing are rather questionable).

I feel that children look even more adorable when their outfits resemble an exaggerated version of what their parents wear. This includes suits, vests, bowties, poufy ballerina skirts, wild prints, bright & bold colors, shorter hemlines, etc, etc. For example, how cute is that military jacket on that boy in the Stella McCartney ad campaign for GAP? And for some odd reason, I'm drawn to classic looks such as blazers, nautical themes, rompers, hats, loafers and tu-tus.

I admire the way the Europeans dress their children. When we were in Europe, I delighted in seeing little boys and girls wear peacoats, hats, loafers, booties and so forth. Layering is key, as it seems that children run around and get all sweaty; that and it gives off a clean, pulled together look. Basically, kids can pull off anything as long as it's not distasteful or unsuitable for their age. I will wait upon the days of dressing children of my own. Until then, it'll be pooch-couture.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Keep it simple.

Vintage blouse from Mom, suede-like leggings by BCBG, Faryl Robin leather wedges

Decided to go for a simple look on Monday, which involved few frills and accessories. Trying to cut down on frivolous purchases and narrowing down to necessities (though, who really needs to have clothing in every style/cut?).

Monday, January 24, 2011

Back to Monday

Gifted knit cardigan, h&m tee, mossimo puff skirt, urban outfitters tights, nine west booties
Mocha was quite unhappy when I left her in the tub prior to her bath.
h&m dress, vintage belt + diy stones, BR stockings, seiko mens watch
I can't believe it's Monday already. The week has gone by so quickly that I'm still trying to catch up. Thankful for this past weekend off, and spent Saturday with GBS folks up in San Benardino for a prayer retreat. I feel refreshed, revived and replenished for this new year!

Colossians 3:17 -"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Nordstrom story.

Silk cut-out top from Nordstrom, vintage leather skirt, BR belt, Carlos patent heels
Today marks my second non-training day at Nordstrom and first close. If you didn't already know, I have decided to put education on pause and go back into retail because I feel that God is calling me to be a light in the fashion industry. I've always heard about the great opportunities working for Nordstrom and I wanted to be a part of that.

To make a long story short, last year was full of closed doors and this year (literally, a week into 2011), God has opened up doors. For that, I am immensely thankful and grateful to be given this opportunity. After my first day of training and orientation, I was excited to be a part of the Nordstrom family. To this day, the company is being run by the Nordstrom brothers, descendants of John W. Nordstrom. The customer care and service hasn't changed since and they stand firm in what they believe in.

My favorite story is about the man who came into Nordstrom back in the 1900s to return a tire that was purchased from the previous tire shop, before Nordstrom took over the building. At the time, Nordstrom only sold shoes, but the sales people ended up giving the guy his money back. How about that for customer service!

For those of you in the area, feel free to visit me in the viaC (Rag & Bone, Elizabeth & James, Vince, Alice + Olivia, etc)/Savvy department and I will be your personal stylist! And please leave all tires at home, thanks! : )

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Currently loving...

Spring Love  2011
I know I usually say I love Winter apparel, but its been a little too cold for my Southern Californian taste. I'm looking forward to the days of whites, neutrals, blush pinks, pastels, silvers...

Like mother, like daughter.

Source: Vogue

These photos have been sitting in my inspiration folder for some time, and there's something about it that I'm drawn to. Perhaps it attracts the nurturing side of me, but something about these photos is so endearing. The lighting, styling and emotions makes this fashion spread a memorable one.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Easy As Pie DIY

Lengthen silver chain bracelets or necklaces with several safety pins to create a new look : )

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Navy & Gold

A few old outfit photos from the time we went to Las Vegas back in December. Been really into navy blue lately. It has become my new black because it seems to go modernize every color you pair it with. The above photo was a bit awkward (close-ups are not my strength), hence the cropping : )

xhilaration cardigan, the limited silk blouse, f21 pinstripe shorts, topshop shoes

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Paris, Je'Taime

Tour Eiffel
Our 2nd mini trip to Paris back in November was short but sweet!
Rue de Cambon: aka Coco Chanel's Apt
Rue de Cambon - aka Coco Chanel's original apartment
Jardin de Tuileries
3 layer chocolate mousse
Printemp Lanvin window display
Lanvin's marionette window display at Printemp
Macaron pastries
Garden walk
Paris at night
The hustle and bustle of the city...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Post Christmas Cheer

Hand-held NYC
Las Vegas City Center
Christmas gifts
Christmas gifts from the fam
Homemade Frozzzen Hot Coco
Homemade frozen hot coco & a gingerbread house

Christmas and New Years are officially over. How did they manage to slip by so quickly? Time always passes like lightening when you're having fun with friends and family. Now it is 2011 and I have high hopes for this year. I'm excited to see how God will work in all aspects of my'll be a fresh start for more adventures, lessons, challenges, friendships and memories.

I usually never keep resolutions, so I don't make any set in stone. However, I have a few goals I would like to keep in mind:

  • Spend less, give more
  • Take more risks
  • Spend more time cultivating friendships
  • Practice contentment daily
  • Learn how to sew
  • Find a decent-paying job while figuring out my career path
  • Love more, love often
There are probably more that I haven't really thought about, but it always helps me to write down these things so I can remember where my focus should be. Cheers to the new year!