What's in a name?

Friday, September 02, 2011
Why, yes, I AM going to tuck the heck out of this tunic!! At least until the grease spot goes away...which is probably never.



This looks like a simple outfit I wore to work, right? WRONG! I wore a loose top with flared jeans. I don't do it that often because it's still a rule for me. I think it was easier this time because these jeans or fitted on the top half. How are you guys on the loose on top and bottom rule? You have to admit it can look pretty sloppy...but it's soooooo comfortable!



I recently bought a necklace with my Korean name on it from Etsy. It's a bit pricey for me ($30) but I don't usually buy jewelry so I thought it was worth it. It's a Korean spin on the Carrie necklace! For those who don't know, my legal name isn't Elaine. It's a Korean name. I started going by Elaine when I was 8 because white people couldn't pronounce my real name!! They try so hard, bless their hearts...and I just smile and nod. So I never got anything with "Elaine" on it because even though it's my name, it wasn't really mine if that makes sense. So I was soooo ecstatic when I saw Rosa with her Korean name necklace that I had to get one!!


I'm wearing a gold necklaces ($5, $30), Korean name necklace ($30), Target tunic ($16), secondhand Gap jeans ($9), and vintage bag ($15).

52 comments :

  1. I love your outfit, and i think that it works loose on top and bottom, u pull it off great!Great story about your name!

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  2. love the necklace - very unique.
    and you rock the tucked-tunic look! :)

    xo jeanette

    www.simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com

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  3. Domestic Diva NorthSeptember 2, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Okay if you really have a grease spot on your shirt (so cute by the way) you need to get some Lestoil.  It looks like an amber colored cooking oil and you buy it at home hardware stores or the like.  It is in the cleaners section but usually not with the laundry stuff but like the Mr. Clean and Vim, etc.  You pour a little on your grease spots, let it sit for about 15 minutes ad wash normally.  Voila, buh-bye grease stain!  I have been using this for years and it has literally saved me hundreds of dollars in potentially ruined clothes (especially if you accidentally put a lip balm in the wash!!!)

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  4. what if it's been there for a couple months?!?

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  5. Ooh yay for getting a name necklace!! :D And I love this look on you, I need some new flare jeans...
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  6. Love your jeans!  I also feel like loose tops and wide leg jeans can look sloppy... I am trying to work on that as well ;)

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  7. I think if people really wanted to pronounce it, they could.  I have a friend from Taiwan who has a fairly strong accent--but she is very easy to understand if you listen and have an interest in what she's saying.  I never I have a problem.  But people who you would consider negative (based on their overall attitude and actions) always have trouble understanding her.  To be honest, I think it's a form of racism...it's like they don't think they should have to bother with her.  If it's not racism, it's still rooted in arrogance. 

    I'm sorry, I got off-track.  That's a lovely necklace and the tunic goes really well with those jeans. =)

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  8. This combination looks really good! I like your name necklace, too.

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  9. totally want a name necklace AND those jeans. you are such an awesome style, elaine!!

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  10. Does it work on mustard???  I had a terrible mustard accident last year and the shirt has been relegated to one I wear while doing chores.

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  11. I heard a little dish liquid works to get grease out. It works for getting grease off dishes, so why wouldn't it work for fabric. And the best thing is, you don't have to buy anything new

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  12. Sometimes I feel a bit daggy in jeans, but I think you always look fresh & chic.

    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

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  13. haha! Oh my gosh, I love the part about the grease spot. I should be honest and say I do stuff like that alllll the time. ;D Love this outfit! :3

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  14. I'm going to pass along the link to that necklace to my Korean friends.  Wish I had a Korean name! ;)  One of them goes by her Korean name, the other doesn't. I have to admit that another friend in college had kind of a difficult Korean name that it took me a while to learn.  I said it wrong for about a month before someone finally corrected me.  Very embarrassing.  :P

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  15. Yeah, some Korean names are weird! But not mine.

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  16. I got made fun of when I was little by my peers because of my "weird" name which is what led me to want an "American" name. So even now when people ask how to pronounce my name, I get slightly defensive because I don't know if it's mockery or naivete.

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  17. Let me know when you figure it out...

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  18. Elaine I am loving your blog.  I think those jeans look great on you and congrats on finding the necklace! 

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  19. i love your jeans and that tunic looks great tucked in! that name necklace is so cool, maybe i should get one! i kinda lucked out with my korean name, it's pretty much just the end of my american name, an na han :p

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  20. New necklace is adorable, totally worth the 30 bucks, love the delicate layers, keep tucking the shirt, looks great! Happy weekend.


    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  21. Lovely outfit I think the loose fitting top and flares work really well :)

    L x

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  22. Gorgeous look, darling!
    Love all your necklaces!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  23. Domestic Diva NorthSeptember 3, 2011 at 6:43 AM

    It doesn't seem to matter - I had some that were washed and dried multiple times (like dozens!) and it still got them out.  Not sure about mustard but worth a try I guess.  Try it - it is a miracle worker in my house of kids :P  
    PS - LOVE those jeans!!!

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  24. Oh yes the loose top and bottom rule. I have tried it but yes you're right it kinda does make you look sloppy sometimes. But your outfit actually looks great AND comfy, so this one definately works! :D I want your jeans!

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  25. This is a cute outfit. I like the wide leg pants. Your looking pretty cute :)

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  26. I love Asian names (: They are so great.
    I love your style!

    xoxo
    rachelsayumi.blogspot.com

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  27. I love the loose top and flared look. It can look sloppy but you do it super well :)

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  28. I think the necklace was such a great purchase! So unique and so you! I'm glad you found it and now you can finally have something with your real name! :D

      Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  29. Your Korean name necklace is So cool!  My husband went to S. Korean on his mission, and I understand about Americans not being able to pronounce your name.  There are slight differences that we're just not used to making that can really change things up. lol

    As for the outfit, I LOVE it.  I love the flowy, drapey top and flared jeans.  The shapes echo each other beautifully, and make for a long, graceful silhouette.  (And, as a child of the 80's, I don't know if I can ever love big tops & fitted jeans/whatever together. ;o)

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  30. You look great! You're totally pulling off the loose on top, loose on bottom. My general rule is loose on top or bottom, not both. I've tried (in the safety of my room) the loose on loose, and haven't been able to pull it off. But you do it wonderfully here.

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  31. Story of my life! I also have a Hebrew name and an English never - sooooo confusing!

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  32. I love the tunic, and your necklaces are so pretty.  :) Enjoy your Sunday!

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  33. I always stick to the loose one top or bottom, and tighter on the other. I don't kno why but I feel a little disheveled otherwise.

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  34. Jasmine, Transient WithdrawalSeptember 4, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    I agree with you--it's hard to let myself do loose on top and bottom, but when I do, it's so comfortable that I wonder why I don't like to do it :) You look lovely! I think you're right in that this look works because it's tight in the middle! I love that interesting story about your name!

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  35. Your tunic top looks lovely with your flared jeans.  Yes, I do try to pair a fitted top with wide leg pants to lessen the sloppiness factor, but once in awhile, I think it's ok to break the rules! 



    invasionista

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  36. Those pants are beautiful.
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  37. I love the super flared extra long jeans, and the pretty necklace of course =)

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  38. I like how the front is tucked and the back is loosely flowing out. It adds interest to a casual outfit!

    I have a unisex Korean name that I happened to share the same name in it's English spelling with a Korean boy at my school. (Jay) Boy, the teasing never stops!

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  39. now i haaaaave to know your korean name. i can't believe you didn't put it in your post...i'm dying.

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  40. I'm sorry you went through that.  Kids (and too many adults) can be jerks.

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  41. OMG. I love that necklace, Elaine! I don't have anything with my Korean name on it...despite the fact that I have like forty pieces of jewelry with the letter "K" in it for my American name. Am so going to have to buy one now! Although I wish my Korean name was as pretty as yours...I'll be kind of glad that most people can't read it! :)

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  42. Your favortie SarahSeptember 6, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    So effortless elaine! You are the bomb. I love your little tucking self. Sorry, that was weird.

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  43. Yes, get it! We can be twins!! Triplets with Rosa!

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  44. Ahh! I love big tops and fitted jeans!! :D

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  45. I love this outfit it looks so comfy!

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  46. What, all that and you don't even tell us what your Korean name is? :p I think loose on top and on bottom can be done if the pieces are tasteful and properly proportioned. You are doing it right, and it doesn't look sloppy at all.

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