CoCo

Monday, October 31, 2011
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thrifted Talbots blazer ($4), faux pearl necklaces, Calvin Klein dress ($22), Fitzwell flats ($75), thrifted bag ($4)

I don't like to dress up because I'm not a fun person. But for those who dressed up at work got to leave two hours early today and you know I'm all over that!!! But then I had to find a costume... I scoured the internet for days to find something that I had without having to buy anything new...because let's face it -- I'm a cheapskate. After lots of crying and Googling and digging through my closet, I finally found it. I gave you guys a little clue on my Twitter and Facebook page. Only three people got it right! Go Sacha, Berni, and Myly!!! I was Coco Chanel. (If you didn't get it, it's okay... A lot of people at work didn't either -- I got Hilary Clintons, Condoleezza Rice, and Liz Claiborne. But Diana got it right!!)

It was easy after I figured it out. I had an LBD, lots of pearls, and a quilted chain-strap bag -- but what about the short(er) hair? I got the hair idea from The Beauty Department. I braided the lower half of my hair and pinned it up, then I quickly waved and teased the top half and tucked it underneath in a low pony. I'll be doing this hairstyle more often! I loved having a short bob again!

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What did you dress up as for Halloween?

Bedhead

Friday, October 28, 2011
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beanie (c/o my friend, SLiM Motif), secondhand H&M cardigan (traded with Tania), J.crew Outlet shirt (gift), Gap Outlet jeans ($26), Old Navy wedges ($15), vintage bag ($15)

Oh, beanie... I've missed you. But it may have been premature to bring you out because I'm pretty sure my head was soaked by the end of the day with sweat. I guess 70degrees isn't warm enough to wear hats yet in L.A. But the beanie is the epitome of the grungy-now-hipster, comfy, casual, I-just-got-out-of-bed-with-bed-hair look. Loose boyfriend jeans are also the definition of comfy. With the beanie and BF jeans, I didn't want it to look too sloppy so I added strappy wedges and a white shirt with a ruffle neckline that you can't see to remind people I'm still a girl. I hope it worked...

I choked.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
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secondhand scarf ($3), motorcycle jacket (c/o Collection B), H&M shirt ($3), J Brand jeans ($158), Fitzwell flats ($75)

Shoot. I wish I took a better picture of my MAN SHIRT I got at H&M for $3!!! I was shopping for running shoes and the H&M was just across the way so I went in with good intentions. GOOD INTENTIONS, you guys -- I was shopping for Chase. That's why I was in the men's department. But then I saw they had $3 t-shirts and they were XS and I loved the sleeves (that you can't see) and I loved the color(s)... Okay, I got two!!!! Before any of you guys guilt-trip me, they were $3...and Goodwill shirts are at least $5 -- such a rip off! So that was my reasoning. Amen.

But, seriously, they're soooo comfy!

How I plan on surviving the bitter L.A. winter

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Now that you guys have got a few ideas from Missy and Hayley about transitioning your wardrobe into the fall and winter, I thought I'd give you guys a few tips that I plan on using for surviving the bitter L.A. winter of the low 60s. BRR.

Double your cardigans.

To ease into wearing two cardigans, start with a light base cardigan. The second cardigan can be thicker so you can consider it as a jacket instead of doubling cardigans. Genius, right? (Confession:  I almost spelled that with a "J." What a looser!)

Pull your socks over your knees.
I had to get rid of my brown boots because they were so worn out. Looks like I need to go shopping soon! Anyway, you can do this trend with skinny jeans, leggings, or even tights!

Colored tights FTW!
One of my favorite ways to add color to a dreary cold day is with TIGHTS! I'm still getting the hang of it because I've only worn my pink and green tights twice in the two years I've had them so I need to get on it...

What are some tips do you have for surviving the winter (no matter how cold it is)??

Can I keep this hair?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Old Navy shirt ($4), Forever 21 necklace ($6), secondhand Gap jeans ($9), Target clog sandals (free), vintage bag ($15)

I don't have anything to say for this outfit except I wish my hair looked like this all the time instead of flat, boring, and straight...which is what it ended up looking like by the end of the day. I don't even know how I did this anymore! I need an 80s perm, stat!

P.S. I was checking all the nice tweets I got on Twitter and by all I mean just one.

Maximizing Your Wardrobe by Hayley

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Hi Guys! I am Hayley, I blog over at a little life and style blog called The Weekend File. I live in Southern California with my boyfriend and our adorable puppy and we are currently renovating and moving to our first home, a 1956 charmer about 4 miles from the beach!

I wondered what in the world I could tell you fashionable ladies that would be considered a fashion tip or how to. Then it dawned on me. It isn't about "how to" do something but it is about thinking outside the box...or closet.

Considering last weekend it was a bright and sunny 90 degree day and yesterday it was dark and rainy, the seasons are definitely changing here. Fall is one of my favorite seasons to dress for. I love being able to layer and combine different patterns and textures into my wardrobe. If you are on a budget, or like sticking to the clothes that you already have... try mixing your summer wardrobe into your fall one!

  1. Summer Dresses. These can actually be worn all year long by simply adding leggings and boots to transform the look, and keep you warm! This is a trick I often use to get more use out of one piece, and brighten up my look. For the top, put a shirt underneath or a chunky knit sweater over the top!
  2. Multiple Shirts. Layer, layer, layer! Take your favorite button up and wear it over your favorite tee... unbuttoned! This gives you an added layer, and an added pop of color. Add a cardigan, and even take it a step further with a coat or blazer. You have instant warmth and endless possibilities.
  3. Shorts. These summer staples aren't just for summer anymore! Put fun, textured tights under your shorts and wear with closed toe heels for a wintery look. I prefer to ditch the denim cutoffs in favor of plaid, knit, menswear inspired shorts.
  4. Lightweight Scarves.  Just because the weather is changing doesn't mean the accessories have to as well. Take your light and breezy summer scarves and wear 2 or 3 at a time. Tie them together to make them longer or twist them side by side to get a chunkier look. You can also use your thinner scarves to make belts with oversized bows! So hopefully these tricks will help you maximize your wardrobe as the seasons change and keep your wallet nice and full!

All in White

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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H&M shirt ($10), JCPenney necklace (free), vintage skirt ($5), Target clog sandals (gift)

Aaaaand my thrifting luck ensues -- check out this skirt!! I honestly couldn't believe my luck when I found it. It's missing a button on the bottom but you can't really tell unless you're staring at my feet....creep. It's not the best quality, like the skirt feels cheap and the buttons are plastic but for $5 (and not dry clean only) I can't complain...except for the snap button at the waist that keeps getting undone every time I eat. With all these tiny vintage skirts I take home with me, is this a sign from the universe that I'm not allowed to eat ever again?!? Blasphemy.

I chose a simple all-white(-ish) look...which is usually a no-no because it reminds me of weddings. Anybody else? Just me?

Transitioning Your Favorite Summer Pieces to Fall by Missy

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Hi everyone! This is Missy from Pop of Style! I'm fairly new to the blogging scene. I just started this past spring, but I'm absolutely loving it! I started my blog to build upon my personal sense of style and make the most out of my wardrobe on a pretty tight budget! As time went on, I realized that many women have the same issue. Finding stylish and affordable clothing staples that transition from season to season is not always easy, but definitely do-able! My take on fashion is that it should be an expression of your creativity and should reflect what makes YOU happy as well as your wallet!

I'm sure at one point or another each one of you have found a few pieces in the spring or summertime that you couldn't bear the thought of leaving behind once the autumn hit. Good news! There are several ways for you to transition those pieces to wear into fall and even the winter months! One of my favorite ways to transition clothes is to layer. My other favorite way is to play with color schemes! I wanted to incorporate both with you by showing you how I did so with two timeless pieces of clothing:  the sundress and the pencil skirt.


I found this sundress while thrift shopping and I loved it's beautiful autumn-like colors and petite floral designs. Burgundy and mustard are among my favorite color combinations! To make this summer look work without much effort, I added a cropped jacket from Ann Taylor Loft on top to create a nice and light summer layering effect. I just love the look of knee socks and sandals so I added these chunky knit socks in cream (to tie the jacket together with the outfit) to my brown wedge sandals. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is see how much mileage I can get out of my summer dresses, so it's just my nature to wear them into September and October!


To transition this dress into autumn, I added warm, cozy, brown leggings and layered the same knit socks over top. Riding boots were the obvious choice for how much running around I do in a typical day, and I love the rugged contrast to the delicate floral print. Lastly, I took a mustard cardigan (probably my favorite piece for fall!) and tied it over the dress to bring out the yellow in the flower print. Can't wait to find more over-the-knee socks and tights in different colors to transition all of my summer dresses to fall!


This skirt is one of my staples for work. I love the bright, but somewhat subtle hue of this skirt and how the length makes it appropriate for everything! To me, one of the most fun aspects of fashion is experimenting with different color combinations and this skirt makes it so easy! I'm having a hard time letting go of summer brights, so I had to add a pop of pink to my summer look. This gingham sleeveless top is a great style that I've found matches with midi skirts, maxi skirts, over dresses, and tucked into jeans. The cool color scheme flows together effortlessly, but I needed a pop of color to really add some punch to the outfit. I added this pink bow waist belt as a nice contrast to break up the periwinkle/blue. I'm a big believer in mixing prints to keep it interesting, so I added these bright floral wedge sandals that included the periwinkle and pink and a yellow to brighten things up.


To transition this skirt to make it wearable in the fall, I simply changed out the necklace to a light bow tie scarf that had the mint color that was on my cardigan. One of my favorite styling tips is to find cardigans in several different colors and hues of each color. Unexpected pops of color can add instant style to any look. I used to make the mistake of simply adding a brown, beige, white or black cardigan over an outfit; but once I discovered the power of the colored cardigan, there was no turning back! I decided to tuck the cardigan in, because by doing so I was able to create a waist. A big mistake women make is chunky layering; although it has its time and place, I believe that thin layers look best as they add style, not extra bulk! Finally, to complete the fall transition in this outfit, I added my favorite suede wedge booties. The heel on these puppies isn't too high making it extremely comfortable to be on your feet all day. Remember, transitioning outfits for fall can be easy and really exciting! Breathing new life into your clothes is a challenge sometimes, but take cues from nature:  sometimes the best color schemes are the most unexpected!

Where's the circus?

Monday, October 24, 2011
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Old Navy shirt ($12), bib necklace (giveaway win), thrifted Ralph Lauren PJ bottoms ($5), Cotton On sandals ($7),  vintage bag ($15)

Okay, so I know I totally look like a clown in these pajama bottoms but I LOVE them! I don't usually keep up with current trends but I knew I was going to have to get all over it the moment I saw these loose, printed bottoms. When I first got them, they were a colorful navy with tan stripes and 100% silk and I am 100% stupid for throwing them into the wash without seeing that they were DRY CLEAN ONLY. A;LSDKJFLAKJDFJL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now they're a dull blue with cream lines. I know it's no big deal because let's face it... they are pretty awesome. But I'm still beating myself over the head for not knowing how to do laundry at the ripe age of almost 24. (I say almost 24 because 23 is like soooo young.)

The day I wore these I got a great compliment from a co-worker. She told me she loved how I dressed because I didn't care about what other people thought and did what I wanted anyway! It was just nice to hear a real person say that even though I am a total wimp compared to other fashionistas out there. ..Not like you guys aren't real people!! It's different when you hear it in person from a stranger than read it on the internet from a stranger, you know? It just made me realize I need to compliment others IRL more often. It's not like some trophy where only a few people win. We're all winners! Some more than others...like that guy at church that wore a black leather jacket with a red dragon on the back. You're a winner!

Sequin + Stripes

Friday, October 21, 2011
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thrifted sequin sweater ($5), cream 5" flower (c/o Hot Magnets), J Brand jeans ($158), JCPenney pumps (free)

I happened upon this sequin sweater by CHANCE a few weeks ago. CHANCE = FATE. It has to be. Why else would I have grabbed a baby girl's polka-dot pants with a matching belt and then see a sequin sweater under it? (P.S. I'm still not pregnant. I was just hoping those little girl pants would fit me. Not quite.) And I can't get enough of this flower pin. It's so much easier to use a magnet than trying not to stick a needle in me, which is pretty impossible. I wanted the sequins to talk for themselves because they are pretty chatty, let's admit it, so I went with a classic color scheme of cream, black, and red.

The Casual One

Thursday, October 20, 2011
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thrifted t-shirt ($5), random bracelets, vintage skirt ($5), Cotton On sandals ($7), vintage bag ($15)

Here is the casual styling of this skirt. I paired it with a fitted (kind of) white t-shirt and hot pink sandals for extra color. Because I don't like to wear necklaces with v-neck shirts (it's a thing of mine..), I wore all the bracelets I had. I obviously need more bracelets to reach Man Repeller status. So which one do you like best:  the churchy outfit or the ping pong outfit? (..because it's true. I've been dressing for playing ping pong with the guys at work lately.... Gotta keep it comfy but still work-appropriate/girlish.)

My New Sweater Skirt

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Doesn't everyone look at their pretend watch??
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H&M top ($8), cream 5" flower (c/o Hot Magnets), vintage skirt ($5), JCPenney heels (free), vintage bag ($15)

I thrifted this skirt a couple weeks ago but haven't had a chance to wear it because it's thick knit. And who wears a thick knit vintage sweater skirt in the fall in L.A. when it's 90 degrees out? ME, that's who. Even though I almost died of a heat stroke glistened sweat buckets, it was so worth it, I think. I went for a pop of color on the feet to complement the colorful skirt and stripes on top to add pattern and a flower to add that extra something (as though stripes and pops of colors weren't enough for me...which they obviously weren't since I added the flower, duh, Elaine!). I'll show you tomorrow a casual way I styled this skirt because I can't stop wearing it. It's almost like a disease...but healthier?

Weekender

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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JCPenney necklace (free), Target tunic ($16), modified Forever 21 skirt ($7), Fitzwell flats ($75)


I wore this last weekend when I hung out with my cousin who was in town. Just a comfy and casual look but just dressy enough to not look sloppy on the weekend. A stretchy skirt was mandatory for the stuffing of the face in Crumbs cupcakes, of course, and comfy flats for walking down the Venice Beach boardwalk to walk off said cupcakes. I am still walking them off...

Why I Thrift

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Warning:  Text-overload and picture-overload. Read at your own risk.

Throughout this post you'll see pictures of most of the thrifted/secondhand items I have collected over the years. I use "thrifted" for any item that was bought from a thrift store and "secondhand" for hand-me-downs and any items bought from a garage sale or consignment store.

Garage/yard sales are my favorite places to scout out vintage jewelry.


Lately, I've been thinking about what I'm most proud of about my outfits. Was it the unusual combinations I come up with? Was it the self-confidence that I gain when I wear something unexpected that happens to look amazing on me? No, it was the PRICE I paid for the outfit. With every outfit I've worn, I've always done a mental check of how much each item costed me and what the total figure was. I was always proud when it was mostly thrifted or secondhand or, yes, even if I got it on super sale at a gigantic fast-fash retail store. But it made me realize that what mattered most to me in the end was how much (or little) I am spending on my clothes but still managing to put together a decent outfit.


My love of deals and bargains came from my traditional Korean parents. They are the type of people that will do anything just to save a penny. They are frugal and cheap to the max. It was embarrassing when I was little but now I love and admire this trait in them. I had to find this inner frugality gene when my husband and I were first married to make ends meet. Four years later, he's still in school and I have a job but L.A. is an expensive city so we constantly feel like we have no income.

I can't believe I only have 4 pairs of thrifted shoes.. (Read on.)

The first thing to go, of course, is shopping. I was never a big shopper in the first place. But who am I kidding? I have a FASHION blog. I love CLOTHES and SHOES and BAGS and JEWELRY. So thrift shopping and shopping at consignment stores took over. At first it was soooo gross! Ew! Somebody WORE that before. You don't know where it's been! Someone's FEET were in those shoes. (Okay, that one still grosses me out.. I hate feet.) But having little money gave me no choice -- if I wanted "new" clothes, I had to wear someone else's.

Vintage skirts on the left and skirts I made with thrifted fabric on the right.

I learned to be picky with my thrifty/secondhand selections at first. I would only consider items that were new, still had tags on them, or had no signs of wear. (I still do, but anyway..) And then slowly I began to relax with the rules.. A stain on a dress? No problem. I can spot clean it out. Dirty and dusty purses? NBD - I'll wipe it down. Gross shoes? Put them back, sicko.


Now I've come to the point where thrift stores are the ONLY places I want to shop at, especially since living in L.A. where I have to drive an hour to go to the mall. Ummmmm, no thanks from this lazy butt. I've even come to the point where I don't ever want to set foot in a mall again! (Okay, that may be an over exaggeration...) I don't like knowing everyone else will have the same thing as me. It's not like I have some burning desire to be different. Okay, maybe it is. But it's also because thrift stores have a huge variety of items from different eras, styles, places, cultures, etc. and I LOVE variety. One of the things I dislike about today's retail stores is you can tell it has one note and one note only. There's no room for variety or even the thought of something different to combat or even complement the style. It seems so boring to me.

My only two thrifted dresses are blue! Who woulda thought!

I've set a goal for myself to only buy thrifted or secondhand items. I don't know how realistic it is but you guys will have to be my conscience and set me straight! (I think underwear and socks and stuff should be bought new at the store though so don't judge me on that..) I feel like there are already so many mass-produced clothes out there that people are throwing away once the style is soooo yesterday. I think it's wasteful to keep buying new when you can work with what you have got or are given.


I find the easier things for me to thrift are belts, bags, jackets, and skirts. I have an especially hard time with dresses, tops, and pants. Mostly because I don't want to try anything on that hasn't been washed yet.. And I'm naturally picky with the fit of tops and pants anyway. I wish I had the sewing skills of Sarah to modify a big old grandma dress but it takes me seven hours soooo...no.

Belts, belts, belts! My favorite thing to thrift...because you don't need a dirty fitting room to try these on.

With the onslaught of fashion bloggers on the internet, thrifting isn't anything new and there are quite a few extremely talented thrifters out there. One that I especially admire is Jentine from My Edit. She finds the most amazing items and after reading and studying her blog for a couple years, I'm constantly wondering why her gift hasn't transferred over to me yet. Isn't that how it works?


I know this was a super long and boring post but you made it! Consider it a homework assignment you completed that you'll never be accredited for. Now that you've read my rambling thoughts about thrifting, I'd love to know what you think about it and/or what I had to say. Go!

Jackets and blazers. One of my favorite items to thrift! (Check in the little boy's section for blazers!)

P.S. This was inspired by Indiana's post. Please read it if you haven't!

Street Style Beso Style

Monday, October 17, 2011
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I had to feature my Diana friend again. I'm seriously envious of her style every day! Here's what she had to say about this darling outfit:
I'm sitting from 9-6 straight in front of a computer so the most important thing for me is to be comfortable. I like these leggings because they're thick and substantial (as much as leggings can be) and have cool little details like stitching on the knees. The top is long enough to cover my bum and the motorcycle jacket is the best thing in my closet. I got it in a little boutique store in Korea. I love the studs on the collar and how it makes any schlupy outfit inarguably cool. The boots were a gift from my boyfriend (uhh...fiance!). In Korean culture it's bad luck to buy shoes as presents because they say the recipient will run away. My hubby-to-be knows me better than that...the way to heart are shoes!
For more Diana, check out her Modest Mob blog and Facebook and she is even on Twitter now!

The Baby Blues

Friday, October 14, 2011
Some days you just don't want to put too much thought into your outfits....or every day if you're me. For this outfit I went with blues and tan accessories. Then it looked boring so I added a flower. Liz and I are bringing it back. (Was it ever gone? I think not.) What do you add to your outfits when it's lacking that something?

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Also, I played ping pong in these shoes...like I dove and stuff. I just thought you should know these shoes were made for hardcore sports like ping pong.

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This is the real me -- awkward and unsure.
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This is the DIVA within me. I didn't want to post this picture up but Diana insisted. This is just for you, D!!
I'm wearing a 5" cream flower (c/o Hot Magnets), thrifted Gap shirt ($6), thrifted belt ($1), thrifted skirt ($3), and Seychelles mary-janes ($15).