Friday Favorites: February Picks

Why, hello there. It’s me again. I’ve had a lot on my plate recently (food included) but I’ll leave the catching up to another post (I’ll definitely get to it). The first week of February is almost over, which means there’s only one week left until Valentine’s Day (hence the title for this week’s post). Actually, I decided to go with “February Picks” rather than “Valentine’s Day Picks” cause the only person that’s buying any of things things for me would be myself. So… there’s no point in making it Valentine-specific. This wishlist has a lot of pinks and floral things because, at this point, I’m really just ready for spring to come now that winter is clearly not happening. I feel like the weather is stuck in perpetual fall or something. Of course, it’s complemented by my love for white things.

February Picks

Anyway, I swear I am not ghosting or anything like that. I have 6 chapters to read and homework assignments that come along with them as well as two tests so I really, really need to get to it. I have some special posts planned for this blog so stay tuned for that. Happy Friday, everyone.

P.S. How frustrating is it when your internet keeps dropping so you can’t publish your post? My internet has been dropping every five or so minutes. Which is why I’m going to press Publish as soon as it’s back up again.

Inspiration for Mondays: Address the Prompt

Wow it’s already that time of the week again. I’ve had a pretty busy and eventful weekend in preparation for the Lunar New Year (this Friday). Add in the fact that Spring Semester classes are starting today and you have the makings of a hectic week. I thought I was ready for the New Semester, but honestly, I just want to go back to sleep. Anyway, this post is titled “Address the Prompt” so I’ll stop digressing and get to the point. As you may have discerned, I have a special relationship with Polyvore (aka my unrequited love for it). It’s not just a digital wardrobe or a place where you can go to make your dream closet. It’s a creative outlet; a source of inspiration. And one of the ways I can get inspiration is from participating in the Polyvore “contests.” If you’ve never tried any Polyvore contests, they have many a week. Some are for fun while others are for gift card prizes. Here are four of my recent entries:

1. Tricky Trend: Sheers

A fun trend, sheers can be hard to wear. How would you style this tricky look without revealing all?

Tricky Trend: Sheers

2. Wardrobe Staple: Bright and Cozy Coats

Mega-bright coats are a wardrobe must-have. How do you style them?

Bright and Cozy

3. Fab in February: Bright Red

This season’s bright reds add punch to our winter wardrobes. How would you wear this cheerful hue?

Fall in Love with Bright Red

4. 2014: Year of the Horse

Celebrate the Year of the Horse by creating a set showcasing your favorite equine look!

Year of the Horse

Have you ever created an outfit that followed some kind of guideline? Entered into a Polyvore contest or something similar? Leave a comment and let me know, and as always, thank you for visiting.

Friday Favorites: A Friday Night In

Relaxing on a Friday night in is such a luxury. I’m not sure how other Southern Californians feel about this, but I’m thankful for the drop in temperatures. It finally feels like “winter” here (or maybe I’m the only one feeling cold because my dad is walking around in shorts). Regardless, this gives me an excuse to stay inside and get all cozy and warm. Like I said, I would mix things up on my blog so rather than the usual style of my “Friday Favorites” series, I’ll give you a glimpse of my life. So here are a 5 of my favorite things to have on a “chilly” Friday night:

Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa

I love hot cocoa. Nice, warm, and sweet. This tin was from a set of four tins I received as a gift from a family friend. Each tin has a cute holiday design and the flavors include Caramel Cream, French Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, and Mint Chocolate. I feel like I’m enjoying the holidays all over again.

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And of course, there needs to be real chocolates. These chocolates are delicious and sent from France by my wonderful uncle. They came in a large bag (I think it was over 50 pieces) with dark chocolates, milk chocolates, and white chocolates with a variety of fillings. My favorite is the “Éclats de meringues chocolat au lait.” Milk chocolate with a smooth milk chocolate and sugar granule filling. <3

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A good read. Summary from inside the dust cover:

kira-kira: glittering; shining

Glittering. That’s how Katie Takeshima’s sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people’s eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it’s Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare. And it’s Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering–kira-kira–in the future.

I can’t believe this book is turning 10 this year. It seemed just like yesterday when I picked this book off the shelf when it was first released. Not long after, it won the Newbery Medal, so this is my special first edition copy without the Newbery Medal seal. It’s been awhile since I’ve curled up with a book so this is one of my go-to’s on my bookshelf (after The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).

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Good company. Meet my friend. Isn’t he adorable? His special talent is to play a music box version Twinkle Twinkle Little Star while moving his head to the tune. Definitely someone you’d want to snuggle with under a soft blanket.

And finally, some beautiful music. This is a playlist from an anime called Mushishi. It’s a very calming supernatural Japanese animated show. I found the music to be quite relaxing, although some songs may give you the chills. I’m very much into Japanese animation and music having grown up surrounded by Japanese culture since a very young age. Even if you’re not familiar with Japanese music, do give this playlist a try.

What are your comfort items for nights inside? Leave a comment and let me know, and, as always, thank you for visiting. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Add a Necklace: Coordinating your Necklaces and Necklines

Hello everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. This week my regular series “Inspiration for Mondays” is on break, but I’m hoping that this post will have a similar effect. I’m actually thinking about rotating posts because soon most of my time will be devoted to studying. Of course, this time I’ll try my best to keep this blog alive. One of my options is to make 2-3 extensive posts a week; the other is to make more short posts (I don’t believe this is feasible for me). Anyone have suggestions or advice for this? It would be greatly appreciated.

So who doesn’t like a nice necklace? Well, actually, a lot of people. They can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, confusing. Many people forgo the necklaces, but it can be a fun and exciting thing for your outfit. I’m an advocate of freedom of fashion and believe that you can wear whatever you want (as long as you don’t disrupt the public peace or somehow put people/animals/things in danger), so I won’t call these rules but, rather, tips on coordinating your necklaces. And if you absolutely, don’t want to wear a necklace after reading this, that’s okay, too. In fact, there are necklines where necklaces are unnecessary such as tie-neck blouses, embellished collar tops, and deep cut/plunge necklines (because you want to show off your skin and assets, right?). Oh, and I’m aware that there are a lot more necklines, but my brain would probably melt if I did it all. Anyway, here are a few necklines and 3 necklaces I’ve chosen for each. As usual, images link to Polyvore for item details.

Necklaces & Necklines

So there you have it. Do you frequently wear a necklace or is it an accessory for those special occasions? Do you have any other styling tips for necklaces? Leave a comment and let me know, and, as always, thanks for reading. 

Friday Favorites: Black

Hello everyone! How are you? Fine Thank you.

Happy Friday! For the lack of posts this week (I did say that I was busy), I decided to make this post longer than usual. Now, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I simply adore winter white and light, pastel colors. However, it’s not like I don’t wear black at all; a closet devoid of black is a sad closet. Black pieces have an special place in many fashionista’s closets and hearts, mine included. They’re quite versatile and easily stylish. And, of course, everyone needs some key black pieces in his or closet, right? The basics: a black t-shirt, blouse, pants, blazer, etc… And you can’t forget the little black dress. And since some black every now and then is also appreciated, today I’ll take a break from the light colors and talk a bit about black. Also, because it’s considered a taboo to wear black during the celebration of the Chinese/Vietnamese Lunar New Year, which is coming up, I had to get this out there. To start off, here’s some black pieces that I like:

Friday Favorites: Black

Here are just a few of the ways I would style black pieces. If I were to make this any longer, the disparity in length would be unfair to my post about winter white. Since I have many more ideas, I might feature them in my Monday series just to give you some more inspiration for styling black. This is, of course, down the line and might be for transitioning outfits into Spring. But more on that later.

1. A Pop of Color

Black and Cobalt Blue

One of the basic techniques for adding colors to a predominantly black outfit is to use the neutral color blue. This includes navy blue but also the more eye-catching pop of cobalt or electric blue. However, this could also easily be changed up with bright shades of red or yellow. Aren’t primary colors awesome?

2. Black and White

Black and White

Since I didn’t do White and Black last time, here’s an out fit that’s Black and White. It’s quite simple, but, to me, feels like it’s both classy and professional-looking while also looking casual and relaxed. My favorite of the three.

3. The Edgier Style

Black Outfit 2

I couldn’t stop thinking of the 90’s and early 2000’s while I was putting together this outfit. I can’t do a post about favorite black things without featuring something more laid-back cool and faux leather pants. Forgive me if this isn’t your cup of tea.

Do you own a lot of black items? How do you style them? Which of these outfits would you wear? Leave a comment and let me know, and thanks for visiting. And thank you for the lovely comments on my previous posts. It means a lot to me.