Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Why Are you All Dressed Up?



When you live in an area of the country where fashion is not on most peoples' priority list, you can get some funny looks when you dress nicely. People will ask

"Why are you all dressed up?"

"Who are you trying to impress?"

"How can you even walk in those shoes? It's not worth it."

They may make judgmental statements like

"She is so vain."

"She's so annoying and pretentious."

"She's just trying to flirt with every man she sees."

But I say this:

I'm dressed up because I enjoy fashion with all my heart.

I'm trying to impress myself, since I'm my own harshest critic.

It does sometimes hurt to walk in these shoes, but you get used to it the more you do it; and it's kind of a challenge. 

Yes I might be a little vain, but if you would take the time to get to know me, you'd see that I'm neither arrogant or pretentious...just rather exuberant (like a kid), and a bit too naïve for my own good.

I try to be kind to everyone I meet... whether male or female. And if being kind to males is interpreted as "flirting" by some insecure females, that won't stop me. I'm going to be kind anyway.

Don't let other peoples' apathy dampen your creativity. Don't let their gossip stifle your exuberance and sweetness. Dress up because you want to, and dress down when you want to. It's all about feeling happy and comfortable in your clothes. #overdressedandhappy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How To Have LOTS of Designer Purses Even if You are Poor


 Yes, you read that right. This is not a post about buying knockoffs, borrowing, stealing, being a consumerist hoarding fiend, or being irresponsible with money in the name of fashion.

This is a post about being clever with a little bit of money, keeping track of it, and watching it grow in designated ways. It's not hard to do either; it just requires a bit of patience. How else do you think I always have a designer purse for most of my blog posts of late? They are all 100% authentic and belong to me. I'm not even rich at all.

And I don't say "designer purses" as if I'm someone who will follow anyone with a "brand name" like some zombie fangirl. It's simply that usually, the purses which have insurpassable quality + design ARE some sort of designer brand. And as you grow up, you start to see the value of quality over quantity. And I think that's a good thing.

Anyway... this is how you start.

1. Save $50 or so. That shouldn't take most people too long if they are very determined. With this $50, buy a *used* *authentic* designer brand purse on Craigslist, Ebay, Threadflip, or some similar site. If you pay attention, you'll see them everywhere. People often don't know the values of what they're selling, and aren't bothered to check. If you need advice doing this, ask me in the comments below and I'll be happy to answer. The key is to find a purse that you can re-sell later for quite a bit more than $50.

2. Clean up your purse and enjoy it for awhile. It's fun to have something new! At the same time, list it on one of the sites above at a higher price. Maybe $100. Maybe $215? Check the prices of other "sold items" to see what a fair amount would be. Good photographs and descriptions go a long way.

3. Whilst you're in mid-enjoyment of your purse, you'll most likely get an email that says "Congratulations! Your item has sold!" Huzzah! Step one is complete. Now you have much more than $50 in your hand.

4. Repeat the steps. Use your $100 to buy a purse that you can re-sell for quite a bit more than $100. See how this goes? Before long, you'll have waaaaaay more than what you started with (and you can decide whether to buy a super expensive purse, or buy multiple purses) and you have gotten to enjoy a load of them. All this without borrowing, stealing, breaking the bank, or being being unable to pay rent.

Everybody WINS!

<3 Julie

PS. I'm writing this blog post after having ordered my very first brand-new purse from Kate Spade, thanks to the method above. And I have money left over. Woooooo!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Don't Choose, Be Chosen

I love dresses that have at least some type of structure. It's an easy way to look crisp & neat at any angle without worrying about weird wrinkles making you look fat or creepily-shaped.


 I'm also a fiend for floral, a sucker for light pink / baroque-style, and enamored with flare dresses... so all that = Julie walking out the shop with this new purcha$se. Since it's über-comfy and machine washable, I can foresee myself wearing it all the time.


Who doesn't love a gathered Coach purse? I'm always drawn to interesting textures. This bag is a little droopier than I expected though, so I only use it when I'm wearing somethings structured. Or else I'd look like Miss Hippie Flowy-Droops being assaulted by gravity.

I also hope you love my gun ring because I do. Guns & flowers are always a good combo!


Look look look! This is the keypoint of my outfit! My hand-sewn ANKLE BOWS! Do you heart? I got the idea from seeing this post by Annabelle at Viva Luxury. She's always so perfect and gorgeous in every single way, and I wanted to be cute like her... but I can't affode $215 shoes! So instead I used my craftiness. Now I can dress up ANY pair of heels with these bows. You don't know how many compliments I get around town. I have never seen these sold anywhere, either. So you can just call these a Julie invention! Huzzah! (I am going to open a store and start selling them soon.) I'm being serious.


And, the other wonderful thing is these new white heels I got from selling clothes on Threadflip. I like to keep my "credit" in there after selling clothes, so I can cash out on fantastic finds like these. The slingback helps keep the heels nice and tight so they don't pop off my feet. Try signing up today for free and see if you like it!


Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Guess Hondo Heels via Threadflip
Ankle Bows: Handmade
Bag: Coach. Buy this one here!
Jewelry: Forever 21, Body Central, & eBay

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When We Were Young


 I realized I haven't done a "strong" style in quite awhile, so here's one for today! I was inspired by this photo below of my fave Janelle Monae wearing all white and black suspenders. Isn't she crisp?


Leopard is getting his face squeeshed!


I also made a poufy top-hair just like Janelle! ;) Well... not as magnificent of course. This is the full extent of my Japanese straight hair. T.T I like my earrings because they are like sharp rock star daggers.


Glad you could join my arm party! Feat. my favorite treasure, my vintage British paratrooper wing-ring.


 And my terrifically neon yellow envelope clutch! I don't know why I'm Muscle Max in this pic... creepy. But I hope you like the bag.


I was about to fly away in this pic... either because of my sweet sneakers, or because of the 700 new mosquito bites that were in progress. Sorry it's blurry.



Shirt: Ross
Shorts: Old, I forgot where I got them.
Suspenders: Image
Sunnies & accessories: F21
Shoes: from a garage sale!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sing It Louder

Back to Gary Barlow song lyrics again. I'm not sure if there's anything nicer than driving with your windows down on a pleasant day singing with "Sing" with all your heart! That choir lifts the spirits in such a dramatic way.

Today's fash is a casual office look. I contrasted this very busy top with the plain black shorts and pastel bag, shoes, and earrings! The braided leather belt adds another unexpected touch of fun.



I'm still loving this Coach Bleecker Mini Riley that I got awhile ago. It's surprisingly large and so so sweet! I'm addicted to small crossbody bags.




I am rejoicing because NOW I CAN WEAR DANGLY EARRINGS! I ordered these resin hooks all the way from Japan because I simply COULD NOT find them on any English site in the whole world. The only ones I've found in English searches are tiny plastic ones. And even THEY make my ears hurt.

So, sometimes the ability to understand another language is immensely helpful. I typed my search in in Japanese, and there they were on Amazon.co.jp. (Still a bit hard to find!)

 
I guess I should have posted something more 4th-of-July-ish, or a fireworks-watching outfit, but I simply forgot about that. Uhuuuu, sorry! I hope it's this cool on the 4th. The weather is simply marvelous this year! Well done, Oklahoma.

Shirt: NY & Co
Shorts: Thrifted & altered
Bag: Coach
Belt: from an Arden B dress via Ross
Jewelry: Vintage & Forever 21
Shoes: Forever 21

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Flamingo

I'm back from a vacation to Las Vegas! It's always nice to have a time to relax, shop till you drop, spend time with relatives, and enjoy the beauty of the desert landscape.

These photos were taken at The Flamingo Hotel. I thought the setting matched my floral dress perfectly!


I don't usually go for these type of flowy maxis, but since the pattern was so kimono-like, I simply couldn't resist the pull on my heart.


I finally bid adieu to my trusty flats that I have been wearing for ages. They had seen their glory day in the hot sun and it was time for them to go. Instead, I picked up these fun jellies at DSW.




Dress, rings & bracelets: Forever 21
Sandals: DSW
Necklace: Image
Sunglasses: Cole Haan
Wristlet: from Rome, Italy

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Maybe You

Today is a quiet, rainy Sunday. I've been seeing so many cute maxi looks lately so I'm giving this dress another try, even though it's not my usual style.




I'm in love with this Coach Gathered satchel that I got recently. Since it's so marvelously textured, I kept my dress and tank top simple.




This sweet little "J" necklace belongs to my mother. (I just decided to borrow it indefinitely... without really asking... oops. I'm sure it's ok...) She is a J too. Yay! I like to pair big chunky necklaces with something tiny and subtle.


Look who wanted to be featured on today's post! >.<


On another note, my stomach feels sick right now after reading some breaking tragic, disgusting news. I won't be one of those social media fakely-sad drama queens that spouts useless, cliched online condolences...because I am aware that I'll never truly know the real anguish that the families and department are feeling right now. I just have them in my thoughts and prayers like mad today, and someday I hope I could somehow do something to stop one of these incidents going down. 

Sorry, very somber and has nothing to do with fashion blogging... that's just what I'm thinking of today, especially since I will visit LV soon.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Upon the Greenest Grass They Laugh and Grow

Yes, every title for every one of my posts lately is from Gary Barlow's recent album because I am a Gary-loving fiend and I don't care! Waaaah! >.<

Anyway, my fash: this pretty green dress I got for FREE at Threadflip.com because I had enough site credit from referring friends. Isn't that brilliant?! It fit me perfectly. Huzzah! (I also got another purple polka-dot dress for free and it was supercute, but alas I couldn't fit into it. :'(



I talked before about pairing expensive items with non-expensive ones to get a fashionable look at a reasonable price. I'm doing it again today. This dress is originally from Target, but upon inspection the quality seemed pretty good (nice thick cloth, even stitching) so I deemed it worthy to pair with this new sweet Coach bag! Hopefully my entire look is cohesively sophisticated! ^_^;





Dress: Merona via Threadflip.com
Bag: Coach (buy mine here!)
Shoes: Dexter via Payless (similar one here for cheaper!)
Jewelry & sunglasses: Forever 21

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dream Look: Springtime Bags!

I never used to really care about handbags until I turned 30. Then, suddenly a switch flipped on in my brain. Now I'm a complete bag maniac! I think about them all day long and all night long (apparently, since it's currently 1:30 am! La!) This spring I'm just dreaming of pastel-y, pretty purses in all sorts of colors. Here are my current obsessions; how about yours?

The little apricot-y one at the bottom is a brand popular in Japan but rather unheard-of here, Samantha Thavasa. They are like Coach but girlier. You should peruse their website and scream with delight! It's so fun to browse.




Green Alley Katz Neon Pvc Shoulder Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs. SOLD OUT! :'(
Fluo Mini Luggage Tote, Celine. Available from eBay
Mercer Isle Sloan Satchel, Kate Spade New York. Available from Neiman Marcus in tan, and maybe you can find the mint green one on eBay
Ribbon Motif Tote, Samantha Thavasa.
Bleecker Preston Satchel, Coach. Available here

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sharpen Your Arrows Now

Today was an unusually chilly day for spring, so I wore long pants and a jacket. I like the fit of these pants because they make one's legs look extremely long. This black jacket is also super versatile because you can wear it unzipped, zipped up all the way (very moto-looking,) or in place of a blazer. Yay!


The pretty floral shirt was a thrift store find! Can you believe it? With all these items, I paired a classic Coach Ashley light pink purse. I like the Ashley series because the shape is timeless. Plus I can fit a million things into this purse! Do you <3?



Next up are these fabulous springy-green earrings I found at this year's Lebanese Festival. They were vintage clip earrings but only $1, so I snatched them up. I then removed the clips with some fierce pliers moves and glued on my plastic hypo-allergenic earring posts.


If you're like me, perhaps you've been plagued lifelong by the problem of SEE-THROUGH WHITE PANTS. Maybe each time you find a pair you like in the store, you rush try them on in rapturous glee, thinking "Perhaps finally these are the ones!" Only to let out a disappointed groan when you discover that you'd have more coverage if you wrapped yourself in saran wrap. Yes yes, it's been the sad tale of my life thus far. 

However, finally I have found the cure! Behold:

All you have to do is get a pair of white opaque tights and chop off the feet. You can wear those as sort of a long underwear under your pants. No more see-through! (Keyword is opaque, friends.) Or better yet, if you find a pair of spandex white leggings, you can skip the snipping. All problems are now solved. Huzzah!

Shirt: Thrifted
Jacket: Fashion71.net
Pants: New York & Co.
Purse: Coach (buy it here for $165!)
Earrings: Vintage
Other jewelry: Forever 21
Shoes: Mossimo via Target