31 March 2011

Playing to be Mom

My pup Pacey was acting her normal rambunctious self today when she decided to play doctor on her latest fluffy chew toy (i.e., victim), redman, and remove his squeaker. The life cycle of a toy around these parts is about five minutes, so I decided to break out the ole sewing kit and restuff the redman, squeaker and all. This surgery was being done on my lap and poor Pacey couldn't stand to be away from her new BFF for even a second, so she was making grabs for the redman. And here I am, at the end of a long day of work and pricking myself on the finger relentlessly, so without even thinking much about it, I smacked her on the head one.

Though all Pacey did was sit there and stare at me with a look that almost read as "is that all you've got?", I couldn't help instantly feeling the guilt build up. I shouldn't take my frustration out at a dog, I was messing with her toy within her line of sight, blah, blah, blah. And the point of this post isn't really even about a dog, because not five minutes after redman was fixed did I find him in the bedroom missing an arm and hemorrhaging stuffing - but it got me thinking: if and when I become a parent, is striking out going to be my first reaction to my kid?

(This isn't a post that tells the world that I've changed my mind and I am suddenly ready and open to having children. No, ma' am ... But as most any woman of child-bearing age does wonder from time to time, what kind of parent would I be?)

BF is convinced I am going to be a big softie because I treat the pup like a baby. I feel completely different because he seems to forget I was raised from immigrant asian parents (see the nods of understanding from my asian sisters out there) - meaning schoolwork above all else, helping around the house is not a request, if you can take the bus by yourself that means you're old enough to have a job, and disciplining offspring does not mean taking away their iPhone for 30 minutes.

I am pretty sure I am going to be the hated parent, as I've already made rules for the imaginary child in my head. Such as if you're going to whine about wanting to stay in the store, I will leave you there. I am not a short order cook, so if you don't like what I make, then you're going to go hungry. You don't have to eat everything off your plate, but you better at least try everything. You don't get negotiating power until you're making your own money. When I say "now," I don't mean "later." You get the point.

I guess I really won't know for sure until it happens, huh. I may freak my current-self out and become a total child-cooer. So what about you? For you gals out there with no kids, what kind of parent do you think you'll be? For the mothers out there, are you the parent you thought you would be (hope I didn't just ask a loaded question)?


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Dress: Garnet Hill piazza knit (similar strapless here or not close but wow here)
Sweater: J. Crew featherweight (worn here before - similar 3/4 here)
Belt: Anthropologie looping lanes (worn here before - similar here)
Tights: Target
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna (worn here before - similar here)
Bracelet: Forever 21 faceted cube spiral (worn here before)

And don't worry, Pacey is still with us ...

29 March 2011

Reading with a Dorrie

Feeling academic today in my gingham button-down, khaki skirt and sensible mary janes. All I need is a good hefty read, a bicycle and a sturdy shade tree to sit under. Too bad real life weather is bringing back tinges of winter that is almost literally raining on my parade.

What happened to spring? My legs are covered, my warm jacket is so close, and my fingers are freezing as I type this!

How are you ladies getting by the winter-to-spring transition? Are you wearing your new spring threads despite the chilly March air or still bundled in your winter wools?


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Top: Lands' End Canvas poplin gingham (worn here before)
Sweater: Anthropologie Guinevere roaming frills (worn here before - similar here / here, beige twin here)
Skirt: J. Crew dorrie
Tights: Target
Shoes: Artisan by Clarks (worn here before - similar here or here)

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Time for another Respect the Outfits reader feature! This time, let's go back to one of our fave retailers - Anthropologie! As much as we love the retailer, our wallets can't always afford to buy its stuff. So let's flex our closet-creative juices and please send me your interpretation of an Anthro-inspired outfit featuring no - or very few - actual Anthro pieces. See the first Anthro-inspired reader post for more information and see how some of the other lovely ladies rocked the look!

Please send me your pic and outfit details (and include a link to the original post if you'd like some link love) by Tuesday, April 5 - post will go live next Wednesday! Outfit does not need to be brand new - recent outfits are good too! Pics and info can be sent to respecttheshoes(at)live.com.

28 March 2011

Full Disclosure: Freckle Face

Blogging has been a bit of a freeing experience for me - being able to share "just" as much as I want to while still maintaining an air of anonymity. It has also helped me to come to terms with the way I look, and be able to embrace the positive while at the same time as least not absolutely hating myself over the negative.

So in this Full Disclosure post, I wanted to push one of my personal boundaries and be candid about one of my personal least favorite features - my freckles.


Now most of you gals make not think freckles are a big deal but I've aways been extremely self-conscious of mine through most of my life. As an asian, all of my family and my asian friends were all blessed with the "typical" asian complexion - pale, clear porcelain skin. While I had a face full of freckles. And some moles. And in my teens, throw in some acne to the mix. And everything else about myself that I was not satisfied with. I was and still am extremely aware of every dot, bump, speck on my face.

Why do I dislike them so much? They make me look like a kid, and looking adult-like in a corporate work environment and regular social environment is already hard enough when you're a short asian girl. And they really darken and have a tendency to multiply relentlessly in the summer, regardless of how much SPF I slather on. To me, I'm too old to have them and have too many for them to be considered cute.


I know if they really bother me as much as they do, I could do things to make them go away. I could see a dermatologist and get them lasered off. Or there are numerous fancy creams that promise to whiten and lighten any nasty brown bits off your face. But I don't do it.

No, there's not big life-changing, emotive "aha!" moment about how I've grown to be completely accepting of who I am and think that I am perfect in the way I was made - because let's be honest, as much as we try to be positive about everything about ourselves, who really is absolutely comfortable with themselves? And if there do exist self-assured Samantha Jones' in the world, I can do nothing but commend and be in awe of you. So why don't I do anything about my freckles instead of whine about them? Partly because I'm hesitant about doing anything to myself I don't need to - and partly because I think of my freckles as part of me, regardless of how I feel about them.


I didn't write this post in hopes of eliciting "aw, you're gorgeous, those freckles are perfect" comments - this isn't a different is beautiful post. I also hope I don't make those of you who also have freckles to feel self-conscious about them because there are plenty of people who make freckles look good. And I definitely don't want to start a list of self-deprecations from you lovely gals. This is just me, pushing a personal boundary - I guess this is just a long-winded "here are my freckles, ta da!" post. So - ta da.

And in a vain attempt to give a point to this post, let's talk about you. What are your favorite non-traditional features - on yourself, or just in general?

26 March 2011

A Creative Writing Exercise

Thanks to Lisa from Sweet Laundry Loves for the writing exercise tag. I think in this high-tech day and age, we forget how nice it is to receive something personally written. And with the right pen, how satisfying it is to send a string of ink soaring across a piece of smooth paper with the power of your thoughts.

So I'd like to keep this little exercise going by passing this tag on to the lovely Laura from Anthro Closet Chaos!

Just hand write the following and share:
  • Name
  • Blog Name
  • URL
  • Write "A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog"
  • Favourite Quote
  • Favourite Song
  • Favourite Band/Singer
  • Anything you like
  • Tag someone

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And don't forget about the lovely ladies who are hosting generously cool giveaways this week:

  Junghwa by Amy Stewart is giving away a rope bracelet from her Etsy shop. Contest ends March 27.

  Runway Rundown is giving away a $200 gift certificate for Spanish Moss boutique. Contest ends March 28.

  BonBon Rose Girls is giving away your choice of Ariat boots from Langston's Western Wear. Contest ends March 29.

  Kristen from 3 Little Birds Boutique is giving away a red carpet medley valued over $600 which includes a $100 gift card to Nordstrom. Contest ends March 29.

  Flourish Gifts is giving away a $50 gift certificate to Stella & Dot. Contest ends March 29.

  Elle from Fast Food & Fast Fashion is giving away a vintage scarf from The Vintage Scarf. Contest ends March 31.

  Audrey from Audrey Allure is giving away a $100 gift certificate to Shopbop. Contest ends March 31.

  Meggy from Chasing Davies is giving away a $100 gift certificate to GNC. Contest ends March 31.

  Natasha from Moody Girl in Style is giving away a $25 gift card to Anthropologie. Contest ends March 31.

  Roxy from Effortless Anthropologie is also giving away a $100 gift certificate to Shopbop. Contest ends April 4.

  Pamela from ginger girl is giving away a $25 gift card to Apothica. Contest ends April 5.

  Aubrey from Proudly Petite is giving away two J. Crew gift cards worth $100 and $50. Contest ends April 24.

24 March 2011


Dresses are the easiest go-to piece when you want something fast and simple - I've worn dresses all week, coincidence? - one item, and bam! outfit done.

I wanted something simple there's that word again and fun today, so this cheapie new dress answered my fashion prayers. It makes me think that the weather outside is not also sunny but balmy, and I can kick up my feet as I lazily lounge on a porch swing and relax by the verandah with a sweating class of limoncello, i.e., my idea of grown-up lemonade, as any reference to a blackberry only revolved around some sort of pie.

Now if someone could just up the temp by about twenty degrees and gift me a great big ole victorian on a bluff overlooking the water with a porch and swing - and call Giada to make me some limoncello while we're at it - then everything would be all right for a Thursday.


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Dress: Forever 21 Love21 classic striped woven (check stores - or similar-ish cas here or pretty here)
Cardigan: J. Crew celosia (similar here or here)
Belt: J. Crew skinny metallic (similar here)
Necklace: Anthropologie nueva granada (worn here before - similar here or-ish here)
Shoes: Artisan by Clarks herring (worn here before - similar here or here)
Bracelet: Forever 21 faceted cube spiral

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BTW, I'd added some new items to my blog sale - you can use the My Shop button on the right or click HERE - thanks!

23 March 2011

Green Utility


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Dress: Mossimo by Target utility dress
Belt: Anthropologie via Spiffy (worn here before - similar here or here)
Shoes: Xhiliration by Target teanna
Necklace: Overstock overlay camelia flower (worn here before - similar here)
Bag: J. Crew quilted tote (similar here or luxe here)

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First of all, a big thanks goes out to Aki from 7% Solution for the Stylish Blogger Award!

Second, I'm participating in my first blogger clothing swap over at the Swap Stop. It's a site started by Marie from Lemondrop Vintage and it sounds like a fun opportunity to meet new bloggers and a "green" way to trade your oldies in for something new-to-you. Check it out if you're interested in participating!

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(As for swapping - I've never done a swap before, virtually or IRL - are there unspoken rules of etiquette? Do any of you ladies have any experience with swapping and can offer some advice?)

Lastly, sorry for the short post today, ladies, but work looms. And have I mentioned how much I am loving Target lately for cute easy and cheap pieces for me to add to my wardrobe? What are you loving recently from Target?

22 March 2011

A Girl Today

Doing makeup, hair, nails, fluffing pillows and knowing where to place a vase, eating little half sandwiches with a side of salad for lunch ... these are a few of things I am completely inept at.


I grew up as a baby of the family, but by my birth - I was a total accident by the way, but that's a story for another post and after many beers - my big sis was already firmly established as the "girl" of the family. She was the tall slender one with the perfect skin and hair. And as she got older, she mastered all the fine arts of being a girl's girl - she was, and still is, always perfectly attired (if Emma Pillsbury and Rachel Zoe had an asian fashion baby, my sis would be it), instinctively knew how to apply makeup and play up her glossy locks, and could give Martha Stewart a run for her money in the decor department.

As for little ole Lisa on the other hand ... well, my mom cut my hair real short when I was little and permed it, then dressed me up in overalls and little striped polos. My dad taught me tennis - and gardening - and how to fix a sink. When I decided to give up ballet and piano at an early age, no one batted an eye. When I took up lacrosse, I got a big thumbs up. Through high school, I only cared if jeans fit in the waist and inseam and my introduction to J. Crew was the men's collection (remember the wool rollnecks?) When I stuff my face with a double cheeseburger and chili fries and out-eat most of my guy friends, I don't get a weird look from them anymore. And that's OK and that's just me - I am a little asian bull in a china shop.

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On the style front though, it took a while for me to find my way. I honestly did not embrace skirts or dresses until after I started blogging just a bit over a year ago. I stayed away from pattern, color and embellishments for about just as long. All the girly accutrements of fashion - accessories, flounce, frill, shine - I am still learning all of that. And colored tights, what is that?!

I spend a lot of money when I go get my hair done every few months because I an inept at doing it well myself and a good cut and color will save me for a few weeks. I rarely do my nails because I am failure at that whole painting within the lines thing. I will get the odd pedi because I don't want to handle my toes, haha. I put on concealer and powder for my face and a light lipgloss-y lipstick because everything else seems to just run down my face. I am just learning the importance of the loofah.

I am a total tomboy at heart and I think you gals can see it come out a bit in my love for plaid and gingham, my general lack of concern towards anything related to beauty. I am fashion latchkey kid, and I've still got a lot of catching up to do.

So what kind of girl are you? What "girly" things do you love, and do you have an inner tomboy?

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Top: Ann Taylor bib sweater (worn here before - similar here, all-ivory here)
Skirt: Anthropologie Edme & Esyllte circle the globe (worn here before - similar mini here or here)
Belt: J. Crew metallic skinny (similar here)
Shoes: Sofft patent pumps (worn here before - similar here or w/strap here)

21 March 2011

The Shopbop Winner is ...

First off, thanks to everyone who entered the Shopbop gift card giveaway, and many many thanks for taking the time to read my little blog!

Second, thanks to the fashionable folks at Shopbop for hosting this generous prize!

So get your virtual champagne glasses ready, ladies, thanks to the magic that is random.org, out of 117 comments and 116 qualifying entries, the winner of the $100 Shopbop gift card is:

#45 - Steph from Anthro-esque!

Congrats, girl, and cheers to you! I'll be sending you an e-mail so you can collect your prize! Thanks again to everyone!

20 March 2011

Slightly on Target

I'm so glad to be home! Going to FL isn't far, but it seems so much longer when you have a BF and pup at home that you're missing! Especially since all the time in FL was spent rolling out at the crack of the dawn and finishing long after dark - I had zero problem sleeping like a rock in the hotel.

A little "surprise" that I enjoy receiving after a long week away is a little pile of fresh packages (OK, one package, but still, it's nice). I received my Target GO International dresses and wanted to share my thoughts on them (though I'll keep it short since I know reviews have already made their rounds in the blogosphere).

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Tracy Feith by Target hibiscus print dress: I think most of you gals know by now that the Tracy Feith dresses fit real small, so you've lucked out on this one, petite gals. I am typically a size 2/2P and got this in a 5 and it "just" fit. If you're on the busty side, you probably need to size up. The length is perfect on my short frame and it is fully lined in a bright orange with a layer of crinoline along the hem for added flounce. I really like this dress - except I kind of feel like I need to be on a Hawaiian vacation to wear it. I'm undecided about this one ... I may trade it in for the all-white version.

See Kathryn rock the dress.

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Libertine by Target striped tunic: I'm not sure about this. It is short, so I'm going to need some leggings or other bottoms to wear this out in public in. And the puffed sleeves - I am kind of feeling football player-ish. I got this in a S for the additional length and I figured the 100% cotton material will probably shrink in the wash. I think I'm going to end up keeping this so I can wear it for super-cas at-home weekends since I'm automatically in love with something if it has stripes.

See Pamela, M and Carol rock the tunic.

And this is what I wore today - hello, beautiful spring - albeit cloudy - weather! I even broke out my very first Minkoff, which I love love love, but which I also carry around like a newborn baby! I'm not much of a handbag person - this ain't Respect the Purse -  and honestly I'm cheap can't you tell, hehe, so this is a big purse splurge for me. That I will coddle around like a purse baby. My sweet little studded purse baby.

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Dress: AT Loft dotty blossoms (worn here before - similar here, here or luxe here)
Belt: cheapie gold woven (similar here)
Shoes: Artisan by Clarks herring bow flats (worn here before - similar here or here)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff navajo studs clutch

19 March 2011

Take Me Home Tonight

I think that all clothes deserve good homes and to be worn with zeal. Unfortunately I have way too many things and find that many clothes are languishing in my closet, unworn and unloved (sound familiar? ;o)

To give some of my clothes a new home and to help fund my shopping addiction, I've set up SHOP respect the shoes. There are loads of stuff from Anthro, J. Crew, Forever 21, etc., all either new with tags or in excellent condition.

Please take a look through my stuff and see if you are willing to "adopt" some clothes! I'll be making updates every few weeks. Shoot me an e-mail at respecttheshoes(at)live.com if you're interested or have any questions - pieces will go first-come, first-serve. Thanks for looking!

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Dress: Anthropologie Parameter d'armee
Tank: Walmart (similar here or as dress here)
Necklace: UO multi stone bib (worn here before - similar-ish here or here)
Belt: Ebay (similar-ish here or here)
Shoes: Keds spright wedge (worn here before - similar here or here)

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In other news, here are some of the cool giveaways of the week - enter up, ladies, lots of chances to win some great stuff from your generous fella bloggers:

♥  ♥  Don't forget my giveaway! Contest to win a $100 gift card to Shopbop ends March 20!  ♥  ♥

♥  Thirteen Pounds is giving away a $25 gift card to Anthropologie. Contest ends March 20.

♥  Sharonlei from elisharon is giving away an Orient automatic watch. Contest ends March 20.

♥  Collette from Statements in Fashion is giving away a $50 gift card to Free People. Contest ends March 20.

♥  BonBon Rose Girls is giving away a $40 gift card to Wardrobe Avenue. Contest ends March 22.

♥  Tippy from tres tippy is giving away an item of your choice from Perricone worth up to $150. Contest ends March 22.

♥  Jenny from Not Just a Pretty Face is also giving away an item of your choice from Perricone worth up to $150. Contest ends March 23.

♥  Fabulous Florida Mommy is giving away a $100 gift certificate to Shopbop. Contest ends March 24.

♥  Summerilla from Sumsunshine is also giving away a $100 gift certificate to Shopbop. Contest ends March 24.

♥  Dea from the dea diaries is giving away a $45 gift certificate to CSN Stores. Contest ends March 24.

♥  Joey from everyday outfits is giving away a medley of cute spring accessories. Contest ends March 25.

♥  Emilie from My Little Fashion Diary is giving away a EUR 100 gift card to ASOS. Contest ends March 25.

♥  Cee from to brighten my day is giving away a polka dotted scarf from The Vintage Scarf. Contest ends March 26.

♥  Vogue & Vintage is giving away an Orient automatic watch. Contest ends March 29.

♥  Debby from Inspired Design is giving away a $50 gift card to Restoration Hardware. Contest ends March 30.

♥  Melanie from Unravelled Threads is also giving away an Orient automatic watch. Contest ends March 31.

♥  PetiteAsianGirl from Extra Petite is giving away three $100 gift cards to either J. Crew, Saks or Nordstrom for signing up to Ebates through her site. Contest ends April 30.

16 March 2011

Respect the Outfits (your faves)

There's nothing better than putting on an outfit that just makes you feel fantastic, regardless of whether or not it is for a special event or just because it's Tuesday. Here are the lovely ladies who are sharing their recent favorites with you for this Respect the Outfits: your faves reader post.

Thanks again to all your beautiful gals who participated this week:

  Thirteen Pounds: I have also attached my FAVORITE DRESS EVER...worn literally 20 times this summer, at least.  This was my attempt to winterize it so that I could wear it even more.  The tights and boots are also huge loves.  I feel so "me" in this outfit!

Details: dress, bodysuit- Anthro / chevron tights- Target / Gray scrunch boots-Frye

★  Lisa from Confessions of a Call Center Gal: This sweater is from Roxy, and anything from Roxy makes me feel like I'm this young surfer chick with a HAWT bod. And this is my fav. go-to outfit as I'm not a fan of ironing. So jeans ~ no ironing, sweater ~ no ironing. The Snowscape tank requires ironing, but since it's layered under my sweater, you can't see the wrinkled mess.

See Lisa rock her look HERE.

Outfit: Sweater ~ Roxy / Tank~ Anthro Snowscape / Jeans ~ AE / Shoes ~ Canda

  Chantilly from Chantilly Songs: i knew off the bat that i wanted to wear this bright orange scarf with the purple skirt. but when i opened my drawer, this yellow shirt just seemed to fly out at me! as soon as i put it on, i knew i had a winner.

something about these colors together made me SO HAPPY. i can't explain it! t's like i was going back to being a little kid again, putting together cri-zayzie color combos, and not giving a f*ck. it just goes to show how an outfit really can make a difference in confidence! this particular ensemble made me feel like a ray of sunshine.

See Chantilly rock her look HERE.

scarf- anthropologie / shirt- ebay / belt- thrifted / skirt- uniqlo / leggings- f21 / boots- frye via ebay

  overcaffeinated: This is one of my favorite outfits and it came together quite serendipitously.  I started off with the cardigan, and just started building from there.  I think it is a good representation of my personal style with it's overall simplicity, and little extras like the ruffles and colour to make it special.  The boots are quite possibly the most versatile piece in my wardrobe.  I've worn them everywhere this winter.

See overcaffeinated rock her look HERE.

dress - Target / cardigan - Winners / necklace - Anthropologie / tights - Old Navy / belt - H&M / boots - Frye

★  Steph from Minnesota Maven: I love this dress, probably because I always feel so good in it! This time I paired it with red, one of my favorite accent colors, and a favorite (and well worn) pair of shoes. This outfit makes me feel so confident and polished. I wear this dress as often as I can!

★  Kristin from Lovely Apidae: This recent outfit made me feel beautiful! I knew that I wanted to wear this skirt and I tried on numerous tops/cardigans/shoes with it. Finally, this combination came together and just worked. I didn't go anywhere or do anything special that day, but the outfit made me feel like a million bucks.

See Kristin rock her look HERE.

Top: Anthropologie Precious Particulars blouse / Skirt: Urban Outfitters Pins and Needles pleated skirt /
Tights: J. Crew / Shoes: Anthropologie Flaxen Wedges

★  Liz from lizzypunch: I loved this look because the top was a gift from my mom and the accessories just pulled everything together into such a comfortable yet stylish boho ensemble! I love the print on the top and the neutral accessories help ground it. I also love wearing a loose top with skinny jeans tucked into boots so wearing this was awesome!

See Liz rock her look HERE.

gifted tunic from Sweet Jayne, Portland OR / vintage belt / pashimina stolen from sister / old jeans / gifted boots / 
earrings from One Sydney Road via Maddy Chronicles giveaway

★  Inkmark from Objects of Desire: My recent favorite outfit has to be this one with the  J CREW Floral tulle mini. I am just a total sucker for things that has texture to it. It is an unexpected find at store (at sales price too!).  Geroge, the SA who helped me took it down from the manikin,  actually remembered me even though I haven't shop at JCREW local store since Christmas.  He is the kind of SA that makes you feel good about shopping at a store.  Nice, warm, not pushy at all,  and not afraid of giving you some fashion advice. I remember last time when I check out the plaid skirt from him, he was telling me how it would look cute on me with the boots I was wearing and it would work great with a pair of legging and ballet flat too.  I still have to try his advice now the weather is a bit warmer.  

See Inkmark rock her look HERE.

Top: JCREW cowl neck  / Skirt: Floral tulle mini / Cardigan: JCREW cashmere / Boots: Hush Puppies

★  Lisa from Sweet Laundry Loves: This H&M bird dress is my favourite to wear because it's comfortable, cute, and very versatile. I feel great in any dress, but I like this one in particular because of the print, the neckline, and puffy sleeves. I can wear this dress in the winter with tights and a sweater, or in the spring/summer with a cute pair of flats and a belt. I also think you could easily style this dress for a night on the town too!
See Lisa rock her look HERE.
Dress: H&M / Tights: Hue / Boots: Aldo

★  Danielle from mrschong: This is my casual go-to outfit whenever I don't feel like doing up buttons, zipping up zippers, or playing with accessories. Simply throw on the stripey top, put on some skinnies/jeggings and you're set. The overall fit of this top is loose so even after having a fuller meal, there's no need to worry about the bulge. Best part? This brand new looking top was thrifted for only $3!

See Danielle rock her look HERE.

Shirt: VV looks new - $3 / Jeans: Bluenotes / Boots: A&N

★  Marie from Lemondrop Vintage: This is one of my fave outfits because individually I love each part! The shift dress is vintage and great by itself in warm weather. The flannel is one of the best plaid combos ever, and I wear my Fryes all of the time! I just feel comfortable in each piece, so they make me feel pulled together even when I am not.

See Marie rock her look HERE.

Vintage: Dress, cuff and purse / Shirt: Harold's Old School Clothing Co. / Belt: Obi from AudraJean on etsy / Fryes clogs

★  Hanna from banhannas: Every time I wear it, my boyfriend always goes, "remember when we first met ..." It isn't something that I would wear at work but something that I won't get tired of wearing. The shirt dress is a little outdated and that is what I love about it since I don't want to wear something just for the sake of being "in".

See Hanna rock her look HERE.

Shirt dress from Urban Outfitters / Lace tee from a blogsale / Necklace from Macys / shoes from Piperlime

★  Anne from My Own Little Spot: "Welcome Aboard the Motor Vessel Viking!  We are required by the US Coast Guard to familiarize you with the location of our life saving equipment aboard the vessel."  Ha ha!!  This was my uniform shirt from way back in the day when I was a deckhand on a Cape Cod Canal Cruise boat.  It's the shirt I wore when I met my the handsome Harbor Patrol Boy who is now my husband of 9 years.  I wear this silly shirt every St. Patrick's Day, and it never fails to make me feel comfortable, nostalgic, pretty, and if I have some Irish beverages, I may even feel like rambling off the commentary!  So please sit back, relax, and let the beautiful waters of Cape Cod Bay wash away your stress!

See Anne rock her look HERE.

Old Hy-line Cruise polo shirt / citizens jeans / forever 21 belt / anthropologie spectator shoes

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 Last and least is little ole me - here's two of my fave recent outfits:

What does J. Crew like to say - borrowing from the boys? Well I guess they've got it right because two of my fave recent looks had me in some menswear-inspired pieces - from the tailored blazer and white spectactors that had me feeling vaguely dandy-ish, to the crispness of a clean white cotton shirt that is so simple yet polished to me. I would love to look casual yet polished everyday - and though I don't accomplish it all the time, I think I did myself a bit proud here.

You can see the original posts HERE and HERE.
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