31 July 2012

This is Getting Old ...

So I was messing with the perpetual bird's nest that is my hair the other day when I saw something that caused me some alarm - a lone white hair, about four inches long and standing defiantly straight up in the air.

Which in my vanity made my stomach do a somersault because not only did this mean I may start popping out white hairs willy nilly now, but they are going to be crazy Albert Einstein white hairs, not shimmery smooth silver fox-type locks. So that white sucker was immediately exorcised from my head and for the following few days, I  vigilantly had been combing through my hair looking for other wiry-white vagrants.

pink menagerie

Suffice it to say, I'm in dire fear of getting older. I am pretty sure my chances of aging gracefully are next to nil, as I'm convinced wrinkles and age spots will decide to join forces with my current freckles and my already-coarse dark hair is going to be overgrown by wiry crazy white locks.

I know it is vain of me to be worried about how I look when it comes to getting older - I know I should accept the inevitable and do what I can to maintain a strong functioning body over defeating crow's feet. It's not like I depend on my looks to make a living or think I'm some great beauty by any means. But a girl can't help what she feels sometimes and one of my big fears of getting older is looking old.

pink menagerie  pink menagerie

However, I don't want you thinking that I'm sitting here like the Evil Queen dreaming up ways to suck out the youthfulness from young virgins so I can maintain my looks. There are actually many things I enjoy about getting older - like knowing more things. Having life experiences. Always learning, observing. Being more accepting of who I am, vainglorious or not. And eventually, knowing I am cool and quirky regardless of what others think and how many white hairs may be on my head or wrinkles around my eyes.

What do you fear about getting older? What are you actually looking forward to about it? And what have you experienced so far with your increasing years that you actually found you don't mind?

pink menagerie

pink menagerie

Top: F21 (sim, sim, sim, simpler, solid, solid, solid)
Skirt: J.Crew crinkle chiffon (worn here - sim, mini, pleated, as evening gown)
Bracelets: J.Crew enamel & F21 rhinestone (sim, silver, sim, giraffe)
Shoes: Vince Camuto bello (worn here - same in mint, sim, brown)

pink menagerie

30 July 2012

Winner, Winner & Next Reader Feature

asymmetric & blue

Happy Monday, ladies. Can you believe July is nearly done? Time just flits by, doesn't it?

Thanks to you all of you who entered in my Shopbop giveaway for a $100 gift card. It's time to announce the winner! So out of 145 qualified entries, the winning entry drawn by random.org, is -

Which means that the winner of the gift card from Shopbop is -

Congrats, girl! You'll be contacted directly by the generous folks at Shopbop with instructs on how to redeem your prize. Thanks again, to all you lovely gals who participated.

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asymmetric & blue  asymmetric & blue

I'm also overdue for another Respect the Outfits reader feature - and since most of us seems to be in the midst of heat waves that make getting dressed decently each day a pretty big accomplishment, what better time than to make this feature all about your Summer Staples!

What are your go-to pieces and ensembles that make getting dressed a breeze on even the hottest of days? What finishing touches do you like to use to turn just a tank and shorts into an outfit? Share your best hot weather looks with your fella fashionistas!

If you want to participate, it’s easy

  • E-mail me at respecttheshoes@live.com with your outfit pic
  • Include a few words on why this particular outfit is a summer staple for you
  • Shoot me your blog link if you like
  • Send your stuff to me by Monday, August 6 – post will go up that week!

asymmetric & blue

asymmetric & blue

Top: Bordeaux by Anthropologie throwback (sim, sim, pricey, pricey, fitted, darker)
Skirt F21 fitted knit (worn here - sim, bodycon, sim)
Necklace: Anthropologie ampay (worn here - sim)
Clutch: H&M (check stores - sim, cas, solid, solid, luxe in blue)
Bracelet: J.Crew golden stripe via Ebay (worn here - sim, dark, sparkly)
Shoes: c/o ShoeMint rosemary (worn here - sim, sim, chunk heel)

27 July 2012

Solids & Road Trippin'


Hey, ladies! Boy, has it been H O T lately! I don't even think we've hit the dog days yet of summer, but I am sure left panting and hiding in shade whenever I can. So of course, I've been trying to keep my outfits as easy as possible

I flew up to NY to visit the fam for a few days (thus my blog absence this week) and we took a family road trip down to DC to see my grandmother. So let's just say my caloric intake for the week has been less than stellar - but my fam did make a mealtime pit stop at Cracker Barrel along the way (their first visit ever! I was mildly aghast!)

solids  solids

Much as I generally dislike the whole "getting there" part of any trip, there's a soft spot in my heart for road trips. There's something about sitting in a car with (hopefully) people you enjoy, listening to music, munching and watching the world flit by at eye level. I am totally one of those people who will starting pointing wildly whilst screaming "look, [insert fluffy non-urban animal of choice here]!" and scare the crap out of my car mates.

Here's a few general pics from my trip - sure we had some bouts of grumpy adults (me), are-we-there-yet kids (little nephew), heads bouncing as people nodded off (except poor brother-in-law, aka designated driver), sticky in-car snack messes (nephew ... and me), way too much mental stimulation (radio blaring, fam chattering, road noise, nephew singing and blaring video games on volume high) - but it was worth it to spend time with the fam, get to see my grandmother and take a little break from the usual.

Do you enjoy road trips or are you one of those people who just want to get it over with? What have been some of your fave road trips?

DC/NJ - July '12

DC/NJ - July '12
We spent the day in DC and started out near the Constitution Gardens Pond and walked our way through pretty
much every memorial and literally all the way around the Tidal Basin. The Reflecting Pool was under construction unfortunately,
and by the time we made it all the way to Constitution Avenue, we were plain tuckered!

DC/NJ - July '12

DC/NJ - July '12
A visit to the ice cream truck later, we had enough sugar energy to stroll about for another few hours.
This was my first visit to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Airplanes and free museums are kickass, people ...

DC/NJ - July '12
I adored the buildings around Georgetown - though weekend parking and traffic were a mess! We also passed the famous Georgetown Cupcakes - and there was literally a line around the block and the police were there for crowd control. Those must be some kind of cupcakes ...

DC/NJ - July '12



Dress: Old Navy (worn here - sim, cas, dressier, flowy, solid)
Sweater: J.Crew featherweight (worn here - sim)
Necklace: Laila Rowe (sim) & Natasha Grasso via Etsy (sim)
Ring: c/o JewelMint (sim, hammered, pave)
Bracelets: Target (sim)
Shoes: Toms canvas (worn here - sim, same navy, striped, burlap)
Bag: Zara (on sale, check stores - sim-ish, canvas, large)

On our way back, we made a little side trip to the place where we spent our first two years in the States - the Jersey shore! We totally weren't dressed for a beach pit stop, but it was great to stop for a bit, enjoy the salty air and reminisce for a bit about how much things have changed around there, yet stayed the same.

DC/NJ - July '12

DC/NJ - July '12
My little nephew and brother-in-law. Nephew looooooves the water!

DC/NJ - July '12
It was a wee bit windy that day ...

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Thanks for reading, ladies! Have a great weekend - and who else can't wait for those Olympic games to start up already-already?

(And I'll be announcing the winner of the $100 Shopbop gift card in the next few days - thanks again to those who have participated).

23 July 2012

Strike a Pose, There's Nothing to It


Does the above pic cover about everything? When it comes to "the standard" of style blogger pic poses, I think I've got it all down to one image - pigeon-toe, staring down, demure smile, hand-on-hip, hand-in-hair. Check, check, checkity-check.

My pose is supposed to convey to the entire interweb that I am fashionable - well duh, that is a given, hello [snort] - yet humble, cute, a smidge self-conscious and just-the-right-amount of awkward. I am in fact, just like you! when you're out with your friends standing pigeon-toed, staring on the ground smiling while you're grabbing at yourself and poking at your head.

I love blogging, I really do. Style blogging is a great hobby for me that has allowed me to turn getting dressed into something more fun. I'm definitely a bolder dresser than I used to be pre-blog. And to be in this community with all your stylish ladies? The comraderie is fantastic and the outfit inspiration is better than anything I could ever ween off a magazine or TV show.

minty  minty

But sometimes I can't help but to laugh at myself. I mean, I get all dressed up and take pics of myself. Then post them on the Internet for all to see. I spend time staring into this little plastic clicky box, smiling and throwing back my hair, all the while trying to look as slim and lengthy as possible. And honestly, my body only knows how to do so much.

Pursed duck lips. Flamingo legs. Kriss Kross make you wanna jump, jump. Some sort of beverage in hand, as long as it is Starbucks or in a clear container with a lid and straw. Smile. Don't smile. Big ole "sunnies" everywhere - to be fashionable or anonymous? Look to the side. Up. Down. Stand like Superman. Squat. Splay. Oh girls, I think I've done it all when it comes to outfit pics - and some to not-so-great success.

What I have learned is what angles work and don't for me. That Superman poses work for Superman but not 5'2" asian chicks with big heads. That taking a pic doesn't mean that I mean to automatically revert into staring-and-standing-straight-at-the-camera-like-a-stiff-zombie pose. I can have fun with me, be comfortable with it, and if I'm feeling a bit goofy or don't know where to put my arms, that's fine.

What are your favorite go-to outfit photo poses? What do you wish you'd see more (or less) of in outfit pics? And what do you find plain ole silly about fashion blogging but still do it?



Dress: H&M (check stores - sim, sleeveless, v-neck, lace, darker)
Belt: H&M (comes with the dress - sim)
Brooch: Blinkeye via Etsy (worn here - sim, sim, luxe)
Shoes: c/o ShoeMint rosemary (worn here - sim, sim, low, point-toe luxe)
Bracelets: F21 faceted cube, F21 stud, Target pearl (sim, sim, sim)
Clutch: Coach signature poppy demi (worn here - sim, cas)

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Remember, my $100 Shopbop gift card giveaway ends this week - there's still time to enter!

19 July 2012

Gulliver's Travels

First off, without further ado, let's announce the two lucky winners of the Too Much Soul giveaway! Remember, ladies, Too Much Soul offers up trendy affordable jewelry - no piece is over $15 and shipping is free for orders over $30.

Drawn at random, the two winners are: Taylor from Two Wheelers & Jessica from Breakfast at Gigis!

Congrats, gals, you will contacted directly by the Too Much Soul crew to select your item and fulfill your winnings. Thanks to all who participated!

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floral paisley

I am lucky enough to have a job that allows me to travel and visit places that I typically could only dream about. I know I whine about the whole “getting there” part, but I am genuinely happy to have the opportunity, even though the whole “work thing” typically gets in the way of my being able to enjoy myself thoroughly at the new locales. My recent trip got me thinking about all the cultural quirks that I run into when I visit new places so I thought I’d share some of the things that have stuck in my non-cultured mind -

The biggest (and most obvious) thing that struck me about my trip to the UK was their driving on the left side of the road. Because though I was there for a week and passed numerous “look right” signs on the crosswalks, I still could not get my head around the right way to look or turn for traffic. If I was supposed to drive in the UK, I am pretty sure that I don’t think my mind could work its way through that. And having afternoon tea with the assorted yummy sandwiches and scones – seriously, how excellently civilized (and clotted cream, I don't hate you).

floral paisley  floral paisley

I adore France, but it’s got its own pace and style that even the locals can’t help but smirk at. Like asking the reception guys at a luxury hotel in Paris on getting a taxi and being directed to go to the taxi stand down the block, instead of having someone hail one for you like I've seen every other hotel do (I know, I know, First World problems …). Or not being able to get hold of local vendors because it is either the month-long summer vacation season or one of the five million national holidays or someone has earned so much time off they “have” to take it. But the quality and importance of food and eating in that country - Paris is the only city where I will eat steak tartare. And every time it has been delicious and I have been able to just sit and savor.

When I went to the Middle East for the first time, I was expecting a slightly different attitude towards women and Westerners – but even when you’re expecting it, you don’t really expect it, if you get what I mean. And though Dubai is about as cosmopolitan and Westernized as you can get in the Middle East, you still have to get used to women being served last, people addressing the men in your group even if they are referring to you (and you’re standing right there), and not having priority over Emerati, no matter how much money you think you can throw around (not like I go around "making it rain" anyways ... ).

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Singapore was about how multicultural the entire place was. Mosques and temples and churches were located right next to each other and all these different religions and cultures seemed to mesh together seamlessly. Plus almost everyone speaks English, the entire country is impeccably pristine, the food is delish and it makes for a good Asia 101 point for newbs.

Guilian (aka not a major city in), China was realizing that in fact there are people on this planet who have never seen a blonde-haired, blue-eyed person before. And they are not afraid to gawk. And follow. And point.

Surprising about the Netherlands was how open everyone was – like, use your blinds and curtains, people! And how for a country of really tall, big people, they all have no qualms about crowding into the smallest cars, bars, hotel rooms, restaurant tables imaginable without batting an eye.

In your travels near or far, what have been the most surprising/unusual/amusing things you ran into when experiencing other cultures?

floral paisley

Dress: Asos paisley floral (on sale - sim, sim, luxe)
Necklace: J.Crew tessellate via Ebay (original, sim, pricey)
Belt: Asos metal keeper (sim)
Bracelet: Asos pyramid stretch (worn here - sim, sim)
Clutch: UO woven flap (worn here - sim, sim, luxe)
Shoes: Vince Camuto bello (worn here - sim, wedge, chunky)

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And please don't forget to enter my Shopbop giveaway for a $100 gift card! Giveaway is open internationally.

17 July 2012

London Calling

four corners

Apologies for my absence last week, ladies, but I was consumed with a big work project - a biz trip to London! Traffic in the city was a nightmare and the sudden closure of the M4 for nearly a week meant that travel out of the city also became a bit hellacious so my outside non-working time was really limited, but I guess it all worked out since it literally rained every single day of my trip.

I've been lucky enough to have visited this city before, so this time I bypassed the major tourist attractions (though I drove past them on my way to Waterloo Station) and instead concentrated on areas I haven't been to - Camden, Richmond, Egham - and of course, eating well. And yes, though I missed Oxford Street, I did get bits of shopping in. I so want to plan a holiday to go back with the BF - London is one of my fave cities and the UK in general is gorgeous, I would love any excuse to go back!

Here's a medley of the sights and sounds from my trip -

London - July '12

London - July '12 London - July '12
Royal Holloway, one of the largest colleges in the University of London. The campus is unbelievably gorgeous.

London - July '12 London - July '12
Can you go to London and not try Indian? (Though I feel like I saw more Thai restaurants around town
than Indian, and had my best meal of the trip at Busaba Eathai, a Thai eatery).

London - July '12 London - July '12
Honestly I never even liked Walkers shortbread, but I still "managed" to consume about two of these each day.
And the bane of London taxi drivers from now through mid-August, one of those dreaded Olympic lanes.

London - July '12

London - July '12 London - July '12
I never got an opp to try a pasty this trip, but this flaky meat pie from Square Pie was a yummy sub.
And a glimpse of London Chinatown.

London - July '12 London - July '12

London - July '12 London - July '12
Bits from the Farnborough Airshow that I attended - Airbus 380 aerial demo & Virgin Galactic.

London - July '12

London - July '12 London - July '12
Camden Town in north London. Awesome eclectic shopping in the Stables Market, which is the former
home of the Pickford stables and horse hospital. And converted scooter seating for some of the food marts.

London - July '12 London - July '12
The fish antipasti starter at Jamie's Italian, delish affordable Italian from celeb chef Jamie Oliver.
The seafood risotto and the polenta chips were also nom-tastic.

London - July '12 London - July '12
Nothing like the fantastic pub names in the UK. Had my first beer of the trip here.
And here's how I really experienced most of my trip - "beauteous" weather conditions.

I'll be back to my regular blogging soon, but thanks for checking out my trip pics, and here's an outfit I wore prior to heading out to the UK. Thanks, all!

The two winners for the Too Much Soul giveaway will also be announced shortly.

And in the interim, why don't you check out - and maybe enter - my $100 Shopbop giveaway!

four corners  four corners

four corners

Dress: Maeve by Anthropologie four corners (sale, check stores - sim, sim, pricey, luxe)
Belt: H&M (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Earrings: F21 (worn here - sim, sim)
Shoes: Sam Edelman trina (worn here - sim, sim)
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