Lei Ann...Off Duty

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*ladylike*

kimchi blue dress, floral stripes dress, grey, teal, burgundy, patent leather, mary jane heels

i like a classic silhouette sometimes when i dress for the day…but always with a twist.  this ladylike look seems very proper, very 50s housewife with the full skirt dress & cardigan, don’cha think?  you know me though.  gotta “edge” it up just a little bit *wink*wink*

kimchi blue dress, floral stripes dress, grey, teal, burgundy, patent leather, mary jane heels

hence, the unconventional teal, grey, burgundy & hot pink color & pattern combination to this dress…the sweet, yet studded cardigan…the classic mary jane heels in patent leather burgundy…and finally, *of course* my very traditional cameo pendant…of a lady’s skull.  hahaha!

kimchi blue dress, floral stripes dress, grey, teal, burgundy, patent leather, mary jane heels

wearing: thrifted kimchi blue dress || swapped koan short-sleeved cardigan || skeleton cameo pendant (via ebay) || thrifted bracelet || kenneth cole reaction heels (via marshalls #fabfound gift card)

kimchi blue dress, floral stripes dress, grey, teal, burgundy, patent leather, mary jane heels

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*rainbow sherbet*

rainbow sherbert outfit, bright colors, akira chicago dress, prabal gurung target cardigan

so, i’ve actually been in a weird “light” color phase & had full intentions of doing a pastel outfit today.  it started out with the dress which is decidedly *not* pastel & *not* quite neon…just a bright color in between.

rainbow sherbert outfit, bright colors, akira chicago dress, prabal gurung target cardigan

since the whole pastel thing was not working, i thought, aw hell, why not just go for ultra-bright instead.  so, i added this equally crayola crayon-hued cardigan..

rainbow sherbert outfit, bright colors, akira chicago dress, prabal gurung target cardigan

the end result?  more rainbow sherbet than easter egg pastel.  hahaha!  oh well, i tried ^_^

wearing: akira chicago red label colorblock dress || prabal gurung x target colorblock cardigan || simply vera wang tights || elephant pendant (via church rummage sale) || pour la victoire leather/pony hair ankle booties (via gilt city warehouse sale)

rainbow sherbert outfit, bright colors, akira chicago dress, prabal gurung target cardigan

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*the new england mullet outfit*

floral spring outfit, beige, cream, sweater rosettes, michael kors duck boots

new england mullet outfit???  what the heck do i mean by that?  bostonian peeps, see if you agree with me here.  we all know what a mullet is, right?  business up front, party in the back?   it’s been rainy the past 4 days here in boston & i have the daily outfit version of a mullet…pretty spring-like floral outfit up top, but utilitarian, waterproof duck boots on the bottom.  if you live in new england, i think you know what i’m talking about & have had to “ruin” an adorable outfit with rugged footwear…hahaha :)

floral spring outfit, beige, cream, sweater rosettes, michael kors duck boots

i mean, come on.  look at the delicate, old-fashioned rosettes on this cardigan.  they scream to be matched up with a pair of cute floral wedges or strappy sandals.  alas, twas not meant to be today.  at least these duck boots are “kinda” pretty with colors that match the florals in my skirt & high heels to keep me out of the deepest of puddles.  technically, we’re not even into the whole april showers thing yet :(  *sigh*

floral spring outfit, beige, cream, sweater rosettes, michael kors duck boots

wearing:  swapped floral dress || cream cardigan with rosettes trim (via ebay) || simply vera wang nude fishnet stockings || michael kors rubber boots (via ebay)

floral spring outfit, beige, cream, sweater rosettes, michael kors duck boots

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*asian floral shirtdress*

phillip lim target dress, asian floral dress, shirtdress

asian floral again!  hahaha!  guess it’s been one of those kinds of weeks.  definitely my go-to, easiest to wear print ^_^

phillip lim target dress, asian floral dress, shirtdress

a shirtdress is a favorite go-to of mine as well.  again, so much ease in the wearability department :)  this multi-colored one from the philip lim target collection has a really cool handkerchief edge to the hemline & with the addition of leggings instead of tights, ends up being a comfy outfit to transition into the weekend ^_^

phillip lim target dress, asian floral dress, shirtdress

wearing: phillip lim x target asian floral shirtdress || simply vera wang leggings || wicked peacock bracelet || modern vintage mary jane heels

phillip lim target dress, asian floral dress, shirtdress

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*sheer force winds*

black pink outfit, sheer outfit, see through, karl lagerfeld h&m

don’t know if today’s outfit of mostly sheer, see through fabrics was a particularly wise choice for the gale force winds out there that are cutting through me to the bone :(  at least there’s no snow!  hahaha!

black pink outfit, sheer outfit, see through, karl lagerfeld h&m

wearing: pink shirt (via ebay) || karl lagerfeld for h&m black/pink print shirt || kirna zabete x target pleather leggings || isabel toledo x payless ankle booties

black pink outfit, sheer outfit, see through, karl lagerfeld h&m

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*more asian floral…whatta surprise*

asian floral, floral blazer, necessary clothing jacket

well, we’re still not quite out of the winter woods yet with *another* snowstorm set to arrive in boston in a couple of days….grrrrrrr >:/  well, better wear my new spring-like blazer while the sun is still out :)

asian floral, floral blazer, necessary clothing jacket

i can’t say i can even really call this top a blazer.  it’s cut like one, but no lining or shoulder pads, so it’s very flowy & easy to wear…like a kimono jacket.  it’s a nice balance of structure & ease.  i’ve already had a busy & hectic monday morning, so ease is what i need :)

asian floral, floral blazer, necessary clothing jacket

wearing: forever 21 black dress || forever 21 beaded necklace || mustard seed asian print blazer (via necessary clothing) || target tights || isabel toledo x payless ankle booties

asian floral, floral blazer, necessary clothing jacket

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*first day of spring*

white outfit jeans, pink, peony, asian floral print

i know, i know, it’s maybe a little too early to be wearing white jeans but it is the first day of spring after all :)  even though with the brutally chilly wind today, sure doesn’t feel like it :(  i’m actually working an event tonight where i’ll need to be in jeans to be comfy running around, but i won’t have time to go home & change.  

white outfit jeans, pink, peony, asian floral

speaking of first day of spring, i bought this h&m top years ago, like when h&m first opened up in boston.  it has traditionally been the blouse i pull out to herald in spring.  it’s everything about my personal style…lots of colors, bright floral print, asian tailoring.  it still makes me so happy to wear ^_^

wearing: h&m peony floral asian top || joe’s jeans white jeans (c/o wrentham village outlets || asian print ring (via stylist friend, naomi) || random watch ribbon bracelet || jeffrey campbell nude wedges

white outfit jeans, pink, peony, asian floral

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*strappily ever after*

all

i think i finally went over my own personal limit for print mixing (which you know is a lot!) over the past few days…so, snapped back with a completely neutral outfit.  to create interest though, i added this strappy harness belt & matching multi-strap shoes to keep my outfit from being totally boring vanilla.  hahaha :)

all neutral outfit, harness belt, strappy belt, beige, cream

on a different note, my week started with me watching frozen (well, half the movie) for the first time with a bunch of kids.  whoa nelly!  both little girls *and* boys LOVE that movie!  they know it word for word, song for song, craziness!  maybe that’s why i also subtly channeled that sort of tiny waist-emphasizing, pointed bodice/corset look that all disney princesses seem to share.  i just can’t seem to “let it go!”  hardee har har…

all neutral outfit, beige, cream, golden hour

wearing: target cream dress || rodarte x target lace cardigan || asos harness belt || hawaiian style gold plumeria earrings || jeffrey campbell leather wedges

all neutral outfit, harness belt, strappy belt, beige, cream

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*don’t pinch me, i’m not irish*

prabal gurung sweatshirt, target, neon floral, red velvet

admittedly, today’s outfit seems more christmas with the predominance of red & green rather than st. patrick’s day with that more classic shade of boston celtics green.  i’m stuck in the wrong holiday…hahaha!

prabal gurung sweatshirt, target, neon floral, red velvet

even though i’m wearing mostly neon green, technically i’m still wearing green!  so, no pinchy pinchy!  right?  happy st. patty’s day, everyone :)

prabal gurung sweatshirt, target, neon floral, red velvet

wearing:  prabal gurung x target sweatshirt || thrifted red velvet skirt || simply vera wang black tights || steve madden sneaker wedges

prabal gurung sweatshirt, target, neon floral, red velvet

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*mint circles & neon floral*

polka dots, floral, neon, mint, beads

i’ve not shopped for clothes in a while.  kinda of burnt out on buying stuff just because, plus i have some financial goals i’m trying to accomplish, so laying low on the “fast fashion” spending.  

polka dots, floral, neon, mind, beads

that being said, i’m still amazed by some of the outfit combinations i’ve not yet come up with pieces in my closet i’ve owned for years at this point.  REALLY loving the matching shades of mint & chartreuse in 2 very different articles of clothing…punctuated by a beaded necklace in the same colors.  also, i can still address some of my favorite “trends” like floral, print mixing & neon.  hope the crazy pattern mixing doesn’t hurt your eyes.  i LOVE it!  here’s to a happy (hopefully) early spring!

polka dots, floral, neon, mint, beads

wearing: express shades of green polka dot blouse || forever 21 neon floral skirt || danskin tights || forever 21 beaded long necklace || pour la victoire leather & pony hair nude booties (via gilt city warehouse sale)

polka dots, floral, neon, mint, beads

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