Lei Ann...Off Duty

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*fringe kimono print mixing*

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got a LOT of print mixing going on for today…florals, fringe, snowflake, banana & tropical palm prints…WHEW!  i love how it all comes together though.  today is my wedding anniversary (eeekkk! hello, old married lady) so i wanted to look a little bit fancier today, hahaha :)

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i feel the need to warn you guys.  i discovered the peter som collection at kohl’s when i was whiling away the hours when i took my sister-in-law to upstate new york to visit her dying friend.  it was all on clearance & since i really liked the pieces i ended up buying, i investigated online & ended up buying more from their website & at other kohl’s in my area.  so, there’s going to be a glut of peter som items that will flood this ol’ blog of mine, hee hee hee ;)

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the peter som collection is right up my alley…lots of amazing print combinations, lots of flattering, flirty skirt shapes, plus super cheap!  i didn’t expect to go on a shopping spree this late in the season, but when most pieces ended up being around $11-15 each, who wouldn’t????

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wearing:  peter som for designation printed shift dress || necessary clothing fringe kimono jacket || shoemint woven leather sandals

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*cool*

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what’s cool these days? well, the return of the gorgeous weather. the fact that it’s monday & i have mondays off :)   the simple ease of a comfy t-shirt dress & *of course* a large font necklace that says “cool” ^_^

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wearing:  prabal gurung x target neon abstract floral print dress || large font ‘cool’ necklace (via ebay) || shoemint sandals

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*the perfect summer shirtdress*

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found this dress late in the summer season, but better late than never & there’s still plenty of warm weather to enjoy this incredible find!  i sure do loves me a shirtdress & this one is just about perfect :)  

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first of all, it fits like a dream & proportioned just right to my short stature with a cute ruffle hem for that extra bit of flirtiness.  i also really love 3/4 sleeves & these flip up for that great cuffed look.

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finally, THIS PRINT!  from the snowflake design up top, down to the more tie dye middle & then batik bottom…it’s print mixing gradient perfection!  sorry to use the word perfect so many times in a post, but just like leeloo in the fifth element, IT’S PERFECT!

wearing: peter som for designation batik shirtdress || me & ro gold ‘fearlesssness’ slate necklace || shoemint white leather wedge sandals

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*2 shades of pink*

boston fashion blogger, pink crop top, pink maxi skirt

i’ve been taking the term “lazy days of summer” literally as of late when it comes to my daily outfits.  my schedule has been off & oddly busy these last couple weeks of august, when i’m typically notoriously slow.

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plus, with the return of the disgustingly hot & humid weather, minimal dressing has been more the norm lately.  nothing simpler than an easy, breezy crop top, flowy maxi skirt & slip-on sandals :)

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wearing: express crop top (clearance $5) || pink maxi skirt (can’t remember - super old) || origami ring via blogger pal, naomi || opal ring (gift from MDH) || hawaiian personalized name ID bracelet || shoemint sandals

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*blue stripes*

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it’s been a crazy week & now that i’ve had a few days to recover, i can recap what has been going on.  about this time last friday, my sister-in-law from FL texted me that her best friend from middle school was dying from cancer & had at most only 2 weeks left.  she was going to fly to syracuse & visit him before it was too late.

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with the flight, hotel & rental car, it was going to cost her over $1000.  i convinced her to fly into boston instead (much cheaper) & i’ll drive her to upstate new york.  i didn’t want her to spend that much money knowing that her & my brother are saving for their new house, plus i didn’t want her to go through all this alone.

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sooooo, that’s where & what i was doing the past few days.  my SIL was able to visit her friend in hospice, so she’ll have no regrets about not seeing him before he passes & is back home in FL.  i have also returned to a normal schedule “sort of”…it was a pretty emotional time.  ah well, thankfully this upcoming 3-day weekend will help me recover even more.  happy labor day weekend, everyone :)

wearing: peter som for designation blue striped dress || me & ro ‘fearlessness’ necklace || wicked peacock cuff bracelet || target cat eye sunglasses || shoemint sandals 

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*sartorial regrets?*

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just as i was about to post today, i read the latest ifb article talking about sartorial regrets…ironically, as i’m wearing a galaxy print, high-low skirt, hahaha!  so, forgive my longer post as i get a little more “op ed” instead of the typical short little quips about my OOTD.

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in a word, no, i don’t have any sartorial regrets (well, very few anyway, hahaha).  personal style blogging is tough.  you see what every other little chickadee out there is wearing & you want it for yourself.  i think the key though is you just have to stick with what your style is & not be swayed by everything else, otherwise you will end up with a lot of regrets in your closet.  for example, what i’m wearing today screams short-lived trends…both galaxy print & the high-low skirt style, however still works in *my* daily life.  i looove the high-low silhouette as i feel it flatters my short stature & body type which was why i always favored it, even before the trend blew up a couple years ago.  that’s also why i never bought that origami zara skort.  i would never wear such a supershort mini or shorts (outside of a beach or pool setting), so why would i get one just because everyone else was obsessed with it?  know what i mean?

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so, i think the main point, is (as always) if you stay true to your own personal style & not succumb to buying every popular article of clothing on the fashion blogs, then the less closet disappointments you will have.  kind of a more serious tone for a mid-week post, but that’s what i love about being an ifb member…fashion is supposed to be fun, easy & breezy, but it’s still good to think seriously once in a while :)

wearing:  express cropped turtleneck knit top (old, like high school old) || romwe galaxy print high-low skirt || wicked peacock cuff bracelet || shoemint espadrilles

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*white on palm print*

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decided to take two of my new summer favorites…all white & tropical print…and combine them into one ensemble that’s even better :)  it’s the perfect outfit to segue into the weekend…easy, breezy :)

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boston fashion blogger, white high low dress, tropical print, palm print

wearing: white high low tunic (via LF harvard square) || versace x h&m palm print leggings || vintage green gem & brass necklace || shoemint white leather wedges

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*the future is grey*

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three things influenced my outfit for today:

1.  the fact it’s torrentially pouring rain & looks like no signs of stopping, so feeling in a drab mood already. plus it’s unseasonably cold & my legs were too chilly to go bare all day

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2.  if mr. bill cunningham says grey is the new black, then grey is the new black ^_^ 

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3.  finally, i was watching the latest episode of project runway (yes, i still watch it!) & it had to do with how we think people will be dressing in the future.  i do picture a more utilitarian, kind of more technology & industrial driven society, hence the grey type of uniform - a more *efficient* way of dressing if you will.  plus, the white harness - a harness always feels futuristic to me ^_^  well, maybe for a future student crossing guard at least, hahaha :)

wearing:  old navy grey shirtdress (really old) || simply vera wang grey leggings (via kohls) || BCBG faux leather white harness || prada loafers (super old)

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*hawaiian girl*

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it wasn’t intentional at first, so it’s funny when you unconsciously do things in response to what is happening around you.  my example.  i was trying to figure out what to wear to my husband’s cousin’s wedding.  they wanted to keep it casual…since it was outdoors & on the family farm.  i didn’t have this dress in mind at all.

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still, i ended up pulling this dress from the rack & putting the other potential outfits back.  it beckoned to me for some reason.  then it dawned on me, with the news of 2 hurricanes about to pummel my home state of hawaii, i realized hawaii, especially my family & friends had been on my mind a lot.

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so, then it became clear.  i was going to go full-blown into hawaiian girl mode for this wedding.  wore most of my hawaiian gold jewelry; meant to go for beachy wavy hair, but overdid it a bit with the flat iron, so more like full on curls & of course, nothing says hawaii like a big ass orchid tucked behind your ear!  hahaha ^_^  as of the writing of this post, glad to report that my immediate family are fine as the hurricanes caused limited damage, mostly downed trees & power outages.  thankfully not too serious.  hopefully, i won’t have to worry about hawaii again for a long time :)

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wearing: black & floral dress with sheer side panels (via LF harvard square) || hawaiian gold bracelets & rings || faux orchid (via hot topic clearance bin) || shoemint sandals

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*scenes from the h&m newbury grand reopening event!*

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hi everyone!  i had a great weekend away for yet *another* family reunion…this time my husband’s mother’s side.  as usual, PLENTY of relatives, drink, food & good times!

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before i left boston, i was fortunate to have been invited to the grand reopening of the h&m on newbury street along with several of my blogger friends :)  the redesigned store is amazing!!!  sleeker, brighter, i barely recognized it from the previous store layout!

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the home section is as incredible as i thought!  everything you need from bath to kitchen to bedroom & all the little things in between.  i had so much fun running up the 2 floors several times & shopping to my heart’s content!  i picked up a fun new duvet set as well as an outfit that i’m sure will pop up in a future blog post ^_^

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since this was only a preview, i was there until the store finally opened up to the general public & let me tell you, it was CHAOS!  some people had been lining up since about 5 in the morning!  crazy right?  with the music blaring & the h&m associates cheering in the crowd, that corner of newbury street became quite the fun block party!  can’t wait to come back & do more shopping…once things have calmed down…hahaha!!!

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disclaimer: i was compensated by h&m with clothing & home items, but opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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