Lei Ann...Off Duty

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*street art in downtown knoxville*

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i just got back from an amazing weekend in knoxville, TN where my friends got married with the great smoky mountains as an incredible backdrop.  while i found all of nature’s majesty truly beautiful, i was actually pleasantly surprised with how bohemian & artsy parts of downtown knoxville is.

knoxville street art, mural

upon our sightseeing, my friends & i found this super awesome alley full of cool paintings, murals & street art.  truly, i definitely did not feel like i was in kansas…certainly not knoxville…anymore :)

knoxville street art, mural

wearing:  peter som for designation palm print/striped shift dress || cats eye sunglasses (via ebay) || scott (hawaii brand) wedge flip flops

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*black & white book print & stripes*

boston style blogger, infinity scarf, book print, striped dress

golly!  i go away for a few days to florida & come back to frigid boston weather!!!  luckily, it seems it’s only going to be cold today & warm up a bit more for the weekend.  whew!  i *like* cooler weather, but this was really unexpected ^_^

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luckily, this 'alice in wonderland' book print infinity scarf from uncommon goods came at juuuuuust the right time :)  it’s the perfect knit layer to ward off that autumn chill in the air.  plus, look at the little illustrations scattered on the scarf!  i was sold on just the words, but with the pictures, so much cuter!

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i really like uncommon goods for gifts for women.  they have a lot of unique designs & handcrafted gifts, most made right here in the US…great items i would love to give to friends that they wouldn’t find on every other website :)  uncommon goods also has cool gifts for men.  now that the fall weather is upon us, christmas & all that gift giving will be here before we’re ready, so check uncommon goods out :)  happy weekend, everyon!

wearing:  peter som for designation striped fit & flare dress || ‘alice in wonderland’ literary scarf (c/o uncommongoods) ||  express off-white denim jacket || black gladiator sandals (c/o luxury rebel

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disclaimer: i received the infinity scarf in exchange for a review from uncommon goods, but opinions are 100% my own :)

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*fringe kimono print mixing*

boston fashion blogger, peter som designation, fringe kimono jacket, print mixing

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 :)

boston fashion blogger, peter som designation, fringe kimono jacket, print mixing

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 ;)

boston fashion blogger, peter som designation, fringe kimono jacket, print mixing

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????

boston fashion blogger, shoemint sandals

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

boston fashion blogger, peter som designation, fringe kimono jacket, print mixing

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*cool*

boston fashion blogger, neon abstract floral dress, shoemint sandals, cool necklace

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

boston fashion blogger, neon abstract floral dress, shoemint sandals, cool necklace

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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.

boston fashion blogger, peter som designation, summer shirtdress, blue and white, batik print

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*

boston fashion blogger, peter som kohls, blue striped dress

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.

boston fashion blogger, peter som kohls, blue striped dress

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.

boston fashion blogger, peter som kohls, cat eye sunglasses

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 

boston fashion blogger, peter som kohls, blue striped dress

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*sartorial regrets?*

boston fashion blogger, galaxy print, high low skirt, crop knit turtleneck, shoemint sandals

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.

boston fashion blogger, galaxy print, crop knit turtleneck, wicked peacock bracelet

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?

boston fashion blogger, galaxy print, high low skirt, crop knit turtleneck, shoemint sandals

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 :)

boston fashion blogger, white high low dress, vintage necklace

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

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

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*the future is grey*

boston fashion blogger, all grey outfit, white halter, white harness, prada shoes

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

boston fashion blogger, all grey outfit, white halter, white harness

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

boston fashion blogger, all grey outfit, white halter, white harness, prada shoes

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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