Lei Ann...Off Duty

acupuncturist kung fu sifu speed typist hawaiian-born bostonian zombie hunter...so what's a girl supposed to wear on her day off? leiannoffduty@gmail.com ~ FB: Lei Ann Off Duty

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*turquoise floral & black lace*

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have to be honest…i do love the latest peter pilotto & target collaboration (what i’ve termed the perfect description of my style - asian floral throw up, hahaha), but can’t seem to commit to buying much.  i’ve perused 2 target stores, but had left empty-handed.  as much as i love the collection, i have a feeling most of it will end up in clearance, so i’ll take my chances.  this blouse was the only thing i did order as it was an online exclusive & i the colors & textures look much better IRL!  i love how the sleeves are lace, so it breaks up the pure black & white floral print.  plus, i can wear my black lace skirt to full effect…win :)

wearing: peter pilotto for target turquoise print blouse || wet seal black lace skirt || simply vera wang tights || steve madden sneaker wedges

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*egyptian streetwear*

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well, well, back in a winter wonderland!  at least it makes for a pretty backdrop.  there are supposed to be 3 separate snowstorms in the boston area this week.  up here in the north, we’re quite used to snow, but 3 in a week!!!  that’s a little hardcore even for us.  

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still loving my crazy huge large font necklaces…i’ve been wearing them almost every day!  paired them with an outfit that’s pretty divergent for me - more skintight & sexy, more streetwear, more sphinx - to head out for a night on the town :)

wearing: necessary clothing sphinx dress || wet seal faux leather leggings || happy & love necklaces (via ebay) || aldo outlet wedge boots

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*happy love for chinese new year*

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GONG HAY FAT CHOY!  that’s cantonese for HAPPY NEW YEAR!  today starts the new lunar year - the year of the horse :)  i’m not ethnically chinese, but throughout my long kung fu career, i tend to celebrate many of the customs that come along with the territory ^_^  for example, wearing red & gold…always good luck colors for the new year.  also, wearing new things.  this sweater is old, but both the skirt & necklaces are new.  very “happy” that these awesomely huge letter necklaces just arrived from china too (before the whole country shuts down for the holiday), so hey, double dose of good luck!  i just “love” them!  here are some other observances i tend to do (or not do) for chinese new year ^_^  many happy tidings for health, happiness & prosperity in 2014! 

wearing: thrifted red sweater || express tan A-line skirt || happy & love necklaces (via ebay) || simply vera nude fishnet stockings || nine west knee high leather boots (super old - via pennsylvania consignment shop)

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*what does the cat say*

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nothing much to report up here in the great white north.  still frigid & frozen.  hahaha!  what a surprise!  not straying far either from my daily outfit staple of sweater, skirt, double tights/leggings & boots.  at least funny, fuzzy sweaters like this keep things a little more lively in this “cat”-astrophic cold.  (hahaha! like that?)

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wearing: forever 21 bats & cats meow sweater || stars skirt (via mall in bangkok) || siimply vera tights || aldo outlet ankle booties

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*winter off-whites*

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oddly warm weather today with it being almost 50 degrees.  decided to take advantage of this rare break with a short skirt & ankle booties!  hahaha!  cos we all know it’ll be back to double layers & long fabrics again tomorrow ^_^

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wearing: express sweater (old) || thrifted lace dress || danskin tights || pour la victoire leather & pony hair booties (via gilt city warehouse sale)

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*going ‘round in circles*

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gotta admit…i’m almost ready to throw in the towel.  the arctic temperatures & at least every other week snowstorms here in boston are making it damn hard to dress cute.  i always have to build my outfit around the only 2 pairs of winter boots i have that are durable enough to brave the elements.  i’m still trying though :)  at least i can count on my other winter tricks to at least make the effort of being warm yet not look completely like a schlub either.

1. at least wearing double tights or tights under leggings surprisingly keeps my legs plenty warm enough as long as i also have knee high boots.

2.  layering…not just long-sleeved t-shirts under sweaters, but extra layers under skirts, like lacy-edged slips, as well.  remember, layering creates air pockets that stay trapped & warm with your body heat.

3.  winter coats that cover my butt & thigh areas.  truth…i can wear skirts entirely throughout winter as long as i have long coats.  take a peek in my closet, i only have 1 or 2 winter jackets/coats that end at my waist.  

anyone else have tips or tricks for looking put together, yet warm enough, throughout the harsh winter?

wearing:  express sweater (old) || forever 21 polka dot dress (old) || simply vera wang leggings || urban outfitters circle necklace (old) || aldo winter boots (old)

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*harness the power*

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i loves me a good leather harness.  it’s so much more functional than a belt, more modern looking than suspenders, yet the best of both worlds.  it has definitely been my accessory of choice lately, more so than a necklace or scarf…especially this particular halter made by blogger extraordinaire, luxirare.  i’ve been mesmerized with her blog for years & the quality of her craftsmanship is just superb :)

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wearing: calvin klein sweater || black velvet maxi skirt (old) || luxirare black leather harness || isabel toledo x payless ankle booties

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*pinks & reds for a florida wedding*

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back from florida (again) & had such a wonderful time with friends at the wedding we attended.  i knew the weather was going to be beautiful & the event on this picturesque estate, so i thought i’d go as fancy as i can in this floor length zac posen for target gown.  i’ve worn it before to a clinton foundation holiday party, but i thought the pinks & reds of this vibrant dress deserved a day out in the sun ^_^  plus, it has an adorable fishtail train.  who wouldn’t love it, right?

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on a side note, my friend above, christina, & i seem to have a knack for dressing similarly when we’re together.  first, it was metallics at new year’s eve; then, all black on a night out on the towne (pun intended); now her red dress to compliment the red in mine.  we have another wedding later this year with mostly the same circle of friends, so i can’t wait to see if we also coordinate then…hahaha!

wearing:  zac posen x target safety pin print dress || vintage rhinestones necklace || biwa pearl bracelets (gift from MDH)

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*stripes in sarasota*

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hiyeeeee!  i’m back in sunny florida for a friend’s wedding & very happy to escape the polar vortex cold for even a little bit :)  i wasn’t planning on taking outfit shots, but hey, waiting for friends in the hotel lobby & even if not great quality cell phone pics, aw heck, why not? 

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i only really want to talk about THESE shoes anyway!  my end all & be all the past year has been these fendi spring 2013 stud heels.  i fell in love with them immediately when i saw them on the runway & the internet gods blessed me with finding them in my size & not that crazy expensive.  soooo enamored with them & would be happy not buying shoes for a while now that i have these beauties.  well, gonna go & get my day started before the wedding.  signing off from sarasota (for now) ^_^   

wearing: banana republic black/white striped dress || fendi stud heels (via ebay) || cat eye sunglasses (via ebay) || deux lux handbag

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*new jewels in the snow*

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i decided to take advantage of all the snow days i already seemed to have accumulated this very short year so far & showcase some of my recently acquired accessories :)

1.  bcbg fur tech earmuffs. i love 2-in-1 accessories, especially when combined with both style & function.  yes, you can take the wire/cord off to be used as just earmuffs :)  i actually bought these for the headphones purpose, but with the negative temperatures we’ve been having in the boston area lately, the ear warming function is much appreciated!

2.  spider pendant from a random vendor at supermegafest.  my darling husband bought it for me since i was carrying no cash in my costume :)  i like this spider as it reminds me of the cane spiders i grew up with in hawaii.  if you saw the size of those suckers that i had to constantly contend with coming into my house (even carrying their egg sacs), you know why i have no fear of weeny spiders here on the mainland ^_^

3.  wicked peacock cage bracelet & art deco necklace.  i love the snake chain of the necklace, so luxe, heavy & different.  it perfectly accompanied the grid-like matte gold cuff for an evening out :)  wicked peacock’s brick & mortar store is located in rockport, but i was lucky to buy these very affordable items from silvana herself when i ran into her at a local holiday fair!  hope your new year so far is also looking special, sparkly & bright!

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