Lei Ann...Off Duty

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*summer neon*

boston fashion blogger, neon yellow, mint floral

who knew that my screaming neon yellow, neoprene skater skirt would be the most versatile clothing item in my closet???  i wear this skirt all.the.time.  from the fall & winter season to the dog days of summer…it just always seems the perfect pick-me-up when i have trouble picking out my daily outfit :)

boston fashion blogger, neon yellow, mint floral

wearing: express mint floral top (super old) || asos yellow neoprene skirt || DIY chain/silk thread bracelet || candie’s sunglasses (via kohls) || shoemint leather espadrilles

boston fashion blogger, shoemint sandals, shoemint wedges

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*you’re invited! h&m newbury grand reopening*

boston fashion blogger, h&m newbury, military green, yellow, large font necklace

what does H&M stand for?  today for me, it means H = happy & M = major ^_^  do you know it also means hennes & mauritz?  i actually had to google that. i never knew, all this time, what H&M, one of my beloved shopping sites, is known for…hahaha! 

boston fashion blogger, h&m newbury, military green, yellow, large font necklace

speaking of being majorly happy,..when one of my BBBs (best blogger buds) invited me to the H&M grand reopening on newbury street this thursday, august 7th 10 am-12 noon, *of course* i said heck yeah :)  in honor of the exciting event & the expansion of the only H&M in new england with the extensive home collection, H&M is giving away free home items, gift cards & many more!  to win:

  • selfie to win:  the first 15 customers in line to tweet/instagram a selfie with the hashtag #bostonlovesHMhome at @bosfashionista will win a free outfit and one free H&M home item, as well as early access to the store the morning of the event*. 
  • secret password:  tell the cashier the secret password (bostonlovesHMhome) for 20% off one home item*.
  • global garment recycling:  help H&M kick off their global garment recycling program by donating unwanted pieces of clothing (from any brand) while in the store. customers will receive a voucher for 15% off one item on their next purchase for each bag of donated clothing. even better, customers who bring garments before the store opens at 10am will also have the chance to win H&M gift cards, valued between $50 and $100*.

* reopening event on august 7th only - 100 newbury street location only

i really love the home collection.  for example, as part of my spring cleaning earlier this year, instead of spending a lot on redecorating, i just bought new throw pillows that emphasized the green in my living room & easy peasy, a fresh look for not a lot of money.  so, i really can’t wait to peruse the home section IRL instead of online :)

hope to see you there!

boston fashion blogger, yellow strappy wedges

wearing:  h&m military green shirt dress || large font gold necklaces (via ebay) || steve madden sunglasses || cynthia vincent x target yellow gladiator wedges

home accessories:  h&m scarab & plant digital print cushion covers 

h&m home, digital print pillows

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*crop top & skirt set*

boston fashion blogger, grey abstract print, crop top skirt set

i’m baaaaack!  i had a family reunion last weekend & my family from florida had stayed with me for a whole week.  it was a lot of fun having my family up, but it was a lot of early mornings making breakfast for everyone & then a lot of walking around sightseeing & finally, late nights watching movies & just hanging out.  i’m still barely recovered, whew! 

boston fashion blogger, gold hawaiian necklace, plumeria necklace

my family is back home now & i miss my adorable nieces terribly, but i’m also glad to be back to a normal working and outfit posting schedule :)  

boston fashion blogger, grey abstract print, crop top skirt set

i’ve had this cute crop top & skirt combo for 2 summers now & it’s the greatest!  i like wearing it together to make one seamless dress or to break up into separates….wearing the top with white jeans or the skirt with a simple graphic T-shirt. it’s quite functionally brilliant.  i wish i could find more matchy-matchy sets like this.  maybe next summer…since it’s already august & this season is just flying by :(

wearing;  target grey abstract print crop top & skirt (on clearance) || hawaiian plumeria pendant (from hawaii) || target sunglasses || shoemint white leather sandals

boston fashion blogger, shoemint white leather sandal

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*asian print & stripes*

boston fashion blogger, asian print outfit, stars stripes outfit, print mixing

i’ve been wanting to use this pretty asian print top ever since the days have become more humid & thought the stripes in this skirt perfectly resonated with the stripes in the swirly print.  today while running errands in harvard square, 2 girls totally noticed i did that & complimented me on my print mixing :)  always nice when someone else appreciates your attention to detail ^_^

boston fashion blogger, asian print outfit, stars stripes outfit, print mixing

wearing:  millau racerback blouse (LF harvard square) || urban outfitters stars & stripes skirt || skeleton cameo pendant (via ebay) || jewelmint earrings || melissa rubber wedges

boston fashion blogger, asian print outfit, stars stripes outfit, print mixing

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*white mesh*

boston fashion blogger, all white outfit, white mesh

*another* all white outfit???  i swear, i’m not so monochromatic all the time…just seems that way on the days when i actually have time for a photo.  hahaha!

boston fashion blogger, all white outfit, white mesh

loving these 2 relatively new, not yet worn clothing items…this white dress with deep v-neck & flattering side panel cutouts which are a bit much for day wear, however under this perfectly cropped length mesh sweater (for someone as short-waisted as i) it’s actually doable & not too risqué.  paired with my super old, but identically matched mesh heels, i’m ready for a nice dinner with friends out at the boston waterfront tonight ^_^

boston fashion blogger, all white outfit, white mesh

wearing: necessary clothing white dress || express mesh crop sweater (extreme clearance only $5!) || bebe white mesh stiletto heels (at least 4 years old!)

boston fashion blogger, all white outfit, white mesh

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*white…hot*

boston fashion blogger, all white outfit, daenerys braids, white halter, shoemint sandals

the humid, gross summer we’ve been waiting for so long in boston is finally here & i, for one, am among those who do.NOT.like it.  if i wanted to sweat all the time, i’d move back to florida…hahaha!

boston fashion blogger, all white outfit, daenerys braids, white halter, shoemint sandals

pulling out more old lightweight white dresses certainly helps though.  while i like how easy breezy this dress is, it’s also literally 5 sizes too big.  easily solved with my trusty white halter that holds all that extra fabric in :)  file this under the category of “how to wear oversized clothing without actually having to get them tailored” bwahaha!

boston fashion blogger, all white outfit, daenerys braids, white halter, shoemint sandalsmore braids *again* to keep some of this sweltering hair off of my face & easy wedge sandals to round out the look…just in time for the upcoming holiday weekend & if we didn’t know it yet, summer is OFFICIALLY here!  

boston fashion blogger, all white outfit, daenerys braids, white halter, shoemint sandals

wearing:  swapped white cotton dress || marshalls slip || BCBG faux leather harness || shoemint ‘blaire’ white leather sandals

boston fashion blogger, all white outfit, daenerys braids, white halter, shoemint sandals

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*stripes & tokidoki*

boston fashion blogger, personal style blogger, stripes, tokidoki

yet another black & white & pop of pink outfit :)  seems i’ve found my formula for the season ^_^  still can’t go without print mixing though…hence that fashion staple of summer stripes plus more unconventional & crazy tokidoki print, hahaha!

boston fashion blogger, personal style blogger, stripes, tokidoki

wearing: old navy striped racerback dress || tokidoki x lesportsac handbag (from manila) || miscellaneous rubber bracelets || target pink sandals 

boston fashion blogger, personal style blogger, stripes, tokidoki

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*going for the gold*

cream dress, gold necklace, large font necklace, cool necklace, yellow sandals

sometimes gold accessories seem passé…other times they’re white hot.  i’ve definitely been loving these large font word necklaces that i got recently…either bunched together or single use :)  speaking of hot & the return of humid, sweltering weather, the “cool” label was something i was not feeling today, hahaha ^_^ 

gold necklace, large font necklace, cool necklace

wearing:  target cream textured dress || large font “cool” necklace (via ebay) || cynthia vincent x target yellow gladiator wedges (old)

cream dress, gold necklace, large font necklace, cool necklace, yellow sandal

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*basketball daenerys*

basketball, daernerys, targaryen, khaleesi, cosplay, philadelphia comic con, philly

it’s been a crazy busy week, so here’s a quick shot from this past weekend’s jaunt at philly comic con.  i actually had a really big new cosplay (costume play) i was going to debut, but my stupid wig didn’t arrive in time :/  oh well, that’s why i bring a backup…not fully in costume, but still in keeping with the spirit of comic con.  hence, say hello to basketball daenerys targaryen!  hahaha ;)

wearing:  black milk targaryen shooter || wet seal liquid leggings || basketball compression sleeve (via ebay) || steve madden wedge sneakers

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*polka dots with a pop of pink*

polka dot outfit, black white polka dots, pink sandals

nothing super exciting to say about my outfit today…except to comment on the origin of my polka dotted shirt.  you see, i pulled it out of the drawer & have *NO* idea where it came from.  haven’t gone shopping, thrifting or to a clothing swap recently, so no.clue.what.so.ever.  oh well…super cute right?

pink sandals, target sandals, wedge sandals

wearing:  unknown black/white polka dot blouse || target white embroidered lace trim skirt (girl’s section) || giveaway pink rubber bracelet from pinkberry || target pink wedge sandals

polka dot outfit, black white polka dots, pink sandals

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