Lei Ann...Off Duty

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*strappily ever after*

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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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*winter off-whites*

winter white, cream, off white, neutral, beige, lace, sweater, ankle boots

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 ^_^

winter white, cream, off white, neutral, beige, lace, sweater, ankle boots

winter white, cream, off white, neutral, beige, lace, sweater, ankle boots

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

winter white, cream, off white, neutral, beige, lace, sweater, ankle boots

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*cream & camel*

cream sweater, thick chunky sweater, neoprene skirt, asos skirt, hood sweater, hooded cable sweater, knee high boots, camel boots, leather boots, tassels

what’s with me & the head accoutrements lately?  i never wear anything on my head, even during the coldest & windiest of days, but then BAM, all of a sudden, all i want to do is cover my crowning glory…hahaha!  i guess that’s just what happens when your outfit is inspired by a winter wonderland ^_^

cream sweater, thick chunky sweater, neoprene skirt, asos skirt, hood sweater, hooded cable sweater, knee high boots, camel boots, leather boots, tassels

wearing: express hooded & tassled cable knit sweater (old) || asos neoprene skirt || danskin tights || thrifted nine west camel leather knee high boots (super old)

cream sweater, thick chunky sweater, neoprene skirt, asos skirt, hood sweater, hooded cable sweater, knee high boots, camel boots, leather boots, tassels

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*lace & gold & a rainy day*

h&m lace dress, cream lace, beige lace, bell sleeves, boho chic, 60s, 70s, bohemian

i was getting ready to go out for my husband’s birthday dinner…all casually & leisurely like…when KAPOW this rainstorm came outta nowhere!  it was nice to feel the refreshing breeze, but that upped my timetable for finding a break between raindrops to photograph this & then leave the house on time, so then it was, rush, rush, rush!  first world problems…*sigh* ^_^  on a separate note, kind of channeling a boho vibe of the 60s up top with the short hemline silhouette & bell sleeves, but then moving into the 70s below with the gold leather, mad high platform wedges.  ready for disco dancing, anyone?  hahaha!

wearing: h&m lace dress ($5 clearance) || gifted gold tassel necklace (used to belong to MDH’s gma) || bebe gold platform wedges

bebe gold wedges, gold leather, platform wedges, bebe, cork, 70s style wedges, platforms

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*knit & neoprene & cosby show style*

know who my style icon was growing up?  other than alexis colby & those faaaabulous shoulder pads?  it was actually claire huxtable of the cosby show!  not so much her lawyer power suits or her casual sweaters, but every time she wore a big wrap or shawl, i loved it!  i especially flipped for the wrap with fur tails (apologies to people who don’t advocate wearing fur…i’m just giving style credit where it’s due) she wore to get her family painting back in a high end auction, one of my favorite episodes :)

add to that the fact that i grew up in hawaii, so warm weather clothing was a novelty to me.  boots, gloves, scarves, capes, ponchos, anything fur???  even closed toe shoes were nowhere in my vocabulary…hahaha!  maybe that’s why i more than compensate now…aaaaand every time i wear a big ass shawl or wrap…i think i’m channeling the fabulous claire huxtable :)

wearing: ann taylor sweater (swapped) || ann taylor colorblock knit wrap || F21 tights || asos neoprene skirt || pour la victoire triple lace boots

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*harvard colors*

wearing:  motel rocks wendy sweater (via akira chicago) || simply vera wang chino leggings || thrifted nine west butterscotch leather boots

don’t ask me why i’m dressed in crimson & cream…harvard university colors.  i live close by, but that’s about the only correlation.  it’s friday…it’s the end of the week…i’m tired.  however, wearing this super thick, warm & comfortable sweater in this dreary icky weather, guess that makes me a bit more wicked smaht ^_^

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*it was “mint” to be*

wearing:  swapped tracy m. silk blouse || express wide leg pants || JPG for target white patent belt || bandolino snakeskin pumps

first of all…i know, i know…i’m wearing pants!  on such a warm spring day like today, you’d think i’d be all over a skirt & bare legs.  to be honest, i’ll have to be on the bus & train later & back at home late tonight & not sure on how chilly it’ll be in the evening, so no bare legs for today.  plus, i wanted to wear this great new swapped (brand new with tags even!) mint green blouse & none of my skirts match  as beautifully as these cream pants :)

accessories:  spike the punch necklace || target watch || ross simons lime quarts cocktail ring || hawaii plumeria gold ring

ironically, i had painted my “other” spike the punch necklace to go with this blouse to be able to wear today.  unfortunately, the mint greens didn’t really match up…the shirt was more seafoam & the necklace ended up more a pure mint green. fortunately for me, the dark teal of these gems still worked :) 

decided to go all out with the mint green by matching my nail polish also.  well, just one hand.  you know how much i like 2 colors for one manicure :)  also, since i cannot *not* have some kind of pattern mixing in my outfit…why not some snakeskin pumps ^_^  tomorrow’s gonna be a super warm mid-60’s kinda day! yippee!!!

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*the thai iced tea outfit*

i didn’t mean to look so surly in my photo today. or didn’t i??? my outfit’s inspiration is *clearly* influenced by the delicious thai iced tea i had with dinner last night. just thinking about that sweet, thirst quenching creaminess is making me very sad & pensive.

although…i *am* going down to chinatown in a little while to train. i’ll just leave a few minutes earlier so i can stop & get another one! brilliant!!! in the inimitable words of bill cosby…”i’m so smart, i’m smarter than me!”

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*and it’s not the weather…hand me my leather*

can you tell i’m trying to squeeze in the wearing of all the trench coats/long jackets i have before the *warm* temperatures of spring really take hold? hahaha! as much as i really just want to throw on a dress & platform sandals and NO tights, i’m already mourning the storage of my favorite cooler weather items. my absolute most favorite is this cream leather jacket i’ve had for easily a decade! yup, it was one of my first won, most prized ebay scores. it had to have been custom made as there is no tag, no nothing. it’s the most supple, softest leather. i take such good care of it, there’s not a worn spot anywhere. everyone needs a basic leather jacket or coat, but the fact that it’s not your standard black leather, makes it even more special for me. yeah, it’s cool to be trinity & all, but i feel more awesome, like switch, when i wear it ^_^

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