Lei Ann...Off Duty

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*mint circles & neon floral*

polka dots, floral, neon, mint, beads

i’ve not shopped for clothes in a while.  kinda of burnt out on buying stuff just because, plus i have some financial goals i’m trying to accomplish, so laying low on the “fast fashion” spending.  

polka dots, floral, neon, mind, beads

that being said, i’m still amazed by some of the outfit combinations i’ve not yet come up with pieces in my closet i’ve owned for years at this point.  REALLY loving the matching shades of mint & chartreuse in 2 very different articles of clothing…punctuated by a beaded necklace in the same colors.  also, i can still address some of my favorite “trends” like floral, print mixing & neon.  hope the crazy pattern mixing doesn’t hurt your eyes.  i LOVE it!  here’s to a happy (hopefully) early spring!

polka dots, floral, neon, mint, beads

wearing: express shades of green polka dot blouse || forever 21 neon floral skirt || danskin tights || forever 21 beaded long necklace || pour la victoire leather & pony hair nude booties (via gilt city warehouse sale)

polka dots, floral, neon, mint, beads

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*hot (pink) pants*

hot pink pants, prabal gurung top, target, bright colors, neon, floral, abstract print

it’s officially autumn, right?  i’m supposed to be wearing darker, muted colors, right?  whoops…guess i missed the memo on that one ^_^

earrings, crystal, pearl, bracelet

wearing: prabal gurung x target floral abstract top || hot pink pants (custom made in bangkok) || thrifted crystal/pearl earrings || pearl bracelet (gift from MDH) || modern vintage mary janes

hot pink pants, prabal gurung top, target, bright colors, neon, floral, abstract print

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*neon electric orange & green*

green, orange, neon, highlighter, prabal gurung dress, target, black belt, cork sandals, dv, dolce vita

i really wanted to wear these cork sandals today.  kind of a last hurrah to summer.  however, i must still be on a neon high from yesterday, pairing the orange neon trimming of these heels with the fluorescent orange in my dress.  why not?  nice sunny day, some fun plans for this weekend…bright colors to match my happy mood ^_^  have a great weekend, everyone!

wearing: prabal gurung x target colorblocked dress || hawaiian style gold bracelet || DV dolce vita neon orange piping cork sandals

dv, dolce vita, cork sandals, heels, neon piping, neon trim, orange neon

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*the new name for neon*

neon, yellow, bright, dress, summer, lace, macy's, tennis ball

trends can be a funny thing.  the way fashion flies so fast these days with instantaneous runway photos from fashion week to social media heralding styles “in” & “out” faster than project runway, it’s hard to keep up.  i think as a result, whatever is called a trend becomes more of a staple.  remember a couple seasons ago when leopard print was the hottest “trend”?  child please, when does animal print *ever* go away? it’s always acceptable in the fashion world!

neon, yellow, bright, dress, summer, lace, macy's, tennis ball

admittedly, i’ll be stretching that truth a bit further with neon.  it’s a harder trend to keep more relevant.  however, i’ve proclaimed myself a child of the 80s on many the occasion, so neon for me is here to stay :)  plus with all the compliments i got on the color of my dress, seems like no one is complaining.  

however, just to be safe & cover all my bases…maybe i won’t say i’m wearing neon.  i declare this color “tennis ball yellow”…hahahaha!

neon, yellow, bright, dress, summer, lace, macy's, tennis ball

wearing: bebop “tennis ball yellow” lace dress (via macy’s) || express belt (old) || me & ro gold necklace || kohl’s 2-tone sunnies || target nude heels

target, nude heels, sandals, tennis ball, tan

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*stripes & squares*

black, blue, stripes, print, neon yellow, cross strap bra

i remember the first 2 weeks of august was the most perfect beautiful weather…couldn’t even call it summer really, sunny clear days with nary a blip on the humidity scale.  these last 2 weeks of august…blehhhhh. the days would start off cool enough & then by 2-3 o’clock, all this crazy humidity would kick in >.<  well, it technically is still summer…better enjoy while you can right?  like i better enjoy some of these old sleeveless tops before they get tucked way in the back of the drawers again :)

LF, black, blue stripes, target print skirt, neon yellow

wearing: LF stores striped tank || T by alexander wang cross front bra || target squares print skirt || lela rose x payless strappy wedges

black, blue, stripes, print, neon yellow, cross strap bra

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*neon abstract floral print for a rainy day*

i wanted to wear something fun, flirty & BRIGHT to the marshalls spring #fabfound event the other night.  easily done with another PBxT dress in striking neon colors & abstract “kaleidoscope” type print. 

however, the rains we recently had in boston also put a damper on an *almost* carefree evening.  don’t i always have a clothing item to the rescue though?  hahaha!  this newly found goodwill treasure of a rain jacket fit the bill quite nicely :)  added some equally fun & bright arm accessories & i was on my way.  

whoops, forgot the kicks ^_^  since this was a marshalls event, i took off the shelf, probably still my *best* marshalls find EVAR!  stuart weitzman lavender cheetah print heels, but neutral enough to conform to any outfit…for $75.  oh yeah!

wearing: prabal gurung x target dress || cynthia rowley ruffled coat (via goodwill) || kohl’s multichain bracelet || stuart weitzman heels

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*a pop of color*

the most overused terms in fashion blogging (in my opinion) are “obsessed, chic, stylish, pop of color & date night.”  with that being said, on this most rainy, windy & dreariest of days, here’s my outfit featuring “a pop of color.”  hypocrite much?  hahaha!

wearing: michael kors fishermen net sweater || wet seal bodycon black dress || target neon pink bandeau || JC thigh high boots

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*prabal gurung for target sweatshirt*

i am in love, LOVE with this sweatshirt from the prabal gurung x target collab.  it’s just so bright & FUN!  in fact, i also like the proenza schouler one from a few months ago as well.  these are such easy pieces to wear…the comfort of sweats, yet not too casual or boring or covered with some high school/university logo :)  plus, more groundbreaking news…i wore pants!  i so hate pants, but these ann taylor ones gifted to me fit excellently both waist-wise & lengthwise.  some days just call for pants as well.  as much as i love tights & knee high boots & the whole rigmarole…there’s also the simple ease of pulling on a pair of pants, slipping on ankle booties & then just go :)

a side note on this sweatshirt…i wore it when i was in florida recently visiting my brand new niece.  my youngest brother said to me “the baby can’t hear you…your shirt’s too loud.”  so funny!  that’s my brother…gotta be such a goofball XD

wearing: prabal gurung x target sweatshirt || moda international striped shirt (very old) || c/o ann taylor black curvy wide leg pants 

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*sweatshirt snow day*

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wore this last week when there was still snow on the ground.  nothing new to report.  just a casual, yet fashionable take on the classic gray sweatshirt & my reliable, thick neoprene skirt that keeps my legs warm outside in the cold.  plus, a braid & beret to deal with unwashed hair days…hahaha :)

wearing: proenza schouler x NM/target sweatshirt || asos neoprene skirt || F21 knit beret || simply vera tights || aldo faux fur boots 

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*transitioning trends towards fall*

trend checklist, here we go!  neon (still???)…check! floral print on black background…check!  peter pan collar…check!  ombre hair…check!  super chunky mary jane platforms (always!)…check, check, *check* & CHECK!  

while neon is still a favorite staple of mine, it’s definitely more of a summer time thing, but this skirt is made of neoprene, so it’s heavy & sturdy enough to carry me well into fall.  already starting the transitioning…dare i say it, *pre-fall*…process though by wearing it with a darker top & closed-toe heels.  like mike tyson singing along with phil collins, we can feel it coming in the air tonight, can’t we? oh who am i kidding…we’ll probably get a sweltering heatwave with 90% humidity next week o.O  it is new england after all XD

wearing: asos neoprene skater skirt || swapped blouse || target watch || hawaiian gold plumeria necklace || piperlime mary jane platforms

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