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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*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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*colorblock & cutout*

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i really like the color blocking and graphic geometric patterns on this dress…a slimming & flattering silhouette, yet also feels sporty.  like the athletic-wear version of a dress :)  plus the fabric is stretchy & sorta spanx-like, so again feels really fitted, but not constricting :)  the shoes are also a new *old* favorite & the cut outs sort of mimic the black strips on the dress.  easy way to start off the work week :)

wearing: prabal gurung x target dress || target black blouse || big buckle cutout black suede heels (via dsw

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*cat shit crazy*

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admittedly, i’m not a cat person, even though i’ve owned at least one for the past 20+ years.  i love all my pets, but my dog has been the apple of my eye for the past 7 years.  however, i can’t deny my attraction for all things cat-like these days…cat ears headband, cat ears hat…i’m definitely OD’ing on all things kitty.  so, say hello to my newest feline frock & declare me officially addicted…hahaha!

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wearing:  target cat print dress || rodarte x target satin bowtie belt || MDH gifted pearl bracelet || sabine mary jane platforms (via piperlime)

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*hot (pink) pants*

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

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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

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*boston sightseeing in bright colors*

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just a quick photo for today from last week when my parents, uncles & aunts (technically my parents BFFs, but easier to call them aunties & uncles) were in town for a quick whirlwind visit.  i took them around all over boston for kind of a down & dirty, no frills driving/walking tour.  luckily the weather was perfectly sunny, yet still cool & not a cloud in the sky :)

wearing: prabal gurung x target cardigan || BCBG t-shirt || simply vera leggings || lesport sac bunny print purse || dolce vita x target sandals

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*boom boom on a boat*

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the high end designers/target collaborations can be a funny thing.  i’ve bought collections back pretty much in the beginning.  behnaz sarafpour anyone?  some pieces have not stood the test of time (proenza schouler) & others i still have to this day.  today, phillip lim debuted at target & i was lucky enough to snag the one piece i really wanted…the boom sweater.  i even ended up putting it on right away & wearing it out to the harbor cruise brunch i was invited to.

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to be honest, i don’t go overboard (like that? see how i did that? hahaha) with these target collabs anymore.  most of them have really simple staple pieces that get repetitive…don’t need yet another trench coat or cocktail dress, thanks.  this piece is definitely one of the signature pieces though & that’s how i treat these collections…just get a few items that you really like because you don’t need everything. plus with my husband being the comic book expert that he is & my little forays into cosplay…how could i *not* get the superhero-inspired boom sweatshirt?  hahaha!

wearing: phillip lim x target boom sweatshirt || express white pants (old) || express striped shirt (old) || kohl’s two-tone sunglasses || michael kors heels

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*chinese peony pink print*

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i’ll be honest…it was weird to come back to boston where the temperatures are *hotter* than when i left the mexican desert…hahaha! well, it’s like they say, the dry heat versus humidity is so much easier to handle (plus being able to dunk into a pool whenever i wanted helped a lot…tee hee hee).  this is when i pull out reliable old tunic tanks like this in a lightweight, almost see through cotton & pretty chinese peony print to get through the sweltering days o.O

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wearing: express peony print cotton blouse (years old) || target pink skirt || cameo skull pendant || gifted seed pearl earrings || dolce vita x target sandals

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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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*black & blue*

as a kung fu instructor, i typically have bruises *somewhere* on my body at any given time…either from training with the students or admittedly self-inflicted with weapons work.  wearing black & blue today then would probably be a more *accurate* representation of my true personal style…bwahaha!

wearing: zac posen for target snaps dress || vintage brocade jacket via oona’s $5 bag sale || isabel toledo x payless mesh heels

on a final note about the past few days, those of us in boston have all been feeling a bit bruised.  the physical scars are evident for the bombing victims, but in some way or another, we all have the mental, psychological and emotional scars.  it still feels a bit frivolous to me to post my daily outfits & be happy about new shoes, but we also just have to get back to our normal routines, back to our regular way of life to see ourselves past these tragedies.  let the healing begin…  

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*the new colorblocking*

i was a big fan of colorblocking waaaaay back in the day…like 2012!  hahaha!  then, it was all about pairing big blocks of color…your blouse, your skirt & your shoes.  i think the spring mix of colors will be like this dress, more a play on form with interesting lines, shapes & patterns instead, but still keeping to a more solid color scheme.  also, it seems *bright*, like neon bright, hues are still legit for the warm weather from what i’ve seen. hooray for that!!! 

wearing: prabal gurung x target mint/orange dress || target sunglasses || UO leather cuff (old) || modern vintage mary jane heels

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