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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*scenes from full moon resort in big indian, NY*

"oh give me a home…where the dharma neckplates roam.  where the kids & the unicorns plaaaaaay….”

i have a sorta busy weekend coming up, so i leave you with photos from last week…when i was more relaxed & life was at a more leisurely pace. have a great weekend everyone ^_^

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*what i wore for a wedding in the woods*

you know me…i wouldn’t go off "glamping" in the woods for no other reason than just to relax & get away from it all, right?  you’re correct!  actually, MDH & i attended a wedding that was the epitome of romantic country nuptials :)  it was very rustic & down to earth with the ceremony in a moss-lined glade, yet elegant with a reception in a barn decorated with chinese lanterns & white lights :) 

wearing: anna sui x target black lace dress || vintage wild mink stole || glamourai dharma neckplate || lori’s shoes patent leather heels

so, being out in the woods was an appropriate occasion to wear my wild mink stole that i rarely bring out.  i bought it at a church rummage sale for $40.  when i brought it to be cleaned, the girl at the local fur shop asked if i knew what it was.  when i said mink, she corrected me with “wild mink” which she recognized by the striped fur vs. farmed mink.  wow, lucky me to find such a rare piece! 

**note:  i think i’ve stated my opinions on fur before, but i share the sentiments of most bloggers i know. while i don’t seek out new fur clothing at all, when i see vintage items while thrifting, i still appreciate them for the quality pieces of fashion that they are. sometimes i buy them, sometimes i don’t, but the ones i do become cherished special occasion items that i wear & store with care. maybe i can pass them on to my nieces one day if they so choose :) **

so much for that tangent…whew!  in any case, we had a great time at this wedding far-flung into the forest ^_^  i’ll post pics from it soon :)             

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*saris as far as the eye can see*

speaking of indian wedding…here is just a mere tiny sampling of the beautiful brocades, eye-catching embroidery, sumptuous silks & amazing arm parties that surrounded me that night!  i’ll just let the photos speak for themselves ^_^

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*navy sheer & gold for an indian wedding*

wearing: see by chloe sheer dress ($5 filene’s basement GOOB score!) || h&m gold dress (swapped) || n.y.l.a gold/mesh ankle booties (similar)

oh wow…looksie!  a regular ol’ outfit post.  FINALLY!  hahaha!  it’s been a crazy month, so i’m grateful for this very lazy, yet still busy & fun 4-day thanksgiving holiday weekend.  MDH & i didn’t go to my in-laws in PA as we typically do for thanksgiving as we had our friends’ wedding to attend here in boston.  our friends are indian & i wish i had ended up getting a traditional sari to wear, but i was also happy with the appropriately festive & sufficiently gilded outfit i ended up putting together :) 

accessories:  aldo outlet earrings || asos ankle cuffs || express gold coins belt (from high school!) || ebay acrylic clutch || vintage mink stole 

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*7-year wedding anniversary*

i married a still pretty awesome guy 7 years ago (even though we’ve known each other almost 19 years now).  back then, i dyed my hair back to almost black & wore a demetrios cap sleeve silver white gown that i still find totes amaze.  quick photo now & more details on our *very quick* NYC getaway later ^_^

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*wedding in new hampshire ~ rodarte inspired*

another one of my kung fu brothers got married this weekend, but luckily we didn’t have too far to go this time…new hampshire vs. california.  it was a beautiful ceremony & reception set in a castle venue & of course you can’t have a castle or a kung fu wedding & NOT have a dragon show up!  hahaha! 

even though this dress is years old at this point, i still really love it.  i adore the lace overlay & the flounce of the full skirt, yet the black bow tie detail makes it really appropriate for formal occasions.  since the bride had requested that fascinators be worn, i decided to go a step further with the whole rodarte theme & wore my DIY stars headpiece.  it was a wonderfully warm, but not humid, summer night with plenty of food & wine, lotsa dancing, a photo booth & my favorite, a bananas foster station!!!  congrats again to rich & deb…much love & happiness to you both :)  

wearing: rodarte x target lace dress || DIY rodarte stars hair clip || thrifted black snake cuff || the glamourai double knuckle ring || lulu townsend flower ring clutch (via DSW) || xoxo beaded bracelet (bacalaren district, manila) || dolce & gabbana archless black satin platforms

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*sandy pink & ocean blue*

wearing:  river island cape dress (via asos) || aldo silver chrome heels || white bead bracelet (baclaran market, manila) || ice.com rings

keeping it short & sweet as i’m still here in florida & having an awesome vaykay with my family!  also, continuing to recover from the wonderful time i had at my younger brother’s wedding.  unfortunately, it was rainy weather the day of the ceremony which was to take place on the beach, but the indoor event was nevertheless lovely & we were all still so very happy & had tons o’ fun :)

the resort they picked to have their reception at was gloriously ocean themed & i loved the decor that had everything from smooth stones to bubble fountains to sparkling shells…all in the muted blues of the ocean & sandy beiges of the beach.  glad i wore the appropriate dress to match the occasion ^_^

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*wedding in florida ~ the reception outfit*

since i had so much time between the wedding ceremony & the reception of my good friends…*of course* i changed outfits!!!  any opportunity to rock different dresses, OH YEAH!  plus, how the heck am i supposed to dance the night away with that fascinator on my head?  it would have flown off with the first wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle…hahaha!

i had been eating so much (what else is new?) during my florida trip which i knew i was going to do, so i brought along this cute heavily beaded, “cold shoulder” dress from asianicandy that was in a waist-friendly tent style, yet still very flirty & perfect for flitting around the dance floor :)  drop earrings that amazingly matched perfectly with the blue & gold beads of my dress & this lovely club monaco chain mail fringe purse that i got via miss neira’s shopbop gift card giveaway completed the outfit.  thanks again to the beautiful neira!

finally…since the bride is my SOLE sister in every way (we’re both sub-5 feet & mad addicted to platforms), i *had* to make sure i had amazing shoes…hence these steve madden pink glitter platforms!  just to show how unconsciously synchronized we are…she also had these fantastic steve madden hot pink pumps with rhinestone-studded heels!!!  TDF!  i loved watching her go around in her dazzling white dress & catching that peek of hot pink as she walked.  their entire wedding day was such an incredible time.  i’m back in boston & already terribly miss our friends & all the good memories (plus the warm florida sun…hahaha!) *sigh*…ah well, until next time ;)  congratulations again to carissa & willis!  

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*wedding in florida ~ the church outfit*

so, the big day has arrived!  the wedding of 2 good friends that has been 2 years in the making.  well, maybe make that 15.  i have known the bride for 15 years (yes, since she was a itty, bitty girl) even though it was only in the past couple that we became closer, but i knew even back then she would make just the most gorgeous little bride & have the most beautiful wedding :)

since i started the first wedding of this year wearing this fascinator…thought i’d end the year wearing it again.  now i can probably get rid of it.  it has been fun to wear post-royal wedding, but i bet fascinators next year will be so passé.  when my husband told our other guy friend that this was not a “hat” but that it was called a “fascinator,” our friend had to ask whether it was spelled “fasten-ator” or “fascinate-or.”  i told him it was the latter & wasn’t he fascinated?  he had to admit, he was…oh yes, he was, hahaha!

i kept the rest of my outfit conservative with a smart looking blazer in classic navy & the light blue rodarte for target dress.  just wanted the fascinator to do the talking…and these shoes to do the walking ^_^

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*what i did on my 6th wedding anniversary*

funny how life works sometimes.  while all my blogger friends back home were doing all the fashiony events surrounding boston’s fashion night out & NYFW, i’ve been decidedly *non*fashionable at all in bangkok.  even on the day of my wedding anniversary, i was a hot, sweaty, humidity-attacked mess & i.would.not.have.had.it.an.y.oth.er.way ^_^

since MDH’s conference was finally over, the day started off fast & furious.  many of his work colleagues were heading home to their various points of origin (some the USA, some vietnam & other countries) & they needed to get their shopping done ASAP!  i was *all* too happy to help.  first stop, the famous 30-acre 15,000 stall chatuchak market.  since it’s only open on the weekend, both thai residents & tourists alike descend upon this crazily congested shopping district where you can find everything from porcupines (yes, as in the animal…just don’t ask me if they’re sold as food or pets…eek!) to vintage leather jackets & everything else in between!  my favorite was buying all the dried foods that i can’t really get here (like dried cuttlefish & jackfruit chips) & being able to sample before you buy…or, you all know how much i loves me some street food, how about it being the only place you can get mini brownie donuts on a stick?  hahaha!

after chatuchak, we took cabs to siam paragon…the complete 180 degree opposite of chatuchak market.  in other words, this was the high end mall with designer brands, the latest in tech & (blessedly) air conditioning!  we spent time here doing more browsing, eating at the most gigantic food court i’ve ever seen (and manila looooves their food courts…trust me) & also buying goods at gourmet market…their premiere gorgeous, pristine supermarket with almost artfully curated produce that makes eataly in NYC look like a dumping warehouse for kraft macaroni & cheese.  there, i was very pleased to find pure virgin coconut oil for my hair.

after that, we parted ways with some of the guys who were finally leaving for the airport & we headed back to the hotel for a much needed nap.  the day ended with the most incredible seafood dinner on the river that MDH’s conference director arranged & even though it was our “romantic” anniversary dinner, i was all too happy to let him join us.  in fact, i kept joking it was really a romantic dinner for him & my hubby since they kept talking conference/company business & i was just there for the ride…hahaha!  

now, MDH & i had been together a looooong time & spent many an anniversary dinner together…everything from exclusive tables at the fanciest of boston’s restaurants to a hurried take home dinner of indian food over the last 4 minutes of our anniversary on a particularly busy work day.  all in all, just being able to spend our special day in bangkok, doing my most favorite of activities…shopping & eating…with my dearest, sweetest husband beside me the whole time…this will be one of the best anniversaries i will remember in a long time.  now, it would just be perfection if i could find sticky mango rice back home in the US :)

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