Thursday, September 11, 2014

{Outfit} Fringe Benefits

Welcome my first big purchase of fall. And by big, I mean I didn't wait for it to drop to $10 before purchasing. I've never been a fall girl. I know, I know. Almost everyone and their mom who loves fashion, loves fall. And yes, fall is amazing. Especially with Fashion Week and all, but I love the sun. Like, seriously. I would marry the sun if it didn't cause harmful cancerous cells. I will always be a So Cal girl at heart, and this So Cal girl, hates Nor Cal weather. Whatever warm rays of sunshine I can get, I soak it all up every year. Fall means shorter days, colder days (and nights). I do love to layer, but I love my shorts more.

This year, has been totally different. Not that I haven't enjoyed this amazing heat we've been having, but the craving for fall hit fast. My summer outfits were almost non-existent. I still found myself wearing tons and tons of black and as soon as it was appropriate, I busted out the leopards and burgundy (or oxblood, or maroon, or whatever fashion is calling it now-a-days). This fringe cardigan was something I couldn't wait to purchase. Its surprisingly warm for being full of holes. It hangs perfectly and I think it'll actually be break for fall and spring/summer.

Abercrombie Janna Kimono Sweater
Target Marilyn Tank (sold out - similar)
Express High Rise Shorts
Tommy Hilfiger Hera Bootie (Burgundy sold out, but brown still available. Also similar here)
NY&Co Necklace & Bracelet (old)
Vince Camuto Colby Bag in Black


Thursday, September 4, 2014

{Outfit} Fall Embrace in Leopard and Burgundy

I am so sorry for missing last week's post! I was knee deep in paper and floral wire and foam and the next thing I knew it was Friday. Oy. It's been quite some time since I missed a post, but I guess that's why they call it wedding brain. Actually.. do they call it wedding brain? Is there such a thing? I know there's baby brain, and after these past few months I full on believe there should be something called wedding brain. Or maybe it should be called I-took-on-way-too-many-DIYs-but-I-love-it-wedding brain? ;)

In any case, one great thing that came about all of this, is I finally got my little panda butt to my tailor. There's this big white dress I'm suppose to fit in, in less than.. oh thirty days now (holycrap), but of course me, being me, had to throw in all my other over-due alterations as well. I've had this romper for a solid year now. A year. By my own rules I should have gotten rid of it a long time ago. But you see I have this bin. My alterations bin. And in this overflowing bin is stashed away all sorts of little sins. Really, I should call it, I-can't-make-myself-get-rid-of-it-so-I'm-going-to-say-that-it-just-needs-alterations bin.

So there my romper sat. For a full year. Remember that crazy closet reorganization that I took on (and have not finished yet)? Well my alteration bin was victim to that as well. Anything worth actually keeping, I took down and got altered and the rest now sits in a black hole that use to be my craft room.

>.< Man, I got a lot of work to do after all this is said and done. But who knows, I may have some goodies to give away as a result! ;) You're just gonna have to put up with the wedding DIY brain for another month to find out!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Lulu's Romper (super old and altered - similar)
Forever 21 Wool Hat (sold out - very similar here and here)
ALDO Clutch
STEVEN by Steve Madden Catelena Heels


Thursday, August 21, 2014

{Outfit} Last Rays of Summer

The last of my summer outfits. I feel like everything since this has been infected with just a touch of fall. A bit of camo or leopard, or even full on fall colors. And it seems as if the weather is starting to catch up now too. The nights are a lot cooler than they were a few weeks ago. Perfect for those long sleeve with short combinations. ;)

I'm a bit in love with Zara (if you haven't noticed from my last few posts). I've always liked Zara, but I've never had one close enough to me to really solidify my love for it. That has since changed, and seriously, in love. Possibly more than H&M. Their fits are all over the place - I now have everything from an XS to a M, but I simply love Zara's overall style. I feel like they know how to make a good simple top, but with just enough of a wow factor to keep it interesting. Like this lace top. Its made out of a french terry, and is overall neutral in color, but absolutely amazing to look at -- and comfortable. Always a winning combination in my book.

Zara Top with Lace Front
Express Asymmetrical Hem Skort in White (sold out, but can find more colors here)
Anne Michelle Enzo 01 Strappy Heel
ROMWE Striped Clutch (sold out - extremely similar here)
ALDO Bracelet (sold out - but this is pretty darn cool)


Friday, August 15, 2014

{Lookbook} Altuzarra for Target

The Altuzarra for Target lookbook is officially out! But before we talk about the clothes, can we please talk about how freaking cute Joseph Altuzarra is? I would totally take him home and stick in him my closet! He can sit there making gorgeous clothing right next to Prabal Gurung.

This collection is really interesting. Its a complete 180* from the last one. But much like the Peter Pilotto collection, I think its going to be a you either love it or hate it kind of vibe. It is super sophisticated and mature looking - things that I haven't seen come out of a Target designer collab in quite a while. I believe that the target audience is very specific and I'm not entirely sure how well this collection will do. Especially since, it is not petite friendly in any way. Most of the dresses or skirts go past the model's knees. That pretty much means that I will need to get all of it altered. The torso lengths also look quite long, especially in some of the skirts and there's really only so much altering that can be done to fix torso length. Plus... have you ever seen big prints on a petite person? Bad news bears, people.

If you can't tell, I'm not really over the moon about it. Which is disappointing in some ways, and a huge relief in another. With everything going on this year, I can't really endure collab madness at this point. That being said, there are a few things that I think will work for me and are on my must have list. This is probably the shortest must have Target designer collaboration list I've ever created!

Trench Coat in Military Green/Black, $89.99; Structured Dress with Crane Embroidery, $49.99

This trench and dress are everything to me, but omfg, $90 for the trench!??! Even the 3.1 Phillip Lim trench wasn't that much. It better be amazing for $90. I'm really hoping both are and that they'll both be worth getting altered. My only hesitation about the dress is how well done the embroidery is. I can see this being amazing, or completely tacky.

Ankle Strap Shoe $39.99; Ankle Boot, $59.99

What's a just.pandippo wish list without shoes huh? I'm not feeling the over the knee ones, especially since the ankle part looks particularly wide, but I am loving these two. They come in black and brown, and while I'm not crazy about the shade of brown, I adore the black. I will definitely be ordering these to try out.

Satin Cami Set in Black; Shirtdress in White/Banker Stripe, $39.99

Not gonna lie. I mostly want this cami set because of the lace mask. The shorts are cute, but similar to stuff I already have, and at the moment I hate the actual cami. Its not photographing well, but it might be different in person. The shirtdress is also more of a curiosity since Target didn't show it on a model. It perks my interest in color and potential.

Wrap dress in Red, $39.99; Trenchcoat in Black Jacquard, $89.99

Other curiosities, but I am 99% sure I will hate the dress once its on. I think it will really come down to material. I already have a black trench, and even though I love jacquard, I doubt I need another one. But I may just order it anyways.. y'kno just in case.

And that's it! I told you it was a short list. ;) I know a lot of people are going ga-ga over the orchid maxi dress, but unfortunately its just not my style. But as you all know... come launch day, everything can change!

You can see the rest of the collection, with pricing, here.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

{Outfit} Summer Pop

This dress is one of the few things I've paid full price for. Which should tell you its pretty darn special, because I don't like to full price for anything. Except maybe food. But that's really because its kind of hard to wait for food to go on sale. And when it does, there's normally a line full of Asian people half a mile long, in which FH gets angry and we end up eating somewhere else.

So yes, this dress is very special. Its full of sunshine, and how can you not love a dress full of sunshine! I wore this dress to our second attempt at an engagement shoot (which went remarkable better than the first one, and ended in pizza - win). I love how the yellow just pops and I didn't want anything to distract from that. I kept my accessories fairly muted (pastels and neutrals), but then complimented the yellow pop with another color pop on my face!

Pop! Pop! Pop!

Ok, I'll stop now. And possibly locate a thesaurus. :P

Happy Thursday! Thanks for reading.

Zara Backless Yellow Dress (sold out - similar)
Victoria's Secret Leather Pointed-Toe Heels in Evening Blush
JustFab Cork Clutch (past season - similar)
New York & Company Floral Bib (past season - similar)


Thursday, August 7, 2014

{Outfit} Minimalist

Just some quick shots from one of my many trips to Michael's this past month. Seriously, it feels like I live there. This is a pretty minimal outfit for me. No jewelry; easy, but awesome flats. I love the effortless feel of it. And it was great to run around town in. I was pretty skeptical about the lace shorts I got from ROMWE, but they really surprised me. I am seriously wearing a size large here, but size ain't nothing but a number. Espeically when it comes to Asian sizing. The shorts are super comfortable and thick. And I'm loving how it pairs with this H&M top... sorta like a faux romper ('cause finding a real one that fits is semi-impossible)!

As you can see, I'm pretty obsessed with this Vince Camuto bag. I thought it was going to be too heavy for my shoulder and cause a bunch of pain like most shoulder bags do, but its like magical. Or just ergonomically cool. I've used a ton - at least a straight two weeks since getting it. I've taken it to dinners, out to the movies, shopping. I've even stuffed 4 bottles of yogurt soju in it. No pain, but plenty of gain. Real love doesn't leave scars. Just a few red marks. ;)

ROMWE Shorts
Vince Camuto

H&M Lace Top in Black
ROMWE Lace Trim Shorts
Vince Camuto Colby Bag in Black
MIA Armor Sandal in Tan (sold out - other colors here)


Thursday, July 31, 2014

{Outfit} Camouflage and Ruby Reds

Today marks the last day of my birthday month. Its been a pretty darn good month. We did my bachelorette party one weekend and then, the weekend after, FH took me to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for my birthday! Its been a month long celebration full of animals. Can't ask for anything more than that.

And since its the last day of my birthday month, I thought it be appropriate to end it on a ruby red note. I don't actually wear a whole lot of reds, as you can tell by this blog. Red is really an interesting color. Its gorgeous, but its so bold that I tend to shy away from it. I love red accents. Red bags, red trims, red shoes.. but a solid red top or dress? Rarely will I feel comfortable in a solid red piece. But I think this top is a step in the right direction. The blush under layer makes it a bit more friendly, easier to wear. Plus the back is all sorts of amazing and the fabric hangs beautifully.

P.S... Excuse the tired eye look. I stayed up until.. I don't even know when, reading the last chapters Gone Girl.

Aritzia TNA Redmond Jacket (sold out - similar)
Zara Top (sold out)
VS Pink Shorts (old - similar)
MIA Joplin Sandals (other colors)
BaubleBar Slim Bow Necklace in Silver
Vince Camuto Perforated Bag in Black (Also looks UH-mazing in white)