Thursday, July 24, 2014

{Adventures} #PAMADASWILD

Also know as my bachelorette party!

This is more or less an extension of last week's post, where I outfitted what I planned on wearing to dinner. As you can see in the photo above, I ending up modifying my outfit a bit. I mean, who can resist a bright pink belt and heels? Especially when they match your bestie's accessories too? And yes, I did have boys on this trip. If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm pretty non-traditional. I've known these boys for 20 years now. Twenty. More than half my life. They are so much a part of who I am and it really made me so happy that they came out (despite how weird the notion was). Plus, don't they look adorable in their zebra bow ties?

When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do, I really took into account the people I wanted to invite. As much as I wanted to go on a cruise or a longer trip, I realized that not everyone could get that much time off or had the money to spare. So many ideas were thrown around (Disneyland was super high on that list.. its always high the list), until one fateful day TrazelZoo sent an email about a local promotion.

My jaw dropped. What? A safari? In California? And wait.. wait.. what's this? O-M-G. THEY HAVE CHEETAHS.

I love cheetahs. Since.. I don't even know. They were my first loves, but I'd never seen one in person. I spent a lot of time looking at them. I even submitted a drawing of a cheetah cub (have you seen a cheetah cub btw? Freakin' adorable) to the National Geographic Kids magazine. It has been a life long goal to see one - OK, I lie. Its a life long goal to hug one, but being able to finally see not one, but four in person came pretty darn close.

So with my go-ahead, my amazing maid of honor go to planning. And crafting. And baking. She's really quite talented, that one. Make sure to check out Anna's blog to see what goodies she whipped up for the party. And then, keep scrolling to check out all the action from this weekend:

My beautiful bridesmaids!

Grumpy cat ain't got nothing on this bird

In case you were wondering what this magical place is, its Safari West, located in Santa Rosa. We stayed overnight in one of their "tents" and did the Winos and Rhinos tour. I really recommend this place. The staff was super friendly - especially our tour guide. It can get a bit noisy in the morning, so if you're a light sleeper, I highly suggest bringing ear plugs--oh, and warm clothing. The temperature drops pretty fast.

Happy Thursday everyone! Thanks for reading!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

{Outfit} Bachelorette Fun in Zebra Midi Skirt

Some girls get pretty wild on their bachelorettes. They go Vegas and partake in strip clubs and bars and all sorts of shenanigans.

I will be getting wild in a totally different way.

In fact, I will be getting wild in the wild at a place called Safari West. Yes, thats right readers, this panda's going on safari. Don't worry, I'm not going all Mariah and wearing a full on gown while riding along in a jeep. Though there will still be a zebra on that outfit ;). This outfit is for later on in the day, when the nine of us get all fancy pants and have a nice dinner.

I'm super excited. Not only do I get to play with animals (and we all know how much I love animals), but I get to eat great food and hang out with all of my amazing friends. Anna, if you didn't know, is my maid of honor and she's been getting her crafty pants on for weeks now. :D I can't wait to see what she has instore!

Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Strappy Shoulder Dress
Express Zebra Midi Skirt
Steven by Steve Madden Elaine Sandals
ALDO Animal Floral Clutch (old - similar)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{Lookbook} Elie Tahari for Kohl's DesigNation

True story. I have never been this excited for a Kohl's collaboration.. like ever. So excited. So excited, I do not know what to do with myself. Or my wallet.. or the fact this is happening all around my wedding time frame (damn you Altuzarra for Target). If there was ever a time to discover a money tree, this would be it.

In true Kohl's fashion, there is no official release date. It will magically appear on the web one day and that will be the day my wallet dies. Again. :P I mean lets face it. This black and white kick I've been on hasn't exactly gone away - combine that with drapey, comfortable clothing and.. *gasp* a city scape print.. of NEW YORK. Here. Just take it. TAKE MY WALLET KOHL'S.

/Takes deep breaths.

I'm calm. I swear. If this line runs anything like the Som one did, I will probably do most of my shopping online, but of course will still have my own little fitting room review. ;) I am so excited that I am going to show you the entire collection. I love that much of it, I might as well.

So lets start with my favorites...

Woven taxi sweatshirt - $54, Casual knit pants - $50; Cityscape fit-and-flare dress -$84, Bomber jacket - $120

Cityscape tunic top - $64, Mesh leggings - $50; Brooklyn bridge t-shirt - $48, Novelty stitch coatigan - $88

Body-con tweed dress - $84; Layered knit-woven top - $64, Suede leggings - $54

NYC pullover sweater - $60, Suede leggings - $54; Suede moto jacket - $120, Layered knit-woven top - $54, Suede leggings - $54

Zip fit-and-flare dress - $70; Funnel neck pullover sweater - $64, Pleat neck top - $54, Suede leggings - $54

Bomber jacket - $120, ponte flare skirt - $54; Ombre cardigan - $88, Suede leggings - $54

Cowl back top - $48, Sweater pencil skirt - $50; City skyline sweater dress - $78

Tweed bomber jacket - $120, Zip- front woven top - $58, Soft pants - $58; Brooklyn bridge t-shirt- $48, Grid skirt - $50

Pony fit-and-flare dress - $96; Body-con jacquard dress - $78


Thursday, July 10, 2014

{Outfit} Marimekko Dots and Stripes - The Black and White Version

Well, I'm about four days into being a work from home panda. I have gotten dress, and by dressed I mean I wore something other than gym or sleep clothing, all of once. This may be the death of my blog as we know it. Speaking of, this blog post is still being written less than 10 hours before it will publish.

Yes, I am one productive panda.

Well, actually I really am. Except all my productivity has been going to my wedding. We are less than three months away party people. O-M-G, less than three months away. I am so excited. I am so excited for the day to actually be here, but not for reasons you may think. Don't get me wrong, I am excited for the day itself, but so much of me feels like my life with FH has already begun. The wedding is really just our way of sharing it with our friends and family (most of whom are currently driving us nuts). No, thats not why I'm so excited. As much fun as I am having battling my Silhouette Cameo, I miss my blog. I admit that I've been scraping by with the bare minimum (like, heck, what happened to all those shopping reviews I was doing? It's not like I've stopped shopping :P). But we are almost there! Almost. Thank you for bearing with me. I do have a new blog segment starting soon, so stay tuned for that. And I promise, there is nothing on this earth that is going to stop me from reviewing the upcoming Altuzarra for Target line. Nothing. Seriously, have you seen this little lace mask?

Oh and P.S... Totally wearing this crop top backwards :P

Happy Thursday! Thanks for reading!

H&M Striped Crop Top
Marimekko for Banana Republic Kivet Skirt (Petite Sizing - sold out)
Ivanka Trump Mallorie Heels
Coach City Tote in Beige
H&M Rings


Thursday, July 3, 2014

{Outfit} Dots and Stripes in Marimekko for Banana Republic + Mini Review

Happy almost Fourth of July everyone!

I'm a bit late on the collaboration train with this one, but I've totally fallen in love with the Marimekko collection at Banana Republic. Though, I'm not sure what is making fall in love more. The amazing fit and fabrics or the beautiful Marimekko prints. Whatever it is, I went from being a bit meh about the whole thing to forcing myself to stop at three items. If you've ever shopped at Banana Republic, you know that can be pretty steep bill even on sale!

Believe it or not, there are some pieces of the collection still left. Mostly petites, and mostly small sizes from what I've seen. All of its on clearance, but if this sounds like it might run up your alley, there's currently a 40% coupon out (code: BRJULY) and yes it does work on clearance! In fact, I've got three more Marimekko items sitting in my cart right now.. so you better check out before I do! ;)

In terms of sizing, I did find this collection to be a bit off from my usual Banana fits. I typically wear a 0P or sometimes a 2P. Rarely does something from the regular line fit my body, but both the peplum top (shown here) and the Siirtolapuutar dress fit like a glove in the regular sizing. The peplum and the dress are made from the same type of cotton fabric, with no stretch. The 0R actually fit my waist beautifully in Siirtolapuutar dress, but I could not button the back comfortably. Surprisingly, there is no real difference 0R and 2R waists, but the 2R closed much more comfortably across my back.

On the flip side, I purchased the Kivet skirt in a 0P and that actually runs big (waist measures 13.5"). Since the skirt is severely sold out, I haven't been able to try on a 00P for comparison, but the slightly loose waist band does not bother me enough to return.

I'm really quite happy with this collection. I haven't really paid attention to Banana Republic ones before, but I've found this was well worth the cost. It also forced me to only pick out a few items that I'd wear repeatedly, versus the army of items I normally get from Target. Then again.. those three items are still sitting in my cart and boy is my finger itchy to check out.

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone has a fantastic, firework filled fourth!

Marimekko for Banana Republic Peplum Top (blue sold out, but a couple sizes in multi-color here)
Zara Striped Shorts (sold out, but extremely similar here)
Report Rebecka Heels (sizes 9.5, 10, and ll - only $14.99 here!!; everyone else here)
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Mini Satchel