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)


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)