Two-Toned Jeans for the MoMA

I’ve been wanting to go to the MoMA SF since it reopened last year, but never got around to it until a few weeks ago. I wasn’t aware just how big the MoMA, but it is huge and you can easily spend a whole day wondering around the museum and not see everything it has to offer. Since I was on my feet the whole day and walking around, I wanted to wear a comfy outfit.  Continue Reading

Working With A Dress Code

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The section on dress codes is on of those sections in your company’s HR handbook that you skim and throughout the whole reading process you throw out a few “Duhs” and “Pffts” and at the end you just sign your name and you never hear of it again. Dress codes are there just in case someone wears a skirt that is too short or takes “Casual Fridays” a little too far and thinks it’s okay to wear flip-flops to the office.  Hint: It’s never okay.  I don’t care how many Swarovski crystals are on it.

Now that I am working for a pharmaceutical company, my days are dictated by a strict dress code.  It’s probably the opposite of what you would think – everyday is “Casual Friday.”  Our dress code takes form in some jeans, a monochrome t-shirt, and some sneakers.  A good rule of thumb is: if at least 75% of your body is covered, you’re good.  It’s convenient like how 7/11 is convenient when you’re craving a midnight slushie; you’ll want one every once in a while, but not everyday.

To give you a glimpse of my glamourous job, I wore ballet flats to work one day and my boss made a comment about how he was “very concerned for my feet” and then made me wear blue foot protectors all day in lab.  It was not cute.

To avoid ever wearing foot protectors again, I have learned to keep my feet COVERED with some of my favorite Superga Sneakers.  Since I do tend to wake up late and am forced to rush out the door, I don’t have time to plan elaborate outfits, so I like to plan my outfit around a statement piece.

Waking up at 7 AM for a one hour commute is bad enough, so ruining a nice shirt is not something I want to risk. With that being said, jackets make great statement pieces because I don’t wear them in lab and I can dress up a simple outfit quickly if I’m going out after work (this rarely happens.)

As for my top and bottoms, I’ve been keeping it real simple with basic tanks and my favorite Gap legging jeans.  They are so comfortable and I’m not constantly worried about spilling things on them or getting them dirty.  At this point, you probably think that I have accidents all day – I need feet protectors and I can’t wear nice things because I might ruin them.  I’m very safe, don’t worry, it’s all a part of the dress code, remember?

Finally, I don’t like to carry around a bulky purse, and I found this Rebecca Minkoff “Wallet on a Chain” on MyHabit* for a fraction of the original price.  It fits all your cash, credit cards, and phone and it takes up no space at all.

What are your favorite work clothes?
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*For those of you who don’t know what MyHabit is, it’s an online flash sale site that is run by Amazon.  Everyday, new things come on sale and they are only available for a few days.  Since it’s run by Amazon, they provide free shipping and returns.

Pajamas in the Daytime

Spring cleaning came a little early this year and as I was going through my closet, I couldn’t help but notice that I own quite a bit of oversized items of clothing.  The most shocking part of this discovery was that I wear many of said items of clothing to bed and in public.  I don’t know if I should be concerned or impressed with myself in that I can transform my pajamas into everyday wear – I’ll let you be the judge of that.

In case you think I’ve lost it:

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Even though I wish my life was a constant Alexander Wang runway show, I think I would get more than a few concerning stares/glares if I just bust through doors with the potential of a nip slip.  Through my laziness, however, I have learned to mask the fact that I am wearing what I wore to bed the previous night with some outerwear and accessories.

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Flannel: R13 / Jacket: Rebecca Taylor / Leggings: Mango / Shoes: Aldo (similar)/ Hat: ASOS / Rings: Art Youth Society / Ear Cuff: Fallon / Tinted Moisturizer: Jouer / Powder Foundation: bareMinerals / Powder: Hourglass / Lipstick: Clinque

A flannel shirt is great for sleeping – it’s comfy, cozy, and you don’t have to worry about it getting wrinkled.  I get my flannels from the men’s section at Uniqlo, so they tend to be oversized.  To prevent myself from looking like a blob, I like to add a short tweed moto jacket that cuts right at the waist, so it gives me some shape and adds texture to the outfit.  Leggings can double as sleepwear, but they are also super easy to slip on in the mornings.  For make-up, stick to the basics with a tinted moisturizer or powder foundation.  For an extra glow, I am in love with Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powders.  I always like to add a little something to my lips and lately, Clinque’s Almost Lipstick has been my favorite.  Don’t be scared by the color, it goes on really sheer – scout’s honor. Once that’s all done, slip on some delicate rings and an ear cuff because, why not?  Lastly, since I’m always running late, I normally don’t have to time to tame my hair.  Instead of the conventional ponytail or bun, I opt for a floppy hat.

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Shirt: Uniqlo / Sweatshirt: Kenzo / Shorst: Milly / Shoes: River Island / Purse: Proenza Schouler /  Necklace: C Wonder / Bracelet: House of Harlow / Sunglasses: Mango / Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent / Blush: Clinque

I love lounging and sleeping in sweatshirts, but to spruce them up a bit, I add a blouse underneath and then a statement necklace and wrap bracelet to add some layers and play with the edginess of the sweatshirt.   These silk shorts are also great for lounging and sleeping in – they are so loose and flowy! A bright yellow purse/clutch with bring out the colors of the sweatshirt and make them more vibrant.  I love this purse because it doubles as a wallet so you don’t have to worry about lugging around an extra wallet.  For makeup, keep it simple with a bright blush and a sheer coral lipstick.

Let me know if you like the pajama trend!

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Wearing Animals

And before you freak out, I’m not talking about fur.

At age 4, my dream dog was a golden lab, and then at age 5, a husky.   Four chickens, one rabbit, one hamster, two turtles, and fifteen years later, I have come to the realization that the closest I will ever get to owning a dog is if I have one printed on my sweater.  It doesn’t matter that I still don’t own a dog.  What does matter is that clothing items and accessories with cute animals on them are growing in popularity at a fairly rapid pace.  And while these updated animals won’t cuddle with you when you go to sleep, this shouldn’t pose problem: a human companion or a nice big body pillow will suffice.  What’s more, owning animals in this way doesn’t limit you to the traditional domesticated ones – you can be free to flaunt the exotic ones from foreign countries too!  Below is a collage constructed to celebrate the notion that nothing screams “I love animals!” more than having a giant fox on your chest, or shuffling around in some mouse flats.

Wearing Animals

From the top left: ChicNova Talking Cats Sweater, Peter Jensen Grey Fox JumperOld Navy Sheep Sweater, Mango Vintage Owl NecklaceMarc by Marc Jacobs Metallic Leather Mouse Ballet FlatsNew Look Panda Face Hoodie

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