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Mellow, Cheery Yellow

Last week was stressful and trying. And after Friday’s tragedy, the week ended on a sad note (my heart goes out to those in Aurora). I had so much going on and on top of a busy week, both my parents had serious health scares. They are both doing better now and will be fine, but it was not fun awaiting diagnoses. As I get older, it’s hard for me to come to terms with the fact that my parents are not the all-knowing, indestructible people I thought they were growing up. Even though it is a little scary, it feels good to know that I can finally help or be there for them for a change.

Things finally started to settle down on Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes it feels good to get dressed up for no real reason, so I threw on this cheery, head-to-toe yellow ensemble to get out of the house for sushi and a movie (Dark Knight Rises was awesome). The color choice (not to mention this love wall) brightened my look – and my outlook.

Even though I love the color yellow, it’s one of the few colors that doesn’t look good on me. Instead of going for true, bright yellow, I opted for a pale yellow shade on bottom and an olive tone yellow hue on top. I love the fullness of this skirt and the sheer paneling on the collared blouse.

Blouse: H&M, skirt: Asos (on super sale!), heels: BCBG (old, these are cute and work for any dressy occasion, particularly summer weddings and showers), petite clutch: vintage, studs: vintage, bracelets: Sheila Fajl and Jessica Elliot (bangles), leather and gold bracelet purchased in Italy years ago and vintage (triple strand), rings: S.Y.L.K. (owl), Gorjana, XIV Karats and Ariel Gordon (bands).

Beauty note: I didn’t feel like doing much pampering so I threw my hair up on my head. Then, I wrapped the half bun in a thin jute rope for a summer-y look.

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Printed Maxi Dress

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We leave for Hawaii in three days and I could not be more excited. I picked up the last few supplies for our trip which included a few sun hats (a straw fedora and oversized floppy hat), a couple of pairs of shorts (I almost never wear them normally) and a huge tube of sunblock. I bought this dress for the trip, but couldn’t wait to wear it. It’s super comfy with flats and was ideal for walking around to nearby shops.

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I used to think that only very tall, thin women could wear maxi dresses, but I have found that they are really flattering and elongating in the right fit and length. I adore them because they are not only comfortable, but they are also the easiest thing to throw on to look put together without trying too hard. This outfit incorporates some of the other things I am loving now: a paper-thin sweater for cool spring days and evenings, mixing bold, yet complementary prints, embellished sandals that I can wear dressy or casual and layered necklaces.

Besides running a few errands, my weekend included a fabulous, rooftop happy hour with blogger friends on Friday. Other than the two trips out, I tried to stay home. I felt like I might be coming down with a cold and just wanted to get better before our trip. We had friends over for two Laker game nights and cuddled up on the couch to watch TV. Sometimes, being forced to slow down and shut off is a good thing, even if it’s because of not feeling well.

P.s. I have reached 100 posts (this is actually number 102)! Thank you all for your support!! xx

Maxi dress: H&M, striped cardigan: Old Navy (old), embellished sandals: Vince Camuto (similar $98), belt: F21 (similar $28), necklaces: gift from best friend (nameplate, love this one) and unknown (gold pear shapes), clutch: American Apparel, bracelets: vintage (triple strand), leather and gold bracelet purchased in Italy years ago, Sheila Fajl (thin bangles).

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Peplum and Printed Jeans

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This weekend came and went in a flash. With our vacation just around the corner, I tried to catch up on work, get some things for the trip and see a few friends (plus, mom for Mother’s Day). There was too much to do with too little time.

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I wore this outfit to dinner and drinks. I don’t normally go for printed jeans, especially in a skinny cut.  I usually stick to dark washes and flared styles because they are most flattering, but decided to branch out after wearing these so often. The deep blue and green tones in this watercolor print caught my eye. I’m not sure if I love them quite yet, but they are definitely growing on me.

What do you think about printed denim? Have you tried printed jeans?

Peplum top: H&M, printed jeans: Paige Denim c/o, clutch: vintage Chanel, heels: Zara, necklace: gift from best friends, bracelets: Nordstrom (cuff, similar), vintage (triple strand), leather and gold bracelet purchased in Italy years ago, Sheila Fajl (thin bangles).

Beauty note: after some practice, I have become a big fan of nail polish strips (worn here). They offer amazing designs that would be nearly impossible with regular nail art. Also, I was inspired by the goth makeup looks at the Met Gala and wore dark maroon lips all weekend.

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