Monthly Archives: March 2013

Week 6 :: of mustard, violet and vamping it up

Today is Violet and Yellow Day.  Surprisingly, this color combo was the hardest to find inspiration pics for.  (Gods, did I just end that sentence with a preposition?!  Yikes!)  And trust me, I tried a variety of search words trying to Google decent photos and this is all I could come up with.

cc week purple and mustard


 Unfortunately, my yellow pants are in the wash and since I didn’t want to feel like a Laker Girl anyway, I am exercising my right to revise and am calling today Violet and Mustard Day instead.


Now I don’t know what the universe’s excuse is for the lack of violet/yellow outfits on the Internet, but my reason is simple: I don’t own purple.

I know, I know, you’ve heard this refrain before with green, but I swear to you that this blouse is the ONLY purple item of clothing I own.  I guess my eye and my pocketbook just aren’t drawn to the color.  That said, you can understand my inability to style this top after I bought it so I let it languish in my closet.

Why’d I even buy it, you ask?  Well, how could I pass up that stunning back?  And you know you’re totally jealous of the yardage of fabric in front that billows generously and allows for multiple trips back to the all-you-can-eat sushi buffet.


In order to show off that gorg back pleating, I had to wear my hair up but that left a lot of purple expanse in the front.  I was going to do a shorter but chunkier statement piece, but Aly vetoed that in favor of my owl necklace instead.  She said it fills the blank space and I quite agree.

Of course, with the thin chain and the bare neck from the bun, I still felt sparse up top so I thought to go glam with chandelier earrings.  This ended up being a fortuitous choice because the dangle of the earrings mimic the dangle of the necklace which makes the pairing look deliberate and therefore office appropriate.


KS#2 said my peep toe shooties (shoe booties) looked taupe, but they really are grey.  A word about peep toe shooties: when they first came out, I publicly scorned them because of the sheer ludicrousness of a boot that exposed your toes.  After all, aren’t boots made for warmth?  So why the open toes?

Guess who’s laughing now?

Yeah, I hang my head repentantly for ever having maligned the peep toe shooties because, damn!  Those are some mighty fierce peep toe shooties.


I think this is the most reproduceable of my outfits so far this week, if not the color combination then perhaps the silhouette.  There’s just something so easy and effortless about an oversized top over a pair of skinnies.  You don’t even need to go the stiletto route because I think flats would still work.  I, however, felt especially sexy in this outfit because of the shoes and willingly vamped it up with some fashion mag-esque poses.


I hope you forgive me the conceit of these extra-large shades.  I know I have no need to apologize, but I want to explain that its ubiquitousness has a lot to do with the outdoor location this week and with the fact that I can hide behind them in a way that I couldn’t with my regular specs.  They will more than likely play a supporting role in any exterior photo shoots in the future.  Is that okay?  Or do I need to purchase a couple more pairs for variety?  (Note that I only sunglasses them as props since they’re not prescription and aren’t functional.)

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Jeans – Rewind via Kohl’s
Shooties – Fergalicious via
Necklace – F21
Earrings – F21

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Week 6 :: of chartreuse, magenta and a guilty conscience

Today I present the colors yellow-green and red-violet, aka chartreuse and magenta.


I love this complementary color combo because it reminds me the most of spring.  It’s mimics nature the closest and looking at it just puts me in a cheerful mood.

But before you think this post is gonna be all fun and flowers, I have a confession to make.

I bought this dress.

I couldn’t help it – the minute I saw it, I was mesmerized.  I was even more over the moon when I realized it was not only available in my size, but definitely within my budget.  So I bought it.

But why is that a confession, you ask?  Well, my friends, I did a bad BF thing.  I was actually introduced to this dress by my BF who’d asked me if she should purchase it herself.  I’d brainwashed convinced her that she needed more color in her wardrobe and I was super proud of her for even considering this piece.

But at the time, she was on a stricter budget than mine and I’d suggested she wait because, frankly, this type of jersey dress is pretty much Target fodder, n’est-ce pas?  I knew if she waited out the winter season, she’d find a similar dress at a more reasonable price.

Having talked her out of the dress, however, didn’t make it go away in my mind.  In fact, it continued to haunt me.  I stumbled upon it again on Pinterest, styled differently, and I obsessed over it even more.  Finally, Sally featured it again here, and so late one night, when I am at my most vulnerable, I went to the website and made it mine.

I felt guilty, of course.  After all, even though it was entirely unintentional, for all intents and purposes, it seems as if I shanghaied this dress out from under my BF.  I don’t think she’s even aware that I own it – although now that she’s read this, she’ll be very much aware – and I will definitely share if she wants to borrow it, but the guilt remains nonetheless.

I think subconsciously, this is why I didn’t choose the dress to highlight Chartreuse and Magenta day, even though it was the perfect opportunity to do so, what with my inspiration pic and all.

Instead, I’m wearing an outfit that consists of three closet orphan pieces.


The top is last season old, still with its tags on when I pulled it out of the depths of my closet.  The blazer was a last-minute purchase to take advantage of free ship during Forever 21’s 50% off Clearance Sale last year.  The skirt is so old, I don’t even remember purchasing it, but it conveniently called to me from the bottom of my skirt pile when I was looking for a fuschia/magenta item.


I’m super excited about the shoes I opted for this outfit.  It was the clear choice because a) it’s a less harsh neutral than, say, black or white, b) it’s Seychelles, which is my numero uno fave brand for both style and comfort and c) it’s a new purchase and I needed an excuse to wear it, lack of pedicure be damned.


I decided that a strand of pearls would tame the possible garishness of the admittedly neon-esque quality of chartreuse.  Wearing my hair down helps soften the look too, I think.

Too, at the risk of sounding naughty, I must point out a fourth closet orphan in the form of that lace peekaboo bra.  Who knew when I bought it over ten years ago and never wore it ever but kept it because it was so pretty and didn’t really take up a lot of closet real estate that it would end up being this outfit’s saving grace?  It helps keep me modest while still maintaining the monochromatic chartreuse-ness of the top.


I had Aly and two neighborhood girls play photo shoot with me and this is what we came up with.  I had loads of fun.  Can you tell?

Watch out, world.  I think I’m starting to enjoy this picture taking business.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Tobi
Blazer – F21
Skirt – Marshalls
Sandals – Seychelles via eBay
Necklace – gift
Bra – Newport News

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Week 6 :: of turquoise, vermilion, and first ladies

Welcome, my friends, to a brand new week and a brand new theme!

You know, I’ve actually built up a modest library of theme ideas that should last me through the school year, and my biggest decision now is choosing which to showcase.

This one is nearest and dearest to my heart because it totally appeals to the yerd (read: yearbook nerd) in me.  This week, it’s all about color wheels and composition, design and daring combos.

This week, I present to you:

Complementary Color Week

ColorWheel1First off, let’s define complementary.  No, that is not a misspelling.  I did mean the “e” instead of the “i” in the spelling of that word.  We’re not talking about colors saying nice things to us, folks.

Complementary colors are those that are opposite each other on the color wheel.

So, if you take a look at the figure to the left, examples of complementary color pairings are yellow and violet or orange and blue or green and red.

The best explanation of this from a fashion perspective is from ACADEMIchic, who say: Because they are complete opposites, complementary colors make each other seem more intense. To be frank, it can be difficult to wear complimentary colors together and simultaneously avoid looking like a page out of a coloring book.

Initially, I was going to do Monochromatic Week since that’s easier to craft and perhaps more pleasing to the eye.  But I’m not in the mood for easy, and I figure the week before my Spring Break deserves something bold and fun.

Today, then, we begin with the gorgeous pairing of blue-green and red-orange, but because I’m an English major and natural wordsmither, I’m choosing to call this my Turquoise and Vermilion day.


I have owned these two pieces for ever and I was even thinking of getting rid of the top because, frankly, although it is a jewel tone and therefore in my palette (I’m a cool winter), I’m just not a blue person.  I like looking at the color and I like seeing it on others, but I have a difficult time styling it for some reason.  Pairing it with this vivid vermilion, however, makes me rethink my ambivalence.

turquoise & vermilion

I am also pleased that I’m getting over my tucking in phobia.  It helps that the blouse’s material is silky and is cut in such a way that it blousons nicely and that the skirt’s material is stiff and structured, masking a multitude of mommy flaws.  (Oh, and it’s one size too big which also helps.  Eheh.)


Because the colors are so strong, I am choosing to keep my accessories pared down.  That may not seem the case with today’s choice, but think about it: leopard print is considered a neutral and the silver necklace, although chunky and multi-stranded, is less obtrusive than a matchy-matchy colored piece.  I’m sporting those Marc Jacobs shades again because these outdoor photos are murder on my eyes.  Thanks, sis!

I think I’m off to a good start for Complementary Colors Week.  If turquoise and vermilion together are not your cup of tea, then hopefully the following days will bring other pairings that are more to your liking.  But hey, if Michelle Obama is rocking this combo, I think you can too!

cc week turquoise and orange

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Marshalls
Skirt – F21
Necklace – Target
Shoes – ShoeDazzle
Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs

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HGB :: the cascade clip


Hello and greetings!

‘Tis Sunday and today marks the premiere of my newest feature, as voted on by three of my most loyal followers.  Tee hee.

And so, I present to you, my friends, Holy Grail, Batman! (or HGB for short).

For those of you who frequent beauty product blogs or YouTube makeup tutorials, this term makes sense.  For the rest of you, a qualifier:  “holy grail” in this instance means the apex, the pinnacle, the zenith.  The absolute best, most supermegafoxyawesomehot version of the thing in question.  It’s used as an adjective, so you can pronounce that you’ve found your HG mascara or your HG acne remover or your HG salad dressing.

Okay, maybe not salad dressing but here, in My Closet Catalogue-land, anything goes.  I am co-opting this term to suit my purposes and when this feature comes around on any given Sunday, you never really know what I’m going to be waxing rhapsodic about.

Like today.  Today I need to share with you my HG of hair accessories:

the France Luxe Large Teeth Cascade clip*.


I do not do hair.  At all.  I grew up sporting the typical Asian “rice bowl haircut”.  You know, the straight across bob and bangs look?  My mother told all four of her girls that she refused to fix our hair for us and until we learned to do for ourselves, rice bowl haircuts for everybody!

Of course, this proved to be a vicious circle that I could never escape, because how was I supposed to learn how to fix and style my hair if it was perpetually short?


Needless to say, I spent a good number of my formative years with updated versions of the rice bowl.  I even convinced myself that it was my signature look and that my face shape was designed for asymmetrical bobs.

Then I met my husband.

Typical male: me want long-haired woman.

We’ve now been married for fifteen years and – barring those years when I got a bug up my butt and just chopped the sucker off – I’ve had long hair ever since.  Thing is, what with a full-time job and kids, I just never really got around to learning how to do hair.  My saving grace was the Scunci.  Then, when that was passé, the good ol’ Goody elastics.

I would probably have been fine with the ponytail forever and ever, amen had it not been for this blog and my very hair-conscious sister, KS#1.  When I posted my first entry here, her first comment was that I needed to do something with my hair.  But KS#1 lives in Boston and I don’t care how many Skype tutes she gave me, I still couldn’t get the hang of curling wands, French braids, sock buns or sideswept bangs.

I bought all kinds of hair stuffs like combs and nets and sticks and jeweled bobby pins and claws.  I sucked with all of them.  And I really missed the ease and functionality of a pony.


Enter the cascade.

Now here’s a hair product that I couldn’t eff up.  Oh, sure, I had to read their tutorial over and over again.  And when I did get my first cascade, I wore it backwards for the longest time (claw side against my scalp instead of the other way around; no wonder I was getting headaches with the clip working against the curvature of my skull.  Duh.)  And yeah, they don’t really offer coupons or codes and some of you may think $24 is pricey for a clip.

But my hair is long (read: down to my waist now) and thick (an ex once used one strand to floss his teeth.  I know.  That’s why he’s an ex.) and this amazeballs product manages to hold ALL OF IT and won’t let go.  I’ve run on the treadmill with this sucker on and IT DOES NOT BUDGE.

Also, because of its design, it lets my hair fall gracefully and elegantly down my back and holds it efficiently away from my face without the severity or sporty casualness of a hair elastic.  See it in action here and here.

The cascade is made in France, is super sturdy and very well-crafted.  My hair does not catch or snag on the metal clasps and the clips come in a variety of fun and luxe colors.  I currently own three and plan on eventually buying all the colors.  If your hair is thin, this may not be an HG for you, but if you’ve got a ton of hair like I do, you may want to check it out.

*Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.  I don’t even think anyone besides the nineteen of you loyal followers actually even know I exist.  I purchased the three cascades I own with my own money and of my own volition and my views are not necessarily the views of France Luxe or any of their affiliates. 

(There.  Whew!  That sounded all legal and professional, didn’t it?)

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