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OOTD :: of cartoons, comic books and braving bodycon

11.10.14

11.10.14

11.10.14

In the eternal words of Britney Spears: Oops, I did it again!

In order to be compliant with Anne’s 52 Pick-me-up theme this week – Cartoon – I just had to Mad Hunt this top on eBay. To be fair and not to put the burden squarely on the challenge, I must admit that I had been wanting a Lichtenstein-esque top for quite some time. So this week was simply an excuse for me to splurge.

Not that the top was much of a splurge. At $16, I say I got off relatively easily. Funny story about it: because the seller was one of those Asian boutiques and I know their sizes run uber small, I initially ordered an XL. When that came, it was a shapeless bag on me so I took advantage of the hassle-free shipping to return that and reorder a large. When the replacement came, though, it felt two sizes smaller than the XL (so more like a medium). I was just gonna return it and call it a day when I decided, eff it! I’m gonna embrace my body – curves and lumps and bumps and all – and I’m gonna make the large-but-really-a-medium top work coz I liked the print and the price so much.

It really was fine on its own, but I thought to try an underlayer. Counter-intuitive, I know, considering I was worried about the top’s snug fit. But because the underlayer’s got longer sleeves and thus gives me more coverage, and because both layers are pretty thin fabrics, and because the underlayer actually acts like a slip and allows the too-tight top to wick over instead of cling to my body, I think the pairing ended up quite flattering. Invite a pencil skirt to the party, and all of a sudden, I’m out of my comfort zone and wearing head to toe bodycon and owning that ish!

Full disclosure: I’m probably gonna end up throwing a jacket over the entire affair for work because I’m still self-conscious about it all, but I guess now I see why people at work call me “skinny” and I should probably stop feeling so self-conscious in the first place.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
Underlayer – F21
Skirt – F21
Shoes – Chucks!

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet

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OOTD :: of office ladies, portrait collars and mad men

5.13.14

5.13.14

5.13.14

So you might think that clothes are optional – marginal and irrelevant to the lives of most of us, something we can easily live without…

I consider it to be absolutely normal to care deeply about what we wear, and detest the puritan moralists who affect to despise fashion and those who love it. Who shrilly proclaim that only vain, foolish Barbie dolls, their brains addled by consumerism, would wear anything but sensible clothes made to last. As if appearances don’t matter when, most of the time, they are all we have to go on.

I think the women of the 50s cared a great deal about their appearances because it was truly the only way they were allowed to exert any modicum of power. From Hollywood bombshells to turn-of-the-century stewardesses and secretaries (and yes, I use these archaic, non-PC terms deliberately), women knew what they wanted but they also knew that using their feminine wiles was really the only socially acceptable way to get it.

And so they preened and pressed, stuffed and sprayed, teetered and tottered, and made their mark on the world with carefully constructed beauty and poise. My mother, a product of this era, never allowed us to slump or slouch or sit in any way other than with crossed ankles growing up. She knew what it meant to be a lady.

Wearing today’s outfit, slim and sleek and sausaged into it within an inch of my life, I now understand why; it is virtually impossible to be casual and careless in outfits such as these. Between a revealing portrait collar and a nipped-in waist that required the requisite torsette once again, there was no way I was gonna be able to sit in any other way but erect or I’d risk flashing the girls and/or busting a button. And between the pencil skirt and the stilettos, I could do nothing but cross my ankles or I’d risk flashing my panties or stabbing someone as I stretched.

But do I look good? Polished and put-together?

Hells yeah.

And do I feel good because of this?

Indubitably.

No pain, no gain, right?

P.S. Remember T3 is in two days…get those creative juices a-flowing and prepare to link up!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Blazer – Tahari
Skirt – Mossimo @ Target
Stilettos – Type Z

:: Linking ::
Style Sessions @ Style Elixir
Stylish Tuesday @ Life’s a Party

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OOTD :: of the DMV and 1940s fashion

4.14.14

4.14.14

4.14.14

So how am I spending my first official day of Spring Break? Why, going to the good ol’ DMV, of course. It’s gonna be grand!

(Anyone else smell the facetiousness in the air?)

It’s really all because my mother ingrained in me the unfortunate habit of always getting work out of the way before play. Procrastination was not a word that existed in the Tanchoco/Soriente household, lemme tell ya. So now, 41 years later, I still hear my mom’s voice in the back of my mind, telling me that I will not enjoy an iota of Spring Break until I get all my obligations accomplished first.

Therefore, I am DMV-bound to renew my driver’s license. The good news is that I get to schedule my appointment (11am – not waking up at any godforsaken hour before 9) and that all I have to do is get a picture taken and complete an eye test. I don’t have to take the written or behind-the-wheel test or anything.

The DMV is in for a treat, then, because this week, I present to you Frolicking 40s, courtesy of Anne @ SpyGirl. And today’s ensemble is my most derivative of the time period.

Quick digression: I’ve realized that every decade challenge of Anne’s coincides with my T3 linkup. I guess next month, I’d better read something vaguely 50s-esque, eh?

 

Anyhow, according to Sammy Vintage,

If one thing about 1940s clothing is for certain, it’s that the trends in America were influenced by the pressures of World War II.

It was as if for half a decade, fashion literally stopped. The war prevented high-fashion designers from designing between 1939 and 1945, and new garments were produced to show support for “fighting the good fight.” Compared to the glamorous era of the ’30s and the feminine flare of the ’50s, American ’40s fashion focused on a less-is-more conservatism in favor of patriotism.

Oddly, for all the austerity of the times, there were a lot of fashion trends that emerged. So many, in fact, that I was hard-pressed choosing the five to highlight this week. Don’t be surprised if you find me combining trends in one look – I just had loads of fun with them all.

Today, I’m working the pencil skirt and pussycat bow blouse trends. Throw in some oxford heels circa 1930 along with my sad attempt at putting my hair up in a pseudo Victory roll, and you’ve got yourself an honest-to-gosh period piece moment on your hands, folks. I probably ought to have used my fancy filters on at least one of the pics to lend it even more authenticity.

Aw, heck! I’m loving this entire look so why not a bonus pic?

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The funny thing is that I almost scrapped this outfit. I couldn’t get the bow to tie right and the top’s three-quarter length sleeves that ended in elastic was irritating and the pencil skirt length as making me feel stubby. It just proves what miracle workers completer pieces and shoes can be.

I didn’t think throwing in another color would work, but the burgundy of the cardi was a harmonious counterpart to the browns in the skirt while also allowing the yellow to pop. And the shoes! What fun! And a total steal during Payless’ recent BOGO. Would it be rubbing it in if I said they were comfortable to boot?

All in all, a brilliant beginning to my 40s theme, to Spring Break and to my week in general. Here’s hoping my good karma keeps up.

P.S. Don’t you just love how Jack the beast snuck into my photo shoot?

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Modcloth
Cardi – F21
Skirt – thrifted
Pumps – American Eagle @ Payless

 

 

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OOTD :: of being a bombshell…you think?

4.9.14

4.9.14

4.9.14

Hullo, Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for hosting Andrea and Kim who have this to say about the iconic bombshell:

Bombshell just might be – depending on how far you choose to take it – the most labor-intensive look of all. These are women who work hard to get glamorous. They take care to slip on stockings so that the seam goes straight up the back; to cinch their waists way in; to wear coordinated lingerie sets, complicated corsets, and high heels – to the market. And isn’t that refreshing? They take us out of time, away from trends and practicality; they exist as something luxurious and utterly feminine…It’s about shape and polish, with a dose of serious sparkle thrown into the mix.

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Tank – Charlotte Russe
Kimono – F21
Pumps – eBay
Skirt – F21

:: Linking ::
WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy

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