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My good friend, Tina, decided that this 30th birthday *cough-it’s-a-secret-how-many-she’s-had-by-now-cough* was going to be a Roaring 20’s/Prohibition Night theme. We went to Eve Lounge in San Francisco all dressed to the nines (or twenties).

I wore a black, ruffled tube dress that I’ve worn before and is really nothing to look at. No, the point of this Fashion + Unable post is my Haircessory! Yeeaaahhh!

See, just a few weeks before I learned that her party was going to be a Prohibition themed event, I had bought the feathered creation from Ross for $3.99 on a whim. I’m always thinking I could use a little more crazy fashion-forwardness in my wardrobe, why not a haircessory, right?

Except that once I had it, I had absolutely no guts to wear it anywhere. I mean, San Francisco is pretty liberal when it comes to Fashion. I’m sure I could have gotten away with it and no one would have called me out on it. But c’mon, have you seen the size of that flower? I would have known it was on my head the whole time.

So, thank god for Tina’s party for giving me a reason to wear a giant feathered flower head band without feeling silly. It turned out to be such a big hit with the guys, too! Haha!

on Alex's head

On Chris

 

Golda ❤

I really thought it was a fun, fearless way of adding a little bit of oomph! and noticeability to a simple black dress. But, I’m still pondering on whether I would ever wear it again. I mean, I’m still just me…only sort of fashionably fun and fearless & only for special occasions!

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Another set from my buddy Adrian.

I wore a green striped boat neck shirt with three-quarter sleeves from J. Crew. It was a hand-me-down from my mom. Well, she didn’t so much as hand it down to me as toss it into a “donate” pile of clothes. I just happened to fish it out and claim it as my own.

The pants are from Forever 21, a classic pair of skinny jeans that cost me oh…$12.

Shoes are from the Loft. Though, they are really old, so I don’t really know how much they were.

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Where: San Francisco, CA

A Perfect Day @ the Mission District.

Lunch at Pizzeria Delfina, Dessert from Bi-Rite Creamery (oh, don’t worry, I had a sorbet), and then gossip, music, people-watching at Dolores Park.

It was 80 degrees in San Francisco. The sky was a perfect blue. The sun brought out the colors and contrasts so brilliantly I had to blink a few times just to accept that something was that crimson of red, or someone’s eyes were that startling of blue.

I was meeting up with some classmates from the good ol’ Philippines. One of them lived in the City now, the other in Chi-Town, and yet the other in Singapore. Oh, how far we have flung. And how strong our bonds still tied us to continue with a friendship even after so many years and miles have separated us.

I ended up wearing a sheer silk off-white shirt with satin buttons from The Limited. The 3/4 sleeves even had little puffs at the end. It’s far more girly than I normally choose. It’s simple, but embellished with little details.

I wore a pair of cuffed khaki shorts from H&M.

And instead of flip-flops, I actually wore shoes. I told myself to wear cute little flats…but just could not bring myself to do so. I had to compromise with a pair of canvas sneakers from the Loft.

I then topped everything off with a little blue crochet fedora hat from Urban Outfitters. I love this hat which I bought in the middle of my Lenten No Shopping 40 Day Pledge. Yes, I failed…but the hat is worth my soul, don’t you think?

In the end, I didn’t really particularly care if I was hip or fashionable. I mostly cared that I didn’t stick to a t-shirt, or jean shorts, and flip-flops which would have been what I would have worn off the top of my head. I cared that I tried to dress more grown up (hello, silk top?) and that I wore shoes. I also cared that I accessorized (um, hats count, right?) and best of all, I was comfortable the whole day.

It’s a good place to start.

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Well, here’s one thing about NorCal: I definitely don’t try to dress as nice. Furthermore, my job is so laid back, that the only time I ever really need to look nice is when (1) I meet up with professors, and (2) the CEO is in town to hang out. Otherwise, I can pretty much get away with jeans and a shirt. I’ve even worn flip-flops. TERRIBLE.

But today, I’ve decided to revolutionize myself.

I just need to care more. About everything.

(1) My health and fitness, (2) my fashion sense (even when I can get away with flip-flops and jeans), (3) my hygiene (this mostly means washing my face at night as I don’t really do it, because I do shower everyday–sometimes twice a day–and y’know, brush my teeth and stuff), (4) my food, and (5) my career.

If I care more about all of the above, I am convinced that my LIFE will fall into place just right. And maybe, I’ll stop feeling…like this.

So here’s a start by re-sparking my Fashion-Unable series:

My friend, AdroMew, was in the mood to play photographer in Golden Gate Park and these were the results.

This Coral dress was something I ordered off the Forever 21 website when I was in one of those desperate moods for color. As you all know, Summer had been a little late in arriving, and the June Gloom was getting to me. I needed a dash of color. Thus, $23 later I had my wish.

The shoes are actually my mother’s. They are a lovely pair of no-name brand sandals that I had bought for her. Here’s the story: we were all dressed up to go see Hugh Jackman perform at the Curran Theater last May and she had on these perfectly beautiful black high-heeled slingbacks. Unfortunately, she had also spent all morning and afternoon doing the Filipino version of a line-dance. So, when we were finally off to go see Wolverine, she claimed she couldn’t possibly walk the four blocks from our parking garage to the Curran Theater. “Luckily” for her, there was a DSW just half a block down. And ta-da these surprisingly comfortable camel sandals came into her (our) possession.

I wore them that day because I anticipated a walk through the park, and like I said, they’re extremely comfortable with the padded insole and 2-inch chunky heels.

The sweater is from…no clue. It’s been a while. It’s a wool-blend 3/4 sleeve cardigan. It kept me quite warm and perfectly content in the 64 degree San Francisco weather.

I also wore green nail polish and tried to pretend I was going for a contrast with my coral dress. But really, it was because the night before, I had gone to an Oakland A’s game and green was one of their team colors. I just didn’t have time to change my nails.

It was color I wanted, it is color I’ve got.

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Featherly Yours, Ace

Alexander McQueen's 2008 Collection

Cuckoo for this.

Gryphon Feather Dress with Vera Wang necklace

This one was my personal fave: THIS SITE shows you how to wear this dress so many ways!!!

and finally, because I kind of adore Rihanna:

Rihanna's Feathered Look

THIS SITE tells you where to get the stuff up there.

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@the Natural History Museum

I love how my girl friends each have such a unique sense of style.  I’ve learned so much from them.

It was First Fridays at the Natural History Museum. That meant being able to indulge in our geekifying love of Museum lore (dinosaurs, history, human evolution, animals, bones, precious stones! oh my!) and our love of going out and indulging in the amazing LA nightlife.

@Sigh always has a way of making the simplest pieces look unique and fashionable. She’s definitely one of my fashion idols. Becoming her roommate was one of the biggest learning experiences fashion-wise ever.  Here, she has a pair of black skinny jeans. First of all, she rarely ever wears pants. For her to be in pants only really means one thing: it’s cold outside. This was February last year, so still in the dead of winter.  She’s paired the black jeans with a loose sequined v-neck top with a drawstring waist.  It’s actually a cami.

I also love the black gladiator heels which I’m pretty sure she bought from F21 and could not have been more than $30. Finally, that amazing coat with the gold button accents just pulls the rest of the outfit together.

I’ll ask her later what/who she’s wearing. Haha. Because she’s good like that.

NHM Crew

I’m wearing a gray cowl neck sweater from F21. It was actually on sale, so it cost nothing more than $4.99. It’s tunic length and form-fitting, so I had to be conscious not to wear pants that were too tight around the waist…if you know what I mean. I had just come from work, so I had kept the top and just swapped my sensible black working skirt with a fun pair of faux leather leggings. I added on a black belt to accentuate the waist and break the length of the tunic. I didn’t want to look all torso and no legs, y’know? Then, I borrowed @Sigh’s black knee-length flat boots.

JJC is wearing a simple pair of jeans, black flat boots, a white top and a navy sweater. She pulls the entire outfit together with accessories, including the checkered scarf and Burberry earmuffs (pictured below).

Becca is also another one of my friends of whom I am always in fashion awe. She really puts together outfits that I can’t even begin to imagine, and makes them look damn good. Here, she’s got a short, short skirt with gray leggings, ballet flats and, of course, leg warmers. I also adore her black bomber leather jacket. It’s very tough ballerina.

Evee is all about the dramatic in this outfit. Haha. The trench, the patterned leggings, the boots, all beautifully topped off with the haircessory. As far as I can tell, I think it’s a little skull cap with a black flower. I don’t know how else to explain it. Maybe she can help me out later. I honestly cannot remember what she had on underneath the coat. But who cares? She makes wearing a coat so damn sexy.

Dino Lovin'

I really like what the guys are wearing, too. I just appreciate it when guys wear clothes that fit well. And for some reason, I really like the pair of gray jeans TheS is wearing. It’s unique. I also really like the Hugo Boss half-zip pullover sweater that TheS is wearing. It’s just the right length and fit for his frame.

Eon’s got his staple uniform. His lace-up white t-shirt and dark-wash boot-cut jeans (above).

I think I’m just completely over the baggy, washed out look. I think for guys our age, it’s time to dress well (better).

That night was surprisingly fashionable for a Night @ the Museum, but then again, we’re in LA, trick! I should really have figured we would come out en vogue anyway.

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LAW SCHOOL PROM aka BARRISTER’S BALL 2010

I have decided to do retro-active Fashion-Unable posts because my camera is broken and my new one is still in transit. I’ve been meaning to try doing these kinds of posts again, so here goes:

The dress: H&M for $48.

Shoes: Bakers $69.99

I liked this dress a lot. I was at one of my heavier weights after gaining around 15 pounds since last summer (I know, right?! stupid law school and stress), I was really concerned about what to wear. This dress, with its white cut-out that is curved inwards creates a really unique illusion of being skinny. It basically just draws your attention to the white part, and erases the dark (negative image) part. It looks like I have curves and that I’m skinny.

Isn’t it amazing?

Try not to look too closely though, hahaha! Or the illusion goes away and you realize that I did gain that much weight.

The H&M Prom Dress

I also like the neckline of this dress. It’s one giant black v-shaped elastic strap. It stayed comfortable and was bold enough to create a statement, and wide enough to balance the width of my shoulders. I used to do martial arts, so all the years of push-ups kind of gave me really broad straight shoulders. I like that this dress allows me to showcase shoulders without being all shoulder.

Finally, even sideways, I look like I’m half my size because of the negative-positive image the black and white create. It really makes you believe that where the white ends is also where the rest of me ends. Plus, it’s dark inside, so it adds even more to the illusion of skinniness. Haha! But really…I wasn’t. Sigh. Just see below.

A peek @ the SHOES (with Tinman, my favorite Partner-in-Crime)

As for the shoes, I chose one of my favorite black high-heels from Bakers. These also have the wide elastic straps which keep them extremely comfortable because of the stretch, but also supportive for the height. These heels add approximately 3 to 4 inches on me. The taller I seem, the better I can pretend to wear the weight I had gained.

The pic above is with Tinman, one of my favorite party peoples. You can barely see the shoes. I realized that I did not have a full body picture all night, so there are barely glimpses of the Bakers shoes.

with my awesome date, & another peek at my BAKERS SHOES

Here’s another look at the shoes. Don’t mind the musculature of the calf. Haha! I’d been snowboarding all season with that guy above. My date was Bobert/Kiwigelo/ClownPornPhatBeatingSticks who is now one of my closest friends through our love of snowboarding.

this is how Bobert & i really are like

Overall, I was comfortable in my dress despite the fact that it clung to my extra baggage. I credit the cut and the pattern of the dress. I love the shoes (which I wear quite often when going out to dance and still look stunningly tall[er]). I also paired the outfit with gold leaf earrings and gold cuffs. I chose gold because the “white” portion of my dress was not actually pure white. It was cream with a sheen of gold, which also added a hint of uniqueness to the dress.

Here’s a close up of the shoes. I could no longer find the exact pair online, but that’s because I bought them a while back. There are several similar ones on the Bakers website, though.

On a special note, I want to give a shout-out to Bobert’s GEEK CHIC look. Loved his glasses. Loved his woolen skinny tie with the straight edge. Loved the gray wool jacket. Loved the belt buckle. I really like it when a guy decides to take on fashion and give it his own unique twist.

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