Posts Tagged ‘H&M’

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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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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So what if I’m wearing Black Tights, with Brown Shoes and a Navy Blazer?  Have I broken some code of fashion where blacks and browns don’t mix, or blacks and navy bring on the blues?  I don’t know.  You tell me.

The shirt is from H&M and was about $24.00.

The blazer is from Forever21 and was about $17.00.

Tights are from the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles for about $4.00.

Shoes are Steve Maddens for $89.00 –> but these were a gift from Mom!

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The effect of having a fashionable roommate is to make the fashion unable aspire.  I’m still hoping her fashion ability will enable my dormant one.  Or maybe create a non-existent one.  It’s a long shot, but as Merlin sang in the Classic Disney Film, The Sword in the Stone, “It’s up to you how far you go…if you don’t try you’ll never know…”
I know, I know, it’s a cheap shot quoting a cartoon and using a quote that applies to everything…but *shrug* if it works, it works.

So, I went to school on Monday and felt like I ought to wear something NOT jeans and t-shirt (which is what I normally wear.)  Here’s the result:

H&M Black Jumper Dress + Forever 21 Black Woven Belt

H&M Black Jumper Dress + Forever 21 Black Woven Belt

This outfit cost less than $15.  The dress I bought off the H&M sale rack on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving when everything and their mom is on sale) for $5.99 and the belt came with another outfit from F21 that was also on sale for under $10. I topped the outfit off with a dark wash jean jacket from Guess (which I bought my Junion year in high school and still fits — no matter how hard I hoped I would still grow).  The jacket cost $40+ dollars over ten years ago.

Also, it’s awkward to the MAX trying to take pictures of myself, but Roommate says it gets easier in time. I hope so.

However, personality kicked in later that day.  I went home during a break in classes and changed into black Adidas track pants and a black t-shirt.  Ooops…

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