Saturday, June 30, 2012

Outfit: Tanzania little things

I love those outfits that can be inspired by one little accessory.  This was a gift I just happened to convince my mother in law to pass over to me!  Her coworker returned with it from a trip to Africa... Tanzania specifically... one handmade, beaded, leather cuff. 





I hope that by her buying this piece it benefits the woman that created it.  Self sufficiency is an amazing thing... something I feel like I am learning about in a strange way.  I am blessed in that I don't need to worry about financially supporting myself, but right now I am relying on myself in every other way... taking care of myself, our daughter, our dog, our home, our vehicles... all while he is away.

It's the little things that can make a difference... the little things that help, because every bit helps.  Like my dad coming over and helping me trim the branches off the tree in my front yard, and my mom making salsa and sharing it with me, reading a silly book series to lighten the mood... little things can make the hard things a lot easier... or more interesting.

What I wore:
Thrifted denim vest and vintage earrings. Tube top, sandals from H&M.  Pants and chevron rings from F21.  Ray Ban sunglasses.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Outfit: Mint, Black and Gold

I wore this out to dinner for my brother's birthday and honestly I felt like maybe it was a little too much... HOWEVER, I don't get out too much these days so when not dress up a little extra?!  It's not too often that I get to go out in my "Sex and the City" shoes, as I call them!




What I wore:
Mint shorts from H&M. Black top from Marshall's. Michael Kors satchel. Ray Ban sunglasses. Accessories from F21. Thrifted sandals.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Outfit: Neon, Nude, Seersucker

Wearing a few items I got from the super fun clothing swap I hosted at my house a couple weeks ago (which I have yet to blog about still... bad sactown fashion blogger!)...


I got this shirtdress from Kachet of The Lipstick Giraffe who is totally adorable on so many levels and I love all her outfit posts!!  I also got this neon belt which was perfect and what I have been searching the stores for... not sure who brought that one to the swap but THANKS!!!


I DID wear shorts underneath to avoid peekaboo undies... Seersucker is such a fun fabric... reminds me of what someone would wear to a Hamptons backyard bbq or something.  Kept it casual with the neon details... the seersucker actually had thin threads of silver so in cam the Coach bag!

Feeling super down today so I am going to keep it short.  I feel like I am a giant wound, with some salt thrown in and then add a squeeze of lemon...

What I wore:
Dress and belt from Sac Fashion Bloggers summer clothing swap. Sandals and neon cuff from F21.  Coach purse.

What can I do to cheer up? I am not usually this depressed... waaaah!
 

xoxo...
Vanessa

Saturday, June 23, 2012

For now...

I will wish I was here again...

So much to blog about and so little time! Lots to do this coming week. Hopefully I can keep up.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Outfit: Frills and diamonds

For a hot day of shopping and errands I felt like getting a little dolled up!  I love this dress and that it is so layered and flowy but does not make me feel like I look fat.






I realize the sheerness of the fabric, hence wearing spanky-pants! everything this season is sheer it seems!


awkward blogger flamingo pose
The dress was purchased at a Goodwill but the texture of the fabric reminded me of things I would find at boutiques in Germany and France... almost all of which were well above my budget!  Well, for around $5 I found this one in America, with a tag saying it was made in Romania. 

One of the errands was getting my gorgeous ring checked and cleaned at the jewelry store... so I wore my blingiest sandals and my most awesome house-wifey purse.  It's always fun to pop into the MK store while carrying my bags, just to peek around and say hi to the gals that work there.

Hope you all have a great evening!

What I wore:
Dress, thrifted. Michael Kors Grayson handbag. Sandals from TJMaxx.  Bracelet from kohls. Necklaces from F21.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Monday, June 18, 2012

More stuff!

Uggh! Why do I have to use the internet while doing homework?  It is sooo distracting!

I found a couple more awesome things that I wish I could charge right now... just some things that would round out my wardrobe a bit.




The Grey Toms Palmettos are perfect and neutral.  I have been wanting another pair of TOMS for a while, but haven't found any I would use more than my black glitters.

The Scarlet Large Seatbelt tote... so pretty... like a forbidden fruit, waiting to be picked... because it is on sale right now and I am exercising all of my willpower not to buy it! I got my first Harvey's Original Seatbelt bag when I turned 18 and it is the MOST durable bag I have ever owned.  It looks exactly the same even after 9 years, and I have used it A LOT over the years.  The red one has been the apple of my eye for a long time.

Cute flats from H&M... still loving neon.  I think these are more fun and dressy than just some neon leather flip flops (which I have, but do not wear enough).  I could wear these with dresses, maxi skirts, and shorts.

That's what I got for now... back to the homework!

xoxo...
Vanessa

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Here and now

Fuck, I can't even count.
I think it is the end of six weeks... which is nowhere near the end of twenty-something weeks in total that we need to go.
Let's be honest here about how much it has sucked so far, and let's be honest about how I have no idea how the fuck we are going to make it through this... the only light at the end of the tunnel is that we will be TOGETHER... the way we are meant to be.

It honestly wasn't so bad the first couple weeks... been busy with school, Aveline, family, shopping, cleaning, fixing shit around the house... don't stop moving and you won't have time to think about it... trips with the family have been fun to Six flags and Tahoe and we will be going to the beach near Monterey and Santa Cruz soon.  I watched tv, read the Shades of Grey series, joined a book club, hosted a blogger clothing swap, signed Avii up for swim lessons, Vacation Bible School AND cheerleading... it's only been six weeks! fuck. 

I am not scared to sleep alone... I actually prefer it most days, compared to getting kicked in the back or socked in the face by Aveline in the middle of the night.  Don't leave the blinds open though... the darkness outside is terrifying.  I wish I could sleep with the windows open some nights, but I can't bring myself to.

School is making me miserable, but the thought of having a gaddamn Bachelor's degree in something keeps me going.  Seeing family every day has been helpful and better than I thought it could be.  Some days I want to be alone and curl up in a ball and cry, but I can't do that if I am with them, so it's good, right? 

What I am having a hard time with, and this is going to sound completely bitchy is the "how are you doing?" head tilt?  remember that episode with Tom Selleck and Courtney Cox on "Friends" where Monica asks Richard about his divorce and he talks about how people give him the sympathy head tilt ...  I totally give the I'm okay head bob, because I am!  Jorden is alive and well and simply thousands of miles away from me in war-torn country, doing what he has to do so that Aveline and I can have a good life.  I can do this... lots of other wives do it, and I think I am stronger and more confident in myself than a lot of people, PLUS I have the added benefit of having to stay strong for the kiddo.

The last week or so I have been getting flashbacks of when we found out he was leaving... I remember my mouth going dry, my tongue tasting like I licked a piece of cardboard.  We were at a fast food restaurant getting a snack after shopping or going to the movies or something, I don't remember what... my hands felt detached from me... balloon hands or something... somehow floating up over and over to fork chili fries into my disgusting-tasting mouth... maybe if I keep eating I won't get sick and I won't burst into tears.  Where do we go from here?

Well, we figured out that he was going. Then he did go.  And I am left here.  And things suck.  But I am ok. Insert head bob.  

Birthday wishlist...

My birthday is coming up in July, and I am seriously like a little kid about birthdays!  Not just mine, but kinda sorta mine too ;-)
I already know a month in advance or more what I want to do, where I want to eat, what I want to eat, etc.  This year is different and sad because my beloved husband is a billion miles away in Afghanistan, serving his country and doing his duty... so I will try to console myself with presents and food and city views...



A trip to the Longchamp store in San Francisco might be a good stop!  I am really, really wanting/needing a better backpack that I can use as a purse and a camera bag for personal use.  I am leaning towards the white one... does anyone else think white is a bad idea?  Also, I would looove the cyclamen pink tote!  And the cosmetic case would be great too... Longchamp Birthday Party?

I am also super-lusting after the new Michael Kors Jet Set Small totes in the saffiano stamped leather!  My sis in law has one and it is such a lovely bag!

The bright pink is a tough one to find online these days... 

Although I am not the one to typically wear sneakers, I have caught the Marant hidden wedge sneaker bug.  Maybe I am reverting back to my Jr High days of wearing platform sketchers in my Spice Girl wannabe moment!

















I found these options on ebay for a lot cheaper and am totally loving the options of colors... the hardest decision would be what color to get?  I like the navy and cream or the all-black ones i think.

So those are my wishlist items... not trying to be greedy, but that's why it's a wishlist right?!  For the day, I would love to just hang out in San Francisco and walk Union Square, go to the Palace of fine arts maybe, and I do not want a birthday cake!  I want a killer delish cherry pie or cobbler (no crumb topping!).  

Unless, I could forgo all these things and have my husband back for a couple days!  that would be the best gift!

xoxo...
Vanessa

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Outfit: Casual everyday

I have been seeing so many outfit posts lately that make me feel like I don't really need to try so hard... As much as I wished I lived a high-fashion-necessary city life where it was a must to have to dress awesome every day, I don't... and the fact that it is summer, it gets too hot to bother to wear more than a dress and some underwear... but that doesn't mean it can't be fun, right?!  Jeans and tees are part of the summer fun simplicity!


 I spice it up with bright brights and fun shoes that are really comfortable for how tall they are!


 Try carrying a big tote like a folded clutch... Slightly more interesting, no?!


 Fave flatforms right now.  What do you call this type of textile?  It reminds me of mexican sarapes and blankets!  I love espadrilles more than cork wedges for sure!  And isn't this the best pedicure color?!  It's an OPI color and I adore it... more fun than red or pink... this color would look great on any skin tone I think.
My hydrangea bush has decided to be HOT pink this year rather than periwinkle like last year, and I totally love it.  My mom said it has to do with the pH of the soil... I think it's the color of my soul.  If your soul was a color, what would it be?

What I wore:
Mickey tee and wedges from Target.  Levis jeans. Michael Kors tote.

xoxo...
Vanessa

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Outfit: Stipes n Zags

I think I am on a roll with the outfit posts now!  Feeling a little more comfortable with doing it myself. As long as my camera cooperates all is well... I give major props to you ladies that do this regularly... It's a lot to think about: set-up, focusing, posing, making sure outfit is ok... Geez!
Anyhoooo...
I am a huge sucker for anything black and white... yet i always have a strangely difficult time styling the pieces just right.



I need some better black trousers for sure... they are always the most difficult thing for me to find... harder than jeans, skirts, shorts... ANYTHING but black pants... feck!!!
I am taking advantage of the last remnants of coolness in the air before I resort to wearing almost nothing because it is so gaddang hot!

Loads of favorite things about this outfit!
Ya see?!?! Too much focus on everything else, and my cool necklace is flipped over! le boooo!

By the way... i FINALLY have REAL RAY BANS! and they are the perfect slight cat-eye wayfarers!!! SCOOORE. I never knew this day would really come!



I have so much going on in the next week! I am kind of excited, but I need to make it through Montag first (my final is going to take 3 hours to complete!)... then onto lots of fun stuff, including my new book club meeting, the Sac Fashion Blogger's Clothing Swap, and signing Aveline up for cheerleading!

What I wore:
Ray Ban Wayfarers. Neon satchel from Target.  Top from Susie's deals. Vintage thrifted earrings. Missoni for Target flats.  Arm party from various stores (F21, kohl's, Charlotte russe, texas)

I don't know if I am having an identity crisis, being on my own, but I feel like I am having a hair crisis... like when Kim Kardashian tried to go blonde... it just wasn't meant to be... I am missing my jet-black hair... It has been a big process to just get it this red... not sure if I should keep on going with it or just return to what I know and love... any suggestions?

Vanessa