Lingerie to street style

I kept seeing this trend of maximizing the use of lingerie outside of sleep wear. At first I was skeptical because how could something that is either frilly, skimpy, silky and laced up pieces of clothing be appropriate enough outside of the bedroom.

…Then a rich deep purple silk high low with black laced cups changed my mind. It is gorgeous on its own but as I layered it with a printed black and white flowly top secured with a black broach on a pair of black cowboy boots. My hair twisted up similar to Chun Li from Street Fighter.

My fashion looked like a hodge podge of confusing elements but it worked! I┬ádefinitely made a statement at a party because I didn’t show up in casual beach wear like everyone else.

I can’t wait to style up this sky blue cupped frilly baby doll lingerie this weekend. Its fun knowing you can enjoy lingerie wear outside of bed.

Mixing fashion cultures

Thanks to my thrifting adventures, I get to explore differeing prints and cuts that are not your mainstream “fast fashion.”

For instance I scored this Asian inspired red top. I love it due to its unique closure. Easy to style and very versatile in any weather.

Today I paired it with dark green harem pants. At first I was confused on the simple yet complicated closures that at first, I didn’t buy it but after making my second trip to the store I decided to take it as a way to challenge my own style.

I’m so glad I did because I look so unique. I can’t help but get the “flip back look.” Especially with every stride giving off a peak of bare leg. Yes, I might be walking Christmas ornament but girl, I’m definitely serving it today!

 

Laundromat tips for vacationers.

Being able to wash clothes is a must especially on long vacations and its a life saver for when the hotel or Airbnb does not offer such a service. For me its a staple and I have no qualms of using it even given the stigma behind laundromats.

Here’s a few tips I learned;

1. Most laundromat places are clean but it does not hurt to do some research before heading there.

2. Research if it has the option of paying with a card or do you need to bring cash/coins. It pays to read the reviews as well so you get an idea of how the place is managed.

3. Bring your own laundry soap, fabric softener and dryer sheets. Most have limited selections plus they might not have what you need depending on the material you’re planning to wash.

4. Be aware of machines that might not be working as well. Some might be a dud such as not having enough heat on certain dryers or other flaws due to wear.

5. If number 4 is your issue don’t be afraid to bring it up to management, most would reimburse the cost of what you paid for so you can use a differen machine.

6. Be prepared to wait. You need to have time when using laudromats, usually a washing cycle is between 20-30 minutes while a drying cycle range from 30-35 minutes. Add in the time needed to fold clothes, usually I’m there for 2 hours.

7. Bring your own entertainment. Most laundromats are not equipped with televisions or stacks of magazines so if you’re prone to get bored easy, might as well make use of your time there.

8. Other patrons are courteous enough to not hog the equipment so also pack a lot of patience with you, in case you happen to experience some exceptions to the rule.

9. Laundromats are noisy and it can get warm so plan to dress comfortably. Also, bring a pair of earbuds to stifle the noise. Usually I binge watch Youtube videos, it helps passes the time quickly.

10. Be mindful that most do not offer bathroom facilities so if you’re prone to bathroom breaks, research a place that has nearby public bathrooms that you can use.

 

Joining the thrifting bandwagon.

Ever since I gained weight I had to purge my closet of clothes I would rather not work into getting back into. I admit my body is changing and will continue to change but how do I do it on a budget? I say, Thrifting!

Blame it on my me binging on Youtube videos about Thrifting and sure enough I got hooked. Even during my vacation my daughter and I went thrifting, now I have several outfits at a fraction of the cost!

Since I started here’s a few tips I learned:

1. Wear clothes that you can either pull in and out off or easily layer with, just in case the thrift shop does not have a changing room or is too crowded that there’s a long line to it.

2. Leave your inhibitions outside before heading in the store, in case you have to do tip number 1 in plain site. No shame here.

3. Try on anything and disregard sizing. Ladies, I cannot emphasize that enough. I would have missed out on a beautiful lingerie piece just because I thought the size “Small” would not fit. I’m so glad I went against the sizing.

4. When I mentioned try on anything, it meant going against gender and age group. Ladies, don’t dismiss out on the mens section and kids section. Why limit yourself, as long as it fits to your comfort level. I say why not?

5. Don’t dismiss the shoes either. Yes there is the “ick factor” but with just a little bit of deodorizing or cleaning, you’re all set.

6. Accessorize! Don’t forget to look at the belts, scarves, purses or hats. I scored a red scarf that blends well with a top that I could not wait to show off.

7. Cross over to other cultural patterns, cuts and designs. Take a risk and broaden up your fashion wardrobe. Let your wardrobe be a conversation starter.

8. Need ideas for a halloween costume? Thrifting has you covered from clothes to props, just use your imagination.

9. Browse through their home furnishings section. Its usually filled with an eclectic sort of furniture, lamps, paintings, mirrors and figurines.

10. Bring cash just in case the store only accepts cash (ie. garage sales, flea markets).

 

Styling in comfort but still in your style.

During my trip, I didn’t want to lose myself in ugly layers of clothes just to stay comfortable and warm. Therefore, I made it a point to only pack essential clothing but at the same time pack light.

In doing so, I had to get creative with ways to dress warm in cold weather.

Here’s my alternatives;

1. Instead of your usual beanie hats, use a scarf. It can be a head cover, a wind breaker and a hair control in those cold and windy weather. (Ladies with long hair can relate).

2. You can still wear a knee length dress but layer on knee length socks! Why should you stop wearing a dress in the cold.

Not into long socks wear, then use leggings underneath your dress.

3. Running shoes should not be the default walking shoes. Wear short heeled boots, mocassins, cowboy boots or hiking boots even. Bring a separate pair if you must.

4. Reversible jackets can give you two different styles and looks. Most are of lightweight material and come in different colors, patterns to suit your style.

5. If you can trade or swap clothes with whoever is travelling or vacationing with you, why not! My daughter and I happen to like each others style and she mostly fit my clothes, so we have traded jackets and she likes trying out some of my accessories.

6. Worse case scenario, buy new clothes from your trip. Its another reason why packing light is key here. How else are you going to make room with all the shopping you will be doing.

Other than that…Happy vacationing/staycationing and I hope you enjoy your summer!

 

 

Cruising with my “mini-me.”

Finally! Our Alaskan cruise is currently underway until my daughter and I found out that we didn’t have any “sea legs.” Our first day in the cruise was us medicating on Dramamine!

As virgin cruisers we definitely learned the following;

1. Bring Dramamine even if you think you can handle a bout of motion-sickness. It beats having to pay the cruise rate of nearly $7 with a pack of 3 tablets!

2. A 10 day cruise for us is far too long on a boat. Our future cruises would have to be less than 10 days.

3. Bring cash since most establishments has a policy of minimum card purchases of $5. At other times the connectivity might not let you charge your card at all.

4. Even if you are sailing to a cold climate bring a swimsuit/bathing suit. The cruises now have indoor swimming pool and hot tubs for everyone to enjoy.

5. Do take advantage of the room service especially if you do not feel like dressing up just to eat.

6. You can take food inside your room just be mindful to leave your plates and/or tray outside your room for servers to pick up afterwards. You can’t risk having an investation inside your room.

7. Wash your hands every chance you get. Being in closed quarters with other passengers can be disastrous if symptoms of any type of sickness is left unchecked.

8. Do take advantage of working out in the gym. Classes such as spin and yoga are taught so it doesn’t mean that a cruise should hinder you from working out.

9. Pack a lot of patience and a sense of humor. Be mindful that lot of retirees and disabled are also on-board, trust me you are not the only one as excited to get on the cruise. (Of course, kids by default are always included).

10. Teens will be teens, remember you were once a teenager so give them some slack.

11. At the beginning of the cruise do attend the safety briefing because it is a requirement. Yes, it is your vacation but so is everyone else on board.

12. Do try the local cuisine, its now or never.

13. The cruise staff are there to serve but they are people too so keep the self entitlements to yourself.

 

14. You can have fun even on a budget.

15. Be kind to yourself specially as you meander through the buffet lines. Food should not be a chore or a form of self pity so eat up, drink up and be merry!

 

 

 

 

Eeeek!!!! I got my first gray hair!

This morning, I was busy doing my normal routine but I took a double take as I stared at the mirror. Staring back at me is a reminder of my dwindling youth, a single strand of gray hair. Just my luck to see one, a month before I turn another year older.

I heard rumors of plucking it would only make it spread more gray hairs or something to those lines so I kept the strand, hid it in between locks of hair. As if “drowning” it in more hair would make it go away. Silly!

Truth be told I have virgin hair, meaning I never had it chemically treated to a different shade of color from my natural hair tone of black. I blame and thank my mom for it because she emphasizes natural beauty to be the most beautiful. Of course hearing it initially when I was as a teenager did not make sense just because everyone else is doing it besides me.

I have to say that the older I get, her beliefs does ring true. Plus, it saves me a LOT of money so cheers to you mom!

Belated Happy Mother’s Day!