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 definitely 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.

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).

 

Ways to re-accessorize

There are times when I get bored using the same accessories to their main purpose. Even though I would love to buy something new, I had found ways to re-accesories what I currently have in order to save money.

1. Broach to hair accesory.

I have this octopus broach from a Halloween costume. I must admit that even though I was partial at wearing it because I’m not into octopuses. I loved the versatility and uniqueness of it that eventually I would get compliments because of it.

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2. Hair accessory to a broach.

I have this pair of red flower hair clamps that I started wearing as a broach. I often wore them as hair accessories in the past but I’ve grown tired of it. Instead of parting with it, I found that the clamps are sturdy enough as a broach.

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3. Broach to a closure.

To avoid a “wardrobe malfunction” reinforcements such as closures are needed. Unfortunately for this particular clothing it was a wardrobe malfaunction waiting to happen. Thankfully, a broach is what got me to confidently enjoy wearing this outfit.

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Repurposing to fit my new body.

Blame the holidays for the excess gain weight but I see it as an oppurtunity to  change my perspective in wearing clothes too small for my current size. Its so easy to body shame myself for it but why spend more money on clothes when I can repurpose it to fit my new bod!

At first, I was thinking of donating or giving clothes away but I can’t help losing so much of my wardrobe that I since loved wearing. I tried making money from it by selling through the local flea market with little to no return so my next best option is repurposing. My first project was a medium sized denim jacket. I managed to squeeze myself in it which looked ill fitting especially on my arms so what was my solution, cut off the arms! With a pair of sharp scissors it was an easy fix.

I paired it with a black body suit, over a flowy skirt with custom made black cowboy boots. Donned on my go-to makeup routine as I finished it off with a pair of fun tassled earrings.20181228_141953

I’m off with my day.

Airport friendly go-to wear.

Comfort is key when it comes to travelling. My go-to is your typical sweats and sneakers but depending on the weather would determine how comfortable I want to be.

For instance during cold weather; my staple would be a heavy coat, scarf or beanie, gloves, a long sleeve top, pants and comfortable shoes. At this point, I don’t bother with booties no matter the heel height because I like it to be close toed shoes, with no hassle of taking it off or putting it on.20181213_233613

In hot weather, less is more but since I get cold easy inside the airplane I wear a T-shirt, a pair of sweatpants, sneakers, and a light jacket.

To complete my travelling in comfort, I make sure I packed light with only the essentials. This includes a backpack as my carry-on. Inside it would have my pair of noise cancelling headphones for long flights, snacks, and a book just to name a few. I only bring a laptop when I need it for school.

The duration of my trip and purpose determines how many checked luggage I bring. For a two week stay due to training, I managed to pack one medium sized luggage. As a typical pack rat, I consider that an accomplishment!

 

 

Meet Stella, my hand bag…

Alright there are times when I just want to explore ways to make a statement not relying on clothes but with my accessories instead. Be it the jewelry, shoes, bags/purses with or without make-up. I get it, I’m one to push my own boundaries and so far its a handbag.

For the record, I did mention on a previous post of mine that I hate having to carry something like a body bag, purse, hand bag or hand candy. Whatever you want to call it, I need my hands free.

However, I feel that alone is more reason why I had to push against my laziness and comfort zone to finally carry one. I figured the only way I do it is if I carry something that is interesting, eye catching but practical at the same time.

Lo and behold, I found her. Meet Stella, my hand bag. She’s made of sequins and stitched embroidery. Even though “Pink Email” is quite obvious on her, I think Stella suits her well.

How about you, what is your go to statement and do you name your accessories too?

Gym wear faux pas

I tend to people watch in between workout sets and I can’t help but notice patrons having gym wear faux pas. Granted, yes we are not there for a fashion show and yes I should focus more on exercising but I can’t help it.

Disclaimer: I am in no means an expert on what is proper gym wear so what faux pas I might mention below are merely my observations.

Gym wear faux pas:

1. Skimpy gym wear worn by millenials to baby boomers. Nothing against those who are bold enough to  flaunt their fit or non fit bods but we are in an enclosed space, usually bombarded in loud music with scents mingled in sweat. Please do not add more to my sensory overload.

2. Ill fitting gym shoes. At least with the local gym I attend to I noticed some patrons in the weight room wearing converse shoes. I guess I’m so used to wearing running shoes when working out that seeing non-athletic shoes seems odd.

3. Gym bags. I myself is an offender of this because I use a cheetah print handbag as my gym bag since I only carry my accordion wallet, hand towel and keys. Also, I shower at home after my workout so I don’t need to use a typical gym bag. 20181110_141349

4. Gym wear accouterments such as weight belt, weight gloves and various gym pads. Clearly, these are needed to the comfort and safety of the user but it gets expensive. Thankfully, our gym offers some of the accouterments to be rented for the day but non-availability and sanitary issues is a personal inconvenience so I don’t even bother.

5. This pertains to the selfie generation. You already know you look good in your outfit but please don’t use the gym as your personal runway by taking more selfies and hogging the mirrors more than working out itself.