Wear It #4

I haven’t done a “what I wore” type of post in a long time. Looking back at previous posts here, I realize that this might be only the third of its type on this site.

This pic was taken on Saturday and I’m not sure what to call the look. Perhaps the Bay Area is having its influence on me!

Wear It #4


Sweater, Forever 21 clearance section
Dress, Forever 21 by way of Goodwill
Shoes, Chelsea Crew ‘Malibu’ (similar in Mustard here)
Socks, a nice thin wool blend that I wish I had more pairs of
Glasses, the Thatcher (in Whiskey Tortoise) from Warby Parker
Headband, unknown
MAC lipstick in Hang-up


Since I work in a blue collar-y shop-like environment most of the time, I seem to overdress whenever I have a day off these days.

You should see the condition of some of my work clothes. Battery acid can eat holes in your sweaters and jeans, which is why you won’t find me wearing any of my fancy stuff there. Most work days find me in inexpensive and/or old jeans, random old Threadless shirts, wearing Doc Martens, Adidas, or inexpensive boots on my feet. Comfy and pricey insoles are a definite must!


I need to stop looking at hair pics from 2009-2010, for sure. Otherwise, I will be forced to go back to this, which I miss so much.

Teal hairs


It’s totally ok to go the grocery store in your Batman pajamas, wearing a faux fur stole and yellow headband from H&M. Skull shoes from Target.

Batman

Right?

Her birthday weekend shenanigans were delightful and fun and I can’t wait until next year.

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Week in Recap 1.25.13

This week was filled with school, work, and shopping. Oh, and the sky was all purple.

After taking the lovely route on the 280 freeway the other day, I ended up taking the exit that dropped me off right near Hillsdale Shopping Center.

Oh, the mall. I wanted to go to H&M and check out some stuff for the always thriving (and getting taller) Colette. She’s bigger than the sizes in the 18 month range but isn’t quite there for some of the 24 month items.

This is her hot sauce and cookie face. I don’t like anything too spicy nor do I like sour cream, so I know where she gets it from!

Coco loves her salsa

Coco loves her salsa

Coco is obsessed with owls lately and I found her an outfit at H&M. I meandered into the clearance section at H&M, I found goodies galore. Allow me to introduce you to a piece from the Margiela collection. For a paltry $10 (!), I acquired this “lining dress”.

Margiela for H&M

Margiela for H&M

It’s not my usual color at all and it’s a bit big on me. However, I see some distinct possibilities with a dress clip 90′s style and maybe these wedges.

All of the accessories were half off and I got these eggplant faux suede wedges for $10!

H&M Eggplant Wedges

H&M Eggplant Wedges

I’ve been beyond obsessed with faux fur for my entire life and this bag fits the bill perfectly. A steal at only $7.50!

H&M Faux Fur Purse

H&M Faux Fur Purse

This skirt reminded me of Lip Service and the Fly Girls from In Living Color at the same time. Very form fitting and a mere $7!

Shiny skirt

Shiny skirt

What would winter be like without a furry winter hat, also known as a Ushanka in some parts. It kind of matches the wedges.

Faux fur Ushanka

Faux fur Ushanka

Lastly, there were experiments with hair chalk. I miss my “alternative” hair color so much and never really ventured into the rose colored side of things. I rather like it, but will have to see if it can be pulled off long-term.

Pink hair chalk

Pink hair chalk

1/3 of our household has been hit with the flu. Coco had her shot last year and we got our shots last Friday. Hmm. I’m still skeptical about them, but it apparently takes 2 weeks to reach full immunity. Now I’ve got a headache and feel a little out of it.

What are you up to lately?

The show must go on,
Lisa

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I’m Still Here

Where do I start? What’s been happening?

I’m deeply saddened and keep about the tragedy in Newtown, CT. We should all be thankful for our lives and our loved ones as you just never know what might happen.

That said, I had a bit of a scare with an infection that required a trip to the emergency room a couple of weeks ago. Random and very sudden.

Colette was also very sick with another round of croup, an ear infection and then a reaction to the antibiotics from said infection! Just bleh, the poor thing. We’re on the mend now, though, but please know that it really sucked.

Some of my most anxious moments have occurred during parenting and from what I gather, that’s nothing. Each stage of development brings new challenges and wonder. More on the wonder and less with the adversity, thank you.

I’ve been unplugging myself from the hustle and bustle of the internets when I can lately. I see that it’s time to step away from Facebook again for a little bit. Perhaps Instagram as well and their funky new ToS, although they seem to be backpedaling heavy from it.

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Our household is heavy on the Spongebob and Regular Show, with bouts of American Horror Story: Asylum and Adventure Time thrown in for good measure. Coco doesn’t get to go anywhere near AHS, of course, with limited exposure to the others.

I mention our shows because whenever I read certain friends status updates, I automatically say them in my head with a voice from Spongebob. Squidward has gotten a lot of mileage lately, I’ll say, especially with some of the nameless grumps on my friends list.

Elephant in the room: I’d been feeling overwhelmed between school and the new-ish job. I’ve been working in the motorcycle industry at Cycle Gear for the last month and a half.

It was a difficult decision to go back into the retail sector as I had run screaming from it not all that long ago. However, this job is different and is a welcomed challenge. I’ve got some cool co-workers and am learning so much that I could actually describe my experience as fun.

I like working in an environment that helps encompass an entire feeling and experience. There’s so much that I could discuss so far and I will. I’m thinking of doing a series on what I’ve learned so far about motorcycles and parts and gear. I’ve also got to deal with getting my actual motorcycle license as well. That will be happening very soon and I can’t wait!

As for school this semester, I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped to. Wah-wah. Frankly, it feels like my school balloon is losing air and is shriveling up in a corner. The show must go on though and I need to sort out a more ambitious plan of action.

A 3.52 GPA isn’t the worst problem to have and I mean that sincerely. I’m so self-critical and am not sure what to do when the time comes to transfer to another school. Next semester is already looming and I’ve got some very difficult classes on the horizon.

Here’s what I’ve been wearing lately. At work, the uniform is jeans, sensible shoes, and my work shirt. Certainly not a lot of room for imagination, but I do my best.

I got a waterproof leopard trench coat for the tremendous rain that we’ve been having lately. Blue furry stole acquired at H&M for the paltry sum of $14.95. I also got a couple of things off my holiday wishlist and haven’t received them yet.

I’m in the sprocket section. Yay!

Hopefully I’ll get an update in before the holiday travel to see family.

Love and light,
Lisa

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Polyvore HQ

So I went to this event on Wednesday night at Polyvore that was sponsored by SF Fashion & Tech. Hey, I like fashion! I like tech!

The funny thing is that in the short time that I’ve been in Silicon Valley, I’ve already been to the HQ’s of Facebook, YouTube, and Polyvore.  I’ll count Google in there shortly as Coco’s dad’s company just got acquired by Google.

Wednesday night was my first night ever taking the Caltrain. Yeah, I don’t get out very much, so this was so exciting! With Coco and her dad hanging out for a couple of hours, I got all dolled up and wore some of my finest. I think it was a little overkill maybe and that I was channeling a little Sharon Needles at times?  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I had to take a short pause in front of my goofy new bathroom.

It’s not often that I get to really think about what I’m wearing these days, so I wore my new All Saints Faith dress, my trusty Fluevog Mansfields and paired them with an Alexander McQueen belt and with my trusty Sugarpill, MUFE, and MAC makeup.

I'm so skerred

Why can’t I be oh so confident like other people and just saunter in and arrive. I went to this event and somehow started talking to two CEO’s. It was a good thing, as I’m still looking for the right opportunity here for me.

Let me first tell you that I had quite an adventure on the train on the way to Mountain View. We moved from Foster City (snooze) to Redwood City (mini Los Angeles) last weekend and I was concerned about going on the train by myself.  You see, I could tell you stories about getting lost after walking around two corners.  I could also admit something really shameful that only one soul in the world besides me knows for sure: I once lost my car at the Beverly Center for over three hours. I’m an LA native and used to hang out there after school and actually used to work there too (at Brooks Stride Rite and then later Sephora) so what the hell is my excuse?  My friend Bev was such a doll about it too, even though we were supposed to be taking her to the airport for her flight back to London. I’m such a ninny sometimes, I swear, but I’m not a dodo. That was a few years ago and I have improved considerably!

After I secured my ticket at the automated kiosk, I waited on the platform, making sure that I was on the right side of the tracks.  Hey, I told you that I can get confused about these kinds of things, right?  One guy walked past me about four times before finally saying that I looked good.  He seemed kind of confused as well, but I just thanked him and smiled and walked closer to a group of people.  You never know, right?

I pulled out my iPhone and triple checked the time that the train was supposed to leave. Big dingbat here read the morning schedule and not the evening schedule, so I had a slightly anxious moment until I realized that it was only going to be ten minutes later than my originally planned time.  Whew!  Last step before the train came to a stop to board was asking the most professional looking woman that I could find if indeed this train did in fact stop at Mountain View.  I’m such a dork, but I have to laugh about it because it can be really funny sometimes.

The third person that I talked to at the event was Andy Pandharikar, who is the founder of Fitiquette.  From their site,

Fitiquette is an online fashion boutique powered by a virtual fitting room. The company was founded by fashion enthusiasts to address online purchase hesitation due to unknown fit. Supported by patented technology, shoppers create a body replica to try-on clothing in different sizes. Coveted boutique fashion brands are handpicked for the fashion-forward female. Fitiquette brings the in-store dressing room experience to your own virtual fitting room, without the pesky sales folk and static cling. Now that’s good fit etiquette. FITIQUETTE: fit. your. style.

Andy had the best quote of the night, “…because they got funding.” Lest this be too much of an inside joke, he gave that answer when I asked about a particular presentation, logo and brand concept that I found baffling. Maybe I found that too funny. Yeah.

Gal Rozov was from Foldimate. FoldiMate™ is the world’s first intelligent folding robot which makes folding clothes faster and easier than ever.  I’m all for our robot overlords doing the menial work but then I thought of that scene in Reality Bites with Janeane Garofalo folding the clothes at the Gap and yeah.  Gal was charming, from Israel, and gave me some good parenting advice.  Nice guy.  Another company that is one to watch for sure.

Sadly I didn’t get very good photos of the inside of Polyvore itself. I got a picture of the presentation for Tout.com.

Tout.com

Here’s another picture, it’s of the Love Letters board.  An actual real visual board, not a virtual Pinterest board, for a change.

Polyvore love letters

One of the presentations that I neglected to photograph, the one that Andy and I talked about, was so odd and hard to follow, so I got a glass of whatever red was lying around. There were no more wine flutes so I had to go ghetto and go Solo. Yeah, a Solo clear cup. I didn’t drink very much of it, but it helped me to navigate myself around the room.

The pièce de résistance of the evening for me was of this photobomb right before I left. As I didn’t want to do the sketchy bathroom mirror shot of my outfit, I found some wandering guy named Elias and instructed him to take a photo. His friend on the phone behind me had other ideas. Too funny.

Goofy and awkward smile, but at least I got an entire photograph of this outfit. I’d better get to practicing like Gala Darling and work on my Instagram pics.

Speaking of, I did speak to a fashion blogger at this event at Polyvore about Gala and we discussed Gala’s appointment as the new Beauty and Style Editor at xoJane. Yeah, Jane Pratt, that Jane, from my beloved Sassy.  I’ll just state this here for the record: I have had a love/dislike relationship with Gala Darling’s site for some time.  The word hate goes too far and I reserve that for really severe things in the world like politics, world events, and negative unmentionables.

I’ve been reading Gala’s site since 2007 and there were some things that rubbed me the wrong way at times, most especially the undertone of this article: I Don’t Want Children. When I clicked on that article again and just reread it now, I realized that it was very close to my due date last year and I was all hormonal and shit and that’s perhaps why it rubbed me the wrong way.

I have her Love and Sequins podcasts and listened to them yesterday on the way to pick up Coco. Although I might not agree with everything that she says, I respect her opinion, even if we differ, and still feel that Love and Sequins was a decent investment (I got them half off last year). I’ve learned a lot from Gala’s site and have made some connections that were directly and indirectly related to her. I’m rooting for her at xoJane and know that people can be really cruel, sitting from behind the relative anonymity of their monitors. It feels like the 90′s and LiveJournal all over again.

Peace out,
Lisa

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