Friday, November 30, 2012

friday's fancies: dress yourself

This week's Friday's Fancies with long distance loving is dress yourself - basically anything that's "totally you." I'm definitely a girly girl and love anything bright-colored, with sparkles, and fun! I put together an outfit (really quick - got busy today!) with a red mini dress, heels, and accessories from my wish list. Now if I had a sparkly headband to add to this outfit, it would be complete!

xo-ally

Thursday, November 29, 2012

kate spade accessories

I've been loving the statement accessories by Kate Spade lately. And I don't just mean "statement" like a statement necklace - these accessories literally make a statement! The phrases make me laugh and make a simple accessory so much fun! These would also work great for gifts too.

xo-ally

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

chin up buttercup

This week has been a little rough. However, some pretty quote images and some good music (just found out about The Lumineers? I like them! Kind of like Mumford & Sons, if that's your style) can brighten a mood a little bit.

And I just went to the gym and had dance practice. Those endorphins always kick up a mood!!
Audrey Hepburn
: )
taylor swift
A Wonderful Thought...

xo-ally

PS - Click here to read a post on simple ways to boost your mood!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

stripes on stripes, with a dash of pink


Shirt Nordstrom (old) Jeans Nordstrom Sunglasses Chanel Earrings Nordstrom Boots Me Too Socks J. Crew (similar) Bag Guess (similar) Ring Kate Spade Watch Michael Kors Nail Polish Color Club in "Peppermint Twist"

Today I wore my olive green striped tshirt with skinnies, ankle boots, and striped socks peeking out in between! I continued to play up the pink from the socks with my earrings and nails. The pink really breathed some fresh air into the neutrals in the rest of the outfit.

Time to go change! Can't wear heels to Zumba. This is the last class I'm teaching till next semester! I'm going to miss it over the Christmas break, however, it will be nice to have some extra time to come up with some new routines!

xo-ally

Sunday, November 25, 2012

pretty interiors: bright colors, mixed prints, and lots of natural light!

Lately I've been loving all the Pinterest-y home decor photos I've been seeing. Many people use their home-themed pinboards to plan redecorating a room or moving into a new house, but for me, my board is simply filled with decor I adore. Maybe after college my future big girl house and big girl furniture will be inspired by these photos!
beautiful prints
striped floors
exactly how I want my future home - lots of natural light, hardwood floors, white ceiling and countertops
so relaxing
This one's from yesterday's post but I just had to include it ;)
Love it!
Andddd this post would not be complete without a photo of a beautiful closet! Oh, and look at that lamp.

All of these are so different, but have at least one element that I love: bright colors, mixed patterns, or tons of natural light!

xo-ally

[photos from pinterest and tumblr]

Saturday, November 24, 2012

tumblr saturday #27

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
Letter from Jacqueline Kennedy, 1963.
Joey from Friends totally gets it right, haha.
I LOVE THIS DECOR! I would totally love to decorate my future home with these colors. And that chair!
Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless. That giant cell phone, so '90s. Oh the days before the iPhone.
I think this is really cute. I love shopping for Christmas gifts! Have you done any shopping on the most popular weekend of the year? [I got a Twilight dvd for only $3.99 at Best Buy yesterday!]

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Friday, November 23, 2012

friday's fancies - black friday outfit

This week's Friday's Fancies theme with long distance loving is Black Friday. While this is definitely not the best shopping outfit, it's a great dressier outfit for any parties or get-togethers! I love the bows on the heels and the subtle floral embroidery on the peplum top. Even though most of the outfit is black, I chose a red pencil skirt to add a pop of color.


xo-ally

Thursday, November 22, 2012

thanksgiving evening


Happy Thanksgiving! Hope yours was filled with love, laughter, and lots of good food. We spent ours with football and a traditional dinner (and also a turkey malfunction that actually ended up turning out okay).

xo-ally

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

fair isle tank with black mini

Tank Nordstrom (similar sweater) Skirt Free People (similar) Tights F21 Cardigan old, have had it since 8th grade! Similar one here Flats Tory Burch Ring Nordstrom (similar) Watch Michael Kors

My first indoor outfit post in a while! It's been dark and rainy all day. :(

Even though Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I am already getting excited for Christmas. Christmas decorations are everywhere and my family has had Christmas music playing all day. I got excited and pulled out my reindeer fair isle printed tank.

Kind of like Seth from The OC Chrismukkuh episode (just in a more fashionable way).


[photos: top and bottom]

Who am I kidding! Seth Cohen can always rock a Chrismukkuh sweater.

xo-ally

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

hello, seattle


Shirt Subdued Firenze Jeans Nordstrom Boots Ralph Lauren Jewelry, Bow Forever 21: NecklaceHair BowBracelets Watch Michael Kors

I was welcomed to the Seattle area with none other than a huge rain storm. I'm used to Seattle's typical overcast and seemingly constant drizzle, but today was a blustery, rainy day. It was the first time I've used an umbrella since I was six years old I think (and that was just to take an outfit photo! For some reason people don't really use umbrellas here. Including me. Haha it's weird.) Wishing for some sun ... but we know that's not gonna happen here. At least not till July!

xo-ally

currently packing...

This is the shoe collection in my closet.
 This is the size of my suitcase.
Oh, the decisions one makes when deciding to bring which shoes home for a few days. I often tend to over pack. I think, what if I want to wear this instead? Or, what if I need something dressier (or more casual?)
#Indecisive
#ThoughtsOfAnOverPacker

I leave for the airport in six (yes, six!) hours to fly home for Thanksgiving break. Luckily, my carry-on (I don't check bags for Thanksgiving) is packed and ready to go!

I decided on four pairs of shoes: two-tone boots (for matching many neutrals), black Tory flats (very versatile), brown booties (I have a particular outfit in mind), and my Nikes for exercising.

Safe travels to everyone this holiday!

xo-ally

Monday, November 19, 2012

taylor swift's "red" album

RED

I have to admit, I didn't have the highest expectations for Taylor Swift's most recent album. I've been a big fan since her first album and the others as well. (My first concert was Taylor Swift in 2009!) 
Though when I first heard We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I thought her album was going to go in a completely different direction and I wouldn't like it.

But I was wrong. I love it! It didn't take long to get hooked on her music. Quite a few of her songs are similar to her old stuff (like I Almost Do, Red, and Ours), some songs are really pop-y (like 22 and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together), and I Knew You Were Trouble even has a little dubstep! The versatility is what makes this album so interesting, and I cannot stop listening.

My current favorite songs off this album: Red, Starlight, 22, and I Almost Do.

Do you like T. Swift's newest album? What are your favorite songs from it?

xo-ally

Sunday, November 18, 2012

paris sweater

Sweater Wildfox Couture Pants F21 (similar here) Boots Corso Como Watch Michael Kors Bracelets F21 (similar hereRing Henri Bendel

These olive pants are making yet another appearance this fall/winter season. One thing I like about olive is the neutrality of the color, yet olive colored pants add more interest than a regular pair of jeans or black leggings.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xo-ally

Saturday, November 17, 2012

tumblr saturday #26

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
Haha, awwww!
Perfect pair of glitter heels.
I wish I were a queen just for this  reason. I would use this excuse a lot.
Cool picture of a fox. And I'm loving these fox printed rain boots!
James Franco, call me
Christmas is coming! Me and my roommates decorated the apartment before Thanksgiving. And I don't wanna hear any "it's not even Thanksgiving yet blah blah blah" because Christmas is only 5 1/2 weeks away. :)

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Friday, November 16, 2012

friday's fancies - autumn treat [starbucks iced mocha]

This week's Friday's Fancies theme with long distance loving is favorite autumn treat. I don't really have a favorite particular one, but this week I've had an iced mocha almost every day.

I agree, iced coffee doesn't really scream "autumn." (I don't like warm drinks! I know, I'm weird.)

But the recent spike in iced mocha purchases may or may not have to do with midterms/very busy week with school.

So....this time during the fall semester is the time I drink plenty of iced mochas (just finished one, in fact.) That's how I will tie that somehow into this week's theme! Here's the outfit:

...I even used clear jellies to mimic the clear, plastic cups that come with iced drinks! The green bag is like the straw, haha. (And am I the only one who wishes there are Christmas cups for iced drinks too??!!)

xo-ally

Thursday, November 15, 2012

fall/winter hats

Today was a day where I realized I really should've worn a hat. When did it get cold?! (A regular person would've realized that on the first snow, which happened recently. Yet I still didn't fully realize this during my weekend trip to the mountains....) Yup, today I wore jeans, flats, a tank, and a cardigan. Then ran back home to grab a coat. But I was still cold! Luckily, the coat has a hood so it acted like a makeshift hat.

I love college, but I'm moving somewhere warm and sunny when I graduate.

In the meantime, I'll wear a hat when it gets cold. Or when it acts simply as a cute accessory, like my "Blair Waldorf" hat, which you can see in this post.

Some fall and winter hats I'm loving:
This teal-green wool hat from Nordstrom would totally transform any outfit.

For super cold days, this trapper hat from J. Crew would be perfect!

Nordstrom also has this classic cloche hat in multiple colors.
Pom pom hats are so fun! I like this one from American Eagle.

I love these winter headbands! I have a older white one from Anthropologie, but this new red one subtly stands out from the crowd with the bow detail.

What hats are you wearing this season?

xo-ally

PS - one of my recent outfits is on Fash Boulevard's post on riding boots! Check it out here. I'm excited because this is one of my fave blogs. :)