Fall Dressing: In El Nido, Palawan

We just had the most fabulous trip to El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines. Our time was spent island hopping or scuba diving. Again, the beauty of this region is breathtaking. Up above water is a delight, and then down below amongst the coral and sea life there is an amazing other world. It’s so fun that we have this common activity of scuba diving together. Perhaps investing in underwater camera gear might make my Christmas list. With out pictures it’s really hard to describe. The closest I can come is by saying it’s like Avatar underneath in the open water!

Since this trip took place during our Mid Autumn Festival break, I did pack with fall dressing on my mind. I figured my black embroidered, see through tunic would make for the perfect cover up. (It was last featured here paired over jeans on a trip through KL.) I have my black scuba swimsuit on underneath that’s basically like a sleeveless tee onesie with an open back. It’s the best swimsuit for diving. I added Puka shell anklets the moment I arrived to the Philippines. (Did you know there is an actual beach called Puka beach over on Boracay?) I painted both my nails and toe nails in a gold metallic color to mimic the sand and wore sandy colored sunnies the entire trip. Finally, I just went with three silver, same sized hoops for the entire time, so I didn’t have to worry about accessorizing and my silver Karma necklace.

I do have to give some honest feedback on El Nido, Palawan: the scenery, nature, and underwater experience is beyond magical. It is breathtaking location. However, the accommodations at present don’t match the place. Of course there are plenty of 5 star options that will break the bank big time when traveling as a family of four. Hence, pretty budget places are the only options. The Krembs, with KevStar Travels as are organizer, have become pretty spoiled. It wasn’t difficult but staying in a place that wasn’t our usual standard plush experience was humbling I guess I’d say. Vincent saw a live rat skitter across at one point, and Gigi and I had to tell the staff twice to remove the dead rat from the front office area. The staff at our place pretty much just hung around the front office on their phones all day sucking up the already very poor wifi connection. For this reason, it’s the first time I cannot recommend where we stayed during this vacation. I’ll refrain from naming the hotel, but I will let the manager know regardless. I figure everyone wants to improve somehow, right? We cannot improve without feedback, and feedback can always be given constructively. I’ll do my best to convey the good (cute, cheery, clean rooms) and the bad (as mentioned above). In the meantime, I hope the town of El Nido catches up to its jack pot. They are sitting on a gold mine of beauty, so hopefully eventually there will be options for all travelers–including the mid range one like ourselves.

Finally the weather was perfect. It was never too sunny nor too rainy. Basically there was just tons and tons of weather. Once we were stuck on our boat in the middle of a major lightning and thunder storm, but the day had started out with such sun. Another time we started our dive with sun and finished with major rain. I love experiencing weather like that. Plus it’s way better on the skin. (For my tan I just used this: Nkd Skn Pre Shower Gradual Tan Lotion. It works like a charm!)

Have you been to the Philippines? What’s your favorite spot?

Happy Mid Autumn Festival

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!! Definitely one of the perks of living overseas is experiencing and celebrating local holidays and festivals. Since we’ve lived in Asia for over 8 years now, we’ve been able to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival. When we lived in Beijing, where these pictures were taken, we took our first trip to the Philippines. Since that trip in 2009 we’ve been back many, many times—once to last spring to become open water certified scuba divers. Now during this week off, we’re in El Nido, Palawan which is also in the Philippines. I plan to take lots of pictures but until then check out this Google image search

Another perk of living overseas is friends made around the world. Last weekend when Vincent had a tournament in Beijing, it was a no brainer for one to take a quick flight up there and stay with my good friends Sandy and Tom—friends made while living in India. Our world as international educators just gets smaller and smaller. It’s pretty amazing.

For example take this small world story: while I was up in Beijing to watch Vincent’s baseball tournament, my sister-in-law sent a picture of ISB and posted it on our family WhatsApp thread. She asked if the picture looked familiar; little did she know Vincent and I were there at the International School of Beijing at the same time as her! Jen and Kevin’s brother Brian Krembs are also international educators and work at Jakarta International School. Jen was at ISB for an art conference. Right in the midst of cheering on Vincent, I felt a tap on my shoulder and it was my sis-in-law. What a small world!

Let me talk a bit about this fab leather jacket. I bought a jacket just like this one at a swap from Jasmine of Dress Me Blog Me and the designer and founder of Raven and Rose. Well, the jacket I bought was made of PU which seems to always deteriorate in Hong Kong’s weather. Emma, our helper who worked with us when we first moved to Hong Kong, is from Indonesia. It’s wonderful that every now and then our doorbell will ring and it’ll be Emma with her husband and little baby coming over for a visit. I love it; not many people just drop by anymore, so we’re always happy to receive a visit from Emma and her family. On one such visit, she told me about a man from her village in Indonesia who makes really nice leather jackets. I race to my closet, grabbed my PU one, and said goodbye to that old but loved piece. Here’s the same exact coat but now made in real leather. I love it! And the price for this custom made jacket is a sin! It was only $115!! I just might have to send away for more, very soft, very well made leather goods. 

If and when I see special tennis shoes, I pounce. Granted, this entire outfit is quite sporadic—colourful tweed sneakers, black and white tweed shoes, a bright top, and leopard scarf tied on my wrist, a waist belt bag, and a leather jacket. Oh, I forgot to mention fringe earrings and studded sunnies! More is more right?! At least to me. Despite all that’s going on, I felt very comfortable in this outfit. I feel like somehow it all works—right?! Hahah!


Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

This week I will only be publishing this post. I’ve heard the Wi-Fi is super bad where I’m going in the Philippines, so I saving myself the pressure of figuing out my Internet connection. But, rest assured, I’ll make sure to take lots of pictures!

Emoji Love–I’m Really Just a Big Kid!

emoji love

I’m basically like a big kid. Maybe it’s from working with teenagers each day. So, when it comes to the smiley faces, I’ve got some serious emoji love. If I see something with emojis, I have a hard time saying no. I am not sure if I would actually pile on all this emoji love, but I just might–especially to work in the school library. When I saw this reversible emoji tee online in the Zara’s men department, I kinda had to have it. I mean, it’s made of sequins too–WIN WIN! The emoji socks are from my daughter; they were in my stocking last Christmas. The bag, well it’s my emoji symbol. Don’t you have one? I do: it’s the ;P. I like to wink and stick my tongue out at the same time. To me, this is the prankster, hahhahaaha, emoji. I use it daily. How about you? Which one is your emoji love?

emoji love

emoji love

emoji love

emoji love

Do you have an emoji?
Which one is it?

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Sam’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

Black Sleeveless Blazer X 3

black sleeveless blazer
On Monday I featured this black sleeveless blazer with a hot new fall trend: tweed. Meanwhile, fall trends continue to infiltrate my sartorial mind. The key word here is fall; I’m thinking blazers, long sleeves, trousers, scarves, maybe even a beret, and definitely some sweet boots. Yet, in Hong Kong we’re not even close to our fall temps dropping which means I’m no where near wearing the aforementioned items. However, I want to dress like I’m in fall weather. Insert the black sleeveless blazer. The black sleeveless blazer adds a layer, but not a hot one. Here I’ve sampled three ways to wear a black sleeveless blazer in attempts to transition from summer to fall even in summer temperatures.

Black Sleeveless Blazer with a Tee

black sleeveless blazer

My Wrangler jean cutoffs are a staple pretty much all year round, so if you are experiencing a true fall or autumn, just replace the cutoffs with your favorite jeans. A fun tee, like this birdie feathered number, is perfect under a my black sleeveless blazer. This outfit is casual but a little urban chic at the same time. It’s the perfect city outfit for a lunch and shopping on a Saturday. I like to be comfortable–that’s a must. The tee, shorts, and sneakers make it so, while a black sleeveless blazer elevates the outfit just a bit. Yes, the feather clutch and pom pom socks also add a nice, birdie touch, as does the cool wall over in Wong Chuk Hang. Haha!

black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

Black Sleeveless Blazer with a Dress

black sleeveless blazer

This off-the-shoulder is a pretty cute little number. Yet, there are times, when off-the-shoulder isn’t necessarily appropriate. Take church for example–I would not have felt comfortable at St. Anne’s if I hadn’t have covered my shoulders with my black sleeveless blazer. This solution would also help me be able to wear this dress to work without breaking our school’s dress code. I’m a teacher so I should serve as somewhat of a role model right?! Also, layering in this way takes my summer dress into the fall season. Again, Vans are my go to for comfort, and it’s a fun touch to add a couple of stripes to my socks and a touristy bag–even though I’m a local.

black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

Black Sleeveless Blazer as a Suit

black sleeveless blazer

Finally, I turned my black sleeveless blazer into a suit by simply pairing it with black trousers. It might be a bit risqué, but I do love wearing nothing underneath but simply a bra. (A bit of bra tape helps here if needed.) To compensate for any flash of skin, I tied a scarf around my neck. Again, my Old Skools completed this outfit but alongside the help of a colorful beaded clutch. (Almost a year ago last fall, I styled up my black sleeveless blazer similar to here, but with my ol’ faithful Wrangler cutoffs instead. Somethings never change–like me in cutoffs and sneakers!)

black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

What do you think of my three black sleeveless blazer looks?
Is there one styling you see yourself veering more toward? One you might try? I easily has this black sleeveless blazer mad by asking my tailor to simply take of the sleeves. The blazer seemed a bit done, but not all the way done. I’ve done the same thing with one of my white blazers too so I also have a white sleeveless blazer as well. Shall I style up that next?

Just in case…

Here are four black sleeveless blazers for under $35!

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Sam’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

Tweed for Fall

Tweed for Fall
Do you have your tweed for fall? I had been on the hunt for my tweed for fall ever since I had been seeing a ton of it on all those who inspire my style. Namely this time around it has been Aimee Song of Song of Style and Ashley from A Mother’s Edit. Basically, now I need a tweed blazer–here’s Aimee’s and here’s Ashley’s. Heck I’d even go for an entire suit like this one that I found over at Targé! Luckily until I can get my hands on more tweed for fall, I found this mini at my old faithful, Forever 21. Yes, it’s short, but a short hemline never stops me. I feel that I modestly style a mini when I pair it with a long flowy blouse and a tailored, sleeveless black blazer. While the hemline is short, I still feel professional–hiding my apple and accentuating my legs. We have to embrace what we like right? In this way we wear our confidence, and this is most important when going to get dressed. Depending on what you like to highlight, I’ve included multiple shopping options for you down below so you can get your own tweed for fall!

tweed for fall

Tweed for Fall

Ever since I got my haircut–inspired by Daniel Synder of Dannijo–and ever since I lost one of my Happiness Boutique black tassel earrings, I’ve been into wearing just one earring. Try it–it’s kinda fun!!

Tweed for Fall

Tweed for Fall

I made this sleeveless black blazer. It was getting a bit worn down, so I had replaced it with an updated black blazer, but I wasn’t ready to necessarily get rid of it. I revitalized it by simply taking off the sleeves. Stay tuned for three more stylings of my sleeveless, black blazer this coming Wednesday…

Tweed for Fall

Tweed for Fall

Tweed for Fall

I went shopping! For you–and maybe a bit for me. I don’t think I’m done with this pattern yet! I added my commentary to those items I’m really thinking about!

Which tweed for fall are you thinking about?
Or do you already have some of this classic, timeless pattern?

Tweed for Fall

Just for kicks, here’s a pic of the gal that makes me smile–a lot!/p>

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Sam’s #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

Style Stories No. 16: Dresses with Sneakers

Dresses with Sneakers

I’ve learned a few lessons since the last time I tried out my style stories. Remember, I broke my back last time?! Hahah, not really, but kinda sorta. Anyway, since that time, I’ve been working hard at Gym (I’ve given the fitness room a name), trying to strengthen my back. The other thing I’ve done is move my flat lays to the bed, so I don’t have to lean over so far. Also, I’m using a ladder instead of climbing up on a chair. I will not be discourage! I will persevere!! Ha.

Recently I witnessed one of my blogger friends, Sam over at Fake and Fabulous, create a capsule wardrobe. I have tried this, but I have found it doesn’t really work that well for me. I want all my options. Instead I do something different: I set out with a theme in mind for the week. Here’s an example of a complete week in which I wore a dress with sneakers every single day. Setting a theme does a couple of things for me: obviously, first it gives me focus when I get dressed each morning. In fact, with a theme in mind, I often have a few days planned out. Second, when I dress with a theme like dresses with sneakers, I’m really able to evaluate whether or not the dress I wear is working for me. If it isn’t, I’ll give it away. If it worked, and I felt good, it can go in the drawer to be put away and cycled through. If it felt really, really good, the dress will go back into the wardrobe for one more wear before it gets stored away. (This makes me realize there’s an entire post waiting to be written about how I handle tight, small storage spaces with a mammoth, oversized collection of clothes….)

Dresses with Sneakers

The accessories I wear are another item that get decided for the week–they are usually the auspicious jewellery I’ll wear for the entire week. I’m very superstitious about my jewellery thinking it’s going to protect, heal, guard, help, give me super powers, you get the idea. It’s sill really, but I’ll save that for another post… For this week I chose my rose gold evil eye (purchased in Shanghai with my sister Mary), my gold Sanskrit good health pendant (a recent purchase on Etsy from Azaggi), and my gold AMK monogram letters (another purchase made with my sister Mary during a different trip to Shanghai–if you look closely there’s an A, M, and K. She got the one with an M and W!) Just for an example I changed up my jewellery again this week: I’ve gone with just a simple silver hamsa hand. Each week my necklaces and rings shift in a very whimsical way but always with the intention to protect or stir special memories. Like I said, I’ll elaborate more later.

Sanskrit Good Health PendantI pay too much attention to trends. I always have. I’m not ashamed of it nor will I ever stop. It’s just a part of me. Hence, when I started seeing round, simple pendants popping up in abundance on my Instagram feed, I felt ready to get my own–but it had to be my own. Remember that week of bedrest after my back broke because of this post? Well, I found my pendant: it’s a Sanskrit circle of perfection meaning “good health.” I’ll be surprised if I ever take it off! Yes, I’m auspicious about the jewellery I wear. I always have been, always will be.

The Evil Eye Necklace–Speaking of auspicious jewellery… I need to dedicate an entire post to the evil eye and my connection with it. Suffice it to say that there is one on my body at all times–either my ears, neck, wrist, fingers, or ankle. I will for sure have one on. Now, this one was purchased in such a great little boutique in a very HUGE Shanghai market. I’ll never be able to find another one just like it. But for you, my dear readers, I have entered the Etsy vortex and found 11 evil eye necklaces that I would be willing to drop bank on just to own just one more evil eye….It’s my good wishes Etsy gift to you!!

| 1 | 2| 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 |

*I’m curious….if you looked at all my Etsy evil eye shopping, which one catches your eye! Hehehe! Get it!?

Dresses with Sneakers: Monday

Dresses with Sneakers

Navy Polkadot Dress–I love how sometimes when you walk into H&M everything is either $50HKD ($6USD) or $100HKD ($12USD). In situations like that it’s almost like shopping at a charity shop, but the items are brand spanking new. This $6 dress was a no brainer. I don’t think I even tried it on.

Ruffle Socks–I can’t stop buying cute socks! First, my sneaker collection is enormous. Once I started wearing only sneakers, I’ve wanted plenty of options. Now, I need the cute socks to wear with the cute sneakers. These, plus all the other ruffly ones I one, are total winners!

Dresses with Sneakers: Tuesday

Dresses with Sneakers

Striped Zara Dress (US Link)–I paired this dress in this post to highlight my DIY acid wash jean jacket. I loved how sporty yet chic I felt in the ensemble. Total winner. Basically, those flatlays that broke the blogger’s back–well they broke the bank too! That week off on bed rest I took a little online trip to Zara and bought three very cute dresses. The socks I wore with this short shift are not shown, but I paired the red high tops with white fishnets. It was an outfit that felt pretty darn good.

Dresses with Sneakers: Wednesday

Dresses with Sneakers

Zara Plaid Dress (US Link)–Here’s another Zara dress from my bedrest splurge. I just couldn’t resist the plaid. I mean, I love plaid! Now, it’s a very blousy, bag like dress, so to fix that I tied a jean jacket around my waist all day. To pull out the red, I wore red tassel earrings, and to pull out the navy, I wore my navy gum soled shoes. Again, this outfit felt great! There’s nothing like feeling good in what you’re wearing. This equates to confidence–our very best accessory.

Dresses with Sneakers: Thursday

Dresses with Sneakers

Zara Floral DressThis is the final Zara dress–again, I love it. It’s bright and fun and just feels magical to wear–hence the pairing of my magical sneakers. I mean how perfect: rainbow sneakers to match the rainbow dress.

Magical Rainbow Sneakers(US Link)–I bought these fun sneakers online from Forever 21–where they’re sold out, but don’t you worry! Rocket Dog, the brand that makes them, still has them. If you want a fun sneaker, that will elevate anything you’re wearing (check out the orange bodysuit set), get these sneakers. They seriously ROCK!

Dresses with Sneakers: Friday

Dresses with Sneakers

Velvet Crush DressThis drees was only $12!! I am not kidding. There’s this rather random online shop called Shein. I think they must have Zara’s designs or something; they are always selling Zara items, but once the clothing arrives there is never a label present. It’s like a “Made in China” thing. Maybe? I don’t know. I do know that I often see Zara items over there on Shein–like this velvet crush dress that is still available in all sizes for only $12USD!

So, that was a week of dresses with sneakers!
Up next I’m thinking of planning out a total bohemian week. What do you think? Yay or nay for the Style Stories and my flat lays….?

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

Same Same But Different: One Sleeve Black Bodysuit with Jeans

One Sleeve Black Bodysuit

Yahoo! I’ve wanted to create this outfit post since last April 1st (when I saw @jessbobess in this very impressionable Instagram post). I haven’t style my one sleeve black bodysuit the same way as Jess, but that’s ok. (I have yet to find the perfect acid wash jeans; I’m still in the midst of a fashion fixation for those!) For my styling of the one long sleeve black bodysuit, I’ve gone with the neutral leopard. What? You haven’t heard? Yes, leopard is indeed a neutral–especially when doused in subtle yet large quantities i.e. skinny belt, crossover bag, and The Simple Sandal–not to mention an overly humongous pair of gold hoops!
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One Sleeve Black Bodysuit

I’d like to forewarn you: there are a lot of pictures in this post. My favorite photographer decided to shoot for me, and she always has such a great eye. It was hard to find the standard 4-6 photos; rather this post has a whopping 9. Oh well. Gigi is just that good–or rather she makes me feel that good! Hmmm, it’s that special young lady’s birthday today…I wonder what she will be getting, don’t you?! Do you follow Gigi? You should!

One Sleeve Black Bodysuit

Geneva from A Pair and a Spare has made the coolest line of sandal. They are called The Simple Sandal. When I got to choose between black, tan, nude, cognac, or leopard, well…. let’s just say the choice became obvious once leopard entered into the picture. These sandals may be simple, but deliciously so. They are very comfortable: I wore them during our entire road trip through California this summer, and that’s saying something from this sneaker gal! Do you follow Geneva? You should!

One Sleeve Black Bodysuit

One Sleeve Black Bodysuit

Talk about a fashion fixation! I almost missed my flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong because of this Jaspal crossover bag. I had seen it, and then like usual, completely fixated on it. By the time we were leaving I was determined to have this little leopard bag, and I am so glad I risked it. First, I prefer crossover bags–otherwise I carry way too much and hurt my back. Second, well, it’s leopard, so when I want a little touch of somethin’ somethin’ I always reach for this special purchase. There’s a super luxe store in Thailand called Jaspal. If you are ever there, do make sure to go to one: Jaspal is like Thailand’s upscale version of Zara. It’s a very, very classy store. You bet when I go to Bangkok this Christmas with my sister, I’ll definitely be showing her this store! Do you shop online at Jaspal? You should!

One Sleeve Black Bodysuit

This last Saturday I made the (now) quarterly haul to Forever 21. It’s quite sad as I used to be able to visit this store weekly when it was in Causeway Bay, but now that Forever 21 is all the way over in Mon Kok, I barely frequent my most favorite store. This makes me rather sad, but I’m sure, no, I know it makes Kevin rather happy! Hahah! Anyway, I stocked up on a bunch of fun gold jewellery. Audrey over on Frassy has definitely been inspiring me to go big and bold with gold. Do you follow Audrey? You should!

One Sleeve Black Bodysuit

One Sleeve Black Bodysuit

One Sleeve Black Bodysuit

One last pic: I couldn’t resist the goofy pic Gigi got of me showing off my overly large hoops. Get some too–they’re super fun to wear!! And at Forever 21 they are very economical–that’s the word I will choose!

*If you would like to get a long sleeve black bodysuit here’s the link for my exact one. You guessed it: I got mine at Forever 41–op, I mean Forever 21! (And here’s the link for ALL their black bodysuits.)

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

The Other Uniform: Black Bodysuits with Denim

Last week I demonstrated one of my uniforms: a white tops with jean shorts on Monday and a flowy white top with jeans on Wednesday. This week I shall do the same with another one of my uniforms: black bodysuits with denim. However, let me first reminisce. Back on April 1, @jessbobess posted this picture. I was instantly enamored with her black bodysuit with denim–acid wash to be more specific, and I have faithfully been copying her look all spring, summer and now fall. I can’t get enough of this outfit. On Friday night I wore this top with jeans to dinner and then to see live music; on Sunday I wore this top with my cutoffs to a barbecue at a friend’s house. Yes, it’s another bodysuit (you may remember these three from Friday, but this black bodysuit is totally comfortable–I got an XL so it’s nice an roomy, there are no snaps in the crotch, it’s super soft, and last but not least, I simply wear a normal black bra and just tuck the left shoulder strap into my armpit area. If you were going to venture out into the bodysuit arena, this black bodysuit is the one to start with. Stay tuned for Wednesday when I basically wear Jess’ entire outfit!

*Here’s my exact black bodysuit. Like I mentioned I got an XL, and I love that it’s just a bit roomier–it’s not tight at all. If you prefer to have the one asymmetrical shoulder on the left, there’s also this version.

What is more of your staple? Black with denim or white with denim?
Stay tuned for Wednesday when I style a one long sleeve, asymmetrical, black bodysuit with jeans.

*This post has been linked up to Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike and #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

Bodysuits Over 40 X 3

Bodysuits Over 40

Over the summer, it seemed like every time I entered a Forever 21, I walked out with yet another bodysuit. When I posted these bodysuits on my Instagram account (1, 2, 3, and 4), I was surprised by how many people don’t wear them. Since most of my followers are in their “mature” years–haha! That sounds so funny! But basically I found that not many women wear bodysuits over 40. This made me wonder why not, AND it also made me want to set out to give an example of how I wear bodysuits over 40. Since I live in Hong Kong and we still have shorts in our wardrobe, I’ve paired my bodysuits with that said item; however for each of these stylings, a pair of the pant version of shorts could easily be swapped out.

Bodysuits Over 40–The Off-the-Shoulder Flouncy Version

Bodysuits Over 40

This flouncy, off the shoulder version is very comfortable. I don’t feel immodest in the least. I hate a strapless bra just like the next heavy chested woman, so I simply wear a very supportive bra but just loosen the straps and slide them to the side. This offers support whereas I have yet to find a strapless bra that does the job! This bodysuit is subtle in it’s color, yet upon a closer look it’s got a metallic sheen–so no, probably not so subtle! Yet, paired with some fun printed Bermuda shorts, this fancy bodysuit is instantly made more casual. Also, anything paired with flip flops is definitely on the cas side.

Bodysuits Over 40

Bodysuits Over 40

*This exact silvery bodysuit isn’t available anymore, but I found a dark grey, mauve, or taupe flounce version all at Forever 21 where the price is $11 bucks for the grey one and $28 for the taupe and mauve version. Please note: you can be 41 to shop at Forever 21!! I’ve been shopping there for YEARS….my age has never stopped me.

Bodysuits Over 40–The Cutout Bright Version

Bodysuits Over 40
Whoa! This one is a shocker!! Both in color and in style. Yet, again, there is some modesty in this cutout–it’s just a sneak of skin. And for something so bold, I went with my go-to staple that always makes me comfortable: my cutoffs. So yes, it’s bright, and yes, it shows a bit of skin, but pairing it with something I’m comfortable in plus something wild and fun like rainbow soled sneakers doesn’t make the top so outrageous. At least this is my thinking. Am I wrong? Ya, maybe I’m wrong! But, I can tell you this: when I wore this bodysuit out at my cabin, all my sisters, including sister-in-laws, commented on how much they loved this body suit! The moral of the story–if you’re going to wear something edgy, wear your confidence first and foremost.

Bodysuits Over 40

Bodysuits Over 40

Bodysuits Over 40

*Sadly for you, the bright colored bodysuit at Forever 21 is unavailable, BUT you could get it in a simple yet sexy black color.

Bodysuits Over 40–The Cutout Bright Version

Bodysuits Over 40

Ok, ok, I know this bodysuit is mesh which does indeed make it a tad bit see through, but here’s the thing: I paired it with bucket waist black shorts and a black bra. This did two things: first a bucket waist rides up high on the waist, so I wasn’t actually showing that much skin. A bucket waist is an excellent style of short or pant to wear with a body suit because of how high it comes up. The black bra again blended in so well that it was hardly noticeable that the bodysuit was see through. At least those were my thoughts….

Bodysuits Over 40

Bodysuits Over 40

Bodysuits Over 40

*Unfortunately, this tank version isn’t available at Forever 21 anymore, but it does come in a long sleeve version that is equally as cute!

There you have it. Three bodysuits over 40.
What do you think? Have I convinced you to give it a go?

*What I’m about to say is TMI (too much information), but it has to be addressed. Usually it seems that people don’t like bodysuits because of the snaps down below. But, hey if something’s cute, why the heck not! Anyway, there are two solutions: one, just tuck the body suit in. There is no rule that says that it has to be snapped! Also, many bodysuits these days don’t come with a button snap release anymore. You know how when you’re swimming and you can’t be bothered to pull down your wet suit? So you just slide the crotch of your suit over? Well, at least I do this. I’m skilled enough at this manoeuvre that it works with my bodysuits as well. I told you it was TMI!!

**This post has been linked up to Not Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Fake Fabulous’ #fakeituntilyoumakeit.

DIY: Acid Wash Jean Jacket


I’m going to start the month of September with a little DIY. It’s been awhile! I’ve mentioned Beth Jones Style before. There are a couple of her YouTube videos where she’s wearing this best acid wash jean jacket. Ever since I saw her in an oversized one, I’ve wanted my own. I was pretty close to having the perfect acid wash jacket from my local charity shop, but there was a guy that also wanted it, so I was a good Samaritan, and I let him have it. Since I had still been longing for that jacket I passed up and also one like Beth’s I finally decided to take matters in my own hands and just make my own. It couldn’t have been easier!

Keep reading to see how I made this acid wash jean jacket:

DIY: Acid Wash Jean Jacket

1. Gather the supplies.


First, I found a very large, pretty dark, mens’ jean jacket at Value Village. My diy patner (my niece Maeve) also found a cute little jean jacket for her to work with. The other two ingredients needed were a bunch of rubber bands and bleach. Finally a big container would help but this could also be done in a tub, and water is necessary. This DIY is not limited to a jean jacket; it could be done with jeans, cut-offs, or even a denim shirt. Also, this same process could be applied to black, grey, even red denim. Doesn’t matter–take your pick!

2. Start rubber banding your denim.


We took our denim, scrunched it up, and added a rubber band. We’d twist some more and add a rubber band. Basically you want to roll, twist, fold, and scrunch the item up holding it all together with rubber bands. The more used, the more acid wash the item becomes.

3. Place a gallon of bleach in a container and dilute with water.


We wanted the bleach strong–but not too strong. The water helps dilute the bleach but don’t use too much water. It’s a happy medium and up to your own choice. We filled the bin with 1 one part bleach 3 parts water. Let that jacket soak for as long as you like. We left in the bucket for about an hour and a half. For more of a wash keep it longer; for less of a wash, take it out quicker.

4. Dry the jacket.

There are two ways about drying the jacket: a machine dryer or the sun. For further bleaching, choose the sun. We chose the sun and could physically watch further bleaching happen. It was amazing! Once the jacket has been dried, a final wash is needed–to get all that bleach out! At this time line drying is the best option so no further bleaching occurs.

*Extra Step

While my jacket was drying in the sun, I took a spray bottle filled with bleach and sprayed the jacket in random places. It gave this really cool spotty vibe to add to the acid wash effect. I like it!!


Before you go here’s a special style story about these bright red high tops: my mom joined my niece, Maeve–the same one who created an acid wash jean jacket with me–on a school trip to NYC. One afternoon while they were shopping, my mom spotted these shoes in Aldo. She picked them and asked Maeve, “Who do these remind you of?” Instantly Maeve said, “Auntie Annie!” My mom got them for me. So sweet huh? I love them. And, yes, they are so me!!

*This post has been linked up to Not Lamb’s #iwillwearwhatilike and Fake Fabulous’ #fakeituntilyoumakeit.