Black Sleeveless Blazer X 3

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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

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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!

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black sleeveless blazer

black sleeveless blazer

Black Sleeveless Blazer with a Dress

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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.

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black sleeveless blazer

Black Sleeveless Blazer as a Suit

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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.

Collecting Brooches and What to Do with Them

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Chances are you already have some brooches in your jewellery box. Perhaps they’ve been passed down from your mom, aunts, or grandmother. You may have received these jewellery baubles for past birthdays or Christmases. Maybe you even have some pins from the 80s or 90s. It doesn’t really matter how many you have, where they’re from, or how old they are. What does matter is it’s time to pull them out and start wearing them. Wear one brooch or wear all of them at once, but this fall and into winter it’s time to start accessorizing with your brooches. Here I show you how just one looks to all of them. Oh, and don’t forget to use really cool looking earrings as brooches too!

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Find Brooches

  • In your own jewellery box, your mother’s, aunts’, or grandmothers’
  • Second-hand, charity, vintage, and craft shops
  • On your travels
  • In other items like earrings or necklace pendants that could work as a brooch
  • Add Brooches

  • To your outerwear–jean jackets, blazers, winter coats
  • To your hats and scarves even to the cuff of a pair of winter gloves
  • To the side of your waist, blouse closure, or back pocket
  • To the tongue of your shoes, cuff of your pant leg, or handbag

    Do you have a brooch collection? How do you wear your brooches?

  • Get Your Bomber Jacket Ready!

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    It’s time to get your bomber jacket! They seem to be all the rage, so you’ll want to get one for the upcoming season. I know it’s hardly time to think about fall, but I actually did wear this bomber jacket at the start of the summer during our trip to San Diego. San Diego has a chill at night and this “A” piece served me perfectly: “A” for awesome, “A” for Annie! The other style point I’d like to make–similar to one of June’s posts–is the fact that I’m still and will always be trying to dress up my necessity of wearing sports shoes. Despite the sequins paired with Teva sandals, I like to think I am sporty chic. Remember, it’s all in the attitude. If I think I am, I am. If I think I can pull off something sparkly short shorts with sports shoes, it will happen! And to be hones, I did feel especially great during this particular night out with Kevin in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.

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    I haven’t forgotten to include the blooper: isn’t my hand here hilarious!? Well, I sure think so!!

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    Two questions: will you wear a bomber jacket? And do you pair fancy with casual?

    *This is just the first of my bomber jacket collection. I’ve got three….checkout Boohoo for great options plus prices!

    *This post has been linked up to #iwillwearwhatilike.

    Trousers Under a Dress

    Trousers Under a Dress
    Last year at this time, I wore this exact outfit to a Thanksgiving celebration. The colors of the shift dress are pretty perfect for Turkey Day! The only issue with this dress is the hemline–it does fall a little short on me. While tights work just fine underneath, I prefer to wear a bit of a cropped and flared black pant. Somehow this type of underings (I know this is not a word, but I’ve seen it made up like this before, so I’m using it!) provides a bit more sophistication in my eye than tights would. The other time that I wore this Missoni-ish dress was to my 40th birthday brunch. I can remember at that time pairing it with fleece lined tights since Beijing is so, so very cold in February!

    Do you ever wear trousers under a dress? It’s super comfortable and something I highly recommend.

    Trousers Under a Dress

    Trousers Under a Dress

    Trousers Under a Dress

    Pictures by I’m a Norbyah

    Some Outfit Details

    Shift and Necklace–Forever 21
    Cropped Leggings–Vince
    Handbag–Target (so long ago–I got three: one for me and one for each of my sisters!)
    Shoes–TJ Maxx

    Speaking of Thanksgiving, it’s coming up. That means Christmas is around the corner. Help me out please and answer this question, k?

    Yay or Nay to Kremb de la Kremb Gift Guides?

    It’s almost Christmas which means it’s time to start shopping! Do you want Kremb de la Kremb gift guides like last year?

    Yes, please! Oh, please! They’re so helpful.
    Nah, not necessary. I’ve got all my gifts set.

    Poll Maker

    This post has been linked up to #Passion4Fashion.

    The Co-Ord at the Community Library

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    The co-ord was a new fashion term introduced to me by my niece this summer. The co-ord is basically short for a coordinate–or in other words a matching top and bottom. The co-ord is an excellent substitute for a dress or suit; often times the top might be cropped or extra flowy, and the bottoms are often shorts, culottes or a pencil skirt. Right before we head back to Hong Kong each school year, Kevin likes to make a trip to the Nordstrom Rack. On two different occasions when he was finished and in the checkout line, I just made a quick swoop through the women’s department. Both times, I was able to scoop up a co-ord–this outfit being one of them. I wore this co-ord to go visit our community library in Spirit Lake–cuz you know a librarian needs to support her local libraries! I’m wearing the other co-ord for my first day of school tomorrow.

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    Spirit Lake Library

    Spirit Lake Library

    Spirit Lake Library

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    Some Outfit Details:

    Earrings–Jardines Bazaar
    Lipstick–Wet n Wild
    Necklace–from Mom’s jewellery box
    Co-ord–Nordstrom Rack
    Shoes–thrifted Gianni Bini from Value Village
    Macrame Bag–Target

    Before you check out my shop, I’ve linked up to these fellow bloggers’ link ups: Classy Monday, Monday Mingle, Style Saturday, Passion 4 Fashion, Throw Back Thursday, Garay Treasures.

    The Co-ord Shop

    I’m loving co-ords this fall, so I went shopping and found a few for you on the Web: