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The Faux Fur Leopard Coat–Day 5

faux fur leopard coat

Ok, ok, ok. I cannot and will not unnecessarily force everyone into wearing leopard print. It isn’t for us all. And that is ok. All this week I have simply attempted to show various ways of wearing leopard print: from a touch of leopard print with jeans to leopard print skirts paired with black, to overly bold and even overly casual, leopard print can be embraced in subtle or over the top ways. I will attempt to say however, that there is one leopard print item that with resounding ease will elevate any woman’s day: this item would be faux fur leopard coat!

faux fur leopard coat

Similar to the way I styled two leopard print skirts with black, I’ve done the same with my faux fur leopard coat. I’ve had this coat since I moved to Hong Kong, so that means it’s been in my wardrobe six years this winter. Unless something tragic happens to it, I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it. And yes, it only gets about a weeks worth of wear here in Hong Kong, but that one winter I did go home, it of course went with me. The best thing about a faux fur leopard coat is how chic I feel with one on. In these pictures, underneath the actual jacket I’m wearing a tank top, but I’m so warm! Simply paired with sparkly goodness, and I don’t even need any accessories. If I live in a cold weathered climate I think this would become my uniform: it’s chic yet comfortable all at once.

faux fur leopard coat

faux fur leopard coat

faux fur leopard coat

Shop for your Faux Fur Leopard Coat:

Or maybe you already have one!?
Do tell….

faux fur leopard coat

This time around, I’ve offered some faux fur leopard coats for you to shop. Personally, I used free shipping to HK and went with ASOS. (Pretty much a ton of vendors offer free shipping these days. Just look for a promo somewhere on the site.) I chose prices from $40 at target to $240 from Anthropologie. Whatever your budget, there’s definitely a faux fur leopard coat out there for you!

Pair Bold with Bold–Leopard Print, Day 4

pair bold with bold

Ok, so yesterday I went very basic pairing leopard print with black. This is the easiest and shall I even say tamest (hehe) way to go with this wild print. But, today, I’m just going to go for it, and pair bold with bold. Why not! Take this wild print and match it with even more. Don’t worry about being OTT (over the top); just embrace it! The last time I featured this sweatshirt was out at my cabin in my cowboy boots sitting on my leopard sofa. With one of my very favorite sweatshirts, this time around I’ve gone with an Asian flare mini, and since I already had a lot going on with both the top and bottom, I threw in some studded boots as well. (These are a recent score from the Ruglane Market I attended last weekend.) Hey, call it pattern mixing or just pair bold with bold.

pair bold with bold

pair bold with bold

pair bold with bold

I have to admit something: I love it when Gigi is my photographer. Here I am in a pretty wild outfit, and ironically, she just brings out the zany Annie. My smile feels pretty bright along this bold styling.

pair bold with bold

pair bold with bold

Ok, what do you think?
Pair bold with bold and go wild or stick to tame styling leopard print with black?

A Leopard Print Skirt X 2–Day 3

leopard print skirt
Yesterday’s post featured a pretty loud pair of pants. Today, I’ve tamed things down with more of a simple styling of a leopard print skirt. Leopard print is easily paired with black–which I’ve done with two different leopard print skirts. I have a theory: match structure with flowy. So, the first version of the leopard print skirt features a straight pencil skirt and a black flowy blouse. The second style demonstrates the reverse: since the leopard print skirt is flowy I went with a more streamlined, fitted black top. Wearing structure with something loose allows me to accentuate different parts of my figure. I’d never be able to wear both a tight top and tight bottom–I’m way to curvy. And I’d feel terribly uncomfortable in something overly full. That’s probably why I don’t really wear maxi dresses; there’s just too much fabric making me feel larger than I’d like.

leopard print skirt

No way am I going to show off my ponch! See the length in that blousy black top? Well it’s covering my muffin top. The back of this blouse also covers my bum–another rather round area! Whenever I wear a pencil skirt, I try to pair it with a shirt style just like this one. Then, the fitted jean jacket added some more curves around my rib cage. I felt great in this leopard print skirt despite it’s tight structure. Because of the blouse I’ve concealed some of my figure’s trouble areas.

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

Wanna see some crazy leopard love? Check out this styling of this leopard print skirt back in 2014! Even I can’t believe how over the top I am!! (And check out my long locks. Wow, my hair was so long!)

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

Another Leopard Print Skirt

leopard print skirt

Here’s another leopard print skirt–well, actually they’re shorts, but they’re so full they appear more like a skirt. Because of the fullness and flowy material, I wore a more structured black top with this one. Again, full with full would just be too much, and I could never pull off tight on tight. But, a little fullness with a little tight, that works for me. Again, both my tummy and bottom are covered up by the fullness of the skirt. My waist is shown by the gathered waistband hitting the black tee that has been tucked in. Once more I went with a structured jacket that curves inward. So much of how we dress can be created by the illusions the lines of our clothing can make. If anything, remember this!

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

In my opinion gold is the best compliment to leopard print. I always choose gold over silver when accessorizing with this pattern.

leopard print skirt

I’m wondering about these boots…Is it time to put them to rest? They are very worn in. I’ll have to find out if my sister still has hers; I tend to follow her lead. And, I’m not sure if fringe has lost its moment…

leopard print skirt

leopard print skirt

A leopard print skirt styled with black.
Is this something you could wear? I think so!

For those that don’t wear leopard, am I swaying you just a bit? I surely hope so. RoarRRRR!

Is Leopard Print Too Bold for You? Not me! Day 2

Maybe for some leopard print is just too bold. It is pretty wild–op, probably not the best word choice. Yet for others, they claim leopard print to be a neutral, going with everything. I spoke to a blond who gave me her thoughts on leopard print. She said, “I feel trashy in leopard print. That’s why I don’t wear red lipstick either.” As she told me this, I was wearing both! Does hair color play into wearing this pattern? Blonds don’t wear it; brunettes do. I don’t think so. The case of my two nieces has the blond embracing it and the brunette not so much. Yet, the brunette is bold in other ways: pixie cut and pink hair to name a few (here’s an example!). I really want to get to the bottom of this query. Why do some wear leopard print and others do not?

Have you come up with any ideas for me yet?

leopar

These are definitely bold leopard print joggers. They’re on the brighter, bigger side of the print as opposed to yesterday’s more muted sweater. Because I wanted to wear these pants as a neutral, I chose a basic tee–my California Republic with the brown bear and little touches of red. Hints of red obviously led to a (metallic) red lippy (this one is my favorite right now). Leopard and red lipstick pair very well. This was the exact outfit I wore to the Ruglane Markets, so of course I needed comfortable tennis shoes to get me through the day. In addition, both my hands needed to be free hence the waist belt bag.

leopard print

leopard print

leopard print

Are You a Leopard? Leopard Print Day 1

Leopard Print

Are you a leopard? I mean not the actual animal, but the type of person that will wear leopard print. I definitely am. My sister Julie and my mom are definitely not. My other sister Mary sometimes is a leopard print person. When I look at my two nieces, Elle is not, but Maeve totally is. Gigi my daughter is not, while my mother-in-law in color is a leopard person. I can’t say what it is that makes a person a leopard or not…it has me completely stumped. Please weigh in, and help me. I’ll be exploring this theme all week long with a leopard print post Monday through Friday. Let’s start first by completing my little anonymous survey at the end of this post.

Leopard Print

I’d say this is pretty mild leopard. (Here’s the US link to this sweater, and here is the HK link.) This sweater is super cozy with extra big sleeves and a front panel of leopard. Lately, I like to pair big with big, so I wore this sweater with my oversized Levi’s. (Here are two great places on Etsy to get your Levi’s on: Fair Season and Hunted Finds.) For an extra little touch of leopard, I added my leopard crossover bag. Am I a leopard! Oh yes!! Most definitely!!

Leopard Print

What about you?

Are you a leopard?

Yes, I totally wear leopard print!
No, you’ll never find me in leopard print.
Sometimes, but it has to be very subtle.

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I can’t wait to see your answers!!

What’s with all the t-shirts?

t-shirts

I’ve got a new man in my life: Coach Ian! He’s amazing!! Listen, working with me and all my ailments takes a very patient individual, and Ian is definitely that. He’s also very kind, knowledgable, and motivating–even though I will never like the ropes. (I know you should never use the word “never,” but I’m pretty positive I’ll always detest the battling ropes.) Every time I hit Gym, (I also refer to the gym as Gym, giving the place a name), Ian is always fascinated by my t-shirts. I have a lot of them! Finally, the other day he asked me: “What’s with all the t-shirts?” I had to explain because he’s right. I do indeed have a lot of t-shirts. Let me explain why….

t-shirts

As mentioned on Wednesday, I wear tennis shoes pretty much ever single day. (These booties I picked up at the last Rug Lane Market have become a new exception wearing them about once a week.) Because I wear so many sports shoes, my style has definitely experienced a shift; I incorporate fun t-shirts as often as I can. Basically I collect both: cute tennis shoes and quirky t-shirts. Then I wear the two with my skirts and trousers–I’ve even been known to pair my t-shirts with sequin skirts or sequin joggers! It’s a style that’s evolved, and it works for me. Looking and more importantly feeling fashionable make me happy, and when I’m happy, I am definitely confident. Above all, looking and feeling confident is a woman’s very best accessory. I will forever believe in this. So, I have a lot of t-shirts, and I also have a lot of tennis shoes, but I embrace and style them as if they’re designer goods!

t-shirts

There’s another something style wise that I have been embracing lately. I wonder if you have noticed…. I’ve been wearing just one statement earring these days–always in my left ear. I have diamond studs in the other two earring holes, but I save my left ear for the major earring. With my asymmetrical bob, I enjoy showing off just one earring. Sometimes I even wear the pair in my two earring holes on my left ear as seen in Wednesday’s red racing stripes.

t-shirts

t-shirts

t-shirts

Do you wear a lot of t-shirts?
Here’s to fun, quirky t-shirts. I love ’em!! And here’s to my new Coach Ian!!

*I’ve linked this post with Jess’ Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike, and Samantha’s #fakeittuntilyoumakeit.

Racing Stripes X 2

For someone who wears tennis shoes pretty much every single day, racing stripes are a win win for me. In this post I’ve styled two sets of racing stripes: a pencil skirt plus a trouser. I wore both of these outfits to work/school. In each of both outfits, I felt professional despite the fact that I was wearing sneakers. Adding a bold lipstick, some quirky earrings, and additional touches like perfectly matching socks compliment the outfit. Since I wear some sort of sports shoe daily, I have had to figure out how to dress them up. You’ll have to tell me…

Do I look like I’m headed to the gym?
Or do you believe me when I tell you I wore these two outfits to the library where I work?

I’d had my eye on this racing striped pencil skirt for a while. It was never in the actual Forever 21 stores, so I finally gave Forever 21’s global shipping a try. It worked out perfectly! I was so happy to finally get this skirt. It basically has my name written all over it! And guess what? It’s only $6.54! That’s a steal. Go get your own here! (And the lip tee is only $5.34!!)

Whenever we head to the Hong Kong International Airport, I always make a quick stop at Zara. During out last trip over October break, I really hated the bottoms I was wearing. Luckily, I snatched up these racing stripe trousers. They are my new perfect traveling pant. They’re super comfy yet somehow polished looking at the same time. I love that our airport has a Zara; and yes, I do make sure to get one piece every time I use the airport! Hahah!

Do you get away with wearing sports shoes to work?
I’m just curious; I really do wear comfy shoes every day. I hope you get to as well!

*I’ve linked this post with Jess’ Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike, and Samantha’s #fakeittuntilyoumakeit.

Fall Layers and Zara Editorials

fall layers

Has anyone else noticed all the fall layers lately? Dresses are being worn over pants. Entire outfits are layered with a kimono. Textures and prints are also contributing to the layers. For sometimes I like to just go to Zara.com and look at all their editorials. Then satiated with tons of stylish inspiration, I try to emulate what I just saw. “Lights Galore” was a beautiful editorial filled with tons of haphazard fall layers. I tried to resemble “Lights Galore” in my outfit: chenille sweater over a floral dress over a DIY of two tone jeans. Then I added some sparkles for good measure with a velvet sash belt, ornate beaded bag, and glitter blush booties. I’m not sure if I pulled off the fall layers, but it was very fun to try.

fall layers

fall layers

fall layers

fall layers

*I’ve linked this post with Jess’ Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike, and Samantha’s #fakeittuntilyoumakeit.

Fall’s Must Have: The Plaid Suit

This plaid! It’s all over this fall. I venture to say that this plaid suit is the must have for the fall season and on into winter. I kept seeing all sorts of different variations all over Hong Kong, but then… on the best site of all, I found the perfect version of the plaid suit. Thanks to International Targé, I now have a plaid suit to wear with pride. I love this ensemble. Now, one might be thinking, “Huh?! All the way from Target?!” Well, with the shipping, this suit still came in under $100USD. This was a steal when I compare the versions at high street shops like Zara, H&M, and the Gap. Just the jacket alone is usually a tad shy of $100, yet at Target I was able to purchase the jacket, trousers, and pay for shipping under $100–this is a great deal. I’ll be shopping at International Target more often! Like a friend of mine told me: “Think of it as the taxi fair to town and back!” which is usually $20USD one way. Done and done!!

Do you have your plaid suit for fall?

Here’s the international link for the jacket and trouser.

And here’s the Stateside link for the jacket and trousers where you’ll appreciate free shipping! (So the suit before tax will be $63 USD. Now that’s a steal for a smart looking plaid suit!)

*I’ve linked this post with Jess’ Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike, and Samantha’s #fakeittuntilyoumakeit.

Rug Lane Markets–Save the Date for November 11th!

Rug Lane Markets

Over here in Hong Kong, we take advantage of every single second hand swap experience we can. Enter Rug Lane Markets. So far I have attended two of the Rug Lane Markets as a buyer and one as a seller. In fact, everything I am wearing in this post is from Rug Lane Markets. I picked up this chic jumpsuit from my girlfriend and fellow blogger I’m a Norbyah–I was so startled to fit in it because I am literally twice her size, but it works. I love how I feel and look in this jumpsuit! The booties too absolutely thrill me. How many years have I been wearing tennis shoes? I can’t keep track; suffice it to say it’s been a long time. When I tried on these never been worn Zara booties, it was love at first sight! Yes, there is a little itty bitty heel, but my legs can handle it. It’s like having a pair of high heeled shoes, and it’s an understatement to say I’m ecstatic! The necklace seemed like a no brainer: it was only $10 HKD. Why not, right? So in total, the jumpsuit was $50HKD, the brand new Zara shoes $150, and the necklace $10. Boom! New super chic outfit for $210HKD which is like $30 US bucks. I was so pleased with my Rug Lane Markets purchases.

Now for the important news:
Rug Lane Markets is having an event this November 11th. Click here to buy your tickets beforehand, or show up at the door. But, definitely come with some moolah because I guarantee you’ll need it! I’ve already bought my tickets and can hardly wait to attend–not this Saturday but the next. Save the date: 11/11/17 at 12:00!

Rug Lane Markets

Rug Lane Markets

This $10 bauble is actually from Accessorize. What I love best about it is how tarnished and vintage it looks. The previous owner wore it down to perfection!

Rug Lane Markets

These Zara studded booties were such a score! The lady bought them, but was never able to wear them because they were too small for her. Go figure. They are actually a size too big for me, but with a pair of insoles they fit me perfectly. I can wear these shoes all day long. WIN WIN!!

Rug Lane Markets

Rug Lane Markets

Rug Lane Markets

Hong Kong Readers, will I see you at the Rug Lane Markets on November 11th?
I sure hope so. Say hi!!

*I’ve linked this post with Jess’ Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike, and Samantha’s #fakeittuntilyoumakeit.