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Is Anyone Out There Really Listening. . .

I first started this blog to not only understand my style but to understand how I truly shop for items to add in my closet. I have learned far more than I have every imagined about myself, my style, and my shopping habits. The person I was last year before this blog is not the person I am today. My style has definitely evolve into something that I am prouder of everyday.

I am not much of a trend hunter. I don’t slap together trends and hope for the best. I love what I love and I gravitate to items and add them to my closet because I have a personal connection with them which often is not dictated by what’s accepted in the mainstream whatever it may be.  I love mixing prints and adding color more so now than ever. I am finally stepping out of my box and finding my true style self.

Price has always dictate what I add to my closet. I am a bargain hunter but now I am more conscious of what I add to my closet. As much as possible I don’t like to pay full price for high price items. If I like it enough, I wait it out. As a result, many pieces in my closet aren’t limited to a season or a year, they are timeless pieces. It also helps that I live in a place that is not dictated by season although that’s still  arguable by some people.

The other reason why I started this blog was to see if I had any kind of impact on anyone and their style. Hence,

Is anyone out there really listening or reading?

I see page views but am I really having any sort of impact on anyone? That is the constant question I ask myself. I think I really only do this blog for myself but a part of me hopes to have a much greater impact or place in the blogging world. I think I’m okay with doing this for myself for now. I would love to have a full time devoted photographer but in my case, I’m cool with the help of friends who have helped me out. Most pictures, the ones that I am not in, are mine. I love to take pictures of things that inspire me and share them with you.

I do appreciate all the comments, I read each one of them and try to reply to everyone that comments or at least try. They actually make my day. It helps me to know there are people who actually read what I have on this blog. THANKS to my few and devoted readers.

Still the question remains, is anyone out there really listening or reading? Where will this blog go? I’m excited to find out where all of this is taking me. Is this going to help me fulfill my childhood dreams somehow? I cannot help but be excited. Hope you join me.

XOXO,

Elle

Good Things Come to those Who Wait: YSL

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Best shoe find of the month. I’ve been trying to find a pair of YSLs within my budget and I was glad to find these at Nordstrom Rack the other day for a very reasonable discounted price, in the color I wanted as well as in my size. The leather is textured and it has that YSL signature platform and heel. They feel nicely on my tiny feet and the slingbacks do not slip off my narrow heel. I’m excited to pair these with some cute outfits.

What was your best shoe find? Let me know.

XOXO,
Elle

Petite Shopping and Shopping Obsessions

Hi All,

Hope you are having a great weekend. As of late, I have been examining my closet and looking at how my clothing fits me. I always wondered why I never thought about petite shopping before or even considered it. After reading inspirational blogs such as Alterations Needed by Kelly and Extra Petite by Jean. I’ve been learning a lot about how to make my clothes fit better. I am inspired to re-look at my closet and really consider each piece and it’s fit on my frame.

Speaking of shopping, recently I’ve been obsessing over J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Zara. I love the way the clothes from these stores fit especially because they are petite friendly and the clothing is made so well. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to occasionally shop at Forever21 but as of late, I’ve been expanding my fashion horizon by shopping at other stores.

On another note, I’m honestly liking the fact that writing about shopping and clothing is teaching me a lot about being a better shopper and understanding the way clothes fit my frame. Wish me luck in my petite fashion journey. It has just started but I think it will be a great one. Thank you for reading. If you do read please leave me a comment or like so I know you were here.

Take care and have a great weekend.

XOXO,

Elle

Tweed, Pearls, and Channeling Coco

Hello All,
Just stopping in to say hello. I hope you started your weekend with something amazing. One of my favorite fashion icons is Coco Chanel. Her style and taste is timeless. One iconic piece that reminds me of her is the Tweed Blazer. I love to wear tweed on cooler days in Hawaii. I like to layer it over button down shirts and multiple strands of pearls. It is definitely a piece that is worth investing in because it’s not only timeless but also a great way to pull together an outfit and make it dressier. How do you wear tweed? I would love to hear from you.

Thank you again for reading. Please like, comment, or follow my blog. Take care.

XOXO,
Elle

:: Outfit ::

Top: Forever21
Tweed Blazer: Thrifted
Shirt: Forever21
Bottom: Gap
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (Old)
Rings: Tiffany & Co., Cinnamon Girl, and 7 For All Mankind
Necklaces: Forever21

Photo Credit: Taryn Reid Photography

Black and White Polka Dots with a Touch of Red

Hi All!
Hope you are having an amazing Wednesday. I love polka dots. It is such a classic print. I love the way black and white polka dots go so well with red or other bold colors. Here, I styled the print with an oversized white shirt.

The photos for this particular blog post got me thinking about finding the perfect white button down shirt, a closet staple. In the recent past, I was okay with just purchasing any white button down shirt but as of late, I am particularly in search for one that fits well. I have gone to several places and tried on several. Now, I need to decide on the perfect white button down shirt for me.

Thank you so much for reading. I do ask you that if you do read this blog, please leave me a comment or like my page. I would love to hear from you.

XOXO,
Elle

:: Outfit ::

Top: Forever21
Sweater: Old Navy
Bottom: Old Navy Rock Star Jeans
Shoes: Kate Spade “Licorice”
Bag: Coach

Photo Credit: Taryn Reid Photography

Polkadot Chambray and Red Details

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying your Monday. I like to add a pop of color when I’m wearing staple pieces like a chambray shirt and a pair of white jeans. I like the way the sunnies, the belt, and the shoes all bring the outfit together and make it just a little bit more complete. Take care and I hope to hear from you soon.
XOXO,

Elle

 

:: Outfit ::

Top: Old Navy Polkadot Chambray
Bottom: Old Navy Rock Star Jeans
Belt: Forever21
Sunnies: Vogue
Shoes: BCBG (Old)

Photo Credit: Taryn Reid Photography

Pearls and Pleats!

Hi Everyone,
I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday. I am looking forward to an amazing weekend filled with the company of friends and family.

This week, I had the pleasure of working with two amazing photographers who helped me out with my blog.  Ashley of Taryn Reid Photography and Ronalyn. Two amazing women with so much talent and knowledge about photography. I learned so much from the both of them when it come to photography, posing, as well as understanding the human body in photography. I am truly honored to have work with the both of them. You will have a chance to see some of their work in the proceeding posts.

I just love the way pleats go so well with a basic white button down shirt. I pulled this outfit together with a vest, layered pearl necklaces and a classic pair of black pumps. A great outfit for work or hanging out with friends.

I hope you have an amazing Friday. Thank you so much for reading. Please comment, follow, and like. I would love to hear from you.

XOXO,
Elle

:: Outfit ::

Top:Forever21
Vest: Forever21
Necklaces: Forever21 Rings: Cinnamon Girl (Old), 7 For All Mankind (Old), Tiffany and Co.
Skirt: BCBG (Thrifted)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Photo Credit: Taryn Reid Photography

Maroons and Browns

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are having a great start of the week. I have always loved Fighting Eel dresses. They are dresses that are very versatile and wearable for any occasion. I picked up this Fighting Eel dress last year at a sample sale. I love the deep maroon color. Here, I paired this Fighting Eel Dress with a beige blazer, pumped up the neckline with a cluster bib fushia necklace I borrowed from my bestie. I finished the outfit with a brown pleated front peep toe pump from Aldo.   Hope you like it. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
Dress: Fighting Eel (Old)
Blazer: Avon
Necklace: Avon
Shoes: Aldo Shoes (Old)

Nuetrals and Blues

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Dress: Eden in Love
Cardigan: Gap
Belt: Obi Belt
Shoes: Aldo Shoes (Old)

 

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the new week. I have been in such a long haitus but hopefully I can get into the rhythm of blogging again. This past month has been really busy for me
especially with summer approaching. There is so much I need to accomplish before summer arrives.

I have been searching for a great camera to photograph my outfits as well as a regular person to help me out. If you know a great camera, let me know.

Blogging in the past couple of months has taught me about the time and effort that is really put into sharing with the rest of the world. I greatly appreciate everyone who has supported, commented, followed, and read my blog posts. All of you help me in improving.

I am currently obsessed with interesting prints. The dress I am wearing above is printed with neutral birds amidst a navy background. I added an obi belt to break up the dress and pulled the outfit together with a favorite Aldo wedges and a comfortable cardigan.

Hope you like it and please comment.

XOXOXO,

Elle

 

Romantic Highs and Lows

Hi Everyone,

Hope your Saturday is going well. Today is a really nice Saturday outside, the birds are chirping and it feels very Spring. It is definitely different from yesterday’s showers. Spring time reminds me of blooms, bright and pastel colors as well as romance. While shopping at Brandy <3’s Melville last fall I spotted this high low hemline lavender dress. I really liked the movement of the dress when I walked in them. The dress is fun for a date in the park, a romantic night out with the beau, or tea with the girlfriends.

Have a great Saturday.

XOXO,

Elle

.:Outfit:.
Dress: Brandy<3 Melville
Fitted Dress used as a Slip: American Apparel
Necklace: Express (Old)
Belt: Muse Belts
Shoes: Aldo Shoes (Old)

Photo Credit: Will and Sharon from Will Pulido Photography

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