Thursday, April 9, 2015

Black & Blue

Black and Blue 1 Black and Blue 2 Black and Blue  3 Black and Blue  4 Black and Blue  5 Black and Blue  6 Black and Blue  7 Black and Blue  8 Black and Blue  9 Wearing:
ASOS 90s crop top
Nanette Lepore skirt
Kate Spade necklace
Dior sunglasses
Nine West shoes
Vintage purse
Mac "Flat Out Fabulous" lipstick

Crop top season (aka Spring) is back!  I cannot get enough of these midriff-baring tops.  One of the reasons why I'm obsessed with crop tops is because of how easy they are to wear.  They add a little bit of a vintage throwback (hello 90s) while helping you stay cool during the Spring/Summer heat.  I've heard people say that crop tops aren't for everyone.  You either love them or you hate them.  But honestly, there are so many different types of them everywhere that any woman can wear them--even in the work place.  Just be sure to wear a longer length crop top with a higher waisted skirt or trouser.

This is obviously a fun, casual outfit that I would never wear to work.

What do you guys think about crop tops?  Do you love them or hate them?  Are you sick of them yet?

xo  Azu

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ready for Easter

Ready for Easter 1 Ready for Easter 2 Ready for Easter3 Ready for Easter 4 Ready for Easter 5 Ready for Easter 6 Ready for Easter 7 Ready for Easter 8 Ready for Easter 9
Wearing:
Asos midi dress in crochet lace
Sam Edelman "Trina" sandals
H&M headband
Barney's bag
Estee Lauder "Stay Scarlet" lipstick

If you've been following my blog since its early days, you may remember this dress.  I've worn it once on the blog but multiple times in person.  It's seriously the perfect spring dress.  I should probably do another outfit post with the different ways you can wear it.  It's more versatile than it looks.  The dropped waist is still my favorite part of it.

Do you have a dress you keep coming back to?  This is definitely one I won't tire of re-wearing.

Hope you guys enjoy this post :)  Have a great Easter weekend!

xo  Azu

Thursday, March 19, 2015

By the Sea Shore

By the Sea Shore 1 By the Sea Shore 2 By the Sea Shore 3 By the Sea Shore 4 By the Sea Shore 5 By the Sea Shore 6 By the Sea Shore 7 By the Sea Shore 8 Wearing:
Vintage top
Forever 21 shorts
Seychelles oxford peep toe pumps
D&G wallet
Anthropologie necklace
MAC "Watch Me Simmer" lipstick

Mint and ivory.  These two colors make me think of the foamy waves in Bodega Bay.  And it's also the location of where these photos were taken.

Since spring is just around the corner, I decided to share these pictures taken in late August/Early September.  I didn't want to share all my late summer posts in the dead of winter.  Especially since I kept taking some recent shots of myself wearing coats/sweaters.  I wanted to keep my posts weather appropriate.

What are some things you're looking forward to this Spring (fashion or otherwise)?

xo  Azu

Monday, March 9, 2015

What to Wear in Vegas in the Winter

What I Wore In Vegas 1 What I Wore In Vegas 2 What I Wore In Vegas 3 What I Wore In Vegas 4 What I Wore In Vegas 5 What I Wore In Vegas 6 What I Wore In Vegas 7 Wearing:
Forever 21 crop top
Forever 21 necklace
7 for All Mankind linen and leather jacket
Citizens jeans
Nine West "Mainstay" booties
Vintage purse
Burberry watch
Mac "Captive" lipstick

Last week my boyfriend and I went to Las Vegas.  I brought an outfit for each day I was there, but only ended up photographing two outfits.  And this is probably the only outfit you'll see from the trip...unless I end up re-wearing some of my other outfits just for the sake of making this a special Vegas segment.  Which, now that I'm typing this, seems like a good idea.

I wanted to wear something comfortable, casual, and a little bit glam.  So I wore this outfit, which was inspired by one of my new favorite shows.  Do any of you watch Empire?   I watched this episode where one of the young male characters (Hakeem) was wearing a gray hoodie, striped t shirt, and a gold chain.  I loved that combination!  So I decided to recreate it.

Have any of your outfits ever been inspired by a fictional character?  Let me know in the comments :)

xo  Azu

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Eyelet (Wear to Work)

Eyelet (Wear to Work) Eyelet (Wear to Work) 1 Eyelet (Wear to Work) 2 Eyelet (Wear to Work) 3 Eyelet (Wear to Work) 4 Eyelet (Wear to Work) 5 Eyelet (Wear to Work) 6 Eyelet (Wear to Work) 7 Eyelet (Wear to Work) 8 Wearing: BB Dakota eyelet dress
H&M black fitted blazer
Nine West "Mainstay" booties
Estee Lauder "Stay Scarlet" lipstick

I don't know if I'll ever wear this dress without a jacket over it.  I bought it two years ago and I should have returned it...but couldn't.  I liked it too much to return it.  The dress fit me horribly and it still does.  It fits too loosely at the waist and makes me look blocky from all sides.  I believe it's supposed to be a shift dress, but the construction and fit are a little awkward looking to be one.  Regardless of the flaw, it's still a gorgeous dress.  The lace is thick, the length isn't too short, and it can easily be dressed up or down.

Anyway, this is such a girly dress than I thought I would wear some leather booties to toughen it up just a little.  It's fun to add a tough element to such a frilly feminine piece.  Eyelet may be a spring trend but a little leather can turn it into a year round staple.

xo  Azu

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Something New

Something New 1
Something New 2 Something New 3 Something New 4 Something New 5
Wearing:
Forever 21 mock turtleneck
Paige "Edgemont" jeans
Nine West "Mainstay" booties
Vera Wang coat
Forever 21 necklace
Urban Decay lipstick in the color"Crush"
Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette

I'm a creature of habit.  I find it comforting to do some of the same routines day after day.  Some may call it boring.  I call it stability.  When I try something new that I enjoy, I tend to do that new thing over and over.  My makeup routines are one of those things.  I've been wearing the same eyeshadow for the last three or so years. Other than wearing a new lip color every now and then, not much else has changed in my usual makeup routine.   Boring, right?  But I think I finally reached my breaking point.  Last week I felt an urge to break the cycle.

Eager for a change, I purchased a new eyeshadow palette.  That may not be a big deal to some of you.  Especially since us ladies are known for owning more makeup than we actually need.  But it was a small step I felt was necessary.  I felt good about doing something a little bit different.

Pushing myself out of my comfort zone has been something I've been striving for recently.  Changing things up in all aspects of life is a wonderful thing. It stimulates growth mentally, spiritually, and even physically.

Perhaps what really sparked my interest in changing the ordinary things in my life is a huge decision I made.  I left my new job.  You know the one that inspired me to do all those "wear to work" posts?  I felt a little hesitant at telling you guys because I received some of the most encouraging comments from you.  I didn't want any of you to feel that I was letting you down by leaving a new, promising job opportunity.  But in reality, it wasn't what I expected.  And it's not what I needed.

Change is most certainly a good thing.  But I hope I never stay at one place out of fear.  I was afraid of the unknown.  And afraid of leaving my job and not knowing what to do next.  I only hope to change certain parts of my life (whether it be makeup, a hobby, or a job) in order to grow and learn.  Some things just aren't meant to be.  And I strongly feel that you shouldn't ever stay at a place where you are restricted to grow.

Although I felt that I grew because I was uncomfortable in a new environment at first, I soon felt that it was time for me to leave the nest.  And onto the next chapter of my life.

I gave it my all.  And I tried as hard as I could.  But I will never settle.  Just because something is good enough, doesn't mean it's good or enough.

xo  Azu

Friday, February 20, 2015

Daisies

Daisies Daisies 1 Daisies 2 Daisies 3 Daisies 4 Daisies 5 Daisies 6 Forever 21 daisy print dress (from last Summer)
Milly eyelet blazer
Pearl headband (purchased on eBay)
Topshop 2 Part Geek sandals
Vintage wicker satchel
Estee Lauder "Stay Scarlet" lipstick

Happy Friday, everyone!  I've had a bad case of writer's block.  Or...it's more like blogger's block.  I felt like every time I'd try to write something up for this post, it wouldn't be quite right.  I wrote up two different topics to go under these pictures.  I ended up deleting both.

I don't want to post pictures without words.  It would be weird.  It'd be like if I invited you over to my house and answered the door without saying a word.

Besides looking at blogger's outfits, I really do enjoy reading what they have to say.   I hope you feel the same way :)

xo  Azu