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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Black, White and Sequins (Wear to Work)

Black, white, Sequins (Wear to Work) 1 Black, white, Sequins (Wear to Work) 2 Black, white, Sequins (Wear to Work) 3 Black, white, Sequins (Wear to Work) 4 Black, white, Sequins (Wear to Work) 5 Black, white, Sequins (Wear to Work) 6 Black, white, Sequins (Wear to Work) 7 Black, white, Sequins (Wear to Work) 8 Wearing:
Kate Moss for Topshop sleeveless sequin top
H&M fitted blazer
7 Jeans "Slim Illusion"
Jimmy Choo pumps/kitten heel
MAC "Captive" lipgloss

Is it just me or is it way too easy to criticize yourself sometimes?  Like a lot of you,  I run a blog where the entirety of my posts revolve around pictures of...myself.  I've found myself criticizing the way I look (in photos) more often than I'd like to admit.  Sometimes my posture is awful and I feel like I need to apologize to everyone looking at my outfit on my blog.  And other times I feel like a certain pose or angle is either too repeated or not flattering.  100% of the time, I look away from these imperfections in photos.  This is when I choose to "look away" from my flaws.

I've realized that the majority of the time when we criticize ourselves, no one else notices these flaws.  They're not a big deal until you point them out yourself.  You get what I mean?  Sometimes these imperfections we see in ourselves are not even a big deal.  We tend to judge ourselves much harsher than we judge others.

If any of you ever see a photo of yourself and judge yourself...just let it go.  We are all made to be perfectly imperfect.  I saw this quote once from a friend I went to high school with.  It said, "Your every flaw makes you perfect."  It's so true!  We're all beautifully flawed :)

Anyway, here's another Wear to Work outfit.  Happy Friday...and have a great weekend!

xo  Azu



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chic in Pink

Chic in Pink 1 Chic in Pink 2 Chic in Pink 3 Wearing:
Filippo Catarzi for ASOS fedora hat
Forever 21 scarf
Tulle pink coat
Joe's Jeans
Nine West booties (super old)
Vintage purse
Clinique "A Different Grape" lipstick

Although I love neutral colors, a pink hue can brighten up a cold dreary day.  This pink coat has become a sort of basic color for me.  There are countless ways to wear a bold colored coat.  Sticking to only two colors (pink and black) is the simplest.

It was drizzling when these photos were taken.  Luckily, my fedora kept my hair and face dry.  And my cozy Forever 21 scarf kept me nice and warm.  

Sorry for the quickie post.  I meant to write more.  Hopefully these three pictures are enough to keep you guys busy for a minute ;)  Come back soon!  I have lots more pictures to share in the coming days ahead.

xo  Azu



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bundled Up

Bundled Up 1 Bundled Up 2 Bundled Up 3 Bundled Up 4 Bundled 5 Wearing:
Saks Fifth Avenue sequin beret
Vera Wang coat
Forever 21 scarf (purchased in November, I think)
Joe's Jeans
Nine West "Mainstay" bootie
Vintage gloves
Vintage purse
Urban Decay "Big Bang" Super Saturated lip pencil
Location: Petaluma, Ca

It was one of those cold, windy days when I wore this outfit.  It was actually really hard to find a place to take pictures.  So we found this alley behind one of our favorite restaurants to snap these.  It was the only spot in Petaluma where my hair wasn't blowing in my face.

This coat is new to the blog, but I've had it for about a month and a half.  I've been wearing it so much since I bought it.  I love the gray color and how soft it is.  It's a printed herringbone.  For reference, I'm wearing a XS.  You can buy it at Nordstrom and Lord and Taylor.

Another new thing is this lip pencil.  It's a gorgeous color!  It's a bright, metallic fuchsia color.

Have you guys purchased any new lip colors lately?  I feel like I always gravitate towards bright pink.

xo  Azu

Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Blossoms

Winter Blossoms 1 Winter Blossoms 2 Winter Blossoms 3 Winter Blossoms 4 Winter Blossoms 5 Wearing:
Dolce and Gabbana almond flower sunglasses (DG 4230 - color 501/87)
Tulle pink coat
Joe's Jeans
Vintage quilted faux leather purse
Jimmy Choo pumps (kitten heel)
Mac "Flat Out Fabulous" lipstick

There is nothing like a fabulous pair of sunglasses to brighten up a cold winter day.  Or maybe just brighten up a cold.  I wore these beauties yesterday for the first time.  They were a Christmas present to myself.  And they certainly helped to cheer me up that day.  I was feeling drowsy and achy from a bad cold.  While they didn't actually aide in making me feel better, I felt better knowing that no one could tell I was sick.  ;)

I purchased these butterfly shaped sunglasses after I saw them in an advertisement in W magazine.  The intricate almond flower design was unlike any other flower-adorned glasses I'd ever seen.  They're so unique!  Wouldn't you agree?  They're vintage inspired...and you know I'm a sucker for anything vintage/vintage-inspired.

Happy New Year!  Thanks to everyone who subscribed, commented, and visited my blog in 2014 (and previous years).  You guys make blogging a great time for me.  I love reading your comments and reading your blogs.

xo  Azu