Friday, July 25, 2014

Milkmaid braids, Blush, and Leopard Print

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Mock turtle neck top
Topshop bubble skirt
Zara leopard print pony hair flats
Vintage purse
Dior sunglasses
Mac "Captive" lipstick

When I was in high school, a classmate told me something that changed the way I presented myself.  It was the first week of our freshman year.  At start of one of our classes, he asked me, "Why do you always look so angry?"  Confused, I didn't say anything at first.  I shrugged and replied,  "I'm not angry..."  But he was very persistent.  He kept trying to figure out why I wouldn't ever smile.  I kept trying to explain to him that I was a happy person and that I simply chose not to smile.  But the more I tried to convince him, the more I realized how right he was (and how ridiculous my side of the argument was).

The truth was, I was too busy trying to look cool.  I thought if I smiled too much, I would look like a goofball or something.  "You should smile more," he told me.

That conversation haunted me.  It was not the first time I'd heard someone tell me that I needed to smile more.  But the fact that this kid made a point to tell me this before we even got to know each other made me realize the importance of smiling.  It sounds so silly to think about it now because I love to smile.  It's contagious.  And it makes me feel good to do it.  

So when I catch myself looking a little too serious in my photos, it reminds me of that time in high school when I was confronted about my non-smile.  It also makes me think of a friendship that blossomed out of it.

This is why I kind of regret not smiling more in these photographs.  Most of these were test shots.  I wasn't expecting to keep the majority of these.   But perhaps I need to smile even more so...especially during the test shots.  You just never know when it will "count."  :)

Happy Friday!

xo  Azu

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lunch with Amber

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Topshop crochet insert dress (old, but similar here)
Steve Madden "Graanie" booties in cognac
Vintage Dooney & Bourke purse
Mac "Party Parrot" lipstick

Last month, I met up with Amber from Amused blog.  We've met up before, but I'm terrible at posting pictures.  Sometimes I forget to post outfit pictures and other times I don't post them on time.  You can see more of Amber's lovely outfit here.  Her top is seriously gorgeous!  She even got a compliment as we were taking these pictures.

And we also had a rather annoying experience with a creeper.  I carefully selected these pictures to avoid showing him in the background!  It made for a very uncomfortable time.  In a few pictures, you could actually see him walking closer and closer to us...LOL!

But on the plus side, we had some much needed blogger bonding.  She taught me a few new things about my camera, too (I'm terrible at it.  What can I say?  I'm a dinosaur when it comes to technology).

It was fun to meet up with a fellow blogger.  Have you ever met any bloggers in your area?

PS.  Thank you Amber for these photos!  You've got the Midas touch of photography ;)

xo  Azu

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Let It Bee

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Vintage blouse (Another gem from my mom.  It's from the 70s.)
AG Jeans "The Legging"
Prada sunglasses
Kontal-Kontil "Beatrice" earrings (buy them here)
Vintage purse
Mac "hue" lipstick with a Clinique lipgloss on top

Do you like my new earrings?  I love the little golden bees on them.  Anything with insects on it immediately draws my attention.  I've had a fascination with all things creepy crawly since I was a kid.  And for a brief period in my life, I wanted to become an entomologist.  I even had the scientific names down for certain butterflies and ladybugs.  Yeah, I was kind of a weirdo.  But you have to admit that bugs are pretty cool critters.

My fascination with insects is one of the reasons why I'm smitten about these earrings.  I love the blue and light pink colors combined with the gold, too.  Although they're long they don't weigh much.  They're a comfortable wear.  And the irony behind these earrings?  I'm actually allergic to bees.  :)

xo  Azu

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Splurge vs. Save: Striped Pencil Skirt

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Sincerely Jules "I say Yes To Love" tee
Forever 21 striped pencil skirt
Panama hat (purchased at the county fair)
vintage quilted leather purse
Dollhouse pumps
Mac "Party Parrot" lipstick

Whenever I'm on the hunt for something I really want, I always make sure to do a little research first.   And by doing "a little research" I mean browsing online and visiting stores to search for the item or one like it.  I always strive to buy the best quality garments at the best price.  I'm not gonna lie, I do love to splurge on certain quality items.  But if I can find something similar for a better price, I'll take it!   That's why I was super excited when Credit Card Insider contacted me to participate in their Splurge vs. Save Campaign.

For the past several months I had a striped pencil skirt on my mind.  I found this one by Theory, but I couldn't justify buying a simple black and white skirt that wasn't very versatile (the length makes it less wearable IMO).  

Theory Skirt via Bloomingdales ($235.00)

Then I found this one and I fell in love.  Unfortunately, the price tag scared me off.

J. Mendel High Waisted Pencil Skirt via Shopbop ($1090.00)

My search for the perfect striped pencil skirt led me to several more affordable variations.  So below I've listed 4 skirts I have found similar to the higher end skirts mentioned above.  And the best part of it?  They're all under $100.00.  Sure beats the other two with the hefty price tag, huh?  ;)

The one I ended up buying was purchased at Forever 21 for $8.80.  I couldn't find the exact one online, but here are a few other alternatives:

Hope you enjoyed reading this post!  :)

xo  Azu

Outfit pictures taken by Amber.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

What Dreams Are Made Of

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ASOS prom dress in fluro jacquard
Vintage satchel
Manolo Blahnik pink patent leather BB pumps
Prada cat eye sunglasses
MAC "Flatout Fabulous" lipstick

There's a good reason this is a picture-heavy post.  I'm completely head over heels for this gorgeous floral dress.  Since last year, I had been trying to get my hands on it.  For months I stalked the ASOS website daily in hopes that it would be restocked.  My obsessive internet dress stalking paid off...because in February I was able to snatch it at a discounted price.  And I waited until a very special dinner to wear this dress. But trust me, it was hard waiting all those months to wear my dream dress :)

Thanks for reading and commenting!  I love reading your comments :)  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xo  Azu

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Orange Lips, Orange Blossoms

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ASOS 90s crop top
Persaman floral embroidered skirt
Sam Edelman "Trina" sandal (or here, and here in silver)
Barney's wicker bag
Prada sunglasses
Mac "Morange" lipstick

You can't tell by looking at these pictures, but it was very breezy.  This skirt flares out quite a bit (as you can see in some pictures), but that darned cool breeze would kind of compress the skirt.

Anyway, I love a good orange colored lipstick.  I own another coral colored lipstick and it's equally as fun to wear as Morange.  Have any of you worn a bright orange lip before?  It makes me wish I had more orange in my closet.  I prefer to match my orange lips with something on my outfit.  I feel it makes more sense since it's kind of a rare color for lipstick.

It's almost the weekend!  I'm glad it is, because it's been a long week.  I'll "see" you guys in my next post.  Thanks for reading :)

xo  Azu