Friday, May 24, 2013

This is Leonardo at the after-party for the Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I hope that he - and you all (!) - have a relaxed Memorial Day and are able to enjoy it - paparazzi-free :D

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My apologies for the lack of posts, but I have been at a party!  A "GREAT" party!* Hope you all enjoyed this film as much as I did!

*also, I am out of town for work this week ... and going to Las Vegas for play this weekend :)

Thursday, May 09, 2013

It might be May and spring but I am going back to black in my color choices - for now!  I have had a very busy week but looking forward to The Great Gatsby and to Mother's Day weekend.  Moms deserve all the respect in the world.  Today I am wearing Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Geo Burnout Velvet Dress with H&M Fitted Blazer, Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Molly Patent Pump in black, and very chic dark burgundy colored tights.  The dress is versatile, without the jacket it is a great party dress, with an open back.  Only the front has the art deco burnout velvet panel.  I would not dare to wear the dress to work without the blazer, which means if it is being worn in the office it should be a colder day, so I do not sweat from the heat in my blazer!    

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Last weekend's weather was perfect in Los Angeles.  Warm, clear and sunny, ideal for my friend's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" themed bridal shower, which was held outside and featured Tiffany-box inspired square petits fours and edible pearls sprinkled on mini Tiffany Blue cupcakes!  I imagined the weather this week would stay about the same, but, of course, the old adage "April showers bring May flowers" was true today, on the last day of April, and I am dressed inappropriately for the weather, albeit, very work-appropriate!  I am wearing a two tone blush shift dress from H&M.  The H&M Blush Shift Dress features scallop black lace overlay and trim detailing, which makes it very chic.  I am also wearing a Target Merona Cardigan, and Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Toecap Platform Wedge.  I might be cold, but at least I look good! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Feeling a bit dark this week, with all the devastating events that are happening around the world.  The best thing to do is to stay positive, and for all of us to figure out how we can serve our communities in some meaningful way.  On a plus, I am going to San Diego this weekend for a wedding and will be staying on Coronado Island.  This will be the first of a half-dozen weddings scheduled for the spring and summer.  This is also the first wedding which I have ever attended which has a strict dress code.  Taken from the website: "*Ladies: Please do not wear black, white (or any shade of white, ivory, cream, etc.), red or magenta/fuschia.*"  Obviously my outfit today would not work ;)  I am wearing an all-black outfit: my favorite Urban Outfitters BDG Pull-On Pant, H&M Fitted Blazer, and Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Square Neck Peplum Top, which is not even noticeable in the photo!  The shoes are not black, they are vintage Nine West spike heels with a pointed toe, featuring an interesting pink and red burgundy spectator pattern with a mini buckle and little polka dots.  I hope everyone is safe and happy!  

Friday, April 12, 2013

I am not going to Coachella this year.  And, I am ok with it.  Well, mostly :D  The times that I did have at Coachella was unbelievable, and I appreciated it all.  I was not so impressed with the line-up this year, but before I could even look up some of the bands or find a condo to rent for the weekend, the tickets were sold-out.  Such is life.  Instead, today I went to Newport Beach for a client meeting and I am planning on spending the weekend with friends and family, perhaps checking out an art show and hitting a trendy restaurant.  This outfit is perfect to transition from day to night.  I wore Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Pleated Chiffon Mini Skirt, Forever 21 Lace Button-Down Blouse, and Madden Girl "Fawwn" Taupe Patent Pumps.  The cardigan is something I have had in my closet forever.  The tag on the back of the cardigan states "hearts".  I have never heard of a brand named "hearts" and a google search came up empty.  Nevertheless, the cardigan is soft and comfortable and  I was able to make it new by bedazzling it with some sequins on the sides.  Perfect for a chic Friday both in and out of the office!

Monday, April 08, 2013

Most of my blogposts these past few weeks have been about my styling at work: trying to put together fashionable and chic outfits for a professional office environment.  One of my friends even asked me if I was trying to become a “fashion blogger” ;)  Of course, I have been following fashion and trends ever since I have been a toddler trying on my mom's Chanel pumps, but the real purpose of this blog was just to express my reflections - the confessions of a young professional.  This morning I read a letter to the editor published in the Daily Princetonian from alumna Susan A. Patton, which has prompted me to go back to expressing my latest musings.  Ms. Patton basically expressed her opinion to the “daughters I never had” that they should meet and marry a Princeton prince by the time they graduate from college, otherwise they are doomed for life.

At first, I felt that the opinion piece was very elitist and anti-feminist, but after re-reading it, I must agree that, as women, this is the reality of our lives.  I look around to all my highly educated, intelligent female friends who have been striving to be the best professionally, as doctors, dentists, attorneys, entrepreneurs, businesswomen, engineers, etc., and also trying to maintain some sort of balance in their communities and their lives by “having it all” and perhaps, in the end, to women, the social world matters more than the career world, that as much as we struggle to grow professionally, we probably will not be satisfied until we find a committed partner, whom we can grow with and potentially create a family with.  It also reminds me of this quote from Julie Delpy: “I always feel this pressure of being a strong and independent icon of womanhood, and without making it look my whole life is revolving around some guy. But loving someone, and being loved means so much to me. We always make fun of it and stuff. But isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?”

It is hard to find eligible men to marry, and though some females might think that the world of dating is exhilarating, more often than not, it is just terrible.  I had a great time in college, and would not trade any of my adventures, exploits, friendships and triumphs.  But, I do feel a pang of resentment when I hear that a couple met in college, got married, and were able to get out of dealing with the horrible dates, the weird texts, the strange suitors, the lonely moments, and the questioning looks.  To me, those couples were able to be happy, sooner.  Obviously no one has a perfect life, and even those women that we envy or strive to be like have their own desires and problems.  No woman should marry a man for the sake of marrying someone and settling.  However, this opinion piece drives the point home about life.  Life is not easy, life is painful, life can hurt.  There are beautiful moments, but there are also hard moments, and it is our purpose to take each day at a time and deal with them, in the best ways that we can, with steadfastness and trust in God.  And through all of these moments, how much more amazing would it be to have a partner by your side, who loves you, and who you love ... that is what makes life worth living.  We are not isolated beings, we are social beings, and are meant to share the human experience. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

It is the vernal equinox, which means that spring is here!  Spring can be very fickle ... sometimes it is bright and hot, sometimes it is still cool and windy.  Here in Los Angeles, each day feels like a different season, and you never know quite how the weather will turn out.  Of course, it is nothing like what my friends in New York are experiencing, so we really have nothing to complaint about!  It has been mild and temperate this week, so I have worn layers, and comfortable, breathable fabrics.  I wore a very conservative, office chic outfit today, with a bright pop of color in the form of the H&M Electric Blue Iridescent Stone Statement Necklace to celebrate spring.  In my last post I wrote about a "go-to" item of clothing, the black BDG Pull-On Legging Pant from Urban Outfitters.  I have the same pair of pants in a different version, wide-legged instead of leggings fit.  I wore the black BDG Pull-On Flare Pant with a grey BDG Cropped Double Button Blazer, a black and grey BDG 3/4 Sleeve Striped Boatneck Tee and Kimchi Blue Molly Patent Pumps.  And, now that I am typing this, I am realizing that my entire outfit is not only from Urban Outfitters, but it is from BDG (except for the shoes and necklace), a brand which is exclusively sold at Urban Outfitters!  It truly shows my loyalty - once I find a brand that works for my body and my style, I really stick with it!   

Monday, March 18, 2013

I think that most people have a "go-to" item of clothing for work.  Today, I worn mine two of mine: a BDG Pull-On Legging Pant from Urban Outfitters and a Jones New York Collection Petite Washable Suit Jacket. The pants are comfortable, look good, fit well, feature an elastic waist and back pockets, and are fashion-forward for the office, or for an evening out.  I love them so much that I also bought the Urban Outfitters BDG Pull-On Flare Pant, basically the same item but the fit is a wide-leg instead of a skinny-leg.  The blazer is fitted, stretch, lined, easy care and comes in various colors.  I bought the suit jacket in a light brown walnut color, so that I am able to wear something different besides my basic black.  I wore the Urban Outfitters BDG Pull-On Pant and Jones New York Collection Petite Washable Suit Jacket with Urban Outfitters Pins and Needles Collar Tee Shirt and Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Pointy-Toe Pump.  I wish that in the accompanying photo the collar of the shirt was more noticeable, it is an animal leopard print, which goes well with the color of the suit jacket and contrasts with the snakeskin pattern of the pumps.   

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

At the Grand Palais this morning in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld created a giant rotating Earth with flags marking all the stores.  The models walked out in front of the revolving globe to the sound of "Around the World" by Daft Punk while wearing the latest Autumn-Winter 2013 collection.  "It's about the globalization of fashion," said Lagerfeld.

And, it just shows the global domination of a global brand.   After all, it is a Chanel world, with Karl as King of fashion, and we just live in it ;)  Chanel really does make the world go round!

Monday, March 04, 2013

A lot of my outfits for work on based on black, either a black dress, black pants, or black skirt.  It is so easy to put together black ensembles as they always look chic and professional.  Today, however, I wanted a bit of color.  I grabbed my favorite item from the summer, a colorblock dress from H&M, and paired it with winter-items, making it more work (and season) appropriate.  The H&M Colorblock Dress features panels of red, pink and black, so it can go quite nicely with various shoes and accessories.  I wore a Urban Outfitters BDG Long Drapey Classic Cardigan, Urban Outfitters Cooperative Saville Platform Loafer, and black checkered tights I have had forever.  Happy Monday, everyone!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Came home from a spontaneous trip to San Francisco and was going to post another chic professional work outfit, but decided I would share a few photos from the weekend.  I have found that the Bay Area is always cold, but to my delight, I had brought the Los Angeles sunshine with me and it was a joy to walk around, meet up with up friends, and enjoy the city.  'Till next time, SF!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I went to Florida this past weekend, for a cousin's wedding in Boca Raton and vacation in Miami.  It was a very fun trip, most of the time was spent visiting with family and being on the beach.  While in South Beach, on my way to Ocean Drive, I stopped at the H&M on Lincoln Road and bought this amazing collarless blazer-coat-jacket that I thought I could transform it into a cape for work.  Needless to say, it is not a real cape or poncho, but is a good alternative to the more utilitarian blazer and makes me feel very sophisticated, like I am walking down a busy French street with my cloak fastened around my neck, ready for the day ahead.  I put together the rest of my outfit based on the H&M collarless coat: Urban Outfitters Silence & Noise Bustier Cami, XOXO Pencil Skirt, Urban Outfitters Pointelle Tight, and Urban Outfitters Cooperative Saville Platform Loafer.  Although not noticeable in this photo, the bustier cami has a purple lace overlay which matches the purple coat quite well. 

Friday, February 01, 2013

When I started this blog many, many, many years ago, I was a student, able to dress however I wanted.  Now, as a young professional, I like to dress business-casual, but with a hint of hip.  I find that many other young professionals have a hard time with office chic and struggle between the balance of looking too formal or looking too cool on the job.  And so I have decided to document some of my work ensembles.  Somehow, I have been able to shop at trendy stores like Urban Outfitters and still be able to wear those outfits to a business environment (and comfortably, too!) :D  I am able to meet with clients, go on business lunches, and, at the end of the day, hang out with friends in a fun atmosphere without feeling stuffy.  Today, I am wearing everything from Urban Outfitters: Kimchi Blue Mix Fabric Crepe Jacket, Sparkle & Fade Knit Carved Shoulder Circle Dress, UO Sheer Animal Tights, and Kimchi Blue Molly Patent Pumps

Thursday, January 31, 2013

My blog posts in the past couple months have not been that interesting - I blame Instagram and Twitter for my daily source of inspiration and occasional rantings and musings.  But, I am cooking up something extra for this blog starting in February 2013, a collaboration between my personal, fashionable life and my professional, career life ...  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gossip Girl lives on! Gossip Girl en espanol! O mi dios! (Or is it ay dios mio?!) Yo espero que yo no necesito aprender espanol ahora jaja :) The Upper East Siders have exchanged their winter clothes for summer fashion all year long in Mexico.  Dan Humphrey is now Dan Parra; Jenny Humphrey is now Jenny Parra; Blair Waldorf is now Barbara Fuenmayor; Serena Van Der Woodsen is now Sofia Sisniega; Nate Archibald is now Nico De La Vega; and Chuck Bass is now Max Zega.  I think I spotted Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith in the preview too?! Watch the new cast here: Gossip Girl: Acalpulco

Monday, January 14, 2013

I have become a little obsessed with Instagram. Follow me! @tatulip

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Louis Vuitton is really pulling on all of my heart strings!  A few weeks after the "Small is Beautiful" video launches, featuring styles from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection, the whimsical brand just came out with printable cut-out paper dolls with designer wardrobes, also from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection.  You can download the pdf right here: Louis Vuitton Paper Dolls and starting cutting out!  My paper dolls will definitely invite your paper dolls over for a tea party :)