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Monday, April 20, 2015

Go From Evening to Evening

This light-as-snow chiffon waterfall skirt is a fabulous item in my Tiny Closet.  Particularly for travel.  In fact, I bought it while traveling.  
Why?  Because it is as versatile as I need it to be.

So! for this continued post, as part of my feature on restyling, I chose to showcase this style skirt.  
I'm actually using this post to persuade you to get a loose elastic banded waterfall skirt for your wardrobe (and for your suitcase!).

Left Photo - button up: Michael Kors Men / skirt: Zara / heels: Ivanka Trump / necklace: street vendor
Right Photo - skirt as top: Zara / pants: Santee Alley / heels: Santee Alley / earrings: Santee Alley

I know, I know, I rarely tell you to go out and get anything specific.  Yes, this blog is indeed about style - not necessarily the items themselves.  But I have to say, whenever I travel- whether it be for a weekend or for a couple of weeks, I always take this skirt.  It's incredibly versatile, it plays well with all the other girls in my closet, aaaaaand it's on the fancy side so I never have trouble getting dressed up with a minimal luggage of choices.

Many times while traveling, there's several evenings that call for  more than a swimsuit coverup and wedges.  I found that this skirt with an oversize top, heels and a necklace does the trick when showing up to a beachside dinner.  And for those pesky business trips, it works equally well for afternoon meetings in the hotel lounge or those obligatory cocktail events. (psst, can you tell I hate business trips?)

Just a mens button up, a necklace made from coconuts and some soft textured suede olive heels.  So simple, so minimal but the skirt makes it much cooler and unexpected.  Who wants to be predictable anyway?

And on those other evenings when dressing up is clear and expected, even if spontaneous or impromptu, you can just take your best slacks or pants from that day, put on some bangles and your biggest earrings, along with any pair of fancy sandals that you can find in your suitcase - put it all together with your waterfall skirt and voila!  Instant glam.  Made of basically, luggage remnants.

My thoughts have been pausing on travel lately.  So many places to go.  Shall I tour the American Southwest or eat my way through Spain?  Go glacier gazing in Alaska or cave diving in Southeast Asia?  Anywhere I go, I'll be taking this skirt with me.  And whenever that time comes, I can't wait to share.  Meanwhile, hopefully this post will be of some help for your next travels.  Try it!!  With a skirt like this, packing will be lighter for sure. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TBT 2: Favorite Restyles of The Past

I thought it was time again for another walk down Tiny Closet memory lane.  A perfect showcase in continuing on with this special re-style feature.  And this lil wardrobe of mine has seen a lot of restyles!  

Yes, for me, there should always be a piece or two that will be saved for those special moments.  Pieces that just shouldn't be re-purposed, you know?  But for the rest of my clothes?  I'm gonna wear the heck outta them!

This tunic can go from day to night, from Summer to Fall and even layer-able for Winter.  Leggings and boots or stripy sandals and big hair.  For when I want to be classic or when I want to be fabulous. 

This skirt was the first piece I ever designed and sewed from scratch.  I still love the lightweight linen and gorgeous print.  Amazing with a muscle tank and a bright crop top.   It can also be worn with some thick tights and Winter booties like in my post, Textures & Patterns.  I probably should've included that photo but I honestly prefer this pleated number with Summery toppers.  I like the juxtaposition since it has such an Autumn-like print.

Ugh!  I frickin love this Rodriguez cutout blouse.  No buttons.  Just an open drapey, fresh piece.  Anyway, like all of my clothes, I try to mix them with as many items as possible.  But with this blouse, I need all the reasons possible to wear this as much as I can.  It can be casual, it can dressy and it can be in-between.  Isn't it just amazing?!

I don't wear denim dresses.  I prefer denim to be worn from the waist down, personally.  But this thrift denim vest dress was pretty perfect for my Summer office temp jobs at the time - and it also worked very well for my weekend trips to the country as an open vest coat. 

These sumptuous Bottega Veneta harem pants are the height of understated luxury.  I can't stand wearing luxury that screams to be looked at.  These don't need to say anything.  The comfort, fit and feel say it all.  Wearing them - regardless with what - makes me feel quietly luxurious as well.  

This shawl was one of the many gifts I received from my husband while we dated.  He turned my focus away from corporate retail with their tendency for factory looks and showed me how awesome it is to wear indie designs and support local clothing designers.  Which opened me to considering being one, myself.  Dramatic, edgy and very warm - this piece is a purposeful work of art when worn.

Blazers and jackets are tricky since I am incredibly petite.  But maybe they're tricky for everyone?  Still, I love them and prefer them to coats. And on those extra chilly days, two coats may be better than one after all!  I had fun layering this light seasonless blazer over my fitted cropped denim jacket.  The best part is the length differences of the sleeves.  I'd seen this idea a couple times on Pinterest and it is so stylish!

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Tiny Posh Restyle

sack dress: vintage thrift / tee: James Perse / booties: Jessica Simpson / earrings: Tory Burch
sack dress: vintage thrift / tank: American Apparel / heels: Asos

This hairstyle has surfaced my more minimalist, ultra modern, posh-prone tendencies.  I am enjoying myself immensely style/re-style wise.  I bought this a couple years ago and knew it would be a go-to piece.  And with such versatility, I think it will continue being a uniform.

Plus, my life has very suddenly become busier, messier and harder to juggle so the nice clean lines of this particular ensemble is so very calming!  

 These days I've been striving for simplicity more than ever.  This outfit is a very good example of my current musings indeed.

Come back for more on Thursday as I continue this special "Restyle" feature!
and y'all have a fabulous Monday :)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Change Will Do You Good

I had to.  Don't hate me.

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to show off my brand new do!

After rocking my awesomely big, natural, curly hair every which way for almost 6 years, it was finally time for a change.  I wanted to look how I feel.

As a style blogger, I am incredibly passionate about ensemble and looks.  I believe fashion is a feeling first and a vision second.  And for me, when a vision - a feeling - becomes practical to lifestyle, that's the magic right there, don't you think?  

I'd been fantasizing and planning a new look for a while but it only evolved last week into a full vision that works for my life.  

Those of you curious about the process I went through: 

I got a Brazilian Blowout by Angela Giles of Spa313 salon, a master BB stylist for natural black hair here in L.A..  I then took my silky strands to Judy Song (Instagram #hairbyjudysong) of Salon Pure, a senior stylist skilled in the art of architectural hairstyles, also here in L.A..  Honestly, I couldn't have asked for anything better.  I'm so happy to have come out the other end with exactly what I'd been searching for.

A Brazilian Blowout lasts for about 3-4 months.
I'm gonna have myself a good time :)

Catch up with me on Monday when we get back to clothes!  I'll be showing an all new re-styling as I continue my feature of exploring the many possibilities of a Tiny Closet!
Shout out to Krystal of The Feisty House for motivating my final bold step
to continue living my life to the fullest!  
And I encourage you to do the same! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Vibrant Thing

photo left Colors post- chambray: Shades of Gris / tunic: street stand
photo right - tunic: street stand / denim: / booties: Santee Alley

From the beaches in the East to the streets of L.A., I knew this beautifully ornate tunic would help me   have more fun with my basics.  I was certainly in a festive mood while vacationing in the Philippines a few years back.  At the time, I was exploring the world of color.  Far outside the norm for me and my Tiny Closet.  Still, I managed to bring a few gems back, as rookie as I was.

I wore it as a dress and no shoes and wouldn't ya know, it looks so fresh and perfect for the sunnier seasons with my skinny denims and cutout booties!

I'm excited to wear this as a mini dress again.  The magic of being a shorty - tunics make awesome lil dresses!  But for now, with the chilly crisp Spring evenings, I'll be sporting all of my denim and harem pants underneath it until Summer.  What a fun and vibrant thing, huh?  

 Come back on Thursday for another re-styling show-and-tell as this new Tiny Closet feature continues!  
Aaaaaand, there'll be a lil surprise when you return (heehee!) 

Thursday, April 2, 2015


With this new feature that I started a couple weeks ago, showing you direct contrasting stylings for the same pieces, I thought I'd take a walk down Tiny Closet lane and show you the highlights of what I've been doing all along...

Through the years, while I wasn't showing photos back to back of the many ways I could wear the same thing, I was posting the same items!  Over and over again :)  I've put them together for your enjoyment and perhaps inspiration - so you can truly see how the possibilities can be endless with a Tiny Closet.

Still, my favorite pair of denim.  All Saints Men: Slouchy, dark and rugged.  Like I like my denim to be! Wear them with anything and everything.

This Tiny Closet Collection dress is so simple, it can easily be layered and styled.  From a Summer stroll on the boardwalk to an evening holiday party, the more blank the pallet, the more possibilities!

This All Saints maxi is huge and incredibly versatile.  I can wear it as a skirt and even a strapless dress.  Oversize pieces are my fave!  I can tuck and hide and cinch for effortless styling. 

Another Tiny Closet Collection piece, this is more a statement item!  From day to night, this has been fun to play with due to its vibrant print and the fact that it's just a simple pencil skirt. 

My StyleMint dress is another simple basic with classic print: navy stripes.  One of my favorite prints to style and wear.  From sailing to grocery shopping, one can wear nautical stripes anywhere. 

I bought these coral pants from Zara while in the Philippines.  A coral I would never normally wear, I was in a tropical mood and went with it.  Since then, I'm surprised to find I can wear them with so many other items!  Even my nautical sailor top and even leopard. 

My wool sack dress was a vintage thrift item.  My desire for yet another easy-fit oversize piece was certainly satisfied with this one.  Also my consistent tendency to wear black and white ensembles.  Which is never-ending.

This Catherine Malandrino eyelet dress turned out to be pretty adaptable as well.  The texture is easy to work with, enhancing it's ensemble and I adore wearing white.  This is a go-to dress during the Spring and Summer months but for my 30th birthday, I chose to put a tutu underneath to play it up a bit.

Hope you enjoyed the highlights of my past stylings!  Come back on Monday for an all new "ensembling" as I continue this feature of showcasing versatility in a Tiny Closet :)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Same Pants, Different Statement

These are my favorite gypsy pants.  And I have quite a collection.  As far as gypsy pants go.  

And usually, when re-styling pieces, especially "statement" pieces like these, I either go straight for dressing up/dressing down or styling seasonally.  This time however, I didn't have either focus in mind.  Instead, I simply re-styled with a different feeling.  The right photo is an ensemble I wore last Winter - I forget the occasion.  To see more of this particular styling you can click the post, I Don't Have Enough Gypsy Pants  

Neither of the looks are screaming out a certain occasion or time of day, for that matter.  But they definitely do exude a different feeling.

top: / pants: The Tiny Closet Collection / shoes: Roper

 While this outfit is more of an end-of-Summer wear, I don't care that it's not that Springy.  I can wear this while street shopping or lean on this look for airplane attire - it's so incredibly comfortable!

Anyway, ever since I made these pants, I've been pleasantly surprised at how fun they are to style.  Not being the most versatile piece I have in my closet (I originally just made them for loungewear) I'm still thrilled to wear them in my more artistic style moments.  And I LOVE knowing that I am wearing something that is one of a kind.

Come back on Thursday for more of this fun feature!