June 30, 2011

OOTD 6.30.2011

today is going to be a busy busy day! lunch for coworkers' last day and dinner with a friend later tonite...so gotta keep it cute but COMFY! i am all about comfort!

 nothing special about this outfit except for the shoes!
today i'm wearing...
tank top: forever 21 (simple but with cute lace detailing on the back)
jeans: banana republic
cardi: express
shoes: forever 21
ring: forever 21

the shoes!!! look how sparkley they are :) these are bling for your feet!
i've already recieved SO many compliments on the shoes! seriously can't beat $10 bucks for pretty, pretty footwear :) AND they're comfy too!

hope you all have a beautiful and blessed day! :)


June 27, 2011

my style-spiration: blake lively

i love love LOVE blake lively's sense of style and her fashion is to die for :) seriously...everything from her outfits to her make-up to her gorgeous hair! i have a MAJOR girl crush on her ;) i love her versatility and the fact that she is her OWN stylist - she doesn't have anyone but herself pick and style her outfits! how amazing is that!?!

love the casual but chic look!

then onto the beachy chic look

i LOVE this look! pretty white, flowy top and dress paired with that pale pink chanel bag...O.M.G..LOVE

 can never go wrong with a bright, flirty dress and a floppy hat! :)

then mademoiselle pretty :)

and then glammed out to the max :)

so pretty in her chanel couture, bien sur :)

pretty, pretty hair :)
blake is so effortlessly gorge!

i think betsey johnson states my style & fashion philosophy best "Buy what you love. Forget the trends – what’s in & what’s out. Even if the item is a crazy little bra or hotpants, it’s important to love it for what it is."
this is betsey johnson's old apartment...i love pink and teal together...my fav color combo! this is currently what i have on my bed..pink and teal..love :)

the best accessory? a smile and laughter :) love that my sister captured this special moment of me in my pink dress...these are some of my favorites - laughing, dressed in pink, out in the sunshine. God blessed that day SO much...it was the most beautiful, hot & sunny day filled with lots of love and laughs...couldn't have asked for more :)

happy girls are the prettiest girls! <3

who's your style-spiration? :)

June 24, 2011

so happy!

i'm so happy my fav blogger is back!!! :) check out her blog! :D seriously, this just made my DAY!


happy friday! xo!

June 22, 2011

a day in pictures...

i'm lovin' my sally hansen salon effects nails :) still getting the hang of placing them on the nails but i'm absolutely loving these! these are in the butterfly pattern :) can't wait to try the flower power pattern!!

today we took a "long lunch" :) and had a lil bbq at my coworker's apt complex/ pool area!
while the boys jumped into the pool, this was me WFP...working from the pool w/ my magazines :) LOVE blake lively!

today was THE PERFECT day to lounge by the pool...sky was SO blue, not a cloud in sight! 

didn't apply the sunblock too well and got sunburned...ouch :( i ALWAYS sunburn in the same area!

this was my day in photos...have a good night! :)

June 21, 2011

true beauty

models are pretty. fancy dresses are pretty. pink flowers are pretty. the perfect shade of pink lipstick is pretty...but true beauty is found in a woman who wholly trusts in the Lord and lives out her life with compassion & grace. now THAT is beautiful. our value and worth are not found in the designer clothes we wear or the most luxurious make-up we have...all those things are without a doubt fun to wear, look at, and play with...but we cannot be defined by these material things...we are defined by Christs' holy and precious love for us...and HE looks at our hearts and not at the designer shoes we are wearing. :)

"But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the HEART.”"
1 Samuel 16:7

"Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the IMPERISHABLE BEAUTY of a GENTLE and QUIET SPIRIT, which in God's sight is very PRECIOUS."
1 Peter 3:3-4

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who FEARS THE LORD is to be praised."
Proverbs 31:30

this is a reminder for me b/c at times my idea of beauty gets muddied up by the media and i forget the true meaning of what is beautiful...it's so easy in our society to get caught up in all of the glitz and glamour of the new, pretty, flashy designer purse or that new limited edition blush or to find happiness in the number of expensive shoes we own...but don't lose sight of what is real...Jesus.. b/c all the external beauty in this world will someday pass and fade away but the Lord's love will always remain.

OOTD 6.21.2011

it's gonna be 91 degrees today! here's my OOTD :) today i'm wearing...
dress: forever 21
gold sandals: jcrew
cardigan: nordstrom bp

hope everyone has a wonderful day! 
muah! xo

June 20, 2011

summertime love

summertime calls for juicy, cherry stained lips and vintage garden party dresses! :)

we're having a heat wave this week and while everyone else is complaining, i'm so excited and happy. this means summer has finally arrived in northern cali! and i'm thoroughly enjoying this weather (well except for the fact i'm stuck in the office all day)! however, my team and i are definitely going to take advantage of this weather..we've already gone out for lunch today and later this week we'll be stopping by my coworker's apt complex to lounge by the pool - it's called WFP...work from POOL! ;)

today i was feeling very summery hence the juicy cherry lips! i typically don't slap on lipstick or gloss for work since i'm a lil' lazy about re-applying at work, but since i was feeling oh-so summery, i decided to go for a bright pop of color on the lips. this is max factor's lipstick in #40. sigh i miss max factor make-up. i love their lipsticks and mascaras (their mascaras were my ultimate HG) but they're no longer available in the US :( max factor lipsticks are uber pigmented too...love!

i love pairing this lipstick with a clear gloss to sheer down the brightness. i love patting on strong lipsticks onto the lips like a stain, then adding a layer of clear gloss, and then adding another layer of lipstick on top of the gloss. this way you get a nice juicy sheen with color but it's not over the top for work and the lasting power is fab! :) i think i only had to touch up twice during the day!

the lipstick looks super scary red...almost an orange/firey red in the tube, however when it's applied to my medium pigmented lips it turns into more of a raspberry, cherry color!  i love that b/c i  don't look good in orangey red lipsticks! with my skin tone/ coloring i look better with more blue-based reds and pinks :)

now this dress, unfortunately, is not work appropriate but it is perfect for those summer weekends! this late 1950s/ more like early 1960s vintage garden dress is 1 size too big but i HAD to have it b/c it screams michelle :) look at those ruffles and the pretty floral print! it'll go perfectly with my red belt cinched at the waist! i haven't decided if i want to have the dress altered and taken in at the waist...or just wait to gain 10 pounds...

loooove summertime! love those summer days and hot summer nights :)

marilyn monroe

"be your own kind of beautiful..." ~ marilyn monroe

love it! xo

i have a few dresses that are SO marilyn monroe! they remind me of the dresses marilyn would have worn :) will have to post a pic of my mini dress collection!

be beautiful and have a fabulous day!

love and hugs :)

June 19, 2011

happy father's day!

hope everyone has a fabulous and blessed father's day!! this is a photo of us 5 years ago at my college graduation/ father's day! yea, my college grad fell on father's day 5 years ago..crazy! i'm so blessed to have a father that is such a faithful and God-fearing man. he has always relied on God for strength and guidance. 

happy father's day! enjoy this beautiful day :) xoxo 


June 17, 2011


today my manager's wife brought in their ADORABLE baby to work! i love him so much!!! he not only is the cutest baby ever but THE most happy, friendly, social baby i've EVER met...and i've met a few babies in my time...and let me tell you..this lil' guy is NOT shy AT ALL :D i love it!! he is so much fun and wants to play all the time! :)

can we take a moment to say AWWWWWW? ;) happy friday!!


June 16, 2011


tonight i had dinner with an old college friend. he and a few friends are on a guy trip, headed to oregon and they're making a few stops along the way :) it was soo great to see my friend, luke, and talk about the good old days :) remembering the beaches we would hang out at and the random, funny nights we had...haha the memories of getting in trouble...so fun and funny! i miss him and wish i could see him more often! sigh...we only get to see each other once a year...that definitely needs to change asap.

i was bummed i totally forgot to pull out my camera before we parted ways but here's a photo of us circa 2004...this was one of our infamous nights when we got in trouble with the college campus cops...haha


June 14, 2011

God Bless you, David

today was my little brother's last day at home until october. earlier this year he enlisted in the army, and tomorrow he departs for basic training in georgia - all the men have to stay in a hotel near the airport the night before they depart so they can get debriefed and stuff. he'll come back for a small break in october and then he'll be deployed to his station :(

i pray for your safety, David, and for your safe keeping; i pray that you find favor in the eyes of your drill sergeants and peers. i pray that you are strengthened by the Lord and always look to HIM for guidance and help :) i pray that everyday you are encouraged by HIM and always remember your hope is in the Lord and that with HIM all things are possible! may GOD truly bless you...AMEN.

david & i before he left for basic training :)

my little gift to him before he left...i was on the search for an army Bible but wasn't able to find it. i was able to find a metal cased Bible with a camo design..and small enough to fit in his army pack! love the verse on the back of the Bible...it is SO great...Deuteronomy 31:6! the card was also perfect for my brother as well...love Jeremiah 29:11 :)

see you in october! xoxo

wine tasting 6.11.2011

this past weekend i went wine tasting w/ some friends. this is my second time going tasting in the east bay and it was so much fun! it's surprising how many nice and cheap wineries are out there in livermore! you don't have to drive all the way up to sonoma or napa for some good wine and beautiful scenery :) here's some snapshots of the weekend! good friends & good wine :)

group shot! love this group of people :)
loved these wine glasses too! had to buy 2 of them :)

my good good friend leon! LOVE this guy! congrats on your new gig!! :)
ps. this is the floral dress i bought at the vintage shop for $9! everyone loved it :) 

 hehe...being goofy!

last group shot of the day! the girls and i bonding over shabby chic decor!! :) i just learned of a new flea market to check out for shabby chic decor and pashminas for $1!!

pretty flowers :)

charlie! the wine kitty :) of course i had to take pics of the kitty! he was soo soft and friendly :)
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