5 Ways to dress when you’re not your hot self.

UyenHave you ever had one of those days… when you try on four different outfits and you hate everything you have on because you just feel yucky in them?  Then, under your breath in a depressed tone you say “UGH, I have nothing to wear” while staring at a closet full of clothes.  Yep, I’m raising my hand as we speak.  I truly feel we get so frustrated at our selves because in the moment when you feel horrible, we tend to grab things that accentuate our frustrations.  Example, when I feel a little bloated, it’s probably not a good idea to grab that form fitted shirt to go with skinny jeans.  I’m not saying to dress frumpy, don’t take your mood out on your wardrobe.  But you can definitely still dress chic and cute in a comfortable way when you’re not feelin so hot!
042513_WOM_tshirtChic_DIR_US1b{Drawstring maxi dress and denim vest, GAP}
1)  Go for PATTERN!  Pattern is great way to cover up and disguise what you are feeling.  This horizontal stripe is so flattering, and immediately draws your eye to the outfit as a whole.  Add a cute denim vest to break up the stripes and you have a look that is so comfortable.

image1xxl{Black maxi skirt, Asos}
2)  BLACK is a girls best friend!  This color is so flattering on all body types!  A high wasted maxi skirt can define your waist, giving you shape and yet it doesn’t “hug” your legs making you feel stuffy.  I love how it’s paired with a flowy tank that has a subtle pattern giving it just enough femininity.

56877_KP1801_m{Baseball tee, JCrew}
3)  Who doesn’t love a great Tee?  I love contrasting colors- the baseball style t-shirt draws the focus to the upper body so people will be noticing your rockin hair or your bright smile right away!

image1xl{Tie dye maxi dress, Asos}
4)  Don’t be afraid to show some shoulders.  When wearing a full covering outfit, make sure you leave some skin so you are not covered head to toe.  Especially, when I’m feeling more bloated than usual I don’t like to dress in anything tight or form fitting.  This maxi dress has a perfect balance of being loose but not to frumpy.

V363103-1{Sweatpants, Victoria Secret}
5)  There has a been such a big “no- no” to sweatpants.  And you know what…if you wanna wear sweatpants, then give them some LOVE and sport em’!  Remember it’s all about how you feel, and let’s be honest, they are just the coziest!  Throw on a cute denim jacket and you’ve just dressed them up a bit.

So the next time you are feeling a little down, make sure you are picking your outfit to compliment what you feel good about that day!  Don’t stress too much about the clothes and focus on either your hair or make-up.  The frumpy day feeling will pass and I’m sure the next day you’ll be trending in your heels and mini skirt!

stripes.

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{Asos black crop top | Asos Midi Skirt | Jimmy Choo wedges}
I love me some stripes!  My sister recently threw a lavish birthday party for my brother in law and requested guests to dress in black and white.  I didn’t complain as I love wearing that color scheme.  Not only is black so complementing to every body type but it’s just classic.  The 80’s have been makin a come back and I’m definitely jumping in and testing some of it’s beloved trends.  I’m not one to wear anything too showy or flashy but in this circumstance, why not?  So I busted out the mid-drift bearing crop top.  Gave just a peek of skin and paired it with a high wasted striped midi skirt.  There was so much going on with the stripes that I just accessorized with some arm candy and as always, nude wedges.  I loved twirling in this skirt!
lookblackand whiteblackandwhitefamily 5I go gaga when I see hubs in a nice button up shirt.  He cleans up well!  And I can’t forget little man, I dressed him in a classic linen shirt from Crazy 8 and paired it with a nice black skinny jean from H&M.  Seriously, I giggle with how cute baby clothes are these days!  I’m a photographolic!  I am obsessed with trying to capture every moment but their mostly of just Crew, Crew with dad, or Crew with me.  So I was so happy when we were able to capture some family pics!
family1family 3{Just wait…you know what’s comin…..}
family 4{OUCH!}

I heart H&M.

Obsessing with the new line that debuted from H&M.  Love that you can be trendy at such an affordable price point.  I personally feel that their quality has improved over the years and I have quite a few favorite outfits from them.  Here are some pieces that I have my eye on, click on the picture and it will direct you to the link.
hmprod{This black dress is so simple, and yet there is something so sexy about it.  Perfect for a night out on the town or a cocktail party}
hmprod{Lovely patterned dress is totally up my alley!  Love the beaded embroidery at the top of the A-line.  This is actually a flattering dress on most body types, and it defines the waist and can give you more shape.}
hmprod{I am a sucker for tulle and I am totally crushing on this dress.  Must find a fancy event I can attend to wear this and twirl in it!}
hmprod{Now onto casual attire.  I know this tribal print is trendy but you can definitely sport this for spring.  I would even pair it with a brighter solid color top, perhaps coral.}
hmprod{Simple, classic, and clean.  This look is one of my favorites because it’s so crisp and comes across so polished.  The beading adds just enough detail and I would even pair it with a flowy short sleeve white or blush top.}
hmprod
{I recently snatched up this gem.  I normally wear a two piece suit but thought this would be perfect for times when I take my little man to swim lessons or when I don’t wan’t to take in too much sun.  Still a full one piece but showing just enough skin}

Those are my “have to have” pics from H&M.  Wish they would open an online shop, but then again that would wreck havoc on my pocket book!

style.

uyenWho’s excited for the weekend?  My hand is definitely raised!  The weather is lovely, which means I can sport my spring attire!  I’m thrilled to see so many colorful skirts this season.  Pair it with a simple top and you are good to go.  I suggest investing in some good neutral shoes as it can go with pretty much any outfit.
{skirt is from H&M, from a couple of seasons ago}
{tank from H&M, it’s the perfect white tank}
{necklace, Forever 21}
{shoes, Jimmy Choo}
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uyen5uyen2bagIsn’t this tablet case so cute…it’s from Target!  One of my fab finds.
crewster{Had to squeeze in a pic of my little gem}

weekend recap.

weekend 2St. Patty’s Day weekend-this Holiday snuck up on me!  Where does the time go?  We love family time… I have been so busy lately that I really cherish the moments I can spend with my family.  My hubs and I have made family fun day a must so no matter how much we have to do or need to get done, it pretty much goes on the back burner.  The pile of dishes in the sink can wait! Along with the unfolded laundry, unmade bed, etc.  Bahaha!  I know… a hot mess, yes that’s me 🙂

The Coffee Shop is one of my favorite places!  I crave their coffee, particularly their Spanish Latte and their food is quite delish.  It was such a perfect day to come here as we sat outside and marveled in sunshine.  Little man was quite a happy bee, making us giggle thinking we have the coolest kid in town as every parent does.  These are the moments I can not get enough of…I need to stop and remind myself that this is why we both work so hard.  Of course, I think any mom would choose to be a stay at home mom.  I have been torn lately because I feel like I am missing out on such a precious time in my sons life.  He is growing so fast, it feels like I just delivered him and at a blink of an eye he’s crawling all over the place!  But then again, I can’t see myself not working.  I am very ambitious and don’t like to give up.  I have many plans…  Maybe one day I will actually figure it out!  But  as of right now I am a working mama bringing home the bacon.  As my husband says, my “play money”.  Does anyone else have experience with juggling being a mama and a being career woman as well?
Any advice is surely welcomed!  Just wanted to make a quick shout out to the hubs…thank you- thank you for your patience with me and most importantly being my biggest fan.  I’m not sure how many people this blog will reach but I for sure know I will always have my hubs as a viewer. 🙂

weekendLance{hubs trying to wrangle our dog who LOVES to just pull you anywhere}
Crew DJ{our little man, seriously the love of our lives}
Crew DJ 3Crew DJ 2{don’t you wanna give him a big smooch-a-roo here}
Mama and Crew{jean jacket from H & M, skirt from Forever 21, Ray-Ban aviators, Crew’s hat from Gap}

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present”.  ~Jim Rohn