cute & little | Dallas Fashion Blog: December 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

That Awkward Phase

forever 21 royal blue sweater, forever 21 lace pencil skirt, ann taylor gold skinny belt, dkny opague black tights, tory burch reva flats, louis vuitton speedy 25 purse

forever 21 royal blue sweater, forever 21 lace pencil skirt, ann taylor gold skinny belt, dkny opague black tights, tory burch reva flats, louis vuitton speedy 25 purse

forever 21 royal blue sweater, forever 21 lace pencil skirt, ann taylor gold skinny belt, dkny opague black tights, tory burch reva flats, louis vuitton speedy 25 purse
Top: Forever 21 Blue Knit Sweater (old) - S (J. Crew option) (cashmere option - on sale too!)
Belt: Ann Taylor Perfect Skinny - XS / $15 ($6 option
Skirt: Forever 21 Scalloped Lace Skirt - S / $22.80 (red and black option)   
Tights: DKNY Tights - S (buy)  
Shoes: Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats - 5.5 / gifted from Adrian (buy)

Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - gifted from parents (similar

I was able to sneak in some outfit pictures today just before the sun went down. Sadly in my rush to get pictures taken, I forgot to take off my not-so-glamorous Sea-Bands {they really do help in morning sickness nausea, for those wondering!} and hairband.  I guess now you know how weird I've been looking these past few days as far as wrist accessories go.  ;)

I'm now finally entering into Week 12 of my pregnancy and am at the point where clothes are starting to fit awkwardly on me...  Here's hoping that I'll stop looking fat and start looking pregnant soon enough -- I'm sure people at work are thinking that I've just been loading up on the fruitcakes!  

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays!

the limited pink cowlneck sweater, j. crew classic felted wool mini vintage violet, forever 21 chevron patterned tights, louis vuitton speedy 25, tory burch reva ballet flats

the limited pink cowlneck sweater, j. crew classic felted wool mini vintage violet, forever 21 chevron patterned tights, louis vuitton speedy 25, tory burch reva ballet flats

the limited pink cowlneck sweater, j. crew classic felted wool mini vintage violet, forever 21 chevron patterned tights, louis vuitton speedy 25, tory burch reva ballet flats

the limited pink cowlneck sweater, j. crew classic felted wool mini vintage violet, forever 21 chevron patterned tights, louis vuitton speedy 25, tory burch reva ballet flats
Sweater: The Limited Cowl Neck Sweater (old) - XS (similar AT option - 50% off!)
Skirt: J. Crew Classic Felted Wool Mini - 00P / $73.50 (buy) (cheaper ASOS option)
Earrings: Amrita Singh Sunset Earrings via Hautelook - $28 (buy) (similar and gorgeous style
Tights: Forever 21 Chevron Patterned Tights (last year)
Shoes: Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats - 5.5 / gifted from Adrian (buy)
Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - gifted from parents (similar

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!  My cloak of nausea is finally beginning to lift as I near the end of the first trimester and I'm actually out here in California spending time with the extended family.  It's been nothing but eating delicious Chinese foods lately, so even if I don't have a baby bump to show yet, I certainly have been showing a bit of a food baby. 

Adrian and I had agreed not to spend much on each other for Christmas this year {since we're saving up for the baby}, but he surprised me with these new Tory Burch flats that I've secretly been wanting for months now.  They are actually the only pair of shoes that I brought on my 6-day holiday here in California {besides the running shoes} and my tired feet and achy back couldn't have asked for anything better!

Now it's time to convince hubby to take me after Christmas sale shopping.  :)


kileen



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Monday, December 19, 2011

Color Brigade: Vol 50


Unfortunately I'm still feeling quite under-the-weather these days {only a few more weeks until the second trimester -- fingers crossed that I start feeling better!}, so I didn't get a chance to take outfit pictures today.  But, I still wanted to do a new post for the Color Brigade -- and can you believe this week is the 50th edition of this feature?!  

The winner for last week was Mel of LaBelleMel with her wintery combination.  I love the fur vest addition!


Submit your entry below and tell all your friends to "Like" your entry and click on your link.  The entry with the most likes and clicks will be featured next week!

Color Brigade!


  1. Add the Color Brigade button on your blog sidebar (copy the html provided).  Entries without this button will be removed. 
  2. Submit your link by clicking on the "Click here to enter" button at the bottom of this post.  Please have an outfit that combines at least 3 different colors.  Prints count as 1 color (e.g. leopard print = 1 color)
  3. In the "Link it to:" field, please provide the url of the specific post (not the url of your entire blog, lol).
  4. In the "Caption or Title:" field, list the different colors you're wearing.  Example: Gold, Cream, and Red.

    You're done!  Go back and check out the other amazing entries from members of the Color Brigade!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Shearling Jacket + Birthday Cake!

red shearling corduroy jacket, gap knit turtleneck sweater, urban outfitters bdg grazer indigo cigarette jeans, bakers wild pair karen tan suede pumps

red shearling corduroy jacket, gap knit turtleneck sweater, urban outfitters bdg grazer indigo cigarette jeans, bakers wild pair karen tan suede pump\

red shearling corduroy jacket, gap knit turtleneck sweater, urban outfitters bdg grazer indigo cigarette jeans, bakers wild pair karen tan suede pumps
 Jacket: Picasso Style Jean Shearling Corduroy Jacket (old) - S (similar from F21)
Top: Gap Knit Turtleneck Neck Sweater (old) - XS (similar Ann Taylor one)
Jeans: Urban Outfitters BDG Grazer Cigarette Jeans - 24 / $54 (similar)
 Necklace: ColourMe Trina Necklace (c/o) - $18 (buy)
 Shoes: Bakers Wild Pair Karen WP - 5.5 / $70 (buy) (Pour la Victoire ones
Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - gifted from parents (similar

The weather finally cleared up today and I actually put on heels today {I've been slumming it in flats lately}, so outfit pictures were a must!  Although my look today was again super simple, I love this shearling-lined corduroy jacket.  The rich colors and the soft texture make it the perfect layering piece for this cooler weather!  

And because my parents are going out of town tomorrow and Adrian and I wouldn't be around on Monday to celebrate my mom's actual birthday, Adrian and I took my parents out for dinner tonight at one of our favorite local Chinese restaurants. I decided to surprise my mom with a homemade Chinese fruit cake {using this recipe}. The cake was surprisingly time-consuming to make and Adrian and I worked on parts of it all this week to finally have it ready for tonight. Although the frosting ended up making everything look messy at the end, the cake was super delicious {both my mom and Adrian went back for seconds!}. Happy Birthday, Mom!!  :)

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{somehow my family and I all ended up wearing red...}
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Two layers of fruit.  Yum!


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pregnancy Update: Baby's First Picture!


My outfit was a bit boring today, so I decided to update with some exciting pregnancy news instead.  I went in for my first prenatal visit and had my first sonogram! 

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And since it's a little hard to figure out what you're looking at, I did a little labeling...
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At 9 weeks and 5 days, the baby is ~28mm (~1.1 inches).  The picture really doesn't do the sonogram justice.  The baby was actually moving quite a bit and we were able to see a little flickering heartbeat too.


Seeing these pictures definitely now made the pregnancy real.  Now all that nausea and fatigue seems worth it.  :)



kileen

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Color Brigade: Vol 49 {Cobalt Neutrals}

urban outfitters silence noise boyfriend blazer, banana republic grey sweater, asos cobalt blue pants, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, chanel quilted m/l flap purse, h&m pink leaves scarf

urban outfitters silence noise boyfriend blazer, banana republic grey sweater, asos cobalt blue pants, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, chanel quilted m/l flap purse, h&m pink leaves scarf

urban outfitters silence noise boyfriend blazer, banana republic grey sweater, asos cobalt blue pants, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, chanel quilted m/l flap purse, h&m pink leaves scarf

urban outfitters silence noise boyfriend blazer, banana republic grey sweater, asos cobalt blue pants, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, chanel quilted m/l flap purse, h&m pink leaves scarf
Blazer: Urban Outfitters Silence & Noise Boyfriend Blazer - XS / $74 (buy)
Top: Banana Republic Grey Sweater (old) - XS (similar from Gap)
Belt: H&M Leaves Scarf - $10 (this one's beautiful but pricey
Pants: ASOS PETITE Blue Skinny Jean - US 0/1  / $60.34 (buy + 3.5% rebate)
   Purse: Chanel Classic M/L Flap Replica - gifted from uncle (similar
Shoes: Target Mossimo Pearce Camel Patent Pumps - 6 / $30 (buy in beach patent color)

Bright pants are the perfect way to perk up a dreary Monday!  I love a good cobalt blue and let it stand in the spotlight as I paired it with some more neutral colors.  I did want to add a little bit more warmth towards my face though, so on went this fun pink leaves scarf.  This outfit was just what I needed to get my week going!

As for the Color Brigade, last week's winner is Ritcha of Ri(t)ch Styles with her red, blue, and white combination with 107 likes and 54 clicks {wow!}. I love her easy, breezy, glamorous look!


Submit your entry below and tell all your friends to "Like" your entry and click on your link.  The entry with the most likes and clicks will be featured next week!

Color Brigade!


  1. Add the Color Brigade button on your blog sidebar (copy the html provided).  Entries without this button will be removed. 
  2. Submit your link by clicking on the "Click here to enter" button at the bottom of this post.  Please have an outfit that combines at least 3 different colors.  Prints count as 1 color (e.g. leopard print = 1 color)
  3. In the "Link it to:" field, please provide the url of the specific post (not the url of your entire blog, lol).
  4. In the "Caption or Title:" field, list the different colors you're wearing.  Example: Gold, Cream, and Red.

    You're done!  Go back and check out the other amazing entries from members of the Color Brigade!

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kileen

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fair Isle Fun

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Dress: Victoria's Secret Fair Isle Sweaterdress (old) - XS (current VS option) (similar from UO)
Tights: Forever 21 Brown Patterned Tights (old) - S / $3.50 (similar)
Shoes: Aldo silver flats (old) - 35 (these are cute!) (i like these bow ones too)
Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - gifted from parents (similar
Earrings: Forever 21 (similar)

I finally mustered up the energy today for an outfit post! Since I've been feeling less than 100% lately, I've been all about wearing outfits that are comfy and easy. I bought this dress from Victoria's Secret years ago and it has always been one of my winter favorites. I love the fair isle print and the ruffle hem gives it such a great flirtiness that's perfect for the weekend!

I couldn't help myself...  :)



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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cozy Sweater + Heart Leaf Scarf

the limited ribbed cowlneck sweater, delias morgan white skinny jeans, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, louis vuitton speedy 25, jcpenney mng by mango heart leaf scarf

the limited ribbed cowlneck sweater, delias morgan white skinny jeans, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, louis vuitton speedy 25, jcpenney mng by mango heart leaf scarf

the limited ribbed cowlneck sweater, delias morgan white skinny jeans, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, louis vuitton speedy 25, jcpenney mng by mango heart leaf scarf
Sweater: The Limited Ribbed Cowlneck Sweater (c/o) - XS / $35 (buy - 40% off!)
Pants: Delia's Morgan Low-Rise Skinny Jeans - 0S (buy) (similar J. Crew option)
Scarf: MNG By Mango Heart Leaf Scarf (c/o) - $24 (buy) (i like this printed one too)
Shoes: Target Mossimo Pearce Camel Patent Pumps - 6 / $30 (buy in beach patent color)
Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - gifted from parents (similar)

I would wear this sweater everyday if I could.  It's the perfect combination of warm and stylish, while making me feel like I'm still all wrapped up in my blanket.  I love the shape and length of the sweater as it's just long enough to cover my bum while still giving me some much needed curves.  I kept my look simple and paired it with some basic white skinny jeans, but to add a bit of variety to the solid colors, I added this fun Heart Leaf scarf {can you believe, a scarf that combines my two favorite things?!}.  I've been loving the easy looks these days and this outfit fit the bill exactly!


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pregnancy: Morning Sickness

I want to apologize for the sporadic postings and lack of commenting the past few weeks, but this is pretty much what my evenings home from work have been lately:
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{thanks Adrian for taking such a glamorous picture of me in an effort to "document the baby journey"}
While I'll only be 9 weeks pregnant this Thursday, the past 3 weeks have seemed to drag on forever as I've been pushing myself to get past the constant nausea and fatigue that is "morning sickness."  Imagine being seasick all day every day and you'll pretty much know how I've been feeling.  Not so great.  I think I've scoured the ends of the internet for morning sickness relief, but ultimately it's been the suggestion of blog and twitter friends that have helped me the most.  Here's a bit of what I've tried -- some of it has worked, some of it hasn't, and some I still haven't tried yet.


  1. Saltine Crackers.  I had a pack of these sitting on my nightstand and they actually did work really well for the first couple of weeks.  I think the combination of the salt and starch quieted my upset stomach.  This week though, they've somehow stopped working on me. 

  2. Ginger Tea.  I had a pack of this ginger tea leftover from when I was really into tea almost a year ago.  The ginger actually does help a bit first thing in the morning.  The smell is quite strong but it does help when my stomach is rumbling.  Ginger candies also work quite well, but the taste was a bit too strong for me to handle so I didn't continue with those {but thank you Kim_TX for the rec!}.  Unfortunately on the days when my stomach is ok but my head feels like it's spinning, the ginger tea isn't much use. 

  3. Sea Bands.  I just picked up these wristbands at Walgreens today {at the recommendation of Katie} and have to say so far these are doing a great job at helping my nausea.  Normally I get hit with a huge wave of nausea after every meal but today was the first time that I actually felt ok.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that these babies keep working for me! 

  4. Preggie Pops.  I've read about these lozenge-type drops on a few of the pregnancy forums and Robin actually mentioned it too in one of my post comments.  The reviews have been a bit mixed from what I've seen, and since they aren't easily accessible at a local store, I haven't made the extra effort to order them online.  Has anybody had good experiences with these? 
Ultimately, I've found that sleep is the best remedy.  But for those 9 hours where I need to actually function at work, I am open to trying it all!  If any of you have any other advice, I'd love to hear.  :)

And I promise to be back tomorrow with an outfit post!  


kileen

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Color Brigade: Vol 48 {Flower-y}

banana republic taupe v-neck sweater, urban outfitters bdg chambray shirt, urban outfitters bdg grazer cigarette indigo jeans, aldo silver flats, louis vuitton speedy 25, little fluff stuff flower pouf necklace, color brigade

banana republic taupe v-neck sweater, urban outfitters bdg chambray shirt, urban outfitters bdg grazer cigarette indigo jeans, aldo silver flats, louis vuitton speedy 25, little fluff stuff flower pouf necklace, color brigade
 Sweater: Banana Republic V-Neck Sweater - XS (similar cable sweater)
Shirt: Urban Outfitters BDG Chambray - XS / $40 (ASOS option) (J. Crew one)
Jeans: Urban Outfitters BDG Grazer Cigarette Jeans - 24 / $54 (similar)
Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - gifted from parents (similar)
Necklace: gifted from Janelle (check out her shop!)
Shoes: Aldo silver flats (old) - 35 (these are cute!) (i like these bow ones too)

The weather barely eeked out over the 40s today and combined with the gusty winds, I couldn't convince myself to go outdoors for pictures.  Meanwhile, it was Color Brigade day and I had to post my accessor-ific outfit!  I'm in absolute love with this flower necklace and it was no doubt the highlight of my day.  For the rest of the outfit, I kept it simple yet layered for warmth.  And since I could barely drag myself out of bed this rainy morning, I decided that flats were in order.  The result was easy, comfy, yet still pulled together with a super fun necklace.  :)

As for the Color Brigade, last week's winner is Tara of Mix and Match Fashion with her cognac, charcoal, gray, and black combination with 55 clicks and 8 likes. I love how cozy this outfit looks!


Submit your entry below and tell all your friends to "Like" your entry and click on your link.  The entry with the most likes and clicks will be featured next week!

Color Brigade!


  1. Add the Color Brigade button on your blog sidebar (copy the html provided).  Entries without this button will be removed. 
  2. Submit your link by clicking on the "Click here to enter" button at the bottom of this post.  Please have an outfit that combines at least 3 different colors.  Prints count as 1 color (e.g. leopard print = 1 color)
  3. In the "Link it to:" field, please provide the url of the specific post (not the url of your entire blog, lol).
  4. In the "Caption or Title:" field, list the different colors you're wearing.  Example: Gold, Cream, and Red.

    You're done!  Go back and check out the other amazing entries from members of the Color Brigade!

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Leather, Chiffon, and Pink

express minus the leather moto jacket, banana republic cream chiffon blouse, the limited mint necklace, victoria's secret hipster london jeans, jessica simpson livia booties, rebecca minkoff magenta mac clutch, express pink belt

express minus the leather moto jacket, banana republic cream chiffon blouse, the limited mint necklace, victoria's secret hipster london jeans, jessica simpson livia booties, rebecca minkoff magenta mac clutch, express pink belt

express minus the leather moto jacket, banana republic cream chiffon blouse, the limited mint necklace, victoria's secret hipster london jeans, jessica simpson livia booties, rebecca minkoff magenta mac clutch, express pink belt

express minus the leather moto jacket, banana republic cream chiffon blouse, the limited mint necklace, victoria's secret hipster london jeans, jessica simpson livia booties, rebecca minkoff magenta mac clutch, express pink belt
Jacket: Express (Minus the) Leather Moto Jacket - XXS / $47 (sleeves hemmed) (similar - 4% rebate
Shirt: Banana Republic Layered Pleat Blouse (recent) - 0P / $33 (similar from Ann Taylor)
Belt: Express Pink Belt (old) - S (similar - only $10 from ASOS)
Jeans: Victoria's Secret The Hipster (old, shrunken in dryer 2x) - 00 (buy
Necklace: The Limited - gifted (similar in dark orange)  
 Shoes: Jessica Simpson Livia Booties via Bakers Shoes - 5.5 / $68 (buy)
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff MAC Convertible Clutch via HauteLook - $179 (buy in fuchsia)

These pictures were actually taken on Friday when the temperatures hadn't dropped into the 40s yet, and I was enjoying some of the fall foliage around my house after work.  I love mixing "tougher" pieces like this leather jacket with soft feminine chiffon tops and chunky statement necklaces.  And of course, what better way to tie everything together than with a hot pink belt, right?

This weekend was an absolute whirlwind!  One of the highlights was definitely my company's annual Holiday Party, filled with great food and incredible entertainment {it's always nice to see your bosses get crazy on the dance floor!}.  And to make sure that it would be a night to remember, we all enjoyed a bit of photobooth silliness on our way out the door.

kileen and adrian 2011 holiday party photobooth
I think Adrian really wants to eat my head.  :)

Hope you all had a great weekend!

kileen

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