cute & little | Dallas Fashion Blog: January 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Brief Update

uo bdg chambray shirt, gap cable knit navy sweater, lylif olive branch necklace, j. brand 10in skinny jeans, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, louis vuitton speedy 25 purse, mk5430

uo bdg chambray shirt, gap cable knit navy sweater, lylif olive branch necklace, j. brand 10in skinny jeans, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, louis vuitton speedy 25 purse, mk5430
My baby bump at 14 weeks, 5 days! 

uo bdg chambray shirt, gap cable knit navy sweater, lylif olive branch necklace, j. brand 10in skinny jeans, target mossimo pearce camel patent pumps, louis vuitton speedy 25 purse, mk5430
Shirt: Urban Outfitters BDG Chambray - XS / $40 (similar UO option) (J. Crew one
 Top:  Gap Knit Sweater (old) - XS (similar Old Navy one)
Jeans: J. Brand 10" Skinny Jeans via Gilt - 23 / $99 (buy)
Watch: Michael Kors "Small Runway" (MK5430) - $127 (buy
Necklace: LYLIF Olive Branch Necklace (c/o) - (similar)
Shoes: Target Mossimo Pearce Camel Patent Pumps - 6 / $30 (buy in beach patent color)  
Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - gifted from parents (similar

Finally a new post!  I apologize for the lack of posts recently, but I've been going through a rough patch these past couple of weeks.  I generally don't like to post anything negative on my blog, but since I've been MIA for so long, I figure you guys deserve a reason for my absence.  Almost two weeks ago exactly, I suffered a pretty major bleeding incident late at night as I was laying in bed.  After calling the overnight on-call nurse and being transferred to my doctor, I was told to go to the emergency room.

After 5 long hours of multiple tests and a sonogram, my diagnosis was that I had a subchorionic hemorrhage.  Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done for this condition except for me to take it easy and hope that my body will heal itself.  Fortunately the baby is still right on track as far as it's development is concerned as has not been affected by any of this.  I hope you'll understand as my posts these days will be a bit more infrequent as I try to recover.  Thank you again for your continued support and well wishes!


kileen

P.S. I just announced the winner of my Monster.com BeKnown giveaway!


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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Monster.com: Present The Best You { + Giveaway!}

Monster.com is launching a new Facebook app called BeKnown, a professional networking tool for Facebook users that allows them keep their professional and personal lives separate. To commemorate the launch of this new app, I was asked to write up my tips on presenting your best self during an interview. Being that this is a fashion blog, I wanted to focus on the first impressions created by the interview outfit. Here is a sample of something I would wear to an interview.

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Blazer: H&M Tuxedo Blazer (old) - 2 (similar)
Top: Express (old) - XS (buy this year's version)
Belt: borrowed from Express shirtdress - (similar)
Skirt: Forever 21 Black Pencil Skirt (old) - XS (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors "Small Runway" (MK5430) - $127 (buy
Shoes: Louboutin Decollete Patent Pumps - 35 / gifted from Adrian (similar)
Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - gifted from parents (similar

My basic guidelines for dressing for an interview include:
  • Wear a suit.  I am a software developer so oftentimes the interviews that I go into do not call for wearing a suit.  However, I strongly believe that a suit will only help you in the case of an interview.  A good suit conveys professionalism and shows that you are serious about the job opportunity, not to mention that a suit sometimes can give you that extra boost of confidence! Take the time to invest in a good suit -- you don't want to be scrambling around finding a suit and worrying about alterations before an interview!
  • Wear classic colors.  I am a big fan of colorful outfits, but for an interview, this is definitely one case where you want to stick with the classic colors -- and definitely black!  I personally prefer pairing royal blue tops with my suits as I feel like the color projects authority while still staying classic and conservative. 
  • Minimize accessories.  If you are interviewing for a fashion-forward opportunity, you will probably want to ignore this bullet.  However, since I am in the technology field, having accessories in an interview outfit can be distracting and excessive.  I would generally just stick with a watch, simple earrings, and maybe a simple necklace. 
  • Comfortable, functional pumps.  Although I usually prefer platform pumps, for an interview I will always stick to a simple classic pump shape.  Make sure that these pumps are broken in and that you are comfortable walking in them!  The last thing you want to be thinking about is having painful feet during a long day of interviews. 
You can tell that for an interview, I like to play it safe with my outfit choices.  The point is to look professional and wearing the right clothes is definitely a key component in creating a positive first impression with a prospective employer. 

As for Monster.com's latest BeKnown app, I have long awaited for something that would let me separate my professional network from my personal network on Facebook.  While privacy settings can help you hide posts that you don't necessarily want your boss to see, ultimately there needed to be something that could help you build your network professionally within your existing Facebook network.  I couldn't have been happier to learn about the launch of just this feature with the new BeKnown app!

And to help spread the word about BeKnown, I have been given a couple items to use for a giveaway! 

Prize will be similar to image shown:  buesiness card holder + makeup kit


a Rafflecopter giveaway

kileen


Disclaimer:  This post is an entry to the Monster.com BeKnown comtest.  Giveaway items are provided by Monster.com.  All opinions are my own and completely honest.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Secret Santa 2011

With all the busyness of holiday traveling and New Year's festivities, I'm only just now getting around to catching up on my Secret Santa holiday gift exchange that I participated in this past year. 

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 L'Occitane Pure Shea Butter Vinyard Rose (buy)
Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched (buy)
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel (buy)
Philosophy Miracle Worker Anti-Aging Moisturizer (buy)
Hello Kitty Key Cap (similar)

I received this lovely package from Jess of Stylepint.  She's so sweet for gifting me all of these little goodies!  I have to admit I've already tried out almost everything that was in the box and am in love with everything!  Thank you Jess for all the wonderful treats and a big thanks to Jessy of The Little Dust Princess for organizing the exchange.   And if you're wondering who my Secret Santa was, hop on over here!  :)


kileen



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Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

jcpenney mng by mango scarf knit grey tank, delias morgan white skinny jeans, gap brown leather belt, sole society marco santi nude patent pumps, louis vuitton speedy 25, zara hot pink pique blazer
I'm definitely "showing" a little in this picture!  Almost 13 weeks along now.

jcpenney mng by mango scarf knit grey tank, delias morgan white skinny jeans, gap brown leather belt, sole society marco santi nude patent pumps, louis vuitton speedy 25, zara hot pink pique blazer
 Blazer: Zara Pique Blazer - S / $79.90 (cute one from ASOS)  
 Top: MNG By Mango Sweater Tank w/ Neck Tie (c/o JCPenney) - XS / $32 (different cute bow top
Belt: Gap Brown Leather Belt - XS (similar)
Pants: Delia's Morgan Low-Rise Skinny Jeans - 0S (buy) (similar J. Crew option)
Shoes: Marco Santi Dash Nude Pumps via Sole Society - 5 / $50 (similar) (love these Jessica Simpson ones)
Purse: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 - gifted from parents (similar

Happy New Year everyone!!  I have resolutions already on the brain, but for today's post I just wanted to do a quick wrap up of the Chictopia + JCPenney holiday blogger campaign.  Although it was a bit hard to find clothes that fit a petite frame straight off the rack at JCPenney, the few that I did find (this MNG top, heart leaf scarf, fur vest) have definitely been well worn through this winter season!

What was even more fun was seeing all the creative outfits that others came up with and posted on Chictopia!  Here are a few of the outfits that I awarded JCPenney Trendsetter badges to:




Thank you so much for your loyal readership for making this holiday campaign with Chictopia and JCPenney possible.  I truly appreciate every one of you and can't wait to see what 2012 brings!


kileen


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