OOTD: Letters at the Beach

I've been trying to post this Outfit of the Day since Monday, but work and my computer decided otherwise. Work kept me busy, but iPhoto decided to give me a heart attack telling me I had lost these pictures. Thankfully, I found a blog that explained how to recover the pics. Anyway, last Sunday, I finally got myself to the beach. Even though I live in California and the beach is only a short drive away, I usually get busy or plans to the beach fall through. But glad Labor Day weekend came around and my mom and sister decided it was a great time to go to the beach (even with the crowds). 

I took the opportunity that I was going to the beach to do a little mini photoshoot of my outfit. I knew that after the beach there was a good chance that we would go to Third Street Promenade to the shops so I wanted to dress for the beach, but also look cute enough to walk around the shops. I don't own an official coverall and I wasn't really liking how my shorts were looking that day, but then I remembered I had this skirt. And with my bikini top it worked. I also took the opportunity to wear my new sandals from 

Shoedazzle

.

Here is a closer look of my bathing suit top. I got it a Nordstrom Rack on clearance back in July when I went up to Northern California for the wedding I worked. I love how bright it is and that it is not the typical black bikini. I had initially had some other suit in mind, but ended up finding this one and loved it. I love that I can also wear it as a flirty crop top. I also decided to wear my shades from H&M since I decided to give my contacts another try (much better this time). It definitely was a good idea since the sun was in my face most of the time. Also, how beautiful does that water (and kelp LOL) look?! We went up closer to Malibu where the beaches seem to be a bit nicer. 

Here is a closeup of my skirt which is from 

Forever21

. It has the letters A, B and L stamped all over it. I love how it fits since it make my waist look tiny and gives the illusion that I have abs (still in progress) LOL. It's also a really light denim which is perfect for sunny days like Labor Day Sunday.

Lastly, here are my sandals. I got them along with two other pairs when I signed up as a VIP at

Shoedazzle

 (I'm not sponsored by them FYI). I needed sandals and was obsessively trying to find silver ones, so when I saw that I could get 3 pairs for $40, I jumped on it. I actually ended up only paying $30 since I had a $10 credit so, HOLLA! Anyway, these are the silver ones that I got. They are very cushiony and are actually silver and slightly gold. They are very stripy, but can easily be dressed up or down. And I've gotten a couple compliments at work about them :) 

Even though summer is almost over, I do live in California so I will probably be going back a few more times before it gets a bit chillier. Let me know in the comments what you think about my beach outfit. I'm also curious what you've worn to the beach or if you have any cute suggestions for coveralls! Also let me know any trends you'd like me to try or anything else you'd like me to feature on the blog. 

Love,

Astrid

Favorite Emmy's 2014 Looks

So I was going to make this a Trendy Tuesday post since it is very fashion related, but then I thought, well there are some dresses I loved that didn't necessarily fall into one of the trends of the night. Some trends I did like were the full skirts and the white and red ones, but then there were some I liked simply because they were gorgeous or were on women I admire in the industry. Also there are some looks that don't fall into the red carpet looks of the night, but were part of the after party celebration and even one that was exclusive to a Yahoo! Live host.

Oh and one thing you must know about me, if you haven't been informed already, is that I love Love, LOVE awards shows! Of course I love seeing the parade of beautiful dresses and all that fashion/beauty jazz, but I also watch them for the awards since I do work and aim to work in the Entertainment Industry. But this post is about fashion. And since this is the second post for today, and simply because I want to let the dresses speak for themselves, I will be keeping it short. Anyway, here are my nominees for best dresses(note I didn't say dressed, it is not a typo):

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I think Sarah Hyland pulled off the crop top/full skirt trend perfectly! She looks elegant, but also fun and flirty. Best of all, she looks her age and the color really highlights her skin tone. I also love that she proved us shorties can do the long skirt look and not look like the fabric swallowed us or like we are playing dress up. And this is such an easy look to recreate!

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I know this look got Allison Janney on the worst dressed list, but I disagree. While I'm seldomly a fan of velvet and would have reserved that fabric for say the Oscars, when the weather tends to be on the cooler side, this dress made me have a huge girl crush on her. Not only is she a talented actress, but she is also someone who has aged well, elegantly and gracefully! The color and fit are just amazing on her.

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While I did love

Sofia Vergara

's white dress, I felt it too predicatable and wasn't wowed by it. Plus we know she is gonna look gorgeous. However, the dresses above were among my favorite. Camila Alves just looks so elegant and flawless, and her arm candy looked quite dashing as well! He might not have won for his role in True Detective, but in the men's fashion cateogory, he is #1(Also love that Woody Harrelson doned a similar suit in burgundy). As for Kate Mara, it too is elegant, but with a bit more of edge, very much fitting of her. And hot damn Kristen Wiig! She really keeps wowing me each time with her red carpet looks. This one is elegant, but so sexy. Another white dress I loved is this one:

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I mean how sexy is this dress on Michelle Monaghan?! It's so elegant and simple, but somehow it works. The slit up the leg makes sure it doesn't become just a bland column dress. The top is simple and conservative, but yet it complements her body and again, the slit helps it from being a bit Amish. Whatever the reasons, I love it.

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I know a lot of people commented on how much Claire Danes' dress looked like Kim K's dress, but in my opinion, it looked better on this woman who actually has talent. Red just looks great on her and I love how elegant it looks on her. It is one of the many red dresses that walked the red carpet, but one of my two most favorited red ones. 

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This is my second favorite red dress of the night. Like I said earlier, full skirts were very popular on the red carpet! I always love what January Jone's wears. She tends to choose very futuristic, slightly avant-garde gowns, but somehow she pulls them off with such elegance instead of looking odd (i.e. Bjork's weird swan dress). I love the texture/detail in the dress and the fact that the underlining is visibly black. The fit is just great, fitting her like a glove.

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Talking about full skirts, I really loved Allison Williams' dress! It had that classic silhouette, but gives it a twist with the printed bodice. I love the different colors used within the dress and that its not just another typical generic ball gown.

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As far as after party dresses go, Anna Camp's is my favorite!! It's just so ethereal and pretty to look at. It fits her like it was meant for her, but I love that it doesn't come off looking wedding-y nor does it wash her out. I just can't stop staring at it!

Me, a week ago, at work

 Last but not least, I loved Taryn Southern's look if only because it was almost identical to an outfit I wore last year and which I got lots of compliments on. Since I was at work when the Emmy's and red carpet started, I was tuned into the Yahoo! Live red carpet and saw that Taryn basically stole my look lol. But that's ok because I've long been a fan of hers and she looked great.

Of course, I didn't mention all the looks I liked since, as you can see, there were plenty. Some of the other ones I really liked were

Lizzy Caplan

's,

Anna Gunn

's and

Natasha Lyonne

. I must say though, there were not many dresses I disliked this year. At least from what I saw, most people dressed up great, and those who didn't, just looked plain, but rarely outrageously terrible.

So what were some of your favorite looks? Do you like the ones I picked? Let me know in the comments below. I'm interested to see what you guys have to say about the Emmy's red carpet fashion this year.

Love, 

Astrid

Stripe Garden

I don't often experiment with patterns, but on Monday I just had the urge to try my floral printed Gap jeans with my striped button-up. It was something my fashionista brain told me I just had to try. I was a bit scared to try this out because like I said I don't experiment much with patterns. Sure I love patterns on their own, but mixing and matching them is whole other ballgame. After years of wanting to take the risk and follow in other fashion lovers' footsteps(ahem, Ms. Lauren Conrad), I finally took told myself, "Why not?" and just did it.

Here are the results of my fashion moment:

This look is a perfect summer office outfit. I love that it's put together but still has a playful tone. I loved that it made me get out of my comfort zone and got me compliments at work!

Jeans:

Gap

|| Shirt:

HM

|| Shoes:

Target

The reason this pattern mix/match worked was that I made sure to choose similar colors in the patterns. This is like rule #1 in mixing patterns. I saw that the blue in my shirt was similar to the splashes of blue in the pants and both had white. Plus the lines in my shirt are actually much more subtle in person. I rolled the sleeves up to make it a bit more summer-y.

Glasses: 

Firmoo

As far as makeup goes, I left it pretty simple. I put Maybelline's 24-hour Color Tattoo cream shadow in Bold Gold on my lids, some of my Charlotte Ronson blush from her Shoshanna palette and my Pantone by Sephora lipstick in Tangerine Tango Dream.

I hope you liked this look and I look forward to showing you more of my personal style(and not just Polyvore sets LOL). How do you guys take on mixing patterns? Does it intimidate you or have you mastered it? Let me know in the comments below and share any tips that you may have! Also any leave any requests in what you want to see on the blog :)

And here is a fun picture that made it into the mix:

Love,

Astrid

Trendy Tuesday: Pump Up the Color!

Pump Up the Color

Pump Up the Color

by

astridstars

featuring

yellow pumps

Meant to publish this earlier, but got a major headache from the heat and adjusting to my new glasses(new prescription). Anyway, this post actually was inspired by two separate things that I came across over the weekend. The first thing to inspire this post is a tweet my friend Sally from 

Antiques & Coffee

 received after asking what people wanted to see on her blog. One follower responded by saying she was loving the powder blue mid heels. The other source of inspo was the most recent issue of People's Magazine that I read out of boredom while I was working over the holiday. It was on the coffee table and I wasn't quite ready for bed so I flipped through it and they had a feature on the colored pumps trend. Lightbulbs!

The tweet actually made me think of some light blue pumps I saw at Zara and was more of a reminder of how much I had coveted them when I saw them at the store. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry to find flats for the wedding/trip I was going on since Charlie so lovingly decided my other new flats were his new chew toy. He's lucky he is so cute. Anyway, now I'm obsessed with this trend. Obviously the light blue ones are my favorite, but I also love the other colors. I mean, what's more fun than adding color to a classic. I can just imagine the perfect outfit too: white t-shirt, jeans and a colorful pump. I'm in love :)

What do you think of this trend? Yay or nay? Let me know in the comments.

Also, let me know any trends you would like me to feature or any requests.

Love,

Astrid