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Love Life Swagger

December 31st, 2012

Thank you Love Life Swagger for the neat Cleo t-shirt swag! I managed to fit in a men’s size medium just fine by tucking the shirt in my favorite pair of high-waisted jeans and a nice, thick, cozy shawl. I thought I’d rock the 90s grunge with a graphic shirt like this, with a bit of plaid here, “mom jeans” there, chipped red nail polish (not planned), and some a la Dr. Martens shoes. Speaking of, I need to take photos of the awesome shoes I am wearing, because I cannot for the life of me figure out who made them.

Don’t let the outfit fool you. It was FREEZING outside, and I forgot that I had a coat with me all along (which I had left at the house I visited). The coat didn’t quite match with what I was wearing, so I basically was a fashion fool by just totally abandoning the coat for the sake of style. I’ve been like this since I was a child. I’m sorry mother. The t-shirt is sort of see-through and light, so you may not want to wear this in the winter like I am. I have inside a tank top for extra layering and also to just cover up the obviously bright aqua I had on underneath :-/

P.S. The shirt may look “dirty” at first, because it does have that grunge-ness to it. Rob did point that out! Anyway, do check out what other stuff you might like to see at Love Life Swagger. I personally was curious about the panda sweatshirt myself.

So 2013 is just around the corner. There are just some things I am set to change about myself and this blog. First of all, I have decided to change the name of this blog from “à la Modest” to “à la Mode St.” so I can keep the domain name without having to live up to a certain “high” standard that I had set for myself to follow but proven to have failed time and time again. I will not abandon my beliefs, but I just cannot associate myself with a name I cannot live up to all the time and  subsequently affecting all others who associate with me. I am perfectly flawed, and I am nothing without what I believe in (which I have so been struggling with of late. 2012 has been really tough on me and Rob). More on that in another post, however…

Any out of the ordinary plans for New Year’s eve? What do you set to change about yourself?


Barns & The Noble

December 27th, 2012

alamodestIt was really pretty out the past couple of days with the exception of the wind. I wouldn’t have had to wear a coat without it. I was going to wear a hat to match my outfit, but I quickly realized that that was a terrible idea. I’ve had one of my favorite childhood watches (Baby G) get flushed down the toilet once (among other things), and I am not going to lose a hat (to the sky toilet) today. alamodest
Though (right now) the weather is frightful, I hope your Christmas was delightful! Before you go, do check out Cameron Miquelon’s 2012 closeout post featuring some of the coolest bloggers. ;-)


Bag: Guess – Shirt: vintage (need to do more research) – Makeup: Estee Lauder – Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Saphira Clothing

December 24th, 2012

String Sleeve Pleather JacketCone Stud Earrings

Care to do some last minute online Christmas shopping? Here are two of my faves from Saphira Clothing, who is currently having a 20% off sale sitewide for the holidays (code: Extra20) and free shipping over $50. I personally like their jewelry selection the best.I love the cute bow jewel earrings and chunky bangles. The cone earrings above are a quite edgy and stunning too. The string sleeve pleather jacket is a cross between medieval and futuristic. I’ve always wanted a leather jacket with ridges or spikes on my arms and shoulders like King Koopa.

Merzost’s Kawaii Dresses

December 22nd, 2012


L-R:  – Daisy Ribbon DressJessica Work DressAngela Mesh DressVictoria Colorblock Dress - Chelsea Crochet TopElise Babydoll Dress

Not too long ago I reviewed a “wholesale” handbag site. Today, I’m introducing you to an online clothing store called Merzost, my newest sponsor, that has wholesale prices (you can buy items individually) on cute Korean-type clothes and shoes. They have dresses as cute as ModCloth’s but with prices mostly under $30. Beat that. I think you can agree that everyone’s on a budget (especially this Christmas!).

Though some of these dresses may be a tad too short for some of the taller gals, you can always use these dresses like a tunic. I like to wear mine with leggings and just go nuts with the layering for winter styling.


Shoe Porn: Are you addicted?

December 21st, 2012


L-R: Clarks Desert Boot in Union JackEric Michael KirstenFergie NickieFrye Carson Ballet

I’ve seen “shoe porn” used in titles of collages filled with beautiful shoes (made a few myself), and I’ve even seen people use it as a hash tag to share their love for shoes with other enthusiasts. At last, there is a web store that is called just that. By the looks of it, it might be a start up, but they’ve already got a good amount of eye candy up. Above are just a few of the pairs I was drooling over earlier today. All just gorgeous, aren’t they? I have yet to see this turn into a Pinterest shopping site of some sort purely for shoe lovers.

Perhaps it’s wrong to make fun of the actual addiction to porn, but I just can’t resist the idea of Shoe Porn. One of my friends’ moms asked me what my vice was. I looked at her funny and asked, “what do you mean?” She said, “you know, some women are into shoes, clothes, bags…” I told her I was mostly into shoes. She gave me a grin back and said, “I thought so.”

Are shoes YOUR #1 fashion vice?

me I really have not worn sneakers in forever. I just love that these are maroon and are wedged. I’d been looking for a pair like these to match with a seemingly office-type outfit to break the monotony of a dull, foggy December. me3

So Christmas is only 5 days away.  I’ve been getting into the habit of asking people for what they want instead of just coming up with something, and that method has worked really well for me. I’ve learned to act this way because of my sister-in-law. She used to ask me what I wanted, and her presents (obviously) were always my favorite.

If you prefer surprises, this could still work by having people give you something in the same category or style of presents. I met up with two of my closest friends last weekend. One of them asked for a gift card from Macy’s to help pay for her favorite fragrance; and the other, after much coaxing, eventually asked for something “girly like a cross body bag so (she) could look like a lady.” I told the first friend that I probably couldn’t give her the full amount to pay for her perfume, but I did end up getting her a purse-sized version of the perfume instead. She didn’t expect it, so her reaction was definitely priceless. When the present is genuinely appreciated, both the giver and the receiver equally benefit. I don’t think I did a very good job getting my other friend exactly the girly thing she asked for, but I think it’s because it’s a lot easier to work with specifics! I got her a cross body bag from Aigner, because she did say something like it. Either way, it was a lot of fun just seeing them!

A good way to determine what things the “giftee” would like is to look at their social accounts for clues. Today, we are not limited to just Facebook—there’s Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, among other things. You could also have someone send you their online store (such as Amazon.com) wishlist or post one yourself.

Speaking of Macy’s, apply for a Macy’s card if you haven’t! It’s so worth it. You gets tons of benefits (freebies and discounts), and also you can opt to donate to charity. A lot of the things I am giving as presents are practically free with my Macy’s card.


salmon nail polish (and other pastels) – long sweater with a dog (or cat/horse/galaxy) print, nude matte pumps, and lots of sweater dresses (matched with different colored microfiber tights for the cold)

Above are just a few of the things I’ve been wanting myself. I usually just end up purchasing what I want, because I do rarely say what I want from people. I really should try to be a bit bolder this time around, so I can cut my costs on things I will be buying for myself anyway!

What do you really want for Christmas? By this, I mean the season of commercialism and gift giving. Jesus will remain in my heart all year long.


I’m sure as avid online shoppers, you are always looking for a deal online, but it’s very hard to find prices that match prices as low as flea markets’.  I stumbled upon “wholesale” fashion sites  awhile back, and I was always skeptical about them. First of all, a lot of them sell replica designer stuff. I wouldn’t recommend them for that reason. However, some sell “designer-inspired” or just trendy fashion items (mostly from China handbags) for rock bottom prices. These bags are distributed in places like Walmart or eBay and are completely legal. Still with that in mind, I was hesitant. I was until I saw one of my favorite people online buy most of her clothes from wholesale Japanese or Korean online shops. That sure did get me curious, but I have yet to try buying from a trusted source.

Slotanna is one of my sponsors who sells cheap handbags wholesale. I posted some of my favorites on here. You don’t have to buy more than one to get a good deal. The wholesale price still applies for one purchase. Of course, the more you buy, the bigger the discount. This is how these wholesale websites usually go. Perhaps you’d like to try buying from one, and let me know about your experience!

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