Friday, April 29, 2011

Family Ties

Suggested by sachiiiii :

I was so happy to wear these items together. The dress is by far my favorite item from my closet. It's an unmarked, untagged vintage dress that my mom bought when she lived in Portugal in the early eighties. It is SUCH a timeless piece and the fabric doesn't fade or wrinkle or wear out. It's been almost 30 years since she purchased it, she wore it to death during her younger years and now I'm wearing it to death and it's STILL going strong! I may be able to pass it on to my daughter some day :) I absolutely love it though... I want to hang on to it for as long as I can.

The shoes also have a bit of a story to them. My aunts bought these shoes for me when I went to visit them in 2009. Ok, let me backtrack a little bit so you can understand the story a bit better:
Although I'm a citizen of Angola due to my parents being Angolan, I was actually born in Spain, raised in Mexico (lived there for a bit over 10 years) and then lived in the U.S. for 12 years. I just recently moved to Angola (almost 3 years ago) where I'm now living the fast-paced life of a working girl. I'm thoroughly enjoying getting to know my roots and being immersed in a culture I can finally completely claim as my own (instead of borrowed from my parents, lol).
One of my favorite things about living in Angola after a lifetime abroad is that I'm finally getting to meet all the relatives I didn't get to know growing up. I have a plethora of aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and -uncles, a grandmother, and extended family whom I previously only talked to via the phone or by email or IM, or who I only heard about through stories told by my parents. And in a lot of cases, I didn't even know some of the relatives I'm now close to existed! It's been such an amazing experience, so very gratifying, to finally get to meet all these people. It's so crazy to feel like my family unit has gone from a tight-knit 5-member group to a couple-of-hundred-member, ever-expanding group (I meet new relatives at every engagement, wedding, funeral, or any given family event). SOooo, what does all of this have to do with the shoes? Well, the shoes are my souvenir from my visit to finally meet my dad's oldest sister and one of his younger brothers who now live in France. Once I'd met all of my aunts and uncles, whom I had known only through stories all my life (it was sooo cool to put a face to the stories!) I took the first chance I got to go to France and meet them. They took me in with open arms, showed me around town, taught me a little bit of French (I'm a natural! or so they say... hahaha) and the aunts demonstrated their love of fashion by taking me on a shopping trip. I told them that I didn't have room to pack extra clothes on my way back, so they ended up insisting that I take at least one pair of shoes. My aunt chose this pair, and that's how I now own my very special french high heeled leather brown sandals that remind me of traveling and family and learning french and good food, and all of that stuff that makes life grand.

Whoo! I talk a lot. I should've probably started off with that. So be prepared if you plan on being a regular on this bloggy of mine :)

Anyways, Thanks sachiiiii for suggesting such a great outfit with so much meaning behind it!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Got Chocolate?

Suggested by Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy:

Today was a very chocolatey day: I wore a chocolate brown dress to compliment my chocolate-toned skin and nicely matching chocolate brown mary janes, and consumed a sinful amount of chocolate throughout the day. I'm not even exaggerating... it was so-very-sinful and decadent and delicious.
My coworkers decided to gift me with inordinate amounts of chocolate for my birthday yesterday, so I had no other choice than to enjoy the deliciousness that had been placed before me. I tried to pace myself, but being that today was one of those days when I snooze the alarm a few times too many, I had to rush to work without eating any breakfast. By midmorning, my stomach was growling something fierce, so I had to turn to the only source of sustenance at hand, my treasured chocolate which I had placed in my drawer when I had the presence of mind to only eat a little piece and put away the rest to be eaten in moderation (ha! so much for THAT plan...).
Oh well. We'll chuck that one up to a life or death situation and try again next time (Why yes, I COULD'VE died of hunger if I didn't scarf down all the chocolate in the universe that very second...).

Birthday Girl

Suggested by Tania of What Would a Nerd Wear :

I wore this outfit on Monday, which happened to be my birthday. It was very pretty and bright and happy and all the things that a birthday outfit should be. At one point during the day I had to change into flats and power-walk a few blocks to meet a friend with whom I'm working to organize a big event coming up this weekend, but other than that I was able to strut around the office in my bright colored shoes which managed to draw attention and a few compliments from my coworkers :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Technical Difficulties

Sorry I've been M.I.A. but my internet has been acting up for the last few days AND I'm currently camera-less...

I will rectify this situation and get back to building this awesome blog in no time flat!

See you on Monday!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tweedling Thumbs

I've been just tweedling my thumbs, waiting for someone to pass through here and leave an outfit suggestion. But while I did that, the hours were passing IRL, and I had to get dressed for work. My colleagues and boss would probably frown upon the idea of me showing up in my birthday suit... so I went ahead and took the liberty of choosing my own outfits for now. And I guess I will continue to do so until someone else finally decides to suggest something from all the wonderful options I posted previously.



So there you have it. In the meantime I'm trying to figure out ways to bring more traffic through this here site... because, seriously... it's been nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds...

Monday, April 18, 2011


How to suggest an outfit:

1. Browse through the options.

2. Make a selection.

3. State your selection via a comment. (ie. Top #4, Skirt #27, Belt #8, Shoes #7.)

4. Admire your creation! :)


So, turns out that I own WAAAYYY more clothing than I ever realized. I always feel like I have very few items, but once I started pulling them out one by one in order to photograph them, I realized what a huge undertaking this was! Fortunately I soon got the hang of it and flew through the rest of my closet. Everything has been photographed, cropped, numbered and posted for you to sort through on your quest to become the best virtual stylist in the interwebs!



Belts and Scarves