Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ah! Hi!

Oh my goodness. I am having a terrible time keeping up with this blog since starting my job! I am really going to have to start putting a better effort forth to keep content regular.

Anyway, here's a new post! This outfit is based off of a couple items I've recently picked up for myself. The lace shirt and jeans I nabbed at Charlotte Russe for less than what they are on the web! They currently have lace tops (long sleeve, short sleeve and tanks) available at two for $20. I picked up the one shown, and a dark blue tank top. I listed it here at full price since that's the deal. The jeans are full price on the website, but I found them on the clearance rack at my local store. The clearance rack that day was buy one get one free! I bought a pair of pleated and slightly cropped slacks and these jeans for $14.99. That is what I consider a deal.

Top: Charlotte Russe
Cardigan: Forever21
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Delia's
Earrings: Ice Blues at Etsy

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Splurge

This week's Sunday Splurge doesn't come from Etsy! It comes from TOMS!

I haven't hopped on the TOMS train yet, but I might have to now that they have these super cute and casual wedges!
Canvas Wedges: TOMS

Thursday, August 26, 2010

In Her Natural Habitat

Look how awkward! I was multitasking. Nope. I'm not pretending to talk on my phone, I'm talking to my best friend of many years who lives oh so far away. Yes. I'm wearing that hat again. It's just too easy; I don't have to do anything special to my hair if I wear that hat. Yes. I'm wearing those sandals again. These are reasons why I couldn't do a daily outfit blog; I don't have nearly enough clothing and shoes to make it interesting! But guess what, that tank is new!
Hat: Dorfman Pacific Co. at Pavilion's, $12.99
Black Cami: Kohl's, $6.99, $3.99
Ruched Ankle Leggings: Kohl's, $19.99, $12.99
Tank: Macy's, $24.99, $12.50, $6.25
Sandals: Ross, $12.99
Bracelet: Forever21, $5.90

Grand Total: $55.11

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Classic Red & Leopard

Red and Leopard are old, old friends. Red and Leopard go way back. I still love the class combination of red shoes with leopard print clothing. Both this skirt and the red platform wedges are super fabulous. The ruffles on the tank and the shoes was totally an accident. It may or may not be overkill, but I decided to keep it. The necklace fit into what I had left of my budget and kind of pays homage to sexy librarians.
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: Spiegel
Necklace: Forever21
Shoes: ModCloth

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Splurge

Uhm, are these amazing or what? I would sip wine out of these all night. I'd go out to restaurants and take these with me! Mary Elizabeth paints gorgeous designs on everything from glassware to housewares to ceramics and ornaments. She does many different designs, but the peacock feathers are my favorite!
Set of Two Peacock Wine Glasses: Mary Elizabeth Arts at Etsy

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Little Bit Fancy

Summer finally hit us hard in SoCal this week. The recent heatwave inspired this kinda fancy/kinda casual look.
Dress: American Eagle
Necklace: White Owl at Etsy
Hair Pin: Sumiko Shop at Etsy
Shoes: Piperlime

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stock Up On: Paper Products

No, not those paper products. These paper products! Check out these fun jewelry items made out of paper.
Necklace: Lena Sekine at Etsy
Earrings: Paper Demon Jewelry at Etsy
Ring: Blush Envy at Etsy
Bracelet: Squishy Sushi at Etsy

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hello, Purple

This outfit is pretty outrageous, I'll be the first to admit it, but there's something I love about it. Maybe it's the inner-wannabe-rockstar in me that wishes I could just wear this to the grocery store to buy some slaw at the deli.

In completely unrelated news, I've started a new job so posting might be thin for a while until I can get comfortable with my schedule!

Jacket: Overstock.com
Tank: Kohl's
Shorts: Forever21
Tights: Asos
Shoes: Target
Bracelets: Forever21

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday Splurge

How about this super-luxe looking necklace for a Sunday Splurge? It's from Blossom Shop where Karin creates new items out of vintage components. This one, in particular, features a gorgeous pink flower complimented by gold chain and pink quartz and glass beads.
Camellia Necklace: Blossom Shop at Etsy

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hundy & Undy Has a New Sponsor!

Please welcome SquackDoodle to the Hundy&Undy family! They sell handmade fun stuffs for your house including mustache mugs, clocks made of embroidery hoops, clever chalkboards and way, way more. Please check them out!
Mustache Clock, $22
Upcycled Sparrow Cake Stand, $15
Odd Duck Out Message Boad, $15
Mustache Mug, $8

In Her Natural Habitat

Okay, so this week's Habitat post is a little more literal than the past Habitat posts. It's also much less of an outfit post. I threw on my usual Kohl's jeans, as seen previously, and a tank top that appears to be falling apart at the seams there. I didn't notice that until now. It's an old tank, though, and I really only got dressed so I could do my walkable errands: i.e. buy more almond milk, a skinny caramel macchiato, pumpkin spice muffin from a bakery/cafe... and that hat! I found this faux-straw fedora at the grocery store for 13 bucks. I say faux-straw because the label says it's 100% paper, which I find pretty neat.

This is my first ride on the fedora train, even though they've been hanging around for a while. I think I like it on me. It'll be nice to have something ready for those days when my hair won't cooperate.
Hat: Dorfman Pacific Co. at Pavilion's, $12.99
Tank: Too old to remember or count for cost...
Jeans: Kohl's, $34.99 (on sale)
Sandals: Ross, $12.99
Toe Nail Polish, for kicks: CVS, Carnivale Grape by Borghese, $7.99

Grand Total: $68.96

Here's an afterthought shot from the next day in a similar outfit, except different jeans and tank. It was conceived from boredom and Photoshop. Hope you like it. hehe

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chambray and Chiffon, Among Other Things

I know I just featured chambray yesterday, but I just couldn't resist the alliteration after coming across this chiffon tank. That cloche hat has the same sound, unfortunately it's not at the beginning of the word. Have you tried out a cloche hat? I used to have a couple years ago that I loved. I just love the shape of them and hats in general are really great for those days when your hair just won't cooperate.
Tank: Tilly's
Belt: Buckle
Skirt: Alloy
Hat: Forever21
Cuff: Art of Spirit LeatherWorks at Etsy
Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Stock Up On: Circle Necklaces

I love circles, and I love these necklaces.
Sea Pottery Necklace: Link Design at Etsy
The Blue Planet Necklace: Strung Out Designs at Etsy
Copper Big Circle Necklace: Muse Glass at Etsy

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Looking Forward

... to fall, that is. We've still got at least a month or two of summer weather here in SoCal. Well, maybe. It's been a strange year for weather here! In any case, summer isn't over but I cannot wait to get into fall clothes.
Chambray Shirt: Old Navy
Leggings: Forever21
Scarf: Textile Monster at Etsy
Boots: GoJane

Vintage Industrial

I love old industrial items. It takes me back to when I was a kid, looking at some of the old things my dad had stashed in the garage like old tools that belonged to my grandfather. These metal drawers really take me back, though. They make me think of the old strong box my dad had tucked away in the closet. Every once in a while we'd pull it out and look through all of the old keepsakes he kept in there, which were also things that were my grandfather's. Things like medals and his varsity letter for running track in high school and newspaper clippings; things my father cherished that he wanted to share with me.

So now I'm sharing with you some of my favorite industrial style vintage items from Etsy!
Maple Syrup Bucket: Hindsvik at Etsy
Letterpress Bs: MonkiVintage at Etsy
File Drawers: Moxie Thrift at Etsy
Threaded Textile Spools: New Dominion Blues at Etsy

Monday, August 9, 2010

Take Monday Off

We've all been there. It's Sunday night and you've already got a bad case of the Mondays. Here's a good outfit for when it's bad enough to take a "mental health day". Take Monday off and go run errands, cruise the mall or sit outside at the cafe in town that you like.

Now, unrelated to Mondays... look at those shoes! Do you know why I love those shoes? It's because when I was 10, I had a pair of hi-top white canvas shoes with a layer of white lace on top of the canvas. The lace may or may not have been a little shimmery. The best part were the wide laces that were... well, lace! Those were my most favorite shoes of all time and these shoes instantly reminded me of them, and that's why I had to share them with you guys.
Shirt: Buckle
Jeans: Aeropostale
Necklace: Forever21
Shoes: TopShop

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Splurge

This is a set of 11, count'em, ELEVEN mix and match bracelets from Greenbelts. That's less than five bucks per bracelet! It's a fun set that you can wear all together or separately in lots of different combinations. Greenbelt creates all of their items from reclaimed leather belts, keeping them out of the landfills.
Set of Cuff Bracelets: Greenbelt at Etsy

Friday, August 6, 2010

Casual Friday

If I worked in an office that implemented "Casual Friday", I'd wear this. The jacket seems pretty necessary. Has anyone ever worked in an office that wasn't cold?

I actually have those shoes in black. They're super cute and a really nice suede-like texture. I wouldn't wear them if I'm going to be on my feet all day, but really cute for minimal-walking days.

Chiffon Dress: Aerie
Jacket: Forever21
Necklace: Fallen Angel Designs at Etsy
Shoes: Target

Oh! And in other news, I purchased a complete outfit as shown in one of my past posts! I've ordered it all online, and given that everything fits properly, I'll definitely be showing you guys. Any guesses as to which one I chose?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cheery and Vintage-y

Here are a few things that are kind of vintage in either their looks or components. They make me smile.
JOY Decor Letters: Mooza Designs at Etsy
Ceramic Owl Planter: Fruit Fly Pie at Etsy
Mini Flag Bunting: Olive Some Day at Etsy

In Her Natural Habitat

I am so happy to have found a pair of dark wash jeans that are completely solid. There's no whiskering at the tops of the thighs, there's no fake fading on the thighs or the butt. Just all one solid dark blue. Thank goodness. All of those fades and marks just make my thighs appear wider. These ones are perfectly dark and masking.

P.S. These are my favorite summer wedges! They come in black, but I wanted them to yell at people when I walk by.

Shirt: Macy's, $19.99
Tank (that you can't see): Kohl's, $4.99
Jeans: Macy's, $24.99
Shoes: G by Guess, $64.50 $34.95
Necklace (that you can't see): Images Under Glass at Etsy, $8.00
Sunglasses: Random cart at a shopping center, $6

Grand Total: $98.92

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stock Up On: Silver-Tone Rings

Here's a handful (HA!) of rings I found on Etsy that I love.

Ostentatious Ring: Untamed Menagerie at Etsy
Twisted Wire Ring: Fork Whisperer at Etsy
The Gift Ring: Fashionable Addictions at Etsy
Perfect Number 10 Ring: QA Create at Etsy

I'm a Loner, Dottie; a Rebel!

One might consider this ensemble a little... rebellious. Or maybe outrageous? I think it's fun.
Top: Buckle
Shorts: Forever21
Pocket Knife Necklace: Contrary at Etsy
Clogs: Go Jane
Nail Polish: Drugstore.com

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Li'l Monster Friends

There is an abundance of plush monsters on Etsy. Here are a few of my favorites.
Ricemon: Noodoll at Etsy
Big Marc Foo: Sighfoo at Etsy
Lou: MorningLori at Etsy
Gabriel the Plush Monster: The Jae Bird at Etsy

P is for Plaid, Pleats and Peep-Toe

I love the kind of correlation of this outfit. The shoes and the plaid are a little bit country western, yet the plaid and the military-inspired skirt have an idea of manual labor, all while staying pretty feminine. The bag, well, I just thought the color would look great next to the shirt and skirt!
Shirt: eVanity.com
Skirt: Forever21
Bag: Tippy Thai at Etsy
Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Monday, August 2, 2010

Friends for Your Desk

I love things like these. If I had a large and well-organized desk, I'd have so many fun things on it!
Paper Garden: My Bohemian Summer at Etsy
Perpetual Calendar: Queen Vanna Creations at Etsy
Felted Treasure Bowl: Shanineal at Etsy
Desktop Calendar: Ruff House Art at Etsy

Friday, July 30, 2010

Take a Bow in Bows

That's a little tricky for a title, huh? The bow details in this were kind of accidental, but I like it. Oh, and look! Hundy&Undy colors.
Dress: Forever21
Tights: ModCloth
Necklace: Fresh Metal Jewelry at Etsy
Shoes: Urban Original

Thursday, July 29, 2010

If You Like It, Then You Better Put Your Drink On It

Oh coasters, how I love thee. I have a bunch that are not nearly as fun as these and we rarely use them. That's the only reason I haven't stocked up on all the fun ones I find on Etsy all day.
Doily Coasters: Uncommon at Etsy
Scrabble Coasters: Avril Loreti at Etsy
Yours & Mine Coasters: Inbound Thread at Etsy
Mosaic Coasters: Ring Mosaics at Etsy
Felt Coasters: Felt Planet at Etsy

In Her Natural Habitat

My real life wardrobe is really struggling lately to stay relevant. Due to my frugality, I don't replace old pieces and pick up new clothes as often as I should in order to have a fully current and versatile wardrobe. I'm working to fix this without over-spending and feeling guilty for not using my money on, say, groceries.

That being said, I went shopping at Macy's on Sunday with my husband. I had a few key pieces in my head that I was looking for, then just had the goal of keeping and open mind and trying a lot of stuff on. I did try a lot of stuff on, but only left with three items. I would have stayed longer, but the husband was growing restless. Anyway, this dress is one of the things I found!

It's the first of it's kind (the skirt/tank top in one) that I've found that flatters me. The silk tiers are flitty and fun without adding too much bulk to my hips like some tiered skirts can. I added the belt over the elastic waist to help "clean it up" a bit and create a more smooth transition between the top and the bottom.

I wore this out to lunch on Monday with my dear husband, then back to a different Macy's afterward to see if I could find the pieces I couldn't find. Those are my $8 Aldo shoes, and they proved really comfortable while buzzing around the racks for an hour or two.
Dress: INC at Macy's, $89 $17.80
Shoes: Aldo, $100, $29.99, $8
Bracelet: Forever21, $5.90
Belt: Forever21, $7.90
Necklace: Hollygems at Etsy, $20

Grand Total: $59.60

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stock Up On Earrings

Add to your earring collection for under $100!

I have a pair of earrings from Lisa's Lovelies, like the ones shown on the bottom left, except that mine have a dark red bead. I love them and wear them often. They're small enough that the bead part hangs just below the bottom of my ear.

I've had those bone earrings from Tribal Style (upper right) in my favorites for a while now. I love that they give the look of stretched lobes without actually having to stretch your lobes.
Black Organic Teardrop Earrings: Blonde Chick Studio at Etsy
Nava Wings Organic Bone Earrings: Tribal Style at Etsy
Pretty Please Pearls Earrings: Lisa's Lovelies at Etsy
Czech Green Earrings: Lunahoo at Etsy

Finally, an Oxford!

I've finally put something together that has left me feeling confident about menswear-inspired oxfords for women. It's been something I wanted to feature, but every time I tried, it just wasn't working. This time I wasn't focusing on the shoe, but the outfit when the shoe just seemed to fit. (That pun was NOT intended!)
Bracelet: ERM Originals at Etsy
Shoes: Target
Tank: Bluenotes
Vest: Aerie
Jeans: Gap

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Why Can't My Home Have Facial Hair?

Who said it couldn't?
Stash Jar: The Secret 'Stache at Etsy
Mug Set: Uptown Avenue at Etsy
Clock: SquackDoodle at Etsy
Pillow: Louis by Amanda at Etsy

Circle Gets the Square

The focus of this post was going to be the maxi dress and natural accents... but then I noticed the circles! All of the circles... circle in the dress, circle earrings, circles bracelet... I should have looked for circle shoes, but maybe that would have been overkill. Probably not, but I really liked these wedges I found for this dress.
Dress: Pink Ice
Earrings: Teka & Zoe at Etsy
Bracelet: Element75 at Etsy
Shoes: Endless

Monday, July 26, 2010

Laundry Day

I used to hate doing laundry. I don't hate it quite as much anymore, since realizing that if I did it more often, it wouldn't be such a pain. Two loads at a time are much easier than five. I still don't prefer it, but these items might make laundry even more tolerable.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Vegan Laundry Detergent: Shower Treat Soap at Etsy
Wall Decal: Janey Mac at Etsy
Missing Sock Bucket: Inklore at Etsy
Wool Felted Dryer Balls: Clean Sypria at Etsy

Drab With A Kick

This is super casual. I want this outfit so I can wear it every Sunday. I can't get over the tie-dye boat shoes! I love them. The yellow tie-dye is only one option of the 15 options available, so check the link. They're all pretty fun.
Shirt: American Eagle
Shorts: Old Navy
Shoes: Endless
Bracelets: Wet Seal
Bag: Bluenotes

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Splurge

I came across these rings earlier this week on Etsy and just fell in love with them. It's a Sunday Splurge, but really, the price is great for a set of five made-to-order hammered sterling rings. I love the little birds on the wire detail.

This shop is really clever as well. It's called CameraSHY Photography and they offer different kinds of jewelry that feature photographs stating "If a photograph is worth a thousand words, why limit it wall decor?". I love it!
Stacking Rings: CameraSHY Photography at Etsy

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Winner Is...

It's time to announce the winner of the giveaway! This lucky person will receive the Vintage Love Paper Garland from MaraMay. It is 25 feet long and features papers in all different kinds of shapes, colors and patterns. It is definitely cheery. Are you ready? The winner is...

I don't have any other giveaways lined up at this time. If you or anyone you know would like to sponsor a giveaway, send an email to info@hundyandundy.com

Thursday, July 22, 2010

In Her Natural Habitat

So look! It's an outfit post! A real, look-at-me-in-my-outfit outfit post! This is my first one. It likely won't be a common occurrence, but I had to show you my shoes. My (essentially) $8 shoes finally came yesterday! I opened the package and saw the box; it had the original $100 price tag on it which made me smile. P.S. They're back down to $29.98!

I couldn't wait to test them out, so after my shower, I quickly put on pants and then my shoes. I wore them while I searched for the right top. Then I wore them while I did my hair. Then I wore them while I played with my necklace trying to get to to wrap just right. Then I wore them out to run errands! Do you want to know something? They're super comfortable and I love them. And as you can see by the picture, I also love Quaker Chewy bars. (I also forgot to turn down the ISO, so my picture is grainy. Oh well. I'm showing off my shoes, not my photography skillz.)
Shoes: Aldo, $8 out of pocket; technically $29.98 (see here)
Jeans: Kohl's, $34.99 (on sale)
White Tank: Old Navy, $3 (clearance)
Shimmery Gold Tank: Metropark, $15 (clearance)
Belt: Came with another pair of jeans, so freeee!
Necklace: Self made, materials cost $20
Bracelet: Forever21, $5.90
Chewy Bar: $0.25

Grand Total: $87.14

P.S. I'm getting my wisdom teeth out today! Wish me luck. I wish you all good luck in the MaraMay Paper Garland giveaway! It ends tonight at midnight. The winner will be announced tomorrow. I can't promise a time, but I'll get the announcement up as soon as I am capable of using a computer. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Understatement Necklaces

We all know the importance of a good statement necklace, but what about the understatement necklaces? Simple necklaces don't have to be boring. Here are a few you can add to your collection that are interesting without over-powering your decolletage.
Love Bird and Leaf Necklace: Delicacy J at Etsy
Freshwater Pearls Necklace: PoleStar at Etsy
Blue Briolette Necklace: Janie Liu at Etsy
Bubble Necklace: My Cellar Door at Etsy

Mixing and Mismatching Prints

I'm not sure why they call it "mixing and matching" when it really seems to imply mismatching. I still haven't come up with the styling cojones to mix and match prints in my own wardrobe, but here's one I threw together virtually. I'm still feeling a little self-conscious about it though!
Shirt: Forever21
Skirt: ModCloth
Shoes: Old Navy
Bracelet: The Vamoose at Etsy
Nail Polish: Charlotte Russe

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Fair is In Town

The OC Fair started this past weekend. I'm looking forward to going one of these days this summer. I will break my diet and have a funnel cake with Bavarian custard on top... among other things. This is my 8th year in California, and only last year did I actually go to the fair. Can you believe that? Who skips out on the fair?
Balloon Painting: Red Damask at Etsy
Flower Garland: Pretty Swell at Etsy
Photo Blocks: The Camera's Eye at Etsy

Monday, July 19, 2010

MaraMay Paper Garland Giveaway!

Back in May, I featured one of MaraMay's fun garlands in a post titled Party Pizazz. Her garlands are so bright and fun, so I was stoked when she inquired about giving one away here on Hundy&Undy!
Her garlands are so cute. They can be used for party decorations, like how I showed it off previously, or for all the time decorations. The possibilities are really endless. Just string them about anywhere you need a pop of color! Heck, you can even use them in crafts.
Now here is the one we're giving away. The winner of this giveaway will win the Vintage Love Paper Garland. It is 25 feet long and features papers in all different kinds of shapes, colors and patterns. It is definitely cheery.
There are a few different ways to enter. Please remember to leave a separate comment for each entry or else it will only count for one entry! Oh, and throw in your email addy, too, so we can get a hold of you if you are the winner. :)
  1. Follow MaraMay!
  2. Visit her shop, Sweet Things by MaraMay, and pick your favorite item and post it here!
  3. Become a fan of Hundy&Undy on Facebook!
  4. Post about this giveaway on your own blog, then post the link here!
The contest closes at Midnight on Thursday, July 22nd. The winner will be drawn at random on Friday, July 23rd to be posted later that day!

The Winner Is...

It's time to announce the winner of the very first Hundy & Undy giveaway! This lucky person will receive these three freshwater pearl stretchy bracelets from my own Etsy shop, Onama. Are you ready? The winner is...
Comeback later today for a new giveaway! It will be up at 12pm PST and you won't want to miss it!