Saturday, August 14, 2010

Romp, Stomp, Ruffle 'Em Up

Hello lovelies! Finally back with an outfit post. This is a variation on what I wore on my Balboa Park excursions but I changed up the shoes and added more jewelry. My parents located their old tripod for me and this baby is the magical wonder. It can climb up to probably 6 feet tall and twist in any direction and it stays still. Good tripod *gives it a treat* : )

In the last few weeks of summer vacation, I have had pretty busy days. This makes me very happy, starkly contrasting the boring doldrums that was studying all summer. While cleaning out boxes of my old high school things, I stared long and hard at notes in my tiny then-neat handwriting, filling up pages and pages of knowledge. I just simply couldn't remember a lot of the material and was surprised that I had even covered certain topics on the MCAT during my AP classes of college courses. My memory isn't what it used to be it seems. Maybe the human brain just chooses what it wants to remember and what it doesn't. I'd love if it left a memo or at least let me okay what to remember and what not to. That would be awesome. I felt really sad that I had lost all this accumulated knowledge to the open air, and as I tore out all the pages and tossed them in the recycling bin, I felt lighter because the need to remember is gone with the wind.

This outfit was inspired by wanting to play and romp around to the fullest in this intervening time. Moving to a new place with my family (across town, not 3000 miles this time) involved lots of packing, unpacking, reorganizing, and still isn't finished. My plan on going out every day to explore has been diverted to staying in and rediscovering a lot of things about my past and smiling at little treasures I unbox. In the dying light of the summer sun, I step outside to jump as high as I can in heels and to snap shots until they suit my taste. Yes, the new neighbors stared from their windows with even more curiosity than those before.

A strange thing about this romper was that I bought it at the Mega-F21 in Escondido, but its label says "Better B." What company is that and why is Forever 21 selling their clothes inside their stores? Oddity. They ran out of Smalls so I was forced to purchase a Medium and became crestfallen as I pulled it on. It was shapeless, hanging way low on my chest, and too puffy. Then my mom helped me tighten the straps nearly all the way and it fit better. However, the puffiness is still there, especially in the back, but it fits all right. I found myself pulling down a lot because the shorts feel too short. The material is very thin and there is a waist tie string that doesn't do that much. Also, there are 2 handy pockets that held my cell for convenient access the entire time I was exploring. For $17.80, this piece is a keeper despite being so ill-fitting in places. This qualifies for a petite "don't" for sure.

When I went to Balboa Park, I wore white strap sandals. However, they made me look stunted. This is why I don't think petites should wear rompers - the wrong style could shorten the torso even more. However, since the bottom part was so short, I instead paired the romper with pumps to elongate my legs and there is a huge difference made. Petite no-no turned into petite yes!

Last but not least, the ruffle detail on the romper matches my white purse, so I decided to include it in the outfit. It also held all my wonderful goodies at the park but I managed to spill some Starbucks Frappuccino in it D: At last I have my navy blue romper. Such a great stay-cool-in-the-summer-heat piece. I only wish I could have redeemed that Akira Chicago light blue floral one from Chictopia because it was so pretty. I'm still not terribly in love with rompers because I think they do look best on super-tall people and I'd much prefer a nice dress or separates for better fit.

Wearing
Navy blue ruffle romper, F21 (Better B.) size M
Hummingbird gold necklace, Chictopia Rewards
White ruffle bag, Claire's
Fioni black cutout pumps, Payless size 5
White and wood bracelets, H&M
Mosaic ring, Claire's
White bow ring, F21

Trying out backgrounds: #1 Garage Door. Too much variability depending on time of day. Creates ugly shadows and shade so this is a no-go.

As the late afternoon progresses, the shadows start to eat me
#2 Street view. Lots of cars, and focus on the sky makes the image dark. Getting there - shade is often the easiest to photograph in and then brighten
Jumping suits me : ) My fave of the bunch
#3 Towards my neighbor's garages. Perfect. Just enough shade to capture the colours correctly and not create ugly shadows. Yay! They're probably intensely creeped out by my taking pictures facing their houses hahaha. I really, really miss those white stairs though from the apartments. Nothing beats a blank clean background.
 
 

Spinning fast in heels for the camera is very difficult
♥ summer
 Nitty gritty details
This necklace is inspired by all the hummingbirds and pretty little animals at Balboa Park. The Mosaic ring above makes me think of museums and stained glass windows.
Size 5 pumps are even a little too big for me grrrr. These Fioni black cutout pumps go with absolutely anything
See how stunted I look without heels? This is why petites should be wary while wearing rompers. I'm dwarfed by the super high ceilings. If I could design like the buildings in Balboa Park, I would die from happiness. Architecture is truly a secret passion of mine.
My new baby
I hope you enjoyed my romp around the block. What are you doing for the rest of your summer? I hope it's plenty of fun in the sun :D I'm looking forward to taking pictures for another outfit tomorrow now that I have a sweet tripod, I don't have to fear the wind blowing over my teetering mini-pod and knocking it into oblivion. However, the lack of a blank background is frustrating. I will go on an adventure and snoop out a new spot. For now I need some beauty sleep after moving so many heavy things and slaving over boxes all day. Enjoy your weekend, loves!

31 comments:

PetiteXXS August 14, 2010 at 5:17 AM   said...

I think summer really agrees with you because you're looking more and more adorable in your pics! :) The romper is really cute too. I wish I was fearless enough to take pics outside!

Princess Feef August 14, 2010 at 5:33 AM   said...

super pretty <3

love the romper <3

and the colored ring ,, and everything ,, so pretty =D hugs

seejanerun August 14, 2010 at 5:37 AM   said...

i really love the simplicity of the look!
my fav pic was the spinning one :D

Vincent August 14, 2010 at 6:03 AM   said...

Are you jumping on heels!!?

ARA August 14, 2010 at 6:07 AM   said...

lovely outfit. I love your romper and white bag.xx

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Thanh Thao タンタオ August 14, 2010 at 7:11 AM   said...

Wow, very pretty pictures, Angie! :-)) I specially love the cool accessoiries <333

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MsHark August 14, 2010 at 8:08 AM   said...

1. you look completely gorgeous!
2. I love the romper on you, & that romper in general is super cute
3. Memory is definitely selective! :)

Steph

Sydney at PetiteGorgeous August 14, 2010 at 8:18 AM   said...

Those pumps are very pretty. Where did you get them? Such happy faces you got :).

PetiteAsianGirl August 14, 2010 at 8:48 AM   said...

Wow I love love this romper on you and all the accessories! The length is just right on you and the ruffles are so pretty.

PetiteLittleGirl August 14, 2010 at 9:14 AM   said...

I saw this romper at store and didn't even think to try it on. It looks lovely on you. You're super cute and adorable. I love tripod. My Dad got me one too. Who has time to take pictures for me anyway? I have to take care of myself :)

amanda August 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM   said...

such nice shoes! i love the romper too :3

Ashley August 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM   said...

Yay for the new tripod!!! Wow that romper looks fab on you! Cutest jump shots ever!

Nic Nic August 14, 2010 at 11:44 AM   said...

you look so cute in a romper, love the jumping pics XD

Hanna August 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM   said...

I'm pretty impressed that all you did was tighten up the straps and it fits really well!

Ping August 14, 2010 at 12:25 PM   said...

Angie! You romper is so cute and I like that blue color a lot. You look super tall too. There's one at F21 that I'm contemplating about getting and its blue too....but I probably wouldn't wear it until I go somewhere warm. :(

Ken August 14, 2010 at 2:32 PM   said...

the pendants are really nice~

how much is ur new tripod?

SLF August 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM   said...

lovely photos!

Alan Li August 14, 2010 at 7:49 PM   said...

Haha the romper looks adorable! I hope you didn't fall when you took those jumping pictures though. Haha, you must be pretty pro in heels if you didn't fall

carizzachua August 14, 2010 at 9:25 PM   said...

you look great with that romper! be careful jumping with those heels!

bubblistyle August 14, 2010 at 11:19 PM   said...

oh my gosh you have amazing style!! am so glad i stumbled upon your blog! haha i like jumping too and your accessories and purse is gorgeous! your outfit posts definitely inspired me!! :D you have a fantastic blog and i am now following!! please stop by my blog when you have the chance and i hope you follow me too!
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Mariko Jessica August 15, 2010 at 12:17 AM   said...

Yaa.. i want to hug you Angie.. you are always just too cute hehe

i wish i have that courage to take pictures outside.. I get shy whenever I ask for a solo shot then the people would go staring at you LOL thats why I always have lame outfit pictures hahaha..

~KawaiiParadise~ August 15, 2010 at 2:59 AM   said...

seemly adorable. LOVE YOUR SHOE *take it and run* lolz.
~XOXO Charlotte

Becky August 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM   said...

Great pics! I love your outfit (^_^)

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Pop Champagne August 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM   said...

Your outfit is totally adorable. And that ruffle bag is so cute, great addition to the outfit! I quite like the color of your garage door, it gives a nice contrast to the outfit :)

Really Petite August 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM   said...

This is my fav outfit on you so far! The color looks great on you!!!!

You just got the tripod- that's next on my list! :)

Hyuna August 15, 2010 at 8:25 PM   said...

I lovee your outfit here! I want a romper like that, soo cute!

Diya August 15, 2010 at 11:12 PM   said...

gorgeous romper! love your cute jumping pics btw...


and thanks for the super sweet comment :) totally getting me to keep blogging.

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Dolce♥Bunny August 15, 2010 at 11:26 PM   said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!
You're so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute >< You make me just want to go out there and try new clothes! I really like your romp! It's so cute cute ^^

Kristy August 16, 2010 at 2:44 PM   said...

I don't think the romper is ill-fitting AT ALL! I actually love how it's the perfect blend of looseness and feminine details (aka. the ruffles) :) To sum up: GREAT BUY! (and thanks mom for pulling the straps a little bit :p)

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MayClover August 16, 2010 at 3:56 PM   said...

Really like these photos! you're so glamorous ;)

Nice tripod!

Oreleona August 21, 2010 at 2:08 AM   said...

i love these photos and the tripod is niiicee!!

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