Wednesday, December 31, 2008


2008 was a tough year on me, definitely a year filled with extremely hard work. I actually just came home from work (I spent my new years eve at work. I know, sad :[ ). What a fitting way to end 2008.

Hopefully 2009 will be a easier on lil ol me.

Happy new year everybody! :) Have a good one.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

happy holidays

Happy holidays everyone :) Eat, drink, shop and be merry.

Sorry for the lack of posting, but I've seemed to have lost my tripod camera connector thing. Let me just say that it is a bitch trying to take good pictures without a tripod. Hopefully I can scoop one up during post-christmas sales tomorrow.

<3 Val

source: fotodecadent

Friday, December 19, 2008

where the magic happens.

Changing it up a bit.

Pictures of my room, and a sneak preview of my closet.

I'm going to miss it when I go to college next year :(

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

dear santa

Seems like this blog is getting a bit redundant. Do you guys have any suggestions/input on what you'd like to see on this blog? Way open to suggestions :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

a study in black lace

Dress: 213, Tights: UO, Shoes: TJ maxx, Necklace: Soho street vendor, Half Slip: vintage

Still haven't decided if I liked this outfit yet, as it reminds me too much of Morticia Addams.

Also, my tights now have two gaping holes in them :( They got caught in one of the bolts in my chair in class. How sad. I'm going to try to salvage it somehow by trying to sew the holes shut.

Friday, December 12, 2008

i need new boots

Finally, the week is over. Unfortunately, the intense studying has rendered me sick :(

Because of this, I've been stuck at home online shopping all day. I really need some new boots that I can wear to death. I'm craving something simple, black and above-ankle-length (does that even make sense?).

The ones on above would be perfect, they're currently selling for $89 on zappos. However, they've seemed to have run out of size 7s :( :( :( Woe is me.

Perhaps this is a sign from the shopping gods?

P.S. I just bought an (hopefully) amazing topshop leather jacket that will be arriving any day now. I can grantee that my my life will be a little more complete after I get it.

Outfit post soon!

Monday, December 8, 2008


Shirt: AA, Belt: Thrifted, Leather Vest: Vintage, Jeans: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boots: Nine West, Necklace: NY Street Vendor

These next couple days are going to be horrible. I swear, all my teachers conspire to make all all major tests on the same three days. Got some major studying to do.

See you guys in a couple days :)

That is, if i make it back alive :(

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The suburban favorite + 6 unimportant things

Skirt, Hat: F21, Blouse: Club Monaco, Tights: UO, Belt: Uniqlo, Flats: Vintage Ferragamo, Bag: Vintage Chanel

I woke up 20 minutes late today. This outfit was composed in under 3 minutes. Bleary-eyed, I literally reached for whatever happened to be in my current line of sight. When I finally the chance to look at myself in the school bathroom, my first reaction was: "My god, I look like Blair Waldorf". Good thing I opted on wearing the ubiquitous f21 beanie instead of a waldorf-ish headband, less I look like a full blown gossip girl.

Not that looking like a gossip girl is a bad thing. I admit that one of the only reasons I was so fully captivated with the first season was because of the outrageously lavish clothing that the girls (and guys) got to wear. Sadly, I lost interest in the 2nd season 3 episodes in (though I heard it got really good lately).

I also got a ton of compliments on what I wore today, as opposed to the usual "uh, what are you wearing?/why are you wearing heels?/what in the hell happened to your shirt?!". Again, probably due to the gossip girl resemblance.

Anyway, I pulled these ferragamo flats out of the depths of my closet today. The soles are really worn and slippery. Whilst rushing up the stairs half asleep this morning in attempts to make it to my class on time, I managed to trip on the stairs.

Right in front of my ex.



I've been tagged by The Stylish Wanderer to divulge to you 6 unimportant things that make me happy. This should be interesting.

Shout out those who tagged you.
List 6 unimportant things that make you happy.
State the rules and tag 5 other blogs.
Leave a comment letting the 5 blogs know they have been tagged.

1. I'm obsessed with (microwavable) white castle cheeseburgers. I've never tasted an actual white castle burger though. And I live in New Jersey.

2. I think like this song way too much to be a self-respecting non pre-teen. I also think it's really funny how they had to change the lyrics from "kiss me" to "hold me" to make it more PG. Oh Disney.

3. I like honking/freaking out/road raging at people when they do something dangerous/potentially life threatening on the road (ie. If they dangerously cut me off). It gives me some kind of sick satisfaction/valediction, like "HA, you suck as a driver because you just tried to kill the both of us". I probably won't be laughing when I get into an accident though.

4. I like any and every form of asian noodle. You name it, I like it (pho, udon, jajamyun, pad thai, chow fun, lomain, etc)

5. Shopping online and then getting packages in the mail.

6. Cold Pillows. I hate warm/hot pillows.

pictures via google

I tag: Jen, Jaime, Starr, Susie, Gala and whoever else is interested :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Sorry for the horrible picture quality. I really need to get some better lighting my room.

Coat: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Belt, dress: Forever 21, Tights: UO, Bag: Chanel, Sweater: AA

I'm pretty sure I'm in a fashion rut. It seems like I hate all the clothes in my closet right now. :(

This is probably due to that I've been spending all my time freaking out about college (yes, I'm one of those types). Most of my time online has been spent on college confidential (a college forum where the equally collegiate neurotic go). If you guys haven't noticed yet, I'm really loserish and not cool. At all.

As if that wasn't bad enough, most of my time offline has been wasted reading Twilight (I got suckered into it). I told myself that I wouldn't get into the whole twilight fad because I just thought the whole concept was pretty ridiculous. But alas, the 17-year old fan girl inside of me could not resist.

Santa, can I have a vampire boyfriend for christmas. Pretty please?

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Just got back from an extremely awesome-filled thanksgiving weekend composed of my favorite things: friends, family, good food and cute animals.

Stuck pretty well with my shopping ban, I only bought one thing while I was in the city (and H&M blazer for %50 off). I did receive a whole lot of goodies from my grandmother though (she gives me tons of her old clothing and jewlery from when she was younger). The gifts this time included an amazingly soft faux fur jacket, and gorgeous cocktail ring and a pretty necklace. Will show them in the next post.

I also had the chance to see the one republic concert while they were in NYC. Though I wasn't really a fan of them before the concert (I only went because my friend had an extra ticket, and the Hush Sound was opening for them (I'm kind of obsessed with them)) I must admit that they were awesome live. We were also thisclose to them. Pretty cool.

PS. I (reluctantly) got a haircut. I miss my long hair, but the ends were getting way too damaged/dry/split-endish. I feel slightly less feminine. :(

Shirt: DIY hanes, Lame Leggins: AA, Hat: F21, Shoes: TJ maxx, Purse: Chanel

Hope everybody had a good weekend! Happy belated thanksgiving :]

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I'll be gone for a few days. Going to NYC to spend some time with family and friends for thanksgiving.

I'm trying to save up for a kickass leather jacket. However, I'm sure new purchases are going to be inevitable.

I'm in a rush, so I'll leave you guys with some pictures of my (and everybody else on the blogsphere's) new girl favorite girl crush.

I really wish I was in california right now.

Photos: Cobrasnake

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Coat: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Skirt, shirt: AA, Belt, Blazer: F21, Tights: UO, Shoes: TJ maxx

It's so damn cold in new jerseys. Like, upper 20s. I'm serious.

The coat is pretty warm. It's one size fits all, so it's pretty big on me. Looking for some perfect elbow length (cashmere?) opera gloves to wear with them once it gets colder (if that's possible).

Looking forward to some warmer weather (high of 48 later this week. YES). I go on way too much.

P.S. Only 4 days until the Mongolian lamb fur vest and H&M leather jacket end. The doc martens have been sold, and will be making their way to their new owner in California shortly :)

Friday, November 21, 2008

stuff for sale :)

New M x MJ coat I bought for super cheap (it's actually a cape/poncho). Broke my shopping ban, oops. :(

I really need better lighting.

On a side note, I'm selling my doc martens, white fuzzy vest (you can see them in earlier posts) as well as my H&M leather jacket on ebay. Go check them out if you're interested! I ship internationally :]

go here for
Doc Martens (size 6-7)
Mongolian lamb fur vest
H&M leather jacket

Saturday, November 15, 2008

coming soon.

If you were readers of my old blog, I'm sure you all know that I had intentions of creating an online store. I kept postponing the launch date because 1) i'm so incredibly busy and 2) i got kind of lazy :x

Not to fear. I'm hoping to launch the site within the month (I promise, forreal this time!).

i feel like the boy who cried wolf.

Here are some looks in the lookbook, modeled by a friend.

A definitive launch date is to be announced soon. Stay tuned! :]

ps. I've made a decision about the bal. I think I'm going to hold up on buying one until next april-june ish, perhaps as a birthday/graduation present for myself. Thank you guys so much for your input, I really appreciate it :D

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

the balenciaga question

Ever since I could remember, I've always wanted a Balenciaga bag. To me, it's the perfect balance of grunge/ rock and roll and chicness.

Asking my parents to buy me it would be absolutely out of the question (in fact, I feel guilty asking my parents to buy me anything other than food/school related things). However, now that I've started working, I'll be able to buy it myself.

The price is pretty hefty, $1,095.00 to be exact. To most people, that might not be a lot of money, but to a 17 year old student that's a LOT (about two months worth of paychecks). This money could go to a lot of better things, like say for instance a new macbook or like, uh COLLEGE.

So what do you guys think? Should I buy it? Do you think it has reached the iconic "timeless bag" title, or do you think I'll regret purchasing it (if I do) ten years from now? Is the "it" bag dead?

Ah. What should I do?

Monday, November 10, 2008


I know my pictures have been complete crap lately. I blame this entirely on bad lighting (damn you daylight savings :| ) and my utter lack of photography skills. Because I had no work today, I decided to go around my house in search of better lighting. All efforts were completely trumped, and I ended up taking pictures of my cat (who is a billion times cuter and more photogenic).

The second picture originally came out pitch dark. Since it was the only full-length picture I had, I decided to lighten it in photoshop, hence the horrendous quality.

Shirt: AA, Necklace/Rosary Beads: Don't remember, Skirt: F21, Belt: Thrifted, Tights: UO, Shoes: TJ maxx oxford heels

Yes, I am sitting on top of a washing machine. Yes, those are bras. No, they're not mine.

She's a hoot, I swear.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

mixed media

Friend #1 Reaction: You look like an Olsen twin gone horribly, horribly wrong.
Friend #2 Reaction: Actually, I think you look more like a pimped out yeti today.

I love my friends.

Vest: Ebay, Sequined Shirt: Vintage, Triblend Sweater/Lame Leggings/Bag: AA, Boots: Nine West

Today's outfit was inspired by the rebel chic editorial in Harper Bazzar UK's nov 08 issue.

Mmm. So good. Need me a beanie like that.

P.S. I'm going on a shopping ban until the year is over (which, technically is 2 months. But that's a long time for me. Ha.). Let's see how this turns out.