Monday, December 17, 2012


Hey there, I moved to my own domain site! Kindly turn on your heel and hike your hiney outta here and over to See ya there!

XOXO, Babesicle

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Wheel Deal

Tank and jeans: LF // sweater: H&M // bandeau: Obey // boots: Forever 21

I chose today's outfit with a little help from a tool we all know from second grade art class -- the color wheel! After reading about how to use it to make various fool-proof color combinations, I finally decided to print it out and give it a try. I'm so glad I did because it makes getting dressed so much easier! No more guessing and blindly pairing things together using only your instincts. Psh, instincts. So overrated. :)

By choosing a triad -- which you find by choosing three hues equidistant from each other that form a triangle on the wheel -- of blue, red, and yellow, I created a cheery combination of primary colors that blew the cold wintery gloom away. Well, almost.

Now that I know what a color triad is, I'm noticing them everywhere: in fashion editorials, on the red carpet, in catalogs, even in my own closet. I've been mixing and matching different colored clothing in my closet, only to notice that some of my printed pieces already have triads within them!

Granted, this is probably something you learn in fashion school on day one, but it's been pretty mind blowing for me. I hope it helps you, too! I'm definitely going to experiment with other color wheel techniques using these tips from Lauren Conrad, and this tutorial from ACADEMIchic, but until then, try out a triad sometime this week!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Stud Muffin

Top and rings: NastyGal // knit shorts: LF // tights: random // boots: Urban Outfitters // bracelet: Urban Outfitters // nail polish: Sephora "S-age is Just a Number"

You know what I do a lot without even noticing it? Shoulder dance. So much so that people point it out. I'm tellin' you, they've got a mind of their own.

And you know what my sister and I get from our dad that makes us feel like linebackers sometimes? That's right, broad shoulders. So it only makes sense that I give that body part some love with this shoulderless blouse. I like that the cut-outs balance out the high-cut, covered up collar area and that the collar embellishment takes the place of a necklace and lights up the face.

However, the studs on the collar are a little Texas-y, no? I can imagine it paired with big hair; tight, high-waisted jeans; and cowboy boots for a very Selena look. I love Selena! But I'm not trying to look like her circa 1993. :) Hence pairing it with sweater-shorts and tights!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

It's All GOOD

Artist Danny Scheible crafted this center piece using masking tape and clothes hangers.

On Saturday I attended GOOD: Holiday Edition to shop and nibble my way around the local vendors and food trucks. The original GOOD: Street Food + Design Market was a monthly happening that spanned from June through November and was so successful that the organizers, Unseen Heroes, decided to succumb to the holiday demand and throw a special holiday version. 

I'm glad they did, because this one offered a hot toddy demonstration, new vendors, and tape artist Danny Scheible was available to talk about his unique tape cities which were recently featured at the California Museum.

Two of my favorite booths were there -- vintage clothing and jewelry hub Something Borrowed and Sacramento's trendy boutique, Heart. Something Borrowed's owner, Amy Sieffert was wearing a sparkly gold top, red lipstick, and a smile as she helped shoppers find the perfect vintage piece. Heart had an amazing assortment of spike rings and bangles as well as the hat I'm wearing below! Owner Vanessa Lopez was so nice to let me wear it for this outfit post. Now that I've tried it on, I kind of need it in my life. I love the extra Pamela Love vibe it gave my outfit.

One thing I did get however (that I actually need) was a camera strap from King's Tribe Clothing. I like the unique, homemade feel of it. It's sparkly blue with pink accents. I didn't get a picture of it, but some of their other clothing is pictured below.

For more on GOOD, check out the article I wrote about it for Sacramento Press.

Sweatshirt: Cuffs // Hat: Heart Boutique // cords: Alexa Chung for Madewell // boots: Steve Madden //purse: Reform School // earrings: gift // ring: NastyGal

Amy Sieffert of Something Borrowed had prime real estate up front.

Something Borrowed's delicate crystal jewelry.

Of course Heart owner Vanessa Lopez uses leopard tissue paper. :)

Andrew Calisterio giving a hot toddy demonstration.

I want this!! Although am I over-thinking it or is there a cruel vibe about it?

Tape artist Danny Scheible wearing one of his creations.

California girl sweatshirt (at least that's what I think it should be called) by King's Tribe.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Closet Case

'Sup, y'all. Today is a special day...... for I have arrived. Ha kidding, but I really am so excited to be featured in Erin Serchio's Closet Case series on her fashion/lifestyle blog, Bows and Sparrows, because I'm such a fan of her site! She does a great job of profiling the unique and fashionable ladies (and some guys too!) of Sacramento. Erin had me choose a few outfits to be photographed in, which I shimmied in and out of between takes while she shot my accessories. She was really fun to talk to and made me feel super comfortable within minutes. She was such a pro! See the whole feature here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sundress in November

Dress: LF // cardigan: H&M // coat: Madewell // tights: random // boots: Steve Madden

By adding dark tights and wintery layers, I transformed my favorite summer dress into a fall-worthy jumper. Woot woot! I like the idea of wearing a dress even when it's raining. As long as you have tights, you can make almost anything work! This pair, however, sprouted a hole midday. Yikes, the Courtney Love look is not right for this outfit. Oh well. :)

Here's a tip: wear longer sweaters and jackets (as opposed to cropped) with dresses for a balanced, more casual look. Since you're showing less of the dress, it's not taking center stage or making the outfit look too dressy. Plus, it's warmer!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Spiky Situation

Blouse: Alexa Chung by Madewell // jeans: LF // belt: Aldo // shoes: H&M // socks: Madewell // necklace: Urban Outfitters // rings: NastyGal

 By now you all know about my love affair with blush-colored clothing. One of the reasons I love this little whisper of a color is because it's best paired with unexpected, louder shades which, in this case, is cobalt blue. If blush is daintily dancing ballet, cobalt blue is all-out krumping.

The next pairing within this outfit is more standard, as studs and spikes are both in the hardcore, biker babe category. Put it all together and you've got an office-appropriate outfit that still embraces your inner tough chick. I'm so glad my job doesn't require a business attire dress code! Whew, that would be a tragedy.

Today my camera ran out of battery so these are taken with my iphone, which turned out okay except you can't see the little sheer pin dot pattern on my pink socks! These higher versions are similar and are very tempting!