Hip to be #Shopping: Summery open shoulder blouses

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Guess what, ladies? It’s time to bare some shoulders. What you hidin’ them for? These are swelterin’ days and it ain’t gonna get cooler any time soon. So come on, bring out those poor suffocating shoulders and give ’em some air, will ya?

Floral Print Mesh Contrast Off Shoulder Blouse
Floral Print Mesh Contrast Off Shoulder Blouse

Hip2bMom’s Choice! This multi-colored floral print blouse is made for showing off those toned shoulders that have been hidden away for far too long. And while you’re at it, let that mesh top show off just a little more.

Whether it’s all year or just for those few magical months, those happy, bouncy gathers scream girlish fun and laughter. Pretty enough to be worn in the day and just peeky enough to be worn at night.

Butterfly Print Open Shoulder Blouse
Butterfly Print Open Shoulder Blouse

Keeping things simple is what this open shoulder blouse says to me. Let the pretty butterflies do all the talking as they flutter around those puffy sleeves so reminiscent of lanterns that flicker on the beach in the fading light. Save this top for a gorgeous day out.

Ruffle Sleeve Open Shoulder Floral Embroidered Blouse
Ruffle Sleeve Open Shoulder Floral Embroidered Blouse

Feeling like keeping things low-key? This blouse may seem plain and simple but it ain’t ordinary. Why? Because those embroidered red flowers bring just the right pop of attention to your day. And you just gotta love those cute ruffled sleeves with the cute ties.

Lace Contrast Open Shoulder Blouse
Lace Contrast Open Shoulder Blouse

Hip2bMom’s Choice! Feeling all bright and perky this morning? This is the perfect blouse for you – light pink and casual with enough pretty lace, gathers and puffs to lift your spirits up, up and away.

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Hip to be #Shopping: Lace tops for high tea

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Some days, you just feel girly and want to look pretty. And lace is both pretty and girly, don’t you think? So go ahead, go lace-y!

Set: Plain Camisole Top + Lace 3/4-Sleeve Top
Set: Plain Camisole Top + Lace 3/4-Sleeve Top

This beautiful bluish grey all-lace blouse features a plain camisole and three-quarter trumpet sleeves. Perfect for all occasions.

Set: Short-Sleeve Top + Spaghetti Strap Lace Top
Set: Short-Sleeve Top + Spaghetti Strap Lace Top

This cutesy combo of a short sleeved top and a contrasting strappy lace top is perfect for an afternoon out to high tea with your high school friends you haven’t seen in years.

Set: Plain Camisole Top + Lace Tank Top
Set: Plain Camisole Top + Lace Tank Top

This lace tank top is perfect for the changing of the seasons. It comes with a plain nude camisole to be worn inside. There are 2 earthy colors to choose from, take your pick.

Set: Hooded Light Jacket + Ruffled Camisole Top
Set: Hooded Light Jacket + Ruffled Camisole Top

Okay, this isn’t lace but it’s so cute I just had to throw it in. You can wear the ruffled camisole top on its own and throw on the light hooded jacket when it gets windy or chilly. This sweet dual function set is perfect for going from day to night.

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Hip to be #Shopping: Long sleeves with character

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With cooler weather (fall or spring, depending on which hemisphere you’re at) just around the corner, you’re probably thinking you should be adding some sleeves to your tops. And you’d be right. But instead of those same old long sleeves, how about long sleeves with character? Like these?

Choker Neck Bell Sleeve Heather Knit Top
Choker Neck Bell Sleeve Heather Knit Top

This elegant grey knit-top features beautiful bell sleeves that fall all the way down to your fingers. The stretchy fabric of this casual top lends itself so well to these overly-lengthy sleeves. Great for work or a day out with the hubs or your girl friends.

Trumpet Sleeve Pearl Embellished Keyhole Top
Trumpet Sleeve Pearl Embellished Keyhole Top

Striped and beaded, this red and white blouse is both cute and practical. Gotta love those three-quarter length trumpet sleeves – long enough to shield from the chill and short enough that they don’t get in the way of handling kids, groceries or work.

Keyhole Back Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Top
Keyhole Back Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Top

Here’s my favorite – an otherwise simple burgundy top made instantly chic by tiers of ruffles running down the three-quarter sleeves. This all-occasion top is best worn tucked into your pants or jeans to accentuate those gorgeous tiered ruffle sleeves.

Go online shopping this long weekend. For a limited time only, save on Long Sleeves at Romwe. Dig around, there’s lots to choose from.

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Long days and the deception of work

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When my morning alarm goes off, I jump up with a start thinking that I’ve overslept because the sun’s shining so bright it’s like high noon outside. I stumble across to my cell phone at the other side of the room and whew, it’s only 6-ish. To those of us who’re constantly complaining that we don’t have enough hours in a day to get everything done, these unseasonably, incredibly long summer spring days are a dream come true.

Getting an early start knowing you have a full 15 hours of daylight ahead of you is a great feeling. While it’s technically not quite summer yet, Summer seems intent on elbowing Spring swiftly out of the way. And if our air-conditioning weren’t acting up so often, that great feeling might easily be a superlative. Except the darned thing keeps blowing hot air instead of cold.

So between toasty temperatures and cranky AC, we figured we really must do something about it. We did the next best thing: jump in the car and drive to San Francisco to escape the heat. Well, okay, the heat was one thing but our real excuse was the Memorial Day sales. Now if you’re a serious shopaholic, you don’t just stand there doing nothing when it’s raining discounts and promos out there.

Two productive days of retail therapy later, I’m happy to report we have a few, not many bagfuls of spoils to show for our hard work. Shopping is work? You’d better believe it! Do you know how many pairs of jeans I had to try on before I found my one true love? And don’t even get me started on the shoes. Sifting through rack after rack, shelf after shelf, hunting down your size, waiting in line for the fitting room clutching armfuls of clothes, yeah!

But it’s only when you get into the fitting room that’s when the real work (or workout, depending on how you look at it) begins. You’re doing countless squats trying on a pile of jeans and your ankle socks keep coming off with your jeans and you’re doing countless bends to get them back on. At some point, I hear someone saying, to heck with these socks, I’m leaving them off. But not me, I hate stepping on the cold, sandy floor and getting my bare feet dirty… so I keep on keeping on with the battle of the socks!

So yeah, it would seem, and I’m not even going to fault you for thinking, that it’s been all play and no work around here lol. If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you’ll know that around here, the term ‘work’ often takes on meanings that are worlds away from how others may view it.

Peace out… uttered with tongue in cheek.

The end of living dangerously

The end of living dangerously
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So okay, enough of living dangerously. Our reality-show-inspired skinny grocery carts of the past two weeks have been interesting but for someone who’s used to stocking up for the Apocalypse on a weekly basis, I’ve been struggling through the week with my finger over the panic button.

Will we have enough food to last the week? Are we going to run out of onions, milk and bread before the next grocery run?

Well, run out of almond milk we did. No milk for cereal? No problem, we can have bread and jam. Oh wait, we’re out of bread too!! And we can’t eat jam by itself. So we ate our cereal dry or, in my case, doused in my morning coffee. How weird is that! Even weirder is that as a mom, I’ve never left us stranded without meals before!

Neck stretched out like a crane’s, desperate for grocery day, couldn’t wait. Came the weekend, we rushed to the store and piled our carts up high. Okay, not that high but high enough that we won’t have to go into panic mode again this week.

Almond milk – double pack, pasta – 3 boxes, yogurt – a big tub. shredded Colby Jack cheese – a big bag and a slab of Parmesan, not shredded,not grated but the real deal (woohoo!). Mushrooms, bananas, pears, tomatoes, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, chicken… now that’s more like it!

The end of living dangerously

And cereal, of course. Did I mention we’re down to our few measly spoonfuls and our oats won’t be arriving till next month? So hurry down the miles of cereal selections we did and I would’ve so picked this.

The end of living dangerously

Mini Wheats have long been my favorite! “Found it!!!” I declared victoriously. “Nope, you don’t want that, Mom. Look at the sugar!” Ooops, in my excitement, I’d only looked at the words, not the picture. Bah humbug! I eyed my Mini Wheats longingly but had to bid them a hasty goodbye.

Instead we picked out something new (to us though new and ever more exciting cereals are coming into the market every time we look) – the Cranberry Almond Crunch – and 2 bags of onion bagels (encore!), eggs, pears and garlic powder. And now we’re all set for the week!

The end of living dangerously

Lessons learned from living dangerously: If we’d been hoping to eat less by buying less, it doesn’t work because all that stress will fire up the appetite of a horse. Okay, fine, we could’ve eaten out but we didn’t want to, that’s all. If we’d been hoping to save money by buying less, it doesn’t work in terms of the time and gas money to run out mid-week for one or two items. So there!

First days of fall and living dangerously

First days of fall and living dangerously
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Our grocery cart was pretty empty this weekend. We’ve decided to live dangerously for a change. So here’s our two loaves of multigrain bread, a tray of chicken tenderloins, a bag of those fat, juicy shrimps we used to cook that delicious shrimp scampi pasta, and a box of Bartlett pears.

First days of fall and living dangerously

Seems like the price of strawberries is holding steadier than the exchange rate. So I guess we’re moving from a week of intense watermelon juicing to a week of strawberry-ing and grape-ing. Our goal is to eat as much of these amazing grapes before the season ends and so far, we seem to be doing grape *hick*!

First days of fall and living dangerously

Remember I said we’d go back and have that Vermicelli Bowl which I enjoyed so much. Well, we did. This time, we ordered two Beansprout Vermicelli Bowls, one with the works and the other with only grilled pork. They were delicious but could use way less beansprouts and more noodles. We think we might’ve stuffed ourselves and still had leftovers to take home. Are we such small eaters and didn’t know it?

First days of fall and living dangerously

Fall is making its presence felt but we’re still clinging on to summer. The sun is still unrelenting but temps are down and the wind is picking up. Still I refuse to give up my summer uniform – just yet! On grocery morning, I went out in my cap sleeves and shorts and it was like stepping out into nature’s air-conditioning with the fan blowing. This morning, it was 45F (8C) outside when I threw the windows open. Whoosh, that cold refreshing air. How delicious is this kind of weather.

Last days of summer and this week’s grocery cart

Last days of summer and this week's grocery cart
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Here in Hipville, it’s the little things that are highly anticipated and become a big talking point. Like the season change, for instance. Last Thursday was the first day of fall and to make her point, Mother Nature dropped the temps to 75C from 99C the previous day. I guess she was just pranking us ‘cos the temps have since shot back up.

While I don’t like the blazing heat, I’m a little sad that the days are getting shorter. I feel like I can get so much more done when the days are longer. In summer, when I get up in the morning just before 6, the sun is already up and it’s bright outside. Somehow that makes me happy. And even after dinner, there’s still over an hour of sunlight left, and that too makes me feel like hey, I still have time to do the laundry or hang out at my computer. Anyhoo…

Foodwise, this week’s highlight was the big ol’ pot of seafood tomyam I cooked for dinner Friday night. Of late, our meals have been fairly lackluster. It’s basically too hot to cook or eat (although we did make a big batch of Korean roast chicken wings that lasted us 2 meals). I figured this appetizing one-pot meal would be perfect.

Last days of summer and this week's grocery cart

Admittedly, I cheated by using a tomyam mix, not that I’d be so inclined to concoct this from scratch, and frozen shrimp that came all cleaned and deveined. So basically all I did was cut up the carrots, red bell pepper, onion and eggplant, throw in the mix and finish off by adding 4 tilapia fillets and 12 shrimps. We ate half and froze the rest for next week.

Grocery day is a highly anticipated weekly event around here. To me, the best thing is not having to rush out of the house to beat the traffic and be at the mall promptly at 10:00 am to snag a parking spot.

This week, we didn’t buy much. Strawberries are still the same price as last week. Gotta grab a box.

Last days of summer and this week's grocery cart

We grabbed two bags of bagels, cinnamon and onion which we’ve never tried before but it’s really tasty. To add some music to our pasta, we got a bottle of sun-dried tomatoes. I hope they’ll make our pasta get up and dance. We also got some party wings, and omg, that pop-in-the-oven tempura that’s so crispy and delicious it beats even the eat-out version.

And yup, you see ’em, don’t you? Those two humongous bags of… junk food!! Ouch, you caught us red-handed!!! Imagine how many times we have to run around Planet Earth to rid ourselves of the guilt and calories yo!

Last days of summer and this week's grocery cart

Nah, don’t be silly, there’s no guilt in eating something you love once in a while. And that nonsense about exercising extra hard the next day to take off the guilt and calories you piled on today, surely you don’t believe that. We-ell, it’d be nice if we could put everything on our fat suit today, peel it off and be miraculously slim again tomorrow lol – but that’s not how it works. So stay calm while we eat ’em amazing potato chips!!!

Last days of summer and this week's grocery cart

We ate one whole bag of these chips last week and they were crazy tasty! We notice Costco sells these ‘limited edition goodies’ for a short while and then they’re gone. We would be sad, very sad if we never saw these again. So those two bags we just bought, we’ll be squirreling them away into deep winter storage and we won’t be touching them till we run out of almonds and walnuts. Promise! *chuckles*

Labor Day shopping expedition

Labor Day shopping expedition
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After lunch in Carmel, the only thing we could think of was shopping. Yes, the Labor Day sales in Gilroy were calling and we couldn’t wait to get started. We’ve been holding off all retail therapy for months waiting for this!

We did go a little crazy though. Wait, a lot crazy especially when we burst in and saw this…

Labor Day shopping expedition

… and this *rubs hands together with glee*.

Labor Day shopping expedition

We were dashing in and out of the outlet stores scooping up armfuls of clothing and making a beeline for the fitting rooms. Disgraceful, isn’t it? But there was no time to waste. The monsters (no, not those monsters! I have a brood of non-conformists) have been unleashed. We spent the entire afternoon hard at work, stopping only for the occasional bathroom break and dinner, of course (more on that in my next post).

You know, the thing about this trip is that we didn’t have our guys tagging along which kinda meant we could take our time and not have to feel bad for keeping them waiting. Guys don’t shop like us. They rush into the store, glance around, spot something they like, briefly throw it on, it fits? okay, they grab all the available colors and vrooom, they’re right up there at checkout! And they’re done and wondering why the heck we’re taking so long!! Can you relate? Tell me you can.

Ya so we were at liberty to be fickle-minded and make a second round to the same stores to have another look around in case we missed anything the first time. I know, and this is exactly what we call shopping. A girl can’t be expected to make up her mind instantly. She has to run stuff through her Sorting Hat, ask her girlfriends for a second opinion, ya know, and wonder which color looks better on herself.

And so we went back after dinner and by then, the sky was dark and the temps had dipped. Still we saw no reason to let that stop us from carrying on… um, till closing time! Goodnight for now, we’ll be back tomorrow!

Labor Day shopping expedition

New eyeglasses from Firmoo

New eyeglasses from Firmoo
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Okay, so I’ve been long overdue for a new pair of eyeglasses but between the hectic days and the usual dose of procrastination, this whole idea never quite got off the ground. Along comes Firmoo.com offering to send me a pair of glasses for review, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

So I set off on my mission. Yup, I could literally spend hours browsing through Firmoo’s amazing collection of fashionable eyeglasses and sunglasses for men and women, and I did! I do this every time! If you’re guessing that this isn’t my first time ordering from them, you’re right. The fun part is you can upload your photo to try on your frames, and actually see how each one looks on you.

And each frame comes with detailed measurements of the lens width, length height, bridge distance and even the temple size so you can easily compare frame sizes. I usually shortlist like a ton of frames and then spend the next few days “trying them on”. It’s hard to decide when you like almost everything, you know!! I think it’s a girrrl thing? *wink*

Well, my package finally arrived in the mail over the weekend – ta-daa! – and inside was a hard case and a drawstring pouch. Love the storage options especially when I travel. But if I were to be completely honest, I would’ve preferred the hard case to be a more funky color like magenta or neon green maybe? Brown is so not my color but…

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I’m really loving my hipster frame though! It’s the perfect size for my face and it makes me look every bit the hip mom that I am too (lol)!

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Inside the black pouch, I found a little surprise – a mini screwdriver on a key ring. Just what I need! The one I used to have in my bag went missing on one of my travels and I’ve been wanting a replacement ever since. The best part is this came free with my order.

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So am I happy with my new glasses? You betcha. They are so lightweight sometimes I forget I’m even wearing them. The frame is super cute, and the lenses come with anti-reflection and anti-UV coatings. Love!!

Okay, so enough about my glasses. Let’s talk about getting you a new pair. Firmoo.com is offering new customers 15% off all frames on their entire site. You can grab the coupon code from their 15% off page and remember, new arrivals are updated every day.

I received a pair of free eyeglasses from Firmoo.com to facilitate my review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.

Hip to be Shopping – Going retro this swimwear season

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Like I said before, although it’s technically still winter right now, there are some places (like California) where we seem to have skipped winter altogether and gone straight on to spring. No matter if it’s cold or warm where you’re at, summer will be along sooner enough. My hand-picked selection of retro swimwear will take you to a new level of hip. So check these out sooner rather than later!

Free to Sea One-Piece Swimsuit
Free to Sea One-Piece Swimsuit

Ready, set, vacay! Make a break for the ocean sporting this nautical bathing suit by the iconic Esther Williams. The anchor-etched buttons of this retro suit will make waves among shoreline stylistas (I guarantee it!), while that bright red trim that serves as a halter tie tops off this flatteringly slim swim dress with a bold touch!

Set the Serene Swimsuit Top in Emerald
Set the Serene Swimsuit Top in Emerald

A lagoon is the perfect cool-off spot, and today you’re lounging on the shore in this patterned swimsuit. This ModCloth-exclusive halter swimwear features an emerald hue and wrapped layers of fabric on its bust. Spend the day in this bikini top and its matching bottom and feel at peace with nature.

High Tide and True One-Piece Swimsuit in Black
High Tide and True One-Piece Swimsuit in Black

Reach for this black swimsuit by Bettie Page before a day at the beach, and you’re sure to make a stylish splash. Flaunting a retro silhouette that’s enhanced by a cute collar, piping detail, and low-cut legs, this scarlet-trimmed halter offers a stunning seaside look you can count on.

Yes, you definitely need to check more retro swimwear like these at Modcloth’s Swim Collection. I promise you will be tempted by more than just one design. Happy shopping and have a great weekend 😀 !

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