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This photo reminded me of the parasol parade that I witnessed during my trip to Thailand and so I wanted to share some travel photos from last month.

In Chiang Mai, we were lucky enough to watch strolling beauty pageant contestants march in the Parasol parade.

The updos were so pretty.  here are some close-ups!

Here is a shot of the parade walkers.

And here are some of the pageant contestants biking by!

The whole neighborhood was a feast for the eyes.

Don’t you just love the color explosion?

I was estatic to be surrounded by so much color and creativity.  Everywhere I looked, I found so many exotic, interesting finds.

I was so tempted to bring back a custom-painted parasol when I saw this catalog of images.  But really, when would I ever use it in NYC?

What would you have had painted?

 

 

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The scarf trend has stuck around for quite some time now (and it continues at least through Fall 2012 as far as I can see from NY fashion week).  So I had every reason to shop around while in Thailand recently where silks were everywhere and one of their biggest exports.As if I really needed a reason to shop for souvenirs, right?

Here were a few of my picks all worn differently.

To further inspire you here are some great images of how to wear YOUR scarf different ways!

For more scarf inspiration, click here!

 

 

 

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Chanel is always a “DO” in my book.  So when I was visiting a Thailand temple and I spotted this picture here, I couldn’t help but smile.

This was found outside the temple where the fashion police (monks) enforced the no showing of shoulders rule.  Yes, the shoulders are not showing through this tee.  But the fact that they wrote the famous fashion marking “DO” on top of the Chanel-logo-ed tee cracked me up.  Next to the Don’t which I should have taken a picture of was a photo of a tourist wearing a short skirt revealing  what they called her “too sexy” knees.

Speaking of which, they actually make you rent a long wrap skirt in the more strict temples in order for you the tourist who may have shown up wearing shorts, to cover up.  Here is a photo of me at Wat Arun in Bangkok where I had to do just that.

I quickly caught on.  And while I regretted not packing some longer skirts for the visit, it also gave me an excuse to pick up some souvenirs along the way.  What better souvenir is there than a little bit of exotic fashion?

I bought this rust-colored silk skirt that featured elephants at the bottom in Thailand for about $10 or less. I just found through a little research that if you try to buy a similar skirt off of ebay they will run you around $25. So I guess I got a steal.

I kept it casual with a simple white cami and then wore the skirt again later that week with a sparkly sequin cream tee, both already packed from the U.S. with my new tribal looking necklace that I bought from the Hmong tribe in the mountains of Thailand.  Tribal influence is huge trend for Spring 2012 by the way!  The variety of silks that you’ll find in Thailand is on every street block and it is dizzying but fun to pick your favorite fabric. 

With a little negotiation on prices (only optional with the street market vendors), you’re sure to leave with a deal especially if you are purchasing more than one.

I ended up buying the silk sarong that came with straps -sort of a wrap skirt if you will.  Because of the language barrier, I couldn’t figure out how I’d wear the other flat cloth variety.  But thanks to YouTube, I now know how I’m supposed to tie them – no pins or brooches needed!   Check this out if you happen to have a flat cloth sarong, perhaps it will inspire you too.  I’m thinking I could easily do this with a sarong I bought from Hawaii.

I can’t see myself wearing the sarong in NYC but I will save it for another exotic trip as it makes an excellent beach cover-up and is perfect for conservative cultures.  I’m sure I’ll continue to wear it with a mix of Western influences as I want to add my own spin to the traditional dress similar to how this other fashionista did from WhatIWore2day’s blog.

It’s not everyday that I want to look like I did below.

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By the time I started showing, I had to wear coats.  And so for months, I rarely succeeded at scoring a subway seat.  Finally though at 31 weeks, I think I’ve learned the trick.  Open coat, stick out belly, stand in front of seated men and look exasperated as possible while holding belly. Usually works!

Here are 3 outfit posts of what I wore to work, all worn with my Ann Taylor leopard coat.

Tahari dress, Express cardigan, Bruno Magli boots, Fur stole from Saks Fifth Avenue, Guess purse

Cynthia Steffe dress bought at TJMaxx, Bruno Magli boots, necklace from Thailand

Calvin Klein dress, necklace bought at TJMaxx, Cynthia Rowley cashmere cardigan

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 Cut 25 blazer with leather elbow patches, maternity leggings from Target, Bruno Magli boots, velvety tank from TJMaxx, accessories from Thailand

 Forever 21 top, maternity skirt from Target, Zara infinity scarf, Guy Laroche belt

W118 shirt, Charter Club cashmere cardigan, Prada purse, Target maternity leggings

I’m now officially in the 3rd trimester and can’t believe how fast it all went by! I’m frightened to think that I still have another 11 weeks of belly growth though.  I already feel like there is no room to breathe or eat with the baby taking up all this room and my skin not stretching fast enough.  help!

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2012 was an exciting year for me:

  • became an owner, no longer renting
  • moved
  • changed last name to mark the 1 year (paper) anniversary
  • changed jobs
  • traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, DC, MI, PA, DE, IL (twice), Japan, Vegas
  • explored Governor’s island, Fire Island and Long Island
  • attended 3 weddings.  saw ours published.
  • sponsored 25 fashion shows
  • Managed over 100 events
  • survived Hurricane Sandy
  • Thanks to the pregnancy, learned to live with nausea, vomiting, hunger, heartburn, cravings, congestion, constipation, fatigue, headaches, sleep deprivation, dehydration, endless doctor appointments and an additional 18lbs

Figuring out what to wear to work while pregnant has been a daily challenge.  What fits one week may no longer fit the next.  Here is an outfit from around 26 weeks pregnant.

H&M cardigan, Donna Morgan dress from TJMaxx, Aldo purse and Via Spiga shoes

I hope you all had great years too and wish you the best for 2013!

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Do you ever look through your wardrobe and feel totally blah thinking you have absolutely nothing to wear?  Well change it up!  Shop your closet and re-style what you already own.  Wear the outfit with different shoes, and accessories.  Add a blazer, a scarf or a cardigan.  Think about how to belt it differently and what other colors would match the current palette.

That’s the idea behind my Style Diary series where I style 1 dress, 1 skirt, 1 top multiple ways.  Here’s a new example using my versatile, camel- colored Shoshanna dress bought at Saks.  The classic cut and neutral color lends itself as a timeless basic that I can wear endless ways.

Today (at 6months pregnant), I wore the dress all layered up cuz darnit it’s getting cold in NY!  The brown tights featured here however were not made for my giant belly.  Therefore, the waistband kept falling for it failed miserably to stay anywhere near my my protruding belly.  Unable to stay afloat on top of my giant waistline, slowly through the day with each step, the waistband rolled lower and lower and lower.. so much so that the crotch was practically between my knees making me feel like I had just taken a dump in my tights.  Note to self, invest in some maternity tights!  Here I am looking perturbed just thinking about how uncomfortable the tights were.

Pictured above is the Gianfranco Ferre fur-trimmed swing coat that my mom loaned me over Thanksgiving break.  I topped my outfit today with it.  It’s the perfect maternity coat since it will grow with my expanding belly!  The suede chocolate booties were a TJMaxx find.

For a spring-ier look, I added this coral scarf that I bought in Thailand, a contrasting lime green clutch and spikey leopard heels.

These shoes are KILLER.  They’re sexy, edgy and dangerous weapons for your feet.  Mostly though they will KILL your feet!  I can’t stand in them for longer than 1hour before wanting to wimper in a corner and beg for a massage.  Alas, they’re so beautiful I can’t get rid of them either.

For more on the above outfits, click here!

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After 2 days of non-stop packing (I’m moving back to Manhattan!), I had to treat myself with a little online shopping.  Zara was having its end of season sale and I had to fill my shopping cart with all the items still on my spring/summer wishlist.  I love Zara!

Below, you’ll find a Zara blazer worn over my Forever 21 yellow dress (also worn here). The accessories are a travel find from my trip to Thailand.

The snakeskin tote was a freebie from NY Fashion Week, and the snakeskin heels, I’ve had forever. This outfit was one of the last outfits that I wore to work at Saks.  I’ve left the company to pursue another great opportunity and also to deal with this move.  Currently, I’m living in work out gear now that all my fashions have been packed away.  I crave the day when I can unpack, organize my new closet and dress up for work again!

 

Guess what ladies, I’m running a Fab Freebie with Sweet Fashion Deals!  All you have to do is share any of my blog posts on FB and tag it with @FabGabBlog so I can track your entry.  Click here for all the details.

 

 

 

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I love my BCBG Bow blouse. It’s convertible! It has a bit of a peplum waist and a long bow tie that you can wear on or off. See here for how I’ve worn it in the past.  It’s also great for work – see below for a couple of work outfits.  (nine west shoes, Chanel purse, Charlotte Russe skirt)

Banana Republic shoes, Esprit tote, Theory skirt.

Above, the shirt is worn tucked in with a feminine pair of shorts that I found while traveling through Thailand.  I love the vintage feel and the fact that no one else will have one like it in the States!

Thanks for reading and remember to enter my goody bag giveaway if you haven’t already!

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I’ve always liked the flirty, feminine peplum detailing on fashion.  Now that it’s so trendy, of course, I love it even more!  Here are a couple recent outfits, both featuring peplum skirts. The sunny yellow outfit below was styled for Glamour.com.  I can’t remember the dress brand but the shoes are Pour La Victoire.

The below, grey dress is by H&M, a store that depresses me because it requires me to go up in a size.  Does anyone else feel this way?  The shoes are Pour La Victoire and the ponyhair, leopard tote is Emanuel Ungaro (a tote I bought at a consignment store).   I’ve featured the bag in other outfit posts here.

The black peplum dress featured below is Sinclaire 10 from Saks, spiked heels are Sam Edelman, and the purse is Chanel.

I wore the dress in Thailand at the hotel where Hangover II was filmed (Le Bua Hotel).

If you ever get the chance to visit Bangkok, Thailand, you must check it out!  It’s the most amazing rooftop I’ve ever seen.

 

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