Faux Leather Jacket

Faux Leather Jacket

Studded Purse

Faux Leather Jacket

Faux Leather Jacket

Leather Jacket vs Harley Davidson

I got this faux leather jacket from my thrift shop. The jacket feels like soft leather and so stylish. Who cares if its genuine leather or faux leather.

By the way what is faux leather anyway?   The origin of word faux is French. It means imitation.

Genuine leather can be really expensive and high maintenance. As an alternative to that, Faux Leather was born. As you know Genuine Leather is made of animal skin (it seems the use of real animal skins are less and less nowadays because of animal rights proponents). On the other hand, Faux leather or synthetic leather is made of plastic. It’s processed in a significant way to look and feel like genuine leather. There are 2 kinds of synthetic leather:

  • Polyurethane
  • PVC

Polyurethane is washable; it can be dry-cleaned. But PVC is difficult to clean and cannot be dry-cleaned because the cleaning solvents can make the PVC unbearably stiff.

Aha! Now I know the reason why?

I’m not even sure whether the jacket I got was made of Polyurethane or PVC.
Poor husband, I asked him to swing by the dry cleaners to clean the faux leather jacket and the other jackets I got. The dry clean lady boldly said to him “This is not leather” and pushed the jacket back to him.

Okay…but I still need to clean it right, especially in the inside.
I decided to wash my new soft leather jacket in the washing machine with cold water, gentle cycle. I wouldn’t have worried too much if the jacket had been torn apart or wrinkled, whatever the result was, since I only bought for $5.

I guess my new faux leather jacket is made of Polyurethane. Because I could wash it. It came out nice and clean. I put a little bit shoe polish on it and it looked new again. Not bad for 5 bucks.

Ps: My husband is obsessed with Harley Davidsons. He wants to own one one day as part of his midlife crisis :)
When we saw a couple stop in front of the store and park their Harley (isn’t that a coincidence with the fact the theme of my outfit is leather and studs), he asked me to pose in front of that Harley.

 I Wore:

Leather Jacket (thrifted), Old Navy Top, Skirt (thrifted), Handbag (thrifted), Collin Stuarts Pumps

Floral Dress and Denim Jacket

Floral Dress and Denim Jacket

Floral Dress and Denim Jacket

It’s ironic! I didn’t realize that only after I edited these photos that they were taken in front of a Pilates studio. I rarely pay attention to the surrounding environment when doing photo shoots. My focus is only on the background.

It’s a subliminal sign. It seems trying to remind me of my weight loss journey.  It may sound like a cliché how we talk about trying to lose weight all the time, but it never seems to happen.

After watching closely how many calories I should eat, following the food guide pyramid  and bicycling regularly,  I see no significant result yet. Maybe I’m in my weight plateau right now but I never give up. It’s important that I maintain healthy eating habits right?

Besides trying to lose weight, I love this knee length floral dress. This dress is made of polyester but nowadays polyester is getting a lot comfier and softer.

One thing I like about polyester is the wrinkle free material: resistant to most chemicals, stretching and shrinking, mildew and abrasion. No ironing needed!

On the other hand, the denim jacket is so versatile and sturdy.  This material combo is like a soft elegant woman hugged by a strong cowboy :) -heeeehaaa

I Wore :
Mossimo Dress (thrifted), Level 99 Denim Jacket (thrifted), Wedges (thrifted), Necklace: H&M

 

Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery Stitches
I went to a Catholic school and I remembered our nun taught us embroidery stitches in our art class.  Little did I know,  actually, there are so many kinds of embroidery stitches. A favorite type of stitching taught in our school was cross stitching. I’m not a big fan of doing embroidery. For me embroidering is boring, but I like the result though.

Especially, I like embroidery in clothing like the top I wore in the above pics. I believe the kind of stitches in the design are called chain stitches. Embroidery used to be done by hand but since the industrial revolution, machines, then later computers were used to replace hand embroidery. It’s faster and can be done in massive way.

To be honest with you, I didn’t try to match my top with my handbag but later I realized the bag has embroidery design as well. I always love a pleasant coincidence ;)

Oh yeah, these pictures were taken in a small town called Georgetown, 15 minutes drive from Pawleys Island SC. We spent a week there last week. Everytime we go to Pawleys Island, I always remember this novel by Kathie Reichs Bones to Ashes. You may already know that the crime television series “Bones” is based on her character Temperance Brennan.

I have read almost all of Kathie Reichs’ books. If you like forensic science & crime drama,  you will like these books.

I wore :
Ann Taylor Pants (thrifted), Top and Wedges (thrifted), Handbag (TJ Maxx), Sunglasses (Old Navy)

Bell Bottoms

Bell bottoms again. I seem stuck on bell bottoms lately. It’s funny that they’re called “bell bottoms,” trousers that fit tightly around the hips, upper thighs and get wider toward the bottom. Duhh!! Of course because it looks like a bell shape.

You know I’m an information junkie. I want to know the details behind everything. Until now,  I still have a desire to be a detective (watching too much Cold Case, ID &  Forensic Files I guess). I like to get the scoop on everything and everyone. Some people call this nosy :) Especially I am interested in working on cold cases, cracking the puzzle and catching the bad guy. I know there’ s no connection between wanting to be a detective work and and 1960’s fashion unless we’re talking about the Mod Squad, but who cares?

I wore :
Top (thrifted), Alloy Flared Jeans, Brush for Payless Shoes

Bell Bottoms
From my investigation I read that bell bottoms precise origins are uncertain. Very wide trousers ending in a bell began to be worn in the U.S. Navy in the early 19th century. Why? Nobody knows. In my opinion maybe for reasons of comfort. I can understand that, especially if  they need to bend a lot, tight pants won’t be comfortable.

For some reason bell bottoms became popular in 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s and they are becoming hot again now in the 20th century. They seem to be getting wider and wider every year.

Bell Bottoms

The design was modified and modernized, then boot cut, flare and hip hugger terms come up. Eric Clapton also made a song with the title “Bell Bottom Blues.” I’m not sure what the correlation between bell bottom blues and bell bottoms pants is. I guess both reflect being at the bottom.

My tip is don’t throw away your vintage items because when fashion designers run out of ideas they will always go back to the past and modify the design.

Bell Bottoms

 

Polkadots
Who doesn’t like polkadot designs? I can’t get enough of polkadots. Long story short, my husband and I always tease each other about being a slow biker. We always have an excuse as to why when we’re slow. Here are my top four best excuses we always come up with:

  1. the weather is too hot
  2. I’m hungry
  3. I have low blood sugar
  4. We should pump our tires

Speaking of being slow, the other day we went biking and I tried to pedal my bike but it seemed so difficult. I kept trying but my bike seemed like it was running in place. For a while I had this doubt in my head and thought maybe I was indeed a slow biker. After about 10 minutes of trying to pedal really hard, I finally figured out my back tire was flat. No wonder my bike didn’t move. That’s a totally embarrassing three stooges moment for me.

I wore :
Old Navy Skirt
(thrifted), BDG for Urban Outfitter Polkadot Tank (thrifted), Steinmart Cardigans, Christian Siriano for Payless Shoes

Polkadots

Speaking of the three stooges (have you seen the new movie?), every time I wear polkadot clothing I always think… clown. I don’t know, why my mind always thinks clown whenever we talk about polkadots. I guess because I always see a clown who always wears baggy clothes with a polkadot design in it.

Polkadots

I tried to Google the history of polkadots and clown is no where to be found in that entire history.
A little bit of information: the polka dot design first became common in clothing in the late nineteenth century in the United Kingdom. The “polka” itself is a Central European dance and a genre of dance music.

Please don’t ask me what the connection between polka dance and polkadots are. I guess, when you sing or dance you use this sound  da… da… da… (sounds like dot).

Polkadots

Polkadots

This particular photo reminds me of this case of  Chinese Government Photoshop Disaster (hahahahah) – Even though I didn’t do anything to my photo. I didn’t doctor/Photoshop my pic (except to crop it and adjust the color balance) like those photos of Chinese Government guys.

Polkadots

Ps:  if you see I have a lot of black spots on my legs, that’s because I fall down on  my bike regularly :).