Guest Post


Today I’m guest posting over at Jen’s blog and talking about my (mis)adventures in capsule wardrobe, so drop by to say hello!

Guest Post: Traveling Shoes

blue jeans work boots by 14 shades of greylam kinh by 14 shades of grey

balboa park - museumha long bay - beach - by 14 shades of grey

I’m blog-sitting for Jen today, so head over to Librarian for Life and Style to read about my 5 favorite pair of traveling shoes. Have a great weekend!


New Year Flowers

camellia and bee by 14 shades of grey

peach blossoms by 14 shades of greypetunia by 14 shades of grey

wild banana blossoms by 14 shades of grey

  chrysanthemums by 14 shades of greycamellias by 14 shades of grey

rose by 14 shades of greygerbera by 14 shades of grey

Just some random photos of the flowers inside and outside our house. It has been unusually warm lately, so all the flowers are in bloom, and that was all the decoration we needed for the Lunar New Year celebration.

Anyway, the break is winding down, and everybody is going back to work tomorrow. I won’t have to get back to my students until the next after next (one of the perks of working at a college, breaks are much longer), though I’m getting back to my script reading job, so I guess the break is over for me too. But what a great, relaxing break it was. I didn’t do anything much except watching TV and snacking all day, but after all, isn’t that the best way to spend a vacation?

Just to show that I haven’t neglected the blogging world altogether, here’s a guest post I did for Eccentric Owl. I’ll try to be back later this week with an outfit post too.

And finally, to close off the Lunar New Year celebration, here’s a picture of my niece in a traditional Vietnamese tunic hefting a rice cake – this is as typical a Lunar New Year photo as it can get:

niece by 14 shades of grey

The Long Earth

olive dress chambray shirt brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

I’m blog-sitting for Jess today with a book review, so head on over to Animated Cardigan if you want to read my rant about alternate worlds.

Shirt: thrifted, Dress: hand-me-down, Sandals: gift, Necklace: self-made

Guest Post: Eccentric Owl

Sorry for the late post. I’ve arrived in Vietnam in one piece, but there was a problem with our internet (typical, it chose the day I came home to break down.) So last but not least in our series of guest posts is the beautiful Mara of Eccentric Owl. She’s here to showcase her thrifty, budget-friendly style, which is always a win in my book (plus we share an affinity for anything owl. If that makes us hipsters, so be it.)

Hi there! I’m Mara, of Eccentric Owl, and I’m delighted to be guest blogging for Salazar while she moves! Like some of the previous guest-posters, I love to thrift. I go to my local Goodwill so much that they know me by name, and when I was working my previous job as a barista, one of them worried aloud that I was probably spending too much money at the thrift store.

Then again, that employee also thought that all baristas got paid was in tips. Thankfully, that’s not true.

But now I’m fulfilling my secret dreams of being an office assistant at a construction company (okay, in my dreams it was more like “secretary in a 1950’s office”, but hey… I can’t be too picky, right?), and I frequently get picked on as the only one who dresses up.

Then again, I wouldn’t expect the painter to go out to a job in a dress.

Especially because the painter is a guy…

Moving on! Nearly everything in my outfit was thrifted; the shoes and camisole are from Target… which, I confess, is my other favorite store. And I tend to only shop the sale racks.

I didn’t end up wearing this outfit the entire day; my boyfriend and I went out to visit a lighthouse and a beach, and skirts aren’t so practical when there is sand involved. But I loved it for the morning that I wore it! This shirt is my interpretation of the sheer trend that’s going on. I’m not really a sheer-shirt-over-a-bandeau/bra type of person. The most scandalous I’ll get is a sheer shirt over a cami.

Which is probably not that scandalous anyway.

I have to say, I absolutely love this belt, and I really want a dress to match it. The floral print reminds me of the days when I was five and my mom used to make me Easter dresses with big twirly skirts and puffy sleeves…

… I’ve never really grown out of my love for twirly skirts. Which means that somewhere, deep inside, I’m still five.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! Thanks to Salazar for allowing me to guest post!

Lots of love,