Lookbook: Tangerine

What I’m Wearing
Blazer: Hinge (from Nordstrom)
Tank: Forever 21
Corduroy pants: Rag and Bone
Bag: Balenciaga
Shoes: Christian Louboutin “Simple 100”

Happy Monday everyone!   Let’s switch it up today and instead of talking about my outfit you get to hear me talk (errr… read) about just some random stuff that is going on! 🙂

  • I just realized that it’s been just over a year of quitting my corporate job and becoming a full time consultant/owning my own businesses.  This means over a year of not having a regular schedule of going into the office from 8am – 5pm (which I had done since the beginning of my career) and I LOVE it.  My schedule changes every day and I love having the freedom of working whenever I want instead of the restricted schedule with somebody always looking over my shoulder.  I also love that it gives me the freedom to work on my side business (and this blog) as well.  I’ve learned a lot this past year and one thing I know, I will never go back to a regular corporate job again.  If you are at that stage of wanting to leave and starting your own business or even go into the ever unstable (but super rewarding!) job of consulting, here are my words of encouragement: DO IT and don’t look back!  This was one of the scariest but best decisions I’ve ever made in my life and I’ve never been happier.
  • I have too many ideas and too little time.  I’m antsy to start another business.  One of our business ideas that we worked on for all of last year just didn’t pan out and we finally decided to scrap it.  But have no fear, I always have new business ideas and am onto the next project already.  🙂 
  • We have officially decided to take a hiatus from wedding photography.  My interests in the new business and also my full time job (my new role which is now less focused on consulting and now on running/managing the business) have led me to realize that photography just doesn’t fit into the picture right now.  We’ve loved our photography business and the relative success of it but it’s just not fitting into our life goals right now.  We are fully booked for the rest of the year and are no longer accepting 2012 weddings. I am so grateful for all the experiences that we’ve had through the wedding photography business and the amazing clients-turned-friends that we’ve made.  It was a fabulous time in our lives and I’m so happy that we were able to do it and experience it all.  (And don’t worry, Hubs and I’ll will still be taking pictures, as it’s a passion we enjoy and we want to get back into photography for us and not for clients.)
  • On that note, I’m still getting a ton of inquiries from my awesome readers who are getting married (CONGRATS!!) and want to see if we are available.  Since we are no longer taking any more weddings I highly recommend two very talented ladies and dear friends of mine, Yvonne Wong who is based in Seattle (and available for travel) and Nina of Love and Lemonade who is based in Los Angeles.  You will be in very good hands with either one of them!


Mine’s a little bit cropped which I like because it fits my body a bit more proportionally. This
Ben Sherman cropped blazer would be good to help elongate the torso and it’s only $45! If you’re still on the hunt for a striped blazer, this Nanette Lepore blazer is so cute!

Ann Taylor Women’s Desert Sky Cascade Dot Print Top
Get 40% off your order at Ann Taylor! (Code SPRING40)
I’m not typically an orange girl, this may be the only thing in my closet that’s orange but I couldn’t resist the polka dots and the ruffles! This little floral tank from Forever 21 is such a great summery top.  And this polka dot tank is adorable and would be great underneath a blazer. And also, love the pop of color from the florals of this tank.

I got these at the last sale at Rag & Bone for an amazing price.  I got them in black and a dark hunter green and they are really well fitting.  Except corduroy doesn’t stretch much so don’t try to eat a big meal with these on because you’ll be feeling it! 🙂 I love Vince pants as well and these Vince Corduroy Pants are 70% off but only limited sizes. A really great deal if they are your size!

These nude Simple 100 pumps are nearly impossible to find and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were sold out by the time I put this post up so if this link doesn’t lead you to them, try Simple 70 pumps or the nude patent leather Bianca pumps (love these as well!) If the Louboutins are out of your price range, try these Tahari pumps for under $100. Also for those you daring ladies, did you see these spike pumps? EEK! Totally awesome if you can pull it off!

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  • A Fine Balance
    April 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Wow! I have to say i envy you in being able to leave your corporate job and do what you love most. I feel I need to find the courage and do the same….though don't know what would be the best fit for me.

    Best of look in your knew business ventures 🙂

  • heavenrain
    April 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I'm out of words… So beautiful… You have such a class, really. And Balenciaga has always been my dream purse, but well…I can only look at it, because I don't think I could ever afford one. Lucky girl 😉 Looking forward to the next I bet even more awesome outfit 🙂 warm hugs from Poland, have a nice day

  • B
    April 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Hot Balenciaga purse! Mine is beige and was a recent splurge. How many years did you spend at the corporate job before starting your own business? This is also the path I am leaning towards, but of course it is a scary decision and I think I still have a few more years to "learn" from corporate America before I'm ready to take the plunge.

  • Christina
    April 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Love that tank. And good for you for striking out on your own! That is both scary and courageous!

  • Twenty.Something
    April 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    First of all, gorgeous outfit! Classy and the pop of color is great!

    Secondly, good for you! It's so inspiring to hear. I'm a chicken and don't think I could even quit and actually do what I want, because money is always worrisome. You're very lucky and it's nice to hear that you're living life to its fullest!


  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)
    April 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Sounds like a ton of exciting things are in store for you Tiffany! thank you for sharing!!

  • Anonymous
    April 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Hey – just delurking to say hi and want to say well done on yet another gorgeous outfit. I am here almost on a daily basis for your lookbooks, I really enjoy them. There are a few fashion bloggers I follow, and yours is quite special because unlike alot of the random ones out there, (who try too hard and try to be fashion-forward = fuggly), yours look very well put together and is just pretty to look at. And your style very unique to you as a person and body shape. Very fitting.

    Good luck with your new adventures. I am sure whatever you are doing will be great since you put so much heart into doing everything. Please dont give up the photography because your personality lives through it too and i enjoy those as well!

    And also – love all your high end purchases. I can't afford them but you know what, it feels just as good looking at them so thanks so much for opening your wardrobe (and heart) and sharing with me. xx

  • Brittany - Try It On Me
    April 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Yay! Good for you! You are definitely inspiring me to reconsider my 9-5 and venture out on my own! Love the blouse too! xo


  • Tarana
    April 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Love your outfit! I have the same top from Forever 21, but haven't worn mine yet. I like how you put eerything together!


  • House of Hemingway
    April 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Congratulations Tiffany! And I say congratulations because I know you're on to a great career path and it's so refreshing to know that you have the brains and looks for a fantastic blog. I too, hope for a successful career path that can help me transition to self-employment. I think I should be able to do something like that very soon.

    Keep up the great job!


  • Ria
    April 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    saw the Simple 100 Louboutins in patent nude @ Barney's in the Venetian, Las Vegas (in case any one was interested).

  • Lily
    April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Great outfit as usual. I am a student but work right now and I could never imagine having a corporate office job. It just seems so constricting to me but I know it works for tons of people. Congrats on doing what you want and not being afraid to try new things ! I hope to aspire to something along those lines and being able to work for myself !!


  • DiamondsandTulle
    April 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Oh Tiff! Great catchup! Congrats on all your successes and I admire your entrepreneurial spirit!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

  • ChicLeVogue
    April 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Yay for been successful outside of the corporate world. Love the look especially the Balenciaga bag

  • Annie
    April 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    soo happy for you!!

  • Anonymous
    April 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Love your blog.
    I'm a wedding photographer in the Midwest and I would LOVE to be able to walk away from it. How I envy you!
    Good luck in your future ventures. I will be very interested in hearing about what you do next.

  • Holly
    April 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    i absolutely love your outfit! would never guess your top is from forever21 =).

    What style Balenciaga are you wearing? i LOVE it!

  • CessOviedo
    April 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Yay for the Balenciaga! is it new? I have a darker one and is all worn out now cause it just joes with everything! … Good luck on your future business plans, I'm pretty sure you'll have lots of success cause you seem very determinated and with a lovely personalitly like yours sure it will be that way! … Kind of sorry to learn no more wedding photography cause I really enjoyed all the pictorials but very happy you have lots of plans!

    Cess O. <3
    The Outfit Diaries

  • kileen
    April 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    i love this top on you and your Balenciaga is gorgeous!! and how amazing to hear about the success of your own business. it's something that my fiance and i have talked about doing too. hopefully once the wedding is over we can pursue it. 🙂

    cute & little

  • Stephanie
    April 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    seriouslyyy you have the most amazing accessories EVER!!! love looking at your lookbook =) congrats on your success and i hope your new business do just as well!

  • alison*elle
    April 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    So nice to hear about the success you've had with your own business. I'm just entering the corporate world so that's a little beyond me right now, but my boyfriend is in the position where he is working on starting one. Love the whole look, Tiffany!

    xo, alison*elle

  • Sarah Elizabeth
    April 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Adorable outfit, as always. I love the dots! And the shorter hair looks great on you. =)

  • Katie
    April 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I think youve figured out a pretty perfect setup having a job you still love but making your own hours!

  • kimmie
    April 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Has it already been a year? Wow! Time flies, and I'm so happy that your new job is going so well for you!

    And I have total bag envy. Is this Balenciaga new? I don't think I've seen you with it before!

  • DSK Steph
    April 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I adore your Balenciaga!

  • Lisa
    April 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    tiffany your outfit is so gorge!! love the pop of tangerine under the blazer..

    you have an amazing collection of blazers and girly silky tops i want to raid your closet! actually come to think of it i just want to live in your closet hahahahaa… that's not creepy at all.. at all. bahahahaha.

  • Richelle
    April 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I have yet to get a Balenciaga purse!! How do you like it?! You look fab, like always!


    April 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Good for you TIff! So courageous and I'm sure you'll succeed in whatever you'll venture out into.

    I love the color palette in this outfit!!! the color from the balenciaga and the top really POP!!! 🙂 lovely


  • katou
    April 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I love this look it is so feminine and edgy, and thanks for sharing with us i love it when a blogger opens her heart to us fellow readers 🙂

  • Make Mommy Chic
    April 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Hey Tiffany, thanks for inspiring us in fashion but also giving us words of wisdom regarding you career path. Too many of us (myself included) are stuck in a job that is complete devoid of passion and it's great to hear that it is possible to have a career where you love what you are doing! Thanks for the post, and love that balenciaga:)

  • Yuni
    April 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Cute bag and hair! I also just want to say thanks for sharing. You inspire the many of us who look at you and look forward to the day that we can finally 'make it' in our successes. You're never too old for role models, and you're one of mine! It's been inspiring watching you for these past two and a half-ish years! Best of luck!

  • Uyen C.
    April 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Good luck on your new ventures! Such an exciting step yet scary one. Hope it all turns out the way you want it. I think if you are a motivated hard working person, then it will always be a good experience. At least in my case, ha! Love this look, dress up casual 🙂


  • nancy
    April 19, 2011 at 1:03 am

    aww…i'm sad you aren't doing wedding photography anymore but am happy you are endeavoring in other goals that will make you happy! i realize i don't know you but reading your blog has put a smile on my face so i'm glad i can still see your photography via your blog. good luck on all your goals! =)

  • cinzee
    April 19, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Some interesting facts about you! Always great to learn more about our bloggers,hehe. All the best to your new business too:)

    btw, love your balenciaga bag!!!i got my very first B bag last yr for my bday from my bf:) It's the black town bag! i love it!!!

    I also adore your orange polka dot top! Yeah, you're right, i don't have much orange outfits in my wardrobe either. I just never walk into a shop and think..lets get something ORANGE! lol

    Anyhow, another great outfit post, as always^__^


  • Anonymous
    April 19, 2011 at 5:42 am

    It's great to hear career advice and life-lessons from you. I'm actually entering the consulting field this year and moving up to the Northwest too, so you're definitely a role-model 🙂

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    @A Fine Balance For me, it did take a long time to make the decision. I always knew I wanted to do something on my own but it took about 6 months of being so miserable at my last job that I knew I had to get out and make the change.

    Thank you! <3

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    @heavenrain thank you so much! Well if it makes you feel any better, I don't really like the Balenciaga. It's a pretty bag but a pain to carry so better to look at than own anyway 🙂

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    @B It took about 5 years being in the industry that I now consult in to jump out on my own. I did get lucky by having really great mentors that helped me out when I left the company though so it was nice to have their support when I went out on my own.

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    @ChristinaThanks Christina! Defintely a hard decision but was worth it in the end.

    @Twenty.Something Money was always a factor but it did help that we had a good amount of savings in case something happened. That buffer definitely helped make my decision a little less harder and luckily I was able to find clients soon after I left so I didn't have to rely on it too much. It's still nice to know that it's still there in case something happens though.

    @Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) Of course! Thanks for reading!

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    @Anonymous Thank you so much for your kind comment!! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave it and letting me know that you enjoy my blog. It means a lot.

    Don't worry, I'll still be doing photography and now that it won't be for clients, hopefully will be doing more fun shoots for the blog!

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    @Brittany – Try It On Me Thank you! Venturing out on your own is so scary but if it's in your heart to do it, than it's totally worth it!

    @Tarana It's funny, I've had this top for awhile now and I don't wear it often but when I do, I end up loving it! Hope to see it on you soon! 🙂

    @House of Hemingway You are so talented, I know that you'll be able to do something on your own. I hope that you do!

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    @Ria Thanks for the info!

    @Lily The office job worked for me for awhile and I actually truly enjoyed it but then I just realized a lot about myself as I climbed the corporate ladder and stopped enjoying it so I knew I had to get out. Working for yourself is still so much hard work but so much more rewarding!

    @DiamondsandTulle thanks Viv! <3

    @ChicLeVogue thank you!

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    @Annie Thanks Annie!

    @Anonymous I feel for ya. I think people don't understand how hard it is to be a wedding photographer. Everyone thinks it's fun and games but we all know that it's so much more than that. I hope that you'll be able to pursue something that you are more interested in!

    And thanks for your support!

    @Holly Thanks! It's the Classic City bag.

    @CessOviedo It's not new but I don't carry it much. Thanks for your kind words, it means a lot!

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    @kileen Thanks Kileen! It's so nice to be able to start a business with your significant other. Hubs and I get to spend a lot of time together planning our next venture or working on our current projects and I truly love that time spent with him. I can't wait to hear what you'll be doing! 🙂

    @Stephanie Thanks Stephanie!

    @alison*elle Enjoy the corporate world as much as you can. I can't say too many bad things about it because I really did enjoy it a lot for a long time. Good luck to your boyfriend!

    @Sarah Elizabeth Thanks! I think I'm finally liking the shorter hair on myself. It's taken awhile 🙂

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    @Katie It is a pretty good setup! 🙂

    @kimmie I know right? I looked at the calendar and was thinking how crazy it's already been a year!

    The Bal bag isn't new but I just don't carry it much.

    @DSK Steph Thanks Steph!

    @Lisa you can come raid my closet if I can raid your Chanel collection. hahahaha!

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    @Richelle to tell you the truth, I don't love it. It's a pretty bag but a pain to carry! Don't get one, stick to the LV's or the Chanel bags! Much better investment.

    @JENNY thanks Jenny! I know as an entrepreneur yourself you can relate!

    @katou Of course and thank you for listening 🙂

    @Make Mommy Chic it's so hard to imagine leaving the job that you rely on so much for finance and stability reasons but I'll tell you the last day when I left the building of my last job, I felt so amazingly FREE even though I didn't have a job or anything lined up, I was SO happy that day that I knew it was the right decision for me.

    @Yuni I appreciate your kind words Yuni! Thank you for being such a loyal reader! <3

  • iamstylish
    April 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    @Uyen C. Thank you! It's so true, if you are truly motivated and your passion is there, you will always make it work.

    @nancyThank you Nancy!

    @cinzee ooh, I like the town bag! I wonder if it's more comfortable to carry for you than my city bag? I don't carry this bag much because it hurts my arm!

    So funny about the orange but so true. I never even glance at the orange clothes!

    @Anonymous Oh that's great! You'll have to let me know what you think of consulting 🙂 It's not for everyone but I think the people that love it, really love it. The travel and constantly working with new people and new projects is super exciting for me.

  • Kimmiepooh
    April 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, LOVE this look! The tank from Forever 21 provides just the right amount of color, and the nude shoes tie it all together. Pretty!

  • Petite in the City
    April 19, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story Tiffany! I left my corporate job half a year ago too…and so far its been interesting! I've been doing odd and ends sort of jobs so far and sometimes I feel like I'm lacking structure in my daily schedule. I also have too many ideas and too little time, and none of my ideas have really sprung into action yet…hopefully soon!

    Good luck with your next business idea! 🙂


  • Really Petite
    April 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    So cute Tiffany! And of course love the CL's in nude..I have been wanting those since I got my black simples….but I think after my Chanel handbag binge..I will have to refrain 😀

  • annette
    April 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    love the Balenciaga… I'm always a fan of that classic bag