Earrings, Bangle, & Ring: Forever 21 | Belt: Dorothy Perkins | Peacock-print Dress: Supersale Bazaar | White Hobo Bag: Gucci | Clogs: CMG
When the pilot episode of New Girl aired last year, a handful of my friends texted me saying that I reminded them so much of Zooey Deschanel’s character, Jess. I figured it was because of Zooey’s brunette curls but my friends were adamant about likening her unassuming and bubbly personality with mine–I chalked it up to my random habit of bursting out into song in the middle of a stressful situation (but I only do this at work when I’m nervous/being obnoxious, I swear).
Now this is all new because I’ve always thought of myself as a “Schmidt”–vain and self-absorbed Schmidt. Or at least hoped to be CeeCee, because who wouldn’t want to be CeeCee, really? But apparently, in real life, I’m as happy-go-lucky, eccentric, klutzy, random, caring, and adorable (and as probably flat-chested) as Jess… or so my friends say.
A few weeks before I got together with my boyfriend, I asked him who he preferred to be with–CeeCee or Jess and unlike my other male friends (who all but said CeeCee instantly and gesticulated with their hands in such a manner as if they were coping a feel out of her bountiful womanly bosoms), he told me that as much as he appreciated CeeCee’s beauty, he would opt to be with Jess or “a Jess” if he had to marry her and wake up next to her everyday because she would be a lovely partner–he thought her charming, peculiar, funny, sweet, all sorts of wonderful, and someone he could take home to his mom (a definite “keeper”).
So then and there, I figured, it wasn’t so bad being Jess after all.
Maybe a classier, more sarcastic, and bitchier version of her, though. Not smoking hot but still as pretty and as precious as a tiny little snowflake. Besides, hot is overrated (and arbitrary).
A little later, my boyfriend revealed that I did remind him slightly of Zooey Deschanel–from the way I look to my “indie” taste in music. “Better than Zooey,” he corrected, “Because you’re cuter and you’re mine.”
Now, it’s a running joke–I’m Jess from New Girl and my show is going to be picked up for its second season, and I’m totally okay with that because apparently, I’m cute and I’m someone my boyfriend wants to come home to (potentially) in the future. The idea rocks my socks, really.
So I purposefully try to channel the inner-Zooey Deschanel in me sometimes. This outfit, for example, is something I think Jess would wear (with flats though) because it is feminine and perky. So I wore this dress when I had Afternoon Tea at Manila Pen with my boyfriend and his dad (who fondly refers to me as his favorite daughter-in-law). They both complimented me on my choice and said I looked lovely and classy “as always.”
I love shift-dresses in general. They’re my lazy day work staples, specifically for days when I don’t really want to look stiff, over-dressed, and overly-corporate. This dress in particular, is simply divine. I love the quirky peacock print, and I love the elegant peek-a-boo detail on the back. I think both details offset the conservative cut. Plus, it’s very flattering on my frame–it makes me look leggy and slim.
Our little secret? I got this dress for only 600 pesos. Roughly 15 USD for something fully-lined underneath and brand new. When I tell my friends this, they always, always, would let out an incredulous squawk. And again, I don’t mind, I’m totally okay that they’re finding it so hard to reconcile the fact that I’m wearing something inexpensive. I think it’s a compliment in itself. It means that I’m able to carry the dress and make it look like it’s worth thousands–either that or I’ve a good eye for purchases in general and I can find something affordable for something that actually looks like it costs so much more.
At the end of the day, even if I love my high-street brands, what’s really important I believe, is the quality, the cut, and how you look in it. Never mind if you’re wearing Ellie Tahari or Topshop, it’s all about being confident and choosing the dress that best suits your needs. I think it’s infinitely better if you’re able to make your cheap dress look expensive rather than make your expensive dress look cheap, you know what I mean?
Anyway, here are some more photos:
I think my Chinese ancestry is really apparent in this photo. Sorry for the sleepy-eyed look, this was way early in the morning. I am also using Prestige’s lipstick in Raven.
These Oro Nero clogs are my favorite. They are so comfortable and they’re the perfect height!