Seeing Spots

It can safely be assumed that I have a steadfast addiction to polka dots. Unhealthy, some might say. I say, wearing them makes me feel simultaneously polished, youthful, and very, very happy. While I agree they’re not for everyone, there’s so many ways to wear them. You can pair them with flared jeans or slacks for a polished, more professional look. You can mix it up with another similarly-proportioned print for lots of fun (my favorite) or with a bright solid like this pink skirt (seen here). Polka dots–the new classic? I vote yes!

Here’s what happens when your younger sister comes outside to debate our mother’s sanity. I roped her in to sneak some sisterly shots.

Oy vey, there were so many things not okay about taking pictures of this outfit, which I wore to my mom’s 56th birthday bash.

  • I was, admittedly, the most dressed up family member there.
  • (Let’s not even talk about the raised-eyebrows-look I gave my dad when he opened the door wearing crew socks with boat shoes.)
  • Let’s also not talk about the 150% humidity that Texas decided to spring upon us at the balmy hour of 7pm.
  • Indeed, let us also not talk about how after reviewing photos from this outfit, I immediately began a self-tanner regimen, which, let’s be honest, isn’t quite there yet. Thus, the black tights.

My boyfriend kindly but concernedly asked about the state of my orange elbows a few days ago. “Oh, it’s self tanner,” I replied, tucking my arms to my sides and wrapping up tighter in my blanket. Still have some work to do.

But it’s nothing that can’t be cured with a sister who joins you outside to “strike a pose“!

Sunday was spent working on an exciting project which I can’t wait to tell you about. But mum’s the word until they give me the go-ahead!! HB and I also played host for the very first time since moving into our apartment nearly a year ago – my dad cooked us all his famous spaghetti and meat sauce (it is out of this world), while I whipped up a homemade caesar salad (anchovies and all). The rest of the weekend was consumed by studying for my Pediatrics board exam which is this Friday.

How was your weekend spent? Lovely I hope.

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  1. 04.25.2011 / 12:08 am

    I love polka dots too and your beautiful pale skin!

  2. 04.25.2011 / 12:15 am

    love the Polka Dots! We are doing Giveaway featuring a Polka dot dress! Cute ring too!


  3. 04.25.2011 / 12:21 am

    Kristina, this outfit is absolutely perfect!! I love it!! I have cleaned out my closet and sadly I don't have anymore polka dots!! *sad face* time to go shop!! πŸ™‚

    Sooo funny about the self tanner! I don't have that problem, but you still look dang cute with the tights! They must have been hot with all that humidity!

    GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAM!!! I was wondering what you wanted to be!! I have been working in Beh/Dev Peds for 2 years and I love it! You will knock it out of the park, lady!! Keep us posted! I'll be praying for you!!




  4. 04.25.2011 / 12:50 am

    I love this top, and I love ZARA! I've been searching for a top like this for a while… but can't seem to find one I can afford! I need to make a run by Buffalo Exchange, I guess πŸ™‚
    Also, I love pediatrics!!! I'm moving to Boston and starting my residency in it this coming June… SO EXCITED! …..Good choice πŸ˜‰

  5. 04.25.2011 / 1:36 am

    Love your polka dots- they make me happy too! And I am dying over your adorable star ring because I am obsessed with all things stars! =) Best of luck with your exam this week!

  6. Demy
    04.25.2011 / 2:36 am

    Hiii!!!!! πŸ˜€ Your weekend was awesome and veeeeryyy… delicious! Now I'm dreaming of Ceasar salads and spaghetti and jeez! Shame on you πŸ˜› πŸ˜› You made me hungry and it's 11 in the morning πŸ˜›

    Plus, I wanted to wish you with ALL my heart GOOD LUUUUUCK!!!!!!!! I'm sure that you'll do great! There's NO doubt about that! πŸ™‚

    So onto this pretty outfit! I don't know if polkas are going to be the new classic, but apparently you are the queen of polka dots, because girl, you ROCK them! This is so amazing! I'm loving your awesome shoes and skirt, greatly put together!

    Btw, how funny is this story about tanning hahahha! πŸ˜€ You should come over here to Greece and then you wouldn't need any self tanner… Sun would do everything for you πŸ˜›

    Bye bye! πŸ˜€

  7. 04.25.2011 / 3:09 am

    First of all, wishing you MASSIVE good luck for your exam!

    Secondly, I love that GIF of you and your sister – too cute!

    Thirdly, I bought that skirt last week in pink and green and I'm OBSESSED with it. You can see my outfit post wearing it in pink below ("Good Friday"). Hope you like it!

  8. 04.25.2011 / 3:55 am

    Mmmmmm spaghetti :))
    I always seem to have the curse of the orange elbow!

    But goooood luuuuck for your exam!!!


  9. 04.25.2011 / 6:16 am

    You'll do great on your exam:) And funny that you mentioned the need for self tanner. I personally think your skin is the best shade of pale. It reminds me of like Kirsten Dunst's skin tone. Anywho, you look wonderful and I hope all goes well with your studying.

  10. 04.25.2011 / 6:42 am

    Those shoes are so adorable! You'd never think they were from Payless.

  11. 04.25.2011 / 6:57 am

    I have the same affinity for polka dots; they are definitely the new classic! I struggle with self tanners as well and have found the most luck with Jergens Natural Glow. Unfortunately it is a bit more subtle than the true self tanners. Good luck!!

    -Chelsea (

  12. 04.25.2011 / 7:11 am

    Polka dots are fabulous! I'm on the hunt for the perfect black and white polka dot dress…

    And yay for sisterly poses! They're some of the best ones there are. πŸ™‚

  13. 04.25.2011 / 7:34 am

    Love that spotty top!
    Monique xx

  14. Lynn Z.
    04.25.2011 / 7:39 am

    Loving the new layout and outfit!

    And p.s. I also read 'Water for Elephants'! I can't wait to see the movie…although it received ho-hum results, I have a slight obsession with R-Patt πŸ˜‰


  15. 04.25.2011 / 7:47 am

    That's a fun motion picture! Vogue it out ladies! haha. Cute polka dot. Hey I was wondering if I could post your colorblock outfit in my color picks album on my facebook page for my blog? I see you have everything copyrighted, etc so I wanted to ask first!

    I'm also hosting a giveaway this week, and would love for you to enter and spread the news! Thanks so much!

  16. 04.25.2011 / 7:51 am

    HAHA. I love the animated gif. Sometimes it takes a while for us pale girls to get that fake base tan going. I feel your pain. Love the dots!

  17. 04.25.2011 / 8:22 am

    1. I get harassed SO MUCH by my Beau for my love of polka dots. They're the most perfect pattern, in my humble opinion.

    2. Let me know how the self tanner goes! I'm in desperate need of a little warming of ye skin (esp my pasty legs!). But I'm a bit scared, no lie.

  18. 04.25.2011 / 8:32 am

    Such a cute outfit! I always prefer to be overdressed than under πŸ™‚

    You and your striking a pose made my morning! Lol

    Good luck on your Pediatric exam; I am sure you will do very well!

  19. 04.25.2011 / 9:25 am

    Haha, this post was amusing! You still look absolutely adorable though, and I'm with you – loooove polka dots! They are just so fresh & bold, yet still classic! I'm also completely obsessed with this pink zara skirt I keep seeing around the blog world… SO perfect for spring, it seems to go with everything and is just so fun & cute!

  20. 04.25.2011 / 9:32 am

    I can only say > I wish my legs were such a beautiful creamy shade of pale. Love the polka dotted blouse with that pink skirt! Good luck with your exams!
    You look like a lady Dr should look!! Very Smart!!

  21. 04.25.2011 / 9:32 am

    I couldn't agree more, polka dots are the best!!! I love that top, I can see you wearing it for many years to come. Haha, you guys are so awesome for striking a pose, love it. Good luck with the studying, stay focused and I'm sure you will do great! πŸ˜€

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

  22. 04.25.2011 / 9:36 am

    Love, love, love spots!.. Looks lovely!:) ~ xoxo

  23. 04.25.2011 / 10:12 am

    I just wanted to say that I thought your legs were so very pretty in your color blocking post. Just go back and look at the first picture. The China like whiteness is very attractive against the neon. We uber-fairs must embrace our paleness and make the TANNERS jealous of us–or just wear tights…hahahahaha. (Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift are on our side!)

    Good Luck on your boards!

  24. 04.25.2011 / 10:24 am

    LOVE!! And good luck on your #pediatrics exam!! You'll do great!! πŸ™‚ RT @PrttyShnySprkly: Seeing Spots #outfits

  25. 04.25.2011 / 11:01 am

    I love this combination.. the pink skirt is awesome!! xxo J

  26. 04.25.2011 / 11:12 am

    that picture of you and your sis is just perfect. makes me miss my sister on the other side of the country!

  27. 04.25.2011 / 11:15 am

    I love polka dots too! I own about 50 things all with polka dots on them. My fav is a black sweater dress with multicoloured polka dots on them, it makes me think of easter and being youthful πŸ™‚

  28. 04.25.2011 / 11:24 am

    β—¦ Alltop: Seeing Spots: It can safely be assumed that I have a steadfast addiction to polka dots. Unhealthy, some…

  29. 04.25.2011 / 2:27 pm

    After searching for what seemed like ages (though it was probably only a few months) I finally found a gorg polka dot blouse last month. Woohoo! One might think that I would have worn it already but no, it is just hanging there in the closet waiting to make it's debut appearance. Lol.

    Anyway, I love the way you paired it with a bright skirt! I love anything bright these days.

    I am right there with you on the tan. I have given up on self tanner because I can never get it right. I usually end up looking like an orange zebra for a week. Not a good look. lol.

  30. 04.25.2011 / 3:11 pm

    I love this look! While I don't own a polka dot top i do own polka dot shorts! I love the hot pink skirt too cute! Black tights always gives that sophisticated look which you do nicely! Love it all! xoxo Ty

  31. 04.25.2011 / 5:11 pm

    Such a cute look! Love the picture of you and your sis goofing around. Reminds me of my roommate and I–we are nut balls and I love it!

    PS: obsessed with the new header!!!

  32. 04.25.2011 / 6:06 pm

    Love the dots!! Humidity or not, you cannot tell from your fabulous photos~~~ πŸ™‚ Would you also be able to give me a definition of what exactly muu muus are? I tried to google/wiki the definition and couldn't really find anything sigh …. Btw, glad you figured out what you wanna do!!! πŸ˜€ You'll make an amazing pediatrician!!!

  33. 04.25.2011 / 6:07 pm

    btw you and michelle look so cute~

  34. 04.25.2011 / 6:30 pm

    I vote yest to the polka-dots too! (My post yesterday was polka-dots:) I am glad you had a wonderful weekend with your family! You and your sister are precious!

  35. 04.25.2011 / 7:41 pm

    I agree, polka dots should be considered a classic. And I love the bright, modern way you're wearing them!

  36. 04.25.2011 / 10:15 pm

    hi, i just discovered ur blog and i'm totally smitten πŸ™‚

    i only have one polka dot item in my closet and u've just given me some ideas on how to wear it…hehe. as a matter of fact, i gotta look thru ur blog to get more fashion tips! πŸ™‚

    btw, LOVE you and your sis' "vogue" pic…how do you made the photos move like that!??

  37. 04.25.2011 / 10:19 pm

    Polka dots a classic? Yes! Absolutely! Paired with bright pink? Even better! Looking wonderful, m'dear!

  38. 04.25.2011 / 11:23 pm

    Today I bought a white blouse with navy polka dots and a rose colored skirt with white polky dots and I am going to wear them together. Love your shoes by the way. Break a leg on your exam.

  39. 04.26.2011 / 6:17 pm

    I love the dots! I have always admired polka dot prints from a distance but wint venture in because I am terrified of looking like Minnie Mouse! I bet you will do great on the Ped's Boards!

  40. 04.26.2011 / 8:16 pm

    Those photos of you and your sister are so playful and fun! I have the same Zara skirt, but in kelly green. You look fantastic in it, especially with the darling dotted top. Wishing you the best on your exam!

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  41. 04.26.2011 / 11:47 pm

    How have I not come across your blog before?! You have such stunning style. Instant follow! Can't wait to look through your posts and get to know you better!


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