Chanel slingbacks

posted by on 2016.06.28, under outfits
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Yes, I’ve gotten myself a pair of THE Chanel slingback! And no, it’s not possible to take enough photos of them. If that crazy, big, cheesy smile is any clear indication of my giddiness, you will be seeing even more of these beauties on my blog in the future. It’ll be easy because they are so universal. I can pair them with just about any outfits. Also, they are relatively comfortable. A note on the sizing: I went down one whole size from my Chanel espadrilles. These babies run big. The toe box starts off a little snug, but quickly stretches out after a couple of wears.

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Sea New York off the shoulder shirt (on sale!)
Free People jeans (finally found frayed jeans that fit petites)
Jennifer Meyer bar necklace
Hermes Clic Clac bracelet
Chloe Georgia bag
Chanel slingback shoes (similar available online)

How to wear culottes for shorties

posted by on 2016.06.13, under outfits
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In the beginning, I’ve fought tooth and nail against jumping on the the culotte train. As a bonafide “shawtie” (5’2″ on a good day), cropping off my already stunted legs with baggy pants just didn’t seem like a good idea. After I obsessively scrolled through the Instagram feeds of these beautiful model-like ladies posing in their casual, yet chic culottes; I finally figured out how to make it work for me! First of all, it has to be high-waisted. To compensate for the length that’s being chopped off on the bottom, I must add to the top. It’s important to give the illusion that my bottom half starts higher than it really does. This also means that I need to emphasize my waistline, and avoid long and loose tops. Instead, a fitted cropped top will not only enhance the height of the waist, but also balance off the massive bottom half. As a 30 something year old mother struggling with a lot of “secrets” to hide (in my mid-section), I’m sticking with a sliver of skin peeking through. However, if you can pull off a more revealing option (like this super cute one), then “culotte” me jealous (sorry, I went there). All the more power to you! Get it, girl!

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Forever 21 cropped top (on sale!)
Zara culottes (similar)
Jennifer Meyer stick necklace
Givenchy Nightingale bag
Chanel espadrilles

Easy breezy

posted by on 2016.05.24, under outfits
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Another simple and classic outfit. Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards easy assembles that don’t require a lot of thoughts. Perhaps I’m in a fashion rut or just being plain lazy, but all I’ve wanted to put on my body are comfortable and flattering pieces. Like this combination: A white button down shirt (effortless and comfy), a pair of high rise flare jeans (lengthen these stumpy trunks of mine), and a Celine bag (the laziest way to elevate any outfit). Et voilà! An easy breezy outfit, that’s almost cover girl worthy. Well, at least in my delirious mind.

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Forever 21 shirt (similar)
Madewell jeans
Rayes sandals
Celine bag (similar)

Oldies but goodies

posted by on 2016.05.17, under outfits
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Besides the sandals, everything in this outfit are at least several years old. That’s the thing with really good and simple pieces, you can always count on them to be relevant after so many years. They don’t even have to be name brands. I think as long as they are flattering and comfortable, it’s always a sure thing!

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old ASOS tee (similar)
old Zara skirt (similar)
Raye sandals
Celine bag (lusting over this Chloe one and this Saint Laurent one)

90’s kid

posted by on 2016.05.03, under outfits
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One of my friends and I are going to relive our youth and attend a 90’s concert this summer, which couldn’t have come at a better time! The 90’s fashion is back with a vengeance this year, and I’m so excited about this trend. This is not only the era of first kiss and awkward adolescence, it’s also where I began to discover my style; pick my own clothes; and solidify my love for fashion.

This outfit is a potential option for the concert. I don’t think it gets more 90’s than a choker and Levi cutoffs. My only concern is that my legs will be feasted on by bugs and mosquitos comes evening. To be practical, I might bring a backpack instead and pack a change of clothes. Perhaps these mom jeans will be the perfect replacement!

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ASOS off shoulder cardigan
Levi’s shorts (more distressed version,  white version)
Forever 21 choker
ASOS shoes
Celine bag (NEED this one in my life)

New romantics

posted by on 2016.04.19, under outfits
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This romantic blouse is another cool find from my recent Forever 21 shopping spree. I love how the lace sleeves add an elegant Victorian flare to the otherwise basic peasant blouse.

On a separate note, these photos just confirmed that my hair is in desperate need of a good trim and style. After going through a traumatic postpartum hair loss (postpartum hair loss is no joke!), I’ve been diligently growing out my hair. Now, it’s kind of in this shapeless mess. I’m tempted get a long bob or add bangs… Eh, who am I kidding? I’m the laziest person when it comes to hair styling. I’m not going to be be able to keep up with the daily maintenance and hassle. A trim it is.

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Forever 21 blouse
Rag & Bone jeans
Daisy Street sandals
Celine bag

Hello, it’s me.

posted by on 2016.04.11, under outfits
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Whoa, it’s been more than a year since I’ve posted an outfit entry! The reason for the lack of physical presence is none other than postpartum body image issues. Well, it’s more like the usual body image issues PLUS postpartum body havocs. I know, I know… All I do on this blog is either ignoring it or complaining about my weight insecurities, so I’ll spare you the tears today.

Lately, I’ve been having really good luck in finding cute clothes from affordable high street retailers. Case in point, this relaxed and girly assemble. The slouchy, oversized sweater is only around $20 and the delicate, daisy skirt is on sale for $12! Of course, I’ve always liked to elevate any budget friendly outfits with a fancy bag. Speaking of fancy bag… I’m so in love with this Chloe Georgia bag! It’s in the prettiest neutral camel color, which is the perfect shade for when a black bag is just too stark or harsh for the outfit. Not to mention, the leather is so supple and soft. I have a feeling this will be my go to bag this spring and summer.

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Boohoo sweater
Forever 21 skirt
Chloe bag (with a little spin)
Report booties (similar)

Project: Living Room

posted by on 2016.01.18, under interior design
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Can’t believe we’ve moved into the “new” house for about 7 months now! With a baby, it’s been hard to unpack, let alone decoroate. Not going to lie, there are still a bunch of boxes in the garage that we have conveniently forgotten.

So as I continue to ignore those boxes…

One of my 2016 resolution is to get started on my formal living room. When we first moved into the house, my husband claimed the game room, and I took custody of our living room. I wanted the room to be feminine, sophisticated, and romantic. Originally, I was going to stick to the French Country style, that the house already has. However, as I traveled down the design rabbit hole, I realized that I was not ready to completely let go of the modern style. With the help of my talented friend, Jenny, and the magic of Photoshop; I think we’ve came up with some great options in mixing the two.

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Option 1: The ivory tufted sofa and the pale Louis XV style chairs make a very formal, yet feminine pairing, which is exactly what I was going for. The only thing that make me doubt this option is that my Tom Dixon coffee table seems out of place, as it is the only modern piece of furniture in the room. Don’t ask me to give up my coffee table! I love this piece too much to part with it. It is my mission to incorporate this table into my design.

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Option 2: I don’t think it gets more French Country than this simple slipcover sofa with Louis XV style chairs combination. The sofa is a neutral style and seems comfortable. Almost “too” comfortable. Contrary to most people’s wish list for a cozy sofa, I actually don’t want a sofa that’s “too” relaxed. Since I already have a separate family room (where we do most of our relaxing), I wanted this room to be slightly more formal. With a tiny dash of “hoity toity” if you will. Well, just enough so guests will be careful where they set their drinks, and not be tempted to curl up for a nap on the sofa.

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Option 3: I love love LOVE this French style sofa! The shape is very regal, but the gray linen fabric tones down the formality. This combination with the tufted chairs is basically the reverse of Option 1. Naturally, it runs into the same problem as Option 1, where my coffee table seems to be out of place again.

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Option 4: With Pantone declaring one of its 2016 color being Rose Quartz, I have been reminded my love for pink. These dusty pink velvet covered Milo Baughman inspired chairs came just in time. Not only were they the modern juxtaposition I’ve been searching to counter the overly romantic sofa, they were also the perfect piece to tie in the Tom Dixon coffee table. They’re both square with brass legs. Perhaps too matchy? Now I’m worried that the sofa looks out of place…

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Option 5: Then these beautiful swivel chairs, covered in the same adorable dusty pink velvet, appeared before me. with their brass legs and curved backs, they’re kind of the offsprings of the sofa and table. The best part about these chair are the pleated details on the back, which remininsce an ultra sexy chair designed by Kelly Wearstler that I’ve always admired.

So it looks like I’m going to start my room design base on Option 5. I love the contrast between the modern and classic styles. It’s eclectic and interesting, yet still elegant and delightful.

My husband shook his head at me, after he realized that I’ve just spent all this time analyzing 3 pieces of furniture. I’m about to deepen his disappointment in me by telling him that this is only the beginning. More to come!

Gilded mirror
Coffee table
White tray
Diptyque candle in Baies
Traditional rug
Geometric rug
Moroccan style rug
Chevron hide rug
Tufted sofa
Louis XV style chairs
Slipcover sofa
French style sofa
Tufted chairs
Dusty pink velvet covered modern chairs
Dusty pink velvet covered swivel chairs

 

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