4/16/17

THE NEW 501 SKINNY JEANS

THAT LOOK LIKE MOM JEANS
Levi's 501 selvedge skinny jeans in summer dune, Levi's boyfriend trucker jacket
A classic pair of blue jeans is one clothing article that is always worth the investment. Mom jeans in particular, have been back in style which are jeans with a destroyed or vintage color wash, higher-waisted, and fit loose around the crotch and legs. I've been loving Levi's lately and got myself a pair of 501 selvedge skinny jeans in summer dune and love how they fit and look. I consider my 501 skinny jeans a more stylish version of "mom jeans". They're 100% cotton so have no stretch, but the fit and quality make them comfortable to wear and it helps that they're not body hugging either. I've been living in these mom jeans that pair well with anything casual especially basic tee's. Ladies, it's time to ditch the boyfriend jeans and get yourself a pair of mom jeans. Below are some of my favorite finds. 
  1. PacSun Favorite Blue Ripped Mom Jeans $60
  2. Zara mid-rise vintage jeans $70
  3. Levi's wedgie fit jeans in desert delta $98
  4. Levi's 501 selvedge skinny jeans in summer dune $148
  5. AGOLDE high-rise cropped jeans (great for shorter people, like myself!) $148

4/12/17

THE KNOTTED TREND

WAYS TO WEAR IT, WHERE TO GET IT
Stolen Hearts button-down dress from Forever21, Gucci Princetown loafers, Ships Ginza handbag
One basic way to make an oversized shirt or button-down more trendy is by adding a knot to it. I do this a lot to my oversized shirts by pulling on the bottom of the shirt and giving it a single knot, usually in the center or one side of the shirt (examples via Cosmo here). You probably unintentionally do this trend too, such as when you tie the bottom ends of your button-down together (shirt example here). I love how various brands have started incorporating this twisted trend into more classic clothes like the shirt dress I'm wearing. The extra fabric helps make the knot dramatic, easier to tie, and more comfortable to wear. Although most fashion trends come and go, I don't see this trend disappearing anytime soon so if you're looking for a way to spice up that basic shirt in your closet why not upgrade it with a knotted version of it? Below are some of my favorite picks in stores right now. 
  1. Zara plain knotted t-shirt $20
  2. Zara faux suede sleeveless top with knot $36
  3. Bar III striped knotted shirt dress on sale for $54
  4. Free People striped tube top with knotted front $78
  5. Topshop casual oversized tie waist dress $85
  6. LNA plain deep v-neck shirt $90
  7. T by Alexander Wang front twist short sleeve shirt $150
  8. 3.1 Philip Lim striped knotted shirtdress $475

4/2/17

MUTED COLOR TONES

THE BEST WAY TO MAKE A LOUD TREND MORE SUBTLE
Missguided choker sweater, Balenciaga sunglasses (available in black here), Coordinates Collection open air bracelet, Chanel classic flap bag
Muted color tones such as blush pink have been trending over the years. With minimalism gaining popularity in design and fashion, it only makes sense that subdued color tones have been trending as these colors compliment minimalist design and are less harsh on the eyes. This color trend can also be evident in Pantone's color of the year award. In 2016 it was rose quartz and serenity both beautiful, muted colors. The nice thing about muted colors is that it goes well with everything and automatically brings calmness to your attire. Take my sweater for example. A top with an attached choker is often a bold statement piece, yet the color drastically reduces the boldness and instead softens it making the sweater subtle and in fact, soothing. The next time you're shopping and love the piece but feel like the style is too loud or bold, try finding it in a muted color tone. I guarantee you'll feel more at ease and even more confident wearing it. 

3/28/17

OFF THE SHOULDER & CULOTTES

AT THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS
Forever21 top and scarf, Zara culottes and heels, vintage Gucci boston handbag (similar one here)
Off-the-shoulder tops have been increasing in popularity and growing in variability and are one trend I can't get enough of. With summer and Coachella right around the corner, I've been eyeing more off-the-shoulder crop tops like the one I'm wearing now. The best thing about off-the-shoulder tops are that they can be dressed casually or formally and if you don't know by now, I'm all about clothing versatility. If I wanted to dress my outfit down, with the same top on I would swap out the culottes for high-waisted distressed denim and ditch the heels for some boots or sneakers. Regardless of how you style it, I'm all about this trend and think you should be too. Therefore, below are some of my favorite stores with some of the cutest off-the-shoulder tops on the market. 

3/27/17

MY VERY FIRST CHANEL

IN CLASSIC FLAP, LAMBSKIN LEATHER
American Apparel shirt, Levi's Made & Crafted boyfriend jeans, Vince suede "paulette" pumps, Chanel classic flap bag in lambskin leather and gold-tone metal
Ever since I was little I dreamed of owning a Chanel yet never thought the day would come. My parents immigrated to the states from South Korea in the early 1980's and restarted their life in America barely knowing how to speak English to live the American Dream. With my dad working 2 jobs and my stay-at-home mom, we grew up very budget-conscious and practical, where purchases were based on needs not wants. The thought of owning a designer piece worth more than 4 digits was far beyond my reach. Yet when I discovered that the classic flap bag was also my mom's dream bag, I knew I had to get it. I've always aspired to be successful and have always had an extremely self-motivated mindset where I set goals and don't stop until I reach them. This Chanel flap bag is another depiction of that. After purchasing my Chanel flap bag I realized that at the end of the day, a bag is just a bag but it's the meaning of this purchase that made this moment so special to me. My parents sacrificed everything to raise me and my brother to live our American dream and I am now successful enough to afford the wants not needs. This timeless Chanel will always remind me of my humble upbringings and that you can literally do anything you set your mind to.