Jan 22, 2017

ALL ABOUT THE BELL SLEEVES

GO BIG OR GO HOME
StyleWe off the shoulder bell sleeve blouse, Paige Premium distressed denim, Kate Spade stud earrings, Zara sandals
The one blouse style to look out for in 2017 are bell sleeves. This 70's trend got re-introduced in 2016 from designers such as Chanel and Chloe, yet it's coming full force in 2017. Retail companies have caught onto this runway trend and have been producing their own version. StyleWe in particular has done a great job offering a wide selection of bell sleeve tops at affordable price points. This top in particular caught my attention because you can wear the sleeves loose and long or tie the ends together. I figured if you're going to wear this trend though why not go all out? So I decided to double tie the ends and bring them up to my elbows for extra volume. If there's any top that can give you an instant fashion-forward look it's definitely bell-sleeves. 

Jan 17, 2017

WINTER IN PORTLAND, OR

IN LAYERS
HM beanie and tank, Zara parka, J.Crew chambray shirt, Paige "verdugo" jeans, Zara leather boots,
Nordstrom scarf (similar here), Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere 30 in Monogram Empreinte Leather
I travel to Portland, Oregon often since Josh's parents live there and have found it increasingly comforting to visit. It's always nice gathering with family and Portland in general has amazing food and great shopping (since it's all tax-free). It's also only a 1.5 hour flight from San Francisco which used to be the same travel time it used to take me to get to work. Definitely can't complain about that! While my visit to Portland was short as I was only there for 2.5 days, I've mastered the art of packing light and bringing just what I need. Most importantly, I've learned to minimize the amount of thick apparel that I bring and maximize luggage space by bringing layers and winter accessories instead. In this particular outfit, I'm wearing 3-layers plus my scarf and beanie. That alone kept me warm and comfortable enough to brave the Portland cold. 





Dec 28, 2016

1 SCARF, 4 WAYS

KNOT IT, WRAP IT, WEAR IT
my mom's vintage oversized sweater, F21 Scarf (similar here and here), Gucci handbag, J.Brand "Cameron Corset" skinny jeans
My favorite all-time winter accessory is a scarf. Scarves are practical and come in so many assortments that it's easy to find one in your style. It's also an easy way to stylize and add dimension to an outfit. What I love the most about scarves though is the variety of ways you can wear it. This simple long knitted gray scarf of mine is one of my favorites because I've mastered multiple ways to wear it. Keep on reading to learn how. 

1. Wrap it twice and tie: wrap the scarf around your neck twice, then knot the ends together so it stays bundled up and close to your chest. This is my favorite way to wear a scarf because it's more unique and provides so much warmth. You also don't have to worry about the ends of the scarf getting caught on anything. This is also how I wore the scarf in the first photo.

2. Classic twist around the neck: one of the most common ways to wear a scarf. Wrap the scarf around your neck once and let the ends hang loose. I tend to wear it this way when I'm in a rush or when the scarf is full of fabric because tying it this way is the most comfortable. 
3. Neck wrap: This style is most convenient if you have a circle scarf. If you don't have a circle scarf though like me, keep wrapping the scarf around your neck until you run out of fabric and tuck the ends underneath the scarf. This style is great if you're wearing bulky clothing and want to minimize layers on your chest since it keeps the scarf just around the neck. 
4. The loop: Grab the scarf and fold it in half so the two ends touch, then wrap the scarf around your neck once and put the ends through the loop. This style is best suited for thin or really long scarves because it helps add dimension and thickness while decreasing the length of the scarf.
The next time you purchase a scarf, see how many ways you can wear it!