April 28, 2011

CASUAL WEDNESDAYS

IN MY PERFORATED SHIRT

Foreign Exchange perforated shirt, DIY A&F cut-off shorts, my old Aldo boots from Winter '07, American Apparel circle scarf, Vince leather jacket, Balenciaga handbag
       Decided to go to Starbucks after work yesterday in "attempts" to be productive. Yet, the most productive thing I managed to do was record a video of me rapping to Chris Brown/Busta Rhymes/Lil Wayne's song "Look at me Now" hahaha. Talk about the endless amount of distractions that can occur when sitting down with a laptop next to a friend.
       Anyways I recently discovered this new store called Foreign Exchange. Their clothes are really affordable and the style's like a mix of Forever21 and NastyGal. I ended up getting 3 shirts from them and the one I'm wearing above is one of them. Definitely should check them out if you're tired of the everyday stores you shop at all the time.
photo's taken by charlieum

April 25, 2011

EMBELLISH ME BABY

ALL IN THE DETAILS
JASON WU: Autumn/Winter 2011

I absolutely love having embellishments and decorative details on any article of clothing or accessory. It's ability to visually impact an article of clothing and create a regal look is one that's not only impressive but unique. Designers such as Balmain, Roberto Cavalli and Jason Wu demanded attitude this year by adorning their 2011 runway shows with embellished details. Jason Wu in particular went ostentatious by embroidering little decorative details onto his clothes, engineering it to look like a print. Wu's ability to ambitiously experiment with sequins, beading, paillettes, lace and feathers proved that even the most neutral outfits (in color) can turn heads through embellished details.
Zara jacket, H&M trouser shorts, vintage Gucci handbag, AE peasant blouse, F21 knee high socks

Embellishments on the runway
JASON WU: Autumn/Winter 2011 runway collection
1. BURBERRY PROSUM: Spring 2011, 2. OSCAR DE LA RENTA: A/W 2011, 3. BALMAIN: F/W 2011
Celebrities in embellished clothing articles
1. Kate Bosworth in a Dolce Gabbana dress, 2. Blake Lively in an embellished jacket & skirt by Matthew Williamson,
3. Diane Kruger in a Gucci Dress & Isabel Marant jacket, 4. Michelle Obama in an embroidered/embellished Naeen Khan dress

April 20, 2011

PUSSY BOW BLOUSING

DRESS YOUR CHEST WITH A PUSSY BOW
Anja Rubik for Mango A/W 2010
Pussy-bows (a bow that gets tied across the chest on a blouse) is a classic way to add a feminine and playful touch on a blouse. Dropping down from the neck, pussy bows helps add visual appeal and interest towards the chest area. What I love about pussy-bows is its ability to transform an otherwise simple blouse into a blouse that screams dressy, feminine and appealing. Depending on the blouse, pussy bows can be worn close to the neck line for a more tailored and pristine look, or lower towards the chest area for a more undone yet glamourous look. Either way, ditch the necklace and dress your chest with a pussy bow!
H&M blouse, MinkPink leather shorts, vintage Gucci handbag, F21 hat & Belt, Dolce Vita pela wedges



Pussy Bow Blouses on the Runway
1. LUCA LUCA Autumn/Winter 2011 2. BALMAIN Fall 2010, 3. YSL Spring 2011

1. Kourtney Kardashian with a black pussy bow
2. Picture via Stockholm Street Style, black pussy bow
3. Olivia Palermo wearing all Mango, white blouse with low pussy bow























April 14, 2011

KNOTTY IN CROCHET

SHEER ENOUGH FOR SUMMER
Lily Donaldson for MONSOON Spring/Summer 2011
Crochet was prominent in the 1970's feeding off that hippie, festival era. Yet, with the recent return of the 70's trend, crochet is now back and hitting the runways like never before, making for a seriously demanding fashion statement. Being one of summer's hottest trends on the market, designers all over have learned how to remix and remaster the crochet trend. Anna Sui, goes playful mixing crochet with various native elements such as feathers and ruffles. While Proenza Schouler goes a little retro mixing crochet with contrasting neon colors. Either way, get a little experimental this summer and incorporate crochet into your own personal style!
Read this post on my San Francisco's: Examiner.com page!
FUN WAYS TO WEAR CROCHET: 
1. Feather it up: This year feathers are huge, and luckily, feathers and crochet look seamlessly compatible together. Feather accessories also come in a variety of fun colors, and can really help liven up a crochet outfit, especially if the crochet is in a neutral color tone. My personal favorite colors to pair with crochet are teal or orange. 
2. Dare to go bare underneath: When I think of great swimming cover-up pieces, a crochet dress automatically comes to mind. The difference between a grandma's crochet sweater dress (ick), and a sexy, current crochet look greatly depends on how you wear it. Using crochet as an overlay piece to something sexy underneath is a great way to spruce up this trend. 
3. Keep it light-hearted: The hand-crafted nature of crochet along with the light color gives off a fresh, fun summer vibe appeal. Support this look by ensuring the rest of your outfit is light and paired with summer pieces. Pieces such as sandals, shorts, bandeaus and lightweight jackets work great.
spring/summer 2011 runway collection
1. PROENZA SCHOULER, 2. VERA WANG, 3. EMILIO PUCCI, 4. JULIEN MACDONALDS
1. Kate Bosworth in a Top Shop Crochet Dress
2. Miranda Kerr in Anna Kosturova marilyn crochet dress
3. Model Candice Swanepoel for Victoria's Secret: crochet cardigan
photos taken by mandywong

April 12, 2011

INSPIRATION

TORSO STORY
Mixing different spotted patterns and textures together create a heightened level of juxtaposition
Who said tweed couldn't be worn casually? 


Knitted mesh, fur and of course the red bag helps break up proportions
Brown it out, then twist up the belt for dimension worth noticing
eclectic mix of bracelets and I will always love fur...  faux fur

color blocking with a neutral color palette and splash of red

sometimes all you need are awesome accessories to tell the story
extreme deep v-necks and gold plated neckwear can create quite a statement
behold, the chunky necklace and studded belt




     
photo's courtesy of other fashion blogs such as JakandJill, pinger.pl and streetfsn

April 11, 2011

ASTONISH IN EUROPE

ASTONISH MAGAZINE: ISSUE ZERO



Above are some of my favorite editorial photo's from their Issue Zero: The Goddess Within. I'm especially in love with the spread "New Nomad". The fashion, textures, color scheme, background, and models used just create such a compelling and soft statement. You can check out the full issue here and tell me, what's your favorite spread in Issue Zero?!? I'd love to know.

So on another note...  word on the street is that Astonish Magazine is out in Europe! Astonish has been posting stickers everywhere they go giving hints on where they are. You can follow them on twitterfacebook, or tumblr to try to catch them! 

April 7, 2011

BLACK, DENIM & SILVER

JUST FOR FUN







black Cotton On sheer blouse, A&F cut-off denim shorts, lace undershorts, cuff & mixture of necklaces from F21, Jeffrey Campbell wedges
So I've been super, super busy with work this week which explains my absence from blogging. Yet, I decided to take a break and blog for all my wonderful fans out there! I'm from a small town, Union City and having grown up here my whole life, I know the city pretty well. Yet, I was utterly surprised to come across a Mexican restaurant in Old Alvarado that looked rustic, vintage and well, not so modern like the rest of Union City! Loving the brick pillars & textured walls, me and Debra of coutureaholic decided to do a quick stop and snap some pictures! Enjoy! 
Photo's taken by: Debra Tan of Coutureaholic