12/31/12

BLACK AND WHITE

READY FOR 2013
Most of my Christmas parties with friends occurred the weekend after Christmas. Since a few of my friends live in other states, even different countries, it made more sense to have our get togethers after allowing some time for them to readjust back home. I love this time of year for the pure fact that its a time when me and my closest friends all get together and bond before the new year. Thus this outfit was one that I decided to wear during a secret santa exchange with my college friends. I figured something classy and simple would make due for a nice outfit before 2013. I hope you all have a wonderful, and safe New Years! Cheers to 2013! 

12/25/12

MERRY CHRISTMAS

RED AND ALTERED GREEN
How are you all spending Christmas today? My whole Dads side lives in Korea and I only have 1 aunt near me so the holidays are always just spent with my immediate family. I used to be envious growing up, seeing my friends attending family parties but realized its also nice to spend time with the family at home. It also gives me time to get overdue chores done around the house. These pants in example are from 2005 and used to be flared (remember when bellbottoms were everywhere)? I've been meaning to alter them into skinny cargo jeans and finally got around to doing it. The timing fit in nicely with my ability to wear them for a somewhat Christmas inspired outfit. Anyways I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus! :) 
H&M turtleneck sweater, J.Crew flannel, old altered Hollister cargo pants from 2005 (I sewed up the seam to turn them into skinny fit since they used to be flared), vintage Dooney & Bourke handbag, Ecote boots, glitz chain bracelet courtesy HelloFab
photos by jasonkwan

12/21/12

NEUTRAL HOLIDAY

SHADES OF TAN
I wore this dress to a company holiday party last weekend and found myself to be very comfortable. The pleated details along with the bubble skirt shape made it easy for me to eat lavishly while hiding my big belly full of food. Although I wore it with a dark gray trench coat day of the event, I figured pairing it with a leather jacket would help neutralize the look during the day. I still can't believe how Christmas is approaching next Tuesday. How far are you guys on Holiday shopping? 
Zara jacket (similar here & here) and heels,  Stylesofia dress, vintage Jennifer Moore belt, vintage Etienne Aigner handbag,
glitz chain bracelet and bow ring courtesy of hellofab, Michael Kors watch
photos by mandywong

12/18/12

EVERYTHING OLD

INTO THE NEW
I finished my first semester of grad school this past weekend! It felt amazing leaving class on Sunday realizing how much I've accomplished in just 3.5 months. This Christmas since I'm experiencing financial pains of an unemployed full-time student, I've been forbidding myself to buy anything for myself. Thus, everything I'm wearing is old. My jacket and boots were purchased in Korea last year and everything else I'm wearing are some of my wardrobe basics. While I love purchasing trendy pieces, I definitely get more wear and use from all my basics. Simple items such as my scarf, leather pants, and cotton tees are what I call investment pieces since they'll never fade out of style. 
Boots (similar here) and jacket (similar here) from Korea, F21 acid washed shirt (similar here & here), AA circle scarf,
H&M leather pants (similar here, herehere), Vintage Dooney & Bourke handbag, Brandy Melville necklace

photos by mandywong

12/10/12

INSTAUPDATE

TRENDENVY THROUGH INSTAGRAM
Finally started doing some Christmas shopping this weekend. Purposely wore super casual clothes knowing I'd be walking a lot this day.
J. Crew shirtTopshop tank, Forever leggings and Urban Outfitters boots.

12/3/12

TROUSERS AND STRIPES

OVERSIZED & COMFY
I took these at Stern Grove park yesterday while walking around. I was wondering why the whole park was so murky and moist then shortly realized, duh a storm just passed through SF (it was raining cats and dogs days prior). Although rainy, I went out to a nightclub for a friends birthday Saturday night where I unexpectedly ran into a bunch of my other friends, and others whom I haven't seen in years. The randomness made for one fun (and tiring) night, so the last thing I wanted to do Sunday was wear anything but tight-fitting clothes. These trousers have always catered to be a perfect substitute for my lazy days and this oversized American Apparel shirt never disappoints.

AA pocket tee, American Eagle scarf (last years but similar here & here), H&M trousers (sized up for oversized fit - similar here), H&M belt, Alexander Wang handbag, Dolce Vita oxfords
photos taken by jasonkwan

11/30/12

HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS

GLITS OF GLAM
1. Warehouse tux contrast jacket, 2. DVF tonda clutch, 3. All Saints necklace, Ann Taylor earrings, 4. Christian Dior eyeshadow  
5. Nars lipstick in shanghai express,  6. Deborah Lippmann nail polish in boom boom pow, ruby red slipper, and happy birthday
7.  Miss Selfridge embellished skirt, 8. Miss Selfridge nude boot, Zara heels

Just some holiday essentials I felt were necessary to end the year with a jazz. It seems that sequins and all things glitter have become a trademark in fashion around Christmas and New Years. I can't help but find myself unintentionally obsessed with sparkly things every time December rolls around. For those that aren't the flashy type accessorizing through glittery nails, studded heels or even a statement necklace would serve as the perfect complimentary. I have no idea what I'm doing for New Years this year but all I know is there's going to be some sparkle in my wardrobe!
collage made through polyvore

11/27/12

HINTS OF GOLD

OVER BLACK
This past weekend was full of festive activities and one of them consisted of my dear friend Christina's birthday celebration. To celebrate her big 25 a group of us wined and dined at Prospect, then stepped foot into a few bars around Minna St. in San Francisco. I figured something classy, yet comfortable like shorts would be appropriate knowing we'd be prancing around downtown. I always get skeptical wearing nylons when out, but thankfully these Hue nylons stuck through and failed to snag all night. 


Forever21 top and shorts (similar here & here), Hue nylons, Aldo heels (similar here & here), H&M necklace (similar here), Estee Lauder makeup bag turned clutch, Michael Kors watch
photos taken by jason

11/25/12

SEASONAL FLANNEL

IN PRIMARY COLORS
I spent Thanksgiving afternoon with my immediate family (we always do Thanksgiving lunch), Thanksgiving dinner with Jasons' family and did Thanksgiving prime rib style (so good) Friday night with Jason and his friends. I've been looking for the perfect flannel for the longest time, one that I can wear buttoned-up or open with a tee underneath and figured this primary colored flannel would be appropriate for the season. I don't shop at J.Crew often (this shirt was actually gifted) but the ever so soft material may cause me to become a more frequent J.Crew shopper. Anyways, I hope everyone else's Thanksgiving was as food filled as mine! 
J. Crew flannel, Zara leather jacket, H&M belt, Paige premium denim, Alexander Wang handbag, LAMB heels, Michael Kors watch
photos taken by charles

11/21/12

FALL THANKS

OVERSIZED OVER A SKIRT
This sweater I'm wearing is my moms old vintage sweater (also worn here). I'm thankful that after all the moving my mom went through (my mom immigrated here from Korea, then traveled from NY to CA) that she was able to keep some of her favorite belongings. I often hear stories about my friends' parents leaving everything behind to move to the states, and I realize how fortunate it is to just be able to hold onto your possessions. Although I'm thankful for numerous things this year, being able to wear my moms vintage goods is one thing I'm grateful for. What are you thankful for? 
On another note, who plans to go Black Friday shopping? I recently wrote an article for Triple Pundit titled "The Role of Psychology in Black Friday and the Hidden Truth Behind the Deals. Would love for you to check it out. :) Have a great and safe Thanksgiving everyone! 

Moms vintage sweater (similar here), Topshop skirt (similar here, here here), Spanx nylons, Aldo heels, Coach Madison satchel

photos taken by me with the help of a tripod ;) 

11/13/12

DRAPED IN TRENCH

TRENCH COAT WEATHER
I bought this trenchcoat in Korea last year and since then it's been sitting in my closet rarely worn. Don't know why it took me so long to notice how useful and comfortable this jacket really is. The lightweight material (feels like rayon), which is untypical of a trench coat makes it easy to layer underneath without feeling bulky. Although I barely left the house this weekend since I was occupied with projects, the few hours I left to go downtown, I was quite pleased to be so comfortable and warm. 
Forever21 sweater (similar here) & jeans, trench coat from Korea (similar here), H&M belt (similar here), American Apparel scarf (similar here), Rebecca Minkoff purse, vintage Bally heels (similar here & here)
photos taken by jasonkwan

11/10/12

LEATHER SPORT SHORTS







I'm a huge fan of leather (as you can tell from my past post) and can think of so many ways to wear these awesome leather shorts. Sporty enough to wear casually during the day with some basic tops, loose enough to pair with some tights during the cold, and formal enough to wear for a night out on the town. I own several leather bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts, leggings) so I'm having a hard time justifying the fact that I need these, although I desperately want them. How would you wear them?
collage made by Christine Yun on Polyvore

11/7/12

LEATHER SLEEVED

HALF AND HALF
Leather has the ability to transform any piece of clothing article and give it a tough-girl look. Instead of going all out leather, this year designers have learned to add just a touch of leather into otherwise simple pieces. The leather sleeve trend in particular has been adorning sweaters, jackets, shirts and even coats this year. What I love about this mixed material trend is that it adds the perfect yet subtle amount of edge into an otherwise basic jacket.
Corpus denim jacket, American Apparel shirt (similar here), vintage dress, Zara heels, vintage Gucci handbag, turquoise stone bracelet courtesy of Native Hearts, thumb ring courtesy of PeaceLoveFlair


Some awesome leather sleeved pieces:
photos taken by charlesum

10/30/12

FLORAL ON MY LEGS


PATTERNED DENIMMy styles been leaning towards fashion-forward bottoms and plain tops these days. I typically first get dressed by pulling out a particular item I want to wear (my floral pants in this example) and then work my way around that item. I find it easier to incrementally pull the pieces together rather than collectively trying to put together an outfit. I'm the type thats always on-the-go so the last I want to do is spend much time figuring out what to wear, and I found that working around a bottom is much easier than working around a top. 
Paige Premium Denim, Forever21 blouse (similar here), Zara heels (similar here), vintage Gucci handbag, H&M belt, Michael Kors watch


photos taken by charlesum

10/29/12

STEP INTO THE HOME OF...

NINA GARCIA
Living room. Furnishings from BAC, painting by Ronald Albert Martin made of gouache and ink

Other half of living room. Henningsen sofa and Andre Sornay armchairs

Dressing table. Frank desk and lamp, triptych mirror originally owned by Geoffrey Beene
Master bedroom. Prints by Cindi Johnson, Emilio Terry design bench and BAC custom-made bed

Closet. Frank chaise and tripod table. 
Shoe closet. Bespoke shoe storage. Wish I had a shoe closet like this!
For those that don't know Nina Garcia is the fashion editor of Marie Claire magazine and also a judge on Project Runway (one of my favorite shows). I came across her apartment and thought, wow what great inspiration. Love the clean, modern feel and use of light colors. Amazing how choice of colors and furniture can help open up the space. I've also always been a fan of minimalistic decor with use of pillows, artwork, plants and lighting fixtures and Nina Garcia has it down. Would love to live in an apartment like this.
photos courtesy of architectural digest

10/24/12

KNITS OF COMFORT

FINALLY FALL

It's finally been starting to feel more like Fall over here in Northern California. Although the weather has been acting bipolar lately (raining in the morning, then bright rays of sunlight in the afternoon), scarfs have always been my quick remedy for additional warmth. This extra long scarf in particular is perfect because the additional length lets me wrap it around myself 3x if needed. Whats your go-to when the cold comes in? A hot drink, a blanket, a nice thick jacket, or something else? 

Forever 21 shirt and skirt, jacket from Korea (similar here and here), H&M scarf (similar here), House of Holland tights, Aldo heels, vintage Liz Claiborne handbag
photos taken by mandywong

10/19/12

PLEATS OF LEATHER

RAYS OF FOLDS
One of my highlights during my visit to Seattle was visiting the Seattle Public Library. I was blown away by the architectural elements and details incorporated into the design of the library. It felt more like a museum than an actual library. Although you can't tell in my photos, the library consists of 11 floors, the exterior is made of glass and steel, and the interior (which is amazing) consists of yellow stairs, a "red floor" (literally), and an atrium which every library should have.  Check out more photos here if interested. 
Madewell chambray shirt (similar here), H&M pleated leather skirt (similar here) and necklace, vintage belt, Zara heels, Alexander Wang handbag, Michael Kors watch, ring courtesy of peaceloveflair

photos taken by mandywong