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. 

3/22/17

WRAPPED IN A CASHMERE SCARF

IN SAN DIEGO
Cashmere Scarf from TrekFix, TNA sweater form Aritzia, J. Brand jeans, Zara leather jacket and boots, purse from Korea

I took a short weekend trip to San Diego last month to visit one of my best friend's 30th birthday at a beach house (rented on airbnb) along Mission Beach. We ironically visited during one of San Diego's coldest weekends but my cashmere scarf courtesy of TrekFix helped keep me warm. The scarf was convenient to pack since its thinner in material, and the triangle shape made styling it extra easy since it's designed to wrap perfectly around your neck. Scarves have become one of my travel necessities because it makes for a great layering piece and I always end up wearing them. The next time you're traveling somewhere chilly or with fickle weather pack a scarf, you won't regret it. 

3/21/17

FLORAL ROMPER PERFECTION

A SPRING MUST-HAVE
ASTR romper from bloomingdales,  Cuyana clutch, ettika choker necklace, Coordinates Collection open air custom bracelet
If you were to ask what clothing article is a spring/summer necessity, a romper would be on top that list. Floral rompers in particular are great for the beach, when traveling somewhere sunny, or for outdoor festivities such as music festivals or picnics. The great thing about rompers is that you can literally throw on one piece of clothing, put on some shoes and be out the door ready. If you need help finding the perfect romper to take you into spring, I've curated some of my favorite picks below just for you. 
  1. Forever21 Reverse Floral Print Romper $58
  2. Missguided Floral Bardot Romper $61
  3. Kiss The Sky Lace Sleeve Romper with Ruffle Details $61
  4. Anthropologie Vada Paisley Romper: $128
  5. Privacy Please Goodwin Romper $178
  6. Lovers + Friends Isabelle Striped Romper $180
  7. Mara Hoffman Baya Off-The-Shoulder Romper: $295
  8. Joie Weldon Romper $398

3/19/17

SATURDAY IN PACIFICA

IN MY LACE-UP BODYSUIT
Cotton Candy LA bodysuit from Bloomingdales (similar Missguided one here and Alexander Wang one here),  J Brand alana high-rise jeans. Levi's denim trucker jacket, pearl earrings from eBay

I've had this lace-up bodysuit for over a year and wore it for the first time on a day trip to Pacifica. Although bodysuits are inconvenient to wear, I love the way they fit and how they keep everything in place. The main reasons I dislike bodysuits are because it shows your VPL (visible panty line) and because using the restroom is such a hassle (you have to take the entire top off, or unbutton the crotch area). Yet, I've learned some key ways to style your bodysuit to make it less annoying to wear. Here are some of my favorite ways to wear a bodysuit. 
  1. Paired with high-waisted jeans: when deciding what jeans to wear strive to find jeans with larger butt pockets as they do a better job of hiding panty lines. Darker colored denim also help.
  2. Paired with a circle or loose skirt: the loose skirt hides any trace of VPL and the volume of the skirt adds a fun vibe that contrasts well against a tight-fitting top. 
  3. Paired with a denim skirt: denim skirts are becoming more popular and instantly add that California cool-girl vibe to any outfit. This Levi's denim skirt is currently one of my favorites. 

3/13/17

EVERYDAY WEAR

AND DOUBLE CHOKED IN GOLD
Aqua top from Bloomingdales, Zara leather jacket, J Brand denim, choker courtesy of Ettika, Vince Camuto heels (similar here), Burberry clutch
My go-to outfit when I don't know what to wear consists of a simple black top, skinny jeans, a leather jacket and statement jewelry. Time and time again, this outfit has never failed and continues to be in style for all occasion. It was easy for me to accessorize this outfit because of the beautiful gold choker I received from Ettika. Chokers have been back in style for a while, but I've enjoyed wearing unconventional chokers including this double gold chain one that also falls down your chest. If you're looking for that perfect statement jewelry to take your outfit to the next level, a choker will do. See below for some of my other favorite chokers that are anything but ordinary. 

3/7/17

SWEATER DRESS

OVER SOME OVER THE KNEES
AllSaints sweater dress (similar here and here), FreePeople boots, Gucci boston handbag, necklaces courtesy of ettika
The things I prioritize when dressing myself during the winter are comfort, simplicity, ease of wear, all while looking effortlessly fashionable. I've found that oversized sweater dresses paired with some killer boots has mastered this fashion priority. It's especially convenient if you're lazy because all you have to literally throw on one piece of clothing and you're ready to go (two if you want to wear a slip or cami underneath). What I particularly love about sweater dresses is that it's functional just as much as it's fashionable. It sucks when trendy apparel (like off-the-shoulder-tops) just aren't comfortable but sweater dresses are the most comfortable you can get and are always in style. Sweater dresses trace back all the way to the 1960's (and earlier) with iconic fashion models such as Twiggy in her pink dress. Just another reason why sweater dresses should be part of every fashionistas closet.