Jan 31, 2017

EXPLORING PALERMO

IN BUENOS AIRES
Dress from Azalea San Francisco, Kenneth Cole kam leather sneakers, Prada sunglasses

Day 2 in Buenos Aires was spent exploring Palermo which ended up being my favorite part of Buenos Aires. Known as the trendier area, Palermo was full of vibrant and colorful alleys, bars or cafe's on every block, and amazing shopping. Open air markets, cute boutiques, mainstream stores, you name it they had it. It was New Years eve when I traveled here so unfortunately most places were closed, but on the bright side the emptiness of the city made for great blog photos. We also rang in the New Year in Palermo at a cooking class dinner, The Argentine Experience which was a blast. We learned to make cocktails, empanadas, and alfajores, while being accompanied with an open-bar with other travelers. One of my highlights was sharing life stories with other travelers and somehow teaching everyone slang terms such as "it's lit" to ring in the New Year with spunk. That along with champagne toasts at midnight made it an unforgettable start to 2017. Click below to see the photos.

Jan 29, 2017

2017 IN BUENOS AIRES

A SOUTH AMERICAN SUMMER
HM silk camisole (similar here), American Eagle shorts, Steve Madden sandals from 2016 (similar herehere), Proenza Schouler PS1 wallet on chain, Prada cat-eye sunglasses, Free People headband
I spent my New Years traveling through South America, starting off in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Did you know that Buenos Aires is the 4th largest city in the world? A large reason why Josh and I decided on South America was because December-March is their summer. Little did we know that it'd be 90°F with intense humidity. To help bear the heat I wore a simple silk camisole over a bralette, and a headscarf to help with sweat. This outfit worked out favorably in allowing me to explore Buenos Aires comfortably. Some of my favorite times included just roaming the city and admiring all of the Spanish colonial architecture. Click below to see some of my favorites while exploring Buenos Aires.


Jan 24, 2017

DRAPED IN WOOL

NOT A ROBE
Zara draped jacket, suede vest, and boots, Paige Premium denim in vertugo, HM silk top, Gucci marmont belt, Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere handbag, Cartier trinity necklace
This draped wool jacket that I purchased from Zara in 2015 is still one of my favorite go-to's. I find it rare to love a piece of clothing years after owning it so when I find myself having favorites, thats when I know it's a good piece. I think it helps that draped wrap jackets are extremely comfortable because of the bagginess, they're great for layering, and the style helps polish your look. It's ironic because I call this my "robe-jacket" because whenever I wear it, it feels like I'm wearing a robe but it's definitely not casual like a robe. Although this particular jacket is no longer available, below are some other draped jackets that I've fallen in love with. 
  1. AYR the robe wool long coat: $595 
  2. All Saints portere parka$468
  3. Trouve polyester slouchy jacket: $89
  4. Abercrombie & Fitch wool-blend wrap jacket: on sale for $72
  5. Forever21 draped open-front cardigan: $27.90

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.