Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Neon Bright Mini Me

Dear Diary,
It's time for another confession.  I'm slightly obsessed with matching my LO or color coordinate whenever possible.  It's a terrible habit I know but I just couldn't pass up the fun.  So before I give up on my obsession (yeah right!), I had to share these mother-daughter outfits.   I hate to admit it, but her outfit is definitely better than mine!

Hat: Gap
Dress: Gap
Shoes: See Kai Run

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Old Love New Flame

Dear Diary,
  Most things get old and boring after a while (and the few exceptions are anything from Chanel and Hermes).  In the past year alone, how many times did you change your favorite nail or lip colors?  Jeans?  And how about boys?  But most of us end up holding on to the old even when we want to replace them (including boys).  So the next best thing is to make them fresh again.  Like adding this bright fuchsia blazer to the burnt orange dress I used to love love love.  By add a new shape, color, texture, or print over your old ensemble will instantly reignite that old flame again.  And by the way, this might work on boys too.  

Blazer: Forever21
Dress: unknown from Taiwan
Shoes: Zara

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bold Inside Out

 Dear  Diary,
   I know it's hard to believe but I was once pretty shy from colors (let along loud colors with sheen).  It might have taken me three decades (shhhhh!) to get over this fear but I must say, colors are... fun!  I believe it takes a certain level of confidence to rock bright colors and those who do with ease shine like a star.  So what does it mean for the rest of us?  Fake it until you believe it!  Or more constructively... try different sheen, shades, and tones until you find something that makes you smile from the inside.

Blouse: JCrew
Trouser: Zara
Necklace: JCrew
Pumps: YSL

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dots and Plaid

Dear Diary,
  Some things are obviously meant to be together from the start; like chocolate and strawberry, kittens and milk, grilled cheese and tomato soup, me and shoes.  And some things may seem odd at first but are surprisingly good together; like bacon and peanut butter, watermelon with salt, french fries and vanilla sundae (my favorite).  Before I get sidetracked by some strange food cravings, I must attest that polka dots and paid are one of those surprising combinations that are quite adorable together!   So next time you are craving banana and peanut butter, be sure to stop by your closet first to try these patterns together!

top and skirt: unknown from Taiwan
Platform sandals: YSL

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Dear Diary,
  Let's crank up the heat and bear some skin.  It's time for some crop top fever!  It wasn't even that long ago a crop top is mostly worn with white washed denim shorts (with fringe!) and a pair of skates by the beach; now it is red-carpet material!  The biggest celebrites are pairing them with form fitting pencil skirts, over the knee A-line skirts, cropped trousers,... etc.    Never knew it had so much fabulous potentials.  Here's my personal favorite - crop top with floor length skirts.  Because more drama is always better!

p.s. I'm in need of a little black cross body bag and that very important red lipstick!

top: sheinside.com
skirt: Zara

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stripes on Stripes?!

Dear Diary,
    Pattern mixing within an outfit is what I think the highest form of dressing.  Only the brave dressers dare to tackle this feat.  Most of us aren't the trendsetter type.  Buying patterns itself is already stepping out of our comfort zone, let along...mixing them!  But here's a concept I thought was worth trying: same pattern inside and out.  Gasp!  I wasn't sure if this was going to work but to my surprise, it wasn't horrific.  I would totally wear this on a weekend.  Do you think it's worth a try?

jacket: H&M
tee: unknown from Taiwan
Jeans: Gap
Sandals: Jimmy Choo

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blush and Red

Dear Diary,
  Some things are so obvious that you don't even see it.  Like this newly discovered color combination I found on Pinterest: pale blush and red.  Perhaps it's because pink is a shade of red that you wouldn't think to add more...red as an accent.  Soft and feminine, I knew I had to try these colors out.  Luckily, I actually own a piece of garment in pale blush (not pink?), but to my surprise, I had trouble finding red accessories and that very very important red lipstick.  My journey to find a flattering red lipstick begins...now!

from: stylemepretty.com

Dress: Taiwan
Peep Toe Pumps: Christian Louboutin
Envelope Clutch: VBH

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Denim on Denim

Dear Diary,
 Denim on denim has a bad rap.  After all, who can ever forget the 2001 American Music Awards JT and Britney denim explosion?  The infamous outfits might have prevented me from trying this look for quite some time but finally I've concluded that it can be done (properly)! 

 To me, there's only two ways about it:  one is to go with the Guess denim ad direction (skin tight top and bottom, wavy beach hair, lots of skin), but this requires certain physical attributes that I lack....  Or you can go with the Hollywood celebrity (i.e. Olivia Palermo, Charlize Theron, Kate Moss) seemingly effortless style.  The later option just needs a little bit of confidence, cool shades, and killer shoes. 

 Top: JCrew
Jeans: Gap
Shades: H&M
Shoes: YSL

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Plan B

Dear Diary,
  I know I'm a bit of a control freak.  I have the need to plan and when things deviate from the plan it drives me...bonkers.  It's definitely a character flaw of mine and it's gotten worse with age!  Just like the other day I had planned to pull together a certain look with bright yellow and blue denim, only to find out my memory has failed me (something also getting worse with age!) and I didn't own the right pieces to match my mental picture.  So I walked out of the closet with a gold top and mint skirt.  Slightly off the plan... but this one I can condone~

Top: Forever21
Skirt: Korea
Necklace: Saks Fifth Avenue
Sandals: Jimmy Choo
Clutch: Louis Vuitton

Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Vince

Dear Diary,
  We encounter different people that are special to us during different stages of our lives.  You usually meet them when you are least expected but once you meet them your life change for the better.  Some of them become your dear friends for life, some disappear as fast as they appeared.  

This past winter I met a special guy.  He's cuddly, soft, and cozy.  I felt like a million bucks when I was with him.  I'm pretty sure he's one of those special people that are here to stay because I'm obsessed to his shawl collar and warmth.  I'll cherish you in my closet, see you next winter.

Outerwear: Vince
Top: Forever21
Shoes: Chanel