Friday, July 30, 2010

Maui 6 Day Challenge - Day 4

It is no secret that putting on bright colors will make your mood brighter. But who would have known that this sheer bright print beach cover up from H&M is just what I needed to combat the curse of the yacht-setting lifestyle - seasickness?

Other than bold colors, this summer I was also craving fun prints. Whether it’s abstract, floras, or geometric graphics, this season is all about the balance of the motif, colors, and fabric details.
To rock a bit of St. Tropez , enhance your outfit with Grecian flats and fun jewelries with the cover up. Stackable rings, wide bangles, or a fun necklace, go with what your heart desires! Since I optimized my luggage space by only bringing one pair of simple flip flops, I turned the jewelry up a notch with a chunky necklace to bring attention upwards. Whatever you choose to do, be free, be daring, and be fun! Because when you cruise on a yacht, you are just a spec of dust in the Pacific Ocean and there is no one else to judge you but you (minus the paparazzi)!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Maui 6 Day Challenge - Day 3

It isn’t officially summer until you put on some vibrant and invigorating colors! Could there be a better way to shake your recession gray than by wearing tropical inspired hues? How about this recession-proof dress from H&M for $5 (gasp)!

I don’t believe a beach cover-up has to be something made specifically for the beach. As a savvy packer, I looked for a dress that was uncomplicated and appropriate for the street as well as the beach. This delicious citrusy yellow piece was the perfect choice for my relaxing day in Maui on Day 3.

Lounging on the Ulua Beach like Halle Berry (at least in my head), I pulled together the beach chic look with the essentials: a straw wide brim hat, large sunglasses, and a distressed leather carryall tote. But even a superstar needs to leave the beach side to eat sometime… so I added some drama by accessorizing the simple dress with a bold and fun statement necklace (which everyone should have). Put on a third piece cardigan for the evening and you are complete in the beach to street transformation!

Vibrant hues from Spring 2010 runway

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See my next post on how I cure seasickness with a bright printed beach cover-up!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Maui 6 Day Challenge - Day 2

Bright and early, day 2 in Maui involved waking up at 5:30 am, going on a 4-mile hike, jumping into a waterfall, and dining at a sit-down restaurant. Luckily, I had just the outfit in mind that is both functional and (jungle) chic! What could be more practical and versatile than a tailored button up shirt and a pair of rolled up shorts for this adventurous day?

During the day, I loosely tucking the shirt into the shorts and put on my hiking shoes to trek through the bamboo forest along the Pipiwai trail. I also wore my bathing suit underneath so I was able to dive into the refreshing spring water or cool down on the black sand beach at any (spontaneous) moment!
At night, I simply un-tucked my shirt, dressed up the outfit with some key accessories: a chunky necklace (to bring interest to the collar) and a belt around the waist. Lastly, I kicked off my hiking shoes and slipped on my heels to complete my transformation.
One outfit, endless possibilities. With one shirt and one pair of shorts, I think I have achieved an urban jungle look for the day and the night. Can’t wait for a day of relaxation by the beach. Tune in for my Day 3 in Maui!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Maui 6 Day Challenge - Day 1

Can you imagine my excitement on the day I was flying to Maui? Coconut trees, wearing hibiscus on the head, and even hula girls suddenly all seem so much less tacky! Virgin Lava Flow, here I come!

To be fully fashion-ready to embrace the tropical breeze as I get off the plane, I chose a tie-dye one-shoulder jersey dress from Forever 21 (a total steal considered this DVF number costs $495!). Believe me, I never thought I would be a tie-dye girl, but the interpretation from Spring 2010 runway has never looked so chic. Take a cue from Proenza Schouler, Bluemarine, Etro, and Lela Rose.
To add more depth to the dress, I usually like to wear a belt to break up the top and the bottom. Unfortunately, I forgot to pack the appropriate belt…. Thinking quick on my feet, I picked up my husband’s, and I think it worked out for the better! With the one-shoulder cut, the tie-dye print, and the belt, there are already enough details to the overall outfit, so I knew I wanted to keep my jewelry simple. I opted for colorful stackable bracelets and left my neckline open to give a more casual and free-spirited feel. Finally, to stride into the resort with style (literally), I chose a pair of nautical rope sandals for three important reasons: (1) they are comfortable and I can walk in them for hours, (2) the brown goes with any one of the outfits I packed for this trip, and (3) heck, the rope detail just screams ocean! Remember ladies: the key to traveling light is to never pack more than three pairs of shoes!
Think I had it easy on my first day? See how I tackle a day of outdoor adventures that involves bamboo forest, cave exploring, and waterfall diving on my next post!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Baggage fee? Never!

A recent report stated United Airlines is getting around $400 million a year in baggage fees, which helped the company post a profit for the first time in three years! As if traveling isn't already considered a luxury already in today's economy, an additional $25 per baggage can quickly add up for a large family (or a fashion-stubborn woman who needs a different outfit each day!).

So when I had to pack for a vacation to Maui for 6 days, I knew I had a challenge in my hand.

Goal: 6 days and evenings, from the beach to the mountain, all in one small carry-on. No looks are repeated!

As I gladly accept the challenge, here's my game plan:

1) Never bring more than 3 pairs of shoes (including the one you wear while traveling!).
The breakdown: One pair of comfortable heels in a neutral color (for the evening), one pair of flats (for the beach), and hiking shoes (which are replaced with boots when I travel to a city).
2) Two to three pairs of sunglasses. Different sunglasses can give very different looks so it's critical to have multiple whenever possible, especially to the beach. Trust me, you don't want to have the same glasses covering your face in all the pictures!
3) One oversized tote.
4) 2 necklaces (one neutral, one statement), a few fun bangles and cocktail rings.
5) One or two belts to accessorize your outfits.
6) A light cardigan for the temperature variation from day to evening.
7) 4 dresses (one for each day on the beach) that can be worn as a day dress or beach coverup.
8) Lastly, 2 casual cotton tops and one pair of shorts.

See how I tackle the 6-day challenge in the next 6 posts!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Gypsy Lady

A week ago I attended a Project by Project event in San Francisco. For some reason I was feeling a bit more playful (maybe because Summer is finally here in the Bay Area!) and the usual cocktail dresses just feel so...YAWN~ So I dug out this fun little piece I purchased almost 4 years ago!

Dress: H&M
Clutch: Dolce &Gabbana Metallic Leather clutch
Shoes: YSL Tribute in Patent Leather

I love the silhouette: long sleeves, high neck, and a mini hem. It's unexpected for a cocktail dress but very appropriate for the event (and the Bay Area weather...). The print on this dress is very overwhelming so I kept my accessories simple: a pair of deep red cabochon chandelier earrings and a simple metallic clutch. All savvy girls know to make your legs look longer, always wear nude shoes. I wore my killer YSL "Tribute" that I cannot live without!