Friday, October 29, 2010

Travel Like a Queen

Dear Diary,
I received a special package today from a familiar friend, Queen N! It’s been so long since I last saw her at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco (see here). We created quite a stir but it was worth it for a whole afternoon of chic fun. Anyways, in her package I found some delicious chocolates and postcards from her fabulous trip to Europe. Curious to hear about her stylish, jet-setting trip?

Greetings Frills & Ruffles!
Queen N here. I'm relaxing in a sidewalk cafe, sipping on a latte with not a single worry in the world. Ahh....vacation.

As I enjoy the beautiful architecture around me, I am also admiring the effortlessly chic style of the Viennese women. I see classy chignons, chic outerwear ranging from waist cinched wool coats to capelets and more classic-double breasted styles. As for footwear, almost everyone is sporting boots of some sort including ankle booties, riding boots and knee-high wedge boots...No matter what their individual styles are, all Viennese women seem to exude an effortless sense of glamour!

10 days in Europe, 3 multi-climate cities, and one carry-on, I was faced with the challenge to mirror the European casual chic style, yet at the same time making comfort my #1 priority.

For footwear, I chose my very versatile and extremely comfortable suede slouchy boots....After climbing 30 flights of stairs up a castle and experiencing no pain in my feet, I knew that I've made the right choice. In order to survive many hours of travel between cities and walking around sightseeing, I chose to pack many comfortable jersey pieces. In order to complete the look, I focused on accessorizing - I've embraced the true fall look and focused on packing different types of tights that ranged from textured to paisley-printed to houndstooth. Last but not the least, I packed Queen N's signature pieces: pearl strands and headbands. With my suitcase packed (with room to spare!), I was ready to roam the streets of Vienna while attempting to blend into the crowd.

Queen N's Tips On Travelling Light in Style:

- Strategically plan your outfits in advanced to avoid over packing. Pack no more than one outfit per day except for days when you must have separate eveningwear.

- Wear your bulkiest shoe & outfit while travelling in order to save room in your suitcase. This means knee high boots, outerwear, and chunky knit sweaters.

-Keep your outfits unique by focusing on lighter accessories such as patterned legwear, scarves, hats and jewelry. You'd be surprised at how different the same dress can look if worn with a beret and patterned tights vs a scarf and a waist cinching belt!

- Pack multi functional pieces such as a blazer that can be layered over different tops or a tunic that can be worn over different legwear.

-Keep shoes at bare minimum- choose a comfortable versatile style to walk miles in and pack a pair of dressy pumps because you'll never know when Prince Charming will invite you to a ball!

Wise words Queen N! I'm so happy to hear from you. XOXO

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What Rule?

Dear Diary,

When it comes to personal style, I'm not good at following the rules… and this Fall I’m breaking a few more: I’m wearing gloves when there’s no snow and carrying a small clutch to complete a daytime look.

For this transitional season (i.e. 68 degrees in the Bay Area, which really feels like 60 degrees), I’d say ditch your cardigan for these gloves to keep you warm and your outfit looking sharp. I personally would like to petition for gloves to be upgraded to "sunglasses status" as the perfect accessory we should have in our purses everyday! And how about those sassy clutches that are usually associated with a night out? I’d say forget the prejudice and embrace the irony of a dressy clutch and a pair of ripped jeans.

Gloves and Clutch: Banana Republic

Scarf: H&M

What's your favorite Fall accessories?
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Friday, October 22, 2010

When the Classics Meet My Leggings

Dear Diary,
There are a few things that get me over the chilly weather hump, like sipping on a cup of foaming hot chocolate and curling up on my couch wrapped in my faux fur throw. But my personal style also needs a cure; wool coats, velvet blazers, and how about this wool houndstooth jacket?
The fun thing about timeless pieces like this jacket is how you wear them over time. Years ago, I might have dressed up the jacket with pencil skirts to look more mature but today, it only seems appropriate that I shake up the things a bit and pay tribute to the recent year’s biggest trend (and personal favorite): leggings.

Jacket: Walter
Tank: H&M
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Love at 2nd Sight

Dear Diary,
I am a firm believer of love at first sight. When I lay my eyes on something I love, there’s usually no second guessing; I am walking out with it in a lovely shopping bag. But something strange happened when I was casually browsing at Zara. I spotted these wood wedge ankle boots I couldn’t take my eyes off of. My heart wasn’t racing and my face wasn’t flushed; yet I couldn’t set them down once I had tried them on. As I paced around the store, our future together became more apparent. I envisioned stylish heels, comfort, and total casual chic.
I guess love can develop over time (like 30 min in a Zara store).

Monday, October 18, 2010

Above The Knees Continued

Dear Diary,

In my last entry I shared with you my Fall obsession: over-the-knee boots. This chilly weekend I was on a mission to reverse the once trampy reputation of over-the-knee boots to trendy and classic!

There’s nothing more timeless than a white button up shirt and a pair of good jeans. You can wear them with any variation and you are guaranteed to look effortless. But leave it up to me to kick things up a notch with my beloved floppy hat and sassy suede boots. This look took less than 10 minutes to pull together (as long as your shirt is ironed) and I ended up with a day of casual chic fun!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Above The Knees

Dear Diary,

Modern women are busier than ever. We manage to juggle having a full time job, cooking for your loved ones, picking up groceries, and even occasionally remembering to water the plants. On top of it all, we try to look “good” while doing it. So if there’s one tip I can offer this Fall for all the busy and stylish ladies, it’s the instant-chic trend we should embrace with open hearts: over-the-knee boots!

Put on these boots to spice up your classic white button up shirts with dark skinny jeans look or wear them with your favorite pencil skirts. They are great additions to convert your usual go-to outfits to be immediately sassy and very vogue~

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy 50th Entry to Frills and Ruffles!

Disclaimer: The guest featured in this entry does NOT belong to me. To keep his privacy intact, I won’t be answering any questions about his private life. Visit his Facebook page linked below!
Dear Diary,
There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about how to make my blog bigger and better! So when my trusted PR agent told me that I had landed one of today’s hottest international superstars for my 50th entry photo shoot, I was more than ecstatic!
With over 39,000 fans on Facebook (and rapidly growing!), Boo is known for his suave personality and popularity with the ladies (who can resist his teddy bear face?). But his professionalism is what impressed me the most. He arrived with his entourage in an unmarked car sharply on time and greeted all the staff on set with enthusiasm. I also was blown away by his talent: with the slightest movement of his eyebrows, he delivered a wide range of emotions and captured his audience’s hearts. For his bio, please visit

This photo shoot was inspired by a photo of Linda Evangelista for Vogue Italia. It’s a perfect depiction of a modern lady enjoying the finer things in life: sweets and the love of her life. For my afternoon tea with the gentleman in tux (yes, Boo was wearing a bow tie and jacket bodysuit), I chose an Yves Saint Laurent silk top with bow detail on the shoulder and a military green tulip drape skirt from Forever 21.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Spoil Alert! 50th Entry Special!

Dear Diary

No doubt I’ve been a lucky girl. In the short three months since I casually started Frills and Ruffles, I've received lots of love from friends, family, fans, and editorial features from highly respectable sites such as FabSugar and! Before I knew it, Frill and Ruffles is close to reaching a huge milestone: the 50th entry! Needless to say, this the longest diary I've EVER kept in my life by a long shot (I was never the persistent type so this is a personal milestone!).

To thank my readers for their love and support, I was determined to make my 50th entry special! It will involve “superstars” and of course “frills and ruffles couture”. While I don’t want to spill the beans, but I can promise some cuteness overload! Be sure to check back this week starting on Wed as I kick off Frills and Ruffles’ 50th entry celebration!

Here's a sneak preview:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Black and White (with attitude!)

Dear Diary,

I might be far from my high school days, but when I was watching the first season of Gossip Girl, I couldn’t help but be inspired by the stylish Upper East Sider’s ability to make white shirts, pleated skirts, and knee-high stockings look so bad ass.

So today my look consists of 10% school girl and 90% total attitude.