Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Frills and Ruffles - Free Giveaway! (Can you spell fuchsia?)

Dear Diary,
You don’t think I would go off on a shopping trip without bringing you something back, do you? Good news! I’ve personally picked out something just for you! It’s completely adorable, versatile, totally frilly, and best of all it comes in fuchsia!

All you have to do is follow me through Google connect or be my fan on Facebook before December 14 and a winner will be picked randomly to receive this small turn-lock flap bag!

Good luck and have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Traveling After-Glow!

Dear Diary,
It’s that exciting time again! No, I’m not talking about Thanksgiving, when families get together to express gratitude for each other, and no I’m not talking about Christmas when the holiday joy can warm up hearts (even for those that are normally unmoved). It’s actually the time when I can open up my luggage and lay out all the loot!

I like to arrange all my purchases side by side expanding over a space so I can ponder each piece and recall the memories associated with the trip (hey, some people collect snow globes, I’d just rather bring back wearable merchandise!).

In this trip I’ve strategically picked up:
• wool dresses for the winter – a must if you want to remain lady-like even in the cold
• high-waist bottoms - something I’ve been obsessed with for a while
• outerwear pieces – because they are smart investments that you can always wear over your old clothes and make them look new again
• a few fun and loud pieces (whether in print, color, or shape) - to add interesting to my ever expanding closet!

Three outwears, six dresses, two pairs of shorts, one pair of trouser, one skirt, two tops, and four pairs of shoes later, I declare this trip a success!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Across the Sea -Pocket Full of Sunshine

~I got a pocket got a pocketful of sunshine~
I got a love and I know that it's all mine oh oh oh oh~

Dear Diary,
Do you know what it's like to have a bundle of joy in your hand? I do! And I’m taking it with me wherever I go!

Regardless of what shape your joy comes in (this time, an adorable Frenchi that belongs to my sister), what’s more important is how it makes you feel when you are around it. This tiny and cuddly Frenchi brightens me up inside and out so it’s obvious why I had to pick an outfit that reflects my blissful mood - a polka dot tiered dress and bright yellow ¾ sleeves coat with enlarged button details. Who is this giggling and perky girl? I can barely recognize myself! All I know is I want to hold on to this warm and fuzzy feeling forever (in a YSL bag)!

Happy Friday F&R readers, don't forget to stop by and say hi!

Friday Bonus Image

See more F&R in bright yellow:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Across the Sea - Who Ever Said Shopping Isn't a Sport

Dear Diary,
I know it’s hard to believe. I mean, after all, I had the opportunity to travel to a paradise where food is addictively delicious and you can get fun fashion at wholesale prices. Not to worry, I will give you glimpse of the scenes. From boutiques to street vendors, I covered it all!

When I shop in Taiwan, I always skip the malls where everything’s overpriced and that carry brands you can find in America. My mission has always been to seek unique pieces from small boutiques and find deals in 10’ by 10’ storefronts hidden in the small alleys of a wholesale market. But this is definitely not a sport for everyone! It requires patience, keen eyes, and Intel Duo processor-like speed. Your eyes are constantly filled with thousands of pieces of merchandise wherever you look, so if your brain isn’t able to quickly decide what might work and what might not, you could easily retreat in defeat. If you hesitate, then you will not be able to look through all the stores and miss an opportunity to return with the winning prize. Who said shopping isn’t a sport?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Across the Sea

Dear Diary,
As my diary you should know I love finding great fashion in Asia. Several outfits from my past entries have been the result of my many finds from Taiwan. Not only am I thrilled about the prices (most of them under $30), I also love mixing Asian fashion with my California style.
So you can imagine my excitement when I set my foot (in a $20 flat I found from my last trip) in Taoyuan International Airport. My plan was to fill my empty suitcase at the end of my trip with creamy faux leather jackets for $60, adorable flats for $20, print dresses for $15, pattern tights for $3, …etc. The possibilities are endless! But before I embark on my shopping adventure, I must over-consume myself with amazing food first!

Yellow Top: Taiwan (less than $10)
Black Long Cardigan: Gap
Belt: JCrew
Shoes: Taiwan (less than $20)

See I have worn this skinny belt in other outfits:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Frills and Ruffles & Sister - I Got Your Back

Dear Diary,
Sometimes the best thing about having a sister is you’ll always have someone to do something that requires a bit of courage with you. Even if it means showing off a little bit of skin....

Going sleeveless or wearing mini hems seems so overdone. If there is a part of my body that has been grossly under exposed, it would be my back. Going backless is alluring yet so chic. So this Fall, I am covering up my bare legs and arms because F&R sisters are taking San Francisco with our backs!

Dress: Geren Ford
Belts: Chanel
Bag: Chanel
Pumps: Prada

Friday, November 5, 2010

Frills and Ruffles & Sister - Sole Mates

Dear Diary,

Some people say siblings share a special connection. I do recall the occasional surprise phone calls when I was thinking about my sisters. But I didn’t realize how strong our connection is until one of my sisters returned from a recent shopping spree. Among her many proud purchases, two pairs of gorgeous shoes caught my eyes. Not because they were both fun and very trend-on, but more because there was something shockingly familiar about them…

Satin Rosette Strappy Heels
Left: Nina
Right: Zara

Leopard Pumps
Top: Manolo Blahnik
Bottom: Max Studio

What’s the likelihood that two sisters would end up purchasing two pairs of very similar shoes without influencing each other and 4 years apart? Perhaps this is sibling telepathy at its best!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Frills and Ruffles & Sister

Dear Diary,

Have you noticed that people with older siblings either look up to them or don't want to be related to them at all? Growing up, I always want to be like my sisters because they have always been much wiser and thoughtful. When one of my sisters decided to visit from out of town, I was ecstatic! Not just because she volunteered to reorganize my entire closet but because I know I can always draw inspiration from her. Our styles are very different, yet similar in spirit. Believe it or not, she is much braver than me in embracing colors and different styles. So when she put on her printed voluminous skirt, I knew I had to match up.