Now that another year has come to an end, it really has me thinking about things that I want to work on or things that I want to learn this upcoming 2017. With all the craziness that had happened in 2016, I must say it has been one of the most thoughtful and interesting years so far. It really opened up my eyes to see the truth in people and life overall. I started out the year with soul searching and finding a great purpose in my life. Continue Reading…
Lifestyle, Shopping December 15, 2016
Fashion, Lifestyle, Shopping, Trend October 5, 2016
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
It has been a while since last time we talked. Unfortunately, about 3 months ago, Matt got into an accident that caused 35 percent burnt on his body and seven surgeries in 40 days. Our home was room 824 at the burn center for a while, 48 days to be exact, so with that non-chosen lifestyle, writing a blog was impossible especially when my photographer was lying in bed. Thankfully those days are over and we are doing great. I found a new part-time job that I like a lot, and the hours work perfectly with my blog and school schedule. I must say life has been great since we are out of the hospital and super thankful for all those little things we used to take for granted.
Okay enough of him and I, Let’s talk about what we always love to talk about.
The first week of October is the hardest time of the season. We have to go through our wardrobe every day for hours to find the right outfit to wear. The sad part is that we are in the fall spirit, but our clothes are still too heavy to wear. Also, we like to minimize wearing very bright colors since it’s not Spring/ Summer anymore. I would say having some neutral colors in your wardrobe would go a long way with you. Go to your closet, separate the neutral colors from the bright ones, and start making different outfits with the basics you have on the neutral side.
They include different shades of brown, Black, White, and gray. Neutral colors can blend in with other colors or match with all colors and color combinations. Therefore,you will find it easier to create several different outfits with them without extra thinking. If you are on a tight budget, I would suggest investing most of the money towards collecting good neutral garments. They tend to last longer in your closet and with current trends.
I have always admired fall. It really is a second spring with all the colorful leaves falling on the ground. They both are the revolutionary season; spring is a new beginning and autumn is a new start or last chance to be reformed. If you looking for a great fall vacation destination, I would recommend going to Colorado in October. It’s just magically beautiful. All you see is mountains full with different color trees. Well, now you know where I got my inspiration from for this look. I have become a big fan of this russet orange/ mustard orange color since last fall. It reminds me of maple leaves in fall. Mustard Orange is a very rich color with a strong foundation, so I prefer to stay with the neutral family and mix it with nude shoes and bag.
I like showing my midriff when I’m wearing high-waist pants or skirts, so if you are like me try to invest in some good quality neutral crop tops. I promise it will be one of those pieces that you always have something to wear with.
I have worn this A.L.C crop top all year around with all sort of pants and skirts. The same story with these pants, you name any kind of tops and I paired it with. Therefore, I wrapped up the look by layering some of my gold accessories.
I hope you enjoyed this look.
Zara Pants, Old, Similar
Cristian Dior Spring 2016, Sold Out
Chloe Clutch, Sold Out, Similar
I’m not ready for you yet. I mean my body definitely needs at least a month of going to the gym before you knock on my door. Can you please go home and come back in a month? can we all pretend we are still in June? As I’m fighting with July in my head, I’m skimming through different articles about swimsuit history on the internet. It goes back to a month ago when I was visiting my family in San Francisco. On my fifth day there, we decided to go to Capitola Beach. On our way coming back from the beach, A small billboard caught our eyes in the parking lot. The billboard was showing a picture from early 1900s, five women wearing gowns on the beach. Automatically, the very first thing crossing my mind was, why are they wearing gowns to the beach?! So, That Image in Capitola Beach inspired me to learn more about swimsuit history and share it with you guys.
A Parisian engineer, Louis Reard, invented the bikini in 1946. He designed the bikini while working at his mother’s lingerie shop. He named it after the cite of the atomic bomb testing that year; because he thought the public reaction would be like the Atomic Bomb explosion. And, he was Right! His design was based on exposing the belly button for the first time. The bikini was so scandalous that no French models accepted putting it on, so he ended up hiring a stripper to model his bikini.
Before the bikini, most women wore one-piece swimsuits, and if they were having a two-piece on, it would be still very modest and expose a little midriff. Also, they always kept the belly button covered and away from sun.Before that, women wore these bathing costumes, which covered every part of their body, and they used this thing called “ Bathing Machine”. Bathing Machine was a 6x6x6 wooden box or basically a cabana on wheels. The woman would get inside the bathing machine in her regular clothes, and then change into her bathing costume. Horses or sometimes people would drag the bathing machine to the shoreline where the woman would get straight in to the water from the cabana, so that no one would see her in her bathing costume.
We Have Certainly come a long Way since then!
We go to the beach today and you see almost everyone wearing all sorts of different bikinis, which wasn’t an instant hit for the USA back in 50s. In 1957, Modern Girl magazine said, “It is hardly necessary to waste words over the so-called bikini since it is inconceivable that any girl with tact and decency would ever wear such a thing.” Plus, One more writer described bikini as a two-piece bathing suit that revealed everything about a girl except for her mother’s maiden name. So, we can say there was a law of wearing swimsuits on public beaches. Guards at the beach would measure women’s baiting suits, and women wearing bikinis were sure to get kicked off of the beach.
With the 1960s however, it came with the sexual revolution, women’s movement, and rising popularity of the bikini. Soon no one was afraid to wear one, and show her belly button some sunshine. In 1965, a woman told Time Magazine that it almost “Square” to not wear bikini.In 2012, annual spending on the bikini was 8 billion dollars, and the fame of bikini has been tribute to the “ Power of Women” and not “ the power of fashion.”
Ok now, if you are as curious as I am about how we went from beach gowns to up our butts, join me in a minute stroll through the years of swimsuit history.
I hope You enjoyed it,
Uhmm, I guess we all deserve some online shopping therapy rather than working considering we made it to this point of the week. After All it is the $ale Season, Ladies. It means go make those credit cards payments and start from scratch because we all love paying the 28% interest (But, seriously, Don’t listen to me because most of the time watching your money sitting in the bank is more satisfying than having some art pieces on your feet :|).
If you’ve been saving up for this time of the year, and you like to add some good investment to your closet, I will be on the same boat with you Sister. Before I show You what I’ve been craving to buy, I would like to share some tips of $ALE SHOPPING. Don’t forget these are all from my personal experiences through eight years of working in this field, and I’m not trying to claim any expertise.
I know it is a great season to shop, but my personal advise to you would be go on that vacation if you have to choose between shopping and traveling because there always be something that we need to buy and never ends. Summer has been known for its amazing vacations and adventures. Plus, to me, nothing will beat the education that You would gain when you’re traveling to a new place. Honestly, absorbing different cultures and the feeling of sun touching your skin on different sides of the world is way more rewarding than walking with the $2000 purse, which was purchased on Sale, around the neighborhood.
You know what I mean!
Serious Girl-to-Girl Talk…
Please, please don’t go and spend 80 percent of your paycheck on a pair of shoes just because X’s husband bought her a Saint Laurent Bag as an anniversary gift, and you just have to have it. Trust me, Safe to say as a Fashion Design student, who reads and watches all fashion history and documentaries on regular basis, and working with all sorts of clients, people can distinguish between a person who buys clothes because she genuinely loves them versus who just buys them to keep up with “The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” although there is no money in her pockets after the big purchase. So, as I said before, Don’t shop for other people or even yourself, shop for your closet.
Before typing the store website on the tool bar, make sure you are paid all the bills that needed to be paid. Then, Set a certain budget due to your financial situation because if you don’t set it, you will end up filling up your shopping cart with all great items that would cost more than your yearly salary. It might sound funny, but I’ve seen people in this situation where they don’t have the money and they end up getting loan in order to buy the clothes. You know what I always compare this budget thing to? Have you guys ever heard of someone saying, “Never go grocery shopping Hungry”? Well, at least in my case, shopping without budget is very similar as when I go to the grocery store hungry; I grab all carbs and chocolate existed on the racks of the checkout line while I’m waiting in line to purchase my actual grocery.
As I’m walking towards the sales rack, I have a same feeling as if I am Five years old again walking to a toys store full of Barbies. YES, I wanted them all no matter how many Barbies or barbie’s house and furniture I owned. The obsession got to the point that when I was nine I made a pact with myself to marry a guy who owns a Barbie store when I grow up, after unboxing my original Pocahontas Barbie that I waited patiently for about 2 years to buy….
My first $ale stop is always the shoes. It is one of the categories that I can digest quickly to splurge a good amount of money on since I was a kid. After all “ Give a Girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Marilyn Monroe. Usually my budget would vary depending on the shoes style, but I would say it is around $500. I KNOW. I know that could be a lot of money for a pair of shoes on SALE, but some of these shoes that we consider as an investments were originally more than $1000. That is when I should emphasize again that please buy them for your wardrobe. Make Sure they go with different looks that you have in your closet.
If you are tight on money, but you are dying to have a great pair of nude heels, put them in your shopping cart but don’t buy them as soon as they go on sale because 25% off would not do much for you. Wait until it goes down to at least 50% OFF, then go ahead and purchase them. Well, if they’re gone, don’t go crazy and be angry at your life just because you couldn’t buy them. Remember, we live in a marketing world, and they will always be something cooler waiting for you.
From my experience working at two different luxury stores, the best time of shopping would be around 4th of July. Even though the sales start in May, usually the month of July is the last chance that people can put their hands on the items as Neiman Marcus calls “ The Last Call”. As it says briefly, it is the last call or final sale for who are bargain shoppers and enjoy going through all the racks for six hours straight without a lunch break. Well, It is a Shopping Marathon Month for god sakes.
My Second $ale stop would be The Handbag and accessories department. At this stage, if I don’t find any shoes that I need (rarely happens, uhhm just lied, never happens), I would set an average budget of $600 for handbags depending on the style. As far as accessories go, I like to not spend lots of money on them. For example, the maximum budget I have for a belt is around high $200 unless it’s an unique piece that goes with lots of garments in my closet.
I’m Always on a hunt for a good leather and denim jacket no matter what the current season is. especially for leather jackets, I usually find the best ones that are almost 70 percent off this time of the year.
The Reality is We can’t Buy them all, so SHOP Wisely.
The Reality is We can’t have them all,
So Shop wisly.
Happy weekend beautiful people. As you guys know from the previous post, I’m still in Northern California visiting my family. I must say I was lucky enough to live in San Francisco for seven years, and still get to go there at least every two months to visit my parents. Even though, SF is geographically only 49 square miles, it is such a “huge” city in terms of attraction and amenities. My family and friends who are not from California always ask me where to go when they visit San Francisco. I always try to write down the common places they can visit when they go there like Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, Union Square, China Town, Financial District, Golden Gate Park, Pier 39, Alcatraz, North Beach, and Lombard Street. Since these places are very common to visit, I will not mention them in this post, but instead I would like to recommend some of the hidden places in the city that I’m obsessed with. Keep that in mind these places are not all the attractions, so that means there are lot more places to go in the city beside the ones I’m mentioning here.
Okay, now let’s jump in to it:
The 16th Ave Stair Case
This staircase is 163 steps of mosaic tiles, hidden in the sunset district of San Francisco.
Furnitures have crawled out of the vacant Hugo Hotel at Sixth and Howard.
It has the most amazing view of the pacific ocean.
Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection
Based on 15th century design by Leonardo da Vinci, which produces 360 degrees of spectacular live Images of the Seal Rock area.
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
This greenhouse and botanical garden was built in 1878. It houses a collection of rare and exotic plants.
A 140 year old Castle with underground caves.
Garden of Fragrance
Designed in 1965 for handicapped people and the visually impaired. The garden is designed to allow a full experience through smell and touch.
450 Shutter Street
It is a 26 floor building nested in financial district of San Francisco, which is bright like a jewel in the city.
The Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Staircase winds down the side of telegraph hill through gardens, wild parrots flying overhead.
In 1975, a millionaire houseboat designer created floating man-made island and upscale restaurant in the San Francisco Bay in Sausalito. The island is a massive creation which was even featured on “ Lifestyles of the rich and famous.” The underwater dining room is decorated in Victorian style with aperture windows gazing in the murky water.
Japanese Tea Garden
The 1894 Midwinter Exposition continues to delight visitors today. It is the oldest garden in the USA.
It is a man-made eucalyptus grove. The woods that cover San Francisco’s Presidio are only a little over century old, planted in the late 19th century by the U.S. Army.
San Francisco’s Cable Car Museum
It is a whirring powerhouse that offers a subterranean peek into the heart and soul of cable car operations.
Place of Fine Arts
It is the last remaining relic of San Francisco’s dazzling 1915 Panama Pacific Exhibition.
It is San Francisco’s oldest surviving monument for 1906 survivors. The fountain is a twenty-four-foot cast iron sculpture.
It is a historic hotel that was once used in a Hitchcock film.
The “Full house” House
This private residence was the template for one of the most beloved television homes ever. Also, now it is on market for about 4 million dollars if you are interested to buy. 🙂
Hotaling Whiskey Warehouse
The largest whiskey stash on the West Coast survived the 1906 fires. One important building survived the 1906 earthquake, the one holding all the whiskey.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post.
After annoying my family over years of being an over packer, I finally came to realization that light traveling is absolutely perfect. Instead of grabbing all different sorts of garments and being confused about what to wear when you get to your destination, plan the outfits for each day while you are packing.
Summer is around the corner and I’m pretty sure the last thing on your to-do list is figuring out what to pack for your vacation. Personally, the biggest challenge I face is always waiting until the night before to pack. Not to mention- stressing about not having enough outfits and time. As probably most of you guys know from my Instagram, I am going to visit my family today.
Situation: 6:30 AM, currently writing this blog while I’m waiting at the gate to board, and praying that will be no thunderstorm or rain until my airplane takes off ON TIME.
Note to Self: REMEMBER Toothbrush and Pen this time.
I’ll be in San Francisco for seven days in total. I already have all day family plans for four days, which requires me to have at least three different outfits for each occasion. Also, packing for the three remaining days would be easier if I take less pieces and more combinations.
Now let’s take a look at how I packed for this trip Last Night 🙂 :
Decided to take one top, which goes with more than one bottom.
Same Strategy for these garments again, but I only packed the shorts since I wore the leather pants and shiny top to the airport.
Took two dresses, one long for the beach and one short for everyday use.
Never forget to grab a pair of denim pants on any vacation because it’s just very easy to style. Also, if you ever decide to visit San Francisco, never forget to take your cashmere shirt with at least one jacket. P.S. I did not pack the white denim jacket since I wore that on the airplane.
Try to not take too many shoes because you end up not wearing all of them. Keep your shoes in the dust bag to protect them from any dirt.
I only packed one pair of heels for my sister’s graduation party.
One pair of flat sandals for everyday use, and one for the pool and beach.
Also, I wore my favorite sneakers on the Plane.
Store your jewelry pieces in separate pouches.
Then put the pouches in your handbag to protect them from tangling and getting lost.
I like to store all my under garments, swim wears, and pajamas in a big pouch.
I like to either use skin care samples or buy traveling size creams when I travel.
And as far as makeup goes I try to just grab my everyday use and not over pack.
The best Packing Tip is to roll your clothes because it prevents them from wrinkling and saves so much space. What I usually do is roll my clothes and lay them down on the bottom of my suitcase and fill in the extra spaces with my flat sandals or shoes.
I try to put the more delicate items on top.
Now You see I was able to fit all my seven day outfits in my carry on bag and still have the top part empty just in case if I like to bring goodies from Cali for my beau.
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I still feel like because of the weather craziness, the transitional season is not over yet and we all know, this time of the season can be expensive. So, instead of crying over that you can’t spend a dime on your wardrobe because of your summer vacation expenses; revisit your beloved closet and grab a favorite piece from the past seasons, make sure it is still wearable based on the climate, and wear it differently.
There are times that I get stock between 80s and 90s trends specially when I’m homesick and missing my mom. Since I’m in my mid twenties, all I can think of is what my mom used to wear in her twenties (In 1990s). Her wardrobe was filled with all 90s goodies, different bodysuits, high waist denim pants, crop tops and a little throwback of 80s, oversized blazers with shoulder pads.
I can say this look is the offspring of these two decades, but more on a settle side (No Neon Please). There is something cool about oversized blazers; I think they make you stand out from other women in public since most of women are into more of a tailored and slim fit ones or I should say more feminine styles. Believe it or not, they make me feel sexy, and they give a bit of Parisian vibe to the outfits. I preferably try to find the ones that are larger than my size (here the blazer is 8 size bigger) :), but if I decide to buy them from the boys department, I like the ones without or minimal sleeve buttons because rolling up the sleeves is way cooler than hiding our sexy arms and wrists underneath them. The length of these type of blazers is perfect, right below the butt, which complements a pair of high waist denim pants (related post), shorts, and skirt suitably. There shouldn’t be any special occasion to wear them; in fact you can wear them all the time in most seasons.
For this look, I wore the blazer with a pair of high-waist shorts that I basically live in since I bought them, and chose the red bodysuit to give the look a bit of color and make it not too dressed up. Guys! You can never go wrong with the strapped sandals. I promise you they go with everything in your closet. They are basically my to go shoes, and I’m sure you saw them many times in my blog posts. Last but not least, I thought Gold accessories would complement this look properly. Since it says 1990 on the body suit, I wore my favorite gold choker and layered it with a double gold necklace. Also, I couldn’t resist not having an arm party, so I grabbed my gold cuff and paired it with the necklaces.
Top Shop Blazer, Old, Similar
Bebe Gold Cuff, Old, Similar
Stuart Weitzman Sandals, Sold Out (Saks exclusive), Similar
SPRING is GREAT. The sun shines in most cities except Houston, as I’m writing this sentence in my bedroom aka office lol, Houstonians are facing the worst thunderstorm of their lives. God knows how we are going to have our photo shoot today:(. Since the weather is about to get better, it’s the official time to release ourselves from the prison of coldness that made us put sweaters and pants on most of the season.
IT IS LEG SEASON LADIES! Let that midi skirt be the new mini skirt again.
I understand that we already talked about this Stella McCartney skirt before (Related blog), but I’ve like to show you how I invest on something more expensive. I make sure I can wear it for at least 2 seasons or even all year around.
I BELIEVE VERSATILITY IS THE KEY IN STYLING!
The soft, flexible combination of wool and cotton make this Stella McCartney skirt the perfect fit for a spring day. As if you already read the old blog post, you know how much I love the exquisite detailing on the front. The rope applique’ quickly enhances this gray ensemble from simple to elegant.
I’m a big fan of all different sorts of T-shirts because I believe they go with all types of bottoms, skirts, shorts, and pants. I like to collect all different types of T-shirts from slim fit to 3 size bigger than my actual size lol. Well, it really depends on what I’m wearing it with. And lets not talk about how important is collecting the right basic white T-shirts for different looks because it needs its own separate blog post.
I have a weird obsession over distressed T-shirts because I think they dressed down the look just the right amount, and give the look a bit of edgy vibe. For this outfit, I paired the skirt with my favorite IRO T-shirt, which is 3 size bigger than my usual size. 🙂 The shirt is 100 percent linen, which makes it very soft and comfortable. The color goes pretty much with anything in my closet, so this buy has been a WIN WIN situation.
Oh By the way, aren’t we all reliving the 90s all over again?
In this case, nothing is better than wrapping up the look with my favorite chunky flat-form sandals and leather choker. Well if you miss Spice Gilrs, it’s a best time to invest in some flat/plat-form sandals. For me, I can never have enough of them, so I will post some of my favorite ones down below this post.
Well, I blamed it on the weather to steal his denim jacket. 🙂
I was Wearing:
Handmade Vintage Leather Choker
Jimmy Choo Handbag, Old, Similar
G-Star RAW Denim Jacket,Sold out, Similar
Check out my favorite Ftat/Plat- Form Shoes I love:
We all heard about how sharing is caring in any situation, so nothing is better than having a good relationship that the male partner is generous enough to share his closet with us. Ladies, is your wardrobe getting boring? Don’t worry, hop to his closet and see what potential items he has, that would work for you. In my case, I love his button up shirts and jackets. Yes, I go shopping for him quite often, and every time I grab an item, I think of it as an investment for both of us Lol. I mean there is a sayings for it too, “ kill 2 birds with 1 stone”.
You know the interesting thing about fashion, well I should probably say Style, is when you put your favorite clothes on, you feel like yourself, the style is very you, and it basically energizes you and your entire day!
For this look, I chose one of his tuxedo shirts over a regular white shirt because first, it’s a slim fit, which means less fabric to tuck in the skirt and make me look less boxy than the regular dress shirt. Second, I am absolutely obsessed with cufflinks. I’ll never forget the little jealousy fire burning inside of me every time I saw a man with cufflinks on. I would think to myself, why do they get the privilege of wearing cufflinks and not us, women. Seriously though, I’ve never seen a women tuxedo shirt anywhere, but if you have, please let me know because I’m so buying it the next minute. Third, the Collar is slimmer and the buttons are hidden, which make the look seem cleaner than it is.
As you know, I love mixing different fabrics together. For the bottom of this outfit, I decided to go with a different fabric mini skirt (seen before). I absolutely love everything about this skirt, and I can say it was one of my best investments. What makes it more special besides all the cotton detail works and zippers on the outside is the fabulous lining inside. You know I really Appreciate good quality clothes. It can be from flea market or the Chanel boutique. The mix of silk and viscous (Tree Fiber) makes the lining super light, soft, and comfortable vs. some other nylon linings.
Do you guys remember the post we talked about embracing and highlighting the best part of our body (previous post)?
In my case, this skirt is perfect for highlighting my mid thighs since I think they are the best part of my legs. The back is longer than the front, so the sides are the shortest lengthwise, which means hiding the thicker parts of the thighs and showing off the skinniest part.
I paired the look with a pair of gorgeous velvet lace up pumps from Top Shop. As soon as, I eyed these beauties on the sale rack, I came to realization that love at the first sight does exist. The velvet fabric makes the outfit looks cooler, the thick heels and the lace give the look more of a feminine and edgy vibes.
I was wearing:
Zara Men Tuxedo Shirt, Old, Similar
Top Shop Shoes, Old, Similar