February 1, 2015

PURE

 Statement Necklace from The Quiet Riot, Oversized Shirt c/o Nosbyn, White Bustier from Nasty Gal, Light Blue Shorts c/o Nosbyn, Black Tote c/o Dagne Dover, Ankle Strap Pumps from Ivanka Trump

 Photos by Ally Gong

When I first started experimenting with my personal style in high school, I admit that I was a shopper who was much more focused on quantity than quality. But over the years I've come to learn that I much prefer having less pieces in my closet that each are much more well made in terms of fit, construction, and material. Nosbyn is one of the brands I have found that hits the mark on all those areas, and their minimalist aesthetic also makes for pieces that can easily become long time staples in one's closet, such as this white-button down and these light blue shorts.

I have also become a huge fan of Dagne Dover, a new handbag brand that makes bags that have a compartment inside for every possible thing you could think of! (Literally!) Their large tote which I'm wearing in this look has a compartment for your laptop and a removable pocket for your water bottle! I love that these bags still have a very designer look to them because I normally find that I have to compromise style for extreme functionality. 

With this outfit, I wanted to mix in workwear inspired pieces such as this tote bag and these pumps and create a look that looked more whimsical and fairytale-like. It was certainly a great outfit for going out for lunch at Santana Row with my boyfriend, Chris, and fellow fashion blogger, Ally Gong! It was the first time I got to meet her in person and she is super sweet, down to earth, and fun to be around. As you can see, we coordinated our outfits together with our color palette too :) Be sure to visit her blog too if you're looking for more fashion inspiration, and also if you want to find more Bay Area based bloggers to follow! x

January 20, 2015

OCEANIC

K.Blu Swimwear Top and Bottom

Photos by Christopher from Unbearably Stylish

Even in the middle of winter, the beach is just as alluring to me as it is in the summertime. It brings me endless amounts of pure happiness to be by the roaring waves, to warm my body under the abundant sunshine, and to feel the soft and smooth sand under my feet. It is the perfect escape.

On this sunny day, Chris and I drove out to Santa Cruz to go to New Brighton State Beach. Being as it is the middle of winter and that it was also a weekday, we were one of the few people on the beach, which is always great for taking photos. And of course any beach visit is made better when wearing a new swimsuit! This one is from K.Blu Swim and it features a gorgeous blue porcelain print—although it also reminds me of the waves in the ocean! What I love about this swimsuit is that the top has built in padding (so no having to adjust any padding inserts) and that you put it on easily by closing it with the gold clasp in the front. The mesh cutouts at the hip of the swimsuit bottom are also an edgy detail that I adore! This is the best quality swimsuit I've ever owned and I'm looking forward to many more adventures and travels in this swimsuit for years to come :)

January 7, 2015

GOLD DUST

Crown Headband from Icing's, Vintage Cashmere Sweater, Sequin Midi Skirt c/o Ida Sjöstedt, Vintage Tapestry Purse, Gold Sandal Heels from Nine West

Photos by Christopher from Unbearably Stylish

Although I feel that my style fluctuates every few months, I find that one mode of dressing I always return to is a fairytale-inspired style. There is a playful charm in getting dressed up like a princess, but a sophistication in crafting such a look with more grown-up pieces such as midi skirts and strappy heels. 

This golden crown is one of my most treasured finds (can you believe I found it at Icing's for $5?), as well as this vintage tapestry purse I got on Etsy for $15! The cashmere sweater was thrifted from Beacon's Closet for $18, while the sandals are the heels that I wore from my senior prom. 

The focal point of this outfit for me was this beautiful Ida Sjöstedt skirt from the Tictail pop up shop in New York. Tictail is an e-commerce platform that allows individuals to set up their own online store for free, and they have so many amazing up and coming designers and artists selling their items on it! Of the many brands the people at Tictail introduced me to during my store visit, Ida Sjöstedt was my favorite, and I was so happy to take home this incredible midi skirt! It is such a great piece for when you want to add glamour to your outfit but don't want to commit to wearing a full length gown for example.

A final thank you to my boyfriend Chris for taking these photos for me! If you have a minute, please check out his Instagram too :) And a happy 2015 to all you guys too!