Thanks Van! So glad someone else feels the same way and probably goes through the same struggles in the winter haha
Yes! We definitely should. Let’s get that in the works :) Message me your e-mail sometime!
Canon Rebel T4i w/ a 85 mm f/1.8 lens. It’s a good starter camera, but be sure to read up on other models as well.
Calvin Klein wool blend asymmetrical zip close coat/ H&M faux fur vest/ Michael Kors rose gold watch/ F21 cross-body bag/ Aldo Accessories rings & bracelets
Damn right, it’s cold outside! Born and raised in the tropics, I have never really been too fond of the winter season. As I had mentioned early on in one of my first few posts, I get cold very, very, very easily. I have no tolerance for the cold and thus, it’s always been a little difficult for me to have a sense of “style” in the winter… because forget fashion, I’d rather be warm. My idea of warmth had always been wearing a long-sleeve underneath a hoodie and a coat, and for this reason, this had become my daily uniform in the winter - most especially when I entered college. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks like this, but for those of you who share the same misery or hatred for the cold weather, I’ve realized you don’t have to compromise your style for warmth and comfort.
Hence, here are three helpful tips that I’ve come up with on how to look - and stay - hot in the winter:
1. Suit up. Winter coats are great investment pieces. The right coat may hurt your soul - and wallet - for that brief moment at the register, but remember, that coat will last you for years. Instead of buying a winter coat from stores like H&M or Forever21, in which it will probably only last you a season or two, try spending a couple more bucks at high-end or designer stores for an investment coat. Now that’s not to say to spend your entire paycheck for a single item - that’s what outlets are for. Originally priced at $300, I got my Calvin Klein coat last Friday for $110 at an outlet. This wasn’t really a Black Friday sale because I was at the same Calvin Klein store a couple days prior and it was priced at $120. Thus, in actuality, I only got an extra $10 off on Black Friday. Going back, when I said to spend a “couple more bucks,” I really meant a couple more bucks. The prices between the coats at H&M and designer stores like Calvin Klein (at outlets) do not differ by much, but the look and quality between the two is multiplied tenfold.
Furthermore, when choosing winter coats, make sure to pick ones with timeless, classic cuts and colors. These are the coats that will go with any outfit and be suitable for a range of occasions. You would be getting your money’s worth in the long run all the while looking - and staying - hot in the winter.
2. Clothes on clothes on clothes. Layer up. This is the next best thing to do to stay warm, yet fashionable - but I don’t mean long-sleeves under a hoodie. Personally, I’ve been obsessing over fur and shearling vests this season and I really can’t get enough of it. Although they don’t have sleeves, they keep me so warm! I usually wear them over simple knit sweaters like the one in this post or over plaid shirts like in this past post. For some of you who may find fur vests a little too bold to wear casually, pair it up with a single-toned long-sleeve shirt - preferably black, white, or brown - to dress the luxurious look and feel of the fur down a bit. Moreover, if vests are simply just not your thing, sweaters and cardigans will always be your friends. Plaid shirts underneath oversized sweaters and button ups with cardigans never fail to look good on anyone - so try it!
P.S. Don’t forget to wear a tank underneath all those layers for extra warmth and protection! Believe me, it makes a big difference.
3. Miss New Bootie. It’s time to toss out those Uggs. I loved my Uggs - trust me, I did. I had to toss mine out about two years ago because the second I stepped out of my apartment in college, my Uggs landed on that morning fresh dog poop. I’ve had mine for about four years to that date, so not only was it old and slightly beat up, but it also had poop on it so I just decided it was best to throw it out. The point of this story is, it’s very easy to get comfortable in boots like Uggs, Emus, or BearPAWS because they’re so soft and warm and easy to wear. I wore my Uggs almost everyday for those four winters, along with my long-sleeve and hoodie uniform. I feel like a big chunk of the reason why it was difficult for me to dress up in the winter was because I felt so secured with my Uggs. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good for days when you wanna just wear sweats and bum it out, but on other days when you’re going out with your girlfriends or your boyfriend, knee-high boots or booties are the way to go. You can also create so much more out of your wardrobe with these kind of boots. Plus, a simple change from Uggs to leather boots can make the difference between looking average and effortlessly chic and stylish.
Hope these three simple tips help you guys out in looking good and feeling good this winter season! As always, thank you for reading and don’t forget to leave me a message or comment if you have any questions or suggestions in what you’d like to hear more about!
I also wanna send out a special thank you to my boyfriend, Justin Joo, for taking the photos for today’s post and for my next upcoming posts. It was our first time working together again for photos and the experience was so much better! Can’t wait for more. Thank you, love.
I also wanna say a special thank you to my little sister, Allison Templo for the amazing photographs from my travel diaries. She’ll probably be my full-time photographer when we travel as annoying as that may be. She’s too talented, I cannot not take advantage. Thank you!
F21 floral joggers/ American Apparel crop top/ Tommy Hilfiger wristlet/ Aldo Accessories cat-eye sunnies/ Steve Madden metallic strap sandals
OUTFIT REPEAT ALERT! This is, however, my summer rendition of this outfit - now with just sandals and without the lace jacket.
Even though I only spent a day in LA, I fell in love with this city the moment I laid my eyes on it. Guess you can call it love at first sight. It was the perfect mixture and balance of city and suburb; the weather was warm and breezy; and the sights, the people? Phenomenal. I don’t know what else I could possibly ask for. As much as I love New York City, there is no doubt in my mind I’d choose to live in LA over NY any day. LA was a lot more relaxed compared to the hustle and bustle of the city - I didn’t feel the rush, the tension, the shortness of time that I usually feel in the city. The only downside was the “LA traffic.” I’ve always heard of people talk about “LA traffic” but never understood what the expression meant up until I sat in traffic in LA. What would normally be a thirty minute drive across the city could take as long as three hours!
Moving on from the traffic, my family and I visited a couple of places I felt like every person should visit when in LA - even though we missed LACMA. Our very first stop was 90210! In other words, Beverly Hills. In other other words, a place where I couldn’t afford anything. We mainly stayed around Rodeo Drive, the famous four block stretch of road full of luxury stores. Thought we were bound to run into some A-list celebrities there, but nope, we were sadly mistaken.
Our second stop was the Griffith Observatory. The observatory stands on a hillside by the Hollywood sign, so not only were we able to get a picturesque view of the famous sign, but we also got a killer view of the beautiful city of Los Angeles (see picture above). Isn’t it amazing? I live for views and moments like these. Furthermore, we also stopped by one of LA’s well-known shopping and entertainment centers - The Grove. I love malls and this is probably the best one I’ve been to as of date - at least when it came down to visual aesthetics and variety - next to Garden State Plaza. Thought this was a great last stop as we were able to just sit back and relax at the mall’s square.
Reflecting back on this trip is only making me wish more that I lived in LA… Maybe one day. On another note, I hope you guys have been enjoying my travel diary entries! May start on some winter posts next week. It’s about time! Let me know if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions!
Boyfriend shirt from Target/ AE leather sequined shorts/ Urban Outfitters vintage belt/ Aldo Accessories cat-eye sunnies
I know this post is very heavy with photos, but I could not not show you how beautiful Arizona was. I had such a hard time grasping what was in front of me, especially when my family and I were in the Grand Canyon. The scenic views over there were just unbelievably amazing.
As I had mentioned in my first travel post, my family and I were situated in Las Vegas, Nevada during the night time and during the day, we would travel to the neighboring areas. In this case, we visited Arizona on two separate occasions. On the first day, since it was so close to Vegas, we visited the Hoover Dam on the border of Nevada and Arizona. This means that I finally got to be in two places at once! We didn’t do too many crazy things here, though it was still a sight to see.
A few days later, we traveled to Arizona again - only this time, instead of a 30 minute drive like last time, it was a 4 hour trip to get to the Grand Canyon. This is definitely a place you have to go to at least once in your lifetime. The views were absolutely breathtaking - breathtaking because it’s beautiful and breathtaking because it literally takes your breath away from the anxiety and fear you experience when you’re standing on the edge of a canyon. I remember my knees being so weak and my stomach flipping the entire time we were walking around and hiking through the huge rocks and steep hills. Although I have a fear of heights, I very much enjoy being able to view the world at a height. I’m getting a little bit off topic here, but never let your personal fears hold you back from what could be a once in a lifetime experience.
After experiencing the unique beauty that is the Grand Canyon, there is no doubt in my mind that I am going to go back and explore more of it. There is still so much for me to see and I know that I’ve only seen a tiny fraction of it on my first visit. So please, put this on your travel list - there is truly nothing like it.
I’ve been getting asked - quite often, too, and enough that it needs its own post - who the photographers I have been working with are. Most of the photographers of every outfit post I’ve posted so far have been different, so if there is a style you are particularly drawn to and would like to check more of their work out, their names are listed and hyperlinked at the end of each post! They are all very talented, as you can see, and it’s been such a blessing to have been able to work with all of them. I really can’t thank them enough for the awesome photos and shoots every time.
If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate shoot me a message through Tumblr ask.
I will! Soon enough. Just have a few more posts left before I start posting about winter fashion :)
Hi, everyone! I have a received a special request to post some outfit ideas of what to wear to a Roaring Twenties gala, so I’ve gathered up dresses, shoes, and accessories from various websites that you can wear to keep with the theme of the event. I thought this was the best way to do it, since searching for the right dresses and shoes can be such a drag for many. As a side note: I truly enjoyed writing this post - not only did I learn so many things, but it also gave me a chance to explore a such a different, yet iconic style!
Let’s start with the background. To better understand the style and attitude that soon identified this era as the Roaring Twenties, we must first take a look at what was happening during this time. In the United States, only right after World War I ended, the 1920s became a time of great change. The Roaring Twenties proudly presented a time of unprecedented prosperity, rebellion and high society antics. Because of the sudden economic boom in the country, and in spite of the Prohibition, fun-loving men and “flapper” women, young and old, drank, smoke, and partied like never before.
Roaring Twenties-inspired looks
Dresses in this era were filled dangling and detailed embellishments, and most times, entire dresses were made of shimmery fabric, drowning in sequins and fringe. These dresses also hung loose around the waist - they were not form-fitting like how dresses popular among the youth are today. Furthermore, they accentuated nothing about the woman’s body and the length was often down to the knees.
Dresses of this kind can be found here, here, here, and here. (All of these suggested dresses are above the knees, but the details and loose fit of each one certainly fit the flapper look when paired with heavy jewelry).
Chunky heels, short heels, strapped heels were very popular in the 1920s as they were ideal for dancing.
Zara is an amazing store if you’re looking for statement heels with lots of details, and these type of heels would go perfectly well with the shiny and fringy dresses. Here are some of my picks: here, here, here, and here. (I know the heels for the last one are pretty high for dancing, but I’m in love with the black stones embellished on the heels and front strap!)
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! Statement headbands such as this and this were huge in this era and headbands are one of the first things we think of when we think Roaring Twenties. This look will not be complete without it! While these gorgeous headbands are bit too heavy on the wallet and if you’re rolling on a budget, some less expensive alternatives can be found at Forever 21 here and here. Though these headbands from F21 are not as glamorous as the ones from Etsy, they can still be paired just as beautifully with the dresses I’ve listed above. Lastly, don’t forget to stack up on your jewelry by layering long beads!
If I were to go, this would be my outfit choice: dress, shoes, and accessories one, two, and three. Throw some rich, red lipstick and heavy eyeliner on and false eyelashes and I’ll be good to go and ready for a Roaring Twenties party!
Hope you guys enjoyed my my first “How To” post (seems like this week is just full of many firsts!) and if you have any requests for some outfit ideas, don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!
F21 black crop top/ H&M distressed high-waisted shorts/ Ann Taylor denim jacket/ Aldo sunnies
First and foremost, I did not realize just how many pictures I have from my trip to the west coast. I have so many it’s physically impossible to put them all in one post! It will be also be quite difficult to talk about it all at once, so I decided it would be best to break them up in separate posts.
A couple of months ago, I traveled to Nevada, California, and Arizona with my family for about a week. Las Vegas, Nevada was sort of like our home base, our central point, since we stayed there during the night. During the day, we journeyed to surrounding major cities and scenic points in the area, and this included Death Valley, California.
Before anything, I have a confession to make. More than half of these photos were taken with my iPhone and my sister’s Samsung Galaxy S3 because my DSLR inconveniently died halfway through our day trip. Can you tell which ones? I’m pretty sure I charged the battery the night before, but the excessive heat out in the valley must have exhausted my battery. If you scroll back up to my shot of the car’s dashboard, the temperature reads 117 degrees Fahrenheit (47.2°C)! With that said, it was really mindless of me to wear such a heavy denim jacket.
I can’t even begin to tell you how hot it was. After all, Death Valley is the lowest, hottest and driest place in all of North America. At first I thought a breeze would relax my body from the sweltering heat even for just a little bit, but it did just the exact opposite. I remember I would wish there hadn’t been a breeze. In fact, the light current of air that would come by every once in a while whipped my skin so harshly because this wind was also at a temperature of more than a hundred degrees! It’s no wonder they call it Death Valley - I don’t know how anything can survive here for a long period of time!
Reflecting back on this trip, I could’ve gone better prepared. For one, avoid denim (though I love the denim on denim combo). Two, have an extra change of battery. Three, wear sneakers. I was hiking up and down hills and walking through hot and rocky terrain in sandals. In my defense, I had no idea we were going to do so much hiking and walking having been warned about the weather! As much as I loved these sandals, I actually had to throw them out afterwards because they were so beat… so beat that the bottom of my sandals had ripped apart by the end of the day.
Despite all my failures on this day, it was such an amazing and unique experience. It was my first time being in a dessert and the views I witnessed were absolutely breathtaking. I tried to capture all of the beauty of Death Valley in my pictures and I hope that you enjoy them as you join me in my adventures through these series of travel photos I will be posting!
P.S. I want to send out a special thank you to my little sister, Allison, for being so patient in taking photos of me during this trip! I know it was a little annoying because it was my first time posing in front of the camera so much, but the pictures had come out amazing! I can’t wait to post more. She blogs, too, so check out her blog in the link above.
For the past two weeks, I’ve been having a surge of ideas of numerous things I want to write about. I’ve always actually really enjoyed writing and combined with the photography class I’m currently taking, it feels like my mind is a ticking bomb for anything I see that triggers an explosive thought. Because of the constant flow of ideas in my head, I started carrying sticky notes everywhere with me! (Or maybe I should just buy a notebook?) Old school, but I prefer having things written down instead of logged down on my phone. It’s just also a lot easier and faster to build details on paper than on any other device.
In application of these ideas, I’ve also been very inspired and motivated to work on new projects! They’re still in the works, but hopefully I’ll be able to share them soon! I just thought I’d add more variety to my posts; it’s becoming a bit too monotonous for me. Ah, as much as it feels like my head is all over the place, I love this feeling - definitely a lot better than being stuck in a mental block!