“Will you be my Valentine?”

We are almost halfway through February and Valentine’s day is just around the corner.  Love is in the air and so are the reds, pinks and floral prints in my wardrobe!  Is it weird to fall in love with an outfit?  Because this look has got me hooked and I am in love!

Nothing says romantic and flirty like a floral maxi dress.  I picked up this red beauty in the early fall months (when it was still warm) and wore it constantly! I have always been a fan of floral prints and maxi dresses and I just fell in love when I saw my two favorite things in one amazing piece!  I love the colors of the flowers and check out the periwinkle-colored leaves! So pretty! The mixing of colors were unexpected and compliments the red very well.  This beautiful dress is airy and flows well while you are walking that it almost looks like you are floating!    And the open back detail?  I can’t even!  It gives a subtle sexiness without showing too much skin.  This is by far my favorite dress and I try to wear it throughout all seasons.  I simply wore a leather jacket over it as a warm layer (it’s still winter in California) and my black mules.  The only accessories I added here are my sunnies (a must for me) and the simple elegance of crossbody bag in a bright shade.  Don’t you just love the pop of neon against the red fabric?  I love putting things together that are unexpected!

Romantic outfit with a little edge for Valentine’s day?  I heart it.  <3

 

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Free People floral maxi dress // Asos maxi dress
Blank NYC jacket // Ralph Lauren faux leather jacket
Seychelles peep toe mules // Vince mules
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac colorblock bag // Marc by Marc Jacobs cross body
Rayban Clubmasters

“Red pumps and the city”

Hi guys! I’ve been sick this past week and I can’t wait to be back to my normal and healthy self.  This bug took a toll on me and it is hard to focus and function when your body isn’t cooperating with you.  I did a photo shoot with my sister this past weekend while I was sick (bad idea) and boy, did it show on camera!  I told you guys that I would share more looks from the shoot, but unfortunately only one made the cut! The rest of them didn’t look up to par because I wasn’t feeling well and you could totally tell in my photos!  Even the makeup didn’t disguise it well and I just couldn’t hide it!  Yikes! I finally just had to let my body do its thing without me resisting it.  I decided to take a few days off to gain all of my energy back and it has made such a difference on my body. Almost 100% better today and thankful for that.

This look was shot on such a beautiful day in San Francisco.  It was surprisingly warm out with super clear skies!  I really wished that I could’ve taken more advantage of that day because I rarely just go to the city to hang out, but my body just wasn’t into it. Bummer!  My sister and I felt that this was the only look that was blog-worthy.  We are doing the shoot all over this weekend and I can’t wait!  This time, I’m gonna bring it!

I LOVE a basic white tee, but I also love when basics aren’t so basic sometimes!  I am loving this white perforated tee from Club Monaco!  It is super soft and the cut is so flattering!  I threw on a black moto jacket to make this feminine look a bit edgy.  It is tough to find a jacket that hugs me in all the right places because one, I am petite.  Two, I have short arms and a short torso so everything is usually big on me, but this jacket fits me perfectly.

Let’s talk about my trousers for a sec…I mean..LOVE THEM!  I love a regular trouser, but in denim?  In this shade of blue?  YES!  My favorite jean at the moment!  It actually gives it a tomboy feel, but feminine at the same time.  I love the little rips here and there which adds more character.  This pair is going to be a repeat offender in my wardrobe!

I love having statement shoes and these red beauties are one of them!  They can change the mood of your outfit almost immediately!  Also, it is February and I like to incorporate pops of red or pinks in my wardrobe here and there as much as I can.  It’s just a thing that I like to do!

Layer your jewelry!  From rings, to bracelets, and necklaces, layering them gives your jewelry a new look!  Almost like wearing a different piece of jewelry!  Even with a basic jeans and tee outfit, your look will hardly be basic!

Fanny packs aren’t so bad and sort of making its way back in the scene lately.  I’ve had this Gucci belt bag for years..(10 years now?) and I keep using it from time to time.  I have the smaller version and it is just the cutest.  It’s subtle and it also doubles as a belt (belt bag, duh!) as you can see here.  It fits my phone, lipgloss and my cards.  Perfect while running around SF without the bulk! <3

 

 

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Club Monaco tee // Club Monaco lace top
Zara ripped trousers // Diesel jeans
Blank NYC jacket // Black Orchid jacket
Charles David pumps // DVF pumps
Gucci belt bag // Elizabeth and James belt bag
Barton Perreira sunglasses // Illesteva Leonard II sunglasses

Beauty Faves!

If you are a subscriber to my blog, I’m sure you received two emails last week of the same post! Eek!  I accidentally posted the draft for this beauty post last week (twice) and I apologize!  It was the week that my doggy was sick at the vet so my mind was all over the place!  Anyway, here’s the complete version, guys and sorry for that minor slip! <3

 

My first beauty post!  Yay!  I have been asked a few times on what I put on my face and to be honest, I try not to wear that much makeup only because my skin is pretty sensitive. The only time I would pack on a full face of makeup is when I have to get in front of camera for a photo shoot and during special occasions.  Sometimes, I would get my face painted by a makeup artist for fun just because it makes me feel extra fabulous!  Haha!  And besides, who doesn’t love a mini makeover?  Truly, I feel that a little make up goes a long way and it makes such a difference, but at the end of the day, it is how you carry yourself and being confident!  🙂  That to me, is true beauty!

Here are my favorite beauty products that I typically use daily!  Have you guys tried any of these?

Beauty Faves!

100 Pure 100 pure skincare
I love that this eye cream is organic!  It also smells great!

L Occitane body moisturizer
I’m constantly washing my hands so this never leaves my purse!  I love the scent and never feels greasy when I put it on.

Rosebud Perfume Co beauty product
I love this product!  Keeps my lips soft and moisturized especially during winter months!

Natura Bissé beauty product
Anything from this beauty line is worth the investment.  I got this as a gift before and I was hooked!

NARS Cosmetics pink blush
I love the way this blush makes my cheeks glow like JLo’s. 🙂  It gives just the right amount of shine.

Smashbox face powder
My go-to product when my face starts to feel shiny.  Perfect for touch ups!

Anastasia beverly hills cosmetic
I love the creamy texture as it glides on smoothly and most importantly, it is long lasting and water resistant!

Laura mercier concealer
This goes on so smoothly and doesn’t crease!  Covers up well and makes me look well rested.

“Mix it up”

Happy Friday everyone!  I wanted to share a casual Friday look with you today by mixing prints and doing a little pattern play!  I like to experiment with different textures and prints when styling my wardrobe because I think it’s fun and exciting!  The one thing that I always try to remember is to match the colors and NOT the patterns.  If you dare to try print on print (for starters) , I would suggest trying monochromatic stripes first because I think they count as solid colors.  Leopard print is a neutral (my personal fave) and it is also a good option to start with!  So easy and you can’t go wrong!  I hope these simple rules will get you guys started and maybe one day you will dare to go for a more bolder look! 🙂  Have fun mixing it up!

Fridays are all about being casual for me, perfect for kicking off the weekend ahead.  I like to dress down, but still look polished and effortless.  This printed shirt dress (and how cute is the bow?) is so versatile and can be styled in many ways!  I am wearing my Senso leopard booties (remember the matching of colors?) because I think brown tones compliment blue hues quite well.  I accessorized this look with a simple black backpack and my favorite Rayban sunnies!  Chic and weekend ready! <3

 

 

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Cope X Urban Outfitters shirt dress // Topshop Tie Neck dress
Senso Leopard boots // Steve Madden Palace booties
Sole Society backpack // Audrey tassel body bag

“Street Chic”

Stylish sneakers everywhere have made it into people’s everyday looks and I am not mad about it!  Sneakers are known for its laid-back reputation, but this sporty staple are front and center in my wardrobe!  They are versatile, comfortable, and easy to wear.  They are not just made for the gym anymore, but rather a chic and low-key addition to any style outfit.  The way I style my sneakers is to look less “done” but screams “street chic” and not sloppy.  I styled my New Balance sneakers (can you see the gingham detail on the back? SUPER CUTE!) with my comfortable leather leggings.  I also wanted to add more color for contrast, so I chose this olive-colored, oversized silk blouse.  And my bag?  It is vintage Gucci which also doubles as a clutch.  Talk about functional!

The weekend is almost here!  Give your feet a break, kick off those heels and slip on a pair of sneakers today.  They are casual, cool and with a pop of color, it will make your outfit youthful and fun. <3

 

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Photos : Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Helmut Lang Pull On leggings // Zara leather skinny trousers / H&M Biker pants
Madewell Silk Courier shirt // Topshop Double Pocket silk shirt
New Balance 420 sneakers // Saucony x Madewell Shadow sneakers
Vintage Gucci clutch // Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch crossbody bag

“Pass the hat”

Happy Thursday everyone!  It is almost the weekend and I am looking forward to it!  I wanted to share with you one of my favorite looks and I hope you like it.  🙂

A hat is one of my favorite accessories and I am always on a hunt for more to add to my growing collection! It is perfect when you are having a bad hair day or you simply want to take that simple outfit to the next level.  I found this gorgeous hat at Madewell and I was surprised on how it actually fit my tiny head because most hats are huge on me!  The ribbon detail adds a little character which I love!

I dressed my black lace slip (any simple LBD will do!) and warmed it up with a rich autumn hued, oversized sweater (obsessed with anything berry right now).  To anchor the look, I chose my Senso leopard booties because I love a leopard accent with anything!  It just makes any outfit perk up and to me, it’s all about having fun!

Sometimes during California winters, I just want to be able to wish the chill away, but I have grown to embrace the lower temperatures with some chic styling but keeping it cozy at the same time.  And to make my simplest looks stand out, I just top it off with a hat! <3

 

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 Photos: Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Biltmore & Madewell hat // Rag and Bone Fedora / Free People Crown hat
Free People Dylan Tweedy sweater // Knot Sisters Sweater
Free People Lace slip dress // Lulus Black lace dress
Senso Leopard boots // Steve Madden Palace booties / Joie Barlow booties

“Words From A Wanderer”

Reading books has always been a hobby of mine because I feel that it takes me to another place.  I get lost in between the pages and it becomes my escape.  Recently, I discovered Alexandra Elle.  Her book “Words From A Wanderer” is beautiful and insightful.  She writes about love, self-worth and notes that give an emotional connection to the reader.  She has a way with words that speaks volumes to my soul.  Thanks Alex Elle for writing words that are uplifting and inspiring!  If you are looking for insights on love and life and everything in between, just read a few of her quotes and it will leave you feeling worthy! <3

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“Shine on”

It is a new year and I am so excited to share with you more of my clothing ensembles!  I am blessed to have such a talented sister to help out with my newfound hobby and as you can see, she’s pretty darn amazing!  It is a huge plus to have a supportive family member help make this the blog of my dreams.  I am just so grateful for her and her magic touch with a camera that I can now dream big, sparkle more and shine better. <3

I have always wanted a sequined jacket but I am pretty picky when it comes to statement pieces that I will usually keep looking until I find the “perfect” one.  I was shopping in LA during my little weekend trip and right when I was about to check out, I stumbled upon this sparkly number, tried it on, stars aligned and the rest is history!  Here it is now and I absolutely love it!  It is comfortable and this champagne color is subtle with just the right amount of sheen.  I decided to keep this outfit simple but fun by pairing it with skinny (with a little rip) jeans, a basic white top and heels in this heavenly shade of green (like sage) to complete the look!

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Photos: Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Zara Sequin Bomber // Paul Smith Sequin Bomber / Asos Motel Sequin Bomber
Zara asymmetrical top // Stateside Twist Front Tee / Asos Solid V Neck Tank
Zara Ripped jeans // Asos Skinny Jeans / Paige Denim Hoxton
Rachel Roy heels // Manolo Blahnik Pumps / Charlotte Olympia Suede Pumps
Ray-ban Clubmaster Classic // Raen Convoy Sunglasses

“Best Dressed”

HELLO 2015!  I am excited to welcome the new year and share with you my very first blog post! <3

 

FUN FACT:  I was voted “Best Dressed” during my senior year in high school!  When I saw this Sincerely Jules “Best Dressed” tee, I just had to have it!

Sequins are my go-to pieces for night, but I like dressing it down a little to make it daytime appropriate. I usually wear my sequins how I like to wear my leather – with a touch of casual!  Here I paired it with a graphic tee and an oversized jean jacket to keep it low-key, but fun!  Sparkly skirts with a basic top is a 24/7 do. The Valentino rock stud kitten heels (fave!) will make any outfit standout with its signature studs and straps. These beauties go with almost anything!

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Photos: Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Astr sequined skirt  // Nasty Gal skirt
Best Dressed Tee // Zoe Karssen Tee
Brandy Melville Jean Jacket // Current Elliot Jean Jacket / Shop Bop / Levi’s                                              Quay Australia Asha Sunglasses // Le Specs Half Moon Magic Sunnies

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