Shades & Sneaks

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been having a huge craving for some new shades + sneaks. Maybe it’s the warmer weather that’s inspiring me to update my spring staples, or the fact that I tried on some Aviators last night and bought them on Amazon today… Whatever the reason is, here are a few of my favorites that I’ve been lusting over lately.

wafwaeaeKaren Walker  |  Ray Ban  |  Marissa Collections (similar Miu Miu)

TBS x Steve Madden  |  adidas x Topshop  |  New Balance

I’ve been looking for a pair of aviators for quite some time so I’m glad that the Ray Bans come in a large size (62 mm) for my chubby cheeks. I was contemplating whether or not to splurge the extra 30$ for the polarized lenses and I’m glad I did, because most of the time when I’m driving I’m still squinting through my sunglasses to avoid the brightness of the sun (this is probably a dramatization, but you get the picture).

Growing up, everyone had a pair of Adidas Superstars. They were all the rave. These were one of my favorite pairs of sneakers and I’m so glad that they are making a comeback. Don’t believe me? Check out these stylish bloggers wearing them: The Haute Pursuit and Sincerely Jules

And New Balance sneaks…you’re next on my list.

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I got these shoes for free…

You all know I love shoes. But what I love more than shoes is free shoes. I got these babies in the mail yesterday (for free) and I’m already wearing them today -30 degree mornings got nothing on these cute peep toes. I don’t usually consider myself a very lucky person (because everytime I buy a $10 lottery ticket I can’t even get back a dollar) but my friends will beg to differ with the amount of free shoes I’ve scored. I’ve won so many that sometimes I have problems on deciding which shoe I HAVE to get next, that I’ve bought shoes for my sister and WP as well (like this is an actual problem, ha!)

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pictured: Levity Alana Bootie (super comfortable and true to size) 

So I’ll let you in on my not-so-secret: DSW SHOE HOOKUP. Every Tuesday and Friday at 12 Noon EST, they give away 10 $50 dollar giftcards to 10 random winners. That’s 20 winners a week and it’s quite simple actually. DSW posts up a shoe style type of question at 12 and you have one hour to submit your answer, name, DSW rewards number, and wait for that lucky email saying that you are the winner. So make sure that you like their Facebook page and follow their Twitter for your chance to score!

Caveats:

  • Once you win a contest on Facebook you have to wait 6 months before you enter again-gotta share the love. But you can still enter in the Twitter contests!
  • You need to be a signed up DSW Rewards member. This is easy and pie and you actually get free $5 and $10 coupons in your mail periodically

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Shop my favorite DSW spring picks below!

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Hi everyone!

As you can tell from these pictures, these were taken last week when we had that crazy, random, snow storm, and then suddenly had 70 degrees weather on the weekend. I hope that by posting these pictures up I won’t be jinxing this crazy weather…because I’m so ready for spring.

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This jacket is one of my favorite Forever 21 purchases- on sale for $20. You can’t tell it’s from Forever21! It’s actually very sturdy and not made of the cheaper polyester material so it has been keeping me surprisingly warm this winter.

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jacket: Forever 21 (similar here but love this one)
top: forever 21
leggings: Express (the best leather leggings)
booties: Windsor (identical, similar here and here)
necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
purse: Aldo (want this one)
glasses: Gucci

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When all else fails…

Happy Monday everyone! Who else is struggling from daylight savings time…

I wanted to share a quick post about my updated everyday beauty routine. I cherish every extra minute of sleep I can get in the morning so I really try to make my everyday routine quick and easy, and with the least bit of product.

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Face: I use one layer of MUFE HD in 123- this is my favorite foundation of all time and you can read more about it here. Everytime I wear this foundation someone always asks me, “is that your natural skin?” It’s flawless and blends effortlessly. They also have a great range of shades and some that are yellow-toned which I find extremely helpful.

Eyes/Contour: Lorac Pro To Go is probably the best beauty product I’ve bought in the last two years (besides my Naked 1- nothing can compare to that). Whenever I need to travel this is all I bring because I can create so many looks with the matte + shimmer eyeshadows and it has a bronzer and blush. I actually prefer this as a travel friend as opposed to the Naked Basics because I think this has more dimension with the shades and has the contour kit. For an everyday look I just sweep the Shell color on the base and put some of the Cafe color on the outer corner. Fun fact: Lorac is Carol (the CEO) spelled backwards

Mascara/Liner: I cannot live without mascara and eyeliner. If I’m in a hurry I skip the shadows and just load up on the mascara and do a quick cat eye. It makes you look instantly polished. Pictured is Mac Zoom Lash & Tony Moly Liner

Lips: Every face looks more put together with a lip color. Chanel Rouge Allure in 91 Seduisante if I’m feeling great that morning or Revlon’s Kissable Lip Stain is always my go to.

Fragrance: I love my MJ Daisy. Enough said..

 

What are your everyday beauty essentials? I’d love to know- Leave a comment!

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Pink Coat: Chic

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Happy Friday, Everyone!

My previous post highlighted this pastel pink jacket in a more street style way. Today I changed two items and it instantly made the look more chic, more me. I changed the burn out top for a white peplum top and my Chucks for a pair of stiletto heels. Style tip: I love recycling my outfits by changing just a few items because then I don’t have to put together another outfit!

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necklace courtesy of blogger babe Joann and Wild Butterfly Boutique

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Let me know which look was your favorite! Street style or chic?

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

jacket: NY&Co Eva Mendez collection (similar here and here)
leggings: Express Scuba Leggings
shirt: Forever21 (similar here)
necklace: Wild Butterfly Boutique (c/o)
shoes: Ivanka Trump (so comfy!!)
purse: Celine (cheaper alternative)

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Pink Coat: Casual

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The blogging curse strikes again. Everytime I blog about an item I want…somehow it magically ends up in my hands (mentioned here about Zara heels that were out of my size, and here about Nike Roshe Runs that were so hard to find). I blogged about a Wishlist Wednesday a few weeks back stating that I wanted a powder blue or pastel pink coat. I wrote this post with having no intentions to actually go out and buy a coat because I was hoping that spring would come sooner. I walked into the mall during my lunch break at work and casually decided to check out New York & Company for new work clothes (my favorite store for work clothes btw). Low and behold, this pink jacket from the Eva Mendez collection was on SALE from $160 to $45…I had to get it.

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Necklace c/o the gorgeous blogger babe Joann over at Love Fashion Live Life and Wild Butterfly Boutique!
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I wanted to style this jacket + bag in a different way from how I normally dress. I usually gravitate towards a more girly-er, chic, outfit but I wanted to give my Chucks some love and incorporate a more street style look. I love how the pink jacket is feminine, but because of the oversize it can still look great with a pair of Chucks. Personally it’s been hard for me to incorporate sporty fashion into my regular outfits. I either do all chic or all sporty, never mix the two. That has been a fashion trend that I love seeing on other bloggers and wanted to make an effort into incorporating into my future outfits. Stay tuned to see part 2 (and personally my favorite) look of how I styled this pink jacket!

jacket: NY&Co Eva Mendez Collection (similar here)
leggings: Express Scuba Leggings
shirt: Urban Outfitters
necklace: Wild Butterfly Boutique (c/o)
shoes: Chucks
purse: Celine

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#standwithme + Dogeared Jewelry

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Hello everyone!

Today’s post is a little different because I wanted to share something a little more heartfelt with you guys. A friend asked me to take on the #standwithme challenge, which was to share a product that you love that is made in a fair & humane way. A lot of times, fashion people just buy and buy and buy without knowing where the product has come from- I certainly do. This request could not have come at a more perfect time because I had initially planned on doing a brand spotlight on one of my favorite brands, Dogeared, which after more research, is coincidentally a sustainable hand-crafted jewelry company!

So a little background into why I love Dogeared: they mastered the “dainty” jewelry on the DOT, their jewelry does not tarnish, and each piece has a short and sweet meaning that goes a long way. My favorites (pictured) are the Karma necklace because the circle design is so simple, and the Faith necklace. You can read more about Dogeared’s story here, and I encourage all of you to research more about your favorite brands and see what companies offer sustainable products!

Now, on to the event: #standwithme is a new documentary that centers around an amazing young girl from the San Francisco area who dared to dream she could use a lemonade stand to free 500 children from slavery. The documentary examines the realities of modern-day slavery, the role we play in it as consumers, and the importance of knowing the story behind what we buy. I was extremely touched after watching the trailer and will be attending the DC screening next week on March 5th 7:30 PM in Georgetown. For more information, check out the links below and I’d love if you attended!

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Facebook event  |  Trailer  |  Buy tickets!

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LACMA

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Hi everyone!

The weather in D.C. has been warming up quite a bit and I’m so happy for that. Because of it, I wanted to share some photos from my California trip two weeks ago. It was my first time back since I was 8 years old and I was so happy to have gone with WP to meet his family and eat all the delicious food that everyone raves about (In-n-out, Boiling Crab, Yakitori, Tacos, all the Vietnamese food I could get my hands on- food blog post to come but to check out more of my food adventures from my trip, go to my instagram here :) . The weather was such a refresher while we were there. Everyone else was bundled up in coats in 60 degree weather but to me it felt so WARM compared to D.C.

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I picked up this half moto-suede jacket from H&M right before I left because I wanted a light jacket that was super versatile. I didn’t pack a lot of clothes/outfits because I only wanted to have one carry on for a week so this jacket was my lifesaver. It instantly made any simple black outfit look cool because of the mixed material + leather sleeves. My normal outfit in LA consisted of either a black dress + booties, or a white tee + leather leggings plus this jacket on top of it. It was so versatile and I can’t wait to wear it in spring!

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I also recently got this gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff bag. I’ve been looking to get a bright red statement bag for a while but didn’t know if I wanted a small crossbody or a tote type of bag (not to mention we went for Chinese New Year’s and they are crazy about the color red). This bag was the perfect size to carry my DSLR, polaroid, sunglasses, wallet, and small necessities, while still maintaining it’s structured frame. You all know my obsession with structured bags :)

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Jacket: HM
Dress: Asos
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Booties: Windsor
Rings/bracelets: Nordstrom
Necklaces: Nordstrom
Watch: Michael Kors

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trench coat

Hello everyone!

After a long weekend + being snowed in, I’ve developed a bit of cabin fever and cannot wait for this weather to go away. I was looking through my closet, hopeful of warmer things to wear and thought I would bring some pieces that have been collecting dust in my closet. With the exception of the trench coat, the turtleneck, white jeans, and my Chucks have sadly been worn probably less than 5 times each. Hopefully the weather warms up soon so that I can incorporate these white jeans more, they’re my favorite! -skinny, ankle zippers, and a cool design to make them unique.

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Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!

jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
turtleneck: Forever 21 (similar)
pants: H&M (similar)
shoes: Converse (DIY hi-tops to low tops)
purse: Celine
watch: Michael Kors
bangles/rings: Nordstrom

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Wishlist Wednesday: Powder Blue & Pastel Pink

awefawefHey everyone! Sorry for the absence in posts. I was away in sunny SoCal for a week for Chinese New Year’s and was stuffing my face with all the food I could get my hands on. Trip post + outfits coming soon :)

We all know that every season Zara comes out with that one staple piece every fashion blogger has to have. The assymetrical skort, the ankle strap heels, and now the Powder Blue Mohair Coat. This coat brings together two trends seamlessly: powder blue + oversized coats. This gorgeous color has been on fire the past winter season, during NYFW, and for the spring season to come. Having a chic, yet warm winter coat is a necessity, especially with all the cold weather we’ve been experiencing. Since you’re going to be all bundled up and hide all the layers, why not make your outer layer the most fashionable?

Another color that has been running fashion world is this gorgeous pastel pink color. I’ve never been much of a pink girl, let alone pastel pink (I’m more into fuschia), but I’m loving how chic and feminine this color is.

Disclaimer: I’d like to take credit for predicting this pastel frenzy. My first AIM screenname in 6th grade was babypinknblu…

Blue coat- Zara
Pink coat- Top shop
Pink Blouse- Tibi
Pumps- Giuseppe Zanotti
Pink skirt- Tibi

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