Like scents, colors also evoke emotion and memory. For example, we know blue tones are considered cooler colors and are therefore calming and relaxing. Reds and oranges are warmer colors which elicit energy and love. Colors have always been extremely fascinating to me in this respect. I can remember learning about this when I was younger in art class. It really influenced the way I worked with colors and still does to this day.
My love affair with pastilles is boundless. I’m drawn to the romantic subtle palette for it’s cheerful and optimistic feel, especially the mint, blush and yellow tones. In the summer months, this color couldn’t feel more right. Pastels and whites are practically all that exist in my closet at the moment.
This look specifically is by Los Angeles based designer Vivian Chan, who I am more than captivated by. Her aesthetic, not only design wise but her entire design philosophy is quintessential perfection. She wants you to shine and to feel divine whilst wearing her pieces. That couldn’t be more true to how I feel when wearing this look. For those of you who like to dress like a lady, Vivian Chan is feminine decadence at it’s finest.
To complete the look, I chose rose gold accessories which is a really striking combo. The mix of warm and cool tones will have you on everyones outfit envy list!
I’ve always been one of those people who finds a piece of clothing and becomes utterly obsessed with it. Honestly, it becomes my uniform for longer than I am going to admit! But now I’m saying to much (lol). As we head into the weekend I’m taking off to sunny Palm Springs where this little number is going to come in very handy. Wishing everyone beautiful days ahead!
One of the most exciting things about my job is getting to see some really amazing places that I probably wouldn’t ever adventure to otherwise. For this shoot, we ventured to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and although I’ve shot there before, I have never actually walked up and around the entire building. If you’ve ever seen it in person, you know how magnificent it is. Since the buildings exterior is silver, it reflects blue from the sky and with it’s sheer panels being sky high, you can’t tell where the building ends and the sky starts. It’s pretty breathtaking.
It’s been a hot and muggy summer here in LA so barely there clothes are essential. I’ve been living in this top, the back of it is completely sheer which I love! Most of the time the locations we choose are inspired by the clothes I wear but for this one, it was the other way around.
As a little girl, I didn’t exactly dream of being a bride like most of my friends. I dreamed of being a princess! Maybe that dream was little far fetched but after my first fitting for wedding dresses, I realize that in the moment you’re walking down the aisle is when every girl has her princess moment. In all honesty, it wasn’t until I met my fiancé (meeep!) that I envisioned myself in a wedding dress. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had secret Pinterest boards dedicated to my future wedding but like any girl, I never thought it was actually going to happen to me.
Last Friday, I had my very first bridal fitting at Monique Lhuillier with my Mom and my Sister. Although I have a million reference photos, I went into the day with a very open mind. I had no preference of lace to tulle, strapless to long sleeve or anything in between. If you can, I highly recommend going into your first fitting this way, it will give you so many more options and you can always weed out what you don’t like. I ended up liking the farthest thing from what I thought I would like. I can’t tell you which one but can you guess?
That day was a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life. We visited the Monique Lhuillier boutique on Melrose ave. here in Los Angeles. It’s one of the things that I like most about Monique is that she is LA based and understands the California bride while also incorporating heavy bridal influences seen around the globe. Her laces are just exquisite, each dress is a work of art as you can see from these photos and the options to customize are just endless. Being a Monique Bride would be a dream to me! Still trying to figure out how many changes I can squeeze into the night because I definitely won’t be able to just pick one!
If you’re married or engaged, I am dying to hear about your first experience wedding dress shopping! What was the biggest surprise that you found from the day and what kind of bridal stories would you like to hear about from me? You guys are all so wonderful with your comments, thank you for reading and following along on my journey!
I’m curious, what is your go-to accessory? Handbag, jewelry, heels? For as long as I can remember, I’ve always has a strange obsession for sunnies! It’s pretty much the first thing people see when they look at you and it’s the one accessory that you can get really creative with! They add a much needed pop of color to any outfit and your ensemble just isn’t complete without them!
But really, what’s a “look” without a pair of sunglasses? It’s kind of like a summer without a road trip. Being from San Francisco, road trips are second nature to me. It’s pretty easy to hop onto a freeway just about anywhere in California and get entirely lost in the scenic beauty.
Our Cali coast road trip a few weeks ago really sparked something in me. As my fiancé and I were driving, we made a summer resolution to take a road trip at least once a month. There are these amazing waterfalls just an hour outside of LA that is up next on our list.
It’s so easy to get caught up in a bubble living in LA. Touching base with nature really roots you in something real. In this digital age, it’s so important to remember to unplug sometimes! On that note, I hope you all have an amazing weekend and if you can, get out there and explore!
Discovering new and unique designers is like being a kid in a candy store for me. Through the years, I’ve had my addictions; fast fashion retails, e-tailers and everything in between. I recently hit a wall and was feeling super uninspired by what I was seeing in stores so my wardrobe was severely suffering. Do you ever have the feeling that your closet is like a deep black hole of oblivion? I just couldn’t take it anymore, so began what I like to call, “the purge”.
I used to be really great about cleaning out my closet and reselling but something happened in the past year or so and I just fell so far behind! It is so essential to do a massive closet clean out at least once a year. This is prime real estate people! There is no time for a pair of pants that “might” come in handy for your next themed Halloween costume, am I right?
With so many great outlets to resell through, we really have no excuse to be hoarders. A pile of clothes for a pile of cash? Yes please! You know you’ve been eyeing that new Alexander Wang backpack at Saks. And as for resale stores and resale e-tailers, I have my fair share of spots up my sleeve.
For your luxury goods, there is really only one place; ShopHers. If you are looking to purge a few things from Zara circa 2012, the best place for that is either Crossroads or Pose (which is actually an app). Both Crossroads and Pose appeal to lower price points. Then of course, there’s Goodwill. Because we all have those pieces we loved a little too much and the trash can is definitely not an option.
Be sure to keep an eye out in the new few weeks as I’m in the process of developing an online shop with a few of my favorite oldies but goodies!
Although I’m not eager to admit this, Paris definitely had an effect on the way I’ve been dressing recently. In traveling there, I was hoping to encounter some serious style inspiration but what I came back with was way more than that. It’s something I actually have conversations with people regularly about when they ask about how my trip was. I think it’s about time I shared it with you guys too!
There was a very chic woman who once said; “Women should be two things, classy and fabulous”. Can you guess who?! I’ll give you a hint, she is credited with liberating women from the confines of the corset and made menswear chic. If you guessed Coco Chanel, you got it! And of course, she is Parisian. It’s as if there’s something in the water in Paris that gives people this innate knack for fashion.
I have to be honest, the ones who amazed me the most were the moms! Baby on hip, three year old in the stroller (which was some fancy Bugaboo, of course), six year old kicking a soccer ball as they walk, shopping bags hanging from her chic husband who’s in tow, and all while looking incredibly put together! I guess I just don’t see it enough in the states so it really stood out to me over there.
My most memorable moment was in the Jardin Du Royal Palace while we were picnicking. There was a little family, a mom, dad, maybe five year old son who were playing with a soccer ball, kicking it back and forth to each other. She was wearing a pair of boots with a modest heel, a Maison Michelle hat, cigarette jeans…need I say more?
Something about a refined color pallet, sleek silhouettes and a statement heel that is really appealing to me right now. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never give up my love for prints but it’s now more about interpreting styles differently than I would have before. Thank you for the much needed style pick-me-up, Paris!
It’s the 4th of July! The time for slip and slides, hot dogs, radio flyers and fireworks! The smell of sunscreen is dense in the air and the sound of laughing and screaming kids is how I remember independence day best! Can you guess where I grew up?
I spent my childhood in the northeast, moved to the Midwest and eventually landed in northern California before moving to Los Angeles, where I live today. As you can imagine, being between these many places exposed me to how different everyone dresses and how no one really sticks to any fashion rules! A country this big is forced to embrace a multitude of looks. And then you have the different eras of style that truly define our country; full skirts of the 50’s, Bell bottoms of the 60’s and tie die of the 70’s. Just like America’s culture, my style growing up was a bit of a mixing pot – cornrows were definitely not a good look on me (especially with the bangs).
When it comes to quintessential Americana style, I can’t help but think of the classic archetypes, the ones I grew up with, especially Fossil. As they are quickly approaching their 30th Anniversary, the brand has some serious clout! My obsession started at an early age with their watches. I love the classic reformed style and the vintage vibe of the leathers. Speaking of leathers, have you felt how incredibly buttery their leather pieces are? It’s one of the products their heavily focusing on in the upcoming seasons. Their positioning themselves as a serious competitor to other luxury leather handbag companies out there! I am more than impressed.
In the “Shop The Look” slideshow below, I hilighted a few of my favorite products from their Summer collection in addition to the pieces that I’m wearing today. Happy shopping and Happy 4th of July lovers! Wishing each and every one of you a beautiful day!