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#WardrobeWednesday : Leather Weather

May 10, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Long Beach is Saint & Second, which is located on 2nd Street in Belmont Shores.  Not only is the decor very hip and modern, the food is absolutely divine!  Seriously, all I’m thinking about is the East Coast Oysters I had, which you can check it out here.  Of the dishes that I had at this restaurant, I realized that I have a high preference for anything citrus.  Saint & Second is definitely known for their cocktail drinks, which I also highly recommend getting if you ever stop by.  The masterminds behind the bar knows how to equally balance the ingredients in their drinks that can keep both your taste buds flowing and leave you at a good level.

I can pretty much can create a love note on about Saint & Second, but that’s not what this post is going to be about.  You all would have to experience the place yourself!  What I would like to share with you is an outfit most fitted for the recent California weather or what I’d like to call “Leather Weather.”  Seriously, I’m wearing leather in late spring…Apparently, the gloomy, chilly weather is normal for Southern California in May, as it was reported on NPR just the other day.  Check out how I’ve been dressing for it below:

Outerwear: Zara Biker Style Jacket (similar) | Shoes: Lucky Brand Lakmeh (similar)

Lucky Brand’s ‘Lisza’ Open Toe Bootie featured here were shoes sold at various retailers for $100+ about a year ago.  You know that feeling of regret where you wanted a certain an item that was right in front of you, but decided not to get?  That’s what I went through with these shoes.  Luckily, I stumbled upon Dillards via online and found a pair in my size for just $80!  This was just a month or two ago, and now they are completely sold out.  Not only are these shoes cute (received many compliments for them by the way), they are “somewhat” comfortable.  I say “somewhat” because, for some reason, the area under my toe creates blisters.  The shoes are good enough to walk-in, in terms of lightness and such, but those blisters are not fun…I feel like it’s an issue that can be fixed, so I’ll let you know once I figure that out…But, all-in-all, #noregrets.

If you’re wearing any leather during this time of year, feel free to share it in the comments below!

#WardrobeWednesday : Office Attire Pt. 1

April 19, 2017

There was an article that I had read a couple of months ago discussing decision fatigue, where researchers questioned whether or not the time we’ve spent deciding what to wear affects our cognitive functioning.  For instance, Steve Jobs is known for wearing the same pieces of clothing everyday, which plays a factor to why he was so successful.  Instead of wasting time deciding what to wear everyday, he had spent those minutes trying to come-up with the next big thing.

As I was about to make a drastic wardrobe decision, I finally reached the end of the article – it’s all total bullshit.  There are plenty of unsuccessful people who wear the same pieces of clothing everyday, and have gotten nowhere.  How I see it is that when you’re trying to figure-out what to wear for work every morning or the night before, you’re actively and creatively working your brain.  So, instead of wearing the same pant suit everyday, why not try mixing things up a bit?

Inspired by one of my favorite style influencers – previously mentioned here – I had put together something that is clean-cut for the office.  Just like Victoria Beckham, I am all about appearing effortlessly chic.  So, it’s no surprise that the posh star is my work attire inspiration.

Top: Tart Sarah Surplice Shirt (similar) | Bottom: Forever21 Contemporary Woven Trousers (similar) | Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue Cathy Suede Pumps & Nine West Onosha Slip-On Sneakers (alternative)

I’ve topped-off the outfit with two different types of footwear – heels and sneakers.  I highly recommend the Cathy Suede Pumps from Saks Fifth Avenue because they are super comfortable!  I’ve worn them at the office to the dance floor, and not a single time, did I ever have any problems with them.  The sneakers I have featured in the picture, however, is the total opposite of comfortable.  Over the years, I’ve learned that my feet does not suit well with Nine West, due to the fact that I am always bleeding or suffering from redness after wearing several pair of their shoes.  My sister, on the other hand, has no problem with their products, so I’m assuming it’s because of my wide-feet.  Basically, if you got small and narrow feet, check out the selection at Nine West.

I hope this helps you in determining what you’d be wearing tomorrow!  If you have any work attire that you’re proud of, don’t hesitate to share it in the comments below!

P.S. Even though I may appear to be serious all-the-time at work, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have a goofy side 😉

Images shot by an incoming UCLA undergrad

#WardrobeWednesday : Self-Confidence

March 8, 2017

As part of my sister’s conquest to build self-confidence, someone had recommended that she take an Improv class.  She eventually found a free workshop at the EXPO Arts center called Held2Gether.  As she reserved a spot for herself as a participant, she placed my name down too…

Neither of us has ever seen an Improv show, so we didn’t know what to expect other than act on the spot when given a scenario.  During our workshop, the instructors had us pretend that we were part of a machine, making noises and movements.  For instance, I was part of an ice machine, where I imitated a grinding sound while churning an imaginary bucket.  I should add that, out of nowhere, this 6 foot, buff dude (another participate) rammed his ass into me, which, basically, knocked me over – I couldn’t stay in character after that!  After several different exercises that felt like ice breakers to me, we were finally given a scenario, where we had to pretend we were in some kind of store – it’s a 3-part scene.

For some reason, my sister and I were not terrified when we arrived.  We were excited to dive right in, which we did!  So, I don’t think my sister and I lacked self-confidence in this area, especially since we aren’t afraid of making a fool of ourselves in public!

What helps me build self-confidence is what I choose to wear.  I, truly, do believe that what you wear not only has to look good, but it has to make you feel good too.  So, here’s what got me through my Improv class on that rainy day:

PacSun’s Lotus Neck Knit Pullover (something similar) | Gap’s Mid-Rise Boyfriend Jeans (something similar)  Jeffrey Campbell’s Stormy Rain Boot

The featured piece here is the Jeffrey Campbell’s Stormy Rain Boot that I had purchased for about $55.00 at Nordstrom.  Rain boots comes in whole sizes, so if you’re a 7.5 US, you’ll be needing a size 8 US.  These shoes, particularly, run a bit small, so I suggest going a size up.  These shoes will definitely hurt your feet in the beginning, but it’s smooth for the rest of the way.  I had also worn these for a day-trip to Mt. Baldy, which you can check-out on my IG or a previous post here.

If you have any outfits that bring out that self-confidence of yours, feel free to share it in the comments below!

#WardrobeWednesday : Kickin’ It Old School

March 1, 2017

My cousin, who is much like a sister to me, is the type to bury herself behind her books, stacks on AP courses and manages to maintain a 4.0 GPA while taking on extracurriculars.  As part of her class assignment, my cousin had to choose a hobby, where she’d have to document it for the entire year.  Inspired by her father, she picked-up his camera, and began snapping away at everyday life.

I’m so happy that she has taken on something creative, which has now developed into a passion for her.  To expand her portfolio, I had taken her to Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA.  On every corner, there’s a notable shop, great food and a fashion blogger striking a pose against some wall art.  Other than being entirely intrigued by the culture of the environment, my cousin was astonished of all the dogs around, including this teddy-bear-like-doggy called “Lennox the Lion.”  Not only did she take pics of the local’s dogs, she took shots of me!

Banana Republic’s Merino Wool Scallop Crew Pullover  (something similar) | RVCA’s Apologies Skirt Jumper

There was a picture of my mother in her twenties, wearing a similar outfit.  I wish I have the picture to share it with you all, but the thought of rummaging through the bins is pretty daunting to me (or I’m just plain lazy).  What makes my outfit different than my mother is that she didn’t wear leather.  My mother’s style is more feminine, whereas I like to add a little edge.  What I love about this jumper is how retro it is.  I had pushed it further by adding tights, and pairing it with booties, in order to complete the ’80s look.  Not only was I getting some love for the outfit in Venice, check out the positive feedbacks on my IG here.

If you have you ever been inspired by your parent’s wardrobe, share it with me by leaving a comment below!  I’d love to know where all your style decisions come from (I mean, they all started from somewhere)!

Images provided by my little cousin

#WardrobeWednesday : Outfit Repeater

February 22, 2017

I haven’t put out these kinds of post in a while, and that’s probably because I’ve been lacking the inspiration in the wardrobe department.  My go-to choices for picking out my outfits have been high-waisted jeans with an oversized sweater, and depending on how my hair behaves that day, I’d throw on a hat.

But, when I do find an outfit that is cute and comfortable, I tend to wear it day-after-day until I get tired of it.  Guilty – I am a proud outfit repeater.  To give you an example, here’s an outfit that I had repeatedly worn back in November, when the cold climate hadn’t even kicked-in yet.  For some reason, I didn’t share this with you even though I had a lot of positive feedback on Instagram.

Brandy Melville’s Lance Sweaters (something similar) | Public Desire’s Janine Over the Knee Boots

Brandy Melville is one of my favorite brands!  What I love about this sweater is the not-so-long v-line, and the versatility to move around in it because, to be real, I am not a big fan of tight clothing.  On top of that, it’s so soft!

This was my first time purchasing shoes from Public Desire, which is a U.K. based brand.  The over-the-knee-boots is an alternative option for those looking to find the popular Stuart Weitzman’s boots that all the fashion bloggers’ have.  I have been wearing it throughout the fall/winter season, and it has not died on me yet so I highly recommend it if you’re looking to save yourself a few hundred bucks.  In addition to this purchase, I had also got myself a pair without the heels, which I advise you to go a half-size smaller since these versions run quite big.

If you have any outfits that you repeatedly wear all the time, feel free to leave a comment below with a picture of it attached!  I’d love to see what your go-to outfits are 🙂

P.S. My hair no longer looks like that, especially since I got myself a haircut a few weeks after these pictures were taken.

#WardrobeWednesday : Wedding Style Guide Pt.2

September 21, 2016

Weddings are always so much fun!

Not only do I feel honored to be a part of the bride and groom’s special day, but I get to witness one of the many heartfelt moments in life — the celebration of L – O – V – E.

Even though the wedding that I had attended over the weekend was for a cousin who I have never, ever met before, it was still beautiful to see how happy people were.  For some reason, this wedding was filled with distant cousins whom I had just met for the very first time.  No worries about how awkward the night could have turned out because I ended up partying with them anyways.  Thus, bringing me to say that weddings are even more awesome because it brings people together.

Aside from all the lubby-dubbiness that I’m shedding on here, you can probably guess why I especially love going to weddings…dressing up of course!  Take a look at what I wore to a wedding same-time last year here, and check out what I had put together just recently below:

Top: Ribbed Cutout Crop Top by Lucy Paris // Bottom: Floral Print Pleated Midi Skirt by Lucy Paris // Footwear: Cathy Suede Pumps by Saks Fifth Avenue

My outfit was picked-up through a sample sale that I had previously interned over the past year in Los Angeles, but if you’re interested in locating these items, you can find them at Revolve and Bloomingdale’s.

Besides getting to know my family members, I got to camera-whore at the photo booth (can never get sick of those I might add), danced the night away and took full-advantage of the open bar.  But, what made my night even more memorable was the fact that my mother willingly took sips of my drinks.  I mean, who knew my mother was a whiskey-kind-of-woman!

So, thank you to the newly wedded couple, Mr. and Mrs. Wu, for a wonderful night, and congratulations on this new, exciting chapter in your lives.

#WardrobeWednesday : Like A Kid At The Zoo

May 25, 2016

Except that I’m a grown-ass woman who spent her birthday at the zoo.  To celebrate my birthday last year, I had treated myself to a-week-long trip to NYC, which you can take a glimpse at one of my favorite moments here.  Since my availability is limited this year and I have been feeling a bit nostalgic (honestly it’s just the fear of getting older), I had decided to spend my birthday at the San Diego Zoo — something that I had wanted to cross-off of my list of to-dos’.

Growing up, kids wanted either a dog or a cat as a pet, but, for me, I wanted a giraffe.  Giraffes are my favorite animal because they rarely cause any trouble, they’re graceful and they’re amazingly tall!  Did you know that on average a baby giraffe are about 6’4″ tall when they’re born?  They’re also the tallest animals in the world thus far!

Not only was I excited to see the giraffes, but I was also excited to try on my new outerwear!  I found this gold, metallic bomber jacket at a BBDakota sample sale last week, and immediately fell in love with the design.  It’s definitely not what I typically find in my wardrobe.

Now, even though I didn’t get to book a flight for my birthday this year, I definitely had a wonderful time at the zoo.  Sometimes you just need to take a break from “adulthood,” and re-live one of your childhood memories.

#WardrobeWednesday : After The Storm

March 16, 2016

It’s all clear skies and sunshine.

The evenings are a bit chilly, but it’s nothing we Californians can’t handle.  After the downpour this past Friday, I had spent the following day in Little Saigon — it’s actually the second weekend in a row where I’ve been spending most of my time.

The best part about this side of town is the FOOD.  I actually had vegan, Viet cuisine at An Lạc Duyên in Garden Grove — you can read my review here.  If you’re ever in the area, definitely check this place out!

As of right now, I’ve been craving a bit of culture in my life.  It’s so funny because when I was a teenager, I had always avoided places like this because I thought it was too “fresh-off-the boat.”  But, now, I’ve been actively seeking out places like this!  If you have never visited Little Saigon in your life, you must add this onto your list of parts to see in SoCal.

Wearing a beanie and scarf from H&M, coat from Khalo, denim from Paige and shoes from Converse. 

Happy Wednesday!

P.S. I had gone faceless (aka make-up less) that day.  I thought my pores needed a break from the harshness of the week!

#WardrobeWednesday : Bowler Hats + Chuck Taylors

December 9, 2015

How would I describe fashion?  Fashion is almost like acting.  Actors are given characters to play so they dig into the depths and complexities of the role until they finally bring that character to life.  Even though actors are portraying a character that is not themselves, the actor somehow brings a sense of self into that role.  What I choose to wear is the exact same thing — I get inspired by the different characters (fictional or not) and add a personal touch to it (that’s call stylin’ babe).  For instance, when I was growing up, I was highly influenced by The Westside Story so I mixed it in with some mid-twentieth century fashion.  Take a glimpse of the outfit combo below!

Below are the deets:

  • “Pork Pie” Bowler Hat, Topshop — completely sold out, but you can find a similar one here
  • Joey Black Denim Jacket, Honey Punch — found this jacket at a sample sale held at the pr agency I’m currently interning at, but lucky you you can find it here as well
  • Chuck Taylors (low sneakers), Converse — item is set at the same price in all retailers, including this one here

For all the fashion lovers out there, tell me what fashion means to you by leaving a comment below!  If you’d like to read more of my fashion posts, why not start here?



– Lori

#WardrobeWednesday : Wedding Style Guide Pt.1

November 18, 2015

Are you attending a wedding anytime soon?  It feels like everyone has gone to a wedding at least once this year, especially within the last few months!  For some reason, more and more couples are planning fall/winter weddings than the usual wedding in the Spring.  My sister is in the wedding planning business and has been busier than ever!  Over the weekend, I got to attend a wedding myself — a family member of mine just recently tied the knot.

One of my favorite things about going to a wedding — besides the event itself of course — is dressing up!  This year, rather than spend money on a whole new outfit, I decided to get creative and put together a piece from items I have barely worn.  Check the finished look below:

With this look, I found items that I had previously purchased over the years from Forever21 so a fair warning to you all — I am Forever21ed out.  Take a peek at the details below:

  • Top:  Forever21 is my go-to spot for grab-and-go pieces like crop tops, spaghetti straps, tanks, and more.  You can find a similar top to the one above here.
  • Bottom:  The skirt I have on dates back a few years ago, so instead of tracking the skirt down, I thought I’d share a midi skirt that would be great for the outfit — check it out here.
  • Accessory:  I stopped wasting money away on accessories at Forever21 because everything goes rusty over time, but, for some reason, I’ve managed to keep these cuffs clear of it.  If you’d like to try out a new accessory, check out Anarchy Street’s “Count On It Hinged Cuff.”  With both cuffs on my wrist, I felt like Wonder Woman!
  • Handbag:  There’s something new in my handbag collection and that’s the Zara’s “Combined Clutch Bag!”  As I have mentioned in my previous post, I have been targeting two-toned colors and fabrics for my ever-evolving wardrobe.
  • Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue’s “Cathy Suede Pumps” is what I’m wearing above, and it is pretty comfortable.  It didn’t give me a hard time that night, so I’m thinking it’s a pretty good pair of heels!

I have so many other ideas about what to wear, I’d probably provide you a few more soon!  Hope this was helpful to you, and if you need any wedding style advice, feel free to leave a comment below or message me in the Contact page!


Happy Hump Day!

– Lori