9/11/14

PASS THE MUSTARD



Denim Top, H&M // Pleated Wide Leg Trousers, Zara // Necklace, Forever 21 // Pumps, Nasty Gal

PHOTOS BY SARAH WANG


Nothing beats a photo excursion with your best friend in an oddly deserted parking lot outside of a suburban shopping mall. We played around with a lot of poses - which is out of the norm for me - but after awkwardly lying on the ground and squatting uncomfortably, I think my area of expertise (for now) is standing around with my hands in my pockets.





9/2/14

TOUGH LOVE


Every time I recover from an illness - whether it's a minor cold or high fever - I swear to myself that I'll never find myself so reckless about my health EVER AGAIN. And then I get on this really steady, promising continuation where I'm convinced that due to my obviously respectable life choices, I am now impervious to disease. And then, of course, I get ill.

Such was the case this weekend where I went from parading around in a backless t-shirt and sleeping with the windows open, to suddenly losing one functioning nostril and feeling like I was breathing fire. I'm all better now minus some congestion and the occasional sneezing fits.

One less lousy highlight of my weekend was meeting up for photos and brunch with my friend and talented photographer, Anthony. As I'm in the process of rebuilding my wardrobe, I pulled out some old items (the giraffe print heels are circa 2006) and dressed appropriately for the Safari.




8/18/14

ALTUZARRA X TARGET


Structured, sexy, and sensual. Slight touches of menswear incorporated and totally designed for the modern woman, this collaboration is something like a dream and the outfits above are my choice picks. I've had my antennas out for a well-designed and affordable velvet two-piece tux for a few years now and I'm curious to bring these home so I can wear them to every holiday party I will ever attend for the rest of my life. 

Not to single out Target but while we're on the topic: why not expand your sizing and increase your profits tenfold? It's a win-win for everyone then, no?

8/12/14

BACK TOGETHER

AMERICAN APPAREL HALTER BODYSUIT // ZARA BOYFRIEND JEANS // H&M LONG BLAZER // JEFFREY CAMPBELL BRANDON BOOT

As a devotee of loose clothing and baggy pants, I was positively hysterical when boyfriend jeans started flooding the shops. I immediately ordered a pair from Zara and couldn't wait to burst into the streets looking ultra street-cool while being totally nonchalant about it. (See, people in the streets don't know that I refer to things as being "ultra street-cool" so my creds aren't revoked when I'm having an internal monologue.) 

Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned. If you scroll to a few of my leg-baring posts (here, here, for example), you might tell that these gams have some girth. So when I donned my britches, I was disappointed to discover that the pants didn't so much resemble "boyfriend jeans" as they were just ill-fitting. All in all, my legs were magically shortened and broadened in one go. 

Over the weekend, I discovered my long-abandoned boyfriend (jeans) just surreptitiously hanging out (see what I did there?) next to some high-waisted and butt-hugging CarMars in the back of my closet. As I stood there in my black bodysuit, I had to ask: to Catwoman or to just pick up groceries without revealing my superhero identity? 

In sum, if your legs aren't super long and you're not for the flooded jeans look, go grunge (it's a good thing) and wear them with a pair of high-top booties. The tops of the boots will hike up the legs of the jeans so that your pants don't look like hand-me-downs.



7/31/14

SKIN ON SKIN



ZARA TRENCHCOAT // H&M BODYCON SLIPDRESS // ZARA STRAPPY HEELS

With all the characteristic architecture in San Francisco, it’s hard to resist lurking in building doorways especially when I’ve found one to match my outfit. (Did I hear an ‘AMEN’? No? What about an ‘I guess…’? Yeah? Close enough.)

To me, there is nothing classier or more interesting than a monochrome ensemble in varying shades of brown. This can range from creamy beige to autumnal rust to a toasty brown, with the color choice contingent on the season and/or occasion.  It’s a no-brainer for pairing and even when matched with different shades in its spectrum, the effect is not lost.



7/28/14

FINE PRINT



Anytime I need to throw some spice on an outfit, I pull on these leopard pants. They're my go-to lazy day cheat-wear cuz they're lightweight and such a comfortable loose fit which, combined, plays a key role in my basic right to happiness. 



7/22/14

RENEW


Turtleneck sweater, similar / Leather mini skirt, similar / Zip booties, similar

Due to some recent compulsions with ridding my room of clutter, I've managed to clear out a good 70% of my wardrobe without preparing for the inevitable... Having no clothes*.
*less clothes

However, with the onset of sale season, I'm slowly starting to accumulate a more curated selection of basics and shopping with the mindset that quality transcends quantity. Zara's biannual sale has had me lured downtown more times than I care to admit these past few weeks and it's fruitless trying to avoid Nordstrom during the midst of their Anniversary Sale. I picked up a couple of these perforated leather slip-ons and have been breaking them in slowly so that they're comfortable enough for the innumerable distances I plan to walk when I visit China in the fall.