9/27/14

LAKE TAHOE

I'm awful about uploading photos but by some sporadic impulsion on this quiet Friday night, I took it upon myself to actually get around to uploading, editing, and alas, even blogging this company retreat to Lake Tahoe a couple of weeks back.

What pains me is that I didn't trust myself to bring my DSLR on our kayaking excursion because what will only live on in my and my coworkers' memories is how we attached our kayaks to each others' to form a single-file rowboat because I was keen on sitting back and being dragged around. We managed to serpentine across the lake for a solid 1/4 mile before everyone jumped ship and left me to my own devices. I think that's what we call teamwork.


Credits: all photos by me

9/24/14

SO LONG, SUMMER


PHOTOS BY SARAH WANG

With Fall's arrival (yesterday, in fact), I've been stocking up on long sleeves and, coincidentally, subtle stripes. The city's fickle in the way that your best bet to maintaining the perfect body/outdoor temperature is by layering up in thin materials. Also, if there's one thing I'm excited to over-wear this season, it's this full leather midi skirt that I'll be hobbling around town in with sneakers, sandals, ankle boots, OTK boots, baggy sweaters, and casual t's.

On another note, did you know that San Francisco has a fashion week? It's happening now and we're already halfway in! The format for SF Fashion Week is a bit different than the norm. Instead of runway shows and afterparties (which, hey, not complaining here), the events are very educational and focused on the impact of technology on fashion today. Unfortunately I was unable to attend two very informative events both yesterday and today, but tomorrow my own good friend and photographer, Anthony Rogers, will be making a short presentation on street style photography. I'll be on the sidelines making like a proud soccer mom.




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.