on the first day.

Yumi Kim Rachel dress c/o, Zara blazer, Dolce Vita boots & vintage clutch
Yumi Kim is kicking off the Holidays with "12 Days of Yumi Kim" which features a piece a day with a special price.  This dress is normally $304 but today only it's $152 with the code YKDAY1.  Get it here.
It's perfect for the holidays!!  It's such a statement piece on its own all you need are stockings, pumps and a gold clutch.  Add beachy waves and smokey eyes for a Kate Moss, glamorous kind of feel or keep it fun and casual with mid-shaft booties like how I did.  Use a blazer as a cape and it is completely chic.
Remember, the code is only valid today!!   


whether the weather.

old coat, yumi kim alyssa dress c/o & dolce vita talullah boots

this year i felt surfing through crowds and waiting in line for hours on zombie mode for black friday was not going to be worth it.  i was able to complete all of my holiday shopping each time i went but i forgot how it felt to just go home after thanksgiving dinner with my family and just go to bed.  i appreciated how i was able to just wake up and lay comfy and cozy on my couch with my laptop and shop from here.  and some online black friday sales last throught the weekend...no brainer!

currently i have been enjoying the nostalgia of the 90's from everything i've been into lately (fashion-wise).  i feel like it's almost too easy that it's borderline costumey.  you have to make sure to add a modern touch.  this floral print maxi dress from Yumi Kim paired with a wool coat is just that. 


summer's end.

photos by ryan chua
zara blouse, urban outfitter shorts, watch c/o charlotte russe & h&m sandals
my favorite combination amped up a little.  some crossover and suede action to make it a little more fun :)  happy friday to everyone and have a fun and safe holiday! 


suede and studded.

photography by Ryan Chua

zara top, forever21 shorts that i DYIed myself, zara heels similar pair here, celine sunglasses another cute pair here

i finally had the chance to do a shoot with ryan so of course i had to bring out these suedette shorts i got from f21 that i added studs to.  i promised on my IG that i'd do a tutorial but i totally failed.  i might just give written instructions.  i was inspired by isabel marant fw '13's stud trimmed scallops.  one of my most worn items this summer is this crew neck blouse.  i have a similar one from last year but i'm really into its curved hems.  i'm so sad i got rid of a bunch from several years back.  a lot of people are asking where i found my celine sunglasses.  i got them at nordstrom but the girl who helped me locate them said they were hard to find and almost sold out and that was back in april.  so if you're looking for some alternatives which are a lot cheaper, i found a lot of cute oversized cat-eye frames here. 

it's been a long week and i'm so excited it's finally friday.  i'll be enjoying my 'me time' in the city with my sister later :)
enjoy your weekend everyone!! <3 nbsp="" p="">


bright shot.

blouse c/o yumi kim, forever21 shorts, free people sandals, zara bag & amy jungwa (from etsy) necklaces
one of my favorite summer outfits easily because it has that bright shot of color that my wardrobe needs sometimes and it's so comfy.  when chosing the right bottoms for this top, i don't even have to think about it.  these pale denim shorts were meant to be paired with color and tan accessories like my lunchbag clutch and studded sandals compliment everything perfectly. 



shopakira denim shirt c/o, zara shorts & shoes, old urban outfitter clutch

i really don't mean to make this color scheme a new theme on my blog, i promise some color in the next few posts.  but for now, i couldn't resist pairing this almost bleached white denim shirt with more white.  i love the starkness of white sometimes and i wished the sun was shining directly on me for more of that feel but i was a little too late trying to get out of the house.  i also thought these silver and nude shoes were perfect for this look...i even added silver jewelry which i had a hard time compiling for a look.        


leather shell.

zara top & clutch, one teaspoon shorts, sam edelman shoes, celine sunglasses
photos by joseph rivera
hope you are all enjoying your monday so far.  last friday at the drive thru at starbucks, the lady in front of me paid for my drink.  all i had was cash as i left my wallet at home so i couldn't continue the gesture onto the next car behind me.  so this morning i made sure to bring my wallet and paid for the lady behind me.  as i drove off, i watched her expression as the barista told her i paid.  felt so good to do that...i suggest you all go surprise a stranger with generosity.  it was such a nice way to start my week!


tied up.

old zara coat & tee, celine audrey sunglasses, one teaspoon shorts & dolce vita boots
photos by joseph rivera
yay got another pair of one teaspoons!  i'm addicted!  i'm sure i'm not the only one but when i get something new, i explore its possibilities by playing dress-up with it.  this pair is in a different shade from the ones in my last post.  it's more versatile and doesn't require any thought on what to pair it with so i just threw on anything i hadn't worn in a while - besides of course this grey tee.  i thought i was over this coat but with the sleeves rolled up, i'm in love with it again and its prim&proper-ness so perfect with these super casual shorts.  i don't know if my favorite part of this look are the red lips and the high ponytail or the clothes themselves.   




zara vest, tank top & bag, celine sunglasses, bar necklace (here), one teaspoon shorts (here) & sam edelman sandals (here)
photos by joseph rivera
this white vest, next to my 3 zara skorts is my favorite piece this spring/summer. i highly recommend this piece to change up any look. it gave this otherwise super casual outfit of a ribbed tank and cut-off shorts a very chic look and i can’t wait to pair it with flowy florals. 


lucky no. 17

I had my son pick a number from 1-45 for the winner and he chose...no. 17, Nina of Doseofsimplicity! You will be contacted by email!


white leather and stripes.

sheinside top, zara shorts, shoes c/o charlotte russe, old urban outfitter slouchy clutch

i have the black version of these shorts which i wore in a few posts back that i wear a lot, even more than my trusty levi's cutoffs.  yes, i also wear them to the grocery store and to pick up my girls from school but of course with casual tees.  they're such a staple for me this spring/summer so it was an easy decision to get this white pair too.  another spring/summer staple for me this year will be caged or lace-up sandals.  i have a few that luckily i saved from a few years back but these from charlotte russe are a nice updated version with the geometric cut-outs.  i've been wearing these with everything lately as well and been getting so much compliments.  i think i will get them in taupe as well!  


chicnova giveaway.

blouse c/o chicnova, zara shorts, jeffrey campbell sandals

it's been a while since my last giveaway and i'm excited about this one because the winner gets to spend $30 on anything they want on chicnova.  when i came across this crochet blouse on the site i fell so in love with its details.    love the slight bell sleeve and scallop trim.

just 3 things you need to do to enter this contest:
1. LIKE chicnova's face book page HERE
2. register on their site
3. comment me here your registered email address and a link to your favorite item on the site

this contest will run for 10 and winner will be chosen randomly.
good luck!