Styling Blue Lace

Lace – a French thing, a graceful embellishment to any outfits. I always felt like it isn’t for everyone, because sometimes it just feels like too much for casual wear due to its noble lineage – it requires advanced handcraft to put together, and it’s seen very often in haute couture and wedding dresses. I also feel like although elegant, the garment itself looks very busy, and it always ends up stealing the focus of the look instead of complimenting the complexion.

I purchased this collared blue lace top from Zara, thinking I should add some mature and sexy vibes to my wardrobe. How did I do? Although with the addition of the Peter Pan collar, I might’ve ended up looking more cute and preppy than mature. A key suggestion is to always wear skin colored garment or underwear beneath any colored sheer lace top to avoid having too much going on, or else it really takes away from the design, and further pans the simplicity.

The fashion police says you should not have more than three colors in one outfit, so I took the liberty of wearing a red lipstick for a pop of color without feeling too sorry about it.:-)

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Hope you liked the outfit! If you’re wondering about the beautiful setting, this is the Cathedral nearby my house, will definitely come back for more shoots in the future.:-)

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Youthful Vibe

Piercings, make-up, revealing and sophisticated looking clothes at a younger age defined my desire to look more mature, and be able to blend in with the older crowd. So it seems I’m kicking like Benjamin Button, and have it all backwards. T-shirts, sneakers, and cute backpacks that I would’ve once thought looked too childish, are things I’ve developed an ineffable appreciation for.

Youth is precious, anyone would agree to that, but like many of us, we don’t catch on until it starts slipping. And the realization hits hard, likely when the unpaid credit card bills (which only seem to get bigger every month) start getting delivered to your doors.

I’m digging youthful vibes lately, maybe part of that is me compensating and proving to myself that I still can be. Don’t worry, I’m not in denial. I just became appreciative of what I once missed. And hey, it’s a good thing to feel youthful – it feels like anything’s possible.:-)

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Thanks for reading lovelies, let me know your thoughts on my outfit as well as the post’s theme!:-)

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New Height

I’m a believer that our attires should reflect who we are and bring the best out of us. Given that I have a multi-faceted personality, I do have a lot of freedom in expressing myself through fashion. And this one is the little rebel in me. It’s a rather masculine look – all black, Adidas footwear, and a dress that doesn’t hug my body. The choker is the cherry on top, but what puts things into perspectives is the frontal low cut that adds femininity to the look.

As an Asian girl growing up in Western society, I had my fair share of insecurities for my body, and there were certain styles that I thought I’d never experiment with despite my appreciation for them. It isn’t until recent years when I realized that if you adore a style, then you have it in you. You can pull off whatever the heck you want to reflect your personal style as long as you do it with confidence, and believe that this is you. With every new thing I try, I open a door of possibility; and with every door I open, I feel a little more inspired to take my style to new heights.

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Thanks for reading lovelies, hope you had an amazing weekend, and got to spend some time outdoors.

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More on Asymmetry

The sweater is a gift from my aunt while I was on vacation in China. Needless to say I love everything about it. If you read my earlier post featuring asymmetry, this is an addition to the collection – asymmetrical sleeves. Enjoy:-)

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Hope you liked the look! (:

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Asymmetry

I love asymmetry in fashion. It can take form in dresses, tunics, skirts, coats and accessories. They add to an outfit a vibe that is artsy, edgy, trendy and youthful. Asymmetric dresses and tops are great because of their flexibility, they can layer over skinny jeans and leggings, or worn with shorts in warmer temperatures. My favorite asymmetric clothing piece is the famously flowy high-low skirt, and for accessories, instead of the traditional matching duo, I am much more into ones with uneven designs on each ear.

Here I’m embracing my favorite high-low with an interesting vertical line that’s both slimming and elongating. It took me exactly 1 second to decide on this purchase from Zara, it was a no-brainer as I loved everything about it – it’s grey, it has a short turtleneck, and it’s got side slits to the inner high-low tunic, an unique and worthwhile ensemble.

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Oh! I got a new Ted Baker! Adorable right? :-) Hope you liked the look lovelies!

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6.5 Things I learned By 25

Hello beautifuls! I recently turned 25, and wanted to share some thoughts (hopefully constructive) I collected throughout the years. Now of course my experiences are unique to me, but I hope you’re able to relate to some of these as well. Enjoy.:-)

1. Never say never – Take a jog down memory lane, how many times have you said something like “I would never do that” or “I’ll never accept that” or even “I’ll never date someone who__”, and have gone back on your words? What I find is that the older we are, the more open minded we become. We see more, hear more, and find less and less things unacceptable as years go by. So be open-minded, and think twice before arriving at such conclusive statements and trap yourself in limitations you create yourself.


2. Polish yourself even when no one’s looking – Preach. I invest effort into the way I look and present myself, no matter the occasion. Although it might be unrealistic that you’ll meet your dream guy while grocery shopping, but you might run into a high school arch-enemy and wished that you showered before coming out. Let’s also not forget, looking good simply makes you feel good, presentable, and confident. Ask yourself – Have you missed any opportunities and amazing moments because you simply felt small, invisible, and not at your best? Go ahead to look your best and feel your best. Life’s full of surprises, be ready when opportunity knocks.


3. Work hard for what you want – Seems like a no-brainer, but it’s something we all need to be reminded of once in a while (unless you’re naturally aloof and content – which is totally cool, in some ways I even envy you). People always tell me how smooth sailing my life’s been – from upbringing, to schooling, relationships, career. While I agree that I was born with certain personality traits that favor me tremendously, but without the hours I invested in each and every thing that I do with these favorable traits, I would not have achieved anything at all.

3.5 Start when you’re young – Specifically referring to the college years + career life in 20s. I know, I know, you’re only young once, why should you spend your precious time doing boring stuff like working and studying? Because your older self will thank you for making good use of your youth – it’s a beautiful feeling when hard work pays off, and we all need to experience this early on so that we’re properly motivated to work for what we want. Twenties is when you have the time and energy (and no obligations), so be productive with it.


4. Surround yourself with the right people – people who you want to be like, who bring you joy, motivate you, and remind you of your ideals. In my teenage years, there was a saying that if you hang out with pretty people, you become prettier as well. Not totally ridiculous – in this case you might not grow prettier, but you’ll dress, talk and even inherit the lifestyle of someone attractive, and eventually this all become part of you and you are attractive. In general, if you hang out with people who are positive, hardworking, and adventurous, you’ll become more positive, hardworking and adventurous. Invest in your relationships and invest wisely, your network is your wealth. So, what are your people choices?


5. Go out and play – I’ve done poorly in this department, always been happy and comfortable in relationships and felt no need to branch out. Now, I would tell my younger self to pick up a hobby, take lessons, travel, socialize with friends, converse with strangers, anything. Live colorfully, life is yours to reflect back upon when you’re older. Keep point 3 above in mind, but being well-rounded and achieving a balance goes a long long way. Invest your hours wisely, live to the maximum, you learn and grow faster that way. If you want to try something and aren’t limited (i.e.financially, or morally lol), don’t wait, don’t procrastinate, do it now.


6. Learn to be comfortable with yourself – This is an incredibly attractive quality and needless to say that all things worthwhile don’t come easy (at least not for everyone). Yes, this is confidence, but this isn’t the kind of confidence you feel from getting 100 likes on your Facebook profile picture, but the kind of confidence that persists, even when things aren’t going all that great. Being comfortable with yourself doesn’t mean you’re ignoring your flaws and differences, but instead you realize you can’t please everyone and so you come to terms with these differences. Life’s too short to always be feeling inferior and worried about what others think. And guess where the magic is – when you stop doubting and start believing in yourself, others will too.

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Spring Camel Coat II

In my previous post Spring Camel Coat I, I mentioned that I like to wear my timeless coat in different ways to embrace versatility. And here it is as promised:-)

The best part is that nothing dramatic was done to the look, what I did involved losing some womanly pieces (stockings and scarf) along with the addition of my personal favorite Superstars. A big contributor to the alteration is actually a sneaky unnoticeable one – unbuttoning the coat. Buttoned coats/jackets/blazers project a clean polished feel (an Asian parent favorite), my father always gives me a hard time about how sloppy I look without doing up the buttons, but ladies, it’s OK to be a rebel in fashion! If you’re looking to transform your classy outerwear into something with more casual feel, try undoing the buttons and losing the heels (did I just rhyme?).:-)

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Check out Spring Camel Coat I if you haven’t already, which look did you guys like more?

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Spring Camel Coat I

“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” -Mark Twain. A quote that cannot describe Toronto weather better. It’s almost mid April, and there’s been an uncanny mixture of sunlight, rain and snow (yes, snow, as matter of fact I’m seeing snowflakes outside right at this moment). I like mild seasons, but I’ll take Fall over Spring any day – it’s just a lot more mature and stable. Although, if I were to give Spring some credit, I do think it’s quite a symbolic season. To me it can symbolize a fresh start, perhaps aspire for something new and adventurous along with the blooming trees and flowers; it goes without saying that it ain’t easy to start anything, hence it isn’t always going to be petals and sunshine. There will be rainy chilly days, but we’ll adapt, and eventually smell the petrichor that accompanies the rain. How can we moderate the bumpiness of spring you ask? The answer is obvious! – be stylish, with some spring camel coats:-). Some fashion trends fade, some make come backs with time, and some others have staying power. I think this one, is a staying classic.

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Buttoned up camel coat with an appropriate scarf defines the beginning of spring for me. Now, since you all know I believe in versatility, in my next post, I’ll show you how this coat can be styled to project a different vibe.

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Sleeveless Waterfall Coat

Temperature in Toronto has been consistently floating around 5 degrees and it actually brings such a fashion challenge. What the weather entails is that I need to prepare for layers, especially since it’s too warm for winter parkas and too cold for spring coats. I’ve never been a fan of layering because while doing it right can be chic and powerful, it’s also easy to look chunky and noisy. However the most important thing that I’d like to promote is to obviously stay warm! The general formula includes – warm and comfy piece on your skin, like silk/cotton undershirt + a decently thick piece such as a hoodie/sweater/cardigan + a 3rd conclusive piece in wool material which keeps you dry and warm + optional step to accessorize to your heart’s content with scarves and boots.

Here I’m wearing a long body hugging turtleneck  sweater, wool sleeveless waterfall coat, and some black chunky heels to finish off the look.

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I definitely think this outfit is more fall appropriate rather than for spring, but I was just so in love with my virgin sleeveless coat – it’s one of those pieces that showcases individuality but in a very modest way, what’s not to adore?

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Typically I would avoid accessorizing heavily with layers, but I decided to wear two necklaces that vary in length with this look, reason being that all the pieces I’m wearing are lengthy, and I wanted to provide some structure to my outfit by attracting attention to the upper body.

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Hope you liked the look lovelies. Oh, and here’s my current song on replay. (:

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