BLACK BOMBER, STRIPES, RIPPED ARMY JEANS

Hello, and happy December!

I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving! I ate two fantastic Thanksgiving dinners like 2 hours apart. It was crazy. Now I’m ready for Christmas gluttony.

I haven’t blogged in a while mostly because I’ve been in chill mode, but I thought I’d share one of my “cooler” casual outfits.

Because bomber jacket and ripped army jeans = cool. I think.

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The striped top is kind of short, so I layered it over a black tank.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Bomber :: Fashion Nova

Top :: Robert Rodriguez (old; similar here) over Forever 21 tank top

Jeans :: Love, Fire (similar here)

Shoes :: Tibi (similar here)

Bag :: Givenchy

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The first Thanksgiving dinner of the night.


MANGCHI FAN JACKET: PATCHED PINK BOMBER

Hi!

I just spent a few days in San Francisco and Portland. It was a great time…I was able to have drinks and a delicious dinner with my bff Miki at Coqueta restaurant in SF (where she bartends and makes the best drinks!) and also catch two live shows of the insane punk/hiphop/balladic band, Mangchi.

My boyfriend Eddie is the DJ/producer of the band and I adore all the other members of Mangchi, so it was awesome spending time with them and seeing them live. And since I’m their #1 fan (well, maybe #2 after Arthur) I decided to transform my plain pink bomber jacket into a Mangchi fan jacket simply by applying some iron-on patches.

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Eddie got me a bunch of these rad (and rare!) Mangchi patches. I believe they were all designed by David. The bunny looks the dopest on the pink jacket.

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I spent a lot of time thinking about where I wanted to place each patch, and overall I’m very happy with the placement!
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Elbow patch is key. And I love how my metallic Defuria bag pairs with the pink.

Iron-on patches are awesome, but I had a hard time getting the glue to adhere to the polyester. Probably would have been no problem on a cotton tee or hoodie, but the jacket just didn’t take it well. I was also afraid to hold the iron over the patch too long because I was afraid the material might burn.

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I’m terrible at sewing, so I used safety pins to keep the loose patches in place. That’s how we did it in my punk rock teenage days anyway. Some things never change.
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I layered a Forever 21 flannel over a super cute David Choe graphic tee.
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My current fave kicks: Women’s Nike Janoski Max. Impossible to find in my size (5.5), even on the Nike site or at the Nike Company Store which we shopped during our time in Portland.

Thanks so much for reading!

Jacket :: Fashion Nova (I have three bombers from them and I love them all!)

Flannel :: Forever 21 (similar)

Tee :: Huge thanks to Upper Playground 

Jeans :: Frame Denim (I live in these jeans)

Shoes :: Nike

Bag :: Hugs and thanks to Defuria

And biggest thanks to Mangchi! See them live on their final West Coast tour, happening NOW!

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Upcoming tour dates: 11/8 – SALT LAKE CITY UT @ KILBY COURT * 11/10 – DENVER CO @ LOST LAKE LOUNGE * 11/11 – SANTA FE NM @ MEOW WOLF * 11/13 – PHOENIX AZ @ LAST EXIT LIVE * 11/14 – SAN DIEGO CA @ BLONDE BAR * 11/16 – LOS ANGELES CA @ LOS GLOBOS * * = W/ KID KOALA :: FREE SHIT AT EVERY SHOW :: IF YOU MISS THIS YOU’LL REGRET IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. :: THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AND WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER TOUR LIKE THIS AGAIN. :: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED WITH PEACE AND LOVE.


HALLOWEEN: DEVIL IN A RED CAPE DRESS

Hello! I know, it’s been forever since I last posted an outfit on the blog. Ever since my KonMari closet cleanout (see last post), I’ve really minimized my shopping and accumulation of stuff and new outfits. Yay.

And if you follow my IG you’ve probably caught me lounging in a lot of casual gear this Fall…old skate tees, hoodies, and ripped jeans have been my staple!

But today I’m bringing you a minimal effort Halloween look. I love costume headbands (eg, cat ears, bunny ears, devil horns) because they are the easiest last-minute Halloween costume solution. I’m all about that.

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I threw on my devil horns and this gorgeous dramatic red cape dress from Forever 21. Costume done.

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This dress has an easy side zipper and fun cape.

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I probably could have adapted this cape dress for a superhero look as well!

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a happy, fun, and safe Halloween!

Dress :: Forever 21

Bag :: Chloe (budget-savvy option here)

Shoes :: Steve Madden


KonMari CLOSET CLEANOUT: COLD SHOULDER PLAID AND RIPPED JEANS

Hi and Happy Fall!

I’m finally getting around to posting this outfit. I wasn’t sure whether I was even going to share the details on this OOTD after posting on IG, but there’s actually a little story that goes along with this top (that I mined from the depths of my closet), so I thought I’d post.

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I found this cold shoulder top while undertaking a major closet purge and overhaul. Eddie and his coworkers have been talking about a very popular book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It is a book written by Japanese organization and tidying expert, Marie Kondo, and explains how eliminating clutter and having a place for every item in your home can essentially improve your quality of life. So I took her advice and started my decluttering marathon, starting with clothing.

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Kondo says you should discard any piece of clothing that does not “spark joy.” Hold the shirt in your hands, and see if it makes you feel happy. I ended up placing items that I thought were cute (but didn’t spark joy) into the garbage bag. I found so much clothes that I never wore for whatever reason (maybe I was saving it until I got my abs back). And soon enough I had two large garbage bags full of clothes and wayyyy more closet space.

Marie Kondo also has a special method of folding clothes which you can see on YouTube. I folded my tanks and shorts the KonMari way and love how much more I can store in a drawer.

So I found this plaid top while cleaning out my closet. It had been hanging around for over a year and never worn. It sounds like a no brainer–throw it away if you haven’t worn it–but when I saw it, I think I felt a little sparkle of joy!

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plaid open shoulder top ripped jeans outfit

I love the front-tie design. I had to pair it with distressed high-waisted jeans because it looked terrible with low-rise ones!

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My new (to me) Chloe Marcie Medium Flap.
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Dug these shoes up from out of the closet too. So old and rarely worn. They worked for this OOTD, but not sure they really spark much joy.

I highly recommend this book! My closet is so much more organized and roomy. And everything I see hanging makes me feel happy. I’ve also moved on to decluttering my kitchen, which truly is life changing.

Thanks for reading! Please comment if you have read this book!

Book :: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Top :: Mine (old; similar here)

Jeans :: Fashion Nova

Shoes :: Vans

Bag :: Chloe (current style)


DARK GREEN FLORAL CHALLIS DRESS c/o MakeMeChic

Hello! I hope you’re having a great week so far!

I’m transitioning into Fall with another piece from Make Me Chic. I chose this dark green challis dress because I love the colors and I like that it is long-sleeved.

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The weather is still pretty warm in LA, so I also like the short length of the skirt.

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The hem goes up at the thigh, kind of like a shirt dress.

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The top part of the dress fit a bit loose on me. It would probably be just right for ladies with bigger chests or more muscular upper bodies. Not sure if you can see it, but there’s a tie-belt too, which helped cinch the material at the waist for a more flattering fit.

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Love when dresses come with lining, especially affordable, fast-fashionwear!

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My trusty booties that you’ll see me wear a lot.

Thanks for stopping by! And thanks to Anna and Make Me Chic for dressing me up today!

Dress :: c/o Make Me Chic

Boots :: Rag and Bone (terrific pre-owned deals!)


PLAYFULLY CASUAL: BLACK OVERALLS SHORTS

Summer has unofficially ended, so here’s my last hot-weather outfit hurrah…

I haven’t worn overalls since those floral print ones were in during my junior high years. But I’m glad they made another comeback into my life since I love how youthfully playful they look.

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black overalls shorts outfit

I went super simple with a gray tee, but I’ve been loving all the overalls + stripes looks that I have been seeing around lately. I think tops with flared or bell sleeves would look cute too, and of course crop tops.

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Sorry for the hazy pics, snapped these photos while caught in the rays of light…

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Added a crochet belt for some texture. An extra step during ladies’ room breaks, but worth the effort.

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Thanks so much for stopping in!

Overalls :: Threads For Thought (similar here)

T-shirt :: Abound

Shoes :: Adidas

Bag :: Chloe
(I think the Paraty bag has been discontinued. Bummer…such a perfect everyday bag! Let me know if you have any intel on this.)


MULTICOLOR PATCHWORK TIE WAIST SHIFT DRESS c/o MakeMeChic

Hello! And long time no post. Sorry about the MIA blog status…I was super busy with a work trip to Hong Kong. Hong Kong was beautiful, and I actually shot an outfit while I was there…but the pics didn’t turn out that great so no HK outfit post. 🙁

But today I have a special collaboration with MakeMeChic to share with you.

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I received this multicolor patchwork dress from MakeMeChic, a SheIn sister site, and fell in love with the colors as well as its unique shape.

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The high-low hemline and the short length in the front is perfect for my height (5’1″). And heels.

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makemechic Multicolor Patchwork Tie Waist Dip Hem Shift Dress

Eddie says it looks like I’m wearing a superhero costume because the low hemline looks like a cape. I love the dramatic look…it’s what makes the dress special.

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The tie at the waist gives the shift dress a cute, flattering fit and adds pleated details. Before I tied the belt it looked like I was wearing a smock or a mumu. Once I tied it though–it was total cuteness.

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Love the gathered pleats and the color combo!

This dress is true to size (I’m wearing XS) and the quality of the material is quite good. You wouldn’t believe the dress costs less than $14!

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I added sparkle with my Dainty Wrist leather wrap bracelet, which is a perfect fit for my tiny wrist!

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Thank you so much for reading and for checking in with me especially after my blog break!

Special thanks to MakeMeChic for letting me share this adorable dress with you!

Dress :: MakeMeChic (Hurry, only $13.90!)

Shoes :: Steve Madden

Bag :: Chloe (super affordable dupe here)

Bracelet :: c/o Dainty Wrist Jewelry

Watch :: Michael Kors (similar)

Shades :: Miu Miu

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A selfie I took in Hong Kong.

 

 


SUMMER SUEDE SHIFT DRESS

Hey, here I am again with some more fabric that normally wouldn’t be considered summer friendly. Suede in summer?

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Suede definitely isn’t a summertime go-to, but I really didn’t want to wait for Fall to wear this dress. And since it’s faux suede, and it’s a bit lighter than genuine soft leather, I thought I’d give it a try.

And it was just fine. 🙂

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I paired the dress with sandals, but I think when the weather gets cooler I could wear it with some over-the-knee boots.

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I’m normally not a fan of dresses that have a drop-waist kind of seam, but this one actually worked out for me.

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The most comfortable sandals.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Dress :: Papercrane (similar here and here)

Shoes :: Dolce Vita

Bag :: Chloe  (budget-savvy dupe here)

Sunglasses :: Tom Ford


FLORAL SILK TANK AND METALLIC SHORTS

Hi!

Hope you’ve been doing awesome. Because of the heat wave I’ve pretty much been wearing casual shorts and skater tanks these past few days. I still wanted to keep it casual today, but thought I’d put on a silky floral top and some sleek metallic shorts just to keep things pretty around here. 🙂

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This top was part of the bag full of goodies that I received from my mom on my birthday. This and some cute scrunchies were some of my favorite things in the bag. My mom has great taste.

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Silk isn’t the most breathable fabric, so I was glad I was mostly indoors in air conditioning today. Same thing goes for the shorts. These shorts definitely don’t wick any sweat at all, so I’m glad I stayed cool today.

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I still love these Valentino Rockstud dupes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Top :: Sam & Lavi (sold out; love this and this)

Shorts :: Forever 21 (sold out; Mango shorts here)

Bag :: Burberry (old style; splurge here; cost-savvy pick here)

Shoes :: Kaitlyn Pan

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The cute Amiee Lynn scrunchies my mom got me.


TREE PRINT CROP TOP AND SHORTS c/o SHEiN

Hello!

I’m back with another collaboration with SheIn. I had a great experience the first time I worked with them (see post here), and I guess I just couldn’t get enough of their matching sets–I chose another crop top and shorts set for this post.

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Like the last set I received from them, the sizing on this one seemed a little off. After reading the reviews, I ordered my usual fast-fashion size, Small. Last time the Small fit like an XS or even XXS, but the top on this one fit just right. It was the bottoms that ran unexpectedly large and long. I ended up rolling the elastic waist band in to shorten the shorts and to create that flirty summer romper-bottom look. Definitely read the reviews!

Heres what the shorts looked like without rolling the waistband up.
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And here’s the flirty summer romper-bottom look.

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The material on this set is so comfortable, light, and thin–perfect for summer. But it gets wrinkled so fast! I steam pressed the pieces, but they got wrinkly again just while I was drinking coffee and buckling up my sandals.

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Thanks so much for reading! And thank you to SheIn for providing this adorable outfit!

Outfit :: c/o SheIn

Shoes :: Tabitha Simmons (current style here; cute and cost-savvy here)

Bag :: Chloe

Sunnies :: Tom Ford


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