SUMMER BLUSH, WHITE, AND BURGUNDY

Hello and happy summertime! Summer is by far my favorite season of the year. I love the heat, comfortable outfits, pool lounging, and light fabrics and colors.

Today I’m repeating one of my favorite tops with some distressed denim shorts. Easy breezy.

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This is one of my favorite tops (and no stranger to the blog; old post here) not only because the fit and quality are superb, but because it’s one of those pieces that elevates a really simple outfit. The semi-sheer mesh panel adds so much texture and dimension it makes jean shorts and sandals something I wanted to blog about!

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I kept this burgundy fringed bucket bag on the closet shelf for the past few months because my silly brain was conditioned to think of it as mostly a Fall or Winter crossbody. But then I woke up and realized how great it goes with my summer blush tones and whites.

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Finally found a pair of white distressed denim shorts that fit without being too short or exposing my bum cheeks. The trick was to size up. These are from H&M and I’m usually a size 2. These are a size 6, a little loose in the waist, but still fit nicely.

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And here again are the Dolce Vita sandals that are so comfortable!

Thanks for visiting!

Top :: Rebecca Minkoff (old; similar here and here)

Shorts :: H&M

Sandals :: Dolce Vita

Bag :: Milly


KINDA BOHO: CROCHET AND DIGITAL CAMO

Hi. I hope you’re all doing awesome!

I have been wanting to wear my new sandals (ever since I manifested them off my wishlist), only to realize that I didn’t have anything that goes with them.

I hopped on Amazon and found this boho chic crochet top. My style is very far from bohemian, but I couldn’t resist the texture of the knit design, and how cute it would pair with the sandals.

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I knew I wouldn’t feel like myself if I created a full-on boho outfit. That means no fringe skirt and no wide-brimmed hat for me (super cute on everyone else, just doesn’t suit me!). So I paired the top with digital camo jeans to give it a little bit of a modern edge.

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And what do you know, my new bag (also from the wishlist) embodies the same style concept: fringe boho details on a modern moto design.

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I only wore this bralette under the top.

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The bag and sandals are just a perfect pair.

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And there you have my first almost-sorta- kinda-boho outfit. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Top :: BFF Clothing 

Bralette :: Less than $7 on eBay

Jeans :: Paige Denim (old; Forever 21 camo jeans only $14 here)

Shoes :: Dolce Vita (on sale!)

Bag :: Rebecca Minkoff


FLORAL CROP TOP AND SHORTS c/o SHEiN

Hello and Happy Thursday! I hope you’re having a terrific June so far. We’ve been having pretty weather in LA, and not so much of the June Gloom that we usually get this time of year.

For this post, I got together with the fast-fashion shop, SheIn, to share a fun, summery look. I chose this floral crop top and high-waisted shorts outfit because I loved the pattern and colors.

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I rarely wear crop tops so when I first pulled the shirt out of the package it looked hilariously small to me. “No way I’m going to fit in this.” Reviewers for this particular piece warned about it running small or suggested sizing up. But I wear a S or XS in just about everything (including other Asia-based fast-fashion labels) and went with S. It fits tight, but I think a M would not have been as cute.

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If I had bigger boobs, the top might not have worked at all. The slim fit is flattering overall. I haven’t worn a midriff-baring top in ages, and my abs don’t look as good as they used to, but I still felt comfortable in this–thanks partly to the high elastic waistband.

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A part of me did wonder whether I’m too old to be wearing a crop top…

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…but I’ll worry about that in another 10 years.

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My mom got me these super cute cork-sole sandals from her last trip to Spain. They’re so comfortable and I think leather shoes make the best souvenirs!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! And thanks to SheIn!

Top and Shorts :: c/o SheIn 

(Free shipping worldwide with no minimum from June 12-14, Beijing standard time)

Bag :: Louis Vuitton

Sandals :: Yokono

Sunglasses :: Miu Miu 

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WISHLIST AND RECENT ACQUISITIONS

Hello!

Just wanted to share a few things that I’ve been shopping (or eye-shopping) for these days. Some of the items (like the skate tank top) are just things I personally love, and some of the items are just terrific buys! I do admit that at times I feel like a terrible blogger when I find an incredible bargain but it’s sold out by the time I get around to posting it.

So here’s a little heads up on a few things that are currently on sale, or are just really cool. I’ve already purchased a couple of these things, so you’ll be seeing them on the blog or on IG very soon.

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1. Thrasher Mag Racerback Tank Top I love this because I grew up skateboarding back in the day when it was not cute or fashionable for girls to be on boards. Today it’s a different story and I can’t believe that Thrasher shirts actually make some kind of fashion statement now. Albeit usually it screams “poser” but I’m an old skater now so I feel proud that I’m legit allowed to represent this. Plus, I was in a Thrasher t-shirt ad years and years ago…

2. Alo Moto Leggings I have not tried these leggings yet, but they look super cute and are getting great reviews on Nordstrom and Amazon. I have my eye on the white leggings as seen on Kendall below. Reviews say the white material can be a little sheer on the booty, so if you are planning on wearing these to yoga class, take note.

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3. Rebecca Minkoff Micro Moto Bag I just bought this adorable bag because for $75 I could not pass it up (regular price is $195). It’s the perfect small crossbody and the leather is super buttery and nice. Rebecca Minkoff is my go-to for affordable, high-quality, gorgeous purses.

4. Dolce Vita Louise Ghillie Wedge Sandals I also just purchased these sandals (they match my Micro Moto!). I’ve been wanting a pair of gladiator-style sandals, but didn’t want to look like I was wearing part of a Spartan costume. These are cute, casual, fun to lace up, and don’t make me look like I’m going to battle to save Greece from the Persian invasion (though I could because they are SUPER comfortable). They’re currently 40% off at Nordstrom in Almond and Black suede. Shop here for the Dark Saddle color that I got (also on sale!).

5. Givenchy Antigona Small Beige Bag Ah, this is something I’m just eyeballing. It’s a fabulous price for an iconic beauty that rarely goes on sale. Since I’ve been trying to curb my luxury bag purchases I’m trying to resist this. You don’t have to though!

6. Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Thinking about adding these to my sneaker rotation. They are cute and trendy and got the skateboarding roots that fit my personal style. I’m a size 6 so I usually take Nike sneakers in youth size 4.5. Love that they come in a wide array of cool colors.

7. Baby-G Ana-Digi Watch I love the pop of color from Casio Baby-G watches. They’re sporty and cute for activities like going to the beach and day drinking on a sunny patio. Not on sale right now, but totally worth the retail price anyway.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Let me know if anything here caught your eye too!

ROLLED JEANS AND ANGEL SLEEVES

Hi! I hope you’re having a fantastic week so far. We are finally getting over hump day and gearing up for Memorial Day weekend, right? Not sure if there’s anyone who loves a three-day weekend more than I do. I’m already in chill mode.

I’m keeping it casual today in some rolled-up jeans and a boxy top with really cute angel sleeves.

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I used to be very anti about any kind of boxy style top. I thought it was so unflattering. But as I got older, I started loving the loose fit and how convenient it was for days when I’m feeling bloaty or just need something super comfortable.

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I like how delicate the angel sleeves look. But they can get a bit too feminine and flowy, which is why I mellowed out the look by pairing them with almost-boyfriend style jeans and studded flats.

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I showed you these dupes of the highly coveted Valentino Rockstuds  before, and I’m going to say it again that I love them. I love them! I’ll be purchasing another color as soon as I decide on which colorway.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Top :: Forever 21 (on sale!)

Jeans :: 7 For All Mankind

Shoes: Kaitlyn Pan 

Bag :: Burberry (similar here; splurge on this)


IMPROMPTU GETAWAY TO LAS VEGAS

Hi! Hope you’re having a great week so far! This week I met up with my BFF, Miki, in Las Vegas. She lives in San Francisco so the last time I saw her was just about a year ago. We spontaneously came up with the idea of a midweek meeting in Sin City for some poolside girl time and delicious food.

Since we decided to keep it mellow (ie, no clubbing, no Thunder From Down Under haha), I decided to go with an easy look with shorts and a jacket.

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I posted these tiny shorts before (here) where I styled them with tights, but since we’re talkin’ Vegas here…I ditched the tights and wasn’t afraid to show some skin.

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floral shorts, pink shirt, pink pigalles, black blazer

I have mixed feelings about this Forever 21 jacket that I just got on clearance. We all know you get what you pay for with F21. The faux leather is thin, and the lapel kept flipping over and wouldn’t stay put.

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But I used a piece of my baggage claim tag and taped the lapel down. All was fine!

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I must say I love the crochet-back design.

These are the first pair of Christian Louboutins I ever purchased. They are slightly lower than my other heels and the bright pinkish rose color has been perfect for wear throughout the years.

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These Pigalles are only 85mm. My other heels are 100mm, which are the right height for me. 120mm gets to be a bit too high and hard for me to walk in.

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

Top :: Oasis (similar)

Jacket :: Forever 21 (similar here)

Shorts :: Forever 21 (similar)

Shoes :: Christian Louboutin

Bag :: Chloe (dupe here)

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Huge cheers to my beautiful and rad friend, Miki! Always a fun time with her! Love!
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Dinner at Yonaka Modern Japanese (off the Strip) was definitely a highlight! This uni/scallop/ikura dish was my favorite. Sooo good!
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Hotel robes are the best!


YES, A FALL TRENCH IN SPRING

Hello! I hope you’re having an awesome week so far.

Well, I wasn’t so sure about blogging about a fall trenchcoat right now, but the truth is I’m one of those girls who’s always cold and can always stand to throw on another outer layer. Especially indoors with air conditioning, like at the movie theater.

Whenever I go to the movies, I always grab a long coat (I wish I could take a blanket) to keep my arms and upper legs warm throughout the flick. And when my old “movie coat” had to be retired because it lost too many buttons, I copped this trench on sale at Forever 21 online. I wore it last weekend to the historic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood to watch “Captain America: Civil War” and was so happy it did the trick.

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My superhero stance.

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I paired the dark, fall-worthy trench with a floral tank and a mint green crossbody to lighten up the entire look.

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And I had to go with distressed jeans that keep me cool when the coat can get too warm (especially in the sun).

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I first heard of the term “air-conditioned” jeans in the 80s and I still love calling them that.
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Loving the mint and olive combo.

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Thanks so much for reading! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Top :: Forever 21

Coat :: Forever 21 (on sale!)

Jeans :: H&M (similar)

Shoes :: Christian Louboutin (cost-savvy choice here)

Bag :: Rebecca Minkoff (similar here; cute budget choice here)

Sunglasses :: G&B (I found them on eBay for $13! in various colors!)


SPRING WHITES AND PASTELS

Happy Thursday! I hope you’re having a terrific week. Bringing you a pretty simple look today, but since I rarely pair white with white I thought I’d share the look. And the pumps, well, they don’t get worn nearly enough as they should…and since they’re kinda fabulous I think they merit sharing any time. 🙂

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The top is actually a creamier, vanilla shade of white. But pairs so well with pastels.

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I’m in love with the Rebecca Minkoff Love crossbody bags. This one is the mini size, which snugly fits my wallet, phone, lipstick, and keys.
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This top is semi-sheer. I’m wearing a bralette underneath. As I mentioned in previous posts, I haven’t worn a regular clasp bra in over a year.

Christian Louboutin heels have been my favorite for a while. Like many others, I was attracted to the allure of the gorgeous, shiny red soles when I was first developing my sense of personal style during my post-skateboarding/tomboy days. I think these heels have the prettiest profile and are quite comfortable. Also, the quality is superb as one should expect from the price tag. But interestingly enough, I’m kind of over the red soles! Sometimes they feel too show-offy to me, and even a bit outdated.

I wish CL would make his classic pointed-toe heels (eg, Pigalles or Decolletes) without the pop of red. I’ve even considered replacing the soles with tan ones and painting the red parts beige, but I haven’t quite had the heart to take on such a lamentable project that would break the hearts of most of the fashionistas I know. How do you feel about the beloved red soles, and would you shoot me if I painted them tan?

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They sure do fetch a lot of compliments.

Thank you so much for reading!

Top :: Lush

Bralette :: Similar

Jeans :: AG (more budget-friendly choice here)

Shoes :: Christian Louboutin (cost-savvy choice without the red sole here)

Bag :: Rebecca Minkoff


METALLICS AND BLUSH

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I’m playing with metallic textures and pairing them with blush tones. And I’m loving the combination so much!

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I never told you this, but I have a personal shopper. And that’s who found these cute faux leather metallic shorts for me. She usually peruses the clearance racks in stores like Forever 21 for things that I might like, and every week we meet for dinner where she shows me what she’s picked out for me. She has terrific taste and the best part is her services are free (including the clothes!). Okay okay, I’m talking about my mom. 🙂

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She said she found them on the F21 clearance rack for less than $4!

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Have you heard of Defuria Handbags? I was so happy to have discovered this local (Los Angeles/Beverly Hills) brand and its beautiful and talented designer, Courtney Defuria. Courtney hand-sews gorgeous, high-quality leather bags that are both classic and contemporary. While I adore her quilted bags, I absolutely fell in love with the petite mirror flap bag.

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I love the feel of the reflective leather and the gun metal chain strap!

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And finally, let’s talk about my shoes. These are not $975 Valentino Rockstuds. I found these dupes on Amazon. They are made by Kaitlyn Pan, which is the same brand as my over-the-knee boots (seen in this post). Since I was pleased with the quality of the boots and glad I didn’t splurge on Stuart Weitzman Lowlands, I thought I’d give these dupes of the iconic studded flats a chance. And you know what, they are gorgeous.

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As far as dupes go, these ballet flats fit true to size and were a great purchase.

Thanks for reading and I hope the rest of your week is awesome!

Top :: Rebecca Minkoff || Cardigan :: Alice and Olivia (similar here)

Shorts :: Forever 21 c/o my mom 🙂 (similar here)

Shoes :: Kaitlyn Pan 

Bag :: Thanks to Defuria

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And here’s my wonderful and beautiful mom! Don’t forget Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8!


ROUCHED DRESS AND WHITE NIKE CORTEZ

Hello. I hope you’ve all been having a spectacular week so far. The middle of the week is usually when I can work from home (and squeeze in blog shoots), and since the weather has been so insanely awesome I decided to go with a a casual dress and fresh white sneakers.

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This isn’t something I would normally wear to the office. Not because it violates the office dress code (it doesn’t!), but because it’s so COLD in my office (even with a space heater). I’d freeze my stems off in this get-up.

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I paired the racerback tank dress with a blazer that I bought a while back when I was just wetting my beak with the light-colored blazer look.

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This dress is another Amazon find. And for $19.99, I’ll admit I own it in multiple colors.

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The rouching is super cute, and hides trouble spots on days I’m feeling super mcbloaty.

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I love the white sneakers trend because well, I love sneakers. I used to wear Nike Cortez back in the day, and kind of forgot about them…until now! I like that they are narrow and don’t look like bulky loaves of bread on my feet when I wear them with dresses.

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Thanks for reading! It looks like I’m posting once a week these days. Let’s stay connected the rest of the week through Instagram (@street_madonna)!

Dress :: LaClef

Blazer :: Only (current design)

Shoes :: Nike

Bag :: Rebecca Minkoff (similar here)

Sunglasses :: English Laundry


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