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Bomber jacket is such a fun piece to wear for casual events, but I feel it’s near impossible to wear in an office environment. It is looking like the trend will continue into the fall, and although I’m not sure if it will be a practical purchase, I can’t help but look at them online.

Here are some of my picks from ASOS, some are very classic, some are modified bombers. There are so many options out there that I hope I’ll be able to find one that works for me!

  • Adidas Originals Primary Three Stripe Bomber Jacket – Adidas bomber jackets are definitely a classic. I love the signature 3 stripe and the Originals’ logo. There are many color combination and I thought the pop of the 3 primary colors gives the overall look some fun factor.
  • ASOS Bomber Jacket in Color Block – Going for something a little more feminine, the pink and grey comb brings out a more girly side of bomber jackets. It looks very soft and comforting, and will work great as casual wear.
  • Monik Textured Jersey Bomber Jacket – This piece has a slightly different texture/material than the traditional bomber. The texture makes you do a double take when you first see it and I think it’s a great way to make it look less casual.
  • New Look Padded Bomber Jacket – I think the color I’m most interested in is a olive green bomber jacket because it’s just so easy to pair with everything. The neutral tone of the green goes well with black, grey, white, brown and the list goes on. Keeping it simple is usually the best policy!
  • ASOS Longline Bomber Jacket in Satin Fabric – This jacket in particular caught my eye because of the interesting hemline. I like that it has the traditional bomber jacket but the shape looks completely different. I think this piece will be fun to style when you want to dress up a little.

 

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espadrille

After a long time of resisting, I’ve finally gave in and come to terms that summer is the perfect time for espadrilles! The plaited fiber sole just screams summer all over them. Although I’m still skeptical about how the sole will actually hold up after a hot summer, I’m definitely interested and want to give them a try. Here are some of my picks that I think would be fun to wear during the summer!

  1. Soludos Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal – The simple stripe design is just so adorable! It gives the shoes a nautical vibe and at the same time easy to pair with everything. I especially love the blue and white stripe one because that color combination screams vacation and just looks so relaxing.
  2. SARTO by Franco Sarto Ravenna Espadrille Platform Sandal – I’m not usually the one that goes for bold color on the feet, or platform in that matter. But this pair really stand out to me. The red will make any outfit pop!
  3. rag & bone Sayre II Espadrille Wedge Sandal – I’ve seen many iteration in this pair, my favorite is probably the light grey and the tan. I think they’re the perfect color for a summer monochrome look.
  4. TOMS Bella Espadrille Sandal – I personally like to avoid something complicated on my feet because I prefer something easy to put on/take off (call me lazy). But this pair would be so cute with dresses and shorts.
  5. Soludos Platform Sandal – Tassels are always on trend during summer. Though the risk you take when you follow a trend is that you might not be able to wear it the next season, but something subtle like this I think will work for as long as it’ll hold up.
  6. Topshop Kite Studded Wraparound Espadrille – Nude color shoes are great for the summer because it brightens up your overall look and doesn’t make your overall style look too bottom heavy. Though it’s tricky to find the perfect nude for your skin tone (very much like finding a nude lipstick, it’s different for everyone), I think it’s worth the trip to the store and giving a few different shades of nude a try.
  7. Andre Assous Samantha Sandal – Similar to the red pair from Franco Sarto, platform and espadrille just has a pull on me, I can’t look away when I see them. Depending on your skin tone, this pair will either look very neutral or pop for you, much like the red but less intense in my opinion. So if you want to add some colors to your outfit but don’t want to go too extreme, this color will be a good choice for you!
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On my mind lately #14

tanks and tees

Although the weather makes it seem like spring is still far far away, my mind is ready for a change. With spring and summer right around the corner (or so we hope), I am eager to update my basics!

Everlane, known for their radical transparency is not only good for your soul but also good for your wallet. They are not shy when it comes to sharing the factories their products are made in, and they’re also happy to share how much it cost to make them. I love how they are also very active on social media, easy to reach and quick to response whenever you have any questions about anything and everything they’re working on. Other than their ethical practice, their products are also top notch in quality.

I only started wearing their tanks last summer, and they have soon become my most reached for items. I currently have 2 of the Ryan Tanks and one of the Cotton Tank, but I cannot wait to get my hands on more of their basics which I know I will be living in comes spring and summer.

  1. The Cotton Tank / The Ryan Tank
    I have both the Cotton Tank and the Ryan tank, I love them both butI have a prefer time and place for each of them. After a season of testing, I find that during the weekend I love the more rigid feel of the Cotton Tank over the soft, body hugging Ryan because it gives my body a little more breathing room. But when it comes to going out at night or wearing to work under a cardigan, I prefer the Ryan because it drapes beautifully and is more feminine.
  2. The Ryan Pocket Tee 
    Of all the tees I saw on everlane, this one stands out the most to me. I love the casual drape style and I think the fabric gives out a more fenimen vibe even though you’re pretty much wearing an oversized tee.
  3. The Cotton V 
    A staple in every closet is a nice v neck tee. I’ve purchased many from Target when I was in college and practically lived in them, but the fabric is a little too soft and body hugging and the shape does not wash well so you get lots of pilling and wrinkled neckline that makes the shirt look sloppy. I’m hoping to find a long lasting staple tee and this might just be the answer.
  4. The Slouchy Cotton Slub Tank 
    Tank tops are my go to when it comes to summer, I love putting a cardigan or jacket/blazer over it so I can have the flexibility of being more formal or very casual. I like how this piece is a little more over sized than their regular Cotton tank, the combination of a more casual shape and the pocket detail gives it a little more edge.
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On my mind lately #13

Today’s on my mind lately I want to focus on something I’ve actually never thought I would, the OTK (over the knee) boots! I’m fairly petite sitting at around 5’2.5″/160cm, and my body proportion is also not the best, so you can kinda imagine how short my legs are. I avoided OTK boots for years because they usually make me look even shorter, or the cut of where you knee is supposed to bend is too high for my legs… But recently I’ve just been in the mood for black boots and after seeing them all over the web I decided to snoop around the OTK section on various websites. I really don’t like heels that are too skinny or high because it’s not very practical, so wanted to focus on boots with chunky heels around 3 inches, but knowing my body proportion I think wearing something with some height will probably look best. Below are some of my picks with a mix of low and high heel over the knee boots! Do you have a favorite pair of over the knee boots?

otk boots

  1. Sam Edelman Kate Over The Knee Boot
  2. Stuart Weitzman Highway Boot
  3. Charles by Charles David Reed Suede Boot
  4. Ash Seven Boot
  5. Rebecca Minkoff Billie Over the Knee Boot
  6. Steve Madden Gorgeous Over the Knee Boot
  7. Stuart Weitzman Highland Over the Knee Boot
  8. Via Spiga Alto Over the Knee Boot
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On my mind lately #12

trench

Fall is truly a dreamy season. All the layers, colors, and long coats. I pretty much have only good things to say about fall. I’m so excited that fall is here (only technically, the temperature says otherwise)! It always gets me in the mood of looking at booties, leather jackets, and this season in particular, I have my eyes on the trench coats.

I was never a big trench coat person, I’ve had one and never wore it (and it is now on sale on my Poshmark). But for some reason my eyes are always drawn to them whenever I see someone wearing one. I’ve made it my mission to find the perfect trench coat for myself this season, and honestly it’s been a difficult task to say the least. Because I’m short, it is hard for me to find a nice, drapyey trench coat that fits my frame and looks good length wise at the same time. While the tall models can pull off a nice flowy trench coat, it is near impossible for me to mimic the style. I look like I stole the coat from the adult section and everything is just slightly too wide and too long.

Here are some picks I’ve been looking at, all look so dreamy and comfortable and flow so nicely. I’m hoping I’ll be able to find a few options in store to try on and see how they’ll actually fit on me, and hopefully will find some in petite sizes. Because I suspect the ones that hit the model at the knee will be more like mid calf length on me…

  1. Forever 21 Draped Trench Coat
  2. Forever 21 Belted Drapey Crepe Jacket
  3. Mango Flowy Trench
  4. Mango Zip Trench
  5. J.Crew Icon Trench
  6. ASOS White Pepper Duster Coat

*images taken from the internet*

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On my mind lately #11

furniture

Recently I’ve been obsessing over West Elm‘s furniture, but can you blame me? With our move around the corner, even though we are not purchasing many (if any) new pieces, it still puts me in the mood to look at all the furniture and interior decor boards on Pinterest and do some window shopping online. I’m really loving the mid century modern look, and I also really love the mix of gold, wood and clean white! I think it gives the space a very clearn and modern look but still feels warm and welcoming. Here are a few piece that I’m currently loving from West Elm! What are some of your favorite furniture stores to shop?

  1. Finn Armchair
    A cute chair that can be used as a reading chair or a piece to add to your living room collection. I love having a unique chair that’s not the same as the sofa as I think it gives a fun twist to the room. Also, if you want to experiment with colors but are not so sure yet and don’t want to start with a big item like sofa or sectionals, a chair is a great way to add some colors to your room as well!
  2. Mid-Century Storage Bench 
    A great piece to add to your door way and add some personality to it. I personally think this piece can also be used as a piece in the bedroom or area where you get ready in the morning. The bench allows you to sit and put on the more difficult shoes, and it can also be a place where you layout your outfits for tomorrow. I really love that it has 2 drawers on the side as well to store things, I’m thinking lint rollers, shoe horn and pieces you might need for last minute touches when getting ready.
  3. Mid-Century Mimi Desk 
    I think this is the perfect mini desk for a vanity. I love the mid-century look and I think it’s a really simple piece that will work well with any room. The wood gives a nice warm touch and makes it feel more homey, but the clean lines will work well in a very contemporary room as well.
  4. Peggy Mid-Century Sofa 
    A combination of clean, classic and retro. I love how the tufted back and cushions gives the sofa more details, but the body of the design is still very clean. The tapered legs (again, the mid-century modern look that I’m obsession over) makes the bottom of the sofa not as boring as it otherwise would with straight legs.
  5. Modern Night Stand 
    I love how charming and cute this piece is! The clean white body of the night stand combines with the wood, angled legs makes it a very fun piece to add to your room. Though it’s not very adventurous color wise, the shape adds a unique element to the room. And since the piece is smaller, it won’t be as obtrusive and shift the focus of the style of the room as if you get the desk.
  6. Clover Coffee Table 
    Personally, I love these weird shaped coffee tables. I think they’re fun to add to any room. But of course sometimes they might not be as practical since you do not have a lot of surface area to work with. I think this would be great to add to a reading room/office where you don’t need as much surface area as you would in the living room. It’ll be great to put a plant, a couple books and a mug on it, but if you want it to handle anything more it won’t be as functional.
  7. Sculpted Geo Console
    Jumping away from the wood, warm tone feel. This piece is very clean and modern with some not so traditional angles. I think a piece like this will definitely add a pop to your room, but when working with something that stands out, it’s important to be careful what you pair it with, because it’s very noticeable, it might clash with some other elements and focal point you have in the room.
  8. Marble Topped Pedestal 
    This piece is probably the most different from all the other pieces I’ve picked out here. But I love the pop of gold that it adds to the room, and marble top (which is very popular recently) balance out the “fancy-ness” of the gold body and give it a more approachable feel. I think gold is a very easy element/color to work with as it goes well with wood, leather, clean white or polished concrete. So if you want to add a pop of gold to your room this piece is the perfect piece to accomplish it.

*images taken from Westelm.com*

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On my mind lately #10

If there’s one thing I can’t get off my mind lately, it’s anything related to contouring. I know I’m a few years late on this, but I’ve been really interested and intrigued by all the contouring techniques/products out there recently, maybe it’s because I’m finally comfortable enough with my eye makeup so I want to start learning more about how to do other areas of my face, or maybe because my friend’s wedding is a month away and I really, really want to be able to do a good job on my makeup for it, but regardless I can’t stop thinking about contouring!

Below are some products I’m eyeing and am itching to try. As I’m still very new at this whole contouring thing, I’m not sure which one will work best for me so on my watch list there’s a mix of powders, creams and sticks. I’m eager to find out what will work best for me and cannot wait to go try them out in the store!

contour

  1. Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette Pressed
    When I saw this beautiful palette with the dark, rich contouring color, I was excited! I’ve always had trouble finding bronzer that will show up on my face, so I’m assuming that I will run into the same problem with contouring, but this Lowlight from Becca looks gorgeous and seems dark enough that it might just work on me! This is the newer version of this palette with is in powder form, I have a feeling a powder might be what I reach for most often because it’s easier to apply and doesn’t take as much time, and you know how I feel about speedy makeup…
  2. Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette Poured
    This one is the cream counterpart of the Pressed palette, I believe it came out before the powder version and you can also purchase the Lowlight Sculpting Perfector individually if you don’t need the highlight or prefer something else for highlighting. The color, like it’s powder sister looks rich and natural, not too much red but not too cool. I think this would be great if you want a more natural and dewy finish.
  3. Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder
    One of the most raved about sculpting powder! This little beautiful thing (literally, it’s a small pod) has been known to create the most natural looking shadow on your face. Thought it comes with a somewhat a hefty price tag, the reviews and swatches I’ve seen of it online has been amazing. A lot of people say that a little goes a long way, but my concern of course is still whether or not it’ll actually show up on my skin. Unfortunately this is an online only item for Sephora, so I might just have to order it and see how it works for me.
  4. Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette
    I actually stumble upon this palette by accident, I was originally looking into just powder contouring and have been skipping over cream products, but then I saw this palette and the gorgeous variety of contouring shades I just simply cannot go along without looking into it. The 3 different shades of brown looks like they would be perfect to create contour of different intensities on your face depending on your need. I think the lightest contour color will probably look almost like a natural contour or a bronzer on me, and will work on area that you just want to add a little dimension and not too intense. What I’m more excited  about are the 2 darker shades that seem like they would actually work as a contour on me. And since they’re cream it’ll be easy to build, blend and mix them together to get a shade that works best for you.
  5. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
    This gorgeous palette has been making waves in the beauty world for quite some time now, I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on this and everyone seems to have good things to say about it. My only hesitation with a palette like this that contains neutral, cool and warm shades is that since I’m not a makeup artist and won’t have to do makeup for other people but myself, I’m afraid I’ll only find 2 to 3 of the 6 shades work for my skin tone, and the rest will be a waste sitting in the palette. But you know what, they create a palette for a reason, maybe I can find a way to use all 6 of them.
  6. Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio
    This one is a cream product in stick form. When I first saw this my feeling was “meh” towards it for no particular reason. Maybe I thought they’ll be harder to use, or might be streaky because you’re drawing it directly on your face. But after seeing a lot of tutorials it seems they blend really nicely and are fairly easy to use (and also will be super travel friendly). I’m definitely excited to give this a try to see how it works in person.
  7. Cover FX Contour Kit 
    There’s one thing about this contour kit that stands out from the others, and it’s the fact that it has options for different skin tone ranging from light to dark. It’s especially important for me because it allows me to find a kit that will work for my skin tone instead of just ordering it and hoping for the best. This is a cream product and I believe it’s the kit they use for all their contour tutorials on Sephora TV’s Makeup How To page, which looks like it’ll blend like a dream. Unfortunately a lot of options are sold out on Sephora right now, but at least I know they have the options out there and it means I can most likely find them elsewhere or keep an eye out for them to be back in stock.

*images taken from Sephora.com*

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