Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fluoro Yellow

Fluoro Yellow

As much as I try to incorporate color into my wardrobe, I often end up purchasing pieces in neutrals because they're "safe". I convince myself that I'll get much more wear out of pieces that are similar in color (which is very true), but in the end I always feel like my wardrobe looks so, well, blah. In my quest to inject color into my life, I picked up this blazer from Zara over the summer during their semi-annual sale since I'd had my eye on it for so long. I usually refrain from purchasing pieces that I'm unsure of whether or not they'd fit into my wardrobe, but since this blazer kept making its way into my thoughts for a couple of months, I justified that it had won a place in my closet.

Since it's purchase, I've actually only worn it a surprisingly total of two times. Yes two. Does it still deserve that pedestal spot in my closet? It's becoming harder and harder for me to say yes now. Which pushes me farther into the direction of "let's just stick to neutrals since you can always wear them with anything". And then I fall back into that cycle of only wearing neutrals. One of my NYE resolutions this year is to keep taking this blazer out and to wear it at least once a month. Hopefully I can slowly reintroduce color back into my life and become inspired by the variety of colors that the rainbow has to offer!

Fluoro Yellow

Fluoro Yellow

Fluoro Yellow
Top - Aritzia | Blazer - Zara | Pants - H&M | Boots - Shoemint

Friday, December 19, 2014

I'm Allergic to the Cold + GIVEAWAY

If you've been following me for awhile then you'll already know that I'm allergic to the cold. This odd allergy just happened to find itself onto me about 2 years or so back. Cold urticaria is actually quite a common occurence that many people don't know exists. You know that tingly feeling you get in your hands after you come back indoors from a really cold day outdoors and your body is thawing? That's a mild symptom of the condition.



However, for myself, the condition extends beyond tingly fingers. Parts of my body swell up and I develop rashes that can last from 30 minutes to an hour. Sometimes they're so bad that I catch myself scratching for a few minutes straight. The first time that this happened to me, I scratched myself bad enough to leave both marks and scabs. From then on, I made a point of making sure that I dealt with the situation in a differen manner to prevent hurting myself.

From there I discovered a new friend in body butters and moisturizers. I've made it a routine to moisturize after each and every single shower so that my skin remains soft and not prone to being dry, which aggravates the itches. The only problem lies within the oiliness of body butters and the residues that they leave on both my clothing and sheets. Beyond that, I had no problem of lathering up myself.

However the one thing that I always detested was the fact that my hands would get all oily after putting on the body butter, which completely contradicts the point of having a shower in the first place. Wasn't I supposd to be getting clean? Only to have my hands get all dirty again afterwards?

Well, I found a solution! If you want to find out how I make sure my skin is moisturized and how I avoid scratching myself into oblivion, check out the video I put together over on my YouTube channel. You'll also be able to enter my giveaway for the amazing Nivea gift basket that's shown below!

I'm Allergic to the Cold


Tree Trekking

Tree Trekking


So I found this cute little pine maze behind my local mall and decided to try it out. Let me confirm that I definitely did get lost. Even though I was able to see over top of all of the trees, some of the turns got to me. I'm going to pretend that it was because the pines clung to my sweater pulling me back that I missed some turns (but in fact it was all of my fault).

This sweater is actually quickly becoming one of my favorites. Since picking it up a few weeks back, I've worn it multiple times and each week I continue to find more ways to style it. The warm weather provided me with an opportunity to pair it down with a skirt as opposed to pants. However it wasn't quite warm enough to completely forgo bottoms so I decided to go with my faux suede thigh-high boots in order to evade the chilly wind. After a couple of goes, I made my way out of the maze (as you can see in the last photo), but between you and me, I'm going to keep going back until I can get out in a single try!

Tree Trekking

Tree Trekking

Tree Trekking

Tree Trekking

Sweater - Garage | Skirt - Garage | Boots - c/o a friend | Bag - Louis Vuitton

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: $400-500

As we get closer and closer towards Christmas, I can feel the stress of shoppers settling in. My office is right next to a mall, so my lunch breaks are dedicated to window shopping. It affords me the time to deal stalk and make sure that I'm getting the best prices for my Christmas gifts. I thought that I was doing pretty well by getting almost 80% of my presents in November, but come one week before Christmas and I realized that I'm still a couple presents short. A couple is exact. I need two.

What do you get someone who has everything? In short I'm going to be practical. Something that everybody needs but always hates getting, gas cards. Trust me, as tacky as it sounds, the people who I've given them to seem to always be overjoyed. But if you don't want to get tack like me, here are some more last minute gift ideas that you can pick up to please the gifted in your life!

Holiday Gift Guide: $400-500
  1. iPad Mini 3 (Apple) | $439
    Get that blogger/tech saavy friend of yours the latest iPad so that they can continously stay in touch with what's happening online at any time.
  2. KENZO Tiger Embroidered Cotton Sweatshirt Dress (Net-A-Porter) | $410.00
    I love the sporty elegance of a KENZO sweatshirt and when lengthened into a dress, it an easily be translated into chic winterwear with a nice pair of leather leggings. I imagine myself styling this with a cap and Cambridge Satchel to complete the look.
  3. Tory Burch Robinson Adjustable Mini Bag (Shopbop) | $440.76
    It's always nice to receive something that you can use immediately. Give someone this perfectly sized bag that's big enough to carry their accessories to their NYE party this year.
  4. Tory Burch Sutton Pump (Shopbop) | $452.84
    These heels ooze femininity. With lace side-panelling and caged straps, the satin cap-toe  finish make these both elegant and sexiness.
  5. Mercury Bar Cart (Anthropologie) | $498.00
    There's nothing worse than curating the perfect liquor collection and not being able to show it off. This simplistic bar car gives enough room to display all the necessary bottles for a party as well as space for cups and shakers.

Sweaters & Chains

Sweaters & Chains


Ever since seeing the chains on boots across both Chanel and Balenciaga, I just knew that I had to get my hands on something similar to that. When Zara came out with a pair inspired by the designs of haute couture, I knew that it was my chance to have my chain dreams come true.

Staying true to my aesthetic, I knew that I wouldn't be going grunge with these boots, but rather classen them up a little bit. I chose to stay with a texture I'm familiar with, faux leather, and paired the lengthy skirt together with a casual fabric, cotton. The loose sweater not only made the skirt and boots appropriate for day-time wear, but made the entire ensemble extremely comfortable for work as well. Due to the lack of color, I decided to throw on my sand-toned jacket for good measure just to add something back into the outfit.


Sweaters & Chains

Sweaters & Chains

Sweaters & Chains

Sweaters & Chains

Sweater - Destination Femme | Skirt - H&M | Boots - Zara | Jacket - Aritzia