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How to Wear: Stripes

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How to Wear Stripes

BFamous Beatles shirt, ($26)/ Paige Coated Denim, ($430)/ Kate Spade handbag, ($294)/ Michaela Buerger Converse shoes , ($260)/ Scotch & Soda top,( $78)/ River Island black hat, ($12)/ Paul Smith skirt, ($205)/ Rupert Sanderson high heels, ($595)/ Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, ($375)/ Delia's top, ($25)/ Balmain skinny jeans, ($2,038)/ Ash wedge sneaker, ($165)/ J.Crew satchel bag ($325)/

Stripes are a must-have in any girl's closet. They're super versatile and have the ability to take a simple outfit and turn it chic. Here are some of my favorite ways to wear stripes.

Outfit 1: Accessorized
I think that adding a striped handbag to a casual outfit is an instant pick-me-up. I LOVE this Kate Spade handbag - the bright stripes create the perfect pop of color to a black and white color palette. I would wear an outfit like this to run errands on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Outfit 2: Print Mixer
I'm sure you guys can remember from my last How to Wear post that I like the idea of mixing prints. Stripes and polka dots go along like peanut butter and jelly - as long as it's done correctly. You don't want two prints to compete with each other. The stripes are thinner than the polka dots so they work harmoniously together. Keeping the rest of your outfit simple is the key so that clothes themselves take center stage. This would be a great outfit for brunch.

Outfit 3: Head to Toe
As always I have to put on a fashion dare - vertical stripes! I think that wearing a softer, less prominent horizontal-stripe shirt balances the outfit out, especially when paired with neutral colored accents like this JCrew bag and wedge sneakers that will make your legs look miles long, you have yourself one bold outfit! This would be a great outfit for hanging out with friends.

Would you wear any of these outfits? 

Closet Strategy: Chambray and Black

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I remember when chambray first became trendy I was a little on the fence - I'm usually a jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl and the thought of going denim on denim brought me painful memories of Justin and Britney's matchy-matchy all denim fashion crime. Can you say cringe-worthy?
Anyways, I've come around to chambray once I found that the material is quite versatile. In fact, when I found this little gem at Forever 21, I instantly fell in love - it's a soft chambray blouse! It's become a staple in my closet.

Forever 21 Chambray Blouse

In fact, I love pairing this blouse with the color black! Case in point, remember this post? I've found quite a few other ways to wear the color combination.
If you want to see how I style this blouse, please keep reading!

Outfit 1: Chambray + Black + Leopard

I think this is the perfect casual outfit for running errands and hanging out with friends! It's denim on denim, sure, but the trick is to wear two different denim colors - black jeans and a chambray shirt. I wanted to keep this look neutral but add an extra oomph to the outfit so I dug out my leopard flats! I'm a believer that leopard is a neutral when worn correctly. I don't like going overboard with the print, but when you add a little leopard accessories or shoes here and there, your outfit can go dull to chic! And of course I added my favorite moustache necklace. How fun is this outfit? :]
Bottom: Citizens of Humanity jeans
Shoes: Forever 21 flats
Accessories: thrifted necklace

Outfit 2: Chambray + Black + Homemade scarf

I LOVE the color coral so when I saw the yarn at Michael's I had to take it home and make a scarf. I made it a bit thicker than I wanted but it's sooo warm in the winter. I love how the coral pops against the neutral tone of this outfit. Combined with this knitted beanie and suede ankle boots, this outfit is warm-toned and great for winter.
Bottoms: Forever 21 maxi skirt
Accessories: Vintage pearl studs, homemade scarf, gifted hat
Shoes: Asos suede ankle boots

Outfit 3: Chambray + Black + Ankle Boots

I'm loving he casual-coolness of this outfit. When the blouse is worn untucked with this lace skirt, it creates a sort of casual-meets elegant vibe. We keep the look from being sloppy with structured accessories like this tote bag and ankle boots. Finished with a pair of aviator sunnies and you're ready to hit the town wit your girlfriends!
Bottom: H&M lace skirt
Accessories: Mulberry Bayswater tote, Urban Outfitters aviator sunglasses
Shoes: Forever 21 braided ankle boots

Outfit 4: Chambray + Black + Silk Scarf

I know that this is a lot of outfits in one post. And I also know that this last outfit is cheating. But bear with me - I wanted to show you guys how accessorizing can change one look into another completely different one. These are the same jeans as the very first outfit in this post. BUT I added a blazer, a silk scarf, swapped out the shoes for these fab wedges and put my hair up and I'm ready to take the business-casual world by storm! 
Top: H&M blazer
Bottom: Citizens of Humanity jeans
Accessories: Scarf from a boutique in Italy, H&M statement ring
Shoes: Nine West loafer wedges

I know this was a long post and thank you all for bearing with me. Thanks for reading!

Book Club: Audrey – A Life in Pictures

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It's book club time again!

Being a nerd all my life, I love to read. I want to incorporate that into this blog by writing a book review once a month on the book that I have been reading or one I recommend to you all.

This month’s book isn’t a great piece of literature. Rather, it’s a coffee table book full of pictures of my favorite style icon, Audrey Hepburn. Hence, the title, Audrey – A Life in Pictures by Carol Krenz.

The book has a few tidbits about Audrey and pictures of her before she became famous. I don’t know where the author got all the pictures but this collection of Audrey Hepburn photos are amazing – especially the photos of her broadway and ballet career. I also found some of the facts about her movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s quite interesting. For example, the very first scene in the movie where Holly Golightly stands in front of Tiffany’s eating a danish was apparently quite difficult for Audrey as she hated danishes. Haha I know it sounds kind of insignificant but Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my favorite movie of all time and Audrey Hepburn was absolutely fabulous in it :]

I recommend this book to anyone who is a diehard Audrey fan like I am. It was only about $7 at Barnes and Noble the last I checked. For that price the great pictures of one of the greatest fashion icons who ever lived is totally worth it.

Winter Blossoms | Leather Jacket and Ankle Boots

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Hello hello lovelies!

I looked out my window this morning and saw a beautiful crisp late-winter day brewing. So I put together this outfit centered around this cute floral skirt. And of course, as the weather gets colder, I want to keep warm with my trusty leather jacket.

I like the idea of mixing elements – In this outfit, I have edgy, preppy, and feminine combined in one, working harmoniously together. I love it!

Thanks for reading!

Top: Lefties jacket, H&M blouse, Forever 21 cardigan
Bottoms: H&M skirt, Forever 21 leggings
Boots: GoJane

Pinterest Roundup: Wedding Guest Attire

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I've been invited to a wedding this spring and I thought that the Academy Awards would be the perfect place to find inspiration for the perfect dress to wear! These were some of my favorite dresses of the night. I especially love Kerry Washington's dress - the colors, the details, the tail! It's absolutely fantastic. The other dresses in this roundup are the close seconds. I was extremely excited to see the fashion choices of the night, and of course these ladies look impeccable. Also, I know this isn't an Oscar accessory but I am loving these mint shoes at the end - such a beautiful color for spring and would go with a coral dress, a similar color to Kerry Washington's dress perhaps? Haha I'm quite obsessed with her dress!

Also, I was so happy with the winners of the night! A lot of times I feel like these awards shows are just popularity contests but this year I feel like all of the winners truly deserved to be up there on the stage - the performances, and every aspects of all the films nominated were executed beautifully and I was happy for all of the winners in every category.

How did you guys feel about the Oscars?

Shopping Spree: Academy Awards Viewing party

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Academy Awards Viewing party
Are you all as excited for the Oscars Sunday night as I am? My girl friends from college and I get together on Oscar night and just have a spa day - wine, maybe some liquor, unhealthy snacks, face masks, and guessing who the winners will be.

Have a great weekend!

How To Wear: Polka-Dots

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How to wear polkadots

Outfit 1: Zadig & Voltaire T-Shirt ($185) / Marc by Marc Jacobs striped scarf ($250) / Ally Fashion skinny jeans ($30) / Topshop lace up ankle booties ($72) / Outfit 2: J.Crew polka dot shirt ($128)Cédric Charlier pink skirt ($295) / J.Crew mid heels ($198) / Outfit 3: Burberry boatneck shirt ($305) /  J.Crew polka dot jeans ($135)/ KORS ballet flat ($185) / Outfit 4: Uniqlo crochet hat ($20) / Dorothy Perkins dot dress ($44) / Bebe polka dot heels ($110) /

It's no secret that I love polka-dots! Lucky for me, this print is going to be trendy this season but the nice thing about polka-dots is that they're classic so they'll never truly go out of style.

Outfit 1: Accessorize
If you want to add just a pop of spots to your outfit, this is the way to go - a polka dot scarf! This gives a neutral outfit both color and interest without going too overboard. I think this is a perfect casual outfit for running errands or hanging out with friends.

Outfit 2: Understated
I personally love this outfit and would definitely wear this out. This outfit incorporates two trends - polka-dots and color blocking! Since the skirt and the shoes are so bold, the polka-dot blouse becomes understated, especially since the colors on the blouse are neutral colors. I would wear this outfit to drinks with coworkers.

Outfit 3: Feelin' Bold
This outfit is for the daring because this look incorporates mixing prints! The trick to mixing prints is to find one print that is understated and another that is quite bold. In this case, the polka-dots in the jeans are smaller in size while the top has bigger and brighter stripes. The two prints work harmoniously together. I would wear this outfit on a casual shopping day with my friends.

Outfit 4: All Out
I absolutely adore this dress - the color, the print, and the silhouette. There's something sweet about this dress and when paired with coral polka-dot shoes, the outfit is anything but boring! Add a hat and you're ready to go to brunch, or wherever else that floats your boat :]

Do you guys love polka-dots as much as I do? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Business and Pleasure | Lace Dress and Satin Pumps

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Happy Wednesday! 
I’m gonna break another fashion rule today – who says you shouldn’t wear white after labor day? I think this dress is absolutely gorgeous and super fancy. Paired with this black blazer, the look is toned down so it’s more work appropriate.
And these satin pumps bring the whole look together :]
Thanks for reading!
Blazer: H&M
Shoes: GoJane pumps

Random Story of Human Compassion and Bad Luck

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So today, as usual, I went to the bus stop to get to work.
Only I realized I forgot my metro card when the bus was in view.
Since there were other people standing at the bus stop, I said, using my sad puppy dog face,
Me: Excuse me, but I forgot my metro card. Would anyone please help me out? I really have to get to work…
And to my very surprise, EVERYONE standing at that bus turned and said “ok.”
And while I was very touched by how kind everyone was being to me, we all became oblivious to the fact that the bus had stopped in front of us and the bus driver was waiting for everyone to get their things together…and then left when he thought no one was getting on.
We all chased after the bus but we were too late – the bus had already gone too far down the street. The other passengers turned and looked at me with an expression of annoyance, disbelief, and frustration, to which I said, “uhh, I’m sure there will be another bus coming soon…”
And we all stood at the bus stop, all 5 of us, for 20 minutes (I timed it), just waiting for the bus, until someone looked up the schedule on their iPhone and found out the next bus wasn’t to come for at least another 20 minutes. I got that look from the other passengers again.
Me: Umm, I guess I have time to go home and get my metro card.
Other passengers: (silence and angry glares) 
Me: uhh I’ll go get it then. Sorry guys.
And of course when I get home, I found that my metro card was in my pocket the entire time. (facepalm)
Moral of the story – If you help people, you will miss the bus. True story.

Pop of Color | Bright Scarf and Shift Dress

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Happy Monday!

Winter is definitely still here - this morning the temperature was down at 38 degrees fahrenheit! Not much of a fan of cold weather but I do love this coat. I got it from GAP about 5 years ago which is a testament to investing in a good winter coat!

How gorgeous is this scarf, by the way? I like to pair it with neutral colors so that the scarf can be the statement piece of my outfit.

Thanks for reading!
Dress: Lefties sheath dress
Accesories: House of Holland tights, H&M scarf
Coat: Gap
Shoes: GoJane pumps

Pinterest Roundup: Redecorating

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I've been thinking of redecorating my place for a while. My bed sheets and blankets are from back in my old college days (yeah, I reallllllly need to go shopping) and my poor desk is breaking down on me. My drawers are from Ikea and they're also starting to give way to age. 
Currently, my bed set is a bright pink. Not much of a fan of the hue, but I do like soft, neutral pink with maybe splashes of grey or beige. So I kinda fell in love with the room in the first pin. Can you say beautiful?? Just looking at the room makes me want to curl up and read a good book with a cup of coffee. 
What are some of your decorating ideas?

Wish it, Want it, Gotta Have it: Red Nails

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Dior Red Royalty, Deborah Lippmann It's raining men, sally hansen, nail polish

Christian Dior Vernis 'Red Royalty' ($24) / Deborah Lippmann 'It's Raining Men' ($17) / Sally Hansen ($9.28)

Perhaps it's because Valentine's Day has come and gone, but I've been loving the color red for nail polish! I used to think red was too bold, but I'm starting to realize it can look really chic with a neutral outfit. Imagine - a black and white business outfit with this gorgeous Deborah Lippman polish! Not that these nail polishes are completely out of everyone's price range, but I think paying $24 for a nail polish is a LOT, even if it is Dior. Anyways, what do you guys think about red nail polish?
Thanks for reading!

Inspired By: Valentine's Day

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mulberry bag, pink flats, lace dress, lancome palette, valentine's day

Mulberry leather shoulder bag ($1,550) / L.K.Bennett bow ballet flat ($170) / Mulberry yellow gold bracelet ($340) / Lancôme 5-pan palette in 'Sienna Sultry' ($49) / Pyramid Collection Dress ($90)

Ahh, Valentine's day is finally here! I mentioned this in a previous post but Valentine's day is just another day for me - I don't like chocolate and I personally am not too fond of flowers so as I'm sure you can imagine, it's hard for me to get too excited about having a date or whatnot. However, the holiday itself can be a source for outfit inspiration! I found this lace dress online and the rest of the outfit just kinda came together from there. 
Would you wear any of these? Let me know in the comments down below!
Thanks for reading!

My Lenten Promises

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Although I don't consider myself a zealot, I am religious. I was raised as a Methodist Christian and while I usually don't bother with Lent, I decided this year would be different. Maybe it's because my life is heading into a brand new direction and I'm scared of what might be in store for me in the future. Maybe it's because I need to get out of this slump I've been having. Or maybe I just need a healthy dose of selflessness - seriously, I think I've been quite selfish these past few years and that needs to change. Whatever the case, I looked at the Lenten season straight in the eyes and said, "Challenge accepted, buddy!"

I used to associate the Lenten season with having to give up something - such a drag. But I thought, Lent doesn't have to mean giving something up; you can take on a task for 40 days instead!So that's when I got to thinking, "You know what? I don't think I appreciate people and what they do for me. I don't think I would have gotten this far in life without all the help that I've gotten along the way but I never really take the time to thank everyone for what they've done for me." Therefore I decided for Lent 2013 I will write one letter per day for 40 days to 40 different people just thanking them for presence in my life and the impact that they've had on me. Maybe this way, I will be less selfish and learn to appreciate people more.

I challenge everyone who reads my blog as well, regardless of whether or not you are Christian, to appreciate people in your life. I think this will be a rewarding experience to all who take the time to go through with it.

As always, thanks for reading!

Black and Blue | Chambray Blouse and Bandage Skirt

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Happy Monday everyone!
I broke out the mock chambray and paired it with my black bandage skirt. I added a red belt to add an extra pop of color.
Don’t you just love my bag? I got it in Madrid. I absolutely adore the design and I fell in love with it at first sight :]
Thanks for reading!

Top: Forever 21 faux chambray shirt
Bottom: Forever 21 bandage skirt
Accessories: H&M belt, Bershka bag
Shoes: GoJane Pump

Kitchen Diary: Mint Chocolate Coffee

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I almost feel guilty about writing this post seeing how easy this recipe is but this has been my go-to midnight snack for the past two weeks. It’s basically coffee, some cocoa and mint chocolate chip ice cream together. Easy, right?

Thanks for reading!

Shopping Spree: Office Basics

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Shopping Spree: Office Basics

High heel pumps  ($20) / Coach travel tote ($498) / Hello Kitty Mini Fridge ($50) /  Tory Burch clear bag ($95) /Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Color, Almost Almond ($8) / Sheer stocking ($12) /

I've got my job on the mind lately. Most likely because I just started a new one.
In any case I think that a shopping spree for a couple office basics are in order - everyone needs black pumps, black tights, and neutral nail polishes for work. The mini fridge is for my new cubicle and I'm absolutely loving this Hello Kitty one (adorbs!) I've been eyeing the new Coach Legacy collection. This big red tote bag in particular seems perfect - gives  a pop of color to most of my work outfits while still being a classic. If I could afford to drop around $100 on an ID card holder, I would do so in an instant for this Tory Burch one. Can you say gorgeous?
Thanks for reading!

How to Wear: Snakeskin

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Year of the snake

10 Crosby Derek Lam cotton sweater / Topshop Snake print pants / Jil Sander white skirt / Stiletto heels / Dorothy Perkins high heel / Nine West handbag / Brown satchel

It's the year of the snake this Sunday and I found this holiday to be inspirational for a fashion post.
About Snakes:
Those born in the year of the snake are said to be:

"thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively. Such people are complex beings, they are clever and men of few words from their birth. Their business is always going well, but they are stingy very often. They are sometimes egoistic and conceited. However they can be very active in their friends’ life. They are often too active, not believing other people and relying only on themselves. Snakes are also very insightful and naturally intuitive. If anyone has a sixth sense, it's those born in the Snake year. This is partly what makes them so mysterious.Snakes come in all varieties of colors and patterns. And maybe that's why people born in the Snake year love to appreciate beauty. People with the Chinese zodiac snake sign are very stylish, fashionable and have exceptional taste.People born in the Year of the Snake also have a sure touch in money matters but are also inclined to be greedy and somewhat egoistical. Determined and ambitious characters of Snakes take their failures hard. They are usually very attractive on the outside and inwardly, that, taking into consideration their frivolity, can lead to some family problems."
The first outfit is if you're just feeling like adding a touch of snake to an otherwise regular outfit. Accessorizing with a small faux snakeskin crossbody bag can make a statement while not being too overwhelming.
The second is for those daring souls. After all, these snakeskin print leggings are quite bold! To tone it down for every day, try pairing it with a neutral color palette - black sweater and tan shoes and bag.

Thanks for reading!

Book Club: Kingdom of Matthias

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I found myself drawn to The Kingdom of Matthias this month after a political debate I had with a friend went awry. As much as I like to think I know about what goes on in DC right now, I definitely could brush up on my American History (it’s been so long since I took any kind of history course :/ ). Kingdom of Matthias tells the story of religious revival in the 1800s through the focus of one Robert Matthews, a self-proclaimed prophet of the Lord who may or may not have conned money and homes from his loyal, albeit naïve, believers. What is know about Matthews, however, is that he convinced several wealthy businessmen to give him a considerable amount of money and two houses in exchange for “abundance in the kingdom of heaven.” The book also details what went on in the Matthews’s “Kingdom” which included wife-swapping and absolute control over families who lived in what essentially would be considered compounds.
While reading the book, I couldn’t help but think of some of the religious people I knew. When I was younger, I went to a Korean-speaking church with my family and some of the members of the congregation always wanted something more – they weren’t happy with just going to church and praying and all of that, they needed to be shaken every single time they prayed. They would tell each other of the millions of times they spoke in tongue, felt God’s presence, heard Him say extremely specific things, etc. Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting an amazing religious experience but I think there’s a danger to always wanting more that leaves people dissatisfied. Sometimes when people want something so badly they become blind to the obvious, and unfortunately that’s when terrible people strike.
Matthews preyed on the dissatisfaction of the businessmen in their church-life. They craved religion to the point where one of the men gave up both his home and his wife to Matthews – because he wanted to believe so badly that this man was who he said he was and that by doing what the “prophet” wanted, he would achieve religious fulfillment that would make him feel whole.
Anyways, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about cult mentality or religious revival in 1800s USA. It’s fascinating to say the least and a very quick read.

Movie Night: Django Unchained

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I think some of my most loyal followers will know that I am a Quentin Tarantino fangirl. So it's no surprise that I was one of the first people in line at the local movie theater to watch Django Unchained. 
Despite the controversy around the film's use of the n-word, I found that the film was excellent in an unconventional way (typical Quentin Tarantino, of course). I'm no film student, but I'm a literature aficionado and a sucker for good story-telling. This film has that, an excellent cast, and loads of action, putting this movie near the top of my list for 2012 movies.
While Django was amazing, I gotta say the dialogue was not as great as previous Quentin Tarantino movies. I gotta admit, one of the things I look forward to when watching a Quentin Tarantino movie is the awesome dialogue in between fights/other crazy mishaps. The "Royale with Cheese" and Samuel L. Jackson's quotations from Pulp Fiction along with basically any scene where Christoph Waltz talks in Inglorious Basterds - where are those scenes in Django? There's a lot of unspoken lines in the movie which does make it so compelling to watch, but there are a lot less witty quips which was a little bit of a letdown. But don't let that deter you from watching this movie. Django is easily one of the greatest films ever made. A movie about slavery displays such real and unadulterated happenings. Imagine that.

Inaugural Post

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Three of my favorite things in life are coffee, books, and fashion.
I created this blog as a safe space to indulge myself in these things and perhaps a few other things as well.
I graduated from University last May (2012) and I noticed that there aren't a lot of blogs out there for people who are in the transition phase between being a student and being a "real person." I am hoping to bridge the gap and maybe share a few other things in my life along the way.
I am on the lookout for food, fun, fabulousness, and a good cup of coffee. I hope you will all come along with me on my journey