Jun 192013
 

How to style denim/chambray shirt; How to wear distressed jeans or printed denim shorts; Street style;  On Miranda Kerr: Scanlan & Theodore denim/chambray shirt, Mango distressed denim jeans, Miu Miu Crystal-embellished grosgrain slippers, Miu Miu Catwalk Sunglasses with Thin Temple,Prada black bag, red lip  On Miranda Kerr: Scanlan & Theodore denim/chambray shirt,  Isabel Marant denim shorts, Pretty Ballerinas silver metallic ballet flats, Balmain X Aurélie Bidermann suede grey bag, Linda Farrow oversized sunglasses, red nail and lipPhotos: Miranda Kerr; Courtesy of justjared.com.

Close followers know that in my blog, I mainly focus on wearable outfit ideas from style savants, especially when their looks incorporate recycled pieces or wardrobe essentials, like the chambray shirt on Miranda Kerr featured above.

There are countless ways to style a denim shirt/jacket. Among them, the denim on denim look is the trickiest: If you pick the wrong shade (too dark or over blenched), the wrong accessories (say a crystal belt), the ensemble will look unfashionable and dated. Here, Miranda Kerr showed us how to play this resurgent trend in a modern way:

Pick two pieces in different hues, extra bonus for those with different “characters”: A simple, minimal embellished top paired with a deeply distressed skinny or right-on-trend patchwork denim shorts for example.

Use accessories to keep it current: compared to menswear loafers or studded boots, metallic ballet flats and suede/satin slippers are equally chic while adding a luxe and feminine touch.

Keep the rest sleek and clean: Instead of wavy hair, hoop earrings, stacked bracelets, try a modern updo, dainty everyday jewelry and structured handbag in a sophisticated hue, like this understated suede grey tote or this modern black satchel.

How to style denim/chambray shirt; How to wear distressed jeans or printed denim shorts; Street style;    On Miranda Kerr: Scanlan & Theodore denim/chambray shirt,  Isabel Marant denim shorts, Pretty Ballerinas silver metallic ballet flats, Balmain X Aurélie Bidermann suede grey bag, Linda Farrow oversized sunglasses, red nail and lip  Alternatives: Mango crystal embellished denim shirt,  Maison Scotch Marie Patchwork Short at Free People ,  Ralph Lauren Amarissa metallic Leather Ballet Flat,  LiebeskindLioba Stainy suede Studs Bag,  Gucci Oversized Sunglasses,

Shirt: Mango
Shorts: Maison Scotch (similar here & here)
Shoes: Ralph Lauren (similar here)
Bag: Liebeskind (on Miranda Kerr here)
Sunglasses: Gucci (on Miranda Kerr here)

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Shirt: Mango
Jeans: Mango (also here; similar here)
Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors (also here; similar here)
Shoes: Charlotte Olympia (great style on sale here!)
Sunglasses: River Island (on Miranda Kerr here

May 132013
 

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Photos: Kris Jenner; Courtesy of  stylebistro.comgettyimages.com.

Although I’m not a big fan of Kris Jenner’s life style due to my traditional background, I definitely appreciate her fashion style. Just like many moms in their 50s and above, she doesn’t have a “perfect body”,  but she is never afraid of bold colors and trends. These featured two outfits (above) exemplified her age-appropriate yet fashionable style.

My favorite part of these looks is the way she made evening dresses daytime appropriate: adding a fine cardigan or wearing a tailored white button-down underneath. These tricks not only extend the usage of our cocktail dresses, but also help to cover the part that we may not feel comfortable to show. Also, these outfits are ageless (see Emma Stone in a similar outfit), women at any age can wear them beautifully!

Wearing one color head-to-toe is a big trend this season. For accessories, you can choose those in the same color family with your clothing but in different shades for contrast (like the light pink pumps on Jenner). For a modern and fashion forward touch, go with metallic ones!

Accessories is always a great start to try a trend without looking overdone: a pair of latest sunglasses, an it-bag or of-the-moment shoes can instantly update your basics and neutrals or elevate your bright and printed pieces.

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Cardigan: P.A.R.O.S.H ($15 here, $46 here)
Dress: Vivienne Westwood (similar here; Designer version on Kris Jenner here)
Shoes: Charles by Charles David (more color options here)
Sunglasses: Tom Ford (it’s the one on Kris Jenner)
Watch: Michael Kors
Nail: Deborah Lippmann ‘hit me with your best shot’

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Top: J.Crew (similar 30% off here with code MAYCHIC)
Dress: J.Crew (great style here)
Shoes: Valentino (or this version, similar here & here)
Belt: Ann Taylor
Lip: M·A·C  ‘Lady Danger’
Nail: Deborah Lippmann ‘It’s raining men’

Apr 292013
 

Being “trapped” in my pregnancy, I didn’t even realize that vacation season is right around the corner! Thank dear reader & friend Joanie for reminding me to write an entry about getaway essentials and packing tips.

Going to college thousands of miles away from home, busy vacation plans and moving to a foreign country to start my life formed my habit of packing light. The key is planning your outfits ahead according to your travel plan, choosing items that can be mixed and matched with each other, using accessories to spice up or transform a look.

For a summer vacation, I love ethereal, light weight pieces with exotic details and natural fabric. Below are my vacation packing essentials from clothing to accessories to beauty products, hope can give you some inspiration for your coming vacation! The best part about all the pieces I picked below: they can go with each other easily and stylishly, and they are ageless–I can picture myself wearing the same outfits in my 30s and 40s.

For clothing, as I mentioned earlier, the key to packing light is making sure every piece can be mixed and matched without sacrifice style. Below I have five pieces (except swimwear) for six different outfits:

Denim cutoffs can be worn with the light weight sweater or crisp white blouse for city sightseeing, shopping, or brunch. Pair the tops with a trendy green side-stripe silk pants, you get two stylish night-out outfits, they are also comfy enough on the plane. As for the printed maxi dress, wear it as a beach cover-up, with white blouse for a fresh day-time look, or with the sweater when the weather gets chilly, and the list goes on…

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  1. Body Glove top & Carve Designs bottom (I also got the top in blue and red, with both sides bottom, I have six different bikini looks with these four pieces)
  2. Siwy shorts (great style here; For those of you in your 40s and want something less distressed, this pair is a great option)
  3. Equipment signature blouse (similar on sale here; wear with shorts, pants or dress, or simply as beach cover-up)
  4. JOSA cover up dress (similar print here & here)
  5. Loft sweater (a light weight sweater is my vacation must-have, great for unpredictable weather, can be easily mixed with others, also is a great beach cover-up)
  6. Tibi silk pant (comfy to wear on the plane, stylish during the vacation, versatile to be dressed up or down; now 20% off with code SPRINGBASICS) 

For accessories, below are my must-haves: a pair of comfortable sandals for walking around, stylish sunglasses that can provide full protection against all UV rays; a straw hat that can protect our skin, also are great for bad hair days; a trusty scarf to keep us warm whenever needed; a vibrant tote that is roomy, easy to carry around and can brighten up our outfit; a stylish clutch for night out and a statement jewelry piece to add just the right amount of glamour. And all of them go perfectly with the 6 to 7 outfits we planned above.

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  1. Sam Edelman sandals (comfy to walk in; the snake-skin print and glitter heel also make it great for night; also I always take my trusty ballet flats with me)
  2. J.Crew hat (25% off with code SPINGBEST)
  3. Reiss chain bracelet
  4. BCBG Max Azriz clutch
  5. Karen Walker the number one sunglasses (also adore the rounded shape here)
  6. Chan Luu scarf
  7. MICHAEL Michael Kors travel tote (also here)

Beauty products can easily take up too much precious luggage space. My solution is taking those are multi functional: Beauty elixir that can double as serum, Argan oil that can be used on skin, hair and nails, sunscreen that is for both face and body, cream with five-in-one formula… Of course, choose small bottles when traveling.

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