Aug 112013
 

What to Wear on a beach vacation; how to wear a maxi dress, how to wear a white dress; beach outfit ideas 2013; spring/summer, street style;   On Olivia Palermo: Tibi white pleated maxi Dress, green ankle strap heel sandal, white tunic with blue floral print, beach cover-up, straw bag, flip flop, oversized sunglasses.Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of INFphoto.com, oliviasstyle.blogspot.co.uk.

In part II of our vacation series, let’s talk about maxi dresses and tunics, both are beach vacation essentials for their versatility: Wear as cover-ups by the water with a straw tote and flip flops; Style for hanging out at the bar/restaurant with heels and glittering accents; Combine with leggings, a safari shirt or denim jacket and a stylish loafer, you get a chic walk-around-town look.

In Chinese: 除了我们在这个系列的第一部分所分享的条纹,亮色及印花的单品外,一条白色的长裙素雅的宽松上衣也是海边度假所必备的,通过变换饰品,它们可以帮我们轻松应对度假中的不同场合,实现一物多用:

配上草编包舒适的夹脚拖,可以穿去海边;换上精致的高跟鞋,加上一个恰到好处的金属配件,适合酒吧聚会或正式晚宴;搭配上牛仔裤,军旅风格的衬衫和大热的复古平底鞋,在小镇上漫步最适合不过。

What to Wear on a beach vacation; how to wear a maxi dress, how to wear a white dress; beach outfit ideas 2013; spring/summer, street style;   On Olivia Palermo: Tibi white pleated maxi Dress, green ankle strap heel sandal, white tunic with blue floral print, beach cover-up, straw bag, flip flop, oversized sunglasses.  Featured: Bop Bijoux Smooth gold Link Bracelet,  Tibi pleated Silk Chiffon Dress,  DSQUARED2 green Sandal Rouches with glitter heel,

1. Bop Bijoux smooth link bracelet
2. Tibi pleated silk chiffon dress (similar here & here)
3. Dsquared2 Sandal (the hottest color this fall! great buy here)

What to Wear on a beach vacation; how to wear a maxi dress, how to wear a white dress; beach outfit ideas 2013; spring/summer, street style;   On Olivia Palermo: Tibi white pleated maxi Dress, green ankle strap heel sandal, white tunic with blue floral print, beach cover-up, straw bag, flip flop, oversized sunglasses.  Featured: Tom Ford Margot oversized Round Sunglasses,  Sundance Catalog white FLOWER PRINT TUNIC,  Havaianas Slim Flip Flops,  Mar Y Sol straw bag

1. Tom Ford crossover butterfly sunglasses
2. Steffen Schraut linen tunic (similar here & here)
3. Havaianas slim flip flops
4. Mar Y Sol bag (great style here)

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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Apr 142013
 

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Photos: Gwyneth Paltrow; Courtesy of instyle.comjustjared.com.

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Photos: (from left) Alessandra Ambrosio & Rihanna; Courtesy of vogue.com, justjared.com.

Black and white are huge color trend this season. Today I picked four of my favorite looks incorporated this combination to show you the versatility of this classic color palette. As you can see from above, these three stylish ladies, in their 20s, 30s and 40s, showed us four completely different styles of black and white: from Gwyneth Paltrow’s understated classic to Alessandra Ambrosio’s rock chic edge to Rihanna’s carefree spirit.

First two looks are from 40-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow. From the knee-length dress to oversized boyfriend blazer and shorts combo, she showed us how to be trendy yet age-appropriate.

Another thing we can learn from this queen of understated elegance is the “less is more” beauty. She always keeps her jewelry to a minimum. But it is that just right amount of luxe glamour makes her stand out.

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From left:
David Meister asymmetric-neck sheath dress (similar here)
Sportmax belted dress
Gap eyelet split neck dress

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Jacket: MICHAEL Michael Kors (great style here)
Top: Intermix (similar on sale here)
Short: Topshop ($16 here)
Shoes: Boutique 9 (designer version here)
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here)

Like black and white, another “old trend” that gets updated this year is jumpsuit. The effect is even more powerful when these two meet, like this IRO version on Alessandra Ambrosio (below). I love how this Victoria’s Secret Angle brought out the edgy side of black and white by adding punk accessories. Besides a studded clutch, another piece you can’t miss now is a pair of safety pin earrings!

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Jumpsuit: IRO (yes, it’s the one on Alessandra Ambrosio! also here. similar here & here)
Bag: Natasha Couture ($28 here)
Shoes: Alice + Olivia
Earrings: RACHEL Rachel Roy

The most important thing Rihanna showed us from her outfit below is how to make a trend your own. Here the hint of sexiness, unexpected juxtaposition and carefree attitude totally reflect her own personal style in this monochrome canvas.

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Jacket: Rag & Bone (it’s the one on Rihanna! great buy here)
Short: J.Crew
Shoes: Prada (similar here, great buy here)
Bracelet: Asos