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Tried-and-true Denim

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Photos: (from left) Anja Rubik & Alexa Chung; Courtesy of splashnews.com, vogue.co.uk.

Work-wear in origin, denim has been a fashion symbol for decades. Classic staples worth notice and repeat (as you can see here, here & here). Today let’s share two more stylish looks, see how the utilitarian and versatility make denim a non-fail choice whether you want to team with avant-garde pieces for a fashionable look or wear with other basics for an understated outfit.

The printed skinny jeans that Anja Rubik wearing (below) combines several hot trends this season: black and white stripes, checks and botanical pattern. If you are not ready to wear a strong piece like that, this pair from Theyskens’ Theory is a great alternative: with the psychedelic print which is another trend now, it’s equally stylish, easier to pull off and wallet-friendly!

For loud bottoms like that, casual, easy denim shirt or jacket is great choice to pair with. Add a simple basic pump, you are ready to go. For chilly days, top it off with a black coat like this one, the faux leather sleeves echo the overall edgy chic vibe. This grey Loeffler Randall bag is my current favorite, it will instantly add an understated urban chic touch.

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Coat: Asos
Shirt: J.Crew (similar here here)
Pants: Theyskens’ Theory (also here; the designer version on Anja Rubik here)
Bag: Loeffler Randall
Shoes: Kate Spade New York (investment choice here)
Necklace: Stella & Dot

For a laid-back, shabby chic look, distressed denim pieces are ideal. They are great to toughen up delicate pieces like a chiffon floral top, add edginess to other basics as Alexa Chung did below. When the color palette is simple, I like to add details, like the matte gold hardware on this “school girl” bag and the subtle glitter heel on this affordable booties. A delicate bar necklace adds a hint of sophistication.

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Shirt: Equipment (similar on sale here, extra 30% off with code SPRINGTHAW)
Shorts: Rag & Bone (similar here)
Bag: Asos (real leather at a great price!)
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Gorjana (also adore this one) 

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My Top Holiday Gift Picks For Every Family Member

With the major promotions going on now, I decided to take full advantage of them and get things that have been on my list for a while for each family member… and some for myself.

These five places are where I always keep an eye on, and have been fortunate enough to get things I want the most: Shopbop (top must have is this “it bag”, now 35% off with code BIGEVENT12! Plus their year-round 70% off sales, great place to get all the iconic pieces that rarely go on sale combined with great deals); Saks Fifth Avenue (It’s the place I score high-fashion pieces. Various discounts now plus free shipping/return with code HOLIDAY); Ralph Lauren (you can never go wrong with Ralph Lauren. Extra 25% off and free shipping); Nordstrom (With free shipping and returns every day, it is a reliable place where I don’t need to worry about promotion code and expiration date). J.crew (My favorite affordable brand. 25% off with code COLOR25 both in-store and online. Stores may have deeper discount whereas you have more size options online. Popular pieces sell out quickly).

In my opinion, the best gift is what he or she wants but don’t necessarily need or splurge on. Below are my picks, hope can give you some inspirations. Don’t forget to share with me your gift ideas!

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For all the ladies (from left): Continue reading My Top Holiday Gift Picks For Every Family Member

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Relax and Enjoy the London 2012 Olympics

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Stylish outfits for relaxing days (Clockwise from left Miranda Kerr, Kate Moss, Virginie Mouzat, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Miranda Kerr); Photos: Courtesy of Vogue and Stylelist

The 2012 Olympics are finally coming! We will surely spend more time relaxing, watching games, getting together with family and friends, or-encouraged by the athletes-working out more. But more importantly, we want to stay stylish while doing so.

When thinking of outfits for relaxing days, Continue reading Relax and Enjoy the London 2012 Olympics