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Street Style: White Coat & Sporty Beanie

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Photo: Model Bonnie Chen; Courtesy of Vogue.co.uk

Hi everyone! It’s been such a long time since my last post. I’m going through a big change now and would like to share with this good news with you all: I’m going to be a mom soon! During the past two months, I have been tormented by the discomfort of pregnancy. Now I finally stepped into the so-called golden stage, although morning sickness is still around. And I will surely include more maternity style tips in the future, for those of you who are also expecting a new family member!

I’m glad I come back just in time: it’s the middle of fashion month, countless of runway looks and street styles are dazzling. With spring coming soon, there’s just too many to share! Today, let’s start with one of my favorite Chinese model Bonnie Chen (last time featured her here).

Black and white is a huge trend for this spring and will continue go into fall/winter as we saw from the latest runway shows. In her outfit, we can see trendy elements (like the high contrast palette and statement cross-body bag); fashion-forward elements that will coming next season (like her beanie and exaggerated hairstyle); and classic elements that never go out of style (leather pants, biker boots and crisp white button-down). All of these blend harmoniously. Compared to those showgoers with bare legs and sky high heels walking on snow, her look is not only stylish, but warm, comfy and easy.

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Coat: Reiss (great buy on sale here)
Pants: J-Brand (also adore this pair)
Shoes: Aquatalia by Marvin K. (lust worthy pair here)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (also here & here)
Hat: Asos (or this one)

The beanies on Fall 2013 runways also remind me of this look of her (below). It was back in 2010, but Bonnie Chen’s red hat and her skilled layers keep this look stay in my notebook till now.

If you haven’t own a beanie yet, score one now, it will surely keep you in style!

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Photo: Model Bonnie Chen (back in 2010)

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Colorful Winter Coats: Taylor Swift

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There is no need to say more about Taylor Swift’s international influence. Beside the tremendous impact she has on the music world, her personal style is also having a large influence on the fashion world. Taking her fans into consideration, Taylor always dresses modesty, in good taste and in very feminine colors. Her style is wearable, accessible and easy to recreate.

Today, I want to share with you three of my favorite winter looks of her to help you solve the conundrum: how to select a coat that will work with our outfit, whether it’s for a night out, a day time activity or a laid-back weekend.

Camel and red are a great color combination that works at any age. A tailored red dress paired with nude pumps is a great go-to look for parties, especially during holiday season. Camel coat is a timeless, ageless winter staple. Let the red dress peep out under the coat, so that the whole look is not top-heavy.

A cobalt blue coat is my first recommendation if you are just starting to try colored winter coats. This color is flattering, attractive yet easy-going. The easy and safe way to wear it is pairing with black pieces (like the designer Stella McCartney paired here) or with items in the same color family (like how Emma Stone paired hers here). But my favorite is what Taylor Swift did (above middle): playing colorblock by pairing it with a bright orange sweater.

The third look (above right) is my favorite of the three. I never have a coat in this green-blue color. It goes so well with rich brown! I tried a similar one from Target and immediately feel in love with this fresh shade. For a coat with feminine silhouette and romantic color, I like to toughen it up with distressed chunky ankle booties.

Which one is your favorite?

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Coat: Weekend by Maxmara (more featured here & here)
Dress: Issa Break His Heart (similar here)

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Coat: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel (great style here & here)
Sweater: Topshop (similar here)
Skirt: James Perse
Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs (great style here)

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Coat: Target
Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar also on sale here)
Scarf: Nordstrom (great buy here)

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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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