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Denim Jacket and Flowy Dress

How to wear a denim jacket; The Spring 2014 Backpack trend,  On Reese Witherspoon (left): Isabel Marant Étoile Zaggy Stripey Chiffon Dress, Current Elliott The Snap denim Jacket , Chloe 'Medium Paraty' Leather Satchel , Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, Rag & Bone Harrow Nubuck Ankle Boot, STRAW FEDORA HAT ;  On Reese Witherspoon (right):ELIZABETH AND JAMES Sling textured-leather backpack, STRAW FEDORA HAT, Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, Sea black and white dot printed dress, red ankle strap sandals; Photos: Reese Witherspoon; Courtesy of akmgsi.com.

Denim jacket and feminine dress is a beloved combo. Depend on the print of the dress and your choice of accessories, this combination can result in countless outfits with totally different styles. As seen from above on Reese Witherspoon: a semi-sheer chiffon dress, ankle boots and retro-vibe hobo bag channel  your inner Gipsy while a modern black and white dot dress, right-on-trend sling backpack, and saturated heels convey urban off-duty chicness. These looks are casual yet pulled-together, great for any age!

In Chinese: 牛仔外套和印花裙的搭配大家已经都不陌生了,但根据裙子的材质、图案、色调以及不同配饰的选择,这个“公式”其实可以衍生出很多种不同风格的造型,比如Reese Witherspoon的这两身:飘逸扎染雪纺裙配上牛仔踝靴复古感的包包,颇有波希米亚风的随性和闲适;经典的黑白及膝裙配上色彩明快的鞋子大热的流行包款则传达出现代的都市休闲感。这些造型不分年龄,从少女到辣妈都可以尝试,你会把这个组合搭出什么样的版本呢?

How to wear a denim jacket; The Spring 2014 Backpack trend,  On Reese Witherspoon (left): Isabel Marant Étoile Zaggy Stripey Chiffon Dress, Current Elliott The Snap denim Jacket , Chloe 'Medium Paraty' Leather Satchel , Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, Rag & Bone Harrow Nubuck Ankle Boot, STRAW FEDORA HAT ;  Featured:  1. Isabel Marant Étoile Zaggy Stripey Chiffon Dress (similar here & here) 2. Kule KULE HORN PENDANT ON BOX CHAIN 3. Current Elliott The Snap denim Jacket (great alternative here) 4. Chloe 'Medium Paraty' Leather Satchel (similar here) 5. Ray-Ban 'Classic Wayfarer XL' 54mm Sunglasses 6. Eric Javits 'Squishee® IV' Wide Brim Hat (similar here) 7. Rag & Bone Harrow Nubuck Ankle Boot (similar here)

1. Isabel Marant chiffon dress (similar here & here)
2. Kule pendant necklace
3. Current/Elliott denim jacket (great alternative here)
4. Chloe ‘Paraty’ satchel (similar here)
5. Ray-Ban ‘Classic Wayfarer’ sunglasses
6. Eric Javits hat (similar here)
7. Rag & Bone Harrow Nubuck ankle boot (similar here)

How to wear a denim jacket; The Spring 2014 Backpack trend,  On Reese Witherspoon (right):ELIZABETH AND JAMES Sling textured-leather backpack, STRAW FEDORA HAT, Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, Sea black and white dot printed dress, red ankle strap sandals;   Featured:  1. Sea leo tank dress (also here; similar here & here) 2. Current Elliott The Snap denim Jacket (great alternative here) 3. Elizabeth and James Cynnie Mini Bucket Bag (similar here; adore this leopard version!) 4. Tibi Ivy Mid Heel Sandals (similar here & here) 5. ASOS STRAW FEDORA HAT WITH SKINNY BAND 6. Ray-Ban 'Classic Wayfarer XL' 54mm Sunglasses

1. Sea dress (also here; similar here & here)
2. Current/Elliott denim jacket (great alternative here)
3. Elizabeth and James sling backpack (similar here; adore this leopard version!)
4. Tibi sandals (similar here & here)
5. Asos straw hat
6. Ray-Ban ‘Classic Wayfarer’ sunglasses

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Maximized Weekend: Chic Maxi Skirt Looks

How to wear maxi skirts; street style; Miranda Kerr,Heidi Klum; grey tank top, printed maxi skirt, straw hat, printed cami, black maxi skirt, red tote, wedge sandal,  On Heidi Klum: Vince Camuto Coco red Tote; Holmes & Yang Printed cami;Lanvin wedge sandal, aviator mirror sunglasses, black maxi skirt; On Miranda Kerr: Stella McCartney oversized cat eye sunglasses, Isabel Marant The Caleen studded leather concealed wedge boot, Isabel Marant Vicky Tank,  Straw Fedora.Photos: Miranda Kerr & Heidi Klum; Courtesy of gossipcenter.comjustjared.com.

Last time, I shared a versatile “uniform” that’s great to wear year-round. Today, as another weekend is coming, I want to share an ageless, flattering, casual “uniform” that’s perfect for warm weather: sleeveless top + maxi skirt.

By pairing with tops in different colors, prints, materials, shapes or styles, a maxi skirt can result variety of outfits that are great for all summer events. When combined with accessories, the list of outfits can be endless.

As you can see from above two looks, Miranda Kerr and Heidi Klum perfectly showed us how to play with this “formula” at different ages: For women in their 30s or under, have fun with your maxi skirts, choose leopard, floral or striped ones, pair them with a slouchy tank top, studded booties and straw fedora for an urban-bohemian chic look.

How to wear maxi skirts; street style; Miranda Kerr,Heidi Klum; grey tank top, printed maxi skirt, straw hat, printed cami, black maxi skirt, red tote, wedge sandal, On Miranda Kerr: Stella McCartney oversized cat eye sunglasses, Isabel Marant The Caleen studded leather concealed wedge boot, Isabel Marant Vicky Tank,  Straw Fedora. Alternatives: T by Alexander WangClassic Tank with Pocket,  Rebecca Taylor Leopard-Print Maxi Skirt,  Isabel Marant The Caleen studded leather concea, (remember these two outfits?)  J.Crew Panama straw fedora hat,  Urban Outfitters UO Oversized Cat-Eye Sunglasses,  Stila ‘true red’ lipstick,

Top: T by Alexander Wang (also here)
Skirt: Rebecca Taylor (on sale)
Shoes: Isabel Marant (remember these two looks?)
Hat: J.Crew
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (on Miranda Kerr here)
Lip: Stila ‘true red’

When you reach 40, look for high-quality pieces in graceful colors: black, olive or aubergine colored maxi skirts with great drape are elegant, and easy to transform for many occasions. Instead of pairing them with graphic Tee or casual tank top, choose silk blouse or cami, which shows the mature sexiness.

Wedge sandals are comfy for walking around while giving you the extra height and femininity. Bright colored, trendy or even whimsical accessories are great ways to show your fashion taste without looking overdone.

How to wear maxi skirts; street style; Miranda Kerr,Heidi Klum; grey tank top, printed maxi skirt, straw hat, printed cami, black maxi skirt, red tote, wedge sandal,   On Heidi Klum: Vince Camuto Coco red Tote; Holmes & Yang Printed cami;Lanvin wedge sandal, aviator mirror sunglasses, black maxi skirt; Alternatives:  HOLMES & YANG Printed cami,  Splendid Maxi Tube Skirt / Dress, Diane von Furstenberg Opal Wedge Sandals,  Vince Camuto red Coco Tote,  Ray ban 'Original Aviator' 58mm Sunglasses,  Jules Smith Coachella Necklace,

Top: Holmes & Yang (great style here)
Skirt: Splendid (similar here)
Shoes: Diane von Furstenberg (on sale here & here!)
Bag: Vince Camuto (it’s the one on Heidi; also on sale here)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Necklace: Jules SmithCoachella Necklace (or this whimsical version)

 

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Summer Vacation Packing Essentials

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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