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Party Time: Dress Up Your Sweaters

The art of accessorizing-Jamie Chung,Hailee Steinfeld, printed skirt, Lips sweater, Stuart Weitzman  boots, CUTOUT BOOTIES,  silver clutchPhotos: Jamie Chung & Hailee Steinfeld; Courtesy of instyle.com

When we think of pullovers, we think of a relaxed Sunday stroll or coffee runs, but how about styling them for an event, a sweet date or a party?

Here, Jamie Chung opted for a beloved juxtaposition: stripes and florals. The key is keeping the prints in the same color family. Her cutout booties match the stripes on her sweater while a mirrored clutch adding a futuristic edge. I love a great bodycon dress, which can be restyled as a top or a skirt without the extra bulk.

Hailee Steinfeld’s look is fashionable yet age-appropriate. The signature lips sweater on her is by Markus Lupfer, and I’m obsessed with all the graphic tops he designed. You can style them with a blazer, a leather jacket, a pencil skirt or, for the young ones, a flirty skater skirt like Hailee Steinfeld did above. They will add a playful attitude to any look, formal or casual.

In Chinese: 想到线衫,我们都会把它和休闲场合联系起来。但有没有想过穿着这些“休闲”的单品出席正式活动、派对或者浪漫的约会呢?

Jamie Chung把它和一条数位印花的裙子搭起来,条纹和印花的组合虽然不再新鲜,但每次看到总是让人眼前一亮。搭配上镂空的踝靴未来感的金属手拿包,时尚中又有自己的态度和个性。一条漂亮的包身裙实用又百变,既可以单穿,又可以当上衣或裙子来做不同的搭配。

Hailee Steinfeld的造型时尚又很符合她的年龄。这件红唇线衫Markus Lupfer所设计的众多图案中最具代表性的。这个年轻的来自伦敦的德国设计师设计的每件上衣我都非常喜欢,充满趣味,异想天开的图案无论搭配中规中矩的西服、庞克风的皮衣、女人味的铅笔裙或小女孩的伞裙等都别有一番风味。

The art of accessorizing-Jamie Chung,striped sweater, printed skirt, Rebecca Minkoff CUTOUT BOOTIES,  silver mirrored clutch

Dress: Clover Canyon
Sweater: Gap
Booties: Rebecca Minkoff (on sale; also here)
Clutch: Marni (similar here)
Watch: Michael Kors

The art of accessorizing-Hailee Steinfeld,Markus Lupfer Lips sweater, skater skirt, Stuart Weitzman  boots

Sweater: Markus Lupfer (on sale here! similar here & here)
Shirt: J.Crew
Skirt: Tbags Los Angeles (love this one!)
Boots: Stuart Weitzman (my favorite boots finally come in wedges! similar here)
Makeup: Urban Decay Naked2Marc Jacobs nail lacquer #134

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Knee-high Boots: Day to Night Transition

how to wear knee high or over the knee boots,  Lily Aldridge, Miranda Kerr, fall/winter, street style, striped sweater, skinny jeans, ISABEL MARANT, 3.1 Phillip Lim,balmain, nobody jeans, black blouse,Stuart Weitzman boots, lavin bag,   On Lily Aldridge: ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE Canelia stripe sweater,Proenza Schouler ‘PS1′ large shoulder bag,3.1 Phillip Lim Ora Over-the-Knee Boot, black skinny jeans, Ray-Ban Two Tone Clubmaster Sunglasses,  On Miranda Kerr: Lanvin black quilted chain bag, NOBODY Deep navy Cult Skinny Jeans,Balmain black leather belt, Stuart Weitzman 50/50 knee high Boot,Photos: Lily Aldridge & Miranda Kerr; Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk, justjared.com.

Black leather boots with minimal embellishments, knee-high or slightly above, are such a functional and fashionable piece. They keep our legs warm while instantly polish up any outfit, exuding a cool and authoritative, tough yet sexy mood.

Team them with perfect fit skinny jeans, a chunky sweater and roomy yet eye-catching bag for strolling around the town. When the sun goes down, simply change the sweater to a delicate, feminine silk blouse, grab a classic quilted handbag which doubles as a clutch, and a bold lipstick, you are ready for a hot date or a girls’ night out!

For more style inspirations for pairing these babies with a skirt or dress, check out my previous post here.

一双简单的黑色及膝或膝上靴是秋冬必不可少的单品,既保暖又时尚,简洁的线条和硬朗的皮革渗透出都市精英的干练和酷帅。

周末逛街时搭配上紧腿牛仔裤宽松的大毛衣实用又抢眼的斜挎包,晚上约会或和同事、好友聚餐时只要换上一件V领的丝质衬衫优雅的黑色手包,再加上一抹红唇就足够了。

除了牛仔裤外,这种靴子搭配女人味十足的短裙更是别有风味,还记得Miranda Kerr的这两个时尚又性感的look吗?

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Sweater: Isabel Marant (also here; similar here & here)
Jeans: J Brand (last seen here)
Boots: 3.1 Phillip Lim (also here; alternative here)
Bag: Proenza Schouler (on sale here! great style here)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (last seen here)
Makeup: bareMinerals

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Top: Diane von Furstenberg (also on sale here & here)
Jeans: Nobody
Boots: Stuart Weitzman (also here)
Bag: Marc Jacobs (similar here)
Lip: Yves Saint Laurent #001

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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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