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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Urban Safari

Boy. by Band of Outsiders shrunken shirt
J.Crew sweatshirt (similar)
Rag & Bone shorts (similar)
80%20 ankle wrap sandals (c/o)

This is the last of my guest posts for 80%20. These sandals are so comfy, I was running all over town in them...literally. I wore this outfit to go house hunting this weekend (we haven't found the one yet.. the search continues!) I like the boyish look of the wrap ankle sandals with these cargo shorts, and it would have been too easy to overcommit to a safari look, but I wanted to feminize it with a pop of bright pink.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Our Wedding: DIY Photobooth Save the Date

A week ago, I posted the DIY chalkboard picture frame that we used for our save the dates... and here is the finished product! We love photobooths so we wanted to incorporate that look. We took these photos in the bathroom with a tripod and remote (the shower curtain was the backdrop!) and I put it together in Photoshop then sent it off to print. We absolutely loved the way they turned out -- clean, simple, and so us.

Some of our photobooth strips from all over -- the inspiration behind our save the dates. The gemstone magnets are from Leif.

I created a short video of our adventures that is on our wedding website. It was my first time using iMovie so this project took weeks but it was so worth it! Makes me smile every time I watch this video. You can also visit our wedding website here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Finally white pants weather

Vince chambray shirt (similar)
Elie Tahari pants
Maison Martin Margiela heels (similar)
Hermès cuff

One of my favorite spring combos is crisp tailored white pants and a soft casual denim shirt. The look and colors are so clean, it's not fussy yet put together. I've been stalking my Weather app, and wore these white pants the day I saw there would be sun. Anyway, it's been an insanely busy but exciting week wrapping up everything before starting grad school on Monday, wedding cake tastings, meeting with our event planner, house shopping.. and I managed to squeeze in watching Hunger Games at midnight with all the 14-year-olds yesterday (Team Peeta!)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tired of this black and blue

Maison Scotch leather jacket
Rag & Bone alpaca skirt
80%20 boots
Marc Jacobs bag

Spring, hurry up. Because if I dedicate a post to it, weather will listen to me -- totally logical. Hoping this is the last time I have to wear tights.. and black.. and a leather jacket.. even though I recently got this awesome one by Maison Scotch that looks like a letterman jacket.

Anyway, check out my 3rd guest post on the 80%20 blog for my spring anthem by the Bag Raiders.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Vintage Valentino

Valentino vintage silk blouse (similar)
Zara pumps

I can't believe I found this vintage Valentino silk blouse in perfect condition, only to spill coffee on it the first day I wear it. Like, they kept it mint for decades and I manage to ruin it in 30 minutes.. classic. Luckily I think I got the stain out, can't see it in the photos. It's so whimsical and feminine, I'm going to have to wear it with like a leather skirt next time to toughen it up a little.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DIY: Picture frame chalkboard

We made our wedding save the dates, and a picture frame chalkboard was one of the components. It's an easy project to make for writing reminders, notes, menus, etc. in a cute fashion.

I bought a frame from TJ Maxx for like $15, but you could get a nicer vintage one.

Sponge brush and chalkboard paint from a local crafts store. This frame chalkboard requires very little paint, so I have a lot left to use on future projects.

Paint a layer or two on, wait until it dries (about an hour), and paint another layer or two until fully covered.

Rub the chalk horizontally on the board and wipe away to take off that fresh chalkboard look, and then write away!

Monday, March 12, 2012

These booties were made for walking

Romwe shearling jacket
Lush high-low shirt
Forever 21 jeans
80%20 Pepper boots (c/o)

This is my second post as a guest blogger for 80%20 (check out the post here), and they sent me these booties to style. Since I wear my Topshop boots to death, I was glad to get another pair to wear out. More than the cute detailing, I love that these are so comfortable. They virtually have no heel and it makes running around town pain free. I wore them this weekend for brunch with friends and a design meeting with our florist for the wedding.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dot dot dot . . .

Sugarlips polka dot top (c/o)
3.1 Phillip Lim cropped pants
Zara lucite heel pumps (similar)
Prada leather tote

Photography by Yeji Kim Sakoda

LA-based online retailer, Sugarlips, let me pick an item from their site, and I came away with my only ever polka dot item in my closet. Can you tell I'm not usually big on patterns.. but with spring approaching, I'm gravitating toward more colors and fun patterns. Anyway, my best friend shot this outfit. I casually coerced her after our 4-hour lunch date and she was a good sport. Fun fact: she shot the first post on this blog!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Time is only wasting so why wait for eventually? - Vancouver, BC

Forever 21 faux fur vest (similar)
Rag & Bone leather jacket (similar)
Wilfred silk shirt
Twenty8Twelve jeans (similar)
Zara nude pumps
Marc by Marc Jacobs wallet clutch

On our way back from Whistler this weekend, we stopped in Vancouver to eat (Kintaro for ramen) and shop (discovered Roden Gray, now one of my favorite boutiques). We fell in love with the Gastown district, so many awesomely designed interior spaces that made us really excited about future decorating projects for our own home.

Anyway, don't know when was the last time I wore fur but going to a snowy destination deemed it the only real appropriate occasion (of course in Whistler I swapped out heels for weather-proof boots). Layered my leather jacket underneath to add a contrasting texture to fur or insert whatever fashionable reason here, but it was mostly logical just to keep warm.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nine-Ten - La Jolla, CA

We had brunch out on the patio at Nine-Ten when we were in San Diego a few months ago (can I just say I can't wait until patio-dining weather again), and then hung around La Jolla cove (outfit post here) listening to the waves for a while.. it was a wonderfully therapeutic morning.

The usual hazelnut Americano that arrived with a pistachio biscotti.

Chilaquiles, which has avocado, queso fresco, and sour cream on top of fried tortillas with sunny-side up eggs. I like the Mexican-fusion in southern California when it comes to food and made sure to get my fill when I was down there (that meant nightly California burrito runs).

Short rib hash with tender shredded short ribs, roasted onions, poached eggs, and red wine sauce.

Lemon ricotta pancakes. They were so fluffy and light with an irresistible citrus note.

Weekends always make me want to do brunch posts, since they're my favorite meal. Hope you're all having a restful enjoyable weekend.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Guest blogging for 80%20

Today was my first entry as a guest blogger at 80%20, a New York-based online shoe retailer. Over the next month, I'll be contributing weekly styling tips, music obsessions, and more, so check it out!

Anyway, I'm currently in Whistler for the long weekend. On our way here, we stopped in Vancouver ("Hongcouver") for dim sum. Today we snowboarded then straight after hopped into the outdoor hot tub with some beers. Exhaustingly relaxing... Have a fun weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Musings on gray days

Wilfred silk shirt
Zara heels
Balenciaga clutch

I have plenty of pencil skirts, but when I saw this wool Acne a-line skirt a while back I couldn't get the shape out of my head. We were in Vancouver recently and went to Roden Gray (a boutique with lustworthy stock of Acne, Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant..) I saw this skirt in person and had to have. The weather here has been cold and dreary and borderline manic (snow and hail yesterday followed by sunshine), but I suppose the silver lining is that I can still wear this wool skirt for a while..

Gray days are best for (over)thinking, especially coupled with a good book. Just finished Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson the other day, and this thought about the law of completion struck me.. "Everything must finally be made comprehensible...For why do our thoughts turn to some gesture of a hand, the fall of a sleeve, some corner of a room on a particular anonymous afternoon, even when we are asleep, and even when we are so old that our thoughts have abandoned other business? What are all these fragments for, if not to be knit up finally?"