Friday, December 30, 2016

NYE Lookbook

Look 1: White dress: SheIn | Clutch: Target 
Look 2: White cami tank: SheIn | Skirt: American Apparel | Jacket: Calvin Klein (Similar)
Look 3: Blush off the shoulder dress: SheIn | Cardigan: Uniqlo (Similar)

Here's some NYE outfit inspo for anybody still deciding on what to rock for the big night! The first two are more party focused while the last one is good for if you're just having a mellow night out watching fireworks and keeping things chill (but still want to be stylish, of course!). 

I'm absolutely obsessed with the first dress - very Dolce & Gabbana in my opinion. It's equal parts elegant and party perfect, with a form fitting silhouette and details that I'm seriously all about. The bell sleeves and off the shoulder touches are perfection and the white lace fabric gives it a romantic flare. I threw on a choker to keeps things cool and '90s (as always) while the gold shimmery clutch with brings in some of that quintessential New Years Eve pizazz. 

The second look is a bit more rocker chic. This white lace cami is the perfect layering piece, as it can easily be worn underneath any jacket or cardigan you own while also showing off a gorgeous white lace design. This piece is super versatile and can go from casual to formal in an instant - all you need is an idea of how you want to look and the right accessories to make it happen. I kept the choker on as I felt it once again went perfectly with the cami and I threw on my favorite American Apparel mini skirt for some good, old black & white flare. A Calvin Klein leather jacket was the perfect final piece to give this look the cool, rocker vibe I was aiming for. 

The off the shoulder pink dress and cardigan pairing is more suited for a lowkey night out. Whether it's going out to a casual dinner, watching fireworks or just walking around downtown observing all the New Years festivities going on, this outfit gives you just as much style as it does warmth. The dress is made out of a stunning faux suede fabric and I'm seriously all about the gorgeous pink shade. I love pairing various shades of pink together so my slightly lighter toned merino wool cardigan from Uniqlo was an easy match. It's also insanely cozy and just perfect in every possible way - if you haven't noticed by now, I love oversized cardigans! There are few outfits I love more than the kind where you don't have to  sacrifice style for comfort and this look allows me to enjoy just that. And of course, if you have a change in events and decide to go out to a party or formal occasion, you've already got yourself a fabulous dress to wear out. Simply spritz on your favorite perfume and accessorize with your favorite metallic jewelry and you're party perfect.

I hope everybody has a fun and safe New Years Eve! I'm sure it's not just me when I say that I'm literally so ready for this year to be done already.... too much has happened, especially in these past few days, and it's about time a fresh new chapter is turned. I'll be spending the big night back home in Santa Cruz with friends & family and then I'll be heading back down to LA about a week into January. We're ready for you, 2017! 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

All of The Blush

Sweater: Make Me Chic | Skirt: American Apparel | Bag: ASOS | Puff keychain: Target | Boots: Target | Socks: Tutuanna (Similar)

Blush sweaters are everything. Not only do they come in the chicest shade to be trending at the moment, but they've also obviously got all of the great and cozy characteristics that come with donning a nice sweater. Cute and cozy all at the same time? Count me in. This piece is from Make Me Chic and it also comes with a chic choker detail that gives your look an extra dash of style. It's currently going for only $20 so if you like what you see, feel free to get it for yourself here! Usually, I like to pair blush sweaters with light wash denim pieces but I decided to create a bigger contrast this time with a black skirt. My button front circle skirt from American Apparel ended up being the perfect piece for the job.

Another fantastic winter combo? Ankle boots and layering socks. I bought these black boots from Target on a complete whim a few weeks ago because I had come back home to Santa Cruz completely unprepared for the freezing weather they had been having. As much as I love my trademark nude ankle strap heel, they just wouldn't do for the cold my poor feet had to endure. To give boots a bit of a fun edge (and to also keep your feet warmer) throw on a pair of layering socks and have them come up just slightly above where the top of your boots are. A little trick I did for this look was take ankle length socks and fold them over the top part of my boots so that they have a layered effect and don't go up too high on my ankles. The final result basically looks like you're wearing boot cuffs, but you also get to retain the warm and cozy benefits of actual socks. This is a trick that I learned from my recent trip to Japan and I got these socks from my favorite shopping mall over there - Shibuya 109 in Tokyo! Socks are very popular in Japan and I'm always amazed at how cute, fun and creative they are whenever I head over there.  This pair in particular is from the brand Tutuanna and I love the thick, knit material that they're made out of. They're very versatile and perfect for rocking as cute winter wear or simply wearing at home with tea and Netflix. 

Hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

NYE Essentials

New Years Eve is hands down one of the glitziest nights of the year. I mean, it's the very last night so you might as well end it on the fiercest, most fabulous note you can - regardless of how the actual year itself went for you. With that said, I've accumulated a little wishlist of some looks perfect for a NYE night out. I obviously had to throw in all of the sequins, glitter, velvet and just overall glamor I could find while perusing through SheIn. They've got a great Christmas sale going on at the moment (free shipping too!) so make sure to check it out while it's still around! They also did a big restock, which you can check out here. I hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far! Is it just me, or is it flying by crazy fast? Christmas is literally next week and I'm having difficulty processing that. I don't want it to be over yet! I'm kinda ready for 2016 to be over though so at least there's that lol. 

Pink crushed velvet bandeau top, pants and choker (I am LIVING for this look! So '90s and fierce and sassy.)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lounging in Style

Tunic c/o The Mint Julep | Beanie: Target (1, 2) | Socks: Urban Outfitters (Similar: 1, 2) | Slippers: Uniqlo

Here is the second way I styled my slouchy Dolman tunic from The Mint Julep Boutique. As I mentioned in my first post with this piece, I figured I would show you guys not just one, but two ways to rock it since it's so incredibly versatile and easy to style. While my first look was perfect for a day out shopping or getting brunch, this version is perfect for when you're just lounging about your house wanting to be comfortable. Seeing as most of my time lounging at home involves snuggling up with Lola, she obviously had to be featured in the shots. 

This tunic is both cute and insanely cozy. Like I literally want to wear it all the time, and I especially love pairing it with cozy knits when I'm just chilling at home. These come in a huge variety of colors so you can pick which one is the most "you" and they could even make a great gift idea for another fashionista you know! Nevertheless, definitely check them out because they're amazing and will be a fabulous addition to any wardrobe.  Click here to shop The Mint Julep's entire collection of them!

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Food of Japan

So as if it weren't already blatantly obvious by now, I absolutely love food. I love going out to eat, I love taking pictures of pretty dishes, I love learning new recipes and I love cooking for myself and my boyfriend as often as I can. I, for the most part, am a full-on foodie. But the one thing I love the very most about food is Japanese food. Absolutely nothing will ever come close to scathing the love and respect I hold for Japanese food. Not even my love for street tacos at 1:00 am......and that is saying quite a lot, because I love street tacos at 1:00 am. But not as much as I love the Japanese food that I basically grew up on and have been chowing down for the past 22 years now. Thankfully, I've lived conveniently close to Japanese supermarkets for the past three years and LA in general houses some absolutely amazing Japanese restaurants.  I've been very lucky to live close to these resources but obviously nothing beats the real thing. My recent trip to Japan consisted of many delicious meals and of course, even more photos taken of them. We traveled to Hamamatsu, Kyoto and Tokyo and all three cities had an abundance of delicious delicacies to offer. Every time I go to Japan, I always, always, always look forward to the food and whenever I have to leave, it's always one of the biggest things I miss. If you've been contemplating heading over to Japan, hopefully these photos are what finally convince you to go. You and your stomach will thank me later. ;)

One of my favorite snacks as a kid. Dango is basically a sweet dumpling skewer that comes in a a variety of different flavors & seasonings. My personal favorite (and the one you see here) is mitarashi dango, which is a set of rice flour dumplings covered in a deliciously sweet soy sauce glaze. We got this dish in Kyoto and it was literally the best dango I have ever tasted. 

Incredible miso glazed cod I ate in Kyoto. I actually tried this same exact dish at Nobu a few months ago and to no surprise, I found the one in Japan to be tastier (and significantly cheaper lol).

One of my favorite foods: wagyu beef! This was also in Kyoto and I got to cook the meat myself (there was a little portable stovetop to the left of me). As expected, it was super delicious. 

Creme brulee latee I got at Almond Cafe in Roppongi (Tokyo). Yes, it was just as delicious and decadent as it looks/ sounds. This cafe was literally the bakery embodiment of the word "kawaii" as I'm sure you can tell by the ultra cute table mat. It was also in the perfect area too, nestled right in Roppongi's main intersection. 

Unadon I got in Hamamatsu. Super delicious as expected, especially because Hamamatsu is known for having really good unagi. 

Soy matcha tea latte I got in Kyoto after visiting Kinkaku-ji Temple. Not pictured is the delicious cinnamon toast I also ordered with this drink. If you're in Japan, you MUST try the toast. Japanese bread is super thick and decadent and delicious and nothing like the bread here in the States. I cannot emphasize how obsessed I am with Japanese bread. It is the most superior bread to ever exist. I'm not kidding.

My toast from a previous meal. Guys, that is a sideways view of the bread. One regular slice of toast is that thick. It's amazing.

Tiny little bread loaves at the Entetsu department store in Hamamatsu. The basement level is devoted entirely to food and restaurants and just overall deliciousness everywhere.

Afternoon tea in Hamamatsu. That scone was probably one of the tastiest I've ever had. 

Sushi set I got in Akasaka (Tokyo). My favorite thing ever. I love sushi.

Some good old shoyu ramen and gyoza in Hamamatsu.

Cheers! Enjoying a cosmo at Hotel New Otani's Sky Bar. This was a bar that literally revolved in a circle around the building so that you could get a full panorama view of the Tokyo skyline. So beautiful, especially at night!

More warm drinks & cakes at Afternoon Tea Tearoom in Tokyo

Literally the largest piece of gyoza I have ever seen/ consumed. This was at a Chinese restaurant inside Tokyo Skytree and as I mentioned in my previous post about Japan, you absolutely must go there if you are ever in town. Skytree is one of the coolest spots I have ever been to, and the view you get to enjoy from there is unlike anything you will ever see. Aside from offering the greatest view of the city, it also houses a large number of fun shops and restaurants. It's definitely worth a visit, and so is Japan in general. I'll be returning back in April and will most certainly take just as many, if not more, shots of my time there. 

I can't wait! Stay tuned.