Black & Red

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Austin, TX is one of my favorite places to visit. It is no coincidence that this year, it was rated as the number 1 best city to live in the US. Locals seem to live much happier, relaxed, relatively easy going lives here. Besides all the artsy walls and famous murals, it is the live music capital. Austin is a perfect place for someone with a passion for culture and music. 6th street is always full of the weird Austin spirit and entertainment. Nothing is better than having a nice Sunday evening stroll on this eventful street while enjoying a famous bbq, locally brewed beer and great music.

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I want to shine a light on a style expression that has no borders and I hope it makes your day brighter.

// Outfit Details //

Blazer – Vintage
Blouse – Silence+noise
Skirt – Vintage
Socks – H&M
Shoes – Gap
Handbag – Coach
Sunglasses – Rayban
Watch – Daniel Wellington
Bracelet – Nakamol

Style Alert: Fishnet Tights

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Fishnet stockings can be a bit tricky. Depending on what you are pairing them with, the look can range from classy to downright tacky. A couple of years ago, the golden rule was that the smaller the net, the classier it looks. That all faded once the bigger nets worn under denim jeans with holes became an internet sensation. You can achieve certain looks, such as grungy look, by wearing fishnet with ankle boots. I put on a pair of booties with stud detail and just like that, I was concert ready.

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I want to shine a light on a style expression that has no borders and I hope it makes your day brighter.

// Outfit Details //

Blazer – Vintage
Denim shirt – Cloth & stone
Leather skirt -Bergdorf Goodman
Tights – Victoria’s Secret
Booties – Sam Edelman
Handbag – Coach
Watch – Casio
Necklace – F21
Earrings – Vintage
Wrap bracelet – Nakamol
Sunglasses – Rayban

Metallic moment

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I absolutely adore the fabric of this skirt and how it feels on my skin. It is soft, flowy and light as a feather.
There are different ways to style a metallic skirt as it is very diverse. I personally wanted to dress it by wearing heels, but it can also look cute and casual when paired with flats, regardless of how shiny and glamorous the skirt looks. I decided to go with a plain top as the skirt makes a statement on its own. A simple black camisole or a white tee will work perfectly as well. I wanted to wear my beloved knee high boots before I have to put them away in exchange for summer sandals. And to compliment these suede boots, I chose to carry a lovely suede clutch I got from a vintage store a long time ago.

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I want to shine a light on a style expression that has no borders and I hope it makes your day brighter.

// Outfit Details //

Top – H&M
Skirt – BCBG
Boots – Nordstrom
Clutch – Vintage
Sunglasses – Free People
Necklace – Vintage
Earrings – Baublebar
Watch – Casio
Bracelet – Vintage

Menswear inspired: Oxfords

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Warm breeze in the day and cold air at night, all throughout this week, reminded me of San Diego weather.  Which meant that I got a chance to wear my favorite stockings and oxford combo one last time this season.
I would not describe myself as a girly girl, even though I have a lot of colorful clothes in my closet. I don’t like to be in all pink either. I prefer to accessorize my outfit in order to give it a little more masculine touch. Girls stole a lot of ideas from men; boyfriend blazer, boyfriend jeans, boyfriend T-shirt, you name it, we took the idea and made it work. Oxfords originated in Scotland and Ireland, however oxfords were named after Oxford University. Menswear inspired oxford shoes were one of my most used pair this season. You can pretty much wear it with anything and manage to achieve a chic, laid back, put together and casual look. Wear it with trousers in the fall, knee high stockings in winter, shorts in the spring and mini skirt/dress in the summer. It truly is an all-season friendly item.

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I want to shine a light on a style expression that has no borders and I hope it makes your day brighter.

 

// Outfit Details //

Dress – Zara
Stockings – H&M
Oxfords – H&M
Handbag – Zara
Belt – Vintage
Choker – Zara

Like mother, like daughter

Today is the birthday of the person I love and admire the most in this world, my mother. The photograph on the left is of her, taken in the year 2000 in Hildesheim, Germany. I apologize for the quality, since this picture was taken by 11 year old me! I’m on the other two pictures, trying to look half as good as she did. I love how good this dress-blazer combo looks on my mom. It is why I was ecstatic when she gave it to me. It was an absolute pleasure and honor to wear it on such a lovely day.

 

Flaunt your ruffles

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Ruffles bring a pretty and romantic touch to any outfit. It is a great way to create an illusion of curves and therefore provide a flattering look for those with a small bust size. Ruffles make a statement of its own, enabling a plain and simple presence and avoiding the need for heavy accessorizing. This 100% silk blouse feels airy, perfect for those summer nights. For a chic style impact, I paired this blouse with a tailored blazer. FYI, be wary of the care instructions for your garments, especially delicates such as silk. If it states “dry clean only”, don’t attempt to wash it on your own, that alone will ruin it. I take proper care of all my clothes…except this one. After a cycle in the washing machine, it came out with a completely different texture. I thought that it was forever ruined, yet had tiny hope that dry cleaners may be able to save it. Fortunately they were able to fix it. Though it feels stretched out, in the end, it started to look intentionally large and I love how flowy it feels.

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I want to shine a light on a style expression that has no borders and I hope it makes your day brighter.

// Outfit Details //

Oversized blazer – DKNY
Top – Francess Erita
Skirt – French Connection
Heels – Naturalizer
Handbag – Zara
Sunglasses – Polaroid
Ring – H&M
Earrings – Etsy