Fashion Over Reason: May 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Blonde in Pastels

While we're currently experienecing our very first heat wave of the season (the mercury currently indicates 96F/36C), my full on pastel outfit couldn't come at a better time. It's always been my school of thought that pastel shades look particularly good on blondes, but i swear this was totally unintentional and happened completely organically -- i wasn't even feeling pastel-y that day but i threw stuff on and it felt good. So here i am, chillin' at the Columbus Circle fountain.

Pretty Pastels NYC Outfit
Blazer - Zara
T-shirt - Gap
Shorts - DIY (similar here)
Sandals - Loeffler Randall
Sunnies - Ray-Ban

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Fresh & Cool

It's a scorcher your guys: starting yesterday, we'll be seeing temps in the 90's F (30's C) for the next week or so. I sense a lot of feelings of displeasure from most people, but contrary to the masses, i am reveling in this extreme warmth that so many deem a terrible infliction. Heat wave, you're finally here!

So to keep cool and refreshed, have a gander below at my favorite editorial from StyleBy magazine's latest issue. It was StyledBy (hehe) Columbine, of course. Simply gorgeous, completely flawless.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sunset Sandals

Speaking of summer... how apropos are these postcard print Sophia Webster sandals? I wouldn't mind looking down at my feet and seeing these. Get them here!


Welcome, Summer!

So this skort is entering overkill territory (i meannnn, who doesn't have it yet?!) but it's just proving to be the piece of the season. It's truly one of the most versatile garments in my closet right now. Anyway, with a new season comes the inevitable desire for refreshing new items that will make your old things feel new again. It's almost imperative. I was in dire need of a flat footwear update and found these Loeffler Randall sandals to fill that craving void. They're classic but have a hint of silver, which happens to be über trendy at the moment... however, never one to slave over trends, metallic also happens to be totally timeless. And with a weather forecast of 90's F (that's 35 ish C)for the next 5 days, we should all say it in unison, at last: WELCOME, SUMMER!

Top - J.Crew
Skort - Zara
Sandals - Loeffler Randall
Ring - YSL Arty ring
Bag - Vintage

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lip Service

It's definitely safe to say that my existence is punctuated by different beauty phases. I'll abuse mascara for weeks at a time, then all of a sudden i'll want nothing else but barely-there lashes. Recently, it's been all about the bold lip. I just can't get enough of a punch of color smack dab on the pouter. Picture it: a dewy complexion highlighted by cream bronzer in all the right spots, a swish of subtle shimmer dusted on the eyelids, a couple layers of black mascara and for the kicker, a popsicle pout. It makes for an ideal use color if you're into a more subdued way of dressing, plus it makes you feel instantly sexy and put together. Here are the 3 lipstick shades that i currently have on heavy rotation.

Thoughts on high pigmented lip color? I'd love to hear what colors you guys wear!

1. MAC Lady Danger
2. YSL Rouge Volupté #12 Forbidden Burgundy
3. NARS Carthage

Monday, May 27, 2013

Ohlala Karolina!

Looking good, KK! You may have noticed that i've had a thing for red recently, whether clothing or lips (teehee!) but in this case, there really is no other commentary than this one word: S T U N N I N G.


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Beach Love + Other Antigua Stories

It has now been a little over a month since I've been back from Antigua but wanted to share a few more moments with you guys. Hopefully they can inspire you for your own future tropical trips!

Ps the tank below is from Wildlife Works, a really cool organization. Get it here to support in style!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

To Buy or Not to Buy?

Ok, so i've been lusting over these Chanel espadrilles since last summer but i'm now more than ever seriously thinking about going for it...


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Birthday Weekend Part II

Yesterday was a post about the night before and today is a post about the night of: i felt casual and unfussy and just wanted to be at ease while mingling, so naturally, i reached for a classic skinny jean, which i paired with just a loose tee and an oversized linen blazer. Red, of course-- we wouldn't want anyone to mistake whose birthday it was! Had an amazing time with friends (below is featured my one and only chinese doll, Lisa) and my baby brother (who is not such at baby anymore at almost 26 :p): had some cocktails at our place first and then sauntered over to one of our favorite neighborhood haunts for a lively and delicious dinner. Perfect night in my books.

As for beauty, i had just gotten my color did so it was in its prime blondness! And although i prefer natural makeup, i decided to jazz it up with a subtle yet punchy cat eye -- using my favorite: YSL Effet Faux-Cils Cream Eyeliner (i'm obsessed).

Outfit details:
Striped tee - Gap
Boyfriend blazer - Ralph Lauren
Denim - Zara
Shoes - Zara
Necklace - Task NY
Bag - Bottega Veneta

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Birthday Weekend Part I

Thanks to all for your birthday wishes! I pretty much had the best weekend ever -- my man took me out for some pre-birthday romance on Friday night (hopefully you follow me on instagram, twitter and vine and you already know this) so i tried to document as much as i could. He was taking me to an undisclosed location so i had to do my best to put something together that was all purpose, but still telegraphed "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!" -- know what i mean? I figured i couldn't go wrong with jazzy metallic Jimmy Choos (my Oscars shoes!) but played down with a classic denim mini. Plus: what better way to spread my birthday presence than with a bold violet lip? Below is my look of the evening!

Outfit details:
Leather peplum top - H&M
Denim mini - Gap
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Shoes - Jimmy Choo Lance sandals
Sunnies - Raen Optics
Lips - YSL Rouge Volupté #12 (forbidden burgundy)

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Monday, May 20, 2013


My people know that i like my minis. The shorter, the better. However, now that i'm pushing 30 (ughhhhh), i feel like certain crotch-grazing lengths are just inappropriate. Even though i can still probably still pull them off (muahahaaha), i simply feel too, er, old? Anyway..... In recent years, i've come to warm up to longer skirt silhouettes and i can now firmly say that i feel completely at ease in them. Take for instance this look below worn by beauty Daria Strokous: doesn't she look fresh and chic, with that slight off-duty egde? I am in love!


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Brilliant Disguise

It is most definitely safe to say that i often change style moods. While they always have the common thread of simplicity, my different sartorial personas can range from sporty, to gritty, to girl next door, to rock 'n roll. The other day i was feeling a little bit rockish. Strangely (or not), i was inspired by the snake print trim of my Whistles Spritzer peep toes (on sale!) -- see below -- and put together something dark: a loose sleeveless tee with Bruce's face on it, an old pair of raggedy shorts i made from my former roommate's old dress pants and some quilted leather, then proceeded to make my eyes overdose on kohl. Voilà!

Bruce Springsteen muscle tee - Forever 21
Shorts - DIY, super old(!)
Ring - YSL
Jacket - ASOS
Shoes - Whistles

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 18

I hate to sound vain, but... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sing For Hope

If there is one cause that i very dearly believe in is that arts are crucial to life and should be within everyone's reach. With the help of Chobani, Sing For Hope makes it possible and better yet, takes music to the streets of the concrete jungle: they'll be deploying 88 uniquely designed and refurbished pianos across the city's public spaces for all to enjoy. I was lucky to attend last night's launch party and seriously, these pianos are INCREDIBLE. Each one was specially designed by different artists, firms, people who support the community and they were all more special than the next. So if you happen to be in the five borough area between June 1-16 and you fancy a tickle of the ivories, find yourself a piano and give the crowds your best J.S. Bach!

Outfit details:
T-shirt - H&M
Skirt - T by Alexander Wang
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Shoes - Whistles
Lips - MAC Lady Danger

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