July 2013

41

Daylight to nighttime

7/25/13

Neon Blush, Steve Madden, Beachy wedges, platform sandals, casual daywear, Zara, Alexander Wang
My trunk is most conveniently known as my second closet. It's where I throw all of the extra shoes and other articles I can easily change into when I've had an entire long day out and when I want a different look for nighttime adventures. Most days I get to stop by home to do a quick change but other times I'll just look into my car and switch out the shoes, throw a blazer over, and change out the purse.

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Opted for a beachy wedge with a sporty tee and dyed shorts for the day. I figured a t-shirt and denim shorts combo would be easy to work into and layer under other things for the evening. Leaving the top and bottom at their most basic gives a lot of options in shoe wear-- something easy to do when changing on the go.

Neon Blush, Steve Madden, Realove sandals, night out, Zara, patent leather
Since it's only been mildly warm, L.A. evenings can get pretty chilly. I threw a striped blazer over the earlier get-up, switched the wedges out for a pair of patent sandals, and got rid of the bulky tote for a crisp boxy clutch. Found that my beanie had been living in my car for a little while so I threw that on, too, for good old times' sake.

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I'm loving these patent sandals- dressed up or down, they're considered perfect for trunk inhabitation. I know I can't be the only one who visits the trunk for a quick switch... what little outfit changers are you guys storing in your cars?

32

Casual livin'

7/23/13

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I'm back home from a quick weekend trip to Vegas and I'm feeling extra comfy in a formulaic casual get-up: baseball cap, knit sweater, denim shorts, and boots. I can't wait for the weather to cool so I can do that whole tights-under-denim shorts thing again... but also more importantly because autumn pieces are sprouting everywhere online and my wants are going out of control. For the mean time, a timely Nordstrom sale will have to satiate that.

49

Reflective soles

7/18/13

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Steve Madden, Darrt, High Heels, Silver, Metallic, Casual Styles, Boyfriend jeans, Zara, Rag and Bone, Celine
I think I naturally have this sort of attraction towards shiny things, but I tend to shy away from them because the glam look isn't in my comfort zone. A few weeks ago I was perusing Steve Madden online and these two pairs, of course, caught my eye. A little apprehensive at first, but I thought, Why not? It's summer and I wanted to try something new from my habitual black boots and black sandals. First up: the Darrt pump in a gorgeous melted-metal-like finish, 'Pewter'.

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Thought I'd downplay the shiny metallic by pairing the pumps with a basic knit pullover and boyfriend skinnies. Something about a jeans and pumps just speaks laid back chic like no other, just this time with a little more slouch than usual and a bit of lustrous pizazz. Cuff the ends on the jeans and the sweater, good to go!

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And funnily enough, in this case I thought a combination of long overalls and denim would need some sprucing up, so the glossy Marlenee sandal in 'Green metallic' did just the job.

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Still trying to edge myself comfortably into styling and wearing metallics, but determining how to balance the looks with a touch of it definitely helps. I think as we attack the outfit piece by piece, it makes the balancing process a lot easier. Do you guys usually pivot one or two pieces as your main focus when you get dressed?

14

Neo

7/16/13

Neon Blush, Selena Gomez, Adidas NEO, Berlin event, GermanyJuly 9th, 2013 at Adidas NEO's flagship store in Berlin

Hey guys, it's been a while since I last posted but I've been taking the last few days settling back in after a week in Berlin! I visited the beautiful city (for the first time!) for the Adidas NEO x Selena Gomez debut collection, and I am so happy I did. Ultimately fell in love with the city, the people, and Selena's cute, vibrant collection for NEO. I had a quick opportunity to interview the sweet girl about her first-ever collection, too--see below for more details on the collection, as shared by Selena.

Neon Blush, Selena Gomez, adidas NEO, Berlin event, GermanyL-R: storefront before the craziness began; Selena's quick debut in front of a doting crowd; fans buzzing at Selena's arrival

JO: Where did you find inspiration for the pieces? Do you think you infused your style or did you try something different?
SG: I think my normal every day style tends to be that way [vibrant and fun but relaxed]. I'm all about comfort and being confident about what I'm wearing. It's my style but I wanted to put a little spin on it. I wanted it to look different from my collection for 'Scream Out Loud' so I had it a little edgier with bright colors, neon, and studs.

JO: How does this collection relate to lifestyle? How would you describe it in three words?
SG: Confident, Edgy, and Fun. In the ads for this campaign, I'm throwing paper and spinning around, and it's just about living your life in the moment and just going all out! If for you that means staying in and dancing with your girlfriends, yeah you can do all of that. I think that's what it represents.

Neon Blush, Selena Gomez, adidas NEO, Berlin event, GermanySelena describing her styled outfits with a few of her favorite pieces

I hope you enjoyed this tiny bit! I'll be sharing other tidbits from my Berlin trip soon xx

45

Cropped in black

7/5/13

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Did away with this black Zara skort like I did with its white counterpart-- latched it up with a crop top for good measure. Easy going for the hot weather and just a touch of cool because when can you go wrong with all black, even in the summer? Anyway, hope you all had a safe but fun July 4th! Now it's time to look forward to the weekend... this one in particular I've been waiting anxiously for. I'll share with you guys in a couple days what I'll be up to for the upcoming week! xx

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Insta-NB: June

7/2/13

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Zara blazer and shorts, clear clutchZara blazer, Choies box clutch, YSL ring

Paired my affinity for blazers with my affinity for denim shorts -- a match made perfectly with statement accessories and pink-hued lip stains for summer nights. I think the striped blazer is still on sale at Zara... did anyone find a bunch of goodies for themselves?

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Vanessa Mooney, Zara, Rag & Bone, Celine, Outfits, InstagramL-R: wearing Zara skort, Vanessa Mooney cuff and rings, and Céline sunglasses; Rag & Bone sweater, Zara top and skort; Joe's Jeans leather jacket, Zara mesh top and Lovers + Friends dress

It's the season for short shorts but I find myself sticking pretty closely to black skirts and dresses. Love them with a crop top, layered under, or with mesh tops.
Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Gjelina, ocean trout, small platesMmm, so one of the reasons why I wanted to involve more of my Instagrams on the blog (I'm not trying to be repetitive, I promise!) is because I've gotten a few requests on blogging about the food I post. Instagram is a much more personal and quicker environment so the blog kind of serves a more in-depth view of things unrelated to outfits and styles.

Above is one of the small dishes you can find at Gjelina, a cutesy, hip place tucked away on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice. Gjelina isn't my absolute top choice for food but it's solid and the place just has a great vibe. I do love their ocean trout on rye, though (above). It's savory and a little bit sweet and delicious, the goat cheese light and the rye bread slightly crisp but chewy.

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, food blogging, restaurants, Marugame Monzo, Cafe Beaujolais, Baco Mercat, Los Angeles dining, Green Street Tavern
Some other places I visited this past month-- Bäco Mercat: one of my favorite spots in downtown! Also a small plates kind of place, which makes going with a group of people more enjoyable. You get to try a variety of dishes, and you're going to want to if you're at Bäco. My favorites: their Caesar brussels sprout salad, their double mushroom flatbread (tell them to throw an egg on it!), and Hamachi crudo (hash brown, fish, avocado creatively put together).

Cafe Beaujolais: though I've never actually had French food in France, I've been to a good amount of really great places in LA, Seattle, and NY. This place is a list-topper. For French food and for the level of authenticity, it's dirt cheap. I went here early in June with Steve and I had gotten the halibut entree the restaurant is ubiquitous for- omg so good. Creamy, savory, so flavorful. Veggies are cooked perfectly and the mashed potatoes are laden with delicious, coma-inducing butter but it's alright once in a while, right?

Marugame Monzo: this fairly new spot may be overshadowed by the crowd outside Daikokuya but it's definitely worth visiting. I'm a pasta and noodle fanatic so when I learned that Marugame offered fresh udon (handmade in-house!), I had to visit. My buddies and I perched ourselves right in front of the window where we watched the udon being rolled, layered, cut, and separated into strands. I ordered the popular uni dish (sauce was AMAZE, the uni was alright) and tried the standard hot udon with broth and one of their fried shrimp rice bowls- can't wait to go back and try more dishes.

Green Street Tavern: not one of my favorite places, but I have been wanting to try their squash risotto. Surprisingly the risotto was pretty light in nature; a bit sweet and nice in texture from the tiny cubes of butternut and kabocha squash.

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, smoothies, healthy, eating right, fruits, chia seedsI've posted some homemade smoothies maybe 3-4 times last month, but in reality I probably take in two a day. I'm obsessed. I don't own a Blendtec or Vitamix yet, but I still go at the blender like there's no tomorrow. I find that it's just easier to incorporate healthy ingredients that I normally don't like eating on its own (in my case, nonfat Greek yogurt).

Green smoothie: two handfuls of spinach, one banana, a cup of ice, and a splash of 7-grain nondairy milk. Blend and then sprinkle chia seeds and garnish with mint to freshen it up!

Breakfast sweet smoothie: a cup of blueberries, one banana, two heaping spoonfuls of Greek yogurt, and a cup of ice. Blend and then sprinkle with chia seeds. Breakfast done quick.

Spring rolls: I pride myself in the fact that I can make quite a few of these, with all ingredients still carefully intact hehe. I know traditional spring rolls use certain ingredients to achieve that authentic taste, but I substitute just two ingredients and feel that it's fine like so. Rice paper rounds + noodles + romaine lettuce (instead of iceberg) + wild-caught shrimp + firm tofu (instead of pork) + slivers of carrot, cucumber, mint, basil, and bean sprouts. So good and refreshing for summer. On left: the dreamy butterscotch pot de crème from Gjelina. For some reason, the sea salt flakes are almost always unevenly distributed, but otherwise it's a perfect savory and sweet dessert. Yum!

On the right: selling yet another itsy part of my soul to Zara. I contemplated on returning these because they took so long to get on my feet, but I eventually sided with 90% of you guys who advised to keep. I'm loving them! Ring and cuff from Vanessa Mooney.

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Zara, Vanessa Mooney, CelineL-R: Vanessa Mooney goodies, Zara pumps, Choies clutch and Céline sunglasses

I love me some silver, nude and see-through accessories. These all are my go-tos at the moment, loving the neutral palette for spring/summer accessorizing.

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, flowers, roses, coconut water, healthyAt the start of each week, I try to get some fresh flowers. There's no surprise that they improve the atmosphere and are just lovely! I got these roses from a local TJ's (14 for $16?) two weeks ago and they're still going strong. And as much as I love flowers, I love coconut water and strawberries, too. Best reenergizing drink, straight from the coconut.

Follow me on Instagram if you aren't already! It's where I post things first, and since I'll be traveling to some place new next week, I'd love to share all of that instantly. Happy week of July 4th guys x