June 2014

65

Playing for keeps

6/27/14

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I'd been toying around on Keep for a little while now, stashing and organizing my wish list items (found this cami and mini chain wallet through Keep, pieces found in myWish List collection). In the past I've done this on Pinterest but more recently I felt like it was getting a little cluttered mixed with my photography muses and favorite recipes, etc. I'm liking the heavy focus on fashion and shopping on Keep - everything on Keep is available for purchase so it really cleans up image and inspiration storage even further. And not to mention, you receive email notifications for when an item you keep goes on sale, yes. Better yet, Keep is mobile friendly and we all are aware of just how glued we are to our phones nowadays (I do a lot of my online shopping via mobile actually, do you guys?) so it's a good thing we receive immediate alerts on things we've been coveting.

Anyway, I saw this tiny Rebecca Minkoff wallet bag floating around and thought it was the perfect 'carry-all' for summer that I'd been on the search for. No fuss, and only big enough to fit your phone and a small card holder, I love it. It really has been the best accessory for the hot days and nights out so I'm teaming up with Keep to give one of these away. Check below for more details on how to enter :)

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1. Download the Keep app on your mobile device
2. Sign up on Keep and follow my account
3. 'Keep' or collect a few items AND the Rebecca Minkoff mini chain wallet onto your Collection(s)
4. Comment on this post with your full name, email address, Keep handle/profile

That's it! The giveaway will be open for submissions until July 11th, 2014 at 11:59 pm PST. Open only to the U.S., good luck!

13

Underneath it all

6/22/14

Neon Blush, intimates, triangle bra, crocheted bra, black bras, Bebe bra, ForLove&Lemons triangle bra, leather bra, BB Dakota leather bra, Urban Outfitters bralette, Urban Outfitters triangle bra, lace braL-R: BB Dakota, For Love & Lemons, Kimchi Blue, Bebe, Pima Doll

With the solstice happening this past weekend, summer vibes are now in full force. Barely-there, breathable tops are expected to make their rounds; so are low-cut, side-baring dresses, and of course overalls. I've been collecting the perfect black intimates to grace the dainty tops and dresses to come. Who doesn't like an unexpected peekaboo detail? This Kimchi Blue lace triangle bra is probably my favorite ever and goes with everything from low-cut tops and dresses to white lace tops, to sheer and mesh tees. I'm planning on stocking up on Black and I've got my fingers crossed for a restock in Navy. And let's dote on that isosceles triangle bra (second to left) from For Love & Lemons, a solid player in the game of intimates... sleek, minimalist and chic, and easy to wear as an under or over garment. Third favorite has probably got to be the simplistic leather bra from BB Dakota (far left), which is all that I wore under a pair of short overalls from The Fifth Label during Coachella. Classic shape and buttery soft, I'm sold.

Right now I'm looking at this one to wear and expose the hem under a super crop - it looks promising. Here are other peekaboo options:

39

Tiered and leathered

6/17/14

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Instead of going the colorful route for summer, my uniform for the season is seemingly stuck in the white and black ends of the color spectrum. Anything neutral that's ruffled or tiered, in leather (I know, so appropriate for the heat...) or suede, I'm sold for the rest of the season/year/ever. Got this Isabel-inspired top from UO and paired the dainty little thing with my favorite score (!!) of this glorious sale season, these Madewell leather pants. Serendipitously walked into a store on their first day of the sale and managed to snag the last pair in my size for a little over $90. Leather pants search over. Shop the look here:

20

London town

6/16/14

Neon Blush, Neon Blush travel diary, London UK photos, Big Ben, Regent Tweet, Regent Street, The London Eye, London City Center, travel photography, Shoreditch, BoxparkPhoto taken of Big Ben

I got to visit London briefly for a few days to visit London's biggest shopping event of the year with 24/7 Regent Street. I was excited to check out London for the first time, since I'd heard so many good things about the lively city. Of course, I didn't catch much sleep (or at all, actually) the night prior to my flight so the time between getting from LAX to London felt like a complete blur.

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Traveling light: one carry-on, a backpack from Will Leather Goods, and a mini cross body for all other essentials. My trusty Birks are my favorite shoes to wear while traveling- they're easy to take off and put on going through TSA, ergonomic, etc. / Breakfast awaits! It was so lovely waking up to this view every day.

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I know tea time is ubiquitous in London, but I had to have my coffee fix. On my first day there, I posted up at Fernandez & Wells (one of my favorite spots that I ended up visiting twice more) where they served Spanish/Italian/French style sandwiches and a delicious cup of jo. Not to mention, the interior was perfect - a little rustic, clean white and dark gray color scheme, chipped wood... loved how calming it was.

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London selfie: wearing a highlighter pink top from Banana Republic from 24/7 Regent Street's major annual shopping event on--you guessed it--Regent St, a vest from Three Floor, and thrifted Levi's bf jeans. Navigating down the wildly long Regent Street to visit all the stores was almost impossible, with it being insanely packed. I got to pick up this silk top from Banana, a pair of denim shortalls from Guess (posted here), and a pair of jeans for my mom though.

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I got to visit Shoreditch and hang around the neighborhood for a few hours on my last day in London - this was probably my favorite part of the trip. Shoreditch reminded me a lot of the Arts District here at home and of parts of Brooklyn. Walls with art spray painted and art compilations gathered in corners - every bit of Shoreditch offered inspiration. Sunday afternoon was pleasantly spent drinking beer, idly people-watching, and enjoying live music at the Box. My last full day wrapped up with Indian food for dinner and Amorino for dessert - yum :)

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Meandering around the bridge, awaiting a spin on the London Eye. We caught London during such good weather, and it was breathtaking seeing the sun slowly hide and cast golden rays to accompany our trip up high over the skyline.

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Thank you 24/7 Regent Street for such a charming visit to London! 'Til next time...

29

Less is more

6/12/14

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The heat is kicking in and my wardrobe is seemingly turning lighter and lighter, in color and of weight. I picked up this off-white denim shortall from Guess on Regent St. while in London and paired it with a top I've kept with me literally since the 90s. Clad in an unvarying shade of off-white, I added on a few of my favorite delicate jewelry pieces - the thin bracelets I got at the Brooklyn flea in NY fit right in with my current obsession: the Nixon Small Time Teller.

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I'd tucked away my chunkier statement watches a while back and I've been on the look out for a more petite watch to pair with my usual delicate suspects. This gold one with a neon yellow (oh hey) ring is probably the perfect accessory for summer-- I'm taking it with me as I hit the beach, travel, catch music festivals, and engage in all other activities that require me to adopt the 'less is more' approach.

25

The outer panel

6/11/14

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Because I usually stick to easygoing basics and neutrals, I'm a jackets kind of girl. Even in the spring/summer, I've got to have something I can layer, or at least to drape over the shoulders as an accessory to my otherwise basic layering. Cue this Cynthia Rowley cropped jacket, a moto silhouette complete with alternating mesh and denim paneling. Worn with my favorite chunky boots and my go-to suede shorts, this unique jacket becomes sort of versatile, no? I mean, for its interesting combo of fabric choice? Oh and let's not forget to mention that the same stripes are found on a Cynthia Rowley cropped top-- oh boy. Sold.

Photos by Melly Lee

22

NY and LA

6/9/14

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For as long as I could remember, when the idea of vacationing would come up, I'd always have a natural inclination of escaping to convoluted cities. There's something about dense metropolitan cities that is conducive to my happiness- maybe it's the fact that there seems to be a constant heartbeat to the city, maybe it's because you can find jolts and pockets of inspiration with nearly every turn. NYC was and continues to be a huge source of inspiration for me--the people, the 'scene', the food, the overall energy--but I've really come to love my own city, LA. There seems to be a revived interest in particularly the downtown area of LA, and I couldn't be more excited about living here and having grown up here, now. Not quite like NYC, but LA's definitely harbored its own charm and is offering its own kind of inspiration.

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Cue: my NY/LA t-shirt. I've teamed up with QTEE to create two designs, the first of which shares my appreciation for NY and LA. I'm so glad to be able to travel from coast to coast so often; you'd better believe that this tee will be my go-to for travel between my two favorite cities. The neat thing about QTEE is that it offers a unique customization tool wherein as a customer, you're able to make your own changes to any of the designs you see. Although I generally like my tees in black and white, my "NY/LA" tee is customizable with different color options - I love that there's some creative freedom here :)

I've got my hi-lo muscle tank on for my workout this morning - soft and lightweight, perfect for exercising as the weather warms. Which tees fit your every day? Please email me and let me know if you've ordered a tee, I'd love to see how you style it! ...especially if you've got a love for the two cities the same way I do.