June 2016

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Subtle statements

6/30/16

Neon Blush, FarFetch, Sandy Liang, H&M, AdidasNeon Blush, FarFetch, Sandy Liang, H&M, AdidasH&M top, Sandy Liang skirt, Adidas sneakers, Anine Bing bralette

Although I'd say my style is simpler in nature than it is flashy, I still love a good statement piece. While wearing a statement piece sure does say out loud who you are and what you like, I think making a statement can also mean sticking to what you wear on the regular and making it--whatever article you're wearing or the vibe you're emulating--better. It could mean lending your support to the visible quality and extra effort put into what you would already normally wear (for me, a basic top or denim skirt). I believe a basic piece can still make a firm assertion, but it has to be done right.

Neon Blush, FarFetch, Sandy Liang, H&M, Adidas"Subtle statements" are more my style; in this case, I went with a mature version of what I loved wearing in grade school. The basic uniform, simply elevated: an extended bell-sleeved button-up from H&M, a frayed, tie-over skort from my favorite new designer Sandy Liang, found on Farfetch, with these classic, unfailing white Adidas sneakers. Although inconspicuous in general, the skirt speaks for itself with the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

As I grow older, I continue to hone my style while I try to stay conscientious about the price and impact of convenience. I can't say it's been easy considering the pace at which fashion moves today. For these reasons, I want to shop at places like Farfetch, where they have luxury items I can seamlessly incorporate into my existing wardrobe of everyday pieces and keep forever thereafter. They've got an impressive curated collection of designer pieces that are just as wowing as they are timeless. Items that have long staying power. And that's of the most importance to me, especially when I'm looking for items that satisfy that sumptuous balance of subtlety and statement.

Neon Blush, FarFetch, Sandy Liang, H&M, AdidasNeon Blush, FarFetch, Sandy Liang, H&M, AdidasPhotos by Ron Khy

2

Swift remedies

6/29/16

Olay 'Ultimate Eye Cream' and 'Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment', CĂ©line sunglasses, Glossier lipstick, Aesop face mask

My secret to being flexible with and having enough energy for last minute trips is in drug-store products. I have to leave my days open for work that may beckon a six-hour flight out the next morning for a one-day trip. This can be tiring, so I prefer to pack light and only bring with me effective, but small and inexpensive beauty products. Ones that have dual purpose and act as skincare and makeup are an obvious plus. Cue: Olay's new 'Ultimate Eye Cream', a color-correcting cream that tackles wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness all in one. I'll apply this over my lids and under my eyes before stepping off the plane, and in the mornings before I start my day for an immediate boost. You can get the instant results of the top department store eye cream without paying twice as much.

And never mind the exhaustive nature of spontaneous short trips, flying in recycled air itself is notorious for heavily drying out the skin and if you're like me, unable to sleep anytime on a plane, fine lines are readily visible. To help reverse this and prep my skin for the following day, I'll swipe some of Olay's 'Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment' and glide it under my eyes to smoothen out that sensitive area; an ideal quick fix to accommodate what otherwise could be an expensive lifestyle.

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8

Set sail

6/28/16

Neon Blush, Onia, Cancun, Nizuc Resort and Spa, Mexico, swimwear travelNeon Blush, Onia, Cancun, Nizuc Resort and Spa, Mexico, swimwear travelOnia top and bottom

Made a quick escape a last month with a few friends - we packed our bags, met and landed in Cancun and chased the Mexican sun with our Onia swimmies. The weather was not at all favorable the first day in, so there was little to explore but the torrential downpour set us up to appreciate the next few days that welcomed us with sunshine. We stayed in close quarters and only left our home base to dive into the crystal blue waters near Isla Mujeres. Whether we were setting sail into the middle of the ocean or sunbathing and resting at the resort, there was an undeniably beautiful stillness that surrounded us in the Yucatan Peninsula. Glad to have had the chance to recalibrate with Onia in one of my favorite escapes in the world x

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2

Wonder

6/13/16


Excuse my mini hiatus, I'd unplugged for a little bit after going on a few trips the past few weeks. I found myself in a weird place earlier in the year- after having felt like myself only during travel last year, I went 180 and thought the globe trotting was just an exhaustive, ceaseless escape of xyz. I don't think I was able to brush off that funk until I found a nice little groove after visiting Tulum. I hate to echo too simply what many others have said (because it deserves more), but it's true: Tulum is magical. I'll share more thoughts on it this coming week when I post the photos from my trip x

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Summer dos

6/5/16

Neon Blush, Alterna Haircare, Caviar Anti-Aging shampoo and conditioner, Sephora haircare, Dutch braids, inverted French braidsNeon Blush, Alterna Haircare, Caviar Anti-Aging shampoo and conditioner, Sephora haircare, Dutch braids, inverted French braidsAlterna Haircare shampoo and conditioner

Despite having to deal with the heat, I like growing my hair out for the summertime. During these warm months, I usually like lightening and styling long hair to give my look an extra oomph since I'm wearing minimal layers most of the time. Unfortunately longer locks usually mean volume is nonexistent because all that hair is weighed down.

To account for this and really lift my longer hair, I teamed up with Alterna Haircare to try out their line of Caviar Anti-Aging products: Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, Volume Multiplying Mist and Volume Mousse. I'd used their Bamboo Smooth oil mist in the past and loved how much it actually improved the appearance of my hair so I thought I'd give this a try. We were thinking of creating a look with a voluminous braid, but I wanted to do something a little bit more true to my style. I thought I'd start with Dutch braids (or inverted French braids, others may call it) for a day and then pump up the volume after letting the braids free for a fun '90s inspired look. A voluminous braid, deconstructed.

Neon Blush, Alterna Haircare, Caviar Anti-Aging shampoo and conditioner, Sephora haircare, Dutch braids, inverted French braidsNeon Blush, Alterna Haircare, Caviar Anti-Aging shampoo and conditioner, Sephora haircare, Dutch braids, inverted French braids

1. Wash hair with the Caviar Body Building Volume Shampoo and follow up with the Conditioner (I add purple shampoo to my conditioner to take out the brassiness)

2. Don't wash hair for another day and braid 'day two' hair (great tutorial for Dutch braids here)

3. Spray the Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist all over – make sure to really pat it into the parts of your hair that are tightly woven

4. Sleep in your braids overnight

5. Next morning, let the braids free and apply the Thick & Full Volume Mousse to the roots of hair. Really make sure to scrunch hair, and pat remaining mousse over free waves

6. Shake hair up a bit and toss to one side – instant elevation

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My hair is already pretty full, but using the mist and mousse gave my hair noticeably more body. More surprising, though, was how it was able to stay that way for the entire day, and the next. To top it off, using the products on my hair (even after day four of refraining from washing) didn't leave it sticky like a lot of mousses/misters tend to do.

This post was done in collaboration with Alterna Haircare