June 2017


Of myself

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, SK-II, SKII, skincare, Los Angeles, beauty and fashion bloggerZara corset and slides, Bassike trousers (similar), RAEN sunglasses (similar)

As a woman, the idea of self-worth has always intrigued me-- what freedoms does it grant, what are its bounds (when there should be no bounds?), what does it mean within the scope of society? Whenever I'm consoling a friend, I like to remind them of this notion pretty often- that the most liberating feeling, from just about any problem when pared down enough, is knowing that you are your own ever-changing mold of what is imperfectly perfect, that true worth is never dependent on another being, that you can and have the ability to be unencumbered by preconceived societal formulae. I believe that when this is fully realized, the spirit is infinitely immeasurable and thrives on a life of possibilities.

SK-II encourages us to be the sole force in shaping our own destinies in their latest campaign 'The Expiry Date'. I absolutely love its age-positive message and celebration of the individual. Watch the video below:


Summer in stockings

Neon Blush, summer in stockings, Big Star Denim shorts, corset, Prada vintage heelsZara top and corset, Big Star denim shorts, Wolford stockings, Prada heels (similar)

I never thought I'd invest in a relatively expensive pair of stockings, much less wear them outside of fall, until I'd gone shopping for a replacement in Paris last year. Since then, I've been completely swayed by the sheer power of quality stockings and have tried to find ways to incorporate them more often... even on warmer days. Sometimes, just sometimes, I like to layer a pair of wispy tights under high-waisted shorts to give an edge to outfits for summer nights around town.

Neon Blush, summer in stockings, Big Star Denim shorts, corset, Prada vintage heels


Simple is as simple does

Neon Blush, The Dreslyn, Los Angeles, simple style, Rachel Comey patent slingback shoes, Land of Women white slip dress, Rachel Comey pink swimsuitLand of Women slip dress, Rachel Comey swim set and slingback shoes, Tome x TDE tote

Generally speaking, most sales no longer sway me. I think the four-letter word use to glisten and come at me like it was practically Christmas morning, but as I've grown older I realized that if by the time sale season comes around I haven't already purchased what I was eyeing, I probably didn't want it that badly. This applies to most items... except those that I find on The Dreslyn. Their exceptional curation of designer styles consists of all arguably lifetime wardrobe pieces, and the seasonal sales are just giving us a chance at scoring on a smart investment piece. Sale or no sale, I love The Dreslyn for its range of perennial labels and thoughtful styles.

I'm no stranger to their annual warehouse sales either (when designer items sometimes go up to 80-90% off), but this season's pickings are too good to pass up... especially with the chance to take an additional 20% off select items. Everything worn above is from The Dreslyn, but I did some extra scouring of their sale section so that you don't have to:

Neon Blush, The Dreslyn, Los Angeles, simple style, Rachel Comey patent slingback shoes, Land of Women white slip dress, Rachel Comey pink swimsuit


Flick of neon

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Zara puffy sleeve top, Big Star Denim blank shorts, Amazon sheer tights, Marc Jacobs Beauty neon eyeliner, makeup, summer makeup inspirationZara top and corset, Big Star denim shorts, Wolford sheer tights

In true Neon Blush fashion: shaking things up a little bit with a sliver of teal (Marc Jacobs crayon highliner in 'Whirl(pool) 51') against my otherwise monochrome 'fit. I'm slowly feeling more comfortable donning colors again, but I have absolutely no reservations about wearing them as a subtle flick of eyeliner, especially for summer. It's a fun and easy way to freshen up the look when you don't want to wear too much on your face, ya know? Now, if there was a way to actually wear neon as blush...


As easy as

vintage blouse, wrap blouse, The Frilly customizable pants, bespoke, leather tote, mini TDE Tome tote bag, YSL Saint Laurent sunglasses, round oval sunglasses, acetate light bluevintage blouse, Frilly trousers, Saint Laurent sunglasses, Tome x TDE tote, Adornmonde earrings

While aging is considered to be unnerving in the beauty industry, I'd like to think that growing older has been a blessing in regards to fashion. My personal style has really begun to cement over the past few years: I'm no longer swayed by trends and it's taken a load off--both metaphorically and literally--not having to think about what to wear or how to wear things because of a more cohesive wardrobe, or conversely, not having to stress over all the clutter that accumulates from collecting cheap thrills. I really wish someone had advised and pressed me about the better ways to shop, and reasons for doing so (more on this in a later post), so that I could've saved myself from wasting time, money, and more importantly, the environment. Here are some tips for a ("fashion") life better spent:

Ageless vintage - If you have a bit of patience (and it is a virtue), scouring for vintage pieces is the most rewarding as they're the ones that have gone through a couple rounds of curation, more or less, and a few rounds of appreciation. This wrap-blouse I found at Goodwill six years ago is still one of my favorite things hanging in my closet. It's delicate, timeless, surprisingly versatile and the best three dollars I've spent. Those who have thrifty minds with expensive taste should try The Real Real, the best luxury consignment stop, IMO.

Bust/waist/hip - Know your measurements! I know vintage and thrifting isn't for everyone, so if you prefer to shop new, having this bit of information makes it easier to purchase clothing that fits well (and therefore have more staying power). You won't have to waste time hassling with returns, or keeping clothes that fit just O-K and then potentially never wear them again. I can't stress it enough, but I'd like to think that having a good sense of sizing preps you to shop slowly and make better choices, causing you to question things like, "I really like this style or collection, but will this item even work for me?" or "How does this piece accentuate MY body?"

Customize - If something is made just for you, I think it signals that 1) getting something personalized must mean that you really like this piece, and/or 2) there's meaning behind it, with room for potential stories. When you begin to buy things for yourself--things with unique details, etched initials, customizable features--without any external influences, it's that much more special. As a result, you might cherish these pieces more and I believe that's how fashion should be. My friends over at The Frilly are doing amazing things with a platform and technology that give consumers an easy way to buy quality made-to-order pieces (with in-house designers formerly found at luxury brands). I've got about five items from The Frilly and I'm really blown away by the accuracy in my customized pieces (these wide-leg pants fit me like a glove).

Having a hand in this process of slowing down and choosing how and what to buy is the first step we can take to lessen our environmental impact. I appreciate fashion and the creativity behind it just as much as the next person, but I believe the formula of mass-produced styles eventually goes down in vain and that is a luxury our world can no longer afford.