Saturday, November 28, 2015

C A M E L

Besides black, grey, and white {which are not even colors, artistically speaking} my actual favorite color to wear is camel. I love how it completely emphasizes the beauty of fall. When I see it I imagine a big warm animal or something *like a camel maybe?*:P. The richness of the color summarizes crunchy leaves, caramel macchiatos, pumpkin pie, warm gravy on heaps of mashed potatoes, flickering fireplaces, shaggy dogs --- the list is endless. It sounds ridiculous to be so affected by a color, but it's just part of the whole fall package... Especially when the garment is a knit, the whole autumn feeling comes in full blast and I'm completely wonderstruck. Can you tell fall is my favorite season? By the way, Happy Thanksgiving! This was actually what I wore on Thanksgiving day, it was perfect for a casual family evening. An outfit like this would work great for nearly any relaxed/informal occasion.
cardigan:h&m
tee: zara
jeans: zara
loafers: asos, {sold out} similar here
watch: forever21
bag: asos, {sold out} similar here
sunnies: nordstrom

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

O F F - D U T Y

Even though most of my everyday outfits are casual, I usually go for a chic look. On my days at home or on my errand days I often choose comfort over chicness. During the fall/winter times I will usually go for my favorite pair of jeans, a sweater, and Birkenstocks or ankle boots. Since its been super chilly lately, I've opted for Birkenstocks with my favorite fuzzy socks. I know, it's totally the epitome of WHAT'RE THOSEEE!!!! :D
sweater: zara {old, similar here}
socks: forever21
sandals: birkenstock

Sunday, November 22, 2015

P A R F A I T

During the weeks I want to start my day by treating myself to a nice breakfast, since sleeping in is out of the question. However, there are some days *actually many days* when I wake up later than I should, which leads to missing breakfast and running straight to my car :( This is the part where mason jars come into the picture and save lives! Just scoop some plain yogurt into a mason jar and fill it up half way. Add some honey to sweeten it, and sprinkle a handful of your favorite granola. Throw in some berries on top and you're good to go! It's amazing how easy it is to make when you have the right ingredients, you can get this done in 5 minutes max!
^^^Can you spot my little photobomber? :)

Monday, November 9, 2015

NEW IN: SILK + VELVET PANTS

They've arrived! The much anticipated pair of pants I was able to grab from the HMxBalmain collection were definitely worth waking up at 5am for hahah! I've been seeing velvet all over the runways and I must say how much I love it. It's such a beautiful texture for the fall and wintertime, my favorite colors are black, royal purple, emerald, navy, and a plum or berry. These pants came in two colors: black and emerald, I opted for the black because it's my favorite color *duh* and because it looks a lot more chic for special occasions, which is what I plan on wearing them for. I'm thinking of going shopping for a deep berry colored velvet fabric because I just designed a velvet maxi dress and I really want to bring it to life... Anyway, sorry in advance for so many photos of the packaging, but I just love how crisp and clean everything is... Can't wait to style these!
^^^I'm in love with notepads at the moment... Staying organized and jotting down thoughts or ideas feels so good! Especially when they're so pretty they work as an accent piece for your desk. This one was a gift and I've been using it to plan outfits in advance for the week; it saves so much time in the mornings... blogger probs :P
pants: HMxBalmain
notepad: barney's new york
textured ring set: 
caged ring: wanderlust+co

Sunday, November 8, 2015

L A Y E R S

It's finally chilly enough to wear sweaters now woot woot! On some occasions, I can even get away with wearing a jacket over... Way to go, Cali weather! Today's been such a gorgeous cloudy day, I couldn't resist taking advantage of going outdoors and taking pics of the sky. *And tossing the camera at my bro and ordering him to take pics of my outfit heh :/ * Whenever it's cold out {aka 60's, yes that's cold}, my go-to ensemble is a cable knit sweater, a good pair of jeans, and some ankle boots. I have too many sweaters that are waiting for me to bring back out, so I'm hoping the weather stays this lovely!
Sorry, I just had to include the clouds! I have a super crazy obsession with them!
sweater: zara {old, similar here}
jacket: gap
jeans: zara
scarf: h&m
boots: public desire
bag: forever21
rings: forever21 
adorable little alien emoji dude keychain: brandy melville

Thursday, November 5, 2015

H M x B A L M A I N !

DISCLAIMER: The following material may be extremely long and boring to read if you don't care about fashion. If you are willing to be liable for reading everything in the content below, I applaud you. With that said, please read responsibly.

IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! I've been waiting for the release of this collection for months and I'm so excited about this collaboration. For ages now, Olivier Rousteing has been one of my biggest inspirations, he has such a modern eye, and I feel like he's a designer who's really able to cater to my style. It's amazing how he brings together so many different and unrelated aspects of fashion and fuses them into a collection. He directs his label towards a fine aspect of French couture that embodies an Asian military silhouette, most iconic for sharply tailored and opulent embellishments. What I love the most about this collaboration with H&M is how Rousteing maintains Balmain's distinctive aesthetic through garments at an affordable price. Here are some of the looks in the campaign!
Yeeeees, love how the video was produced. Round of applause for Balmain.... Ever since Olivier Rousteing leaked the collection, I had my eyes on the gorgeous pair of  silk-blend velvet pants. I also was *and still am* in love with the gold and pearl detailed jacket and the pearl-encrusted blazer, but they were out of my budget and sold out within minutes so I didn't bother going after them. These are my most coveted pieces in order of importance:
I'm sure everyone knows what's left of the collection now (literally a white bandeau top, WTH right), everything was sold out online within a few hours, and about half of the entire collection was gone within the first 30 mins of the launch. As for in stores, over 400 people were lined up around the blocks (hours in advance) of each H&M location that were opening doors to the shoppers. It was like the Harry Potter 7 book release all over again... The sad part is most people are either name-brand crazy or they bought pieces just to sell them on ebay for double the price! SERIOUSLY ARE THERE ANY PEOPLE LEFT IN THIS WORLD WHO ACTUALLY APPRECIATE DESIGNERS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY'RE TALENTED AND UNIQUE?! Excuse my ranting, but I just don't understand why people are blinded by a label. It's so sad to see that fashion and good designers have evolved into a craze of materialism and pop culture (i.e. people wasting their money on things just because Kylie Jenner wore them). 

So now that you know how much I love this collection, I'll now inform you on my personal experience with the launch...
Long long ago in a galaxy far far away... Just kidding lol. Anyways. The official release of the collection was 8am EST, which is 5am PST. So I was up at 5am waiting for it to go public, when I noticed that I was four minutes late *shocker!* What happened? Well I wasn't able to get onto the site because there were too many people on it at once. This was the dreaded message that popped up on my *and thousands of other people's* screens every time the page was refreshed:
Yah it was a little scary. So while I kept refreshing the page, I checked twitter for any news and sure enough there were so many people who had been waiting on the site for hours not getting anywhere. I was convinced that I wouldn't be able to get on, especially because I had been online for about 5 minutes, whereas others had been online for about an hour. Then after probably 20 minutes refreshing the page, I somehow got on. Yah, I know, I can't believe it still. The most amazing part of the story is the pants I've been googly-eyed for were one of the last pieces in stock! I zipped to checkout and didn't bother wasting time looking at anything else because I would have lost what was in my cart. I'm such a geek, I keep checking the tracking info hahah. They were so affordable compared to the rest of the pieces... I'm just so grateful that everything worked out aH and I can't wait until they arrive so I can style them!! :)