Preview: KTRcollection

My favorite garden

[Photos by NR & I]

Dress: KTRcollection | Headpiece: F21 | Gloves: ebay

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Just a quick hello to show you a preview of KTRcollection which will be on stage at KSW Runway this Saturday, September 8th! I have been locked in the house for the past 2.5 weeks (which felt like eternity) to perfect my designs and they are finally finish! Whew! It’s such a relief to be done, but I know this is only the beginning. My mom told me a long time ago in order to be successful in life, I’ll need to dedicate myself 200% and make a lot of sacrifices. Thank goodness for supportive parents, true friends and of course my wonderful husband who takes my photos and puts up with the madness of what we called home lately (sniff, sniff :). Ok, enough of my whining!

For more details on the show, please visit www.keary.org and if you’re in the SF Bay Area, tickets can be purchased HERE. Hope to see you guys at the show! Kisses!

In the Mix

Matching? Not on this blog! :)

What I absolutely adore about fashion as of late is seeing a lot of fab ladies (and let’s not forget the fashionable men out there) around the globe letting go of preconceived boundaries in favor of experimentation. Everything is getting brighter, bolder, and louder. Although it’s not a brand spanking new trend, one popular product of this movement is mixing patterns: Polka dots, stripes, floral, and animal prints are a few of my favorite patterns to play with…I love floral and stripes so it was natural to mix these two patterns together.

What are your favorite prints to mix?

Yea yea I know, an alien is about to pop out of my tummy any minute now.

I’m madly in love with the fullness of this skirt. When I first saw it on ASOS I knew it’s a piece I had to add to my wardrobe… It’s fun, girlie and something I’ll wear many times. With the skirt being high waisted and very mini-ish, it gives the illusion that my legs are longer than they really are. Plus the camel color pumps help elongate the legs.

Speaking of ASOS, this is quite embarrassing but it took me awhile to realize the correct pronunciation of the popular online store’s name. I have been calling it A-S-O-S (saying each letter) instead of Ay-SOS! My bestie and I even jokingly made fun of someone who pronounced it Ay-SOS (the nerve of us!).

[Photos by NR]

Top: Forever 21| Bottom: ASOS lantern floral skirt | Purse: Steven by Steve Madden Large Crossbody | Shoes: Classiques Entier riley pumps | Hat: David & Young Neo Noir fedora | Bracelets: diy wraps, Forever 21 friendship, spikes via Ebay (similar here)


Thanks for stopping by the blog and I hope you are having a lovely day!

Talk to you soon! xo

Neon Glow

Just when I thought neon hues can’t get any brighter, I saw this Sparkle and Fade pleated skirt glowing from the little corner at Urban Outfitters. It also comes in tangerine and blue which are also very pretty (and a lot brighter in person than it’s displayed online).

My 5 sad little macaroons were left after I divulged the other half of the box

[Photos by NR]
Top: Bar III white sweater (similar-ish here)
Bottom: Urban Outfitters “Sparkle and Fade” neon pleated mini skirt
Purse: Milly Kelsey satchel
Shoes: Colin Stuart ankle strap sandals
Accessories: Bracelets – Spikes from eBay, Bar III neon bangles.

I was going for a casual laid back look so I paired this fun skirt with an over-sized comfy sweater from Bar III, but I kind of fail in the casual department when I threw on my favorite pair of nude heels…Although I love a cute pair of comfy flats, I just can’t seem to resist the call of high heels. Even though they can be very painful, it’s something about them that makes me feel so feminine, confident, and sexy. It also doesn’t hurt to add a few more inches to my height!

Ladies, are you addicted to heels and how does it make you feel when you wear them?

The Road Not Taken

[Photos by NR]
Top: Express boxy pleat neck top / Sweater: Forever21 polka dots cardigan (similar here)
Shorts: H&M pink dip dye denim shorts “Fashion Against Aids Collection”
Shoes: Miz Mooz Tamara wedge
Necklace: monogram necklace (gift from dad)
Bracelets: (from top) Forever21 with DIY added studs, ASOS spikes, Forever21 beaded trim, Rachel Roy friendship/rhinestone/ Stephan & Co white rhinestone wrap
Glasses: Giorgio Armani aviators

Leg baring season is finally here and there’s no trendier way to show off those stems than in high-waisted denim cut-off shorts I have been kind of obsessed with them and discovered (thanks to Sabrina of The Petite Style) these H&M dip dye pink shorts from the new “Fashion Against Aids” collection. Although I was looking for a blue light-wash pair with studs (like these), these pink babies was a lovely addition with a splash of color injected to my black top and polka dots cardigan.

Ladies: Would you wear high waisted denim cut-off shorts?

Day at the San Jose Flea Market

The friendship bracelets stand

Wore an amazingly comfortable James Perse cotton racerback maxi (that obviously need a little trimming) and my Juicy Couture fedora who always come to the rescue for those bad hair days!

[Photos by NR]
Dress: James Perse maxi cotton dress (sold here, here and here)
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Swing Black Shoulder Bag
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita Archer Sandals
Hat: Juicy Couture Perforated Fedora / Glasses: Gucci
Bracelets: spikes from Ebay, friendship bracelets from Flea Market / DIY wrap bracelets

About a month ago I was on the hunt for more friendship bracelets and decided to check out the San Jose flea market. My little brother (who’s now a New Yorker) came to visit and was conveniently dragged along for the ride. I’m sure he was super thrilled!

I can’t believe I have been living in CA for half of my life but I have never been to a flea market. “What the heck is a flea market and do they sell fleas?” That was a questions I used to ask when I was little… Flea market was a term used for street markets that sold mainly secondhand merchandise, which would be the type of items that might be infested with fleas. The first few flea markets were in Paris in 1922 and they were called marché aux puces which translates to ‘market with fleas’.

Of course that has changed over the years and we know/hope flea markets no longer sell items infested with fleas. Actually everything we saw seems new and they have everything from furniture to car parts to under garments to haircuts to food. You name it, they got it. It was pretty cool, but I think we enjoyed the snacks the most. My favorite was the mangos with chilli powder and fresh coconut that the nice man behind the food stand chopped up for us.

We did had a bit of a snafu with a furniture vendor (well, it was actually a bit of a nightmare) and my only advice to you is: if you ever decide to purchase furniture from a flea market (or any place in general), check your items carefully when it arrived at your home. I didn’t and I got the wrong item, the wrong brand and wrong color (lol). Oh well, problem eventually was solved and now we’re all happy with our purchase from a store. :)

Readers: What’s your best and worst flea market experience?