Button up: Thrifted // Jeans: Thrifted // Coat: Thrifted // Shoes: New Look // Bag: Jump From Paper
The most magical month of the year is finally here!! My birthday's coming up, Christmas is right around the corner and temperatures have dropped just enough to bring our coats out from hiding. A few weeks ago, this over-sized electric blue coat stole my heart. I tried resisting the temptation to buy it, considering how I already have over 10 coats in my collection and a dwindling sum in my bank account...but I failed. And honestly, I'm ok with that. I've found my new favorite coat and I'm not letting go. Aside from being gorgeous, it's also super warm... finally i get to benefit from fashion and function. For this look I wanted to let the coat do most of the talking and opted to pair it with a crisp, white button up, loose boyfriend jeans and my new flatform oxfords.
Ph: Julia Kan// Top: HM // Jacket: Thrifted // Midi Skirt: Thrifted // Shoes: Thrifted // Sunnies: Warby Parker
Fall is in full swing and I couldn't be happier. It's my third year here in Boston, but I still can't get over how magical it is to be in Boston in the fall. Every street is suddenly Instagram-worthy and the temperatures drop just enough for it to be chilly but not overwhelmingly so. Not to mention how much fun it is to start layering again. To celebrate, I decided to throw on this plaid gem with my trusty leather jacket and these gorgeous Banks frames from Warby Parker.
Lately I've been obsessed with brands that have beautiful user interfaces and that focus greatly on elements of design in their websites. Warby Parker is on the top of that list. It's website is clean, easy to navigate and dominated by gorgeous images. Most people are skeptical of shopping for sunglasses online (with good reason), but WP makes the whole process seamless. You've got so many helpful services on the website, you can view the frames in all different angles, you're given details of sizing and materials you can try them on virtually and if that isn't enough to convince you that you've found the right pair, you can use the home try on program where you pick 5 frames and get them sent to you, free of charge. Plus, you've got the added perks of free shipping and free returns.
They've recently come out with their Winter Collection, so if you're looking for some shades to brave the icy cold temperatures with you, I'd definitely recommend checking it out. It features 6 new rich tones and 8 new shapes, stainless steel paired with acetate and fresh takes on their existing silhouettes.
P.S. Their shades look mighty fine in insta pics. See below for inspo.
Kimono coat: Vintage (c/o Alice Gao) // Culottes: Lavish Alice // Heels: ASOS // Ear piece: BCBG // Ph: Rachel Edelson
Today's featured song is "Brain" in honor of the life-changing experience that was BANKS' concert last week. If you haven't heard her, you must, and if you like her songs at all, GO TO HER CONCERT. Seriously, you won't regret it. Aside from her killer vocals, she's the cutest and has impeccable taste. She wore this black cape blazer and rocked it like I've never seen before. Now I want one of my own as you can see on my wish list. This week I wanted to take an entirely different approach on the blog and go a bit more experimental with my styling. The moment I received my flawlessly tailored Lavish Alice culottes, I knew I had to pair them with something equally as magical. So here it is!
p.s. Also above are some picks from my new favorite UK-based brand, Lavish Alice. If you're a fan of cutting edge, directional fashion at affordable prices, you'll love LA just as much as I do. xx
Leather Jacket: Thrifted // Button-up shirt: Thrifted // Skirt: Girls on Film // Sneakers: Nike// Ph: Niru V Photography
If you know anything about my style, you'll know that there's nothing I love more than mixing ultra-feminine pieces with menswear-inspired ones. Sweet and delicate vs tough and laidback. So the moment I received this Girls on Film pastel pink A-Line Skirt, I knew I had to throw on my trusty leather jacket for some contrast. What I love about midi skirts like this is that they're so versatile. Pair it with a band t-shirt and sneakers and you've got a casual, carefree look. Pair it with a fitted long sleeve crop top and some strappy heels and you've got a dainty, dressed up approach. Even with my look, I can easily go from day-to-night by slipping into some white pointed toe heels. What would be your approach?
Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: Thrifted // Shoes: Nike // Sunnies: AmazonI don't know if my adoration for the french language and culture trickled over to my sense of style, but this week I decided to take on the iconic striped top. My take of it is, of course, cropped (I mean what else would you expect from a crop crazed gal like me right?). I really do think a striped top is a staple for any wardrobe -- both for men and women. There's just so much you can do with it. I've also gained an affinity for anything oversized. I guess it might not be the most flattering at times, but I can always count on oversized pieces being comfy and easy but tasteful. I scored these jeans from the men's section of a thrift store in Florida. After I found my first boyfriend jeans there and fell in love, I knew I had to stock up on more. I finished off the look with my knew black and white Nike Free Runs and my Miu Miu knock-off sunnies and voilà: my go-to transition look for fall.
THRIFTING 101: LOCATIONS
On another note, I've been asked a lot recently about where I thrift and how I find such good pieces, so I decided to start a mini-segment on that here! First up: my fave spots.
Disclaimer: I really think that thrifting frequently, no matter where it is, will allow you to develop the skill and acquire an eye for it. And, to be honest, once you develop that, you can pretty much go thrifting anywhere and find great pieces. The reason I go to a lot of the thrift stores is mostly just because they're convenient for me.
For now, I'll give you guys the brief list of the stores I visit most, later on I'll develop the list more:
- American Thrift // 330 Florida 7, Hollywood, FL 33023 // This place is a one-stop destination for me. It's probably my absolute favorite thrift store right now. It's where I've found a lot of my winter coats, both of my boyfriend jeans and countless other gems. It's huge and so much more affordable than Goodwill. Everyday they have certain colors half off which is fantastic. I would advise taking a whole day off, or at least 3 hours of your day to go there 'cause it's one of those places you can totally get lost in. Important Note: there are no fitting rooms at this location!
- Salvation Army // 888 N University Dr, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 // I'll admit that I go here mostly because it's like two min away from where I live. But it's fantastic on Wednesday's 'cause ALL CLOTHING is half off! It's truly the best thing ever because already cheap prices get even lower. UNREAL. I've found a lot of prized pieces here as well. Specifically winter coats! Fitting rooms available.
- Red White and Blue // 12640 NE 6th Ave, Miami, FL 33161 // The lesser known version of flamingo plaza's Red White & Blue. It's also one of those that have daily 50% off specials. It's relatively large and the racks are always overcrowded with clothes. I will say that it gets pretty crowded, so I recommend avoiding Saturdays and going at unorthodox times to avoid crowds. Important Note: there are no fitting rooms at this location!
- Good Will // 1010 Harrison Ave Boston, MA 02119 // I usually will not recommend Good Will as a top choice for thrifting because the prices can likely be higher than thrift stores that have 50% off sales every day. However, the Boston thrifting scene is significantly pricier than Florida's putting Good Will back on the map in comparison to other stores. This Good Will is HUUUGE. It is most definitely a one-stop destination where you can spend hours upon hours shopping. There are a lot of options. It also has an "outlet" type good will next to it where clothing is kind of just thrown on the floor for people to hunt for. It's obviously significantly cheaper. If you're super skilled at finding gems in a sea of hideousness, I would recommend checking it out. Otherwise, it'll be a waste of time.
I'm only putting this one option for Boston because I have visited other locations and haven't really fallen in love with them, mostly because of their prices. I will say that the Garment District in Cambridge is a good place to find costumes, but for every day clothing it can be pretty damn overpriced.
I'm still on the hunt for better thrift stores in the Boston area, so once I find them I'll keep ya updated! Stay tuned for the second post of Thrifting 101!