architectural austerity

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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

rockabilly vibes

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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?

La Parisienne + Thrifting 101

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Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: Thrifted // Shoes: Nike // Sunnies: Amazon 
I 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 voilĂ : my go-to transition look for fall. 

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: 

South Florida 

  • 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! 

take deux

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T-shirt: Hanes // Overalls: Missguided // Heels: ASOS // Bag: Thrifted // Photo by: Andrew Matos

I'm gonna start off by pointing out the obvious fact that this is a Kylie Jenner inspired look. And I know exactly what you're thinking-- are you really one of those unoriginal bloggers that copies celebrities all the time? Alright, hear me out okay? I wasn't originally intending to mimic Kylie's look. I'm really not a huge fan of the Kardashians, but when I came across the photo of her wearing beige overalls in Miami, I was taken aback. So I proceeded to stalk her Instagram (as is the protocol nowadays) and fell in love with her sense of style. How a 16 year old could dress so damn well profoundly astounds me. But anyway, as I was perusing through a new favorite online store, Missguided, I stumbled upon their take of the overalls, and could not resist. So here we are. They're easy, effortless, comfortable and sophisticated, and I do not regret buying them whatsoever.

P.S. Look out for a thrifting 101 post coming up sooooonnn....

the minimal mix

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Mesh Top: Forever 21/ Crop top: Forever 21/ Leather track pants: BCBG/ Shoes: ASOS/ Ear Cuff: BCBG

Ok ok you can say it. I've jumped on the minimal bandwagon. Seeing minimalist monochrome looks all over fashion blogs, tumblr, pinterest, and even being surrounded by it at work has given me a greater appreciation for it. I've said it before, there's something about black and white that will never go out of style-- it's sophistication at it's purest. You're probably thinking, that's fine and all, but wearing black in the summer time... really? yes. It can be done. And if I can do it in the hottest of the hottest places to be during summer then so can you. My approach is wearing loose fitting garments, with lots of breathing room, open toed shoes, and wearing those handy dandy crop tops in fresh ways. What will yours be?

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