For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Audrey Hepburn, British actress, model, dancer, humanitarian; film and fashion icon of Hollywood’s Golden Age (1929-1993)

IMAGE CREDIT: Glamour

 

Walk like you have three men walking behind you.

Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo, professionally known as Oscar de la Renta, Dominican-American fashion designer (1932-2014)

IMAGE CREDIT: The Apricity Forum

Oh yes, I love to do shoes.  I’m not a fetishist but I love to do shoes.

– Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer, artist, and photographer; head designer and creative director of French fashion house Chanel, Italian fashion house Fendi, his own eponymous fashion label (1933-present)

IMAGE CREDIT: BLEND\BUREAUX

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Personally, I don’t really have a set style or look.  It’s pretty much what I feel like wearing that day, from a floral-print dress and high heels to ripped jeans and army boots.

Shay Mitchell, Canadian actress, model, entrepreneur, author (1987-present)

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Get the Look

Top | Nasty Gal

Jean Jacket | American Eagle Levi’s

Bottom | Calvin Klein

Shoes | Nordstrom Rack

Bag | Kate Spade New York

Choker | Urban Outfitters

Au revoir, July 2017.  You weren’t particularly special, but you were still a good month, nonetheless.

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I only wear clothes because I can’t walk around with nothing on, but they started calling me a fashionista.

Kwon Ji-yong, commonly known as G-Dragon, South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, fashion icon (1988-present)

I always seem to have trouble getting ready for concerts because I never know what to wear.  Surprisingly, other fashion blogs don’t seem to touch upon this topic and only showcase their Coachella, outdoor festival lookbooks.  You can’t just show up to the Barclay’s Center wearing a bralette and shorts – you look out of place.

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Get the Look

Top | American Apparel

Pants | Abercrombie & Fitch

Jacket | Levi’s

Bag | Kate Spade New York

Boots | Jeffrey Campbell

Choker | Urban Outfitters

+multi+

Any girl who likes watching movies would like to work in them and would want to do all of that.  I’m also one of them.  But people know me for badminton and love me for it.  So I’d stick to it right now.  But maybe after badminton, I’ll think about it.

Saina Nehwal, Indian professional badminton singles player (1990-present)

Two Thursdays ago, I attended a film festival for the first time in my life.  The film festival in question was the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which was hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.  I discovered such an event existed while searching for things to do this summer.

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The film showing that I attended that evening was The Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned, a South Korean fantasy film which was released back in November.  The film’s premise is

Four young kids, including Sung-Min (played by Lee Hyo-Je) and Soo-Rin (played by Shin Eun-Soo), take a trip to the mountain together.  They plan to sneak into a restricted area to watch a planned explosion.  The next day, Soo-Rin is the only one found.  A few days later, Sung-Min (played by Gang Dong-won) appears again, but he is not the same 13-year old boy.  Sung-Min is now an adult.

While this isn’t necessarily a comedy film, I thought that it had its funny moments, like the scene with an older Gang Dong-won.  The aging process used on his face was like the epilogue scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, where Daniel Radcliffe and crew play older adult versions of their movie counterparts, with the help of makeup and CGI.  Obviously, it isn’t convincing, and with Gang Dong-won’s distinct features, it added to the unintended (?) comedy aspect of the film for me.

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Besides the films, one of the perks of attending a film festival is the opportunity to dress up.  Attendees wore a range of styles, from crisp white collared shirts to flowy skater dresses.  My friends dubbed my look as an effortless off-duty model look, for my loose white shirt and denim on denim choice.  While it looked put together, the downside of wearing denim on denim was the infamous NYC humidity, which made me feel sticky and gross at times.

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Get the Look

Top | Urban Outfitters

Pants | Urban Outfitters

Jacket | Helmut Lang

Bag | Kate Spade New York

Sandals | Tommy Hilfiger

 

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Overall, my experience was a great one, as I got to see a celebrity (Gang Dong-won was there to receive an award), and I did end the night with good food.  For anyone who wishes to visit New York, I definitely recommend checking out film festivals because they aren’t something you want to miss out on.

xoxo,

the girl who still wears denim on denim in 2017

I prefer clothes that are simple, well-cut, but with one major extravagance.  Something with the sleeves, with the skirt, but nothing too fussy, too flashy.

Carolina Herrera, Venezuelan-American fashion designer (1939-present)

IMAGE CREDIT: Team Kristen Site

I want to make clothes that people will wear, not styles that will make a big splash on the runway.

Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo, professionally known as Oscar de la Renta, Dominican-American fashion designer (1932-2014)

IMAGE CREDIT: ChicagoNow

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Hey, I’m a girl, and we like to play dress-up.

Charlize Theron, South African-American actress, film producer (1975-present)

I love parties.

To me, parties are a good excuse to get dressed up, and show off that you know how to look pretty.  And, who doesn’t love looking camera ready?

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Get the Look

Jocelyn Black Multi Print Dress | Tobi

Mixx Shuz Fanny Strappy Lace-Up Sandal | Nordstrom Rack

Feel For You Gold Stack Rings | Tobi

xoxo,

the girl who doesn’t like sweating through her back

p.s. Sorry for the ugly backdrop!  My friends and I were running late and just took pictures in the cleanest place in our apartment 😅

+façade+

You either know fashion or you don’t.

Anna Wintour, British-American journalist, editor; editor-in-chief of Vogue, artistic director of Condé Nast (1949-present)

Everyone wants to be rich.

Even if we say otherwise, money has become synonymous to simple bodily functions like breathing and sleeping.  Without it, we cannot eat, drink, etc.  Though, drinking’s trickier because we should all have access to clean water, yet cases like Flint, MI say otherwise.

Removing such functions to money, money itself is important in letting people know that you have money.  We always see articles with the “fake it ’til you make it” mentality, so clearly there’s a standard to what a rich person supposedly looks like.

But the question is – how does a rich person look like?

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Appearance = Wealth ?

In Logan Sykes’ article for Town and Country Magazine, “How to Dress Like You’re a Millionaire,” Sykes compiles a list of things we should do to give the impression that we’re richer than we actually are.

Her article caricatures herself and the older generations for their outdated methods, saying that millionaire attire is synonymous to country club attire.  Many of her tips echo the 50s, a failed decade of conformity.  This makes me question whether the author is fixated on keeping the fantastical American dream alive more than she is trying to help readers identify key attributes that can give them a rich person’s vibe.

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A Millennial’s Guide to Dressing Like a [Fashionable] Millionaire

Many fashion designers, which coincidentally (!) rich people love to wear, generally all agree that you should be classy, but to also test the boundaries of what is appropriate.  Said designers all agree that boring is never acceptable because apparel and accessories are so malleable.

  1. The Basics: LBDs. You have no excuse not to own one.
  2. Priorities: You can buy a lookalike shirt at a lesser known place, but shoes and bags are not a commodity. Investing in a good pair of sneakers is always a plus in our athelesiure culture.
  3. Fakes: Fake anything is never acceptable. If you can’t afford it, get a vintage designer piece at a thrift shop instead.  No one think’s your Gucci belt’s real when it has two C’s instead of G’s.
  4. Logos: YES to obnoxious logos. If you’re going to wear them, make sure it screams at you, but if not, make sure to keep it completely understated.
  5. Sweaters: Be chic and wear your cardigans, blazers on your shoulders. Unless you live in a country club, don’t drape them on your shoulders.  Bonus points if you hang a blazer on top of the blazer you’re already wearing.
  6. Reform: Anything you wear must be in good condition, unless you bought it like that. Random scratches on your leather goods just make you look sad.
  7. Sunglasses: Wear Jackie O’s tortoiseshells, or John Lennon’s circular eyepieces. Regardless of what you decide, be aware of what works well with your face and/or outfit.
  8. Nails: Make them cohesive with your appearance. For a crazy look, your clothes should be just as crazy as your nails.  If you want to make your nails to make a statement, wear something unobtrusive.
  9. Denim: Own denim in different colors, but have a couple of dark washed ones too.  Obviously, a dark washed jean jacket isn’t appropriate for the summer like a lighter one is.
  10. Vintage: Take advantage of your family’s old wardrobe. You mom’s vintage Max Mara velvet shirt from the 80s?  It’s perfect for today.
  11. Perfume: Unless you’re Grace Kelly and received a custom fragrance, don’t limit yourself to one signature scent. Your scent should reflect your mood, and should be purchased from an accredited place, not like CVS, unless you like to douse yourself to smell a hint of perfume and to wear alcohol stained clothes.
  12. Jewelry: Go crazy as you want, showing off your diamonds and pearls. Extravagance is celebrated, but don’t do paste jewels – you aren’t five anymore.
  13. More Basics: Turtlenecks and long coat. Nothing screams chic like a black turtleneck and a long coat.  If you don’t own at least five, you’re doing something wrong.
  14. Tailors: Clothing should always be structured towards your body shape. That being said, don’t compromise the look of a designer piece either.
  15. Monochrome: Stick to one color or one outfit to let people know that you’re a serious businessperson. Nothing screams power like a go-to uniform.
  16. Time Pieces: A good watch oozes confidence. Let people know that you have good time management.
  17. Animals: Don’t look like a safari exhibit. If you wear animal patterns/fur, don’t try to go for a caveman look.
  18. Hair: Just make sure that it’s clean. Dry shampoo isn’t meant to be swapped out with your shampoo, so don’t abuse it, and wash accordingly.  Most of all, cut off those split ends.
  19. Be a Trendsetter: Don’t try to follow trends – create them.  By the time you follow them, it’ll either be going out of style or you’ll be swept in the bandwagon.  Explore your creativity and make something cool for yourself.

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The biggest marker of a millennial is our desire to not be labeled.  Categorizing things are so 1950s.  It irks me when fashion-related job applications ask me for a label for my fashion sense because nowadays, who can actually name their style?  We all wear a variety of things, and if you don’t, then you’re clearly missing out on a whole market filled with many beautiful things.

xoxo,

the girl who is a wannabe fashion guru

IMAGE CREDIT: CNBC