7.16.2014

the avengers style guide

"Superheroes? In New York? Give me a break!" 
~ Stan Lee

S.H.I.E.L.D., Shawarma, and sceptors: what more do you need in life? (A dash of Loki wouldn't hurt either...) It was the year 2012 when The Avengers dominated theaters by storm, captivating Marvel zealots amidst popcorn buckets and fanfiction. I myself fondly recall my first viewing of The Avengers; I was one of the late bloomers, catching the flick sometime mid-June, long after all the comic book aficionadios had raided the theaters in May. It was mid-afternoon, and my friend and I felt the heavens unveiling before us when we discovered that we would have the luxury of sitting in the upstairs theater. Now, the upstairs theater is somewhat of a mysterious delicacy for the youngins under 21. I have only heard of the dreamy armchairs and impeccable waiter service, but never have I actually experienced this paradise myself.

Flushed with excitement, my friend and I clutched our student discount tickets and did the unthinkable: headed up the escalator. I may never know why I got to enjoy The Avengers from the comforts of my plush velvet armchair (sans popcorn tragically), but from that moment on, I knew I had developed an (unhealthy) obsession with this certain flick. From Iron Man to Agent Coulson, no character was immune from my terrifying power of Tumblr reblogging. It is difficult to despise a movie that has not only spanned three cinematic offsprings (and more to come), but is packed full of witty lines, authentic humor, and the most intense action sequences yet. Plus, the whole Avengers cast is pure eye candy, and I mean it (do yourself a favor and utilize that Google search). Even JARVIS has a voice destined to swoon your hearts (or maybe that's just me...)

The Avengers is essentially a melting pot of everyone's favorite superheroes: there's a healthy dose of Iron Man for the Robert Downey Jr. groupies out there, Mark Ruffalo nabs his first appearance as the Hulk, Chris Evans reprises his role as Captain America (cue the lovestruck eyes), crimefighting duo Black Widow and Hawkeye get the movie treatment by Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, and Chris Hemsworth charms audiences as the legendary Thor. And, in my case, Tom Hiddleston (aka the ultimate dreamboat), plays my favorite villain, Loki.

And here today to mix my love for both films and fashion, I have created five special inspired by every Avengers character! Think of this as blending superhero chic with the styles of reality.
 
one NEW LOOK / two TORY BURCH / three YSL / four MANGO / five TAMARA MELLON / six ESTEE LAUDER

Hello, champange flutes and fancy appetizers (shrimp ceviche, anyone?) Channel your inner Iron Man by going all glamour with a pleated circle dress. Keep your overall color scheme rich with wine reds and metallic golds. Opt for a rose-gold geometric clutch and matching ankle-strap heels, and paint the town red with a sleek coat of lipstick and nail varnish. Stark may have invested much funds to craft his Iron Man suit, but you can too easily play inventor with your own million-dollar ensemble. The overall concoction is one of simplistic elegance, and perfect for a formal event or Saturday night date. And, as always, lather up on that Tony Sark charm!

one TIBI / two AMAZON / three JOIE / four TL-180 / five MIU MIU 

While I may have been emotionally destroyed by both of the Captain America flicks (*cough* Bucky Barnes *cough*), that didn't stop me from envisioning a contemporary outfit for the imaginary female Steve Rogers. If Captain America spent a lazy Sunday cafe-hopping with friends, this would be the ultimate uniform. This look emphasizes the casual cool essence, starting with a pair of printed trousers for ultra comfort. Finish off with a red cropped top and white slip-ons to execute the patriotic color palette. Choose a circle bag as a nod to Cap's iconic shield, and adorn your fingers with an actual shield ring to pay honor to your classic American superhero.

one BALENCIAGA / two 3.1 PHILLIP LIM / three ALEXANDER MCQUEEN / four ZERO UV / five IRO

Thor, it's time you meet your streetstyle blogger equivalent. Embrace a heather gray shirt dress as your fighting sidekick; on top, layer a maroon leather vest to mimic Thor's majestic red cape. Learn how to properly reign over the kingdom of Asgard with white ankle-strap heels because, well, they're cute. Swap Thor's trusty hammer for an equally powerful 3.1 Phillip Lim number, and slide on a pair of black cat-eye sunglasses for the true blogger look. When Thor isn't preoccupied chasing his ever-so-mischevious younger brother Loki, I'd like to imagine him playing his second role as a highly successful blogger who enjoys Instagramming coffee and sunsets.

one STYLE NANDA / two MANGO / three NEFF / four SOPHIE HULME / five DEVON LEIGH / six MODCLOTH

If the Hulk were to ever meet his hipster-bred double, this would be the most scientifically accurate result. Lifting inspiration from the Hulk's green and purple color combo, start off with this base: a cropped plain tee and high-waisted satin shorts. Allow for pops of gold through a statement necklace and ring. Your piece de resistance? A holographic backpack, perfect for toting around your lab research papers in trendy manner. White sneakers round out this ensemble, adding a splash of modern day normcore. I can imagine it already: Bruce Banner ruling cyberspace by day as a famed Tumblr icon while playing physicist by night.
one VINCE CAMUTO / two THE ROW 67 / three KAREN WALKER / four ARITZIA / five TOPSHOP / six MARC BY MARC JACOBS

Please don't murder me for combining Black Widow and Hawkeye as one ensemble, but the inner fangirl in me cannot help but obsessively ship them together at every given moment (and let's be real: ScarJo and Jeremy Renner definitely aced that on-screen chemistry test). When Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton are cloaked in their enemy annihilating get-ups, the overall vibe is the sartorially-inclined spy. A cropped black eyelet blouse perfectly captures the right amount of edginess, while a matching skort keeps the look sophisticated and clean. Black cut-out booties are your BFF when it comes to scaling walls in style, while maroon red accessories add a dash of subtle color. Guns and bow and arrows optional.

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I hope you have enjoyed my The Avengers Style Guide
Which superhero look is your favorite?

6.21.2014

june obsessions

              one MANGO / two HANKY PANKY / three TOPSHOP + DEBORAH LIPPMANN / four ZARA / five JULES SMITH, PAIGE NOVICK + REPOSSI / six NASTY GAL / seven MELANIE AULD / eight HOBBS
/ nine ESTEE LAUDER / ten ORGANIX / eleven QUAY /

Yes, I know.
I've been MIA all of June, and frankly, I have no excuse to be staying up until 8AM to finish Orange Is The New Black (season two had drowning in tears and fury, OK). Also, in case no one got the memo yet: it's summer, aka prime season for blogging. Liberated from school work, untouched by work commitments, and most importantly, blessed with heavenly weather, I should be focusing on upping my blogging game. Except well... I was too busy being, you know, lazy. And what's my definition of "lazy"?

LA·ZY [adjective]: Sleeping until noon, crying tears of frustration over Lego Marvel Superheroes on XBOX, eating Korean BBQ until my pants become too tight, impulsive online shopping, wearing the same outfit 2 days straight, sometimes excercising, generally not being productive

As you can see, my initial plan to spend my precious summer weeks wisely has been slowly crumbling. While I do enjoy lavishing in all of this "me-time", I also think it is important that I make the best of my time remaining at home too (ie: get a paid job to fund my retail therapy habits). But I actually do have positive news: I recently started interning for The Style Club, an online fashion community and boutique that stocks the most irresistable clothes and accessories (ex: I've already made two orders within my first week there... oops). I also just began freelance writing for Pursebox, a Canadian handbag company, so I'm quite excited to foray into the freelancing realm for the first time. In the mean time, I'm just trying to get my tan back. Seriously. 

Well, since there's my current life update for you all, let's move onto the star of the spectacle: my June Obsessions. Here are the items I have been loving this month!

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[one] PALAZZO PANTS -  I first discovered the beauty of these gems while pulling looks for my internship at The Style Club. No one wants to be suffocated by jeans in the summer, so for those chilly evenings, Palazzo pants are the perfect option for keeping cool and warm. I love the laidback essence that these pants add to an ensemble, especialy when mixed with a fitted tee and wedges. 

[two] LACE BRALETTES - *cue the shame* I have yet to purchase a lace bralette, though they seem to be quite the rage in the Tumblr scene (and that's probably why this love affair began in the first place). Because I am Team A at Victoria's Secret, I can usually go commando on top and simply throw on a flowy tee to survive in public. However, I mostly prefer coverage and resort to wearing bandeaus, especially for low-cut dresses and muscle tees. A lace bralette will put a feminine, dainty twist on my typical bandeau routine.

[three] PASTEL NAIL POLISHES - I'm guilty as charged when it comes to slathering on pastel nail colors even in the winter season. I jut love how sleek and delicate a coat of mint polish can do, and lilac and pale blues compliment rose-gold jewelry wonderfully. RIP to my favorite bottle of OPI "Mod About You", which I tragically demolished and have since then, been too lazy to repurchase (notice a reoccuring theme here?) Bonus points because pastel colors and a sunkissed Californian tan equate to bliss.

[four] PAJAMA SHORTS - Count denim shorts as almost extinct in my wardrobe. For the past year or so, I have grown an increasing appetite for pajama shorts due to their comfort, quality, and versatility. When faced with searing heat, these shorts are the ultimate sartorial savior thanks to their refreshing chiffon material. For the beach bunnies out there, pajama shorts also transition smoothly from Malibu chic to tropical glamour. 

[five] CAGED RINGS - A few Sundays ago, I made a requisite trip to another heaven on Earth: The Melrose Trading Post. I'm telling you now, LA truly dominates the flea market arena when it comes to bargain finds and perfectly concocted mango lemonade (auf wiedersehen, New York). I always stop by my favorite jewelry vendor at the Trading Post to indulge in the paradise of $5 rings and $10 necklaces. At my most recent visit, I snagged a stunning rose-gold caged ring for only five bucks. I've never experimented with caged jewelry before, but the conclusion? It's easy to style and serves as the hybrid mix between subtle and statement jewelry. 

[six] ROMPERS - Thanks to one Disneyland adventure last summer, rompers became a pernament fixture in my fashion life. I remember perusing Riverland for an appropiate Disney ensemble and coming across a periwinkle lace romper that stole my heart within one card swipe. The rest was history. Since then, I've accumulated a few rompers that are perfect for quickly throwing on for those spontaneous summer moments (ex: picking up a pizza in person because you suddenly remembered you forgot to check "delivery"). Whether you dress it up or down, rompers are universal in the ways you can morph it to your style liking. I tend to pair mine with an oversized cardigan or leather jacket depending on the occasion. 

[seven] LAYERED NECKLACES - Confession: I despise short necklaces because they require too much effort to put on, especially if you are the typical student with a tendency to be late to an 8AM class. For a long time, I much preferred long statement necklaces that can seamlessly be worn without inviting a struggle between clumsy fingers and the miniscule clasp. However, summer so far has transformed my perception, as I now harbor a new love for short layered necklaces. When paired with the right ensemble, layered necklaces can accentuate high-cut blouses or V-neck tees while painting the whole outfit in true bohemian essence.

[eight] ANKLE STRAP HEELS - While shoe-shopping for my cousin's wedding, I happened to unearth a pair of black ankle-strap heels from ALDO that instantly coaxed me to fork over $90 bucks. I have never worn anything ankle-strap before, but seeing as it is a commoner when it comes to the stereotypical fashion blogger uniform, I knew I had to give it a try. Let's just say my obsession has now multiplied, and I'm on the search for the perfect nude pair to satisfy my shoe craving. 

[nine] BB CREAM - Thanks to my previous internship at NYLON, I have experienced the Korean luxury of BB cream. I curiously snagged this bottle of Estee Lauder DayWear BB Anti-Oxident Cream while venturing through the freebies bag one week, and decided to finally give this product a try when I returned back home for the summer. Estee Lauder is already my trusty skin 911 when it comes to foundation, so I was pleasantly surprised at how creamy and long-lasting the BB cream rendition was too. The formula is light and appropiate for summer, but if you're looking for true coverage, I would just stick to your classic foundation. 

[ten] COCONUT MILK SHAMPOO - Warning: I will virtually buy anything with the name "coconut", including ice cream. I decided to pick up the Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo in place of my usual Pantene combo. Lathering and rinsing has never felt so paradisiac. Next up to test: the Coconut Milk conditioner! 

[eleven] SUNNIES - I seem to have an unhealthy relationship when it comes to sunglasses. Whether it be the $10 pair from Forever 21 or a ridiculously overpriced option from an independent boutique, my eyewear seems to end up in shambles within one month. The frequent demise of my sunglasses are merely victims of my careless handbag routine (ex: tossing in full size water bottles, sharp pens, and jamming in my wallet) that crush these beauties to unwearable death. As a result, I am again on the hunt to find a new pair of retro sunnies and next time, I'll be sure to keep them safe (or I can try...)

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What are your June Obsessions?