Saturday, July 31, 2010

Zac Posen Bargain

Zac Posen x Target jacket; American Rag skirt; Target wedges

I remember walking into my local Target back in April and gaping at this vivid beauty, only to set it back on the rack with a heavy heart upon seeing the $200 price tag -- but not before trying it on and envisioning what I'd wear with it if I could afford to. Needless to say, I left the store that day sans gorgeous red Zac Posen motorcycle jacket. Fast forward to a warm July afternoon, on which, I'm making my rounds at Goodwill when all of a sudden that unmistakable red jacket jumps out at me. Lunging for it, I see that the original tags are still in tact but most importantly, the price has significantly plunged since I last held this beauty in my arms three months ago, to $29.99. TWENTY-NINE NINETY-NINE. Guess who left Goodwill that afternoon, happy as can be, with her beloved new Zac Posen motorcycle jacket in tow?

I love how the red pops without bordering obscenity and pairs well with summer's muted tones. Good old nude colored tank top to my rescue once again. Buttery soft leather and impeccably made, this Zac Posen jacket is a welcome addition to my wardrobe.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

crochet today

Crochet blouse via Goodwill; Levi's 501 denim; Target wedges, Lux purse, Forever21 frames from two years ago
All photos by Kash

During my bi-weekly trip to Goodwill the other day, I found this wonderful crochet blouse for only $3.99. I often wonder about the story behind the clothing I thrift and what sort of adventures (or misadventures) the previous owners experienced while wearing them. I imagine a twentysomething girl-about-town in the summer of 1973 throwing this blouse over a floral tank and hot shorts and finishing the look with platform sandals. This outfit is somewhat of a nod to that.

...or, of course, the blouse could have sat forgotten in the back of said twentysomething's closet, a hideous gift from her grandmother only to be rediscovered years later and tossed into a trash bag of "to be donated to Goodwill" items. In any case, it's now mine to be treasured and that I most certainly will.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

On my radar

(1. Filippa K Summer lookbook, 2. Gravure magazine, 3. Muchachas by Karen Inderbitzen-Waller for No. Magazine, 4. Vogue Russia July 2010, 5. & 6. NAAG Summer 2010, 7. Vogue Nippon August 2010, 8. Carrie Bradshaw's Ray-Ban aviators, 9. Karl Lagerfeld Numero Homme SS 2010, 10. Vogue Nippon May 2009, 11. Fiasco July/August 2010, 12. Vogue Nippon August 2010, 13. Vogue Portugal July 2010, 14. Jalouse June 2010, 15. How to Spend it magazine, 16. Vogue Germany August 2010, 17. Amica Italy April 2010)

sources: fgr, fashioncopious, google

Gorgeous images and outfits of note. Soft lighting, long locks let loose, sheer, wide-brimmed hats, neutrals, a motorcycle jacket in a great sand color, fur galore and a carefree vibe synonymous with summer.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Hat on or hat off? That is the question. Today was one of the hottest days of the summer thus far. Here's what I wore in an attempt to beat the sweltering heat and humidity. Kept it light and simple with a nude colored tank, hanging-by-a-thread denim cutoffs, a thrifted belt, and Charlotte Russe lace-up boots.
Saw Inception today and oh, what an intriguing movie it was! Perfect for daydreamers and imaginative folks alike. I highly recommend it, especially if you're a fellow Joseph Gordon-Levitt fan. But beyond that, it may leave you momentarily pondering dreams versus reality...

A pair of Converse high-tops that my boyfriend spiked. Still a work in process, I can't wait to see the finished result!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Afternoon Stroll

via Muse #22 Summer 2010
Faux fur, floppy hats, high-waist denim, summer fun with a special boy, and the 70's -- what's been on my mind lately.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

cut it out

A special thank you to Hawaii-based fashion designer Florencia Arias for sending me this wonderful dress! I'm really digging the interesting cutout placement as well as the neat skirt pattern. I threw on a floppy hat, some arm bracelets and rings and went out to lunch with the boyfriend. Yes, we dine out quite often but our stomachs thank us every single time. Our wallets? Not so much.

P.S. Don't mind the multicolored red, white, and blue nail polish. I felt patriotic on the fourth of July and haven't gotten the chance to remove it yet!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

bustier gets a boost

Eyelet cardigan - BCBG Max Azria; Floral bustier & lace skirt - American Rag; Vintage belt; Urban Outfitters boots

First of all, thank you guys for the lovely comments on my last post! I'll definitely feature more clothing I've designed in future posts.
While combing through the racks of Goodwill, I found this gorgeous BCBG Max Azria eyelet cardigan -- with the tags still attached. I can't imagine why the previous owner would want to give up such a beautiful piece! Nevertheless, trust me, I'm not complaining. I love the oversize buttons and the light, slinky feel of this cardi, making it the perfect summer cover-up for breezier days yet I can see myself using it well into the winter (Hawaii winters are extremely mild, mind you). Moreover, the camel color is absolutely divine. I've been searching for an outerwear piece of this colored nature; much to my delight, I've found it. Its only flaw is a small hole in the front but luckily the overall eyelet design somewhat masks it.
So into bustiers right now. This lovely floral piece may be my first, but definitely will not be my last. With their unmistakable versatility, consider me hooked.