Monday, September 26, 2011

Snappy Bow Ties

Lately I've been healthily obsessed intrigued with bow ties. Even when I was pint-sized I knew they were spiffy.
I'm itching to check out vintage stores, thrift stores and the like to see what gems catch my fancy. I understand that bow ties are 'making a comeback,' so it's cool to wear them now. Frankly I think they're cool to wear anytime no matter what the fashion folk say. They're classic pieces, 'nuff said.

Classic black bow tie.

 The floral shirt is a lovely feminine touch.

Clip-on's? Leave those to the kids. It's far more satisfying to have a grown up bow tie that you tie yourself. I'll certainly get some neutrals such as solids, classic polka dots and stripes, but that's mostly child's play. I'm particularly drawn to the more funky colors and patterns.

You can find bow ties anywhere really, it just depends on how much you're willing to spend. For instance, a place I'd love to splurge---like once a year because of their prices---are pieces from a London brand called Marwood. Be-a-u-tiful lace designs. Please and thank you.

If you want to wear a bow tie, go for it. Pair it with some type of button up collared shirt and you're hoppin'…..does anyone say that anymore?

BAM! Cuteness factor.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Clothes Encounters, A Smart Way to Shop

Raise your hand if you shop on a budget? Even when I couldn't shop for myself, I've generally shopped on a budget.
Oh, raise your other hand if you often had hand-me-down clothes growing up. Yes I've been there too and there is nothing wrong with it. When I was younger I didn't have this, should I say ease of mind? If I may use the excuse of being young and naïve, I didn't think I would fit in properly with second hand clothes or other "cheap" clothes and I was a little embarrassed about it. I won't delve into more detail since I'm sure many of you can relate.
Soooo, now I do find thrift and vintage stores to be treasure troves and some of my inspiration comes from the ladies pictured above and below.



Sarah and Jenn from Clothes Encounters shop regularly at thrift stores  and there are great benefits, naturally.

  • Cheap clothes can mean a larger wardrobe is in easier reach (if that's what you desire).
  • A plethora of style choices.
  • You can cut off pants, turn them into shorts and not feel so bad because you paid 3 bucks for them. 
Sarah and Jenn are very creative in how they style their sometimes seemingly bizarre finds. Thus, at the top of the list of tips in thrift shopping, keep an open mind and exercise your creativity. You can update a piece with simple alterations and of course mixing it with modern pieces.

I would label their style a mixture of eclectic, rocker chic, and sometimes vintage. They may say something different, but that's the best I can do, aha. These ladies are trend followers considering some of their videos are labeled as "Fall Trends," for example. That's cool. I don't personally follow trends, but I'm not going to tell anyone they shouldn't if it floats their boat. With that in mind, I do like how they personalize and make a trend "their own."

I plan on taking my sister with me to our local Goodwill soon, see if I can find some spiffy bow-ties, perhaps my very own sport jacket. I'll let you know if I strike gold---or silver, yeah, I like silver better.
If you haven't given thrift stores or vintage stores a chance, well you should. Another persuasive reason: reduce, reuse, recycle. Mmhm, that's a good one.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jane Lui, Like a One Woman Show

What would you think of someone who can sing, dance, play numerous instruments (some obscure) and compose music? I'm sure your jaw is on the floor, so let me just say ba-rilliant. Let me introduce you to Jane Lui.

She has such a pleasant voice. Quite frankly when I listen to her music I feel as if someone is cranking an old film reel by hand and I'm watching people running through a park, a carnival is in the background and the clouds are fluffy cotton balls…I like to exercise my imagine, but you get what I mean; she makes you feel good.

I've been clicking around, doing some spy work and by golly she is one mighty socialite because she seems to know so many other musicians. I suppose that's true for any 'group' though, right? She's made fun collaboration videos with three different musicians--that I've seen so far. Well, one good sir sings just for fun, but the other two are musicians. Anyone heard of Gabe Bondoc or Dawen? If not, well you should my friendly folk, you should.

Her children are going to be so talented. Not only is this lady musically talented, but apparently she speaks three languages: English, Mandarin and Portuguese.
She is one big ball of inspirational goodness.

I'm feeling déjà vu. In my beauty guru post all the ladies I mentioned are Asian and the musical folk I just introduced to you are Asian as well.…coinky-dink.
Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Little Bra Company Review

It sounds like I am about to give a speech, but I would like to thank The Little Bra Company (TLBC) for existing. It is a lovely online bra company that caters to petite women like me. I never knew such a wonder existed until I saw a video by Jen from--From Head To Toe. In the video she reviews 5 bras from The Little Bra Company. Her favorite is a line called the Lucia bra, which is what I happened to purchase for myself as my first step into the world of properly fitting bras. Hooray! 

I'd love to have the Lucia in this color.

Isn't the bra lace design beautiful?

Since high school I had stuck with Victoria's Secret, wearing one of their smallest sizes, the iPex in size 32A. In comparison now to the Lucia bra, I'm amazed how large my old bras feel, particularly the cup size. The iPex cup, again as I now realize, merely covers the ladies giving them no support or shape. Another clear reason 32A does not fit me is the cups are too far apart on my petite frame, therefore the ladies aren't nicely--shall I say 'centered,' respectfully. Make sense?

Petite blogger Petite XXS gives great insight and information on finding your proper fitting bra. I used her information in my search as well to find my right size. No matter your size, her post is like a golden ticket.
In addition to her must read, Jen's own video on bra fittings is a must see, provided below.

TLBC does carry sizes up to 38A. A fellow TLBC fan YaYa from YaYaLifeStyle, who has a larger chest (just proving my point in the companies size range) also enjoys TLBC bras. You can view her review video on several styles here

TLBC is a little pricey (not much compared to Victoria's Secret) bras averaging $50, but it is well worth every penny. Their quality is top notch, designs very appealing and the Lucia bra I can say is very comfortable. Something to note, I found the Lucia bra had to be 'broken in' like a pair of new shoes. The first 2 or 3 times I wore it, the wiring near the center did sometimes dig in. However, after those first few wears, things loosened up nicely and I haven't had a problem since.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

K-pop Style and CL (2NE1) Hairstyle

A favorite spot of mine to find style inspiration is the world of K-pop. When I'm feeling tapped out of ideas of what to wear (typical thing for a lady to say, I know) I look at both gentlemen and women groups such as 2NE1, SHINee, Super Junior, f(x) and so forth for inspiration.
I wouldn't typically wear exactly what 2NE1--for instance--dawns in their videos, but their concept(s) are too fun to pass up.

Let's take Amber (back right corner) for example. A simple way to recreate her outfit may be sparkly pants/tights, simple black boots, a long sweater or jacket, graphic t-shirt and a belt. You can be as exact or just slightly similar, whichever you prefer.

 For my personal style, I love the boyish look. How I'd spin the concept from Super Junior is a white long sleeve button-up tucked into dark high waist jeans, a black sports jacket and white oxford shoes. If I wanted to add more detail, I'd wear my specs (black frames) and black bowler hat. I'd leave my curly red locks down to keep a feminine touch.

A couple weeks ago I had fun sporting a CL---of 2NE1---inspired hairstyle for a bit of a funky change. Comparatively I think my version is slightly more girly, but I honestly couldn't figure out how to create [exactly] CL's spiffy punk do.

You can view CL's hairstyle in the street version of 'Fire.'

My version is not as eccentric perhaps, but for me it's more wearable.

I blame the sun for my expression. The pictures are brought to you by my sister and her phone.