Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Teen Vogue's Back-To-School-Saturday: Experience

It's finally here! So, if yalls didn't know I volunteered to work at Teen Vogue's Back-To-School Saturday event held at the Grove in Los Angeles! And I just wanted to share my experience with you all. Please bare with my iPhone quality! I was pretty much "on the job" so just snapped pictures when it was appropriate to do so. Enjoy!

[Left: Friends I made while volunteering, Middle: Me and Kelsey from Runaway in LA, Right: Me and a stranger in front of the Kate Spade Truck]
[Teen Vogue BTSS fashion show + X Factor UK's Little Mix]
Friday, August 9, 2013 - Fliers
My first day (out of the two very long days) at the event was dedicated to passing out fliers to everyone around the Grove. I came quite early so I went around the center talking to [mostly] girls about the event. They all waited in a MASSIVE line, wrapping around corners of the Grove to see the musical performance by UK's pop band Little Mix. All of them were very excited and so energetic it was a lot to handle.
I was partnered with another Teen Vogue It Girl named Amanda, who is actually signed with Wilhemina Modeling Agency! I'm not surprised either. She is gorgeous! It was nice getting to know her as we passed out fliers to local Grove dwellers and were even rejected some of the times. - You know those people in the mall that try to offer you something and you just kinda walk away? That's what we did. So to people who do this in the mall, I give you props. - Besides that, we passed out free issues of the September Teen Vogue magazine feat. One Direction on the cover! Speaking of One Direction, this girl (me) got to speak with Liam Payne's parents (AKA my future parents in law). They are ADORABLE. Done and done. It was the highlight of my day. Along with meeting Jason Wagenheim, the Vice President/Publisher of Teen Vogue! Talk about a dream.

After some hours of walking about the Grove, we actually got to watch the fashion show hosted by EID of Teen Vogue, Amy Astley + Disney's Bella Thorne. I actually only got to see half of the show, but the half I did see was AMAZING. Style was on point done by Catherine Newell. I dream of doing that some day. Then came the big performance by Little Mix. (X-Factor UK winners) Okay, I'm going to be honest - I actually never heard about Little Mix until that day and let me tell you, they were really good. I was surprised. They gave me a little Spice Girls feel (but trust me, no one will ever be better than them) and they weren't over done with dance moves. I like them now. *goes and downloads all their music*
Alas, as the show ended, everyone left and I was excited to go home but boy was I hungry. I decided to go on a little lunch/dinner date by myself in the Farmer's Market. I got lost. I think people started to stare because they figured I was a noob and had no idea what I was doing in there. Think of the Farmer's Market like a grouped up area of food shops and tables surrounding it like a maze. I ended up getting some delicious Korean food and some Jasmine Milk Tea w/boba. (That Asian life) So I end Day 1....

[TopShop presentation done by Teen Vogue's Mary Kate Steinmiller]
Saturday, August 10, 2013 - Fliers
I was excited about Saturday because I would get to see one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Kelsey from Runaway in LA. (She's way fabulous, you need to read her blog - flawless) She's heading to NYU! How crazy! Anyways, we unfortunately did not get to work with the same companies - I was with Vera Wang and she was with Smart Water. This day I was supervised by the Promotions Assistant, Baileigh who is the sweetest! It was great talking to someone who actually works for Teen Vogue, I was inspired. 
Saturday was the actually shopping day at the Grove and it featured a enclosed area of booths brought by ASOS, Maybelline, Keds, and more! They were having "DIY" t-shirts at ASOS, manis with Maybelline, and a photo booth at the KEDS station with a backdrop of Taylor Swift. As people enjoyed the lawn of a back-to-school mogul, I went around promoting the Vera Wang Pink Princess scent - which by the way, smells amazing. I'm not even kidding you, I love the scent! I basically spritzed people on their wrists with the scent if they wanted to try it. I think that was my favorite part - talking to fashion lovers just like me or people who love free stuff. 
I was also put into promoting what was going to be occurring during the entire day. Passing out fliers, again, but this time I partnered with a girl named Morgan who came to California to intern for Nickelodeon, how amazing is that? She told me about her experiences and how she's gone to Teen Vogue Fashion University two years in a row, I was beyond jealous/amazed. 
After spritzin' and promoting, we got pulled to the Nordstrom store to tell everyone that the fashion presentation with Collection B would be starting soon. I honestly thought it was a tiny creepy walking around the store and just telling them about it, but to my surprised, the people I told were excited and actually showed up to watch the presentation. They had a surprise performance by After Romeo - wait who? - that's what I said when they announced them as well. I had no clue who they were and neither did the audience, but they were ookaay. I liked the Little Mix performance much better. Collection B is a brand that is held at Nordstrom in the BP section, their main focus is affordable outerwear with great quality. 

Next up: A fashion presentation presented by Mary Kate Steinmiller, the Senior Fashion Marketing Editor of Teen Vogue. Ok, fangirled inside big time about this. I was the only volunteer left at this point so I had to job of going around the whole TopShop store and telling people about the presentation. I got some girls excited about it and some were just waiting until I'm out of their face. Either way, the experience of talking to strangers is great, it makes you fearless (because people are sooo scary right?). Anyways, the fashion presentation was great and Mary Kate Steinmiller gave great great tips for back to school trends, which I elaborated here in my back-to-school trend post. The presentation was a great way to end my day. 

When I was done with my work I stayed in TopShop with Kelsey to shop (duh). I bought a fun bright yellow knit sweater, on sale of course, and I really can't wait until I can wear it. After that I headed out to have a late lunch with my favorite girl, Kelsey. I had sushi (of course) and she ate something that comes with pita bread and hummus. Afterwards we hit up some stores and I became her personal shopper because she couldn't read the top shelves at Zara, very fun. We both struck out there and at the very tiny Forever 21. Then I said my final farewells to her for the last time before she headed out to New York for NYU, she's there now - so tweet her a welcome and good luck! Hope to see you there soon! 

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P.S. I just wanted to let it be known that I have started college! Whoo hoo! (kinda, it's still school so I'm just always tired.) But if I lack on some posts, please forgive me as school always comes first. If you are starting school are started already, I wish you the best!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Back-to-School: Essentials and Trends

Yes! I know it's Back-To-School time and as much as we might all be dreading it, we can all turn that frown upside down and cheer for the goodness of shopping for the season. Yes that is right, I've put together the essentials you'll need, fashion wise, for your new school year. Whether it is middle school, high school, or college, these will get you through the days. 

There are obviously going to be difficulties if your school has a dress code but just remember you can always spruce up that uniform with:

*A fun/textured backpack
*Unique shoes
*Gold jewelry (or silver, but I just LOVE gold) or a nice watch

Let's get into it.....
1. Slip On Tennies - Yes, forget your wedge sneakers this year because we are all about comfort and sleek style so what other way then the easy access slip-on shoe? I've been on the hunt of some great leather ones like these from River Island. Add them with a pair of baggy ripped jeans and you will be the coolest (and comfiest) kid on campus. 

2. Neutral Colored Backpack - I love fun colorful backpacks, don't get me wrong but I'm thinking about some more convenient yet stylish ways for your school year. One way to do that is get a neutral colored backpack to match all your outfits. It will save you lots of time switching out your supplies from one backpack to another. But if you like to do that, then by all means but your go-to backpack should be in tones like brown, tan, or black.

3. Oversized Denim Shirt - We will all need this item for our lazy days. Yes, lazy days still look presentable! You never know who you're going to meet. It's always an essential for me to make sure that even if I'm tired, I won't show it. Just add a cute skirt (which are very easy to put on I will tell you) and you are done! Denim shirts can go with anything and you can wear them as outerwear as well. Talk about some great functions. 

4. Stand-Out Accessory - I love having that one bright piece I wear with all my clothing. This bright pink band for this watch is perfect and a great conversation starter (I'm all about that stuff). This can also be your nails or make-up. 

5. Go-To Gold Accessories - I am a lover of gold and it always spruces up an outfit. I like to have a set of rings, a necklace, bracelet, and earrings I can always rely on. These would be good everyday pieces. Make sure to pick out ones that reflect you, like how I picked out a necklace that shapes out all the continents, how cool is that? 
6. Essential Leather - Okay, we all need at least one leather jacket. It's great to make an investment in a good quality one that will last you years. Literally top it off any outfit and you will look good. I promise you. Even if you're wearing sweats (which I hope you don't to school), but if you do, maybe wear a leather jacket to spruce that baby up! I like more loose fits but tighter jackets this season are picking up so I may have to invest in one!


Now that we have gone through the essentials you will need this school year, let's get into the trends! These trends were talked about by Mary Kate Steinmiller, Senior Marketing Editor of Teen Vogue. I'm pretty much doing my take on these trends and sharing the tips she presented at the Back-To-School Saturday event (post about experience up soon!). 

This trend has been really big for quite some time. Even I took a crack at it a couple of months ago [insert link to post]. Here are some tips on how to achieve the perfect denim on denim look:
* Never wear the same washes, always mix them with light/faded with darker ones
*To not make it look too matchy, try a denim with a print on it.

Denim print shirt - Forever 21// Distressed Jeans - Topshop
White after Labor day? Uh yes please! White on white is the hottest trend right now and gives a women a more innocent glow. (I mean you're wearing all white, come on. Who wouldn't feel like an angel?) Let's talk about how to not overwhelm the public with this trendy look:
*Mix up your whites, as in different shades of white. Make sure none of the pieces are the same exact shade. (Like the denim trend basically)
*Wear white pants and a creamy big knit sweater! (The perfect white on white ensemble) Big knits in whites or creams are perfect for this trend because it exaggerates the white and also yells out "Hello Winter, I'm ready for you!" (For you Game of Thrones fans, you'd probably say "Winter is Coming")
Knit Sweater - ModCloth// Pants - Topshop
This whole 90's grunge and punk is definitely back in full swing but this time around, we're keeping it more classy. Hence, "clean cut" because the prints, patterns, and textures that scream punk are on simple cuts.
*Add a little pop of your favorite print. Animal prints like cheetah and zebra are great and you can never go wrong with plaid.  
*Leather is a must, so spice it up with a tight fit and a quilted texture (Chanel reference anyone?)
*Add your favorite leather jacket, maybe from your white trend phase? This will brighten up the outfit to contrast the darker colors you would wear this this trend. 
*Add your favorite lace-up/combat boots and your look is perfected!
Leather Skirt - Thread Scene// Top - Dorthy Perkins// Leather Jacket - Dorthy Perkins
Phew we are done! I hope you enjoy this post and I hope you enjoy your new school year. For those of you who are out of school and working, who said this trends can't work for you? Of course they can!

Have fun, be active, stay focused, and love every moment! Good luck with your new school year.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Milkmaid Hipster Stuff

Top - Nordstrom Rack// Jeans - Nordstrom BP// Sneakers - Nike// Sunnies - Nordstrom BP// Bag - Michael Kors

I KNOW - iPhone quality. Don't say it, but I just wanted to share this outfit with you guys. I love this look. I really do. I think it's my make-shift hip korean type outfit. (Anything with free runs that isn't work-out clothes is pretty much that though). I also tried a new hair-do! What do you think? I find this hairstyle SO comfy it's unbelievable. 

I start school next Monday and I've already been hiatus from the blog. BUT I have two big posts coming up for ya so stay tuned! Hope everyone is enjoying their last bits of summer, or is enjoying their first weeks of school.  

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Shoe Sunday: Complete the Look!

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Street style photos from Tommy Ton on

It's Shoe Sunday horray! Sorry for the delay - I am working in between to laptops because my new Macbook doesn't have photoshop yet and my old lappy keeps shutting down on me. So bear with me!

This week I wanted to finish the outfit with some of my favorite shots done by Tommy Ton the past couple of months. As you can see white is a definite trend this year and mix-matching with different tones and metallics is the best way to finish it off. Let's talk about the shoes!

Trends: White, Metallic details (Gold + Silver), Chunky heel, buckles

(Left to right)
1. Milly Boot by ShoeMint - I am a sucker for textured booties. I love the slight cut-out of this one plus the tiny bit of metallic detail. The outfit is a more white dominant so I like to throw it off a bit with an off tone. It gives the outfit more of a dynamic look, plus people will question it - yet love it.

2. TopShop Chain Courts - The hat in this outfit makes it so hip, and it brings it down a little more old-school with the Marc Jacob's Mickey graphic sweater. So why not bring it a little more old-school with these shoes that give a 17th century feel. These modern version are a great twist to the monochromatic outfit.  Plus, who wouldn't pass up a shoe with golden chains?

3. ASOS Gladiators - With Chiara's sparkly outfit on white, you couldn't ask for a funkier shoe to dress this outfit with. These extreme gladiators that are full on white with a tiny block heel just work. I can't explain this one guys. 

Hope everyone is doing well. And please don't forget to enter the Arrive in Style Contest! 

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's Personal

Hey everyone so I have come to this conclusion that I was gone a long time from the blog at one point. A LONG TIME. And I should give you reasons why! I mean it is my blog, I should have blogged about this part of my life. - Long story short, I just graduated from high school so as a senior I went out with my friends a lot (but I didn't do anything stupid, I swear). I was also hacking in the deadline for my school's yearbook and whatnot. So here is a small photo diary of my life away from my blog life. Enjoy.

 I helped package meals to send to Haiti during Kiwanis One Day.

 I wore Nike Free Runs to drive to a party because I can't drive in heels. I applaud who can.

Photos by Justin Element (That guy is rad, if you are in the SoCal area and need a great photographer - he is your guy)
 My highschool's PROM. Literally one of the best nights ever. I wore Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa dress and Dolce Vita heels (similar).
 Surprise surprise! I went to two proms. I got to be with my friends I knew from middle school at their prom. It was such a fun experience to go to both! I'm wearing a custom dress from Cambodia.

 One of the days of our senior spirit week was Disney, so me and my yearbook gals decided to channel our inner Minnie Mouse! 
Top - American Eagle// Skirt - Thrifted// Boots - Shoe Mint// Jacket - BB Dakota

Speaking of yearbook gals... see us three up there happy? We were happy because we finally had finished the yearbook and stayed until 10 at night at school on the deadline date. I designed the cover - there is a black silkscreen that says "The Spot 2013" which is our yearbook name and the year. Fearless was our theme and boy was it an awesome idea! What do you think?

We also had senior dress up day! This technically was the last day of my high school career where we got to pick up all the goods we needed to graduate.
Dress - Foreign Exchange// Blazer - Love Culture// AP Sash

 Photo taken by the Press Telegram
You can't forget about the actual graduation! Okay so I know it might sound cliche but graduation was probably the happiest day of my life. I just remember so much joy that day, even starting up at 6 AM to go to rehearsal. I was even honored to be apart of my local newspaper's slideshow! 

Last but not least - to end my high school years with a bang, my school had the privilege to go to Disneyland + California Adventures for our Grad Nite! We stayed at the park for almost 12 hours.. so crazy and so fun!
Sweater - My Key Club division// Shorts - Roxy// Bag - Michael Kors// Sunnies - Marc by Marc Jacobs

Welps that is what I've been up too! I learned a super important lesson throughout my high school life which is to live in the moment and why wait for something to happen in your life? Do it yourself. And that my fellow wizard friends, is what I am doing. Until next time, enjoy your life.

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