Sunday, June 28, 2015

Crop Top Obsession


Since I started this blog, I vouched to myself that I will keep an open mind about fashion. So far, so good. I have been actively seeking out new and timeless trends that I can incorporate into my wardrobe. One of them is the crop top trend. I know that it takes a lot of guts and body confidence to be able to pull off a crop top. Not to say that I have oozing body confidence but it is all about playing with your assets to make the whole outfit work. 



Top: SheInside / Pants: Jag Jeans / Necklace: Sheinside / Shoes: Mendrez (similar)

This red scalloped crop top is from Sheinside. When I saw this on the website, I was debating as to whether or not I should buy it. I was attracted to the color and the scalloped detailing on the hem but I was not sure if I can pull off the crop top look. But I took a leap of faith and decided to order the top. When I got the item, I heaved a sigh of relief because it wasn't too low (which I feared). The hem just hangs right around the navel, which was just what I wanted or could dare. It bared just enough tummy but never too much.


Would you dare to wear a crop top?


 

Friday, June 26, 2015

CocoMelody: Homecoming Dresses You Can Wear #IRL

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored for by CocoMelody.com. However, the opinion expressed are completely my own. 


When it comes to shopping for special occasion dresses like bridesmaid or cheap homecoming dresses, one of the things that I look at is the versatility of the dress. I would not want to splurge money on a dress that will I wear only once - that isn't what smart shopping is about! For today's post, I've teamed up with CocoMelody to introduce their new homecoming dresses 2015 collection that are trendy, timeless and versatile. You can therefore wear these dresses when you're done wearing it to a wedding or homecoming party. 

The ability to re-wear your clothes in real life life (aka not a party!) starts upon shopping itself. If possible, choose neutral colors that can be easily mixed and matched with other existing pieces in your closet. The type of fabric on the dress is also a practical consideration. Lace and silk are two types of fabrics that work great with special occasion dresses but can be easily transitioned into office or semi-formal wear too.  



What other styling suggestions do you have for re-wearing special occasion dresses?



 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wedding Planning: Update

Wedding planning is no joke. It can be stressful even with a wedding planning team to help me out (or it could simply be the process of closing out a housing deal that is adding to the stress). At the same time, it is a very exciting time in my life that the fiance and I cherish together. It seemed like only yesterday when I was cherishing the euphoria of our engagement during our trip to Malaysia. 



When we started to get down to the actual wedding planning process, one of the first things we wanted to figure out is the wedding theme and the venue. Our goal is to go for a wedding theme that was a cross between traditional and modern. If only we were a bit on the adventurous side, I would definitely try out any one of these unusual places to get married I found on AOL's Travel website while doing my wedding research... Or not. But if you would like to get some crazy inspiration, I suggest you look at these 10 weird and wonderful places to get married.

Pinterest is also a very helpful resource for gathering ideas and inspiration. In fact, I have my own board of wedding inspiration to get ideas from for our own wedding. 

Reception/Venue

In choosing our wedding reception venue, we had about 2-3 options. The main factors we considered in choosing the venue was the intimacy it offered to the reception, the overall ambiance and the ability to choose a customized menu. We had lots of ideas going on but one thing is for sure - we did not want to have a buffet style dinner for the wedding. We wanted plated in, fine dining type of meal for our guests. Aside from a fine dining meal, we wanted to choose the menu and pick the dishes that we want for our guests to enjoy. Therefore, hotel receptions were out of the question.

Without giving away too much detail, we opted for a reception venue that was a little bit tucked away from the outskirts of the city. It was intimate, romantic and slightly secluded but still accessible enough from the heart of the city (roughly 15-20 minutes from downtown). The location also offers a beautiful view, especially during night time.

Wedding Sneak Peek

I'll try not to share too much details yet as there is still a lot of planning to be done. But here are some ideas we are using as inspiration for the wedding...



Honeymoon

To be honest, with so many things to consider, we barely have time to even think about where we will be spending our honeymoon. Our main priority right now is to get all the wedding details ironed out and the house ready for moving in. My opinion about the honeymoon destination, though, is something non-traditional. I want to try out something unique and adventurous. Into the Blue sounds like a great option for that! There are several packages and activities to choose from depending on what type of adventure you like. It might be a great way to find out just how adventurous I am... So far, zip lining and SCUBA diving is as adventurous as I can get. Do you have recommendations?

Are you planning your own wedding too? Where do you get inspiration and/or ideas from?



 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rare London

One of the best things about being on Twitter is the opportunity to discover new brands and/or shops that I would not have otherwise known about. And whenever I make a discovery, I try to share them here on my blog so that my readers will get to know about them too. An example of that is Rare London. This is one of my favorite brands that I've worked with thus far. But don't take my word for it - simply visit their website to find out for yourself just how great this company is.


Dress: Rare London (c/o) / Watch: La Mer Collections / Necklace: Born Pretty Store (get 10% off with code 'FC10K31') / Nails: OPI Bubble Bath / Earrings: Soufeel

This blush peach and pink mini dress is a great example. This is part of the new SS15 collection at Rare London (still on sale too!) and is a great dress to transition from day to night. It is made with 95% polyester and 5% elastane so it does not have too much stretch going on. The beautiful combination of the soft peach and pink was the main reason I picked this dress - yet another testament to my propensity for feminine styles.


Aside from this beautiful dress, below are a few other items I covet from their website (PS- You can save 10% off your purchase with the code 'FASHLANE10'): 



Have you shopped at Rare London before? If so, please leave your links at the comments so I can check it out!


 

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