February 17, 2016

Somewhere between the shades of beige and gray came together a combo that seemed like they were made for each other. I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for good neutrals. It's either all black, all white, all gray, or all beige - but being so plain has its perks too. Once in a while, I'll mix a couple of my favorite pieces together and out comes something completely new and refreshing; like this charcoal washed pair of jeggings from American Eagle Outfitters with a camel turtleneck sweater under this fluffy coat that makes me feel like a walking sheep. *BAAAA
You can read about the rest of my styling collaboration with AEO and get to know me on their blog here!
Coat: Mink Pink via Revolve Clothing Sweater: Aritzia Pants: AEO Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jeggings Shoes: Common Projects Bag: Givenchy Accessories: Fendi Photos by Shun S.

Sun, Sea, Sky, Sand...

November 20, 2015

Pas De Calais Cashmere Wrap
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and you & I.

I would say that I’m a people’s person, but I prefer being alone. It’s complicated. The way I find my solitude is not by isolating myself, but rather, freeing myself.

There’s something about being alone but still accompanied that I find quite comforting. It’s a nice feeling to feel like you’re withdrawn from whatever it is that you want to be far away from, yet, not fully detached.

It wasn’t until I started traveling abroad, that I realized that it was not being away that makes me feel less suffocated, but rather being in a place that gives me personal space.

I haven’t made a trip to the beach once this whole entire summer, but it was the first place I wanted to go to, once the season was announced over. The trek to Coney Island took nearly 2 hours, but something about long train rides really make me reminisce.

I woke up at 6:30am that morning, shared a breakfast sandwich and a dollar cup of coffee with my partner at 8:30am and by 9:something, I was chasing seagulls on the sand.

Wind and hair all over my face, sand filled up in my shoes and this cashmere wrap as a cape - these are the dates that I truly treasure. The feeling of being free and comfortable was captured effortlessly.

Cashmere Wrap: Pas De Calais AW'15
Photos by Shun S.

Over The Knee, Over My Head

November 4, 2015


I went through a period of my life when sneakers, jeans and an oversized shirt or sweater would do. But this was way back in middle/high school, when my parents could barely afford rent each month. As a little girl who grew up wearing a different dress everyday before I moved to the States, this American Dream uniform didn’t really bother me since it was something different than I was used to.

The idea of wearing over the knee boots then would have been thrown completely over my head. Before these thigh high and over the knee boots were introduced, the to-go was ankle boots and knee high socks instead.

Maybe it’s because we’re all basically running out of ideas or getting lazier over the years - knee high boots seemed like they would be a more efficient replacement for the two steps process of wearing ankle boots with knee high socks. In reality though, it takes me about 20 more minutes to put on most over the knee boots as it take to do it the older, cheaper way.

Even so, being a part of this over-spoiled generation, I too, ditched the knee high socks with ankle boots thing, and acquainted myself with the update.

Jacket: Theory
Top: Aritzia
Shorts: Zara
Shoes: Aldo 'Olilassa'

Photos by Shun S.


Tokyo Twist

September 17, 2015

 Tokyo Twist - Pas De Calais

Stationed underneath this train track for about 40 minutes or so -- I walked back and forth looking half crazy and half desperate. As if the scorching heat wasn't already obnoxious enough, I seem to garner even more attention from locals by staging a photoshoot in the middle of their quiet neighborhood.

I was pretty desperate trying to shoot these looks. I kept waiting for a day when the weather was cooler, but it only got hotter and hotter. I wish I had been in Japan now, during late September through early October, I hear that the weather is beautiful.

So, I could go on to tell you about how great Tokyo is and how I’m head over heels for this city. But, I won’t.

I could’ve shot these in the middle of Shibuya or in a zen garden elsewhere - but instead I decided that an under-construction train station was better. It reflected a Tokyo that I don’t think many people get the chance to see.

Don’t you find it quite ironic that bullet trains are running on these historic stations and tracks that are often times greatly in need of restoration in Tokyo? I do. I think something that is easily overlooked in Tokyo is that despite how nice and modest everyone seems - they too, are in dire need of a mentality upgrade.


For the longest time, the Scandinavian aesthetic was reigning in the fashion industry thanks to their minimalist ideology, perfectly balanced with clean lines and tasteful details; but, lately it seems as though the Japanese aesthetic is slowly taking over.

The rise in the popularity of Japanese aesthetic clothing is important because it signifies a new era of thinking. While we praise the Japanese, as a whole culture, for being innovative while maintaining their traditional roots - when it comes to some underlining societal problems that are rooted from being over conservative, the tension is widening.

One of the most fascinating things, to me, about fashion is that, it somehow reveals a lot about different cultures. For the Japanese, the tension between the older generation who are overwhelmingly conservative are starting to be challenged by the younger, more open-minded, generation. For example, many girls are now attending their coming of age ceremonies (an extremely important occasion for women in Japan) with the traditional kimono that has somehow been modified to fit their fashion preferences or a completely different version of a kimono that is not qualified for the occasion. (See article: LINK)


Still, with influences from the Western world, when people think of Japanese aesthetic clothing, the bat sleeves and dropped crotch pants as shown in these pieces from the Pas De Calais AW’15 collection are characteristics that are staying for seasons to come. The baggy but fitted look of these pieces are what speaks to the modest nature of the Japanese as well as signifying a transition in new thinking.

In the past, a traditional kimono would onion a woman’s body in numerous layers of fabric covering and concealing all that is to show. From this, the younger Japanese generation have adapted a new style that accomplished the same purpose that the kimono did, and that is through oversized clothing. Baggier clothes allowed the emphasis of the body to be hidden while maintaining a fitted form and proper look by focusing on the proper fit of the sleeves and length of pants.

Even though there have been steps taken forward — I believe that there is still refining to do for the Japanese aesthetic that could take them to new heights. This will be strongly influenced by challenging old ideas and coming up with new ones. Personally, I really can’t wait to see emerging Japanese designers break into the Western market and what new styles Japanese aesthetic will spark and how they will shape the fashion industry.


Look 1
 Common Projects

Look 2
 Chanel Espadrilles
Accessories: Fendi Bag Bug Charm and Aritzia Scarf

Photos by Shun S.
Creative direction by Van Le

These images were also featured in a Finnish blog for the September 2015 Issue. Below is a scanned copy of the pages. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!


Cloud 9

August 31, 2015

Pas De Calais Cloud Dress Forevervanny
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I left my house this morning, almost regretting not bringing a light jacket since the air seemed so much chillier. Almost angry, I stopped myself and realized that fall was on it’s way.

I had almost forgotten what it was like to be outside, away from any type of air condition, how not breaking a single drop of sweat felt like.

Two weeks ago when I was in Japan, the humidity was at 80% every single day, with the real feel somewhere between 95 to 105 degrees F, this was the only dress that kept me sane. Made of silk, this dress felt so velvety soft that I forgot I was even clothed at one point.

I don’t know about you but I get silly grumpy when the weather is way too hot to deal. Just like how I get a little annoyed when I’m hungry and my food is taking forever to come up on my table.

When it comes to clothes, more than just a certain type of aesthetic, I look for wearability and comfort.

Inspired by the French and combined with Japanese aesthetic, Pas de Calais is a brand that makes clothing with thoughtful details while keeping in mind the modesty that is of the Japanese.

Bag: Chloe Faye Small 'Motty Grey'
Accessories: Prada sunglasses

Photos by Shun S.

The Rocks

May 11, 2015

Been trying to get into the culottes game for some time now, and finally found the perfect pair to rock from Aritzia. Speaking of rock, these were so comfortable and were a great choice for a weekend date at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Always feeling a little underdressed since I don't accessorize often, but thanks to this pair of necklaces by Susanna Galantis, my outfit was taken to a whole-nother-level (literally). And there's still more where these necklaces are coming from, look forward to two more looks that I've styled for SG jewelry collection in the upcoming week!

Top: Zara 'Cropped Sweater'
Pants: Aritzia
Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11
Accessories: SG AMERICANA: Thin vintage brass choker with hammered detailing. SG CLASSIC: Blazing Delight vintage brass choker plated in white gold with smoky crystals. (c/o) Susanna Galantis

Photos by Shun S.

Street But Sweet

February 5, 2015

Street but sweet. If I could sum up FOXIEDOX in three words, these would be it. What I enjoy most about working with these FOXIEDOX pieces so far is that while they appear quite edgy on the rack, they give off just the right hint of femininity when adorned over the body. With just enough to give you some street-style creds, this Leanna top is just as alluring as it is interesting with a mesh cap sleeve neckline.

Kept my pants, boots and bag black to create a solid foundation for this look along with the top. Threw over this really luxe faux fur boxy jacket to make the look that much more appealing, especially since Valentine's day is just around the corner.

Coat: Forever21
Top: Foxiedox 'Leanna' via Nastygal (c/o)
Pants: Topshop
Boots: & Other Stories
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11 Medium

Photos by Shun S.