coat, TOPSHOP. t-shirt, ELEVEN PARIS. skinnies, ACNE. shoes, SAN MARINA.
photos by Rosanna
Quite some time ago, one of my favorite followers asked what was my definition of effortless chic. It's always been on the back of my mind to dedicate a post in reply to her and I think this outfit might just answer the question. To be honest, effortless chic to me is really just a sugar-coated denomination of lazy days x androgynous. That said, my version never leaves the timeless staples: a classic graphic t-shirt, fitted black skinnies, simply-structured coat, feminine heels and a mandatory incorporation of leather. Here, I'm wearing a few items from my stash I had brought back from Europe and this Parisian t-shirt has to be my favorite purchase. Still in the process of sorting and editing the thousands of pictures I took on my excursion so photo diary still to come! In the meantime, how are you liking my new banner?
First off, I must apologize for neglecting my blog for the past few weeks. Don't be mistaken, I haven't disowned fashforward and I will hopefully be back on track once I return from my vacation. Second, I'm (was) in PARIS!! First stop was Barcelona, then Paris and now currently in London for a few more days. I will do a proper photo diary post once I have all my photos uploaded, which may take a while since I brought 3 cameras with me :) In the meantime, hope these pictures will suffice.
I'm seeing a lot of mixed prints for this coming fall and I'm loving the idea of mixing animal patterns. When I came across I Spy DIY and Style Scrapbook's DIY versions of the American Apparel over-sized clutch, I was inspired to personalize my own too. And now its my default bag for this summer :) Orange wasn't the first colour that came to my mind but it worked surprisingly well with the snake skin's neutral tones. I will be posting a tutorial later this week, stay tuned!
I came across this Missoni-esque fabric and knew that it'll be perfect for my DIY kimono as I was trying to escape from the typical oriental pattern that kimonos are usually in and not to mention that the bright hues were just right for this summer. I finished with a turquoise piping and the two large side pockets were definitely a necessity.
Hope everyone's having a great weekend :) Happy BC day!
I don't remember when it started when birthdays are no longer something I look forward to, in fact each year seems harder to get by as I am faced with the reality in turning a year older. That's why my birthday cakes have not revealed my actual age for the past three years. Growing up, birthdays function more and more like an annual review for self-reflections rather than a celebration. I find that the more I learn, the less I know. Though some questions that puzzled me ten years ago still puzzles me now, I am excited to find out what the future holds for me. This week, I turned 27. Eeeks.
1. materials: approximately 2 meters of chiffon or crepe fabric and 19 mm elastic. 2. Fold the fabric in half and sew the sides together. 3. Turn the fabric inside out and fold the top of the fabric 5 inches outwards. Pin accordingly. 4. Sew all around with a 1 inch hem on the fold. 5. Measure approximately 19 mm below the top stitching then sew all around; but, leaving a 2 inch opening for the insert of the elastic. 6. Insert the elastic in the opening and pull it all the way through until it comes out on the other end (tip: use a safety pin for assistance). 7. Scrunch the fabric evenly by tightening the elastic to create your desired waistband. 8. Cut off any excess elastic. Overlap the ends of the elastic and sew them together. 9. Close and sew the 2 inch opening that was used to insert the elastic. 10. Sew a 6 mm hem for the bottom of the skirt.
And voila! This is how I DIYed my own sheer maxi skirt. Just pair it with a black bodycon dress or skirt! I will do another post later on how I made my own tassel belt so stay tuned :)
skirt and belt, DIY. dress, T by A. WANG. jacket, H&M. shoes, ASOS. sunglasses, RAY BAN. necklaces, Marc by MJ, BR, and F21. photos by Rosanna
The weather lately has finally warmed up to feel like summer and appropriate enough to wear my sheer DIY maxi skirt. The royal blue hue is perfect for achieving that silhouette effect without exposing too much. This DIY is a lot easier to do than my midi project so I will post a tutorial on it soon! Julys are always busy but especially this year with too much happening at the same time and almost to the point that overwhelming is just an understatement.
pants and shoes, ZARA. top and bracelet, H&M. bag, CHANEL.
photos by Rosanna
Before I go on a DIY frenzy, here's my take on colour-blocking. It's an easy trend to pull off and put together and it's almost impossible to fail. Visit here for more colour-blocking inspirations :) Thank you everyone for their lovely comments on my previous post, it's all so encouraging!! Make sure to send me a picture of your own DIY shorts if you do happen to give it a try! I managed to get these pumps on sale and I rarely describe footwear as "hot" but theseare and very much so; unfortunately, they are also the most awkward and difficult pair of shoes to walk in. But like everything else in life, nothing is perfect. bleh.
The DIY shorts I wore in my previous post is as easy as 1, 2, 3. In fact, just follow the steps below and you're set with your own pair of denim-crochet shorts this summer! Okay, so the idea of denim x crochet may not be an entirely new concept but I have yet to see this combo around and personally, I think they're quite a match :)
1. Materials: pair of shorts and crochet trimming (I used approximately 1 meter) 2. Turn the shorts inside out and pin the trimming to the hem of the shorts. 3. Sew them together.
I'm currently in a DIY/sewing obsession. Already have a few more DIY tutorial posts lined up for the next few weeks. I wish I had the time to execute all my ideas at once so I can share with you all! It's always inspiring to see what kind of DIYs other bloggers come up with. My 3 go-to blogs would have to be P.S.-I made this, A Pair and a Spare, and I spy DIY. They're all so talented and never fail to amaze me with their creativity. Do you have a favorite DIYer?
shorts, DIY. t-shirt, JUNK FOOD. cardigan and shoes, ASOS. sunglasses, RAY BAN. necklaces, MARC JACOBS and F21.
photos by Rosanna
Limited by my 9-5 business casual attire, my lazy weekends never leave the basics of t-shirts, oversized jumpers and denim. It's not uncommon that I find myself dumbfounded and staring at my closet in the dilemma of outfit choices. Pairing opposites seem to always do the trick. Just like here, wearing the girliest shorts with a boyish rolling stones t-shirt and long ankle-length cardigan. Think Romeo & Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, lace and studs, and fries with ice cream: all-time greatest examples of opposite attraction. DIY post to follow "short"-ly!
This summer is all about color blocking. Here's a few of my color combo obsessions lately. Though my closet is a stranger to vibrant, eye-catching hues, I cannot resist but to give this trend a try. It's fun how a simple tweak, like bright accessories, shoes, or nail polish, can completely change a look. And as a true Vancouverite, I just had to include that last photo to support my home team in the NHL Stanley Cup finals. Go Canucks Go!
Happy 1st Birthday to fashforward! Remember this photo from my very first post a year ago? Seems like it was just yesterday I started this blog...time sure flies as you age. Thank you to all my lovely readers and followers [yes, all 16 of you sweethearts :] and of course, my unconditionally supportive friends! My greatest gratitude goes to my partner-in-crime, Rosanna [who's one of the reasons why I started to blog], for never failing to shoot amazing photos for fashforward and holding my hand along the journey of blogging. I heart you all! xox. Feel free to comment on what you like [or not] so far or would like to see on my blog. There's always room for improvement and also because I love reading comments :)