Archives for July 2013

Best Nude Lipstick


1. Lipstick Queen Sinner, Bare Naked $20 (my pick)
2. Stila Color Balm Lipstick, Olivia $22 (T’s pick)
3. Laura Mercier Peach Glaze Lip Stain $20 & Bare Naked Lip Glace $24 (C’s pick)

For everyday, I’m a bb cream, eyeliner and Chapstick kinda girl but from time to time, I do enjoy getting glammed up and putting my other face on.  My favorite made up look is the smokey eye and nude lip combo.  It is dramatic, sexy and honestly looks good on everyone.

But, up until recently I had the most difficult time finding the perfect nude lipstick.  I have darker, pigmented lips, which may or may not be more common to Asians.  I would often see “the perfect nude lipstick” in magazines and blogs and hunt it down only to find that it looked anything but nude on my lips.  After many failed attempts, I resorted to using foundation on my lips and going over it with lip gloss.

I would often lament to my dear friends T & C, who also suffer from the dark pigmented lip syndrome, about how it was impossible to find a good nude lip color.  This year, we all found THE perfect nude color for each of us, but interestingly enough, they are not interchangeable.  T’s Stila one looked bare and nude on her but didn’t on me.  Lip color is so different on each person so start with these 3 options and see if any of them work for you! Happy hunting!

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Tropical Print Maxi Dress

Zara Dress  |  Ray-Ban Sunnies  |  Woven Clutch (similar)  |  LUV AJ Crystal Cross Necklace
Giles & Brother, Hermes, Madewell, Jules Smith Bracelets

I tried this dress on last month while I was in the Philippines.  I loved the breeziness and the tropical print right away but my sister brought up a good point.  
“How often are you really gonna wear that?”
“Oh..you know, one day when I have a house with a backyard and I host a summer soiree, the dress would be perfect!”
But she had a point, as she often does and she was right, as she often is…so I reluctantly put the dress back on the hanger.  
Don’t worry! The story ends well.  Just days later, the Zara sale came along and the rest is history.  Now if I just had a summer soiree to attend…

Boxy Crop Top

Top from Korea  |  Forever21 Leather Shorts  |  Old Navy Chambray Shirt  |  ALO Sunnies 

A couple of months ago, I did a series on how to wear bustier crop tops.  Today, I want you to meet  the bustier crop top’s more versatile and wearable cousin: the boxy crop top.  After seeing these down the runway last Fall, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.  I picked this one up in Korea last month.  It has a lot of swing and movement to it.  Paired with anything high waisted, it shows a minimal amount of skin unless I’m doing the wave or something, which I don’t find myself doing on a regular basis.

Interested in trying out the trend?  Urban Outfitters has some good options: here, here and here!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2013 is finally live! Here are some of my top picks from the sale.  Scroll over the items to see the sale price!

All White Summer Look

Indian Necklaces (here and here)  |  Giles & Brother Nail Cuff  |  ASOS Gold Bands

Iced coffee, pedicures and wearing white….some of the best things about Summer.  I love white anything and everything for Summer.  I don’t think you can get any sexier than a little white dress against tan skin.  There’s just something about it.

So while I’m still on the hunt for the perfect little white dress, I threw together this all white outfit for a girls night out last weekend.  I like the structured origami skirt paired with a casual tee and then stacked with a whole lotta neckbling.  Been loving silver jewelry as of late but of course, I don’t hold back from wearing my gold stuff either.  People…life can and will go on even after you mix metals.

By the way, is anyone watching the Bachelorette?  I’m rooting for Chris Siegfried all the way! Who are you rooting for and why?