Lichtenstein American Pop Art Inspired Outfit

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(Top: FrontRowShop | Skirt :FrontRowShop | Location: MOCA)

This outfit is inspired by Lichtenstein and his pop art. Roy Lichtenstein is an American painter, sculptor, printmaker and decorative artist. His paintings based on the Motifs and procedures of comic strips and advertisements made him one of the central figures of American pop art.

Burst Into Bloom Outfit

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( Crop Top and skirt:H&M | Shoes:Reports )

If you know me on Instagram, you may know that I went to Salton Sea for a fashion photo shoot two weeks ago. For one or two great pictures, we drove more than two hours to get there, had the makeup and hair done, found the perfect spots for different outfits, and shoot more than three hours in 110 degree hot weather. The whole experience made me rethink of the value of a powerful picture , as well as the hard work behind it. When the photos came out, I’d love to share them with you here on my blog. But working with professional photographer, stylist,  make-up and hair artists, made me want to try something new on my own personal style posts , like what I have here.

Luckily Fullerton Arboretum is very close to my place, so we didn’t drive far. However, I did spend more time and effort on the style. The crop top and skirts are both from H&M and I had this pair of Reports shoes for a long time. With the right background, lighting, and accessories, I am pretty satisfied with the turnout. Let me know what do you think of this set of photos !

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Two Shade Of Blue

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The puff dress is a must have piece for your summer wardrobe. Not that you can wear it by itself, but also there are many ways you can match it up with other pieces. I simply added a shirt here, but I tried to wear it with tops and sweaters in the past. Wearing a coat on the top of a puffy dress is also a great idea in a windy day ! How do you wear your puffy dress ? Let me know in the comment below. Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful Wednesday!

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4 Swim-wears you will love: Weekly find!

4 Swimwears you will love: Weekly find! Happy Wednesday everyone! Above are four swim-wears I found this week:

Above Left: Painting print-Tropical Fish and Girl Swimming Watercolor 

Above Middle: Black Adidas by Stella Mccartney  $70

Above Right: Matthew Williamson  $185

Bottom Left: Oasis Scoop One Piece  $148

Bottom Middle: Mara Hoffman  $235

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LA Look + Coffee + Street Art

 

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It was a sunny day when Celina, Gaby and I explored downtown LA. We had brunch at Urth Caffe, which is famous by its organic coffee and hand selected teas. For me, it’s the decoration and coffee-art that makes it stand out from other coffee shops. I ordered Mocha and it was as good as what I make at home ( which doesn’t happen most of the time) , so I was satisfied. After brunch, we tried to find somewhere to take OOTD pictures, the art district blowed my mind! I just wanted to walk street by street to see those amazing art! If you are interested, here is a great website showcase the LA street art .  

About my outfit, I put together some old pieces and sticked with the black and white theme. Both of the white shirt and hi-low dress are made by light, flowing fabric. Since the shirt is white and it’s easy to see the under-garment, I added a black vest. The buttons and the belt added gold glow to this outfit. 

Back to coffee, Michael and I own an expresso machine and we usually get coffee beans from Kean.   However we love to try new coffee brands. Let me know what’s your favoriate coffee shop and why.

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The Next Black-A Film About The Future Of Clothing

The next black AEG  launched a documentary film “The Next Black“, which is about the future of clothing. The film focused on the designers , innovators and leaders that are shaping the future of the industry. It also encouraged not only the clothing companies, but also consumers, like you and me, to build a sustainable future together by developing new technologies, using organic materials, and recycling our clothes.

OOTD & Top 5 second hand stores you need to visit !

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 Jacket: Express | Grey Dress: Forever 21  | Heels: Aldo 

The American Marketing Association, Fullerton Chapter had a second hand clothing sale in CSUF. Everything was $5. I bought several pieces and this little grey dress is one of them. I am wearing it with a black blazer from Express and a pair of dress heels from Aldo.

Do you have a habit of cleaning your wardrobe? What do you do with the clothes you don’t wear anymore? With today’s fast fashion , we tend to buy more clothes and get rid of the old one more frequent. When you enjoy your new goods , make sure to sell/donate the one you don’t wear anymore. This way we can get the best use out of the clothes. Not only the donates will help the landfills and local families, but also you can add some extra money to your shopping budget! So why not ?

Besides Goodwill , here are some recommended second hand stores in LA area that you can sell and buy clothes.

1.  Buffalo Exchange 

2. Tavin Boutique 

3. Buttons & Bows LA

4. Decades 

5. Vestiaire Collective 

Let me know how do you feel about second hand clothing! Do you buy them? If yes, I love to know which store you  usually go. Leave a comment below !

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Weekly Find: Rebecca Taylor

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Shopping is one of my favorite things to do. I always find new amazing styles online that are worth to share with you . So here I am , bring in a brand new section: Weekly Find! I have to admit, many of these items are pretty expensive.  In the future, I will try to select more affordable items !
Let me know if you like any of these items!

Pacific Coast Highway

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Nancy and I recently bought a Canon EOS 5d Mark III. That was excuse enough to take the scenic PCH drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey. This stretch of PCH is one of the most beautiful routes anywhere, with numerous state beaches, scenic camping grounds, and historical sites. We decided to make the drive in one day, which limited the number of stops we could make. 

Initially, we planned to stop in Santa Barbara for a quick lunch before journeying on. Once we got a glimpse of the beautiful spanish colonial architecture, the cameras came out, and we hit the streets.

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After spending more than two hours eating and strolling through the streets, we finally headed north again. Within 20 minutes, we made our first turnoff at El Capitan State Beach. By this time, all of the haze had burned off and it was clear blue skies. Because there’s so much light, i set the aperture to the lens minimum at f/22 to make sure both Nancy and the background were in focus.

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Prior to the trip, we had planned to stop at Heartz Castle, but it was already past 5pm by the time we were in the area. We drove past the castle and stopped by to check out the elephant seals by Point Piedras Blancas instead.

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I also grabbed my favorite picture of the drive here.

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For anyone trying to make this trip in one day, be warned that the last two hours of the drive is right up against mountains and cliffs. It’s a fun drive that requires non-stop concentration. We didn’t top to take any pictures here because we were tired and Nancy is terrified of heights. All in all, this drive was an amazing experience, but given the choice, i would not drive those last two hours again unless I had to.