Ruffled romp

Ruffle-neck pom-fringe romper, c/o Urban Outfitters. Fringed suede jacket, Mango. Tall gladiators, Missguided. Crossbody bag, Chloe Georgia. Leather choker necklace, c/o Urban Outfitters. Bandana, Urban Outfitters.

Perfect Summer Jeans

Summer is officially here and the southwestern United States has already been graced with it's first heat wave of the season (we actually had some really hot days back in February so I can't even say it was the first one of the year). Just last week, people were complaining about the June Gloom, but I always say that June Gloom is the best because it means that it's not blazing hot. So now here we are; no more gloom in sight, in the midst of some record-breaking temperatures, our forests are on fire, and I'm wearing jeans of all things.

Since I consider these to be battle-tested now, I can say with confidence that these boyfriend jeans are the ideal jean for summer. The lightweight denim and the loose boyfriend-cut allow for maximum airflow, while providing a layer of protection between my sweaty thighs and anything they might sit on and leave embarrassing sweat marks behind on...erm, that's not just me, right?? I got the regular inseam which was a bit too long on me so I cut the hems off. Unfinished hems are totally in style, anyway! Without a cuff, the fit is even looser, so I wouldn't want to pair them with anything too big on top. This lightweight top with ruffles at the shoulders is the perfect feminine counterpoint to the baggy bottoms. And this straw boater hat--I've been on the hunt for one for a while, and found a great affordable version from American Eagle! So excited to be topping off my outfits with this hat this summer, and the wide-brim provides awesome protection for my stereotypical Asian, sun-hating face.

Light-wash boyfriend jeans, c/o Banana Republic. Ruffled sleeve top, c/o Banana Republic. Knotted slides, Mango (now on sale!) Straw boater hat, American Eagle (now on sale!) Mini bucket bag, Mansur Gavriel. Pom pom bag charms, Topshop and Ted Baker.

Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Flat Iron Waves with Irresistible Me

I have to admit that I'm not a huge hair person--not an expert on it, nor do I like to spend a lot of time or money on it. Furthermore, I have just never been good at it. So for me, low-maintenance tends to be the name of the game. I've also been through my share of hair blunders when I was younger, which have made me hesitant to really try any major changes with my hair.

So, anyway, Irresistible Me reached out to me to offer a free product in exchange for my honest review (they have curlers, flat irons, human hair extensions, and more) and I was super excited to try out their flat iron. I had just recently gotten into using a flat iron to curl my hair (you may have noticed that I've been doing my hair more frequently the past few months), but I was using a cheap $20 flat iron that I bought years ago. So I was really excited to try their "professional tourmaline Diamond Hair Styler."

Supposedly there are crushed diamond particles mixed with the tourmaline (who even knows what tourmaline is? It sure sounds fancy though). I can't really comment on the high-tech aspects of the flat iron; it's only the second flat iron I've ever owned and as I mentioned, I'm no expert. So, I'll just touch on my personal experience with it.

Heats up very fast. No wait time!
Grips my hair well (my other flat-iron is kind of slippery)
Came in a very nice, sturdy box along with a sheet of styling tips
Can be used internationally, adjusting to supplied voltage (haven't tested this feature yet but that's what it claims).
None that I can think of actually. But, I don't think that it makes my hair style any better, longer-lasting, or less frizzy than my $20 flat iron. It's just a bit more convenient to use.

Read on to see how I do my hair!

I usually start with the top half of my hair clipped up (see top picture above) and curl the bottom half first. The ONLY benefit to not having a full head of hair is that I can get it all done pretty quickly (about 10 minutes). Working in sections, I clamp my hair with the iron, and then rotate it away from my face and slowly pull it outwards. Sometimes I'll go over a section twice to give it a little more curl.

The end result is soft little waves, mostly in the bottom half of my hair. I usually then give it a shot of hairspray and run my fingers through it. If I want more volume then I would use a curling iron instead, since those go under the roots and lift the hair more, but I find the flat iron much easier and faster to use for every day. It tends to relax a bit throughout the day and end up looking more like the photo below.

Do you have any tips on using a flat iron or a good one to recommend? Let me know about your experiences with flat irons!

Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Easy Sundays: Brunch at Winsome

A simple outfit for Sunday brunch. It took me a while to get on the culotte train. They reminded me too much of gaucho pants when they first cropped up, which I was never a very big fan of. By the time I finally got on board with them, we were well into Fall, and I figured I shouldn't bother because winter was coming and the trend would probably fizzle out by springtime. Now here we are, nearly into summer, and culottes are still going strong. Styling them can be a bit of a challenge so I decided to take all of the guesswork out of it by going with a culotte jumpsuit from Boohoo (note: runs really small; I recommend going up two sizes). It's definitely perfect for those lazy Sundays spent lounging around; super comfortable and requires no thought to wear. However, because of the culotte silhouette, it still looks stylish enough to wear out.

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I'd been wanting to try the brunch at Winsome, which is a fairly new restaurant in Echo Park (right by the edge of DTLA and Chinatown). We didn't have a reservation and had to wait about 20 minutes, so we grabbed a chocolate chip cookie and iced latte (and then we proceeded to take the above outfit pictures in front of their nice exterior). The cookie and latte were so good together, I don't think I ever want to enjoy an iced latte without a cookie again.

The agua frescas were really good! My favorite was the cucumber one with mint and green apple. Super refreshing.

The duck egg toast.

The potato rosti with sunny-size up egg, brisket corned beef and charred cabbage.

Both entrees were on the savory side with similar flavors. I kinda wish I went for something sweet instead, but overall it was a good meal and we'd be back! Especially for the agua frescas.

Joshua Tree, CA, USA

Desert Dreams

It's been a longtime dream of mine to witness the beauty of the Milky Way, which is impossible in most places that humans dwell because of the light pollution. It's incredible to think that people used to observe this wonder all the time, but for the past few centuries it has been hidden to those of us who live our lives in urban/suburban areas. The best time to see it is during the summer, when it's directly overhead, so we headed out to the desert this past Memorial Day weekend and were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it before the moon rose. I can't even remember the last time I saw the stars sparkle so brightly and it made me feel tiny and insignificant for sure. At the same time, the beauty of the desert and the sky above us reminded me what a gift it is to be alive on Earth.

I definitely want to practice my astrophotography more, so hopefully another trip to Joshua Tree soon is in the stars (hehe)!

Black Carlin Romper, Urban Outfitters (sold out but they still have a ton of cute styles here). Fringed cardigan, LA Made. Wool hat, H&M. Hiking boots, a vintage brand called Kinney Colorado. Tan bucket bag, Old Navy (old). Double pendant necklace, c/o Happiness Boutique (check out their great selection of necklaces.)

Trending: Bodysuits & Choker Necklaces

Two of the hottest trends in stores right now are bodysuits and choker necklaces. Personally, I've had a couple of bodysuits over the years and I've never been overly fond of them. Not only do they create panty lines at times but they also make it really annoying to use the toilet. And choker necklaces, I've been on the fence about as well. I still cringe a bit at the memory of wearing those 'tattoo" type chokers in the 90s. It wasn't until Taylor Swift declared choker necklaces the new flower crowns (at Coachella) that the 2016 version of me finally thought, maybe I need to get on the choker train. Enter, Forever 21. They always have the latest trends at super affordable prices, so it's a great place to shop if you want to try out a new trend without breaking the bank. I picked out this bodysuit because it had great reviews, but the best part about it (and most other bodysuits from Forever 21) is that it has a snap closure at the bottom! It makes bathroom trips a breeze, and looks great under my mom jeans; therefore, I am totally on board. And I got a lot of compliments on this lace choker necklace, so I consider that a success too (even though it keeps twisting around annoyingly). I've rounded up some of my favorite bodysuit and choker necklaces below!

Grey Lace-up Back Bodysuit, Forever 21. Slim mom jeans, ASOS. Bralette, Aerie. Choker necklace, Forever 21. Boucle cardigan and suede tasseled crossbody, both from Zara (old). Chuck Taylors, Converse.

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