24 April 2015

yardbird, las vegas

This past weekend I was in Vegas and since we were staying at the Palazzo we happened upon this restaurant at the Venetian next door. It had such a classy ambiance and yet was quite affordable compared other options in the vicinity which tend to skew on the pricey side. And Southern food happens to be one of my favorite cuisines. Not to mention...fried chicken. Fried chicken is only the sole reason that I had high cholesterol in the sixth grade and the doctor had to tell my mom wean me off of it. So, needless to say I've always had this soft spot for fried chicken. I mean...it's literally soft if you know what I mean. Anyways, so happy we found this restaurant.
Kitchen pickle jar. It's novel if nothing else. I'm not a fan of pickles, but if you were ever curious about what green beans, cauliflower, or carrots taste like pickled, there you go...all of the vegetables are pickled in house! Fried chicken. It was tasty and juicy. And the hot sauce was perfect. You can also get it served with a waffle and watermelon, but we decided not to since we weren't that hungry. Next time, for sure, though! I'm already daydreaming about next time... Buttermilk biscuits. There is little in life that is better than a fresh baked biscuit...am I right or am I right? It was so good with the honey butter. Mac and cheese. Enough said. Chicken liver toast. I don't think I can see chicken liver on a menu and not order it. Let's put it up there on my list of weaknesses along with fried chicken. Because I'm Vietnamese and banh mi sandwiches were always a special treat growing up, and my favorite part of those was always the side of the bread that had the pate spread on it. Yum. Pretty mason jar ceiling lamps.

All this talk about food has got me excited for my next meal already...haha.

17 April 2015

simple things


A t-shirt dress is such a simple article of clothing but I'm really loving the look lately. This one from Boohoo is definitely a new favorite, though I kinda wish I had sized up for a looser fit. Since a t-shirt dress is so plain, I tied a shirt around my waist to add some interest. The sandals and the baseball cap are perfect for sunshine-filled days and the lightweight shirt is fully functional as an the excellent cover-up after sun down.

Curved hem t-shirt dress, Boohoo. Army green shirt, Aeropostale. Baseball cap, New Era. Bucket bag, Mansur Gavriel. Leather sandals, Skechers. Friendship bracelet, Hipanema.

10 April 2015

desert dressing


Though I can't say I'm sad to be missing out on the rather lackluster lineup at Coachella this year, one thing I do regret skipping out on is one of the best street style events of the year. All the "festival style" marketing has definitely got me in that mood. When it comes to my own personal philosophy for dressing for a music festival in sweltering temperatures though, I'd rather be comfortable than dress to impress. This outfit keeps it simple and cool, but still features enough hallmarks of "festival style" (fringe, boho print, a fedora, etc) to feel "on-trend" (though I have to say, festival trends do not really change from year to year).

I have to keep my jewelry very minimal in hot weather because my fingers tend to swell up a bit. So rings quickly become uncomfortable for me or sometimes even get stuck on my fingers. I also have a metal allergy so if I'm really sweaty then my skin can get really irritated and break out into a rash from certain metals O_O. As for footwear, I tend to opt for sneakers or boots with insoles put in. Standing around for hours on end can be tiring on the feet, especially after three days! However, I was recently introduced to these leather sandals from Skechers (did you even know they made leather sandals? I didn't!) which actually feature a cushioned footbed made of "luxe foam" and they are soo comfortable! I would totally rock these to a festival.

Aventura tank, Fabletics. Tasseled scarf-print shorts, Boohoo. Fringed crossbody, Stela9. Leather sandals, Skechers. Tan fedora hat, Prima Donna.

05 April 2015

back in black


Cloudy days are kinda hard to come by here in LA, so when we do get one I take the opportunity to wear a lot of black. Is it weird that I actually feel sick of sunshine? Mostly the heat I guess, but hot weather makes the sun feel annoying with its relentless shining every day. I must sound like the most cynical person ever, but the grass is always greener on the other side I guess. But I swear, it is starting to feel like we are living in a pre-apocalyptic dusty droughtland sometimes. Speaking of dusty places, Coachella is just around the corner and festival season is officially about to begin! Even though I'm not attending this year, it's definitely got me in a boho state of mind. Appropriate outfits soon to follow.

Black printed peasant blouse, Free People. Coated black skinny jeans, Flying Monkey (similar, on sale!). Woven ankle booties, Chinese Laundry. Brown felt fedora, H&M (similar. Black mini bucket bag, Mansur Gavriel. Jewelry, Rocksbox.

28 March 2015

classics


Striped mockneck top, Missguided. Blue high rise skinny pants, Gap. Silver metallic flats, Forever 21. Pink tasseled crossbody purse, Zara. Teardrop stud earrings and watch, Kate Spade.

I guess I've been loving stripes a little too much lately; this is the third outfit in a row I'm posting that features stripes! Can you blame me? The print is just so wearable and timeless. Jeans and a striped tee can be a boring combo sometimes (though I would say these are more of a chino pant than a jean), but some fun silver flats keep the look fresh...fizzle.

Get the look:

20 March 2015

scallops and stripes


A striped tee is one of the simplest things but the classic Parisian vibe is always so chic. They can easily feel a bit boring though, so I made sure to style it with some fun, light pieces: my cute little new pink crossbody from Zara and some scallop-hemmed denim shorts. And since we are officially heading into spring today, I wore some woven sandal booties! So great for festival season, too. I'm also really into this sweet lilacish-pink polish right now: Essie's French Affair.

Striped boatneck tee, Gap. Scalloped denim shorts, Akira Chicago (old). Woven ankle boots, Chinese Laundry. Pink tasseled crossbody bag, Zara. Triangle necklace, House of Harlow via Rocksbox.