21 May 2015

little black romper

Do you remember your first romper? It was probably several years ago. Back when you thought that rompers were likely a fleeting trend, but you still liked the playful style enough to give it a try. Nowadays I'm of the school of thought that trends don't ever die anymore. Just like skinny jeans and gladiator sandals, rompers will never go out of style. The little romper is not some trendy fast-fashion piece that will be buried at the back of your closet by the end of the season, but a veritable wardrobe staple. And no color is as timeless as our fail-safe black. Prints may fall in and out of vogue, (well, not stripes-stripes are always cool) but black is always...black.

Anyways, summer is just around the corner which has me in a free-spirited mood. Even though the weather here in LA is not really cooperating. Not that I'm complaining! It's a refreshing change from non-stop sunshine, variety being the spice of life and all. I'm so happy to have discovered this little Arkansas-based ecommerce shop called Savoir Faire. I'm loving their boho-esque wares, particularly this flowy little romper complete with bell-shaped (but not TOO bell-shaped) sleeves. Just the right amount of bell. This item will definitely be in my wardrobe for years to come.

Black romper with bell sleeves, c/o Savoir Faire. Mid-heel gladiator sandal, Report Signature. Fringed suede crossbody bag, Zara (last season). Oatmeal colored cardigan, LA Hearts (sold out).

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08 May 2015


Looking for a quick and easy brunch without an hour-long wait? If you're in LA, you must head to this humble little take-out window in Echo Park and try this seriously good waffle! I normally don't really enjoy salty/savory flavors mixed with my sweets (the waffle comes pre-syruped, which I might normally gripe about but I couldn't because it was too perfect). But the poached egg was absolute heaven spread into every bite of waffle. Yum. One of the best waffles I can ever recall eating. I can't wait to go back to try some more things from the menu.

Have a great weekend, everybody!! xx

05 May 2015


Recently I joined a global online fashion platform called RE.MU and they connected me with a Taiwanese brand called Queen Shop for a styling collaboration. It's always interesting and inspiring to see what people around the world are wearing, although it's never so radically different as I remember it being when I was a kid. I guess that was way back in the Jurassic age, before the internet and globalization kind of merged worldwide trends into a global collective consciousness. Nowadays, you don't actually need to travel to a new locale in order to be inspired by the fashion and style there, which is pretty amazing if you think about it.

So it's thanks to RE.MU that I discovered this brand Queen Shop (though Google Translate deserves some credit here too) and dress myself in a such a way like one of the cute Asian girl models on the website might. Since the theme of the collab is "Travel With Us," I picked pieces that were loose and comfortable and would travel well. The tote would make an excellent carry-on and I am so in love with this lightweight trench; you will definitely be seeing it on my blog again. And these olive-colored pants are quite unlike anything else I have in my wardrobe, so I'm happy have tried out something new, even if they do make me feel a bit self conscious about my calves (the girls on the website have such thin legs!) Since the pants feel a bit masculine to me, pretty heels are a must.

Lightweight trench coat, Queen Shop. Ditsy print cami, Brave Soul. Army green pleated trousers, Queen Shop. Light beige tote bag, Queen Shop. Isla sandals, French Connection. Rose gold watch, Akribos XIV.

29 April 2015


Do you ever find yourself gravitating towards something even though it's not your "style"? This windowpane cardigan was so soft and nice, but the tailored shape and look is much more polished than I typically prefer. So instead of going full-on prepster, I decided to throw it on over vintage denim Levi's and a cropped tee. I guess it was my attempt at making the look more "me." I don't really know if I nailed it or not but sometimes you just have to not care.

Windowpane cardigan, Forever 21. Cropped lace tee, Madison Square via Piperlime (shop close-out sale now!) Denim cutoffs, vintage Levi's. Large bucket bag, Mansur Gavriel. Triangle necklace, House of Harlow 1960. Slim gold watch, Timex. Bracelet and rings from my recent Rocksbox. Use code 'taniaxoxo' to get 50% off.

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.