Make Me Blush and Style Me Pink

Dusty Rose and Blush Pink are amongst some of the most coveted pastels this summer. Whether used  as canvas for floral prints or crafted as a neoprene skirt, the color is infinitely versatile in its function and pairs well with a myriad of designs! Some of my favorite summer-infused outfits using this color would be a black crop top with a pastel pink midi skirt, or a blushing leopard print shirt with a maxi skirt.

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Though I’m currently on the hunt for the former frock (lucid lace midi skirt to be exact – thoughts anyone?) I was able to pick up a boxy pink top with oval black prints from H&M that evokes a vanguard edge to the “oh-so-light-and-pretty” pink. This color pairing is a great alternative for those that prefer darker toned outfits (slimming effect holds true, or maybe just the thought of blushing pink reminds you of a flimsy prom dress in 1989). Also given the fairy dust pink has a run-of-the-mill flair, it would be a neutral piece that can even be paired with wild cards like jacquard weave textures or baroque prints! Given my outfit today steered towards monochromatic black and pink, I decided to lighten up the visuals with a neon yellow necklace and a pair of cat-eye glasses.

Fear that making a grandeur entrance with fuschia and bubblegum pink would a cause a “boom” rather than a “bang”? Then blushing pink is your perfect go-to option for that head-turning moment -add a tad of girly flair to a summery pastel hue 🙂

Xoxo~ Lena

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Top: H&M// Skirt: Ann Taylor// Shoes: Kenneth Cole// Bag: Louis Vuitton Artsy// Glasses: Miu Miu// Necklace: Forever 21

Credits: Jason J Photography

Stripe Me To My Core

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From haute couture designs to MOD looks, what do fashion iconoclasts like Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have in common? Aside from representing British powerhouse brands like Burberry and TopShop  (and having an enviable collection of French and Italian leather luxuries), these NY Fashion Week front-row “IT girls” have a distinct trait that sets them apart from other waify frames on the catwalk — a unique personal style aspired and embodied by millions of fashion-focused women across the globe.

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Speaking of trendsetting styles of the Swinging City, British fashionistas have always been famed for their individual sense of style. Eclectic and effortless. Bohemian and chic. Mixed prints, vintage pieces, and checkered designs are a few archetypical British looks. As Emma Watson once said in an interview, British folks are governed by the weather in the country — skirts and shorts are worn with black opaque tights, and flip flops are replaced with plimsolls. In my outfit today I wanted to emulate one of the trending British styles of the season (one that’s rain and sun-proof for all weather types) — the sailor-inspired navy and white stripes minus the dixie-cup cap 🙂

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Marc Jacobs may have paraded models in 1960s-inspired looks with horizontal and zigzag patterns in red, black and white, but the sky’s the limit to how you can pair a striped T or dress without blind-sighting those around you. Want to rule out wardrobe doldrums with this Briton-approved style? Then mix stripes and hoops of various sizes and textures — small floral prints or polka dots with large stripes, or intercept thin lines with the same color along the side of your trousers. Add in a belt to accentuate your waist in a full-striped bodycon dress, and accessorize with minimal silver jewelries. In my outfit today I vested in the British laissez-faire look by pairing a striped animal face sweater with a pair of purple corduroys and pony-haired boots. The pants’ woven fabric was snug and velvety, ideal for a chill evening in the park, and the boots gave the outfit an urbane moto edge. Along the lines of personal style, my signature look was wholly embodied in this outfit – cool, androgynous, chic 🙂

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Give me an All Saints moto jacket and an 1198cc Ducati, I’m ready to cruise into the glistening sunset!

Xoxo~ Lena

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Sweater: Zara//Pants: Loft//Shoes: Vince Camuto//Bag: Louis Vuitton//Glasses: Miu Miu

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Black, White and Daring

Black dots on a white canvas. White stripes on a black panel. Pair a minimal white top with sleek black jeans for casual Sunday wear, or amp up an all black ensemble with a lapel-laden white blazer to channel that Mad Men-era look. lz (74 of 113) Granted when it comes to a classic black and white ensemble, the sky’s the limit to the multitude of color, decor and styling that comes to mind. To take an outfit up a notch, adding a graphic design would take basic black and white from understated to statement-making, as such monochromatic trend creates a backdrop for more creative pieces like typography and animal prints. lz (49 of 113) lz (59 of 113) In my outfit today I wanted to emulate a tribal chic and boho vibe by infusing a white mesh top with a skulking tiger. I love the intricate designs on this Zara top due to various textured and hollowed out effects on the feline print, nonetheless adding a punk-rock nonchalance to the ensemble. To stay consistent with the black & white color scheme, I added an indigenous shawl cardigan to give the outfit a bold edge yet still remain within the realm of two hues. To wrap up this trendy combination, I paired the top with distressed denim shorts, a pair of wedge sneakers, and a mandarin-colored pouch for a POP of color. These Puma kicks are ideal for prolonged walking, not to mention adding a few more inches to your stature. Long gone are the days when walking in platform heels poses an immovable (yet fashionably on cue) dilemma 🙂 lz (96 of 113)So next time a monotonous white and bold black attire seems too tame, try adding a graphic edge to the get-up. Ferocious animals, check. Floral prints, check. Slapsticks, check. Who says humor doesn’t bode well with fashion? My friend, that’s what designer brand parodies like Ballin’ in Balmain and Féline in Céline are for! 🙂

Xoxo~ Lena

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Top: Zara// Shorts: H&M// Glasses: Miu Miu// Shoes: Puma// Clutch: Tory Burch Credits: Jason J Photography