Monochrome À La Mode

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From flare to body-con, from ’30s midis to boxy wool sweaters, monochromatic black ensembles were omnipresent in fashion week shows across the Western Hemisphere.  A lineup of trend-setting antics that elicit a subtle sense of chic, avant-garde elation was sprung from the classics: sculptural tops, waxen jackets, perforated pullovers, and (a fashion staple) leather skinnies.

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An applauding mishmash of classic vibes isn’t new to the fashion world. Down the Lincoln Center catwalks to the stone-cobbled streets of Paris, celebrities and socialites alike gear towards this classic streamlined look for its underscored à la mode impression. Simply put – versatile and never out of style.

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We can take a page out of Poppy Delevingne’s style playbook and put together an all-black ensemble that lends itself nicely to an evening soirée. Or a 9-5 gig. Or a retail therapy session. So to master this veritably chic style in your everyday life, take note of the following:

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1.) Fabrics – Vary in texture! Macramé tops, wool pants, leather moto jackets, you get my drift. Make sure dense and sheer fabrics offset one another. You don’t want to pair a mesh top with a lace body-con dress. Leave some to the imagination.

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2.) Accessories Tribal beads, stackable rings, printed scarfs, fedoras. Accenting your outfit with colorful baubles and season-appropriate toppers would galvanize you to anywhere but ho hum.

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3.) Lips Pucker up! Give the dark ensemble a shot of adrenaline with fiery red lips! Cherry or fuchsia, coral or pink. Choose one that bodes well with your skin tone (say young maiden, bold red for fair, orange for medium, berry for dark).

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My head-to-toe black ensemble today resonates with the idea of simplicity with an edge. Highly enamored by this Alexander Wang number the moment I walked in the store, the subtle folds across the front adds a tendril of flair to a classic silhouette. To hold steady my visual interest, I mix and mingled various fabrics like a patterned leather jacket and dark denim skinnies. Gold-toned accessories are my go-to source of color as well as this orange Pashli and cherry red lips from YSL Rouge Volupté. Favorite item du jour? These velvety cut-out heels from Elie Tahari 🙂

What’s your favorite neutral ensemble for Fall? Please comment and let me know! Happy pairing!

Xo~ Lena

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Top: Alexander Wang// Jeans: Paige// Jacket: Hinge// Shoes: Elie Tahari// Bag: Phillip Lim// Bracelets: Urban Outfitters// Shades: Prada

Photos: Jason J

The Beginning of Feline Creatures

“Be Daring, Be Different, Be Impractical. Be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton.

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Have you ever come across a quote that truly strikes a chord with you? That upon the words rolling off your tongue you feel pumped up and driven? That’s how I felt as these words reverberated in my mind, asserting the inevitable notion that we should never conform to normalcy. As life rolls out a trail for us to walk through, we should constantly strive to achieve goals that we’ve set in the beginning. It may be something intuitive like becoming a more gratuitous individual or advancing a promising career. It took a lot of deep-dive soul-searching for me to answer this question of “what would I like to achieve in 2014?”. Is it perpetually honing my technical skills in corporate America? Or is it devoutly chasing after my own pursuit of happ”I”ness?

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It slowly dawned upon me that though the first option promises a title, a cubicle in a stone-walled concrete building, and a set of 8-5 dress shirts and heels, there’s still a voice in the back of my head that whispers not “what”…but “what-if?”

What if I pursue a childhood dream of writing illustrative content that inform and inspire as well as entertain and amuse? Tap into my creative mind and let the alphabets glaze themselves upon a white canvas? Hence I started to read lifestyle blogs on Bloglovin where I learned the concept of digital content creation and SEO, and eventually delved into creating my own blog called Feline Creatures. Many folks ask me why I chose FELINE CREATURES. No I’m not crazy about cats, but I sure can’t live without a nifty cat eye which has quickly become my signature look. From drawing a corner “V” to a reverse flick, there are so many ferocious feline looks to master! So after 6 months of perpetual contemplation after I came up with the title, I’ve decided to invest in 4 major topics that would be in heavy rotation every post, and I hope that my interest in reading more about fashion trends, life matters, travel and self improvement would bring value to all of you, my wonderful and lovely readers!

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In today’s “Mega-Post” I want to incorporate all 4 concepts that beset the underlying nature of Feline Creatures (all paws on deck). After my elaborate run-through of why I created Feline Creatures, let’s get down to business and talk about my outfit of the day! Jason and I arrived at Bucktown during peak hour to capture the radiant glow beaming from the sun’s generous presence. North on Milwaukee towards Ashland, we discovered these rustic railroad tracks that echoed an eerie yet mysterious vibe.

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To play up the nonchalant Sunday morning vibe, I wore a long satin ball skirt with a multi-colored top to resonate with the floral gardens past the metal railings. To ramp down the bellowy look, I tied a knot at mid-section to set forth the cinched-in effect. A note to dressing 2 oversized pieces – try to define your waist either with a knot or a tuck so you won’t end up look like oompa-loompa. Because my top vibrantly picked up multiple hues, I completed the outfit with nude platform sandals (these remind me of Japanese geta but with soft cushions – oh so comfy!)  My hair was curled with a 2-inch iron that I tweaked a bit by holding my hair around the clasp rather than clamping it between the gaping. This trick helps to give those perfectly tousled tresses a wavy, carefree effect.

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Sun-beamed kisses on my cheek, radiant with a warm summer glow. Down the floral promenade, and on my way I go 🙂

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Xoxo~ Lena

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Credits: Jason J Photography http://www.jason-j-photography.com/

Creatures of Wonderland

“From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I’ve been told where I must go and who I must be,” says Alice Kingsley. “I’ve been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed into a teapot. I’ve been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice. But this is MY dream. I will decide where it goes from here.” – Alice in Wonderland

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As a child we were introduced to the spectacular wonders of adulthood through the stories livened by our elders. The achievement of a career well-pursued after. The moment a couple walked down the aisle in celebration of forever together. The minutes, hours, and days prepping for the arrival of a firstborn. Whether a particular second was resonated with a complete stranger, or a span of time shared between two love birds, there’s no definite weight to such special and invaluable moments other than those marveling in them. Oftentimes I find myself sit alone in a crowded arena and watch a bevy of passers-by materialize their characters with words and movements. I would wonder what their stories are–where they come from, and where they’re going to.

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Every person’s like a novel–though some may have covers more embellished than others, the depth of ink scribbled through the pages can only be captured once perused through. I think our lives are the same way–we often become enwrapped in the glitz and glamour of chasing after fleeting, nonchalant wind but only come to realize (sooner or later) that they slip through the corners of our hands. Sometimes I feel like my life is like a helium balloon; much like the breezy air sweeping me off the ground to lands untraveled nor foreseen, I forget my humble beginnings and the reason behind the commencement of my journey (see HERE). Which is why when I found out about the Wicker Park carnival this past weekend, I wanted to re-connect with my inner child and her playful spirit by engaging in adrenaline-pumped rides, zippy merry-go-rounds, and elevated ferris wheel above concrete and humanity to resonate with the early stage of life when everything was jovial, simple and carefree.

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In my outfit today I paired my vintage mint pleated skirt with some strappy sandals to bring out the unruffled, “gone-with-the-wind” look. I added color to the assemble by adding in a green belt of a seemingly darker hue and accessorized with double-tiered necklaces. My favorite item from this getup is my straw hat — the coral and mint bandeau added a pop of color to my pastel dress while resonating with its color hue. Completing the look with a mandarin-toned bag from Phillip Lim (similar HERE), which allowed me to carry just the essentials, I was ready to run with the chirpy little ones in line for the 10-story high revolving wheel! Up up and away, where my eye level soon became in tandem with the flock of birds flying by. As images materially unfold in front of me in a different light, I started to see my life more clearly. I was happy. And I felt more free 🙂

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Credits: Jason J Photography http://jasonjphotography.zenfolio.com