Monday, March 2, 2015

Off-The-Shoulder, Metallic.

Hello March! & Happy Monday!
Can we quickly talk about how much it snowed yesterday (in NYC) on the first day of March?! Anyway, I digress...
So last week, I met with the amazing girls over at Mestiza and got the chance to sit and chat with them about their line inspired by their Southeast Asian roots. Their site isn't shoppable just yet, but keep your eyes peeled for their launch date, and until then, take a look at their look book. Swooning over the white, off the shoulder dress!

Dress: Mestiza (c/o) // Shoes: Schutz // Bangle: BaubleBar
This day was so cold I had to find an indoor location to shoot. Honestly the worst part about winter is the difficulty to shoot outfit posts (#bloggerprobs) but really. But the New York Public Library didn't disappoint. The marble contrast against this sparkly little dress was everything.

My favorite part about this dress? How twirl-able it was! As a petite girl, the length was perfect too. (I'm a little shy of 5'2" for reference), but it hit just right, and there was just the right amount of fabric so I didn't look like I was wearing a tent. Also, the base of the dress is a beautifully made bodycon dress that hugs your body in all the right places. Can you tell I'm obsessed? 

Let me know which Mestiza dress is your favorite below :) I can't wait to get the white, off-the-shoulder with the gold trim! (Planning to take it to my trip to PR in late May!) 

Big thanks to my friend Jino for the photos! 
PS- I'm now on Snapchat, add me: AndPrettyThings for the day-to-day life in NYC.

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 - New Years Resolutions + a {late} Holiday outfit

A few days late, but better late than never, right? For me, 2014 was definitely a year of growth.There were some really good times, and also some pretty bad times, but those are all a part of growing up I suppose. I can't quite remember the last time I made New Year resolutions, other than the generic resolutions the mass population makes of "going to the gym more, eating healthier, not being so lazy, etc." but I've had some time to myself the last few days, and wanted to put some of my thoughts in writing.
To start, I've never been an open person, as in, I'm not one to share my thoughts and emotions or 'how I'm really feeling' to anyone. I'm typically one to keep them bottled up inside me, and then vent to one of my very close (those are very few) friends, whom I'm forever grateful for. Being in the PR/ Social Media field, you'd think I'd communicate my feelings a lot more than I do/ should, but that's far from true. I'm a very private person. Although I share what I wear on this blog, and my day-to-day on my Instagram, you don't see anything but the good - because who really wants to see photos of unappetizing meals, a messy desk, and a terrible selfie after a long day of work? Not me. Anyway, let's start here. On the very top of my resolutions is to be more open about my feelings.

Communicate my real feelings:I won't be complaining/ venting too much here on the blog, but it's quite refreshing when bloggers do "keep it real" because no one's life is perfect. It's so easy to curate that perfect life on social media with the help of perfect lighting, a new accessory & great angles, but let's be real, life isn't always so pretty. This is more for me to be able to open up to my friends & family, instead of always saying "I'm great, how are you?" Because my life isn't always great. Vulnerability is a scary thought. #yikes.

Be more responsible with my finances:
This year was the first year in my life that I'm 100% financially independent from my parents (it only took me 25 years .... love you mom&dad!), and I'm proud to be able to say that I can pay for my own rent and all, but damn you credit card (such a love/hate relationship). Also, I want to pay off all of my student loans by the time I'm 30 (so I guess I have until 2019 for this one) + have no credit card debt. So this means no impulse purchases... because I can fall real hard for a luxe handbag and a pretty pair of shoes.

Spend more time with my family:
In 2014, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I went home to see my parents. Living in NYC, and my parent's in Philly, the travel isn't that far - seriously, only 2 hours, and yet I've probably gone home about 5 times this last year. Not to say that I don't talk to them everyday because I text my mom everyday (she's my best friend) and we talk on the phone multiple times a week. But seeing them in person and spending time with them is different. As I've gotten older, I've really started to appreciate and cherish the times I get to spend with my parents and I want to do it more often. 

Stop comparing myself with others:
Um maybe I need to deactivate Facebook and delete my Instagram account (#justkidding) but seriously, it's hard not to compare yourself to others when everyone's life is on public display. It seems as though ALL of my girlfriends are in some serious relationships/ getting engaged, where as I'm still single. And for awhile I was okay with being single, but recently I've started to feel more pressure to find a SO. And don't get me wrong, I've done my share of dating, but none felt organic - there were some not-so-great dates, but also some good ones, but there just wasn't any chemistry. And I'm not ready to settle just yet.
Besides boys + dating, it's hard not to compare myself to other bloggers, instagrammers, people of the internet, etc. We all do it, and know it's not healthy, but damn you IG, justkidding, I love you. So this year, I want to really focus on myself, and my personal goals without being blinded by what others are doing/ have achieved, because your time will come. 

Blog more:
As simple as that & finally to make the move from Blogger to Wordpress.

AND to end, here's a super late Christmas-y outfit - my take on red + tartan :)
Red, oversized turtleneck // (old) Zara tartan trousers // (old) Zara pumps // Prada Sunnies // Shanaz Designs purse

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend/ break and are having a wonderful start to 2015. I want to hear about your resolutions too! <3

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Black + Sparkle for NYE

In two days it'll be 2015... crazy. If you're still in need of some NYE outfit inspo, I've got 2 for you today! Both in black and gold, in fun textures and sparkle. Who doesn't love feathers and sequins for the holidays, right?

Prada sunnies //  gold Zara knit (old, similar HERE) // black feather skirt (obsessed with THIS one too - get an extra 40% OFF sale!! code: CHEERS) // Loren Hope bracelet // Clare V leopard clutch // Schutz pony hair pumps

Outfit #1 photos by: Courtney Quinn

Black, fuzzy crop sweater (similiar HERE - obsessed with the stripes!) // (old Threadsence) scalloped sequin skirt (Similar HERE + HERE) // Loren Hope bracelet // Schutz pony hair pumps

Outfit #2 photos by: my brother, David
Both outfits are so me. Keeping my accessories pretty simple (aka wearing my new FAVORITE bracelet), and wearing the same black, pony hair pumps that go with everything. What are your NYE plans? Or better yet, what are you wearing for NYE?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Girls' Brunch

A weekend isn't a weekend unless you've had brunch. Well in this case, a late brunch, which I suppose is a lunch. I got to spend some time with some of my favorite girls I've met through Instagram, and yes, they're my real life friends now. Crazy how social media brings people with common interest together. Anyway, since we do live busy lives, some of us working and others still in school, we try to make time once a month to grab brunch together. And of course, when it's the 4 of us, it's a lot of photo taking, rearranging, editing and of course 'gramming. Thank god we all get each other. 

Prada sunnies // J.Crew navy coat (currently 30% OFF!) // 525 fur vest // Burgundy faux fur scarf // classic Prada Saffiano Medium (#treatyoself) // Zara leather shorts // Rag & Bone ankle boots // Loren Hope bracelets (never taking these off) 

Photos by: Van Le

And of course when you're waiting to be seated for brunch, it's the perfect time to take outfit photos. And spending the day with bloggers/Instagrammers = good pics all day. Not even kidding, you have to check these girls out on Instagram - KeenVan & Casey. PS. those are real candids, other than the detail shots. #baecaughtmegrammin (in case you don't get that, please check our @BrosBeingBasic on IG. It's my new favorite account.)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Cyber Monday!

Happy (Cyber) Monday + December! Can't believe Thanksgiving weekend is already over (see what I did here on Instagram) and it's December #majorWTF anyway, back to the real world and NYC. Being home in Philly this weekend really put a lot of things in perspective for me. And I loved every minute of it. Anyway, if you haven't already shopped till you dropped on Black Friday, here are some amazing deals for Cyber Monday. I personally love Cyber Monday, and am not much of a Black Friday shopper.. I prefer to click that 'add to cart' button in the comfort of my own bed. Also, another outfit post below. Getting the hang of taking photos I suppose.. :)

Prada sunnies // Jarin K. pearl earrings (super affordable option here) // Blush pink turtleneck sweater (now on super sale!!) // Grey pencil skirt (now 50% off) // Clare V clutch (get 25% off!) // Rag & Bone ankle boots

Thanks to my brother for taking these photos for me! The sun is deceiving because it was actually about 35 degrees, and yes, I was freezing. #bloggerprobs This was his first time taking my photos, and these are my first set of pictures with my new lens!

I'm obsessed with this blush turtleneck sweater, and it's slightly cropped- making the perfect length to tuck into a skirt. (and it's on super sale right now at Piperlime!) Everyone always talks about juxtaposition, and I think the best way to wear an oversized knit is paired with a pencil skirt. The pencil skirt shows off your figure and balances out the bulkiness of your top. And of course, paired with your favorite ankle boots, it makes for the perfect fall/winter outfit. I've been wearing my Rag & Bone Stanton Chelsea boots - they were a bit of an investment, but I know I'll be wearing them all season long, and definitely next year as well.

And of course, you wouldn't be a "fashion blogger" without this Clare V. clutch, right? ;) I lovee this one too- might be my next purchase :)

And now for some Cyber Monday deals from my favorites stores:
- Piperlime - 30% off with code: CYBERSALE
- ASOS - 30% off with code: ILOVEMONDAYS
- West Elm - up to 25% off with code: SUPERSALE
- Club Monaco - 30% off with code: CYBERMONDAY
- J. Crew - 30% off with code: MONDAY
- Shopbop - up to 25% off with code: GOBIG14
- Parker - 30% off with code: HOLIDAZE30
- Joie - 25% off with code: THANKS

Happy Shopping! xx