Category: DRESSY

BLACK FOR SPRING? YES!

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BLACK FOR SPRING? YES!

Apr 27th, 2017

Spring time in Portland could be tricky but also kind of fun in terms of what to wear because of weather variances from day to day. On the street, you will see people wearing a t-shirt, a jacket or sweater, and even a winter coat. The upside of that is you can choose from your entire closet to create outfits.
People often put black color clothes away when it comes to spring. For me, wearing black in spring is perfectly fine as long as you find ways to light it up or add colors. In my outfit today, I used a colorful scarf to add vibrance to the overall look.
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NEUTRALS WITH CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN DC

NEUTRALS WITH CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN DC

Apr 18th, 2017

Being a mom, I don’t get to travel much. But I usually manage to get at least one trip every year to get some “JUST ME” time. This year, I decided to chase the cherry blossoms in DC and share them with you in this post!
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My photographer and I were there in the last weekend of March. The blossom was already at the tail end of it, but the flowers still looked very delicate and poetic!
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KNIT DRESS

KNIT DRESS

Mar 21, 2017

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Spring is finally here!! When the sun comes out in Portland, the city comes alive! My photographer and I decided to take a short trip out of the city to McMenamins Edgefield.
I finally felt warm enough to wear a dress without tights or stockings to showcase  a knit dress from THREE FLOOR.  Apart from classic B & W, I also love the details of this dress: the an open-weave neckline, asymmetrical details, fringe and uneven hem.  Since the dress has a lot of volume, apple or pear shaped bodies may want to think twice.  (more…)

A LITTLE FRENCH FLAIR

A LITTLE FRENCH FLAIR

Mar 10, 2017

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Although  I am geared up for spring looks, Portland’s recent March snow inspired another winter look today. : )
NW 23rd ave, Nobhill area,  has always been a favorite street for a stroll.  Somehow the street puts me in the mood for a European look to match the atmosphere. Today, I was going for a little French flair as you already knew. : ) (more…)

FUND RAISING EVENT

FUNDING RAISING EVENT

FEB 28, 2017

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My son attends  a Mandarin immersion school, Northwest Chinese Academy, which is the ONLY full Mandarin immersion school in the Portland area. We love the teachers there so much! They are so attentive and loving beyond their excellent educational competency. Hongbao gala is the school’s big fund raising event, so we go every year. Yes, the cute kiddo in below picture is my lovely son. : ). (more…)

SILK DRESS LAYERING

SILK DRESS LAYERING

FEB 14, 2017

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italian-silk-maxi-dress-over-black-sweater-2297I don’t know about you, but I have been getting a bit bored with my typical winter look–A cute, comfy sweater over jeans or miniskirt with a coat, or a sweater dress with over-the-knee boots with coat. Those were my typical winter looks and I was dying for a change.
In preparation for meeting a friend downtown at Kimpton Vintage Hotel, I spotted this silk maxi dress.  Some may recall from my 10-year anniversary celebration party (as seen in the below picture).  With spring is approaching, adding a bit of “flowy-ness” to welcome spring seemed appropriate to get out of the winter funk!  Thus, an experiment with silk maxi dress over a black  sweater with grey wool capri pant.
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CRYSTAL-PRINT SHEATH DRESS

CRYSTAL-PRINT SHEATH DRESS

Nov 13rd, 2016

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Technically I should have “plenty” of time to enjoy a cup of coffee at ease in a café.  Well, like most of you, my day gets filled with pursuits and responsibilities like two young boys, my high standard for house organization/tidiness, and my various creative outlets…. etc…   So I made an extra effort to have a nice café day.
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FALL ESSENTIAL: TRENCH COAT

FALL ESSENTIAL: TRENCH COAT

Oct 19th, 2016

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I am a big fan of trench coats, partly because they are very giving for various body types. A trench coat is a necessary component of your wardrobe for Fall and extends its usage further for rainy winter weather locations like the west coast in the US.
The one pictured in today’s post was purchased almost 4 years and has been absolutely my all time favorite. I especially like the contrast between black double breast buttons and the mustard color.  Wearing it open with the belt loosely tied in the back, or completely buttoned up can be flattering and cool-looking.   Plus, trench coat durability makes the investment worthwhile since they can last many years.
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B & W, ALL TIME FAVORITE

B & W , ALL TIME FAVORITE

Oct 10th, 2016

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Though Portland is heading into Fall rainy season, a sunny day provides a sun shower and an opportunity to hunt for one of our locally famous food trucks.
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Many in the fashion industry suggest less white once Fall starts, or that white is not ideal for Winter…etc.   For me, B & W is classy all year with a good cut to match the occasion or my mood.  The Balenciaga top was purchased at the same time as the lace set from “Lace, Every woman’s dream“.  I tend to shop while I am in an international city like Shanghai to take advantage of it. : )
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LACE, EVERY WOMAN'S DREAM

LACE, EVERY WOMAN’S DREAM

Sep 30th, 2016

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When I see someone wearing gorgeous lace clothing, I think “WOW, she is so elegant!”   However, the subtle doubt creeps in: “I never look nice in lace”.  Lace has always a dream for me and today can be for you!
NEVER SAY NEVER!  Today I feature Sandro Paris’s Lace set: a cropped lace top and matching lace pencil skirt with a slit on the side.  I fell in love with it at first sight and trying it on further confirmed it was a perfect style and cut for me!
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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS!

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS

Aug 23rd, 2016

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My husband is a very private person. He is not any social network. He does not like me publish any picture of him or our sons over the internet. However, in this post you will see a few picture of him. I just simply can’t write a blog about our 10 years anniversary without a picture of him! 
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To me, it is very important to make every special days special! Life with two children could be very busy and hectic. The worst thing I want to see is I don’t have any special memory when I am too old to do anything ! Hence, I always make efforts to make a special day memorable. Luckily, my husband always supports me!
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PLEATED SKIRT AND BLACK TOP

PLEATED SKIRT AND BLACK TOP

Aug 3rd, 2016

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Reading has absolutely became a luxury for me ever since I had children. If I remember correctly, I only finished reading one book “Snow Flower and Secret Fan” by Lisa Lee in the last 4 years. : )
It was a good day to visit Powell’s book store, little bit of drizzling rain off and on. It was a chilly day so I wore a long sleeve top.  I paired it with pleated skirt I got when I was in Rome last year. The black top has a cut open on the back. It really helps showing off the skirt! 
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WHEN NAVY MEETS WHITE

WHEN NAVY MEETS WHITE

July 10, 2016

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Like everything else in the world, Style has its own rules. To dress stylishly, you need to understand these rules, practice them, excel and then perhaps break them. 
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COLORBLOCK SUMMER

COLORBLOCK SUMMER

July 1st, 2016
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A very dear friend from San Fransisco visited me. We became friends before we even met each other in person. : ) I invited her to join two of  my photo sessions and she will appear in my blog as guest appearance. P.S, She herself is a fashionista!

When weather is nice in Portland, nothing compares to taking a walk at downtown waterfront in the dawn time. Mountains in the far, clear blue sky with floating clouds, multiple bridges crossing over willamette  river, green grass covering the ground…. all of these are calling to wear a bright color block.

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