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31 August, 2011

Innocently Materialistic!

No, I am not looking for an excuses for my recent purchases but Yes, I am talking about how I cherish friends' gifts that I had to show them my gratitude through wearing their gifts along with my ensembles ASAP


Aren't you so excited to see friends make good use of whatever stuff you bought especially for them?!! I would and I definitely want them to know that they and their gifts mean so much to me. 


Therefore, I am innocently materialistic while showing off those pretty things. 


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Ben Amun triple chained beaded necklace (gifted from Cathy), Christian Louboutin heels, evil-eyes bracelet, madewell knotted bracelet, J crew black threaded crystal bracelet, momo's march wooden beaded bracelet 


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This Prabal Gurung black sheer shirt becomes my classic and fun piece.  


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{Cathy: As opposed to wearing the necklace mysteriously in a tribe look, I hope you'd like this one as well.) 


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My Outfit Du Jour


 1. Top:
Prabal Gurung sheer bottom-down feather front/cut-out shoulder shirt (past season)


2. Bottom:
wide pleated hight-waist skirt made in France(thrifty store find)


3. Accessory:
Elizabeth cole dagger Swarovski necklace
 Ben Amun beads necklace
J Crew vintage studs earrings
multiple colored beaded belt (bought in India)
Azzedine Alaia laser cut-out tote 
yellow opaque tights
green socks 


4. Shoes:
Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato 120 Patent White 11' s/s 



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{PS. I have been asked/stopped by people who are wondering if I was carrying a puppy in my Alaia bag three times already.... Err,... }


Love in Summer!
xoxo Rachel 

30 August, 2011

This and That......

"Sequins" is like leopard pattern, a forever piece if you wear it right!!  Keep the whole look simple is the key. {Of course you might play the game differently if you are going to Las Vegas, right?! } 


The Dolce & Gabbana look is from Aug. fashion magazine which totally reminds myself my cheap sequined legging from Romeo & Julia. { bought at Loehman} 


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Realway Vs. Runway!


Today my girl friends and I went out for lunch and to get together for my birthday. I couldn't believe my eyes as their personal style just got better and better and most importantly, I love all the gifts they picked for me. ^O^ {Yeah, this is the evil side of me when only think of myself.} But seriously, they are willing to have photos taken and under one condition: Make sure they all look pretty! {Hooray!!} 


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On Pei: Zara top, Celine "Box" camel bag. She is very vintage-y look today. 
{The facial expression on her just earned her another 10 points..... 99 pts. lol.} 

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Ben Amun {There is more intricate version on the blog.}


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Always think outside the box, then your necklaces can be very versatile! As a headpiece or bracelet or you can even wear it on your shoulder!! {Necklace from BCBG Max Azria }


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left to right: J crew bracelet, then both momo's March bracelets

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The color punch! {I think I am trying to do "Byzantine style" there}

We girls are very true to ourselves and to each other when we are bosom friends. That's such a blessing, right?!!


Be true to yourself first!
xoxo Rachel   

28 August, 2011

Fun in SF City + French Soul Food Restaurant!

Peilly and I stopped by LF store on Union St. yesterday. We think it is the best place to shop for trendy and hip stuff AND relatively cheaper deals. Although their price isn't as cheap as we expected, now they have everything 60% off, it is a great chance to hunt something before your mind is all set for fall. {You know, when my mood is not yet set for upcoming fall, I'd look everything in darker color  just plain wired on me....but once I start shopping for fall, I couldn't wait to strut new stuff on the street.}  


"State of mind" is interesting, isn't it!! 


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This gorgeous This and That mixed wool cropped cape/poncho is from Anthropologie

My Outfit Du Jour 
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All cheap knick-knacks, including that 15 years old G-shock watch. 


1. Top:
Mara Hoffman pleated front spaghetti strap camisole 
Kay Park tuxedo long blazer with cut-off shoulder


2. Bottom: 
Theory (thrifted) sequined mini skirt


3. Accessory:
J Crew triangle dangled earrings
Momo's march wooden beads bracelets
J Crew
Club Monaco 
G shock watch
Chanel distressed black 226 reissue 


4. Shoes:
Costume national oxford heels 

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We wait at least 1 and half hour there before we are being seated!!


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Love the motif ceiling and rusty concrete wall mixed ambience.

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This is one of their chocolate chips filled Beignet (doughnut).

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We enjoy this hot and yummy chocolate beignet with kids whilst waiting for our table. 

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You don't know how hearty this Gumbo soup is until you try it yourself!!

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Their Benedict is so smooth and creamy and the yolk won't stick all over your lips. 


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I bought a hair band at LF store ~~ to play with Russian or Baroque style!


Gray is a great color to transit my mood into fall! 


Have fun packing up your spring wardrobe.
xoxo Rachel 

26 August, 2011

Get your Boots Ready?

I know, it's still summer but I couldn't wait to strut my boots out in the sun when I feel just a slightly cooler! It's hard to break a sweat here anyway. 


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Straw Fedora hat, Madewell denim shirt, cotton blue blazer, Vince leather shorts, Orange Boss (past season) olive green suede platform boots, Proenza Schouler ps1 messenger, Momo's march sunbeam bracelet, Madewell bracelet, J crew triangle dangle earrings, G-shock watch


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You can always have that extra flare when you pair shirt with jacket in the same-color fashion .


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With the help from the right fashion element, your everyday look is always stylish and stay in trend. 


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pic. taken from TheOutnet.com


My Outfit Du Jour 
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Pink mesh sweater, tutu slip dress, TOGA leopard two-sides tights, leather collar with beads, leather converse with DIY studs, spike bracelet 


Dig in your closet and find your fall fashion elements. 
xoxo Rachel 

25 August, 2011

2011 A/W Trend Elements!!

The influx of emails from the shopping sites and new season's trends' alert almost paralyze my mail box. I mean, I almost have to delete at least 50 mails everyday just so I can read the rest of seem-to-be relatively important emails. {No, I certainly don't like seeing even 1 email alert which reminds me I might omit something important. } Well, is there something like "information left-out panic" phrases exist? I probably will be diagnosed with such syndrome if it does exist. lol I have CNN appl. on my iPhone and it gives "big news" alert everyday which makes me feel that I am not being left-out from the world or be such an illiterate myself. 


Anyway, I was talking on the phone with my friend, Isabel, the other day that how she decided to sell some of her old/past season clothes and how to "get inspired" by me!! Well, she said, she should be like me, wearing newly-bought clothes right away in the future in case she even forgets that she had that piece. Then, she should wear every single piece in her closet at least once every season to make full use of them. As far as her plan is concern, it sounds flawless and I am sure she needs a lot of inspiration from me from now on.... lol. 


Here is what I came up with from my past season clothes which def. can walk me into this fall trend fabulously. Hopefully, you might as well get more ideas when recycling or restyling from your wardrobe. 


Element 1: Sheer, or see-through whatever shirt or leggings or skirt.... { make sure your underpants/bras is cute as well.. ^O^}


Element 2: Pendent necklace 


Element 3: Wide leg jeans {this is forever fabulous piece}


Element 4: platform heels.....


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Element 5: Satin .... something 

Element 6: forest green

Element 7: a nice tailored shirt 

Element 8: leopard .. {never enough} 
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I altered this satin green dress and bottom Dolce Vita jegging into ONE-PIECE Jumper!!


{I am very tired of the satin dress and the bottom jegging but couldn't bear the thoughts of feeling pity if I throw them away so I have my seamstress sew them together.}


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{Now this one-of-a-kind jumper is very convenient and I don't have to worry about how to tuck the shirt in seamlessly}


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Pic. source (hyperlink)


Dig in your closet and have fun. 
xo Rachel 

23 August, 2011

With My Whole Heart Thanks!!

I obtained my Zumba 1, 2 and Zumbatomic licenses and now I am an official Zumba instructor. Yey~~~ {I have all my friends' and family's blessing with me the whole time... and, yeah, you know, my dear hubby baby-sitted 3 children all the way in Napa for 3 days just so I can be closer to them while I had my training in Fairfield!! ^O^}


However, even thought now I am an official Zumba instructor, it doesn't mean I am going to teach or stop going to my mentor, my Zumba instructor's class. In fact, after I completed those training, it only inspires me how much effort and time you have to put into practice to be a good Zumba instructor. No matter what style he/she is, no matter if he/she has dancers background, it certainly needs a lot of commitment to be responsible to your students and to fellow instructors who seeks inspiration while they attending another instructors' classes. {*Kudos* to all the Zumba instructors out there and around the world!!} 


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{Thank you, Jennifer and Wendy. Good luck to your Zumba teacher career!!} 


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Hubby isn't an epicure at all, therefore he doesn't fancy those 3 stars Michelin restaurants. {Although I really wanted to go Michelin star restaurants in Downtown Napa. lol} Good thing is there are a lot of nice casual dining options in Napa without leaving you a big, fat check. Here is one good Thai restaurant- Mini Mango!!

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Green Papaya salad.

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Short spareribs


Grilled squid Salad

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Pad Thai 

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Wide noodles in Thai sweet chili sauce 

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Chocolate Wonton with ice cream n' raspberry puree 


A little souvenir of monogrammed coaster for me and hubby. 

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Nothing beats a nice photo to mesmerize the happy moment forever!!

Cheers,
 Rachel 

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