Friday, October 31, 2014

"I'm Late, I'm Late, For a Very Important Date!"










 H&M blazer borrowed from a friend, shirt via Wal-Mart, H&M skirt, Dharma Co. glasses, Converse sneakers, DIY pocket watch, brother's bow tie, ears and tail via Dollar Tree
Photography and edited by Anthony King

Happy Halloween!

I've been way too anxious to share this fun post with you guys. Halloween is easily one of my favorite holidays of the year solely because I enjoy dressing up in creative costumes and making it myself. I'm not much of  DIY-er but as you all know, I am a huge budget-saver. So when it comes to Halloween costumes, I have the most fun making them out of random things in my closet or buying them from my local thrift stores or dollar stores because no one should be spending more than $20 on a Halloween costume. The point is to be creative and unique!

And speaking of unique, I actually came up with this Halloween costume in a dream I once had. A month ago, I was trying to come up with a creative costume to top my Starbucks, peacock, and Agnes from Despicable Me costumes last year (yes, Halloween is a weekend event for me so more than one costume was obligatory). I guess it was subconsciously on my mind enough to dream about it because I woke up the next morning vividly remembering that I dressed up as the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was perfect because I already had most of the costume (borrowed a friend's red blazer and had the blue skirt and white Converses) and I just had to make the pocket watch and buy bunny ears. Plus, I liked the whimsical, cartoon-y idea of the character so I was really excited to share it on the blog--something a little different to celebrate this fun holiday. 

What did you costume(s) did you come up with this Halloween? And how will you be showing off your creative disguise? Would love to hear about some Halloween parties I can crash...just kidding...but not really.

Not tricked just treated,
Mai Sunshine


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Downtown Blues











Dress via Marshalls (similar here), cardigan via Image Boutique (similar here), H&M heeled booties (similar here), Aldo necklaces, bowler hat via eBay (similar here)
Photography by Pedro Morales
Edited by me

I'm finding it harder and harder to say goodbye to my dresses and skirts these days. They're what I feel most comfortable in (yes, I'd choose wearing a skirt over wearing jeans any day...don't judge me). It's not like I have the nicest of legs to show off, either. I have the knobbiest of knees, bruise way too easily for my own good, and clearly don't mind about my pricklies as much as I should (TMI?). But have me easily slip a dress on, throw a pair of spanx underneath, add a cardigan or outerwear, and I'll be one relaxed girl. So yes, expect me to be making the most of my skirts and dresses before the weather prohibits from doing so and get used to seeing those knobby knees of mine in the next few weeks.

I got this classy dress a while ago on one of my casual visits to Marshalls. That store has a way of reeling you in and making you buy more than you came for. But of course, I'm not complaining because anything I get from there is totally a bargain and worth it. The dress is a bodycon fit but not overly tight and I love the subtle texture and leg slits at the bottom. I kept it simple with a favorite slouchy cardigan of mine since it had multi-tones of gray. The rest of the look was minimal with layered necklaces from Aldo and my black bowler hat. A very casual and comfy look with a boho edge.

Stay warm and dry New York!

As always,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: With such a simple dress, you don't want to take away from its classy details so pair with a simple neutral-toned outerwear and subtle accessories

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fur Sure








Foxiedox faux fur vest c/o, Necessary clothing jumpsuit, Windsor heels
Photography and edited by Anthony King

Exciting news!!

I am beyond happy to announce my collaboration with Foxiedox, an up and coming brand that will be sold at your favorite retailers both online and in store. With a variety of statement pieces, their style represents a fun, urban/streetwear aesthetic with a bit of grungy edge--in other words, totally parallels my personal style.

Colder days are coming as we get further into the fall season and what better way to stay warm than layering up a faux fur vest. And you know how much I love my layering. Foxiedox has so many different styles of fur vests to choose from that are completely unique, which makes me extremely excited to style the ones they've sent me starting with the cropped, capped-sleeve faux fur vest, Bambi. With most faux fur vests, the biggest thing for me is comfort and softness because it's not real fur (thank god) so most of the time it can get itchy or uncomfortable. Fortunately, Foxiedox's faux fur vest isn't like that at all. In fact, I was surprised at how plush and easy it was to wear. It's also not too bulky so it didn't feel heavy or overwhelming, especially since it's cropped. I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit simple with a maroon jumpsuit to complement the vest's brown and white pattern and added my favorite fall hat for a chic touch. Definitely expect me to sport this ensemble around NYC!

I can't wait to share my next look featuring another Foxiedox piece!

Stay tuned,
Mai Sunshine

P.S. Foxiedox is hosting a giveaway on their Instagram where you have a chance to win an exclusive outerwear piece...as in, you'll be the first to receive an item that isn't in retail stores yet! The giveaway ends on 11/12 so enter asap!


Monday, October 13, 2014

My BFF (Best Fashion Friend)









Monteau jacket via Marshalls, H&M top, Forever 21 skirt via Aetherlily's shop, Asos heels
Photography by Pedro Morales
Edited by me

In honor of my girl's 23rd birthday, I thought I'd post our collaborations photos from a while back. First off, I owe Lynn so much in regards to my fashion blogging journey. She has taught me so much about this new world to me and has inspired me in more ways than I can account for. She is constantly working on something, whether it is for her own blog or simply for herself, she never stops and it is truly admirable. Having someone to always look up to while still calling her one of your girlfriends is a rarity worth appreciating and I wouldn't have asked anyone else to be that person in my life. So here's to the #neckbrkr of Neckbreakin' Style and the other half to my BFF (Best Fashion Friend), Lynn Do. Happy Birthday girl, you deserve it and so much more <3

What makes this styling duo work so well is that we have such different styles yet we always manage to coordinate accidentally. Remember our Aldo #PerfectPair collabo here? Well, if that's not already a perfect example of our unintentional outfit coordination, then these pictures will definitely do it for you. Lynn texted me the night before and said she was going to wear funky pants and her cloud hoodie with nude strappy heels. Not really having much of a clue what she had in mind, I figured sticking to neutral tones would best compliment her colorful look. And it already shows how our styles differ with her edgy, streetwear look and my chic, girly look. But we made it work. We always make it work. 

Love you, Lynn!!

xoxo,
Mai Sunshine

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Neutral Comfort









Thrifted coat, Urban Outfitters jumpsuit (similar here), Nike free runs (similar here), H&M beanie (similar here), thrifted earrings
Photography by Pedro Morales
Edited by me

I'm currently working part-time in the city, which basically means I'm lugging around a heavy bag with my laptop and stuff on one shoulder and another big bag of clothes on the other all around the blocks of Midtown. And let's just say it's not the prettiest sight of me during rush hour (hint: lots of sweat, messy hair, and bad-postured running). So I'm huge on the comfort level, both clothes wise and on my feet, and I bring a bunch of extra clothes with me if I have to change into something nicer, hence the huge bag of clothes on the one shoulder. This one-piece jumpsuit is the easiest to slip on when I'm rushing out the house (except for going to bathrooms but I won't go into that) with my favorite comfy shoes: my Nikes, which makes running around in the hustle and bustle of NYC so much more efficient. And since it was raining this particular day, or rather misting, which is the worst kind of weather for this girl's hair, I hid that frizzy lion mane of mine under a slouchy knit beanie for maximum coverage. I thrifted this trench over the summer and I'm so excited I can finally bring it out and style it. Since the jumpsuit already had a bit of delicate detailing with the lace v-neck, the beanie and oversized jacket balanced it out. This entire look is comfy and casual while keeping it city chic with an edge in neutral tones.

Please don't give us any more gloomy fall days, east coast weather.

Hopeful wishing,
Mai Sunshine

Style Tip: Keep the look simple, especially with a jumpsuit like this. You don't want to take away from the details so add neutral colors and basic accessories.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Jelous









Mossimo top via Target (similar here), thrifted sweater vest, joggers via Marshalls (similar here), Asos heels (similar here), Dharma Co. sunglasses c/o, Aldo necklaces
Photography by Pedro Morales
Edited by me 


I don't know about you but I find Nick Jonas's new song "Jealous" super catchy. And when I thought of a title for this blog post, I couldn't help but sing (and possibly danced) to the song. A little random but why the hell not. Or maybe it's the fact that this awesome graffiti-ed truck had the word "JELOUS" enlarged on the back. Intentional or communication-deficit? Whatever the case is, I'm blasting Nick Jonas either way.

I'm enjoying the cusp of slight summer humidity with crisp fall breeze. It's warm enough to still rock it sleeveless-ly but cool enough to bring out the layers and sweaters--basically the yielded combo of this chic look. I wanted to keep it simple with a chiffon loose tank (my favorite summer shirt that has made its way to my fall wardrobe) and comfy black joggers. This ombre-ed sweater vest was thrifted, believe it or not, and I couldn't be any more obsessed. It brought the white and black together and kept me warm on this cool, gloomy day with the sweater material. I kept the rest of the look simple with a layered necklace (that will be seen in many outfits to come), my trusty strappy heels, and the classic aviators thanks to Dharma Co. And yes, I am well aware that it is too cloudy to be wearing sunnies but...sunglasses make me feel cool, okay? Besides, we all have our douche moments, anyways. Like when you decide to have a photoshoot on top of a graffiti-ed truck because again, why the hell not.

Thanks for reading, loves!

Feeling a little too cool (figuratively and literally),
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: Tuck in the loose top with the joggers so you don't lose your waist and tie the monochrome look together with a colored outerwear.

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