Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pocahontas









Crochet one-piece via eBay (similar here), thrifted shorts (similar here), DIY headpiece, H&M sandals (similar here),
Photography and edited by Christopher Cheng

As I've mentioned before, this Music Festival series is my summer nostalgia even though the summer isn't exactly over yet. But looking back at everything I've accomplished and done this season, I'm already missing the easy and carefree living--not ready to say goodbye to my outdoor adventures. That's why I wanted to conclude summer with an outfit series that represented the summer season: music festivals. Although I haven't been to one myself, there were so many different festivals this year that I couldn't help but imagine what it'd be like to attend one. Thus, I present the last look of the Music Festival outfit series with this Pocahontas-esque ensemble. My mom bought this crochet monokini off eBay for me for no apparent reason. I don't think I'd ever have a real occasion to wear it other than a music festival and I don't believe in crochet swimwear so what better way to make use of it then to incorporate it into an outfit series. I mean a crochet one-piece is pretty bohemian itself. I decided to play around with it even more by adding a braided headband and attaching these long feather earrings to it to create a bohemian hairpiece. Since I was using mostly dark colors on top, I paired the monokini with my favorite striped high-waisted shorts.

I hope you enjoyed another one of my outfit series! I have so much fun creating different outfits around a theme so definitely expect more in the near future. I hope you all enjoy the last week of your summer vacation doing every bit of relaxing and/or having fun before resuming work or school.

Feeling nostalgic for summer already,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: Most people would say brown and black don't match but it can definitely work together if you use something that brings the colors together. For instance, in this outfit, the feathers incorporated both colors so the headpiece and monokini were more cohesive.

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Fringed









Forever 21 fringe cardigan (similar here), SammyDress top c/o, AE denim shorts (similar here), Forever 21 hat (similar here)
Photography and edited by Christopher Cheng

If fringe doesn't say bohemian then I don't know what does. I've probably beaten down that term way too many times in this series but I honestly have no idea what else to call all these different outfit styles. And when I think of Music Festivals, that's what I think of. Thus, with that in mind, I decided to throw all things boho in one outfit including this fringe dress that SammyDress has kindly sent me to further indulge my inner hippie. I wanted to keep the colors simple and light so that the big floppy hat was the center of attention in this particular outfit. The simple print on the dress and the cardigan's design created layers of texture for extra play on pattern without compromising overwhelming colors. I like that the cardigan is longer than the dress so that the fringe on both pieces didn't overlap. And though it seems like a lot of layers, they're all really light pieces that won't keep you overheated out in the sun all day, especially since the hat will protect you!

Tomorrow is the last look of the Music Festival series! One more boho chic look to wrap up the summer season.

Fringefully yours,
Mai Sunshine


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Playfully Bold











Forever 21 top (similar here), thrifted shorts (similar here), bowler hat via eBay (similar here), Topshop flatforms (similar here)
Photography and edited by Christopher Cheng

A bit delayed but here is the third look of the Music Festival series! I decided to be a little more playful and fun while playing (pun intended?) around with patterns and accessories. These music festivals get pretty hot, both literally and figuratively, so less is more and simplicity is key. From all the styles I've seen at these music festivals, it's usually the thing to be more simple but unique in casual wear. So if you didn't want to be as girly and bohemian as the last two looks of the series, then this is probably more appealing to you. I love that crop halter tops are in because they're so 90's but completely wearable with just about anything for the summer. I decided to pair this navy one (that's only $6 from Forever 21!) with my comfy giraffe-like patterned shorts since they had a hint of navy as well. But to play up the look a bit more, I added this fun little bowler hat to stand out.

I hope you liked my third Music Festival outfit for the series! Stay tuned for tomorrow's look!

Playfully yours,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: A simple colored top will bring out the pattern more in the shorts, especially with the subtle hint of navy.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flower Child









H&M maxi dress (similar here), sweater via Marshalls (similar here), DIY floral crown
Photography and edited by Christopher Cheng

Day 2 of my Music Festival outfit series...if there was a music festival that lasted 5 days. But I simply enjoy playing dress up especially since I have an inner bohemian side, which gives me more of a reason to be completely decked out. Hence the DIY floral crown I specifically made for this shoot or for whatever occasion calls for a flower child. Plus, my big hair needed to be tamed so the crown kept it from looking like an afro on my head since the heat always has a way with messing up my hair. (And if you're too lazy to make one yourself, I'll be happy to help you out and make one for you!) The white maxi dress reminded me of an ethereal dream so I wanted to play on that image with the big flowers and wheat fields. I threw on a cropped sweater over also to add some texture to the overall bohemian look. Super girly but completely wearable to any music festival.

I'll be posting a totally different look for tomorrow's music festival outfit so be sure to check it out!

Living in a dream,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: I wore an oversized cropped sweater over the dress to balance out the maxi and add a darker contrast

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Bright Whites









Thrifted top (similar here), thrifted shorts (similar here), H&M chambray (similar here), unknown boots via Marshalls
Photography and edited by Christopher Cheng

So I may be delayed in this particular series since summer is basically over, which means so are the music festivals, but let's just say this is my way of savoring every bit of summer sun I can by wishfully thinking. I have yet to go to a music festival but seeing all the different ones like Coachella and Bonaroo and Lollapalooza has me envious of everyone who's gone. I would love to hear various artists perform live in such a carefree and wild environment and of course, surrounded by the most unique street styles. That's why I decided to play dress up of my own--not to mention being on vacation in California has me feeling boho chic--and come up with different outfits I'd wear if I were to attend one of these festivals. And maybe one day, I'll actually get to go to one...even land a feature in Refinery29 for my style (okay okay, overstretched it there). But until then, a wheat grass in the suburbs of New Jersey will have to do. 

My first look is simple and white since that has been a popular trend this season. I'm sure some of you remember this favorite boho top of mine from one of my first posts here that I found at my local flea market for $8. I still wear it frequently since it's easy to wear and super comfy. I wanted to keep the main focus on the top so I paired it with white high waisted shorts and tied a light denim chambray around the waist to add a subtle contrast. Throw on some brown cowboy-like boots and I'm basically ready to dance the day away at a pretend music festival. 

Look two of the series will be up tomorrow! See how else I do boho chic in the next street style.

Wishfully thinking,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: I tucked in the front of the shirt to show the high waisted shorts and chambray so that there is some textures

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

22








Thrifted top (similar here), H&M chambray (similar here), CottonOn dress (similar here), Mossimo sandals via Target (similar here),
Photography and edited by Drew Dizon

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone's enjoying their last month of summer!

I know it's been a while since I've posted something up on the blog but my 22nd birthday was just last week along with a lot of my friends' birthdays so it's been an August birthday celebration all week. I wasn't planning anything big to celebrate 22 since anything after 21 and before 25 is considered "black hole" years (or so my friends have described it). But I feel like any birthday is worth celebrating, not because we should have a whole day dedicated to the world catering to our every need but because we all are entitled to a day worth enjoying for ourselves after all the hard work and struggles we had to endure the other 364 days a year. Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the chaos of our busy lives trying to ensure a stable future while maintaining a fulfilled presence. So we all owe it to ourselves to relax amongst loved family and friends and appreciate how far we've come because we all know we haven't had it easy. Looking back, I have so much to be grateful for and this year's birthday made me realize it a great deal. It wasn't about the age I was turning, but about the way I celebrated and embraced it. Therefore, I can't thank everyone enough for making this birthday such a memorable one. Anyways, I didn't exactly mean to dive into a whole tangent about my birthday (after all, it's already over), but I just wanted to share my recent elatedness. 

Now back to the outfit...if you've noticed a similar trend on the blog lately, then you can tell I've been pretty basic with my style. And not "basic" as in obscenely obvious behavior or unsophisticated habits as the term has taken on in our generational culture, but basic as in simple and clean. It has been a summer trend in the fashion world and I love how you can still be creatively stylish with the most staple items in your closet. With this outfit, I played with layers and neutral colors to create something different. Midi dress are sometimes hard to style without looking overbearing and short but with a striped cropped tee and denim chambray wrapped around the waist, it can look casual and effortless while still being fashion-forward. 

Wishing you all an amazing weekend!

Feeling 22,
Mai Sunshine

Style Tip: A cropped tee will make you appear longer in a loose midi dress while a wrapped around button-down will help accentuate your figure.

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