Thursday, April 17, 2014

Back to Basics










H&M top (similar here), uknown pants via Marshalls (similar here), vintage Guess denim jacket (similar here), Jeffrey Campbell heels via Karmaloop
Photography and edited by Wayne Sun and my sister

I realized I've been very into the tie-around-the-waist kind of look lately but it's purely coincidental. And in this particular outfit, I've received a lot of comments that I've mimicked the 90s style but fashion recycles itself. I mean, who doesn't own a crop top nowadays, anyways. I just find it to be a different way of incorporating layers for the spring season, now that the weather is getting warmer. I needed a bit of color and texture to the black and white ensemble. But I decided to stick to the basics this time because I wanted to focus on these killer Jeffrey Campbell heels. They're actually my sister's, specifically for her junior prom, and I just couldn't pass up on the chance to wear them myself. I wanted the main focus to be on the shoes so the rest of the outfit is plainly black and white and denim...which isn't a bad thing! It's always a great go-to outfit, but the big gold embellishments on the heels had to be highlighted (especially since they're lion heads). And these black jogger pants are so comfortable and perfect for those beautiful spring days--not too cold nor too hot. I love the laid-back vibe of the look with the 90s twist to it.

How about that for a Throwback Thursday!

Bringing it back,
Mai Sunshine

Style Tip: With loose jogger pants and a thick denim jacket tied around the waist, you want to balance it out with a fit crop top. Also, the heels elongate your body so you don't look short with these specific pants.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Camo Chic












Endless Rose top via Necessary Clothing (similar here), thrifted camo jacket (similar here), BDG boyfriend jeans via Urban Outfitters (similar here), Rachel Roy heels via Macy's (similar here), Casio watch
Photography and edited by Drew Dizon

Sunny days make me a happy girl. They also make me excited to bring out clothes that are the perfect balance of warm and cool, without having to worry about freezing or sweating to death. I knew I liked spring for this reason (aside from the allergies, of course).

I always loved the idea of pairing boyfriend jeans with a classy pair of pointed toe pumps. It's a perfect combination of casual meets chic, messy meets girly. Plus, I wanted a chance to show off my $20 Rachel Roy heels find at Macy's. I've been meaning to find a good pair of classy pumps to add to my professional wardrobe and with a price like that for unique gold accents, they're worth boasting about. But I also wanted to bring a contrast to my distressed jeans so I played around with the idea of casual chic and complemented my floral embellished top with a camo jacket tied around the waist. I love the scalloped hem and texture of the top with the subtle hints of gold, which played nicely with my heels. But I felt the look wouldn't be complete without a bit of extra texture and pattern, hence the camo jacket. I tied it because wearing it would overwhelm the girly top. It's the perfect spring attire for those windier days but still chic enough for the season.

Shoutout to my roommate Jess for letting me borrow the top!

Springing forward,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: Go for skinny distressed boyfriend jeans since the top and camo jacket are already baggy and loose.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Winded








H&M kimono (similar here), H&M top (similar here), H&M skirt (similar here), H&M booties (similar here)
Photography and edited by Anthony King

I've been known to be that girl with unconventional hair for an Asian. And I've learned to embrace it after a while but on days like these, I can never tame its wild ways. I tried my best to tame it, especially since the rain made it even more frizzy, but not going to lie Anthony did a pretty good job capturing my hair beautifully in the wind. A rarity in itself.

Anyways, I didn't even realize this entire outfit is like an ad for H&M until now...but I mean, with all its discounts and coupons and ongoing sales, it's hard not to just buy the entire store. And now that I think about it, this entire outfit was under $50 so I guess you can say I'm an avid H&M shopper. I was going to make do without the kimono but it pictured so nicely in the wind that I just had to incorporate it for a bit. This outfit works both with and without it but I liked that all the colors matched, which made it okay to wear despite its different print. I love the texture of the mint crop top and it paired perfectly with the navy and white printed skater skirt. Very girly but still casual. Honestly, I was simply playing around with different textures and prints with this look, while staying within the same colors. If you're not a fan of the kimono, the outfit still works without it but don't be afraid to try something new when playing dress up, you'd be surprised how it ends up looking good!

Thanks H&M for always being my go-to store for affordable pieces!

Overwhelmingly winded,
Mai Sunshine

Style Tip: The loud print of the kimono could have clashed with my printed skirt but since the colors were similar, it still matched in that sense. Otherwise the outfit would have looked better without the outerwear.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Prints on Prints










Maggie Jeans top (c/o), Charlotte Russe pants (similar here), Cotton On cardigan (similar here), Topshop shoes
Photography and edited by Anthony King

So sorry for the delayed blog post! But if you've been following me on my Instagram @littlemaisunshine, then you'd know I just came back from my 5 day vacation in Cancun! It was honestly the best vacation I've been on and the perfect spring break getaway, as brief as it was. I wish I could tell you guys more about it but that would just take forever and I wouldn't be able to describe it enough to do my trip justice. But I will be posting more pictures on Instagram so be sure to follow me :)

And to add to my amazing vacation, I had the lovely surprise of seeing Selena Gomez wearing this same exact top recently!
How cool is that?! Selena and I are matching! Except I paired my Maggie Jeans top with different pair printed pants (although I do love the matching ensemble on Selena!). 

If I haven't already emphasized it enough, pairing different prints is the new trend this season and what I particularly like about this outfit is that the material of both top and bottom is light and airy, perfect for the spring weather. The slouchy cardigan is also light and fun enough to bring together the different prints. And I've been looking for the perfect pair of platforms but for a reasonable price. So when I spotted these half-priced Topshop ones, I knew they were the one. I love the color and the style of them and they work with just about any spring outfit. In this particular outfit, it was a nice pop of color in contrast to the turquoise and grays.

Happy matching!

Ecstatically yours,
Mai Sunshine

Style Tip: Make sure not to overwhelm your prints by clashing colors. I paired a black and white print with the turquoise so it was still cohesive with the slouchy cardigan

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Casually in Spring








Button-down via Marshalls (similar here), H&M striped top (similar here), For Elyse skirt c/o, Alex and Ani bracelet, Converse high-tops
Photography and edited by Anthony King

Helloooooo sunshine!

I'm more than ecstatic to welcome in the spring weather because skirts are my absolute favorite! Which means you'll be seeing me in them a lot now that the temperature is increasingly inching. I also couldn't wait to share this post because For Elyse sent me this beautiful skirt to style! They have beautiful items that are both unique and trendy, and their spring collection is beyond adorable. I highly recommend you guys check their online store out (www.forelyse.com)!!

I love the different colors and tribal print so I wanted to focus the outfit on it. I decided to go more casual with my look this time, especially when it's warm out because I don't like to layer too much. And on gorgeous sunny Sundays like this, I prefer laid-back looks to my otherwise sophisticated and chic ensembles. If you've seen my last few posts, you can probably guess that I'm a fan of mixing prints so it's no surprise that I did it again to play up the skirt. The minimal black and white striped top was a subtle contrast without overwhelming the skirt and I wore a denim chambray over to pull the entire look together and tone down the opposing patterns. And white Chucks are the perfect finish--a staple item that never seems to go out of style. Honestly, can't really say much else about this outfit since it was pretty low-key, but we all need our casual days, right? Of course, I couldn't last the morning without my usual Vanilla Latte from Starbucks: the perfect finishing accessory to my Sunday morning. Can't wait to style more spring looks for you guys!

Casually yours,
Mai Sunshine

Style Tip: Since the skirt already had a variety of colors, I made sure to pair pieces that were neutral and solid to complement the print.


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Railroad Stripes






Thrifted blazer (similar here), H&M sweater (similar here), Aeropostale boyfriend jeans (similar here), H&M plaid scarf (similar here), Windsor heels (similar here)
Photography and edited by Anthony King

Happy almost spring!

I'm still mad about plaid, even though winter is almost over. But who's to say you can't transition patterns into the next season? Especially when you can have fun mixing prints. Here I paired it with my light denim railroad striped boyfriend jeans. I'm not much of a jeans person or at least you'll rarely see me in them, even in the winter, but when it comes to boyfriend jeans, they're just too comfortable to resist. I found these babies at Aeropostale online for an affordable $13! I've been looking for a few pairs since the beginning of fall and fortunately found two (the other one's here) for ridiculously low prices. And now that the weather is warming up, I'm wearing these jeans as much as I can. Anyways, I didn't have any problem mixing the stripes with the plaid simply because I can...but also because the stripes are so subtle that they wouldn't clash with the plaid but they were also a nice touch of pattern to contrast. I kept the rest of the look simple with a staple knit sweater and my thrifted oversized blazer. I added my favorite heels for a girly edge. Casual and cool.

What winter trend will you keep for spring?

Plaid-ly in love,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: I paired a light sweater with my light denim to contrast the loud plaid scarf and dark blazer. Also, I made sure my sweater rest nicely above my hip to elongate my legs since boyfriend jeans are baggy enough to make you appear shorter and my blazer was already oversized.


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