Thursday, December 11, 2014

Foxie-ly










Foxiedox faux fur vest c/o, thrifted Zara sweater, Missguided skirt, Reverie necklace c/o, unknown thigh high socks, H&M heeled booties, H&M beanie
Photography and edited by Anthony King

I'm sad to say that this is the last official collaboration post with Foxiedox but no worries, I'm definitely posting more outfits with these vests because I just can't get enough. They all go with literally everything I wear and are the perfect winter staple. This last faux fur vest is the Bambi Rosie which is the same vest as my first Foxiedox outfit but in a pink color. And I absolutely love it! I mean I'm not much of a pink person but this one was just the right shade and amount. It undoubtedly stands out from all the other faux fur vests I've seen while also making your outfit pop. I wanted to bring out the hints of white in the vest so I paired it with a white sweater and a green plaid mini skirt that had bits of pink in it as well. I wanted to go for that urban edge look since that's what Foxiedox is all about anyways. They represent the stylish, the bold, the fearless, the confident, the headstrong--all qualities of your passionate go-getter.

These are probably my favorite photos so far. Not just because the photography displays exceptional level of artistry, but also because the feel of the photos and the setting accurately represents my mood recently. I've been in a personal funk lately, not due to depression or unhappiness, but more so because of my aimless direction. I know that I want to end up doing something I love while being self-sufficient but I'm also having a hard time getting to that point. Of course, it's probably a good percentage of early twenty-year-olds but it's easy to feel discourage when things aren't looking too great at the moment. Anyways, I'm not complaining or venting, but hopefully I'm reaching out to the number of you that feel the same way. I know we'll reach our goals sooner or later--it just takes a lot of patience, crazy hard work and determination, and a really really good support system (I'll be happy to provide!). Until then, we have these moments of rough patches to work through but as long as they are brief moments of confusion, we'll all be okay.

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

And thank you to Foxiedox for allowing me to experience your new faux fur vests firsthand. I seriously am obsessed and won't stop wearing them (until it gets too warm)!

 xoxo,
Mai Sunshine

Monday, December 1, 2014

Winter Comfort













Reverie top c/o, Reverie skirt c/o, Urban Outfitters cardigan (similar here), H&M beanie (similar here), Reverie necklace c/o, unknown tights
Photography by Pedro Morales
Edited by me

Happy December!
I can't believe this is the last month of 2014. It's still pretty crazy how this year has gone by so quickly but I am excited to "begin" again and unfold new opportunities in 2015. But let's not get all sentimental and memorable just yet since we still have the rest of December to get through. 

I'm not the biggest fan of winter. I'm a summer baby which means sunshine lovin' for me all day everyday. So when it comes to cold weather, I am not the happiest of persons. But I won't lie, there are some aspects of winter that warm me up inside (corny pun, sorry not sorry). Some of these things include holiday drinks like peppermint mocha, tons and tons of hot chocolate, beanies and scarves and mittens, my favorite holiday movie "Love Actually",  gift giving with friends. So maybe I'm secretly a winter baby at heart. On chilly days, I prefer to stay indoors cozying up underneath my blankets with my fuzzy socks. And I live in knit cardigans and sweaters. I was super freaking excited to receive Reverie NY's pale blue top and gray skirt and necklace. I absolutely adore their simple designs and unique details like the slit detail in the skirt. The colors reminded me of a soft winter that's why I paired it with my chunky knit cardigan and favorite knit beanie to play up the lazy day in look. The outfit was really comfortable and something I'd definitely wear on a wintery Sunday. 

Let's make this month last!

Cheerfully yours,
Mai Sunshine

Monday, November 24, 2014

Faux the Love of Fur

Photography and edited by Anthony King

I'm back with my collaboration with Foxiedox

Remember my outfit post featuring Foxiedox's Bambi Faux Fur Bolero vest here? Well here is Foxiedox's Double Time faux fur vest! Foxiedox is still a new company but they are definitely taking the faux fur vest concept by storm. With products sold at Nordstrom, Foxiedox completely gets the young New Yorker who is trying to determine her urban street style yet isn't afraid to stand out and be bold in doing so. Foxiedox's motto is "Expect the bullshit. But never accept it."--if that doesn't say badass enough, then I don't know what does. They're vests, which are totally animal-friendly and vegan, add that extra edge and street chic flare to any outfit. It pulls the outfit together and gives it texture but it's also really warm and soft, which is ideal for the incoming winter since I don't want to be hiding in heavy winter jackets all the time. Faux fur vests are definitely staple pieces for this season so make sure you get yours asap...rocky. 

In this particular outfit, I paired my Double Time vest with my baby blue (super) soft Club Monaco cropped turtleneck sweater and asymmetrical black and white skirt from Mason & Belle. I wanted to keep the colors simple and light since the vest already makes a statement with its bold black color. It tied the outfit together with its fur texture layer and completed the wintery sweater/skirt combo. I am obsessed with how versatile this vest is and can't wait to add it to the rest of my wardrobe!

Got another Foxiedox collaboration post coming soon so stay posted!

Faux-ever yours,
Mai Sunshine

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Leather Tough










Mango blazer (similar here), thrifted corset (similar here), H&M faux leather pants (similar here), Uniqlo legwarmers, H&M booties (similar here)
Photography by Pedro Morales
Edited by me

We all have that bit of edge in us. Whether we come off as sweet, funny, or chill, we also need some tough skin to get through the daily life struggles. It's easy to be taken advantage of when you're too accommodating and often times we end up sacrificing our own happiness along the way. I try to remind myself everyday that the assertive one gets her goals accomplished while also staying humble and honest. Don't compromise your ambitions to satisfy the needs of others, especially in this competitive industry. Stay tough, stay focused, stay you. Your passion will take you far.

These faux leather pants made me feel so edgy and I thought about how I, too, have that side in me even though I come off shy or introverted. There's a part of me that has this constant drive to push forward and work harder to fulfill my dreams. This outfit made me feel like I could take on so much (figuratively of course because I don't think these leggings can physically do much for me) while looking sexy. I accented the leather bottoms with a bustier corset top to keep the look edgy and contrasted with an oversized chic white blazer. If you get the chance, definitely check out the Mango outlet website because they have amazing deals. I got this blazer for only $17! Since my booties were leather too, I refrained from making the bottom half look like a leather onesie but differentiating with textured legwarmers I wore as socks. I am in love with this outfit and I wish it was warm again to wear it out because it's so urban chic with a tough edge.

Focused and driven,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: Leather leggings make a statement all themselves so keep the rest of the outfit simple. I chose to work with monochromatic colors so I could play with textures like the corset and socks. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stop and Stare









Zara leather jacket (similar here), Image boutique dress (similar here), thrifted flannel (similar here), H&M hat (similar here), Steve Madden booties (similar here)
Photography by Pedro Morales
Edited by me

Have you seen that video of a woman walking the streets of New York for 10+ hours and being catcalled by men? It went viral for a good amount of time and created a lot of controversy about feminism. After seeing it myself, I can understand why these people made the video. I'm in New York a lot and most of the time I am walking alone either to work or to meet up with someone or whatever. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've been catcalled--it's almost too routinely and quite frankly, pretty uncomfortable for me. I hate that I have to cover up as much as I can or not reveal too much just because I don't want strangers catcalling me. And it's not like I want to wear skimpy clothing or anything, even a nice dress or skirt can be dangerous to walk around in without grabbing attention from random men. I just want to wear what I want to wear and feel comfortable in it for myself, whether I'm wearing tight jeans or a bodycon dress. 

Anyways, that's my food for thought for this particular post because it's exactly what happened when we were shooting this outfit, which is perfectly exemplified in one of the photos above. I absolutely love this knit midi dress I bought in Cali for just $20 and couldn't wait to bring out for fall. It's extremely flattering but still classy in its midi length and keyhole cutout that doesn't reveal too much but just enough. I threw on my favorite (and very sentimental) leather jacket and tied a green flannel around to add texture and color but even while being pretty much covered, I couldn't avoid the uncomfortable stares. In fact, the guy in that picture that's looking back and staring actually said something in my ear as he walked past and it was unbelievably creepy. And with recent campaigns for feminism like #HeForShe, I am an advocate because I want to feel comfortable walking the streets of New York alone.

An extra long post about an important topic but I hope you all like!

Your average feminist,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: With a bodycon midi dress, you want to be careful about not layering too much so you don't lose the figure and look short. I added the flannel to accentuate the waist but I stuck to short booties so the midi length didn't make me look short.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Cozy Stripes








Thrifted dress (similar here), thrifted faux shearling hooded cardigan (similar here), PacSun anorak (similar here), Asos thigh highs (similar here), Topshop platform sandals (similar here)
Photography and edited by Anthony King

You know when you have those moments when you're completely indecisive or just thoroughly confused? I'm sure we all do--I have them on a frequent basis especially when it comes to adult life decisions like career wise, blog wise, personal stuff. It's just too much pressure to choose something that will affect future outcomes that may or may not be potentially good for you. And now that I'm a recent grad still figuring out what I'm doing with myself, I'm learning that a lot of times the only way to truly understand what you want is by making mistakes. Well, at least that's how I see it. Without these mistakes, I'll never really know whether I want something or not until I realize how it affects me negatively, which may take a brief mental toll on me but that's part of learning life. Anyways, that's my little life lesson of the day, especially since I've been going through a lot lately and I'm sure we all have those moments as well when we're in an emotional slump over life. We all need someone to remind us that it'll all be okay. Just remember to breathe.

So to tie that brief introduction to this week's blog post, I guess you can say my indecisiveness played a part in my outfit. The weather is totally trolling us this season with random days of tundra temperatures and other days of nice warmth. And as I've mentioned in my previous post, you'll definitely be seeing me in my skirts and dresses for a while to grasp onto the bare legs look for as long as the temperatures will allow me. I got this dress over the summer at a Californian thrift shop and fell in love with its shift shape and vertical stripes. So to make it a little more "fall", I paired it with my tan thigh highs to keep the colors light. This faux shearling coat was probably the most genius thing I found at another thrift shop because it is so unbelievably warm and I probably won't stop wearing it. But I added a green anorak over to create a faux parka while still being able to wear both pieces separately. A very cozy and simple look for a warm fall Sunday afternoon (which is exactly when I had this shoot).

Stay cozy,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: Don't be afraid to keep your sandals around for the fall season either. Wearing socks with them is perfectly okay and definitely this season's fashion trend.


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