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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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Ex-specs-tations








Dharma glasses c/o, unknown top (similar here), Aeropostale jeans (similar here), Mossimo sandals via Target (similar here on sale!)
Photography and edited by Drew Dizon

From most of the time to almost all the time, I dress according to the type of day it is. On a Monday, I put in a little extra work in getting ready because if I'm going to face the dreaded start of the week, I'm going to do so fashionably. On a Wednesday, I'm going to look pretty plain Jane because at this point, I'm already over the week and the weekend can't get here any slower. And on Sundays, I throw on my favorite boyfriend jeans and striped tee because it's errands day and I'm staying as comfortable as possible, which also means, I'm ditching my usual makeup routine and going au naturale in my glasses. But of course, I still have to stay chic, which is why these particular glasses from Dharma Co. are my favorite. I love how simple but unique they are with the two-toned tortoise and clear colors. And they go with just about anything since they're so versatile. Not to mention the fact that they're lightweight, which made it so much easier for me to get rid of my old heavy, black thick-framed ones. I've received so many compliments on them already and I really encourage my four-eyed friends to check them out because they have a lot of unique designs.

I know I kept it extra simple with this outfit but I just wanted to show you guys that even a basic look like this can be fashionable, too!

Ex-specs-tedly yours (I'm having too much fun with this pun),
Mai Sunshine

Style Tip: Pairing a loose, comfy tee with boyfriend jeans still works! But for a short person like myself, I wore sandals because a little ankle exposure makes you appear taller.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

LWD










J. SIMPLE dress c/o, H&M hat, Report heels via Marshalls (similar here)
Photography and edited by Christopher Cheng

Lost wet dog? Large witty doorman? Legendary winsome dapper?
How about Little White Dress.

We've all heard about the Little Black Dress that is a staple item in every woman's closet, but what about the Little White Dress? Because if we have one side of the color spectrum, we must have its opposite, too. And while we're looking sexy or sassy in our black dresses in the evenings, we can also look classy and girly in our white dresses during the day, especially on beautiful summer days. J. SIMPLE was kind enough to give me the perfect white day dress that is completely flattering and unique with its cross-back straps and small cutout in the front. But they also offer a wide selection of clothing that are both affordable and trendy while staying different yet simple (I'm assuming that's how the name came about). So check them out because they definitely have something for everyone! I decided to pair the day dress with my new summer heels that I found at Marshalls for just $20. I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of summer heels and I'm so glad I didn't cave and buy pricier ones but instead found these babies at my favorite trusty discount store. To top it off (pun may or may not have been intended), I accessorized with a black wool hat to complete the chic look.

Thanks for reading!

Forever little,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: Don't be afraid to pair brown and black together because the white dress keeps the colors from clashing

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

A League of My Own









Thrifted top (similar here), thrifted flannel (similar here), Adidas NEO Label skirt c/o, Windsor heels
Photography and edited by Drew Dizon

If I haven't already emphasized it enough, thrift finds are the best finds. And here's the trick to thrifting for those who are still uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the idea: patience. At first, it does get pretty frustrating because you're browsing through what seems like endless racks of clothing, most of which are beyond outdated, and at some point you think to yourself, Why am I even in here? (I am guilty of this almost every single time). But really, you have to go in expecting not to find anything because when you do, it's one of the most satisfying shopping experiences, especially when you pay less than $10 for it. Which is why I am such a thrifting advocate because not only is it the most wallet-friendly alternative, but also because you'll find really unique pieces that you can proudly say is all your own. Best part is fashion recycles so you'll always find a way to style your finds into today's trends.

Anyways, that's how I came across this top and flannel button-down. I was looking for a varsity-type tee for a dance costume and within 10 minutes of searching the boys' section of a thrift store, I found this one. With just a snip, I managed to make it work for just $3. And I highly recommend finding flannels at thrift stores because this one happened to be a Forever 21 one but for $8 compared to the ones in Forever 21 for about $15. So I really encourage it! And because the entire outfit was very casual and streetwear, I decided to add a bit of girly flare with my favorite pair of heels.

Thanks for reading! I hope my thrift-shopping secrets helped :)

Thrift-happy,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: Add a pop of color by tying a colored flannel around your waist to the monochrome outfit without taking away from the top or bottom.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Basic-ally









H&M cropped top, Urban Outfitters bralette (similar here), Uniqlo jeans (similar here), Nike free runs, Forever 21 sunglasses
Photography and edited by Drew Dizon

UPDATE: I'm selling some stuff from my closet on my Facebook page! Everything is under $10. I promise.

Sometimes, less is more. I don't mean less clothing, but I mean, keeping it simple. When I first started blogging, I always thought that I had to be extremely innovative and creative to really stand out amongst the crazy amounts of fashion bloggers out there. And it began to take a toll on me because I was stuck between being your average broke college (now, post-grad) girl on a strict budget and being a blogger keeping up with the latest fashion trends and styles. Somehow along the way, I lost myself and the reason why I started this blog. So after some serious reflection, I realized that it shouldn't be so much about keeping up or competing as it is about simply showcasing what fashion means to me and sharing one of greatest hobbies: styling. 


Anyways, I put that little introduction in there because 1) I was running out of things to write about since my life is boring and 2) this outfit is basic and average but it's still something I'd like to post up. I mean, we all have our simple days where all we want to do is throw on a tee and pair of jeans and call it a day, which is essentially what I did here. In fact, pairing basic pieces and keeping a monochrome color palette just so happens to be a popular look these days. White denim is a summer staple and just makes you pop instantly in the sun, especially if you happen to be just as tan as I am. I had to pair it with $5 knit crop top from H&M because the color wasn't so solidly gray but had hints of different shades as well. But since it was pretty loose (and I accidentally got a size too big), I wore my maroon bralette underneath since a bra would just look messy. And on simple days like these, my trusty Nike's are always my favorite. I'm seriously in love with them because they're so functional and completely comfortable.

A simple look for a casual Sunday.

Basic-ally yours,
Mai Sunshine

Style Tip: If you're more on the shorter side like me, then you probably understand my frustration with bunched up jeans at the ankle. That's why I like cuffing them up because not only does it solve the mess but also makes you appear taller when you show a bit of ankle. 

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Fourth of July Series: Rosie








Kendall & Kylie for PacSun chambray (similar here), H&M crop top (similar here), Forever 21 shorts (similar here), unknown wedges (similar here), vintage sunglasses (similar here)
Photography by my sister
Edited by me

Final look of the “Fourth of July” series!

I guess I did channel a bit of Rosie the Riveter for this particular outfit. I mean, how could I not when she is one of our nation’s iconic propaganda figures. So it was only fitting to use her as an inspiration. And what’s more American than denim on denim (well, it happens to be called “Canadian tuxedo”, but that’s besides the point)? The outfit is simple but still makes a statement—a light denim chambray paired with dark denim high-waisted shorts to provide contrast and a white crop top underneath to bring out the blue. But we can’t forget the essential piece of this outfit: the red bandana headband. Simply tie the bandana into a cute headband and throw your hair into a nice bun or ponytail because who knows what sorts of patriotic mayhem you’ll be getting into today. I specifically chose white super-high wedges just because I wanted to give the illusion of elongating my legs even further in my high-waisted shorts (I can’t help it, my legs are pretty short so I gotta make do). But of course, if you are blessed with beautiful long legs, then any pair of comfy shoes would work. That concludes the series with another fun but classic look for July 4th.


Four outfits in four days for the fourth day in July. I hope my outfit ideas were somewhat helpful or inspirational for your July 4th celebration—whether it be at a BBQ, in the city, chilling at home, or all of the above, I tried my best to style a look that would accommodate any Flag Day celebrations. I hope you all enjoy a wonderful holiday with friends and family, stuffing your faces with ridiculous amounts of food while staying cool as much as possible.

Patriotically yours,
Mai Sunshine

Style tip: The chambray is already pretty big and loose so you want to contrast that with a tight crop top and shorts.


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