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Maybe the Chill That Autumn Brings: Styling With Berkshire Legwear

Fall is here, and I couldn’t be happier!  Fall means layers, coats, and legwear.  I’m definitely one who loves to wear tights, but I have always stuck with darker hues like blacks or navy blues.  These Easy On tights in Candlelight by Berkshire are just the perfect opaque, without that little-girl feel of white tights.  They also had a slight shimmer to them, which gave my colorful tunic a bit of daytime glam.  I wore this outfit to Media Day at Phoenix Fashion Week on Wednesday, and I’ll be posting all about my adventures next week!

I’m excited try Berkshire’s other Fall/Winter products, which include textured tights and, yes, anklets!

Outfit:  Chevron shirt dress/tunic from Forever 21; Navy blue jacket by Twelve by Twelve (a line previously carried by Forever 21, no longer available); Marley Mary Jane shoes in purple by Christian Siriano for Payless Shoes; Zeelol glasses; Furla Candybag; The Easy On Shine On tights in Candlelight c/o Berkshire

FTC Disclosure:  I received the product in exchange for a product review.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

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People Are People

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It’s always great when friends can turn you onto a new brand, because it opens up your wardrobe to more choices and creates versatility.  Jenna from Lucky Little Mustardseed is one of my favorite local bloggers, who I’m so proud to also call my friend.  She has been wearing Cabi for sometime now, and recently turned me onto them after their recent Cabi Clothing Scoop introducing their Spring 2018 collection at the San Diego Convention Center.

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What I love about this jacket is that it is SO retro, and completely lends to my style.  I wore the jacket with all black, including this now sold-out People are People t-shirt.  The shirt is by Christian Siriano in collaboration with Leggo Your Ego.  I first saw it on the runway from his Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, where he ended the show with the outfit below.  Christian was also featured on Depeche Mode’s Facebook “Fan Takeover”:

I incorporated Depeche Mode’s “People Are People” into our Fall 2017 show at NYFW as a symbol of what I stand for as a brand and designer. We placed the song during the finale walk and I think that got the message across rather strongly because it was placed at the end. The message that is: people are people, we should all be celebrated in our own way no matter what age, size or skin color. It wasn’t a political statement that I was trying to make, but rather a statement on human rights. It’s about supporting everyone, which is why I casted a diverse range of women to walk in the show. Everyone deserves to be represented.

As a brand, it’s important to be inclusive because anyone can be a customer. Clothing should be fun and make women feel beautiful in their own skin.

– Christian Siriano

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(Photo from Christian Siriano’s official website)

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Believe it or not, Christian Siriano also collaborated with Impress Manicure for matching People are People press on nails!  I bought two sets (one to keep and one to wear), and they lasted a little over two weeks.  I love the matte finish and easy application.  Of course, my retro-outfit was rounded off with some 80’s inspired accessories: a robot cross-body purse, a Duran Duran album cover lip palette (I’m wearing the color “Rock-On”), and a cassette tape cell phone case.  Yup, you can take a girl out of the 80’s, but you can’t take the 80’s out of this girl!

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Outfit:  Windopane Jacket by Cabi (no longer available); “People are People” t-shirt by Christian Siriano x Leggo Your Ego (sold-out); Unknown brand pants; Savannah Animal Print frames c/o Select Specs; Hat from Topshop; Leather ankle boots by Zara; Ring by Wendy Brandes;  London Underground cuff c/o designhype; Karl Lagerfeld watch; Cross-body purse from ASOS; Nagel x Urban Decay “Rio” lip palette; Cassette Tape phone cover c/o Banggood

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Included this fun outtake, where I’m wearing my sister’s “new wave” sunglasses!

All photos by Rholnna Jiao unless otherwise noted

Try-Day Friday: Printed Leggings

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My friends, family and co-workers often comment on my style, saying that I’m daring and different, which I really take as a compliment.  There isn’t much I won’t wear, but whatever it is that I’m trying out for the first time has to fit my edgy style.  I’m no stranger to solid leggings, denim “jeggings” or printed jeans (see posts here, here and here), but I haven’t worn any kind of brightly patterned leggings since the bold floral ones I wore in high school.  I think I feared that a printed legging was too “revealing” because although they were technically pants, they were very form-fitting and felt like tights that should be worn under a long knee-length tunic or dress.  Leggings just hug everything, and maybe they weren’t supposed to be worn by a 40-something-year-old like me and should be left to those leggy supermodels!  Black leggings are easy to wear because they are, you know: black.  But printed leggings were a bit of a conundrum for me because I wasn’t entirely sure if I loved them enough to wear them outside of a yoga class or at-home-lounge-wear.  The athleisure trend is growing more and more in popularity, so integrating leggings into one’s wardrobe has become part of the norm.  After promoting Elastic Wonder’s newest venture (blog post here), and being inspired by the “Try-Day Friday” initiative from plus size clothing company Dia&Co, I thought I’d finally put up this outfit post.

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I worked on this outfit post with my sister months ago, when one of my friends asked me to try LulaRoe leggings because she was one of their “Retailers” at the time.  I decided to finally figure out what all the hype was about because so many of my friends were telling me how soft they were and that the prints were fun.  Being the kind of fashion blogger that I am, I just couldn’t picture myself in kinds of whimsical prints that were available through the collection she presented in her online trunk show.  After viewing many-a-legging later, I finally found a pair that I felt I could style: star printed leggings.

Truth be told, the LulaRoe leggings are very soft and the elastic is comfortable on the waist.  Really, I chose these leggings not only for the star print, but because there were only three distinct colors: silver, yellow and black.  I know that the attraction to these leggings are that their prints are unique and bold, but I would rather wear leggings in a variety of bright solid colors, or a simple bold houndstooth or checker print.

I’d like to say a special thanks to Dia&Co for the inspiration to finally have a reason to share these pictures, not only because we should all dare to try something new, but because I really loved the location my sister and I picked to do this photo shoot: Albert Einstein Academics in South Park.  Let me know if there are any fashion fears you are willing to face and try out on a “Try-Day Friday” in the comments below. Cheers and have a great weekend!

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Outfit:  Forever 21 sweatshirt; LulaRoe leggings; Bodhi “Safety Pin” purse; Altuzurra for Target ankle boots; BonLook “Keiko” sunglasses; Leather wrap Depeche Mode bracelet by Little Treasures by Mir; rings by Wendy Brandes; Earrings c/o Kendra Scott (here); Karl Lagerfeld Watch

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Pins by EmeraldSora, EmojiPins (purchased from Bobby Pins Co) and PSA PRESS

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(All photos by Rholnna Jiao)

Silly Rabbit

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As mentioned in my previous post, I purchased two Victoria Beckham items at Target: a bomber jacket and a dress.  I purchased a black shirt dress with a white-collar and white cuffs by Glamorous back in 2013 that I wore to Fashion Week San Diego (post here) .  Unfortunately, I followed the wash instructions incorrectly and I damaged the collar and cuffs.  Since then, I have been on the hunt for something similar.  When I saw the Black Collared Dress from the Victoria Beckham for Target collection, I knew I had found the one.  It is extremely well made and fits perfectly, skimming my body without being too tight.  The rabbit details are more charming than cutesy, giving it a very vintage feel, which is why it was perfect that we did a photo shoot in South Park at Bad Madge, one of my favorite vintage stores in San Diego.  A big plus: the dress is machine washable, and came out just as perfect as when I bought it!

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Inside Bad Madge.  I was going to buy that cape, and let them know I was coming back for it.  I haven’t gone back yet, but I’m hoping it’s still there!

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I just HAD to take a picture with this sign outside Thee Inglorious Blacktree Barbaria.  Nothing like truth in advertising!

Outfit:  Black Collared Dress by Victoria Beckham for Target (no longer available online); Miista “Eva” pumps (no longer available); BCBG purse (from the outlet store); Kate Spade bracelet & earrings (no longer available); Tights c/o Berkshire at eberkshire.com; Savannah Animal Print Frames c/o Select Specs

(All photos by Rholnna Jiao)

Got different badges but they wear them just the same

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Pin, buttons, badges: I’ve worn them all!  Now, after all these years of wearing them, I find myself heavily embedded in everything having to do with “Pin Culture”.  I’ll do a separate post about my love for the soft-enamel pin, but let me introduce you to a small part of my growing collection, as showcased on this awesome denim jacket from GOAT Romasco, an online fashion boutique here in San Diego.  I have several denim jackets, but this one is longer and slightly over-sized, which makes it almost like a coat.  I wore it over a nice comfy sweater and my new favorite jeans by Pilcro at Anthropologie.

I wasn’t lying when I said that the eighties run deep in me, and it’s fun to bring it forward and mix it in with my current wardrobe.  Cheers and have a great weekend!

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Outfit:  Denim jacket from GOAT Romasco; H&M Sweater; Pilcro jeans from Anthropologie; Miista Val Tex ankle boots (no longer available); Topshop Hat; Cassette Phonecase c/o Bangood

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Facing Left: “Love Donuts” by Gypsy Warrior; “Pulsar B1919+21” by Flared Pins; “Star of Bowie” by CSxBS; “Computerwelt” by khonkaklub; “Enjoy the Silence” by Exhumed Visions; “Forgettable” by Ball & Chain Co; “Lunchbox” & “The Black Rose” pins by Hallow Collective

Facing Right: “Brickhead 2Face” by Dead Original; “Turn it up!” by PSDesignCo; “It Wasn’t Just A Phase” by Punky Moms UK; “Series 1 Mix Tape” by Zato Designs; “90s Dream Phone” Laser Kitten; “Atari Joystick” by Pinmart

(All photos taken by Rholnna Jiao.  Post title: Lyrics from “Oblivious” by Aztec Camera.)

Like They Do It In The Factory

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As a blogger, we are dared to try new things and new experiences because of the nature of what we do.  I have discovered new restaurants, new shops and boutiques, we well as new hair salons through this blogging experience.  I discovered Kelly Cardenas Salon because they contacted me to try out their new location in Hillcrest.  After they consolidated locations and when my main stylist, Salvador, moved to Las Vegas, I decided to try out a new place through a recent contact in the blogging world.  Aaron Lacy is a stylist at theFactory, located in Downtown San Diego.  I swear it was Kismet when I walked in and Music For the Masses was playing in its entirety!

Immediately, I loved the industrial-style space of theFactory.  It’s very clean, modern and stylish.  Once I got settled into the chair, Aaron explained what he had planned for my haircut that day:  a simple and sleek bob cut, my favorite hairstyle.  Aaron suggested we take my hair back to basics, and took great care to even out any odd layers.  Without a doubt, this cut was one of the most precise bobs I’ve ever had.  It’s been about a month since I’ve gotten my hair cut, and it’s growing out beautifully!

Thank you Aaron for the amazing cut and the fantastic pictures!

theFactory is located at 1025 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101.  Contact them at (619) 255-6338 to schedule an appointment and please be sure to ask for Aaron!

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Outfit:  Unknown brand jacket from Wysh Boutique; Mossimo sweater from Target; Free People jeans; Jeffrey Campbell shoes; “Mason” necklace c/o Kendra Scott; rings by Wendy Brandes and Suki Bijoux; Leather jacket pin by Bananna Bones (from Gypsy Warrior), “Space Punk” pin by Major Crimes Division & “It Wasn’t Just A Phase” pin by Punky Moms UK; “Ceremony” Matte Lip Veil by Cryptic Cosmetics

(FTC Disclosure:  I was offered a service free of charge as a courtesy, but not necessarily for the purposes of a review.  Although I did receive a service free of charge, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.)

(All photos of me were taken by Aaron Lacy.  Post title: Lyrics from “Lie To Me” by Depeche Mode.)

Star People

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Once in awhile, there is that outfit that makes you walk with a little more confidence, or is it a little more attitude?  Either way, this RENAMED jacket does it for me.  If one is going to wear a faux fur jacket covered in stars, then you’ve got to walk with a bit more swagger, like David Bowie or Lady Gaga.  I also agree very much with my Social Decay t-shirt: I have never ever said I own too much black clothing.  Since this outfit is quite monochromatic, I gave it a pop of color with this fantastic choker by GFASH.

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Outfit:  Faux fur jacket by RENAMED & t-shirt by Social Decay from The Beat Clothing; Flared jeans by Madewell (old); Distressed “Lita” platforms by Jeffrey Campbell; Choker c/o GFASH; “Keiko” prescription sunglasses in Roxy Noir by BonLook; @ and # rings by Wendy Brandes; Vintage London Map ring by Suki Bijoux; Unknown brand handcuff earrings 

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With Astrid, stylist at The Beat Clothing. We seriously did not plan on wearing practically the same thing (all black in our Social Decay t-shirts with furry jackets).  But, I guess great fashionable minds think alike!

(All photos by Rholnna Jiao. Post title from the song by George Michael.)