Maybe it was the undeniably gorgeous scenery, but some of my fave looks so far this year have had serious tropical vibes. As someone who tends to stick to blacks, whites, and neutrals, embracing a tasteful floral and fun patterns couldn't have come at a better time. So, thanks Hawaii for the inspo and so much more!
Between all the sites to be seen, hiking, body-boarding, and learning that swimwear is completely acceptable as clothing, I had so much fun and can't wait to do a full outfit roundup for you!
One of my favorite things about clothing is when it finds a way to be comfortable and still look fashionable. For these occasions, I like to stick to tees and tanks and accessorize appropriately. For this look, I paired a graphic tee with lace shorts and minimal jewelry. The shorts have a drawstring, so basically they're sweatpants. The shorts can be dressed up or dressed down and were a steal for just $10. Unlike some white shorts, they have a great interior build, making them solid with no show-through. Bravo to Express. Whether dressing us up or down, the clothing retailer is really stepping up its game!
Now that summer is coming to an end, I'm starting to consider what parts of my wardrobe will transition into fall. After having a brief love affair with rompers this summer, I was curious how the jumpsuit would fare for me. I used to really dislike the look of rompers and jumpsuits on me, but recently, it's been like a fashion light bulb went off and suddenly I can't get enough. I've become convinced that their biggest appeal to me is their pantslessness. I am a huge lover of the no-pants life. Now, you might be saying, but jumpsuits have pants attached to them.. and you would be right, but I think the true thorn in my side that comes with having to wear pants has a lot to do with the waistband. With jumpsuits, they're so comfy, I hardly even notice.
At my core, I'm a low key person. I don't like to fuss over my hair, my make up, or my clothing. Jumpsuits, rompers, and dresses are a secret weapon in the fashionably lazy girl's life. The breathable nature of this romper and it's loose but flattering fit are perfect to transition into cooler weather. I love the mix of a structured pantsuit with feminine lace. I find it works with flats, wedges, and heels. Even though it's a fancier look, it's still very functional. If you love it and you wanna try it, check the details below!
Heels: Louboutin - Pigalle Follies
Ring: Jared's Galleria of Jewelry
Necklace: LC Lauren Conrad
Weekender Bag: Candies
Polish: Essie - Bikini so Teeny
Photography: g2b Photography
Stylist, Hair, Makeup: me
Maybe it's the casual elegance or the ease of knowing having my sleeves falling off my shoulder is now somehow acceptable, but the off the shoulder trend is capturing my heart this season. Over the weekend, I got to rock this fun and flirty dress. The gorgeous light blue and lightweight layers made it a perfect fit for the scenery and my current mood. Maybe the off the shoulder style was speaking to me, but sometimes a girl just wants to brush off her shoulders and go off the grid. I've had so much on my mind lately and haven't been as happy as I want to be. This weekend, I'm thinking more about what I need and how to keep that in my life. It's always good to take time to reflect, and as my outfit suggests, sometimes the right things fall into place without us even trying. I'll be checking out from blogging for a few days, but I hope you have a fantastic weekend! In the meantime, check out these outfit details. Layering necklaces were a must, with these pieces from Lauren Conrad and Nordstrom's. If you didn't love the dress already, it's on super sale at H&M. I'm wearing a size small and find it fits very true to size. It has little straps on the inside so you can wear it on the shoulders if you need too. Shoe-wise I'm in my color-block, wedge heels. I love them for their versatility and comfort, and while I purchased mine from Nordstrom's, they're by Franco Sarto and can be found at many retail locations.
Thanks again for checking it out!
- M C
Today, I'm lookin fancy and feelin fine. It's my adoption anniversary, so I stepped out in this two piece set from Express. The shorts are a floral lace and the top is a full-zip strappy tank that make beating the heat practical and pretty. I'm wearing the shorts in size 0 and the top in size small. They fit pretty true to size, and for an evening look also look great with a blazer over the top. My drink is a Very Berry Hibiscus refresher from Starbucks, and if you haven't tried it, I would highly recommend it! Hope you have a great day, and if you want to read more about what adoption anniversaries mean for me -- check it out on the FUN tab -- or on the link www.glamcadet.com/fun/from-fob-to-fab
Last weekend, I made the impromptu trek back home to attend a somewhat spontaneous wedding in my home state. It took place in small town Iowa, embodying most of what I think people envision when I tell them where I'm from. Friendly people, clean air, mom and pop shops, a wide array of farms, lots of white people, the basics, you know... :)
When I arrived, I was surprised to find out I was dressed pretty similarly to the wedding party. Leave it to me, the girl who thought they were called brides-mates, to commit yet another wedding faux pas. In my defense, it was a pretty quick wedding, i.e. no invites went out, so I had no idea the colors. Luckily, the bride was chill, and no one really batted an eye.
The dress I dawned for the special day was a sweet, petal-pink blush, with mini ruffles, and a body-hugging shape that I thanked the heavens for fitting into. It was outdoors, so I went with a chunky wedge in bold,neutral blocks and a versatile, cross-body bag.
The weather in Iowa is beautiful this time of year, and it was great taking pics minus the 100 degree weather for a change.
I give it up to the happy couple for hitting all of their friends and families with true shock and awwww, pulling off a sweet little wedding, and bringing their lives and families together on a short timetable in a quaint and intimate atmosphere. I was humbled by your hospitality, and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!
* me with the bridesmaids
* the couple releasing balloons outside
*Dress - Forever 21
Shoes - Stuart Weitzman
Accessories - Lauren Conrad
Bag - Dry Goods // Von Maur
I'm sitting in my place, when I get the text to go to a happy hour. I look at myself.. my hair's in a bun, and I'm in work out clothes. "You've got ten minutes." Of course, there's nothing wrong with going exactly as I was, but it was the perfect opportunity to wear my new romper dress hybrid. This romper has pockets, y'all. It has bell-bottom, flowy legs. It has an open back. Plus, it's in the most comfy material ever and I can wear it with a bralette. Honestly, my romper, bralette combo was more comfortable and practical than my gym clothes. Now, if you aren't sold yet, did I forget to mention it was $19? Plus, I think my favorite thing about the romper is that it gives the illusion of a full outfit, but in reality eliminates having to actually put together a top and bottom piece. It's perfect for someone who has 10 minutes to get ready whether it be because of an impromptu happy hour or a love for sleeping in. What's your favorite fashion trend this summer? Mine is surely the romper, and I can't stop won't stop!
Romper: Forever 21
Cork Wedges: BCBG
Belt: Forever 21
Nails: Essie - coconut cove and bikini so teeny
I praise the romper for all the fun things it lets me do in style in the summer heat: it dresses me up, keeps me casual, and now helps me enjoy delicious slurpees!
Now that I finally live in a place that has a 7-Eleven, I had to check out their slurps! On July 11th, 7/11, the chains are giving out free small slurpees to their customers! I went ahead and tried the cherry mixed with sour patch kid raspberry, and it was DELICIOUS. Plus, it is the Slurpee's 50th birthday this week! Way to go slurp slurp, still killing the game after all these years!
LET ME KNOW if you try one and what other flavors I should be checking out!
DETAILS on THIS LOOK:
foundation- smashbox halo 4
contour - smashbox #shapematters
brows - anastasia beverly hills brow wiz in dark brown
eyeliner - Marc Jacobs black gel crayon
lips - colourpop matte more better
hilighter - becca champagne pop
brushes - sephora and lancome
primer - smashbox primer water
mascara - too faced better than sex black
nails - essie nail in coconut cove and set in stones
I sat down to instagram a make-up selfie this afternoon, and I found myself thinking of so much more that I wanted to say. Not to mention the fact that half the words in the previous sentence weren't even around when I was growing up, and NONE of the make up options.
Make up is great; I love make up, and I love no make up too, but one thing I have never loved is the struggle that comes with finding any sort of beauty product that will look good on me that was probably intended for a white person.
Growing up in the middle of Iowa, I had zero beauty role-models that were Asian. I was raised by white people and lived in a white culture. When I wanted to do my make up for dance recitals or on the cheerleading squad, you can bet the struggle was real. I could never find make up that looked normal on me. I could never find anyone who even knew how to do make up on Asian eyes. I was basically doomed to teaching myself or hoping for the best with natural beauty.
Facebook was just becoming a thing, as I was entering high school. The insanity of puberty, social awkwardness, and social media were colliding at an unstoppable pace. Sometimes, I wonder how I made it out alive with no real self-esteem issues. (Thank you Mom and Dad).
As cell phones, likes, and social media became more and more popular, wanting to feel pretty, accepted, and otherwise happy became a huge struggle for almost everyone. I always leaned back on my academics, my faith, and my sense of humor, and somehow, I made it through mostly unscathed. I cannot imagine the struggle of navigating self-worth and beauty for today's youth.
The older I get, the more I understand the struggles women have in this world and the struggles that being different can bring. At one point, I was about 16, my high school boyfriend told me I couldn't meet his grandparents because they wouldn't approve of an interracial relationship. This was the first time I'd ever really felt different in a way that didn't seem so great. It made me glimpse something ugly in humanity and experience the powerlessness of being in the face of racism and discrimination.
As humans, I think we are better than this; we should aspire to better than this. We see people in glimpses, through filters, likes, and hashtags. Behind these things, we should all remember that we are people. We were connected before we ever GOT connected; we are connected as humans. In my Instagram post, I think I said it all: Beauty is only skin deep and some people are only as pretty as their filters. Oh - and I also said I'd give you the low-down this make-up look I finally DID find and grow to love, so here you go!
foundation: Smashbox Liquid Halo - #3
contour: Smashbox - Light
brow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Dark Brown
face: BECCA hilighter - champagne pop
lip color: Buxom liquid lipstick - deviously dolly
lip liner: Make up Forever Aqua Lip - 2C
eyes: colourpop - birthday boy
eye liner: Marc Jacobs gel crayon - black
eye liner: Kat Von D tattoo liner - trooper
mascara: Too Faced better than sex - black
primer: Smashbox primer water