all I want for christmas is...

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It's finally that time of the year again...the turkey and stuffing is all gone, and suddenly you drive around at night and notice twinkling lights adorning rooftops and ornate fir trees in the windows. Your favorite radio station has started playing holiday tunes, and you cannot go shopping unless you want to endure the crowds of eager holiday shoppers. Yes, my friends, it is at last, Christmas time.

I for one absolutely adore Christmas, and it has almost nothing to do with the fact that on the morning of the 25th we are all bombarded with gifts. No, I enjoy the little things -the decorating, the music, the shopping, the feeling of all our family being home and together. But of course, I still make a list for dear old Santa Claus.

Here's what's on mine:

 An Artist's Tablet- I'm really interested in doing stuff with computer illustration and really really want this, along with Photoshop/Painter.
Marc By Marc Jacobs Sweater- doesn't it look so cozy!? And the buttons make it unique and not at all boring.
"Navigating the Canals" Dress from Modcloth- Too cute for words! Anything with bows I bow down to.
Smashbox 'Eye Wish' Palette- I'm in need of some of some new eye makeup, and these shades will look absolutely stunning!

Panatone Universe Twin Marker Sets- I also really want some nice markers for all my illustrations- these colors are so nice and I've heard great things about these markers.

Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon- Saw this at Anthro once and fell in love with all the illustrations.

And that's my wishlist! What are you asking for from dear old Santa Claus?

way to go, dork.

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I used to be so embarrassed when one of my friends would wear this ugly Disney sweater in public. It was this awful grey color and had a picture of Pluto or something on it, and she would just wear it with jeans and it was just...ugh, so bad.

But now, with the holidays coming up and the need for some cozy sweaters, I'm seeing more and more of these seemingly tacky print sweaters -almost like your crazy aunt's ugly Christmas sweater- but these girls don't wear them just because they're warm and snuggly. They wear them to make some killer statements. When paired up with a mini skirt and some awesome booties, a dorky sweater becomes an ironic contradiction of childish and grown up looks.

This girl makes an old-school Mickey Mouse sweater look sweet yet edgy. (From Garance Dore)

 Topshop Reindeer Jumper

Modcloth Let Your Hare Down Sweater
PJ by Peter Jensen Dog Sweater
 Modcloth Ice Cream Social Sweater

These sweaters are all perfect ways of making perfectly adorable statements. Just be sure to pair them with contradicting items -for example, if the sweater is oversized, go for some short cutoffs or a cute mini skirt. Then, you'll look absolutely fabulous!

what I wore today

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It's been cold this past week, so I've been able to try out some appropriately autumn-themed outfits. It's nice to have the weather actually behave like it's supposed to every once in a while. Here's what I wore on Friday:

Jacket: Juicy Couture (my favorite jacket ever- it goes with everything)
Tee: J. Crew 
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Tights: DKNY
Shoes: Anthropologie

beauty school dropout

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I watched Grease today for only the millionth time. I swear that movie never gets old. My favorite part has to be the "Beauty School Dropout" scene. But I always thought that it was quite cool how Frenchy's hair turned pink. Apparently I'm not the only one.

(pictures from various sources; not mine)

Can you tie it in a knot? Can you tie it in a bow?

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Scarves are all the rage right now, and you know they're my favorite accessory. Here's how the cool kids do it:

(Images from the Sartorialist, Stockholm Street Style, Copenhagen Street Style, Jak & Jil Blog)

back to the beginning (part 2)

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I've given you the basic necessities of the closet, now see how many outfits you can create with those few items - and a few extras (because that makes it more fun).

Casual Friday- Acne tank top; Jimmy Choo sandals; Current/Elliott shorts; Helmut Lang blazer

November Classic- Balmain blouse; A.P.C. boots; Citizens of Humanity jeans; Chloe bag

Funky Cocktail- Preen Line dress; Jimmy Choo sandals; Halston Heritage fur jacket; Kenneth Jay Lane necklace

Uptown/Downtown- Sass & Bide T-shirt; Diane Von Furstenberg skirt; Ray-Ban sunglasses; Alexander McQueen belt; A.P.C. boots

Work Ready- J. Crew sweater; A.P.C. sweater dress; Chloe bag; Jimmy Choo sandals
Touched-up Neutrals- Burberry coat; Balmain blouse; Diane Von Furstenberg skirt; Lanvin ballet flats

Spruced-up Tee- Sass & Bide T-shirt; Current/Elliott shorts; Bess Stevie gladiators; Versace scarf

Rockstar Fancy- Preen Line dress; Hemlut Lang blazer; Alexander McQueen leggings; Miu Miu boots

back to the beginning (part 1)

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The other day at sewing class there was a conversation about the problems with today's consumer and how the average American in general has a kind of skewed up way of looking at fashion. The thing is, with all these Wal-Marts and outlet stores and discounted prices, we feel that we get a great deal when we get something for less. But that's not always the way it works.

I mentioned this to my mom later and she elaborated, saying that people would rather buy many cheap (and cheaply-made) clothes rather than spend a lot on a little. And while I do understand how not everyone has the means to purchase fabulous Chloe coats and Chanel bags, I do agree with the fact that sometimes it's okay to invest in your clothing. But more than that, people need to learn what to invest in when it comes to clothes. The trendy neon green Louis Vuitton of the season won't do you any good five years from now, No, it's the basics, the classics, the things that will last you a lifetime, that you should really obsess about. If we all have smaller closets with a few perfectly-picked classics (and some trendy things too, but nothing too outlandish) then perhaps in the long run we actually will save more and learn to buy less crap and cherish the basic essentials that we really do need.

Now, let's be honest, any fashion-phile will find it nearly impossible to narrow her closet down to a few solid good pieces, but we can at least make a start. We need to stop consuming all this cheap clothing that we like for about a minute. Just because it cost five dollars, it does not make it any better than the normal top at full price. Sure, it feels good to snag a great deal every once in a while, but shortcuts like that rarely work the way you think. If we just take a moment and stop buying on impulse or "just because it's half off!" then that would be so much better for everyone.

Plenty of people tell me that a closet cannot thrive on only a few items. So to prove the naysayers wrong, I've composed a collection of my dream essentials-only closet, and the reasons why I've picked each item.

 Be Classic: is the LBD not self-explanatory? Black works with anything, and this particular cut is ready for any occasion. However, by no means is it dull or plain. Just because something's a classic it doesn't mean you can't keep it fresh. Preen Line

 Make a Basic Unique: I actually feel like an originally-designed T-shirt like this one is more versatile and more aesthetically pleasing than a simple plain white tee. It's workable with anything but still has a unique quality to it. Sass & Bide
Go Casual: Dark wash skinnies are always in, and once again, the key to a simple wardrobe is versatility. Darker shades of denim tend to work for more occasions, and are much more flattering than faded washes. Citizens of Humanity

Brave the Cold: Everyone should own a coat. Even I own a few, and I live in sunny California. This Burberry one is extra-fabulous because it actually is two coats combined into one. The zipper at the waist makes it possible to actually detach the bottom and voila! You have a cropped jacket! Burberry

Snuggle Up: Everyone needs a light-weight cardigan that can be thrown over virtually anything. Something in a neutral, grey, navy, or maroon can work with almost any outfit. J. Crew

Accentuate the Positive: Personally, I think there's no other way to do skirts. A high waist creates definition at your smallest point, and a fuller skirt like this one doesn't cling in unwanted places the way some narrower-cut skirts do. Plus, the sparkle is there, but muted enough to go from work to cocktails with a shoe change and some jewelry. Diane Von Furstenberg

Loosen Up: The go-to work top, the blouse is essential for any respectable woman. A plain cream or white one works for so much. Look for little details that highlight your own personality, too. I picked this particular shirt because the bow and bell sleeves give it a feminine touch, but find something that works for you. Balmain

Show Some Skin: Shorts that are not denim are so much more capable of versatility, and these corduroy shorts are perfect for more casual occasions. For those of you who are afraid to show that much on the thigh, opt for a longer length, but don't do without these babies. Current/Elliott

Suit Up: Blazers have become a must-have staple, and not just for the workroom, either. Wear with a pencil skirt to look ready for business, or pair with jeans and sky-high platforms to dress up more casual attire. Helmut Lang

Brighten Your Outlook: In a wardrobe full of neutrals, it's important to have a few brighter pieces that can tie together an otherwise dull ensemble. Acne

And some classic accessories that every girl needs...

Scarf: Versace
Purse: Chloe
Boots: A.P.C.
Shades: Ray Ban
Belt: Alexander McQueen
Sandals: Jimmy Choo

See! With only a few pieces in the closet, you have all the essentials needed to be chic and less consumptive. With just a few more additions of some trendy items to freshen up the basics, you're pretty much set. 


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Catalina lace top; Update Forever shorts; mom's suede boots; random accessories
currently in love with this baby, it's more a see-through top which is very comfortable and unique in the same time. It's pretty long in fact, I'm thinking to cut it soon, but for this time I decided to tug it in . Omg omg bunch of apologizes for the messiness I made inside my shorts :b

ah, and thanks a lot for wishing me a safe trip to Lembang ^_____^ I'm pretty tanned and fatter lately. It was sure a devastating and strict days there, yet we had too many snack time =p But I'm not thinking about getting on diet, because school tasks already make me breathless now. Such a natural way to get my normal weight back. Muahaha. PS Wish you all have a great November! I cant believe time flies too fast! Don't you? xoxo imy

and it was all yellow

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Today we were supposed to wear yellow to show our support for cancer research. It was also really stinkin' hot.

Top: Juicy Couture
Shorts: J. Crew
Shoes: Coach
Scarf: Emilio Pucci

Can you tell that I like scarves yet?
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