Dec 31, 2012

FREE


Tavik Swimwear top (available at Free People), Brandy Melville dress, clutch c/o KONOC, sunnies c/o Giant Vintage, Hurley bottoms

May I introduce you all to some of my favorite things: coconuts, good reads (via this Kindle, a wonderful Christmas gift from my brother), and this Tavik Swimwear top! I've been reading and consuming coconuts by the beach everyday, and consequently, getting burnt from the merciless sun. You guys are all familiar with this favorite dress of mine already, which I featured here. I personally enjoy seeing other bloggers remix items especially because seeing the new spin off of old items is refreshing, and nobody has an infinite amount of resources - so it's good to know bloggers are not being excessively wasteful! In fact, some of my favorite bloggers are those who make good, creative use of staple items.

Aside from the obviously amazing shredded back, the other reason why I adore this swim top so much is its cut. I feel like it's more modest than the usual triangle bikini top, which makes for much more fun playing water sports as well as some odd tank-top shaped sun-burns/tan lines... I feel like often we find ourselves using swimwear as an excuse to rest upon conventional fashion, but I try to hunt for atypical pieces that are exceptions to this habit.

Dec 28, 2012

CAMO CLAD

Pleather pants from ASOS, camo shirt from Zara, platforms from Jeffrey Campbell x Nasty Gal

I'm just spoiling you all with the frequent posts here recently, right? I wish I could say that this was always the case, but I usually don't have as much time as I do now during winter break to take photos and compile the posts! The truth is, I hadn't realized until just last week how little time I had to myself back in college. Upon returning back home, I was surprised by the sheer amount of time I had to nap, watch movies (I only watched one movie in my first semester of college - shocking, I know), aimlessly window/online shop, edit photos, take photos, and stuff myself with food (this seems to be something that I love to mention on my blog). While I've really been enjoying the down time by myself as well as with family and friends, I love the hustle and bustle of keeping busy. I just wish I could be able to update more frequently during the semesters.

P.S. The lovely Lauren from Stratamode interviewed me on her sweet blog! Check it out here.

Dec 25, 2012

A NUTTY CHRISTMAS

Jacket and knee-highs from ASOS, dress c/o Lulu's, platforms from JC x Nasty Gal

Merry, merry Christmas my loves! I hope this holiday season is treating you all well and that you are all recipients of lovely gifts, fluffy snow, and food comas. I have been lucky enough to spend this holiday season with the best of people: my family and friends. It is definitely a much colder Christmas than the one I would be having if I were in California, but I've been enjoying snuggling up under my blankets, festive mugs with hot tea, and keeping my fingers warm in mittens! Countdown to Thailand: two days!

Dec 23, 2012

SANTA CRUZ

silver kicks c/o Maxstar Store, denim jacket from ASOS, Car Mar shorts via LF, thermal from Free People, denim backpack from American Apparel, Vans snapback via Urban Outfitters, Santa Cruz Cruzer via Amazon

I don't think I remember ever trying my hand at triple-denim before: so, alas, I present you triple denim à la light wash! I also wanted to show you all my lovely Cruzer, which is shameless in its pastel girlishness. Honestly, I love it because of how girly and unconventional it is, and I have people staring at my feet all the time when I'm riding it. For once, I actually know that it's not because they're staring at my shoes. 

I finally arrived back to Shanghai last night, and looking at these sun-filled photos makes me miss the lovely Sunshine State, but I'm so happy to be back here, in all of Shanghai's cold and grey-skied splendor. I've definitely been enjoying the Asian food and city-vibes. I'm heading to Thailand soon as well, so I'm beyond excited for the hot, hot heat and the drool-inducing food! 

Dec 15, 2012

Orion

Ombre shirt c/o Lulu's, Blank NYC jeans via Urban Outfitters, Jeffrey Campbell x Nasty Gal studded platform boots via Nasty Gal

We've finally been able to hear the satisfying crunch of the fall leaves and witness the yellowing of the leaves. While the weather hasn't been able to make up its mind lately here in sunny Southern California, varying from the high 70's to the low 40's, at least we have the consistency of the changing leaves! I currently am ridden with finals and papers, which would explain why I've somewhat dropped off the radar. However, in five days, I'll be able to return to Shanghai! I honestly am beyond excited to return home for some good food, laughter with old friends, and of course, snuggling up with the fambam. As of right now, all I can do is cozy up by myself in the library under layer upon layer of cozy knits.

On another note, I'm wearing a few of my recent staples as well as a new favorite! To be frank, you don't often see me wearing blue jeans on this blog, because I don't really in real life either. However, the allure of this shredded pair adds another facet that makes them a classic with a twist in my opinion. I also scored these platform boots during the Black Friday weekend a few days ago with some pretty insane deals, and could not believe my luck, as I had been eyeing these since the past summer. I am a huge fan of JC's, but often the height of a lot of the JC's are just impractical for someone of my height to be towering around in on a college campus. These, on the other hand, are taller than my standard ankle boots, but definitely are still wearable on a day-to-day basis! I was also sent this dreamy shirt by Lulu's, and I absolutely love the ombre and spikes! 

Thanks for giving me a study break, guys - back to my research paper.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway below! 

Dec 1, 2012

Blog Birthday Giveaway! Win $150 in gift vouchers!


As I promised, this is the big international giveaway open to everyone that I was so excited to hold! Remember that criss-cross sequin top from Runway Scout? And this goddess head piece from Eclectic Eccentricity? Well you all now have the chance to win them in this giveaway, with $100 to Runway Scout, and $50 to Eclectic Eccentricity! I am just indebted to all of you - so please take this opportunity as part of my gratitude. Follow the below instructions, and make sure that you follow the three mandatory steps (like each of our pages on Facebook).

Runway Scount and Eclectic Eccentricity are two of my favorite sponsors, because they not only share my aesthetic, but advocate for creativity and good quality as well - I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
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Nov 22, 2012

Thankful // GIVEAWAY

gloves from Etre

Happy, happy Thanksgiving! In two days, it will officially have been a year since I started my blog! I started my blog on the Thanksgiving of last year, and honestly, it's perfect because this blog has given me so much to feel thankful/grateful/blessed for. Since its simple beginnings, I have been so humbled and flattered by the amount of feedback and support. I cannot thank all the readers, fans, stores, publications, and friends who have been here for High-Stitched Voice and for me. Through this blog, I have been able to grow so much as a person - and I couldn't have done it without any of you. While I wish I could truly and fully express my gratitude and return the love to all of you, I don't think I can adequately do so. 

However, I have planned a few giveaways for you, and the first one is from Stitched and Adorned to win a clutch! This giveaway is only open to US-based readers, but international readers, please don't fret - I have some goodies planned for y'all as well! Also, I'm happy to say that this is the first giveaway that is open to non-GFC users - so anyone with a Facebook can enter! Just follow the instructions below on Rafflcopter! 

On another note, I know a lot of you are excited for Black Friday - you can get 30% off storewide at Stitched and Adorned to get 30% off!


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Nov 18, 2012

Winter Whites

Keepers dress from Nasty Gal, head piece c/o Eclectic Eccentricity, ring c/o Enamour Entirety

I love white-on-white for the colder seasons - especially because you don't get to see it often among a sea of black. This is what I wore to the Lookbook.nu holiday Hollywood party! It was so amazing - I met a bunch of blogger friends and Lookbook staff (I even met the owner of Wasteland!), watched SAINT MOTEL play live and got to meet them as well (the lovely drummer gave me a free CD), danced, took pictures, and just had a bunch of fun! I loved meeting blogger Kendall C - we talk a lot and it was so fun to finally meet her in person! She is so adorable. 

Do you guys want to see pictures? I do know I'm terrible about lifestyle posts... I just feel like they aren't that exciting to you guys! 

Nov 4, 2012

Miami Essentials


I'm happy to share with you all that I've advanced to the second round of the Adidas NEO competition - with only fourteen other bloggers competing for two spots! Here are my Miami Essentials, which are basically the items that I would bring if I were to win. I hope you guys enjoy this once-in-a-blue-moon video, and if you like it, I'll definitely try and make more for you all! Take the stop-motion as what I would bring on the typical vacation: from a cover-up to entertainment, like music and NYLON! 

I know the screengrab is an awkward one, but honestly, I don't know how to choose any others than the automatic ones... Another reason why I shouldn't be a vlogger! 

Oct 31, 2012

Channelling Hepburn

Hepburn Pearl Lace Top c/o Living Royal, Star-Studded cast black vegan leather skirt c/o Lulu's, metal-capped boots c/o OASAP, hat from Forever 21 

As promised, I have finally decided to include one of my articles from my fashion column here! Enjoy xx! 
"I often feel like the border between dressing for fashion and dressing for appearance is blurred, and people rarely understand the difference.  Let me just say, that I can’t help but feel offended when people confuse the two, even though I rarely feel so opinionated about other issues.   Some people claim to have an ardent love of fashion, and instead, dress solely to make their body look more attractive, and sometimes it seems like all we see is an endless array of bandage skirts and crop tops.  As blogger Jennifer Wang from Art in Our Blood aptly puts it, “People have lost track of a sense of balance. You can flaunt whatever body part you like tastefully, as long as you don't flaunt everything else at the same time.”  Wang addresses a prevalent issue, as many no longer seem to care about the aesthetics of proportions or modification.  Similarly, make-up is often used as a tool to purely enhance one’s appearance rather than to serve as an art—gone are the days of Twiggy lashes. 
The truth is, fashion is not at all about making yourself look better. It’s about expressionism and creativity; playing with proportions, textures, patterns, colors, and ultimately, creating the kind of compelling juxtaposition that can potentially become embedded within the fashion world as a movement.  Take the runway’s sports luxe trend for example. Isabel Marant’s juicy wedge sneakers and Joseph’s silk sweatpants, for instance, aren’t items that are just there to make you look better. Rather, they work to abolish pre-existing notions about what sportswear is typically used for.  In this sense, fashion is about overturning the norms, pursuing the unexpected, and taking a gamble.  
It’s not that I have anything against clothing that exists purely to flatter one’s assets, but I wonder—what’s the point?  What’s the point of form-fitting or revealing clothing other than to influence how others perceive you? 
Hence, there is no significance in highlighting your attributes and concealing your flaws other than to make yourself look more attractive.  While magazines may suggest what to wear for your body type, be it “ruler,” “pear,” or “curvy all over,” these suggestions don’t really belong in the “fashion” section, because they are tailored for people who are unconfident in their own skin.  Instead of indicating that people should adhere to a type of dress depending on what body shape they have, magazines should be instigators of confidence and the choice to create art without guidelines.
Here lies the difference between fashion and consumerism.  Popular media, like magazines, portray trends that reflect the current-day consumer-oriented society.  Yet the fact is, what is popular among the masses, like dressing for one’s figure, is not always popular in the fashion industry.  I know that it is a distinction I find myself constantly making, but it would really be both empowering and refreshing to see more people dressing to create art."

Oct 18, 2012

Dropwaist


Dropwaist dress c/o Dahlia, bag c/o OASAP, denim jacket c/o celebpink, socks from F21, hat from Florence

Honestly, this is sadly the first dropwaist dress I have in my closet right now, and the unconventional shape has stolen my heart. I love how the waistline is quirky and unusual compared to the usual A-line/bodycon dresses out there - the lack of body-consciousness is somehow paradoxically even more feminine - especially with the eyelet detailing! I also adore the unusual length of the sleeves, which are a little longer than normal short-sleeves. Dahlia has done it again! Unfortunately, though, my bag snagged my dress in a small part a while after these photos were taken - I was crushed! Being the typically careless person I am, it wasn't anything new though. 

I'd also like to celebrate with you all my first break from college - and tomorrow, my break will officially start! I'm giddy with excitement, because I'll be visiting my best friend and his family, who I haven't seen in a few months! I'm looking forward to some good home-cooked food <3.