Last week I spent a lot of my times doing adult things and running errands. Everything from going to the DMV to grocery shopping, stopping by the post office and sitting down to compose ideas for new blogs, I did and needed an outfit that was functional and still cute.
Voilla, this is what I ended up with. I even added one my latest purchases from Zara. I love that damn store.
On days where I have a ton of things to do, I always bring a big carry-all tote bag. My Disney Dooney and Bourke is one of my favorites. It stays structured and has a ton of space for everything like my DSLR, my planner, an iPad, cell phone, make up case and random things you didn’t know you needed but just in case.
Peacock pointed-toe flats – ALDO – $20
Dark distressed skinny jeans – EXPRESS – $30
White and yellow polkadot top – Zara – $15
Plaid jacket – Nordstrom Rack – $20
Bangles – Forever21 – $6
Outfit total: about $71
Other errand running outfits:
Curvy T-shirt and Jeans Casual; OOTD
Casual Chic and Curvy; OOTD
Being a 20-something year-old living with her boyfriend with a bunch of 20-something year-old friends, I eat at restaurants a lot. No just restaurants, I eat at buffet’s a lot. You get a whole lot of food and it leave you full for the whole day. It also can leave full of hate, self-loathing and lethargic.
Being Asian and having an Asian boyfriend, I have picked up a few restaurant and buffet eating tips to keep your health in mind while getting the most bang for your buck.
Healthy Buffet and Restaurant Meal Advice:
- Avoid sauces. Creamy sauces can add hundreds of calories to your meal. skip the butter on the crab legs, drain the sauce off the chicken and mushrooms, wipe the barbecue sauce off those ribs. Also, avoid salty dipping sauces like au jus and soy sauce, opt for alternatives like lemon instead.
- Avoid the Carbs. Carbohydrates fill your stomach and soak up liquids so you fill fuller faster. Carbs are inexpensive are intended to fill you up fast and get you out of the buffet for the next group to take your table. Skip the carbs and not only will you be able to eat more, but you will consume less calories and be able to fill up on more cost-effective things like protein.
- Focus on the protein. Fill up on plain proteins like crab, shrimp, prime rib, steaks, and chicken. My favorite things to fill up on are crab and shrimp. I dip them in lemon and I can do a few plates. If I were to eat the same size plate of spaghetti, pot stickers, refried beans and desserts will have way more calories.
- Skip the salad bar. You think healthy and your mind jumps straight to salad. That is a big no no. At a buffet the salad bar is a huge waste of your money and the salad dressings are just unexpected calories that aren’t as fulfilling. At a restaurant a salad is fine, but a buffet it isn’t worth it.
- Order soda water. No calories, super bubbly and refreshing, it’s a win-win.
Staying healthy and sticking to your lifestyle change is all about making changes and not about cutting things out of your life completely.
I recently read a post on Lucky Magazine saying Kendall Jenner had the best month in fashion, I beg to differ. I rebut Lucky Magazine’s statement with Lupita Nyong’o, from 12 Years a Slave, is having the best month, no…year, in fashion. From movie aware nights, red carpets and paparazzi sightings, Lupita Nyong’o has yet to drop the ball. Her style is so effortlessly chic…I just…can’t. She pretty much went from a nobody to celebrity status overnight. Definitely a girl crush of mine.
12 Years a Slave dominated every award show this year, Nyong’o was the it-girl on the red carpet. From interviews to thank you speeches, she showed grace, friendliness and a down-to-earth personality that you don’t see in Hollywood lately. On the red carpet she sticks with solid colors, statement accents like an interesting neckline or her famous cape shoulder dress.
I also heard she introduced herself to everyone in her row while at the MiuMiu 2014 fashion show, girrrrl we know who you are. But manners and humility will take you places.
“You look like a librarian,” said both my brother and my boyfriend. But I don’t care. This outfit started with the headband. I really wanted to wear this diamond shaped gold metal headband and I hate ponytails so of course I threw my hair up in a sock bun. But not all outfits work with a sock bun so I pulled together a professional look just so I could wear this headband.
Also, this skirt is my first purchase I have ever made from Anthropologie. I have always loved the store, from the vintage-inspired furniture, to the dining sets, teacups and books, I always enjoy just strolling through the stores. This skirt hugs my hips and my curves comfortably without pinching. It is elastic all over so it isn’t restricting.
Color block heels – Zara – $20
Patterned pencil skirt – Anthropologie – $20
Rebecca Minkoff Jules bag – Nordstrom – $405
Snakeskin patterned blouse – The Limited – $5
Black jacket – Banana Republic – $35
Bangles – Alex and Ani – $28 each
Rings – Forever 21 – $3 each
Gold diamond-shaped metal headband – Urban Outfitters – $18
Gold stud earrings – Forever21 – $5
Outfit total: about $500
It’s no secret, Zara is one of my favorite stores. I recently scored a bunch of awesome new clothes from Zara including a structured crop top, floral jacket and these lovely cream trouser leggings. They have the look and feel of a trouser, including zippers and pleating, but an elastic waist like a legging. I am in Zara heaven.
This outfit of the day is something I would typically wear to the mall or for a clean lunch with my friends. Women who are conscious about their weight always say to avoid white or cream because it makes you look bigger or fatter. I say No, cream and white are one of the best neutralizers and cut and shape is more important than color.
Brown booties – EXPRESS – $35
Cream skinny trouser leggings – Zara – $20
Mesh leaf shirt -boutique in Singapore – ?
Navy blue jacket – thrifted – $10
Olivia + Joy fur bag – TJMaxx – $50
Rose gold Michael Kors watch – gift
Studded gold bangle – Forever21 – $3
Gold and white ring – Charming Charlies – $6
Gold chain bangle – boutique in OB – $15
Colorful jeweled necklace – Forever21 – $14
Outfit total: about $103
Last weekend I took a weekend trip to snowboard at Sierra at Tahoe with my boyfriend and his friends. At first I was skeptical because I don’t function well in snow and I have never done anything past sledding on a snowy hill. But I sucked it up and said “What the heck.” I have been making an effort to step out of my comfort zone and do things I haven’t done before, buy things because I want them and eat things just to see if they taste good.
It’s easy to get comfortable sticking to what you know, but happiness is found in trying new things and getting off the couch. I was really nervous the moment my boyfriend told me I had to strap myself into the board. I could feel my heart racing and it could have been the abnormally warm 50 degree weather on the mountain, but I was sweating bullets. I realized I needed to stand up if I was going to get anywhere…so that is what I did. Then I fell down about two seconds later.
Board – Burton
Jacket – Karrimor
Pants – ?
Goggles – Burton
Gloves – Burton
With some coaching from my boyfriend I was able to successfully get up and slide my way down the bunny slope. By the second day, I was able to get all the way down the bunny slope without falling. My boyfriend and his friends thought I was ready for the Sugar n Spice hill that goes from the top of the mountain to the bottom. Let’s just say it took me about an hour and a half to fall half way. Eventually I was able to flag a paramedic guy to get me a snowmobile off the mountain.
The mountain was gorgeous. It’s nice to get away from the superficial frivolous world we live in and just appreciate being alive.
I am all for challenging myself but not if it is going to hurt me. I suggest everyone to try it. It was a lot of fun and my body is still so sore. You would think that with gravity doing all the work it would be a breeze. WRONG. From balancing on the board, leafing, pushing yourself up after you have fallen and trudging around in heavy thick padded gear in the snow you are tired and sore. I can feel muscles I didn’t even know I had.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your usual workout routine and try something new. You never know, you may be surprised by your own body.
Based on Fashion Week San Diego’s 2014 winner, RHCreation, you could say that resort wear is hot. Everyone wants to look, act and feel like they are sunning in Cancun, drinking poolside in Jamaica or lounging on beach in the Bahamas. The challenge curvy girls have rocking resort wear is the “tent-look.” Flowing light fabrics tend to drape romantically and have the length of a ball gown, which for girls with hips, boobs or a thighs will only just make us look bigger.
Here are some resort wear ideas for your next vacation:
Deep-V swim coverups
I purchased mine from Burlington coat factory for 10-12 dollars. Deep-V coverups are great to pair over a triangle bikini top, or anything that gives you awesome cleavage.
*(right) Deep-V coverup from Victoria Secret
*(middle) Deep-V Bella Floral-embroidered sheer coverup tunic by Ella Moss
*(left) Dotti Plus Size Hooded Dress Cover Up from Macy’s
Kimono-inspired prints and structured garments are in this summer season. From the floral prints to the lightweight sheer fabrics, you can get kimono-inspired dresses, rompers and coverups.
*(right) Kimono in Oriental floral print by Asos Curve
*(middle) Garden of Love Kimono from Forever 21
*(left) ASOS PETITE Exclusive Floral Print Kimono Playsuit
Easy to throw on in the morning, maxi skirts allow you to get in, out and around the pool without having to fuss with shorts and even better, they have an elastic waist so poolside drinks won’t make you feel bloated.
*(right) Double side slit maxi skirt from Charlotte Russe
*(middle) Draped Knit Column Skirt by Free People
*(left) Slit Chiffon Maxi Skirt from Forever 21
These lightweight shorts are great for dressing up with a blazer or dressing down with a crop top. They look like a skirt, but offer the function and comfort of shorts. The extra room in the pant legs are a refreshing change from the denim shorts we are used to during the summer.
*(right) Women’s drapey shorts from Old Navy
*(middle) ASOS Culotte Shorts In Pleated Lace
*(left) Women plus size culotte pockets culottes legging from Ali express
Get these lightweight airy pants in a fun and zesty print. They dry fast and are festive. After a few days of walking around in your bikini you may experience chaffing, in which a little buffer may help ease the pain.
*(right) Tropical Frond Wide-Leg Pants from Forever21
*(middle) INC International Concepts Wide-Leg Linen Pants from Macy’s
*(left) Lilly Pulitzer Middleton Palazzo Pant from Zappos
Light-weight flowing dresses
Pick dresses with breathable fabrics that float in the wind. While on my vacation recently, I saw many women in structured business attire dresses..it just didn’t look right. Aim for dresses that have movement and show off your favorite features.
*(right) Plus size Poetic Crochet-Trimmed Dress from Forever21
*(middle) Tribal-Paneled Strapless Maxi Dress from Charlotte Russe
*(left) Love Jersey Wrap Front Dress from ASOS
Do you have a vacation coming up? What do you plan on wearing?