A couple weeks back, we brought you the new fashion trend of the summer — origami skirts. They are the perfect choice of clothing for days when you’re sick of wearing shorts and want to look a little bit more dressed up.
But like any other fashion trend, sometimes we hit a bump when we find cute pieces, but don’t necessarily know what exactly to wear with them. Luckily for us, we found Vancouver-based Ivy Xu that has mastered the art of wearing the origami skirt, and it turns out there are plenty of ways to style it. You can also follow her at her blog here.
Here are some of our favorites:
1. Pair it with a boxy top in a geometric print and, of course, some heels to make the look more polished.
2. Pair it with a casual tee for days when you’re running errands.
3. A fedora, an embroidered vest and a slouchy white tee lends a music festival feel.
4. Going to a party? Dress it up with a fancy necklace and a cropped sweater.
5. Nothing says badass like a snapback with big bold metallic letters, along with a chic black leather jacket and chunky heels to pull it all together.
Yes, I know. The comeback crop top fad this summer is no new news. Day after day, I’ve seen the tops continuously hit the racks at all my favorite clothing stores. If you’re anything like me though — someone who leans toward the “fluffy” side of the Asian figure spectrum — it can be a little daunting to try the midriff-flaunting look.
As it turns out, Filipino fashion blogger and Spanish fashion brand’s Mango’s newest “It” Girl Camille Co, is the ultimate answer to my question on how to pull off the crop top look, without concurrently destroying my self-esteem. On her lookbook page, as well as her own fashion blog titled Camille Tries to Blog, Camille shows us a variety of different ways we can rock the look in a more chic way.
Here are some of her outfits we love:
1. Pair a basic crop top with high-waisted shorts with a fun print, and throw a leather jacket in a bold color on top, for an edgier look.
2. Pair the crop top with a mini skirt, and a loose blazer for a night out.
3. If you’re going somewhere fancy, wear a strapless crop top with a high-waisted skirt and of course the essential pumps.
4. A crop T-shirt works well with a high-waisted pencil skirt; pair it with slip-on sneakers for a casual look.
Standing at just barelyfive feet tall, I have always been envious of friends who were blessed with long legs. In some pictures, one of my tall friends and I even look like mother and child. It’s tragic, really. But the real struggle comes when I go into pretty much any clothing store and nothing seems to fit the way they do on girls that are average height.
Jus recently though, I was looking through the fashion website lookbook.nu, and came across Filipino fashion blogger Kryz Uy. Not only does she have a cool, edgy style, she’s also only 5-feet-2-inches, andmanages to look both stunning and tall at the same time. That pretty much makes her my hero.
Uy has graciously shared with petite fans on her blog, Thirstythought, tips on how to achieve the illusion of having longer legs for those of us who, unfortunately, do not.
Here are 10 of her genius tips:
1. Pointers out. Pointy shoes can elongate your leg, especially when they match your skin color.
2. Waist Line Wonders. High waisted anything will give the visual illusion that your legs start higher than really do.
3. Lines Lines Lines. Just as horizontal stripes make you look wider, vertical ones will make you look longer and leaner.
4. Nude it up. Wear shoes that match the color of your skin to give the illusion of an extended leg.
5.Monochromatic. Wear a single color to lengthen your silhouette without any breaks.
6.No to breaks. Similarly, anything that breaks the vertical line of the body will visually shorten. Try going sans ankle strap to keep the line going.
7. Hey shortie. The higher the hem, the more skin exposure, the longer your legs will look.
8. Geometry. Play with asymmetric cuts or geometric patterns that elongate.
9. Maximum length. Don’t be afraid of skirts and pants that are too long. They are the perfect place to hide high heels, making you look naturally longer.
10. Posture. Stand tall, shoulders back and walk with confidence. The less you slouch your back and hang your head, the longer your entire silhouette will seem.
With the summer heat bearing down on you, it’s easy for your makeup to look and feel, well, under the weather. You need a makeup regime that will boost the brightness level of your face so you can keep on shining all day long — by choice, and not by sweat.
South Korean girls seem to have mastered how to balance the dewy-and-not-clammy look, considering that they live in terribly humid conditions all throughout the summer. Popular South Korean vlogger, Dayeong Kim, shows you how to achieve this glowing look in her tutorial for a makeup routine that she calls “a natural, daily look.” Featured on her YouTube channel, Dayomi page, the video shows a step-by-step rundown of her makeup routine, with tips to follow — but it’s all in Korean. Well, if you’re not a native Korean speaker, then you’re in luck, because we’ve brought you a translated run-through of how to pull off this natural, glowing look in 12, relatively easy, steps.
Here’s what you’ll need …
Step #1:Dab an ample amount of Botanic Hill bob Radiant Youth Ampoule Essence into your hands and vigorously rub it in between your palms. Then, gently press the essence into your cheeks, spreading it around your face in an upward fashion. (She applies this twice to show you how it’s done, but one application should be fine.) Dayeong says this essence gives your skin a sense of firmness, but it still allows the skin to be moist and flexible.
Step #2: Take Giorgio Armani’s UV Master Primer Mauve and apply to your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. Lightly spread and blend into your face. This orchid-hued primer doesn’t clog your pores, says Dayeong, and it provides a nice, dewy sheen all over your face.
Step #3: Dayeong explains the four-part process in applying her foundation. You’ll need Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer (in 7), Giorgio Armani’s Lasting Silk UV Foundation (in 4), Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly Original, and L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Masking Lotion. Using the back of your hand as a palette, dab a little bit of each item into one large blob and blend well. These four components work together to bring out the bright, pearliness in your skin, and creates a smooth, natural finish.
Step #4: Use Bobbi Brown’s Mineral Powder to help set the foundation and keep it from unevenly melting off.
Now, remember to take many moments during your makeup session to admire yourself in the mirror in interesting poses.
Okay, let’s get back to it.
Step #5: With a small brush, lightly apply the smokey color in Urban Decay’s Naked 1 palette for eyebrows that are not too light, nor too dark. Fan out as you apply for an even finish.
Step #6: Next, take your eyelash curler and start curling from the bottom of your lashes to the top in a gradual, upward motion. Dayeong says that since this glowing makeup look doesn’t highlight your eye points, it’s imperative that you give your lashes plenty of support for a beautiful, wide curl.
Step #7: Take Innisfree’s Creamy Tint Lip Mousse 3 (an item that Dayeong says she is currently obsessed with) and dab a little onto your hand-palette. Then dab some Urban Decay Eye Primer, and combine the two together. With the blended mixture on your finger, dab gently onto a napkin, and then proceed to apply the color to your eyelids. Dayeong’s tip: the key is to apply the color, dab lightly, blend out, and repeat as needed to create a subtle pink sheen that delicately fans out on your eyelid.
Step #8: Instead of using a black color for her liner, which Dayeong says is too harsh for this look, she uses a more natural brown hue for a softer touch. Take your eyeliner pencil and use Bobbi Brown’s Gel Liner in Espresso Ink. Lift your eyelid slightly and lightly apply the liner along your eyelash line, being careful not to go over the line. Finish it off by applying a very tiny wing to the corner end of each eye.
Step #9:Maybelline’s Falsies Mascara creates long, rich eyelashes that almost look like false eyelashes. As you’ll see in the video, Dayeong first applies the mascara downwards on the top eyelash first, and then applies upwards, for a more dramatic eyelash.
Step #10: Using Nars Love Blush, lightly apply to cheekbones as you would with any blush for a subtle, but romantic finish. It helps if you smile a little during the application, so your cheekbones are raised.
Step #11: Tone down your lips. Although many people use concealer to tone down their lips before adding color, Dayeong says that concealer reveals too much of the creases on her lips. If you struggle with this too, then use a lightly tinted lipstick instead. Dayeong uses Clio’s Diamond Lipstick in Pretty Pink to create a smooth under layer before applying her lip color.
Step #12: Using Innisfree’s Creamy Tint Lip Mousse 3 again — she did say she was obsessed — smear a small dab in the middle of your lips. Spread the color by pressing your lips together for a gradated look, applying more color as needed, and then dab the edges with your pink finger to fill in any spots.
Throw your hair up in a high pony, and voila, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 … 4, 5 …12 steps!
With all jokes aside, this natural, glowing makeup routine is simply perfect to wear daily. And the best part is, it stays on all day long. Dayeong’s makeup in the beginning of the video was filmed more than two hours after she had applied her makeup, and it still stayed so fresh and so clean (clean).
If you love the spunky and impossibly adorable fashion vlogger, Jenn Im (whose summer casual outfits can be found here), then you’ll love her equally fashionable, yet more edgy insta-sister, Eugenie Grey–because after all, opposites do attract. The chic pair has been spotted gleefully piggybacking each other and hanging out occasionally on Instagram, and just being two totally awesome Korean American trendsetters. I mean, just look how cute they are.
More famously known by her Instagram handle feralcreature, Eugenie Grey often channels a rock-and-roll persona that acts almost like an alter ego to Jenn Im’s sweet charm–but let’s be honest, we all want to be a little bad ass from time to time. So here’s how to be unapologetically “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll” in the summer heat with the 5 top rocker-chic looks by feralcreature. Start practicing your mean muggin’ face.
1) Keeping it Bare
Put away those high-wasted shorts and expose your midriff. The zip-up cropped turtle neck paired with the black leather duo of the jacket and boots give the outfit that bad-ass edge, but revealing the midriff graces the ensemble with an overall soft and cool look.
2) Hang Loose
Let it flow by wearing loosely fit tanks and bottoms. The silhouette of the joggers gives the outfit a relaxed, summery vibe, but the leathery, “snake” effect will keep it on the edge. And don’t put away those beanies just because it’s summer–they give the perfect finish for a street-style look.
3) Black and Gold
All black and gold, and that’s that.
4) Add Some Color
If you need a little splash of something-something in an overall one-tone outfit, then throw a bright flannel around your waist to liven it up and wear lipstick to match.
You don’t have to lose your edge when you put on a dress. Simultaneously gritty yet elegant, this lacey, see-through dress channels vampire-goth vibes, but it will still keep you cool in the summer heat.
Grey, who is based in Los Angeles, is an active fashion blogger, model, and style icon in the Instagram realm. She has been featured in online fashion sites the likes of Vogue Italia, Nasty Gal, and Wasteland, as well as in print magazines, including Nylon Japan, Clin D’Oeil, Disfunkshion Magazine, and Kode Magazine.
In search of a cute heel for the summer that withstands even a New Yorker’s walking lifestyle? Look no further than blogger Kristen Lam’s favorite heeled sandal, “The Warren” by Madewell.
Seen constantly on her Instagram as well as her blog KristenGlam, Lam’s go-to heel is as versatile as it is practical. With its 1-1/2 inch stacked heel, the minimalist, triple-strapped sandal gives you just enough height while keeping you grounded as you commute on busy urban sidewalks or travel through exotic lands.
Can’t seem to find a pair of The Warren heels in your size? Check out our alternative picks below from Topshop.
1. Preeta Premium Sandals: $130
2. Nowhere Black Strappy Heels: $100
3. Heartbreaker 2Part Heel: $45
4. Rose Gold Toe Sandals: $110
And be sure to check out Kristen’s official site here.
Craving some fashion inspiration? Check out blogger of the day Jody Nguyen!
Residing in Adelaide, Australia, Nguyen is the creator of the fashion blog Silkybow.com. Posting outfits of the day, as well as post about her everyday life (food and all), Nguyen captivates readers with her simple and posh looks.
With a mixture of chic dresses and to-die-for locks, this Aussie babe can captivate an audience. Besides her polished and sophisticated looks, Nguyen also knows how to rock a great casual outfit for the summer. Check out how she styles this summer’s sneaker trend below and be inspired! — Jeline Abutin
Everybody loves the winged eyeliner trend. It’s chic, fun and effortlessly intensifies the eyes! This summer, word has it that the latest summer trend for eye makeup is electric eyes. Urban Decay has recently released an electric eyeshadow palette, called the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette that you can buy for $49 dollars on Urban Decay’s website.
At a first glance it may not seem like the most practical palette for your everyday look. It oddly reminds me of my childhood-favorite, Lisa Frank, with all its bright, slightly blinding neon colors.
So the question is, how on earth are you supposed to make those colors look attractive on your face? If I tried this myself at home, I would probably end up looking like a trippy clown.
Thank goodness for makeup guru and beauty blogger Jen Chae’s (known as frmheadtotoe on her Youtube channel) tutorial, where she teaches us how to combine the electric palette with the winged eyeliner that looks effortlessly cool!
Check out Jen Chae’s tutorial via Youtube here:
So, have we convinced you to try this new look or what?
FULL NAME Heart Defensor HERITAGE Filipina American AGE 25 BORN & RAISED Philippines, now based in L.A. CLAIM TO FAME The pink-lovin’ YouTube personality, known for her openness and hair to-die-for, has gone beyond describing her fashion hauls and giving hair and makeup tutorials to doing a weekly YouTube show with Seventeen Magazine called Fashion Remix!
My go-to karaoke song: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor and “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child.
Last time I cried: When I picked up the March 2014 issue of Seventeen Magazine and saw my spread talking about me and my very own show with Seventeen.
What always makes me laugh: My boyfriend Arnold. We have way too many inside jokes.
My go-to comfort food: Too many to mention!
Last thing I ate: Does caramel frap with extra whipped cream from Starbucks count?
Currently on “repeat”: There’s two! “Love Is an Open Door” by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana (from the movie Frozen) and “Half a Heart” by One Direction.
A guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: Watching Desperate Housewives every night before bed.
Current favorite place: My home. I’m a homebody!
Favorite drink: Water, green tea and Starbucks caramel frap.
Current obsessions: Cute notebooks, loose sweaters and big bags!
Habit I need to break: Eating and drinking sweets.
Hidden talent: It’s not a hidden talent since I do it all the time on my channels, but I LOVE TO SING!
Talent I’d like to have: To be an amazing dancer like Beyoncé and Ciara!
Word or phrase I most over-use: I definitely say “definitely” all the time!
Most treasured possession: Secret!
Favorite hashtag: #ThatsHeart because I love seeing my viewers tag me on their pics, which I often repost.
What’s cool about being Asian: Asian genes. We never age, muahahaha!
My job in another life: I’d probably be a registered nurse, which I would suck at because I don’t like seeing blood LOL.
As a petite woman myself, I can empathize with all the other short girls out there who often find themselves having a difficult time with clothes.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed out of an outfit because I felt like it shrunk me and don’t get me started on maxi dresses. I’m still hopelessly searching for one that doesn’t sink to the ground.
Thankfully, there are some petite girls who have mastered the art of choosing clothes that compliment a small frame. Luckily for us, some of these girls don’t mind sharing their knowledge.
One of our favorite fashion bloggers, Jean, is the author of Extra Petite. Just under 5 feet, Jean can relate to the various short girl struggles and has found many ways to counter them. Her blog is described as “a fashion blog that provides styling ideas and shopping information with a focus on professional attire. This blog also aims to share suggestions and solutions for those who may be shorter than the average woman, yet still want to look stylish and feel confident.”
Now that spring is here and the sun is making its way out, we’re itching to wear skirts and dresses. So which ones match our frame? Check out these spring looks from Extra Petite.
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