Story by Jeline Abutin.
Did you think pastels were just for the spring? Think again. This summer, try the icy shade of pastel blue. This color is definitely trending! Portray your laid-back summer months through some stylish pastel blue pieces. This color is both calm and soothing. It will definitely keep you cool from the sun, unlike a darker color that will soak up the sun’s heat.
Seen in fashion shows for Prada, Valentino, and much more, pastel blue can be edgy, despite its demure look.
Feeling like the pastel blue is a little too dull for your taste? Pair this color with bright bold colored pieces to add balance. Want to soak up the trend in all its coolness? Don’t be afraid to wear pastel blue throughout your whole outfit. Add hints of white to accent your pastel blue pieces.
Story by Jeline Abutin.
Despite the cliché, tropical prints are a wardrobe must in the hot summer months. Consisting of a plethora of prints ranging from palm trees to exotic florals, tropical prints may have you taking a vacation 24/7. Fashion-wise that is.
Resembling the Hawaiian shirt your dad or grandpa wore, tropical prints have gone farther than just a Luau or vacation staple piece. They have been seen on the runway from designers like Armani and have been in retail stores like Zara and Forever 21.
This bold and bright print will have you feeling refreshed. Is the tropical print too touristy for your taste? Give your outfit a modern feel by pairing your tropical piece with another pattern. Do you have a tropical print dress and just don’t know what to wear it with? Pair your dress with a simple jean jacket and simple accessories to highlight the print.
One tip to keep in mind when wearing this print for the summer is to not over accessorize. Keep it simple since the print is so bold!
With all the skin-whitening products in Asia, it’s easy to make the assumption that our culture is obsessed with being pale, BUT that isn’t always the case. Here in California for instance, we can’t avoid the summer sun, so many just embrace it.
Just got back from vacation and want to make your bronzed glow last? Here are a few tips to make your summer tan last!
Your body tans when the sun stimulates the pigment, melanin, which colors the top layer of skin. This layer of skin sheds every two weeks, so to ensure your tan lasts, scrub your skin before you go on vacation. A quick, inexpensive scrub can be made at home with rock salt and honey.
When skin dries, it flakes. In the sun, your skin loses more water through sweating so drink tons of water.
Not only do you have to hydrate skin from the inside, you have to moisturize from the outside. Your daily moisturizer works, but lotions made specifically for after-sun have additional ingredients to soothe skin and enhance your tan.
Story by Jeline Abutin.
Amp up the average A-line flowy skirt for a crisp, structured origami skirt this summer!
Flowy skirts are fun and easy to wear, but can get a little repetitive. Take your love of the feminine skirt to a haute and edgy look by getting your hands on a skirt with more shape.
Pleats and geometric angled structured skirts can make your overall outfit polished with a hint of street style.
Pair your structured skirt with a Moto jacket to add shape to your upper torso for a tough but fem look. Not in the mood for too much structure? Pair your skirt with a simple t-shirt to make your skirt the center of the outfit.
We’ve all seen the infamous Zara skort worn by celebs like Kylie Jenner and Giuliana Rancic. Listed below are some affordable alternatives from Forever21 and Pacsun!
1). Forever 21 – Favorite Floral Origami Skirt: $17.80
2). Forever 21 – Posh Origami Skirt: $14.06
3). Pacsun – Finders Keepers Last Call Skirt: On Sale $69.99
4). Pacsun – Finders Keepers Oblivion Skirt: On Sale $67.49
Story by Jeline Abutin.
Is the summer heat making your outfit choices on the casual side? Not to worry, Jenn Im of ClothesEncounters has just the write mix of casual and chic outfits for this summer!
Our number one fashion blogger on our list of “25 Asian Youtubers You Should Check Out,” Jenn Im provides her viewers with cute outfits for any occasion.
Watch her styling video from her YouTube channel below!
Story by Jeline Abutin.
Love them or hate them, Birks just work. To some, these sandals are clunky and old fashion. To others, they are a fashion must-have. Regardless of what side you’re on, Birkenstocks are a staple in this summer’s wardrobe.
Seen in runway shows such as the Celine Spring 2013 Fashion Show, Birkenstocks are back and are a comfy and chic alternative to gladiator sandals or flip-flops.
Coming in different styles, Arizona Birks are trending among fellow fashion bloggers as well as fashion enthusiasts.
Arizona Birkenstocks can be paired with just about anything — from summer dresses to boyfriend jeans and everything in-between. Easy to wear and easy to pair with outfits, the only bad thing about Birks is the awkward tan received from wearing them almost everyday.
Must have colors for this summer trend is black and also white. But don’t be hesitant to try other colors to add a vibrant and fun aspect to any outfit!
With a hefty price tag of $89 to $130, Birks can be a splurge, especially for sandals, but are so worth it for its versatility, comfort, and stylishness! But if you’re willing to partake in this fashion endeavor, don’t forget to paint those toenails to add a feminine touch to these must-haves!
In Audrey‘s Summer 2014 issue, we asked five tastemakers to give us a glimpse into their must-go destinations around the world. Here, Catherine Choi, founder of family-oriented bags and accessories line SoYoung, shares her favorite place, Algonquin Park, Canada.
Travel philosophy: If you think you might need it, bring it.
Why: At this time in my life, with three kids under 10, a full-time business and a husband who also runs a full-time business while studying for an MBA, we need peace over excitement. So while we love architecture, shopping and exploring cities, getting away somewhere where we can unwind and unplug is the hands-down choice.
Stay: I am not an outdoorsy type, but I make an exception for Bartlett Lodge in Algonquin Park. It’s just magical: from the solar-powered pontoon that takes you to the lodge to the luxury platform tents where you sleep. And no eating out of cans here — they offer five-course fine dining at their restaurant. We’re totally unplugged there.
Eat: Incredible desserts at the lodge’s fine dining restaurant. I recall feeling frustrated at having to choose only one.
Do: Jump off the dock into the cool, clear water, dry off, lie there like vegetables, repeat. Bring a pile of great reads, sit in a Muskoka chair and read to oblivion with no interruptions.
Bring: I take my SoYoung large cooler bag with me on every trip as I am a big snacker. My current go-to snacks are kombucha gingerade tea with Snapea Crisps.
Unforgettable: My husband and I decided to take a canoe out one evening. The water was so still and clear and there was silence all around us except for the sounds of nature. We stopped paddling at one point and watched the sky turn a beautiful orange-pink while the sun disappeared into the water. It was breathtaking and perfect.
This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here.
Catherine SoYoung Choi, founder of SoYoung, a Canadian line of urban, family-oriented bags and accessories, became an expert on children’s products through the tribulations experienced while carting around three young children and their associated paraphernalia. Choi holds a degree in commerce from McGill University and a master’s in things-to-bring-with-you-on-outings-with-children.
Kimonos are a cute addition to any outfit. This new Asian style trend is perfect for the summer!
Kimonos can fit everyone’s style. From floral, to lace, to fringe– it can be paired with any outfit to add a little extra flair.
If you want to try this new trend, but don’t want to be too daring, try this Forever 21 solid woven kimono ($22.80).
If your style is girly, try florals or lace like this H&M short kimono ($24.95) or this Urban Outfitters Love Sadie Lace Bell-Sleeve Kimono Jacket ($79).
If your style is more bohemian, try fringe. This Nasty Gal Reverse Peek A Boo Kimono ($68) and this Lottie & Holly Boho Print Womens Fringe Kimono ($32.99) are perfect.
And for those of you who like to save some money, try making your own.
Tis the season for suntans, short shorts and flip flops! There are many things to love about summer, but sometimes the hot weather doesn’t exactly help us look our best. Hot, humid, summer days are great for hitting the beach, but not so much for keeping your hair smooth.
Although people believe in the stereotype that all Asians are blessed with sleek, straight hair, I know from experience that this is not the case.
Hair is made up of three layers and the outer layer looks like a shingled roof. When your hair is smooth, the “shingles” lie flat, but when your hair is frizzy the “shingles” are lifted. No one wants to spend their summer having bad hair days, so we’re here to help. Try these steps to keep your hair frizz-free all summer long!
1.) Apply a hair mask and relax outside in the sun. The heat opens the hair’s cuticle, and allows the product to sink in more deeply.
Try Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask ($32)
2.) Don’t brush your hair. Brushing disrupts your hair’s cuticle. Instead of using a brush, use a wide tooth comb, gently combing through any tangles.
Try RickyCare No Frizz Jumbo Detangler Comb ($8)
3.) Don’t over-process your hair. Straightening and blow drying your hair daily can make hair brittle and leads to breakage.
4.) Put moisture back into your hair. Frizzy hair tends to be drier, so use natural oils to replenish the hair of its moisture.
Try Moroccanoil Oil Treatment ($14.80)
Now that it’s summer everyone wants bronzed, glowing skin. Of course, achieving this golden skin is a lot harder than it looks. For instance, many risk their health in an effort to achieve this summer look.
One of the largest misconceptions within the Asian community is the belief Asian’s can’t get skin cancer. Let’s clear that up right now: Asians are most certainly susceptible to skin cancer. Believing in an immunity is the main cause that many Asians do not discover their cancer until a later stage.
Thankfully, we know another way to achieve bronzed and beautiful skin: self tanners. Self tanners are a cheaper and much less harmful way of getting that gorgeous glow. We’ve found our favorite self-tanners under $20. Check them out below.
Jergen’s Natural Glow & Protect ($9.99)
This sunless self tanner gives you a gradual glow while protecting you from the sun’s harsh rays.
Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion ($13.99)
After two or three applications of this product, your skin will glow. Not only is this self tanner paraben free, bur it is highly moisturizing.
Victoria’s Secret Self Tanning Tinted Spray ($15)
This super fine mist leaves skin with an instant, natural looking tan.
Australian Gold Faces Sunscreen with Instant Bronzer ($9.99)
Self tanner, bronzer, and SPF 45 sunscreen all in one, this product is a triple threat.