This Summer’s Trending Footwear: Birkenstocks

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!

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Hot Destinations To Put On Your Bucket List: Catherine Choi’s Algonquin Park, Canada

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.

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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

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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. 

What’s Your Summer Style: Kimonos

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).

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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).

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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.

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And for those of you who like to save some money, try making your own.

 

 

Beat the Heat: Frizz-Free Hair

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.

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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)

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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)

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3.) Don’t over-process your hair. Straightening and blow drying your hair daily can make hair brittle and leads to breakage.

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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)

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Beauty Bargain: Self Tanners Under $20

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.

 

Jergens
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 Glow
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
Victoria’s Secret Self Tanning Tinted Spray
($15)
This super fine mist leaves skin with an instant, natural looking tan.

 

Australian Gold
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.

 

Summer Beach Hair Tutorial by HEYCLAIRE

The weather is picking up and that can only mean one thing: summer is around the corner!

You probably already have your sunscreen, sandals and sunglasses ready, but what to do with that hair? For summertime, many of us want perfectly textured beach hair, but we have no idea how to achieve that look. I can’t tell you how many times I came back from the beach and my tangled hair was the opposite of sexy.

Well we have just the thing! Make up artist/vlogger Claire Marshall, otherwise known as heyclaire, shows us how to get that perfect summer hair in quick and easy steps. Check out the video below and get the products you need to style textured hair.

 

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EGO BOOST LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
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ON THE REBOUND CURL CREAM
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TOTALLY BAKED VOLUMIZING MERINGUE
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GLAZE HAZE SHINE SERUM
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HEADRUSH HAIR SPRAY
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HOT TOOLS 1″ CURLING IRON
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Top 5 Sweatproof Makeup Products For The Summer Heat

During these hot, summer months, everyone is looking for makeup that lasts. Take on the heat, with these must-have beauty products.


Smashbox Primer

1) Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer ($36) 
Prime, protect, and correct your skin in just one step! This primer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, and helps foundation last longer. SPF 20 helps protect skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

 


 

Aqua Cream

2)  Make Up Forever Aqua Cream ($23)
Aqua Cream provides rich pigmentation in just one application. Its waterproof formula will not crease or smudge under the most extreme conditions.

 


Stila Eyeliner

3) Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner ($20)
This waterproof, liquid liner glides on smoothly without skipping or smudging. The thin marker-like tip is easy to use, and creates a thin line.


Cannonball Mascara

4) Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara ($20)
This Japanese formula refuses to budge. A special microcrystalline wax works with the wand to increase length and volume, while never flaking off.

 


Cargo Blush

5) Cargo Water Resistant Blush ($26)
This sweatproof blush has a longwearing silicone formula that withstands moisture.

Summer 2013 | Pop-arazzi: Tobit Raphael

DEPT: Pop-arazzi
AUTHOR: Ethel Navales
ISSUE: Summer 2013
PHOTO: Stasi Photography

“THE FILIPINO AMERICAN ACTOR LEARNS A THING OR TWO FROM VINCE VAUGHN AND OWEN WILSON IN THE NEW FILM THE INTERNSHIP.”

 

“I thought I was dreaming. I was constantly biting my tongue just to check if I was awake,” says Tobit Raphael, the Filipino American actor about to star in his very first major mo- tion picture. “It was one of those things that just kinda fell from the sky — like I was struck by lightning. I wasn’t even expecting to get a call-back.”

Before he knew it, the now-24- year-old, just a few years out of UCLA theater school, found himself in front of the camera alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, starring in the summer’s first big comedy, The Internship. The film follows middle-aged Billy and Nick (played by Vaughn and Wilson) who lose their jobs as salesmen and have to start at the bottom of the ladder in their new careers — as interns at Google. Raphael plays a nervous and socially awkward computer programmer, Yo-Yo, who is placed in the same internship team as Billy and Nick. “That kind of social anxiety is really prevalent in my generation,” says Raphael of his character. “It was really fun [to play Yo-Yo] because I feel like I can relate to him in some ways. I think he has a lot of heart.”

It’s no wonder landing the role was such a surprise to Raphael — unlike most young actors, he didn’t pursue acting until relatively recently. “I always thought I was gonna end up in something boring,” he says. But then in high school, “I really started exploring being creative as an actor. I realized that a lot of people enjoyed watching me do that, and I enjoyed doing it.”

And who enjoyed watching him the most? His parents. Raphael says he’s thankful that his parents were enthusiastic about his leap into the creative arts. When he got to college, he realized that many Asian parents may not have been quite as supportive — he was one of the only Asians in his theater pro- gram. “It’s something that I think about a lot. One thing in particular with being Filipino is that you don’t see a lot of Filipino American [actors]. If you see Asians at all, you usually see a lot of Chinese, Japanese or Korean actors.” But Raphael doesn’t let that discourage him, saying that being Filipino helps him by allowing him to “stand out.”

So what’s next after The Internship? We’ll soon find out, but mean- while, the up-and-coming star is sure to take his own advice: “Do it because you love it. That’s what life is about — doing things that make you happy.”

 

The Truth About Summer Flings

Who can forget Danny and Sandy singing Summer Nights and reminiscing about their perfect summer romance. Let’s be honest here. I’m sure many of us, even if it was a mere fleeting moment, have daydreamed about the possibility of summer love. And why not? We are led to believe in the magic of summer romance. We are made to believe that these flings are all about heated passion. Its a relationship that doesn’t consist of the usual drama. It’s a time to have fun, right?

Well its these very beliefs, or misconceptions rather, that could get you into a summer mess. Entering a summer fling with these expectations are dangerous because let’s be honest here- love, romance, and relationships are not always like the movies.

 

MYTH #1:
Summer Flings will reach its inevitable end
Many people enter summer flings believing that the name says it all. It is a romance for summertime and only summertime. A number of problems may arise from this. While you may have the stern belief that your summer fling will reach its end in a few months, your partner may not be on the same page. Don’t get yourself in a sticky situation. If your goal is to have a fling confined to summertime, you owe it to your partner to be open about this.

And even with open communication, this mindset poses a threat. As much as we’d like to think that we have complete control over our emotions, sometimes we simply can’t help who we gain feelings for. You may enter this summer fling under an agreement that it will end when summer does, but then you catch feelings and instead you have a problem on your hands. Don’t limit yourself to these boundaries.

MYTH #2:
Summer Romance will continue
You may be the exact opposite of the previous myth. Maybe you’ve gone overboard on the summer romance films which always end in happily ever after. Maybe you’re under the impression that a summer fling simply means the time you begin dating “the one”. Let’s make this clear: just because this romance begins in the summer does not mean that it magically gains more of a chance to continue.

Do some summer relationships continue? Of course. But similar to every relationship, its dangerous to have fairy-tale expectations. I’m sure that person you met on vacation in a foreign country seems perfect, but its important to stay realistic about your decisions and your feelings. You owe it to yourself to find the balance between your mind and your heart, even if summer lovin’ is in the air.

MYTH #3:
Summer Flings are drama-free
For all of us who have experienced summer romance, let’s take a moment to laugh at this one. Since the sun is out, your relationship will have no complications? Wrong. Summertime does not take away complicated exes, you significant other’s trust issues, or your unwillingness to commit. None of these problems go away simply because of the season. Don’t get caught up in the idea of a glamorous version of summer.

MYTH #4:
People will judge you for having/wanting a summer fling
“You know what they say about people who have summer flings!” Don’t know what they say? Yeah, neither do we. None-the-less, some people continue to avoid summer flings simply because they fear judgement. Quite frankly, its silly to avoid relationships simply because its summer.

This negative perception is largely due to the word “fling”. Suddenly you’re perceived as someone who doesn’t want a serious relationship and you just want to have fun. First of all, theres no problem what so ever if you don’t want to be in a serious relationship and you do, in fact, want to have fun. You are perfectly entitled to feel this way. And maybe you do want a serious relationship, but you don’t want people thinking its a “fling”. This is the moment where we tell you that whats most important is that you know its serious.

MYTH #5
Summer Romance is Magic
Quite frankly, this one isn’t fair to you or to your partner. As we’ve mentioned, people are caught up in the idea of summer lovin’ magic. If your summer does end up being some over-the-top fairy tale, then good for you. But what if it doesn’t meet your expectations? You may ruin a perfectly fine summer relationship because you expected too much. Appreciate your summer for what it is. Fall in love with your summer fling, not with the idea of it.

 

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So are summer flings worth it? The truth is, we can’t answer that question for you. Contrary to popular belief, there is no quintessential version of summer romance that most people have. Summer romance is just like every other type of romance- capable of going many directions. So do yourself a favor and drop these misconceptions and expectations. Your summer romance will not (or should not) be based on what you heard a summer romance will be- its what you make of it.

Top 5 Peter Adrian Summer Looks

Summertime is here and that means some of our favorite fashion bloggers have been sharing their summer looks. By “favorite”, we mean Peter Adrian Sudarso and by “summer looks”, we mean outfits that are so hot we can hardly contain ourselves.

Since its Friday, we’ve decided to lighten up your day and bring some Peter Adrian to you. Here are our Top 5 Peter Adrian Summer Looks:|

1) FADED COLORS
Although many people claim that vibrant colors are in this summer, Peter Adrian shows that subtle and faded colors can work in your favor as well. Don’t be afraid to dive into lighter colors this season.

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2) THE UNBUTTONED SHIRT
If you thought this was out of style, think again! The unbuttoned shirt comes off as a complete tease to us, but it turns out we don’t mind that at all.

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3) TANKS AND BEANIES
I know you may be thinking that beanies are a bit too hot for summer, but Sudarso proves that it may be just the thing to compliment your outfit. And let’s be honest, tanks are always a good thing.

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4) THE BEACH LOOK
Tanks also work well to achieve the beach look. Technically speaking, this outfit doesn’t actually require much, but the simplicity goes a long way.

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5) THE V-NECK
Apparently, the V-neck is a male equivalent of a little back dress. Its essential and simple, but you can’t go wrong with it.

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Check out more of Peter Adrian Sudarso’s looks here.