the windy city.

HI LILLIES! Missed you all 😀 I feel like I’ve been absent for quite some time (I’m sure you were getting used to those daily posts). But I’m back on the work grind and I NEED to film some shopping/ shoe hauls for you! Chicago was the best four day weekend in a LONGGGGGGGG time. More pictures to come!! Especially those outfits 😉 But here is what I wore on day one of Chi-town’s train excursions.

This was taken on my mom’s camera! Great Samsung quality, I know!

cotton pale purple capris: Target
blue skinny belt: TJMaxx
tank top: Shopbop
tweed double-lined blazer: W118 by Walter Baker
mint scarf: Audrey Brooke by DSW
crossbody cheetah print bag: Aqua Madonna (Marshalls)
sunnies: Valentino
black suede fringe sandals: Coconuts


Jimmy Choo cruise 2012

I was at a Barnes & Noble cafe the other day flipping through fashion magazines as usual when I stumbled upon this purse called the Camille! Speechless and honored was I; moreso a loss of words when I saw this. I could not believe my eyes! To be amongst the few starry eyed celebs such as Blake Lively (and other models named after shoes and handbags) is a dream come true ❤ Could it be that J-Choo finally came to her senses and named an uber fashion handbag after moi? Thank you from the humblest of opinions! *_* (<<<totes just pulling your leg, believe you me my ego is not that high)

Here are what the designers at Jimmy Choo came up for how I look! I must say that I'm loving the all white mixed with the pop of animal print. The tan/ beige-ish one looks similar almost to Chanel! I would also pair it head to toe mirroring the model's mix of tropical patterns.

The lost files! CBF fash show :D

Last night I was going through some camera pix and noticed I forgot to add these! So sorry D: I know how much it is killing you all. But at least you’ll get to see me in one of them! Indulge because it’s a fantastic Friday in June!!!

Cherry princess Casey doing her thang….strutting her stuff

Chicken salad, fruit cup, tomato cucumber sandwich, etc. YUM.

Crazy line outside the door round the block!

Mayor Macon with wifey in hand

Miss Georgia graces us with her peach perfect presence.

Formal shop out front. Can you resist this belle of the ball dress?

Princess dress for a Queen in training

The grand prize of the middday, courtesy of Cortes jewelry!

Queen of the festival 2012 in hot pink

Table for 10 me and the gals worked so hard decorating!

When in doubt wear pink! I’m wearing H&M flutter dress from Spring 2011

Outfits of the week~ June 3, 2012

Go to ‘Camillion & 1 styles’ for more love!

I know it’s not the end of the week yet but I thought, heck I have a day off why not update my style page! Here are the 5 outfits I wore to work this week, ranging from bright and bold to laidback luxe. The weather was drab and it was difficult to look fab! LOL You know that rainy weather…didn’t experiment much with makeup since it was all gloom and doom. But I think I made up for it with my colorful palette of clothes! Whadya think? I wanna hear in the comments 🙂 Don’t forget to click on my style page for mini lookbooks for these outfits.

Style Strategy book review & thoughts

golden front cover & author

The Style Strategy is a small, yet elegant, fashion help book designed to give some direction and organization on one’s wardrobe. Nina Garcia, infamously famed Project Runway judge, writes her strategy on selecting personal style without breaking the bank (well, not too much). The above picture is Ms. Garcia, Jennifer Aniston look-a-like and all, in one of her many, solidly-chic plain sheath dresses.

On PR the show portrays her as an un-reachable, devil-ish figure with lavish and exquisite taste. And while this may be true of the runway judge, Nina relates to the fashionably-challenged public in a short and witty manner commentating on fashion 101 throughout the ages. (For some reason I noticed lots of Civil War/ WWI/ WWII mentionables in there lol).

But I found myself pushing through fashion rules that I already knew prior to being a fashion student, because her interpretation on dressing well this day and age was refreshing. She wants to bring out the best and brightest, most creative, YOU! Instead of dictating what to wear to various occasions, she states updated ways on how to transform the classics…much like she does living in the dog eat dog world of Manhattan.

The book is well orgaized planning out three distinct sections:

I. What you have
II. What you need
III. What you want

Each chapter is broken down into further detail of course and there was never a dull moment. Between the high fashion illustrations by Ruben Toledo and inserts from Tim Gunn I found myself turning pages, eager to finish the book. Now, I’m not saying this is the best fashion masterpiece but for $3.99 at TJMaxx you can’t get a better deal on styling tips than that. The glossary provides listings of the best vintage shops in major metropolitan cities and websites worth perusing your fashionable buck! From one bargain shopper to another, I’d say that’s money well spent on an investment coffee table book.

“When you are surrounded by what makes you happy your creativity is heightened” -Unknown

10 best beauty buys for summer 2012

In no particular order I wanted to share my top ten selections for achieving both healthy, dewy, skin and simple makeup for those hot summer nights! I own most of these products and some are highly raved about products that am thinking about purchasing.

ShiSeido ultimate sun protection lotion spf 60

1. Every gal has got to protect her youthful skin from aging against the harmful UV rays even if you’re not basking on the beach! Dermatologists and beauty experts say that even in a sky of complete cloudiness one should still apply sunscreen. Just because it looks like there’s no sun doesn’t mean there isn’t one in the sky! I chose this Shiseido spf not only for the cool looking tube (lol no really though..) but apparently it’s a nourishing lotion not only for the face but for the body! It’s packed with protective ingredients, giving it the 60++ power so you know it’s doing the job. Sadly I don’t own this yet because I’m mostly indoors for summer and since sunscreen expires by the end of the summer, I can’t force myself to buy it A) for the pricetag and B) because I won’t use it as much! Sephora values it at $39 online but I’m sure you can find it at other higher end department stores.

Pixi eye bright liner

2. Sometimes the smallest of things make the biggest difference and impact like this nude colored eyeliner by Pixi. I picked this up at Target (not on sale) for $17. That’s the average price I’ve seen it on shelves but I’m sure it can sell for a couple dollars less too. Why do you need a skin, salmon colored eyeliner? One of the biggest tips I’ve picked up from magazines is that by lining your lower waterline with a liner the same as your skin tone, it will make your eyes look more awake! Since I’m Asian I need all the ‘awakeness’ I can get..haha I PROMISE it makes a huge difference in pictures!

It’s not a Hershey chocolate bar, it’s the NAKED palette!

3. I call my Urban Decay palette Old Faithful. When in doubt that I have no clue what to slab on my eyelids I turn to my Naked girlfriend! Sooooo many possibilities and neutral color combinations, how can you go wrong? I’ve had Naked for years since its first release (and have yet to buy Naked2) and it’s hard to tell if I’ve made a dent in a single color! Seriously folks you get so much product for your money’s worth AND it comes with either a makeup brush OR a dual ended black&brown eyeliner. Mine came with the eyeliner because I purchased it at Ulta. For summer looks you never want to look TOO overdone and this is the perfect option for being casual, chic 😀

*lustre drops*

4. MAC makes many things wonderfully well and that includes their lustre drops! What are lustre drops you might add? Lustre drops are a highlighting, light reflecting liquid product that comes in a little tube used for defining the areas on your face (or body) that you want to bring light to. I love these little suckers moreso for highlighting the cheeks, closeby to the eyes. I’ve seen others put it on the bridge of their nose as a highlighting property as well. If you wanted to dab it onto your clavicle on a nice, sexy night your skin would GLOW. Hurry up and get it at MAC counters. $15.

Vincent Longo lipstain

5. Upon creating the perfect summer face I didn’t know whether to add a lipstick or gloss into the big picture. I settled on a lipstain because it adds just the right amount of color and dimension whatever the weather is in your summery area! I’ve never tried this one in particular from Vincent Longo but I’m sure reviewers on makeupalley love him to death. I have a lipstick from Vincent and love that his products are so pigmented and creamy! If you prefer a cheaper alternative Revlon makes some good drugstore lip products as well as Benefit’s Benetint. Now for Benetint you can use it on your cheeks to as well for that perfect, just bitten look!

Conceal those raccoon eyes!

6. Maybelline’s instant age rewind concealer is highly coveted by beauty junkies alike for its patented sponge-like, foam tip applicator upon applying concealer or foundation. My cousin owns this and she continues to use it for all her looks. If you’re in a rush at the very least you should get a concealer that will work for you. Now these aren’t flying off the shelves, not particularly *new* but I can’t wait to try this! This is a great beauty buy for the summer because it hides dark, undereye circles while warding off aging properties from daily activity! Me LOVES anything that will keep me in my twenties for a bit longer ;P

The balm’s matte bronzer

7. The Balm’s Bahama Mama is a matte bronzer that I bought at TJMaxx. If you didn’t know that Marshalls and TJMaxx had makeup then girl, best go look! (On a side note too the Balm’s Frat boy blush is amazing too). I wear bronzer year round but it depends on the mood I’m in for shimmery or matte bronzer. I chose this matte bronzer for my summer pick because if you read my rant on MAC lustre drops you’ll see it’s all about balance. If you opt for a liquid and shimmery, metallic highlighter then it only makes sense to add a matte bronzer to the mix. If you put two types of shimma shimma on that area of your face with such close proximity, the tendency is for the products to get lost and jumbled all together.

Boots No. 7 makeup wipes

8. Take the day off with an English imported skincare brand that you trust. You may not be familiar with Boots No. 7 but they are exclusively sold at Targets across America. (Not sure if they have a self standing store but you can for sure find it at the red bullseye!) I was impressed with these cleansing and refreshing makeup wipes in just one use! Not only does it not dry out your skin but gets off every trace of makeup. And if you’re coming home from a late night luau perhaps, then be lazy and grab this before you hit the sheets! The price is right too because for just $3.99 you get all the regular effects of a normal makeup wipe plus added exfoliation and repair properties.

Blinc lash primer & defining mascara

9. In my book Blinc is so underrated for what it is. I feel like people think it’s some unheard of makeup brand from a tv infomercial selling commercial turned attempting to reach mass market at Sephoras. I’ve always been aware of Blinc but just never thought twice about it. Makeupbyleinnababy on YouTube swears by Blinc masacara nowadays because it’s one of the few brands whose primer and masacara ACTUALLY work hand in hand. I can’t speak for Diorshow but on the occassion I tried their masacara alone I wasn’t impressed. Blinc on the other hand, makes your lashes longer and defined over several times of using their eye product. When my masacaras run out I can’t wait to go out and buy Blinc because it works on Asian eyes the best!! $26 each on their website.

Dior Hydralife BB cream

10. Rounding out the top ten is Dior’s Hydralife BB cream. I tried a sample size of this (even though I had another BB cream brand at the time) because I thought, why not…can’t hurt? Post opening the tiny, squeezable tube I canNOT get it outta my mind. It covers all the imperfections, light blemishes, and discoloration so evenly on my face without looking like I caked on foundation! I never knew a BB cream could be a magical worker but this renewed my faith in Dior! Granted it was a bit drying but nothing a little daily face moisturizer can’t fix! The tiniest grapesize amount is all you need to dot on your T-zone. I’m a BB girl for LIFE now yeahhh all day, everyday! $56 at Sephora..OUCH.

All dressed up and nowhere to go…

Rachel Zoe does purple

I feel like that title post is the story of my life right now. As much stuff as I have from accumulating shopping trips do I have events to go to? No…guess I’ll just have a fancy soiree in my room. Everyone’s invited! Bahahahahahahaha

Lately I’ve been craving a purple suit or rather, violet suit and this one’s from Rachel Zoe! I have yet to own anything from her line since she turned stylist to designer. Preen has a richer, hue of purple suit that I would die for! Course all finer fabrics come at a price $_$

To top off such a statement color I wanted to keep the accessories minimal. I just ordered a ribbon necklace off of Hautelook like the one shown here! (Except mines red/ coral/ orange family not black). But I am loving this CC Skye kinda bulletted gold necklace. I got the Monique Lehsman necklace for a steal! $33.

And since we can’t walk around barefoot I googled Fendi platform heels and thought these peeptoes would go nicely. I am all about the hidden sexiness and unexpected details and I love the inverted FF symbol by the toe box! The artwork around the heel is divine as well, resembles a hot, fiery rainbow!

Olay facial hair removal duo review

balm&cream application

Hey girlies! I hope you take my reviews to heart as this is from one working girl to another lol. I’m sure you all have seen this new facial hair removal duo on the market because they have heavily mass advertised this on tv, Walmart, Target, and other drugstores.

I bought mine at Wal-mart I believe when it was newly pushed in promotions and such. I forget the exact amount but it was around $27ish on sale (which is still not that cheap). I was intrigued to try this because I’m always looking for innovative methods that make stripping off upper lip hair less painful. Sorry if that’s TMI but there is nothing short of TMI when it comes to Olay hair removal.

Just to give you a background on my hair density and preferred hair removal method, I’ve never waxed my upper lip. I am thinking about having it threaded for the first time sometime this summer though! Me IS scared. So anyways…I don’t have that “thick” of facial hair. Yeah it may be a tad more noticeable than most because I have black hair but’s it’s nothing outrageous.

Olay ‘tries’ to make this easy for you but providing just two simple steps. If the tiny print on the side of the box (mixed with French) is any indication, it’s a lot longer than it looks. Basically you’re supposed to prep your skin by applying the guarding balm to the areas you want to treat. Ummm…you want to treat the area with hair so apply it everywhere around your lip? LOL

After you do that it says to “massage” that balm with your fingertips for 20 seconds. Wow how precise. This part didn’t really do much for me so I wouldn’t worry about it. Now the fun and vital part of the hair removal process. Remove your hair with a grape size removal of the provided cream. Now I don’t eat grapes too frequently so it’s hard to imagine which size they’re referring to.

I just slathered on every millimeter section where the balm was! It said to do this immediately with a thick layer. (Not a problem for me because everything I do is overabundance!) Wash your hands for hygenic purposes then sit and wait for the magic to happen.

The box timer specifies to leave on the frothy, white, milky, mustache for 6-8 minutes..but no longer than 10! <

The end! Times up and just wipe it off with a tissue. As for the results I didn’t see any drastically different, spotless areas but I guess in pictures it’ll pick up then? It’s a little weird because my only reaction was a day or two after the process. My upper lip would start to feel like the pores where the hair was once was chemically reacting and “bubbling” on my skin? Don’t wanna take any chances but I think it’s safe to say that’s fine?

HAHA don’t get warded off guys it really wasn’t anything just a random thing! Let me know if anyone else has experienced this or I’m just imagining the “boiling/ bubbling” effect.


Graduation Outfit #2

If you read my last blog post on what to wear to a graduation as an attendee you’re in for a treat! Tonight I wanted to comment on a cute and classic look fit for any graduate no matter the age level. Let’s start from the top.

For the hair I wanted to keep it simple and I love a beehive hair style because not only does it give you height, it’s elegant and so 1950s! Just be careful putting on and off your cap :p

I chose a sophisticated color combination that is timeless and age appropriate for all! A strapless, black and white gingham printed dress with a black sash keeps the focus on YOU!

The accessories is the fun part. I’ve always dreamt what it would feel like to wear Chanel jewelry and doubling up cascading Chanel pearls with the iconic C’s is a grand statement! All eyes are on you so why not LOOK the part?

Betsey Johnson makes darling accessories and my faves of hers are the rings! You can find both of these statement rings at Macy’s. Not only do the colors compliment each other but they’re in the same leopard family!

Lastly the shoes. I stumbled across these Pour La Victoire sideways stacked heel in a neutral color. So from the front it looks like any adorable peeptoe but turn sideways and you’ll be getting looks like you were Lady Gaga. I can’t get over how different and unexpected these shoes are combined with the overall style! Thoughts?

conGRADS! You did it 🙂