Take A Vest!

It’s March and it’s spring. Could there be better excuses for an afternoon tea in Stanley? After soothing our sugar and caffeine crave, Rachel and I bathed in perfect sunshine and warm breeze on the sidewalk.The waves reflected the azure sky and glistened like sequins on a tutu.

Where’s B? You might ask. “Count me out…I don’t really like sunshine and heat.”

While I’m totally irritated by this lame reason, I must admit it’s really getting warmer and warmer (27°C yesterday, for Chris’s sake).

So here is a piece of advice: Put on your summer clothes–or better yet–your sleeveless tops! They have been hiding under your heavy sweater for way too long. We present you the mother of all sleeveless tops–White Vests.

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Special thanks to my gorgeous friend Hilary. This talented photographer took all these amazing photos!

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On A:

White tank top embriodered with crochet from Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

Oceanside wash boyfriend jeans also from Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

Crystal studded smoking slippers from Staccato

Neon translucent bag from Korean online shop

On R:

White chiffon beaded blouse

Black shorts also from Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

Black Stockings

Shoes (if you can see them) from vintage shop

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Flow in Nostalgia

Coco Chanel said, “A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous.”

In the world of miniskirts and instagram photos with girls showing their cleavage hashtagged #hot, we sometimes forget what is really important in style.

This time B and I board on a time machine and embrace the warmth of the old times–vinyl records, bricks and concrete stairs. We land on an Edwardian mansion with our love: chiffon high-low skirts. Seriously. Our breath is taken away by those irregular hems flowing in the sunlight through the stainglass window!

We sink into the nostalgia where women dressed to appeal themselves instead of perverts behind the iPhone screen.

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On A:

Sunglasses from Gucci (B bought it in Singapore!)

Silver necklace borrowed from Mom

Turtle-neck chiffon top also from Mom (I basically robbed her closet)

Electric blue chiffon high-low skirt from Taobao

Open-toe black heels from ZARA

Charm racelet with crystals from Paris Bijoux

On B:

Animal-print top from Forever 21

Black chiffon high-low skirt also from Forever 21

Cheetah-print wedges from online shop

We Want More: Prints

We know we have already posted much about Prints and Patterns (Link here: https://afterthebloom.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/paradise-in-print/).

And let’s face it–they aren’t the NEWEST trend. But how could we stop loving those bodacious designs? B couldn’t even leave these statement-making material at home during her trip to Taiwan. See B’s personal take on wild leopard prints in funky turquoise.

Honestly, who cares if prints are no longer à la mode? We feed on them as staples.

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For a work girl vibe, an expertly done pattern-on-pattern or a feminine touch…

See the London Fashion Week Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Shows (Louise Gray show at this instant and Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show on Feb 17)

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 from http://www.style.com/fashionshows/F2013RTW/LONDON

Tribute to Trio: Black White Blue

Think tender waves, white convertible and dark gin bottles in the sand. You get summer.

Think clear sky, soft snow and inky branches. You get winter.

Forgive us for stealing the Estonian flag for our post; black, white and blue are just colors we can’t take our hands off. These simple colors are so classy that they can fit into almost anything and escalate the style by levels.

CÉLINE puts these hues together and gives us the new simple classic. Hats off to Phoebe Philo.

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On both:

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On A:

Fur-trimmed denim jacket borrowed from mom

White T-shirt from Uniqlo

Black pants from Rag & Bones

Red heels from H&M

On B:

Grey T-shirt with special sleeve cut from Liger

Blue jeans from Levis

Blue sock from H&M

MBT sandals from Liger (Link here to see snakeskin version on Hilary Tsui: http://www.hilarytsui.com/post/20955911706/mbt-x-liger)