Street fashion is one of my favorite things to observe and admire from afar, but I’ve never had the guts to randomly ask a stranger if I could photograph them and their awesome outfit to feature on my blog. On my way home today, I could no longer suppress that urge and finally bit the bullet. I was overwhelmed by Terin’s entire outfit and the confident strides he took in it, so I just went for it without thinking.

My favorite thing about his outfit: all thrifted for less than $100 (excluding the glasses and messenger bag). We shared mad mutual love for it. I love folks who take pride in thrifting – not only is it the best way to shop for gold mines, rarities, or just good ol’ statement pieces, but as a frugal shopper, it’s the best way to save cash on your wardrobe, hands down.

(In my haste, I forgot to ask how to spell his name or what he does for a living. So Terin, if you’re reading this, please enlighten! And thanks for being so sweet :])


Shirt: Original Penguin
Wingtip Shoes: Cole Haan
Jeans: J. Crew
Frames: Warby Parker Preston’s
Messenger bag: J. Crew
Watch: Merona

Check out my personal finance post about saving on your wardrobe by thrift shopping til you drop.


How to dress for a work lunch

It’s almost been a month since my last post, and it’s only fitting that I come back to the blogosphere with a beautiful photo of one of my good friends, Jen. She recently got promoted at the Hammer Museum (again, HUGE CONGRATULATIONS- well deserved!), said goodbye to her boring over-sized security blazers and button downs, and splurged on a brand new wardrobe.

Here, Jen shows us all how to really dress for a work lunch: a flattering black dress cinched at the waist with some vibrant pops of red. I’m glad I got to admire the classic outfit while enjoying drinks with this amazing woman. Plus, blogging about it made her feel like it wasn’t completely wasted since the work lunch didn’t happen after all – instead, it’s now permanently recorded on the Internet.


Dress: J.Crew
Necklace and belt: Express
Shoes: Aldo

Freestyle – So Slow (cover)

Sorry for the horrible sound — this will be my reminder to get a legitimate microphone just for fun. And sorry for all the street noise (did you hear the plane?).

I’ve made it my goal this year to do more of what I really love without thinking of how bad I may be at it. Singing is one of them. While I’m not the best or have great technique, it feeds my soul and I’d like to share it with you if you’re willing to listen!

The original song is by a Pilipino band named Freestyle – check them out! And zsos is a great duo who does awesome covers – check them out too!

Weekend with Kate the Great – Beverly Hills & Melrose

Last month, Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) held its annual international fair at the Barkar Hangar in Santa Monica. Luckily, it coincided with my good friend Kate’s short but sweet visit to LA– a trip purposed for an interview with a potential post-law-school job.

I was fortunate to be on the VIP list (thanks, Hammer!), so in order to help relieve her stress from the rigorous job hunt, I invited Kate to join me to tour the art collection of Sam and Shanit Schwartz, followed by a proper brunch and shopping around Melrose.