Flower of Love








floweroflove5[Photos by NR]

Top: Topshop polka dots crop top (similar here) | Bottom: KTRcollection skirt | Necklace: chunky pearl necklace from ebay | Bracelets: Marc Jacobs, Aqua | Michael Kors studded cap toe pumps | Bag: Marc Jacobs crobsy sutton

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I never really intended to make clothes nor did I love sewing. It was sort of out of my own agony and a survival remedy for a bullied kid who wanted to fit in.

Growing up, we didn’t shop at department stores or wore designer clothes. Every few months my mom would take me to the local community church where they sell clothes for $0.50 an item and I was always so excited because that means new clothes for school. Of course nothing ever fits and most of the time they were outdated. When I went to school with my “new clothes,”  I’d get teased and bullied for not matching or wearing something that wasn’t “good enough.” For those reasons, I started sewing and became quite crafty at hemming pants that were too long, trimming over-sized skirts, turning bagging tops into a form fitting tank and sometimes removing excess fabric to create an entirely different garment. At 10, my mom bought me my first sewing machine and I remember hysterically busting out in tears because I was so happy.

It’s funny how life works. The things that you thought were your weaknesses are actually going to be your strength. I started sewing because I was bullied and I wanted to fit in, but over time, love blossomed …and now it’s my passion and desire to make things that will allow me to express my individuality and enable me to stand out from the crowd.

I made this skirt over the weekend and I love the box pleats because it creates a full and flare shape that’s perfectly feminine and fun, not to mention the bold contrasting colors of purple, green and yellow. I also think the contrast of polka dots and floral somehow creates a perfect harmony. Ironically, I now can’t get enough of mixing and matching as I think it’s a part of my personality: quirky, bold and sometimes adventurous. :) Therefore, I wanted to share this skirt with you and hope it’s unique in a sense where you can express yourself as well.

To enter for your chance to win a custom made skirt to fit YOU, please use the Rafflecopter below:

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Skirt details: A full flare, high waisted, box pleats skirt, custom fit to your waist measurement, with invisible back zipper closure. 22″ length

1 Winner will be announced next Friday, May 24th. Good luck!

Mixer (+ OASAP Giveaway)


Florals, stripes, geometrics, chevron, polka dots, abstracts, paisley, embroidery, sequins and embellishments has dominated my closet for what feels like forever so you can imagine the thrill when I realized how awesome mixing prints and patterns together no longer clashes. Well, this “trend” is nothing new, but there’s always something new and refreshing every time (see them again here, here, here, here, and here).

Adding to the mix are my current favorite accessories, this alpine gold necklace from Olive + Piper and this inexpensive-but-pretty-awesome-aviators. I have been looking for blue/purple aviators and can’t believe I found them from H&M for $7. Score!






mixer7[Photos by NR]

Top: Ardeb B mirror floral crop top | Bottom: Love Culture chevron high waisted shorts | Bag: Valentino Rockstud mini tote | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Necklace: c/o Olive + Piper | Bracelets: Alexis Bittar cuff, Aqua, | Sunglasses: H&M

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I was pretty thrilled over the weekend because we have another new lens to play with and I’m madly in love (helloooo ultra wide angles). Nate is dipping his feet more into photography and I am so proud of him, and of course offered myself to be his guinea pig for photos anytime he needs them (haha). Well, I hope your weekend was an eventful one and you’re all rested up for another week of life. xoxo


Btw, I received this shorts from OASAP but the size S was a little snug on me, so instead of returning it, I was asked to do a giveaway for the pair I have. Free shipping within the USA. Enter below to win!

Shorts are a Size Small and they are 26″ waist, 31″ hips, 15″ length and 21″ around each thighs.

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Holy Chic






holychic3[Photos by NR]

Top: Project Social Holy Chic tee | Bottoms: Zara stripes trousers (similar here) | Bag: Milly (similar here) | Shoes: Michael Kors studded cap toe pumps | Necklace: Nadri (similar here) | Bracelets: Tory Burch, Aqua | Rings: Kendra Scott, VSXNSTA | Glasses: Miu Miu

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Black and white together is no doubt classic and timeless but it’s not a big happy family until there’s some kind of colors thrown in. I actually had on flats, this tee and hair pulled back for running errands but right before we went out for the evening, I threw on heels, touched up hair and added accessories. It’s amazing how a few minor things can change the entire outlook.

Specking of accessories, the winner of Monee Elizabeth’s Chain Link Necklace is Valeria L., and the winner of Monee Elizabeth’s 25% discount code to her store are MJ M., Evelin, Abby A., M-d Varity, and Amalia R. Congrats!

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Monee Elizabeth Layered Chain Necklace Giveaway


One of my favorite necklaces as of late is this 3 layered-chain necklace by Monee Elizabeth. I always love to layer my necklaces but don’t always like the inconvenience of constantly having to untangle them. Thanks to Monee Elizabath, I now have a customized layered necklace that’s tangled-free, lightweight, and I love how it can instantly add flava to any outfit!


cruise2013_sanjuan3[Photos by NR]

Top: Soprano floral bralette (similare here, and here) | Bottom: BCBGeneration broken pleat shorts

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I have partnered with Monee Elizabeth and Andrea of FashionForAll Blog for this Giveaway.

To enter for your chance to win this necklace plus a 25% off coupon code to Monee’s store, please use the Rafflecopter below:

1) Log on either via facebook or with your email address (your email will not be public, it’s just for me to contact you if you win).

2) Enter the options provided. (Tip: The more options you enter, the more chances you’ll have to win when Rafflecopter automatically picks a winner.

1 winner will receive a brand new necklace similar to mine and 5 other winners will receive a 25% off discount code. Good Luck! xo

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The Tulle Skirt Giveaway





nycday2[Photos by NR]

More photos: Mint Tulle, Cream Tulle and Pink Tulle

The last time I did a giveaway I had a lot of requests for a tulle skirt so I hope whoever wins this will love it just as much as I do! Color of your choice! :)

To enter this Giveaway with the rafflecopter below, you’ll need to:

1) Log on either via facebook or with your email address (your email will not be public, it’s just for me to contact you if you win).

2) Enter any or all of 6 options. (Tip: The more options you enter, the more chances you’ll have to win when Rafflecopter automatically picks a winner.

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Winner: One winner will win a customized tulle skirt to be announced on Friday, March 8, 2013 post and will be  contacted via email for measurements and shipping information.

Description: A fitted high waist, made-to-order of high quality soft ballerina tulle. Fully lined with matching waist band and side zipper. Length of tulle is 26 inches and liner varies from 18 (pink skirt) to 22 (mint and cream skirt).

Shipping: Your skirt will be shipped within 5-7 days after the contest ends and shipping will be free of charge for both domestic and international entries.

Good luck!!