African Nights

FullSizeRender-5As I attend a special charitable dinner for SAIWI (Student Association for International Water Issues) which supports college students going to different parts of Africa to engineer and construct water sources for local communities, I was inspired by such a strong African tribal theme for the night. A long time friend has been apart of this organization for 2 years now and has organized this year’s dinner. It was filled with African foods, traditional drumming and dancing, and auction and raffle prizes for African art. After taking an MBA class on nonprofit organizations and learning about different organizations including SAIWI, I have grown a true admiration and respect for these leaders who have committed themselves into making a big difference for the benefit of society.

IMG_2430  My outfit is inspired by a Forever 21 tribal print tank, which I’ve tucked into these amazing BCBGeneration palazzo pants and paired with a Michael Kors skinny belt. These pants are seriously incredible, lightweight, flowy, comfortable, easy to pack, and super stylish! I need more! Comment down below to let me know if you know of more places that carry them! Of course, if you’ve read my last blog, you will know that I am continuing to wear my BCBGeneration sandals! I am also wearing my Forever 21 leaf drop necklace and Michael Kors gold chronograph watch and sentimental bracelets. My shades are the Ray Bans oversized wayfarers. Last but not least, I have brought out my Michael Kors quilted clutch in the color luggage.

FullSizeRender-6Do any of you support any causes or nonprofit organizations that are close to your heart or important to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below! Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @jessthai! Thanks for reading!

 

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Sandal Heaven

FullSizeRender-4Thank goodness for sandals! I swear after wearing boots and flats almost all winter long, it’s nice that my feet finally get to breathe. Let me tell you, I was not blessed with tiny Asian feet stereotype that family seems to have inherited. From all of those narrow fit shoes and standing while working all day, I have those dreaded growing bunions! I love flats, but can anyone tell me of a good brand that might be good for wide flat feet like mine?

Anyways, I couldn’t wait to bust out these babies! The BCBGeneration footwear has some amazing designs. I’ve really been in to the sandals that straps across your foot as opposed to flip-flop versions. They’re really comfortable and solve that bunion issue. These also wrap around the ankle, which I’m generally opposed to. Since I have larger calves, so cutting off my ankle tends to accentuate the legs. Therefore, I will usually pair some pants to distract and cover the legs. The pants I’m wearing are H&M black jeggings. I’m also wearing a BCBG “Amerly” loose fit chiffon tank and a BCBGeneration tuxedo stretch blazer. I have a Forever 21 duo necklace, Michael Kors gold chronograph watch, and a few sentimental bracelets from my travels.

IMG_2397I’d love to hear from all of you. What kind of sandals do you prefer; the strappy ones, flip-flop versions, or maybe the latest fad birkenstocks? Please don’t forget to leave a comment down below with your thoughts! And if you have any recommendations on comfortable flats for me, let me know down below as well! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @jthai! Thanks for reading!

Sweater Weather

FullSizeRenderI guess it is back to reality. No more sun, beach, beautiful scenery. It’s back to the chilly sweater weather. I’ll have to admit, I’m the type of person that enjoys the sweater weather. Heat is exhausting, especially if you get sunburnt just like I did. You become sweaty and feel the need to take constant showers. But who am I kidding, I would trade this Reno weather to be back in Hawaii any day. But I guess it’s not so bad.

FullSizeRender-1Today it’s back to layers, sweaters, scarves, and boots. I’ve chosen a BCBGeneration cream crop sweater with a BCBG black tank with tulle detailing to add some length. I haven’t been much of a fan of crop tops to wear as every day wear, so instead I’ll wear longer tops to offset the shortness and the fear of showing my belly (which is in desperate need of some crunches).  I have some BCBG “Mason” leggings one with Charlotte Russe camel boots. I paired my outfit with a BCBG maroon scarf for a pop of color and a BCBGeneration drop crystal necklace. For the arm candy, I have my Michael Kors gold chronograph watch with some sentimental bracelets; the leather bracelet is from Disneyland from a stand that can customize your bracelet and the beaded bracelet is from Hawaii.

Is anyone else experiencing a confusedFullSizeRender-2 sense of seasonal styles? One minute I’m wearing coats, the next shorts, the next back to sweaters and boots. I’m curious how constant travelers deal with this relentless adaptation. I’d love to hear some of your thoughts in the comments down below. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @jessthai! Thanks for reading!

Little Black Maxi

FullSizeRender-3As my Hawaii vacation comes to a close, I must say it has been a remarkable journey across the island of Oahu. I was able to kayak to and hike up Chinaman’s hat, climb Pillbox and Koko Head Trails, snorkel in Hanauma Bay, and eat tons of really great local foods! I apologize for not taking as many fabulous pictures of all of my adventures, but it is really quite difficult being fashion forward when you’re climbing 80 or so flights of stairs hiking Koko Head.

I did however manage to get some of these pictures outside our hotel at Park Shore on Waikiki Beach. Please excuse my sunburn; do not underestimate the power of the Hawaiian sun! For today’s outfit, I was really excited to pull out this brand new maxi dress that I bought specifically fFullSizeRender-5or this trip. After much advice about keeping my clothes very casual, I couldn’t resist when I saw this BCBGeneration dress! This dress, resembling Angelina Jolie’s infamous black leggy dress at the 2012 Oscars, is not only such a big trend this spring and summer but it is also so flattering to your legs and waistline. This dress is lightweight and comfortable, easy to pack and travel with. I paired the dress with another BCBGeneration gold crystal drop necklace and Michael Kors gold chronograph watch and waist belt. The brown sandals are Charlotte Russe. The crossbody is Vince Camuto.

FullSizeRender-4This vacation has been such a blast, even better backdrops for these pictures don’t you agree? I am so sad to be leaving this gorgeous place full of adventure and foods that outnumber the days I get to experience it all. The style in Hawaii is definitely a little more casual, more about effectiveness than fashion. Perhaps, I’ll have to come back and teach them a thing or two. Now with this vacation over, I think I’m going to have to plan another. What are some of your favorite places to visit? I’d love to hear from all of you, leave a comment down below! Don’t forget to follow me @jessthai! Thanks for reading!

Sunsets and Coconuts

FullSizeRender-1Hawaii for spring break is incredible. This is my first visit to the island and I cannot describe how blissful it feels. Though I must admit, I expected extreme heat and humidity, but to my surprise, it was pretty chilly especially for the locals, reaching up to only 68 degrees with gusty winds. And what’s a Hawaii vacation without a beautiful sunset and a coconut?

You know how sometimes different places makes gives you different styles? This warm beach destination has definitely got me into loose t-shirts and high waist shorts. The white loose fit “love more hate less”IMG_1848 graphic tee is from Forever 21. The high waist shorts are from Savers thrift store, originally high waist Guess jeans, cut up and made into shorts. They are my favorite shorts because I got to decide how to make them and how much fringe I wanted. I highly recommend getting a pair of high waist jeans from your local thrift store and cutting them to your preference, much easier and less expensive than purchasing them from department stores. (Tip: buy high waist pants that have a little room in the thighs, otherwise you’ll get a really tight pair of shorts.) The watch is Michael Kors and the necklace from Tiffany’s. The flip-flops or “slippers” as the Hawaiians call it, are from Charlotte Russe.

FullSizeRender-2This beach style has got me accessorizing less, looking for more comfort and simplicity. Do you feel the same when you’re in warmer climates? I practically melt in these kinds of conditions. Tell me what you think? What are the best things to do in Hawaii? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions down below! Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @jessthai! Thanks for reading!

Bumble Bee

FullSizeRender-1Apparently I wanted to dress somewhat like a bumblebee today! As I continue searching for non repeat outfits in my closet, I’m beginning to find I have neglected many old favorites. I guess that’s what spring cleaning is for right? But let’s face it, how many of you guys really clean out those closets of yours? I have a really hard time of letting go of some of the things I’ve purchased and worn to death. And of course, once you donate or give away those treasured pieces, they end up back in style! So really what’s the point these days? Actually making room in your closer seems to be a legitimate answer, OR you could simply throw a couple rolling racks up and call it good.

FullSizeRenderToday’s outfit consists of an older BCBG satin loose fit tank in a bright yellow. Yellow used to be my favorite color until I realized I never really wear it. However it’s a great pop of color added to my collection. Paired with a black and white striped BCBG jacket, it tones the loudness of the color and makes it a little more my style. I’ve completed this look with some BCBG “Mason” leggings, Charlotte Russe boots, and a Forever 21 duo necklace.

Finding old goodies is such a pleasant surprise. Have you guys found any pleasant surprises lately? Do you all actually do the spring cleaning thing? I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions down in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @jessthai! Thanks for reading!

Minted

FullSizeRender-1 I must say it is very difficult to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. But with the weather getting better, the sun shining, and sweat starting to emerge from your hairline when you stand outside for 5 minutes, that’s when you know it’s time to start mixing up the wardrobe. It also isn’t any easier to stick to neutrals and black and white when everywhere you look, stores are offering crisp whites, mint and lime greens, and pastel pinks and blues. Guess it’s time to pull out the color (if I actually have any), hit the gym for that beach ready bod, and tanning up. And when I say tan, I mean lathering up with lotion for that instantly perfect, fake tan.

FullSizeRender-3The outfit of the day #OOTD, has pulled me out of my normal state and has thrown me into some color. This perfect mint green moto jacket from BCBGeneration I purchased a year ago has stayed in my closet for an entire year. It’s a shame this little guy hasn’t seen more daylight. Today, though, it has really been a great little cover over my BCBG knit tank with tulle trim. Paired up with H&M jeggings, Charlotte Russe thigh-high boots, Forever 21 silver eagle drop necklace, and a Michael Kors Lexington silver watch.

FullSizeRender-5 If you guys haven’t already noticed my lack in originality of my bottom half, it’s mainly due to my dress code for work. It has trained my shopping mentality to buy a gazillion black pants and comfortable, cheap boots. I’m a grad student on a budget, who happens to get great discount through BCBG. Hopefully this allows viewers to understand it’s perfectly acceptable for fashion to be stylish yet affordable.

Have you guys changed out your wardrobes yet to fully incorporate the spring season? I would love to hear any comments you have down below! Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @jessthai! Thanks for reading!