Sunday, October 7, 2012

Indian Summer and Early Birthday Weekend

Sometime in October every year, we get a short period of unusually hot and humid weather in the Bay Area (aka Indian Summer). This is the time for us to pull out our shorts, tanks, and sandals to enjoy this rare occasion. This year it came right on time last week and of course I was ready for it even though it lasted a mere 3 days! Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for me to get a decent tan as evidenced by my photos below...
 Old Navy ruffle tank (similar) -- studded cutoff shorts from my sister (similar) -- Gap braided belt (similar) -- Delicious wedges (similar
 Accessories: unbranded sunglasses (similar) -- F21 white rose earrings (similar) -- Michael Kors mini runway watch (buy) -- "K" initial bracelet from UO (buy) -- faux pearl bracelet (similar) -- H&M braided bracelet (similar)
 Close-up of my strappy sandals
Shorts detail

I also celebrated my birthday early this past weekend and watched the Blue Angels fly around San Francisco during Fleet Week...what an eventful and fun-filled couple of days!
 Making a wish on my tempura ice cream dessert!
 Thanks Ping for coming! I just realized we were kinda matching with our animal print and red outfits =P
Nordstrom black cardigan (similar) -- H&M python print top (similar) -- H&M slim-fit pants (info and similar)
Some of my other friends who made it out for after-dinner drinks
Fleet Week BBQ on my friend's rooptop...loved watching the air show

What do you like to wear on hot, summer days?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dressy Casual in the City

I finally updated the layout of my blog! I wanted to dial the colors back to keep it fresh and simple so I hope you guys like it. Unfortunately, I've been recovering from a cold all weekend so these are photos from a while back that I didn't post yet. I hope no one else out there is suffering like me! My boss pretty much had to kick me out of the office last Friday since he was afraid to catch my germs. Maybe I should work from home the next week or so until it's 100% out of my system...that would be nice, wouldn't it?

Ok, let's get back on track. I have always appreciated how easy it is to transform a casual outfit to a dressier version of itself simply by throwing on some heels and accessories. That's what I think is so inspiring about fashion and all the unique ways it can be molded. My basics consisted of just a striped tank top/tunic, black leggings, and a chunky sweater but by adding tan heels, a statement necklace, and some bracelets, it was elevated to a 'dressy casual' look. This is actually somewhat of a default formula for me since I typically like to be comfortable but stylish at the same time.
H&M striped tunic (similar here and here) -- Old Navy leggings (buy) -- Ann Taylor chunky cardigan (similar) -- Steve Madden t-strap heels (similar) -- H&M crossbody messenger bag (similar
Back at one of my favorite spots...the ferry building!
My sister acted as my paparazzi by taking candid photos

Accessories: unbranded tortoise shell sunnies (similar) -- thrifted pearl button earrings (similar) UO bead and chain necklace (similar) -- unbranded watch (similar) -- H&M braided bracelet (similar) -- thrifted knot bangle (similar) -- leather cuff bracelet from Fiji (similar)
Love my baby sister!
I did manage to pick up this red blazer over the weekend at my local H&M with a 20% off coupon =) Did you get anything cool with the discount? (follow me on Instagram: karenyee10)
How do you dress up your otherwise casual outfits?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Girly Edge

Happy Friday! Hope everyone's work week is going pretty well. I'm looking forward to the long weekend in Tahoe. =) Anyway, Ping and I went shopping last weekend and did a bit of damage. I was initially looking to find a new black pea coat but ended falling in love with something completely different. Have you ever tried on an item of clothing and as soon as you wear it, you instantly NEED to have it?? Well, that happened to me with the jacket below...

I wanted to style it with girly but edgy flair so I paired it with a flowy top, colored pants, and a little leopard print to boot.
This jacket was a perfect fit!
These coated jeans/leggings from J Brand are so comfy and I love the maroon shade of red
Side view
Close-ups of the's so cool how it's a mixture of wool and faux leather!
Lastly a photo without the jacket

Zara combined woollen jacket (buy) -- Supre sheer bow blouse from Australia (similar and craving this one!) -- J Brand coated denim in Coated Clay (buy) -- Rubi leopard print heels from Australia (similar)
Accessories: Michael Kors mini runway watch (buy) -- faux pearl bracelet (similar) -- Modtoast arty ring in Coral (buy and similar to this YSL one)

What is a recent item that you "HAD to have"?? Have a lovely Labor Day Weekend!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Little Miss Sunshine and

I'm alive! Finally have a free moment to update...I've been so caught up going to weddings and bachelorette parties lately. It's insane how many of my friends are engaged or getting married though. They are fun but can be tiring. Is it wedding season for some of you too?

Summer dresses are still my go-to choice on warm days and lucky for me, there have been quite a few recently. I love this yellow color and pairing it with classic tan shades. The vibrant color reminds me of the sun! I think they complement each other well and it doesn't feel too dressed up. The jersey material is also really comfortable and doesn't wrinkle easily which is a plus.
F21 jersey dress (similar) -- Nordstrom BP cardigan (buy) -- Steve Madden t-strap heels (similar) -- Sportsgirl satchel from Australia (similar and good deal!)
Better view of the purse
Looking down
Accessories: thrifted 'knot' bangle (similar) -- faux pearl bracelet (similar) -- H&M link bracelet (similar in pink and yellow) -- no name watch (similar) -- tan layered necklace from HK (similar)

On another note, I was invited to partake in the pre-launch of a cool new site called It's basically a shopping site that will be live later this year that involves users creating their own online mall by selecting their favorite brands/stores! Once this personal mall is built, you will be about to invite friends to shop with you, talk about products in various social media outlets, and promote your preferred stores.  

So far, Mallzee already has 200 companies onboard (Urban Outfitters, New Look, French Connection, and more). You can also earn great discounts and users get paid whenever they or any of their friends purchase via their customized mall. Pretty awesome right? Register for a launch invite at if it interests you!

Leaving you with another lovely photo taken in SF of the Palace of Fine Arts

What do you think about shades of yellow? Love it or hate it?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Featuring Anya from

When Anya reached out to me from, I had already been on their email list and seen what they were all about so I couldn't say no to a guest post from them. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to order anything from them yet but they have really cute, trendy shoes and accessories for reasonable prices! Has anyone used them before and if so, what are your thoughts on the products?

Without further ado, here is what Anya wanted to share on how fashion can boost confidence:

Using Fashion to Feel Good
Looking good means feeling good inside and out. Experts have shown that beauty is therapeutic and can lift women’s spirits. When we look good we feel good; when we feel good we feel confident! Fashion has always been a component in beauty. Women can put on a new dress or a pair of women’s shoes and feel like a million dollars. Fashion is has truly become a stylized expression of one’s self.

How Can Fashion Help Me Feel Better?
Many people are skeptical about how something as simple as fashion can help improve their health, but who doesn’t feel better after they shop? When women are confident in their appearance, they tend to have a more positive outlook on life. Believe it or not, even major celebrities sometimes need a confidence boost, and sometimes so do you! Fashion allows you to showcase your style and express yourself through your clothing and accessories. Dare to be bold this summer season and play with color—pair teal colored jeans with a floral print wedge, neutral hue silk top, and gold jewelry accents for the perfect beat the heat look. 

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Consider How Fashion Can Help
Fashion can provide the confidence necessary. One of my favorite looks for summer is the must-have maxi dress. There are so many styles, textures, and patterns out there, but the maxi really is a universally flattering style that works on all body types and can be dressed up or down in a matter of minutes! A summer inspired maxi dress paired with a bold patterned peep toe pump is not the cure all, but it can help the person remain in good spirits while looking stylish as ever in the summer season!

Feeling beautiful in your own skin and confidence are must have accessories this summer! Strut your stuff with you friends and don’t be afraid to be the chic fashionista you want to be! 

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Taken from the ShoeDazzle website, here is some more information about how they work:

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Monday, July 16, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award and A Purple Summery Dress

I have recently been nominated for the Liebster blog award by With Each Passing Day. Thank you so much for this totally made my day when I found out! I really appreciate all the love and support from everyone. 
The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

Here are the rules for receiving this award:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs!

11 Things About Myself

1. My friends call me a social butterfly and I love meeting new people. 
2. I've definitely caught the travel bug and have been to over 10 different countries.
3. I lived in Sydney, Australia for a year with my boyfriend just to work and travel. 
4. My favorite band has been and always will be, Hanson (since '97)!
5. I love to eat and enjoy trying new restaurants/cuisines whenever possible.
6. I have an allergy to mosquito and other bug bites.
7. I only recently succumbed to getting a smart phone in March.
8. I have a major sweet tooth and can never turn down dessert. 
9. I tend to be a perfectionist and strive to do my best in everything.
10. I have 2 younger sisters who I adore and love shopping with.
11. I had straight cut bangs as a 10 year old and here I am today with a similar hair style.

With Each Passing Day's Questions

1. If you were given the chance to meet your favorite blogger, who would it be and why? Wendy from Wendy's Lookbook because I feel like we would hit it off and she's just so incredibly stylish.
2. What is your favorite movie? Hard to pick one but I loved the Harry Potter series. 
3. What is the one thing you cannot live without? My boyfriend (and sleep)! 
4. Do you speak another language? I speak Cantonese and a little bit of French.
5. What country have you visited or would like to visit? Just to name a few: UK, France, Indonesia, Japan but would also love to visit a country in South America or Africa someday.
6. If you could have any person's wardrobe collection, who would it be? Diane Kruger and Olivia Palermo both have pretty amazing clothes.
7. Have you ever done anything spontaneous? Hm, does quitting my job and moving to Australia count?
8. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? To be a better cook because I love to eat! =P
9. What is one word that would describe your personality? Outgoing
10.What was the best advice your mom ever gave you? Never give up and be yourself.
11. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose to be? Katniss from the Hunger Games 

My Questions

1. Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it?
2. What is your biggest fear?
3. Who is your favorite music artist/band?
4. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
5. Do you have a special talent and if so, what is it?
6. What is your favorite dessert? 
7. Do you have any siblings? How many?
8. What is one thing you want to accomplish or try before you die?
9. Night owl or morning person?
10. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
11. What is your current favorite piece of clothing?

My Nominations

I'm passing this onto the following bloggers to spread the love, give support to new and upcoming blogs, or just showcase a couple of blogs that I love! (all have less than 200 followers).
2 Petite
A Petite Treat
For the love of fashion
Chartreuse Amour
Pocket Sized
City Girl
Fashion Girl Eats
S(e)oul and P(f)assion

Summer brings my dresses out of hiding! They are just so easy to throw on and look great with heels or flats.  I have been reaching for them when I don't want to think about what to wear. Wearing a chambray knotted at the front instead of a cardigan makes the look more casual and effortless. 
Old Navy western chambray (similar) -- purple dress from Ross (similar and love this one) -- Banana Republic strappy wedges (similar) -- H&M cross body messenger bag (similar)
I adore matching these wedges with my dresses!
Accessories: H&M braided bracelet (similar in a different color) -- thrifted 'knot' bangle (similar) -- faux pearl bracelet made by my sister (similar and on sale here) -- F21 woven ring (similar in silver)
Close-up of my wedges

Feel free to answer my questions above even if I didn't tag you. Even though I don't have many, I appreciate each and every one of my readers! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chartreuse Tee and JPG Exhibit

I went fruit picking for the first time over the weekend and got a bunch of fresh apricots, nectarines, and strawberries. They taste so much juicier and sweeter when hand-picked. =P I was disappointed that I missed cherry picking season though because that's one of my favorite fruits. Did you guys do anything fun over the weekend?
From my Instagram (karenyee10) - the perfect little strawberry

Chartreuse has been one of my favorite summer colors to incorporate into my wardrobe so I wanted to feature it in my post today. I love this one because it's so soft and doesn't wrinkle! Back to my point-and-shoot photos while I'm still shopping around for a new camera unfortunately.
BDG v-neck tee from UO (buy) -- H&M black skinny pants (similar here or on sale here) -- Ann Taylor chunky cardigan (similar or cute one here) -- thrifted ivory kitten heels (similar with a bow)
Still love this chunky cardi!
Accessories: Target fringe necklace (pretty one here) -- Mossimo white python skinny belt (similar) -- thrifted silver cuff (similar)

I went to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the De Young Museum recently and it was pretty incredible! The mannequins had very life-like, holographic faces and the fashion was very 'haute couture' but I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

My fave...stripes!
Mermaid on crutches?
The infamous cone-shaped bra
Interesting wedding dress

Any favorite summer colors you can't stop wearing? Please share!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Borrowed Camera and UO Linen Dress

The weather here has been such a teaser was so warm over the weekend and cooled down significantly by yesterday. Why can't it just be in the 80s the entire summer?? Anyway, I was in my friend Ping's neighborhood on Sunday and she was kind enough to let me borrow her fancy camera and photographer bf to get some blog photos. We also did some shopping afterwards at Urban and J.Crew of course...the beautiful weather gave us an excuse to go to an outdoor mall. haha

It was such a gorgeous day that I wanted to take this linen dress out for a spin that I got from Urban Outfitters. It's actually quite loose on  me around the torso area but nothing a waist-cinching belt can't fix!
Cooperative linen dress from UO (similar) -- thrifted tan belt (similar) -- Banana Republic strappy wedges (similar)
Accessories: tortoise shell sunnies (similar) -- H&M mini spike necklace (similar) -- no name watch (similar) -- H&M braided bracelet (similar) -- thrifted knot bangle (similar) -- oval button earrings (similar)

I think it's time to start looking into getting a new camera because the photo quality on Ping's DSLR is vastly better! The skin glows and the colors are vibrant...makes taking pictures more fun too.

Canon T2i or T3i or a different brand...any opinions?

Monday, June 4, 2012

More Stripes in Santa Cruz

Summer is finally here!! The schizophrenic weather in SF doesn't always reflect the seasons so we have to venture to places like Santa Cruz to get some fun in the sun. The boy and I took a weekend trip here for his birthday and we had a blast eating at various stands while making our way along the boardwalk. Wish I could do this everyday and finally get a much needed tan. *sigh* On the brighter side (literally), of course I wore my favorite pattern ever...stripes!
I liked the colors of this arcade area
 First time eating deep fried Oreos and it was a party in my mouth!
Old Navy western chambray (similar) -- F21 striped tank (similar) -- Old Navy shorts (current version) -- back zip sandals from HK (similar) -- H&M crossbody messenger bag (similar from F21)
On the pier
Accessories: thrifted leather belt (similar) -- H&M braided bracelet (similar in a different color) -- ASOS gold spike bracelet (buy) -- thrifted 'knot' bangle (similar) -- leather cuff bracelet from Fiji (similar)
Instagram artsy photo of the day
I miss the beach!

What is your favorite summer activity?