Fall Fashion 2017: Three Ways to Easily Wear Sweater Vest


is a great piece to include in the fall wardrobe. It's part summer because the top is sleeveless, and part says fall because the knit keeps your skin warm. Plus, if you live in a warmer country/state like me, it's a bonus layering piece as temperature swings from cold to warm throughout the day!

The vest is by Express size large left due to its sale, but I was hooked by the laces. Here are my three ways to easily wear a sweater vest for fall fashion 2017. If you don't have a sweater vest, a sleeveless turtleneck works equally as well!


style tips

1. Try fringe jeans

I love how the fringe jeans add a fun element to the whole outfit, for me it's a little daring. The outfit jumps from head to toes.

No worries if it's not your choice.

But hey, go with what would allow you to feel confident and "lead life in style" no matter the budget. 


2. Color pop + Gold Slammin'

As I styled this outfit, I naturally went with "bold" accessories on a beige top.Fringe orange hoop earrings, orange and light blue pattern scarf, and gold chain necklace. I find that adding hints of gold brings out the richness of an outfit, so have fun and really bring out yourself with gold details. 


3. Simple Booties

If you're going for a weekend type of look, go with simple heeled booties. It elevates the fringe jeans and give the fringes the opportunity to embrace their flares to the world. First, I hesitated to pair my jeans with the booties and thought it might come off too "countryisssh" but it worked out because I kept my accessories trendy and bold. Don't be shy and rock the pave you choose in heeled booties. 


How would you wear the sweater vest?

EXPRESS low sleeveless turtleneck  | similar here

H&M scarf | similar here

H&M earrings | similar here

Charming Charlie necklace |similar here

TJ Maxx jeans | similar here

TJ Maxx  booties| similar here (K-style :D)


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Fall transitional outfit 2017: look cute in a skirt!

I can't believe

the fall season just started. It makes me look back and wonder all the great summer experiences I had and use those as references on how I want to spend the fall season. I live in the south and the temperature still remains hot around the 80 degrees and thought how I could  slowly but easily incorporate a summer piece into my fall wardrobe without spending anymore money. 

Every time we enter a new season, it's easy to go shopping and buy almost a whole new wardrobe first. Let's take a step back, and access what we do have in stock and grow from there to build our first transitional summer to fall look without breaking the bank. Here, I am styling this cute Express skirt with gold zipper details, with another Express cropped top with criss crosses. 

When it comes to fall fashion, it's that season I feel naturally to dress more spontaneously because I can layer thin cashmere underneath a turtleneck, three thin scarves on top, and an oversize pea coat and would look great at that end. For example, in this look, I am wearing a slightly ware out thin cotton long sleeve t-shirt with some minor stains, and layered the crop top above  to conceal, and bring the whole look together. #fashionsecret ahhahah. I wanted to keep my first summer to fall transitional outfit minimum without spending money even if that meant wearing something that needed a replacement in the near future. 

style tip

Due to that I live in the south, breathing in this hot air, it made sense for me to layer lightly and only with one layer. Other layering tips I found helpful for your very first summer to fall transitional outfits without spending money are: 

  • Build the outfit with already existing  summer wardrobe pieces such as a mesh sweater and off shoulder blouse
  • Start layering with the item that will have first contact on your skin
  • Then, layer on the next thickest item you already own from the previous fall and continue

Photos by kao chang


Express skirt. Similar here. 

Express Crop top. Similar here (*elegant style*)

Hand me down boots. Similar here

Coach satchel purse.  Exact one on Ebay.

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My Top 5 Affordable Fashion Brands

Brands on Repeat

I relaunched my blog with the overall mission to inspire my female readers to lead life in style, a style that is attainable, of great quality, and represents the "realness" of that woman. 

Growing up with little income, my mom exposed me to thriting and clearance racks where I bought discounted brand name items. Once I got my first job in administrative, I expanded my fashion horizon and visited the Mall of America almost weekly and bought my first Henri Bendel clutch, and became a frequent customer of Bebe.

In essence I was turning into the woman I wanted to be, taking fashion risks, letting go of what did not work, and keeping the things that did, like relationships and jobs. As a result, I'd like to share the affordable and quality women's fashion brands I repeatedly wear 2017 because they in no doubt make me feel confident as a woman!


1. H&M.  The brand makes it clear that they are about fashion and quality at the best deals. I can count on H&M for my entire life, ahhahaha. Their style meets every occasion I go to and the roles I take with greatttt style without breaking the bank, from office fashion, party wear, streetstyle, and outdoor attire. And, I think it's just that kind of brand every woman, man, and kid can relate to! #coolbeanz

2. BEBE  I love BEBE for casual and super sexy clothes! It's the brand I wear on the weekend. It's the brand I can feel like myself , strong and sexy, with class. 

3. Zara I started wearing Zara about two months ago. I love that their style focuses on trendy streetwear, and makes the most simple item so cute and fashion-forward while staying fairly humble with their price line. 

4. Saks Off Fifth I shopped at Fifth for the first time in Dallas, Texas last year during a business trip and got some black booties with sleek shiny heels. People loved how chic and sophisticated the boots were. They were made of suede, wear out fast too, but still digging their amazing selections of discounted high ends!

5. Henri Bendel Their simple designs and strong quality hand bags is what makes me return to them. Plus, their style is feminine and a bit glamorous enough for a casual day and night out. 

What affordable and quality women's fashion are you repeatedly wearing in 2017? 


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Photos by Noemi Gutieres

My Style Today & Guess Distressed Jeans

I am happy

to return to blogging after a one year hiatus. I went through many life changes and needed some time to figure myself out before I commit to blogging again. I started a new job, got married, moved to NC from MN, and am living with a new family. #lifehappensright?

On this day of my photoshoot, I said to my husband, "I feel sooo good to dress up again, because I felt like myself." This whole year my fashion style faded in and out, mirroring the unanswered life events and decisions I had dealt with. But my personality shined and bit brighter than before on this day, I felt confident again; this  is why I believe men and women should dress in a way that speaks for themselves as it will enable that person to lead life confidently. 

style tip

Go with distressed jeans for a day, for a stress free day. 

I am loving this light blue Guess distressed jeans I bought from the Charlotte Premium Outlet, and it's my second pair  I owe. ahhahaha. #notyourjeangirl #willtry. This is also my very first jeans from Guess, and love how durable the jeans feel and fits well on my small bottom. I feel edgy and liberated in these jeans, a true representation of who I am today as young woman. When paired with a similar blue silky halter top (this one by BEBE), it adds a pretty contrast, where it's fancy on top but pretty badass at the bottom. Ahaha. Thanks for being with me today on this post, I'll return next week for another post to rescue your day/fashion questions!

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Photos by kao chang