Time to get back to basics. Basic colors that is. I’ve been obsessed with monochrome all
season year long! Check out my latest vid if you find yourself obsessed too.
There’s nothing I love more than a good B&W palette. Simple and chic, and it’s a relatively easy to pull off. I started off with an all black look: black lace bralette, black lace shorts, black boots, and a black wide brimmed hat, then added a couple white accent pieces to give the outfit more ‘POP.’ The boyfriend vest adds a great silhouette to the feminine lace pieces underneath it. I also tied my grid blazer around my waist to play off some “sophisticated yet grungy” elements into the mix. I’m all about neutrals and I guess lack of color? What I love about B&W is the longevity of each piece and its ability to work into every single outfit you own. It’s not new; everyone knows that black and white go with everything.
Vest Zara/Top Dailylook/Shorts Le Style Closet /Blazer H&M/Shoes Jeffrey Campbell/Hat Forever 21
Shades of white and black took a massive takeover my wardrobe this summer. The basis of this outfit starts with an all white look. I’ve been loving the look of white-on-white lately because although black is sleek, to pull off an all white fit is bold, and adds a sense of freshness especially during the summer. With that, I guess it’s safe to say that you can save your next trip to the Hamptons; you don’t have to be invited to Diddy’s “All-white” party to pull the look off anymore. Like any same color-on-color combo (and I cannot stress this enough) texture is your best friend! Here I am wearing just a regular old cotton crop top over my newest closet baby, a neoprene skirt. Just to toughen the look up, I wore my trusty leather moto and tossed on my black leather backpack to accentuate more structure in the outfit. How do you do monochrome in the summer? Until next time, my summer lovers!
Jacket & Skirt H&M/Top Dailylook/Shoes Zara/Backpack Thrifted
Happy Birthday to my crazy alter ego, Luxe & Linen! With just one year of blogging, I’ve gained more opportunities than I have doing anything else in this world. This blog gave me chances to travel, bringing me to New York for fashion week twice. It allowed me to meet other great people and creative individuals. It brought me out of my comfort zone. It made me think out of the box. I still doubt myself sometimes. Thoughts of negativity seem to creep in every now and then. “This is stupid, what you are doing is really stupid.” But at the end of the day, I know I’m doing a lot more than I expected myself. I’m happy with my life and what this blog has made of it, so let’s just roll with it!
Others may think it’s just a blog, when actually it might just be the very thing that saved my life. For years of going to University, I had been settling for this career path and idea of what I was supposed to be and who I was supposed to become. “Nursing is great! It’s this and that. It’s blah blah blah.” I hate the idea of scrubs. Needles aren’t great. Cleaning butts isn’t special either. Don’t get me wrong, nurses are amazing people! If you want to become one and have true passion for it, then more power to you! I however never foresaw it in my future as a kid growing up. As for childhood dreams, sometimes the most ridiculous are actually the one’s they should be pursuing. So they want to be an astronaut, a fire fighter, do not take it lightly! Children know passion at such a young age. You can see it in their actions, their personality, how they perceive the world. As a kid, I would cut the hair of my barbie dolls, remove the clothes, and create my own outfits replacing them with things I could find around the house. Paper towels, rubber bands, gauze, you name it! Granted, it wasn’t very good, but it was still something I could call my own. I was also very much into singing, music, and dance taking classes in voice, tap, ballet, hip hop, guitar, and piano. I guess I was more creative in a sense. Years later, I went to college and settled for a major that had a huge foundation for math and science, studies that were obviously not of my forte.
So how did “Luxe & Linen” become? Long story short, my two sisters passed away last year in an accident. Both under the age of 30, they never had the chance to make reality of their own dreams. Everyone always says that life is too short, and here is when I truly understood the reality of that affirmation. Life is too short to not do the things you want to be doing. I’ve always had a strong love for fashion, but not having a strong background in it, I created this blog. Thus Luxe & Linen was born. Top & Bralette Re:named/BF Jeans Vintage Levi’s/Sandals Steve Madden
So here I am one year later, making my own creative outlet. There’s no telling of the future. I may stop blogging next year, I may be done with it all tomorrow, but as for now I am doing something that truly makes me happy. A big thank you to my friends, family, and readers for the love. Your support is everything to me! Chase dreams, and follow passion always.
I am exhausted. I am sore. I am slightly deaf. I am also partly hungover from my weekend drunkness, but all in all, I had the time of my life! Only my second year attending the festival, but I must say that Outside Lands 2014 was hands down the best event I have been to this year. Everything from the food, (the beer!), and most importantly, the talent was far from amazing. Some of my favorite performances this weekend include: Lykke Li, Haim, Kanye West, The Arctic Monkeys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and The Killers. I have been replaying The Killers’ set in my head all day! As for Macklemore, I was never a fan until Saturday night! I guess I’m one of those who need to see a live performance of the artist to make all the difference. I am blessed to live in a city where talent and art are truly alive. God bless you, San Francisco, God freaking bless!
Finally a day off from work, so what better to do than visit San Francisco! One of my favorite places in the area to visit is Palomino. The location is a couple minutes from the wharf, the view of the infamous Bay Bridge is in plain site, and the all day happy hour always keeps me coming back. When I’m not at work, I like to keep things low-key casual. A t-shirt and cutoff shorts is fine by me. Since I was feeling a little plain Jane, I decided to let the accessories do all the talking. Layering necklaces and stacking rings are some of the easiest ways to dress up a casual look. Adding a hat puts all these wonderful details look more put together. If you ever find yourself in the area, my recommendations include the tomato basil bruschetta, the sausage and mushroom pizza, and the basil gimlet. The gimlet is an amazing price for the amount of ‘kick’ you’ll get from it, trust me.
Top Project Social/Shorts H&M (thrift)/Hat Nordstrom BP/ Shoes Jeffrey Campbell ‘Franz’/Bag Zara/Sunglasses Crossroads Trading Co./Accessories Forever 21