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Fashion Gone Wrong

Style Icon, Who Are You?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Style Icon.”

Burberry Men's Fall 15
Burberry Men’s Fall 15

Describe your personal style, however you’d like to interpret that — your clothing style, your communication style, your hair style, your eating style, anything.

During my teens, I didn’t have the luxury of buying cloths for myself since I wasn’t getting an allowance from my parents for cloth shopping.  I wore basically what my mom bought for me during this period.  Needless to say, “style icon” didn’t exist in my daily vocabularies.

In my 20’s, I was driven by anything designers.  If there’s a huge designer logo on it, Gucci, Louie, Hoochie, Pucci (well, I made up Hoochie), bring it!  The gaudier, the trendier, the better. My style was definitely expensive, because all of my paychecks directly went to designer clothing.

My style evolved and became much more refined in my 30’s. Worked for designers like Giorgio Armani taught me the discipline of being stylish without being showy.  I learned that classic suitings, monochromatic sweaters and shirts were timeless items.  One could never go wrong with a tailored fit blazer, black or white fitted t-shirt, and plain front tapered trouser as your daily uniform.

Me, in Armani suit
Me, in Armani suit

My current lifestyle has changed drastically that it is all about comfort and functionality when it comes to my daily dressing. Being comfortable doesn’t mean you have to dress up in a sloppy manner.  I still favor my fitted t-shirts, but instead of classic trousers, I opted for fitted jeans or joggers.  Instead of blazers or sports jacket, I prefer cardigans, quilted vest, or light weight sweater.

Style comes and goes.  At the end of the day, being a “style icon” is about being confident, strong, and healthy to me. I think that having a positive attitude is the best daily uniform in our closet.  So wear it loud and proud, being confident, strong, happy is uber sexy!

Me with Elliot today in a T-Shirt!
Me with Elliot today in a T-Shirt!

I Don’t Need To Hear Your Business, Especially In the Bathroom …

I have an addiction, I simply can’t live without my mobile phone.  My phone helps me organizing my life from day break to dawn.  Without it, I will twitch and shake uncontrollably like an addict.  I admit it, I need my phone just like I need my two cups of coffee first thing in the morning.

However, I think there should be unwritten phone etiquette imposed in our society for people who can’t stop talking in restaurants, coffee shops, bars and especially in the public restrooms.

It grosses me out when I hear people talking on the phone in the bathroom stall.  You can hear other patrons flushing toilets, passing gastric sounds, and pissing sounds splashed against the urinal.  I definitely don’t want to hear any of these noises if I am at the receiver end of this phone conversation.  It is simply gross and rude.

It is bad that we have to endure people talking incessantly in the movie theater or on a flight, but now public bathroom?  It is also sad that the conversation between these people usually isn’t urgent.  It is typically about, “… what did you have for lunch? (okay, is it really necessary talking about food when you are doing a number two)”, “… yeah, I can’t believe Lakers lost the game (sheesh, any one will lose the game after they smell your funk)”, and “… what are you doing later?  (hmmm, I am definitely not going to shake your hand that’s for sure)”.

At the end of the day, I really don’t need to know about your personal business so please keep the conversation to yourself and have some courtesy to other people surrounding you.  Hang up your phone and focus!!  This isn’t the time or place for you to multi-tasking.  Now, where is my phone?

Shoulda Woulda Coulda

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Shoulda Woulda Coulda.”

Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t.

Sneaker Shoes
Sneaker Shoes

I should never judge a person based on his or her choices of shoes.

Just because he is wearing a black tailored made suit with brown braided sandals, it doesn’t mean that he is not a honest businessman.

Just because she is wearing a knee length pink Ugg with a bright sun dress, it doesn’t mean that she is a vegetarian.

Just because he is wearing the latest sneaker with a loosely fit jogger, it doesn’t mean that he is a douche bag.

Just because she is wearing her Louboutin with a tight skin black dress, it  doesn’t mean that she is popular with men.

I should never judge a person based on his or her choices of shoes, but I did.  I have been in fashion industry for many years, and trained to be critical with a person’s appearance, from head to toe.  Automatically, my eyes always zoom to the feet first and noticed what the person is wearing down there.

Birkenstock
Birkenstock

However, I do love my newly acquired Birkenstock because it is comfortable and actually paired back well with my jogger and fitted tee.  Just because I wear Birkenstock, it doesn’t mean that I am not stylish or fashionable.  Shoulda, Woulda, and Coulda …

New Trend: Meet Cousin Ed

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High fashion aims to inspire and taking us to a world of creativities, imaginations and fantasies.

However, living in a fast paced city like New York, we walk in dirty pavements in this concrete jungle.  It’s hard to balance fantasies with reality in NYC.

Do you remember the Crocs?  Crocs shoes aren’t aesthetically pleasant, but they serve a purpose. They are functional, comfortable and indestructible (Crocs lasts forever!)  Unless you want to sweep streets while looking fabulous,  I don’t think these shoes have any functionality to offer.

My cute little yorkie, Elliot, wasn’t amused with this latest offer from Gucci.  I hope this trend will take off and making money for the company.  The shoe with fur trims looked like Cousin Ed, a long lost relative from Elliot’s family .. Woof …

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