First Giveaway Post ! Cruciani Bracelets

September 6, 2014

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Its been over a year since I started this blog so I thought it was time to start a giveaway! But, my blogging reach or audience is still quite small and so in an effort to expand my blog and let more people participate in this giveaway I have decided to do it on the Penniless Socialite blog! Click here to enter the giveaway ! (:

So just a little bit more about the bracelets I am giving away. It is a really pretty mint or teal color from Cruciani which is an italian brand that got really popular the last few years. Everyone, including me, was wearing their bracelets and this particular set I have never worn at all and its brand new. The lock and heart set is great for sharing with someone to match with, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, or just keep both for yourself!  I really hope you guys enter and enjoy !


The Rose Look

August 31, 2014

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I’m officially sad that summer is coming to an end ! It’s already Labor day weekend which practically marks the end of summer for me. School has already started and I’m going to be so busy that I hope I can keep up with my blogging! Anyway for the outfit, I just love the peachy pink rose colored blouse I’m wearing. I usually don’t wear a loose full looking top (but I do love the ruffled sleeves!) with a full skirt but for some reason I felt like I could pull it off in this outfit without looking like I have no shape.

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Now lets talk about the skirt. I actually discovered this small new brand that I have been loving, like I feel like its a brand no one has heard of but I found it on lookbook! I think the model or owner/designer of the brand was posting looks of their clothes and that’s how I found it. Its http://www.shalex.net/ if anyone wants to take a look! I really loved the design of the roses paired with the pale brown leaves. It’s still a floral skirt without being too busy or super colorful!

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I just wanted to add in this picture because I don’t know exactly what I’m doing but its like a “wait stop” caught in the moment shot and I actually kinda like it so I just had to put it up

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I also felt like with the pair of oversized sunglasses (from Stylenanda) and the pale pastel colors, If I had paired the outfit with a geometric skirt of somesort instead it would give off a mod style feel don’t you think ? I don’t know but mod is definitely a huge trend that I have been seeing all over magazines for this fall 2014 A/W collection so that’s something I really really have been wanting to play around with ! I’m sure I’ll do a post on it later on. It would be really cool to see how I can recreate a modern mod look!

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Just a heads up, now that I am back in school it going to be harder for me to post outfits so the next few months I’ll be doing more of beauty/trend/how-to related posts !


Beauty Crush: Benefits They’re Real! Push Up Liner

August 24, 2014

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I haven’t done a beauty post in a while and so I thought it’s about time! Recently there’s been a product I have been obsessed with. The they’re Real! push-up liner! When I say obsessed I mean I use it everyday and I am NEVER going back to another eyeliner! It’s basically a review and I just wanted to share a product that I think is worth the money, well for me at least !

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It’s basically a gel eyeliner that is as easy and smooth as using a liquid pen liner ! The key to the magic of this product is that pen shape! The angle and the shape makes it so so so easy to do a perfect winged eye and work closely to the lash line ! It’s glides on effortlessly and does exactly what its suppose to do! I’ve always been a gel liner girl and preferred gel over pencil or liquid so maybe that’s why I love it so much?

Also the reason why it’s called “push-up” is because you just slightly twist the bottom of the pen and a small amount of gel comes out at the top!

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Basically like what I am doing in the picture above you just rest the pen on your eye. Here I’m making the winged eye part. It’s hard to tell but here I already lined my eye very thinly with the liner and finishing it off with the wing.

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Then Voila ! A perfect cat eye ! I usually like doing mine on the thinner side but this pen is also perfect for those who love nice dramatic wings or eyeliner. Also on a side note, yes I am blueish contacts in case anyone wonders (It was really weird taking close up pictures of my eye…) but no the contacts are not circle lens ! They’re real prescription contacts , seriously my eyesight is so bad

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This is what it looks like from a further away angle! I am really not kidding when I say it has never been easier to do a nice cat eye! What do you guys think ? Has any of you tried this eyeliner? or do you have a different product thats even better?! Let me know ! I may be a fashion addict but I’m also a beauty addict too !

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Last Weekend

Labor Day marks the last day of “Summer” even if it’s actually September 21st… but who’s counting? Oh yeah, EVERYONE! Fashion Month kicks off next week, so everyone get your rest. Get everything you need to be done for regular life done this weekend if you can, because we’ll all be glued to the runways for the next month. So now is the time to muse about life and style, to stock up on your Fall wardrobe, and catch up on your magazines… don’t know where to start? These links will help!

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The Little Striped Dress

August 11, 2014

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Sorry for posting late! I just got back yesterday from New York and I was really tired. So many colleges so many decisions ahhhh. I wish I could just continue everyday styling outfits to blog about…anyway back to the actually topic…

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I am in love with this dress so much! It’s not often that you see a dress with so many elements that you like. First of all the color combination caught my eye. With the stripes and the blue it kind of gives off a nautical type of feel but then boom pair it with yellow and it creates something completely different! Maybe you guys think I’m exaggerating but the mustard yellow and royal blue stripes just look great together! Who knew right ?

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Besides the colors I love how the dress comes in at the waist and flounces out (oooh flounce I like that word). It makes it so fun and playful in addition to the already playful colors. When I was wearing it I was constantly spinning around because I liked the way the dress would twirl, kinda like a dancer’s skirt!

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Now its time to talk about the handbag! Its a handbag from Angela and Roi that I have been constantly using and loving for a couple months now. It was not sponsored but I was approached by the brand and they asked me if I was willing to spread the word about their brand. I took a look and loved the bag design so I bought it on my own (again its no sponsored I used my own money!).

The best part of Angela and Roi is that their concept is fashion meets philanthropy with each of their handbag colors representing different causes such as lung cancer and diabetes. Five dollars of each purchase goes to that specific cause depending on the color you choose and they even use vegan leather!

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The Celine inspired winged out shape is my favorite part of the bag. It looks classy and not to mention it both is and looks high quality! I’ve actually gotten quite a few compliments on the bag and people are always surprised to find out that its not from any big name luxury brand. So far using it multiple times its still in good condition, the shape holds up and the leather is not easily dirtied so mine still looks pretty new. I honestly do recommend you guys check it out! There’s more styles and more colors available!


A Little Lace

August 2, 2014

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I kept this outfit nice and simple since I thought that the dress itself added enough to the outfit. Its a dress from Free People and keeping it flow-y its definitely a more boho feeling outfit. I’m not that crazy about boho style personally but I loved the dress when I bought it. The color and the lace detailing drew me in for sure.

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I usually add a belt to the dress instead of wearing it loose fitted but for some reason the day I shot the pictures I didn’t feel like it. I would say it looks good with or without the belt but it makes a pretty big difference by changing the feel and style. Adding the belt gives a more polished look but the flowy look is more casual.

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For the bag I went with this pale pink bag, I felt like I wanted to add some pop of color since my shoes and dress are both dark burgundy red. It keeps it feeling bright and summer-y!

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Not sure what I was trying to do or say in this picture ? Looks like I was in mid sentence or something, oh well ^^

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So one more exciting thing to tell you guys is that I’m actually selling this dress ! On Poshmark !

I just recently made an account because while I was on my New York trip (I’m going to Boston tomorrow!) I realized I had way too many clothes and I wanted to get rid of some. A lot of my stuff are still in good condition so I didn’t want to just give it away or throw it away and then found poshmark. If any of you have one you can find my account @couturecrushrei . I only have 3 items listed right now but I’m going to have tons and tons posted once I get back to Hawaii next week.

I’m also thinking of doing another giveaway (last time was on a different blog) either on this blog or as a sponsor on another blog either way but I wanted to have ideas on what you guys are interested in to be given away. Beauty products? Clothes? Accessories? Leave comments below!


Romantic

July 27, 2014

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Sorry for being a bit late on the post ! I’m still jet lagged from the time difference between Japan and New York ! It’s like a 13 hour time difference. I thought I would get used to it by now as its already been a week but I guess not! Although it’s already the end of July (so sad!) it’s still as hot as my outfits are still summery (is that even a word? probably not). As you can guess from the title this look is a romantic feminine look with the pink dress and pale pink shoes.

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I just really love this corset/bustier dress. I actually got this dress from Victoria’s Secret years and years ago, way back in middle school! But hey it still fits! What I also like is that the look is not too girly and soft. I added a bit of an edge to it by pairing it with a black headband and black bag to contrast with the pink.

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Here’s a bit of a closeup. The headband is a wrap around type where you tie it at the top of your head. It’s hard to see from this picture but when you tie it (double knot) the ends stand up or stick out and it looks like bunny ears! Super girly and cute. I made it so that it doesn’t but wearing it like so is super popular in Japan especially during the summer season.

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t’s basically like headband the girl is wearing above. This is from a cover of my favorite Japanese magazine ViVi!

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I also added this cute bow cuff to go along with the romantic/girly kind of theme with this outfit. That and I just love bows in general. I definitely think this could be a nice lunch date with your friends type of outfit or a literal date either way !

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I hope you all are enjoying your summer as August approaches ! (oh no) For me it really feels to be somewhere other than Japan or Hawaii. I can’t believe I’m in New York. But coming from Japan it seems so much dirtier… the air the subways..no offense to New Yorkers! Nevertheless I’m still enjoying it, there’s so many different stores and shops that I would never find anywhere else, like the all the juiceries, delis, cronuts etc etc.

If anyone lives in New York tell me where I should check out!


Summer Colors

July 19, 2014

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This outfit is a combination of yellow, red, and orange all bright colors that are nice for the summer. To contrast with the bright orange and red I made sure my yellow skirt was more of a pale yellow than a super bright one to tone it down a bit.

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I also found these blue flowers so I tried incorporating that into my background since it kinda matched my floral patterned blouse. It’s fun to play with angles and experiment a bit. I’ve always liked really artsy pictures and It’s definitely worth seeking out different backgrounds and ways to show your outfit which I’m trying to do more often!

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Sorry  it was a pretty short post but I’m off to New York tomorrow for fashions summer classes so I’ll definitely be doing longer posts on that!


White on White

July 12, 2014

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Okay so if you’ve noticed the background is pretty different from the usual and that is because I found this wonderful new spot! It’s in Omotesando area and at the very top floor of a shopping center called Tokyu Plaza. It looked so chic and trendy and very modern, abit garden-y type of outside area with lots of people stylishly sipping on coffee,  I just felt like It really went with my outfit. It wasn’t the best shooting time of the day as it was late afternoon but I still managed to get decent lighting I think.

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I usually don’t wear white, I am actually not too fond of the color but recently I’ve been kinda more open to it. Maybe it’s because it’s hot and its summer but either way I’ll try to be incorporating more white. I’m also into like matching set outfits these days. Its really really super popular in Japan. I swear every store they always sell things in sets, as in matching pattern top and bottom or they basically have an outfit put together for you as a set with a discounted price. I’ve never seen this kind of marketing/sales in America but I don’t know its usually a pretty good deal.

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Every time I wear white I always feel it’s so sophisticated and classy or ladylike and thats why I kept this outfit simple. As you can see I used more pastel or muted colors with my light blue bag and taupe-ish heels. Speaking of my shoes they are my favorite pair right now! The taupe brown color is a great neutral color that really can go with a lot of my outfits and the best part are that they are so comfy! They’re pretty high and chunky heels but they don’t make my feet tired and the material is suede and super nice.

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Due to the lack of eye popping bright colors in this outfit I accessorized with my favorite pair of sunglasses! It just fit perfectly on my face and it has nose pads so it doesn’t fall down like a lot of sunglasses usually do, due to my flat nose…and It’s summer so I wear sunglasses all the time. I’ve always liked how it always made me feel cool like a celebrity or something, hehe childish I know but ..it’s true.

I really can’t believe it’s already nearly the end of July! Time is going by way too fast.


Want to be Queen B

July 4, 2014

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 Do you like my post title ? It’s pretty catchy isn’t it ? and it rhymes too! Basically this outfit is heavily inspired by Blair Waldorf or Queen B from Gossip girl. I’m a huge huge huge fan of her, the show, their fashion everything! I basically fangirl every time I meet someone who is into the show just as much as I am! If you guys don’t know Blair then I suggest you go watch the show.. like right now!

Seriously Blair has impeccably style and it makes me want to copy almost every outfit (without losing my own sense of style of course).

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Not exactly the Met steps in New York but hey, I tried

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What I really love about this dress is that it’s really versatile. You could but a bandeau under it for more of a summer-y look or a tank top, crop top, shirts, lots of options!

Here I went for that school girl type look with a white blouse. Then I realized it looked a bit plain so then I used a ribbon from a different shirt I had and tied it into a tie and just tucked it in and voila!

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The headband was the most blair inspired since she actually did wear a yellow headband with a navy school girl type of outfit in the show and pairing the outfit with a red bag to top it off.. well I didn’t wanna look too red white and blue you know ? So I thew in a dark green bag to go with it !

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Hope you guys are having a wonderful summer ! Comments always make me happy (even if I don’t always reply, sorry! I’m working on that) so comment comment comment and send me emails too! I would love to make blogger friends or just meet fashion or Gossip Girl fans! (:


KYOTO Trip 2014 Part 2

July 2, 2014

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Now for the second part of the trip is focused on the food! I would have millions of pictures because trust me I ate a lot but  I was too busy actually eating to take any more pictures. We stayed at a traditional ryokan which are traditional Japanese “hotels” usually associated with hot springs. Upon checking in they serve you tea and small sweets, some kind of wagashi (japanese sweets like dango) usually. That’s the first picture above, green tea and manju with red bean paste inside.

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The second picture was during dinner which as customary, is brought to your room. An entire course with usually 6 or 7 dishes in small portions are brought, it’s called kaiseki.

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We also went to a river restaurant for lunch during our 2nd day. Don’t freak out about the picture, I know it may look gross or inviting to some of you but nevertheless it is delicious. It’s a cooked/grilled river fish and it is very normal to see these types of dishes in Kyoto. Back to the river restaurant. It’s in an area of Kyoto called Kibune which is very famous for their many restaurants by the river. You are so close to the water you can touch it! It’s perfect during the summer as it’s very refreshing and cool. There’s also many restaurants you can choose from that are built on different parts of the river! I’ve been to two of them but they were both amazing! This is the one I went to this time http://kibune-beniya.jp/

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I also stopped by a little cafe on one of the streets and these are the three things my friends and I ordered. Yes, they are all green tea flavored! I swear I had so much green tea during this trip. It was everywhere, not that I mind since I love green tea anything. I think I had green tea soft cream at least three times! The top picture is green tea ice cream with pound cake, the second is a green tea parfait and the third is green tea shave ice that came with red pean paste, jelly, and shiratama (type of mochi) My friends and I finished everything down to the last bite and we weren’t even that hungry! One thing about Japanese sweets I really enjoy is that they aren’t too sweet usually and the green tea taste was so authentic (at least in Kyoto).

So basically that’s all the food pictures I took, I know it’s not a lot but I hope it still helped you get a little idea of my trip!

Also I don’t know if you guys have heard of the brand Angela and Roi but they are a company that sells hand bags promoting awareness for various colors with each handbag color representing a cause such as , AIDS, Cancer, and Diabetes. A part of the profit goes to a specific organization for that cause.

Right now they have an ongoing project called the The Ribbon Project  which delivers hopeful personal messages and positive energy to Cancer and Disease fighters and it would be great if some of you would participate ! It’s really simple and easy and won’t take too much time, I’ve already picked a patient (:

(1) Visit this link: http://bit.ly/ribbonprojectFB 
(2) Pick a patient you would like to support 
(3) Leave a get well comment 
(4) We hand write your message and deliver it to the fighter under your name 


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