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September 2, 2015

China: Through The Looking Glass

Guo Pei Gold Dress at China Through The Looking Glass

I can't believe that it's taken almost four months since I wrote about the fashions at this year's Met Gala to actually make it to see China: Through The Looking Glass at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition which is a collaboration between the Costume Institute and Department of Asian Art opened on May 7 and was originally supposed to run until August 16 but due to popular demand it was extended through September 7. It was just reported in the New York Times that as of last Friday, the show had a record attendance of 735,000 visitors surpassing the record of 661,509 for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (another incredible show!). 

China: Through The Looking Glass showcases the connection between fine art and fashion while exploring the impact of China's influence on Western fashion through history. Influential filmmaker Wong Kar Wai served as the artistic director for this show and his stylistic vision and impeccable eye for detail can be felt throughout. This exquisitely stunning haute couture gold gown by Chinese designer Guo Pei with a lotus flower shaped bodice and skirt was presented in a gallery of Buddha statues. Given the importance of the lotus as a symbol in Buddhism, this was the perfect placement.

The collection of over 140 pieces is presented on multi-levels and this staging is meant to be labyrinth-like evoking Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, a nod to the "looking glass" element in the exhibition's title. A cinematic journey is also created as significant moments in Asian film are juxtaposed within the galleries. The entire experience is incredibly captivating on a visual and sensory level. Even though we got lost and doubled back into some of the galleries a few times, it felt like I was seeing something new with each turn. I definitely came away with an appreciation for the pervasive influence of Chinese culture on Western fashion. It was really undeniable especially after seeing the references presented alongside the creations they inspired.

The Met has announced extended hours for Labor Day weekend so if you're in New York and you haven't seen this exhibit yet, I'd highly suggest it. You can learn more about China: Through The Looking Glass through the museum's official website.


CHANEL 1930, HIDDEN PLACKET EVENING JACKET REMADE FROM A CHINESE MANCHU ROBE | ORIGINAL DESIGN HANGING BEHIND IT
Chanel Jacket at China Through The Looking Glass



August 31, 2015

Commune and Memoir NYC In A Word

T-shirt and jeans

How to describe NYC in a word... 
Commune and Memoir makes t-shirts that communicate the story of New York City through 8 different words: Galvanic, Spectral, Idyllic, Abrasive, Pervasive, Inexhaustible, Fervent, and Elusive. Seeking to elevate the city as a work of art that can be observed, interpreted and described through curated words, these t-shirts offer an alternative to images as a trip memoir. These words are derived from a vast "word collection" that the New York based brand has been assembling for years. The t-shirts are made in Peru from the highest quality Peruvian pima cotton in a factory that practices safe environment and fair labor standards. Shop the collection.

NEW YORK IN A WORD / ELUSIVE 
From Latin eludere 
1. Hard to comprehend or define 
2. Difficult to catch, find, or achieve

I chose elusive because I've always liked the sound of the word and I think that it accurately speaks to how the city is ever changing  and can continually surprise you no matter how well you think you know it and when you think you do, there is still more to discover. NYC really has such a unique energy in this regard. This t-shirt has a modern, minimalist graphic feel so I choose to go simple and classic with my styling, pairing it with lightly distressed jeans, sleek neutral sneakers, cat eye tortoise sunglasses and a rose gold wood chronograph watch. So what do you think of this look? Is there a word you would use to describe where you live?

T-shirt:  c/o Commune & Memoir // Jeans : Gap Girlfriend (I love this fit!) // Sneakers: New Balance for J. Crew  620 // Sunglasses: Sedgwick c/o Classic Specs (review) // Watch: Sidney c/o JORD Wood Watch (review)

Disclosure: A shirt was gifted to me for editorial consideration. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

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August 28, 2015

Eye Candy : Ni Ni for Condé Nast Traveler

Ni Ni Paris

Ni Ni looks like she travels in fine style in this glamorous editorial for Condé Nast Traveler China that was shot while she was in Paris for Fashion Week. I haven't seen much of Ni Ni's work but she always exudes such a bright and effervescent energy in her photos. The pretty Chinese actress was recently cast opposite Adrien Brody in the romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story which begins filming next month in NYC.  She is best known for starring in Zhang Yimou’s 2011 epic The Flowers Of War alongside Christian Bale.

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Ni Ni Paris



August 26, 2015

Style Crush : Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung Street Style, Alexa Chung Style

Leave it to Alexa Chung to make a style statement in this effortlessly chic summer look. Luckily for the rest of us, this classic and simple outfit is really easy to replicate. It starts with a black and white striped tee, a timeless wardrobe staple most of us likely already have in our closets. This gets paired with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans cuffed at the ankle. The look is finished off with black lace up espadrilles, a floppy straw hat and a chain detail shoulder bag. Would you wear this outfit? Are you a fan of Alexa Chung's style?

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Photo Source: WhoWhatWear



August 24, 2015

VO5 Anti-Frizz Haircare Giveaway

Alberto VO5 Haircare Giveaway

There are many great things about summer but one not so great thing is how the heat and humidity can draw out the frizz in my hair and make it look like I'm wearing a helmet at times. This is not attractive since my hairstyle is an a-line bob which just calls for sleekness. I've pretty much learned to accept my hair's natural wavy texture cause it just sneaks out anyway but frizz is something I refuse to abide by.

Established hair care brand Alberto VO5, trusted by consumers for 60 years, has declared August “National Anti-Frizz Month,” with a mission to help women fight frizz and I'm totally on board. Did you know that 62% of women indicate frizzy hair as their #1 dreaded hair malfunction? And that 80% of women suffer from frizzy hair?

Step one in taming frizz is to understand how it happens. “Frizz occurs when moisture from the air’s humidity infiltrates the cuticles on the head causing hair to literally spring out of control,” said Nina Riley, VP of Marketing for Alberto VO5. “Pre-treating the hair before shampooing with products like VO5 Hot Oil Treatment helps to smooth out the cuticle, while VO5’s Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil helps to maintain the rest of your hair, even on the hottest, stickiest days.” Known for its Five Essential Vitamin formula and outstanding value, VO5 continues to make strides in the fight against frizz by creating an easy and simple 3-step process with products under $5.

Hot Oil Treatment ($4.79): Moisturize and condition hair before shampooing from roots to ends with VO5’s iconic Hot Oil Therapy treatment which helps restore shine, strength and silky softness. Use once a week.

Smooth + Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner ($2.49 each): Formulated with a unique smoothing complex that helps manage unruly hair, use the shampoo and conditioner together three times a week for best results in helping eliminate frizz, pronto!

Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil ($4.99): Light, natural oil blend for both hair and body. This new innovative oil that’s mineral oil-free, quickly helps replenish dry hair and skin to help you feel soft, silky and look radiant. Apply once a day.

I normally use a combination of products to smooth my hair. I tried out this VO5 system alone without using any of my usual products so that I could give a fair assessment on how well it works to calm frizzy hair and you can see the results below.



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