Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Balance

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New top - c/o Style Sofia, new skirt - Pacsun "Nollie", New bag - c/o Sheinside, heels - Steve Madden.


Loose on top, tight on bottom. Tight on top, loose on bottom. If you don't already follow these rules, make it your new mantra. :) And the same goes for covering up! If you want to wear a low cut top, cover your legs. Want to reveal your legs, then cover your top. Haha etc, etc. Balance. Remember that folks! This is because: tight on top and tight on bottom = too much, not sexy. Loose on top and loose on bottom = adds weight, makes you frumpy, short(er) and not sexy either.

This top is from Style Sofia! I love dolman tops because they are so easy to move in :) The material is nice and breathable too. I also got this lovely little white messenger bag from Sheinside. Messenger bags are so versatile it's great! This particular one has a nice clasp and is made very well too. Yikes and if you didn't notice, I forgot my accessories, as in necklace/ring/bracelet/watch. Saddens my heart to think I could forget something so easy as that. Oh, and if you haven't already seen it, I created a makeup tutorial for my eyes. Its really easy, you can see it here.

I also added a little banner to the top of my blog so you can easily vote for me everyday in the Akira contest. Akira just updated the participants updates on scoring and I have stayed in 2nd place since the start. Right now, I am a whole 70 votes below 1st :( So I really, really would appreciate your vote! There is only 8 days left to vote. And if you want you can even go back to the Romwe giveaway here and redeem another "slot" into my contest which ends in six days.
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Monday, May 28, 2012

When Happiness is Free

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heels - Steve Madden, bag - Aldo

While any color looks good with white, and the same for black, sometimes the best match up is black and white together. I added a pop of pink and touches of gold to make this interesting, and tada! I love this outfit. Simple, clean and cute, don't you think?

This Romwe skirt looks and feels like a skirt, but hey tricked ya-- it is not a skirt. I think it is what you would call a skort since the front covers up the loose shorts underneath. However, there is so much material, no one even noticed the back was not like the front til I told them. I love the light material and flowy style. It makes a bit of a swishing noise when I move too :) There is only one left on Romwe right now, and it is such a nice piece I would recommend requesting on their Facebook wall for them to restock.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time making a photo tutorial for my eye makeup. It is ridiculously simple, I mean six steps is not very many right? I did throw in some personal tips though, so hopefully you ladies find it useful. I'll be posting it very soon :)

And about my post title - it's from a Shania Twain song. I'm not really into country music, but I do have a lot of good memories listening to her on road trips from when I was younger!

P.S Don't forget to enter the Romwe giveaway, and please note you do have an option to vote for my Akira contest entry everyday, and get an extra point for it. :)
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Star Spangled Skirt + Romwe Giveaway

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New skirt- c/o Minted Republic, tank top - Express [similar here and here], bag - c/o Handbag Heaven, heels - Vince Camuto, watch - NY and C, necklace - Forever 21 

I really love the dark, soft colors in this outfit, a bit of a change from my other recent posts :) Paired with a light cardigan/blazer and maybe a dark brown or nude briefcase, this outfit would also work well for a day in the office. Instead, I did some light shopping :) And yes, although I am wearing sort of dark colors, it works very nicely for summer too as the materials are very light, such as this skirt from Minted Republic. It is made from the same material as my sharkbite top in this post. One of my favorite things about 100% polyester is that it doesn't wrinkle!

Now I want to talk a bit about the fit ;) You can see that the waist was just perfect, and I am wearing a size small. (Measured to be 26.5 inches exactly). I did, however, get the bottom part of the skirt tailored at my local alterations/cleaners. I thought I might be able to pull it in on the sides and get a slit in the back (for walking) because I like a bit more of a tailored, slim look. But, there was not enough material for a slit. So here you can see what I mean about taking it in on the sides:
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I think they took off about 1-2 inches on each side. It was a little harder to walk up the stairs but if I really want, they told me that I can take it back for a slit on the side. We'll see. 

Now for a new Romwe giveaway! I was supposed to do a Suboo giveaway if you were keeping track of my announcements, but that was changed/delayed. 
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My personal favorite is the blue :) 
Please note that the first three steps are mandatory! Good luck!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lime Crime

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New necklace - c/o Love Obsessed, New top - Old Navy [similar here], New skirt - Forever 21 [similar here and here], heels - Zara, bag - F21, watch - Style and Co., bracelet - Mimi's Boutique

I actually bought this top as a beach cover up, which is why is looks kind of big :) (For reference it is a size medium, and I usually wear small or extra small). I really wanted to wear a white, loose blouse with this look though, so it had to do!

Thanks to Love Obsessed on Etsy, I now have a one of a kind, neon, hand painted necklace! What is great about Etsy is you get to talk to the designer's themselves! Stacy, the creator of Love Obsessed is so nice! And she is constantly updating the selection, even creating custom necklaces if you request it. Check her out here!

The reason I called this post Lime Crime is because of two things: 1) My skirt looks more yellow in the pictures, but in person I would definitely call it neon lime 2) I am wearing Lime Crime lipstick, which I just love. It's called Countessa Fluorescent which I think I've worn in photos a few times before. It's a very fun neon pink, goes on really well if you lips aren't dry and stains them too, and my lips stay colored, (even if it is a trace of the color, some is better than nothing) - all day!

Also please vote for me in the Akira bloggers contest on Facebook (you can vote everyday until June 8th), and you can follow my Hapa Time Facebook page here. :)
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Touch of Metal

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New bag - c/o Oasap, new shoes - Vince Camuto, shorts - Pacsun, top - c/o Queen's Wardrobe [similar here]

How do you like my new shoes? :) I've been wanting some metallic heels like this forever, and so when I found these Vince Camuto ones I had to get them! They are both comfortable and versatile, and they really work with so many different outfits. 

My new Oasap bag is a lovely pink color, but much bigger than I expected. I thought it would be more of the typical messenger bag size - but alas the larger size turned out to be not such a bad thing, as it fits a lot in it, which is a nice change. For some reason, I almost never check the measurements of the bags I get online. (Such a bad habit!) 

These photos were taken downtown, as I so often do these days because of the quality architecture and yummy restaurants - my photographer and I always seem so hungry after we take photos :) This day we went to Tandoori Oven. Or, renamed as Chakrah in some places. Have you tried it? It's commercialized Indian food, as yes it's been franchised, but that makes it more appealing to a larger audience I think. I would recommend the Tikka Masala a la carte and Aloo Tikki appetizer. Haha such funny names, but oh so good. Try it! 

Also I'd love if you could vote for me in the Akira Facebook contest. You can vote once a day til June 8th, which I really, really appreciate :) 
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Kiss From a Rose + Giveaway Winner

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This pretty little Motel Rocks dress is a stretchy mix of ultra fine cotton and semi-transparent lace mesh, which is one of the lesser seen but current spring/summer 2012 trends. Motel Rocks is now sold out of this dress specifically, though they have a short sleeved version here, and the same long sleeved style in periwinkle and silver (Edit: They restocked it here!). I love the fun style and how it somehow made me look more curvy. BUT, if you are thinking of buying this dress, please first consider that you may not be able to wear much underneath!

What I love about this time of the year, other than the perfectly warm days, the extended sunlight, and the ability to wear shorts without freezing... is these really beautiful pink roses in our front yard. They only bloom for about two months of the year... so most of the year we have these wretched looking flower-less bushes. I'm pretty sure we have the pickiest, most short lived roses in the neighborhood. Haha ♥ 

Now to announce the giveaway winner, congrats to Adrianne!
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I also wanted to remind you about Akira's Facebook Blogger contest they have going until June 8th. They are allowing you to vote once everyday, and I would love if you could vote for me here :) Speaking of Facebook, I made a Hapa Time page and although it feels very empty, as I get more likes, there will consequently be more content. You can check it out here. :)
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