CASUAL SUNDAYS

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Hello everyone!  Today is Sunday, September 18, 2016 and I have JUST filed my 2015 taxes.  I know.  I like to take my happy ass time, but no worries, I had previously filed for an extension back in April so I won’t be penalized for the delay.

In the past my sister would usually do my taxes.  Makes sense since she’s a CPA at a VERY large accounting firm.  However, because I’m not a billionaire where she can seek commission for her services, she has decided that I should be an adult and learn to do my own taxes.  So, as of last year, I have been filing my own taxes.  Needless to say, I’ve been dragging ever since.

How does any of this relate to today’s post?  Well, when one does taxes on a Sunday, I would like to assume they’re in THE most comfy of loungewear.  I happen so to have recently collaborated with luxury undergarments brand, Sloane and Tate, and found this uber comfy Mulholland Sleep Tank.  This sucker is so comfortable I didn’t take it off for 3 days straight.  Kinda gross, kinda don’t care.

I’m wearing a size Small and it fits and hugs in all the right places.  I clearly didn’t get the message that this was a sleep tank because I wore it out when running errands.  If you’re looking for a bed to street outfit, then I highly suggest tying a cute Rails plaid shirt over the waist, and walk out with a cute Violet Ray bag.  May I suggest the Alessandra Hobo Bag in Black that I’m seen wearing.  Talk about the perfect fall bag.

Anyhew, taxes are done.  I’m probably going to go to bed early because I have used the last bit of my brain functionality to type up this post.  Sundays are for casual wear and sleeping…oh, and football.  Go Cowboys!  (Please don’t unfollow me for being a Dallas Cowboys fan.  I’m FROM Dallas)
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Rails Hunter Button Down in White & CadetRiver Island Bow Choker / Dolce Vita Larana Chunky Sandal / Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58mm Sunglasses

And just in case you cared to know about my love life, I forgot to mention that I bought a plane ticket to Taiwan to see boy toy at the beginning of November.  Yay for us still hanging in there with that long distance relationship crap :p

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

PRE-FALLING

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Happy Sunday everyone!  I woke up this morning to a text from a fellow blogger friend, (thanks Amy), that the Reformation seasonal sale has officially started.  Whelp, there goes my bank account.  So many fashion brands, online and in-store, are offloading their summer season inventory and getting ready for pre-fall 2016.  Even though we still have extremely hot days here in LA, the evenings have definitely cooled off, which makes me feel that much closer to the fall season.

I’ve had extreme luck finding fabulous outfits at Forever 21, and I was lucky enough to spot this F21 Floral Print Smock Dress.  It has these beautiful long bell sleeves that give the dress this amazing retro/hippie vibe, and the print is perfect for pre-fall.  It’s light and easy to wear, and you can even turn it into a tunic and wear it over denim when it gets colder.kangthropologie_prefalling_IMG_2324 kangthropologie_prefalling_IMG_2469 kangthropologie_prefalling_outfit2 kangthropologie_prefalling_IMG_2326 kangthropologie_prefalling_IMG_2334 kangthropologie_prefalling_outfit3 kangthropologie_prefalling_IMG_2386

Coach Drew Heel / Rebecca Minkoff Script Taurus Pendant Necklace / Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58mm Sunglasses

I have been working as a brand ambassador for Coach since April this year, and they have impressed me over and over with their fine leather handbags.  The latest handbag that I’m carrying is the Rogue 25 Leather Satchel from their #CoachPreFall2016 collection.  I can’t express how great the quality is of their leather, and it’s one of those bags that you know will only get better with age.

Have you noticed a change in Coach’s branding and style?  Do you like the new direction their headed?  I’d love to hear your opinion!

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

AESTHETICS

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I’ve had my ups and downs with blogging.  Usually, I’m pretty dedicated.  However, I started dating someone recently and it’s taken me away from the time I had previously spent meticulously planning my outfits, scheduling photoshoots, engaging with my Instagram family, and meeting up with my fashionable friends so that we may take beautifully placed photos of our food and beverages, (rosé of course).  I admit.  I had strayed.

Fortunately, an angel appeared and I received a message from a photographer and fellow Instagramer, Mire Yang of StripesCollide that she would like to grab coffee and even collaborate.  I immediately jumped at the opportunity because I realize we both have the same aesthetics.  I think it’s important as a blogger to find a photographer that’s able to capture your essence.  Keep what makes you YOU, so that you don’t lose your voice and taste amongst all the other fashion/lifestyle bloggers out there.

Mire and I both love contrast, and she understands that my images are outfit based versus lifestyle.  Agreeing upon what your aesthetics are is very important when finding/working with a new photographer.  Take the time to sit down and chat over what you like, and bring images of what you think is achievable, (Mire suggested I download the app ListaPost).

We ended up having a great time chatting over coffee, shooting some really amazing photos, and even had lunch at one of my fav spots (Zinqué) afterwards.  I hope you enjoy the images and the outfit as much as I do!

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Free People recently had a promotion with their app by applying an additional 25% off their sale items.  I found this gorgeous Flynn Skye Cleo Set in Pumpkin Seed on sale and just about died when it came in the mail.  It is puuuuuuurrrfect!  I love crops.  Check.  I love matching sets.  Check.  I love polka dots.  Check.  This outfit can be styled separately (as seen here), and I can wear it into pre-fall because of it’s autumn like color.

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Free People Fever Platform / Coach Rogue 25 Leather Satchel / Illesteva Hamilton Sunglasses

I’ve been swapping different pairs of sunglasses through Ditto for the past three months, and I absolutely love this program.  You can rent sunglasses for as low as $24/month, and if you love it, you can buy it.  Use the code KANGTHRO when you sign up! Xo!

Photographed by Mire Yang of StripesCollide

DESERT OASIS

Nothing says let’s workout five days straight and eat only salads like a bikini photoshoot.  My latest project is with local SoCal swimwear line, Beach Riot.  Can we please give them a whoop whoop on their sexy collaborations with Stone Cold Fox and Luv AJ?  I was sooooo utterly excited when they reached out and asked if I’d be interested in working with them.  As soon as I was able to get my hands on their swimwear I raced to the desert oasis, aka Palm Springs, and just had a blast in front of the camera.

What excited me the most about this swimwear line is that they offer actual wearable clothing outside of skimpy bikinis and one-pieces, which can be worn as bodysuits.  I’m wearing Beach Riot Vacationer Set in Cortez.  This top is so sexy and simple to wear.  It’s a halter and ties at the neck and back, but hangs low so you show more skin in the back.  The print is gorgeous and the fabric is super light and airy.  It’s perfect for that heated weather where you start sweating the minute you walk outside.  I would definitely wear this set as separates.

I just got my new Coach Dinky Crossbody 24 in Chalk, and it is THE perfect white bag to lead me into summer.  The chain strap is heavy, sturdy and oh-so-edgy.  It gives an extra kick to this classy bag.  I like to describe my own personal fashion as feminine with an edge, and this bag is the epitome of just that.  It’s roomier than it’s sister bag, the Dinky Crossbody, and fits everything that had previously fit in my Coach Saddlebag 23.

I’m very impressed with how Coach has revamped it’s image and it’s products.  I can’t stop looking at their latest Spring 2016 lookbook!  I’m excited and happy to be a small part of their brand revolution.

I wearing sunglasses from a new line of sunnies that I’m currently obsessed with.  I introduce to you, Perverse Sunglasses.  They were seen on all the young celebs at Coachella Weekend One.  I’m wearing their Fresh Clubmaster Sunglasses in Tortoise Shell-Brown.  I love that their oversized on my face.  They’re super affordable, light, fun, and easy to wear.  I purchased another pair too that I’ll definitely be wearing in a blog-post-near-you.kangthropologie_desertoasis_IMG_0842

Fedora (my own | similar look that’s on sale) / Anthropologie T-Strap Decorative Turtle Sandals (no longer available | similar look)

Coachella Weekend Two might be over, but the warm weather is still going strong.  I’ll most likely head back to Palm Springs to vacay for a couple of days in the next month or two.  Any lodging places you would suggest checking out other than the usual suspects: i.e. Korakia Pensione, Ace Hotel, The Parker?  Let me know!  Thanks for reading babes!

Photographed by Felicia Bade

 

POSSIBILITIES

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I think it’s fair to say that bloggers are now finding their blogs and other digital platforms more lucrative than ever before.  Companies are opting to allocate their budget in sponsorships and branding through bloggers than paid advertisement or commercials on television.  Their direct source of contact is now through us, the consumers.  These collaborations create many possibilities for fashion bloggers like me that love to create, but want to have full creative control over their digital content.

With that said, I’ve recently partnered up with Coach and will be working with them in the next few months.  This is my first collab and I’m very excited to be working with a company of this caliber and style.  I want to point out that this blog post is not part of the deal.  I’m not getting paid to blog about the accessories they’ve provided me.  I decided to do this on my own because I wanted to give an honest opinion on these products, which I’ve fallen in love with.  So enough of this essay report talk and let’s get to the fashion!

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I am wearing a pair of Coach Drew Heels in Saddle.  Sliding into these slingback studded mules is like slipping my feet into butter.  The soles on the inside of these shoes are of great quality leather, and the suede coverage makes my feet smile.  I was not disappointed at all when I pulled these shoes out of the box.  I’ve been on and off again about purchasing a pair of clogs for my casual maxi skirts, but have held off because of financial priorities, (a girl’s gotta have her fancy coffee drinks…oh, and rent money).

I was very surprised by the aesthetics of the studs, grommets, and rivets on the heel.  Edgy, not what I expected from Coach, at all.  I always thought they were more conservative, but this new line and image is going to bring them back to the table for the younger generation of fashionistas that have sworn them off as lady-like has beens.

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I first introduced this Coach Saddle Bag 23 in Glovetanned Leather in my previous post, (see GOOD FRIDAY), and I’m still using it as an everyday bag.  It fits all my needs as far as an everyday bag goes: high-quality material, discreet look, carries all my necessities.  This bag will only get better with age as the wear and tears settle in and it becomes an iconic vintage bag.  If you want a great Spring bag, I recommend getting it in the color Flax.  That mustard yellow is just screaming to be paired up with a white tee and mom jeans.
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The elephant in the room is this amazing Reformed (The Reformation x Urban Renewal collab) Cutout Dress that I purchased almost four/five years ago.  Yeah, it’s been that long. The blue print on this dress is out of this world.  I knew I had to buy it the minute I saw it.  Reformation is so great at creating dresses with cutouts that are so sexy and feminine, but also have this “Little House On The Prairie” feel.  Here are some dresses with a similar look/feel:

Reformation Rhoda Dress

Kimchi Blue Lucy Printed Shirt Dress

Kimchi Blue Cornflower Cutout Mini Dress

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Illesteva Porto Cervo Gold with Olive Lenses Sunglasses

Even though it’s become very common for fashion bloggers to work with fashion brands on projects, I’m curious to know how you feel about fashion bloggers disclosing their sponsorships?  Do you prefer it looking more like an advertisement or would you like more transparency?  Let me know!

Photographed by my super funny, hot and comedic friend, Laurie Douglas

GOOD FRIDAY

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It’s Good Friday everyone!  For those of you that have given up carbs for Lent, first, I don’t know how you did it, but’s time to order an extra large pizza all for yourself.  My family is back in Dallas and I’m not heading home, so I’ll be spending Easter with some good girlfriends in LA.  With that said, I know I need a super cute outfit to wear.  Something Spring-ish, something floral, something for the bunny in all of us.  This Good Friday is about to turn this long weekend into something super fun and flirty!
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Leave it to Forever 21 to bring this pretty Cutout Rose Print Romper to life, and for less than $20!!  This romper is super soft and comfy to wear, but beware of the super deep plunging V-neck.  I was absentminded and forgot to bring wardrobe tape with me when I shot this outfit.  Otherwise, I would have taped it around my boobs to prevent so much skin.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind showing skin, but there’s a difference between being stylish and hooker-ish.

Also, the bell sleeves are a bit long on me and often times covered up my hands, (as seen in these photos).  However, it didn’t bother me so much because I tend to get cold and like my hands covered.  Here’s a similar look.kangthropologie_goodfriday_IMG_9935 kangthropologie_goodfriday_outfit3kangthropologie_goodfriday_IMG_9873

I’m currently working with Coach, and their team has sent me some really great, high-quality leather goods, including this Crossbody Saddle Bag 23 in Glovetanned Leather.  It’s literally become my everyday bag.  I’m not saying it because we are collaborating together, but I really do love this bag.  It’s clean, not patterned, holds everything I need, and it’s crossbodied.  It comes in several other colors, and you can even have it monogrammed with your initials.  There will be more Coach goodies to come.
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Forever 21 Chunky Platform Sandals (sold out | similar look on sale)

I’m super curious to know what everyone gave up for Lent.  Did you give up something super hard?  Let me know!  Have a great Easter!

Photographed by Laurie Douglas