COTTON CANDY

There’s been some pretty epic cotton candy skies lately.  It’s inspired me to wear something fun and colorful.  So, when I found this frilly cute sweater in a small boutique during my trip to Taiwan, I knew I had to buy it.

What’s funny about this purchase is that this particular store didn’t allow you to try on any of their tops.  You could only try on bottoms and shoes.  WTF.  Thank the baby jesus this top fit because Taiwan sizing can be tricky since everyone there is much skinnier and tinier than, well, everyone.

This look has a western vibe that I dig since I’m from Texas.  Unfortunately, the top and the bottom were both purchased from that small boutique in Taiwan, and I can’t seem to locate it online.  But, here are some other cute cotton candy colored tops that I found that are adorable as well!

 


Lack of Color Montana Stahl Hat / Sbicca Brisa Platform Wedge Boot / Nicole Vienna Stir Nº79 Link Watch

Photographed by Silvia Moreno

LOOKING BACK

So here we are folks.  Just two days away from 2017.  I decided to blog today versus tomorrow, which is the last day of the year, because no one is going to be reading a silly fashion blog post on NYE (#TRUTH).  No worries, I’m not going to talk about self-reflection and new year’s resolutions.  Screw that.  I’m going to talk about my favorite things that have made 2016 memorable, specifically the fashion trends, the new beauty products I’ve tried, and the new friends I’ve met along the way via blogging.  So here goes…

favorite trends

There have been so many trends this year that were worn to the point of disgust, and others that I feel like will continue on towards 2017.

I really dug the choker 90’s look that were brought back to life, (thank you Rumi!).  Though her fashion label, AreYouAmI, is hella expensive, she is a pioneer for sexy, provocative and fashion-forward styles.  Not sure I can (EVER) bite the bullet on purchasing one of her $600+ slip dresses, but I’ll be looking to her for the next sexy trend.

Another big hitter for me are the clear frame glasses.  I see these bad boys on some of the quirkiest and hippest fashion bloggers (i.e. @officiallyquigley) and I think they’re just fucking adorable.  I personally own two pairs from TIJN: The Mathias and The Marcel, and they just bring an extra quirk to my outfits.  I’ve also worn them to auditions to play nerds and hipsters and they’ve done really well for my “method” look.  Haha!

My final favorite trend would be high-waist denim, regardless of the hemline.  I hear it’s suppose to be out by 2017, (please say it ain’t so!), but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it sticks around for just a little while longer.  Please do not encourage me to purchase ANY MORE denim!

favorite new makeup products

I’ve been an avid fan and user of La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream for 10+ years.  I push and recommend it to ALL of my friends.  Technically, I’m quite surprised/upset that I wasn’t selected to participate in their latest social media promotion.  Whatever.  I still love this stuff like it’s crack.  However, due to the steep price of $310 for a 3 oz. jar, I have side tracked from using it in my nightly routine and have instead picked up a jar of Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream.  This is my new favorite night cream, …under $300.  Haha!  No seriously, I’ve been using it for the past year and it has helped me maintain my youthful skin.  This has a rich formula that is not greasy like La Mer, even though I do miss that oily glow I get after applying it on.  Shiseido absorbs very easily into my skin.  Trust me, I’m not being sponsored by either brands to write this, so it’s worth trying it out.

I think I found my new concealer, and that title goes to Glossier Stretch Concealer!  This stuff is phenomenal.  I’ve been using Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème as well as YSL Touche Éclat for the past 4 years.  Both work great, but one is too heavy of a coverage at times and one is too light of a coverage at times.  Glossier Stretch Concealer is like the baby that the two produced.  It’s just perfect: creamy, light, blends well, highlights and covers.  I purchased the lightest shade because I tend to like concealers that are a shade lighter than my actual skin.  For $18, this is one of the best medium coverage concealers out there.

favorite take-aways

I started blogging a little over a year ago, but didn’t really get into the blogger scene until this year.  Along the way I have met some new bloggers and photographers, and I would like to take this time to thank them for being kickass people.  Please check them out because they all create magical content:

Amy – @TheLuxiLook

Mire – @Stripescollide

Hanna – @_hannaphotography_

 For Love and Lemons Violetta DressTribeTats Onyx Goddess Temporary Tattoos

Happy New Year everyone!  Please drink responsibly because you know you’re going to get blitzed, and make sure you find a cutie to kiss at midnight! xoxo!

Photographed by Hanna Snyder

SPELLBOUND

I love visiting Taiwan whenever I get the chance.  It’s usually over the holidays when I have time off, but this year I decided to visit before Thanksgiving.  The weather is best this time of year.  It’s a tropical island so there’s always rain, but it’s least around the November time frame.  (I still say this knowing that they encountered a typhoon right before I arrived.)  Also, the weather has cooled off a bit and it’s not as humid and hot as it is over the summer.

Even though I’m from Taiwan, I’ve only visited a handful of times since my family moved to the states.  With that said, there’s always something new for me to explore and discover each time I visit.  This particular visit, my aunt and cousin took me to a town not too far outside of Taipei known for their culture, history and beautiful lantern filled alleyways.  It’s called Jiufen.  I highly recommend visiting this city if you have the chance to go out and explore, and definitely stay until after the sun sets so you can see the lights turn on.  It becomes this magical place lit by hanging lanterns.  It’s breathtakingly beautiful.

I’m a pescatarian and I didn’t have any issues finding food that met my dietary restrictions.  Taiwan is known for their delicious food and night markets.  You’ll be spellbound by their cute and polite culture.

Speaking of spellbound, I brought along my Spell & The Gypsy Collective Babushka Boho Maxi Gown and Lack of Color Montana Stahl Hat so I could bring some bohemian flair into the mix.  Let’s just say I stood out like a sore thumb, but I loved every minute of it.

If you EVER get the opportunity to visit Taiwan…do it.  Don’t even think twice.  I promise you’ll be captivated by everything it has to offer and go back for seconds.  Happy Sunday everyone!

Nicole Vienna Soir Noº79 Link Watch / CHARME Silkiner Tierney Necklace / Free People Riri Mega Ring Set in Gold/Garnet

Photographed by my talented and beautiful cousin, Yu Shiun Huang

WHAT FALL MEANS IN LA

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In just two days it’ll be Thanksgiving.  Sheesh, how quickly the time has flown by.  I don’t even recall my last #NYE, (probably nothing exciting), and here I am about to celebrate it again in just 1.5 months.  The only difference is that while the east coast is decked out in warm leggings, fur coats and scarves, I’m still wearing shorts and breezy dresses in LA.

What exactly does fall even mean in LA?  I’ve been here for almost 8 years and I can sum it up to a few memorable things:

  • Friendsgiving
    • Most of us living in LA are transplants from some other state very far away, which means we have to travel home for the holidays.  Because Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close to one another, we usually pick one or the other to travel home.  Odds are it’s Christmas that we want to spend the day with our family, so we end up celebrating Thanksgiving with our extended family of close friends that have also decided to stay in LA.  It’s hard enough to find good friends in general, needless to say LA, but you know they’re worthy when you invite them to your #Friendsgiving dinner.  I would also like to say that if you know someone who is lonely in this town and without family or friends, please invite them to your gathering.  You have no idea what that would mean to them. #SharingIsCaring
  • Leather Jackets
    • We wear these year round, but it really becomes flourishing during the fall evenings when it drops down to 60° or below.  The ladies, (and gents), still want to wear their barely there fashion when they go out.  What do you expect from the city of Angels?  Everyone is a cool cat, and cool cats wear leather jackets, especially motorcycle ones.  I recommend IRO or AllSaints.  Both of these brands carry high quality leather jackets that don’t entirely bankrupt you.  Keywords: don’t entirely
  • Brisk Mornings and Evenings
    • Even in November we still have warm, sunny 70° weather during the day.  However, in the early mornings and evenings, (as soon as that sun sets), it can be super chilly.  I make sure to always have a light jacket or cardigan with me whenever I go out during the day and know that I’ll be out when the sun starts to set at 4:30pm.  I really like this new ZARA Long Chenille Jacket that I’m wearing in the photos.  It’s the perfect fall color, and it keeps me warm.  Only downfall of this jacket is that it sheds like a biznatch.  I’d stay away from wearing anything white or black underneath.
  • Ghost Town Holidays
    • As I’ve mentioned before, LA is a city of transplants, and when it’s holiday season everyone goes home to their respected hometowns or leave to go on a paradise vacation.  This leaves the city deserted and empty, which is just how I like it.  There’s no traffic, you can get into any restaurant at anytime, and did I mention there’s no traffic?

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Free People Surf Date Romper (on sale) / Nicole Vienna Soir N°79 Link Watch / TIJN Monica Antique Burnt Gold Specs / Charme Silkiner Tierney Necklace / UO Vintage Style Boots (no longer available | similar look)

I wish everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  Please drink responsibly, watch lots of football, and cheer on the Cowboys!  Tune in next week for my CyberMonday issue! xoxo!

Photographed by Larry Wong

IT TAKES TWO

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I’ve been single majority of my life.  I’ve had roommates here and there, but I prefer living on my own, (with my dog of course).  There are only a limited number of times where I felt like I “needed” to live or be with someone.  Wearing this Free People Margarita Flamingo Maxi Dress was one of them.

Don’t get me wrong, this dress is absolutely beautiful with a very sexy, boho silhouette.  The keyhole front shows off the girls, while the lace up back gives the illusion of latin flare.  However, in order to lace yourself up perfectly from the back, you either need someone there to help you, OR, you need double jointed arms.  I guess I could always train my dog to help me, but I would need to hire Cesar the Dog Whisperer for this crazy trick-out-of-the-bag.

My recommendation if you plan on purchasing this dress, (which is on sale), is to make sure you live with a roommate or your significant other.  Otherwise, have patience and more than a half hour to lace yourself in and out of this dress.
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Forever 21 Platform Booties (no longer available | similar look) / Lack of Color The Stahl Boater Hat / Mejuri Tuxedo Necklace / River Island Evil Eye Choker Necklace

I’m a hopeless romantic and I will always be open and honest about my feelings.  Things sometimes work out and sometimes it doesn’t.  This trip to Taiwan has been an eye opening experience, and I will take what I’ve learned from this long distance relationship with me.

Photographed by Mire Yang

PARADISE LOST

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I have a tendency to take the city I live in for granted.  Doesn’t matter how cool of a city it is, I forget to venture out and check out the touristy attractions until I’ve moved and it’s too late.  I lived in Atlanta for eight years and never once visited the Coca-Cola museum.  I lived in Dallas/Fort Worth for thirteen years and never once visited the famous Fort Worth Zoo.  I’ve lived in LA for the past seven years and have yet to visit the Getty Museum.  (Go ahead, do the math.  Add up my age.  I’m old AF).  Yup.  I’m THAT person.

With that said, I recently shot with a new photographer, Hanna (more to come of our collaboration).  She lives up in Santa Barbara, which is about 1.5 to 2 hours north of LA, depending on traffic.  Hanna suggested that we shoot near Ventura.  As we walked toward this abandoned palm tree farm, it morphed into somewhat of a tropical paradise.  What looked like a scene out of Costa Rica was actually in Ventura.  We got to shoot in our own version of paradise and be lost in the midst of the wild grass and trees.

I’ve already made plans to do more sight seeing and and day trips up to Santa Barbara and Ojai.  Remember, you don’t have to travel far or spend a lot of money to create an adventure or photoshoot with friends.  I highly recommend getting your best girlfriends, packing a weekender bag, and take a road trip somewhere just a few hours away.  Don’t be like me and take your city for granted.

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I’m lucky enough to work with fine jewelry brand, Mejuri, again.  I absolutely LOVE their pieces!  It’s the perfect kind of dainty, simple and elegant aesthetic that I look for when I wear jewelry.  Plus, their pieces are all hand-crafted with quality material.

This time I’m wearing their Tuxedo Necklace.  I’ve seriously not stopped wearing this necklace EVERYWHERE and with EVERYTHING.  It’s classy.  It’s not overwhelming, and I love that it’s made with gold vermeil.kangthropologie_paradiselost_img_3049 kangthropologie_paradiselost_outfit5 kangthropologie_paradiselost_outfit4 kangthropologie_paradiselost_outfit3 kangthropologie_paradiselost_outfit

I’m seen wearing this stunning For Love and Lemons Mariposa Maxi Dress.  Not sure if this dress is still available, but here are some very similar and beautiful lace dresses:

kangthropologie_paradiselost_img_3240River Island Evil Eye Choker / Lack of Color The Stahl Boater Hat / Jeffrey Campbell bootie (sold out | similar look)

I’m so excited that I’ll be traveling to Taipei, Taiwan at the end of this month.  I hope to capture some gorgeous pictures that are similar to this since Taiwan is a tropical island.  Have you ever visited Taiwan?  If so, I’d love to hear your story! Xo!

Photographed by Hanna Photography

FILLING THE VOID

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I normally don’t like exposing too much of my personal life on my fashion blog, but it seemed to make sense in this particular post.  I’m currently seeing someone, but we’re in a long distance relationship.  Two weeks after we started dating, he tells me he had previously accepted a 6 month long overseas assignment in China and Taiwan.  I didn’t think much of it until 2.5 months later when he was actually leaving for China.  It’s since been a month of separation, and we’re doing our best to stay in contact.  I keep myself busy with acting and blogging, but I noticed a significant spike in my clothing expenditure.  Look, this could easily be because of all the fabulous end of the season sales that have been happening, but I think it’s also because I’m trying to fill a void.  Wow…too deep?  Too soon?

Anyway, to help fill this void even more is the upcoming PB Flea this weekend.  (Please see SALES for more details.)  I lucked out a few weeks ago when I went to their Venice store sales event, which had priced everything 70% off.  I was able to find this gorgeous The Jetset Diaries Cherie Cami Top, which is now sold out.  I’m just hoping that there will be as many great finds as this top this weekend.  Be sure to follow me on Snapchat (@Kangthropologie) since I’ll definitely be giving out a play by play of this event.

Even though the Cherie Cami is no longer available, I found some other great cami’s that have a similar look and ethereal feel:


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Free People Fever Platform / Reformation Vintage Levi’s / Gentle Monster Dreamer Sunglasses / Mejuri Evil Eye Ring / Rebecca Minkoff Script Taurus Pendant Necklace

I’ve recently partnered up with the jewelry brand, Mejuri, and I’m really impressed and falling in love with their stuff.  It’s high-quality, dainty and gorgeous jewelry, which is right up my alley.  Definitely worth checking them out.

Photographed by Mire Yang

ALL CHOKED UP

kangthropologie_allchokedup_IMG_2652We are finally approaching the last few weeks of summer before nose diving into fall, and I’m already obsessed with everything there is for pre-fall season.  From the prints, to the warm and rich colors, to the velvet accessories, I’m just giddy about it all.  I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I’ve been on a binge with chokers.  I guess you can say I’m getting myself all choked up.  I’m snatching them up left and right and finding that I’m late to the game (what’s new), but it’s still trending and will only get trendier with all the fall fashion.

Depending on what you’re wearing, chokers can bring an extra flair to your outfit.  I recommend tops and dresses with low necks or no necks, like off the shoulder tops.  I especially love wearing chokers with basic tees and my hair up in a bun.  It has the perfect amount of style, femininity, and sexiness.  Here are some of my favorite (and affordable) chokers that I have purchased myself or have in my wish list:

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I recently collaborated with LA fashion line, PoshSquare, and got this super cute floral, boho style With Love Floral Dress in Mustard.  Mustard is THE perfect color for fall.  I can wear this dress now while it’s still hot outside, and can put on a pair of OTK suede boots when fall comes around.kangthropologie_allchokedup_IMG_2658 kangthropologie_allchokedup_outfit2

Sbicca Annabella Platform Sandals / Illesteva Porto Cervo Sunglasses / Forever 21 Velvet Bow Choker

NYFW is just around the corner.  Are there any particular brands you’re excited to see?

Photographed by Mire Yang

HIPPIE-ISH

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’ve been dabbling in the neckerchief and choker accessories for the past month, and I’m starting to get an idea of why everyone is so obsessed with these embellishments.  Both have a very retro/vintage vibe, and I feel like I’ve travelled back in time with my wardrobe.

I grew up in the 90’s, but I’ve always been enamored with the idea of growing up in the 70s.  I love bell bottoms.  I love crochet.  I also love everything boho chic, which I feel like is part of that free spirit, wild child era.  I found this beautiful Forever 21 Zigzag Crochet Crop Top, and immediately I felt like a hippie at Woodstock.  With Outside Lands Festival that just happened two weekends ago, it felt appropriate to wear something a bit festival and over-the-top.  Summer is about to end, and I want to savor every last bit of my crop top wearing days.  I’m a free spirit when it comes to fashion.  You can say I’m sort of a hippie…ish.
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Illesteva Porto Cervo Sunglasses / Forever 21 Classic Paisley Bandana / Reformation Vintage Denim (sold out | similar look)

I have some bad news.  In the midst of my travels and photoshoots, I have somehow misplaced or lost my David Yurman Petite Albion Pendant with Citrine and Diamonds on Chain Necklace!  Whaaaaaaa!  I’m so upset!  It was a present given to me by an ex for our two-year anniversary.  Not that I still have feelings for him, but that necklace has sentimental values, and I loved that necklace very much.  I hope it’s just shoved into some pocket of a purse or a pair of pants, and I hope to find it soon.  Pray for me please!

Photographed by Mire Yang

RED RED WINE

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They say men are like wine.  They get better with age.  I would like to say that women get better with age as well, in terms of knowing what we want.  For instance, I know now that I prefer Cabernet Sauvignon if I’m drinking red wine.  I also know that I look great in red because of my skin tone.  And finally, I know a fabulous red lipstick does a body good.

On a recent date I decided to explore all three of my wants and know-hows, so I put on red lipstick, wore a red romper, and poured myself a glass of red wine.  I decided to wear this super fun and flirty UO Kimchi Blue Ruffle Hem Fit + Flare Romper in Red Multi, which is currently on sale!  I absolutely LOVE how comfortable and feminine I feel in this romper.  It’s available in other colors so you have choices in finding the color that YOU want.

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I’m currently collaborating with Ditto, an online retail store that allows you to virtually try on and rent prescription glasses and sunglasses from designers.  You may also purchase them if you fall in love with it.  If you use the code: KANGTHRO you’ll get one month free to try out this service!  Through Ditto, I’ve been able to rent sunglasses from Karen Walker and Miu Miu.

I currently have on Karen Walker Hollywood Pool in Dusty Pink and Crystal Peach w/ Gold Lenses.  These shades are so much fun, and perfect for this outfit.  I’ve received so many compliments each time I wear them, and I can’t wait to actually wear them to a hollywood pool party.

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Christian Louboutin Fomenter Wedges (no longer available | similar look) / Rebecca Minkoff Script “Taurus” Pendant Necklace / Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot

I’ll be heading to Atlanta to shoot a feature film in mid-July, which is right in the middle of their humid heated summer.  Any suggestions as to how to stay cool??  I need all the help I can get!  Haha!  Thanks for reading everyone!