Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy 2013!

Wishing everyone a ...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

How to Look Slim in 7 Steps - A Fashion Blog Post

Perhaps you have let yourself go during the holidays, or you are a new mom like me, still on your way to pre-pregnancy fitness. Whichever "condition" you fall in, wouldn't it be nice to look slim in an instant? 

In today's fashion blog post, there is no sweating in the gym (though it's not a bad idea), just 7 simple steps on how to dress up and slim down

How to Look Slim in 7 Steps

1. Elongate Neckline

Short necklines look stubby, unless you have the neck of a swan. Go for long and lean necklines, like a v neck or draped collar (seen in pictures here).

2. Straighten and Part Hair

Straight hair looks sleek and slenderizes your face. Parting hair to the side cuts a full face even more.

3. Wear Big Accessories

Hide your body behind big accessories.

In my outfit, the fringy bag takes attention away from the body with its mass and details. 

4. Opt for Bright Colors

Bright colors also attract attention, giving viewers less chance to look at your body.

5. Conceal Flaws

Hide anything that you don't want to promote. For me, they are my love handles and postpartum middle.


6. Accentuate Strength

Of course, if you have flaws to hide, you must have something to show off.

A few years of running gave me strong legs, which haven't plumped (that much) during pregnancy. The jeggings do my legs justice.

7. Elevate Height

Taller always looks slimmer. These boots added about two and a half inches. That felt awesome :O)


Look Slim vs. Look Chubby

Just for fun, here's how to look chubby (see picture below):

1. A short neckline. You can't even see my neck here.

2. Wavy hair makes face chubbier.

3. Small accessories that doesn't take away focus.

4. Dull colors that doesn't grab attention.

5. Displaying a flabby stomach with a tight shirt.

6. Hiding legs, my best assets.

7. Making myself shorter by wearing flats.      

How to look chubby :O)

Here's a side-by-side to show you the difference:

 Again, exercising and eating healthily are the best ways to slim down.


Meanwhile, try looking slim with clothes and accessories.


Do you have anything to add?


Friday, December 28, 2012

15 Minute Sexy Leg Workout

Need a fitness challenge? Try this workout:

sexy leg workout

Have fun.

And happy Friday!

What to Wear for Family Pictures - A Fashion Blog Post

Kids grow up entirely too fast. That's why I place great importance on taking family pictures -- to capture moments that will soon pass

Earlier this week, I booked a family photo session, and gave myself the job of picking out everyone's outfit.

As the owner of a fashion blog, I'm used to choosing outfits. But choosing outfits for -- and matching -- the whole family was a challenge. Luckily, I had the internet to research ideas that helped me figure out what to wear for family pictures.

If you ever get stuck with the job of styling your household for family portraits, consider the steps below. They are easy to follow, and fun to do.

Step 1: Pick a Color Palette

When in doubt, color block. 

If you have to start somewhere, start with the very basic, which is picking out matching colors.

I used websites such as Design Seeds and Color Combos as reference. This is what I came up with for our family of four:


Step 2: Select a Focal Piece

While burgundy and gold fall under the same range, blue stood out. So I picked blue as a focal color.

Then, I picked my husband as the focal piece, because he is the biggest. So, my husband shall wear his cobalt blue button up.

After selecting the focal piece, everyone else's colors fell in place. 

Mommy wears the bolder gold:

I've got just the dress. And it's a (belly-concealing) baby doll too.

Toddler wears the softer gold:

Jo got this top for Christmas. Isn't it pretty?

And baby takes the beautiful burgundy:

Baby's first Christmas. Awwww!

Step 3: Add Dimension

I didn't need to take extra steps to add dimension, because the girls' clothing already came with dimensional materials

If your clothes look flat, add dimension by wearing accessories. Scarves, belts, broaches or necklaces all provide elegant layers.

Step 4: Accessorize

Just as icing on the cake, I added some accessories to finish up the job.

Unfortunately, with our house in a mess, I couldn't find baby girl headbands for the little one. They are all very pretty, and look similar to the one below.

This adorable headband came from The store offers a variety of baby girl headbands, as well as other adorable accessories for little girls.

Step 5: Add Personality

Make family pictures fun and unique by inducing personal touches.

If your child has a favorite stuffed animal, bring it along. Not only does it comfort the kid (during a stressful photo shoot), it brings out your child's individuality too.

Another way to show off some personality is through accessories, like cute sport themed hair bows (see below) or ballerina shoes.

Another adorable accessory from

Step 6: Evenly Distribute

Make sure you space similar colors out with contrasting colors.


Step 7: Last but Not Least, SMILE :O)




Hey, got family pictures coming?


How would you style everyone?


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Must Have Shoes of 2013 - A Fashion Blog Post

A dutiful fashion blogger always looks ahead. Today, let's peek into the (near) future, and find out the must have shoes of 2013.

1. Neon Sneakers

Best for: the gym.

If you: like to have fun with a workout. 

Wear them with: tight yoga pants.

2. Metallic Pumps

Best for: girls' night out.

If you: are fun, flirty, and wants to dance all night.

Wear them with: a sexy mini.

3. Just Above the Ankle Boots

Best for: coffee dates.

If you: prefer casual street style. 

Wear them with: sweater dress and leggings. 

Stuart Weitzman at

4. Plexiglass Heels

Best for: the art gallery.

If you: are daring and confident.

Wear them with: an all-white pant suit.  

Maison Martin Margiela at

5. Chelsea Boots

Best for: the city streets.

If you: have long legs.

Wear them with: flannel shirt and skinny jeans, tucked into the boots.

6. Pointed Toe

Best for: work.

If you: have the type of job that requires dressing up.

Wear them with: pencil skirts.

Stuart Weitzman at

7. Studded and Spiked

Best for: shooting pool with the boys.

If you: don't feel like dressing up.

Wear them with: jeggings and graphic tee.  

Steve Madden at

8. Satin Chic

Best for: formal events.

If you: must dress up.

Wear them with: a cocktail dress or gown.

Manolo Blahnik at

Did you enjoy or did you drool?


Or did you do both?


Got more must have shoes to report in 2013? Leave a comment!