Re: Butt sweat. Let’s get cheeky with it!

Oh summer. Thank you for finally bringing us gorgeous clear blue skies, warm temperatures, and who can forget about all of the food, music and film festivals?! We look forward to your return every year! Just let me ask you this, why did you have to bring butt sweat with you?

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We’ve all been there. Leisurely walking around the city on a beautiful summer’s day feeling ourselves while pretending that there are no dribbles of sweat running down our behind. Shhh, don’t even mention it! If you do, don’t forget to mention these top 8 tips on looking and staying fresh this summer season!

  1. Embroidered Cocoon Dress from Old Navy
    Embroidered Cocoon Dress from Old Navy; composition: 53% cotton, 40% rayon, 7% linen

    Cotton & linen are your best buds: wear fabrics that are made of natural fibres like cotton and linen. They are the go-to summer fabrics because they are breathable fabrics that will allow some airflow between your clothes and skin. It also helps that they are super light!

  2. Avoid polyester: We see a lot of polyester based clothes out there; some budget friendly and some high end. Polyester gets a bad rap for a lot of different reason, trapping the air and heat is just one of them. Made of synthetic material, polyester does not encourage good airflow between garments and your skin
  3. Loosey goosey: wear loose clothing to let more air in between your clothes and skin. A nice flowy dress or skirt might just do the trick!
  4. Under there, underwear: just like the clothes you wear on top, I’m sure we all know that there are different kinds of underwear to choose from and to avoid during the summer months. Using cotton based underwear or others with a similar dry-fit technology would help retain the airflow. Thongs, tangas and G-strings may seem like obvious choices since they definitely will encourage airflow between cheeks, but again, the fabric matters. Lace underwear seems like another obvious choice, sexy, feminine and totally breathable!
  5. For men, wearing the right clothes also matters! Men’s Health recommends wearing tight underwear and baggy pants or shorts. Of course, I can’t really comment on how effective this combo would be, but as long as the fabric used for underwear is cotton based your man should be fine.
  6. Bush work: I think we all saw this one coming, especially for you guys out there. Trimming down there or a little manscaping is also a good option. Think about it. That’s all I’m going to say.
  7. Go into the light: Avoid wearing dark colours or shades. A little high school science applies here. Dark colours like black or navy are more susceptible to absorbing heat unlike lighter colours like white or pastels. Lighter colours reflect the heat
  8. Dry fit was made for this! Dry-fit fabrics or clothing that has similar technology is awesome for keeping you fresh during the summer season or a good workout. Running shorts are definitely my go to since they are loose enough to be breathable and light enough that I won’t be feeling damp

Do you guys and gals have more cheeky advice for keeping your behind looking fresh? Share with us by leaving a comment below! 🙂

Always,

K

P.S. It’s totally normal for men and women to sweat from, well different places in our bodies. We just don’t talk about it enough 😉

Re: Could you wear white at someone else’s wedding?

 

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Congratulations to my beautiful cousin and her new husband! ❤

While I was looking for a dress to wear at my cousin’s wedding and other weddings that I will be attending later on, most of the dresses I liked were white. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you would already know that I decided to go with a red dress instead. Although, the thought still lingered, could you wear white at someone else’s wedding? So, I asked my newly wed sister (yes, I consider up to 2-3 years newly wed!) and a few friends about their thoughts. The answers were pretty surprising!

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Red dress: Zara; nude heels: Steve Madden & red bag from Danier

The general consensus was that there was an understanding that traditionally, only the bride gets to wear white on her wedding day. Supposedly, someone else wearing white would be an offense as it would detract from focusing on the bride during her big day. White was symbolic for the bride to be worn as a sign of purity of the soul. I’m refusing to accept this, considering I think we all would be able to notice the ONLY lady with a vale and white dress carrying a bouquet of flowers… And what would you say to the bride-to-be’s who want to wear a colored wedding dress? Gwen Stefani looked gorgeous on her pink ombre wedding dress! Needless to say, the happy couple actually being wed will be the focal point of the entire day, dress in white, purple, and blue or patterned. Just do you girl!

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Sorry it didn’t work out Gwen! The Dior wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous though 🙂

Anyway, my sister’s initial answer was that she would not have cared whether or not someone else wore white on her wedding day. She says that the guests will already be attending her wedding and it would be clearly indicated via other aspects in the wedding like the cake or the presents for the guests so why should that matter? Looking back, she actually was not a total bridezilla, so this answer should not come as a surprise. I think her husband was a little bit more frantic with the wedding details than she was! (So I’ve been told haha) Inversely, she says that she may react negatively when my niece gets married. Not entirely sure why, but I thought it was an interesting contrast that she would mind it when someone wore white at her daughter’s wedding.

Similarly, my other friends say that they too would not care as much. One of my friends suggested that since she has never been the kind of girl that fantasized about her wedding day, she may not care as much as other brides. Fair point to add! Having this in mind, I asked another friend and colleague about her thoughts since she has mentioned a few months ago that her friend recently got married. Chatting a little bit more, she did confirm that her friend would have been furious if she saw a guest wearing a white dress!

From this mini investigation, I gathered that it really comes down to the bride. Some brides would not mind at all, while others may mind a whole lot. If you’re a close friend of the bride, perhaps asking her before buying a white dress will save you some time pondering. Though just to be safe, not wearing white on someone else’s wedding is STILL a bad idea, generally speaking.

Are you attending a wedding this summer? Care to weigh in on my mini investigation? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below! 🙂

Always,

-K

P.S. I’m not entirely sure why, but it might be fun asking guests to wear white when my wedding day comes around. You know, just to be a little different 😉

P.P.S. Aunties and Mom, I’m not getting married anytime soon. Sorry, didn’t want to get your hopes up!

 

 

Re: Top 5 investment pieces in my closet

Looking through my wardrobe, I’ve gotten away with not going shopping for clothes as much over the years. I have 2 other sisters and thankfully I’ve been able to receive some clothes from them that they’ve outgrown. You might be thinking, hand me downs? You actually wear hand me downs? Hahaha well some of those hand me downs still had tags on them so…? Anyway, transitioning, or should I say, adulting, has been pushing me to go shopping for clothes that suits my current style and life stage. I won’t be doing a complete overhaul of my wardrobe but I will be shopping for some investment pieces. So I thought why not share my top 5 investment pieces with you guys!

  1. White button down shirt
  2. Pants (from jeans to trousers)
  3. Blazers
  4. Shoes
  5. Dress

White button down shirt

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White stretch button down shirt from H&M

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Patterned button down shirt from H&M – work wear to casual
This item might sound a little boring but I really want to hone in on the versatility factor of investing on a good quality white button down shirt. For interview purposes and office wear (especially if your office/industry has an unspoken dress code) you’re going to need something that makes you look professional. I often use my white button down shirts with skirts and under dresses with no sleeves. I love that it still makes me feel feminine and a boss lady at the same time 😉 haha! Exploring other colours and prints are also fun to do to mix up your look while maintaining a professional vibe.

Pants

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Straight leg trousers from Reitmans. There are different cuts for pants, make sure you pick the one that’s right for your body shape.
I’m going to be completely frank with you guys and gals, I’m not a big fan of wearing pants, especially when it’s raining. Sometimes it gets too hot, it’s cuts too long or it doesn’t fit me well. That being said, buying an awesome pair of jeans AND trousers for casual and formal affairs are great investment pieces. Yes, it might take a few trips at different stores to get the right pair of pants that makes your butt look fabulous but once you do, you’ll have a better idea of where to get them. I’ll give you an example. When my mom and I were at the Philippines visiting family we of course went to a few different shops. We came across Bench and looked around. She tried on a 3-5 pairs of pants that she thought would be great for work. After some time in the change room, she found a pair that fit her well and was the right length for her petite stature. The colour was great too! Now she knows which brand would be able to carry the kind of trouser that she likes as well what it actually feels and looks like when a pair of trousers fit her well. It’s hard to find the right pair of pants but it is worth the monetary and time investment when you find them.

Blazers

I bought my first blazer when I was 19 (I think?) and I’ve had it ever since. Paired with jeans, trousers or a skirt, blazers are great investment pieces for us young professionals out there. Attending conferences or networking events, especially in business, owning a blazer is just one of those quintessential pieces to have in your wardrobe. That’s not to say you can’t get away with wearing cardigans, blazers just add that punch. Even more, when the blazer fits you well it helps complete your outfit and makes you look a lot more polished. There are different styles of blazers, have fun with trying them on! They’re not as stuffy as it might look 😉

Shoes

I’m not sure if it’s fair to put shoes in this list considering I’m fully aware that shoes are one of my strongest vices. I don’t know what it is about them, but a great pair of heels just hits the right spot. There are a few different kinds of shoes I think is worth investing on (1 pair for each kind):IMG_8062

  1. Pointy toe pumps/sandals
  2. Flats
  3. Workout shoes (that you actually use to workout on; also keep in mind that a good pair of workout/running shoes helps with preventing injuries!)
  4. Rain boots

Just 4 different kinds, that’s not a lot right? Enough that you can have something to wear for every occasion and weather. I think that’s reasonable. Though, if I had to pick 1 kind to invest on, I would pick pumps/sandals. Great to wear casual, formal or for business purposes AND it makes my legs look fabulous 😉 haha!

Dress

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Mid-length red tube dress. In love with this dress! *sigh
We’ve all heard of LBDs (or little black dresses), but your investment dress doesn’t have to be black. Come to think of it, mine is a floral print! When buying an investment dress I think of fit and longevity of the style. Some dresses are great to keep up with current style trends, but your investment dress could be something you wear 2 years from now. Really think about the colours, prints and styles that make you feel good and wear great with your body shape. LBDs are good because they give you a blank canvas. Swapping different accessories with the dress helps you stay current but who’s to say your LBD can’t be white? Think about the principles not just the color.

Another long post but I hope that this list was helpful for your next shopping trip! Do you guys have any pieces you’d like to add to this list? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below!

Always,

K

P.S. Some of the images above are from designated online stores. This was not a sponsored post, I simply wanted to give you ladies options from where you may (or not) buy pieces from.

Re: Denim x 2

Even though denim has had a gradual revival, the past couple of months I’ve been seeing a lot of denim inspired outfits beyond the runways. Here are two outfits inspired by the denim trend I came up with you can wear for work or a nice day out in the city!

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By the way you guys, I didn’t wear makeup today so I was trying to hide my dark circles with my sunglasses 😛

For my first look, I wanted to give the modern boss babe a retro vibe. I am wearing a denim skirt from Levi’s paired with a soft pink shirt to brighten up this look, nude heels from Cynthia Rowley and a tuxedo black & white pattern blazer to add a little bit of an edge.IMG_7715.jpgFor my second look, I went with my slightly wrinkled denim shirtdress paired with my Wilfred jacket and peach oxford shoes from Forever 21. The sunglasses helps put the whole look together for a nice day out in the city or meeting some friends after work. You can make this look more casual by switching jacket for a cardigan or a leather jacket if you need something that’ll keep you warmer. Also, you can definitely use your sneakers instead of these oxfords, especially if you’re planning on running around to do some errands.

As a takeaway, you can use denim shirts, skirts, dresses and of course, pants in many different ways. For these outfits, I used denim similar to how I would use a neutral color but you can definitely mix it up depending on your personal style. I do have to stress that maybe we don’t need a repeat of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s denim invasion. I’m just putting it out there, but I think Katy Perry might disagree with me on this 😉

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Photo from New York Daily News, 2014 VMA’s

Stay tuned for my next posts! I try to post fitness & nutrition posts on Wednesdays, Beauty posts on Thursdays and Style posts on Fridays! Feel free to leave me a comment below if there are any products or topics you’d like for me to talk about 🙂 I’m always open for suggestions!

 

Always,

K