Knotted (+ Sale Shopping Advice)

Monday, June 30, 2014





Skirt: Zara (similar here)
Sandals: H&M (similar here)
Bag: Forever 21 (similar here)


I have a tendency to splurge excessively on the biannual Zara sale. I've realized, however, that most of my purchases have been price- versus need-based. Regretfully, I now have items in my wardrobe that have been touched once since the last winter sale. I recently read an article on shopping advice that has made me reconsider my impulsive habits. Regarding sale items, it posed the question, "Would you buy it at regular price?" This way of thinking has truly helped me make purchase decisions during sale season. I'm happy to say that I did not break any Benjamins during this summer's Zara sale!

With this advice in mind, I coincidentally had this skirt in my shopping cart before I knew the sale was arriving (Yes, I'm one of those shoppers who holds things in her cart for days). I'm not one to wear a knotted flannel over my waist, but I love this skirt's take on that trend. The knot adds an interesting detail that can be paired perfectly with a relatively simple look. I also love how the tulip hem elongates my legs, allowing me to wear flat sandals for a casual day. I couldn't be happier with my purchase; I'm sure my bank account agrees.


Let me know what shopping tips you follow in the comments below! I'll be back on Wednesday with some Independence Day inspiration. :)

Video Review: POPSUGAR Must Have Box

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Must Have Unboxing from Christina Lau on Vimeo.

I was never too interested in the subscription box craze, but I am truthfully more impressed by POPSUGAR's version than any other. They provide products that you will actually use, an issue common in many boxes that offer endless samples of unnecessary goods. Click the video above to hear my opinions about each product, and check out this link for more information about the Must Have Box. A huge thanks to POPSUGAR for allowing me to review this awesome subscription!

Erin's YouTube channel: here




POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Tropical Vibes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014




(My farmer's tan is not actually this bad, I promise...)




Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Everything else: H&M

To all my shopaholics -- You know those moments when you're shopping and you suddenly spot an item that your mind refuses to forget? This romper was one of those. It is by no means the most spectacular piece of clothing I've ever seen, but there was something about the pale pink background and sketched look of the palm trees that drew me in. Throw in the lightness of chiffon, and I've found myself a summer wardrobe favorite.

You might recognize that I often mention the versatility of a piece of clothing. For those of us who aren't millionaires, this is one of the most important factors to consider when shopping. Versatility is especially important for seasonal pieces like this romper. It can easily be taken from from the beach to a dinner with the girls with the proper accessories. Basics aren't the only items that can be versatile. Take the chance on that statement piece, but consider the amount of situations for which you can wear it. We've recently reached the first day of summer, and I've already worn this romper several times. If you love it, flaunt it!

Romper (on sale!): here 

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Insta-memories ft. Mosaic

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Remember when we used to use digital cameras? I don't know about you, but these days my phone is my go-to accessory for any photo-worthy moment. The only issue is that my phone's album becomes an unorganized mess of travel shots, "food porn", and the occasional selfie. I'm sure my fellow Insta-addicts can relate. I don't usually promote products like this, but Mosaic's photobook app makes it so easy to organize these photos in a way other than the typical social media posts. 

I used Mosaic to create an album for my San Juan travel photos, and the outcome was so much cuter than I was expecting! Keep scrolling for more details on this seamless process...


Snap.

All you need is your phone, seriously. Just choose 20 of your favorite photos to create the photo book. 


Design.

5 minutes, 20 dollars. I would say this app is the photo equivalent to making a Seamless food order (and who doesn't love Seamless). After selecting your 20 photos, you can rearrange them  however you see fit throughout the book and shuffle them to create a mosaic layout on the front page. I personally placed my travel photos in chronological order to create a story. Four days after ordering your book, it arrives right at your doorstep. Convenient, right?


Reminisce.

It's nice to have my travel photos organized in a place outside of technology. I used to love going through old photo albums and laughing at the memories. Mosaic makes this much easier than ordering prints (which is also more expensive). Check out Mosaic now to make your phone's photos even more special!



Please note that all opinions are my own.

Textured

Sunday, June 22, 2014







Top: Tobi
Skirt: Forever 21 (similar here & here)
Clutch: Nine West via TJ Maxx (similar here)
Sunglasses: Zero UV
Sandals: H&M (similar here)

As a girl with a tendency towards wearing black white, I love experimenting with different ways to make my outfits even more interesting. Today I'm playing with texture, a subtle way to enhance an outfit that can make all the difference. This includes my laser cut pleather top, raised stripe fluted skirt, and faux snakeskin clutch. Though this may sound like an unlikely combination, the consistent color palette keeps the outfit from appearing too busy. As an added bonus, this look is still very comfortable with the fabric lining of my top and thick soles of my sandals. The combination of comfort and chic is perfect these hot summer days. 

Go Bold

Wednesday, June 18, 2014








Romper: c/o Sheinside
Heels: Call it Spring (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

So, remember when I posted the link to this romper in my Summer Wish List? I couldn't just keep it as a wish forever. I am so happy I selected this particular romper because it is the best quality piece I have received from Sheinside so far. It is perfectly fitted to my body, but doesn't make me feel like I have to hold an inhale all day. This, added with the flattering neckline and subtle touch of lace, makes for a gorgeous piece for a night out.

I styled the romper with a fringe necklace (thanks to my best friend) and heeled mules for an evening look. What better way to turn heads than by wearing a fiery red romper with some controversial footwear? Like with Birkenstocks, there are countless opinions about the mule trend. I happen to love them in this simplistic heel form because of their versatility. I can wear them all day, from work to a night out. In this case, they are the perfect addition to an already bold outfit.

Summer Neutrals

Monday, June 16, 2014






Top: H&M (similar here)
Skirt: Forever 21 (similar here)
Heels: Zara (similar here)

Wishing everyone a wonderful start to the week! I wore this outfit to see Newsies on Broadway this past weekend for Father's Day. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend seeing it. Everything from the choreography to the onstage talent is just amazing!

I wanted to embrace the beautiful summer weather with this outfit by pairing a bright yellow blouse with an otherwise neutral look. This skirt is one of my favorite pieces because the combination of pleather and pleats creates a perfectly structured silhouette. The dramatic flare makes for a feminine look, especially when paired with a pair of strappy heels. As a petite girl, the mini circle skirt and nude heels help to give me a few inches. This is also a look that can be worn to work depending on your office culture. The skirt may be a bit too short for my current workplace, but I have worn it to a more casual office in the past. As long as you style a piece like this with the idea of professionalism, you can pull it off even at work. It's all about maintaining the image. 


Monochrome Summer

Thursday, June 12, 2014







Top: Zara (here)
Skirt: H&M (similar here & here)
Bag: Forever 21 (similar here)

There's something about the sight of palm trees that instantly lifts my mood. As an East Coast girl, I always see them as the first indications of paradise. It is no surprise that I've been embracing the trend towards palm tree prints this summer. I can just imagine Meryl Streep scoffing and saying, "Palm trees? For summer? Groundbreaking." Nonetheless, I can't resist wearing the quirky but classy print.

This top is meant to be purchased with the matching midi skirt, but lately I've been trying to buy clothing that I know I will wear countless times. In this case, I knew that I would only wear the midi skirt for very specific occasions because of my height (or lack thereof). I paired this crop top with a black maxi skirt instead to emphasize the print. Although this is a monochrome look, it is still fit for summer because the top gives off a subtle athletic vibe. Besides, I can't avoid my all-black looks for too long!


Travel Diary: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

As you may know, my boyfriend and I recently took a trip down to the beautiful city of San Juan in Puerto Rico. What I love most about this city is that it offers the entire package, from genuine culture to luxurious beaches. We spent the first half of our trip exploring the historic Old San Juan. I immediately fell in love with the colorful buildings that lined the city streets, a welcoming sight that is drastically different from those of New York. Keep scrolling for a glimpse into the beauty of Old San Juan!

Old San Juan:


Raices Fountain, Paseo de Princesa


The view from our hotel's rooftop


The lobby of Casablanca Hotel


Along Paseo del Morro


The view from Castillo de San Cristobal


The beautiful city buildings




Condado, San Juan:

Halfway through the week, we made our way to La Concha resort in Condado for the ultimate beach getaway. Unfortunately, I couldn't get many pictures of the fantastic excursions we experienced. My absolutely favorite part of the trip was kayaking to Laguna Grande, the largest bioluminescent lagoon in the world. It was truly amazing to kayak two miles in complete darkness through mangroves to reach the lagoon. I find it even more special that this experience cannot be photographed, and rather kept within personal memories. We also spent a full day snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea with schools of fish swimming inches away from us! Keep scrolling for a few more highlights of our stay in Condado!



The view from our hotel room balcony


Condado Beach


Barrachina, the restaurant that created the first Pina Colada


The view from our snorkel catamaran


Flying at sunset


Tell me about your summer plans in the comments below! I'll return with another outfit post very soon!

After Hours

Saturday, June 7, 2014







Romper: c/o Girl is Gun
Heels: Go Jane (similar here)
Bag: H&M (similar here)

Happy weekend! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I just finished my first week interning at a new company for the summer. While I am beyond excited about this new position, I'm still getting acquainted with the "business casual" dress code of corporate America. Lately my shopping trips have involved hunts for pencil skirts and trousers that will still make me feel like a 20-year old style blogger. Let me know if you'd like me to post some photos of what I've been wearing to the office!

That being said, blogging has given me an excuse to throw on my favorite summer pieces after working all day. This romper, for instance, is one of my go-to items for a night out. What I love most is its attention to the right amount of exposure. The cut of the shorts is reminiscent of the popular One Teaspoon denim pairs, but at a longer length. I love how the lace creates a high-low hem that doesn't make me worry about exposing too much. However, the the romper also has this almost backless detail that makes it quite the statement piece.

Girl is Gun's online store is currently under construction, but check out their Instagram here for a sneak peek of their products! Judging by this romper, I think I will be shopping there often.


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