Flourishing Poppies

August 20, 2015

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Photographer - Tazme Moua
Photo Editing - Olivia Yuen

Happy Friday Everyone! In the spirit of summer, I wanted to pair something fresh and vibrant for today's post. Although, the poppy season has came and gone, I wanted to pay a little tribute to California's state flower. I am fairly picky when it comes to any sort of print on my clothing. The detailed print and variety of colors on this skirt spoke to me because it reminded me of a painting or a piece of art. Rule of thumb when styling a print: choose one solid color to pair it with. In this case, I chose a bright orange, peek-a-boo back top to match the color of the poppy flowers. The silhouette of this skirt is reasonably ladylike so I paired it with a pearl/gold accent jewelry, a handheld bag, and strappy heels. Thank you so much for reading! Have a great weekend and I will talk to you soon!

 Outfit

Top - Asos 
Skirt - Zara 
Earrings - Topshop
Necklace - Baublebar
Bracelet - Zara
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Asos

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Travel Diary: Chicago

August 7, 2015

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Photographer - Olivia Yuen/Cecilia Yuen
Photo Editing - Olivia Yuen

Happy Friday Everyone! From the bombardment of my Instagram photos, it is no secret that I have jet setted to Chicago/Chi-Town/Windy City a few weeks ago. Traditionally, I go home every year to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. Since me and my sister's birthday are super close, we decided to turn the tables this year and celebrate our birthday's in the Windy City with my brother and his girlfriend. I have not seen many cities in my lifetime yet, but Chicago is by far my favorite city and the most memorable trip I have been on. It took my breath away with their stunning skyline and architecture. It is a well-developed city worth seeing. As I was packing for this trip, I kept in mind where I would be going and what I would be doing each day. So I kept it easy with one pieces such as rompers and dresses with jackets. Continue to read below as I take you through my travels and adventures through each outfit.

Day 1
Started off the day by bonding with my siblings and best friend over a delicious brunch place called Yolk! We walked around the city and I was awed and captivated by the extremely tall buildings. Later, we went to Montrose beach to soak up the sun with stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. We then made our way back into the city for the Wendella Boat architecture tour near the hour of the sunset which I highly recommend! Seeing the sunset and light glimmer on the buildings was something I will never forget. Special thanks to my brother and his girlfriend, we ended the night with a birthday dinner for my sister and I at Girl and the Goat. I kept the look for this day comfortable and casual since it was more of a relaxing day.

Day 2
A Chicago trip would not be complete without going to the two biggest tour attractions the Skydeck Chicago at the Willis Tower and Cloud Gate aka “The Bean”. So that’s what we did! We started off the day with brunch and continued our day by walking over to the Willis Tower. We waited for roughly 1 1/2 to get 103 floors up to the Skydeck. The 360 view of Chicago was well worth the wait. We took in the view of the city for a while and continued our way to the glass box. Standing 103 floors high in a glass box with the view of Chi-Town was priceless and breathtaking. Snapped a couple of pictures and made our way take a little break and refresh our palettes at the Willis Tower Starbucks. After, we walked over to the Millennium  Park, the home of the Bean! Goal sightseeing accomplished! Since the Willis Tower and The Bean are such iconic tourist sites in Chicago, it inspired me to make a statement in my outfit. I kept the outfit chic with a red romper and layered it with a leather jacket and statement necklace.

Day 3
Sister’s birthday! Took a trip by Lake Michigan to visit some sea life at the indoor Shedd Aquarium. I was surprised to see a leafy sea dragon, blue starfish and blue lobster for the first time. After the aquarium, we walked over to the Adler Planetarium. Along the way, there was a beautiful view of the skyline meeting the green grass and sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan. Walked around the Adler Planetarium and watched a show. Completed the night with the famous Chi-Town deep dish pizza and a movie. Since it was an easy day, I kept my outfit simple with a chambray dress and a yellow bag for a pop of color.

Day 4
Walked miles through the city to the Navy Pier to ride the ferris wheel and found that there was an indoor rainforest! We walked south to the famous Buckingham fountain then made our way to Chinatown for dinner and boba. Inspired by the vibes of the Navy Pier, I went with a navy blue striped dress with cord detailing at the neck and red accessories.

Day 5
For the last day in Chi-Town, we took a trip to visit the FREE Lincoln Park Zoo. Note that this is one out of the three free zoos in the states! We took our time to walk around and enjoy the zoo. After, we walked over to the heart of the Lincoln Park where there was the Lincoln Park Conservatory for a tropical experience full of exotic plants and ferns.  Continuing to explore Lincoln Park, we were happy to discover a nature boardwalk where we found a dome that looked like a uniquely, sculpted bee hive. Took some Instagram photos and just soaked up all the nature and urban oasis around us. We walked about 2 miles to dinner and that’s when I fell in love with the vibe of the city.

Thank you so much for reading my travels and I hope I inspired you to visit Chicago someday! Have a great weekend and I will talk to you soon.


Fun fact: Chicago is not called the windy city because of  the wind. The term is used metaphorically to make out that Chicagoans were braggarts.

Outfit 1

Top - Madewell
Skirt - Zara
Necklace - Urban Outfitters
Necklace - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Sam Edelman

Outfit 2

Jacket - Zara
Romper - Zara
Necklace - Baublerbar
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Zara

Outfit 3

Dress Asos
Sunglasses - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Zara

Outfit 4

Dress - Zara
Sunglasses - Topshop
Bracelet - Zara
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Sam Edelman

Outfit 5

Romper - Asos
Sunglasses - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Zara

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Floral Anniversaire

July 17, 2015

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Photographer - Tazme Moua
Photo Editing - Olivia Yuen

Happy Friday Everyone! Welcome to my 23rd Birthday Party! If you are a regular follower or reader, you may have read many times throughout my posts that I love set design and visual communications (aside from styling and fashion). The thing I love about set design and styling is that it helps communicate a story. It is a form of self-expression that allows you to play around with your creative juices. Last year, I had a so much fun creating a whimsical set for my 22nd birthday, TwoTwo Wonderland. For my 23rd birthday shoot this year, I wanted it to slightly reflect on something I discovered about myself through this year with a mix of Pinterest inspiration. Over the year, I grew a little wiser, matured in my personal style (it is still a growing process), and I found a new love and hobby for floral arrangements. Looking through Pinterest for inspiration for the shoot, I found a picture of a wall flower and I thought that would be a great way to translate my new found love for floral arrangements! With this idea, it gradually blossomed into a flower themed photoshoot. I chose this lace romper for the look because I thought it was the perfect combination of what I was going for-feminine with a touch of bohemian. The lace fabric gave the look a more feminine feel while the lace up detailing and the bell sleeves gave it a more bohemian vibe. Of course, it wouldn’t be a flower photoshoot without a flower crown! :) With the remaining fresh flowers, I hand made a flower crown that tied well into the whole theme. I paired the rest of the look with light pink jeweled sandals and some simple jewelry. I chose my favorite Fonuts (A donut that is baked and/or steamed, never fried.) to be my cake this year because I wanted something fun, different, and more variety. If could sum up my year of being 22 in two words, it would be uncertainty and adventure. I say uncertainty because there is a constant mind or direction change in things. I guess it’s just another part of the “awkward 20’s”. On the other hand, it has been a year of crazy adventures, trying new things, meeting new people, and just making memories with amazing friends. Cheers to another year of awkward 20’s filled with adventures with wonderful people, creativity, food, love, opportunities, and growth! Thank you so much for stopping by the party! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed creating it. Have a great weekend and I will talk to you all soon!

 Outfit

Romper - Asos
Earrings - Topshop
Ring - Topshop
Flower Crown - Made by yours truly :)
Shoes - Zara

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Travel Diary: Seattle/Canada

July 10, 2015

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Photographer - Cecilia Yuen/Olivia Yuen
Photo Editing - Olivia Yuen

Happy Friday Everyone! In mid-June, I took a family vacation to Seattle and Canada. It was a nice break and refresher to see so much greenery and fresh air. As a well-known heavy packer, I took this opportunity to create a challenge for myself to minimize the heavy packing. Growing up, I would always flip through my mother’s Lucky magazines and the one page I would look forward to the most seeing is the page where they styled X many pieces for X many days such as 13 pieces for 30 days. I have always wanted to try this fun little fashion puzzle for a few days straight For this trip, I created the challenge for 6 days with 6 different outfits which included 2 jackets, 3 tops, 3 bottoms, 3 bags, and 3 pairs of shoes. Through this challenge, I learned that in order to have a good foundation for each outfit,  always opt for more basic and essential pieces. I tried to pick basic pieces with little details that made it a bit more fashion forward such as the white t-shirt with a scalloped hem or the midi-skirt with the gingham print or the sweater with flirty lashes. The little details in the pieces  are what really helped to give that umpf in each outfit. Continue to read below as I take you through my travels and adventures with each outfit. If you want to see more pictures of this trip, check out  my Instagram @petiteolivia.

Day 1
The first day, I wanted to be a little more comfortable since I was flying. I paired together a plaid button up with light blue shorts, a bright yellow bag, and flats. I flew to Seattle to meet up with my family. Then we rented a car to drive up to Canada. Along the way, we stopped at a city called Bellevue aka The Emerald City for lunch. Awed by so much greenery and fresh fair. Took a mini ice cream break at this cute drive through ice cream shop. Checked into our hotel. Grabbed dinner (Coincidentally, across from the Richmond Olympic Oval). Hit the hay.

Day 2
The second day, I knew it would be a little cold and I would need to wear comfortable shoes. We started of the day with dim sum and afterwards we drove straight to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Again, awed by so much greenery and fresh air. We then continued our trip to a Salmon Hatchery. Unfortunately, they were not in season. Next, we ended up in Stanley Park which was a huge park that consisted of different activities and sight-seeing. We ended our sight-seeing with the Gastown Steam Clock.

Day 3
The third day was interesting. We took a Ferry with our car to the Victoria Islands. Guessing that it would be windy and cold if I stepped outside the ferry for photo opps, I paired my favorite classic trench coat with a plaid shirt and faux leather pants. When we arrived, we were a little hungry so grabbed some food at a local hot dog, root beer float, and ice cream place. With our bellies full, we continued to explore the island at The Empress Hotel. Along the way, I saw a lot of the British influence with the hanging flowers and red double-decker buses. We then continued to explore a place called “The Miniature World” which was absolutely clever and witty. The place consisted of many miniature dioramas and display that told history lessons to fairytales to stories. We took the ferry back to Vancouver and ended the day there.

Day 4
The fourth day, I kept the outfit in a black and white combo with a pop of yellow. We started the day by visiting the Granville Island Public Market where vendors sold food and merchandise. We grabbed some food there, sat down and enjoyed the view while eating. Walked around for a little bit and spotted a gelato shop! For me, no trip is complete without eating ice cream or gelato! We continued our journey to the Fisherman's Warf. Headed back to Richmond to celebrate Father’s Day early with dinner.

Day 5
The fifth day was Father’s Day! I kept it fairly casual with a scalloped tee, shorts, and a trench coat. We had dim sum one more time before driving back to Seattle. When we arrived in Seattle, we checked into our hotel and took a monorail to the famous Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. The glass art was an explosion of vibrant colors. It was interesting to see sculptures of glass bending and twisting into a beautiful form of art. The great thing about this place is that you can come back at night to the see the glass in a spotlight.  After the glass garden, we decided to end the day with sushi.

Day 6
The sixth and final day, we started the day off with brunch at a part restaurant, part flower shop, part bakery, and part restaurant at a placed called the London Plane. Loved the atmosphere of that place. After brunch, we went to the Sky View Observatory to see a stunning 360 view of Seattle while reading a few fun facts of Seattle on the walls. Our last sight seeing destination was a Japanese Garden called the Kubota Garden. I loved this garden because it was calming and there were so many hidden trails that I didn’t know where it would lead me. We spent the remainder of our time relaxing at a Westfield mall before it was time to head to the airport for our flight.


Thank you so much for reading! I apologize if the post was longer than usual. I just like sharing places and food adventures with you all! I hope you have a great weekend and I will talk to you soon!

Outfit

Top 1 (Plaid Top) - Zara
Top 2 (Eyelash Sweater) - Zara
Top 3 (Scallop Top) - Topshop
Bottom 1 ( Blue Shorts) - Forever 21
Bottom 2 (Faux Leather Pants) - H&M
Bottom 3 (Gingham Skirt) - Topshop
Bag 1 (Yellow) - Zara
Bag 2 (White) - Zara
Bag 3 (Navy) - Zara
Necklace 1 (Gold) - Baublebar
Necklace 2 (Silver) - Baublebar
Shoes 1 (White Oxfords) - Zara
Shoes 2 (Black Flats) - Zara
Shoes 3 (Black Heels) - Asos

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