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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Poised Peonies

June 25, 2015

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Photographer - Tazme Moua
Photo Editing - Olivia Yuen

Happy Friday Everyone! Summer is officially here which means it is time to brush off those shoulders with one of the biggest comeback trend and that is the off-the-shoulder trend!  This cold shoulder trend is a great way to show skin in a subtle yet flirty way. I am happy to welcome back this elegant neckline trend because it comes in all types! Whether it’s evening or casual in the form of a top, romper or dress, I truly believe anyone can rock the cold shoulder trend! In my case, I fell in love with this trend and bought it in all types. Yes, that is right. I bought an off-the-shoulder top, crop top, romper and dress (you may already have seen this on Instagram). I am obsessed with this trend so don’t be surprised when you see another post with this major trend in a different form. For today’s look, I opted for the easy breezy crop top. The crop top fabric was fairly lightweight and airy so I paired it with the a nude pleated skirt that had a lot of movement. I kept the rest of the accessories in a neutral color palette. I incorporated my favorite flower, Peony, in this look because I wanted to commemorate their short lived season and I thought it was a nice touch with the whole ensemble.  Might I add, another current hot trend that I love is the tie up sandals. They go well with so many Spring and Summer outfits. I hope you gained some inspiration to show off those beautiful shoulders. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read! I will talk to you soon! Have a wonderful weekend!:)

P.S. Sorry for giving the cold shoulder on today's post.

Outfit

Top - Asos
Skirt - Zara 
Earrings - Jewelmint
Bracelet - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Topshop


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Seaside Goddess

June 12, 2015

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Photographer - Tazme Moua
Photo Editing - Olivia Yuen

Happy Friday Everyone! As we transition from June gloom into Summer sunshine, it is hard not to dream about a getaway. One of my closest and quickest getaway is the California Coast. I find tranquility by just looking at the blue water and hearing the crash of the waves. The movement and color of this dress sums all of that up. The thing I love about fashion is that it is a freedom of expression. For the Spring season, I felt more carefree so I gravitated to pieces that had a little more flow and movement. When I saw this dress, I automatically thought of Grecian Goddess because of the length, drape, and gold detailing. Hence why I paired this dress with a gold leaf headband. I've been obsessed with the gold tattoos ever since I discovered them at work. I have been wanting to incorporate them in a post and I decided this was the look that would go well with it. I find that if you don't want to wear jewelry, this is a great alternative to add a little something to the look. This dress is perfect to transition from Spring to Summer and I find it extremely versatile for any occasion such as a Summer Soiree, wedding or a casual stroll by the beach. Thank you for reading! I will talk to you soon! Have a great weekend!

Outfit

Dress - Zara
Headband - Asos
Earrings - Topshop
Cuff - Topshop
Bracelet - Topshop
Shoes - Sam Edelman

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