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holographic trend



Can’t pick a favorite color? How about something with hues of EVERYTHING- red, orange, yellow,…. rainbow??

Holographic trend, sister of metallic trend, has been around quite some time but it still feels new and exciting. Maybe because it will never stop being so bold and in your face.

To my knowledge, the holographic/iridescent trend is actually from the 80’s. This trend exploded again last Spring 2o13 and is still going strong. This time much more loud and vibrant than the 80’s. Now you can find holographic anything, from tops to jackets to accessories. It’s about time they make holographic undies.. or Hugo Boss has already done that



Many designers have incorporated holographic fabric into their designs:

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Jonathan Saunders Spring 13′



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Hugo Boss Spring 13′



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Burberry S13 hologram trend

Burberry Prorsum Spring 13′




In addition to garments, you can spot various types of holographic accessories. Holographic carry-all pouch by American Apparel, pouches and sleeves by Marc Jacobs & Stella McCartney.

american apparel metallic carry all pouch        Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney hologram accessories



My favorite part of this trend has got to be shoes obviously.. I need these babes in my shoe collection. Oxfords by Miista, Boots are either Docs or knockoffs, looks to me like knockoffs.

miista black holographic oxfords miista zoe oxfords

holographic boots



I bet Dorothy approves 😉 Who knew she was setting the trend from way way back in time?

dorothy red sparkle shoes



If all this is too loud and overwhelming, you can still join the trend by painting your nails in holographic hues. Only downside is that they come in so many different shades and made by so many different brands, it will be a headache to choose one.

layla hologram effect nail polish   laylahologrameffect



The most worn pair from my combat boots collection are Docs because they are super versatile and easy to style. I normally score my boots on eBay or Etsy.

*Sizing tip: They run big, about half a size. Since they only come in whole sizes, if you are half sized, say 6.5, round down and get a 6. If you are whole sized, say 6, it will be safer to get a 6 than sizing down to 5, which will fit you snug. You can always wear thick socks to make up for the room. To be safe, compare outsole measurements because sizing may vary based on country of manufacture and on style. You want to find a pair that measure a little longer than your usual outsole measurement. Different brands can mean very different sizing, so you’d want to contact the seller and ask for measurement if it isn’t already provided.


Here are some ways you can incorporate combat boots into your outfit:


1. Feminine punk

Combat boots alone aren’t intimidating enough. I like to toughen up my look even more with my go-to moto jacket. I paired it with some black riding pants and added my own feminine twist with the delicate lace lingerie and sheer chiffon tank.

doc martens, bcbg leather jacket, american apparel chiffon tank and riding pants, victoria's secret bra



2. Denim on denim

If you don’t want to stress with styling outfits, choose denim because there is no other safer bet. Denim plus combat boots create that perfectly industrial, rugged look.  I paired this look with a lace navy bralette.

denim blazer, cheap monday jeans, american apparel lace bustier, doc martens


3. Picnic ready

Something about combat boots is kinky and playful, despite the rough look. So feel safe to pair your boots with a girly outfit, like this thrifted rayon dress. This outfit will be perfect for protecting your feet when marching around a music festival, or a picnic while keeping your body cool and breezy.

vintage dress, doc martens


4. Playful

I paired my rayon sunflower print shorts with a garter belt to make this look more daring and fun. On top, I have a floral lace bra and a cropped lightweight oversized sweater.

american apparel sweater and lace bra, forever21 chain chanel-esque necklace, doc martens


5. Go all out

Last but not least, I love to take advantage of the kinky nature of combat boots for a fun night out. I used thrifted lavender cardigan and mock garter stockings to get me through cold night. This outfit is actually one of the 7 outfits from my previous post 7 Outfits to Look Like a Million Bucks with Thrifted Clothes.

h&m bustier, thrifted cardigan, levi's shorts, doc martens


jelly shoes fashion trend

It’s sandals season! And whether you like it or not, the clear PVC shoes from the 80s (and 90s), also known as Jelly shoes, are BACK in trend. Not only are they great alternatives to sacrificing animals, they are odorproof, waterproof, long lasting and 100% recyclable. I never saw myself owning a pair, until I worked for American Apparel and was expected to wear shoes sold in the store. I couldn’t help but risk a pair of JuJu Babe sandals by JuJu Jellies because they were weird, but in a good way- quirky, kinky, unique, and versatile, everything I need in a pair of shoes. They are surprisingly comfortable because the stacked heel is firm and supportive while the top part if soft and flexible. Now I became a fan and own them in two different colors, silver glitter and black. JuJu sells shoes only through other online retailers so if you wanted to get yourself a pair, you can do so through one of the JuJu stockists including ASOS, Topshop, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, etc.

Here’s how you can rock your jellies this summer:



1. Beach-ready

Taking advantage of the fact that jellies are totally waterproof, keep your feet protected and stay cute at a pool party, at the beach, whatever the occasion may be.
If you haven’t already, check out Beach Essentials! 3 Outfits feat. JuJu Babe Jellies to see how I incorporate jellies into my beach outfits.



2. Show off your cute socks

For all my socks/tights lovers, you have all the right reasons to show them off!

jelly shoes with cute socks


juju babe with cute socks



juju babe with cute socks

<image courtesy: tumblr & official JuJu website>




3. Amp up your everyday outfit.

Honestly, there isn’t much secret to styling jelly shoes, there is no need to stress. Just throw them on to complete your everyday outfit and your look will be instantly more interesting. I get a lot of stares and comments when I wear my jellies, and obviously they are not everyone’s cup of tea. Fashion is fun, not to be taken seriously. So who cares? Dare to wear them and be proud- you are wearing shoes that are 100% recyclable, animal cruelty free, and vintage!

For some inspirations, check out how bloggers on Lookbook style their jellies:


lookbook juju jellies
<photo courtesy: Amy Valentine>

lookbook juju jellies
<photo courtesy: Emma Istvanffy>

lookbook juju jellies
<photo courtesy: Joellen Lu>

Can you feel the heat? Summer is right around the corner! I thought I would share some of my beach essentials. Enjoy:)



victoria's secret bikini

monokini Victoria’s Secret, fedora Santa Cruz hatshop, shades Unknown, JuJu Babe jelly shoes JuJu, contour brush no.17 Sonia Kashuk, illuminator in laguna Nars, bronzing powder in laguna Nars, tan in a pan palette pop beauty, waterproof crayon liner in gold Sephora, liquid eye liner in blackest black Milani, Just Bitten lipstain in Dawn Revlon

victoria's secret bikini

bikini Victoria’s Secret, sheer tank Betsey Johnson, instant print digital camera Polaroid, Flower by Kenzo, pure & free baby sunblock stick Neutrogena, multiple in Anguilla NARS, highbeam Benefit, everlasting liquid lipstick in outlaw Kat Von D, lipliner pencil in Hot Red NYX, waterproof stiletto mascara Maybelline

michael kors bikini

bikini Michael Kors, denim shorts Levi’s, JuJu Babe jelly shoes JuJu(altered), wet skin beach & pool sunscreen spray Neutrogena, argan oil of morocco body lotion & body oil organix,  airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush tarte, truematch concealer stick L’oreal, lipbalm Chapstick

As explained in 4 Reasons Why You Should Thrift , thrifting is awesome, it should become a hype that never dies. In this post I want to share how I style my favorite thrifted items of all time depending on the look I’m going for. I will be listing all items, plus the price for second-hand pieces so you can see that you don’t need to hurt your bank account to stay in trend. I really hope this post will serve as a reason for some of you to check out thrift stores!



obey hat, converse, american apparel fanny pack, cheap monday jeans

snapback Obey, $5
raglan shirt Arizona Jean Co., $1
fanny pack AA
dark indigo jeans Cheap Monday, $10
platform high tops Converse



Street smart:

camo jacket, nike shirt, timberlands, levi's shorts

camo jacket by the U.S. Army (sleeves rolled up, name tag removed), $8
shirt Nike (men’s shirt, D.I.Y. sleeveless crop top), $4
high waisted denim shorts Levi’s, $10
vintage nubuck boots Nine West, $49
chain cuff H&M




ellen tracy blazer, banana republic shirt, american apparel skirt, jeffrey campbell

shades unknown
navy oversize cropped biker blazer Ellen Tracy, $8
shirt Banana Republic, 50¢ (originally $2, went in on a half off everything day. additional half off for a easily removable stain)
houndstooth skirt AA
earrings Anne Klein, $4
gold bow Madewell
watch Swatch x Jeremy Scott, $60
black ankle strap pumps Jeffrey Campbell




maxi dress, bcbg leather jacket, dior shoes

maxi dress Espresso. $3
moto leather jacket BCBGMAXAZRIA
ankle strap pumps Dior, $200
necklace H&M
crystal earrings Zara




kate spade purse, american apparel disco shorts, pour la victoire pumps

silk top Barrie Pace, $2
disco shorts AA
pearl earrings Anne Klein, $6
chain purse Kate Spade
watch Anne Klein, $6
chain bracelet unknown, (handmade item from Korea)
ankle strap pumps Pour La Victoire




h&m bustier, thrifted cardigan, levi's shorts, doc martens

bustier H&M
lilac cardigan unknown, $5
black high-waisted denim shorts Levi’s, $10
mock garter tights House of Holland x Pretty Polly
knee high socks AA
boots Doc Martens, $60 (broken in, made in England)




fendi vest, stylenanda earrings, H&M necklace, uniqlo cardigan, american apparel leather shorts

vest Fendi, $15
leather shorts AA
cardigan Uniqlo, $3.50
leather strap sandals Report
fringe earrings Stylenanda
chain choker H&M


If you want to learn how to properly clean your clothes without damaging them, check out my previous post: How to Take Good Care of your Hard-to-Care Fabrics at Home