#OOTD: Red Velvet

Image_HBGPhotography - 485.jpgBetsey Johnson dress | vintage Chanel bag | Seville Michelle choker (as bunholder) | CC Skye bracelet | Doc Martens boots

“She likes to make me think that I’m a freak just for her velvet” – R5

Two months ago, I went to an R5 concert in NYC and it was the first time that I saw them. Although I knew of their name through friends and met three out of the five at a party in L.A., it was time for me to let my earbuds give in. Given that I knew NOTHING of their songs prior to the concert, I couldn’t resist taping a song or two.

As I got home, I had to look up half the lyrics of this amazing song and it turns out that it was aptly titled “Red Velvet”. Like my favorite cupcake flavor, the melody felt delicious, mouthwatering and arousing. Sitting in my closet for an X amount of months, it inspired me to pull out my vintage Betsey Johnson red velvet dress, which I scored on Etsy nearly five years ago.

Here, I wore it during my last month in NYC with my go-to floral Docs, Chanel bag and Seville Michelle choker. Summer-appropriate, yet cool enough to wear it anywhere else that isn’t sweltering hot. If you’re feeling the chills, just throw on a jacket. ūüėČ

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Image_HBGPhotography - 503.jpgGuess jacket

Similar (in order of appearance): Boohoo Nala Velvet Bodycon dress | Doc Martens Pascal 8 Eye Boot| Guess Oversized Trucker Jacket

All photos by Hallie Geller

La Bella Vita with Stella and Bow

IMG_4215Giant Vintage sunnies | Are You Am I bodysuit | Reformation skirt | Marni belt | Stella and Bow jewelry | Ziio bracelet | Hello Kitty scrunchie | Balinese artisan-made bag | Amelie Pichard x Pamela Anderson shoes

Moving out of NYC sucks, but coming back to Singapore feels great! After being stuck in the snow for two months, all I really want is some warmer temps. As much as I want to rock my PVCs and leather in this little island, it’s literally too hot and humid to do that. So, I just had to remind myself (in the haze of the jet lag blur) that I need to start wearing breathable fabrics. Not to mention, that must also include cute jewelry!

In this case, I cannot resist myself from Stella and Bow’s newest Riviera jewelry collection. Inspired by Mexico, the L.A.-based jewelry brand exudes island vibes that make me feel like I’m in the country’s beautiful sandy beaches. (FYI, I’ve never been to Mexico, but I REALLY wanna go so badly!!!) From their 14K vermeil golds, opal stones and shimmering sterling silvers, I am immediately in love with the timelessness of each piece.

Most importantly, must such a beautiful treasure have a hefty price tag? No! Thankfully, each piece is extremely affordable at the price of a restaurant meal. Seriously, you must NOT sleep on Stella and Bow’s budget-friendly beauties!

FullSizeRender 3Calle Marlin ring – $80.00

FullSizeRender 2Hafa Hoops – $60.00

FullSizeRender 4El Anciote choker – $68 | Punta Vista necklace – $85

Tell me, what will you wear this collection with?

All jewelry from Stella and Bow were sent to me as samples

P.S. Sorry if my photos aren’t high-res enough! I just got back from NYC and when I do jewelry selfies, my angles suck!¬†ūüėĚ

Slip it Away: A Case Study for the Perfect Dress

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 315.jpgVintage ’50s dress | Seville Michelle choker

I don’t like to wake up and I hate getting out of bed. I also hate wearing Spanx for all of eternity. If there is one thing I must do to hide my period bloat, what else can I wear besides leggings or jeans? Thankfully, it’s something that I can slip away at the end of the day. Mis amigas, this is is a slip dress.

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#HERSSENTIALS: The Basic Black Dress

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 223.jpgAmerican Apparel U-Neck dress |Vintage Moto jacket| Stuart Weitzman sandals | Chanel backpack | Wendy Brandes stud 

It’s Happy Hump Day Round 2! Look what I found in my closet: a basic black dress!! If I don’t have one, it’s because I was dumb not to invest in one. Everyone else, you and your mother says that you need to have a black dress. Yeah, so do I. I have to admit that I may sound kinda basic when I say this, but honestly, I have to come clean at the fact that I got 5% of basic in me. Speaking of basic, I have more than one white tee in different cuts along with some naked sandals in black and nude. Chokers and skinny jeans count, too. But when it comes to black dresses, there are endless options. If there is one black dress I am willing to pull out, it’s American Apparel’s U-Neck dress.

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Cool In The Summer: How to Layer During Warm Temps

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 145.jpgPrada bag | Vintage moto jacket | Nasty Gal x Courtney Love catsuit | The Vintage Twin reworked Nike shirt | Vintage Levi’s 501s | Creepyyeha belt¬†

Layers in the summer seem like the most unreasonable thing ever. Like, who really does that? The only layer you’ll need in the warmer climes is a jacket and that is only restricted to AC’d rooms. When you’re outdoor, it’s where the real action takes place – I mean that on the street.

If you really wanna wear layers in the summer, just buy a lace catsuit. Underneath any outfit, it can literally pop underneath your t-shirts and jeans. While peeing in it is hell for me and you, it’s worth getting that ‘gram. Let me guide you on the three #herssentials you need to pair with a lace catsuit:

A) The Graphic Tee

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 78.jpgChanel bag | Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals 

I hate to stick to the safest things in the closet, but a graphic tee is a must MUST. It’s literally the most timeless thing you can have in your closet whether it be a band tee or a regular ol’ Nike shirt. Graphics can also be accompanied by fun details like bleach splatters such as the one I’m wearing. Fitted graphic tees are cute, but if you have a slightly oversized boyish cut, it gives a lace catsuit a bit of an edge. Think early ’00s “Complicated”¬†meets ’07 “Girlfriend” Avril Lavigne.

If you wanna take that look out on a post-work dinner, rock with your go-to jeans, belt, small bag and heels!

B) The Studded Moto Jacket

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 111.jpgCharlotte Olympia loafers¬†| Wendy Brandes “Shaka” stud

Moto jackets may not seem so summer-worthy, but in some strange case, they actually are a hot summer staple for the coolest nights. It’s very Elle Fanning if you rock it out in the heat. If you live somewhere that’s a bit colder, this look can work.

For the girls that refuse to let go of velvet, pull out your go-to velvet shoes and make it pop with the catsuit! It’s dramatic, yet trendy enough to make the entire look more fashion forward than what it really is.

C) The Kimono

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 20.jpgimage origial _ HBGPhotography - 41.jpgVintage silk kimono | Chanel backpack

Swish, swish bish! The silk kimono is BACK!! Nothing else is more perfect than the kimono, which you can practically wear it all day long. It can go with a graphic tee, jeans, shorts, skirts, etc! As for the catsuit, it surprisingly complements it well. If your kimono comes with a sash, leave it at home or repurpose it into a skinny scarf! Seriously, you can fake the look like you got a whole new closet when you reuse things differently.¬†ūüėČ

Similar (in order of appearance): Nasty Gal studded moto jacket |¬†¬†Elegant Moments lace bodystocking | Nike Serving Up Heat tee | Vintage Levi’s 501 acid wash¬†| Vintage Peacock Kimono¬†| Vintage Chanel quilted backpack

All photos by Hallie Geller

Party Time Excellent: The Strappy Sandal

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Chanel Ankle Purse | Raye x NBD x Revolve Hunter Heels (worn throughout)

The sun’s rising, you feel the¬†nice breeze and the temps heat up. No longer do you feel the need to bundle yourself up in a coat. No longer do you feel the need to step outside of the house looking like the Michelin Man. Instead of keeping your toes wrapped up inside your boots, you expose ’em out in the flesh. If there is one thing that will keep you on your toes at those rooftop and/or backyard parties, it’s the party sandal.

So, what exactly IS a party sandal? It’s a sandal where you can only wear it to parties. Whether it be at a trendy restaurant for your birthday or your BFF’s engagement shindig, you can easily slide them on or off! Wanna know my go-to sandal? It’s Raye x Revolve x NBD’s Hunter strappy heel!

What I really like about those Raye x Revolve x NBD sandals is that they can be easily zipped up as 1-2-3. If this is your first time ordering anything from the L.A.-based e-tailer, the sizes from Raye are true to size. However, these shoes are a little big on me even though I got them in my true size. Anywhere than that, you can put in your Dr. Scholl’s foot pads to keep your feet secure. Before I go on, what kind of party should you wear these shoes to!?

A) The Birthday Party

3B2A1600.JPG’00s Americade Tee | DIY Harley Davidson tee (underneath) | Bad Vibes Shorts¬†

Pause for a second. Can’t be bothered to wear a dress? Rock your favorite oversized tee with a choker neckline and velvet shorts! It’s SO rock ‘n roll luxe, yet incredibly sexy with hints of thotty chic (FORMULA: 90% class, 10% sleaze). I didn’t really throw on much accessories as I want you to imagine the look yourself, but put on some cute XL hoops or multiple ring stacks on your fingers!

B) The Theme Party

3B2A1563.JPGThe Vintage Twin Reworked Levi’s 505 bermuda cutoff shorts

Stuck in those #thowback moments? Get ready to RELIVE the decade you aspire to be in by simply channeling it. Despite being born in the ’90s, the decade I really grew up in was the 2000s. While you got your Paris Hiltons, Olsen twins and Nicole Richies, one of my go-to style icons back in the day was no other than Lindsay Lohan.

As the ultimate tabloid queen, she was never caught without a graphic tee (especially if it’s Harley!), leggings and the occasional¬†ankle bracelet. Oh, did I almost forget that she once wore LEATHER BERMUDAS?! Man, 2006-2008 was a completely different time.

If you are ready to party like it’s 2008, throw on your favorite graphic tee, bermuda shorts, heels AND tiny purse!

C) The Graduation Dinner Party

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Girl, you finally finished school! Can you believe it?! After all that hard-earned money you’ve been saving up for a cute dress, splurge it wisely on a nice form-fitting beauty. In this case, RtA’s off-the-shoulder Bardot denim dress with exposed zippers is the one I swear by. Not to mention, it literally WRAPS my body like your favorite burrito at Chipotle. Seriously, nothing beats this dress when it comes to pairing these heels. As for accessories, follow this rule of thumb: if you want to rock a Bardot neckline, go for earrings. A hoop, drop or circle will suffice. Avoid chokers at all cost as it’s going to make you look like you just came out from 2016. Instead, you should reuse your choker and turn it into a bracelet! Lastly, just stack it on with MORE bracelets.

What looks will you try with a strappy sandal?

Similar (in order of appearance): Chanel Gold Quilted Leather Bag | Americade Motorcycle Rally Tee | Harley Davidson Flaming Tee | Gap Mid Rise Denim Bermuda Shorts

All photos by Hallie Geller

OOTD: The Hump Day Look

3B2A1461.JPGCotton Citizen top | The Vintage Twin Reworked Levi’s bermudas | Pop and Suki bag¬†

Happy Hump Day, Varinaders! What’s up? Summer time is coming over and I literally cannot wait to show you how I rock the temps. Isn’t it so nice that I can finally wear shorts AND sleeveless tops?! Especially when I’m having a period, nothing else gets more comfortable than being able to wear them. Not to mention, it’s a good way to resort to being dressed down without having to rely on yoga pants.

As I want to walk around town, all I need is a cross body bag, a bracelet, trusty white sneakers and an iced coffee.

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What would you wear on a hump day?

All photos by Hallie Geller