Rock Halloween In Gangnam Style

Halloween kind of crept up on me this year which means I had no costume ideas up my sleeve. I was about to recycle one of my costumes from yesteryear for the ghoulish weekend festivities but in the eleventh hour I came up with a quick and easy DIY costume idea. When it comes to DIY, I lack the requisite hand-eye coordination to sew, glue, cut or even staple so the execution needed to be simple to the bare bones.

I dressed up as the personification of the definition of Gangnam style! In other words, I'm a Korean girl from Gangnam, an affluent area in South Korea where girls dress in designer labels, walk in the rain in five inch stilettos, and rock the cute girly look to the max. And yes, I was inspired by PSY's song.

Recreating the Gangnam style look is quite easy. The key is to keep the silhouette basic accented with primary colors. If you'd like detailed info on how to dress like a Gangnam girl, check out my YouTube fashion tutorial detailing exactly how to perfect the look (it's at the end of the post).

Skirt: c/o 2b by Bebe
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Purse: Chanel
Hat: Topshop
Sunnies: Tom Ford
Bracelets: Tiffany's

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Personal Style-Three Ways to Wear a Brocade Blazer

I may not be the most bendy yogi in my yoga class but when it comes to putting together different looks, I like to think of myself as a stretchy and flexible style contortionist. After all, the fun of fashion is experimenting and trying out different looks! 

For the next three months, I'll be partnering with d.RA Clothing  to flex my contorting style muscles. Each month, I'll incorporate one piece of fabulous d.RA Clothing into three different outfits fit for three different occasions.  This month, I wore a d.RA black and white brocade-like cropped blazer to the farmer's market, brunch with the gals, and a night at the 626 Night Market. Here's how I styled and made the blazer work for three different looks.

First Look
In the morning, I took a leisure stroll through the farmer's market picking up healthy goodies like bitter melon, pomegranates, and concord grapes. I wanted to feel comfortable and look casual so I toned down the fancy nature of the blazer with a simple Happiness is a 10$ tee and Earnest Sewn loose-fitting boyfriend jeans. My Gucci loafers and Louis Vuitton belt added pops of color to the otherwise basic color palette.

Second Look
Later in the day, I went to brunch with the girls. I switched out the jeans for a polka dot skirt from Darling Clothes to breathe feminine appeal to the outfit. It's totally fine to pair different prints as long as they blend well sartorially. A soft pink tee from Three Dots and a sparkly statement chain necklace from Giuliana Rancic for The Loft Live Pink Collection completed my feminine and sweet brunching look.

Third Look
Nighttime food festival fun at the 626 Night Market (a Chinese girl's food paradise) called for a bold look. I offset the blazer's feminine nature with a pair of leather pants and chic cap toe suede pumps from Shoedazzle. Instant edginess! A silk tee from A.L.C. and a crystal Givenchy-esque bracelet completed the fall perfect look.

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Fab Product Review-Abreva Conceal

An unwanted souvenir followed me home from Europe. On the last leg of my trip, a cystic pimple burrowed deep into my cheek throbbing and pulsating mercilessly and unrelentingly. I hoped it would quickly shrivel up and disappear but it was too legit to quit. By the time I got back to LA, it had staked its claim and carved out permanent residency on my left cheek wreaking untold havoc and torment. An emergency trip to the esthetican finally popped it out of my misery but not without collateral damage. I now have an acne scar serving as constant remainder of the facial pest that wore out its unwelcoming welcome.

I'd been covering up the mark with my long hair but a recent photo shoot required my "concealer" to be completely out of my face. So I decided to try Abreva Conceal, a clear
 non-medicated patch that conceals your cold sore (without any side effects) and enables you to apply makeup on top of it, lasting up to 8 hours.  It creates a protective barrier that allows air in with MicroAir technology while keeping contaminants out. Even though Abreva Conceal is designed and used for cold sores, since I did not have a cold sore, I tried it on my acne scar for the purpose of this review. I deduced if the product is strong enough to cover up cold sores, then it should be like Incredible Hulk-like for my acne scar.

Here's a step-by-step look at how I used Abreva Conceal on my unwanted Europe souvenir.

1. Peel back the paper tab marked in red with the number “1” Continue to hold the rectangular tab and peel back the other paper tab, marked in blue with the number “2”. While looking in a mirror, place the round patch over the cold sore or acne scar. Make sure your face is clean.
2. Press down lightly on the center of the patch and hold the patch in place for 15-20 seconds to make sure it sticks.
3. Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face. Conceal is in place.
4. Apply spot concealer on top of it with a blending brush to ensure the cold sore or acne mark blends in with the rest of your skin.
5. Use powder to set the concealer.
6. Continue with the rest of your makeup routine.

The verdict? Abreva Conceal stayed, covered for the entire day and felt like second skin!

"Abreva Conceal is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out. Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Abreva via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Abreva."

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Personal Style Outfit-A Baroque Breakdown

Recently I co-hosted a fashion soiree at the 2b by Bebe Beverly Hills store. It was an all-encompassing night of elation as merriment found its way through every single fabulous moment. I caught up with friends animatedly giving them a day-by-day narrative of my fabulous Europe trip, indulged in one too many cupcakes from Dots, and played stylist to our party guests and 2b customers. 

The day before the party, I went to the 2b store to pick out a hostess outfit. The store currently has a great selection of affordable pieces that are very much aligned with fall colors and trends so it took no time to pick something out. I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and wear something daring and eye-catching so naturally I gravitated towards these gold and maroon baroque embellished printed pants. It's an attention grabbing piece so I tamed down the rest of the outfit with neutral colors and clean lines. The Pinkyotto motorcycle jacket and Ted Baker aviators elicit a touch of modern edge juxtaposing the gilded opulence of my bottoms.

It's easy to wear the pants to work or to other non-fashion events. Simply pair it with an oversized dark colored sweater and simple black pumps. If the print is too color-popping for you, I've included a few options at the bottom of the post that are a bit more muted but still exude baroquian opulent! The prices are great so you won't have to go broke for baroque.

Tank: c/o 2b by Bebe
Pants: c/o 2b by Bebe
Jacket: Pinkyotto
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Purse: c/o Reveal
Sunglasses: Ted Baker
Necklace: Vintage
Bracelet: Chrissy L

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