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FASHION: My Style is All Grown Up!

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MY LI’L STYLE HAS GROWN UP. It was a big day for me when I donned the above-“2010s Annie Hall” outfit this week. It was not only one of the most fashion-forward looks into which I have ever slipped (I usually lean toward a more minimalist outlook on accessorizing and layering), but that was the definitive day on which I matured from a fashion-loving young-adult into a fashionable adult.

When I was just five years younger, single or not, I always utilized the clothes I wore to seek out attention from everyone, both men and women (of all sexual persuasions), but always with one eye firmly planted on their effect on heterosexual men.

THAT WAS THE DAY ON WHICH I MATURED FROM A FASHIONABLE YOUNG-ADULT INTO A FASHIONABLE ADULT.

I look back on that little girl, sitting pretty and dumb-but-so-focused in her early 20s, who dressed, consciously or not, primarily for men. I was afraid to not conspicuously show off at least one part of my body on a daily basis, whether this was achieved through baring skin or bearing skintight silhouettes.

WHAT WAS I THINKING? I WAS SO. TERRIFIED. OF NOT LOOKING “HOT ENOUGH” THAT I REFUSED TO WEAR SCARVES TO INSULATE MY COLLARBONE, EVEN IN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES.   

Little by little since that age, I have gained more and more self-possession and learned “hot” really doesn’t have to entail running around in a miniskirt. There are many more subtler ways of simultaneously getting on “Best Dressed” lists and men’s dating radars. I would love to personally mentor any young Padawan who finds herself in a similar situation and guide her toward the light of her own adult, stylistic path.

You know where I am.

IN THIS POST:

vintage Panama hat // SHOP SIMILAR • Freedom by Topshop choker // SHOP SIMILAR or HERE • byCORPUS blazer // SHOP SIMILAR Naked Zebra embellished blouse // SHOP SIMILAR custom-made leatherette leggings // SHOP SIMILAR Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers // SHOP IT •

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FASHION: Blush-Pink on Black

SELFIE MONDAYS! Because on Wednesdays, we wear pink… and Mondays, we post selfies of us in it on black. Spur-of-the-moment captures:

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Photo courtesy of Lyst

IN THIS POST:

Halogen® Long Collarless Vest in Pink Hush, $78.00 – SOLD OUT everywhere:

The closest alternatives we found: 

  1. CLUB MONACO Shedona Vest in Taupe at Shopbop (HURRY! ALMOST SOLD OUT)
  2. PINK QUEEN Women’s Turndown Collar Fashion Long Vest in Beige White with Belt here

LUSH Roll Tab Sleeve Woven Shirt in Black, $42.00, $14.70 at Nordstrom Rack

WINTER IS COMING: Top 5 Must-Know Freezing-Fashion Life Hacks

BABY, IT’S (NOT THAT) COLD OUTSIDE…Here in New York City, it has been unseasonably warm in the low 60s this December. We are not optimistic, however–not after last winter’s toll on most cold-sensitive regions around the U.S. January, February, and March fully look like a 100% chance of snow (and slush), hail, and nose-chomping winds. Cue Simon & Garfunkel’s “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend.”
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Thanksgiving 2015: So warm I could wear this. But going forward…
To brace yourself for what is coming, we have synthesized a list of our most valued tips for surviving a city winter with style and grace:
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1. REMEMBER YOUR TOP 3 COLD SPOTS
Your HEAD, NECK, and HANDS scientifically retain the most heat for your body, so keeping them fuzzy and cozy is the first and most crucial lesson in fashionable warmth.
  • SHROUD YOUR HEAD (and especially your ears) in a winter beanie or head wrap. If your jacket or coat shows too much bare neck, layer on the scarves.
Our current favorite picks of the litter:
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  • KEEP YOUR MITTS IN MITTENS! Fiddle with your iPhone on sub-zero sidewalks in these foldover fingerless gloves:
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2. BUY SCARVES, NOT MORE COATS.
Sick of the ennui of putting on that same down jacket simply for warmth’s sake EVERY. SINGLE. DAMN. FRIGGIN’ DAY? Your solution? Instead of multiple trips to the Burlington Coat Factory, enliven your signature winter coat with a variety of scarves in your favorite prints and patterns. Save hundreds in wads of cash and exercise your sartorial creativity in the process:
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J. Crew Leopard Scarf, $59.50 $49.99
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Intermix Fringe Snood, $119.00 (FINAL SALE)
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3. TIGHTEN IT UP
You don’t have to part with your uber-chic and uber-flimsy leggings and skinny jeans. Yes, most skinnies, no matter the material, are not quite gust-proof. Our easy solution to you not having to stow them away until St. Patrick’s Day? Slip on lightweight pantyhose underneath for insulation.
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4. SELF-POLICE YOUR HOLIDAY WEIGHT -PART ONE
Winter = Holidays Galore and Holidays = FOOD. Yep, dollops of it. Yum, right? …But if you’re not careful, the consequences could be dire when the time comes to confronting your spring wardrobe. So that you do not balk at your scale and go through the Five Stages of Grief for your pre-holiday feast body (Denial is scrutinizing the mechanisms of the scale and Bargaining is rationalizing to yourself that it must be on the fritz), there are two breezy life hacks. The first is to wear your TIGHTEST skinny jeans to every holiday meal.
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Getting a little tight? Use your jeans as a gauge for holiday-eating.

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Eat to your heart’s content but beware the increasing tightness of your jeans’ waistline. Use that discomfort as a gauge.

5. SELF-POLICE YOUR HOLIDAY WEIGHT -PART TWO
Kate Moss cooked up quite the politically incorrect controversy with her statement that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Whether she is right or not, Kate did inspire a tip for keeping your portions controlled this holiday season–Set your favorite full-body shot of yourself from this past summer, decked out in your shortest Daisy Dukes and teeniest top, as your phone’s wallpaper. This way, you couldn’t eat in blissful ignorance even if you wanted, no matter how salivating the offering.
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Oh yeah, don’t forget to wear your socks.
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FASHION Mixology — The Age of Kicks

#LILGRIPESFashionMixology:  

The Art of Mixing + Matching – Easily, Lazily

~ Lillian Gao

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Photography Credit: Min Gao

FREEZING AS IT IS IN NEW YORK CITY this late October, it may be officially long past due to dust your Autumn-Winter kicks off the shelves.  There are some new booties on the market I am really craving, but the time of the boot has dawned and set. Boots, whether ankle-length or thigh-high, will always be around, but it’s time to usher in the Age of Sneakers… They’re warm, sartorially versatile and meant to tread the harsh terrains of winter. Lemme show ya how I stunt:

1. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lo-Tops, here for $50

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Ensemble Essentials: Michael by Michael Kors Trenchcoat in Plum and Staring at Stars Romper

The time of the boot has dawned and set…It’s time to embrace the Age of Sneakers… They’re warm, sartorially versatile and meant for the harsh terrains of winter.

2. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Embroidery Mid-Tops, here for only $21.00!

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Yes, the folded-hem look is in for denims, since most of us are not 5’9″.

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Ensemble Essentials: Sun & Shadow Cardigan Vest, Theory Deep V-Neck Sweater, and Diesel Deep-Distressed Jeans

3. Converse CONS Weapon, ON SALE for $60!

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“The key to feminizing CONS Weapon is wearing them with a long, sleek jacket or cardigan and dark cigarette jeans.”

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Ensemble Essentials: Theory Long Cardigan in White, 7 for All Mankind Cigarette Jeans in Indigo, and Topshop Crop Tank Blouse

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FASHION: Get Dressed In Less Than 15 Minutes… or Less

 

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Happy Sunday, Lillers! (A nickname I’m trying to get off the ground)

THIS COMING WEEK, Colin Quinn and I will both answer the question, “Vaseline or Lubiderm?” …Right before that, I want you to meet another side of me. You have encountered insecure Lillian, crazy Lillian… Now, meet Lazy Fashionista Lillian. On average, as many as five people a year ask me from where I summon the imagination and creative genius to throw my various get-ups together. I owe it to these five fine individuals to clear a few things up:

I never lay my outfits out the night before and if I take longer than 15 minutes getting dressed in the morning, I’m doing it so wrong. In fact, my only method to the madness of morning assembling is to have one color (or one certain item) in mind. From there, I construct my ensemble one piece at a time, each new element clicking with the last while complementing my garb wholly. It’s not the friggin’ Sistine Chapel but my outfits are not bad for a girl who used to wear baggy turtlenecks with Dungarees to middle school EVERY. DAMN. DAY. So, if you will, 3 recent examples–all items accessibly priced:

1. DIP IT LOOOW

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THE CENTRAL PIECE: LUSH Crochet Waist Maxi Skirt in Black, $80.00 (closest style at ShopBop)

TOP: KIMCHI BLUE Scalloped Bralette, $28.00 (Shop it!)

TOP: AMERICAN APPAREL Fine Jersey Racerback Tank Dress, $18.00 (Shop it!)

ACCESSORY No. 1: NAKAMOL CHICAGO peach crystal-bib necklace, $65.00 (closest style at Nakamol)

ACCESSORY No. 2: BANANA REPUBLIC Zigzag Cuff, $49.50 (Shop it!)

SHOES: LUCKY BRAND wedge heels, $110.00 (closest style at Lucky Brand)

2. THE TALE OF THE TRIBAL VEST

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THE CENTRAL PIECE: A Tribal Vest my mom foraged back from China (closest style at Anthropologie, ON SALE for $18.00!)

BOTTOMS: 7 FOR ALL MANKIND cut-off shorts, $168.00 (closest style at 7 for All Mankind)

TOP: LUCCA COUTURE crop bustier, $68.00 (closest style at Nasty Gal)

ACCESSORY No. 1: KAIA PETERKA Revolution cuff in Rain, $68.00 (Shop it!)

ACCESSORY No. 2: Native American Turquoise Beaded Cuff from Arizonian Reservation (Shop this handcrafted similar cuff before it closes out!)

SHOES: VON DUTCH Black Leather Freerider Bootie, $135.00 (UPDATE: Sold out everywhere but on Amazon!)

3. THE “I SLEPT OVER AT THE BOYFRIEND’s”

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THE CENTRAL PIECE: MAX STUDIO Grey Silk Oversized Button-up Shirt, $158.00 (closest style at Max Studio)

TOP: ABERCROMBIE & FITCH Celeste tank, $28.00 (Shop it ON SALE!)

BOTTOMS: WILLOW & CLAY Huggy Leggings, $58.00 (Shop the WC Classic Legging here!)

ACCESSORY: NAKAMOL CHICAGO peach crystal-bib necklace, $65.00 (closest style at Nakamol)

SHOES: ARTURO CHIANG Black Fire Studded Moto Boots, $150.00 (UPDATE: Sold out everywhere but EBay-Hurry, homegirl!)

Much love,

Lil xx