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It poured yesterday in Hong Kong. The electricity was knocked out of several buildings for hours and people scurried from one overhang to another, completely unprepared for the unexpected downpour. Thunder and lightening are no joke in Asia–the first time I witnessed these two weather forces in the Eastern hemisphere, I was on a boat in China, heading down the Yangtze River. Never before had I been so terrified of weather. The loud, thunderous crack of these electrical whips of light, streaking across the sky physically jolted me out of my seat, almost out of my skin.

Yesterday was no different. It was petrifying to hear the thunder crash down from above. Luckily the brief storm didn’t last long. I had to wonder if this was the beginning of our spring showers. And if so, the only other thing I fear more (or “loathe more” to be exact ) than thunder is the impending drastic, subtropical summer heat that will engulf me in a mere few months.

I was doing a massive clean of my aunt’s apartment in preparation for my good friend, Val, who is coming to visit me. She will be the first person who is traveling here for the sole purpose of visiting me! (After my mom, of course) I’m so touched and super excited for the packed itinerary we have planned.

I decided it’s time to crank up the peppy springtime jams because fairer weather is on its way and it’s always nice to have something fun to listen to while you sweep and scrub. ūüôā I made this mix via Spotify, and was going for a hearty amount of funk, mixed with some light-hearted rock. It’s time to get your frolic on!

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Thank you to everyone who liked my last post! Clearly I don’t know how to use Polyvore quite yet… I didn’t realize it was automatically publishing my inspiration boards here. Heh.

So let’s try this again! A few months ago, I finally bought a leather skirt (alright, it’s¬†not leather at all. It’s more¬†synthetic) because I noticed that a) my wardrobe could use a few skirts and b) these bad girls seem to be the next “it” item. I had been seeing them pop up on various celebrities and runways¬†and thought maybe this would be an appropriate spring purchase.

But now that I have the skirt, I haven’t worn it at all! I haven’t been able to figure out how to best wear it with what I have. Thus, I turned to Polyvore to dream up some¬†potential¬†outfit ideas. And then I sort of went crazy and just started making inspoboards¬†for the heck of it.

I’ve come up with 5 different ideas that more or less suit my actual wardrobe. What¬†would¬†you wear with a leather skirt?

Street Chic

Street Chic

The reason why I love leather skirts is because it’s easy to dress them¬†up or¬†down. Depending on where you work, you might even be able to get away with¬†wearing one¬†to work, with tights. (Then modify appropriately for after-hour¬†festivities)¬†This outfit would¬†be great for the weekend: casual enough for brunch yet¬†dressy enough¬†to wear out later that¬†night. And I’ll find any excuse to wear neon colors…

J Crew slim fit shirt, Madewell, Leather skirt, Zara lining shoes, Cartier jewelry, Bib necklace, Cartier bracelet jewelry, Stetson baseball caps hat, American Apparel neon nailpolish
Upper East Side Hipster Chick
Upper East Side Hipster

I’ve been noticing a lot of models wearing mixed ensembles lately. It’s not uncommon to see a girl wearing a $20 Urban Outfitters beanie with a $700 Chloe satchel. It seems streetwear in general is changing everything in the fashion world and I can’t complain–I don’t mind getting away with printed tees and beanies!

Stoner shirt, Black skirt, Alexander Wang high heel shoes, Chloé black handbag, Ugo Cacciatori sterling silver ring, DANNIJO bib necklace, Hat, Nars cosmetic

A Pop of Green

A Pop of Green
I have a strange affinity for white button downs. I’ve accumulated a good number over the years and a white shirt with a pair of jeans has somehow become my go-to outfit. Even as I was making these boards, I kept defaulting to white collared shirts. So in thinking of ways my white shirts could be utilized, I came up with this outfit. A flowy white top is a nice feminine contrast to the sass of a black leather skirt.¬†I also wanted to focus on accessories because I find them a fun to help way to mix up what you already have. I’d personally love to invest in a Cartier bangle or a classic bowler hat over another pair of shoes.¬†Another thing: I tend to think a nice rich rouge on the lips goes perfectlywith a crisp white shirt. (Yes, um, can you tell how much I love Nars lip care?)

T By Alexander Wang down shirt, Black skater skirt, Dorothy Perkins mary jane pumps, 
Marc by Marc Jacobs leather bag, Loren Stewart gold earrings, Cartier gold bracelet, 
Christys wide brim hat, Nars cosmetic
City Slicker
City Slicker

In my closet, the only thing that rivals white shirts are striped shirts (does this surprise you?) so when I was looking into leather skirts, I definitely had a few outfit ideas in mind that involved any one of my many striped shirts. There’s a number of ways you could dress up or down a striped shirt. I think it’s all in how you accessorize and what shoes you decide to walk out the door in. I love booties and was looking for a pair with a nice Cuban heel but I came across this pair and thought they bring out the Western flair without seeming¬†too¬†country (bonus points: they’re by Acne!). The other thing I love about this imaginary outfit is the bag. I love anything with a fringe. Anything.

River Island crop shirt, Black leather skirt, Acne star boots, Zara suede messenger bag, Linea pelle, Dannijo, Nars cosmetic
Cherubic
Cherubic

As someone who doesn’t necessarily pull off “girly” in the traditional sense, I’m always in awe of fellow females who can really work a pink lace top or a dainty dress with all the right accessories. I think you can’t go wrong with a pretty pink, some strong gold accents and just the right amount of black.

Topshop crop top,¬†Alexander McQueen peplum jacket,¬†Floral skirt,¬†Zara high heel shoes,¬†C√ČLINE leather shoulder bag, Accessorize pearl bangle bracelet,¬†Marc by Marc Jacobs gold bangle jewelry,¬†Mango jewelry

This is about all I have on Polyvore at the moment but now that I’m hooked on making imaginary outfits, I’ll be here quite a lot. Do you use Polyvore? I’d love to see what you’ve come up with!