Urban Cowgirl 2.0: How To Wear Cowboy Boots

You heard it first, y’all! Cowgirl dressing is ALL the rage this year. Since 2017, I always knew that dressing up like a cowgirl is going to be coming in HOT since Miley, Beyoncé and Gaga wore cowboy hats, boots and prairie dresses. As much as we wanna throw on our vintage Gunne Sax dresses, it’s not as practical as say, a pair of cowboy boots!

In fact, cowboy boots were a thing since the ’80s. (Just ask Axl and every other boy in Sunset Strip!) Although they weren’t that popular in the ’90s, it became hot again in Y2K all thanks to the likes of Miley Cyrus, Mary-Kate Olsen (who wore a pair of vintage Roy Rogers bootsBritney Spears and Rihanna.

Now that we are in an era where Air Maxes are king, a pair of cowboy boots is bound to shake up our closets again. Offering a breath of fresh air, a single pair of cowboy boots can either make or break your outfit. While you can ditch the cardigan at LAX (or wherever you’re at), all you need is just a dream to cook up some ultra hot OOTD ideas!

If this is your first time wearing trying out this trend, don’t shy away from it! Here are some less intimidating ways on how you can wear it IRL:

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The 10 No BS Skincare Products That I Actually Use

Skin has always been in.

No matter how many glasses of water we have to drink a day, sipping eight glasses isn’t going to sit there and save your skin from pimples, scars and all kinds of other factors that affect your face.

For the past four years, I’ve struggled with acne when I started university. Honestly, it wasn’t fun. Despite being surrounded by warm weather, organic restaurants and sunshine in L.A., the pluses didn’t save me from dealing with the cons of bumpy breakouts. Not only did I break out with flaming red bumps, I also had cysts alongside a bad habit of picking at my zits. I had to see different skincare docs left and right, but none of them saved my skin until my mom sent me to one who was recommended by her friend.  As much as I wanted to blame my countless hours of studying, what *really* did me in was not using the right skincare products.

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Yeah, it was really this bad.

Listen, finding the right skincare is as challenging as searching for a shoe that truly fits. Or, a new BFF. Unlike a human being, a skincare product will listen to your skin and fix every flaw from the get go. Even if you eat a slice of pizza, your skin will still look good if you use the right product.

I know a handful of you really admire my skin, but the journey to flawless skin took me three years to achieve it. If you want to know the exact products I use, I’m finally ready to spill my secrets!

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The 5 Types of Underwear You Need for Your Jeans

It’s Friday night and you just got dressed in your favorite jeans. Despite the comfort, style and shape, an evenly curved ridge appears near the back pockets. If eating a piece of garlic bread on a first date is a bad idea, then having a bad case of VPL is the biggest nightmare!

Truth be told, there’s no “Goldilocks” situation for your underwear as all jeans are not created equal. Since VPL and mismatched underwear are one of my biggest pet peeves, this is where the search for the right underwear begins:

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The Hack You Need to Try: The Swimsuit as Bodysuit

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I honestly cannot believe that it’s August. With summer still here, the dog days certainly aren’t over. Ever since coming back to Singapore, I’ve been resorting to wearing nothing but cotton-breathing bodysuits and sweat-friendly apparel. Sick and tired of having to constantly launder my items after one wear, I’ve decided to pull out the one thing that you’ll never normally wear outside the house: the swimsuit.

Thanks to the lycra fibers, it’s no secret that the swimsuit is summer’s hottest staple. Here are two ways you can try this trend:

  1. The Babechella

IMG_4386IMG_4388Giant Vintage sunglasses | Stella and Bow choker |  Rodarte necklace | Vintage Anna Sui top | Mandalynn swimsuit | Tripp NYC skirt | vintage ’90s backpack | Birkenstock x Heidi Klum sandals

Although Coachella was four months ago, it’s always lingering in my mind like the way Lana del Rey thinks about Woodstock. As festival season is still here, you can snag your tickets for We the Fest, Neon Lights or F1, which are super rad music festivals in Jakarta and Singapore. (Thankfully, those festivals are not something to miss out while you’re planning your post-summer getaways!)

Show off that festival spirit with a whole lotta crochet, vinyl and velvet!

2. Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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IMG_4378Giant Vintage sunglasses | Stella and Bow choker |  Rodarte necklace | DKNY jacket| Mandalynn swimsuit | RE/Done Jeans | vintage Versace bag | Chloé sandals

The late, great Judy Garland was right: never doubt the power of a rainbow. As much as I love a whole lotta color, don’t be afraid to go the extra mile by experimenting with your palette. To pull this off, use denim as your base and start from there. Try out endless combos to see what you can get!

Will you try this trend?

 

 

Similar (in order of appearance): Princess Polly PVC skirt |Vintage ’90s smiley face backpack Princess Polly denim jacket | Sophia Webster sandals 

All photos by Audrey Kwok

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!

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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! 😝

#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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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

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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

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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