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Color Me Nana + Natalie Off Duty + Missguided + NYFW

February 21, 2014

I’m wearing:  Missguided shaggy jacket and dress
Natalie is wearing: Missguided trench, sweater and skirt

Natalie and I are super excited to present to you another NYFW re-cap, in collaboration with UK online shop Missguided! Natalie and I have been lucky enough to attend 5 seasons of NYFW together since moving to the east coast, and every time has been a complete blast. We’ve made so many new friends, lusted over gorgeous fashions coming down epic runways that I’ve only dreamed about when I was younger and gotten to enjoy an amazing city and everything it has to offer. Sometimes I really do just have to stop and pinch myself. I remember being just a teenager in the suburban valley outside of Los Angeles, devouring the images I saw on Style.com by the hour during NYFW. Flash forward to the present moment and now I’m invited to many of the shows I’ve saved images of to my computer in my school library. It’s a wild reality, it really is! NYFW, especially during the winter time, takes a lot of time and commitment. The weather sucks, getting a cab is nearly impossible, your feet are hurting and you can’t feel your toes, the subways are running slow, you have too many layers on that you can hardly move, and all you really want to do is stop and eat a big old bowl of hot soup. But you just keep pushing on and on. Your body might be shutting down, but your mind keeps going and you’re happy to be experiencing it all at the end. It’s a complete adrenaline rush! As soon as that first model steps onto the runway and the beat of the runway music begins, you remember why it’s all worth it. But my favorite parts of NYFW are all the random moments in-between the industry stuff. The impromptu brunches with friends, sneaking backstage to a show, making funny faces on the subway because you know everyone already thinks you’re crazy for wearing cropped gaucho pants and heels in this weather, and crazy nights out in Brooklyn just because. Not to mention all the pit stops we made at our favorite pho restaurant throughout the week. It’s the best way to defrost! It’s nice to stop and take the time in-between shows to appreciate the everyday of what NYC is:  the traffic, the people, the little hidden spots. It’s easy to get caught up in things and time starts to fly until you have no idea where it all went. Taking the subway during NYFW is quite the task, but it gives us the chance to get to know the city better during this crazy time. The streets of the city is the reason why we live here. Even when it feels like Antarctica outside, you don’t mind too much because the morning light looks so darn pretty coming down Broadway. New York City sparkles and shines, and it never loses it even during the madness of NYFW.

Now let’s get to what I’m wearing. Dressing for fashion week is such a grand time. You get to really explore your boundaries when it comes to thinking up cool combinations from what you already have in your closet. Natalie and I love to share during NYFW, too. It gives us the fun feeling of having a brand new wardrobe to work with. This shaggy jacket from Missguided is so 1960s boho love child and the print on the dress (also by Missguided) is so mod. The combination is like an explosion of my favorite decade. I couldn’t resist pairing them together! It felt very Kate Moss indeed with my fisherman’s cap! Thank you to Missguided for asking us to share our best NYFW moments with you guys. This might have just been the best fashion week yet for Natalie and I 🙂

And wondering where we had the amazing brunch featured in this post? It’s the Westville Chelsea. 246 W 18th St. It’s phenomenal! Best poached egg on kale salad ever! Highlighted show of the week? ZIMMERMANN! It was a fresh take on rock and roll and punk, and I loved that!
 It really stood out to me.

Already looking forward to fashion week in September 🙂

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Chinese New Year Colors

February 19, 2014

Scarf by Alpha Gypsy, Sneakers by Vans,  Bag by Fabiola Pedrazzini
The vibrancy of Chinatown gets me every time. It’s what I grew up with. Some don’t get my deep obsession with anything that connects me to my Asian roots, but I’ll stand by it with a bubble tea in both hands. Firmly. This blog ain’t called COLOR Me Nana for nothing. I appreciate the way my senses go into a wild overdrive in this part of the city, and especially so during Chinese New Year. The bakeries, the firecrackers, and yes, even sometimes the fish from the street markets feel somewhat homely. I love it all. I can’t remember a year when I didn’t head to the Chinese New Year parade with my family in whatever city we happened to be in during that time. I remember being extremely scared of the dancing dragons as a child, but I loved the sound of the thumping drum and the way I felt it beating in my chest with ever pound. My mom always filled a red packet of money for my sister and I to save up for whatever our hearts desired. We held onto our red packets for years, all for the sake of good luck and good fortune. Chinese New Year means years and years of childhood confetti dreams and fried rice dinners for me. And never a year goes by that I regret attending the parade to once again watch the dancing dragons (I’m no longer scared) and to hear that pounding drum beat over and over again. 
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School Is Out For Winter

February 18, 2014

Marc by Marc Jacobs dress from Bloomingdales, Vintage camouflage jacket from StyleGodis (DIY cropped), Vintage Chanel backpack, Cole Hann boots, Free People sunglasses, Shashi bracelets and necklace

Flashback to California in December. Nothing is better than getting to wear a short sleeved mini dress smack dab in the middle of winter and not be considered crazy for it. I cropped this vintage cargo jacket because I wanted the proportions to balance each other out. I’m excited to bust it out again once spring rolls around. It’s the perfect casual cover up. Throwing on this vintage Chanel backpack added some Cher-approved school girl vibes and I just couldn’t help by indulge myself. Looking at these pictures of warmer weather is getting me stoked for Austin, Texas early March for SXSW! Natalie and I are heading there for a fun project and to experience the best that Austin has to offer! Can’t wait to soak in that Southern sun. It’s going to be the best way to defrost after this never ending freak show of snow days here in NYC. Okay, back to work and back to listening to the entire Lorde’s Pure Heroine album on repeat. Peace.

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Street Style // #UGGStyle

February 17, 2014

UGG Zea boots and fur stole, 10 Crosby by Derek Lam coat, Paige leather skinnies

What I wore to the Clover Canyon and Anna Sui shows last Thursday at Lincoln Center. I was street style snapped by my photog friend William Yan right before the sun officially set. I think this is the time that Lincoln Center is the most beautiful. And since Thursday was the last full day of NYFW shows, the environment felt a whole lot more peaceful than normal, which was a nice change of pace! I wore these UGG Zea boots, which have been a complete lifesaver with all the slippery sidewalks that we have been forced to tread upon the past few weeks. And thank goodness, they are also completely chic enough to bust out during fashion week! I stuck with a look that was on the darker side of things this day, and these boots fit right in with the vibe I was going for.

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