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Met Gala 2016: Favorite Looks

My 12 favorite looks from the 2016 Met Gala exude not only sheer fashion genius but also so brilliantly portray this year’s theme: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” From sleek cut-outs paralleling technological minimalism to shimmery metallics echoing the “Silicon” in Silicon Valley, these red carpet dresses are totally machine couture. PicMonkey Collage

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ciara, karlie, michelle

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Photos from Elle.com and Vogue.com

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Currently Obsessed With: Klarra

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I discovered Klarra, a Singaporean designer, from a fellow Instagrammer. Just goes to show that little app is truly inspiring and far-reaching. Wouldn’t you love to wear one of these outfits when the weather warms up? It’s currently blizzarding outside so that might be a while from now, but I still bought 5 things from Klarra yesterday in case they get sold out before spring. Never want to take any chances when it comes to beautiful clothes, am I right or am I right?

My favorite pieces have been:
1. Wide leg pants, which seem to be trending all over Fashion Weeks
2. Pastel culottes– perfect alternative to the colorful sundress
3. A minimalist sweatshirt dress
4. A similarly chic sweatshirt
6. Delicate yet sexy lace bralette

P.S. Follow me on Instagram if you aren’t already :) @stephaniexzhang

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Just for the record…

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I see white and gold. I tried a dozen times on a desktop computer, a laptop, my phone, Dan’s iPad, you name it…I will never see black and blue. I even almost toppled over my chair just now moving my head in various directions in a final attempt to see what half the internet is talking about. Apparently, this phenomenon has to do with whether you perceive the dress in a shadow (gold and white) or in bright light (black and blue). Read more here.

P.S. The amazon reviews for the dress, which is apparently black and blue although I still refuse to believe it, are hilarious:

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Happy Friday!

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Snowmaggedon round 2 is coming to New York on Sunday so I’m going to squeeze all the weekend fun into one jam-packed Saturday. I’ll be shooting a few style photos, trying out Bluestone Collective Cafe in West Village, and eating barbeque at Miss Korea. Hope you all have a sunnier weekend than mine.

My favorite links this week:

A photo cool series on New Yorkers’ dinner habits

Stunning shoes 

And another great pair of heels if you’re a size 40, which I am not :'(

Is that sale item worth the tailoring? Find out here.

Amazing deal on movies

Raw vegan never looked so delicious

Woah. Picasso might upend the art market.

Do your shoes scream stylish and wealthy or nice and boring?

Photo by Cher Bai

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Currently Obsessed With: Spring 2015 Couture Edition

You know that emoji with the heart eyes? That’s exactly what my face looked like when I started scanning through the Spring 2015 Couture shows. My jaw dropped, my eyes widened, and I immediately thought to myself, “How can I get invited to a gala so I can wear these dresses.” I swear the couture lines this year were made for me: feminine, ethereal, and extremely detail-oriented. Reigning in 2015 with tons of lace, beautiful rose golds, pearly blues, and sensual shapes, these designers might be signaling a year of ladylike luxury.

Giambattista Valli:

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Ralph Russo:

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Christian Dior:

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Zuhair Murad:

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Elie Saab:

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Photos from oliviapalermo.com

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Valentine’s Gifts for Her

The Valentine’s Series continues with the easiest post I’ve written to date…gifts to get your girlfriend ;)

1. For the gal who loves curling up with a soft blanket and a great book, and by that I mean a real book where you can flip through pages and run your fingers along inked words: 

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Fine quality loose leaf tea, a quirky mug, and her favorite book so she can enjoy a soothing cup of tea while cherishing all the bits she missed the first time she read it.

2. For the lady who looks beautiful sleeping in an old college tee or nothing at all…but deserves to go to bed in something a little more sexy:

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A set of silky red pajamas that will make her feel gorgeous and seductive all at the same time.

3. For the shoe-lover who never gets to wear flirtatious sandals because of her office job:

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A pair of lavish red heels that she’d never buy for herself

4. For the woman who admires the blooming roses every time she passes by the florist on her way to work:

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A year-long subscription that delivers a bouquet of flowers to her door every month!

5. For the traditional girl who wants nothing but a sentimental piece of jewelry:

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A bracelet engraved with the coordinates of where you first met

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Less is More

If you’re an active follower of my Instagram, you might remember the photo in which I’m donning an O’2nd tweed coat that I got from Bergdorf’s. To tell you the truth, the coat looked oh-so-good in photos, but in reality resembled $600 of plastic-like fabric. It was so synthetically made that whenever I crossed my arms, minute wrinkles would appear along the shoulders and stay there until I steamed the entire thing.

Although I ended up returning it, I still loved the idea of a grey masculine-cut coat and began scanning every online store for a similar style. I searched through hundreds of pages of Zara, Mango, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Saks…you name it. Some coats were the perfect shade of heather grey, but lacked the modern minimalist shape I sought. Others possessed a great silhouette but only came in black or camel or any other color but grey.

Then one slow morning before the work day started, I decided, “What the hell? Let’s see what Forever 21 has to offer.” Yes, that teenage store with mocks of runway looks and overwhelmingly low prices (and usually low quality). But! I discovered this luscious grey coat with a detachable fur lining for a covetable $60. Aka one-tenth the cost of that Bergdorf’s number. And the Forever 21 coat not only fit my body perfectly, but also felt so much softer.

I don’t deny that some items are worth the splurge (nothing keeps me warmer than my Moncler down coat), but never sacrifice your standards of quality just because the price tag values the item highly.

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