My First (and Hopefully Not Last) NYFW

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This past February I attended my very first New York Fashion Week.

Well, technically for me, it was New York Fashion Weekend since I didn’t want to miss too much school.

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Vest from Kissue. Jumpsuit from Forever 21.

 

I left on Friday and right after I landed, momma, Sofie (our photographer), and I went straight to the Kérastase Institute Hair Lab.

I’m going to write an actual post detailing my experience, but for now let’s just say that it was EPIC. I mean they literally took a picture of a few of my hair strands and apparently my hair is needs some love.

After the appointment ended, we went to Morimoto’s and the pork gyoza slayed me. I ordered them twice and there are roughly 5 per serving.

They were delicious.

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We attended a few shows that were held at the Angel Orensanz Center.

The location itself is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to. There are paintings everywhere and all over the place, huge modern chandeliers, multicolored walls and stairs, and cool sculptures that surround the building. It’s basically a church on the outside and a gothic – but spunky – club on the inside.

The organization, however, was horrendous. I know most of the time people put up with it because the location is so badass, but damn it was chaotic.

The show was pushed back by almost an hour because the one preceding it ran late. So we all had to wait outside. In cold New York weather.

There also wasn’t enough space for chairs for all of the VIP attendees. So the organizers were literally running around looking for chairs and placing them at the end of each row. My mother and I were really lucky to get seats. We were originally supposed to sit in the second row, but by then getting a seat was a miracle.

There was just tons of talking and arguing about getting seats.

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The first show we saw was Candice Cuoco’s Belladonna. This collection is perfect for the girl in love with grunge. Her girl is the one you’d see in a black, studded gothic outfit, sticking out in a sea of pink Barbies. While I loved the majority of her collection, some were a bit costumey for my taste. Her collection, however, was probably my favorite from that night.

She was then followed by Danny Nguyen’s Pret-A-Porter. The first five models walked down the runway so fast I wonder if anyone was able to really see anything. Maybe it was because the show was so late? Either way there were a few looks that I really liked. Particularly the long, sparkly dresses. My favorite one, however, was the sparkly matching top and shorts. This collection, although probably my least favorite one from that night, was my favorite in terms of the styling. Each model rocked cornrows, cool printed bags and backpacks, studded shades, and some carried a second pair of shoes hanging from their bag.

The last show of that night was Willfredo Gerado‘s. There were many looks that I liked, such as the black sequin jumpsuit, the long see-through gold dress, and the strapless blush gown. Although some looks seemed quite uninspired to me, overall it was a solid collection. Also, the designer has a really cool name.

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Beauty & the Beast necklace from momma.
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My #JETLAG face.
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Shoes from JustFab.

The next day momma and I originally planned to attend four shows.

The first thing we did before that, however, was visit the one and only Mood. We were so sad that Swatch wasn’t there that day, but we got tons of tees and got to gaze upon an ocean of fabrics.

I then had my hair done at Glam & Go for our next show. It was so pretty. I had nice bouncy curls that made me feel super fancy.

After that we took an Uber to our next location. Except he drove us to the wrong place.

How? I have no idea.

And guess what? It was raining.

And no. I didn’t have a hoodie.

So momma and I literally went around in circles, IN THE RAIN, trying to find the place. We literally asked four different people for help and the first three had us going in different directions. Eventually we got to the event, but almost completely drenched.

But it’s alright. We rocked the drowned rat look.

The event, which was at Studio 450, showcased tons of designers. We were invited to see two shows but ended up only seeing one because we exhausted and wet.

The show we saw was Colour by Nandi Madida. It was an awesome collection. It’s tribal vibe, play with colors, and cool hairstyles made it probably my favorite one overall. Some models even wore Raggedy Ann wigs and many had yellow winged eyeliner.

Momma and I basically decided to go to only one show and chill out together while eating good food.

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On the last day of my trip, momma and I went to an amazing and authentic Malaysian restaurant. It was literal Nirvana. We ordered so much food we could barely move. We had prata / roti canai, hot milo, ais kacang, and so much more.

I could’ve died right there and been at peace.

After buying some cheese in Little Italy for Gigi (because Italians are always picky about their cheese), momma and I did one last thing: shop at Forever 21 in Times Square. It was literally all we did until I had to catch my flight back to Dallas.

Being in New York City has always been amazing for me. The first two visits, however, didn’t have my momma. We had an amazing and fun time together in the Big Apple.

I can’t wait for next year’s NYFW.

 

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Rock Out

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I have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of large headphones.

I always saw them chunky and unnecessarily large.

But after trying these, I have to say, they’re well worth the hype.

They’re incredibly comfortable to use, have great surround sound, and make me feel hella cool like some DJ at a rave.

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Ring from Shasa.

In celebration of 2017, as well as surviving the first week back at school, I made a mini video that will be on my Instagram account @PhinaYi .

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Here’s my “Ready for 2017” playlist:

Crazy Youngsters by Ester Dean

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile by Sia

Always Be Together by Little Mix

Make It in America by Victoria Justice

Holy War by Alicia Keys

It’s Time by Imagine Dragons

Where You Belong by Kari Kimmel

The Kids Aren’t Alright by Fall Out Boy

Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert

Can’t Stop the Feeling! by Justin Timberlake

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Headphones provided by Ankit.
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Sweater from Shasa.
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Leggings from Zara.

So thank you Ankit for the free headphones!

I am thoroughly enjoying them 🎧

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Pout Baby, Pout

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Muack 💋
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Too good for the haters.

I received this product complimentary of ColourPop Cosmetics.

And I have to say, I’m quite enarmoured with it.

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Leggings from Zara.
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Shades from Poshmark.

Wild Nothing is part of their Ultra Matte Lip collection.

It’s a nice dusty plum brown that is non-waterproof.

It comes in a cool metallic blue paw print and floral covered packaging as seen in the next two pictures.

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Wild Nothing
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I’m obsessed with this color.

What’s also really cool is that on their website they give suggestions on what to pair with each product!

For Wild Nothing they suggest a lip pencil called Dukes Pencil, a shimmering eyeshadow named Candyman, and an eyeshadow set called Zingara (which apparently means gypsy style).

They have tons of other stuff but I thought the ones I mentioned had really cool names.

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Ear cuff is Material Girl via Macy’s.
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Socks from a Halloween store.
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Coat from Queen Victoria Market.
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When your friends cancel after you’ve already put on your dusty plum brown.

A huge thank you to ColourPop Cosmetics for their product!

Make sure to check out their site for tons of other super dope stuff! I mean, there’s a lipstick called Autocorrect. How cool is that?

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Peace out.

Iron Man Is My Spirit Animal

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Hey there!

I was once again given the opportunity to test Lip Smacker’s products🙂

This time I was given the Marvel Mega Balm Bundle, which, I must say, is awesome! The last one I’ll be reviewing is the Holiday Iron Man Biggy.

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Lip balm from Lip Smacker.
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Shades from Poshmark.

The Iron Man one is a chocolate flavor.

The color of the balm is light red-ish brown and is the size of a pepper spray! Also, IRon Man is the the bomb. No joke.

I found the concept for these products incredibly cool. Everyone has their own inner superhero and I loved the idea of something as simple (and useful) as a lip balm giving you a boost in confidence.

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Leggings from Zara.
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What?!

The only thing I had struggled with was its massive size. I had to maneuver it in a way that wouldn’t spread all over the lower half of my face.

But once I got the hang of it, 👌👌👌!

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Jacket from Forever 21.
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Shoes from JustFab.

Please give Lip Smacker some love on their Insta account and FaceBook page!

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Dress from an indie boutique.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Lip Smacker for being so generous in allowing me to review their products!

They were all awesome and I hope we get to work together again soon 🤗

Make sure to check out my other review on another Lip Smacker product!

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Yipee!

Don’t Get Me Wrong, I Still Don’t Like Spiders

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Live

I was once again given the opportunity to test Lip Smacker’s products 🙂

This time I was given the Marvel Mega Balm Bundle, which, I must say, is awesome! The third one I’ll be reviewing is the Holiday Spiderman Biggy.

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What are you looking at?
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Shades from Poshmark.
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Jacket from Amiclubwear.

The Spiderman one is a pomegranate flavor.

The color of the balm is light red and is the size of a pepper spray! Also, if I were a superhero I’d probably be a lot like Spiderman (in terms of humor).

I found the concept for these products incredibly cool. Everyone has their own inner superhero and I loved the idea of something as simple (and useful) as a lip balm giving you a boost in confidence.

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Top from Forever 21.
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#ordinarygirl
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Boots from Shoe Dazzle.

The only thing I had struggled with was its massive size. I had to maneuver it in a way that wouldn’t spread all over the lower half of my face.

But once I got the hang of it, 👌👌👌!

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Lip balm from Lip Smacker.
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Cart abandoned by Costco.

Please give Lip Smacker some love on their Insta account and FaceBook page!

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Strong.

I Get Extra Sassy When I’m Angry

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You won’t like us when we’re angry!
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#ready

I was once again given the opportunity to test Lip Smacker’s products🙂

This time I was given the Marvel Mega Balm Bundle, which, I must say, is awesome! The second one I’ll be reviewing is the Holiday Hulk Biggy.

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Romper and top from Forever 21.

The Hulk one is a sour apple flavor.

The color of the balm is light green and is the size of a pepper spray! Also, the Hulk is probably the most relatable character. We’ve all experienced moments of rage 😤.

I found the concept for these products incredibly cool. Everyone has their own inner superhero and I loved the idea of something as simple (and useful) as a lip balm giving you a boost in confidence.

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Shades from Poshmark.
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Kimono jacket from

The only thing I had struggled with was its massive size. I had to maneuver it in a way that wouldn’t spread all over the lower half of my face.

But once I got the hang of it, 👌👌👌!

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Lip balm from Lip Smacker.
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Booties from JustFab.
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Jeggings from JustFab.

Please give Lip Smacker some love on their Insta account and FaceBook page!

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Booklover

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#nocares
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Muack!

I was drawn to the perfume’s title, Book by Commodity.

The scent of a new book’s pages is honestly, in my opinion, the best thing ever. That and also the smell of hot cocoa.

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Shades from an indie boutique.
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Perfume from Scent Bird.

The perfume is unisex so it doesn’t have an incredibly floral aroma like most women’s fragrances do.

It has a woodsy smell with a mix of minty cucumber.

Which, I have to say, I’m in love with!

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Earrings from H&M.

I went on the Scent Bird website to see any other extra details about the perfume.

It gave the various ingredients, inspiration, most appropriate setting and season, and other cool tidbits.

It’s a woody scent type for those more on the casual side. It’s great for a hang out environment and perfect for the fall season. It was inspired by acclaimed authors Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and is part of Commodity’s  Black Collection which is for the “complex, intense, and moody.” If that doesn’t sound like you then I’d check out its counterpart, the White Collection, which is for the “light, airy, and easy.”

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Jacket from Charlotte Russe.
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Shoes from JustFab.

The perfume’s main ingredients are cucumber, cypress, vetiver (I had no idea what that was until now), sandalwood, and Tolu balsam (which I had no idea what was either).

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Dress from Forever 21.

I’d like to thank Scent Bird for giving me the opportunity to try out their product! I absolutely love the scent and the idea of the whole Black and White Collections in general.

We’re All Mad Here

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Plumberry…
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Top from Forever 21.
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With my buddy.

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to try Lip Smacker’s Tsum Tsum- Cheshire Cat Plumberry Wonderland.

I’ve had a soft spot for the Cheshire Cat ever since I played his head in my school’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. Musical. 

Yes, you read correctly. I only played his head, his body and tail were done by two other girls. I always thought it was funny since they were Caucasian and I’m, well, clearly Asian. So various body parts are of different ethnicities and race.

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If you’re the type of person who isn’t into lipstick but has an affinity for all things quirky, then you’ll love Lip Smacker products.

They have products that are inspired by various things such as Disney characters, Marvel characters, the Nightmare Before Christmas, and many many more.

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Pants from an indie boutique in Malaysia.

I’ve always been apprehensive when it comes to lip balms. Normally they’re as adorable as they are ineffective. But I was pleased to discover that the Cat is both cute and works.

Yay!

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Feelin’ good.
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Unicorn, Me, Cheshire Cat, Oh My!
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Cuff from Poshmark.
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Squad goals.
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Shades are Prada.
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Choker from Hot Topic.

I mean, look at it!

It’s soooooooo cute.

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He’s on a vacation.
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In his habitat.

Please show Lip Smacker some love on their Insta account and FaceBook page!

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Sneakers from Topshop.

A huge thank you to Lip Smacker for letting me try their product!

My First Ettika Experience

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Oh Friday! I’ve missed you.

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This is my first, and hopefully not last, collaboration to work with Ettika.

It’s an online jewelry store perfect for the bohemian girl with a bit of an edge, based in one of my favorite places ever – Cali.

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I’ve recently become into chokers and other types of necklaces, so when the opportunity to wear one of Ettika’s presented itself I was more than happy to oblige.

The Ettika necklace is called Still Surprise You.

It’s a turquoise beaded choker with gold spacers that can be worn either as a necklace or as a bracelet.

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Shades and choker from Poshmark. Necklace from Ettika.
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Romper from JustFab.
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Bag is Betsey Johnson.
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Shoes from Amiclubwear.

I’m very much in love with the necklace because it’s so pretty and yet so simple.

But if you’re someone who’s not into necklaces or chokers, then check out the other items Ettika has. Like rings, bracelets, earrings, and body jewelry.

I myself have been eyeing the Heavy Dreamer Choker, the Lush Bow Choker, the Grand Ballroom Necklace, the Goodnight Moon Choker, the Pinky Swear Bracelet, and the Midnight Adventure Bolo Choker.

Yes, I know, that’s a lot.

But hey, a girl can dream.

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Just chillin’.

A huge thank you to Ettika for allowing me to wear their necklace!

Check out their website for awesome jewelry that you can wear anytime, in multiple ways.

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Donum Luna

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You need to pay if you’re gonna stare.

I was given the opportunity to try out a pair of earrings from an online jewelry store called, Moonstone Magic, selected from the 2016 Collection.

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Having a Narcissus moment.

The website immediately gives off a cool, bohemian vibe perfect for events like Coachella and for the modern hippies at heart.

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Dress from an indie store. Choker from Hot Topic.

What I love about Moonstone Magic is that they give really cool product details that are interesting and actually go with the jewelry.

For mine they mentioned how the moonstone is revered in India and Middle Age Europe, and utilized by holy men around the globe to remove one’s ego.

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What the hell are you looking at?

Nowadays I don’t wear as many earrings as I used to when I was younger, but when I do I prefer to wear studs. And when I saw these, I was immediately drawn to the cool metal work surrounding the moonstone and the iridescent light that the stone emanates.

Other products that I really love are the Eclipse Ring, the Vintage Mellow Earrings, the New Moon Bracelet, and the Apollo Earrings.

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Earrings from Moonstone Magic. Shades from Poshmark.
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Bag is Ted Baker.
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Sneakers from Topshop.

I want to thank Moonstone Magic for giving me the opportunity to work with them!

They have incredibly pretty jewelry so make sure to take a look at the website 👆

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Too good for the floor apparently.
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