Oh Fall, how I've missed you!

The Surface to Air AW13 Collection is out, and I'm mentally adding several pieces to my wishlist (especially the shoes!).  I've always been a fan of their stylistic vision with a more modern take of effortless French dressing (not the edible kind).  The inspiration in their new collection is endless, and I can't wait to incorporate more cobalt and emerald into my wardrobe! 


Boho Meets Minimal

// Isabel Marant Etoile Stacy blouse (you can still find it here) / Serfontaine shorts / Isabel Marant Bobby sneakers / vintage purse / Anthropologie sunnies //

Yes, yes, I know, my favorite background wall. Sorry guys, but when you find one you like that's mostly hidden from public oogling, you stick with it!  So, I'm not a real girly girl, but lately, I've been drawn to florals especially for the summer.  This Stacy print top by Isabel Marant Etoile had stuck in my head since the beginning of the Spring/Summer season, but since I already had last year's Hector in red, I was really hoping to stumble across the Petrol color in the sales.  I wasn't sure whether I would find this top during sale season, since it was one of the more affordable pieces that was picked up pretty quickly at regular price.  Luckily, during my visit to Austin last week, I stopped by By George on Congress St. (love this shop!) and lo and behold, found one left in my size and in the beautiful teal color.  Yep, I am one of those people who believe that signs like this can only mean it's meant to be.  Although the print is pretty muted for a floral, I still wanted to keep the overall outfit minimal with black details and accessories.  I love the carefree bohemian aesthetic, but I just don't feel it's quite me.  I think this outfit proves that boho can blend well in a modern and clean aesthetic with the right companion pieces.      


Dreaming of Sales

I've been really good at not giving into the sales this season, but that doesn't mean I haven't been looking.  Here are some picks from my favorite web shops.

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1) Orly Genger Elinore necklace from Pour Porter
2) Acne Alma boots from La Garconne
3) Cacharel print crepe dress from My Chameleon
4) Building Block pail bag from Myth + Symbol (Take an extra 10% off with code "SUMMER10")
5) Saturday wanderer sunnies from Kate Spade Saturday
6) Fort Standard cage necklace from Need Supply Co.
7) wonderland ring from Leif


Paradise and a Wedding

Wow, this past month has been crazy and amazing at the same time. Bryan and I spent two weeks exploring the lush and adventure-filled island of Maui and celebrating our friends' wedding in one of the tallest buildings in the world.  In Maui, I snorkeled for the first time, watched one of the world's most beautiful sunrises, and biked 23 miles down a mountain. Unfortunately, my poor phone took a dunk in river water during one of our hikes and could not be revived, so I haven't been able to update my Instagram in awhile (sowy!).  

We had a blast in Taiwan meeting old friends and making new ones.  The wedding was beyond words, and each table had a multiple course meal that rivals some of the best I've eaten.  Although I came home to one of the worst jet legs I have ever experienced, it was well worth it and I'm already dreaming of returning to Maui. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!  Mine was spent hanging out with friends and family, eating (as usual), and jet skiing for the first time!

one of the black sand beaches we found tucked away

Iao Valley State Park
Mai Tais and electric blue drinks are a luau must!
Twin Falls, our 1st stop on the Road to Hana
Garden of Eden
spectacular cliff dropoffs
Three Bear Falls
a European landscape in a tropical setting
huge windmills!
woke up super early (1am!) to catch the sunrise at Mt. Haleakala
ready to bike down the mountain

trying not to get run over by scooters in Taipei
Core Pacific City Mall 
a spaceship hidden inside
as well as a kids' playland
indulged in the delicious omakase at Jiang Le Kappo Zushi
Japanese style Korean BBQ
partied at Marquee the night before the wedding
an ex-pat officiating the wedding ceremony in Chinese (making me realize my Mandarin really needs some work)

night view from the 86th floor
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