REALLY literal - vancouver fashion & travel blog by Christina Chan

Saturday, 26 July 2014

at crossroads with carven.

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Photos by Steve Pyne

Short blogging hiatus while I was playing maid of honour to my best friend's wedding. What an exciting time for her! Anyway, back to the post at hand, this crisscross crop by Carven has been on my radar for quite some time and although I originally wanted it in black, after seeing the optic white version in an editorial in Jalouse magazine, I was sold. Rosie just makes anything look sexy. And that's hard to do with this top being basically made out of 2 large arm slings. That's kinda why I love it though. Paired here with some silky scalloped shorts for some delicacy and then a complete 180ยบ with these iconic Balenciaga boots that are really good for stomping and asserting confidence in oneself. 
Have a good weekend everyone!
xxx

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

elvish illusion.

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[ Vena Cava dress, Nanette Lepore cardigan, vintage Gucci purse, Sergio Rossi sandals, custom 3D Sculpteo necklace, By Boe 'Hang Tight' ear cuff ]

Photos by Steve Pyne

Late spring/summer nights call for slinky silk dresses and slouchy cardigans. I've had this dress ever since I discovered Vena Cava through Gossip Girl and it's just such a beautifully simple piece. Paired with my Nanette Lepore cardigan that I've been insisting goes with absolutely everything... A perfect combo for drinks at the Ace Hotel DTLA (cocktail suggestion: Roses in Winter. Not too sweet & comes with edible flower so why not). A nice little surprise to the outfit came in the form of my elven ear cuff by By Boe. I'm always trying to let my inner elf maiden out. West Coast style.
xxx

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Sunday, 8 June 2014

anonymous whites.

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[ Zara side slit dress and heels, Isabel Marant 'Mitchum' shorts, vintage Gucci purse, House of Harlow sunglasses ]

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[ Kate Moss x Topshop scallop topIsabel Marant 'Mitchum' shorts, vintage Gucci purse, Sandro espadrilles, custom Sculpteo necklace, House of Harlow sunglasses ]

Photos by Steve Pyne

This is how I take an outfit from dressy to casual: double whites. The day started out with a quick trip to brunch & Beverly Hills to pick up some cupcakes at Sprinkles (yum) before heading out to Newport Beach for the day. For this occasion and most other occasions, I grab some cutoffs and a few white threadbare tops in case I need to do some backseat dressing. I have been yearning after these Isabel Marant ss11 baby pink shorts for much too long and I'm happy to say they're finally mine! See close up here. Pairing something the colour of bubblegum is pretty easy when the rest of the palette remains neutral. Enter Zara's side slit LWD and a perfectly scalloped top from Kate Moss' new collab with Topshop. Let the details do the talking. Y'know what I'm sayin'?
xxx


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Thursday, 29 May 2014

kaleidoscope denim.

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[ Ksubi 'Ci Ci' denim hoodie, Aritzia tank, 7FAM shorts, Sandro espadrilles, House of Harlow sunglasses ]

Photos by Steve Pyne

This is what I look like after a day of spring cleaning: exhausted & hangry. Anticipating a rewarding dinner in Ocean Park, we first stopped at an uphill community garden lot and sneaked in a couple photos. Pre-hoodie, my outfit sums up the basic anatomy of my usual attire; anonymous white top, denim cutoffs, and comfy slip on shoes. Post-hoodie gives you a more interesting update. I had just received this denim doodad in the morning from Maximillia Boutique in Australia and was really surprised to see just how structured a hoodie can be. It is made out of Ksubi denim after all... Tough stuff. In detail, the embroidery is nothing short of amazing; reminiscing that of toy kaleidoscope patterns and stained glass windows. Rad, huh?
xxx

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

garden path.

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[ Topshop pyjama shirt, 7FAM shorts, Alexander McQueen creepers, Forever 21 sunglasses, vintage Gucci purse]

More sleepytime dressing in LA. This genre of dressing is becoming my uniform very quickly as I realize how this city calls upon the drapiest and easiest pieces of your wardrobe. Spring is in full bloom here and jacaranda petals are littering the ground and tops of cars in such a pretty way. What drew me to this shirt when I first saw it on the Topshop website was the misalignment of stripes between the back and the front. The transition of the light blue to medium blue was also a nice touch. When it arrived in the mail, I was super happy to see that its sleeves came pre-rolled to save me the trouble of finding a nice, neat way to do this. (I've only recently perfected my denim jacket sleeve roll) On top of that, it is possibly the softest shirt I own. Like it was washed with flower petals in the most delicate cycle for maximum softness.
xxx

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