NYC Summer :: Lace top & Straight-leg jeans : Wendy’s Lookbook

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Hi everyone and greetings from NYC!  Little Sammie and I got here a day ago, and so far, he’s transitioning to the new space very well!  Our furniture and stuff won’t get here for another week or so.  I’m currently trying to design the apartment and thinking of going with a sapphire, black, and white color theme.  Can’t wait to share the interior decor with you soon!

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I’m really loving this silhouette and want to try more of the cropped straight-leg or flare-leg look.  It’s such a great addition to the classic denim cuts and can imagine it transitioning well to autumn with boots.

Hope you’re having a great week so far and thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Top :: Isabel Marant Etoile (also adore this ASOS lace one)
Bottom :: Frame
Bag :: Chloe
Shoes :: Gianvito Rossi (old)
Accessories :: Karen Walker sunglasses

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BLOGGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

BLOGGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

New York / September 8, 2014

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Yesterday evening, the most wonderful and exciting thing happened. As you might remember, we have been nominated for best photography blog amongst an incredible, mind blowing selection of blogs. We were so honored and thankful to be part of the nominees. I am so grateful to write this article today to thank you all for your incredible support. Thanks to you, Kayture exceeded all limits and won this year not just in a specific category, but the actual Blog of the Year award. I can’t even relate to you my reaction when the founder of Bloglovin announced our names. I was in complete shock, absolutely not expecting it for a single second.

I started blogging 3 years ago, in my tiny little room in Switzerland. It felt like I finally had a voice, a freedom that I’ve never experienced before. Without any special tools, from the tip of my fingers, I had the opportunity to create my own universe, set my own rules and to share this ride with people across the world. I felt at ease and safe online, where my thoughts and opinions were valued and expressed freely and without limits. I found people who shared the same passion and interests. I met new friends and everyday after school I’d come back and until 2am I’d be online looking for inspiration and creating my own personal space to inspire with the bits of ideas I wanted to share. I started writing and posting images with no other will than to enjoy and share a passion. Not even for a second I would have though that this journey would bring me and the whole Kayteam that far.

There’s nothing more fascinating than this connectivity that we all experience together. In just a click, we are somehow connected even though so far from each other. It’s the new digital era, and I truly feel like we are part of something massive.

Above all, I cherish the relationship we have with all of you. I feel like we have the most incredible community (kaymmunity!) out there. We inspire and push each other forward to try and open up our mind to news things. We are all writing our own story and sharing it with one another. For that, we are all part of each other’s life in a way. I am so thankful for your loyalty, honesty, support and the strength you’ve been giving to all of us to fight and make our way through all the challenges we’ve faced, aiming only for the best, and thinking only about the positive. We have so many dreams, so many goals that we’re fighting for! There’s so much more to come.

One of the most important value that we have in the Kayteam, is to never take anything for grated and this is also the reason why this prize only opens a new chapter in our book and makes us even more motivated and determined. Together, we always adopt different perspectives on things and are willing to create beauty and inspiration together with you. This award, is a huge, and absolutely wonderful symbol of recognition that we will always cherish. I’ll always remember when I went to the Bloglovin awards for the first time 3 years ago, so excited to see all these familiar faces and being so so excited for the winners, I have to pinch myself today knowing that we were rewarded with such a beautiful distinction.

Again, never give up guys. Always, always, always stay true to who you are, to your heart and to your instincts. Climb the hill, cross the bridge and keep moving. Life won’t wait for us to start to live, we need to grasp it and enjoy it to the fullest. I’d like to share with you a beautiful text that one of my close friend Lance Shipp wrote the other day :

We all have dreams. Some of us want to be lawyers or doctors, some of us want to be businessmen. Some of us want to be world renowned fashion designers, and some, elementary school teachers or auto repair shop owners. Dreams and aspirations come in many shapes and sizes, but no matter how big or small, I believe that we all have the capacity to achieve our dreams. As a dreamer, it is your responsibility to take initiative. Find the path that leads to your dream, and run. Don’t wait for the path to find you. Get up, go out, and find the path. If the road isn’t paved yet, pave it. 

The road WILL have pot holes and traffic jams. You may get a flat tire and have to phone for help. You might run out of fuel and have to walk eight and a half miles to the nearest gas station before you can get back on the road toward your destination; but the road is drivable. You just have to keep driving. No one man or woman achieves greatness over night. It takes patience, courage, hard work, and an unrelenting pursuit of your greatest desire. 

Let’s keep dreaming together.

I love you guys, from the bottom of my heart.

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Outfit, courtesy of Elie Saab, jewelry by Chopard. 

Pictures courtesy of @fashiontomax and @dejrit

P.S I am so excited to announce to you guys that this year again, we will attend the Hugo Boss fashion show during NYFW. Last year, it was one of the most exciting shows of the season, and I can only expect again the best this year from the incredibly talented head designer Jason Wu. Make sure to check out our live stream on the 10th and meanwhile here’s a little teaser to get you all excited, because I know I am 🙂

Casual metal :: Statement necklace & Striped tee : Wendy’s Lookbook

Happy Friday everyone!

We’re so lucky to have such a warm winter in Los Angeles.  Lately it has been chilly in the morning, but by noon, the heat kicks in and stays till early evening.  I was wearing a thick jacket with leggings and boots, but had to change because it was so hot.

I find it personally challenging to rework statement jewelry pieces into casual pairings.  The last time I wore this bib necklace, I wanted it to stand out but this time, I’d rather have it blend harmoniously with the rest of the outfit to create that casual vibe with a dash of glamour.

Thank you so much for reading!  Have a wonderful weekend and talk to you soon!

:: Outfit ::

Top :: Sanctuary jacket, Madewell top
Bottom :: Armani Exchange (old) (similar here)
Shoes :: vintage sandals
Bag :: Mulberry ‘Alexa’
Accessories :: thanks to Stella & Dot!

Casual :: Boyfriend jeans & Sharp blazer : Wendy’s Lookbook

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

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A casual pattern mix look today.  Small little patterns =)  Pairing stripes with marble-like prints.

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Thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Top :: ASOS blazer (old, similar here 40% off with code ‘WORK40’),
Mason by Michelle Mason top (old)
Bottom :: J Brand (similar here)
Bag :: Chanel thanks to Fashionphile!
Shoes :: J.Crew
Accessories :: Karen Walker sunglasses, Tory Burch watch, Brandy Pham bracelets,
Deborah Lippmann ‘Stormy weather’ gray color

de Young Museum :: Boyfriend Blazer & Pink Marco Tagliaferri : Wendy’s Lookbook

I really enjoy visiting Golden Gate Park, especially the de Young Museum.

I love the architecture and colorway of the de Young Museum – sharp angular patterns coupled with shades of reds.  Inspired by the structures and colors of the museum, I paired a board shoulder boyfriend blazer with pink, magenta, and purple.

This is the perfect bag for Spring and Summer!  I’ve never had a pink bag before and this bag is a beautiful powder pink color.   On a sunny day, I love taking her out because she adds cheerfulness to my outfit.  On a gloomy day, she is my go-to bag to brighten my day.

I really like the look of overstuffed bags, especially on Balenciaga and Marco Tagliaferri bags.  Because of the slouchy nature of the bags, I think they look incredibly jolly when they have “bellies” =D  I would add scarves inside the front of these bags to give them the “overstuffed” look.  This little bag looks full and happy =P

Thank you for reading!  I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

:: Outfit ::

Blazer :: Armani Exchange boyfriend blazer
Top :: Splendid silk pocket t-shirt
Skirt :: Forever 21
Shoes :: Christian Louboutin purple Declic suede pumps
Bag :: Marco Tagliaferri pink with gold hardware (Thanks to HGBags!)

:: Photo credit ::

David Kim

Cropped Story :: Flare striped top & Leather fishline skirt : Wendy’s Lookbook

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Happy Monday everyone!

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For some reason, this top reminds me of Minnie Mouse.  I have a pretty active imagination and this top is starting to look more animated.  The flare cropped silhouette is like a hat and Minnie’s ears are on top of it.  It’s like hat for my upper body!  What I really treasure about this top is that it lets my imagination go wild.  And also because of the cropped umbrella design, it elongates my frame (which is always a bonus!).

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Thank you so much for your recommendations on my last blog post!  Per your suggestions, we picked up some ginger, lemons, vitamin C, cough drops, tea, and garlic.  MM and I still have our sexy raspy voice from the cold, but overall, we’re feeling much better.  Thank you for your well-wishes and I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Top :: Maje (similar here)
Bottom :: Alexander Wang
Shoes :: Jimmy Choo
Bag :: Celine (similar here)
Accessories :: Prada sunglasses, Gorjana ring,
cuff thanks to Marie Todd!

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Poetry :: Asymmetric dress & Powerful poems : Wendy’s Lookbook

Happy Monday everyone!

I wore this dress a few months ago and wanted to re-style it for autumn by adding a blazer and a statement necklace.

Last week, I attended a poetry charity event where my mentee was performing.  She did such an amazing job!  I’ll share one of her poems later this week.  The event was powerful and moving.  I sat there and was completely enveloped by the words of each performance.  The poems touched on issues of abandonment, abuse, forgiveness, hope, and much more.  You can tell by listening that the authors are fighters, determined to overcome obstacles.  Their strength and spirit moved the room.  The poems flowed like music and lasted for about an hour.  At the very end, each performer stood up and said…  Jon, 25 to life.  Michael, 25 to life.  Marina, 25 to life.  There were about 5 more names along with their prison sentencing.  I bursted into tears and quietly sobbed in my seat.  I walked into this event knowing that these poems were written by youths behind bars and performed by actors, but didn’t know how much their words would impact me.  Realizing that some of these youths will never get a second chance or see life outside prison broke my heart.

For the last three years, I’ve worked with incarcerated youths.  I was a volunteer teacher at the San Francisco Juvenile Detention Center, and currently a mentor at InsideOut Writers.  I see so much strength, so much will to live and be a positive contributing member of society in these youths.  Unfortunately, life circumstances deterred their dreams.  Some were born in prison, surrounded by violence, raised on the streets, broken down by abuse, and introduced to a life of crime at a very young age.  I do not condone their actions that got them incarcerated, however I am concerned about our juvenile justice system.  Policies such as Zero Tolerance, established in the mid-90’s, inflated the numbers of youth crimes, and the lack of strong educational programs in urban areas make it difficult to help these youths.  The juvenile justice system is very complex and I do not think there are simple solutions to fix the problems.  With that said, I do not believe that jail or prison will reduce the recidivism rates either.

I wish you were there.  I wish you heard the poems.  They were powerful, articulate, creative, and personal.

As always, thank you so much for reading and for giving me the opportunity to talk not only about fashion but also other social issues.

:: Outfit ::

Top :: Rebecca Minkoff blazer (again here)
Dress :: Forever 21 (again here) (similar here)
Shoes :: Christian Louboutin (similar here)
Bag :: Proenza Schouler
Accessories :: Tory Burch necklace, nude belt (similar here), Estelle Dévé bracelet,
Deborah Lippmann ‘It’s raining men’ polish

     *names listed are not real to protect the identity of the youths