Sweater Weather

3 Ways to Wear A Shirt Dress // First Look: Sweater On Top

3 Ways to Wear A Shirt Dress // First Look: Sweater On Top

A shirt dress is one of the perfect transitional pieces for spring. I created 3 different looks restyling this statement DVF shirtdress, and here is the first look!! 

Olive Monochrome & Oversized Scarf

Olive Monochrome & Oversized Scarf

I always love a look with one color from head to toe. I've tried it in all-white and all-black, and now I'm craving for some colors to play with instead!

Off The Shoulder, Cold Shoulder

Off The Shoulder, Cold Shoulder

Even though we all need to bundle up in layered clothes to keep ourselves warm, I am still obsessed with wearing an off-the-shoulder top and sweaters.
 

Some People Feel The Rain, Others Just Get Wet

Some People Feel The Rain, Others Just Get Wet

Happy Friday! Today, I am taking a little break from a regular style post and decided to share with you something different -something bold, mysterious yet alluring. And little personal thoughts. 

Everyday Chic in The Striped Sweater

Everyday Chic in The Striped Sweater

I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect striped knit, and I finally found one from the WHO WHAT WEAR at Target! Can't get enough of how cozy and warm it is! 

Lace-Up Sweater & Paperbag Trousers

Lace-Up Sweater & Paperbag Trousers

Styling one of the big trend trends of the season - the lace-up sweater! Who has been in love with it as much as I do?

 

50 Shades of Grey

Because grey on grey is a must-try AW look...

Photographed by

Marcus Annable

 //  

Olympic Park

SWEATER ::

ZARA

 ( option 

HERE

,

HERE

)

T-SHIRT ::

H&M

JEANS ::

ZARA

 ( option 

HERE

,

HERE

)

COAT :: c/o

She Inside

BEANIE :: Nasty Gal (sold out, similar

HERE

,

HERE

)

BOOTS ::

JustFab

ACCESSORIES ::

The Peach Box

bracelets,

AIBI

watch, ZARA clutch (similar

HERE

,

HERE

),

Forever 21

sunnies

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Hi LOVEs! Happy Tuesday!

What's your favorite shade to wear during fall and winter? Mine is now definitely grey. The color is so timeless that you can't ever go wrong. All year around, monochromatic looks have been popping up everywhere, even on catwalks. I have shared my

all-noir look

a few posts back, and I absolutely love it. I've been so into rocking one-tone colors since the summer ( do you remember my

all-grey outfit this summer

? ), and today I am so stoked to share my

first 

winter head-to-toe- grey look!

To my surprise, I did not own many grey clothes, so every time I went shopping for the last several weeks, all I wanted to buy was anything in grey. Luckily, I was able to score a bunch of pieces and I am wearing some of them today:

Nasty Gal

beanie,

ZARA

oversized sweater

( went to one size up for more oversized silhouette) &

skinny jeans

, and

She Inside

long coat.  This look made me adore grey shades even more... I totally enjoy the color and the look is really comfy and cozy. I will probably wear it countless time this winter. Regardless of its casual attire, the mix of the color still gives the sophistication to the look. Not to mention, grey is also well-contrasted with my mermaid hair.

Although this look is meant to be minimalistic, it doesn't mean I can't get dressed in my current favorite rose gold accessories -

The Peach Box

Pearl Embrace Bangle

 &

Buckle Bangle

, and

AIBI 

Miami Rose Golden Brown watch

 . Aren't they so cute yet classy? Surely my go-to every day arm wear! If you are interested in getting your hands on them, here are the special codes you can take advantage of :

The Peach Box

::

Use "

tpb-aikaslovecloset

" at the checkout for 15% off

AIBI Watch

::

Use "

AIKAS

" for 30% off sitewide.

Stay productive, my dolls! 

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Flare High Jeans & My Beloved Jewelry

Let's talk about jeans and jewelry today.

Photographed by

Emmy Trinh

 //  

Persons Garden

TOP :: ZARA ( similar

HERE

,

HERE

,

HERE

)

JEANS ::

H&M

BAG :: JustFab

JEWERLY ::

Emmy Trinh

BRLETTE ::

Aritzia

 ( less expensive

HERE

,

HERE

)

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Hi LOVEs! Happy Friday! Any fun plan for the weekend?

If you are petite like me, you know the real struggle of finding a pair of perfect jeans? Well.. That hits me all the time! Although skinny jeans are pretty easy to get your hands on, when it comes to other type of jeans, it's really pain in the butt. So it was extremely a happy moment when I found these

H&M

flare wide leg jeans

online, and the fit is amazingly flawless when it was arrived!! It's high-waist, and I appreciate it making my legs look longer. Plus, I don't need to tailor the hems or wear sky-high heels thanks to the just right amount of the length!! I was finally able to ride on the wave of this 70's inspired jean trend! haha

I paired them with my favorite oversized blush knit for an easy-going style - like a brunch-with-my-girls-look. In fact, I caught up with one of my new friends,

Emmy

who is a Vancouver based jewelry designer. I super adore her pieces, and this look was so perfect to feature her dainty handmade beautiful accessories. 

I am wearing:

Liv Diamond Spike Necklace

Linnea Necklace

Stax Labradorite Bracelet

Stax Linnea Bracelet

Linnea Thread Earrings

I highly recommend you to check out her website for more fab pieces! My favorites are definitely stone contained necklaces!

I am still hunting for another pair of flare jeans, more like the ones with tight on the thigh and flare at the bottom. So if you know of any stores you could recommend, please comment below! :)

On the side (personal) note, I am freaking excited to attend

Hello Kitty Supercute Operning Party

with my blogger friend, Bailey of

Hot Dress Hot Mess

 . Special thanks to

UNIQLO

for the tickets at the last second (They were sold out so quickly, we couldn't get our tickets until 2 days ago! ) Follow along the fun time with Hello Kitty on my snap: @

fashionsitaika

or

My Insta

!

Have a great weekend ahead, dolls! 

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Casual Friday with Grey Suede Boots

I am such a heel lover, but these boots are worth keepin' in my closet.

Photographed by

James Chrosniak

 //  

Waterfront 

TOP: Forever 21 ( similar

here

,

here

, and

here

)

SHORTS:

Another Edition

, Japanese brand ( similar

here

,

here

)

BOOTS: c/o

Cat Foot Wear

 - Dark Gull Grey

HAT:

ASOS

( similar

here

,

here

)

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Hi LOVEs! Happy Friday!!!

As I describe that my style is versatile, alternative, and unique, it's always so fun for me to work with a brand that I might not go find on my own. I prefer to put heels on wherever I go, however, what if I have an awesome pair of suede boots in my closet? I can stroll around from towns to towns in them because I bet my feet won't kill me!!

I am so pleased to get my hands on

these new boots

from

Cat Foot Wear,

and they are getting ready to launch their new AW15 collection, and this seasons line is all about performance details, with a full range of suede waterproof boots (

that don’t look like waterproof boots!

), along with other wool, faux fur, and thinsulate styles. And, this same theme carried into the men’s collection as well with a full range of wool and waterproof boots, including a collaboration with Gore-Tex which updates the brand’s iconic 

Colorado

 silhouette in 6 insulated, waterproof colorways.

It was quite hard for me to pick which of their new boots I wanted to style in because there are lots of fun and awesome boots from the new AW collection! These come in leather and suede, and I chose the latter on the spot! Because I am so into the texture right now, I think everyone is, in this season, and I picked dark grey color out of two other colors - black & cafe - since you guys know by now that I love anything in the grey shade!

To style

my boots

, I paired with a

blush fuzzy knit

and

cutoffs

for a super laid-back attire. Whenever I go for casual looks, I try to focus on how I can balance the whole look since I am a very short girl! So accessorizing is the key, and wearing a hat definitely helps to direct the eyes upward! I first opted for a beanie but switched to a

camel wide brimmed hat

because I wanted to add a feminine touch to the look. And side braids gives an extra cuteness along with the hat! I had so much fun shooting these boots at Seattle waterfront, one of my favorite spots for sure!

Hope you like my casual look today! :)

Have a lovely weekend ya'll! 

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Blow Your Mind

Photographed by

Marcus Annable

// Downtown Seattle 

TOP: ZARA (similar)  //  JACKET: H&M  //  SKIRT:ZARA  //  LEGGINGS:Forever 21  //  SHOES: ASOS  //  BAG: H&M (old, similar here or here)  //  ACCESSORIES: Forever 21 scarf, ASOS sunglasses (similar), Charlotte Russe necklace, AVEDA lip gross, ALDO earrings

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Hi LOVEs! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Today's look is all about layering and edginess, and this is definitely one of my favorite ensembles in all-black with a touch of color. People tend to wear dark colors during winter, and so do I. However, I love playing with some hues and making the look both edgy and fun. That way, I don't feel dull and sad. This is especially when you live in a gloomy and rainy city like I do!

I'd been on the look-out for a chunky v-neck pastel sweater for the longest time, and I finally found it on sale at

ZARA

 a while ago. I normally wear  a small size, but decided to go with one size up for an extra bulky silhouette. At the same time, I scored this

light maxi wrap skirt on sale

as well. It's impressive that I can rotate the slit to whatever position I want to! I can put it on the side, front, or back. I adore the combination of an oversized knit with a maxi skirt. Since I had scored the perfect pieces, I figured I should try it on right away, yet it's way too cold right now to wear the skirt by itself, so I paired it with leggings underneath. I love the contrast of their different textures. Whenever I wear a maxi skirt/dress, I always style it with a pair of platform shoes to add some extra height. I picked my all time favorite booties for the added slimming effect.

You can never go wrong with a

biker jacket

to create an edgy vibe. And if you have a printed black and white scarf, that's even better to emphasize the vibe. These items aldo help you beat the cold. To complete this edgy look,  I opted for a

dark red lip stick

, and of course my awesome hair is doing such an awesome job!

The 

GIVEAWAY

is still running, so don't forget to enter!

Stay warm dolls! ♥

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Embrace the Little Happiness

Photographed by

Marcus Annable

// Kirkland Waterfront 

OVERSIZED FUZZY KNIT & EARRINGS: H&M

FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS & GOLD RING SET: Forever 21

POINTY PUMPS (old, Similar Here): GUESS

SKULL EMBOSSED CLUTCH BAG: c/o Ami Clubwear

SUNGLASSES: Buffalo Exchange

NECKLACES: c/o Charlotte Russe & Charming Charlie  

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Hi LOVEs!

First and foremost, I wanted to give a big thank you to my friend - Marcus - for photographing me lately to help me out. He is my old friend from my collage and I met him 5 years ago. I am so pleased we connected again after not talking for nearly 4 years! He is my main photographer now, and I am quite impressed with his photography skills although he has never done with fashion photoshoot because photography to him is a hobby and his focus is more nature and animals. I am delighted I was a trigger to expanded his photography expertise, and I hope working with me will help him improve that.

You know, if you are a fashion blogger and you have no one to take photos of your looks, that would be a crucial matter. Even if you do have the person, it could be another issue when he or she is seemingly uncomfortable to work with. I had been struggling with those difficulties, but he definitely saved me a lot. And he more impressed me as we work together because of the amazing results he creates!

I was more than happy that we ended up choosing the best location for our first shoot. Look at the insanely spectacular sunset... I've never ran into this amazing golden hour in Seattle. Plus we captured it during the photoshoot. It's double yays! I think you know that feeling like "I am so thankful for everything right now" whenever you witness the sunset. It even strengthens the feeling that "I am so glad I am alive and I can feel it from the bottom of my heart."

My life has been very tough. I believe I am not the only one who says that. However, I really appreciate I've encountered countless moments of little happiness like this. Instead of complaining how hard your life is, it's definitely worth and you can make better life if you try to find anything that makes you happy and smile, and even be appreciative for your pitfalls and struggles. "Pain makes stronger, tears makes you braver, and heartbreaks makes you wiser, so thank the past for a better future." A good thing ALWAYS comes after a bad thing, right?

New autumn season means new knit hunting! I got this

comfiest fuzzy knit last month at

H&M

, and I've been seriously in love with it! The comfortableness is just mind blowing.  No lies, I can sleep in this! I love how this knit could be worn in dress up and dress down. When I attended the Seattle's big fashion show, Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway,

I styled it up with a lace midi skirt and floral sandals, accessorizing in some gold jewelry

. And this time I wanted to go for a laid back style to enjoy the beautiful sunny day so I chose leggings and gold pointy pumps. To me, paying a little attention to add some accessories is a key to polish a look. I can't walk out the door without a single accessory forgotten. I appreciate that mixing in gold jewelry offers the right amount of accent to this simple look, and even looked better with the gold sky.

Happy Tuesday sweet pies! 

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Summer Colorblock Ready

Photographed by

Teban S, of Asian Impression Photography

ORANGE OVERSIZED KNIT: ZARA

LILAC JEANES (similar HERE & HERE) : UrbanOG

COLORBLOCK CLUTCH: H&M

SILVER CHAIN NECKLACE (similar HERE) & HOOP EARRINGS: Forever 21

PASTEL STACKABLE BRACELET (similar HERE)& WATCH: Aldo

PASTEL WEDGE SANDALS (similar HERE): ASOS

THIN RINGS: Modern Trend

OTHER RINGS (similar HERE or HERE) : Forever 21 & H&M

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Hi LOVEs!!

I finally have the chance to show you one of my favorite looks and a favorite photo set done with @

Asian_Impressions

! I really love how he snapped precious and happy moments so beautifully in each image.  We were so lucky to find a glass area with these lovely daisy flowers all over the place and they magically blended into my look as a perfect backdrop for summer.

Who said that you can't wear a knit during this summer season? I snagged this bright orange oversized knit a white ago at

ZARA

, and seriously I am obsessed with a juicy pop of orange!

ZARA

is still carrying a lot of

vibrant knitwear

and I am digging all of them! Even though here in Seattle we've been having such unexpected sunny weather, we still have to accept the gloomy and unhappy climate once in a while. However, when I wear this amazing vivid knit on such days, I become very happy and it keeps me away form the chill at the same time! I colorblocked with lilac skinny jeans and styled them with same hued wedge sandals to elongate my legs. Some people love wearing simple looks such as black and white. I totally understand that and love the style, of course. Yet, wearing bright colors is also something I can't get away from because it's fun, eye-catchy, and very seasonally appropriate. On top of that, it naturally creates pleasant feelings and help you give you more confidence. Don't you think so? I really want to play with more prints, colors, and combinations like these over this summer! 

Since the pants are pastel, I went with stacking pastel bracelets and a pastel orange clutch bag. Then, I finalized my look with some silver accessories to give a little bit of an edgy vibe.

I am now teaming up with

David Barton Gym

for their

#LookBetterNaked

campaign for three months! I visited there for the first time last Saturday, and WOW! It's the fanciest gym I've ever seen!! I will post a bunch of photo updates such as the inside of the gym, workouts, outfits, and etc on my Instagram (@

AikasLoveCloset

), so make sure to follow me to keep updated! :) It will be super exciting and I can't wait to see how healthy I will become (and look!) over the next few months!!      

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Gray Matter



Photographed by Eric Paguio 

GRAY BEANIE: ASOS
GRAY TOP & BIG SIZE KNIT  CARDIGAN: NOWiSTYLE
BLACK SKINNY JEANS (similar HERE): Old Navy
SPIKED LACEUP BOOTIES & GEOMETORIC EARRINGS: Charlotte Russe
SILVER NECKLACES: Forever 21


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Hi LOVEs! Happy Monday <3 
How was your weekend? In Seattle, we have been having super nice weather for the last several days and it's been amazingly beautiful, especially when the sun sets. Also we Seattleites are all still super-hyped about the recent Seahawks win against the 49ers that has us headed to Super Bowl!!!! :)
My weekend was pretty nice, too! I had a great day at work, and my friend came over to my place. Our time together was both encouraging and inspiring for both of us. You know, girl talk always helps to cheer me up and get a load off my chest. 
Oh by the way...I can't believe that January is almost over!!  I gotta get those winter styles in before it turns to spring!


How do you feel about wearing an all-gray outfit? To me.... HECK YES!!! If you know me well or have followed me for a long time, you know that I loooooooooove wearing colors!!!! So you might not have guessed that I would got for an outfit that didn't feature lots of bright colors. In fact, I don't think I had ever tried out an all-monotone look before today's outfit. But I must say that it works!
Now, the color of gray isn't a color you might associate with "impact", but it is essential to have some gray basics in your wardrobe such as a sweater, coat, blazer, trousers, hats, or even shoes! If you incorporate it into your outfits you can effortlessly create classic and sophisticated looks. You can even update your outfits by adding a touch of gray, as well! I believe that you've seen tons of fashionistas/fashionistos in the world wearing grays throughout the last year, and they fashionably manged to style them! I was completely fascinated and inspired by how well they dressed in grays, and I really wanted to add the color to my ensemble. Boom! Here is what I have achieved!!

I can't help but saying I love this look so much! I put it together with basic items. However, the whole outfit shows the power of gray! This awesome long knit jacket from NOWiSTYLE is one of my favorites this season! It's incredibly warm and so trendy!! Due to my short height, I am kind of hesitant to wear long-length clothes, but this is a total exception! You know what I meant?! I completed the look pairing these Charlotte Russe spiked lace-up booties (These are crazy, aren't they?), ebay a fringed leather bag, and H&M mirror aviator sunglasses to give a touch of that 'rock star' vibe.. 
The monochromatic looks are still going strong in 2014; I can't wait to rock them in my spring looks! In addition to that, I am completely excited to buy some pastel clothes and accessories to prepare for spring and combining them with gray! I already know what to purchase! hehe 


Have a great week sweeties! ♥


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