Sunday, March 1, 2015

Casual Chic

Blazer: H&M-no longer available(similar style)
Top: Gap-no longer available
Striped T-shirt: TjMaxx-no longer available
Boyfriend Jeans: Gap

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pink and Professional

Top: Gap (from mom's closet she purchased 10 years ago, color is very hard to find)
Grid Camisole: TjMaxx (purchased recently at the local TjMaxx)
Pants: Express (Similar Item)
Shoes: Aldo
Watch: Anne Klein

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Magic of the Mystery Dress

If you haven't already heard, there is a "Mystery Dress" dilemma on Twitter.  People are arguing over whether the dress is black and blue or white and gold.  Being the curious girl that I am, I decided to look into it some more...and I think I have the answer to all of your prayers.

Here is the original image of the dress:

Now before you say anything, let me tell you what color this dress is...

It is black and blue.

For visual proof, based on the Photoshop color spectrum, courtesy of Andrew Vassano, the colors of the dress from the image are #7a85a5 (off-blue) and #73686e (off-black).  The color codes are off primarily because of the poor lighting and quality of the image.  

This does not mean, however, that those who see white and gold are necessarily wrong.  If you noticed, those who said that the colors of the dress are white and gold tended to be significantly older (parents, grandparents, etc.).  The reasoning for this has to do with visual impairment.  As we grow older, the strength of our eyes becomes weaker.  Our eyesight gets worse, our peripheral vision shortens, and our color vision changes.  Which is why there is an accessibility feature on the iPhone to invert colors that have been partially inverted or impaired by our vision--basically, revert them.

This accessibility feature is meant to help with visual impairment--all of the things that normally occur at older ages.  Now this may not make sense yet, but i promise it will in a minute.  

Here is an image of the two different perspectives side by side on a non-inverted color screen (right is what most teens see, left is what most adults see):
Now, here is that same image on an inverted screen, which is meant to revert inverted colors:

And boom, there is the explanation to this dilemma.  It has to do with visual impairment.  So if you're seeing white and gold, it has nothing to do with your mood and it does not have to do with brightness as some of you may have read. Brightness is certainly the wrong term for what is happening with the photo, but if you did get the chance to see any posts about additive and negative colors (or something like that), that really goes in depth with what is happening and why people are seeing different colors.  

Let's look at the bigger picture, though, we should learn from this silly little dilemma that it isn't about who's right or who's wrong.  It's about understanding that everyone has different points of view, and although one person's view may not match our own, it doesn't mean that they are wrong.  It just means that each of us sees things differently, and we really should be more understanding of that.  The diversity in cultures, ethnicities, religions, and so much more is what makes our world so beautiful.

xoxo Kitana

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tooty Fruity

Trench Coat:  Gap {from my mom's closet that she purchased many years ago}
Top: TjMaxx {similar item}
Skirt: Gap {similar item}
Bag: DailyLook {similar item}
Watch:  Anne Klein

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Bright Stripes & Bold Colors

Top: TjMaxx
Skirt: TjMaxx
Clutch: Lulu*s
Watch: Fossil
Sunglasses:  c/o ZeroUV

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

HOT Color Trends

Colors has a way of communicating without words.  It is believed that as humans, we have an "innate reaction to color"; therefore, it influences how we feel, and can be used to influence how others feel as well.  Oh the power of color.

I'm wearing one of my favorite color combos, fuchsia and blue, which is also a couple of the HOT color trends seen on the runways for Spring.  As we head into a sunnier season, expect to see more COLOR, especially the ones featured below.

Let's express ourselves in ways that even words cannot.  To colour!

Blazer: YesStyle no longer avail.
Lace Top and Skirt: Forever21 no longer avail.
Clutch: Lulu's
Pumps: Steve Madden Lulu's

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Check on it

Trench Coat: Via Spiga Similar Item
Top: H&M
Skirt: H&M
Rose Gold Metallic Oxfords: F21
Sunnies: Guess Similar Item

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

a few of my favorite things

I know I didn't get the chance to actually blog in my last post, but that just means I get to outpour on this one!  To start off, I certainly have been enjoying basking in the sun, which is super exciting for us PNW folks since grey skies is all that we've been seeing for the past few months.  I mean, as much as I like rain, sunshine definitely puts me in a better mood.  As for school, I've been jam-packed with studying.  I am continuing my third quarter of calc and finally starting up my chem classes again!  Being able to jump back into chemistry is extremely exciting for me since I am wanting to pursue Chemical Engineering, and of course, I just love the subject all-in-all (especially being in the lab!). In addition to the academic part of school, if you didn't get the chance see on my Instagram (which you should def follow for daily updates), I am proud to announce that my cheer team, for the second year in a row, took first place at the WIAA State Cheerleading Championships!

At times, I surprise myself when I think about how I am able to juggle school, practice, sleep, and yet still have a social life.  There are times when I pull all-nighters on a school night just to get ahead on schoolwork so I can cheer at the basketball games and spend some time hanging out with my friends.  Sometimes, the time I have for friends are used to catch up on much needed sleep.  But hey, a girl has to do what a girl has to do, right?

On another note, here are some of the images from last weekend of what I wore to my last TOLO, the Bejing Ball.  For the event, I  teamed up with Lulu*s once again.  You can view other collaborations I have done with Lulu*s HERE, HERE, and HERE.  Since this was my last TOLO, it was only fitting to wear a few of my favorite things:  bows, sequins, and pink.  This wasn't hard to find at all through Lulu*s--and as you can see, I found the perfect sparkly gold sequined dress, and paired it with blush suede pumps, and a bow box clutch in blush, all from Lulu*s.  To complete the look, I wore my own fuchsia coat for a pop of color, and gold rhinestone necklace.

Now, time to continue on with my day consisting of a performance for my high school's annual Battle of the Sexes assembly and cheering for the girl's basketball game.  I hope that they get the "W" tonight because this is one of the last few games before regionals!  Enjoy your day. <3

Dress: Bariano Ava Strapless Gold Sequin Dress 
Pumps: Steve Madden Varcityy D'Orsay Pumps
Clutch: Carat Top Blush Clutch

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Orange you glad

Dress: Forever21
Blazer: H&M
Pumps: Enzo Angiolini
Purse: BCBG
Belt: The Dressing Room

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Gotta love Frenchies

I love dressing up without going over the top. Here's a simple look that is dressy, yet casual all at the same time. Pairing basic pieces with just the right amount of accessories, and a pop of color creates an effortlessly modern and classic look. And as you can see from my INSTAGRAM feed, I'm still swooning over these adorable royal blue velvet Frenchie flats. They are too cute to go unnoticed.

What I Wore
Top: Forever21
Turtleneck: TjMaxx
Pants:  Forever21
Clutch: TjMaxx
Wallet inside Clutch: Chanel
Necklace: Target
Frenchie Flats: BCF

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