Outfits

Hello everyone! I apologize for being MIA for the past few weeks. It’s been a little hectic adjusting after the holidays AND if you have been following my instagram, then you would know that I recently added a little hoglet friend to my household named Pointdexter. You can see more of him on his own […]

Hello everyone! I haven’t done a Workwear Wednesday in some time, here’s one for those who work in creative fields and can get away with open-toe shoes. This outfit is a great example of transitioning from summer to fall bringing in gingham print as well as stepping it up a knotch with the pencil skirt […]

Hello everyone! I hope you are ready for Thanksgiving holiday and taking a moment to be thankful of what we have. I always need to make a mental note to remind myself how lucky I am to be surrounded by loved ones and not to take things for granted. The cold has finally settled in […]

The Challenge: Candy Colorized Take a bowl full of colorful candies (M&Ms, Jolly Ranchers, jelly beans, etc.), close your eyes, and draw 2-3 pieces. Now use those colors (+ a neutral of your choosing) to form the basis for your ensemble. I love candy – maybe a little too much and when SewPetiteGal suggested a candy-colorized lookbook […]

Hello everyone! I can’t believe tomorrow’s Christmas and then New Year’s just around the corner. So here’s another holiday outfit idea below which is very simple to put together yet adds a bit of glam to the day. I absolutely love the length of this faux fur vest, because of the length and bonus that […]

Hello my lovely readers! Not sure if you noticed, but I skipped last week’s outfit posting, because quite frankly, I wasn’t satisfied with how the look came out. If you’re like me, have you have thought up an outfit in your head, but when put it to the test, didn’t quite end up how you […]

Hey everyone! This is a scheduled post since hubs and I hopped on a plane to Cancun yesterday morning and currently celebrating our 5-year (together for 10) wedding anniversary at a resort until Monday. I can’t believe it’s been 5-years already. That’s just crazy. In celebration of that as well, I’ve enlisted my good friend, […]

Hello from Iceland! Actually, I’m no longer there, but I like to believe I’m still there. I can’t believe how much we’ve done in such a short time and if you haven’t checked out my instagram, then you probably should go there to catch up first. Ha! So this was a spontaneous trip that was […]

Hello hello and happy Tuesday! Apologies for the lack of posts as of late. I have been busy trying to use up my bikram package deal before it expires end of this week and also have been organizing and rearranging my place. I now feel a little more settled in and even carved out a […]

One of the many reasons that I love Fall so much are the bright colors that come out when the leaves start changing – such a beautiful sight to see. And I am never one to shy away from colors in my outfit either if you couldn’t tell by now. =P Thank goodness, hubby helped […]

Hello everyone! Over the last few days, I was able to go to NYC twice for a show one of which was Marissa Webb’s. If you caught my snapchat (MsLaBelleMel), then you would’ve seen as much live coverage as I could get during the show. It was a lot of fun and I only went […]

Hello lovely readers! If you are a little confused over the word “carpet” in the title, I can explain. When hubby first saw this dress on me, he exclaims, “why are you wearing a carpet?!” Of course, I just gave a chuckle and shook my head at him. I am first to admit that I […]

This is the first time that I’ve done a Petite Fashion Challenge hosted by the lovely Khatu, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Her challenge was to take an outfit from glam to day-wear and bonus points if we could turn it into work-appropriate attire. I also happened upon my newest blog love […]

Bonjour tous le monde! Lately, I’ve been brushing up on my French after taking 8 years of it during high school and college. However, I am not fluent by any means. I blame this for not taking that a semester aboard to just be submerged in the culture and really learn the language. Alors, c’est […]

Hey everyone! Here’s an outfit shoot from many weeks ago that I finally got around to putting up. As you can see, I was at my favorite macaron location in Bethesda, Tout de Sweet, and I owe many thanks to Casie for introducing me to the place as well as shooting these pics for me. […]

Happy Thursday! This is the second time I have gone up to New York Fashion Week during the winter. I, again, didn’t have a solid schedule when I decided to go up for the weekend. I had a few invitations to attend a couple of shows and then planned on meeting up with a few […]

I haven’t really done OOTDs all that much, reason being, one – lack of time and two, don’t have a go-to person to film and take photos. I mean, I can try to do one myself with a tripod, but it’s always much easier having another person working the camera. =) Somehow I wrangled hubby […]

Hello all and Happy Valentine’s Day! So this weekend I am heading out to Chicago to attend hubby’s carnivale themed dance at his school-should be fun. =P These photos were taken several weeks ago, so I didn’t really plan it for Vday, but how appropriate would this outfit be for a casual day out. I […]

Happy Wednesday! As you can see, the possibility of black and white outfit pairings are endless as seen here and here. Now I wanted to style a black and white outfit appropriate for the work force. I absolutely love the cut of this dress and the unique combo of vertical and horizontal stripes creates such […]

It’s that time again when nature comes to life and the temperature is starting to rise. That also means welcoming hay fever again, but let’s not talk about that. I wanted to show you another outfit that helps with winter to spring transition. Thee days, I am still loving the two color combo–blush tones with […]

Hey everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend. It was pretty relaxing for me; went to see Xmen Friday night, went to Lara’s 5-year blog-aversary held at Blue Mercury in Fairfax (congrats again, Lara!) and had an impromptu dinner chat with Meg (thanks again Meg!) Saturday night, filmed a video Sunday and […]

Hello hello all! So this past Sunday, I wore this outfit out for some Korean BBQ and wanted to pair this lavender denim with something navy. I thought the two colors would go nicely together for a nice Sunday evening out. The past few outfits that I’ve done have involved bright colors, so if you […]

Hello everyone! Wow, am I knee-deep in renovations and cleaning and unpacking (real slowly) with my new place. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been going through soon. I’ve been vlogging a little bit each time something new has been done to the place. Renovations have only begun for a month and I’m […]

Happy Monday all! What a beautiful weekend we had in the DC area. I can definitely feel that spring is right around the corner and I can’t even begin to describe the excitement I have for that! I am slowly thawing from the winter and ready to be active outside. Here’s an outfit below that […]

Last night, I attended Leandra Medine’s book signing event at the W Hotel POV Rooftop Lounge. Leandra recently launched her first book called Seeking Love, Finding Overalls where she recounts all the humorous and weird events that led her to who she is today. Although the weather was not the best yesterday, there was still […]

Happy Monday! Summer is officially over but thankfully we still have some warm weather temps lingering behind, especially this past weekend. However, as soon as the sun set, the temps dropped pretty quickly–no bueno! Anyway, I am going relish in the warmth just a little longer but incorporate some autumn-ness into outfit below bringing out […]

Hey everyone! How fun is this mod-style geo top? Although I got it as an XS, it’s still a lot roomy, so I may need to take this to the tailor. I thought it paired nicely with these silky shorts though and absolutely love the feel of them.

Hey everyone! Summer to me means plenty of florals blooming all around and what better way to represent that than in these floral print silk shorts. They are super comfortable and breezy to wear–just love them.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!! We finally did end up getting our white Christmas here in Philly and that is always the best gift ever. =D Ok, now I don’t want to see anymore snow starting tomorrow till Spring. ;P Many thanks to my sister for helping me shoot couple of outfits over the […]

Hello hello! For some reason, I like pairing bright fuschia with something green much like this outfit here. To me, nothing says Spring like bright colors and of course, I was drawn to the items below for the colors, but also love the unique layered collar on this top. I, also, couldn’t resist the prints […]

Happy Thursday! With the leaves starting to change their colors to deep shades of reds, oranges and yellows, I thought I would tone down the outfit in contrast to that. As mentioned in my last post on thigh high boots, I’ve finally settled on two favorites with one of them being showcased below. Another will […]

Hello everyone! Another start of the week and I’m not complaining too much. I think the warmer weather has helped melt away my hibernation mode as evident through my snapchat (mslabellemel). Been quite active over the weekend–just really having some me-time of pampering myself. Anyway, hopefully this will be the last of my winter posts […]

Hey everyone! In light of Valentine’s Day coming up this Friday, here’s a fun casual outfit to celebrate with your loved ones and SO’s. If you need more ideas for casual wear, check out last year’s Valentine’s Day outfit post. I love red–it represents love, passion and since I’m Chinese, luck. And who doesn’t love […]

Hello all! I am experimenting with all sorts of prints in this outfit, but subtlely to show that you can mix prints without being too bold. The key is keeping the prints small. Also, anytime I see red gingham, the pattern always reminds me of a nice picnic in the park. You’ve also seen this […]

Happy Memorial’s Day! It’s been such a nice long beautiful weekend and then back to reality (aka work) tomorrow. At least it’s a short week made shorter by the fact that I will be heading to LA this Friday–can’t wait! As you know, I have worn these white skinnies before for spring and completely forgotten […]

Hello everyone and happy hump day! I hope you are keeping sane from all the holiday festivities and chaos. I always love this time of year with the Christmas songs playing and holiday lights decorating the windows and streets. It makes the world a bit homey when we have so much chaos going on in […]

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great 4th of July long weekend break. I felt like mine wasn’t long enough but then again, when is it ever? As mentioned in my last post, I was up in Jersey for a day where my family decided last minute to gather at my sister’s new […]

Hello hello! So when I was in Philly few weeks ago, I had my sister help me shoot some outfits, so finally getting around to posting them. I got this H&M blazer about a month or two ago on clearanced and took it to the tailor to hem the sleeves. That will be the last […]

Hello everyone! So for day two of my NOLA trip, I brought along this romper to do a day to night outfit pairing to show the versatility of one item. In just a few quick changes, you can really turn a casual outfit and glam it up for a fun night out. The asymmetrical hem […]

When I think of holiday parties, I think of lots of glitter, sequins, and jewel-tone colors. So, when it was time to pick out an outfit for my friend’s holiday party last night, I knew I wanted to wear a sequin skirt and a colored blouse. At first, I was settled on getting a red […]

Hello and happy Monday! Although I love that spring is here; it’s just always so tricky to dress for those in-between temps, especially now that April showers are upon us. So I love wearing sweatshirt material items in a form of a top or this skirt below. A heavier material in a style will help […]

Hello all! With the temperature rising past 90’s for the weekend, I needed something cool and fun to represent summer. And lately, I’ve been really getting into more prints and I love anything floral, so naturally learned towards these floral print slim pants from ASOS. I paired the floral pants with a minty blouse from, […]

Happy Wednesday! For today’s Workwear Wednesday post, I wanted to play with pops of color against this printed skirt also seen here. For those of you who are a little shy in wearing bright colors to work, this will help inject a little bit of color into your workday wear without feeling overwhelmed. Also I’ve […]

Happy Wednesday! On days like Sundays, I want nothing better than to dress down and just have a lounge-y day of eating dim sums and grabbing a Starbucks to go. A cropped trench is a perfect light jacket to take with and some comfy shoes to walk around makes any weekend fun.

Happy hump day, everyone! Can you feel the cooler temps lately? Sigh, that sign only means one thing and that is fall is just around the corner. Insert sad face here. Don’t get me wrong, I do love fall, but not so much crazy about winter. Anyways, I’m hoping this winter will go by quick […]

Hey everyone! With several winter storms passed and approaching, I am definitely wishing winter to be over now. The revelation that having 50 degrees this past Sunday was an actual joy and reprieve from single digits temps, Spring cannot come soon enough. So to instantly brighten up my mood and lift this winter gloom for […]

Hey all! I don’t know about you, but when the Summer gets pretty hot around here, I want nothing to wear, but light materials to keep cool. This top and bottom were just the ticket for that. Typically skorts are usually made with the front looking like a skirt and the back looking like shorts. […]

Hello all! As you know, we spent most of Chicago exploring the city and wanted to showcase some of the areas we visited. I wanted an outfit that was light in layers but yet still will keep me warm when the temp dips low at night. Also what better way to explore the city but […]

Hello everyone! This spring seems to be all sorts of whack, which started out with really high summer temps and now cooler temps because of a storm that just passed through. Crazy how only a month left of spring before summer starts and then we’re half way through 2017! So to prep for those cooler […]

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! As you are reading this, I am en route to San Fran for Thanksgiving break, which makes part of my title true for today. Anyways, when I saw this drapey coat on F21’s site, I was curious to see if this coat would actually keep me warm for Fall temps and was […]

Hey all! Yay for the government reopening today! Let’s hope that continues for awhile. So I wanted something fun to post for today and wanted to play with mixed prints again, but this time using polka dots and stripes. Also, a nice trench should be a staple in any closet for the working girl. I […]

Hey everyone! As mentioned in my last pairing of this skirt, I absolutely love it–so much so that I wanted to do another outfit, but this time dress it down a bit to make it a little more casual. I’ve been looking for an eyelet top for awhile and this one fit the bill nicely. […]

I had a lot of fun doing the Petite Fashion Challenge last month that I decided to try out this month’s PFC #13 challenge hosted by Annie of Really Petite, which is to put together a professional outfit (excluding shoes and accessories) for under $100. Aside from the sunnies and bag below, after the jump, […]

Hey all! Mixing prints can sometimes be intimidating. Few things to help with that and still be able to incorporate into your outfits would be to stick with one or two underlying colors and keep the prints small. I’ve done mixed prints before with most recently here, here and also played with color prints here. […]

Happy casual Friday and the first day of spring! Can you believe that we are having snow right now? Hopefully it will be the last of it and then warm weather ahead. I am jumping for joy inside. Anyway, so more and more companies have been loosening their corporate policy and instilling casual Friday Those […]

Hey everyone! As you know, I was in SF for Thanksgiving holiday and didn’t get back until really, really late Tuesday night. My flight from SF to Chicago and connecting flight was delayed by two hours. Note to self: go direct or never connect in Chicago–oy. Anyways, I mainly stayed with the in-laws and family […]

Hello everyone and happy NYE! So it’s time to say goodbye to 2014 and round up another year of popular posts that made it to the list this year. I chose 14 top posts for the year and split them down between fashion and beauty. Fashion: Winter Crop

Happy Halloween everyone! If you have missed my Halloween tutorial collab with KL transforming into my favorite Disney prince Ariel, feel free to check it out. Lately, I’ve been thinking about Paris a lot and since I’ll be heading down to Houston tonight, KL is taking me to a section of San Antonio that reminds […]

Hello all and happy hump day! So this post is very special featuring my blogger bestie in this first impression on the ghd curve classic wand creating this easy performance hairstyle that any hair-challenged friends could easily replicate. It also helped that the ghd curve made it super easy to create effortless wavy curls with […]

Hello everyone! I think I can finally see the light at the end of the renovation tunnel. Floors are done and my living room is slowly coming together! Now, I just need to finish unpacking and decorating before I can do a house tour. Can’t wait to show you what’s been happening at my place […]

When I saw this faux fur sweater vest at H&M, it was so soft not to get, especially at such a great deal with using 40% coupon code few weeks ago.

Happy Friday everyone & holy heatwave! I’m not sure if west coast is getting the same temps, but it’s been high 90’s and some days over 100 degrees over here. Reminds me of Cancun weather and the beach sounds good right about now. For night, I wanted something breezy to walk the breach with hubs, […]

Hey everyone! Today I have an outfit post plus a fun giveaway for the month. I have a lot to cover, so let’s begin. Before I get to the giveaway, let me start by saying how much I am loving this scarf as mentioned in this post here for Spring — such a pretty color […]

Tweed jackets are one of those items that instantly embodies the Chanel name; classic and timeless. However, Chanel tweed jackets are pretty pricey to start, so when Jean from Extrapetite introduced a more practical alternative, I was definitely tempted I hemmed and hawed for a few months before finally putting an order in with Uniqueen. […]

Hello all! When Casie took me to this beautiful work of art right in the heart of Bethesda, I was blown away. I mean I love Van Gogh and to see his “Starry Night” version done in 1200 bath fixtures was just simply amazing. So of course, I had to use it as a background […]

When I saw this poncho on F21’s site, I thought it would make a nice transition during those in-between temps of Fall. It’s light and airy and I love how the drapey material follows my moves when I walk. I paired it over a nude tank top and these skinny twill pants in leather brown, […]

When I saw this cape at Marshall’s, I had to get it. I’m also a sucker for anything toggle. =P Although this cape wasn’t the right size, I figure I could still make it work since capes are meant to be loose on the body. I love that it has a super-soft faux fur lining […]

Hello everyone! I hope my East Coast friends are keeping warm from blizzard Jonas. I stayed in the entire time Friday evening through Saturday evening and had to grudgingly get out to shovel my car out. Not what I had in mind to spend my weekend, that’s for sure. At least, we had a day […]

Hello hello! As you can see, I am still obsessed with heart prints — just can’t get enough of them! This one in particular is super comfy and more of a sweatshirt material versus sweater. It’s definitely my go-to item for casual days at work, but then again, most days are pretty casual, since we […]

Hello all! I am back with another spring trend as a T.J. Maxx Style Scout and this post is calling for some Spring brights. If you missed the first T.J. Maxx Spring trend, feel free to check out my ladylike outfit here. I love color. Period. So this post was right up my alley. Whenever […]