Beach Riot / / Stone Cold Fox

by Stephanie Yang


 
 

It's October and we're experiencing a heatwave here in San Francisco where it feels like a coffee run is a trip to the sun.

As long as we're in the mood to wearing next to nothing, what I packed on my Cabo vacation doesn't seem too far of a stretch for everyday wear in this blistering hot spell.

Enter this one piece. 

Sunglasses: Free People. Shoes: Soludos

A flirty print, the Palm Beach is the first swimsuit I jumped into on our first day under the Mexico sun. Such is the magic when the SoCal hip brand Beach Riot teams with Stone Cold Fox. More than the bright colors, it was the small details that had me at "hello."

The pointed neckline and rose-gold hardware create a new silhouette to the one-piece suit.

You can't see it here, but the only drawback is the boning that runs along the bodice tends to protrude out. I found myself poking them back in frequently.  No, not an alarming sight in any way.




 
 

San Diego Comicon

by Stephanie Yang


 
 

I just returned from the Con.

I got back from San Diego after working IGN's red carpet party they hosted for the upcoming film sequel Sin City 2.  If you've never heard of the Con, it's a massive festival that covers the most popular arts like film, TV and gaming. Fans bear the summer heat in their costume of choice while walking around the Gaslamp District. Hollywood studios send out their biggest talent to promote their latest film. And this year, I got scared by a man dressed up as a bush hiding in the dark while walking to dinner with a friend. All quite fun, really. 

A Star Wars smorgasbord.

I wanted to travel light for this work trip. This called for versatile separates and light dresses in breathable fabrics that could easily transition from day to night. I knew the day of the party was going to have me on my feet. Read: flat shoes. 

Checking lighting in the on-site studio where a live-stream of the day's events were being broadcasted online.

The humid temperatures and low powered A/C proved challenging to keep cool. And the additional spotlights set up along the red carpet killed any matte makeup effect. The dewey look is in, right?

I lived in my BCBG Runway Dakota dress from morning to the wee hours of the night. The drop-waist and low pockets downplay this all-silk ensemble. (Other sweet white dresses found here and here.)

My friend Anne brings her own brand of inscouiant cool whenever I see her. A baby doll with Chuck Taylors at the party. Stop it right now. No wonder she's my style crush.

My friend Anne brings her own brand of inscouiant cool whenever I see her. A baby doll with Chuck Taylors at the party. Stop it right now. No wonder she's my style crush.

The next day called for something a little more off-duty while catching up with dear friends. Cut-off denim shorts and my new favorite Sundry button-down with a little heel keeps the look more polished than I'm-cleaning-out-my-garage. 

One summer trend I absolutely adored at Comicon was the midriff exposure I spotted on some leading ladies. If you and your abs are ready, this skin-baring look actually evokes a sense of tasteful refined elegance in such hot climates.

Rose McIver in an AQ/AQ black cropped cut out top and Sans Souci stripe knitted mini dress.

Jessica Alba in a Tanya Taylor crop top and a Zimmerman mesh-panel skirt. I also love her side braid tucking her hair all to one side. 

Jessica Alba in a Tanya Taylor crop top and a Zimmerman mesh-panel skirt. I also love her side braid tucking her hair all to one side. 

With Comicon over, I took the train up to Los Angeles and visited my best friend and her husband to celebrate the end of a long but productive weekend. 

Squeezed in an Uber and on our way to a charity event on the beach.

Awe shucks, this is the perfect way to end my Comicon weekend.



 
 

Life Lately

by Stephanie Yang


 
 

I have no excuse.

I haven't posted in a while, distracted by all the bustle that summer is surfacing. It's an exciting time for me. Through a Herculean effort, I finally launched this blog. Hallelujah! I just signed new work at Comicon for an entertainment client. And dubbed "the Netflix of fashion," the startup company LeTote and I are starting rumblings on a chic style assignment. (More details to come.) 

In between that, here's what life lately has looked like.

Wear sequins during the day and subvert its traditional styling with a comfortable sneaker sole. Top: Gap (on sale!). Skirt: J. Crew from seasons past (similar here and here). Sneakers: Vans (this Kenneth Cole version is also worth flirting with. Purse: Clare Vivier.

Celebrating America's birthday with red, white and blue. I love these star-printed jeans by Current Elliott (on sale!).

Everyone knows that so-hip-it-hurts couple, right? Mike and Camilla are mine. A visit from my LA friends means a lot of laughs, the roti prata from Borobudur, and a burning answer as to whom makes Camilla's fanny pack. Clare Vivier strikes again. 

Everyone knows that so-hip-it-hurts couple, right? Mike and Camilla are mine. A visit from my LA friends means a lot of laughs, the roti prata from Borobudur, and a burning answer as to whom makes Camilla's fanny pack. Clare Vivier strikes again. 

Camilla....LOL....stop making me laugh....LOL....and let's take this picture already. Isn't it cool we found these abandoned bar stools in this alley....LOL...we probably contracted Hepatitis A, but it was so worth it...LOL.

Camilla....LOL....stop making me laugh....LOL....and let's take this picture already. Isn't it cool we found these abandoned bar stools in this alley....LOL...we probably contracted Hepatitis A, but it was so worth it...LOL.

Newly-discovered track "Let Go" by Remix Artist Collective (RAC) is on my Spotify repeat. Thanks Boblena for the recommendation! 

Speaking of music, crank your summer playlist outside at your next BBQ with this li' guy. The Chic Buds Porta Party Wireless Speaker has a play time of 10 hours.

My cousin Annie recently got married to her high-school sweetum Scott. Their outdoor wedding called for a comfortable cocktail dress. This lined Maje mini did just the trick. I like how these reversible paillettes add an edgy detail too. Meanwhile, my brother Brian opted for a classic navy pinstriped suit from J.Crew. 

My cousin Annie recently got married to her high-school sweetum Scott. Their outdoor wedding called for a comfortable cocktail dress. This lined Maje mini did just the trick. I like how these reversible paillettes add an edgy detail too. Meanwhile, my brother Brian opted for a classic navy pinstriped suit from J.Crew. 

 
 

We All Scream For Celine

by Stephanie Yang


 

Resistance was futile.

I gave in and purchased a Celine Trapeze. At first, I was only window shopping. And by window shopping, I mean openly coveting. 

Fashion blogger and model Paulien mixes that nice high-low vibe.

A great pre-fall look from perennially cool Dutch blogger Christine from FashNChips.

When looking for an investment piece, I consider a handful of qualities to be key.  Craftsmanship, functionality, and timeless design.

For me, the craftsmanship has to be excellent. Sure, you'll pay a premium upfront.  However you find yourself reaching for these pieces, season after season because they look better with age.  It feels very satisfying to own something beautiful with a patina of memories aging gracefully. 

I invested in a Balenciaga lambskin purse with my first grown up paycheck.  Ten years later I grab this purse and get the same pride and appreciation for the artisanship as day one. 

In Los Angeles your car is your locker. In San Francisco you are your own sherpa.  Hard to feel glamorous walking uphill, battling the SF wind, in heels plus a bag of groceries and scalding coffee.  Shoulder straps are a must.  As is a roomier handbag for your Himalayan supplies. 

I also generally avoid large logos.  It's tough to be timeless with obvious branding.  

This Trapeze is proving to be beautiful.  I'm loving the sturdy shoulder strap and the contrast of the refined suede flap front.  The structured base makes digging around for keys a thing of the past. The bold shape is architectural and I predict will be a favorite of mine for years to come. 

Hip, hip, CELINE! 

This graphic tri-color version leaves everything else I'm wearing basic and understated.

Ring: Vita Fede Ultra Mini V Crystal Ring

The cobalt blue suede flap is a fun pop of color this season.

Blazer: Custom made in Shanghai (similar here). Jeans: Gap. Heels: Zara. Sunglasses: American Optics.