Living In Prints

August 15, 2017

ModCloth Pepaloves Round of Aplomb Midi Dress

Although I have more plain than patterned clothing in my closet, no one can accuse me of being a print-hater. Sometimes you just see a fun printed dress that reminds you of the Chiquita Banana lady, and you know you just have to have it. Better yet if the dress is made of a super comfortable material that is so easy to wear. If it was socially acceptable, I would wear this dress damn near every day. But one thing that is a minus, and I guess also a plus, about attention grabbing prints is that it’s as described: grabs people’s attention. Which means that you can’t have it on rotation as often as a solid colored item. But hey this a great excuse to have even more printed dresses in your wardrobe. Life is short, we should all wear more prints! Read on to view more deets of the outfit and find a round up of my fave printed dresses from ModCloth that will probably make its way to my closet very very soon.

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12 Tips For a Successful Photoshoot + Giveaway

August 11, 2017

10 Tips for a Successful Photoshoot

One of the questions I get asked a lot is “how long have you been blogging?” I honestly don’t remember when I started but I know for sure that it’s been quite some time now. Mimi & Chichi’s earliest post in the archives date back to 2011, and this doesn’t include posts that was lost during one of the site migration. Holy moly!
Since then there have been some changes: my style has evolved and the quality of the photos posted has improved. Thank god for that, because I cringe when I look back at some of my earlier blog post. But hey it’s all good, you live and you learn (not to take photos at midday because the lighting is horrible then). I do wish that I know then some of the stuff I know now. Since there’s no time machine for me to tell past-Gita tips on how to not take a sh*tty photo, I’m gonna share it with you guys instead. And just in case your wondering, these tips are applicable to bloggers and non-bloggers alike.

Also, spoiler alert, there will be a giveaway at the end of this blog for a photoshoot with the lovely and talented Laurel Creative. Lauren is a big part of the reason for the uptick of quality in my photos, so I can’t say enough good things about her. This is a giveaway you’re not going to want to miss.

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Strappy Summer / Layered Fall

August 3, 2017

Elizabeth & James Check Cascading Ruffle Dress

Shopping near the end of a season is always awkward. Do you buy for the current season that you’re in? Or, do you shop for the next season, so you’ll get more wear out of the item that you’re buying? To those questions I say: do both and buy yourself a transitionable item (yup, I just made up that word). When you think of summer-to-fall transition clothing, a strappy dress is probably not the first item that comes to mind. But it’s actually not that hard to take this item into fall. All you need to do is just layer a white thin short sleeve shirt, like Uniqlo’s AIRism scoop-neck tee, underneath. When the weather get’s a bit more nippy, you can layer a long sleeve shirt instead and/or add an extra layer of jacket on top.

My favorite part about this dress is the ruffle detail. It adds that bit of interest that will look good no matter what season you’re wearing it on. Also did I mention I got this dress at Century 21 Dept Store, which means I got it at mega sale. The discounted price, combined with the fact that I’m able to wear this dress in multiple seasons, means that I’m really getting the best bang out of my buck.

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Shop Small, Shop Cool

July 31, 2017

It Is Well LA Split Neck Shell

When it comes to Fashion, I must say that I’ve got a soft spot for the small businesses. Partially I think it’s because I feel a kinship to these brands. I mean, as an up-and-coming fashion blogger, one can argue that I’m technically a small business myself. So I always get super excited when I find newcomer brands that I love. Because really, nowadays, how often is it that you can say you’re one of the first to discover something in fashion. Read on and I’ll introduce you to two of my recent faves.

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Bold Cold Shoulder

July 27, 2017

ModCloth Collectif Signature Sass Mini Dress

We’re deep into summer, but I still haven’t gotten my requisite pool/beach time yet. I have, however, gotten my dose of summer sun by exploring the rooftops of New York City. And thank god for that, because you know some summer colors just look a lot better on glowing tan skin. Like this bold yellow dress from ModCloth, for example.

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Nordstrom Home Decor Finds + $500 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

July 25, 2017

Friday Finds

As a blogger, who’s vertical is primarily fashion, my closet is pretty much full to the brim. I probably have more clothes than I know what to do with… Juuuuuust kidding, of course I know what to do with them. But on the real though, I feel like sometimes other aspects of my life is a bit neglected, in particular my apartment. Well what better time to stock up on all the home goodies than during the #NSale? And you better believe I will be getting some cat-related decor. Read on to find my picks, and of course to enter the giveaway for a $500 gift card so you can get some goodies for yourself.

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Maxi for Shorties

July 17, 2017

Old Navy Lightweight Crochet-Trim Swing Dress

OMG it feels like it’s been sooooooooo long since I wrote a blog. Not gonna bore you guys with the full details, but basically some personal drama in my life made me decide to take a step back and take a little break from blogging and social media. In reality it’s been no longer than a week. But damn my sabbatical is long enough that I am starting to get withdrawals from it. So hello, I’m back (for good)!

There’s nothing I love more for the summer than easy-to-wear dresses. My faves are the kinds that are loose, non-restrictive and has that “swingable” quality to it. You know what I’m talking about: dresses that are made out of billowy material that you just can’t help but twirl in. As far as length goes, I’m a fan of all, but I do tend to go for the longer maxi dresses. The problem is when you’re extra short like me (read: 4’11”), it can be extra tough finding the perfect maxi dress that’s not too long. Sure you can shorten the dress, but who wants to spend extra money doing that? Plus some dresses have trimming that makes it near impossible to shorten. If you’re lucky, the store that you’re shopping at may sell a petite version of the dress. But what’s the other alternative in finding a longer length dresses for shorties when there is no petite sizing?

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Friday Finds: Hair Edition + Amika Giveaway

July 7, 2017

Friday Finds

Update: congrats to Trish M. for winning this giveaway.

Gosh just like last time, I seem to always be posting these Friday Finds real late. But since it doesn’t really make sense to post a “Friday Finds” blog on Saturday, I better hurry up and finish writing this blog. In honor of my recently cut hair, I thought I would share some of the products I use to keep my tress presentable.

Growing up, I used to grumble about my hair a lot. It’s on the coarser side and tends to always be frizzy and unruly. I think I spent most of middle and high school having my hair in a pony tail since I wasn’t quite sure how to tame it. But thankfully I’ve since learned how to manage it, I can now find the silver lining in my adolescent grievances. For example, having coarse hair may not necessarily be a bad thing, because it means that it holds style better and can even last days on end. Of course, that is, provided I have the right products and tools to style it in the first place.

And of course, in the usual fashion of all Friday Finds blog posts, there will be a giveaway at the end of this silky haired rainbow. So here we goooooo…

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Shoulder Ruffles

July 5, 2017

Old Navy Ruffle-Trim Tencel® Dress

Whether we like to admit it or not, all of us have got that part of our body that we wish we could change. Some parts are ones that you can do something about, with eating healthy and exercising. Others are just god-given parts of you that you’re going have to learn to live with. For me this is my upper arm, which growing up my mom used to lovingly call “my wings”. No matter what I do, they pretty much stay the same size while alternating between states of flabby and muscliness. Now, I’m not saying I want to hide them with my clothes, because that would make it sound like I’m ashamed of my body (a firm “hell no” on that one). But there’s nothing wrong with donning a wardrobe that flatters your body and shines the best light on it, right? If you have the same gripes as me about your upper arm, then you’re gonna love the shoulder ruffles trend. It’s something that I initially thought I should avoid, but the ruffles actually build proportion and gives my body the illusion of a taller frame.

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Is Black a Summer Color?

June 28, 2017

Old Navy Sleeveless V-Neck Maxi Dress

Unless you’re a New Yorker who thinks that black is a year round color, you’ll probably think that the answer to this question is an obvious no. The color myth goes something like this: black is supposed to absorb heat, making you hot, and thus not a great color to wear in the summer. Yes it’s sort of true. But when it comes to staying cool in the summer time, you really should be more concerned about what kind of fabric your wearing, rather than the color of your outfit. So which fabric should you pick then? Hint: it’s got to be something breathable.

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