Happy Galentine’s Day & (early) Valentine’s Day!💖 Instead of dressing to the nines this year, I decided to put together a couple outfits built around fun graphic tees. I love outfits built around easy shirts because…
1. Most people already have an all-time favorite sitting in their closet, so it’s easy to recreate these looks!
2. You can either dress it up for a more polished look or go make plans for an all-day at-home movie marathon. No judgements here.😉
3. Graphic tee outfits are super easy to throw together. And with Valentine’s Day sneaking up on me this year, I gladly welcomed any uncomplicated, yet fun outfits.
Play heart to get on Valentine’s Day!❤️ This vintage Minnie tee is comfy and so perfect for a polished, but casual Valentine’s Day look. To play off the hearts on the shirt and pull the whole look together, I wore a heart patterned velvet blazer. The velvet and embroidered hearts add texture and whimsy to an otherwise straightforward “t-shirt and jeans” outfit.
To complete this look, I found the perfect heart accessories. And to no one’s surprise they’re all Disney accessories.😂 To find the right mix that worked together, I kept color palette and scale in mind. I knew red, white, black, and light beige accessories would coordinate well with my vintage Minnie shirt and choosing only one larger scale statement accessory with other smaller accessories helps keep everything from looking too overwhelming. Because you are the star of the show, not your clothes — even if they are droolworthy.😜
In honor or Galentine’s Day, I had to wear this amazing Bridesmaids shirt from Cakeworthy! Because ladies, I just don’t think we can do any better. It’s a Fritz Beenaise afterall!😆
I usually buy graphic tees that are slightly loose on me so I can get that perfect fitted slouch when I tuck them into pants and skirts (exhibit A shown above👆🏼). But for this shirt, I decided to go up a few sizes so I can comfortably lounge on the couch all day bingeing Bridesmaids and other gal pal movies! I paired it with fitted pink shorts (which is actually a bodysuit onsie!) for a playful loungewear feel. And for a little glam, I topped it off with a matching sparkly scrunchie.💖
I hope you like these easy and more casual Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day looks! I used to get caught up thinking all my lookbooks had to showcase extravagant ensembles and be a huge production. And honestly, it requires so much more energy I would probably stress about it more than I should’ve.😅 But I’ve finally come to realize that even my more casual looks are still worthy of documenting. Just because it’s not fancy, doesn’t mean it’s not worthy! Reminding myself of that is one small way I’m showing myself some self-love and grace.🥰
Are you celebrating Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day this year? Or maybe you’re going to shower yourself with some self-love. Either way, I hope you’re weekend is filled with snacks and rest.😆
Happy #NationalPolkaDotDay!🔴⚪️⚫️ Polka dots are pretty much synonymous with Minnie Mouse, so it’s no surprise that many Disney fans celebrate Minnie and her iconic style today. In past posts, I’ve talked about how I used to shy away from #MinnieStyle for the fear of coming off as too girly, which often reads as childish as an Asian American woman. But now that I’m older, I’ve become more comfortable with wearing girlier, feminine outfits that still feel like me.
And even though today is supposed to be all about dots, I’ve decided use today as a great opportunity to highlight #MinnieStyle altogether. So here are a few fun ways to #RockTheDots and honor Minnie’s timeless style!
When Eggie, a clothing brand by Asian American YouTuber Jenn Im, dropped their Disney collection, I fell in love with this blazer and skirt set. From afar it looks like an irregular pinstripe, but it’s actually Minnie’s signature!🤩 I adore how the subtle print makes a usually stuff blazer more playful. And since we adore a themed outfit, I paired the set with the Uniqlo x Ambush Minnie Mouse bag. It’s reminiscent of the Christopher Raeburn Mickey and Minnie bags, but it was much more affordable. To stay warm, I layered up with Eggie’s bodysuit from the same Disney collection, a pair of tights, and some chunky boots. And I couldn’t forget my favorite upcycled Gucci mask!
Another piece I immediately bought from the Uniqlo x Ambush Disney collection was this embroidered Minnie T-shirt dress. I practically live in this dress and should’ve bought two because it’s already getting pilly.😅 It’s basically a cute and comfy cotton mumu, so it’s obviously been my go-to quarantine uniform. To add a few dots into the mix, I wore Baublebar’s Minnie dangle earrings and a velvet dot scrunchie. And a #MinnieStyle outfit almost always calls for a bright red lip.💄 I’m loving how luxe this Pat McGrath lipstick feels!
For the last outfit in this lookbook, we’re going full throttle with dots!🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ Thank goodness red dot dresses were trending in the last couple of years because now it’s fairly easy to find a #MinnieStyle dress that fits my style. This Reformation dress feels so Parisian and will really stand the test of time. But to level up on the dots, I decided to wear this fun (and obnoxious) Minnie bag with a Parc Pack red dot bag strap. When wearing dot on dot, I like to mix the size and proportions of the dot patterns so overall, it’s not too overwhelming.
What’s your favorite way to #RockTheDots or don #MinnieStyle? I’m glad over the years, I’ve come to embrace Minnie’s look. It’s a great reminder that I shouldn’t shy away from styles just because they don’t seem to fit me at face value. If anything, I can use my creativity to be inspired by those styles and put together outfits that still feel like me. So here’s to Minnie me!❤️😆
After several months of sheltering in place, it’s a huge understatement to say that I miss traveling. And I’m sure many of you feel the same way. When September rolled around and restrictions finally seemed to lighten up a bit, I was determined to find a way to #TravelResponsibly.
When I started researching, I knew I didn’t want to stay in a hotel where there were lots of shared spaces. And as much as I love the cottagecore aesthetic, I knew I’d get restless staying in an isolated cabin out in the woods. After looking at tons of standalone suites and small villas, I finally stumbled upon AutoCamp. A glamping escape that was less than two hours away from San Francisco and filled with the promise of endless s’mores.
So we set off on our short drive to Russian River. When it was time to check in, we were notified via text and also given the gate code to enter the lot, airstream suite number, and airstream door code. Since our parking pass was left inside our suite, the whole check-in process was basically contactless. But if you prefer to chat with a real person, there are front desk attendants at the Clubhouse. AutoCamp also texts a link to a digital map so you can easily find the location of your airstream. The airstreams sit about 12 feet apart from each other, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but the layout prevents you from encountering any shared spaces with your neighbors aside from the gravel walkways. Noticing that our airstream was on the further end of the lot, I definitely didn’t pass up the opportunity to use the iconic Radio Flyer Red Wagons.
Before dinner, we decided to quickly take a look around the AutoCamp site. It was smaller than I expected, but never felt crowded. In the center was a small grass field with a huge communal fire pit. And next to the firepit were some picnic tables led up to the clubhouse. The clubhouse houses the communal bathrooms, front desk attendants, a small sundries and souvenir shop, and a small open flame fireplace. The communal bathrooms are spacious and modern and if we weren’t still in a pandemic, I would’ve enjoyed the private shower rooms. And the shop conveniently stocks “heat and eat” meals, s’mores kits, and souvenirs. All of which could be ordered by text!
So now that we’ve gotten through some of the basics of AutoCamp, let’s answer some of your questions!
What’s the difference between the tents and airstreams?
The main differences between the tents and airstreams are that the airstreams are equipped with private bathrooms and a small kitchenette that includes a sink and minifridge. Guests that stay in luxury tents must use the communal bathrooms in the Clubhouse and have an icebox and basic cookware like a pan, cutting board, and cooking utensils. Airstreams also have a fan and heater system while the tents are equipped with an electric blanket. For hotter days, guests staying in tents can request a fan. However, all tents and airstreams are given their own private fire pit area, which includes two chairs. This is great for people looking to lounge outside their rooms, but not have to use shared spaces.
What does the airstream look like inside?
The design of the airstreams is super modern and minimalist. And the efficient use of small space reminds me of an Ikea store. On one end of the airstream is the bedroom, which includes a wall mounted TV with lots of cable channels. Right outside the room is the kitchenette and some storage cabinets. And on the other side of the airstream is a full bathroom — sink, toilet, and shower. The airstream also includes a small futon if you happen to need more than one bed. I’m sure the dogs that visit AutoCamp probably love the futon. It’s a vacation for them too afterall!
Is it clean? How’s the bug situation?
Yes! Our airstream was clean and tidy. However, if you plan on using the futon, bring a fitted sheet since futons are tough to clean in general. There were no bugs in our airstream unless we left the door open and food out on the counter, which attracted some fruit flies. We also bought a huge citronella candle and I kept that candle lit throughout the evening to also help ward off unwanted bugs.
Did you bring your own food or do you have to buy it from AutoCamp?
We bought our own food from the Safeway that was less than five minutes away from us. However, you can also buy food from the front desk shop, like eggs and heat and eat foods. We also bought our own supplies for s’mores, but AutoCamp was gracious enough to provide us roasting sticks when we failed at finding our own s’more worthy tree branches. We also bought our own fire logs and coal, but AutoCamp sells these items as well.
I read some reviews saying they are providing single use plates and utensils. Is that still the case?
Yes! To minimize the amount of shared tools, AutoCamp is providing prepackaged recyclable plates and utensils to guests. They leave four sets of plates and utensils in your suite, but if you require more, simply send them a text or pop by their front desk to pick it up.
Are you in the middle of nowhere? I watch too many horror movies to be alone in the woods.
For the Russian River location, you are definitely near civilization! In fact, the Russian River location is actually located within a residential area. So right outside our gate were peoples’ houses and cabins. We were also less than five minutes away from Guernville’s main street which had lots of cute shops and restaurants. We definitely felt safe, yet still felt like we were camping.
Is there security? Am I going to get murdered?
It feels very secure. There’s a gate to enter the AutoCamp lot that requires a code and for the Russian River location specifically, you are in a populated area that is not super secluded. We even heard the neighbors walking their dogs across the street from the back of our airstream. Additionally, the airstreams each have keypads and after using the initial code to check in, guests can change it to a number they’re familiar with.
What kind of stuff can you do at AutoCamp?
Aside from the private fire pits, which I enjoyed for hours, you can also rent out AutoCamp bikes! These adorable cruiser bikes aren’t anything fancy, but it’s a fun way to get around the neighborhood. AutoCamp also currently provides access to pre-recorded activities like yoga classes, meditations, and “fireside chats.” Borrow a yoga mat from the Clubhouse or bring your own to use on your airstream deck or out in the communal areas!
If you’re looking to #TravelResponsibly, AutoCamp is definitely one of the best options out there. And not gonna lie, it’s definitely a little pricey, but for me it was worth it to have a minimal contact, socially distant, and unique traveling experience. I was never in the Girls Scouts, but if I were, I definitely would’ve been part of Troop Beverly Hills. I’m no wilderness girl, so AutoCamp was a great compromise between the comfort of a hotel and the grit of camping. However, we’re definitely hoping to experience the Yosemite site if we ever head back to AutoCamp. After doing a little research, it definitely seems like that site is further out in nature. And this glamper is ready to rough it! With a side of s’mores of course. 😉
Happy National Polka Dot Day! And say hello to the first #citydisneystyle post!🙌🏼 If you follow me on instagram, then you already know that this series is an idea I’ve been toying around with for the past month. After getting all your great feedback, I’m finally pulling the trigger!
I hope that each month I can tell you more about how to put together a Disney Style outfit that suits your city life. Instead of following one format, I’ve decided to focus on one topic each month. I’m planning to write up step by step guides, how to style one item multiple ways, and hopefully showing you how to easily transition at-home Disney loungewear clothes into a pulled-together errand outfit!🏃🏻♀️
This month, I decided to provide three tips on how to wear one of the most timeless prints around — Minnie polka dots!🔴⚪️⚫️🔴⚪️⚫️
Tip 1: Choose interesting basics to pair with your dots.
I love a good pattern mix, but for easy city dressing, I usually pair a pattern or print back to interesting basics. What do I mean by interesting basics?🤔 It sounds like such a contradiction, Alisa. Well, I’m talking about basic pieces with an unexpected point of interest. Basics with an intriguing detail that makes them NOT so basic.
Notice in this outfit, that the points of interest in my black coat are the longer streamlined silhouette, slim collars, and distinct pocket details. For my bag, the mixed metal buckle feels unexpected. And blue tinted aviators actually pick up on the blue in Donald’s hat. These kind of small details help to elevate your basics from literal “basic clothes” to stylish staples that stand the test of time.
Tip 2: Mix different styles into your outfit.
Mixing different styles is something I often think about when putting together a #citydisneystyle outfit. As much as I prefer to have a predictable life and schedule🙄, I try to go for an unexpected mix in my outfits. And when it comes to styling Disney pieces, mixing fun and bright with more refined items easily transforms Disney clothes into city clothes.
Since I based this outfit on my flouncy Cath Kidston dot skirt, I decided to pair it with more structured items to get that nice mix of feminine and sleek. Again, my black jacket instantly adds polish with its sharp silhouette and my earrings are minimalistic and streamlined. Both give a nice contrast to a flowy skirt and that contrast is what taps into that “je ne sais quoi” cool city girl mood.
Tip 3: Tuck it in!
It’s such a simple styling “hack,” but it has so much pay off. For skirts or pants that sit at your waist, try to tuck in your top. Not only does it help keep the shape of your outfit, but doing a French or half tuck will also help you channel that cool Parisian city vibe. I mean, it’s called a French tuck for a reason!👩🏻🎨 Tucking your shirt in ever so slightly will instantly read as effortless and more polished.
Minnie dots are such a playful and timeless print to wear and I hope these three tips will help you wear them with confidence around the city! Minnie may be girlie and sweet, but she’s also strong and independent. So to style an outfit that speaks to different sides of Minnie’s character was fun and meaningful for me. And to share this outfit and these tips on National Polka Dot Day is just the icing on the cake!🎂
How do you like to wear your Minnie dots? Let me know here or over on instagram!
We’re a week out from Christmas, so trees, lights, and festive holiday outfits are in full swing! In past years, I would wear the usual lace or sparkles, but this year, 🎶to save me from tears, I’ll give ‘fits some Disney style!🎶
What I’m trying to say with my horribly forced Christmas pun is that this year, I thought I would add some Disney flair into some of my holiday outfits. I figured that would be a good way to help get me into the Christmas spirit, since I’m usually more of a Halloween ghoul.👻😆 I mourn the loss of fall weather and Halloween candy for a month.
Since most of my Disney pieces are casual, I decided to pair a casual shirt with a satin, silky skirt to dress it up. The mix of casual and dressy gives that cool, city girl vibe that I love. But part of the fun in dressing for the holidays is also being a little kitschy. Enter adorable Christmas light earrings!🎄 And since I have two ear piercings, I obviously had to capitalize on the opportunity and wear two pairs.😏 For this outfit, the green and gold pairs were the perfect accent colors. BONUS: The earrings are less than $5 on Kmart right now!
And even though I only intended to wear one piece of Disney apparel, I ended up wearing three.😅 Since the weather was gloomy, as it usually is during this time of year in San Francisco, I threw on my favorite oversized camel coat, which conveniently, features Mickey. And to carry my essentials, I opted for my small Minnie Coach bag; also adding that perfect dash of Minnie style.🎀🐭❤️
All in all, this was a perfect outfit for my afternoon work holiday party last week. Dressy enough to be party appropriate, yet still laid back, fun, and festive! And another bonus for ya…it’s an easy, comfortable, and cute outfit to wear for a visit to the Union Square tree!🙌🏼
I love that I was able to incorporate some Disney flair into my holiday outfit this year. My usual holiday go-to’s are red, black, lace, or a dress of some sort, so it was fun to think out the box and incorporate some of my favorite mouses.🐭🎀🐭
What do you like to wear for holiday parties? Comment below what you’re going to wear for your holiday festivities or let me know over on instagram!
Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! It’s Mickey’s 90th birthday! And you can bet I’m not just celebrating today. I definitely celebrated alllll year long by buying into the many Mickey True Original collections that released throughout the year. Opening Ceremony, Forever 21, Cakeworthy, Vans, Target, and most recently H&MxMoschino and Levi’s — just to name a few. So thank you, Mickey, for turning 90! I have a closet full of amazing Disney Style pieces thanks to your birthday. Unfortunately, my wallet doesn’t thank you so much.
This is also why I loved all the Mickey True Original collections so much. Each collection retained the brand’s DNA. Forever 21’s collection was fun and spunky, Opening Ceremony was unconventional and funky, Rag & Bone was ultra cool. Each brand that released a collaboration took Mickey as inspiration, but made the collection unapologetically their own. And it inspires me to approach personal style in the same way.
So to take a page out of Mickey’s playbook, I KNEW I had to make this Disney Style Canadian tuxedo my own. Obviously, I wanted everything from all the collections, but I knew I absolutely needed these Levi’s Mickey decal jeans and matching sherpa jacket for a few reasons. It’s probably obvious by now that I’m a sucker for denim and an adorable classic Mickey. But Levi’s was and still remains an integral part of San Francisco’s heritage. The company was born and raised in San Francisco! Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?😏
You might wonder why I’m sometimes overly aggressive about declaring San Francisco as my home. I can’t tell you the number of times someone has asked me “Where are you from?” and they don’t actually want to know what city. Many POC and WOC can probably relate to this. Sometimes, I keep telling them San Francisco until they ask me the actual question, “What race/ethnicity are you?” Additionally, a good handful of people assume I wasn’t born here. You would think at this point in our lives, someone wouldn’t be so shocked to learn that you were born here just like your own parents.
But as a third generation San Franciscan and with Levi’s significant ties to SF, I obviously had to pair this denim set with a San Francisco, City by the Bay graphic tee. The simple, yet strong font pairs nicely with the classic Mickey decals. Laid back round sunglasses and practical, yet polished flats finish off this outfit and lend that perfect touch of city ease and California cool. And of course, I added a little extra flair with a pin from the Disney Store’s new Mouseketeer collection!
So here’s to you, Mickey! Thank you for 90 years of laughter and magic! You look good for your age, but I reckon it’s because you’re young at heart. Just another life lesson that you’ve taught millions of people, including myself. I can’t wait to see the countless number of amazing people you’ll inspire for another 90 years to come! And of course, I know you’ll do that with your own unique flair. 😉
Aaahhhhhhhhh! Where to even begin?! For many Disney fans, Pixar Studios is a supplemental, but oh so necessary part of the Disney company and experience. It’s like adding avocado to your BLT. Pixar just makes Disney THAT. MUCH. BETTER. Omg, Pixar is an avocado. No wonder everyone loves it!😆 So when I got the chance to visit the Pixar campus with some friends, I was ecstatic.
We visited on a Sunday, which was actually really nice because it was completely empty and quiet. We could take a million photos with no one in the background! 🤗 An added bonus was the warm weather! If you ever visited or lived in the Bay Area during the summer, then you know that warm days during the “summer” months are like Pixar easter eggs — you only get them once in a while.😉 Cloudless skies meant I could wear a blue dress for my Guido disneybound without hesitation. I would’ve worn the dress anyways since Chelsea and I planned on being twinsies together, but great weather just made it that much better. P.S. Loved Cars 3! See it if you can!
Luigi and Guido disneybouds!
Aside from the multiple Pixar statues that greet you at the entrance, there’s also a trophy case filled with all the awards Pixar has won. Oscar…oscar…beaten up Woody? In the far corner, a well-loved Woody, all dirty and missing his boot, was set next to a letter from Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The cast member explained how a 6 year old boy was given a new Woody doll and rather than throw the old one away, the boy left it at the park’s City Hall so his old Woody could have a great new home and “spend infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear.” I’m sorry, I would go on but it seems I’m on the verge of crying.😩
Of course, there was tons of concept art throughout the building. When we visited, most of the art was for Finding Dory and Cars 3. We saw everything from pencil sketches to clay models. Unfortunately, all of this amazing concept art was in a “no photo” zone, so I don’t have any pictures. Sorry!😭 But trust me when I say, it was so cool to see all the different stages of the animation process. And I guess Pixar made up for it with huge posters and statues that scream “instagram photo op.”😏
And Pixar being Pixar, they also scattered lots of magic throughout the rest of the property. Halfway through our visit, I headed for the bathroom. And when I reached the door, instead of the usual female silhouette logo, I spotted a familiar curvy, mom-bob, above-the-knee boot wearing superhero! She was incredible.😉 But my favorite surprises were the characters that were embedded into the floors! So while walking around, you could randomly run into some of your favorite characters!
And of course, the pièce de résistance…Luxo Jr. and the Luxo ball! Erika slayed it and actually disneybounded as the Luxo ball, but by complete accident, we all ended up wearing similar style dresses all in yellow and blue.😳 And guess what, our separate disneybounds then became a singular one. We. Were. The Luxo ball. If that isn’t the definition of serendipty, then I don’t know what else is!
We are Luxo ball.
I still can’t believe such an amazing company is just across the bridge from me. A company that not only seeks out talent and creativity, but also encourages personal storytelling, is just so endearing and heartwarming. And call me a snooty San Francisco native, but I like to think that Pixar employees are often inspired by the Bay Area and somehow weave that into their stories. Case in point, Inside Out. Ultimately, I just love the idea that employees of a huge storytelling company that millions of people know, are creating these stories in an area that is tremendously liberal and diverse. And I like to think that San Francisco’s liberal values make their way into Pixar’s stories; ultimately passing those values along to millions of people. But that just might be a snooty San Franciscan’s wishful thinking. But hey, one can dream!😊