Caramel-Coated Class

Here lies a game of tones. The monochrome trend is alive and well, so let's play with neutrals, shall we? While styling a look for Forever 21, I unearthed this caramel coat from the depths of my walk-in closet, because Lord knows I've been underdressed throughout this slightly unforgiving San Francisco winter. Not only is this a game of tones, but also a game of lengths. A long coat speaks class, and to complement it, I added a high-low skirt, then thigh high boots to fill the negative space. Since the skirt is high-waisted, I paired it with a crop sweater from Forever 21. See what I did there? I'm pretty clothed, but by playing with lengths, the entire ensemble is captivating, in my humble opinion. 

I had so much fun during this shoot! A photographer I met a few months ago in LA happened to be in town, and so we explored my neck of the woods. I love how supportive and open people are in this industry and how linking up with a stranger and shooting with aligned visions is NBD. 

Coat: Free People

Sweater: Forever 21

Skirt: Finders Keepers via Boutique Dandelion

Boots: Schutz - "Karlyanna"

Photos by: Rudy Widjaja

xo, victoria

French Feelings

So, I'm finally settled into my new place in San Francisco. After many trips to the grocery store and even more trips to Target, this stripped down home is starting to feel full. Full in a warm and cozy nature. Due to accessibility of awesome activities, I must admit I have been sidetracked. But after the lights come on and the friends have gone, I was left with an impulse to create. Whether it's photography, a video or writing this blog post, it feels good when I'm doing it. And a little sad when I'm not. So I hit up Ryan Chua to shoot. So excited that I was able to nab a shoot before he moves to LA the following week. I was the first of five shoots he had lined up for the weekend. #blessed.

Now let's talk about style, shall we? Bodysuits and chokers have been my jam. They're pretty much a sure shot, no matter what the occasion. A black choker instantly polishes an outfit (I have several in various widths). The choker and bodysuit are both from Free People.

OH. Let's not forget about these jeans. Urban Outfitter's beloved BDG label just released a new cut for their denim. The Girlfriend Jean. How clever is that? Maybe I don't want a relaxed Boyfriend Fit today (although those are key players in my repertoire), the Girlfriend Jean is a high waisted, fitted take on the Mom Jean. LOL these names. Anyway, they are a great cross breed of a true raw denim and a stretchy pair of jeans. To die for. `

It's good to be back. Thanks for stopping by!

Shot by |  Ryan Chua

Suede Choker | Free People Daisy Jane Suede Choker

Bodysuit: https: | Free People Move Along Bodysuit

Jeans | Urban Outfitters BDG Girlfriend Jean

Shoes | Steve Madden Stecy Heel

Backpack | Rebecca Minkoff Julian Medium

xo, victoria

Block Party

Fell in love with these boots, and I'm not sure how it hit me. They had a foreign look about them. An oddly-shaped block heel, and leather tight enough to show the silhouette of your feet. Do I want this? Do I want weirdly tight, geometric block boots? I do. I couldn't explain it, but I do. Strange as they are. No clue how to style these, but love always finds a way! 

Apparently I don't own any skinny jeans (they're all boyfriend's or belles), so I had to nix that styling option. Surely these babies can't hide underneath all that fabric. So my next option was a skirt. Done.

These boots are a unique blood orange color, so I stuck with some faithful neutrals to keep things moderate. Next, I grabbed a fitted top and a cardi to go with it and this turned out better than I thought. I'm often pleased with the looks I come up with when I'm pressed for time. But then again, who likes being rushed?

Top: American Apparel | Skirt: Finders Keepers via Boutique Dandelion | Cardigan: Free People | Boots: Zara | Backpack: Rebecca Minkoff

Photos by Ryan Chua

xo, victoria

A Game of Tones

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. -Coco Chanel. I've never been a fan of wearing browns or tans, but these neutrals have been trending heavily. Monochrome looks have been my latest obsession for both men and women. Such a clean and chic aesthetic. 

The skirt and sweater may be simple pieces, individually. Now, tuck in the sweater, give them the cold shoulder and show a little leg, and now you've got a feminine silhouette. This is one of my favorite looks I've done. 

Sweater: Free People | Skirt: Tobi | Boots: "Karlyanna" by Schutz | Purse: Chanel

Photos by Ryan Chua

xo, victoria