Dominican Daydream

9/15/2014













On me: cardigan CottonOn, leaf printed dress, heels Ardene, rings (left to right hand) Ardene and We.ar.able (buy me)
Photography & Makeup : Elizabeth Dobrzanski

As common knowledge, fashion week is an excuse where fashionistas, bloggers, and anyone of the sort can dress up to the nines. With Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, it's hard to ignore the epidemic/craze over the street styles and particular "ootd" donned that week. 
Thanks to Vancouver Fashion Week, I'll now have a platform to showcase this outfit. 
Along with my recent marble obsession, I've also been in love with leaf prints, and decided this dress would be a great way to showcase that. The color of the leaves were a unique shade of green that immediately caught my eye. Of course, this look wouldn't be complete without Elizabeths incredible makeup skills. The lipstick and eyeliner added the right amount of edge/flair into the outfit, giving it less of a girly vibe. 
This was the finale look I shot with Elizabeth in the VanDusen Botanical Garden Series, and hopefully she and I will collaborate again in the future!
Till next time lovelies!


Komorebi(n.): Sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees
Xo Charmyn

Afterglow

8/30/2014






















On me: kimono H&M, leather jacket Hong Kong, skort Berksha & sandals  Stradivarius
Photography: Christine Ra 

Travelled to Paris last month, and decided to catch up with my girl crush Christine.
The agenda for the day was to briskly make a trip to La Fayette, cry over the gorgeousness of everything, get over my heart break via Laduree, transit my arse back to Opera, meet Christine at the steps, and walk to her hotel for a shoot.
Getting back to the hotel meant not knowing where the hotel was, walking for a solid one hour, and realizing the hotel was five minutes away from the train station.
Really it was hilarious.
Within the solid hour of being lost, Christine and I had a heart to heart conversing over Macarons, asian pick up lines, possible dinner locations, and un-canny music taste.
I don't know about you, but that sounds like true friendship.
Till next time lovelies!


Komorebi(n.): Sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees
Xo Charmyn

VanDusen

8/13/2014












On me: white dress (similar), shoes (similar), ring We.ar.able (buy me)
Photography & Makeup :
Elizabeth Dobrzanski

My opinion on the VanDusen Botanical Garden?
It's an incredible place to visit when one gets tired of the city, full of greenery/florets, and a killer location to take photos.
When planning this shoot Elizabeth's suggestion of this location prompted my interest, but arriving at the garden excited me. It was somewhere I would love to visit when I want to relax.
The variety of locations were so overwhelming that Elizabeth and I ended up shooting a mixture of shots that held no cohesion. Even so, the photos highlight the diverse plantation and spacious size of the botanical garden.
Growing up in a city I've never seen the appeal of flowers, because my knowledge of flower breeds were limited to roses, sun-flowers, and any blossom one purchases during Chinese New Year.
(hence my current obsession with succulents and hydrangeas)

The dress was something I've been meaning to shoot for a while, but being picky I had to find a specific location and photographer to capture this look. Luckily Elizabeth wanted to collaborate after our previous summer escapades.
 (view jaws and back to black)


Accessory wise, I was introduced by a friend Visala (view blog), to check out her new online shop, We.Ar.Able (view shop). It contains many quirky and whimsical accessories that emulate my style. Intrigued on this find I decided to purchase the Flesh ring, because it has a gorgeous marble design, but wasn't too common in color with the traditional black in white, but instead a mixture of gold and sienna! A winning touch was the crystal which became a great conversation starter. Throughout this summer I've frequently wore this ring, and when travelling in Europe it was the only accessory I used regardless of the other jewelry I packed. When I make my next online purchase, I plan to either buy the cloud earrings (view here) or YinYang Ring (view here)Till next time lovelies



Komorebi(n.): Sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees
Xo Charmyn

Colosseum

8/10/2014












On me: kimono H&M, romper 2020Avenue, sandals and bag

I'm finally back in Vancouver and free to edit photos from my trip to Europe!
Originally I planned to blog everyday what I wore, ate, etc... But I was carried away exploring each city, that I ended up falling asleep every time I returned to the hotel.
As the title suggests, I shot this look during my visit to the Colosseum!
It was breathtaking to view the architecture and  learn the history behind this venue because it made me appreciate where I was even more.
I must admit the number of tourists challenged our ability to capture outfit shots, however the results were successful, seeing as how I managed to spam all of you with photos.
Surprisingly the hat was an impulse buy. Considering how strong the sun rays were, my mother and I each purchased a hat during our trek to the colosseum.
Seeing as this was my second day in Rome, I found myself being captivated by the food and the people during the trip. I adored how everything was in walking distance, because it made travelling from one monument to another convenient. 

One thing that shocked my mother and I was the size of coffee.
Yes, you heard me right.
Being tourists we didn't know or realize till our last day in Rome, that the coffee sizes were tiny due to culture differences. 
And to find regular sized coffee, one had to order an American coffee....
Learning this upon the brunch before our departure to France was utterly devastating, and the only regret I've held during my visit to Italy. 
Till next time lovelies



Komorebi(n.): Sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees
Xo Charmyn
 

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