Fashion, Featured

Style Report: Most Comfortable Work Heels this Summer

July 24, 2016
comfortable work heels

The power of high heels is undeniable. When I wear them, I feel powerful, stylish, and sexy, so I am always on the lookout for comfortable work heels.

For years, after becoming a working mom and taking thousands of quick steps daily, I had to get practical and started opting out of heels in exchange for comfort. I started wearing heels only on special occasions and making other compromises for what I called comfort. But with time, I noticed I was losing that feeling that wearing a great pair of heels was giving me. It was more than just heels, though, I felt like I’d stopped taking care of myself, that I lost that feel of looking and feeling sexy. I decided to start getting back in the heel game, and went on a hunt for a pair that combine sexy style and comfort. Since then, I’ve acquired a pretty good eye with spotting heels that strike the comfort and style balance.

Here are a few key things to look out for.

1. Look for shoes with built-in padding under the ball of the foot.

Stuart Weitzman is amazing when it comes to padded footbed (and design!), but there are many more affordable brands who have them too.

Favorites: Steve Madden (now on sale!), Ivanka Trump (now on sale!), Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade,

comfortable work heels

2. 3″ heels have a lower arch and can look just as stylish as 4-5″ heels. 

Designers today are very in-tunned with women’s needs and are getting better and better at creating gorgeous heels without the height. Some styles look better with smaller heels than others, though. Strappy heels are some of the best because the shorter heel is offset by the strappy design and makes the shoe look more dimensional.

Favorites: Ivanka Trump (now on sale!), Sam EdelmanStuart Weitzman

work heels

3. Give trendy block heels a try.

When a trend allows for comfort, I can’t not to take advantage. There are a variety of designs now on varying scales of delicate and bold, or combination of two. Block heels add stability and allow for better balance. Also open toe shoes allow to avoid toes being squeezed down.

Favorites: Via Spiga, Cole Haan (now on sale!)Steve Madden,  Sam Edelman

Tory Burch block heels

4. Platform shoes give excellent support and make it easier to walk.

Okay, platforms are not technically heels, but if you are interested in adding a few inches to height without wearing high heels, platforms and wedges are perfect since the sole of the foot is also elevated. The variety of designs is endless, and you can go for all sorts of looks.

Favorite: UGG, Stuart WeitzmanKate SpadeSteve Madden, Via Spiga (*Nordstrom annyversary sale)

wedges

And for those days when you can’t be bothered, these flats will have lots of compliments coming your way.

♡ Zuma A.

Fashion, Featured, Travel

Summer Monday: Traveling to Hawaii for Work

July 18, 2016
Little Black Dress

Happy Monday and Aloha! Traveling for work is a big part of my job, and sometimes I get lucky and get to travel to fun places. And this week, I’m off to Hawaii. Of course, most of the time I will be in an air-conditioned office building, and then running back to the hotel to prepare for the next work day and FaceTime Alex to help him with homework. My job as mom does not go away when I’m in a different timezone! But after that, I’ll be going for a well deserved Pina-colada by the beach. Well, at least, that’s the plan. (Follow me on Snapchat @splashofteal for my daily madness!)

Now, since I never give myself much time to pack, I always throw in my good-for-any-occasion little black dress to wear to work ~ usually, when I pack, I think of the activities I will be doing (in chronological order hehe), pack an outfit for each of the activities, and then add accessories for each outfit. If I am traveling for work, my LBD always makes it into the pile because it always looks great, doesn’t require much accessorizing (just add shoes!), and is a perfect alternative to bulky and space consuming suits. This Zara dress is short and loose and gives a perfect balance between the warm weather outside and the cool air inside.

Given that Hawaiian air is humid and makes my hair frizzy, I skipped the blowdrying (major time saver score!). Instead, I sprayed Bumble and Bumble seasalt spray on my wet hair and let it air dry, a super convenient change from my most worn hairstyle, the ponytail.

Wishing you a great summer Monday!

♡ Zuma

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In this story:

Zara dress (sold out, similar by Zara here)

Tory Burch shoes (sold out, Similar by Via Spiga here, DVF here, and Topshop here)

Tory Burch bag (similar here)

Wildfox sunglasses

Hair products: Bumble and Bumble ‘Surf Infusion’ spray

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60 Second Outfit for a Perfect Summer Day

June 30, 2016
Anthropologie dress

Happy Friday loves! And happy 4th of July long weekend!

The week before a holiday is usually super busy and stressful, trying to stuff five days of work in four (or more like seven days into six hehe). So three days off are a big relief. I tend to write long unrealistic to do lists, and sometimes I get to the point that if I do one more thing, my brain will explode. Yesterday, after I found that I left the key in the ignition of my car for an entire night, I thought to take it is a sign to take a break, like, now! So today’s agenda includes hair appointment, lunch with boys, and a trip to Sherwin-Williams store to pick paint for my living room and bedroom walls. I am finally remodeling my house, which, I’m sure contributes to my stress greatly, but the project is almost done and choosing paint should actually be fun. (Follow me on Snapchat @splashofteal for all the fun!).

Now, the dress. I wore this summer dress before for Mothers Day, but I do think that it can be dressed up and down and something in between too, kind of where I am today. I love summer dresses, they are like 60 second outfits to put on and style. Just add sandals, a necklace, sunnies, and a bag. This Anthropologie dress is simple and made of a very light and pleasant fabric, and it’s uneven hem makes it unique and perfect for all day wear from morning errands to a late night dinner date.

♡ Zuma
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In this story:

Anthropologie Camelia Dropwaist Dress

Kate Spade Wedge Sandals, old (similar by Steve Madden here)

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Flinn’ Convertible Leather Clutch

The Lucky Brand necklace (similar by Bourbon & Boweties here)

Chanel Aviators (similar by Ray-Ban here)

Bracelet, vintage

Fashion, Featured

Zara Haul: Five Trendy and Chic Styles

June 26, 2016

Zara is my favorite fast fashion store. It’s a little bit understated, always on trend, and super chic. Given the super affordable prices, Zara is a great place to update a wardrobe with the latest trends. But to be honest, Zara’s LBDs and shirts and skirts serve me for years too. (Love my little black dress here and leather pencil skirt here.) I often mix Zara items with my more expensive clothes, and so many times it’s Zara items that get compliments! Finally, last Friday Zara announced the beginning of its semi-annual sales, and I may have gotten a little over excited and bought quite a few things. So I thought that a Zara howl would be appropriate here! I love all the pieces I got, and I think I will get tons of use out of every one of them. I got tops and dresses in different styles which I can wear from day to night to weekend. So here we go!

Guipure Bib Front Blouse ($30)  ~ It is oh so boho! Paired with ripped jeans, a fringe bag, and fedora, I am all dressed for a relaxed day! The fabric is thin and pleasant to the touch, and the lace and embroidery details are absolutely delicate and beautiful. The top looks quite supersized, but it actually has a fitted waist which is great if you have a small chest,  but for me, to get that flowy and relaxed look, I got it in a size up and it worked. Boho look and feel is the best when I don’t want to (or refuse to) rush.

zara haul

White Dress with Bell Guipure Sleeves ($30) ~ I haven’t been invited to a white party yet, but I had to have this dress! I love the simple silhouette of the dress and the beautiful guipure bell sleeves. So I thought that the Summer is still young and and even if I don’t, I can still wear it to any other kind of summer party! I can wear it with my white sandals, and accessorize it with white framed sunglasses, and I will look fabulous! (This dress is sold out online! I am linking another cute options here and here.)

zara haul

Navy Blazer ($70) and Fringed Printed Scarf ($16) ~ This will be my favorite blazer for Summer and Fall, and I can wear it to work, to lunch meetings, to airports! Love the details, the contrasting gold buttons, perfectly placed pockets, and well proportioned waist and shoulders. Should pair perfectly with all kinds of jeans and pencil skirts!

zara haul

Flowing Dress ($30) (similar in denim here) ~ This is a simple little black dress, and its beauty is that it can be dressed up and down with accessories and colors. I can pair it with all black, or red, or pink, or white…

zara haul

Floral Print Bomber Jacket ($30)  (Similar in black here.) and Pocket Detail Backpack ($40) ~  I wasn’t really sure originally about wearing a bomber jacket. Isn’t it for younger kids? But once I talked myself out of age related insecurities and into having fun, I bought it and love it! The soft white and brown colors will last all the way through the end of Fall season (and if you are in California-esque climate). Unfortunately, this bomber jacket is sold out, but there are still lots of different options and designs. The backpack was bought a bit earlier, but it is on sale now and I wanted to include it. (Here is the link to the post and look wearing this backpack.)

zara haul

Phew, here’s my Zara Haul, my first haul! Let me know what you think about my picks and share yours!!

♡ Zuma

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Off the Shoulder Top: Wearing Summer Trends to Work

June 20, 2016
Madewell off the shoulder top

When I was a kid, summers were all about feeling lazy and carefree. We would take the train and spend weeks in Ukraine, near Kiev, laying by the Dnipro river and reading books or thinking about boys. Oh, that was the life… Anyhow, summer is in a full swing here in Los Angeles, and between work, home, and kids, it seems like there are no lazy summer days in sight. To make the best of it, I started incorporating my favorite fun summer trends and colors into my work wardrobe, and nothing says Summer 2016 more than an off the shoulder top!

I have always loved strapless dresses and off the shoulder silhouettes, but thought it was only for a smaller chested girls. This year, though, there are so many beautiful options, that I gave strapless bras a try and was amazed how many great options are out there nowadays! For an extra assurance and peace of mind, I found that ruffle shoulders easily hide any slips or imperfections.

The off the shoulder silhouette is feminine and flattering for every body type, hight, and weight. I love the bright color (blue is my new black hehe!) and pattern of this top, and the pleasant touch of the fabric. This top pairs well with pencil skirts and A-line skirts, with wide legged pants, flares,  and skinny jeans. When wearing it to work, I sometimes feel that I am exposing too much skin under an unflattering fluorescent light, so I temporarily cover my shoulders by pulling the straps up or wearing a light blazer. As soon as I am out for lunch or home, I pull the shoulders down. It’s summer after all!!

♡ Zuma

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In this story:

Madewell ‘Balcony’ off the shoulder top in Ikat print

Zara faux leather pencil skirt

Michael Kors quilted cross body bag, old (similar by Tory Burch here)

Dolce and Gabbana pumps, old (absolutely in love with these Manolo slingback pump, now on sale!)

Michael Kors sunglasses, old (similar by Le Specs here)

Michelle ‘Deco 16’ Diamond Dial Two-Tone watch

Fashion, Featured, Life, Personal

Curing Depression With Summer

June 16, 2016
J.Crew Pants

Gorgeous summer days have finally rolled into SoCal, and a summer state of mind has slowly but surely started taking over. I’m feeling energized and excited about the thing I do throughout my day, and I gave to say, the change is nice.

I’ve said before that being honest on here is really important to me. If you’ve noticed, I’ve been quite on here the past couple weeks, and the reason for that has been a culmination of a couple-month long depression cycle. I barely had the energy to get out of bed, and when I would, I felt as if I was in a bubble, a very isolated and lonely bubble. Going to my kid’s year-end adorable recital felt like a chore, going to the beach felt and smelt like nothing, and I pretty much slept through my wedding anniversary. It felt like my brain and body was consumed with a goopy slime that inhibited all movement.

I knew for a while that I was sliding into depression, but I hadn’t been proactive enough to stop the fall. I kept saying that once these or those issues and projects get done, I’d feel better. That was certainly a mistake. Instead, I could have and should have faced the issues that triggered the fall head-on. I should have maintained my physical health to uphold my mental health, gone out to places that brought me joy, or confided in my friends. Yes, easier said than done, but definitely worth the effort since I love more than anything being the best mom and wife and friend I can be.

But now, that the beautiful sun is out in the blue sky, I am making sure I  aim to be clear headed, exercise, go for lunch dates and dinner dates, and go to the beach as often as possible. The sun alone of course is not a cure. Maneuvering depression is complicated, and requires a lot of self care, love, and patience. But hey, sunnier days got me to literally and figuratively, see a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes a little symbolic glimmer, be it the weather, getting good news, or whatever comes along your path, is the push you need.

I will be recording my adventures and explorations on my snapchat (@splashofteal) with hopes to inspire you to do the same and enjoy your summer. Happy living is truly the best kind!

♡ Zuma

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In this story:

Anthropologie button down, sold out (the softest button-down I’ve ever owned!! Love this summer top by Anthropologie here)

J.Crew Teddie cropped pants, now on sale!

Cole Hahn sandals, old (love this Kacey’ ankle strap sandal by Pelle Moda here)

Michael Kors clutch (similar  by Glint here)

Swarovski necklace, old (also love this necklace by Kendra Scott here)

Ann Taylor tassel charm bracelet

Featured, Life, Travel

In-flight Travel Essentials for Women

May 30, 2016
travel essentials

Traveling for business all the time, especially as a parent, can be stressful. There is always worries about what’s going on at home, if everything is okay, etc. But I find that getting away from time to time, even if it is for work, also helps us have the alone time we all need. Having said that, traveling is hard on the body and skin and can be physically exhausting. Being a special needs mom, I usually cut my trips as short as I possibly can and fly across the country and back in less than twenty four hours. Such schedule, of course, made me feel not my best self for days after the trip, and I resent not feeling my best! So after years of trial and error, I found a few brands and products that are my absolute travel essentials and make my flights comfortable.

Beauty routine before the flight:

Flights can really dry out skin, so extra moisturizing face cream and drinking tons of water are musts. The first thing I do when I wake up is drink a full glass of water, and then, throughout the day, I make an effort to drink as much water I can. When in the air, every time a flight attendant comes by with a beverage, I take a cup of water, not coke, not tomato juice, and not wine. Just water.

During my morning skincare routine, I add a layer of my moisturizing face cream and take an extra few minutes to put moisturizer all over my body (something I should do daily, but don’t do).

travel essentials

Kenzo Sensual Bare Body Cream

travel essentials

Korres Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturizer (also in travel size value pack)

In-Flight Beauty Bag:

I was hooked on face mists the moment I discovered them! When in flight, I always felt so worn out, and a few spritz of Rose mist made my skin so happy!  A lip balm and hand cream are also a must. Every time I get up to go to the restroom (after all the water I drink!) and wash my hands, I have to use my hand cream. The air, water, and soap are just so super dry! For lip balm I use Fresh’s Sugar lip treatment, and for a hand cream, I use Caudalie Hand and Nail cream and for overnight or longer flights I also use Hand Masks by Sephora Collection. Make sure to have small sizes for creams so that you stick to the guidelines for liquids and creams on board. I’ve had to leave a product or two behind before because of this hehe.

For comfort, I always have some Advil on hand in case if headache creeps in, eye drops, and a travel package of Band-Aid! For some reason, I always(!) get blisters when I travel, and walking with blisters is torturouse! So Band-Aid is my savior!

travel essentials for womenCaudalie Grape Water

travel essentials

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment
best hand cream

Caudalie Hand and Nail cream

In-Flight Entertainment:

My phone, laptop, nook, and magazines are my top picks, so headphones, laptop charger, phone charger, extra phone battery are always in my carry on. I keep all my chargers and batteries in a ziplock bag. It makes a big difference when it comes to keeping my carryon organized and neat! No more tangled wires!

travel essentials

Kate Spade earbud headphones Gold with Chrystal.

Red-Eye or Long Flight Essentials:

When it comes to cutting trip hours, red-eye flights are great.  Imagine, you can take a redeye flight from LA to New York, spend a day there, and fly back all in 24 hours! But of course, redeye flights can make you look and feel like a zombie if you are not prepared. So, a sleeping eye mask (many people are watching movies, and screens aren’t conducive to sleep), an inflight pillow, a warm throw or shawl, and cozy socks are my must haves! Just before getting on the flight, I take all my makeup off  and put my extra moisturizing and brightening overnight facemark. It’s a clear color, so I don’t scare anyone hehe.

My favorite sleeping eye mask is by Wildfox. It is honestly the softest mask I’ve ever owned!! My favorite makeup wipes are Ole Henriksen’s brightening ‘Clean Truth’ cleansing cloths and overnight moisturizing facemask is Sephora sleeping mask.

red eye travel essentials

Sephora sleeping maskSephora Hand Masks by Sephora CollectionWildfox sleeping eye mask

Also, whether it is an overnight flight or not, always wear layers. Not sure why, but many pilots in overnight flights, turn thermostat to freezing temperatures. Okay, freezing to me, which doesn’t not always mean freezing hehe. But if you are anything like me, and get cold easily, sweater or sweatshirt with a hoodie is a must. I specifically say ‘hoodie’ because even if you turn off your overhead fan, the main air conditioner may blowing strong, so hoodie comes in handy.

Okay, I think I mentioned all of my inflight travel essentials. Please let me know if I missed anything, or if there is anything you love taking with you that makes your flight so much more pleasant.

Happy travels!

♡ Zuma

Fashion, Featured

From Day To Night: Red, White, Yellow, and Perfect J.Crew Pants

May 22, 2016
j.crew teddie pants

Transforming outfits from day to night is one of the most useful ways for working women (and especially for working moms) to look put together. I don’t stay out late much, especially on weekdays, because towards the end of the day I get so tired that I just want to crash into bed. When evening plans come up, though, I look forward to them and promise myself that once I get home from work, I’ll take extra time to relax, put makeup on, and dress up. But who am I kidding, once I get home, something ALWAYS comes up! I am lucky if I get five minutes to fix myself up and get out of the house, frustrated that I didn’t have ‘me time’ again. So after a few failed attempts of pamper time, on the days I plan outings for the evening, I wear outfits that I can take from day to night. The key is to wear something bright or an LBD and use accessories to tone down the look for the day and dress it up for the night.

Now, I love these J.Crew Teddie cropped pants for their a bit different silhouette and versatility. They are perfect for work, for a happy hour, for a night out, and for a weekend stroll.  Made of a stretchy fabric blend, the pants hug hips and thighs and look and feel very comfortable, feminine, and flattering on every body type. I love how the pants’ kick out cropped leg looks sexy with nude heels. I bought the pants in blue (a welcomed departure from black hehehe), and paired them with a white jacket, a bright yellow top, and a red bag, a perfect combo for Mondays!

♡ Zuma
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In this story:

J.Crew Teddie cropped pants

Kate Spade top, old (also love this off-shoulder yellow top by J.Crew here)

Topshop blazer, old (similar by Zara here)

Michael Kors quilted cross body bag, old (also love this red cross body bag by Tory Burch here)

Jessica Simpson pumps (love this new design by JS here)

Zara necklace, old (also love necklace by B.P here)

Wildfox ‘Geena Deluxe’ mirror sunglasses

Michele ‘Deco’ diamond dial two-tone watch

Fashion, Featured

Not So Basic Wardrobe Basics: a Tie-Front Buttondown

May 8, 2016
buttondown

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and feel recharged and ready for another week. This week I am traveling to Helena, Montana, coming back home for a day, and then heading to Atlanta. On busy days like these, I truly don’t feel like dressing up or putting on makeup. Of course, though, I know that as soon as I get out of the house and face people, I will regret it and won’t enjoy my day. So I get up and dress my best.

Now, ever since I got rid of all of my outdated and old clothes, and filled my closet with bare basics in white or black or grey or pink, I obviously don’t have a problem mixing and matching hehe. A few ways to make simple outfits stand out,  are to add something unexpected to the look, a statement necklace, or brightly color shoes, or, like here, a bit of unusual design. While here I’m wearing a white buttondown and a pair of jeans (two staples of the top ten wardrobe basics), the shirt design makes it a little unexpected, flirty, feminine, and fun. Basic, but not too basic. The buttondown fits especially beautifully if you have a curvy figure.

♡ Zuma

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Anthropologie Tie-Front Buttondown

Paige ‘Transcend-Skyliue’ ankle  skinny jeans (also love Paige high-rise black skinnies here)

J.Crew Billie demi-boot crop high-rise jean (now on sale!)

Chanel platform pumps (love Ivanka Trump ‘Kimo’ platform pump here)

Adidas ‘Superstar’ sneakers

Mark Jacobs quilted cross-body bag (similar by Kate Spade here)

Michael Kors watch (updated design by Michael Kors here now on sale!)

Wildfox ‘Malibu’ Black Round sunglasses

Wildfox blue mirrored sunglasses (updated design by Wildfox here)

Fashion, Featured

Mother’s Day Outfit and More

May 2, 2016
mother's day outfit

Have you started the countdown to Mother’s Day yet? I always treat Mother’s Day the way I treat birthdays (and I love birthdays!), and like a birthday countdown, Mother’s day countdown gets me in a celebratory mood and inspires me to do daily little treats, like plan a party, look for a new Mother’s Day outfit, shop for gifts (one for her, one for me, of course!), and get a gel mani-pedi instead of a regular one. Do you do this too? If you don’t, you should! Being a mother is a tough job and you deserve all the rewards.

I have two amazing boys, and to me, the best part of being a mom is the experience of rediscovering the world as new and finding wonder, something we grown ups often forget. I love how my boys teach me to be the best version of myself.

I also want to give a special shout out to moms of children with special needs. Becoming a special needs mom opened my eyes and heart to a world I never knew. It’s a world of tremendous kindness, patience, and strenuous work. If you are a special needs mom, you know the challenges I’m talking about. It’s so easy to become consumed by them and lose sight of taking care of yourself. So really make a point this week to treat yourself and take a moment for some you time, you really deserve it.

Finally, the dress. I fell in LOVE with this Anthropologie dress a while ago and finally bought it for myself as a Mother’s day gift. It is so light and feminine and unique at the same time. I can dress it up and down, and I am sure I will get great use out if it.  Today’s look is an absolutely perfect Mother’s Day outfit, so easy and flowy, and very convenient since I plan to enjoy a big yummy meal hehe.

♡ Zuma

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Anthropologie Camellia Dropwaist dress

Kate Spade Straw tote, sold out (also love Kate Spade ‘Down the rabbit hole’ straw daisy tote and Mar y Sol “Capri’ Woven tote with pom charms)

Ivanka Trump ‘Gemima’ studded scrappy sandals, now on sale!

Michael Kors watch, old (similar by Michael Kors here)

Wildfox ‘Dakota Deluxe’ retro sunglasses

Chanel earrings, old (see new design here)

Kate Spade charm pendant necklace

Fashion, Featured

Casual Looks for Moms: Backpacks Over 40

April 27, 2016
casual outfits

Being a busy mom, I always look for convenience, simplicity and functionality in my wardrobe pieces. But as importantly, to make sure I feel good about myself, I try to add a bit of trendy style and edginess to these looks. This look here is one of my favorite casual outfits to run errands, and here are my thoughts about all of its components.

Love this Free People fringe sweater for adding a relaxed feel to casual outfits, and also for its length (it is great at concealing my stomach hehe, no need to suck it in!).  Longer tops always elongate my petite frame. (Other outfits with this sweater you can find here, here, and here.)

These J.Crew high rise boot crop jeans (in stretch denim!) are a new addition to my jean collection, and I absolutely love them. They are faltering for any body type, super comfortable, and just a bit more edgy than regular jeans. They can look great with a light sweater, button-down, and plain t-shirt.

Okay, you may legitimately wonder if seriously wear these tall wedges to run errands. And yes, I do. Not all the time, of course, but often. I do think that high heels make me feel taller and better. And while you will never find me running errands in stilettos, wedges are much more stable for walking, and I wear them with my work and casual outfits all the time. They are easy and comfortable considering the size of the heel, and they add a bit of bulky style contrasting it with a more delicate look.

Now for accessories, sunglasses and the backpack. Oversized sunglasses are my best friends ever since I turned 37ish. Their size add that Hollywood and Jacky O. image to every style outfit. And as for the backpack, I recently bought it from Zara. While I love several backpack designs from Michael Kors and Rebecca Minkoff, I could not make myself pay more than $50 for this temporary trend, especially given my age. I mean, I’m way past my 20s hehe, and more and more often I wonder if I can wear things that remind us of schoolgirl looks. Now I know backpacks are in, and I know that 40s are not what they used to be and old fashion rules nowadays get replaced by new ones or simply are thrown out the window. So as long as I can own it, I can wear it. I love this backpack for its clean lines and color, and as long as I wear it on one shoulder, I can own it hehe.

What do you think about this look, all together or pulled apart, and what do you think about wearing backpacks after 40?

♡ Zuma

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Free People fringe sweater, old  (also love Free People ‘Love Me Tender’ Fringe Cardigan here and Chelsea28 fringe cardigan here, and Barefoot Dreams ‘Chic’ poncho here)

J.Crew Billie high rise demi-boot crop jean

Tory Burch wedges (similar by Michael Kors here, and they come in many different colors!)

Zara Pocket Detail backpack

Sunglasses (similar by Wildfox here, and by Kate Spade here)