Friday, May 20, 2011

To Great Lengths

Above: maxi dress pre-styled

OnlyCuteStyle hot pink floral maxi dress (S) // H&M floppy sunhat // Forever 21 satin bow belt (S) // 
Xhilaration strappy mustard yellow wedges (5.5) //

Photography: Self-timer and camera


First [current] outfit featuring my new lopsided DIY angled bob :) I must say, I was quite proud of what I managed to do facing a dorm bathroom mirror with a pair of child-safe scissors (also, thanks to my boyfriend for fixing the mess of "stairs" in the back). This is what you get when you lose your sanity slowly from studying finals. Kids, don't try this at home. My parents didn't like it so I started to chop off the right side and now I just look downright silly. Yes, I miss my long hair and favourite accessory a lot. No, I unfortunately couldn't donate to Locks of Love. Yes, I am so glad I'm rid of probably 8 inches of dead, dry, brassy hair. I'm one of those crazy girls that needs a drastic hair cut that's bound to be noticed. Why else would anyone cut their hair then?

Onto this dress that I got from OnlyCuteStyle.com when I won April's giveaway from forever ago. I remember it was the tail end of last summer and I was still pining away for a maxi dress to call my own, so I boldly chose this one based on the model photo - dramatic, a deep almost-purple pink, and sweeping lengths. When I opened the box ... the only word that suffices to describe this dress is "eh." I stuffed it back in and brought it home to leave unloved in a closet somewhere. Why is it that anything purchased from asian online clothing stores looks cheap or at least nothing like the model photos? Today is a brand new day, so I decided to give this dress at least a first chance.

The corny little tie-ribbons on the shoulders I tucked into the bust of the dress: instant strapless dress. But the chest area was still really poofy and the hemming weird, so it was folded over and flipped inside. The unsightly billowyness around my waist fixed with a simple black belt that I wore backwards to accentuate the cute bow (boy do I wish I had my college closet with me now - there's a perfect brown belt that matches better). Also wish I had some chunky jewelry to jazz up the neckline with and my white ruffled bag. The good thing is the skirt part is fully lined and has some contained shape to it. Luckily this dress is petite enough for 5'3" me to walk barefoot in without tripping, so that 5 inch wedges weren't necessary but my favourite pair of yellow summer wedges are oh-so-necessary. I dusted off my floppy sunhat from last summer and threw it on my new self-imposed-angular-bob head and headed out, beach-worthy.

Note to self: had to jack up magenta saturation in Lightroom wayyy up since shooting at 2 PM is a no-go on a sunny Cali afternoon. It washes out colours and turns things yellow. Tripod is nice for stable lighting, so editing is a lot faster.

I'm going to sell this maxi dress in my blog sale, so if you want it now, email me!

20 comments:

CAMILLA May 20, 2011 at 9:20 AM   said...

i love your hair,,.

wow i can feel the summer

Michelleesque May 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM   said...

I love the outfit, and you look fabulous with that hair cut!

Rainy Days and Lattes May 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM   said...

First of all, I love your hair. It looks fantastic on you and gives you that instant confidence! Angled bobs are gorgeous! And good job for doing it yourself! haha that's totally hard! I've cut my own hair too but never to this extent :p

Your maxi dress is really pretty! I love how it sits right near your ankles. The color is nice and I can imagine you at a beach flying a kite! LOL Or sitting somewhere in the sun w/your beach hat and dark shades :D You look like a vacation! ^_^

Anonymous May 20, 2011 at 1:19 PM   said...

you are one of the prettiest ladies to be on the internet and have a great personality =D keep being amazing

Stylepint May 20, 2011 at 7:12 PM   said...

The first thing I noticed was your hair! I know you're kind of unsure about it, but I love it because I think it matches your fun personality more than the long hair. Plus if you dye it a shade darker so it looks sleek and healthier, I'm sure you'd be a serious model contender! =D

Rinny May 20, 2011 at 9:49 PM   said...

You cut your hair!! I think it looks really cute on you Angie! It's perfect for the summer ^^ I love that big floppy hat and maxi dress on you as well. You look like you're ready for a trip to the beach :D

Nikki May 20, 2011 at 11:05 PM   said...

I love this outfit, Angie! It's sooo summery & lovin your new do ;) You look gorgeous as always <3

Meagan May 20, 2011 at 11:06 PM   said...

That dress is gorgeous and your hair is adorable. I can't believe you did it yourself!
-Meagan
http://spunkychateau.blogspot.com

kileen May 21, 2011 at 1:21 AM   said...

Wow, you look so good with short hair!! And the floppy hat with the maxi is love!

Pop Champagne May 21, 2011 at 2:38 AM   said...

your short hair is so pretty! love your new haircut, and this summer look :D

Nicol May 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM   said...

more summery than here! lol absolutely gorgeous. love ur new hair!

Kathleen May 21, 2011 at 4:33 PM   said...

SUPERSUPER cute! i loove this boho girly outfit. so chic with the floppy hat too. and OMG your hair!! your new do is GOOORGEOUS. i love you w/ short hair ;). only a few ppl can rock that look, and you def do Angie! <3

<3, Kathleen.

Lindsey May 21, 2011 at 5:16 PM   said...

Angela Chen: The one asian I know who can pull off a maxi dress

Shoe May 21, 2011 at 8:42 PM   said...

Your hair looks great, I wouldn't have thought you just cut it because you're rocking it very comfortably! And love the drama of the hat!

Chococcuro May 21, 2011 at 9:52 PM   said...

When I saw this post, I was thinking, wow what a cool haircut. I really wouldn't have thought you cut it yourself!! I wish I could do this, would save so much $$$

Chococcuro May 21, 2011 at 10:14 PM   said...

Thanks for replying on my blog!! I probably wouldn't have seen your reply otherwise~ I actually did try to trip my own fringe a couple of years ago, but I think I really don't know how 'hair' works lol, like, the mechanics of it! It ended very badly and I went to a hairdresser to fix it up - they thought it was very funny lol

cocoabee May 21, 2011 at 11:31 PM   said...

;O your hair cut! you look like quorra from Tron Legacy! (personally I think olivia wilde looked super hot with short black hair!) I love that feeling after a haircut when your head just feels so much lighter and your hair feels so much healthier and fresher (if that makes sense) with all the dry ends cut off!

Keep the sides like that! don't make them even, it looks so cool on you 8)

Francesca May 22, 2011 at 5:15 AM   said...

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Really Petite May 23, 2011 at 7:27 PM   said...

Love the haircut Angie...and the length of the dress makes you look so tall:)

Nic Nic May 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM   said...

I really like your DIY bob on you! it looks edgy. LOVE the maxi on you. you pull it off very well !

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