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Hey everyone,

Today’s outfit features my favorite patchwork halter top as well as these leather shorts. I paired the two together because the prints/textures complement each other. Then, I just added my favorite gold accents.

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Halter Crop Top: Forever 21

Shorts: Zara

Shoes: Jack Rogers

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini Mac’

Watch: Michael Kors ‘Channing’

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Hope you enjoyed!

Signing off,

Sheryl C. ❤

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On My Radar for Spring 2016

To me, springtime brings to mind blooming flowers, ice cream trucks, and of course – cute fashion. This spring, the major trends I’ve been seeing have been off the shoulder, mirrored aviators, lace-up flats, espadrilles, chambray denim, gingham, ruffles, scallops, the list could go on. I’ve also been seeing the same colors pop up on Instagram: white, navy, blue, and blush pink.

To prepare my closet, I love to make Polyvore sets to give me inspiration. They only take two minutes to add your favorite items to a set. Polyvore is like Pinterest, but everything makes sense together on the board. Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite sets that represent my spring style. Enjoy!

Blushing Pink

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1. Chicnova Fashion Box Clutch // I can’t believe the intricate bag is only $23! It would look great with an LBD for a night time party.

2. Zara Top with Peter Pan Collar // I love shopping at Zara during the springtime because that store encapsulates my style: preppy and chic. This collared top would be so cute with white cropped pants and some cute sandals.

3. Rebecca Taylor Off Shoulder Gauze Dress // Anything off the shoulder reminds me of something to wear to a tropical vacation, in Bali or Santorini or something. Super loose and flowy, it’s also a great swimsuit coverup.

4. Red Valentino ‘Eyes’ flared dress // I am absolutely obsessed with Red Valentino’s whole collection. But this fit-an-flare cap sleeve dress is so cute!

5. Kate Spade New York Initial Clutch // How cute is this purse? It’s the perfect addition for any black-tie or formal event, instantly dressing up any look.

6. FRENDS Layla leather and rose gold-tone headphones // These headphones have been all the rage because they are perfect for a feminine woman who still loves to listen to music Compared to those bulky BEATS headphones, these are way more delicate and girly.

7. Chicwish Elate Pink Dress with Bow Decor // This dress reminds my of Kate Spade: the girly color and bow, but it’s a fraction of the price!

8. Tory Burch Caroline Ballet Flats // These are a classic staple shoe for any girly girl. While black flats are great, nude flats can lengthen the leg.

9. Steve Madden ‘Sunshine’ Lace-Up Flat // Lace-up flats have suddenly been really popular since the beginning of 2016. It’s definitely an interesting twist on the typical ballet flat. I especially love these ones because of the short gold heel. Just like my Ivanka Trump E Day Chelsea Boot (from the winter time), the gold heel just dresses up any look.

City Chic meets Preppy

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  1. AVIATOR FLASH LENSES POLARIZED BLUE FLASH // Just recently, I purchased a pair of these, and I’m in love. They’re super chic and mirrored lenses are extremely popular in NYC. An additional benefit is that mirrored lenses block out your eyes, so if you’re having a rough day (we’ve all been there), just slip these babies over your face and your good to go!
  2. White House Black Market Saint Honore Distressed // A huge trend has been distressed boyfriend jeans. However, these jeans offer a classic rise and distressed touches for a more fitted ‘girlfriend’ look.
  3. Thomas Mason For J.Crew Mandarin-Collar Tuxedo Shirt // Not your average white button down, the tuxedo style and mandarin collar are a nice twist on a classic white blouse.
  4. Chloé Drew small leather and suede cross-body bag // I love how girly and simple Chloe bags are – for everyday use AND fancier events. This mixed media bag  features both soft suede and a contrasting leather front flap. The gold-tone hardware and long chain strap finish off this cute purse.
  5. Tory Burch ‘Miller’ Flip Flop // I swear I mention these shoes in almost every blog post. But they’re are so timeless, I could pair them with any outfit. I’ve seen 15- year old girls and 60-year old women wear them; they’re another great staple piece that will never go out of style.

Espadrille Love

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  1. Aquazzura Aquazurra x Poppy Delevingne Midnight Flat Espadrilles // Love the sun and moon embellishments!
  2. Soludos Lace and canvas wedge espadrille sandals
  3. Suede Espadrilles
  4. Soludos Classic Canvas Stripe Espadrille Sandal
  5. Aquazzura Belgravia Denim Espadrille // If you’re looking for a high-end designer summer shoe, these are perfect. I love the denim material!
  6. Soludos Platform Gladiator Sandals // I love how Solids mixed both leather and the classic espadrille material.

RED Valentino Dresses

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  1. RED Valentino Peter Pan Collar Heart-Print Dress
  2. REDVALENTINO Embroidered cotton-poplin mini dress
  3. REDValentino Women’s Lace Scalloped Dress – Nude
  4. REDValentino Embroidered cotton-poplin top
  5. Smocked Bodice Lace Dress
  6. REDValentino Two-tone cady mini dress

RED (Romantic Eccentric Dress) is another line of  Valentino, mainly focusing on contemporary party dresses. Even though the prices make my wallet cry, I love window shopping these girly dresses.

Well, that’s it folks! Hope you enjoyed what I’ve been eyeing this spring and noticed a couple of trends.

Signing Off,

Sheryl C. ❤

Traveling to Santorini, Greece

To start off the new year, I decided to change up my blog from purely fashion to travel as well! Traveling is one of my passions because I love experiencing new cultures, food, and history. Winter is the perfect time to start planning summer vacations because of the early-bird deals. So today, I will be sharing a few tips for tourists in Santorini. My family and I visited there in the summer of 2014 and we had quite an experience; here’s an excerpt from my journal:

“We took the road less traveled in Santorini. Walking down 600 zigzag cobblestone steps in the blistering summer heat was like a bad race in Mario Kart. Because the donkeys’ metal hooves scratched the surface of the rocks, they became slippery. The inexperienced tourists riding the wild donkeys had zero control and left them running in random directions, bumping everything in their way… Before I even knew what was happening, my dad was on the ground fumbling for his glasses and brushing off the black dirt from his jeans. His arms were gushing with blood and his knee began to swell. A burly Greek man quickly rushed over and asked if we needed help – for €5.”

I think this pretty much summarized our eventful day in Santorini.

  1. If you are visiting Greece in the summertime, bring lots of sunscreen and water! This and Puerto Rico are by far the hottest countries I’ve visited. The museums and churches don’t provide air-conditioning, either. Because of the rural climate, there is a lot of walking up and down stairs. Exercise combined with heat is not the best condition to be in.
  2. Take the cable car instead of the footpath down to the docks. After climbing up a bunch of stairs to take photos, we ended up being very far from our cruise ship. We had the choice of waiting in a long line for a cable car or to walk down a donkey footpath. We took the wrong path; the cobblestone steps were super slippery even with sneakers; inexperienced tourist didn’t know how to properly ride donkeys; there was also a lot of donkey waste everywhere. As a result, my dad got knocked down by a herd of violent donkeys; luckily he didn’t break anything. This is a warning because the donkey owners don’t control the donkeys at all.

*Unfortunately, we don’t have pictures of donkeys because the donkeys also knocked out our camera.

  1. Wait to find a small, secluded shop rather than buy something in the streets full of vendors. Usually, the more crowded and packed shops inflate the prices of magnets and post-cards. If you go to a smaller shop located farther away, you’re likely to find the best deals.
  2. Lastly, enjoy the view! Santorini is noted for its tourism because of its white houses, blue domes, and blue Aegean Sea. All you need is one day to tour Santorini because of its small area.

Enjoy these photos I captured on my trip:

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a beautiful sunset from the cruise ship

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I hope this gave you some tips and tricks for your trip to Santorini!

Signing off,

Sheryl C. ❤

How I Edit My Instagram Photos (Tips + Tricks)

Happy November!

Fall is the perfect time to be playing with different themes because of the variety in weather. So today, I’ll be walking you through the steps I take to edit my Instagram feed (@style.stargirl). Nowadays, Instagram “themes” are super popular because they make a gallery of photos look cohesive in color scheme, brightness, subject, etc. It’s like the photos are in a “family” – for lack of a better word.

Some tips on taking the perfect photo:

1. Lighting is KEY! I always try to take my photos at around 3-4 PM, because the sun is not super harsh/shadowy but there is still enough light. This is great for OOTD pics, so people can see your outfit details clearly.

2. For OOTD pics, I always remind the photographer (Usually my mom) to take the photos from an angle like this:

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Since I am fairly short, I want the photo to elongate my legs. With this angle, it appears as if I’m taller.

3. Choose a good background that won’t distract from the subject of the photo. Some people prefer a clean, white background but it’s also fun to choose interesting scenery to keep the feed looking colorful and lively.

Onto Editing!

My favorite apps to use are AfterLight, VscoCam, PhotoWonder, and Aviary:

1.Afterlight

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This is what I primarily use to give my photos a rustic, bright, colorful theme. In Afterlight, I first clarify the photo to make my photos more HD. Then I increase the brightness and exposure to give my photos more light if needed. Finally, I add the filter, RUSS (located in the Guest tab) to give my photos a smooth but “rustic” feel.

For example:

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2. VSCOcam

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Sometimes, I’ll go into VSCOcam to upload the edited photo onto my grid. (You should go follow me @itssherylok).

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If I’m not yet satisfied, I will increase the saturation and use the filter, A5 to give my photo a touch of cool tone.

3. PhotoWonder

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If sometimes, I forget to tell my photographer to angle the camera, the photo ends up making me look really short and disproportionate. I’ll use the app PhotoWonder (which is free!). It comes with a lovely feature called, “Shape Leg” which lets you adjust the length of your legs.

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4. Aviary

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Lastly, I will use Aviary to add text on the photo. To trademark that the photo belongs to me, I’ll just add (@style.stargirl) in the corner.

And that’s it! My feed is by no means, perfect, but I love the process of taking and editing photos. Instagram is a really fun and easy way to express yourself, so don’t worry if you don’t have the “perfect theme” yet. Those were just a few tips to get you started.

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Signing off,

Sheryl C. ❤

My Favorite iPhone Apps

My Favorite iPhone Apps

While many of us have heard of common iPhone/Android Apps, such as Uber, Starbucks, Instagram, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc., I’m writing this blog post to introduce you guys to some awesome apps that aren’t as well known (and Free!):

  1. shopkick:

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I was first introduced to this app after being invited by a friend. This mobile app is a simple way to earn money buy just clicking some buttons. Just by walking into stores, scanning certain items (like Ice-cream), or purchasing items, you can earn “kicks” or points. Once these points reach a certain number, you can redeem gift cards for your everyday shopping. Personally, I always choose Starbucks or TJ Maxx Giftcards.

  1. PhotoCircle:

PhotoCircle

Are you a person involved in a multitude of events/groups? This easy-to-use app is perfect for sharing photos with friends from different groups. Since the app is private, you can share and comment on funny/embarrassing photos that you normally would not share on Facebook or Instagram. For example, my track team has a PhotoCircle, and I see photos of random things all the time. Since it is so easy to add someone to the group, it is much faster to access than Google Drive.

  1. Yelp:

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Yelp is a necessity if you are a foodie living in a big city, like me. You can look up reviews and photos of restaurants or bars around your location. Personally, I love finding cute coffee shops or quaint brunch places that are Instagram worthy when I’m traveling. Although it is mostly used to find local shops and businesses, you can also make reservations for the doctor’s offices or receive find upcoming events to attend.

  1. Vsco Cam:

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This photo-editing app is perfect for your photographers or avid Instagrammers (like me – follow me @style.stargirl). Once you download it for free, it already comes with a bunch of cool filters, such as C1 (Vibrant) or T1 (Moody). However, if none of those suit your theme, you can purchase additional filter collections for a low price. Sometimes, they even go on sale!

Not only does this app give your photos a sleek aesthetic, but it is also an interactive Social Media. You can upload your photos to Grid to share with others, or you can browse others’ grids. If you want to check out my photos before they go to Instagram, follow me @itssherylok.

Some of my favorite Grids to stalk are @danyellymarie and @emerellie

  1. Afterlight:

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Another essential for editing photos, this app provides a wide range of filters (unlike VscoCam, which is limited) that is very simple to use. Personally, most of my Instagram photos undergo major changes in this app. I amp up the brightness and exposure; sometimes I will increase the saturation and increase the sharpness; then I use the filter Russ (in Guest) to give my photos a warm, rustic theme. Even though it still costs $0.99, it is totally worth it.

  1. Pinterest:

Pinterest

Pinterest’s name gives away its intended purpose: to pin your interests. Pinterest is an awesome app for inspiration for finding what to wear, what to eat, and what to DIY. For blog ideas and outfit planning, this app allows me to discover and save things onto project boards. I love browsing and pinning things onto my Christmas wishlist or Birthday gift ideas for others. You can follow my Pinterest (@stylestargirll).

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  1. Moment:

Moment app

If you are one of those people who is totally against radiation from phones, then Moment is the perfect app for you. Although we all need to stay in the loop with our phones, sometimes the harmful light can gradually take its toll on your eyes and hands. This app allows you to track how many hours and minutes a day you spend on your phone. You can set daily limits for yourself to reduce your screen time and improve your health.

Since these apps are used in different areas of your life (ranging from health to finance to photo editing), I hope you can find some of these apps to be helpful and essential in your daily lives. Until next time, thank you all for reading!

Signing off,

Sheryl C. ❤