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John Elliott

Friday, February 5, 2016

February 4th was the day that wrapped up Men's Fashion Week in New York this year! I was lucky enough to catch snippets of it on Snapchat-- it may still be on the story, go check it out guys :-) I followed up with some of the designs mentioned and did an investigation on what exactly is trending for mens fashion. Here I found the wonderful Vogue showcasing all the designs this week!

Three designers that really stood out to me, in order of favorites were John ElliottAlexander McQueen, and Michael Bastian.

I want to focus particularly on John Elliott's designs as I was very impressed by his every piece. Not only his style reflects the super hot athletic trend, it also demonstrates finesse on his design techniques. Vogue mentions that John traveled to different parts of the world and really did his homework on how to create each individual look to achieve both uniqueness and functionality. Now that is #respect right there. Not only this designer is creative but he is also inspiring by bringing together what he learned across the globe.

"Hoodies, thermals, and raglan pullovers were richly fabricated in gauzy French terry, flannel, or leather patchwork. All the fabrics were complex and textured—one in particular, a wool-bonded aluminum made into flight jackets and shorts, enabled the wearer to bend and sculpt them if he so chooses. Only exhaustive research could result in something like that. Same with Elliott’s use of a stitching technique known as sashiko, originally developed to repair and reinforce kimonos, which he discovered on a trip to Japan. Completing the fully realized look was the designer’s first foray into footwear, nubuck high-tops with a small strip of leather resembling laces tied at the back of the ankle." - Vogue

John Elliott and his military squad (can anyone do #squadgoals better??):

From his entire collection ranging different colors, I picked out the few that I gave the most attention to. Ready to see what they look like?

I was taken over immediately by the very first all-white ensemble:
Following the military olive green:
This look is so my everyday currently! It makes my heart melts just a little more:
Obsessed with this deep burgundy red:
Yes to leather!

After going through his amazing "cool-calm-collected" designs,  I can't help but recognize Kanye's Yeezy Season 2. I am definitely a huge fan of Yeezy's casual chic but John Elliott's designs just elevated the military trend even more. Starting from head to toe on each model, you can tell that the layering was very specific and perfectly contrasted at the right level. Nothing screams excess in casual or formal. John mixed and matched the two very well together and it is definitely more my taste than anything. Another point I want to make is John Elliott's designs were unisex and gender friendly. I went through the photos here and I am pretty much wearing two out of six outfits on a daily basis! I'll let you guess which ones I'm talking about. :p

That's it for now on men's fashion! Hope this gives you some insight on what is currently trending and what happened this past week is New York. :) Stay tuned for more fashion updates as well as photoshoots I worked on recently xx cheers guys!

Shop John Elliott:

As always,

cK: all about the brand

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Most of you are probably aware of the Calvin Klein (cK) hype that emerged suddenly a year ago with Kendall all over the billboards:
I was surprised to see cK blow up in 2015 as luxury casual brands go-- This brand has been around since the 70s and it did not become unique to me outside of just another brand like Gap or Banana. cK's marketing team definitely put into a lot of work on defining minimal chic and the focus on neutral tones. Not to mention, they also invested in celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner as well as known models like Lucky Blue to shoot for their underwear line in order to grab the attention of their millennial audience. I personally love the comfort of cK and the simplicity of their designs. I'm usually not a big fan of brands that have their name across all their clothes but I made that exception with cK. I'm impressed with how not only it caught on the trend of athletic chic but also their monochromatic colors are so easy to match with other clothing items.

The famous bralette that everyone (including myself) is obsessed with:

(By the way this pic is shoppable! Go ahead and click to see where to buy the bralettes. Also the same goes with my "Cece's Curated Selection" on the homepage~)

Now let's take a look at some of the amazing advertising and branding that cK put together:
Starting with the gorgeous Lucky Blue male model showcasing a classic sleek sweatshirt with  hot pouty lips--

Of course our super famous Justin's campaign:

Can't forget our #throwback Thursdays with the beloved iconic model, Kate Moss in '94:

One of my favorite photos on their Instagram account is the capture of The Blond Salad (Let's go bloggers!):

And... of course, your girl's attempt at this fabulous brand ;):
Which is coming soon by the way!
A photo posted by @henrysyoung on
Seriously I cannot contain my excitement of  my cK photoshoot (which was happily done in San Diego about two weeks ago) Be on the lookout for Cece's personal blue steel and model walks ;)

Also be sure to hashtag #mycalvins when you are flaunting your cute cK wardrobe :) You may be spotted on their social media or web site! xx

Kendall pic sources:

As always,

Hong Kong

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Today I want to share a post about a city that is dear to my heart & mark the beginning of new posts outside of fashion. :-)

I want to start by telling you about the place of my birth and where I grew up for a portion of my childhood. Hong Kong is not only my home city but also my favorite city in all of China. I have been to all of the major cities including Shanghai and Beijing; yet I still come back to Hong Kong as a place where I feel the most at home. I never got a chance to go back as often after I moved to the states; after all, my family immigrated here to pursue a better life. However, I always wondered what kind of life I would live if I continued my education in Hong Kong. Unfortunately half of my childhood was spent hating the school system and never appreciated it as my "home." :-( Now that I am finally done with school in America, I am making plans to visit and see my grandpa every year!

As most of you know, I went back over the holidays (12/12 - 12/31). Throughout my trip, I was lucky to meet up with my friend who also happened to be in the city at the same time. Since my family and I left in '99, I haven't made any close Cantonese friends; except recently in Seattle last year, I made two very good friends who made me feel like home. :-) One of which I met up with in Hong Kong and the other I had my last meal with in Seattle. Even though I consider myself to be very Americanized, it is an indescribable feeling of how connected I feel when I meet someone from my home city.

Here are some fun photos/video my friend took of me when we were roaming around Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) at 3am:

We spent most of the night walking around LKF and made it to a few known bars. One of which was the Hard Rock Cafe! Of course I would go there since it was the only familiar one. My friend took a lot of photos for me as I requested streetstyle shots in the city! Since it was a Monday night, there weren't a lot of people so it was easy to snap a few pictures without the crowd in the background. Not pictured here but we also made it to Mongkok to get delicious shark fin soup (fake shark fin of course!~) and found durian food stands everywhere.

I seriously had such a fun time in the city as an adult. :-) Not to mention staying at the luxurious Conrad Hotel in Admiralty also gave me the perspective of what it's like being on the fancy side of Hong Kong. Coming from Tsuen Wan, my family and I were brought up in the "local" area of New Territories and I never visited the westernized parts of the city. But like I said earlier, I did not enjoy the city as I left hating it as a child :-( Don't get me wrong but there was just a lot of pressure on school when I grew up there! I was not shocked at all when I learned that Hong Kong has the highest IQ in the world (See source here).

I also found an interesting post on Pinterest today featuring a 36-hour itinerary in Hong Kong :-)
Starting from watching the skyline glow on a Friday night in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to shopping fancy retail malls in Causeway Bay, you can definitely experience the best of Hong Kong in just short 36 hours. I highly recommend this to any of my friends when they make a visit to my home city!

Found this gorgeous/moody photo of Hong Kong:

Hope you all learned a few things about where I came from :-) I will be posting on a regular basis on more items about me outside of fashion! xoxo until next time, everyone--

Pic source:

As always,

sweet nothings

Thursday, January 28, 2016



Thursday, January 21, 2016


minkpink ft boho

Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy Monday! This boho look is finally here :) I had such a great time shooting with Anthony in San Diego. We shot at the Omni Hotel's parking lot structure in downtown-- I thought these turned out really well since we had a very windy day that day. Speaking of San Diego, I am returning tonight after a weekend at home with my family in Northern Virginia. I got to see my sister who was back from college and my parents. I also spent a good amount of time catching up with old friends that I haven't seen over a year!

Boy Cece

Sunday, January 3, 2016



Sunday, December 27, 2015

How was everyone's holiday? I ended up going out with my grandpa and auntie to a restaurant nearby in Fuzhou. Since Christmas was not a national holiday, not very many people celebrate it in China. My family and I are not exactly religious but after dinner we still went out to catch the crowd near a Catholic Church. 

Sorry for so many photos!! To change things up a bit-- the latest collaboration I did with Michelle was a sports/athletic focused photoset. I wanted to give a slight shift from my usual girly/feminine look to something else that I feel passionate about. We shot this post during my last weekend in Seattle (sad I know..!) at Jefferson Park. In about 40 degree weather, we still managed to pull off a couple quick shots that I didn't look like I was freezing in :-P

Always a fan of Nike, I built my look around the new Roshes I got while driving down the coast (through Oregon to SF) with my sister during Thanksgiving weekend. I love the Flyknit Roshes especially out of all the other color combinations. I almost grabbed the black ones with white bottoms instead but I realized that the white bottoms look a bit more casual and I wanted these sneakers to go with my not-so-casual everyday wear. (Does that make sense? :-D) Since I used to run track back in high school (although not very fast at all in fact, I was the slowest person on the team!), I decided to put together a sporty look that I would wear if I wanted to look fashionable yet functional at the same time. Nordstrom had its annual sale a couple weeks back and I managed to grab this cowl neck pullover. Thanks to my super talented designer friend, Alan for the J Selvedge Tote :-) by his brand AKINGS NY!

**Be sure to check out Daniel Wellington and use my promo 'cecestyle' for 15% off until January 15th! I am obsessed with this watch and wear it everywhere I go ;-)**

Going forward I want to do more athletic-inspired posts and I am very excited that my very first set turned out really well! Thanks to my dear Michelle for the amazing photography and I can't wait to showcase my next sporty look.

Stay tuned for my next athletic photoset and more shoots done in both San Diego and Seattle! Be sure to keep up with me on my daily updates on Instagram! Wish you all have a great rest of your week and hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I did! xoxo

If you like my circle sunnies in an earlier post, head on over to DITTO for their monthly glasses subscriptions! Only $24/month for a pair of designer glasses delivered right to your door. These pretty Derek Lam sunnies are my first pair and they are gorgeous as they came fresh with the glasses case and cleaning cloth. Highly recommend for transforming one look to another. *Use my promo code: "CECELAM" for your first month free.* :-)

Photos: Michelle Lock

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As always,


Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Just LA

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hello from Fuzhou! Earlier this week when I updated my blog was when I pulled an all-nighter-- due to jet lag and my strong desire to stay out in Hong Kong all night, I stayed up for over 24 hours and it was worth it! My friend Eric and I went from Central to Mongkok and took a lot of photos on my phone. I have been posting a few on my Instagram and so much on my Snapchat-- I should start a Snapchat section on this blog soon ;-)

This post focuses on my second set with One Saint LA and my photographer Michelle. The top from One Saint is extremely comfortable and super cute with the words "Just LA" in the front. I am definitely getting more into grey and white tones lately-- who says you can't wear white after Labor Day? :-P To better match 'Just LA' I pulled out one of my favorite vegan leather jackets and paired them with my cut off white denim. To be honest I almost gave away these pants because they were very loose on me-- But I ended up keeping them by making a few adjustments cutting across the thigh and knee on opposite legs. :-)

Stay tuned for the third and final post on my collaboration with One Saint LA and keep up with me on my Instagram! Wish you all have a great rest of your week and hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I did! xoxo

If you liked my circle sunnies in an earlier post, head on over to DITTO for their monthly glasses subscriptions! Only $24/month for a pair of designer glasses delivered right to your door. These pretty Derek Lam sunnies are my first pair and they are gorgeous as they came fresh with the glasses case and cleaning cloth. Highly recommend for transforming one look to another. *Use my promo code: "CECELAM" for your first month free.* :-)

Photos: Michelle Lock

As always,

all white

Sunday, December 13, 2015



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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