Vice or Vanity: Round 2

Oops, did it happen again?

It tends to go like this: I start some sort of blog with a focus on X, Y or Z and then after some time abandon it altogether. Blame it on school, blame it on life, blame it on whatever, right?

To be honest, part of the demise of this blog was laziness (let's be real, a big part of it) and another part of it was the expectations I put on myself - the goal of gaining a following, maintaining the quality of blog content, having a blog that was aesthetically pleasing in every way. Looking in my posts up until today, at least half of them have been stuck in draft mode - I never posted them because I was afraid of saying the wrong thing and then getting judged for it. I was afraid of my little corner in the blogosphere getting overrun by anonymous, judgmental internet haters. And let's be real, internet trolls have gone off the rails in the past few years.

But I'm done with that. I'm done being crippled by my self-consciousness. This time I’m going to go to the opposite end of the spectrum. I’m going to do it for me, and this is going to be an anything blog – life, culture, fashion and whatever else comes on my mind.

In recent months, I’ve also approached journaling the same way and it really helped eliminate the fears I had of not having that pretty, girly artistic diary (going to post more about my beloved Midori journal the upcoming months). I’m hoping this mindset will really help this blog stay for the long haul.

As such, welcome to the blog!

P.S. I'm in LA now! Can't believe that when this blog started, I was living in New York City and in the midst of moving back to the Silicon Valley. But now I'm in LA?! And about to graduate university! I went to Coachella! And I'm interning at a men's fashion company! More on these things later...

P.P.S This used to be MINTPOPS, but I've taken the liberty of renaming this blog Vice or Vanity, a better reflection of who I am today - random, non-sensical and I don't even know what else.

April Showers Bring May Flowers


Flower power has been a prominent in fashion even before the day's of Woodstock, and these days it's basically a given that floral prints will come back in some way or shape during this time of year. It's a really great way to add some flare to what could otherwise be a boring outfit (e.g. t-shirt + jeans). Though I think it's gone a little overboard in recent years, let's face it, there's really never a better season than Spring to wear flowers. Floral has it's ability to go awfully wrong, but I'm really loving some styles I've been seeing lately - many of which are reminiscent of the 90's.

Outfit: Lace & Harem


Lace Crop Top - Crossroads Trading Co.
Denim Vest - H&M
Harem Pants - Audrey (from Crossroads Trading Co.)
Quilted Flats - Unknown
Drawstring Bag - American Eagle Outfitters

Hello all! So it seems like I haven't posted for quite a long time, sorry about that! I've been wrapped in a few other things, but now I'm back and I'll be making a conscious effort to bring more posts :) I've been digging harem pants for the longest time, but never got the courage to actually try them, since it was just assumed that shorties like me couldn't pull them off. But to my surprise, they look much better than I predicted after cuffing them up. So y'all can bet I'll be wearing these come summer evenings in California. Overall though, I have to say my favorite buy was the lace crop top, which was on sale for just $4 at Crossroads, a thrift shop that I have a serious love-hate relationship with.

(Also, sorry about the mess in on the floor...heh)

So what do you guys think? Let me know what you guys think of this outfit and be sure to leave a comment below! You can also find me @mildlyfree on Twitter or follow me @mildlyfree on Instagram.

Asian Fashion: Spring Looks


Asian style is interesting in that fashion trends can go be "in" one day and "out" the next. It's so easy for youth to follow trends closely because street wear is generally made to be very cheap. The quality may be poor, but it won't break your buck every time a new trend starts up again. Since fashion is so experimental around those parts, it's really hard to narrow down the trends currently out there - a lot of which can really swing in different directions in terms of actually being stylish. If you've heard of "FOB" fashion in either a negative or positive light, you'll know what I mean.

For most of my teen years, Asian fashion had been notorious for its outlandishness (a la poorly constructed English words screen printed on shirts, tacky screen prints, going overboard with the cute, etc.). But lately I've noticed myself liking some styles out there more and more. It must be a combination of the newer trends being more of my taste, as well as the fact that my style has also evolved drastically in the past few years. Also - the interesting thing about the trendiness of Asian fashion is that trends tend to hit there before heading to the Western hemisphere. Keeping an eye on Asian trends (particularly Japanese fashion) is a fantastic way to look out for what might be popular in the states in the future.

Even though it looks like nowadays, Eastern and Western fashion is converging, the Eastern interpretation of it is always a nice breath of fresh air. And also, though I didn't include many of these types of pictures in the post, I find that some of these Asians have an amazing knack for combining brights and primary colors in a very tasteful way.

Here are some styles scoring major points with me right now. FYI, in case it isn't obvious enough, I love, love, love the androgynous styles!

Spring Casual: Blush & Polka Dots


Blouse - Jason Wu for Target
Sweater - H&M
Army Jacket - Goodwill
Jeans - Urban Outfitters
Pelley Oxfords - Jeffrey Campbell (from FredFlare.com)

Style Icon: Alexa Chung


It'd be hard to find somebody to top Alexa Chung on my list of favorite style icons, heck, even my list of favorites in entertainment. I totally have a girl crush on her - she's the embodiment of vintage, effortless, and grungy-yet-feminine fashion. Alexa has a distinctively quirky style has been largely responsible for the surge in geek-chic fashion these past few years.

Thrifting at the De Anza Flea Market


The De Anza College Flea Market is the first Saturday of every month and also one of the biggest flea markets in the South Bay. While I don't get the chance to go often, it's always a fun time whenever I visit. From vintage goods to potted plants and used books, this flea market is definitely full of interesting knick knacks. Though there were tons of awesome things, I didn't end up picking anything up. Instead, I do have a bunch of pictures to share ^^ Enjoy!