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Saturday, August 20, 2011 / 4:31 PM

my name is carolyn, i'm 19 years old, and i've come a long way from tagging along with my mom as she shopped at nordstrom rack to reading hundreds of fashion blogs in my google reader.

my style evolution i grew up in the san fernando valley, california (envision the typical '80s baywatch valley girl, and that's the typified sfv girl) where high schools are dominated by blonde girls in jean miniskirts and uggs. i'm asian and kind of nerdy (?) so i could never pull off the halter tops and havaianas look. i looked to fashion magazines that were piled up in my house instead and since then, i've been morphing my style to try this and that. middle school? punk rock band shirts and converse. high school? dolman minidresses. now i attend college near san francisco and my style is a mish-mash of urban tomboy & classic city girl. recently i've been championing a 'less is more' simple kind of look.

favorites in my closet honestly, i'm really lazy and not too splurge-y with clothes. my collection of basic tees, sheer blouses and miniskirts is pretty standard, so the items in my closet that i pride myself on are outerwear and shoes. ankle boots are a must for me (well, any boots, really) and i love a warm winter coat with a sharp collar or a standard leather jacket that makes any outfit ten times better. i also own lots and lots of tights and leggings that get ripped all the time. other essentials recently i'm into prints (polka dots, diamonds, unicorns), feathers, animal rings, and warm circle scarves. and of course, headbands and my geeky big framed plastic glasses.

where i shop the typical forever 21, h&m, zara, of course, as well as urban outfitters and the gap. i'm incredibly cheap but also impatient, so i love cheap, organized vintage stores like painted bird at the mission or the better buffalo exchanges in america. when i go to korea, i love looking at street vendors and five dollar clothing stores in the subway for great basics.

favorite designers i love the simplicity of acne and madewell as well as adam, rachel comey, rag & bone, organic by john patrick, chloe, celine, balmain, and alice & olivia. as for favorite models i've always had a huge girlcrush on gemma ward, but i also love hyoni kang, georgia frost, monika jagaciak, and sigred agren. beautiful ladies :)

my style icons are zooey deschanel (i love her quirky outfits and use of eclectic tights), edie sedgwick, blair waldorf (yes, i went there) anna karina, olivia palermo and taylor tomasi-hill. other sources of inspiration i love looking to magazines like lula and oyster mag for inspiration, blogs such as blushing ambition, song of style, and fifi lapin, as well as wes anderson movies and the talented mr. ripley.

favorite cosmetic brands i admit it, i suck at makeup. my skin isn't that bad but i don't even know how to cover up the few blemishes i have. because i'm so lazy i usually use missha bb cream and an urban decay eyeliner. i love nars, urban decay, and nature republic in korea. i also swear by vaseline for lip balm. i do believe in a strict skincare regime though (toner, essence, lotion)!


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