May 26, 2016


Apparently I lied about it being hard to find graphic shirts in my closet. What can I say? I'm a sucker for French phrases on my tees. I would happily make this my daily uniform.

Tee - Zady (hopefully they do a re-stock on sizes soon!)
Jeans - Acne (on sale, DAMMIT I PAID FULL PRICE – I was willing to do so because this is a super nice light wash shade)
Mules - Intentionally Blank (though mine are already falling apart at the seam... I really like this alternative option)
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Clutch - Loewe (Can never find this exact color online)
Lips - NARS
Necklace - Still House

May 24, 2016

An essential from Zady

Meet the black silk shirtdress from Zady's signature collection. It's incredibly versatile, a perfect transitional piece, and a great blank canvas to build an outfit off. But besides all that good stuff, Zady's organic silk comes from India and is made both ethically and sustainably. Their process doesn't kill the silkworm nor use pesticides. The silk is dyed in a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)-certified facility in India and then sewn in NYC.

If you're not familiar with Zady, they're all about transparency and sustainability in creating classic pieces with premium natural fibers and craftsmanship. Now that's a mission I can get behind. To get a better understanding of how clothing production impacts the environment, learn more about materials, etc. head on over to Zady's New Standard.

I'm very much a rolled-up sleeve, unbuttoned top kind of girl, so I went for the more casual look. But I would also love to use this as layering piece over a tee and wide-legged pants. It would be fun too to ditch the belt and go for the boxier silhouette. I also went for pared down accessories (sunglasses, clutch, watch), except for a little fun in the shoes.

In collaboration with Zady

May 19, 2016

Bring loose pants

...That is, if you're planning any kind of food-centric trip to Copenhagen. I recently got back from a trip that was just that. The awesome folks at Wonderful Copenhagen invited me and a few other US media to experience the "little brothers" of some of the Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. I had been to Copenhagen once before, but it was in February which might as well make it an entirely different city. I kept hearing about how the city comes alive in the warmer months, and I was eager to get back for more art and design (more on that in a later post), as well as for food and coffee of course.

Since I'm more about the visuals here, I'll leave you with this loose guide below. Some places I went on my own time, and some with the group. One of the more surprising finds for me was the ginger chicken congee at Grød, a place that specializes in porridge. Although it's mostly known as a breakfast spot, the savory dishes were what really interested me. I got my hands on the cookbook, which is filled with insanely beautiful photography. Now, I can hopefully make this congee on my own and report back...

Of course, it's not a complete 'Alice Gao' guide without a note on coffee. I've got you covered on that – don't miss the below places, especially Forloren which is a bit underrated compared to the others (which get written about much more). I went twice within like two hours one morning. The owner, Niels, is my kind of coffee geek. Have a chat with him and you'll probably learn a thing or two.

Thanks so much to Wonderful Copenhagen and Norwegian Air for making this trip possible.

May 14, 2016

The French way

You'll be hard pressed to find graphic tees or anything with words on them in my closet, but I couldn't help but be drawn to this one. Slouchy, incredibly soft, and machine-washable – how can you really argue with that? This warmer weather makes me want to live in light wash jeans, or this off-white pair from Levi's that I'm really into right now. I'm so glad the unfinished hem is a thing right now, because now I just hack off a few inches with a plain old scissor and let the hem fray as it will. Total petite girls victory.

Speaking of off-white, I recently retired my white pair of Common Projects and opted instead for the 'warm white'. It's a subtle difference, but just a bit softer. And you've seen this bag before, which started pure white and is now probably an off white from so much wear. Ay.

Shot in Copenhagen on a whim after finding the perfect car and a matching door right next to it.

May 8, 2016

Old coat, new combinations

You've probably seen this coat a dozen plus times around here already, but it is still a closet favorite of mine. I've recently become very fixated on the pink and green color combination. Not cotton candy pink, but the barely there blush pink (basically a neutral in my books). When you see my new business cards and stationery, you'll understand from where this new obsession stemmed. Now I'm just constantly thinking about what other green and pink things I can add to my closet. Oy.

Coat - Max Mara (similar and WOW I would snatch this up if it were my size)
Jeans - Madewell
Top - Tibi
Loafers - Manolo Blahnik (waiting to see if these will ever come back)
Bag - Chloe
Sunglasses - Self-Portrait x Specs
Watch - Larsson & Jennings
Lips - TF Twist of Fate

May 3, 2016

At least it wasn't red wine

If you follow me on Snapchat, you might have seen that I handily spilled an entire glass of champagne down my shirt at a recent dinner. It all happened so fast. One second I was trying to move some glasses out of the way so the waitstaff could put down a large plate; the next, there was an empty glass in front of me and my entire bosom was soaked. And my pants. And parts of my beloved green jacket. See, this is why I shouldn't own nice things. I dabbed and got on with the night, because what else can you really do? At least it wasn't red wine.

I really loved this top though, and wanted to share this outfit (post-champagne shower and all). I paired this little Johanna Ortiz off the shoulder number with these slightly wide-legged pants from J.Crew. The pants are so comfortable I could wear them every day (sizing wise, I think they might run a tad big. I sized down from my usual 0P to 00P in these). I only wish they had pockets!

These platform sandals from Pierre Hardy are going to get a lot of wear from me this season, especially as I get to feel what it's like to be a "normal" height in them. The air really is different 5 inches up ;).

Top photo by Driely Vieira for W Mag