KAIKINI

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Our last outfit shoot in Hawaii took place at the infinity pool at the Four Seasons Oahu. Nature was definitely on our side because we were blessed with an incredible, watercolor sunset that combined with the surface of the infinity pool, made for some unbelievable shots!

Keep reading for full sustainability details for this look + to see all the shots from this heavenly photoshoot!

MANAOLA

Friday, December 23, 2016

We ended our Hawaii trip with a bang, staying at none other than the Four Seasons Oahu! Even better was getting to relax in this resort paradise in an outfit by native Hawaiian fashion designer, Manaola Yap, who was also a wonderful spirit in person :)

Keep reading to discover the beautiful backstory behind Manaola's culturally conscious designs and the unique meaning behind his prints!

TROPICAL DREAM

Monday, December 05, 2016

During our time on Oahu, one of the most memorable things I got to see was the 70th annual Aloha Festivals Parade (more on that in my full trip round-up post!) This was the outfit I wore to the parade—light, tropical, and featuring some amazing, made in Hawaii fashion too! 

Read on for full outfit and sustainability details ♥

HANAUMA BAY (+ VIDEO!)

Friday, November 25, 2016

I always thought the beaches in California were nice, but Hawaii is on a whole different level—the water is so much warmer and is crystal clear, you can actually encounter fish near the shore, and there is an overall much higher respect for nature that is held there. This look was shot at Hanauma Bay which is on the island of Oahu, and in order to gain access into the beach, they require all first-time visitors to take part in an orientation so they can learn about marine life, conservation, preservation, and general beach safety. I cannot praise what they are doing enough! :)

Keep reading for full outfit and sustainability details + we even shot a short video clip to accompany this look!

IN PARADISE

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Outfit post two from Hawaii! This was one of my more casual outfits that was perfect for exploring around town. I've generally always been a statement piece kind of girl but school has instilled in me a newfound appreciation for classic, staple items. When you're at school till 4 AM some days, anything to make mornings easier makes a world of difference! 

Keep reading for more photos + sustainability details for each piece!

LIMAHULI

Saturday, November 12, 2016

So many things to love about Hawaii but one of my favorites is that it's perfectly acceptable to go out and about in outfits like these! Sure I can do this in California but I guess I feel more comfortable wearing stuff like this in Hawaii because you see a lot of people around town wearing beach attire or swimsuits/wetsuits :)

This look was shot at Limahuli Garden & Preserve which is in Hanalei, on the island of Kauai (more will come on that later in my full Hawaii trip round up post!) It brought a special kind of happiness to me to partake in ecotourism in eco-friendly clothing. Keep reading for outfit details! ♥

SIREN SONG

Thursday, November 03, 2016


To all my blog readers, I wanted to say first that yes, I am still alive and well, and also I wanted to apologize for being gone for 2 months! :( I have had quite a bit on my plate during September and October—starting at the California College of Arts as a junior transfer (just pulled an all-nighter this Sunday *cringe*), starting a marketing internship with SF-based sustainable fashion brand Amour Vert (keep watch for future Instagram and FB posts because I wrote a lot of them ;), and playing catch up with school work after having the privilege to attend an amazing 1 week press trip to Hawaii where I got to partake in all sorts of ecotourism-related activities! (Yes lots of photos and posts are coming from this too!)

This is a look I've been meaning to share to the blog that Nate and I shot previously, and even though it's now Fall here in CA, it's technically Summer in other places in the world so there's always people in swimsuit weather year round if you look at it that way! ;) Now onto the outfit details for this look...

(RECAP) SUSTAINABILITY CAMPAIGN 1: ECO TIPS FOR THE BEACH + OCEAN

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

For those of you who keep up with me on Instagram, you'll likely already be familiar with my first Sustainability Campaign: Eco Tips for the Beach + Ocean. Fashion has always been my primary focus as a blogger, but ever since I rebranded to focus on sustainable fashion, I have been wanting to also create more lifestyle-focused sustainability content on the little things we can do each day to be more environmentally-friendly. Each of these Instagram campaigns will address a particular sustainability topic/issue and for the first one, I wanted to focus on how we can keep our oceans clean and healthy! So without further ado, here is a full recap of Campaign 1!

LOST DESERT

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The majority of my closet happens to be bodycon clothing, but I'm starting to collect more flowy swing dresses after realizing how amazing they are for the summertime. It's basically like wearing nothing—you really can't wear anything more breathable! Today's look features a lot of wonderful brands committed to ethical production and also giving back!

Read on for full outfit details and to learn more about each brand! :)

ONYX

Sunday, July 31, 2016

organic fashion
Today's look is another activewear meets streetstyle outfit! I've been really obsessed with the look of arm warmers and arm sleeves lately—they show off your arms in a flirty, yet powerful way. Did I mention that I made them myself too? :)

Keep reading for all the photos from this shoot and for full outfit and sustainability details!

DAISY DEL SOL

Saturday, July 30, 2016

eco friendly clothing
Western-inspired fashion is something I haven't experimented much in, but after this outfit post, I realized that I've been totally missing out! Location-wise, these types of outfits were made to be shot in the cactus garden. A definite match made in heaven.

Read on for full outfit details and why each piece in this look is sustainable! ♥

FIRE

Sunday, July 10, 2016

ethical clothing
With festival season upon us, I've been styling together some more elaborate bohemian looks! The long days of summer have been blessing us with a particularly fiery golden hour too, making for photoshoot scenes that are positively glowing!

Read on for full outfit and sustainability details and to see all the photos from this festival-inspired shoot! :)

GLOBEIN ARTISAN BOX REVIEW

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

artisan made
I am a person who loves surprises, so naturally, I love the whole idea of monthly subscription boxes. Which follows that finding out about GlobeIn and their monthly artisan subscription boxes touched on both my love of surprises and for ethically-made, artisan goods!

For this post, I'll be reviewing the Artisan Box in the "Bathe" theme ♥ Read on to see the full unboxing and the stories behind each beautiful artisan-made item!

ALECTRONA

Sunday, June 26, 2016

eco friendly fashion
For a while, I had been avoiding wearing a lot of black because I quite simply got tired of it from school (I normally dress in all black because you never have to worry about anything not matching.) But slowly I've been integrating this color back into my wardrobe, which was made quite easy by the addition of this edgy maxi dress which also happens to be made of organic cotton!

This look is named after Alectrona, the Greek goddess of the Sun. Keep reading for full outfit and sustainability details ♥

RENEW

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

recycled fashion
If I'm not dressing in a boho style, you'll find me dressing in activewear outfits with a street style twist. I was never big on activewear or sneakers until I moved to New York for school and now I'm hooked! With all that walking around I was constantly doing, necessity and comfort warranted those pieces, but now I've become quite fond of styling cute activewear inspired outfits in general!

This outfit is particularly special because it's entirely recycled. Read on for full outfit details and brands!

STORIES (+ MY SSEKO SOLE SISTER)

Friday, June 10, 2016

eco friendly fashion
Today's outfit post is focused on the idea of stories—specifically the stories behind our clothes and the people who make them! Just as we often use fashion as a tool to communicate to others and tell a story about who we are, the thread of communication shouldn't stop there. When we know the stories of how our clothes were made and the stories of the people who made them, we not only become active and conscious consumers, but also become more connected to others :)

Read on for full outfit details + to meet my Sseko Sole Sister and hear her story too! ♥

ROSE

Sunday, June 05, 2016

eco friendly clothing
Handmade and hand-printed, this two piece set is a lovely example of the beauty of slow fashion. A romantic outfit with a sense of adventure, it seemed only fitting to shoot this in a dreamy forest pathway.

Read on for full outfit details and why each piece in this outfit is a sustainable choice!

SEA FOAM

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

eco friendly clothing
One of the things that has been lacking in my closet for years is quality loungewear that is also really cute! My loungewear used to be comprised of clothing that's no longer my style that I just wear around the house, but after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (this book has seriously transformed my organization habits!), I realized that loungewear can have quite the effect on one's mood. She says "This time at home is still a precious part of living. Its value should not change just because nobody sees us ... Precisely because no one is there to see you, it makes far more sense to reinforce a positive self-image by wearing clothes you love."

I definitely feel better, more put-together, and happier when I'm wearing cute loungwear, and in turn that does make me more productive at home. This outfit of course also easily works for going out (especially when traveling) so it's a win-win though! Read on for full outfit and sustainability details!

SOLAR

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

birksun
Sustainable fashion is something I obviously support, but what you might not know about me is that I'm also very interested in wearable technology! So when I discovered this solar powered backpack, you can bet I was beyond excited, not just as a renewable energy supporter, but also as someone whose phone is always dying!

Read on for full outfit details and all the details about this incredible backpack.

INDIGO COVE

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ethical clothing
Back to the beach again with Nate—this time in San Francisco! It was so windy which always makes it harder to shoot because every other shot is me moving my hair out of my face haha, but we managed to get some amazing shots where the wind worked in our favor!

Keep reading for full outfit and sustainability details, and to learn more about BluBond, an ethical and sustainable luxury boutique where each product gives back to a different charitable cause.

ANDRONIKE

Friday, May 13, 2016

This is the first of many beach shoots that will be coming to the blog this spring and summer! My wonderful photographer friend, Nate, whom I have known for 8 years now, and I have been collaborating a lot as of late, and we had a lot of fun traveling to Pescadero, CA for this outfit shoot!

We shot at Pigeon Point beach, which has some pretty cool tidepools as well, and lots of ladybugs (yay for tons of good luck!) Read on for full outfit details and sustainability points for each piece!

YOUWE

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

eco friendly clothing
One style I love but don't dress in too often is more of a skater or surfer style. And since I've been acquiring some awesome new tees and sneakers, I thought why not? This is my version of a skater or surfer look with a touch of goddess flair!

Read on for full sustainability details and to learn more about YOUWE, a wonderful company where you as the consumer get to choose a cause where a portion of their profits is donated to!

CALL OF THE VIALED (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Ever since I made the commitment to sustainability within my wardrobe, I've been meaning to do the same for my beauty routine as well! I'm slowly starting to transition out my beauty products to be more green, and these potion-like perfumes from Call of the Vialed are my new daily scents now!

Read on to learn more about Call of the Vialed and also details on our Instagram giveaway!

FAIRY

Monday, April 25, 2016

eco friendly clothing
It's been a long time since I've worn a flower crown! I used to be so obsessed with them that I wore them all the time until I finally got tired of them (see my outfits from 2012-2013 and you'll see what I'm talking about haha!).

Now 2 years later, my love for them has been rekindled again by this dreamy handmade, dried flower crown! Read on for full outfit details and sustainability points for each piece in this fairy-inspired look!

LABYRINTH

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I felt very much like a tropical princess in this luxurious floral robe, dreamy maxi dress, and forest paradise! I love floor length pieces and especially love pairing them together. Even better were the prices I scored these two stunning pieces for!

Read on for full outfit details and sustainability points for each item in this look!

MYSTICAL

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tropical environments always make me feel at home! I tried the whole snow thing in New York and it really loses a lot of its magic when you have to walk through actual snowstorms to get to school. I've been pretty busy this past week shooting tons of new content while also dealing with an adverse reaction to a bug bite (luckily that happened AFTER I did most of those photoshoots!) but I'm okay, and made some time to publish something new to the blog this weekend! :)

Read on for full outfit details!

STRAWBERRY (+MY 1ST LOOKBOOK VIDEO)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Red—the color of strength and love. It's my favorite color to wear because it instantly makes me feel bold and powerful, while also being romantic and flirty. It was well overdue for another red outfit so when my wonderful friend Kimsa came back for spring break, she helped me shoot this look in the fields!

Read on for full outfit details and why each piece is sustainable! 

INTO THE WILD (+INKKAS GIVEAWAY!)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

eco friendly clothing
Surrounded by the natural beauty and positive energy of the forest, this shoot was truly a retreat for the mind and spirit. I love doing outfit shoots because they combine my love for styling and also for exploring new locations. One of my favorite things is seeing an outfit and setting paired in such a harmonious way that they create something much greater altogether!

Read on for the full sustainability breakdown of each item in this outfit and also details for a sneakers giveaway with Inkkas!

WILDFLOWER

Sunday, March 20, 2016

eco friendly clothing
This look was so much fun to create because this bralette is actually custom designed by me! I got to pick out all the colors, materials, and trimmings so I ended up with a finished piece that is entirely me and definitely not something I'd easily be able to find everyday in store!

Read on to find out where you can custom design your own lingerie and loungewear, and for the sustainability breakdown for every piece in this outfit!

DESERT MERMAID (+$75 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

I can't help feeling like a mermaid out of water in this beautiful fishnet dress by Pima Doll which we shot in the cactus garden! This dress is truly a work of art and the best part is how sustainable and ethically-made this piece is!

Read on for full outfit details and also a $75 gift card giveaway to Pima Doll!

BE BRAVE

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dressed in earthy green tones, my natural inclination towards monochrome drew me to shoot these outfit photos in a forest setting! My crossbody bag, lace up boots, and Brave charm bracelet, all made me feel ready for exploration and adventure!

Read on for full outfit details and sustainability points for each item in this outfit!

OASIS

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

This magical cactus garden is a location full of vibrant hues, lovely textures, and the most enchanting natural light. There are also lots of cute lizards around the garden, some of which are quite friendly and curious! I'm definitely coming back for more shoots! :)

Read more for full outfit details and a sustainability breakdown of each item!

GODDESS OF THE DESERT

Friday, March 04, 2016

Desert goddess with a little bit of Star Wars inspiration—this is a set of photos I'm beyond happy with! The outfit and location came together perfectly to create the warm and mythical mood I had envisioned.

Keep reading for full outfit details and why each item is a sustainable choice!

LUNAR (+$75 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!)

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

I have always had a weakness for anything with a moon motif, so naturally, when I saw this top had 24 of them, it was love at first sight! This is an earthy look with an edge, and it's one of the comfiest outfits I own because it's made with organic cotton!

Scroll down for full outfit details and also a $75 giftcard giveaway to Synergy Organic Clothing!

SUNKISSED

Thursday, February 25, 2016

This is the first look we shot for my sustainability rebrand and the lighting was certainly on our side that day, illuminating the landscape with an ethereal aura! For this outfit, I put together a comfy and casual everyday look with some classic California beach vibes.

 Scroll to the end of this post for the outfit breakdown for each item and why it's sustainable!

ART IN OUR BLOOD IS NOW SUSTAINABLE SIREN

Monday, February 22, 2016


Today, I am beyond excited to introduce the beginning of a new chapter for Art In Our Blood! From here on forward, Art In Our Blood will now be known as Sustainable Siren, a name I have chosen to mark my newfound commitment to sustainable and ethical fashion.

From now on, all my outfit posts will be comprised head-to-toe only of sustainable pieces, meaning everything you'll see me wearing will fall into one or more of the following categories :)

Organic   •   Recycled   •   Handmade   •    Fair Trade
Ethically Made   •   Made in the USA   •   Secondhand   •   Vintage
Convertible   •   Zero Waste Design


When I first started blogging 4 years ago, I was 15, and Art In Our Blood was born out of a desire to start building a name for myself in the fashion world, and wanting an outlet to share my love for fashion and personal style. In those 4 years, I've learned quite a lot about the fashion industry and how it works inside-and-out, and that includes both the good and bad. But 2015 was a year that really marked a turning point for me.

My education at Parsons especially, coupled with the increasing amount of media coverage I was exposed to in 2015 on climate change and the exploitation of so many factory workers, instilled in me a thorough and unsettling understanding of the ways in which a majority of the mainstream fashion industry sadly perpetuates labor issues and results in appalling environmental degradation.

As my knowledge of these issues increased, the more I understood just how urgently and critically that we needed change.



Racing Extinction

In December 2015, I watched the documentary, Racing Extinction, and it was the final push that incited me to take concrete action. What struck me the most from this documentary was when filmmaker Louie Psihoyos shared his story of the Baiji dolphin. He explained how two decades ago, he noticed that the Baiji dolphin was extremely vulnerable to extinction, with only hundreds of them left. He goes on to say:

 "This animal—it wasn't just the last of its species, it was the last of an entire family of cetaceans. So I thought—humans, somebody somewhere has got to go out and save these animals... they have to, because they're dying off! 
They're all gone now... They went extinct. In my lifetime, they went extinct. 
So... we always think there's going to be somebody else around to save these animals."



Why Each of Us Should and Can Help

So often we wish for change, but we fall into the mindset that surely, someone else out there will rise to the cause. But we can't keep waiting around for others to step up. Each of us has the power to help, so why shouldn't we?

I've noticed that many people may feel discouraged from trying because they don't believe they can make an actual difference in the long run, or they may think that the only way to make a substantial difference is as a scientist, a researcher, or an engineer out working in the field.

But I could not disagree more! No matter what field we work in or are studying towards, everyday we make lots of choices around our lifestyle and consumptive habits. Of these choices, we have infinite options—with some having a higher environmental impact and others being much more environmentally-friendly.


Small Changes to Your Daily Routine

For example, before we leave the house to go shopping, we can easily grab a reusable bag, rather than taking a plastic one at the store which we quickly discard after. Saying no to that plastic bag could mean one less bag that somehow makes its way into the ocean, where it can potentially harm sea life. Or maybe its a choice as simple as taking a shorter shower, choosing to air dry your hair rather than blow drying it, or eating more fruits and veggies and less meat (the livestock industry produces more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation industry!)

Small actions do matter, not just because they really do add up in the long run, but because they set good examples for other people, and often can inspire those around you to start thinking and acting more consciously too!


Conscious Fashion

Which brings me back to fashion—this type of conscious mindset is how we should be approaching fashion too, and that's what Sustainable Siren is about. Every time we go shopping for clothes, we have so many choices in how we shop and which companies we choose to support with our dollar. And when sustainable companies start getting more attention and consumer support, there's no doubt it will encourage other companies to follow in the same path.

It's not about giving up fashion; it's simply about adopting a conscious approach to it.

With that being said, Sustainable Siren is my project to share with you all my journey into ethical and sustainable fashion, and I hope along the way, I can convince you to join in! :)

Choose to be part of the solution ♥ And don't forget that we aren't the only species on this planet—there's 10 million other species that coexist with us too!



LUSH

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


I found my little respite from the winter, here by these luscious plants and under this kiss of sunshine! I've always gravitated towards summer clothes year round, and the winter is no exception. So key pieces like a skin-tight jacket and floor length dresses are key for

2016 SKINCARE W/ PEACH & LILY

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


One of my resolutions for 2016 was to boost up my skincare regimen beyond from just cleanser and moisturizer, and today I'd like to share a review of two new products I had the chance to try out from Peach & Lily! Peach & Lily is an e-commerce site that carries innovate and cult-favorite Korean and Japanese beauty and skincare products. What I like about them

ON THE ROAD

Monday, January 04, 2016


The last time I was obsessed with denim jackets was in high school when I went through my grunge fashion phase. My love for them has been revived once more after thrifting this beautiful cropped denim jacket from Crossroads! I absolutely love the fit of this jacket and