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STYLING CULOTTES FROM DAY TO EVENING

If you've hung out with me a couple of times by now, you'd know that I love culottes. Culottes are below knee-length women trousers that are wide legged to resemble a full skirt. They're comfy, stylish, and perfect for any season. Trust me... I've worn woolen culottes in the winter as well, with some tights underneath and they looked just as good as they do in the spring!

Here are two looks I've styled with these slitted culottes that can take you from a day to evening look, in just minutes. Culottes can get a bit tricky to style and work with, but it's all about finding the right length and silhouette for yourself. This time I chose a longer length culotte, so let's get started!

THE DAY LOOK

I went a bit casual with the day look here. I've paired a Stussy graphic tee with my culottes and some Stan Smiths. If you're looking to recreate a look similar to this, you can essentially use any white graphic tee you have and some white sneaks to give this a bit of that street style. 

To pull the whole look together, I've incorporated a mini Chanel classic crossbody to give it a classy twist. Is it just me or do the white Stan Smiths just get better with time? I can seriously wear them with any outfit... 

THE EVENING LOOK

For the evening look, I paired the culottes with an off-white plain satin shirt and some army green wedge heels. I kept the same Chanel bag but the beauty of this bag is that I can wrap the chain 2-3 times around the front flap and it turns into a clutch! 

To pull the evening look together, the heels offer a pop of color to this rather muted look and elevate the look so that you're ready for a night out! 

If you haven't gotten yourself to get a pair of culottes... this is the season to do so! I know it might not work for everyone but why not give it a try? Below, are the outfit details of today's post. Hope you enjoyed it and see you back here again! 

Day Outfit Details:
Culottes: Zara
Shirt: Stussy
Shoes: Stan Smith
Bag: Chanel

Evening Outfit Details:
Culottes: Zara
Shirt: Koton
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bag: Chanel

Styling by: Ji Yeon Kim & Photography by: Jina Kim

DIY & DECOR

HOW TO PAINT WITH GOUACHE PAINT

Okay, so what even is gouache paint?! I'll get to that in a bit below, but let me explain why I'm even bringing this up! Now, let me just say I am no professional artist so everything I write about are all my personal thoughts! I've been taking a design class here back at home and we recently had a "Color Focus" project we had to do. The objective of this project was to create a monochromatic diptych using any paint we wanted. I wanted to draw a haute couture illustration... it's my favorite thing to draw probably because I absolutely adore it! So, I decided to try out gouache paint for the first time!

But what is gouache paint? Gouache paint is like an opaque watercolor. So, while you are able to see the whites of the paper (transparent) when you use watercolor, gouache is like solid paint (opaque). The great thing about gouache is that even though it is more pigmented than watercolor, if you add a good amount of water while painting you can get an affect similar to that of watercolor! It was so great to use! You get the best of both affects of watercolor and something thicker like, acrylic. 

So if any of you decide you want to make handmade cards (of course, on thick paper) you should definitely look into using gouache. Depending on how much water you add while using the paint, you can get a variety of different intensities in color! For a smoother line, I recommend adding a bit of water which will greatly help you to achieve a matte, smooth look. 

With gouache, I found it to be a lot easier to layer and create different shadows within one color. You can simply add some white here and there, and if it gets a bit too much... just add some water and smooth everything out. Also, the paint dries within 5-10 minutes so layering the paint was easy to do!

I used the brand Reeves for my gouache paint, but if you go to Michaels or any art supply store, there's a huge variety of gouache paint to choose from! As for paper, I chose a watercolor paper pad that was 145 lbs. You need to paint on thick paper so that it can handle all the layers of paint! I definitely recommend you to try out gouache paint if you're looking to paint something or simply hand make a card... enjoy! 

Photography & Styling by: Jito