Eliza is the style blogger and pop culture critic behind Aesthetic Distance. Aesthetic Distance was a way to finally create her passions of beauty, fashion, and photography. Since the beginning, Eliza used her blog to showcase her personal style and each post was accompanied by her musings on pop culture, race, politics and social media. She is also the editor of Plan A Magazine, an online publication started by several Asian American women and men brought together by the current sociopolitical climate.
Baltimore, MD. Technically, Baltimore County. I’m from Reisterstown.
1. Who and what are your biggest influences when it comes to your personal style?
Movies and music videos. Right now I’m all about Cardi B’s style in her “Finesse” video with Bruno Mars. Don’t be surprised if you see me wearing that same fit in one of my blog posts!
2. Where are your favorites places to shop on and offline?
Asos has everything you could possibly want so I always stop there first. Then I hit up Dolls Kill for the accessories and statement pieces. I love Urban Outfitters for their basics like sweaters, tee shirts, and jeans.
3. Three most favorite things in your closet?
1. My collection of vintage Gucci, Fendi and Chanel bags that I inherited from my mother.
2. My secondhand fur coat from Milk & Ice Vintage. They are so good at curating the best trends in vintage clothing and homewares.
3. A beautiful vintage emerald green, hand-embroidered kaftan that I found for $15 at a flea market. I haven’t even worn it yet even though it fits me perfectly. I like to open up my closet and just stare at it.
4. Describe your style in 3 words or less?
Street. Editorial. Golden Era MTV.
5. What is your power word for 2018?
Not a word but a phrase that I’m stealing from Charlamagne tha God (who stole it from Biggie): “If I said it, I meant it / Bite my tongue for no one.” I write about a lot of controversial topics like race and find myself threatened and harassed online quite often.
6. What trends are you looking forward to trying this year?
More glitter, more bright colors and more inclusivity in fashion. I want to see more Asian models. And not just East Asian models. I want to see more representation from Southeast Asian girls like me. I’m getting to that point where if I don’t see consistent diversity in a brand, I just won’t support them anymore. No more tokenism and no more cultural appropriation. It’s 2018. Time to level up.
7. 3 books are on your 2018 reading list?
I read A LOT. I am also a huge proponent of #SupportPublicLibraries so I will take out a stack a week. My recent favorites have been:
1. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
2. #Black Privilege by Charlamagne tha God
3. Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
8. Favorite song rn?
I really like Justin Timberlake’s new song, “Filthy.” I was not feeling his last album so I’m glad he’s teamed up again with The Neptunes and Timbaland.
9. What trend are you leaving in 2017 and never looking back on?
Matte lips. They make everyone look 496 years old.
10. What movie are you excited to see this year?Crazy Rich Asians! I wrote a whole blog post about how it’s going to move the needle in terms of future Asian American representation onscreen and correct a lot of negative stereotypes about Asians. Plus, you know the fashion is going to be absolutely insane.