Back to the Basics

May 31, 2017 37 Comments

I’m all about the basics when it comes to dealing with the humid and sticky summer in Hong Kong. Nothing too fancy, just something that is comfortable and easy for me to throw in the wash machine to wash, rather than sending expensive silk into the dry clean shops. I’m not say that I don’t like silk outfit, just saying after sending them to the dry clean shops to frequent after being drenched with the humid weather in Hong Kong could potentially damage silk. So, my simple and basic solution is to wear cotton. They are super comfortable, breathable, and easy to style with.


With GRANA’s newly launched Pima Cotton Dress collection, I can dress up with a pair of high heels and dress down with a pair of comfortable sneakers. Black has always been my top option for colours, when it comes to the basic things. From afar, there is no way you can tell that this is just a $49 dollar cotton maxi dress. When spend more, when you can get something far more better value for money?


Here I am, finding myself back to the basic with GRANA.


(Photos by Bklicks)



Dress (Use  JESSIExGRANA for a 15% discount) | Sneaker | Sunglasses



  1. Nina Nguyen

    June 13, 2017

    You can never go wrong with a black maxi! You look gorgeous!
    xx- Nina


  2. Jessica

    June 10, 2017

    Pima cotton is o ne of my favorite fabrics for long and simple dresses. It allows you to feel comfortable and chill whether you are wearing heels or sneakers, as you mentioned. I would love to visit Hong Kong, but I know what you mean about humid days! xo, Jessica

  3. Deddeh Howard

    June 9, 2017

    You can never go wrong with the basic, that dress looks amazing on you beautiful.

  4. Warren Pasi

    June 8, 2017

    love this dress and style on you! I have seen friends wearing Grana pieces around town at events and love them it’s a pretty cool brand. Also, the sneakers with the dress is perfect. Have a fab week XOWP

  5. Maryam

    June 8, 2017

    This dress is so simple and chic! You have an amazing figure so it looks so stunning on you. If you hadn’t mention the price, I would have never guessed. It looks very expensive. And you are right, cotton is the best fabric option for hot and humid days. You look amazing dear!

    xo, Maryam

  6. Eliza

    June 7, 2017

    You’re totally right, for such a weather having some cotton basics is a must. And I believe, wearing preppy and comfortable items could be even better during the summer season. I’ve never heard of the Grana before, but I do like their style. This dress is so chic and elegant, yet very comfortable to wear. Loving this simplicity.

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  7. Sheree

    June 7, 2017

    You have me at Pima Cotton! This is really my favorite look, casual, chic and so wearable! You really can’t go wrong with a clean cotton maxi and a pair of white sneakers!

    xo Sheree

  8. Tandya

    June 7, 2017

    Ooh I love how this dress looks on you! I agree, silk in humid temperature is a nightmare waiting to happen! GRANA’s newly launched Pima Cotton Dress, sounds like the perfect item. I would definitely pair this look with sneakers.

  9. marcy

    June 7, 2017

    Such a pretty maxi dress babe!! I have to say I agreed with you wearing comfy and ligtweight clothes for the summer is just the way to go. This maxi dress looks so comfy to wear and just by changing the shoes you can have to 2 different looks.


  10. Open Kloset

    June 7, 2017

    Hey Sweetie,
    Hows you?
    Love to wear basic and simple clothes as well and 100% understand your point of view. Humidity is not easy…I know well.
    Grana is the Brand what I want to try, I love the Simple Cotton Dress and that you matched with a simple White sneakers.
    And 49$ is a totally fair price for the Quality:)
    Sooo Great combination:)
    Love Kisses
    Happy Tuesday
    Open Kloset By Karina

  11. Amanda

    June 7, 2017

    What a beautiful cotton dress! I’m always a fan of Grana! They do the best basics! I feel you on wanting to be comfortable during the summer months! I too have been gravitating toward more relaxed easy styles! As we speak I’ve got a ton of dry cleaning I’m about to drop off! Including my silk pieces! I love the length of this dress and that you classically paired it with those white sneakers! You are beautiful!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  12. Jo

    June 6, 2017

    I feel the same way when the weather starts getting hot and humid – keeping it simple is the best. This is totally my kind of summer look. I love that even though this look is “basic” you still look so chic and dressed up. There’s no need to sacrifice being stylish just because it’s hot out!

    xo, Jo

  13. Lana

    June 6, 2017

    Very nice and casual look, I love Hong Kong but I remember how it is in the summer there. You look great in that black dress!

  14. KATE TIK

    June 6, 2017

    I absolutely love this dress and love how you paired it with sneakers. I agree that during the Summer time there is nothing better than sticking to the basics so that you aren’t dying of the heat. Thank you for sharing!


  15. Andreea Birsan

    June 6, 2017

    Indeed, basics are the best thing to rely on when it comes to warm and sticky weather. Adore how you styled this maxi dress in a fashion forward way and the location looks pretty cool as well. Have a lovely week ahead! xx


  16. Gypsy Sunday by Britt

    June 5, 2017

    Love this look on you! So simple, but so effortlessly chic. You definitely have me wanting to invest in a new pair of white sneakers.

    I’d love for you to check out my blog if you get a chance, girl!

  17. Mel

    June 5, 2017

    Loving how you paired your maxi dress with white sneakers to dress it down.


  18. Thomas Falkenstedt

    June 4, 2017

    There’s nothing as good as looking a million bucks without paying that amount doing so! I adore basics and affordable ones at that and you totally rock this look! You can add a few pieces to it and dress it up so easily or just go with sneakers and keep it like it is, that’s what I love about versatile basics.


  19. Samantha Mariko

    June 3, 2017

    I totally agree with you – I’m always wearing my basics when it’s too hot outside! There’s no point for me in layering up or wearing anything fancy if I’m going to sweat anyways haha. You look so chic in this maxi dress!

  20. Bernice

    June 3, 2017

    Having some high quality cotton pieces is essential for travel! Dry cleaning definitely gets in the way of exploring xx


  21. Aimara

    June 3, 2017

    Nothing like a good basic! Honestly I feel the same way about silk, it’s beautiful but not the most convenient every day piece.
    This dress is beautiful and fits you like a glove girl! Also, beautiful photos!

  22. Britta

    June 3, 2017

    You are so right! Silk and the humidity is not a good match! Especially if you want your silk pieces to last.
    Cotton is for sure the way to go and I love this dress! It is perfect for any occasion and can be styled various ways.

  23. Jessi Malay

    June 3, 2017

    Looking gorgeous babe!! Nothing better than some basics and sneakers! Hope you have an amazing weekend <3

    P.S- Hope you get a chance to enter my GUCCI bag giveaway 🙂
    XO, Jessi

  24. Jennifer Quattrucci

    June 2, 2017

    Wow ! You are completely stunning ! I was so intrigued by the Grana collection when I saw you use pieces from their line on Instagram and this black maxi dress is absolutely perfect!!

  25. Candace

    June 2, 2017

    I have been looking for a basic, sleeveless maxi like this and this dress looks like the perfect choice! Louisiana is also quite sticky and honestly unbearable most of the time with the high humidity. I need to check out GRANA for sure!


  26. Christine Kong

    June 2, 2017

    I am all about basics and it just feels so good especially in hot and humid weather. This chic, black, maxi dress is perfect for summer! I love that it can be dressed up or down and is just so effortless. I see Grana on so many people and I can’t believe I haven’t been to their site yet. I need to check them out especially at their affordable prices with high quality materials, it’s a no brainer! XOXO, Christine

  27. Amy

    June 2, 2017

    Love Grana! You look gorgeous Jessie 🙂

    xx, Amy

  28. Sharon Wu

    June 2, 2017

    that maxi dress is perfect for summer and looks so comfy babe! you are rocking it 🙂 love the location where you took these photos — so gorgeous! xo, sharon


  29. Kara Aragon

    June 2, 2017

    What a great photo location! And you look gorgeous!


  30. Mariann Yip

    June 1, 2017

    Wow you look amazing! I love the dress and how you styled it with sneakers 🙂

  31. Cindy Elena

    June 1, 2017

    So simple, so minimal, so good!

    xo | Cindy Elena

  32. Zeynab

    June 1, 2017

    I love a good black maxi dress, so simple but always looks good! I need those white trainers.

    Zeynab x
    The Beauty Load

  33. Nathalie

    June 1, 2017

    A black simple dress is always a great piece to have.


  34. Elizabeth Seal

    June 1, 2017

    So gorgeous, I adore your photos! Such a stunning location too! 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)


    June 1, 2017

    I love this post! I’m visiting Hong Kong for the first two weeks of July – I’m so nervous for the humidity! I lived in HK for a few months in the fall, and even then it was so hard at the beginning. Will definitely be packing linens and flowy cottons! xx



    May 31, 2017

    so simple but cute!

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