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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The New Classic

shirt: Love Tree; skirt: ASOS; bag: Coach; shoes: Converse

A while ago, Teen Vogue did a little feature on midi skirts, and I fell in love. Midi skirts have the same elegance as maxi skirts, but they work better for short people like me because I don't get totally engulfed in fabric. After some mall searching, however, I realized that I couldn't find them in stores (at a reasonable price) anywhere. In fact, I even started learning how to sew with the intention of eventually making my own skirts-- that's how desperate I was. I'm still learning how to sew (I'm working on mastering straight lines), but I was ecstatic when I saw this skirt on sale at ASOS. It wasn't exactly cheap (it was $30), but after experiencing the struggle that is sewing straight lines, I realized that it would be a long while before I could make an entire skirt. Basically, this is the story of how I gave in.





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Favorites (Fashion)


I thought it'd be fun to do a summer favorites post and talk about some of the things I've been enjoying this summer. While I was gathering my favorites, I came across a few things that didn't fall into fashion, so I'll be doing a life and beauty post within the next few days! Anyway, without further ado, I present to you my favorites!

left: Cotton On; right: Forever 21

SUNDRESSES. Over the past few months, I have gathered a good amount of sundresses. They're just so effortless and versatile which is perfect because I tend to be a little lazy in the summer. Sundresses are especially great because they are so breezy-- a necessity for hot California summers.

(from left to right) Jo-Ann's; Jo-Ann's; Michael's; Michael's

HEADBANDS/BANDANNAS. If you've been reading my blog (or even if you just scroll down a little), you'll know that I adore headbands and bandannas. They just add a nice bit of color to whatever I'm wearing, and when I think summertime, I think bright colors (and long days and laughter and relaxing and swimming, but all of those things happen with bright colors). Headbands also add a very relaxed vibe to outfits, especially when worn over loose curls.

shoes: Aldo

SANDALS. I've had these sandals for about three years now (which probably isn't surprising if you noticed how worn out they are). These also happen to be my only pair because, in the past, I didn't really like the look of sandals. Not sure what changed, but this summer I've been wearing these sandals almost every other day. Their simplicity makes them easy to just throw on with any outfit (no thinking necessary), and they're so easy to put on for those days when I'm running in and out of the house.

backpack: Coach

BACKPACK. Backpacks are actually very convenient because they can hold a lot of stuff, even a tiny one like mine. Aside from convenience, I've been loving this backpack because it just makes everything I wear look so casual. It sits rather low on my back, so it has a very loose and relaxed look.

sunglasses: Lauren Conrad

SUNGLASSES. In the past I had a policy where I only bought sunglasses for two dollars (Really random, I know. I can't explain it.), but that all changed when I set out on a mission to find a pair of sunglasses with this print (Is it a cheetah print? I don't know.) on the rims. I know it's nothing extraordinary, but I saw someone wearing them and became obsessed-- and budget was not going to be an obstacle. Luckily, I didn't go too crazy. I found these at Kohl's for about $12, which is cheap if you haven't spent the last year buying only two dollar shades. Between the printed rims and the round (but not too round) shape, these sunglasses just add a bit of glamour to my outfits and my mood.

shorts: Cotton On (both)

LOOSE SHORTS. I've talked about them before, so I'll try to keep things brief (ayy). These shorts are very comfortable and breezy, so not only do they look good, they feel good. I especially like wearing them as cover-ups at the pool or beach. You know how some bikinis have little ties on the hips? Well almost all of mine have that, and regular shorts jam those into my hips, so I prefer to wear these loose shorts to prevent leaving oddly shaped indentations on my hips. Look at that! A favorite and a tip!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorites! Let me know in the comments if you have any favorites that you'd like to share!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Black and White

top: Forever 21; skirt: Cotton On; shoes: Converse

I was very excited when I put this look together because wearing two bold prints together seemed so daring. However, today was so hot that I hid at home all day, which upset me because it distresses me to have a nice outfit wasted on a day at home. Luckily, I get to share it on this blog! That makes me feel a little better. Oh, in case you're wondering, that fluffy white thing is my dog, Maeby. To be honest, I'm surprised she was so cooperative when we were taking pictures today. Usually, she turns her head away every time she sees my camera-- it's irritating. She must have just been in a good mood today, I mean look at her! She's practically glowing.




BTW, Maeby is glowing because of the lighting-- we don't keep her this clean.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When in Denim


shirt: TJ Maxx; shorts: original by me; purse: Michael Kors; shoes: LoveD

I wanted something a little more simple and classic, so I went for a denim-based look. All I did was tuck my button-down, chambray-style shirt into some shorts that I DIY'd. These shorts are from Kohl's, and they used to be plain Bermudas (because I wasn't allowed to wear any other type of shorts in middle school). All I did was cut them, pull at the edges to fray them, and use a bleach pen to draw designs for a unique touch. Along with the pink from my purse and the messy curls in my ponytail, the shorts keep this look more youthful-- which is important because this look can be easily adapted into a mom look (no offense to moms, moms are great).






Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pattern Crazy

headband: Jo-Ann's; shirt: Forever 21; skirt: Target; bag: Esprit; shoes: Coach

Today was "Wacky Thursday" where I work (and I was all for going wacky), but I had places to be afterwards which ruled out going completely nuts. My solution was to stick to a basic outfit "outline", but fill it in with mismatched pieces. I actually ended up really liking how the top and the skirt worked together. Personally, I think it's a good idea for everyone to formally decide to wear something weird-- at least once. Take an active effort to dress out of your comfort zone, similar to how you might try an activity that makes you nervous. Do it for the experience. Do it because why not? Do it because you may realize you enjoy it.










Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wildflower

shirt: Kohl's; dress: Cotton On; purse: Coach; shoes: Aldo

I've owned this shirt for a really long time, and even though I hardly wear it, I hang on to it because I know that when I do wear it, it'll look good. The lace trim on the bottom and the crochet detailing on the back give this top a really bohemian tone, and I think wearing it over a daisy print really highlights those qualities. To make the outfit a little quirky, I added in this purse (which was a hand-me-down from my wonderful, lovely aunt). The burgundy suits the more subdued colors from the rest of my outfit, and the vintage style and texture add a quirky touch, making the outfit more dynamic.






Monday, July 21, 2014

Bright


bow (can't be seen here): made by a friend; shirt: Net; skirt: Forever 21; 
bag: Teen Vogue (free with subscription!); shoes: Call it Spring

My bed is right underneath a window, so one of the first things I see when I wake up in the mornings is light shining through my blinds. Last week, however, every morning was cloudy, so when I woke up at 6:30 this morning and saw the yellow rays bursting through the tiny cracks between my blinds, I ditched the grey-based outfit I had planned and pulled out my brightest skirt. I love pairing this skirt with blue pieces because the bold contrast is a head-turner. To keep it from being too basic, I wore accessories that were in a similar, but slightly different color (coral skirt with the orange chevron bow and the turquoise top with the robin's egg blue bag). This way, the outfit is put together, but not too matchy-matchy.




Saturday, July 19, 2014

Amusement Park (ft. friends!)



Yesterday, I went to Knott's Berry Farm with some of my friends, and I thought I'd take advantage of the situation (mainly interesting backdrops) by doing several outfit of the days. So here we go!

t-shirt: an original by me; shorts: Cotton On; 
shoes: Converse; backpack: Jansport

The most important thing to remember when dressing for amusement parks (or anything that involves walking around all day) is function. My amusement park experience is just so much smoother if I am comfortable and have all my necessities easily accessible-- and, as you can see, my friends feel the same way. We all had the same basic skeleton for our outfits: comfortable top, shorts (don't want anything flying up on rides), sneakers (because we spent 85% of our day in lines standing), and bags big enough to hold all of our stuff (though Addie's isn't in the picture and Miya's can't really be seen... oops). In regards to shorts, I specifically chose these ones because they're nice and loose-- so they won't stick to my legs when it gets too hot, and the fabric is pretty thin-- so they dry faster after water rides. And even though I knew they didn't match, I still went with my punk animal Converse because they are my most comfortable sneakers, and sometimes, only sometimes, you need to put function over fashion. But just sometimes!

top: Styles for Less; camisole: Styles for Less; 
shorts: some store in Vietnam; shoes: Converse

First of all, I'd like to point out how well Addie matches her background-- she's always cute like that. I really love how the colors work on her (especially with her serious tan from swim). The light pink and berry colors are so light and summery, but the grey Converse make them oh so subtle.

top: Zara; shorts: Abercrombie and Fitch; 
shoes: Zara; backpack: Abercrombie and Fitch

Kylie is one of my favorite people to talk about clothes with. Whenever there's a sale at a store or new trends going around, we're like gossiping old women. I think the most significant part of Kylie's wardrobe (and her style) are her graphic t-shirts. They always have cool designs or interesting patterns, and they really stand out in a crowd. It's kind of hard to tell, but this one is of a woman on a cheetah print background with something on her head (I stared at it all day yesterday and still have no idea what it is). The sequinned sleeves make the shirt extra glamorous, but the sporty sneakers keep the outfit grounded.

sunglasses: Boys Like Girls (merch); hat: Daiso; 
t-shirt: Papaya; shorts: Just G; shoes: Converse

This is my magical Miya (who takes all the pictures of me for this blog). Miya decided to go all sports on me with the baseball cap which (if you look really closely) has a little bit of red on it. I love how all of the colors are so well matched! Color coordination just makes a simple outfit look more planned.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Comfy and Casual

 jacket: hand-me-down; dress: American Eagle Outfitters; shoes: Coach

This work shirt (which serves as a jacket in warm California weather) was handed down to me from my mother (more like I stole it, but who cares about the details) who got it from her old company-- something I have to explain every time someone asks me about the random logo above the pocket. I love wearing it because it is lightweight-- which is very helpful for cold mornings that magically become hot afternoons-- and extremely soft. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this shirt/jacket is that it's so versatile. The light, faded color makes it almost neutral, and the shape adds a really effortless touch to whatever I'm wearing.






Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Atypical

bow (can't be seen here): made by a magical friend; camisole: Free People; 
tank top: original by me; shorts: American Eagle Outfitters; bag: Coach; shoes: Guess

This outfit is a little bit of an unusual mix between precious, boyish, and casual. I plan what I'm going to wear the night before while I brush my teeth, and when I laid this one out I was pretty unsure because mixing all of these elements felt a little odd. But we live in a time where peculiarities are celebrated, so why not?  Sometimes when you're scared or anxious, the best thing you can do is say who cares? and stick with your decision. The worst case scenario usually isn't that bad. (In my case, it was an awkward day in a mismatched outfit.) It just comes down to realizing that some things aren't worth hindering you from doing you.





my fantabulous friend who takes pictures for me decided to get artsy