Tuesday, February 18, 2014


What better way to celebrate being single than with crazy tribal pants? Valentine's Day didn't make me any more aware of my singleness because I've been relishing in it lately. At this time in my life when I have more friends who are either engaged or in serious relationships than single ones, I've made the conscious choice to stop online dating (those stories will be saved for another day) and to just be guitlessly selfish, because I can. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for those friends, but I just feel like your mid-twenties is such a messy, awkward, and fun time in your life that no one really writes songs or stories about. And I don't want to miss any moment of it. It's like being in high school again--being unsure of yourself, figuring out who you are, who you want to be, and what you want to do--except this time around, you can drink and you sorta have money to travel. All the while, you're starting a career that might not be the right choice, paying off loans for said maybe right choice, and trying to find someone to spend the rest of your life with. I just think that we're married for a lot longer than we are single, so love and marriage can and should wait for me to grow up a bit more.

Until next post,
top - foreign exchange
pants - g-stage
boots - nordstrom rack
watch - nordstrom 
accessories -  nordstrom, target, urban outfitters, 
charming charlie, brandy melville, jewelmint

Monday, February 10, 2014

Didn't Know I Was Lost

Fresh starts aren't limited to just the new year--they can happen any day and everyday. For a greater part of January, I let dark thoughts eat away at my zeal for life. I started questioning my career choice and who I was--the typical quarter life crisis symptoms. It wasn't until two weeks ago while standing in a dressing room in a dress that was too small for me that I realized that I needed to take my life back and stop giving other people, especially those who hurt me, the power to control my life and my emotions. I was out of excuses for myself, and so I started taking better care of myself: running/hiking more frequently, eating better foods, putting more thought in my outfits, and learning to say no. I feel like I'm slowly getting myself back together, and I'm becoming the person I want to be. Maybe it's because I was in such a dark place mentally, but I've taken a recent liking to all things black and grey.

I spent part of last weekend exploring The Orange Circle with an old friend, Tina. We got coffee inside of a bank and passed by some cute little shops. Next to a Starbucks, we stumbled upon this little grungey gem of an alley and met a poet who was taking his head shots there. It felt nice to feel like I was someplace else for a little while, even though we were still in sunny Orange County. 

Until next post,

photos by tina

Friday, January 03, 2014

Everything has Changed

The start of a new year always brings about reflection of the past and hopes for the future. 2013 was definitely the best year of my life, and I'm pretty bummed that it wasn't documented here on my blog. I graduated, found a job in Orange County, went to Disneyland over 20 times, explored LA and San Diego, started dating casually, dyed my hair brown, got a smart phone, went horseback riding, and had some of the best nights of my life. I feel like 2013 was a process--a process of rediscovering who I am, of starting my career, and of rebuilding my home base by reconnecting with and making new friends--and now that I've done all that, I just know that 2014 will be my year to just...be. To be me!

I was shopping with a friend the other day when I stumbled upon a brightly colored, sailboat printed top. I held it up and thought to myself, "A year ago, I probably would've bought this in a heartbeat." My friend thought the same and then commented just how much my style has changed over the past year. And it was then that I realized that it has changed for the better because I feel that I've changed for the better. I've traded in the peter pan collars, polka dots, bows, and sailboats for speckled knits, slouchy beanies, and ankle boots. I feel like the first half of the year was spent trying to look like how I should look being in grad school, and now I dress for me. After spending a year to find my footing, I have felt a void of creativity, and I've truly missed blogging and photography. You always have time for what you put first, so I think it's time to put myself first more this upcoming year. Every year I make resolutions (and I think I did pretty good on the ones I made last year), but I think this year I just want to stick to one...to just be better and happier than I was last year.

Here's to a new year full of new adventures!

Until next post,

photos by marilyn

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Acid Wash


Isn't it ridiculous how much power a small, or not-so-small pimple can have over how you feel about yourself or how your day goes? You can't really see it in these photos, but I currently have a pretty big one near my nose. No amount of concealer or foundation could make it go away. I hate to admit it but I almost let it ruin my day. While getting ready, I tried on many outfits that would've otherwise been okay to go out in, but I kept focusing on my pimple. I could've probably been wearing head-to-toe Chanel and I would've still just seen the big, red pimple. My discard pile was bigger yesterday than it had been in a while, and the last time it was this big, I was having body-image issues. I remember even thinking putting off resuming outfit photos until the pimple went away. But a few discarded tops later, I remembered this one in all of its acid wash glory, and so I piled on some accessories (including sunglasses that would cover the evil pimple) and curled my hair, and I was ready for lunch with a friend. And then I remembered that this is why I liked blogging about what I wear--because the right outfit can just make you feel like you don't have a pimple on your face.

Until next post,
cardigan - gap
top - tazga
shorts - marshalls
sandals - target
rings - brandy melville
necklace - forever 21
watch - nordstroms
bracelet - love fashion

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

San Francisco Photo Diary

My family and I made a quick, spontaneous getaway to San Francisco this past weekend. As I said in my last post, it was a much needed break for everyone. We set off early Friday morning, arriving in SF just in time for lunch. We first made a stop at Coit Tower to take in the breathtaking view of the city. Before checking into the hotel, we drove down the infamous, winding Lombard Street. With all the steep hills, I didn't dare drive when we were in the city. Our hotel was situated in the heart of Union Square so shopping was really accessible. Just down the block were some of my favorite stores--H&M, Uniqlo, Urban Outfitters, Gap, and Forever 21. And it was a good thing too because I definitely underestimated how cold it would be in SF so I had to buy a sweater and a scarf to keep warm! Walking along the streets in Union Square reminded me of New York and how small and insignificant the tall buildings made me feel. On Friday night, we made our way to Fisherman's Wharf and caught a glimpse of Ghiradelli Square.  

On Saturday, we grabbed breakfast at the little cafe next door to our hotel, and did a little more shopping and exploring in Union Square. After checking out, we headed to Fort Point to see the Golden Gate Bridge. I have never gotten such a grand view of it before without having to fight off crowds to take pictures. It was a pretty clear day so we got a good view of the bridge. We then headed across the bridge to a little, charming town called Sausalito for the best crab roll sandwich I've ever had at Fish. After exploring Sausalito, we said goodbye to the city and made our way to Cupertino for some mediocre Chinese food. On Sunday morning, we made the trek home--making a stop in Monterey for the 17 Mile Pebble Beach Drive. It's been on my bucketlist to drive along PCH on a trip to SF, so I'm glad I can check that off! The final stop we made was in Santa Barbara for a family favorite restaurant--Fish House to conclude a wonderful family trip together.  

It feels good to be back home. Even though I've visited many of the big cities--LA, SF, and NYC--over the recent years, I always end up missing the simpleness of suburban life in Orange County. I have a few weeks before work starts up (one of the perks of being a teacher) so I'm going to try to travel a bit more around SoCal. I'm also going to try to get into the routine of blogging by snapping outfit photos at least once this week! 

Until next post,