FAVORITES// August 2014

Hello Lovelies! Today I'm bringing you my very first favorites video! I'm not sure this is going to be a monthly thing, but I'm definitely thinking of making it a seasonal thing. Hope you enjoy!

What were your favorites of this month/this summer? Let me know in the comments!

FEATURED// Tragic Couturist

        Hello Lovelies! So my blog has been quite different over the last month and I want to continue to experiment with posts and just grow as a blogger. I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by Tiffany Dillon and basically the award is used as a kind of tool to better know the blogger that was nominated and to promote other bloggers and basically strengthen the bonds of the blogging community. I think that this is a great idea, but I don't want to be limited by the set number that the award says and long story short, it's a great stepping stone but it's not exactly the type of post that I want on my blog. For one thing, the person nominated in turn nominates eleven other people, but these links often get overlooked and if I find a blog that I particularly like and want to share, I want them to be the sole focus. Also, there's just too much clutter and too much information that goes into one post so instead of doing that, I want to do a step better. This month, I want to start a new blog series that features one blog that I love, and I hope that I can continue this little series in the months to come. I expect nothing in return and I just want to spread the love and feature some really awesome people with some really awesome content! Of course, I won't be able to answer the questions that I've been given, but I'm not too interesting anyway and maybe I'll save the questions for a video or something. So without further ado...


          This month's feature is Tiffany Dillion of Tragic Couturist. She is such a genuine and awesome person who actually engages with your blog and all of the content in it. In this day and age where anyone and everyone can create their own blog, Tiffany is in it for the long run and she's here to contribute to the community first and foremost rather than promote herself through mindless commenting. Her photo editing is as unique as the outfits that she posts and her style is an effortless amalgamation that draws inspiration from every corner of the fashion world. Eclectic and laid back with vibe that throws back to the idle nature of royalty lounging about in their Sunday best. I was very much drawn to her black and white ensembles; a girl after my own heart, but of course her style speaks volumes more than just monochrome. There is something Je ne sais quoi about the way she dresses that just intrigues me so and I am just very very happy to introduce her to you all (granted you could have already stumbled on her blog, in which case I don't need to keep telling you about the awesomeness you've experienced firsthand).

          Don't take it from me though. Go check out her blog and see for yourself! Did I mention she also does nail art? Anyway, here's to you Tiffany! I hope you don't mind why I didn't tell you why I wanted to use your pictures.

Wild Child

Wearing: wild beanie from American Eagle, denim jacket from UNIF, long cardigan from Wet Seal, maxi dress from Pacsun, sandals from Walmart

Hello Lovelies! Can you tell I was just not feeling my face in these photos? I went bare faced to this shoot and let's just say... never again. When I was looking through the set to see which photos to put on the blog the pickings were slim to none. I'm usually totally comfortable with going out barefaced, but it doesn't photograph well. And since this blog is photo and image based, I'd rather not scare you with my substandard looks. Anyway, this is the last of the photos that I took in America and onward and upward to new locations in gorgeous Hong Kong. To be completely honest I'm very self conscious when it comes to taking photos of myself in public, and now that I'm sans photographer, setting up a tripod in the busy streets of Hong Kong sounds like a nightmare and a half. It makes my heart skip a beat just thinking about it. 

Basically what I'm saying is, please excuse the crappy quality photos to come. I will bite the bullet and muster up all the courage I have to go out and snap some photos but I have never done this before so I am both inexperienced in the art of self portraiture and incredibly self conscious. All in the name for blogging right? So wish me luck? I think I'm definitely going to need it. 

Also let me know if you have any tips on self portraiture/how to get over photographing yourself in public/any other general knowledge. And do you take your own photos or do you have someone help you? I'd love to know down below!

Back to School

Wearing: romper gifted by SquaredBacon, watch from Target, backpack socks & sandals from Primark

Hello Lovelies! Before I left for Hong Kong, I figured I'd visit another old school of mine to shoot some photos of this lovely little number. I absolutely love this outfit because it reminds me so much of London. I had been coveting a leather backpack for absolutely ages and Primark answered those prayers with this gorgeous white faux leather backpack. I still want a more high quality one in the future but I'll probably get a darker color since leather backpacks are so timeless and I'd much rather have a black or dark brown one that I can pass down to my kids. The backpack was a lifesaver abroad though since I am not a fan of wearing purses for long periods of time because they hurt my shoulder. What takes the cake about this outfit though is that my shoes match the color of my romper almost perfectly and I have this weird thing about matching my footwear to the rest of my outfit, hence the socks with the sandals to match the backpack. I wish I had taken more photos of my footwear because I am not a fan of socks and sandals but for some reason if the socks have lace, it's excusable in my brain.

Anyway, what have you guys been up to? Are you still in school and if you are when do you start? Let me know down below!


Photo: a peek at my hometown.

          Hey lovelies! So this post is going to be a little bit different. I wanted to start a post series about something completely not related to fashion and something that has been on my mind for quite a while. By the time you are reading this I will have already landed in Hong Kong, probably excited and a little bit nervous. In late December, I decided to apply for a graduate program in Hong Kong, just to see what would happen. I had a place to stay, and my parents were planning to move there eventually, so it wouldn't hurt to just try. Lo and behold a few months later I was staring my acceptance letter in the face, both excited and completely terrified at the prospect of having to move halfway across the world, not knowing a single soul.

          Now I'm not the most adventurous person in the world and in fact I get quite intimidated when thinking about picking up my life and moving to a completely different place but one of the things that I am trying my best to do is to just out and do things without over thinking and calculating every bad outcome. So, I will be getting on a plane with the majority of my life packed up in a few suitcases and it's going to be this crazy thing that I've done that I'll be able to tell my kids about when I'm older.

          Going to school so far away is going to be amazing, but today I'm feeling a bit sad about all of the things that I'm going to miss. Just this past month I've really gotten to appreciate catching up with my friends and it's something that I'm a little scared about because lord know's I'm not the best at maintaining relationships. I'm not the best at starting them either which is one of the main reasons why I get a little anxious every time I think about the first day of school but if there's anything that the past four years of college has taught me, it's that life can get a little lonely sometimes, and that's ok. And sometimes I won't want to put myself out there and introduce myself first, but again with the over thinking, sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and do it.

          I'm also going to miss my family a lot. When I went to college, I would go home on the weekends because it was so close to my hometown so even if I wasn't feeling the best, home was always just a car ride away. Now, it's a fourteen hour flight away, and that's scary to think about too. I'm supposed to be grown woman by now, with most of my life figured out, and it feels exactly the opposite. I know eventually everything will fall in place and it'll be completely fine once I get my footing, but I'm still irrationally scared about a lot of things, and still quite sad about all the things I'm leaving behind (and I am so sure I'm going to miss a lot of food that they don't have in Hong Kong) but once I get my head out of thinking that this is some great and terrifying thing and start thinking about it like an opportunity and an invaluable experience, I'll be ok. This series that I hope to continue is going to be a sort of insight into my life and a documentary and a reminder to myself that sometimes it's ok to feel distraught about big changes but it's going to be fine. It's going to be great if you let it.

          So here's to feeling a little bit apprehensive and having that be ok. And here's to an amazing experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life. See you on the flip side.