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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Simplifying









top (size 00) // jeans // sandals // sunglasses

As I stand here (my current place in life), I can stay this is what I longed for and it's a good place to be in. Is it perfect? No, but there is a lot of good and for that I'm grateful. The funny thing is during that time that I was longing for presently, I can't help but realize how I miss that period too. That period that was somewhat mundane and rocky. It is where I learned so much about simplifying how I filled my time. I took time for myself and developed myself from within. As I reflect back, it's so much of the simple things in life that really are what fill us up. It's not our status. It's not our jobs. It's not our titles. And now that I have less time, I still tap into that time where I learned so much about who I am and making time to keep developing myself in ways that truly satisfy myself. Sometimes I think all that's going on in my mind stays there. But then I have these images staring back at me with an outfit that reflects exactly my mental state. 

Are there times where you unintentionally have outfits that match what's going on mentally?




Monday, August 6, 2018

Madewell Try-on: Late Summer



I'll start by prefacing this and say this try-on is all tops. What can I say? All the tops were calling me. While Madewell is calling these arrivals Fall (or at least that's what the associate told me), I say these have a lot of summer vibes. And I know that Fall here in LA is basically hot, these might not work so well for colder areas. Since I mostly live in jeans and tops, these arrivals were refreshing and will hold me off until the real Fall arrivals launch. I'll wait patiently Madewell. You have me wrapped around your little finger. 



Embroidered Zephyr Ruffle-Sleeve Top $98 // Wearing XXS

The second I saw this online, I knew I had to try it on and possibly own it. I'm more impressed by the embroidery in person. It is semi sheer and comes with a cami underneath, which makes it perfect to wear to work. The fit is oversized and would size down in this. I had plenty of room and found it look cuter tucked in the front. While it's not silk (even if it says so online), I do think it's a little much for polyester.


Alto Scoop Tee in Montoya Stripe $35 // Wearing XXS

Here they go again making another fun color stripe tee! These sherbet resembling colors scream well ice cream on a warm summer night. They didn't have an XS, which I would need, so tried on the XXS. It was too tight in the arms, so definitely would go with your bigger size. Now that I think of it, I probably should have tried the small for a more slouchy look. 




Ruffle-Hem Wrap Top $69.50 // Wearing XXS

Normally, I find any of their wrap styles to be small in the waist. Not this top. I went with my smaller size and found it to be just right. It does have a snap closure, which is perfectly positioned and keeps the girls covered. The material is really fun with the embroidered color threads. While I don't have a large chest, I do think the V is too low for work. You might need a lace bandeau.


Texture & Thread Ruffle Tie-Front Tank in Stripe $45 // Wearing XS

Not going to lie, I had zero intention of every liking this top. It looks a lot like this top from my last post. Then, I actually put it on-loved it! It also comes in a white version, but clearly I'm on a stripes kick. For this Texture & Thread line, I tend to wear my bigger size and held true with this top. It does run a bit shorter, so would have to wear mid-to-high-rise bottoms. The back is just as adorable, too!



Square Neck Top $65 // Wearing XXS

Oh, gosh! This was a complete miss. The fabric is very stiff, think bed sheets. While I do appreciate oversized tops, this was just a tent on me. Perhaps if you're expecting this might work early on, but the combination of stiff fabric and too much fabric didn't work. 

Hope you enjoyed these! Be on the look out for more try-on's!



Thursday, August 2, 2018

Madewell Girl


madewell stripe tank, perfect summer jeans

pastel stripe tank, light blue mom jeans

cute stripe tank, light washed jeans

stripe tank with rufflesgirly stripe tank, light high waisted jeans


top (size xs) // jeans (size 25) // sandals // purse // sunglasses

To say the past month has been nothing but go-go-go would be nothing short of the truth. After having work weekends back to back, it was nice to enjoy slowing down and really soaking in the ease of Saturday. Truth is, I'm a morning person by nature and love getting up to go out for a fancy matcha or brunch. I figured it also a good excuse to catch up Jessica, do what we do best-pictures and chatting (and eating). 

I'm usually a creature of habit with my brunch spots, but we ventured out to Echo Park, a hot spot right before downtown, to a place called Ostrich Farm. It's really charming and by that I mean make reservations. The dishes were very flavorful and one of those special spots you take someone you're trying to impress. 

While we all know my mad love for some Madewell, I never thought I would have a full head-to-toe look going. But I finally embraced their jeans into my closet and can tell this is a slippery slope I'm going down. I love the look of "mom jeans" on others, but with my short torso it's not easy to find the most flattering pair. These light wash pair are more relaxed, the perfect entry pair. 

Are you a mom jean lover? Let me know your faves because I may or may not need more in my life ;)