I'm gonna need more hangers.

hat [ssfw] :: bracelets [aland, handmade]

mmmm it is officially fall and i have new accessories. the woven bracelet was made by university students and i was so charmed. i love buying lovingly handmade things. slowly reconducting a more grown-up arm parade, though i fear becoming another editor-inspired cog. whatever… can’t help it if you like something that everyone else likes. at least my hat has ears.

shirt [thrifted DIY] :: sweater [cheap monday] :: skirt [thrifted] :: shoes [dahong]

i don’t know how to describe my style anymore, but i wouldn’t say i’m trendy. being trendy requires conscious effort to be included in fashion waxing and wanning and i’ve become far too skeptical to moon over those things. i find myself either ahead or behind and if i appear to be en pointe, it’s just a lucky guess.

i love/d everything about this outfit and that day.

i love getting packages! nothing like meaningful mail.

shorts [borrowed]

spinelli has these great printed shorts handmade in ghana from her days studying abroad. african prints liberate me from my bohemian prejudices and i could use more of that.

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my friends’ grandparents are dying and i’m trying to take pictures of myself in a typhoon.

shirt [samcheongdong store] :: top [asos] :: skirt [jcrew] :: shoes [ferragamo]

1) Going out alone heightens ones experience on a strange and invigorating scale. I was either body-less or on an erasing catwalk. This was good and glamourous for me.

2) I belong in a city. I don’t just mean the fantastic shopping, which there was and I paddled around that pond a bit. It simply feeds me visually. The country or the suburbs can only ease my petal-ed soul so much.

3) Being in a foreign country, I often forget I’m American, more than I’d like to admit. I’ve still got small shoulders when trying to reach out to strangers, something I have little problems with back home.

4) Staying on budget is such a great feeling. I feel like spoiling myself the way one spoils a small white dog or a baby with adoring potential.

5) Magazines make me want to buy things. Ergo I should stop buying magazines. At least this time around. Applause please!

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dress [gap | thrifted]

there’s something about this dress. and my hair being clean. and it being friday. mmmmm.

lately i’ve come to edit photos like a moment. because it’s clearly posed, i’m trying to recreate a certain mood, feeling, something. i like to think i’m being poetic…but i realize it can be heavy-handed sometimes.

i really miss blogging. must be the lack of boy in my life, heh.

UGH. that was such a shitty, long trip. yes yes, it’s my fault for packing too much. but oh! the things i’ll wearrrrr.

it’s been a year. here are 5 things living in korea has highlighted:

1) i like subtlety in impact, glamour and opulence slightly restrained. head-to-toe color. pattern mixing. earrings only. one focal point is enough. sometimes, you are enough.

2) i understand comfort and casual now. working a (semi) real job, experiencing real world stress, i learned to say “fuck it.”

3) i’ve gained 10 lbs. and i’m starting to get the hang of “sexy.”

4) i love americana and texanism. aesthetics, values, small talk. i’m really proud of where i came from, not where and what people perceive me to be constructed of.

5) i learned how to listen. to really listen. what has been wasted on my lazy english ears? what have i missed or dismissed?

that’s not everything and there’s no way i could do it justice in words. and i have so many! but you know, i’m really happy. i wonder if any of these things going on in my hyper-active mind managed to manifest in pictures as of late, but i feel it. i really do.

shirt, skirt [thrifted] :: bag [ferragamo]

last day in the states. i noticed that i gravitate towards more simple/casual silhouettes lately, probably because it’s easier to patternize with.

shirt, pants [jcrew] :: belt [express] :: shoes [ninewest] :: bag [chanel]

who deserves expensive bags at my age? this is my mother’s, i helped her pick it out a few years ago because she had wanted something classic but unexpected. you never see the backs of these kinds of bags on blogs.