I'm gonna need more hangers.

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.

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.

dress [wannabe] :: shirt [manhole] :: skirt [mint] :: bag [somewhere in gaeksa]

so i can’t really apologize for that. here’s the top 5 round up:

1) i went to a film festival and saw like 12 movies.

2) a friend got engaged and i partied like i haven’t partied in awhile.

3) someone stole my iphone. i hate how you have to pay for life lessons when you get older. they’re free when you’re young.

4) i’ve been exercising, cooking and shopping more. life is super but i still have room to complain like an asshole.

5) one of my friends in the air force left yesterday. i don’t know how to say goodbyes. i’m much better at being angry and clingy.

pre-spring 2012 [my weekend looks]

photos via capucine

vogue nippon [erin wasson, nov 2008]

i keep a lot of images like this in the back of my mind/harddrive when i take photos. i’m never gonna be as natural or as dope of a model as erin or any of the other models i admire. and you know what? i’m kind of ok with that.

i woke up this morning at 4:44 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. i went to sleep at 12ish. so i stayed up and got stuff done. i feel like a bird for once.

via tfs

shirt [elves | gaeksa]

i have wicked cases of insomnia lately. i don’t really know why. it happens rather frequently and i would like it to stop. the only good sleep i get is when i’m sleeping over Capucine’s, which is generally post-intensive partying. what’s it gonna take to be marginally healthy in this country? to be honest, it’s not just my sleep patterns that are disrupted: it’s eating, it’s exercise, everything. i think i manage to gain the freshman 15 every 4 years or something. i will say this though, despite the bodily complaints, i’ve never been this stable in my life. i’m so happy right now, i think i can deal with a few first world problems a bit longer.

sometimes i worry that my blog is too personal, revealing too much about what my real life is actually like; paranoid and hesitant about disclosing those kinds of things, thinking that if i wasn’t vague, if i was too real, i wouldn’t be enticing. i know i’m one of those unreliable bloggers, dabbling and posting inconsistently, but it doesn’t mean that i don’t have things i’d like to share. maybe it was always this way, but my blog is more of a style blog than a fashion one, sometimes simply a glorified visual diary. i just want to be able to tell you when i’m in love or what i’m doing with my life besides planning my next purchase. i think those things are extremely relevant, and if you know me personally, you can tell my mood by my clothes very easily. i’m a terrible aesthetic liar.

aaaaaaaaand now i’m tired.

droptokyo

i can’t stop looking at the dude’s outfit though. i’m missing floral from my arsenal of prints at the mo. maybe i’ll find it when i go to hong kong this weekend. i really don’t make a lot of money, but i sure know how to spend it like an asshole.

 

 

jumper [american west] :: rings [my got]

my sunday after-the-shit-show outfit. The Princess came to visit and i insisted we dress up to go out with the kids in the City. too bad there were no pics, cuz she was this ruby red sweet thing and i was this vamp-vixen type and the Gangster Girl was this great-rap-hop diva in my new Ciara/Mariah coat and it became a gorgeous mess of a night. those were the shoes from last night. i’m working back into the high heeled life.

i’m wearing this jacket to pills, should i just buy another to make it last? or just replace it when the time comes? this is my latest thematic issue: replacement. must something else always be filling some void, instead of creating a new cavity of affection?

sweater, skirt [elves] || dress (worn as shirt) [river island]

i’m obsessed with animal prints now like they’re the new jil sander floral. i want something in every one imaginable…giraffe, dalmation…cruella knows what i’m talkin about. in other print news, really liked a skull print longsleeve and a wonderland print sweater, but i really needed to save for my upcoming travels so they’re in limbo for now. the thing about shopping in korea is that it’s pretty much all fast fashion: high turnover, crap quality. i can’t avoid it so i’m making the most of it by indulging in some things i can’t in the states. at least the designs are acceptable.

this skirt. shit son, the zip-ability is killin me. i can also wear it as a dress and it would be such excellent date attire. pity that won’t be happening anytime soon.