April 17, 2014

Outfit: Modcloth's Uniquely You Challenge.

Last week I was contacted by Modcloth's Amy Hirt to take part in the 'Uniquely You' challenge. Needless to say, I did a little internal silent dance (I was at work at the time) because WOW IT'S MODCLOTH and WOW I'M BEING COMPLIMENTED BY A BEAUTIFUL WELL-KNOWN BRAND and WOW BUT REALLY IT'S MODCLOTH! 

By agreeing to participate, I was sent a picture of the Summer Night Stroll Dress in red, and given the task to style it with at most seven other items currently being sold on 
modcloth.com using Wanelo. Here is my take on this lovely maxi dress: 

You can also check out my storyboard and all the product details at Wanelo

I call this look Olive Oyl (as in Popeye the Sailor Man's lady).
On the show, Olive's standout piece of clothing is always red, and her name is the perfect color inspiration to finish off the look. Massive earrings and blazers are some of my go-to wardrobe staples, so it's definitely a look I will be sporting all summer long. 

As usual, thank you for stopping by! 

April 13, 2014

Opinion: Self-discovery through another's eyes.

Tonight's post is going to be a little bit different than usual. I've been meaning to write about this for a while, but now I'm getting around to it in an attempt to procrastinate on the important academic stuff I should be dealing with instead.

A few weeks ago, I was having this gag-worthy adorable conversation with my boyfriend- he was telling me everything he's observed about me these past two years. And as he was listing more and more things, I came to a realization- we take so much of who we are for granted!

I'm not sure if I'm expressing what I want to say correctly. Basically, from the inside, growing into our own bodies, we become accustomed to ourselves to the point where there's never a sense of novelty. We just kind of take every little aspect of who we are and shrug it off as just that- a part of who we are. In doing so, we might think of ourselves as ordinary people with nothing special to offer, but from an outsider's perspective, things may be different.
Throughout our talk, I found myself thinking, 'Oh, wow, this really is me!' He was mentioning little things, that have always been such a huge part of who I am, yet I've never been able to detach myself from them enough to identify them as traits, assets, hobbies, etc.

As an example, I'm studying journalism because I'm tired of all the negativity the press is bombarding us with on a daily basis, and I would like to play a small part in the shift to positive news. Frequently, I spend my time watching UpWorthy videos, or scrolling through Buzzfeed's cute love-filled community posts. More than anything else, this is the stuff I share with my boyfriend, and, until he brought it up, I failed to realize just how important it was to identify this aspect of my life as a passion rather than just a habit. 

Society places such a strong emphasis on figuring yourself out rather than relying on other people's descriptions, and while it's an empowering concept, it does has its flaws. For one, as mentioned before, sometimes things become us to a point where we can't peel off the layers and analyze them as individual traits forming a whole. But another, equally important aspect is the fact that people tend to sugarcoat the way they view themselves and describe themselves more in terms of who they'd like to be than who they actually are. In theory, a lovely concept. In practice, a dose of realism really should be applied.

The moral of the story is this- you owe it to yourself to ask for an honest description of how you're perceived by other people. It could be your parents, it could be your significant others, it could be your friends. They could have some pretty strong insight into who you are, and what your strengths and weaknesses come across. You don't have to take their opinions to heart if you don't want to, but don't cheat yourself out of the opportunity to hear them.

Ever use the expression 'You know me better than I know myself'? Well, sometimes it's a major truth-bomb.

Thanks for stopping by :) 

April 10, 2014

Outfit: Polka Dot Sweater and Comfy Leggings.

Photos by Laura DeMouche
jewelry: handmade by boyfriend
jacket: thrifted
sweater: Worthington at JC Penney
clutch: thrifted
leggings: G by Guess (thrifted)
shoes: Wet Seal

Out of every single outfit I've ever posted, I can truly say this is as me as it gets. The color scheme, the mix between mall pieces and thrift store pieces, the comfort aspect, this outfit is everything I love about clothes. Back in middle school/first half of high school, 3/4 of my wardrobe was full of thrifted gems! I miss the days when people were impressed with my (read: my mother's) mad thrifting skills, and sometimes wish I wasn't so addicted to the mall setting.

This jacket is one of my all-time favorites- a versatile piece, which can be dressed down or up (as can be seen here). It even came with a skirt, so I'll definitely be wearing it in other combinations in the future. At the beginning of every month, my local thrift store has an offer where you can fill an entire large brown paper bag with whatever items you can fit in for $5. This little beauty occupied about 1/1000 of the bag, so I probably paid around 25 cents for it. What's not to love?

As always, thank you so much for stopping by :)

April 8, 2014

Outfit: Shiny Peplum and Tights.

Photos by Laura DeMouche
earrings: thrifted
necklace: Icing
jacket: Rue21
backpack: Mossimo (at Target)
peplum: Charlotte Russe
shorts: Wet Seal
tights: Charlotte Russe
boots: Route 66 (at K-Mart) 

I've been spending a lot of time in yoga class lately, and every time I work on my breath, I'm supposed to visualize the air filling up my lungs and thinking of a mantra to repeat in my head. For me, that mantra is "It's almost over." It feels so ironic and counterproductive to be trying to slow down my thoughts and be mindful and in the present while constantly repeating something that sounds so rushed and impatient. This semester has just been dragging on and on, and the sophomoreitis I'm suffering from is so intense that I just need a lot of medication (and by medication I mean a trip to Los Angeles to see a cute boyfriend and eat macaroons- oh wait, that's ACTUALLY HAPPENING soon!). 

This month, my outfits have been filled with as much color, or shine, or combination of both as possible. Faking it till I make it has never felt more difficult, but I'm so grateful for the power of clothes! It's all about perspective. Yes, that particular day may have been gray, but all it needed was a bit of sparkle. Don't give up quite yet, overworked college students. We're all in this together!

Thank you so much for stopping by! :) 

April 3, 2014

Outfit: Fluffy Winter Coat and Boots.

Photos by Ionela Petriu
earrings: Charlotte Russe
coat: Aeropostale
turtleneck (underneath): Gap
jeans: Aeropostale
bag: thrifted
boots: Jazmin at Ross Dress for Less

Confused about my seemingly unreasonable outfit choice for an obviously sunny day? Oh, so was I when it magically started snowing lightly one morning during spring break. Northern New Mexico weather is definitely a force to be reckoned with. It's no polar vortex, but if you come up north dreaming of (365) days of summer, good luck with that one!

On the bright side, the weather really does keep you on your toes- one day it's spaghetti strap time, and the next, it feels like Christmas season all over again. I enjoyed donning this outfit because I hadn't gotten many chances to show off my new Aeropostale coat, which I got for $5 (!!!) on sale. 

Aeropostale is definitely one of those stores that stepped their game up these past few years. From the Bethany Mota collection, to the Pretty Little Liars collection, and all the new colorful workout gear, Aeropostale has a lot to offer at budget-friendly prices. I found this particular jacket in the sales rack, marked at $15 (which would have been an amazing deal in itself). Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I only had to cash out $5! So excited to go back and purchase more cuteness from them!

Thank you for stopping by :)