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Book Club: Chéri

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While looking around for a good book to read this month, my friend asked me the type of book I would want to read. I told her I wanted something deep and moving but at the same time real and not cheesy. She immediately recommended Chéri by Colette and I'm very glad she did - I was unable to put it down until I was done.
Granted this book isn't too long but it's quite interesting and unconventionally beautiful. The story is about an aging courtesan, Léa and her much younger lover, Chéri. When Chéri gets pressured into a marriage arranged by his mother, he and Léa realize their love for each other. This novel is not just about love and sex, but about human relationships and breakups.
There is a sequel to the novel, La Fin de Chéri, which I haven't had a chance to read yet (maybe next month's book club?) but if it's anything like the first, I'll be quite happy to read it. I recommend this book to anyone looking to read a novel written in beautifully simple prose that takes you to a gorgeous time period in Paris. There's also a 2009 movie based on this book starring Michelle Pfeiffer. I haven't seen it yet but I hear it's pretty good. Be sure to check out the book though!

No Shopping for 90 Days

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I have an announcement: For the next three months, I will not shop for new clothes.

I came to this decision while reflecting on what my blog is becoming versus what I envisioned it to be. I wanted this blog to be a personal style diary, not something super high-fashion like many of my favorite blogs. While other bloggers have the prestige and the money to afford buying new things for every post, I have to really stretch a dollar. I want to focus now on more closet strategy posts and coming up with better rotations. I'm really hoping to get very creative with this and I hope you'll all be patient with me as I go along with my new goal.

Wish me luck!

Follow Your Bliss | Graphic Tee and Vintage Chanel

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Hello beautiful people!

As they say, April flowers bring May flowers" but these rainy spring days have really been slowing me down. I dug into my closet and found this happy little shirt. "Follow Your Bliss!" What a great message to brighten up a dreary day.

Thanks for reading!

Top: Lefties shirt, H&M blazer
Bottoms: dELiA's bootcut jeans
Accessories: Vintage Chanel bag
Shoes: Michael Antonio cap toe pumps

Pinterest Roundup: Ramen Edition

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Upon graduating college, I was so sick and tired of ramen and I swore that I would never have another bowl of ramen for the rest of my life.
And then I found myself in the real world with bills to pay, clothes to buy, and happy hours to network at and these things don't exactly come cheap. Ramen started to look pretty good again.

My friend suggested I reinvent my ramen dinners. That's a pretty good idea, I thought. I mean, look at the pins! That's the kind of ramen I would enjoy eating every night. Look how beautiful and delicious and not so sodium-laden it looks.

How do you guys feel about ramen?

Chictopia Feature!

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Hey guys! Just a quick post to announce I was featured in!

I'm in the second column, bottom right

To be honest I wasn't super ambitious about this blog. Fashion to me is about expressing my creativity and this blog was started as an outlet for my creativity. A sort of fashion diary, if you will. But when I got 236 votes and a feature on Chictopia, I figured I am doing something right! It made me feel like my ideas were actually reaching people. It was a good feeling :]

I know it's nothing too fancy but I was happy when I saw this! It's all about celebrating the little things right?

Please follow me on Chictopia if you have an account!

A Little Vintage | Knee Socks and High Waist Shorts

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Happy Friday everyone!

It's such a weird time of year to dress for - the weather is sunny but it's still nippy outside. Where did spring go?? I mean, it's almost May and I feel like the temperature is just stuck in the 50s and low 60s. BUT I refuse to let a little cold take away my love of spring clothing. Like these high-waisted shorts! I just paired them with knee socks and a cardigan to keep warm while making my position on the weather known :]

What's the weather like where you live right now?

Top: Forever 21 crop top, Forever 21 cardigan
Bottoms: H&M shorts
Accessories: Bershka bag, Forever 21 knee socks, Vintage pearl earrings
Shoes: Vintage oxford heels

How to Wear: Black and White

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I love the black and white trend precisely because it's simple yet elegant. However I know that some people find the trend boring and unexpected but I don't think it has to be.
how to wear black and white

Guess Dress ($420) / Miss Selfridge heels ($74) / The Iconic envelope clutch ($31) / Guess necklace ($35) / Essie nail polish ($21) // blouse ($32) / Wallis blazer ($70) / AllyFashion shorts ($20) / FashionUnion pumps ($37) / quilted bag ($26) /

I love this dress! It's chic and the strategic placement of the black color on the side creates a slimming effect on the wearer! I think that a dress like this goes perfectly with pastel accents like this statement pastel pink necklace and mint nail polish. Make sure you don't go too overboard with the colors - pair all of this with a black clutch to keep the look sharp.

Shorts suits are totally on trend right now and the simplest way to try this trend is to keep the color palette understated. I like this bow print blouse because the it's a nice way to add interest to the suit while keeping the color story consistent. Finally, I would add bright accessories to add a pop of color.

What do you think of the black and white trend? Would you wear any of these outfits?

Scallops and Bows | Knitted Cardigan and Ankle Boots

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

There's something so cozy about knitted sweaters. This has been my go-to sweater for chilly mornings at the office. Cute and comfortable!

Thanks for reading!

Top: Shana tee, Aeropostale cardigan
Bottoms: Heritage 1981 skirt
Accessories: Bershka bag, Bershka earrings
Shoes: Asos suede ankle boots

Organizing my Life

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Sometimes I think I’m quite anal. My friends always tell me that I am ridiculously crazy about being a perfectionist and organizing every aspect of my life. I don’t think it’s crazy – I just really like being on top of things and I hate being unprepared. There are many advantages to having a well coordinated life.
Here are some ways I stay organized:
  • Planner – My Moleskine planner is my life and I color code EVERYTHING. Anything written in a colored pen corresponds to either a blog post or work. Anything written in black ink represents my personal life goings-ons.
  • iCalendar – Color codes are the same as from my planner
  • Google Calendar – basically, this is the mobile version my iCalendar. I upload my schedule so I can access it from anywhere, just in case I don’t have my Macbook on me
  • To-Do lists – I write them every night and I try to follow it throughout the day
  • Receipt Book – I have a notebook for my finances with 3 tabs: Daily receipts, Checking account and Saving Account. I fill it out every night. 
  • Evernote – I only recently discovered this, but Evernote is the HOLY GRAIL of organizing! I have at least 5 notebooks in Evernote fore EVERYTHING. I don’t know how I ever lived without it.
  •  Journal – this is used to tie everything together. I jot down notes from my daily life or draw doodles. It basically organizes my daily thoughts and ramblings.

Sketchbook | Pencil Skirt and Loose Blouse

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Happy Monday!

I want to introduce some artistic creativity back into my life. I was recently inspired to start sketching again by a friend of mine who got her artwork featured at an art gallery. While I'm not exactly a skilled artist, I hope to get better at it with practice. I dressed for the occasion - my the print of my skirt is called, "sketched floral."

And now for the big reveal:

drumroll please!

What do you think? ;-) Not too shabby, right? I wanted to do something earthy since it's Earth Day and took inspiration from my star sign, Virgo (which also happens to be an earth sign). I'm no DaVinci but I'm quite pleased with how my drawing turned out.

Thanks for reading!

Top: Forever 21 blouse 
Bottoms: Forever 21 skirt
Accessories: Forever 21 necklace, gifted rose earrings
Shoes: Steve Madden Getta pumps

Pinterest Roundup: Spring Garden Party

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I've been wanting to throw a garden party for a while now. The weather, however isn't letting me. It's been quite crazy over here - last week, we had temperatures in the 90s, but this weekend it's been in the 50s-60s. Where did Spring go??

Still, once the weather permits I really want to invite all my friends to brunch in the garden

I'd love to have fresh cocktails, flowers and fruits laid out while we eat and talk. Doesn't that just sound fun? I don't know why but the older I get, the more I yearn for simple pleasures. Nothing extravagant, just good friends and dainty finger foods.

Also, that dress in the top left corner is to die for. Perfect for a garden party or a barbecue. And the patties on the bottom right - they're spinach burger patties! Not a big veggie burger person but there's just something about the picture that makes me want to take a bite out of a nice grilled spinach burger.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Brunch | Polka Dot Dress and Red Accents

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If there’s anything you should know about DC it’s this: We love our Happy Hours and we love our weekend brunches. I especially love the latter.

I wore this really cute A-line dress to brunch with the girls today and it got me a lot of compliments from strangers on the metro! That’s a success in my book. It reminds me of Audrey Hepburn from Roman Holiday, but the polka dots make it modern.

I love how red lipstick looks with a dress like this. The red accents in this outfit keep the look chic, I think. The ponytail is a nod to Princess Ann in Roman Holiday.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy your weekend!

Dress: Forever 21
Accessories: Swatch Watch, Forever 21 stud earrings, H&M belt
Shoes: H&M studded nude heels

Shopping Spree: Makeup Routine

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Makeup Routine

Smashbox Tinted Moisturizer ($32) NARS Eyeliner ($27) / CoverGirl Mascara ($8)  NARS Orgasm blush ($29) / Revlon balm stain ($9)

Full Disclosure: I never wore makeup until my junior year of college.

I never quite understood how to wear makeup without making myself look like a clown and thought makeup was a tool for unconfident girls to hide themselves behind. But then I discovered Michelle Phan videos on Youtube and started to think that perhaps makeup can be a tool to express yourself instead. I know this may be obvious to you all but it was something that occurred to me fairly recently. 

Anyways, these are the products I use regularly:

  1. Smashbox Tinted Moisturizer: I'm very fortunate to have good skin (thanks to genetics), so I don't feel the need to use foundation. However my skin does get a bit red sometimes (especially in the mornings), and it also gets a bit dry. Tinted moisturizer has been the answer to all my problems! I especially love Smashbox's tinted moisturizers but a cheaper alternative is CoverGirl. Personally, I will splurge on products that go directly on my face but if you don't have sensitive skin like me, go for something cheaper.
  2. Nars Marker Eyeliner: I love the way a sleek cat-eye eyeliner shape looks, but I don't have a very steady hand with most traditional liquid eyeliners. Fortunately, makeup companies have recently come out with marker-shaped eyeliners so clumsy people like myself can draw on any eyeliner shape they want. I really like the dark formula on this Nars eyeliner but god alternatives are the Revlon or Physician's formula ones.
  3. CoverGirl Lash Exact Waterproof Mascara: Because mascara has the shortest shelf-life of all beauty products, I'd say go for a drugstore mascara - after all, what's the point in getting a $30 tube of mascara when you can only keep it for four months? Not to mention most drugstore mascaras have great formulas, comparable to high-end ones, for less than half the price. Unless you're sure you can use up an entire tube in that time (which I know I can't), I recommend CoverGirl mascaras. They're inexpensive, easily found in most drugstores and work wonders! I barely have any lashes and the few I have stick straight down so I opt for the waterproof formulas.
  4. Nars Blush in 'Orgasm': I kinda look dead without a bit of color on my cheeks. I like how this blush brings a subtle glow on my cheeks without making it look like I put a crap ton of makeup on my face. 
  5. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Honey': While I like lipsticks, sometimes they feel a little clownish and aren't always a good idea for every-day. That's where this balm stain comes in handy! It moisturizes while adding a subtle color on your lips that look very natural.
What are some of your makeup must-haves?

New Girl

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Like essentially every other woman I know, I love the show New Girl on Fox. Zooey Deschanel's character, Jess Day, is hilariously fabulous and I adore her style. Her outfits have been a great source of inspiration for me lately.
New Girl
Thanks for reading!

Closet Strategy: Maxi Skirt

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I remember when maxi hem length started to come back in style I wasn't sure if it was going to last this time or not. I usually don't jump onto a trend until it's around for a while. Well, I think its safe to say that maxis are here to stay - at least for a while longer! While I love maxi dresses, it's a bit harder for me to pull off without shortening the hem or wearing crazy high-heeled shoes (I'm only 5'3). That's why I invest in maxi skirts instead! You can wear it up higher and no one would notice!

Forever 21 chiffon maxi skirt

Here are a few ways I wear my maxi skirts:

Outfit 1: Simplicity

A plain white tee and a black maxi skirt is quite basic but this look is all about the accessories! I actually saw a similar outfit on Mary Kate Olsen before and I thought, "wow, how chic!" So like her, I paired my black maxi skirt with a v-neck tee (though not as low dipping), and silver toned accessories. I added a structured bag and nude pumps to keep the focus on the skirt. I would wear this outfit on a casual weekend outlet-shopping trip. 

Top: Forever 21 tee
Accessories: Gifted necklace, H&M belt, Vintage Chanel tote
Shoes: Madden Girl Getta pumps

Outfit 2: Flower Power

This top is actually a dress, believe it or not. I got it in Spain but I wanted to use the floral print in the dress to add sweetness to the maxi skirt. Also, it was unbelievably hot outside this particular day I took this picture (103 degrees fahrenheit!) I then added some warm-toned accessories like this gorgeous brown belt and gold sandals to give the outfit some casual glam. I think this is the perfect outfit for an outdoor concert. 

Top: Pull and Bear flower dress from Spain (worn as a top)
Accessories: Stradivarius belt, Dooney and Bourke bag
Shoes: Payless platform sandals

Outfit 3: Casual Cool

This outfit is slightly more formal than the others - a maxi skirt paired with a blouse! I love how a loose-fitting blouse looks with a long skirt . Like the first outfit, the color palette is simple so it's once again up to the accessories to save the day! I wore this statement necklace underneath the blouse to give the outfit a peakaboo effect of color. Add a matching belt and clutch and you're ready for a date night! 

Top: F21 blouse
Accessories: F21 necklace, Juicy Couture clutch, Icing sunnies, F21 belt
Shoes: Glaze by Adi sandals

What do you guys think of maxi skirts? I know there are some short girls (like me) who are reading this blog - do you like maxi skirts as well?

The Truth is in the Eyelet | White Dress and Chambray Blouse

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Hello lovelies!

Recently I've been on an Audrey Hepburn movie kick. It started with Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I ended up watching How to Steal a Million, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, and Charade all in one night. That's right, I'm obsessed. Maybe it's the cheesy, yet romantically sweet plot lines, or the beautifully graceful Audrey Hepburn herself, but I am falling more and more in love with Audrey Hepburn's view of the world, as told through her movies. 

Do you guys like Audrey Hepburn as much as I do? What's your favorite AH movie?

Top: Forever 21 chambray blouse
Dress: Heritage 1981 eyelet dress
Accessories: Forever 21 rose earrings, Forever 21 belt, Charming Charlie necklace, Forever 21 clutch
Shoes: Steve Madden Getta pumps