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Sleepy Holly | White Shirt Dress and Fancy Eye Mask

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Holly Golightly sleep mask shirtdress
Happy Halloween! As you can see from my costume, I'm dressing up as Holly Golightly this year! I've done Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress look in the past but I thought I'd do a bit of a different (and much more comfortable take) this year with her night gown and sleep mask look from the movie. I think this look is highly underrated - it was super comfortable! I wore this look to a Halloween party over the weekend. I'm usually more about staying warm than looking sexy but luckily we had a 75 degree day so I was covered. 
Dress: ASOS || Accessories: Etsy sleep mask || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)
Holly Golightly sleep mask shirtdress
Holly Golightly sleep mask shirtdress
Holly Golightly sleep mask shirtdress
Holly Golightly sleep mask shirtdress
What are your costumes for Halloween this year?

November 2016 Bucket List

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I wish I could have been more active on my blog and social media this week but work duties and catching my boyfriend's cold kept me away. I am so excited for next week, though, and even more excited about November in general - mostly because November contains my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving!
Here are a couple of things I want to accomplish by the end of next month:
  • Get with my family for Thanksgiving dinner: Nobody in my family really likes turkey so our Thanksgivings have been pretty non-traditional. Most years, we all sit down in the kitchen and make dumplings together! It's a great way to slow down, catch up, and eat delicious food. It's become more meaningful to me since my brother and I both moved away from our parents so it's one of the few times we all get together. 
  • VOTE: Living in DC and having worked on a presidential campaign in the past, I can't even begin to tell you how important it is to vote this election! I know that this cycle has been quite controversial to say the least but even if you don't like the current presidential candidates, local elections are in many cases even more important! Down ballot elections can impact you and your community more directly so I highly encourage everyone who is eligible to either vote early or on election day. 
  • EmporiYUM: A pop up food market is coming to Union Market, DC and guess where you'll find me? I am an appreciator of all things yummy and I cannot wait to go to this!
  • Black Friday Shopping: I have kept my eye on a couple of big items and hopefully they'll go on sale after Thanksgiving! 
What's on your November Bucket List?

Sick Day | Blush Blazer and Magenta Heels

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I wish I could post an actual outfit of the day but as I was traveling last weekend and caught a cold this week, this flatlay was all I could manage: 
I was planning to wear this look for the blog but I didn't have the time nor the energy. I think I'll wear this another time when I'm not sick and very busy organizing meetings at work.
Thanks for reading! 

Book Club: Modern Romance

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I know I'm so late on the Aziz Ansari book train but I am so glad I picked up this book! I saw a used copy of Modern Romance on sale at Powell's books while visiting Jen in Oregon so I figured now was as good a time as ever to read it cover to cover.
I completely understand why everyone loved this book and why Goodreads declared it the winner of their Choice Award, Nonfiction category! I don't know what I expected but this was not only an incredibly informative read, I was laughing out loud along the way. Ansari is a clever writer and his style really makes you think of normal things very differently.
While I was reading sections about online dating, I thought a lot about my own relationship with Brian. We didn't meet online, rather we met at a mutual friend's birthday party. While I am incredibly happy with him, I know that we are very different people. In fact, Brian and I have noted before that if we had seen each other on a dating app, we probably would have taken one look at each other 's profiles and noped right out of there because we are completely different on paper. In real life, our differences complement each other and our relationship works because of it. When Ansari talks about people who ghost on their dates because of seemingly arbitrary reasons as, "he left me a voicemail," or "he's awkward," it made me think of how different people can be online than they are in real life and how I could have completely missed meeting Brian if we met virtually. 
In any case, whether you're single or in a relationship or anything in between, I highly recommend this book. Ansari's fresh take on the sociological concept of dating is quite informative and entertaining!

Indy Wedding | Navy Lace Dress and Glitter Shoes

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What an exciting weekend I had! If you follow me on Snapchat (@deborahyi08), you may have seen that I was in Indianapolis for a wedding! I actually didn't know anybody there, including the couple tying the knot. I came as Brian's plus-one and he's friends with the bride.
I always find weddings a bit daunting to dress for. I had to ask around quite a bit to make sure I would be dressed appropriately. I find ASOS to be a great place to find wedding guest attire at a reasonable price. This dress was under $100 and considering how comfy it was (the roomy stomach area was a priority for me), I think it was definitely worth the money.
Dress: ASOS || Accessories: gifted clutch (similar here) || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

Morning Cup | White Shirt Dress and Bow Sweater

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In the mornings, I like to walk to work with a fresh cup of coffee. My apartment building gives us free coffee on weekday mornings and I like to take advantage of that (my Keurig and I have a weekend arrangement). It's a perfect shield against the crisp, cool autumn air! 
I bought this shirtdress for a Halloween costume I'm planning this year but it's pretty enough on its own, I think. I wore it with this sweater because it was a bit chilly that morning but I really like the warm-toned color palette of this outfit. 
Dress: ASOS || Sweater: Forever 21 (similar here) || Accessories: ASOS tote (similar here), gifted necklace || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

Thanks for reading!

Lady in Red | Little Red Dress and Tall Boots

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I bought this dress I'm wearing here a while back when it went on sale at ASOS. Unfortunately, it had been too hot outside to wear anything long-sleeved for a while but now that it's cool again I'm excited to pull this out of my closet to wear around town!

On a completely unrelated note, I've been wanting to cut my hair for a month now! I quite like having short-ish hair and it's beginning to get too long for my tastes. I've been holding off on getting it cut because I have a wedding I'm attending soon and I just didn't want to change up my look right before then. After the wedding I think I'm going to get a long bob again, but similar to Sarah Hyland? We'll see. 
Dress: ASOS (on sale!) || Jacket: H&M (similar here) || Accessories: Prada bag (similar here), Forever 21 necklace (similar here), LOFT sunglasses || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

Thanks for reading!

Currently... (Vol. 30)

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  • Reading: Blog on Ivanka Trump items - I try to stay away from politics on this blog because but with the way election is this cycle, I really can't sit idly by while a candidate for President goes on to insult and endanger an entire gender. I believe that anyone eligible to vote should vote for who they think will be the best president but like Belle from The Work Edit, I can't contribute to the Trump empire. If you think I'm wrong, a respectful dialogue is encouraged in the comments. I've never had to delete a comment before, but as I know politics can cause hairy discussions, I would like to reiterate that respectful discourse and constructive criticism is always welcome. 
  • Drinking: Salted caramel mocha at Starbucks - This is an unpopular opinion but I'm sort of over Pumpkin Spice Lattes (the world gasps!) but I can't get enough of salted caramel mochas! If you haven't tried them yet I recommend it, especially if you love mochas in general!
  • Wearing: Murad hydrating essence - I wrote a brief description of this product in this post before but this has been life-changing! As I've said many times before, I have dry skin with eczema so any product that helps hydrate my skin and retain moisture is a must-buy for me!
  • Watching: Breakfast at Tiffany's - I have seen this Audrey Hepburn movie so many times but as Brian had never watched it,  I made him sit with me for a movie night. He begrudgingly loved it (haha)
  • Eating: Slow cooked chicken with broccoli and cheddar - I posted the recipe of this dish yesterday but I'm going to have plenty to eat this upcoming week! 
Thanks for reading!

Kitchen Diaries: Slow Cooked Chicken with Broccoli and Cheddar

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Hello lovelies!
Today, I wanted to share a recipe I've been sitting on for almost a year! It's a slow cooker recipe that involves cheese, chicken, and broccoli (my favorites!) This is a recipe that serves about 4-6 but as I mentioned in my previous post about what I eat, I make this dish once and I have lunch for about a week! 

Let me know if any of you guys try this!

print recipe

Slow Cooked Chicken with Broccoli and Cheddar
  • 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 14 ounce can of cream of chicken soup
  • 14 ounce can of cheddar soup
  • 14 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups steamed broccoli florets
1. Add both soups, broth, paprika, and garlic salt into the slow cooker and whisk.2. Add the chicken breasts and push them to the bottom of the pot. Turn on the heat at this time to low and cook for 6 hours (or put the heat on high and cook for 3 hours)3. Once the chicken is done cooking, shred them with two forks.4. Stir in the steamed broccoli and the sour cream5. Keep the slow cooker on low and let it sit for 10 more minutes.6. Serve over steamed rice.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 5

What I Eat in a Day

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Today, I'd like to share with you guys what I eat in a typical day. I'll admit, I thought about writing this post about two weeks ago and when I did, I thought a lot about what I actually eat. There was a temptation to fudge the post and say I eat a lot healthier than I do but I want to put my real self forward:

  • Breakfast: This is so bad for me and it contradicts an advice I gave on having productive days but I'm really just not hungry in the morning! I have been trying to get better at eating at least something, if not a hearty meal so I've been buying a lot of fruit. Most mornings I'll grab a banana to eat with the free coffee I get at work. I'll eat it in my office while planning out the rest of my day. 
  • Lunch: This is when I have a bigger meal because around noon, my stomach demands to be taken care of! I work very close to where I live - it's about a 10-15 minute walk! I like to take advantage of this so most days I go home for lunch and reheat my leftover dinner from the night before in the oven or a stove (something I can't do at work). This week, I had quite a lot of leftovers from a lemon garlic chicken dish I made Tuesday night so I've been eating that for lunch. Some days when I'm really craving it, I'll go to a food truck though. They have tons of delicious food trucks near where I work, including a pho truck or a dumpling truck that I definitely go out of my way to get.
  • Dinner: For dinner, I like to cook a good meal - usually one that involves vegetables. Last night, I made a turkey meatball dish (that I'll have the recipe for here on the blog soon enough) with a side of salad. The thing is, I usually eat so much at lunch that I don't really eat too much for dinner which is why I have so much leftover for lunch the next day. 
Upon reflection, I realize I probably could be doing more to eat healthier and I could definitely eat more for breakfast. It's definitely something I need to work on but I also live a pretty active lifestyle and go running and exercising regularly so hopefully things will balance out for me in the long run.
What do you eat in a day? 

Autumn is for Sweaters | Chunky Sweater and Tall Boots

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Top: Forever 21 sweater (similar here) || Bottoms: J.Crew toothpick jeans || Accessories: Tory Burch York tote, LOFT sunglasses || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)
When the Autumn chill hits town, there's nothing I like better than donning my chunkiest knit sweaters and curling up with a cup of warm coffee. This outfit embodies early Fall to me. I know it looks white here but my sweater is actually a very light dusty pink! I love the way it looks with white jeans though. 

What are some of your Autumn outfit go-tos?

My Reading Habits Tag

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I really enjoyed doing the handwriting tag so I decided to do another tag about my reading habits!
Longtime readers know that a big part of my blog is dedicated to reading and book reviews so it only seemed appropriate to write a post on some of my habits on it. 

  • Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
    I like to read in my bed right before I go to sleep. I always try to read a bit for sleeping and obviously, my bed is the best, most comfortable place for that.
  • Bookmark or dog ear?
    Bookmark. ALWAYS. I never dog ear and I hate when I lend a book to a friend and they dog ear my book. Wars have been started for less!
  • Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter?
    I always try to stop after a chapter but it depends on how tired I am or how interesting the book is. 
  • Do you eat or drink while reading?
    Sometimes I'll drink tea or coffee but I've definitely had my days when I was buried deep into a very good book and feel like I have to read during my meals too. 
  • Music or TV while reading?
    I actually am one of those crazy people who require silence to concentrate. I find music and TV to be distracting when trying to read. That said, I don't mind if something is on once I'm deep into a book. 
  • One book at a time or several at once?
    I really admire people who can read multiple books at once - my roommate in college used to read around 4-5 different books at a time and I just could not for the life of me figure out how she kept track of the different plotlines! I can't do that - one book at a time is all I can handle. 
  • Do you read ahead or skip pages?
    I love spoilers so I always read ahead and skip pages. When I was in school, the teachers would always have to tell me not to read ahead but I always did anyway and pretend I didn't. Some things never change :P 
  • Break the spine or keep it like new?
    I try to keep all of my books in pristine condition but sometimes spine breakage happens. It breaks my heart though...
  • Do you write in your books?
    No. Never. (See answer above regarding dog ear bookmarks).
Thanks for reading!

Chambray Again | Chambray Shirt and Leather Skirt

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Top: Forever 21 || Bottoms: Forever 21 (similar here), LOFT tights || Accessories: Tory Burch York tote, J.Crew necklace || Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)
Like clockwork, I reach for my chambray shirts whenever Autumn comes around. I’ve worn many combinations of denim and leather here on this blog before but I decided to play around with accessories today to keep the pairing from getting old. I found this awesome pearl necklace from J.Crew a while back but I've only started to wear them on the blog recently. I'll be sure to change that because I wear them a lot in my real life. 
In other news, I made a trip to Thip Khao - the Laotian place I raved about on my last Currently post. Again, I really recommend the place and you should check out Laotian food if you can! SO GOOD!

What's your Autumn go-to?

Currently... (Vol. 29)

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  • Reading: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Frederick Backman - This book has been an absolute joy to read! It's about a little girl, Elsa, who goes on a mission to apologize to all the people her grandmother had wronged before she passed away. She finds out more and more about her grandmother's life and youth with each apology. I haven't finished yet but it's delightful so far! I'll definitely have a review up once I'm done. 
  • Watching: Marvel's Luke Cage: Oh my god, guys. This show is amazing!!!! Watch this show immediately - they delve into all sorts of social issues including race relations, feminism, and power struggles. It's just so well told and well done! 
  • Eating: Thip Khao - If you've never had Laotian food, you definitely need to try it! It's like thai food on steroids - each bite has so much flavor!! Thip Khao is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in DC and we made a special trip over there this weekend. 
  • Wearing: Nicole by OPI's It Starts with Me - I love a good rose gold nail polish and this one is gorgeous! It has a great metallic sheen that is trendy for the season but it is a gorgeous base color that's Autumn appropriate!
Thanks for reading!

Autumn Makeup Swaps

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I liked the reaction I got when I wrote my post on Summer Makeup Swaps so here I am, back with a list of easy swaps you can make to change up your makeup routine for autumn!

  • Trade in your bronzer for matte blush: I love a good bronzer look but I don't find it as necessary in the Fall. Hopefully, you already got your tan in this summer so give your bronzer a break and break out your matte blushers. 
  • Switch your bright lips and nails for vampy shades: This is the best time of year for those dark berry lips and nails! If neons were your go-to this summer, let vampy shades be your go-to this fall. 
  • Let go of the light moisturizers and go heavy duty: I don't need much to moisturize in the summer because it's so humid out, but once autumn hits and the air gets dry, I need to pack on all the moisturizing items (#eczemalife). 
What are some of your autumn makeup swaps?

What the Plaid | Plaid Sweater and White Jeans

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Top: Zara || Bottoms: J.Crew Toothpick jeans || Accessories: Tory Burch York tote, LOFT sunglasses || Shoes: Zara (similar here)
Autumn is for plaid! I found this gorgeous plaid tie-front turtleneck at Zara and I knew it would become a staple piece in my wardrobe this Fall. It's so different from those button-up flannel shirts everyone wears (though there's nothing wrong with that! I love my button up flannels). Even though Fall is officially here, it's still a bit warm so I paired this lovely plaid top with my white jeans because I need any excuse to wear these jeans. 

Thanks for reading!