THIS IS NOT AN OUTFIT POST

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Vintage sweater, A.P.C. skirt, Nike Cortez sneakers

Up until recently I was really obsessed with defining what my personal style was and whether my outfits were interesting enough. But I've found that, like many things, obsessing over it usually just means being restricting, leaving many "effortless" outfits feeling especially forced. Accepting that my outfits my not be complex feats of style has made it easier to get dressed in the morning, although there are still days I have to fight the urge to wear leggings and a t-shirt; I haven't accepted that as stylish just yet.

Now that I'm not going through an identity crisis every time I attempt to get dressed it makes things a whole lot easier. I envisioned this outfit one night before bed, and I eagerly awaited for a cool summer day that would let me get away with wearing a turtleneck. I was still a little steamy but it totally worked. And I love this skirt so much--it was one of those things that was 1/2 impulse buy and 1/2 planned, which I think is always the best. I wear it four days out of seven so I'm definitely getting my money's worth. And while my style is still pretty simple now, I can't wait to start getting more adventurous. Maybe it's time to try boots that look like a dropped pair of jeans

 

 

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Sweater: I Am That Shop Pants: Lil Shop Vintage Shoes: Doc Martens

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If Jaden Smith can call himself an icon, why can't I? I'm happy that the weather is getting nicer, even though it means I'll have to shave my legs soon. I love this weird winter spring transition because there's enough nip in the air for me to pretend I'm living some New England collegiate town dream, but also warm enough that I can start walking home again.

I'm feeling so energized right now because I feel like I'm leaning more into my 2018 goals. I got off track there for a moment, and I think it was because I wasn't checking in with myself as frequently as I wanted to. Instead I was burrowing down, and the next thing I knew I was sitting in a small, dark hole. At least that's what it felt like. I'm glad that school is going to be over soon though--I've had enough of tiny cramped desks for a while.

She Way Out

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Coat and Pants: The Frankie Shop Scarf: Aritzia

Ten minutes before this picture was taken, the zipper on my pants broke but the outfit was too good to change. It wasn't too much of an issue because the coat was long and it wasn't a warm day but... These are the magical pants that I got at The Frankie Shop in Paris and I ordered the coat to a friend's house in New York so it was ready for me as soon as I arrived. I love the slight tonal difference between the two pinks--I think it makes the outfit a bit more interesting than a typical monochrome look. 

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Photos taken by Darleen

Little Miss Sunshine

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Coat: @shop_magandapa Dress: Aritzia Leggings: Lululemon Shoes: Nike Jewelry: Wolf Circus

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I bought this coat from Maganda Pa a few months ago when I was deep in an Instagram shopping hole but I wore it for the first time only a few weeks ago. I've thought about wearing it a few times but I was nervous that it was too bold and I would stand out too much. I love color but often refrain from wearing too much of it. Although I've recently realized that wearing color makes me feel comfortable and confident, so I'm invested in inserting more of it into my wardrobe.

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I wore this outfit to school which was a pretty big deal for me because I mostly like to blend into the background when it comes to campus life. Surprisingly, once I got to campus I was filled with more confidence than nervosity. 

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Earrings: Open House Projects
I've been wanting these earrings for a while but couldn't bring myself to make the purchase. I borrowed them from New Classics for these photos but now I'm definitely ready to get a pair of my own. Too bad I'm on a shopping ban...

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Photos were taken by (my wonderful boss) Alyssa Lau