Monday, September 1, 2014

escapades: ootd + diary

NORDSTROM sunnies // INTERACT D5150 t-shirt // EBAY suspender skirt // NORDSTROM boots

EYEKO eye do eyeliner // MAC lipstick in "media"

spirited away henna on my wrist

urban doubtfits ft. potatoes and milk tea

The annual festival came to town this weekend, and that inevitably meant work for Daysia and I. Our Interact Club sells beverages at the festival every year, and as president and vice-president of the club, we came decked in our Interact wear. We sold oodles of drinks thanks to our super effective advertising skills (aka us chanting "Get hydrated, get get hydrated" and attempting to juggle water bottles). After my shift, I got a No-Face henna on my wrist; as always, it was grossly overpriced, but no festival is complete without one.

In other news, I don't recommend buying Eyeko's Eye Do eyeliner. It makes gorgeous lines and wings, but the pen tip is oddly shaped and it smears quite a lot on humid days; plus, the tip starts drying out after two weeks, and after a month it's practically unusable. So although I did enjoy Eye Do during its short time span, I can't justify buying a new one every two weeks when a trusty Stila will last for months at the same price.

Final note: I'm starting to become a huge fan of pigtail braids. I used to think they were too juvenile, but I'm really digging the whimsical vibes the hairstyle gives off. Not to mention that braids are a quick fix on a bad hair day.

Hope your Labor Day weekend is peachy keen so far!

kickin' it ivy league: photo diary

(I'm alive, I swear. After a long, long hiatus, OOTDs and the like are coming up.)

Last month, I went to Brown University to study public policy at the Brown Summer Leadership Institute. The two weeks I spent there were some of the most enlightening and liberating weeks of my life, and I've decided to share with you all my Providence adventures.

Oops, I totally forgot where I took this photo.

John Carter Brown Library.

The campus is breathtaking. When I first arrived, my travel-weary eyes went wide open--from the old-fashioned brick buildings to the intricately crafted metal gates, I was absolutely enamored. It took a few days for the shock to wear off and for me to realize that I, even if only for two weeks, was really studying at Brown University. 

Doing homework at College Hill Cafe; eyebag game was so strong.

Polaroid of some of my classmates and I.

My class was taught by a professor at Brown's graduate public policy program, and it was one of the smaller classes at the Leadership Institute--including myself, there were 17 eager young leaders studying public policy. To keep it short, we learned about policy analysis and program evaluation, developing "action plans" to improve public policy issues in our communities. As an aspiring political science major, the knowledge I gained was invaluable, even if I constantly stayed up past midnight finishing the thirty-page readings.

View of Downtown Providence from Prospect Park.

Nice Slice Pizzeria, my second home.

Luminaria lanterns at WaterFire Providence.

Sea star (Patrick?) at Narragansett Ba(e)y Aquarium.

Black milk tea via Tealuxe + bulgogi and aloe drink via Mama Kim's food truck.

As packed as my schedule was, in my free time, I was able to explore Providence and discover just how awesome it is. The food is diverse and delicious--I even found some good boba places (which I thought I'd never find on the East Coast), and even though California boba reigns superior, my milk tea cravings were definitely satisfied. Providence itself has such a chill yet thriving culture, and the city emanates both New England charm and urban "artsiness." I felt like I was back home in San Francisco but with far less crowding, a lot more sun, and more of an East Coast vibe.

Impromptu photoshoot at Easton's Beach.

Shameless selfie on the grass near the VDub.

Party at Perkins Hall??

Seaweed, bird poop, and smiles abound at Easton's Beach.

Amigos y amigas!!!

All good things must end; snapchat from my last night at Brown. Prospect Park again.

After two years of monotony in high school, being at Brown was a much needed change of scenery, a headfirst dive into a maelstrom of new experiences: new environment, new subject matter, new people. Because of that, I can honestly say that I left Brown a different person: more informed, more confident, more outgoing--a better leader. I know I sound hyperbolic and overly sentimental, but between questionable dining hall food and cavorting in the Main Green and tiring yet worthwhile leadership workshops and staying up until 4 AM cracking up and eating junk food, what can I say? It. Was. Life-changing.

Until next time,

Friday, August 1, 2014

big city dreaming: week i

Hello folks!

For (about) the past two weeks, I have been roaming around New York City. Okay, not exactly roaming the whole time, but I was at digital media camp. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, hands down, and being that it was my first time in the city, I tried to soak in as much as I could.

The view from the Empire State building.

The first seven days were dedicated to learning more about the world of digital media and the basics of broadcasting, filmmaking, and cinematography. The program was held at Fordham University, which wasn't too shabby.

Fordham's campus and inside the dorm.

The week was a whirlwind of early starts, late night, coffee, cereal, writing, and filming. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. I met so many amazing, amazing people and I am very grateful and fortunate for the opportunity.

My roommates and I in our best profesh. // My faculty advisor and I in my most casual.

Quick trips to Times Square // Shots during a newscast on the subway.

Of course, I had to put a compilation of the weeks outfits here. Here are some, um, attempts, at business casual.
From left to right: F21 Dress + NATURALIZER Sandals // AMERICAN APPAREL Shirt + H&M Skirt + GAP Cardigan + MOSSIMO Wedges // H&M Jersey Top + KIMCHI BLUE Embroidered Skirt // THRIFTED Top + FRANCESCA'S Skirt 

Afterwards, I was able to explore the big city for about another week. Check that out in the next post!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

how I style: hawaiian shirts

Hey everyone,

I have come with, finally, another video on our channel! Inspired by a recent trip to the Big Island, I styled three of my Hawaiian shirts in a couple different ways each. I hope you like it!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

color the world

Hey y'all,

This past weekend was Pride Weekend, a time to support and embrace the LGBTQ community, and San Francisco was packed with people celebrating.

The Pride Parade was on Sunday, but I went on Saturday so I unfortunately was unable to see the parade, but I had a great time, nonetheless! There were tons of people wearing crazy outfits and it was all very eccentric, but I loved it. I love that this weekend was a time where folks weren't afraid to let their freak flags fly-- cute, creatively decorated bras, tutus, crazy open-ended suspender tight things. People were wearing every color under the sun. It was completely and absolutely crazy and fun and definitely a sight to see.

Here is my Pride outfit! Not as colorful as a lot of others, but I guess it's more colorful than anything I usually? I don't know.

FOREVER 21 top and necklace // GAP shorts // H&M jacket and shoes // HAND-ME-DOWN bag // STREET VENDOR lei


*Sorry about the shine*
NYX BRAND eyeshadow // STILA liquid liner

Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot of pictures of Pride but here are a couple taken there.

Overpriced food trucks are my jam. (There were a lot.)

Of course, amidst all the fun and celebration, we can't forget what Pride supports and fights for. LGBT rights and equality are still a major issue in the US. Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states, but there is still work to do in order to make it legal nationwide. As a country, we have begun to become more accepting, but there is still a lot prejudice, unfortunately. There is hope for equality, and events like Pride are really great for getting people to have fun and come together!

Catch you all later,

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

suburban summers

FOREVER 21 top, shorts, sunglasses, hat, and bag // NINE WEST sandals // GIFTED flannel


Hello, hello!

I finally went out today after two weeks of being stuck in the house. Needless to say, it was a much-needed day. Of course all I did was eat, walk, and repeat.

I love summers because I always want to go out and do something, not that I actually do, but it's nice to have that energy after the mundane months of school and deadlines. Whether it's going somewhere really adventurous or just staying local, I still like taking pictures and I don't mind using all of my film on days like this.

Anyways, this is my quick little outfit of the day. Sorry that the posts have been coming slow, but it comes with a slow start to summer. More to come soon!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

what's in my bag?: beach/poolside edition

Motel Pool
H&M tank // WASTELAND shorts (hidden) // J. CREW hat // KITSON bag

Hello there! 
Today I felt extra inspired to make a post on the blog so I decided to do a "What's in my beach bag?" segment. Maybe we can do more things like this? I don't know, but let us know if you like, or dislike it! Okay, here we go!

So what do I bring on a trip to the pool/beach? 

A bathing suit and a pair of flip flops is always a given when going for a swim. I usually wear mine to wherever I'm heading, so that it isn't a hassle later. I picked up this bathing suit at Pacsun and I really like the bottoms a lot because I'm a sucker for florals and the pink accents make it less plain. The flip flops are actually from a nail salon, but I don't really care about them which makes them perfect for the beach because I can get them as dirty and sandy as I want.

I like bringing my Forever 21 kimono as a sort of cover up for afterwards. It doesn't do much as one, but I like to wrap it around myself when I'm just lying down. I think the hat is super cute and it protects my face from the sun pretty well which is why I carry it around.

I like to bring water in this really weird cup that I stole from my brother (oops) but since the cup is really small I usually bring another bottle or two just in case. I cannot stress the importance of hydration during this time of year, guys. Drink a lot of water especially at the beach or pool, it's hot, you're sweaty, you may be swimming, and you're losing a lot of water. Sunscreen is also an important thing, of course, to protect your skin, so I use this Neutrogena SPF 45 for myself. Finally, I bring my wallet because I bring my wallet everywhere and you never know what you forgot or need to get.

Lastly, I bring my basic makeup necessities. I bring my Lancôme Dual Finish Powder Foundation and my Estēe Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette. I use the palette's Lavish Mink shadow to fill in my brows, put on the foundation and that's basically it. I also bring my Forever 21 cat-eye sunnies to shade my eyes from the sun.

So that's it for this "What's In My Bag?" I hope you guys liked it and I'll catch you all later.