Style Story: My Mental State In The Form of Texture

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W E A R I N G
White Sunnies by Zero UV
A-line Corduroy Shirt Dress by COS Stores
Corduroy Pants by Madewell
Disruptor II by FILA

Hello 2019. Today is page 8 of 365. This is when the real writing starts.

I used to dread this time after the new year. All of the holiday decorations are taken down. It’s cold beyond comprehension. The sun never really come out. Sunset is depressingly at 4PM. The city feels less exciting and more silent. I used to let the darker days that come with winter to hold this pressure against me. I always think that I should be doing more. I should be maximizing the brighter hours of the day. I’ve always been anxious of what’s to come and I often used to question if there is anything coming my way at all. To be honest, it has led me to be the only thing standing in my own way in many ways.

But there has been this switch in my head. If I had to choose one thing that I focused on in 2018, it’s self-awareness. It is key to anyone’s actions and emotions. Awareness of myself is detrimental to all aspects of my life. It’s the way I treat people around me, the way I react and the way I respond to situations. Awareness of myself lets me know that I am in control of my actions and to make my bad days good again. Unpopular opinion but 2018 was personally a good year. Now, I see these slow days spent at home to be a breath of fresh air. I’m embracing this precious time I have because it’s rare any other time of the year. I have time to clean, organize, read a book, brainstorm ideas, whilst wearing no make-up and my hair exactly as it is. There’s absolutely no pressure to do the most because we are just getting started.

The bare minimum after the new year feels so good right now. Corduroy is currently my favorite in my wardrobe for a reason beyond fashion. If my mental state is in the form of texture, it’s corduroy. Just like the ridges, there will be ups and downs this year but understanding and feeling through those ups and downs adds this sense of cozy comfort to my space and my mentality.

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Best Summer Ever | Lesson Of The Season

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The older I get, the more I realize that the most valuable thing on this earth is time. Every summer used to feel like just another phase in the year; another routine, nothing special ever really happens. Then I learned that you shouldn’t wait for things to happen. You gotta take control of your own life and make it the best for yourself. A season can feel like a lifetime and you gotta choose the right people to live lives with.  This summer proves that you can either be consumed  with stagnancy or move freely into adventure. I’m glad I now continue to choose the latter. We should never wait for the right time. The moment we decide to choose ourselves and our own happiness will always be the right time. This has been the best summer of my life. I simply cannot wait for an even more unforgettable Autumn.

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Style Story: My Easy Travel Style, Near or Far

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January is the Monday of 2018 and killing it is the one and only option. There's absolutely no time to half-ass anything or wait to make a move. Mind is always over the matter. Stop procrastinating. Word harder than the year before. Do something new for the first time. Book flights to dream destinations. Catch flights, not an attitude. Focus on your health and what makes you happy. Cultivate self-love so you can genuinely love others.

This month has been off to an incredible start. Miami then New York City and currently The Bahamas in a matter of days. It's a privilege to be able to travel this much already and I don't take any second of it for granted. This year has already taught me that it's only impossible until it's done. So do it. Do it all, unapologetically. The second you start living for yourself instead of others is the same second you start to feel more alive.

So hit the ground running.

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W E A R I N G

TIE SLEEVE SWEATER by Willow Clay
DAZE OVERSIZED DENIM JACKET DENIM by Alexander Wang
BLACK KNEE RIP SLIM JEAN by Pretty Little Thing
ABBOT SLIP ON SNEAKER by Dr. Scholls Shoes
55MM CAT EYE SUNGLASSES by Givenchy

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'Tis The Season With Kevyn Aucoin

Welcome to the Twilight Zone!

That's what I refer to the time between Christmas and New Year's Day. It’s around this time of the year where I dive deeper into my make-up collection and explore colors beyond my everyday go-to look. New year, new habits. Every month, I’ll be sharing and introducing a beauty trend or product that I am currently loving. And this holiday season, I find myself reaching for the new Electropop Pro Eyeshadow Palette by Kevyn Aucoin to create dramatic looks to last me until the midnight ball drop on New Year’s Eve.

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For this quick look I rocked on Christmas, I gravitated towards the pink and red shimmers to demand more attention to the eyes. Using a small eyeshadow brush, I applied 'Switch,' a bubble gum pink shimmer as a base all over the lid. Then, I took 'Laser' with a tapered fluffy brush and focused it on the crease of my eyelids and blended it with 'Switch.' To intensify the look even more, I took 'Heat' and applied it on the third outer edge of my eyes.

The Electropop Pro Eyeshadow Palette can add a multidimensional touch to any look. It certainly takes my usual cat eye and mascara go-to to the next level. I can't wait to dip into the blue and green hues in this palette for the New Year!

Shop The Look:

First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Foundation
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Urban Decay Cosmetics Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube
Kevyn Aucoin Electropop Pro Eyeshadow Palette
Stila Cosmetics Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo
Kopari Beauty Coconut Rose Toner (as a setting spray.)

Style Story: One Button Down, Two Cities

Soho, New York.

Soho, New York.

Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles, California.

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When in doubt, style a button down.

New York Fashion Week is done and gone and I have lots to catch up on the blog. Please bare with me. This "Style Story" series is easily my favorite on Street Style Teller. I like challenging my wardrobe whenever I can and seeing how versatile one item can really be. It took two cities to inspire two totally different looks using one staple item: the button down. 

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I particularly snagged this one at Zara for only $10. I love how styling it off the shoulder or tying it in the front can really elevate a look paired with some Levis denim or a skirt and mules. I think these looks are definitely interchangeable whether it be Los Angeles or New York City. 

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The button down is an item that can be styled more than two ways, that is why it is my go-to when I feel like I have absolutely nothing to wear.

What are your go-to staples when you feel like you have nothing to wear? 

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W E A R I N G

In Soho, New York:

 Oversized Striped Shirt by Zara,
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Malin Mule in Greige Tumbled by Dr. Scholls Shoes,
Floral Bomber by West Kei.

In Los Angeles, California:

 Cat Eye Sunglasses in Black by Givenchy,
 Oversized Striped Shirt by Zara,
Alexis Skirt in Burgundy by Beginning Boutique,
Malin Mule in Greige Tumbled by Dr. Scholls Shoes.

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