Style Story: One Graphic Tee, Two Sides Of The Spectrum

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W E A R I N G
Graphic T-shirt by Nasty Gal
Denim by Madewell
Nude Suit by The Fifth Label
Fila Disruptor II by DSW

Another day, another graphic tee. Two different ways. The polar vortex doesn’t look too bad inside the comfort of my home. The temperatures currently feel like it’s in the negatives and I can’t seem to take it upon myself to shoot any content outside. I’ve been spending a lot of my time in my home so far this year. And there’s something to say about falling in love with little corners of my humble abode. The polar vortex is pushing me into a winter hibernation and it is such a perfect time to really think of what I want for myself and visualize how I want the rest of my year to look like. I’m taking it upon myself to make my intentions crystal clear and the only person I am forcing into my life is the person I am becoming.

I realized that I can be two extremes of the spectrum and still be the same person at the end of the day. I can style my graphic tee with denim and sneakers one day and wear it with a nude suit (still with sneakers) the next. My love for androgynous styles and mixing feminine and masculine wardrobes is even more appealing to me now more than ever. Fashion month is finally here and I will be skipping it again to fly further east. Cities I’ve never been and people I’ve never met often inspire me in more ways than I expect and in the coming few months, you will see me embracing both sides of the spectrum. Why choose one when you can embrace both sides of you?

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Style Story: A Loss For Words So Say It With A Graphic T-Shirt

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W E A R I N G
Graphic T-shirt by Hanwen
Corduroy Blazer by Who What Wear Collection
Corduroy Pants by The Fifth Label
Combat Boots by Steve Madden

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What I love most about fashion is the ability to express how we feel without uttering a single word. Our feelings and our thoughts come alive in our wardrobe choices. At least it does for me. Sometimes, the colors and pieces I decide to wear are mood enhancers or mood changers.

Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards some word graphic T-shirts to express myself. I don’t know what it is about this week but I’ve been having the hardest time to find the right words to say. Not because I’m afraid to express what it is I feel or what it is I think. Not because I’m afraid to be misunderstood. Not because I care how my words would come across. But because I am simply left speechless. I can’t seem to find the right combination of 26 letters in the alphabet to formulate my deepest expressions. Okay, a little dramatic but it’s like coming up with dictionary descriptions and metaphors for the word without coming up with the actual word or phrase. (Okay, even more dramatic.) Anyway, it resulted me to turn to fashion to express how I feel without uttering a single word.

Hanwen just so happens to have the best statement shirt for me this week.

Now here’s some of other really good statement shirt you and I can use for any occasion when we are at a loss for words.

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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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