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 Weekend In The Rain

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It might be an unpopular opinion but I love a good weekend in the rain. While most people opted to stay in, I decided to enjoy what felt like a ghost town. No weather was quite more fitting to grab a steaming fresh bowl of ramen downtown and finally run that errand that never left the to-do list. This year, I didn’t have a particular costume in mind but my regular wardrobe. This yellow puffer jacket is from the men’s section and it’s probably the brightest thing I own. Layered on top of my favorite turtle neck and pair of overalls, it was quite an easy rainy day look. Stomping around downtown was also made easy with new go-to black boots.

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The impromptu rain also brought the perfect setting to spend quality time with the one I love. With no specific Halloween weekend plans on the agenda, the extent of our Halloween weekend celebrations included a trip to the movies with popcorn and buncha crunch. The jam-packed theater filled with other movie-goers told us we weren’t the only ones that had the right idea. I really love a good weekend full of unexpected bliss moments.

If I can describe this year in one word, it’s “unpredictable.” And if I learned anything at all it’s that what I do with unpredictability is what will pave way for what’s to come. What flows, flows. What crashes, crashes. I no longer force things or search for any explanation. Sometimes, it’s easier to take things for what they are and to not analyze it for something deeper to make sense of it or to even change it. Just like the unpredictability of rain, I learned to embrace the uncertainties of life. It’s so satisfying to change any situation with a positive perspective.

In the end, I am truly happier and more free.

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W E A R I N G

Yellow Puffer Jacket by Herschel Supply
Sorel Kinetic Short Lace Bootie by Sorel Footwear

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Creature of Habit

Whether it's religiously hopping on the first cart on the L train to Bedford Avenue or starting my morning with a large iced latte with two pumps of vanilla and two shots of espresso while simultaneously devouring a peanut butter acai bowl topped with granola, cacao nibs, (more peanut butter) and strawberries or going to the same gym at least once a week or visiting the same eyebrow lady on Driggs Avenue or using the same make-up and skincare products routinely everyday or always having a leather jacket in any weather or just bumping the new Khalid album repeatedly down the sidewalk or on the train or writing the longest sentence known to man, I am a creature of many habits.

While each of this day-to-day snippets can easily be a memoir to my entire life, I recently discovered that some old habits don't die hard.

Habits can change and sometimes it's as easy as switching from coffee to tea (or in my case just straight up water) or as hard as wearing the same monochromatic color palette in your wardrobe. Speaking of wardrobe, pops of red have been frequenting my day-to-day wear as of late. 

Although I still take the first cart on the L train, I am straying away from sugar-loaded breakfast options. Acai bowls only sounds healthy. Surprise, surprise. Thank you, Internet. And instead of taking the same route home everyday, I lean more towards taking some detours. I'm learning it's okay to revisit old areas of my life I used to enjoy and love. And for me, that's discovering places in New Jersey and New York that slows down time in ways unimaginable. Sadly, you gotta wait for another post for that one.

And instead of taking the same route home everyday, I lean more towards taking the path less taken and taking more detours to places I used to visit. I'm learning it's okay to revisit old areas of my life I used to enjoy and love. And for me, that's discovering places in New Jersey and New York that slows down time in ways unimaginable. 

Sadly, you gotta wait for another post for that one.

My point is, new ways or old, just choose to do the things that make you happy and the things you love and you'll soon make a habit out of good days.

Wearing Sweet Disposition Playsuit in Red by The Fifth Label
and Denim Bomber by West Kei.

Photography by Jason Payas.

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