Month: January 2017

Year of the Rooster

GB dress | Jack Rogers sandals | Unknown necklace | Forever 21 sunglasses

Happy Chinese New Year! 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, representing confidence, punctuality, and a solid work ethic.

Celebrations usually begin on Chinese New Year’s Eve and last up to two weeks, featuring tons of lanterns, great food, and lion dances. I recommend checking one out if you’ve never been; it’s an experience.  (more…)

BoilerMake IV

Note: Photos 2, 3, and 5 were taken from the official BoilerMake photo gallery.

I’m freshly back from Purdue University in Indiana, where I attended BoilerMake IV, a 36-hour hackathon. What a weekend — six hundred hackers got together in two of the school’s spacious gyms to code up projects, make new friends, and win prizes.

In addition to this being my first hackathon, it was also my first time seeing what life was like at a “real” (read: population bigger than 800) college. Although there were some headache-inducing moments, I had a blast and will definitely be on the lookout for more hackathons to go to in the near future.  (more…)

The Hottest Pink of Them All

Lush dress | A’gaci heels | Forever 21 sunglasses

Bright, in-your-face pink is my favorite color for a reason: it’s confident, unapologetically femme, and bold instead of dainty (like me!). A dress in this shade is so girly that it’s my go-to when meeting new people.

Destroying stereotypes while looking pretty and polished is one of my favorite hobbies. Grab your favorite pink frock, swipe on that berry-flavored lip gloss, and go conquer the world. Bonus if you’re wearing killer heels: it adds to the effect.

I’m currently in Indiana with my sister for Boilermake, a hackathon (from “hack” and “marathon”, defined as “an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming” by the Google dictionary) at Purdue University. We’ll be coding through the entire weekend; the goal is to have a working prototype of an iOS app by the end. I’m super to learn a new programming language and consume metric tons of caffeine. Wish me luck!

Dandy as a Lion

Forever 21 sunglassesLilly Pulitzer dress | Charlotte Russe shoes

For those of you who live in places that have seasons, do you genuinely enjoy the cold? I’m originally from up North and I’m grateful for the “winters” down here that allow me to dress like it’s summer year-round.

I found this delectable delight at an obscure Plato’s Closet in Palm Beach, immediately becoming infatuated with the little bows adorning the hem. They add just the right amount of whimsy/ridiculousness to make the dress stand out, but not to the point that it would be socially unacceptable to wear in public. And that dandelion print! Anything that resembles a tablecloth, curtain, or beach towel in a Southern home — send that shit my way. I’m obsessed.

2017 New Years’ Resolutions

Everly dress | A’gaci shoes | Forever 21 sunglasses

Happy New Year! I decided to go the untraditional route and opted for a colorful shift dress that screamed “summer vacation (is only six months away)” rather than “let’s get glitzed up” to ring in 2017.

It’s still available on at the Mint Julep Boutique right now, so if you like it, snatch it up ASAP.

Despite having become quite a different person since first coming to college, my style has stayed the same; I’ve been and will probably always be a dress-and-heels type of girl. That doesn’t mean I’ll let things become stale, though. I have four fashion-related resolutions for the New Year:

Choose more eye-catching pieces for everyday outfits

I know I already wear enough show-stopping dresses that burn your eyes out, but a lot of the time I find myself opting for my “safe” option of a solid skater dress and black heels. Bright colors and pretty prints are unique, fun, and require a certain amount of confidence to wear with pride. I sometimes BS myself and say that I’m “saving” a dress for a special event, but what’s keeping me from wearing it now? Washing machines exist for a reason. I vow to look my best every day, even when I don’t feel like trying.

Spend less on clothes 

I’m an avid second-hand shopper, both online and in stores (the Plato’s Closet workers in my area know me by name). I make it a point not to spend more than $25 on any one piece unless it’s a special occasion like my birthday or Christmas. Of course, lots of small purchases add up to lots of hard-earned money going right from my bank account, so this year I’m going to cut down on buying things I know I’ll only wear once, no matter how cute they are, and commit to loving the items I already own.

Learn how to do my makeup properly

This one may surprise you, but my beauty-savvy friends have been laughing at me for years because I still wing my eyeliner down instead of up and use the same blush that I played dress-up with when I was five (true story). I’m so impatient that I usually don’t bother with a makeup routine at all. While I do enjoy the fresh-faced look for days where I sit in the library and code, there was a noticeable difference when I invested time into learning how to apply foundation properly instead of using BB cream as concealer. I not only looked a lot better in the few times I did apply makeup, but I actually started enjoying the process more. What a win-win.

Make more friends who are interested in femme fashion

I love, love, love girly aesthetics (you don’t know how much), but unfortunately, my current friends don’t share my enthusiasm for every single shade of pink, frilly hems, or huge bows. One of the reasons I created this blog in the first place was to attract like-minded people and start conversations. If you think you could be one of these people, don’t hesitate to drop me a line! Let’s chat.

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I hope you all had a great holiday season with minimal fights with relatives and intrusive questions about your life and future plans. Here’s to 2017!