Month: February 2017

Asian Barbie Version 3.0

maroon skater dress

maroon skater dress

Forever 21 sunglasses | Monteau dress | Unknown bracelet | A’gaci shoes

Taking action is always better than overthinking.

When I was first learning how to program in Java, I would spend the majority of my time reading and taking notes from the textbook assigned for the class. How did encapsulation work? What was the difference between method overriding and method overloading? And so forth. I thought that knowing everything conceptually would make me a better programmer, and it did, in a way — by the end of that semester, I had a vast theoretical understanding of Java and object-oriented programming, and could hold long conversations about their subtle nuances.  (more…)

Love // Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey Love

Lana Del Rey Love

Lana Del Rey Love

Lana Del Rey Love

Lana Del Rey Love

Lana Del Rey Love

Old Navy sunglasses | Unknown statement necklace | Xenia dress | A’gaci shoes

Song: “Love” by Lana Del ReyLove (release TBA)

“I get ready, I get all dressed up / To go nowhere in particular / Doesn’t matter if I’m not enough / For the future or the things to come / ‘Cause I’m young and in love.”

I do not own this song; all opinions expressed are my own.

I haven’t mentioned it on here, but I’m a Lana Del Rey fan of the has-a-whole-select-playlist-of-her-songs-that-I-pretty-much-listen-to-exclusively variety, and I was so excited when she unexpectedly released this new song that I had to make it my next dress-up post.  (more…)

Colors // Halsey

Halsey Colors

Halsey Colors

Halsey Colors

Halsey Colors

Forever 21 sunglasses | Forever 21 hair bow | Express dress | A’gaci shoes

Song: “Colors” by Halsey, Badlands (2015)

“You were red / And you liked me because I was blue. / But you touched me and suddenly I was a lilac sky / And you decided purple just wasn’t for you.” 

Content warning/note: The content below includes a mild discussion about addiction; please be aware if you believe this could adversely affect you. I do not own this song; all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Welcome to my first dress-up post. I’m really excited for this to be a thing — whenever I find a song I like, I’m always looking up the lyrics and the song meaning, and through posts like this, I can add my own interpretation. I first heard “Colors” during my freshman year and it has been one of my favorites since; it’s dreamy but also surprisingly deep if you listen carefully. Enjoy the post, and let me know what you think!

Lyrical Analysis: At its core, “Colors” is a song about addiction. He is addicted to a substance, and she is addicted to him. Things aren’t looking good, though — he’s sold his soul and there’s nothing she can do but watch as her partner, once vibrant and full of life, fades into an empty husk of a person. “You’re dripping like a saturated sunrise … You’re ripped at every edge but you’re a masterpiece,” Halsey sings, but quickly acknowledges that he’s in a bad place: “Everything is gray / His hair, his smoke, his dreams / And now he’s so devoid of color / He don’t know what it means.” There’s some intense speculation that “Colors” was about Matty Healy of The 1975, who Halsey had a thing but never became official with (read my favorite analysis of “Colors” in regards to Halsey and Matty here), but as far as I know, neither of them have confirmed it.

The outfit explained: This dress, with its simple cut and abstract white pattern, was the one that immediately came to mind when I thought of the lyrics “everything is bluuuuuuue”. The main character is the opposite of the guy she sings about; she’s blue, not red, and that’s why he fell in love with her in the first place. Blue is often associated with introverted qualities, and I wanted to create the look of someone who was sharply observant, on the quiet side, and maybe a little prim and proper (how cute is that side braid?) as well. How cool would this getup look in a shadowy, intense music video? Very.

The official music video tells quite a different story, and I encourage you to check it out. Its preppy outfits, Tumblr-esque filmography, and huge plot twist at the end are definitely worth 4:14 of your life. I really enjoy styling these dress-up posts because I’m doing my best to stay true to both the theme and my aesthetic — although shooting this one was hard because “on the quiet side and maybe a little prim and proper” is so not me that it’s almost laughable. 😛  I hope you had as much fun reading this as I had writing it, and if you have any songs, movies, books, or anything else you’d like me to interpret for a future dress-up post, don’t hesitate to contact me! I’m always looking for new inspiration and open to suggestions.

Asian Barbie Version 2.2.0

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Pink Hyacinth Petal Pusher Lace Strapless Dress

Forever 21 headband | Forever 21 sunglasses | Unknown bracelet c/o Vinted | Lilly Pulitzer dress | Franco Sarto shoes

This is, in some ways, a continuation of my earlier post about style blogging and why I’m doing it. Ever since I wrote that last post and promised to be more authentic about the way I approach my outfits, I’ve been looking for more intellectual ways to talk about fashion. Style blogging, to me, is so much more than posting pretty pictures of myself online, and I’m still trying to find my voice when it comes to sitting down and putting words to screen.

Everyone has a different motive for why they present the way they do when it comes to their personal style. Some use clothing to make themselves look more attractive. Others want to make it known that they belong to a certain group or culture, or to express how they were feeling when they got dressed that day. I like making subtle statements with what I wear, but I also just really like playing a more sophisticated version of dress-up. In the outfit above, I was equally inspired by sassy receptionist emoji as I was by Blair Waldorf (every time I re-watch even a little bit of Gossip Girl, my headband obsession comes back in full force). I’d much rather tell you those things than, say, what I did that day, because what I do every day is pretty much the same: wake up, eat breakfast, go to class, take pictures, eat lunch, more class, homework, gym, eat dinner, more homework … et cetera. Insert eye-roll here: even listing my routine makes me want to fall asleep. I’d rather tell you about how much I personally identify with  💁🏻 , or how I’m really into the way Blair styles her outfits on GG.

So I will! From now on, I’ll post about things like this, effectively giving myself a way to play dress-up every day while talking about what I love the most. (Why didn’t I think of this sooner?) For example, have you ever listened to a song you were obsessed with and knew exactly how you’d make the music video to that song look like? I do all the time, and while it’s extremely expensive both money- and time-wise to actually make a music video to my favorite songs, it doesn’t take more effort than it usually would to put together an outfit, pick a location, and have a song-inspired photoshoot instead. Or, if I’m feeling particularly fond of a certain look featured in a Netflix show I was watching, I’ll replicate it and put my own spin on it (like a cover of a song, if you will — okay, I’ll stop with the music analogies now). Obviously, I’ll still be posting my usual outfits that aren’t particularly influenced by anything other than random choice, but I’ll try to make a dress-up post at least once a week. I don’t think that personal style is at all arbitrary — and I can’t wait to play around with different themes and expressions on the blog.

Check back soon to see what’s happening! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Valentine’s Day Party

Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress

B. Darlin dress | Unknown pearl necklace | A’gaci shoes | Forever 21 sunglasses

Forget about flowers, chocolate, and obligatory sentiment — to me, Valentine’s Day is all about aesthetic. Pink! White! Red! Hearts! Sign me up.

I’ve been scrolling through other bloggers’ V-Day looks ever since they started coming out a few weeks ago, and although I may be a little late to the party, I’m in love (pun intended) with how whimsical this dress looks. You know you’re doing something right when five-year-olds in public stare at you like you’re a real-life princess.

I wore this outfit to my school’s Valentine’s Day Center of the Universe Party (see the one I wore to the last COUP here). The theme was “Realms of the Human Unconsciousness”, which meant blacklight dance floors and trippy murals everywhere. If possible, I had an even better time than I did at the last one, and ended up breaking in those seven-inch heels seen above by dancing in them all night. I may have been a little sore the next day, but pain is beauty. Worth. So worth.

If you’re celebrating V-Day with a special someone, I hope you get some have a great time! I’ll be spending some quality time with my Intro to Artificial Intelligence textbook all night long. 😉

Breton Stripes & Bib Necks

H&M Striped Skater Dress

H&M Striped Skater Dress

Orange Statement Necklace

H&M Striped Skater Dress

H&M Striped Skater Dress

H&M Striped Skater Dress

H&M dress | Unknown statement necklace | A’Gaci heels | Forever 21 sunglasses

They say that pieces featuring Breton stripes are popular because of their versatility; after all, the best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time. Often associated with the French or the navy (maybe the French navy?), the style was popularized by Coco Chanel in the early 1900s. Since then, it’s expanded from blue and white stripes to every other color and stripe-length combination one can think of.

The way stripes go on a clothing item is everything. I’m a fan of how this dress incorporates them horizontally, vertically, and diagonally to create the illusion of a smaller waist and longer legs. It’s one of my favorites — I’ve even featured it twice before on the blog (see the other posts here and here). See how you can make it look so different, though? Total capsule wardrobe material.  (more…)

Tossing the Lines

Lilly Pulitzer Shorely Blue Tossing The Line Sandrine DressLilly Pulitzer Shorely Blue Tossing The Line Sandrine Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Shorely Blue Tossing The Line Sandrine Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Shorely Blue Tossing The Line Sandrine Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Shorely Blue Tossing The Line Sandrine Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Shorely Blue Tossing The Line Sandrine Dress

Lilly Pulitzer dress | Franco Sarto shoes | Forever 21 sunglasses

I am loving the hell out of this Stepford Wives-esque vintage Lilly Pulitzer dress. The 2004 movie remake of that story remains one of my favorites to this day for both its sardonic humor and the colorful, ultra-feminine sundresses worn by the cast.

It tells the story of Joanna, a high-powered career woman who moves to Stepford, Connecticut with her family after suffering a mental breakdown. Stepford is creepily old-fashioned in a white-picket-fence, stifling-gender-role kind of way (think 1950s cultural norms), with the men all going to a mysterious clubhouse during the day while their wives cook, clean, and generally wait on them hand and foot. Ew.  (more…)