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Twenty-One

Asian Barbie Twenty-First Birthday Red Abercrombie Dress

Abercrombie swing dress | A’Gaci heels

Content warning: This post discusses death and is probably one of the darkest things I’ve posted, but that’s why you have pretty pictures to balance it out, right?

I think a lot about being old.

When (if?) I’m so old that my body is stuck in life support mode while my mind wanders, will I remember my twenties? Will I regret them? If I could go back, would I change things? How so?

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Five Years Out

Dress made by me | Franco Sarto heels

The first person I came out to was my sister.

I was a sophomore in high school, and it felt less like coming out and more like I was confirming something she had known all along. She was the one who’d playfully taunted me for being “as straight as a circle” since we were little kids. Her reaction, though, was one of openness and acceptance, and through that positive experience, I was able to tell my friends, closer family members, and eventually the general public that I was queer.

It’s now been five years since I’ve started to overcome my own internalized biphobia/began to talk about the gender dysphoria I experience/explain to others that no, pansexuality doesn’t imply attraction to everybody out there. In honor of Pride month, I thought I’d do a quick touch-base with you all on where I stand on certain Pride-related issues that are prevalent today. If you’re the type to get easily offended, feel free to smash that red X button and come back for another basic outfit post on Monday. The opinions expressed below are mine and mine alone.

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A Day at the Lavender Farm

Peace Valley Lavender Farm Doylestown PA

Peace Valley Lavender Farm Doylestown PA

Peace Valley Lavender Farm Doylestown PA

Hollister dress | Franco Sarto heels

I’ve been really into the countryside lately.

My friends make fun of me for admiring the “rustic Pennsylvania charm” (but can you really blame me?) Funny how I never noticed how pretty it was when I was growing up here.

My mom is really into lavender-scented things, so my sister and I took her to a lavender farm for her birthday last weekend. I never knew that lavender farms existed, but now that I’ve been to one, I can easily say that they’re my favorite type of farm.

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I Still Dress Like A Southern Sorority Girl On Her Way to Brunch

White Hollister shift dressVery old Hollister dress | Very new Charlotte Russe wedges

I’m not in Greek Life and I have never been to brunch with a group of girls, ever.

But I was going through the box of dresses that I’d left at my mom’s house when I went to college, and this (very brunch-worthy) dress is gorgeous, from the shift cut to the lace detailing to its unabashedly preppy vibe. Let’s take a moment to appreciate Hollister’s aesthetic before it tried to be Forever 21: Beach Edition. Take a good look at that structure and quality because damn, does that even exist anymore? (more…)

Brick and Cream

Lush cream sorority rush dress

Lush dress | A’Gaci heels

It’s so weird to be back to where I grew up.

I feel like I’ve stepped into a time machine and traveled back to this time last summer, only I’m now a year older, wiser, and somewhat better at taking pictures.

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Gingham Dress and A Golden Retriever Puppy

H&M Blue Dorothy Gingham Print Skater Dress

H&M dress | Jennifer Lopez heels

I took this photo set with Finley, a friend’s golden retriever puppy, out by the campus waterfront a few days before school let out.

The look is reminiscent of another girl with a gingham dress and a cute dog — I love how this dress has both the classic print and trendy skater cut. It’s going to be my go-to for outdoor summer events such as barbeques and picnics … as long as I don’t blend in with the tablecloths, that is.

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Farewell to Third Year

Blue Floral Ditsy Print Bow Dress Beach

Unknown dress (found at a thrift shop!)

I still have a bunch of finals left (I’m literally writing this while taking a break from the two projects, two essays, and one exam I still have to finish/write/study for), but I’m pretty much packed up to go otherwise.

Looking around my empty room makes me excited and melancholy at the same time — on one hand, I’m so ready to get out of here and wolf down my mom’s delicious food again and get a taste of life as a professional software engineer. On the other hand, some of my closest friends are graduating this year, and it just won’t be the same when I return in the fall. Life happens, though, and I’ve found that the best way to deal with change is to accept it, move on, and make the best of your circumstances.

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Gatsby? What Gatsby?

Express dress | A’Gaci pumps

I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.

– Jordan Baker, The Great Gatsby

Much like Nick Carraway in Gatsby, us college students are also entranced by the glamour of the Roaring Twenties, and get a taste of it every year at our annual Gatsby-themed party by the water. ‘20s bayside mansions are literally part of my school’s campus, which makes it a lot of fun to dress up and dance the night away with friends and classmates. This year it rained throughout the event, causing our venue to change, but I enjoyed dressing up regardless.

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Say Hello to URBN’s First iOS Engineer Intern

La La Land Yellow Dress Forever 21

Forever 21 dress | Old Navy flip flops

It’s official — this summer, I’ll be working as an Associate iOS Engineer at URBN, the parent company that Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN, in their Home Office in Philly!

“I’m really bad at showing my excitement, but I’m really, really excited,” I told my future manager after I found out I’d gotten the position. This still doesn’t feel real (and trust me, I’ve been pinching myself since I received the offer letter). I’ll be writing, testing, and maintaining code with the rest of the iOS dev team and actually getting to see what “doing Agile” means in a business setting. I’m also the first intern the iOS team has ever had, which is really cool to think about.

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