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Boating to Dead Tree

Hollister beach vacation

A few friends and I went boating as the grand finale to our spring break staycation.

I’m now incredibly sunburnt (my arms, shoulders, face, and legs all hurt whenever something touches them — ouch!). That’s what I get for forgetting to reapply sunscreen until about eight hours in. Lesson learned.

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The Daily Outfit Algorithm

Maybe you know me in real life, or maybe you read this blog on the reg. Either way, you’ve probably gone “UGH! All of your outfits look the SAME! Why don’t you switch it up once in a while?”

Well, my dear reader, my outfits all look the same on purpose. I’m God-awful at putting together looks that aren’t either a) a dress and heels, b) a mens’ sweater and black pants, or c) a onesie. I shouldn’t be calling myself a “style blogger” at all. Style bloggers have at least a modicum of variety and an eye for combining pieces in a way that compliments the wearer. (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.

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. 😉