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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

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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…)

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…)

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!

Time for Tubby Toast

Tinky Winky DIY Halloween Costume

Tinky Winky DIY Halloween Costume

Tinky Winky DIY Halloween Costume

Tinky Winky DIY Halloween Costume

California Dynasty slip dress (c/o Goodwill) | Teletubbies antenna headband (c/o Ebay)

If you were born in the mid- to late 1990s, Teletubbies probably had some sort of influence on your early childhood life. I’ve personally been both Dipsy and Laa-Laa twice for Halloween; this year I decided to represent my favorite Tubby of them all, the fun-loving and gender role-smashing Tinky Winky. I ordered an antenna headband online and DIY-ed the rest of my costume by sewing a piece of felt onto a purple slip dress I found at Goodwill. I happen to already have a Tinky Winky doll with me at college (he helps me with my homework).

Who/what are you dressing up as for Halloween? Are you more into store-bought costumes or do you DIY it every year like I do?

Mimi

Celestine Sun Goddess

Tobi sequin skater dress

Tobi sequin skater dress

Tobi sequin skater dress

Tobi sequin skater dress

Tobi sequin skater dress

Tobi sequin skater dress

Tobi sequin skater dress

Tobi dress (c/o Vinted)

Center of the Universe Parties (COUPs) are a long-standing tradition at my school. Every year during Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and graduation, respectively, the entire residential side of campus gets decorated according to a certain theme. Alums come back, everyone dons a costume, and we all gather together to dance in the Black Box Theater, an all-black room filled with blacklights and outrageous decorations.

I love dressing up for COUP because it’s usually a challenge trying to find a costume that both fits my aesthetic and stays true to the theme. This year’s was Celestine Halloween, an astrology-inspired party that involved cool lights everywhere and a giant paper-mache sun hoisted up in the palm trees. I dressed up as the sun goddess in a gold backless sequin dress and a whole lot of body glitter (not shown here because I took these pictures a few hours before the party).

The Black Box Theater was interesting — they had a great mix of hype and chill music, and there were blacklights everywhere. Have you ever noticed how people transfer energy when they dance? If you haven’t, I recommend you do this at the next dancing event you attend: join a group of people on the floor who don’t seem to be too into it, thrash your body around super enthusiastically, and see how quickly they jump to do the same. It doesn’t matter if you’re a good dancer or not; the key is absolute confidence-veering-on-shamelessness. I promise that it’s fun!

Celestine Halloween was one of the best COUPs I’ve gone to in my time at this school. I had a great experience and look forward to attending many more.

Mimi

Asian Barbie Returns

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Dress | Abercrombie & Fitch

I’m back! I say that a lot, but one day I’ll post consistently. Pinkie swear.

Things I’ve done in my (unintentional) hiatus: Finally learned how to code properly in Java, taught myself the more abstract parts of discrete mathematics, stepped down from my student government position, went on several shopping sprees, developed a small Lilly Pulitzer obsession, got caught up in all of my classes, finished the first season of Scream Queens, became an officer on the Exec Board of my school’s Toastmasters club, finished the third season of House of Cards, re-discovered my love for The Fray’s first album, changed my code editor so that all my code was pink, and somehow managed to survive off of animal crackers, Coca-Cola, and frequent trips to Chipotle through this entire ordeal

I thought about being Barbie for Halloween the other day, but then I realized that I’d literally be wearing the same thing that I normally do. Nevertheless, I was inspired to don this bright pink sheath dress (it has pockets!) and enjoy a nice afternoon at the waterfront. Gotta get in some of this Florida sunshine before it gets to be too chilly to wear dresses.

Mimi