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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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Easter 2017

Lilly Pulitzer Christine Seersucker Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Christine Seersucker Sundress

I was going to make a post rounding up all of the Easter-appropriate dresses I’ve showcased on the blog, but I’m pretty sure that I’d just end up with every dress on here.

I’m not religious, by the way — I just really love pastels and floral prints. My love for sweet, girly dresses is no joke; I have this distinct memory of me as an eight-year-old walking through a department store full of sundresses, insisting that my mom buy All Of Them. She didn’t, obviously, but I built up my collection nonetheless and showed up to school every day there on after in a candy-colored frock. (Hey, what’s changed?)

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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.