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Up All Night to Get Lucky

Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Halloween Costume // Mimi Chenyao // Asian Barbie

Maneki Neko Lucky Cat Halloween Costume // Mimi Chenyao // Asian Barbie

Happy Halloween!

This year I decided to dress up as the Maneki Neko, or the Lucky Cat. These creatures actually come in many different colors; white represents happiness, purity, and positivity. It was a lot of fun to DIY my costume (and weird out my sister, who shares my Amazon Prime account, by buying a large bell and cat ears many weeks before Halloween).

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Fiesta Pink Bow Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Antonia Dress Fiesta Pink

Lilly Pulitzer Antonia Dress in Fiesta Pink

Do you ever see little kids in the street with legitimately cute outfits on, and think wow, I’d actually wear that?

I’ve expressed that particular statement out loud an embarrassingly large amount of times (apologies if you were the person I was with at the time), and I feel like the adult clothing gods have finally answered my prayers with this particular dress. That bow absolutely kills me. I may also have it in two different colors and patterns …

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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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URBN Internship Welcome BBQ & Orientation

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

Lilly Pulitzer dress | Franco Sarto heels

This week I started my internship at URBN.

It’s been a really intense yet enjoyable time — I’ve never experienced anything like it before. I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking here and dive into my day-to-day activities in a future post.

Sunday kicked off the program with a barbeque for the Intern Class of 2017. I hadn’t taken the train or subway in upwards of two years, so I left early to make it to the Home Office on time. I was blown away by the aesthetic of Building 3, where the event was being held. It’s all white walls and big windows and photo-ready backdrops. Later I learned that they used the space to do photoshoots.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

I kinda want to decorate my future house like this, not gonna lie.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

Pretty soon, people started trickling in. There were 77 total interns working in various departments, from buying to finance to styling to social media to IT. Everyone was super well-dressed and excited to be there — meeting and greeting them reminded me of college orientation, only instead of “hey, what’s your major?”, we were asking “hey, what department are you working in?”

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

Food came soon after, and oh boy did they feed us — I’m pretty sure I’m unofficially known as “that one intern who held up the food line by taking a million pictures.” The food at my college is notoriously horrible, though, so I wasn’t about to wolf it all down without snapping a few first 😉

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

The quickest way to my heart is through cute old-fashioned sodas …

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

And pretty salads …

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

And colorful paper straws …

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

And cookies and s’mores dip.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

After lunch, we went on a tour of the premises. This was my tour group! URBN’s buildings are located close together and the entire place feels like a very aesthetically pleasing college campus.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

This is a wall made of stereos that play music from various Urban Outfitters/Free People/Anthropologie stores around the world.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

They change this vase up every once in a while to reflect one particular brand’s style. I’m pretty sure this one is Free People.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

These decorative chains were from the original Navy Yard buildings.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

Jharoka is the Home Office’s coffee shop.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

These koi had the same proportions as my upper leg — they’re the biggest koi I’ve seen in my life.

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

URBN Summer Internship 2017 Welcome BBQ

The next day was Orientation, where each intern was actually taken to their respective teams. This is my desk before I started decorating — there’s a lot more color to it now!

I can’t believe I’ve already been here for a week; more details to come ASAP. There’s still no Wi-Fi at my house — hopefully, that gets sorted out soon so I can get back to posting regularly.

Mimi Chenyao

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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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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The Well-Dressed Tomboy

Trixie Tang Purple Hi-Low Charlotte Russe Dress

Charlotte Russe dress | Jennifer Lopez heels

I recently re-watched my favorite Fairly OddParents episode, “The Boy Who Would be Queen”, where Timmy Turner gets magically turned into a girl in order to better understand what his crush Trixie wants for her birthday.

In a surprising turn of events, he finds out that she’s actually into comic books, which are traditionally marketed to boys, not girls. She begs him to stay quiet: “If word gets out I like boy stuff, all my friends will think I’m weird. Please, please keep it our secret, girl-to-girl?”

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