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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Lazy Sunday feat. Mulberry & Grand

How is your fall, so far? I think the part I've been enjoying the most this week is messing around in my closet, coming up with transitional summer-to-fall looks. I don't know if it's the love I have for clothes or just spending more time indoors, but I feel like I have at least five outfits ready to go for each item I own. This look is actually one of my go-tos this season. This blazer goes with literally eeeverything, and the tonal jewelry from Mulberry & Grand pulls the outfit together so perfectly.

The inspiration from this look is truly any man in the late 80s or early 90s, but more directly from some real throwback television I was watching recently, Degrassi High. (Any other Degrassi fans reading?) One of the show's characters, Alex, had a look which probably falls under "90s dad fashion" today: a leisure blazer over a pair of denim cutoffs or jeans. I gave it a little modernizing, and a little more of a feminine touch, but consider the cap-and-blazer look to be a true ode to that inspiration.

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What I'm Wearing
tortoise and gold bangle, gold hammered ring c/o Mulberry and Grand / Missguided oversized blazer (avail. in petite and tall; similar here) / New Look straight leg jeans (sold out, similar here): ASOS / PrettyLittleThing basic strappy mules / Aerie Lazy Sunday cap

photos: Jose Flores

Monday, October 12, 2020

What To Do In Fall 2020

I've enjoyed so much time outdoors and with myself this summer, from beach days to day trips to my area's coastal towns. And lately, with Coronavirus still a present concern, I've been thinking of all the ways I plan to carry my activities into fall.
To share a few, here are some ideas for outdoors:

 socially distanced hiking and Rail Exploring
 any foliage-viewing activities, like long drives
 visiting a farm/orchard to pick a perfect pumpkin and have some apple cider donuts
 doing my holiday gift shopping locally, in downtown New Bedford
 limited outdoor dining at local restaurants (those outdoor heaters are much more powerful than they look)

I think this look works so well for the last idea, by the way. This ribbed loungewear set from Femme Luxe is one of my recent favorites -- it's so comfortable and so easily dressed up for a luxe look. I picture myself wearing it to a sunny brunch or for a cozy dinner date under fairy lights.

What ways are you branching out for outdoor activities?

Staying indoors is also always the best choice all things considered, so I will be opting to stay indoors more often than not, and encourage you all to do the same.
The idea of staying in brings me to what I love about this Femme Luxe loungewear look -- that it's loungewear. It can be dressed down to feel cute during at home chills, too! Femme Luxe has my favorite chill-wear, from stylish joggers to playful slogan t shirts. I love these pair of cloudy looking tie-dye joggers; I think they'd be so fun with this 'Overdressed' slogan t shirt for spending time indoors.

Selenanne Tie Dye Joggers                         Lilian Overdressed T Shirt

For good balance, here are some great indoor activities for the season:

 spooky movie nights, complete with snacks and (if you're me) a glass of wine
 virtual hangs with apps like House Party (remember that from the start of quarantine?) or Watch Party on Hulu
 toasting pumpkin seeds after the carving, of course
 supporting your favorite local restaurants by buying takeout and gift certificates

What I'm Wearing

This post is sponsored by Femme Luxe.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Secret Garden

I first heard about the Haskell Public Gardens roughly about 11 years ago in my freshman year of high school. And I was surprised to say that, in the span of eleven years, I had never actually visited the space. Unlike most of the city's parks, courtyards, and other green spaces, this garden is a truly and well-hidden gem. It's a primly kept expanse of six acres tucked directly off of a main road -- one which I've driven down more times than I'd ever be able to guess. But, suffice it to say, Sunday was my first official visit.
The gardens are the work of, and accordingly named after, the late Allen C. Haskell. Haskell was in an internationally renowned horticulturist, known for featuring a host of plants, trees, and animals in this diverse nursery. It's hard not to admire his work; he cultivated this public space for over thirty years, in the middle of a small but culturally rich city. It made me think, though, and I took some time to consider why I, someone who cares for and particularly enjoys natural spaces, might hesitate to step into a space that looks so assiduously private.

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I will preface the resulting thoughts by saying that I a) won't be going too deeply into this topic, but b) am going off of the assumption that you lovely readers have had either the prior experience or at least the prerequisite learning to understand.
To put it plainly, there's a foundation of racial bigotry in this country that follows every person of color, but specifically Black people here throughout every facet of our lives. This, of course, extends to being less than welcome in even public spaces, as exemplified by the recent spate of "Karens" on social media.
We end up having to approach many things we do with a cautious hesitance, considering which spaces are truly open, and to whom. So I'm glad to have reclaimed that fear, and that my experience was pleasant and undisturbed, but still want to share this bit of honesty to illustrate why a visit to an otherwise unobtrusive space might initially be intimidating from certain perspectives.

What I'm Wearing

Sunday, August 2, 2020

What I Wear In A Heatwave

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I constantly joke about being scantily clad. So it's not that I needed one, but I've taken the heatwave we're currently experiencing as a full-blown excuse to strip it down. I received this top in the mail recently -- in both baby blue and white because I couldn't resist -- and have been waiting eagerly for the right time to bust it out. I knew I didn't want to pair it with shorts despite my love for scant clothing; I'm a lover of a balanced outfit more, even. I also tried on a couple of skirts but none felt like the outfit I was going for. Still, funnily enough, absolutely nothing in me was even considering wearing jeans on the ~90 degree day on which I wore this outfit, until I pulled these Levi's out from my closet. These are the Mile High fit, an impossibly comfortable and lucky find from Marshall's a few months back. I haven't gotten many chances to wear these so far, but two things ended up making them the winner: there's a special place in my heart for truly high waisted denim paired with a crop top, and the appropriately cropped, perfectly flowy wide leg.

Keeping on trend with a stripped down look, a bare face has also been my favorite thing to "wear" in this heatwave. I haven't worn much makeup since the inset of this pandemic, but it's actually pretty recent that I've felt fully comfortable with my how my skin looks. It's been a little less than a month since I started using products from The Ordinary to address my skin issues and I'm honestly floored by the results. Click here for info + links to which ones I bought (hint: the Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin Serum was life-changing for my dark spots and acne scars). I share more skincare details on my IG story, so if you're not following me over there you're kiiinda missing out!

What I'm Wearing

Sunday, July 26, 2020

My New Favorite Dress

It's interesting how much of yourself you don't really see until you deliberately set out to do so. You certainly live everyday as yourself, but what I mean by that is, we're often so focused on the next accomplishment that we easily miss chances to celebrate even our smaller achievements.
Recently, while looking through some archival work of my own here on the blog and elsewhere for an upcoming project, I had feelings of pride in things I had forgotten I'd even done. And to my earlier point, I don't think I'd ever originally celebrated or expressed pride in myself for putting in the work to make those things happen in the first place. Of course, sometimes the pride is just in knowing that the achievement has been made, which makes sense. But it really stands out to me now that self love plays a role here; it's not just about getting things done, but taking the time to recognize your accomplishment as a reflection of your effort.

Unrelatedly, and with no philosophical implications, this dress actually is a new favorite of mine. I do have a good selection of dresses in my wardrobe, but was thinking recently that I wanted to correct my lack of variety in the area of flowy summer dresses. I knew I wanted something floral, and undoubtedly a small print. I do like larger prints sometimes, but smaller prints are truly timeless in a way that I just can't see for larger florals. I also feel like this dress will carry well into the fall, when we get there. Here I again took inspiration from Karen of Where Did U Get That and paired this very feminine dress with another constant favorite, my classic Tevas.