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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

There's No Place Like Home

Being outside right now is pretty challenging. The USA is quickly phasing out quarantine, which would ideally be normal right now, but proves to be an ill-advised decision. Due to the government's response and the residual vulnerability of so much of the population to COVID-19, the curve still remains un-flattened.
Being a black person only multiplies that discomfort and fear, as we're faced with the more constant threat of racist violence. As we try to stand for justice, for the lives of those we've lost, and for our own safety going forward, we're met with brutality and tactics that have been banned in warfare. It's  just...hard.
Even making blog posts right now is actually hard, because I love fashion. I love style and sharing all the ways I wear and enjoy clothes. I just wish I always had the mental space to do so comfortably, right now.

I wasn't particularly thrilled about having to stay home at the top of quarantine -- I've actually talked about why it was somewhat relieving to be required to work throughout it -- so it's a bit ironic that it's now what brings me solace. I've also continued to get dressed even when I didn't have to, for many reasons; the most important of which is that it makes me feel good to look good.
Stylish loungewear is a favorite go-to option for me when I am home, and I'm sure I can say the same for most of you reading. Even in a cheeky t shirt and comfy, high waisted joggers from Femme Luxe, I feel that much more put together and ready to handle the day.

What I'm Wearing

This post is sponsored by Femme Luxe.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Think Pink

This year was my 25th birthday, and what a time to not celebrate. But amid everything going on right now I figured the least I could do was to find little joys throughout the weekend. I didn't end up going to the Saville Dam like I mentioned in my last post, which came down to just being in the mood for something smaller and my ever so kind monthly visitor. What I did do: spent (limited) time on my actual birthday with a glass of wine and my best friend, received some homemade birthday cupcakes from my other best friend, treated myself to socially distant takeout from one of my favorite restaurants Tallulah's Taqueria, and of course enjoyed the spring blooms while shooting this outfit.

My favorite detail of this outfit is probably the smallest, but before I even go there can I tell you about this duster?? I thrifted it a couple months back at a Goodwill in Boston. The first thing that caught my eye was a beautiful, simple lapel, and the second was the length -- I thought it might be a blazer at first but the full length made it so cool to me. But what truly made me take it home were the pink buttons. Blush, mauve, millennial pink, whatever you want to call it, but that small detail of one of my favorite colors is what made this a special pick for me.
It's also what built this outfit in a way; throwing this duster over a lace bodysuit that matched the exact rosy color was an easy pair.

What I'm Wearing
thrifted duster jacket / mauve pink lace bodysuit (similar here) / Shein gold hoop charm earrings (sold out similar here) / Forever 21 gold layering necklaces, Larchmont raw hem distressed jeans / Dr. Martens Jadon platform boots / JW Pei Fae Top Handle bag

photos: Jose Flores

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Pastel Lips and Cancelled Trips

What would you be doing right now if we weren't in the middle of a pandemic? In a few days, I would be leaving for a trip to Puerto Rico. I planned to spend nearly a week eating my way around the island, exploring the El Yunque Rainforest, and learning the history of Old San Juan. Despite there being greater potential concerns to have at this moment, I'm admittedly pretty gutted. I was especially looking forward to celebrating my birthday doing something special and now I'm trying to sort out if there's any way I can still navigate that ("something special", not flying).

My unofficial birthday plan has become driving to see the scenic Saville Dam in Barkhamsted, Connecticut. It's a roughly 2.5 hour drive one way; a trip ideally taken with someone willing to drive back...but if the weather is right, I'll probably be in the mood. I also have some 35mm film I've been waiting to use and a few frames left in my Polaroid so I'm crossing my fingers.
And if nothing else, I'll at least end up indulging in some Indian takeout and a Netflix movie while I spend my birthday at home.

What I'm Wearing
Tobi navy wide brim hat (sold out similar here) / ebay gold rim sunglasses / H&M crochet trim dress (sold out similar here) / thrifted gold detail belt / Target pointed ankle boots / Chloe 'Faye' inspired bag / on my lips: NYX Liquid Sway Cream Lipstick in Sway lined with BlackUp 2-in-1 Lip Pencil in JUM 03

Monday, April 13, 2020

Getting Through Social Isolation

Have you gotten to the "doing puzzles" point of lockdown yet? I'd love to lie and say that quarantine brought me here, but the truth is I'm already a total nerd for puzzles. My other quarantine activities thus far have included: cleaning my apartment (I think everyone starts here, really), fussing with my plants to the point where I think they may be actually be annoyed with me, and taking on the random DIY or sewing projects I'd been keeping at the back of my mind.
I haven't been completely isolated, as my workplace has curiously been designated as essential during this pandemic, and unfortunately not in a work-from-home manner. Realistically though, I've decided to count my blessings. Getting out of the house and having albeit limited social interactions does effectively quell my nerves. I also have a lot more time to spend with myself and on things I enjoy, like taking a relaxing bike ride alone or spending an evening cooking my favorite food.

On a personal note, I don't believe that there truly is a "right" way to deal with this. I've spent much of this time producing content and sharing words online, but because it brings me joy (and, hey, money) which helps me get through isolation. So frankly I'm not here to push you to come out of this "better than before," or to poise this as a time to force work. In fact I feel quite the opposite; I think this is peak time for rest, for ease, for self-preservation and for self-enjoyment as much as you're able.

What I'm Wearing

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Dressing For Spring In Quarantine

It's quite a confounding experience being thrust into a "new normal" every day. Things are changing so rapidly and there's so much to say that there's almost nothing to say -- just actions to adjust to and rules to abide by. I realize that I'm speaking from a place of pretty immense privilege right now; I've lost minimal income due to COVID-19, I'm a young person with a strong immune system, and there are people for whom this lack of predictability day-to-day is the normal occurrence.
But even being mandated to stay home has proven to throw many of us for several loops. I'm combatting that feeling by keeping even the most simple routine, and enjoying the Spring, even in quarantine.

Click here to read my article for Abide Magazine, where I discuss the importance of style and maintaining normalcy during quarantine along with some outfit ideas.

On the lowest of keys, the trend I've been most excited about for Spring is puff sleeves. I've been watching a ton of Karen's (of Where Did U Get That) Youtube channel, getting slowly riled up and inspired by both her enthusiasm and balloon-sleeved frocks and well...here we are. This Femme Luxe top was a perfect choice for me; I love any playful white top, but this one was special because the detail is primarily in the sleeves. That takes a potentially challenging top to style and marries it to a basic mock neck top, which slyly makes it as easy to pair as the latter.

I'd alternatively love to see this top paired with another style of jeans I've been eyeing from Femme Luxe's current collection, i.e. this high waist boyfriend style. You could always cuff the jeans to expose some ankle, but I'd really like the fitted waist and slightly wider hem fit with this top.

Dana Boyfriend Style Jeans 

It's still spring in my book. So tell me, what trend are you excited to break out this season?

What I'm Wearing
mesh floral puff sleeve top c/o FemmeLuxe / Guess 90s High Rise jeans / similar white croc mini bag / Primark mint square toe heels (similar here)

This post is sponsored by Femme Luxe.