Summer Lookbook: #1

I’m going to be honest, when it comes to summer outfits I’m lazy and overheated. When the sun is high in the sky, I am less inclined to layer too much like I usually do and so there is nothing more gratifying than putting on a romper or dress and feeling 100 percent put together. However, I figured when making this post, it’d be easy to style a dress/romper with some sandals or boots and I wanted to challenge myself a little this summer with the small closet (shout out to all college students living that nomadic life!)  that I have while keeping my style.

This summer I have been keeping my eye out on two things. Hats and bags. I have found that the right hat and handbag will immediately determine the slay factor of an outfit.

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This is by far my favorite bag. My ex-roommate Jee, (shoutout to being the best roommate ever!) decided that this bag would be her parting gift when she went back to Korea. The pop of red and the square structure add so much flair to an otherwise simple outfit. Probably will be wearing this bag till it falls off my shoulder.

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Like I mentioned in my May Favorites post, most of my clothes are put in storage and so I kept basic pieces to be creative with. My white London tee from F21 is one my favorite tops not only because it’s white and white is a great reflector of the sun, but its also really easy to style with denim anything. Today, acid wash denim tomorrow, a denim skirt (coming soon).

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I said that the fedora would be rocked shamelessly. I have worn this hat one too many times in the last month but I LOVE it. This hat literally sets the tone for this whole outfit giving it somewhat of a smart, European, vibe that attracts me. Even though it’s summer and bright colors are the staple, I really enjoy contradictory and offsetting looks, clothes, and accessories that go against a trend.

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This was my photographer for the day, Michelle. She is such a mooohhhdehhhll.

This was my photographer for the day, Michelle. She is such a mooohhhdehhhll.

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Important note:  So I was chosen to be a part of this awesome June campaign called the “Closet Swap” with this startup company, Raise, to talk about my transition styles into summer! They are a website/marketplace where you can buy and/or sell giftcards. Got an old H&M gift card that you never used? (give it to me) Sell it on Raise.com. Looking for a giftcard to give as a graduation present? Raise is the place to go! Super excited to share with you guys this news–also share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Insta, all the social media galore!

xx

-A

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A little Chit Chat && May Faves

Hey All!

Been a while since I’ve posted casually and since there has been so much that has happened  in the past month I thought I would catch up a bit.

May is the dreaded month for most students at USC and yes, school ends, summer begins, and graduation is a cause for celebration, but overall, May is when finals period and moving out collide. So you’re stressed about studying for a final while calling the storage company to move your things out in a timely manner. I have no idea why the school has it set up that way but it’s stressful. This year I decided to stay back in LA for the summer so not only did I have to move out of my temporary campus housing, but I had to move in to my summer housing (3 hours of hard labor by myself! I’m proud). I’ve pretty much promised myself that once I graduate, I’m going to rest from this nomadic life for at least 3-5 years (semi-permanent housing ftw!)

Other than that, I have been pretty well and have been eyeing alot of the spring into summer trends that have been appearing. Despite the fact that Rihanna is the opposite of everything I believe in, I got to hand it to the girl, she is responsible for some trends that I personally have been sporting myself and I have been peeping in and out of magazines just to get inspiration and ideas for what I will be wearing to Outside Lands come August (happy dance).  So with that being said, let me just share some of my May favorites.

1. The Fedora

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If you follow me on Instagram and Tumblr, you will see that  fedora being rocked shamelessly. I never actually have been a hat girl, but 2014 has changed me. I first got into wearing beanies earlier this year when it was colder and now I’m appreciating fedoras. I bought it originally because they were a cute accessory to add onto any outfit, but realized later on that it’s a life saver because I was having consecutive bad hair days in the month of May.

 

2. Holographic Chunky Heels

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So I was eyeing these holographic boots since early April, but unfortunately my paycheck had to be allocated to more pressing needs. Checked back a couple weeks ago and saw that it was still there and didn’t think twice about buying them (they’re still in transit btw). They are a gorgeous pair that I think is daring and loud enough to unsimplify any simple outfit that I put on. And to be honest, I need that this summer, especially since most of my clothing is in storage (to maximize space) and I don’t have the option to be as creative as I want with my outfits. With the basic peices that I have, such as high waisted black jeans and a tee, put these babies on and suddenly it looks like I tried.

 

3. Chunky Black Heels

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Heels made it twice on this list. I realized something this season as well. I’m not about that flat shoe life anymore. I know everyone loves their flats and I see how functional they are, but I hate them on me. I feel like I have duck feet in them.  Chunky heels is the happy medium between real heels and flat shoes. I get height and elongation on my legs, but I am also not screaming bloody murder because of the 6”.  These black ones that I debuted in my last post have been carrying me through all the graduations and all the night’s out on the town.

 

4. Spotify Premium for Students

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Spotify premium has been giving me LIFE. If you are a student, go and download spotify premium NOW on your phone and pay $5 a month to listen to all the songs you want. I’m not kidding. iTunes should be out of a job pretty soon because this is a ridiculous opportunity. I’m not usually a person that pays for services such as this too, so this should tell you a lot. Anywhere I go, riding my bike, walking, riding the train, spotify is always running on my phone and what’s more is that with premium you can listen offline–meaning you don’t need wifi to listen to your music. HEAVEN.

 

5. E.L.F. Concealer

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While I’m not much of a makeup guru, I have been open to trying out new products to test to see if I need it or if it works with my skin. For the most part, I am a staple eyeliner, mascara, and blush wearer. Occasionally, lipstick and bronzer. However, as I was passing through Target I saw that E.LF. had a concealer that was in my skin range. On a whim, I bought it and decided to give it a go. So far, I like it. While I don’t really need concealer, I find that if I put it under my eyes and blend it out it gives me a nice highlight. I loved the way it looked in my brother’s graduation photos and so I’ll be keeping it for other nice occassions. (f.y.i. I got the concealer in a medium)

 

New post coming out this week so stay tuned!

xx

-A

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