Thursday, February 17, 2011

when things don't go according to plan

tank top stolen from my sister's closet, Tango skirt, black socks, booties from eBay, Cotton On bucket bag

I usually throw a fit. I mean, I'm generally a pretty laid back and carefree kind of gal, but my inner spoiled brat tends to resurface every once in a while and I absolutely go nuts when something doesn't go my way. Life, however, has this funny and annoying way of playing games with you. One minute, it ruins everything you already had mapped out and you're just about ready to jump off a cliff, then the next thing you know, you find yourself having one (or three) of the best nights you've ever had.

Everything went wrong for Convi and me the past few days, I wanted to tear my hair out at certain points. We didn't push through with the play we'd planned on seeing for over a month because of ticket issues, we wasted one afternoon sleeping when we were supposed to go out shopping, and we had a bit of drama the night before Valentine's Day (I blame PMS). At the end of it all though, it really isn't about what you've got planned and forcing everything to be perfect, but about who you spend your days with and how you handle the little surprises that come your way, right?

We took a nice, long walk and spent all night talking instead of watching the play, we went on a fun evening drive to make up for the nap, and on Valentine's Day, we cuddled and ungracefully laughed over episodes of 30 Rock like the boring couple that we are. It was simple and wonderful and yes, I'm gushing. It hasn't been the over-the-top and whirlwind kind of romance most girls dream about, but the lazy days on the couch with our respective laptops kind that we have is perfect, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

I know people are probably sick and tired of the explosion of cheesiness from the other day, but I had a really good Valentine's weekend, and I hope you did, too! Whether you're in a loving relationship or single and fabulous, I hope you continue to spread love even if Feb 14 is over!

P.S. I just noticed that I talk so much about my boyfriend this might as well be his blog too. Haha, oh well.

Friday, February 11, 2011

call it beauty

Forever 21 mini dress w/ rosette details, Forever 21 shirred skirt, Schu wedges, Accessorize hair clip, Accessorize rings, thrifted tapestry bag

So, we went to a wedding last Saturday (congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Cruz!). I wasn't able to take good pictures of the couple or the ceremony itself, but we did take advantage of the afternoon light for some outfit shots and a little dose of vanity. I obviously didn't bother to iron my dress or brush my hair.

Sorry, I'm not feeling very chatty at the moment. I'm recovering from this stomach flu I've had for the past two days. Plus, it's that special time of the month when I want to bite everybody's heads off. Ugh hormones.

Strained as love's become, it still amazes me, and I would like to call it beauty.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

our favorite parking spot

Topshop tube tunic top, poncho, Forever21 high waist flare jeans, Virtual Mae clogs, peacock plume headband from birdbaths on Etsy, bow necklace from Eunicena, flower ring from Cai, Max & Co. leather bag from kingstone179 on eBay

I recently bought these high waist flare jeans from Forever 21. I think I got too excited when I was trying them on at the store, because I never realized they were too long for me. I wore them with flat sandals the other day, because I had to spend the day helping out at a shoot, but since the pants were long/I'm short, I had to fold them up, which totally defeated the purpose of the flare. Hahaha fail. Good thing I brought clogs to change in the evening, so I think the pants looked better then. /end ~fashen~ rant

After work last Friday, I met up with Convi at Eastwood to watch Tangled. I thought the movie was a really nice throwback to old school Disney! I can't say that it's on par with the classics, but it did, in some way, bring back the same magic and humor of the previous princess movies. I definitely enjoyed it better than The Princess and the Frog, at least. Plus, it didn't hurt that Zachary Levi did the voice of Flynn, because apart from doing a great job with the voice acting, he's Chuck and I love him. <3

Sorry for the frizzy hair, sweaty face, and slightly constipated look (I had a long day). I don't know what's going on in these photos, but this is our favorite wall near our favorite parking spot. For some reason, the parking gods would always leave this particular spot empty for us whenever we're at Eastwood. Even when everywhere else is full, this one never fails us, and it's pretty near the entrance, too! Funny. Oh, Eastwood and your poorly designed underground parking area.

Anyway, Valentine's Day is in a week! Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying the commercial hype, so we joined in on the cheesiness at Me & U. Ewwww.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

F-STOP's Hyper Collection

Melai of Style and Soul will launch the February collection of her online boutique, F-STOP (Fashion Stop), on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 8 pm. She calls this newest addition the Hyper Collection, which promises an interesting range of blazers, tunics, and dresses in bright colors and fun prints that will surely give that extra pizazz in your wardrobe.

If you're loving the items on these teasers, then be sure to mark your calendars to get first dibs on them! For updates and to see what else is in stock at F-STOP, check out the official website or like the shop's page on Facebook.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Inspiration Board on

In addition to the interview, has also created a wonderful montage of my outfits to feature on their Inspiration Board page. Check it out over here!

Another shout out to the lovely Michelle who called me a "tropical storm". Aw yeah. That should be my new nickname. It's so badass. Thanks again, girl!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

i like stripes ok

Gap button down top, Cotton On striped bodysuit, DarkWhite tapered pants, belt stolen from my sister's closet, black socks, booties from eBay, Topshop bag

YRYS hat, Cotton On striped button down top, Zara tank top, Regatta jeggings, Muji tote bag, Ichigo flats, What A Girl Wants freebie bracelets (thanks, WAGW!), flower rings (not seen in picture) from Cai (thanks again, dear! <3)

Little Miss Marie dress, Freeway pants cut into shorts, black socks, booties from eBay, Topshop bag

This is how I've been dressing up lately. Loose and comfortable, so I can easily move around and do my best impression of greatest intern in the whole world. Yep, I recently got an internship! It's with a small and relatively new magazine called Depot Fashion Magazine, where I found out Aisa of Drowning Equilibriums also works. Yay for a familiar face! I finally got to meet her in person and see her styling in action, which was awesome.

I've always toyed around with the idea of working for a magazine, and it's only recently I realized that it's something I could see myself doing for a long time. Not necessarily for something fashion-related, but the idea of putting together a magazine is really fascinating to me, and I thought I'd give it a shot. But being an International Relations major with little creative writing and artistic background, I don't really have much to offer (only my genuine interest, enthusiasm, and charm, har har) and feel that I need to learn more before jumping in the shark tank. So, I went with my gut and decided to take this small, hopefully promising step forward. I'm happy I did!

I'm only a week into this, and I can already say that it's great. The schedule's irregular, but it's pretty flexible and convenient. I'm also unpaid, but I've got to start somewhere, right? I'm learning while having fun, and the people I've met so far are incredibly nice and down-to-earth, so it's all really inspiring and motivating.

Good vibes abound! Hoping that everything else will fall into place and that more blessings will come in the upcoming months.