Monday, November 28, 2016

Easy Going

"Have you ever crossed an ocean only to find there is more joy to be found along the shore?"

Easy going

And easy living. That's how I feel when things come to an end - particularly, weekends. I've made it a point to book my calendar full, especially when I have long weekends. I try to take a trip or see some friends because an extra day or two tacked on to a weekend makes it seem like the possibilities are endless. I've made it a habit to allocate all of my PTO days to vacations and leave none for staycations because PTO days are like a rare and dying breed so one must cherish them as such. Thus, this past weekend was a much needed weekend of doing absolutely nothing and relishing in doing just that. I spent Thanksgiving at home with my family and made no plans to see anyone or do anything for the rest of the weekend because I simply needed some me time, and it was perfect. Don't get me wrong, I will most definitely continue to allocate all of my PTO days to traveling but every now and then we all just need to take a breather right in the comfort of our own homes where you'll be surprised to find that sometimes the greatest joys come from traveling the shortest distance.


J.Crew Cardigan - similar here || Theory Sweater - similar here || J.Crew Jeans || Theory Boots || Banana Republic Hat || Madewell Scarf || Jay M. Bag

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Last Light

"Standing alone, she wears sunlight. Like marigolds -- dancing in her hair, sewn through the fibers of her clothing, her being. Golden, like the hour. The hour of the last light."

Last light.

Arguably one of my favorite times of day - when the entire world is perfectly aligned and it creates the magic that is golden hour. It is the last hour of daylight, when the sun seeps through the trees, showering the world in golden light that makes everything more beautiful.

Since today is Thanksgiving, I would like to take the time to share some thoughts and give thanks. I love Thanksgiving and the holidays, and the months of November-January always feel like a whirlwind. As much as I love this time of year, it's also crazy to think that it's the end of one chapter and the beginning of a brand new year. I feel like this year has completely blown by, and while so many things have remained constant, there have also been so many new beginnings. I am so thankful for what this last year has taught me and shown me. Above all, I'm thankful for the people who are constantly with me each day, both physically and in heart. For the people and the moments that have shown me the greatness and vastness of this life, the ones that have taught me the possibilities are endless and who are constant sources of love and support. And finally, to all of you who I know I thank every year...but thank you for being a part of this. It's become a huge part of who I am and it's helped drive my passions to start new things and open new doors. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and I hope you all have a blessed day!


Uniqlo Sweater || J.Crew Skirt || Marc Fisher Boots || Madewell x Biltmore Hat || J.Crew Cashmere Scarf - similar here || Rebecca Minkoff Bag

Monday, November 21, 2016

Like Honey

"There's a wild, wild whisper blowing in the wind, calling out my name like a long lost friend."

Like honey.

There are certain things that inevitably transport me back in time. They are the memories that stick to me, like honey -- they are the reasons that life was sweet, and they are the reasons that make life even sweeter. This past weekend someone asked me how I come up with the quotes I share with each post, whether I write them myself or if I find the online, and what they mean to me. To some, my choice of words may seem random. But for me, they have a lot of meaning. Sometimes it takes me hours to find the perfect quote that I think resonates with my outfit and the overall aesthetic of the photos. Most quotes I find online, others I write myself and some are taken from books I've read, lyrics I've heard, or things I've simply stumbled upon. Today's post reminded me of honey, of Lady Antebellum, and of memories. Thus, today's quote is from Lady Antebellum's American Honey, and my opening thoughts are about old memories which, in my mind, are constantly floating and swirling around our being like the winds that tussle our hair. And they're sweet - like honey.


Madewell Sweater Coat || Club Monaco Camisole || Blank NYC Suede Skirt - similar here || Marc Fisher Boots || Jay M. Bag

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tokyo Days

"The world gives you so much pain, but here you are making gold out of it -- there is nothing purer than that."

24 karat magic.

 As with everything in life, it's what you make of it. We each choose to live or to merely exist. At many points in our life, we will feel shaken by what is thrown our way, and some things impact us greater than others. In all of these times we have the choice to rise up and move forward or feel defeated and broken. Everyone is dealt a different set of hands in life, and it's almost guaranteed that the hand we are dealt is not the hand we had planned for. Everyday is unexpected and we never know what tomorrow holds. In these last couple years, I've really changed my mentality on how to face each day and the life I want to pave for myself. I've made it a point to travel to new places and cross things off my bucket list - something that I never would have envisioned for myself five years ago or ten years ago. In many ways, I am nowhere near where I expected myself to be at this point in my life, but in other ways I have immensely surpassed my own expectations. We are constantly being thrown for a loop in life but despite all the noise, let your waters run gold, and make 24 karat magic.


Monday, November 14, 2016


“The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we've lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we've found each other. And maybe each time, we've been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.”


I truly believe that our souls stay connected to all the places we've traveled to. It's how we link ourselves to certain places, and how those places root themselves in our memories. If you think about our memories, there are certain things that are engrained much deeper in our minds than others. And it's interesting to think about which memories are the ones that really stay with us long after we've returned back home from our travels. I've wanted to visit Tokyo for ages, so I was very excited to visit for the first time last month. We didn't have that many days since we stopped in Taiwan first, but there was something about Tokyo that I immediately took a liking to. It's clean and convenient, the people are superbly polite, and the food is beyond delicious. Everyone abides by the traffic laws, whether they are driving, biking, or walking, and everyone is conscientious of keeping the environment clean and efficient. To me, Tokyo felt like the utopian version of New York City and quite frankly, I'd probably be 100% content living there. One of my favorite parts of traveling is going to a new destination and discovering the connection we make with the place. And sometimes, we may just surprise ourselves by discovering how at home we already feel with a place we've never been. That in some ways, it feels like our souls have always been connected.


Allegra K Top || IRO Jeans || Michael Kors Shoes || Burberry Backpack || Kapten & Son Watch

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fall in Taiwan

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.” 

Sweet oblivion.

Most of my friends think I'm crazy, but I'm the type that would rather be living happily in oblivion than weighed down in life with the knowledge of things that I couldn't change. Some people may counter that thought with the argument that knowledge is power, and typically I would agree - that it is far better to be an informed citizen of this world than someone who goes about their day with zero clue about the world that surrounds them. However, sometimes I think that too much knowledge doesn't equate to more power. Instead, it starts to become a hindrance on who we are and how far we can go in life. Sometimes, it's better not to be the smartest person in the room because knowing too much and thinking too much sets us back in life. It can make us too afraid or nervous or anxious to go out and fully live. Like a bumble bee, who aerodynamically, shouldn't be able to fly...but since it doesn't know it goes on flying anyway. 


Madewell Dress || Michael Kors Sneakers || Vintage Scarf || Covry Sunnies || Burberry Backpack