Thursday, December 29, 2016

Under the Stars

"Because she had no place she could stay without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars..."

Under the stars.

When the first snow of the season falls, it's like magic. It's like little pieces of heaven, little glimmers of the stars, raining down on the earth. It makes me want to throw my head back towards the heavens with my arms spread wide open and twirl around in the beauty of it all. Every year it never fails to make me feel like a child again because there's something about the first snow that never loses its innocence, its purity, and its novelty. It's a transporting experience because like the first of every season, it makes an old place feel new again - the first bloom of spring, the first colors of fall, the first rains of summer, and the first snow of winter. It creates a special kind of wonderland.


J.Crew Shirt - love this || Zara Turtleneck - similar here || Vince Jeans - similar here || Marc Fisher Boots || Mansur Gavriel Bag || Club Monaco Beanie

Thursday, December 22, 2016


"Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely."

Out of office.

A temporary getaway, a short breather, a little bit of alone time, a quick break from life. There's an odd sense of relief when you finally get to put up an out of office message - like you can finally put down your responsibilities for a few days and think of nothing else but yourself, your personal life, and whatever you might enjoy doing during those days of recluse. As much as I love blogging and social media, sometimes I feel like an "out of office" for a couple days from this part of my life is also necessary. It allows me to recharge and rebalance because as much as it is a passion project for me, it also is something that constantly weighs on my mind - "Do I have enough content to blog this week?", "What should I share next on Instagram?", "How do I continue to engage my readers?". It's as much a job as it is a lifestyle, and like any other job, we all need a couple days of "out of office". So with that, I will see you guys in a week! However, I will still be sharing along on Instagram some everyday tidbits if you want to tag along to see what I'm up to during my breather. Happy holidays everyone!


Madewell Sweater Coat {only a few sizes left!} || J.Crew Camisole || H&M Trousers || Renvy Pumps || Mansur Gavriel Bag

Monday, December 19, 2016

Halfway There

"The bridge will only take you halfway there, to those mysterious lands you long to see. But this bridge will only take you halfway there. The last few steps you have to take alone."

Halfway there.

I've come to realize that I'm a person that is full of aspirations. I've always known that I'm a dreamer - I spend a lot of time lost in my own thoughts, coming up with what-if scenarios, new ideas, or just imagining possibilities. I have a weird sense of optimism about a lot of things, which I also attribute to my habit of being late all the time because I'm optimistic about the things I can do in short amounts of time. My mind is always jumping from one idea to the next and I have an innate love for the arts and creativity. Thus, in the last year I've found myself starting a handful of new endeavors with my passion in one hand and my big, optimistic "what-if" in the other. But in my mind, getting started is the hardest part. To have the courage to dive into something new is the biggest step and after that, your'e already halfway there.


J.Crew Sweater - this year's here || Madewell Jeans - similar here || Madewell Boots - this year's here || Madewell Socks || Rebecca Minkoff Bag

Thursday, December 15, 2016


"Peace is always beautiful."


I find beauty in the silence: in the peace that falls on the world in the way the snow falls from the sky, in the stillness of the people as they wait in abated breath, in the calm of a steady, individual heartbeat that sits alone...seemingly frozen as the earth continues to spin around it. I find beauty in the places that have found peace between the noise, that ring with a deafening, beautiful silence in a world that never stops moving. Sometimes we forget -- that peace is always beautiful.


Donna Karan Blazer {vintage} - similar here || Banana Republic Top || J.Crew Trousers - similar here || Marc Fisher Booties || Jay M. Bag

Monday, December 12, 2016

Rise Above

"Still, what I want in my life is to be willing, to be dazzled -- to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even float a little...above this difficult world."

Rise above.

I like to find hidden meanings in mundane things, I like to pick apart the simple things to find what's lying beneath, and I like to think that when one thing ends it just means that a new thing is beginning because not all paths are straight and sometimes you need to circumvent the road block in order to rise above. Life will give you a lot of discouraging moments and it's easy to mope, feel defeated, and wallow in self pity. Sometimes, it's even nice to throw yourself a {temporary} pity party...but self-pity gets you nowhere and no one else is going to pull you up from the ashes and push you onwards except yourself. There is so much hope and beauty in the world around us, and if you are willing, you might find that you'll begin to see the glass is always half full. 


Club Monaco Coat - similar here || Madewell Camisole || Uniqlo Joggers || Michael Kors Sneakers || Jay M. Bag

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Here and Now

"Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now."

The here and now.

I had a conversation recently with one of my friends who's going through a bit of a rough patch. She's at a place in her life where everything seems like one big grey area - her future, her friends, and who she is as a person. I think all of us will go through this phase at some point in our lives, but the difference is that some of us are just better at hiding it or holding ourselves together than others so we appear perfectly fine to outsiders. But I think the key to making your way through it is to always live in the here and now. To not dwell in the past, to not worry about the future, to not wait for happiness to happen sometime later down the line, to just be happy now. Find what makes you happy, be the person that you feel most happy and comfortable being, and do it unapologetically and without hesitation. Time waits for no one, so don't get left behind.


Cardigan via Taiwan - similar here || J.Crew Sweater - similar here || Tahari Trousers {old} - similar here || Marc Fisher Booties || Chanel 'Le Boy' Bag