Monday, February 29, 2016

90s Baby

"Sometimes she did not know what she feared, what she desired: 
whether she feared or desired what had been or what would be."

Millennial.

It's become a word that comes with a lot of baggage and connotations of both the positive and negative variety. We grew up in the era of burgeoning technology and we witnessed firsthand how quickly success could be made through innovative ideas and breaking barriers. We are the generation of YouTube sensations and social media empires. We live our lives largely through a virtual reality as we hold the world almost literally in our hands. Often we are pinned as lazy or self-entitled because so many of us aspire to be self-made entrepreneurs, the next great success. We grew up in a world that was like a train gaining speed at monumental rates and thus, not surprisingly so, it's made us impatient. So many of us expect greatness, but the path to greatness is not always so clear. It doesn't mean we're lazy or self-entitled, we just have big dreams and a different idea of how to make ends meet. It means that sometimes we're scared and sometimes we're confused; sometimes we forget what exactly it is we want and how exactly we had planned to get there. But that's okay, because we are willing and we are courageous -- we are the 90s babies.

Besos,
RC










W by Worth Leather Dress c/o - similar here and here || Zara Turtleneck - similar here and here || Madewell Boots || Mansur Gavriel Bag

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blues

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen."

Blind eyes.

I've talked about this in the past, but hey we might have some newcomers in my end of the blogosphere. I grew up in a largely white neighborhood -- I can count on my one hand the number of Asians there were in my grade from the years of kindergarten through eighth grade, and I can probably count on my other hand the number of other minorities there were in my grade during those same years. Looking back, I wouldn't change the environment in which I was raised because it's made me who I am today. But at the same time, I wouldn't say it was always a cake walk. I remember thinking this same thought when I was younger, except I was on the other end of the statement: "I wonder how many people have looked at me all my life and ever seen me." I knew I was different. No matter how you sliced and diced it, my race made me different from everyone else. There were going to be things about me that people didn't understand and things about everyone else that I just didn't get because of the cultural barrier between my home life and my school life. I genuinely wondered how often people looked at me and immediately classed me into "Asian girl" and left it solely at that. I wondered how many friendships/relationships were passed by because the immediate and inherent reaction of judging a book by its cover compartmentalized me in other people's minds. I don't think it was really until college that I felt like I was really beginning to be seen by people, but it's not until now that I've begun to wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen? When you're on the other side of the looking glass, you often vow never to be whatever it is that makes you feel smaller or lesser than you deserve to be. But what happens when it feels like the tides are starting to change? What happens when you begin to feel like there are so many people you are subconsciously passing by in your life?

Besos,
RC







Lemaire for Uniqlo Sweater {sold out} - similar here and here || Madewell Top {on sale!} || Vince Jeans - similar here and here || Madewell Boots || Rebecca Minkoff Bag - similar here and here || Lydell Necklace c/o

Monday, February 22, 2016

Cozy Blush

"True love will triumph in the end - which may or may not be a lie, but if it is a lie, then it's the most beautiful lie we have."

Perspective.

I believe there are always two sides to every story, two sides to every truth. It depends on the lens through which you see a situation and the shoes that you place yourself in. Until recently, I've always found it difficult to see the other side of the truth because whether consciously or subconsciously, I think it's only natural for us to have an immediate bias to a certain side. It's a slightly convoluted idea for a truth to have two sides because then which side is the true truth? They say that the truth will set you free, but sometimes I feel like the truth is more complicated -- it's multi-faceted. The truth is what we want to believe it to be, it's the truth that we choose. So yes, true love will triumph in the end because it is the love that we chose, just like the side of the truth you choose to see and believe will prevail.

Besos,
RC








J.Crew Collection Turtleneck {sold out} - similar here and here || J Brand Leather Pants - similar here and here || Prada Sunnies || Rebecca Minkoff Bag - similar here and here || Aldo Pumps - similar here || Devon Leigh Earrings

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Modern Brocade

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Be present.

As style bloggers and a social media influencers, we often get swept up living through our phones and we forget to live in the present. Yes, our blogs and our social media platforms may be our outlets for pursuing our dreams, but sometimes I think it's better to put down the phones and enjoy the moment instead of thinking about the next photo you'll capture or how you're going to edit your current moment so it's perfectly depicted online. If we are constantly living through our phones, I think we begin to miss so many of life's greatest memories.

Besos,
RC








Carine Roitfeld for Uniqlo Jacket - similar here and here || J.Crew Camisole - or here || H&M Trousers {old} - similar here || Miista Booties || Chanel Bag || Lydell NYC Necklace c/o

Monday, February 15, 2016

Orange County

"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself."

Familiar comfort.

There's something comforting about the feeling of familiarity -- it's a sense of belonging, a sense of feeling at home and at ease. There are a few places in the world where I can feel at home without me being actually at home. Whether it be the people I'm with or the places I go, I love the feeling that wherever I am, I am home. Today's look is the last of the bunch from the photos I shot while I was in California. I tend to try and travel "light" when I go away, so you'll notice a few key pieces being rotated around and repeated in different stylings. This blush moto jacket is one of my closet favorites, and I paired it with this beaded layering necklace from Lydell NYC for a warmer-weather look. I've partnered with Lydell to style a few of their layering necklaces, so stay to see what's coming next!

Besos,
RC






Club Monaco Jacket - similar here and here || Unknown Top - similar here and here || Current Elliott Jeans || Madewell Boots || Le Specs Sunnies || Lydell NYC Necklace c/o || Jay M. Bag c/o

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sub-Urban

"No urban night is like the night there. Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will."

Sub-urban spaces.

I love cities, but at the core of it, I'm a suburban girl. After a busy day in the bustle of the city, I love retiring to the quiet of the suburbs. It's like coming up for a breath of fresh air. One of my favorite things about the suburbs is finding sub-urban spaces. You get the urban feel in the suburban space, the same kind of juxtaposition that I love in both personal style and decor. I feel like you can find a lot of this in the suburban spaces of Southern California, especially in the cities that border the outskirts of Los Angeles. The mix of clean walls, perfect palms, right in the midst of quiet suburban neighborhoods. 

Besos,
RC







Club Monaco Jacket - similar here and here || Madewell Dress {old} - similar here and here || Madewell Boots || Jay M. Bag c/o - similar here || Sunglass Warehouse Sunnies c/o