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    Gingham and Bows (Blogiversary and Birthday)

    Zara Gingham Top

    Photos by Ale Veyna

    Outfit Details:
    Leather Saddle Bag (Similar here and here)
    Zara Gingham Blouse (Sold out, similar here)
    Asos High Waist Trousers (Old, similar here and here)
    Every year for Christmas, my sisters and I put together a wish list to make the shopping process easier for ourselves. I kept my list pretty vague this year so I didn’t know what kind of gifts to expect, but I think my sister Sarah completely nailed my style with this gingham top from Zara. I love the oversize fit, puffy sleeves, and the bows at the wrist. It’s also one of those pieces that makes you look like you tried without having to put in too much effort. I wore it here with high waist trousers, but I think it will also be a fun piece to wear with a flared skater skirt or shorts for a more casual look.
    High Waisted Trousers
    Mac X Selena 'Como La Flor' Lipstick
    Gingham Blouse
    High Waist Trousers

     

    This post is special because I’m celebrating both my 3-year blogiversary (it just passed on Jan 14th) and 28th Birthday (Jan 19th). I started this project of mine a few days before my 25th birthday as a way to deal with my “quarter-life crisis.” It was during a time when all my friends were moving away and moving forward with their careers, and I felt really down and stuck. This space provided me an outlet to explore my interests and channel my creativity, and work through some of the anxiety I was feeling.
    I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t have those moments when I think about quitting, but the pros of maintaining this blog always outweigh the cons. I like being part of the blogging community, and having the opportunity to connect with and get to know many other people with similar creative interests. I also love being able to look back at where I was during different stages in time, and reflect on how much I have changed and grown.
    Now, when it comes to my 28th birthday, I definitely have moments when I don’t feel that excited. I just want to be at a point where I feel stable and like I’ve figured things out. That sort of anxiety usually causes me to make impulse decisions like moving to a different state and chopping off all my hair, so I hope to at least be able to learn to manage those urges and be less restless in the upcoming year.
    To end this post, thank you for following along and allowing me to share a bit about myself with you these past few years. I truly mean it when I say that this community definitely makes working on this blog worthwhile.
    xoxo,
    Helen
    Travel

    Portland Winter Wonderland

     

    I still remember the first time I saw snow a few years ago on my first day of studying abroad in Madrid. My flight had been delayed and I arrived 3 days late to my program, so I was worried about not being as familiar with the city as some of my peers. A friend that lived in the same neighborhood agreed to meet up that evening to show me around so that I could feel a little bit less lost and overwhelmed. As we were walking around exploring our home for the next few months, it suddenly started to snow. That was all it took to replace my feeling of anxiousness with excitement, and I remember simply being in awe of this very rare sight.
    As many of you can imagine, my friend was a bit perplexed about how excited I was about seeing snow, and that it took me almost 21 years to ever see any at all. Well, I think that’s the case for many natives of Southern California, where we’re lucky if we even get enough rainy days in a year. That is why I was filled with the same excitement this past week when Portland got the most snow it’s seen since 2008. We’ve had a few snow days this year, but nothing compared to this winter wonderland. I hope that the pictures below convince you that it was as amazing as I claim it was.
    My first attempt to get out of the house during this snow storm was to purchase groceries, only to find out that the Trader Joe’s nearby was closed due to the inclement weather. I nearly slipped and fell a few times on my way there, probably because the snow on the sidewalks was quick to turn into ice and I could do with more appropriate shoes for this weather. However, it was definitely worth the trip because I got to see some beautiful sights. As you can see from the photo above, even the Trader Joe’s parking lot looked magical.
    This type of weather is rare to Portland from what I hear, and the city shut down whenever it gets just a little bit of snow. Things have been moving pretty slowly for the past few days, which can be perceived as a nuisance for some people. However, I personally like having an excuse to take time to slow down and take it easy. Maybe I should pretend to have snow days more often.
    xoxo,
    Helen
    Outfit

    Borrowed from the Boys


    Photos by Ale Veyna

    Outfit Details:
    H&M Parka (Similar here and here)
    Old Navy Striped Shirt (Similar here and here)
    Madewell High Rise Jeans (Available in other shades)
    Madewell Ames Boots (Similar)
    Madewell Mini Transport Tote (Available in Black)

    Although my style tends to lean towards being feminine, I love incorporating masculine details here and there. A loose button up shirt is one of those items that I like to often borrow from the boys. I love a nice striped shirt because it is simple, versatile and classic. Plus, it perfectly complements some of my favorite items such as high-waist pants and flared skirts. It’s an easy way to look put together for the office, or when you’re simply running around town on coffee adventures like me. Since it was a bit chilly when I wore this outfit in LA, I topped it all off with my trusty parka jacket. I’ve had this jacket for years and I wear it all the time because it feels like you’re covered in a huge blanket, which is exactly what I need on cold days. 
    Speaking of cold weather, I was not ready for the chill that awaited me back home in Portland. It’s been a week since I’ve been back, and I’m still trying to adjust to the significant drop in temperature compared to what I was used to in LA. The one good thing about the cold weather is that we got snow this weekend, which you may already know if you follow me on Instagram. Snow days are always exciting for me, even if it means that the city completely shuts down and you’re mostly confined to your home. Any tips for fun snow day activities from those of you who are more experienced with this weather? 
    xoxo,
    Helen
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