Gingham and Bows (Blogiversary and Birthday)

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. As a result of the changes happening around me, I felt really down and stuck. This space provided me an outlet to explore my interests and channel my creativity. It also gave me the opportunity to 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 this blog. However, the pros of maintaining this blog always outweigh the cons. I like being part of the blogging community and connecting with other people with similar interests. I also love being able to see how much I have changed and grown over time.
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. Therefore, 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 my journey these past few years. I truly mean it when I say that this community definitely makes working on this blog worthwhile.

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  • Reply Eliz Ghazarian

    love this post!
    xx Tania

    January 16, 2017 at 8:13 am
  • Reply GeorginaGoodman

    SUCH a cute outfit!

    January 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Daniel Poon

    Love this monochrome look! x

    Daniel x

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    January 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply cielofronteras

    Love the stunning top you have on!=)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    January 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Eliz Ghazarian

    love your style!
    xx Tania

    January 17, 2017 at 4:25 am
  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt

    What a cute top, I love the gingham and bows

    January 18, 2017 at 5:49 am
  • Reply Tina Phan

    Aw your sister did such a great job getting that top as a present for you. It fits you so well and you just look so chic! Also, happy blogversary!!! I know how you feel, I still wonder if I should put together a timeline and stop blogging at some point if I don't meet my goals. But then again, it's hard to give up on everything we've put together already. Anyways, I'm glad we met through blogging and hopefully one day in person! I always enjoy your posts so please keep at it!! Lastly, happy early birthday!! Wishing you the best one yet!


    January 18, 2017 at 6:46 am
    • Reply Helen

      Right? I think she did so too. It’s been great having the opportunity to follow you along as well. I need to make my way up to Seattle at some point in time so we can finally meet. 😀

      January 27, 2017 at 4:59 am
  • Reply Sheree Ho

    Happy blogversary and early birthday! I think every blogger at some point had thought about quitting. I go through them almost every month. I'm grateful for the opportunity it has brought me thus far and hopefully will continue to see where it will land me.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

    January 18, 2017 at 8:14 am
    • Reply Helen

      Thank Sheree! We’ll just have to wait to see where this blogging thing takes us. 😀

      January 27, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • Reply naghmeh lesani-abdi

    happy blog anniversary and happy happy birthday!! don't worry so much about the number of you age. Just live your life as it comes. I'm going to be 30 next month and I'm very excited 🙂 love that top, so cute.

    The Fashionista Bubble

    January 18, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply Helen

      Thanks for the good wishes Naghmeh! You’re totally right. I should learn to be more excited about growing older.

      January 27, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • Reply Keri H

    Soo pretty! In love with that top

    Enclothed Cognition

    January 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply From Aliona With Love

    Love it. Please check out my new winter trend alert!

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    January 18, 2017 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Vanessa Ciliberto

    wow that blouse is amazing


    January 18, 2017 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Eliz Ghazarian

    love this post!
    xx Tania

    January 19, 2017 at 5:50 am
  • Reply Milex xxx

    January 20, 2017 at 3:44 am
  • Reply Bon Du Jour

    Such a chic and polished outfit. Love it!
    Bonnie x

    January 20, 2017 at 4:27 am
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