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    White Winter Coat

    White Coat and Boyfriend Jeans
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    I took advantage of the few snow days in Portland to break out this cozy white winter coat. I don’t get many opportunities to wear coats because the constant rain prevents me from wearing anything that is not waterproof. Therefore, I love days when I have more flexibility with my wardrobe.

    Since I hardly ever get to wear this coat, I didn’t realize that it can be a bit difficult to style. The key to making a white winter coat work is making it into the focal point of the outfit. This helps prevent your outfit from looking too overwhelming. To style this coat, I kept my outfit pretty simple and wore a navy sweater, olive scarf and boyfriend jeans.

    However, the one thing I would change about this outfit is my choice of shoes. Although these Madewell Chelsea style boots are cute, they are not appropriate for snow. Portland is not equipped to deal with snow days, so the sidewalks and streets turn into a huge ice rink after it snowed. Therefore, I definitely slipped and fell on my butt while I was out running errands last week as a result of not having proper footwear. Needless to say, it was as equally painful as it was embarrassing. If anybody has any recommendations for cute and versatile snow boots, let me know your favorite picks!


    P.S. How many of you guys attended the Women’s March over the weekend? I attended the march in Portland and it was wonderful to see so many people out there protesting. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be a better activist and I think this is the perfect time for everybody to make their voices heard. Regardless of your race, gender, sexuality or religion, you have the ability to make change happen. If you’re looking for ways to get involved, check out this great list of suggestions.


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    Old Navy Winter Coat (Similar) | Gap Navy Sweater (Similar) | Olive Scarf (Similar) | Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans (Similar) | Madewell Ames Boots (Similar)

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    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.
    xoxo,
    Helen

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    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