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    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)

    Grand Central Market Downtown Los Angeles

    Stripes and Parka
    Striped Shirt
    Although my style tends to lean towards being feminine, I love incorporating masculine details here and there. A loose striped 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. I’ve been back for a week, and I’m still trying to adjust to the cold weather. The one good thing about this 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 I can’t leave my house. Any tips for fun snow day activities from those of you who are more experienced with this weather?
    xoxo,
    Helen
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    Floral Favorite//Happy New Year

     Ditsy Floral Dress, One Colorado, Old Pasadena
    Photos by my Mom
    Outfit Details:
    Leather Saddle Bag
    Ditsy Floral Dress
    Retro Floral Dress and Lotta from Stockholm Clogs
    Floral Dress and Clogs
    Lotta from Stockholm Peeptoe Clogs in Tan
    Happy New Year, my friends! For my first outfit post of the year, I’m wearing my favorite floral dress. If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ve probably seen me wear it once or twice before. While I had intended to accessorize more with this outfit, I realized that this dress is one of those pieces that works better if you keep things simple. I just added a pair of clogs and a leather saddle bag to finish off the look. I have never been one to accessorize too much anyway, and I don’t see that changing in the new year.
    Speaking of which, I hope you all had a fantastic time celebrating the beginning of 2017. My New Year’s Eve was pretty chill since I’ve been trying to recover from a pretty bad cold. My first goal of 2016 is to feel healthy again so that I can get back into the swing of things. My other resolutions are to spend more time away from the screen, show more appreciation for loved ones, learn to live more in the moment and read more books. That doesn’t sound too difficult, huh?
    What are some of your goals for the new year?
    xoxo,
    Helen
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    Farewell, 2016!

    Everlane Shirt_Downtown LA
    The time has come for me to say goodbye to 2016. If there’s anything that this year has taught me is to be patient and ride the wave when life throws difficult situations your way. I spent a good chunk of this year not being in the best place. I often felt anxious, stressed, homesick and a bunch of other emotions. Having to adjust to life in a new place, learning to be on my own, building new relationships, and a crazy election year did not help the situation at all.
    But through all that, there were many good times. This past year, I’ve made many new friendships which I hope to continue to cultivate in the new year. Moreover, I have learned to cherish old friends and family even more. I also finally started to feel like I was making progress in my career goals, and that dropping everything I was doing to attend grad school was worth it. So, here’s to 2017 being another year of growth and progress!
    With all that, I leave you with a roundup of some of the highlights and adventures of 2016. You can click on the picture to go back to the original post.
    Happy Holidays and see you all in 2017!
    Salvation Mountain
     Knit by Design Wrap and Camel Coat
    Statement Necklace and Skinny Jeans
    Winter Parka and Madewell Boots
    Boater Hat and Stripes
    Military Style Coat
    Frilly Crop Top and High Waist Jeans
    Camel Coat and Jeans
    Santa Monica, CA
    Valparaiso, Chile
    Sauvie Island
    Marigold Pussy Bow Top
    Palermo Buenos Aires