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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.

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    Striped Off-the-Shoulder Top

    Portland Summer Style in a Striped Cold Shoulder Top
    All photos by me

    Outfit Details:

    Longaberger Basket Purse
    Zara Frilled Top (Similar here, here and here)
    Nine West Sandals (Similar here and here)

     

    Summer outfit inspiration: Madewell denim jeans and blue frilly top
    zara off-the-shoulder top
    Striped off-the-shoulder top

     

    If there’s one trend that I am in love with this summer, it has to be striped off-the-shoulder tops. I purchased this top from ZARA a few weeks back. I love the frilled sleeves because there is something very sexy and feminine about them. In addition, I love the straps on this particular top because I can still wear a regular bra with it. Being a bit on the bustier side makes it more challenging when you’re on the market for a strapless bra. Therefore, it will be a while until I fully commit to the off-the-shoulder lifestyle.
    I did not realize that this top was cropped when I purchased it online. Luckily many of the bottoms I own are high-waisted, so it works perfectly with most of my wardrobe. I do show a little bit of skin with this pair of Madewell high-rise jeans, but that doesn’t bother me too much. If anything, wearing this top will serve as an exercise to learn to embrace my body more this summer.
    Speaking of learning to love your body, I think that finding pieces that fit well is a very important part of that journey. I recently replaced my old pair of blue jeans with this pair of high-rise crop jeans from Madewell and they fit like a dream! The high waist hits just where it should and the inseam is the perfect length for my petite 5’3″ frame. I also like that these jeans have a good amount of stretch and aren’t too skinny, making them extremely comfortable.
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    I hope you all had a very restful and exciting weekend! After last week, I was definitely looking forward to it. For some reason, there’s something about going back to work after a holiday weekend that makes it so much harder to get through the week! Luckily, I had a very rejuvenating past two days myself. Since one of my goals this summer is to explore a bit more of Portland, a friend and I headed to Pine Street Market for some delicious eats. I enjoyed coffee, tapas and ice cream. What more could a girl ask for? I don’t think I need to say that I’d definitely recommend visiting this fun spot if you’re ever in the Portland area. Thanks for stopping by!
    xoxo,
    Helen

     

    Outfit

    Winter Florals

    Photos taken on my iPhone by Sara Hatakeyama
    Outfit Details:
    Forever 21 Sunglasses
    Black Tights
    ASOS Leather Belt (Similar)
    Target Boots (Similar here and here)
    Part of the reason that I started a blog is because I love reading them, and there are several bloggers whose style I truly admire. I usually just visit blogs for outfit inspiration, but when I saw this floral Samantha Pleet dress on Rebecca from The Clothes Horse, I fell in love and was determined to have it. The print was just so beautiful and unique to me, and I loved that it fit in with my style, but didn’t look like anything else that is currently in my closet. However, I was immediately heartbroken when I clicked on the link to the dress and realized that it was way out of my price range. Luckily for me, I found this similar style at ZARA for a small fraction of the price. The print and fit of the dress are both very similar, and I’ve received several compliments every time I’ve worn it.
    I have to say that last week and this weekend were amazing. I had so many family and friends send birthday wishes my way, which made me feel so incredibly loved. In addition, I have had several things happen that have made me feel more confident in my potential and plans for the future, which is different for me. All of last year, I felt confused and insecure about my life goals and what I’ve been doing with my life, but last week I finally started to feel like everything is falling into place.
    I’ve also been in such a great space because I’ve been doing a great job at managing my anxiety and practicing self-care. I spent too much of last year being a recluse and moping around, but I hope to keep working towards maintaining a positive attitude throughout the rest of this year.
     In my efforts to live more in the moment, I’ve been making sure that I make time to hang out with friends and family, and do things that I really enjoy. This weekend I made sure to get out of my “cave” and do some socializing. On Saturday I went out for brunch with my friends Shantal and Sara, and I also went hiking with my sisters on Sunday. Because of that, even though I had a lot of work to do, I still felt like I got the most out of my weekend. I’ll have to remember that next time that I try to become antisocial and let other responsibilities consume my life.
    xoxo,
    Helen
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