Monday, February 1, 2016

Southern Florida, Day 1: Key West

summer outfit sun hat maxi dress
summer outfit sun hat maxi dress
date and thyme key west vegan food
sibling photo
beach outfit when it's chilly
Dress, kid's section at Nordstrom Rack | Cardi, Old Navy | Shoes, Steve Madden | Sun hat, China | Gold tattoos, Kohl's
Outfit shots by my brother

The warm, salty breezes. The golden beams of sun. The soft rustle of palm leaves. Ocean waters the purest shade of mint.

All of this feels so distant as I wrestle with problem sets, attempt to decipher befuddling readings, run from class to class, responsibility to responsibility.

Spring semester is in full swing, and another tough few months are ahead. Though I feel most alive when I'm busiest, I'm always happy to savor a few days of empty schedules and spontaneous adventures. 

My family's short getaway to Florida before school was just that. As I tackle the challenges of now, I'll continue to cherish these memories of carefree fun.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Layer up: Variations on an Outfit + Violin Cover

cowlneck long sleeve and dress, wearing dresses in winter
cowlneck long sleeve and dress, wearing dresses in winter
cowlneck long sleeve and dress, wearing dresses in winter
cowlneck long sleeve and dress, wearing dresses in winter
Cowlneck, DKNY | Dress, H&M (dress in video from Target) | Keds, eBay 

For the purposes of continuity between the outfit shots and the violin cover, I meant to wear the same dress. Unfortunately, I took the outfit shots over Thanksgiving break, and didn't bring the dress home for winter break... So, this is now a quasi-remix post. Luckily, it's not too far of a stretch--this cowlneck has been one of my favorite layering pieces lately, whether under dresses or sweaters.

The video has a bit of a story too, so I'll leave you with an excerpt of the description:

I always jump at the chance to cover pop songs fit for the violin, and this was no exception. Beyond the catchy tune and mellow harmony, I was especially drawn to the words. For a college student, friendships and connections can be particularly transient. In pursuit of our individual aspirations, we'll likely find ourselves on divergent paths. So while I may not have a lot of time left with all the vibrant people at my school, particularly if I study abroad, I'm determined to maximize the remaining moments...

Much love,
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Business Casual: Gingham Button-down + White Lace Skirt

business casual outfit college
business casual outfit college
business casual outfit college
business casual outfit college
business casual outfit college
business casual outfit college
brown boots with lace
Blazer, F21 | Button-down, thrifted ASOS | Skirt, thrifted Hollister | Boots, Target | Necklace, Love Nail Tree

As the number of days before spring semester dips into the single digits, I wonder how the promise of rest, creative endeavors, and careful preparation all faded away so quickly. 

I've spent far too long trapped in the future, eyes constantly fixated to some form of backlit screen, countless tabs littering my browser, fingers tapping away furiously. Internship and study abroad planning is important, but so is relishing the time I have at home. It's important to chat with family, catch up with friends, indulge in reading, experiment with cooking, tinker around with pop songs on the violin. It's important to be disciplined, but also to let go.

I have 9 days to seek this equilibrium, and I'm determined to find it.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Growing Out My Pixie: One Year Later

growing out a pixie one year later

For months 1-6, see posts below: 
Growing Out My Pixie: 3 Months Progress
Growing Out My Pixie: 6 Months Progress

A year ago, I made the big chop.

I'd entertained the idea of going really short for years (hello 2012 journal entry), but had been too hesitant to take the plunge. What if it looked terrible on me? What if my head got cold? What if I missed long hair?

But once I began poring over pixie cut inspiration photos and exploring online hairstyle simulators every study break I could afford, I knew the big question--what if I love having a pixie?--overshadowed all my other doubts. I at least wanted to know what it was like; if I hated it, hair grows back, and if I loved it, great. Then I could rest easy.

Luckily, I found the cut liberating and empowering. And since I donated my hair, it was reassuring to know that it would become part of a wig for a child with alopecia areata (hair loss condition).

Despite loving the pixie, I let my hair grow out--longer hair was more interesting to style (and disguise on greasy days). I don't regret cutting it one bit, however--the plunge was worth taking, funky growing-out stages and all.

pixie cut before and after

In early June, I decided get a perm to spice things up. I absolutely hated it at first, and even bawled the first night it was done. I was no stranger to perms, but my this time my hair was much shorter, so the result was poodlier and reminiscent of the 80s. Even photos of my hair two months later make me cringe a little...




Luckily, I escaped the worst of the poodle-head stages a few months ago. I began taking a hair, skin, and nails supplement post-perm, which noticeably accelerated the growing pace, even on only 1/3 of the recommended dose. All-in-all, I consider the perm worth the initial ordeal, since the texture has made styling more fun. I've put my faux updo to use countless times.




My hair is definitely in a very different place from where it was last year, and I'm totally okay with that. As a person, I don't feel as if I've changed greatly for the longest time, and that's okay with me too. Individual transformation is much less discrete than a haircut: experiences shape us bit by bit. We're constantly becoming new selves--or are we the same self with updated qualities?

Either way, the last six months have been good to me. College got tougher, but so did I. Friend groups grew tighter, and I finally found my circle. Challenges from all spheres amassed, but with the support of all the quality beings I'm blessed to have in my life--floormates, family, friends from home, and of course, the big guy up above--I tackled them, survived, and may have even enjoyed myself along the way.

There are plenty more challenges ahead, and though my hair may keep changing, I plan to tackle them with the same energy, tenacity, and passion. 

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