Seascapes: Latest Writings + Ribbon Tie Floral Navy Dress

Shoreham-by-Sea, UK
ribbon tie dress outfit
ribbon tie dress outfit
navy floral ribbon tie dress outfit
blogger beach outfit
shoreham by sea beach
Dress, sponsored by eShakti (no longer available, similar here) | Shoes, Primark | Sunglasses, random store in Marseille, France
Portait shots by Yihao

I received this dress from eShakti in exchange for an honest review. I've worked several times with them over the years, and I've always been impressed by their selection of retro/vintage charm as well as the quality of their pieces. 

Another perk: you can customize any of the items for an extra $9.95, from exact measurements to collar style and sleeve length. It's always disappointing to find a gorgeous piece in-store that doesn't fit quite right. Or to order something online that doesn't work at all. I had neither of those problems with this dress. In previous years, the company has even reached out to me if something seems off with the measurements I submit.

 Feel free to browse their website or check out more customer-submitted photos on instagram.
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I've been MIA again, for good reason. 

I returned to the States in late June after 10 months abroad. Since then, I've been overcoming reverse culture shock, working full-time with a math research group, and writing reflections on study abroad.

Instead of sharing my usual ramblings on this blog, I'm leaving you with a couple links to my most recent writings on other websites.


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On Thank You for the Tragedy, a site curating romantic tragedy memoirs: 
Best By: Study Abroad
illustration by George Liu

"I would rather love recklessly and suffer than remain safely aloof."

In this personal essay, I reflect on my previous relationship. Because of study abroad, our romance essentially had an expiration date. This is a story that takes me across countries and through months of pondering. I'm incredibly proud of this memoir, and it would mean the world to me if you gave it a read. 

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On Beyond the Bubble, the Amherst College study abroad blog:
radcliffe camera st. mary's church view

"I went abroad naively hoping to "find myself"; it seemed instead that I was losing myself."

Half narrative, half reflection, this piece shares the biggest surprises of the year. It also links to some of my other writings on study abroad. Through this essay, I was able to find a bit of closure to such a jarring and resonant adventure.
Until next time,
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