June Plans

June is finally here and I could not be more excited! (Side note, I started this at the beginning of June, I know June is almost over buut I procrastinated writing this so here I go!) I’m *gasp* a high school graduate now which feel kind of weird but it’s a nice feeling. I’ve decided to do a two year transfer from my local community college and I’ve started my first summer class I’m taking. The class itself isn’t too hard, coming from an AP english class, it’s the same amount of work. The only thing is that it’s suuper fast paced because it’s an accelerated and it’s a summer class. But it’s going well so far, so I have high hopes! (My best friend and I pictured below)


I’m going to Hawaii in a week and I’m so thrilled, I haven’t been there since I was in middle school and I’m excited to go back now that I’m older and can experience more things. My family and I have planned to go snorkeling, hiking, and parasailing so I cannot wait to get on our plane and fly over there.

This summer, I’ve made a resolution to start writing more consistently, (which hasn’t been going well so far…) as well as branching out from what I’m used to and trying new things. Whether that means branching out and trying more risky fashion trends I’ve been too afraid to try, or meeting new people and trying new activities. So far, my plan is to try fishnet tights. I know that they have been a style trend recently, but I never thought I would be able to pull them off. I recently bought a pair of yellow sunnies, which is branching out slightly for me, because I rarely feel like I can pull off glasses, much less bright yellow ones! But I adore them, and look forward to wearing them more often this summer! They’re shown below where I wore them yesterday at the OC night market~

 

Let me know in the comments below what you’re summer resolutions are; whether they be trends, or new places or things you want to try!

Till next time,

Ashley💓

Saying Goodbye 

Hi guys! So I’ve been kind of neglecting this blog for awhile and I’m sorry but things have just been so hectic with school and college admissions that I haven’t had the time or the motivation to write anything. But, with the school year almost over, I have a little more time on my hands and I wanted to talk about something that’s been on my mind for awhile. 
Saying goodbye is never easy, but it’s inevitable in life. Whether it’s saying goodbye to your favorite shirt, to a classmate moving away, or to a loved one who has passed away. I’ve been thinking a lot about goodbye’s lately myself. Since I’m graduating high school this year, it seems surreal to me that I’ll be saying goodbye to more than half of my classmates this year. Granted, I’m not friends with all of them, but it’ll be weird going to school and not being surrounded by the faces I’ve come to be familiar with over the past twelve years. 

 
These past few weeks, I’ve been reminiscing over memories created with the people I’ve gone to school with my whole life, and wondering how different it’ll be next year, when more than half of my classmates will be spread not only up and down California, but across the country. It made me sit and think of all the times I’ve laughed and shared inside jokes with my classmates, and how I took those moments for granted.

 

But with goodbye’s also comes the prospect of future memories. My best friend and I are attending community college for our first two years of college, in order to save money and finish out our GE’s. I’ll be able to spend more time with my friends from other high school’s that I rarely get to see and I’ll have the chance to visit all the foodie spots in LA that I’ve been dying to try. I have plans to hopefully study abroad and maybe get an internship at a law firm or online newspaper? I don’t have a complete plan at this point, but I’m so excited for what the future has in store for me.

No Valentine? No Problem!

Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’ve just been super blocked with my writing and I’ve contracted a case of senioritis. I’ve basically just been sitting on my couch, re-watching Winx Club (if you remember this show you’re a true homie), and eating copious amounts of ramen and french fries. Buuut I finally decided to pick my lazy butt off of the couch and plop myself in front of my computer to do some work.
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, (technically it’d be today when I post this) and I, as usual, don’t have a Valentine’s. I’m actually not sad about it for once, surprisingly. I used to be super bitter because I didn’t have a boyfriend or someone to make me feel special, and I really could care less at the moment. If you are sad about not having that special someone for Valentine’s day, here are a few things you could do to make yourself feel better. 

1) Beat ya face!!

Trust me, when I say that dolling yourself up with a little makeup or a fancy hair-do or outfit will make you feel better. Use that special highlighter, throw on that bold red lip! I’m planning to do a semi-beat tomorrow even though I’ll be at school, but hey, there’s nothing wrong with looking good!

 2) Buy yourself flowers

Flowers are everywhere on Valentine’s day and can make one feel a little sad if they have no one to give them their favorite. But who cares? Go out and buy your own! Flowers are always a nice thing to have around, (I have two roses next to my computer right now actually,) and always seem to cheer me up if I’m sad and always put me in a good mood!

3) Treat yo self

SO what if you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend to buy you chocolates or take you on a fancy dinner date. This goes along with buying yourself flowers as well. Treat ya self! You work hard and you definitely deserve some chocolates, or that milkshake you’ve been craving. Personally, my comfort foods include spicy instant ramen, curly fries, and a milk tea with boba. Mmm, just writing about that makes me hungry. And if you’re really feeling yourself, go out to your favorite restaurant or cafe by yourself! If they ask who’s your valentine, just say you’re your own! No shame in being independent and proud.

If you’re feeling a more low key evening, I suggest running a bath and putting in some bubbles, for a nice bubble bath. Light some candles and put on your favorite music while you’re at it, and you’ll feel like a queen basking in your own glow. Or what I’m doing! Buying myself food and turning on Netflix. (Hmmm…Scandal or Disney marathon…) A spa night with your girls is another suggestion that I’m always up for. Memebox has so many cute facial boxes or other cute skincare items that are super fun to use and good for your skin!

Whatever you decide, I hope that you all have a wonderful and fulfilling Valentine’s day. And for those that do have a significant other, have fun today! If you want, feel free to comment down below what you plan to do or what you did today! I’d love to hear all about it!

Button Ups and Boyfriend Jeans

The sun finally came back! After nearly three weeks of rainy and freezing weather, the sun finally decided to show its face and grace us with a mellow 70 degrees. I threw together this new outfit and it’s on the way to becoming one of my favorites. Its super cute, comfy and a bunch of people complimented it which made me really happy!

(I look super awkward in the second picture SORRY)

The top is a white and navy striped button up from H&M. I literally bought it two days ago, when I was on the hunt for a business-y look for my Model United Nations conference I have coming up! It’s not as uncomfortable as some of the other button ups I’ve worn, and very versatile. You could dress it up, or dress it down as I did here.  The shirt didn’t come with the sleeves rolled up, so I just undid the buttons on the cuff and rolled them up myself. They were sorta annoying because they kept unrolling, so I’ll have to try and figure out how to make sure the folds stay. I didn’t button the shirt fully for a more casual look, as compared to a full business one.

My bottoms are just my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans from Old Navy. I’m currently in the search for different types of jeans and pant styles, so wish me luck on that! I used to hate wearing jeans. With a passion. I felt so uncomfortable in them and because I’m on the short side (I’m 5’1; I know, I’m super short. My friends make fun of me every chance they get), and my legs are thicker because of my past with sports, it made it very hard for me to find a pair of jeans that I’d be comfortable wearing. But I’ve started venturing into different styles and I actually like them! Hopefully soon my collection will be expanded enough so I can do a post just on my favorite jeans!

My shoes are just a pair of flats I borrowed from my mom’s shoe collection. (Don’t tell her!) I rarely wear flats, just because I’m more of a sneaker/boot person, but I think I might start to try styling more outfits that include them. Lastly, I just paired a white Ann Taylor watch with the outfit, because I felt that it really complimented the whole look and honestly, I just love wearing watches. They make me feel so fancy!

 

Sidenote: Sorry for not posting an outfit last week! It was so rainy and windy my friends and I weren’t able to get outside to take pictures, but I did have an outfit to document. If the weather permits, I’ll try to take pictures in that outfit to show you guys.

Photo Creds: @samannatrinh on Instagram

(Featured image from WeHeartIt)

Inner Feelings of a Teenager

Loneliness can be a powerful feeling. It can consume your thoughts and actions without you even realizing it. Personally, I sometimes feel that teenagers can be some of the loneliest people in the world. We spend all this time to have the perfect lives, complete with a 4.0 GPA, extracurriculars, time for family, and a social life with friends. The constant pressure for these things can become overwhelming, as it did for me towards the end of my sophomore year and continuing to my junior year. My grades dropped, my relationships suffered, and ultimately, I wasn’t happy with myself nor with the people surrounding me.

I sometimes felt that I had no one in this world who was willing to just sit and listen to me talk about my feelings, or my problems. It made me feel alone in this world and just the feeling that I had no one who truly cared about me had a huge impact on my feelings. I started to shut people out, and the social butterfly I once was became a quiet, soft spoken girl, who kept to herself most of the time. I was stuck in this state of isolation and couldn’t figure out how to pull myself out of it.

After going through a period where I almost always felt stressed and unhappy, I made the choice to focus on myself and the things that make me happy. I cut out the people and things that I believed to be toxic, and started to find new interests and hobbies. I found joy in reading again, and started writing more. I started exercising  more, and it was a healthy way for me to let out my stress, instead of binge eating unhealthily like I had in the past I created new bonds with friends who became my support system, and gradually rediscovered who I was. Putting myself first was something I learned was a priority for being happy, and is one of the most important things that I’ve learned through this process.

Of course, I’m still growing as a person. I still have many things to learn about myself and about the people who I surround myself with. But knowing that I was able to draw myself out of that lonely, unhappy state inspires me to continue to try and be the best person I can be and to help the people I love be their best version of themselves.

Red Rain Coat

The sun stayed away for a few more days, which allowed me to pull out another “winter” outfit that I normally wouldn’t wear in typical SoCal weather!

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Raincoats are definitely not a thing you’d see people normally wear in California, especially where I live. But this past week has been quite the exception. It’s been raining and the weather is at like a freezing temp of 60 degrees (This doesn’t sound cold to people who don’t live in California, but trust me, it was freezing. We californians are more used to sunny skies of 75, and start to pull out scarves when it drops below 70.)I rummaged through my mom’s closet, hoping to something I could wear over my sweater, and found this gem. I fell in love with the bright strawberry red, and thought it would be the perfect pop of color to top off my outfit.

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My gray sweater is from Zara, and is honestly one of my favorite things I have in my closet. I wear it all the time, and it’s so easy to dress up or for casual wear. It’s so soft and surprisingly warm! The sleeves are wide and it just gives off a comfy vibe overall.

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My boyfriend jeans are suuper comfortable and so effortlessly stylish! I remember the first time I wore them, and so many people complimented them and asked me where they could get their own pair. I always pair these jeans with this sweater; they compliment each other and it’s a cute outfit I can throw on when I’m in a rush to go somewhere. Of course, I had to pull the outfit together with my heeled ankle boots. You guys will probably be seeing these in alot of these posts, so bear with me until I get the chance to expand my shoe collection.
(Random fact but California is 40% out of it’s drought! At least something good came out of all this rain.)

(Featured image from WeHeartIt)

Rainy Day Looks

Yesterday was one of the rare rainy days in southern California. It was my first day back to school (sadly) after two blissful weeks of winter break, so I decided to dress up a bit. I’ve owned this tan trench coat for a couple of years, but it’s nearly brand new because I rarely get the chance to wear it. I’m in love with it mainly it reminds me of New York and makes me reminisce about the trip I took last year.

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My top is from Zara, and has black and white stripes a mock neck. I’ve found that I love wearing mock necks; they make you look presentable without any effort, and I personally think that they’re more comfortable than a full turtleneck. The shirt is a bit thin, so it can be worn even when it’s warm out, and layered with other shirts and jackets when it’s cold.

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(Sorry for these awkward looking pictures, I had my friend take them during our lunch period and our old english teacher walked by LOL. Hopefully I learn to be less awkward with my poses!)

As for the bottom half of my outfit, I can’t say where my pants came from because I’ve had these for so many years. I only recently started wearing them and I’m obsessed with them. They’re so comfortable and are so easy to style! My heeled ankle boots are about a year old, and are from Nordstrom. They’re a bit worn down due to my constant use of them, but are still my favorite pair of boots to wear.

This outfit is one of my favorites, and has this kinda classic business look that I absolutely adore. Hopefully I get the chance to wear it once more before the sun comes back to SoCal!

 

photo credits: @samannatrinh on instagram