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

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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.)

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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

Fashion Challenge

I’ve always been intrigued by the fashion industry. And of course, I wanted to be a fashion designer much like many other young girls at one point. However, I never really understood the couture aspect of fashion. As a child, I remember looking at different fashion collections, trying to understand why all these “weird designs” shown on the runways made so much money. I struggled with my own sense of style, and went through many different styles and tried to follow different trends over the years. I only recently discovered who I was in the stylistic sense, and am still learning more and more about style and fashion every day.

Since its a new year, I’ve come up with a challenge for myself. Being a high school student, I tend to not care much about what I wear to school, preferring to sleep in and throw on a pair of leggings and a sweater. However, I wanted to challenge myself to at least one nice outfit a week. It may not seem like much, but I don’t have the biggest collection of clothes and there will probably be some cases where I’m just too lazy to dress up. I’ll be documenting these outfits with pictures and a short description of the outfit and how it affects my style. I hope you’ll follow along and enjoy this mini series!


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An Insight to Me

I’ve always found it hard to find the balance between being polite to people while also being able to have them respect you and have your voice be heard. Growing up, I was always encouraged to be kind to others, and I believe that I’ve grown to be a kind person. However, looking back over the past few years has led me to a realization that I tried too hard to be nice and helpful to others leading to letting myself get walked over. I remember one specific incident that happened in my english class as a junior, where one of my ‘friends’ in the class got mad at me because I refused to help him cheat on a test. Another example was when another one of my ‘friends’ asked me to pee in a cup for her because we had a random drug test at school, and she had smoked marijuana a few days prior. The line between being kind and letting people take advantage of you was slim, and I hadn’t been able to distinguish the difference between them for a long time.

Of course, as I grew older, I matured and grew a backbone. I became more confident in voicing my opinions, unafraid to stir the pot a bit. As a future political science student, being able to grow this way has helped me tremendously. I’ve become one of the most vocal students in my ap government class, which is something I’m proud of, considering how timid I was in the past. I’m still trying to find the balance with being strong and vocal while still taking other’s feelings into consideration. I’ve stopped putting up with people who try to bring me down with their comments, and I’m almost too brutally honest. I learned that sometimes voicing your opinion at the wrong time can take a turn for the worse. However, I’m still young, and trying my best to find balance in all aspects of my life. In starting this blog, I hope that I’m able to grow both as a writer and as a person, and to hopefully realize who I am exactly.