Monday, April 29, 2013

Back on that Study Grind

Top: Ross || Vest: thrifted || Shorts: Kohls

Monday. Starting back on the cycle. Wake Up. Class. Food. Study. Sleep. Repeat.


Top: Forever 21 || Blazer: thrifted || Shorts: Forever 21 || Gladiator Sandals: Nordstrom Rack

Celebrated a friend's birthday this past Saturday. Full of good company, delicious food, and hilarious future inside jokes.

Featuring my dinner: personalized salad with a side of a slice of Foccacia bread.

Catch Up

Top: Abercrombie & Fitch || Cardigan: Mango || Jeans: Forever 21 || Gladiator Sandals: Nordstrom Rack

Back logged. Posting up photos from the end of last week up until today. Sorry about the flood of late photos! Hope today's overflow of photos will last you all until next week! This week will be a stressful one.  Hopefully after this weekend, everything will go back to normal. 

Clothes Encounters

A great way to end last week. After taking a look through Jenn Im's closet sale and made my purchases, I went up to her to say hi and take a picture. When I finally went up to her and I said hi, she instantly recognized that I seemed familiar! She remembered my face. How amazing is that, when one of your role models can remember you, after meeting one time. Life is complete.

The flea market opened at 11 am, and my friends and I arrived probably not even thirty minutes into the hour. I guess other fans got the memo. It was obvious where her booth was located with a crowd of fashionable college girls surrounding it.

It was surreal to actually sift through a portion of her closet and actually purchase a few pieces for myself. My clearance shopping with my mama and my few instances when I thrifted trained me for this day. As a college student, I only focused on the cheapest pieces, which were the clothing labelled with a red star sticker indicating it cost five dollars. I scanned the racks quickly for red stars on hangers or the clothing itself and picked out all potential purchases. I finally narrowed it down to my final three pieces (which will be featured in another post soon)!

At the beginning of the sale, as I started to sift through the racks, I overheard Jenn talking to other fans as they went up to chat or take pictures with her. It was incredible to hear where some people came from. I believe one came from Southern California, and another was a boyfriend of a fan who travelled far to buy something for his girlfriend. He told Jenn this, and she responded, "Aw, you are such a good boyfriend!" and he asked if he could get a picture with her, and of course she agreed. 

I also overheard another conversation of her and another fan about a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes she was selling. Apparently the conversation started out with the fan probably asking advice on if she should purchase a pair of shoes Jenn was selling. Jenn asked about her shoe size, something about wider or not, and Jenn was polite in advising her not to get the pair since they didn't seem to fit her well. It was great to hear that she isn't the type to just sell her pieces just for money, but really cares where her fans put their money. 

Anyway, the conversation somehow led to Jenn bringing up how earlier that day, an older woman came by and wanted to buy a pair of her shoes. When Jenn told her it would cost about fifty dollars, the woman was in disbelief and exclaimed, "What, fifty dollars? But they have scuffs on them!" Jenn was probably in shock and appalled, because all she was able to respond back was, "But they're Jeffrey Campbell..." and I guess the woman repeated herself and said, "So what does that even mean? They have scuffs on them!" This woman needs to know her brands and check her manners before going around attempting to haggle prices. 

Anyway, the morning was perfect for this flea market. Breezy, sunny, calm atmosphere, perfect for an outdoor closet sale and a meet and greet with Jenn Im.

One last conversation I overheard was about how this quarter is Jenn's last quarter before graduating. A fan asked about her plans for after college. Apparently Jenn is planning to travel and just have fun and enjoy being a graduated college student. Exactly what I had in mind for myself.

There were a lot of great pieces for great prices, surprisingly. However, I had to think practically and what I would get my wear's worth out of them. Some pieces I actually recognized her wear from videos or show off in hauls, such as her velvet, maroon dress, Mickey Mouse crew neck sweater, and pleated pleather skirt.

Hint: what I purchased that day are in my hands in the above picture. More details to come!

 Photo credits (the photos that include me) to my friend A. Dang. Thanks for sticking it out in the heat while us girls shopped! The other photos of the event itself were taken by me (on my terrible phone camera, sorry)! 

Hope you all enjoyed reading about this closet sale hosted by Jenn Im of Clothes Encounters! Definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

Oh yeah, and Jenn Im actually liked my photo on Instagram. Unreal.

Play Hard, Work Harder

Oxford top: Gap || Vest: vintage || Shorts: Aeropostale || Necklace: Forever 21 || Rings: local flea market || Studded flats: Nine West

Still not used to having a "job" (my internship), so still playing around with the idea of work-wear (even though there is no uniform or dress code for where I am interning). However, first impressions are important and the way you are dressed can change one's opinions about you and your work ethic. 

Kept it looking serious, yet played down with the fun shorts and casual vest. Dressed it up a bit more with hints of jewelry and some studded flats.

Floral Legged

Dress: H&M || Cardigan: Old Navy || Tights: Cotton On 

Played around with my floral tights-turned-leggings. Because it is a patterned piece, I decided to pair it up with a plain, simple black dress and muted monochrome cardigan.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Working Girl

Oxford top: Old Navy || Blazer: Forever 21 || Jeans: Forever 21 || Gladiator sandals: Nordstrom || Necklace: local flea market

"First day on the job". This afternoon definitely was my highlight so far this week. Started my graphic design internship today, got to work together with a good friend, and caught up with another friend I haven't seen in a while right after class. 

Got to play around with Photoshop after not utilizing it for a while. It was great to actually apply my creative skills and all that I've learned throughout high school to an actual requested project. My first assignment: a flier for an organization's event to promote attending graduate school. I'll be coming across challenges and obstacles, but I'm excited for what the rest of the quarter has in store for me in my developments as a designer and as a person. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Adventure Time

Top: Mango || Denim vest: gift || Shorts: Cotton On || Anklet: gift || Assorted arm candy

Had a great weekend with friends. Relaxed and snagged all the free goodies we could at our school's fair. Ended up getting four plants, snacked on fruits and popcorn, petted baby animals, got my tan on, and de-stressed before the onslaught of midterms. 

My baby strawberry plant.

Yes, one of the many Deloreans in the parade!

These sheep were too adorable and incredibly soft to the touch.

My baby tree!

Yep. Maggot Art. The little things were inching their way across my postcard to create organic, raw, Jackson-Pollack-esque patterns.