Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pinker Than Shepherd's Delight

Hello, again, internet! Long time no chat, no? I wish I had a better excuse than "I've been busy", but being a full-time student and throwing myself into my work completely has left little room for keeping up with the blog, and for that, I sincerely apologise. I almost feel like an entirely different person since my last true outfit post in January...look how much longer my hair is alone! I can definitely say that this is the busiest I've probably ever been in my life, mostly due to the fact that I'm currently in a musical! Yes, my school is doing a production of Hair that opens this coming Thursday! If anyone is in the San Francisco Bay Area and loves musicals, click on the link to see when to come and see the show! We've been working very hard and are extremely proud of our performances and would love all the support we can get!

Alright, enough with the shameless self-plug and onto the fashion talk. Lately, I've been feeling sort of bored with my wardrobe, despite it being quite extensive. Part of me wants to get rid of everything and start fresh and live more simply, but the other part of me loves being the girl with all the clothes. What I've been trying to do lately is take old pieces that I have and try and style them in ways I wouldn't think of before. The moment I laid eyes on this 1950s print top from Forever 21 years back, I knew I needed it in my wardrobe. However, every time I came across it, I couldn't picture any other way to style it aside from being paired with my black disco pants from American Apparel. Refusing to let it go to waste, I've reconsidered the styling possibilities and was very pleased with the results. Long story short, I'm enjoying creating new looks with old pieces. This summer I'll be selling clothes that I no longer need or want in an online store, so be on the lookout for that soon!

So far, 2015 has been very kind for me. I've been feeling much happier, healthier, and motivated. I also find myself braver than I was before, pushing myself to go out of my comfort zone as well as make right choices no matter how difficult they it be. It's been a long road for me to reach an overall feeling of "content" in my life, but I am finally starting to see improvements and I couldn't be more excited for what the future holds. I also can't wait to share my experiences with you.

I hope everyone is having a lovely spring. Take time this week to go outside and breathe in the fresh air! Let me know in the comments what your favourite part of spring is, or your go-to spring look.

Stay sweet ♡ 

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top: forever 21 | dress: worn as a skirt; h&m vienna (hand dyed, originally mint) | heels: ross | handbag: betsey johnson (gift from my sisters) | sunnies: ray-ban | lip colour: revlon colourburst lip butter in "sorbet" | nails: zoya in "kiki"

Photos by Ryan (ily)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

On Taking Time

Hello there! It's been a little while, hasn't it? I often find myself quite overwhelmed when I come back home to San Francisco what with classes every day, the musical in the works, and spending time with friends. I've found I've barely had a moment to myself to reflect and really take care of myself, both emotionally and physically. This has been apparent through many things--my appearance, the state of my bedroom (seriously, take time to clean your room at least once a week, it will really clear your mind), my eating and sleeping habits, etc.

It is now week 5 of school, the semester is ⅓ of the way through, and it is just now hitting me how important and okay it is to take time for yourself. While going on adventures every day and having someone to spend the day with seems ideal and being alone can seem terrifying, taking a step back to breathe and focus only on yourself and your needs can be incredibly rewarding. It hit me that I've been stuck, not entirely sure for how long. I've been putting my health, career, and personal hobbies (such as this blog) on the back burner to avoid "missing out", when, in reality, I am missing out on prime time for personal growth, understanding, and reflection by jumping at every opportunity to refrain from being alone.

I don't regret a single thing that I've done up until this point. In 2015 up to this point I have found love and a best friend, done things that would normally leave me incredibly anxious, seen more of my beautiful city (seriously look at those photos), learnt that missing something or someone doesn't mean that you have to hold on, etc. I've accepted the fact that while I've enjoyed myself up until this point, it is okay to explore a completely different way of living to see what I can truly become. The only way I know how to describe this metaphorically is through a book. While one chapter may be lovely and you have no idea what the next chapter may hold or how it will shift the story, you still want to keep reading.

You may be wondering why I am writing all of this. Perhaps it is to reassure myself that what I am doing is completely acceptable. Maybe one of you reading this is going through a point in your life where you also feel stuck and afraid to take a plunge because of how it might affect others. If that's the case, just know that sometimes in life (especially in your young life), it is okay to be selfish and look after only your best interest. In my opinion, the ability to do that while still having compassion for others is very noble. I hope I am on that right course.

My advice to all of you reading is to remember to take time for yourself, even if it's just a day where you stay in your room doing what you love, listening to your favourite music (what I'm doing today). Don't completely cut yourself off of those who make you happy, however, because sometimes "me time" can mean letting someone you love know how much they mean to you. Whatever you do, remember only you are the most important person in your life, and that you deserve to be taken care of every once in a while.

Stay sweet ♡

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Old School

Hello there! I'm kicking off 2015 with a fresh new haircut (not exactly what I wanted, but just Anna Karina enough for me to deal with) and a fresh new outlook on fashion. I'm definitely hoping to pull more inspiration from anywhere I can with each outfit. My lifelong interest in the 1960s is definitely where my personal style began to take form, so I decided to pay homage to that (as well as celebrate one of my favourite thrift finds of the year so far) by wearing an outfit inspired by 1960s schoolgirls--a favourite look of mine.

I do often wonder at what age the "schoolgirl" look becomes inappropriate. I'm currently 20 and well out of my "schoolgirl" days but I feel like I could still pull this off. Perhaps the problem isn't what the cut-off age is but rather the fact that I am even thinking about the dos and don'ts of a certain look. I say if you love a look, wear it proudly despite your age or size. Maybe that's a cliché but it's a good one. I think I'm just rambling now.

I hope your New Year has started off splendidly! I look forward to sharing mine with you.

Stay sweet ♡

top: secondhand | skirt: thrifted | socks: gift | flats: banana republic | record: vintage | camera: vintage

Saturday, January 3, 2015

December Rewind

Wooooow. So, I've realised I've been gone from this little blog of mine for the entire month of December. Oops. I needed a little me-time, which unexpectedly led to some of the best, most exciting few weeks of my life! This included a few pretty substantial life changes thrown in the mix. (This post will be a bit wordy, so bear with me.)

First and foremost, I should mention that I broke up with my boyfriend (yes, the one I've mentioned in the posts below--yikes) at the beginning of the month. Before you write any comments apologising, I can assure you that I remain confident that my decision was what is best for me. I'm not going to pretend like the whole process was easy, since we were together for two years, but I immediately noticed improvements in my health, self-esteem, and personal drive. I've been able to accomplish things I never thought I would be able to do or wouldn't have been able to do in a relationship and it feels so liberating. Not to mention the breakup allowed me to meet and get to know some incredible people, (Hi, Ryan! You too, Ryan!) and now I can't imagine what life was like before them. I've been granted more time with some of the most amazing friends in the world (seriously, you guys blow me away) and most importantly--me time. I've learnt and grown more in these past few weeks than in...well, probably two years.

Needless to say, despite my previous post (that I do not intend on removing), I am no longer moving into an apartment this coming semester. I am, however, still collecting things and hoping to find one for the summer. I couldn't be more excited for what the world has to throw at me.

Halfway through the month, I had the pleasure of performing with this wonderful cast above, in our own little mashup of Into the Woods and Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella. We've spent the entire semester working on it and in the end I was very proud to have been a part of it. I had a few solo moments thrown in there as well, which is a pretty big deal, considering I've never actually sang a solo in front of a live audience before (thankfully, I realised that after I did it). The whole experience has me very excited for the spring musical I'll be a part of--Hair!

Now that the semester is over (and I've technically graduated with my first degree), I'm on winter break until the end of January. I spent some time in Sacramento, where it was 30 degrees outside and I had the opportunity to bundle up in layered looks. Now that I'm back in Hawaii, I am taking some much needed relaxation time--wearing the same pair of sweats every day and playing with my cats. Above are two of my favourite looks from the week I was in Sacramento. After such a long break, I think I owe you a couple outfits, don't you?

December was all about adventure for me. I stepped out of my comfort zone in every possible way to push myself to experience new things. I was taken to neighbourhoods I'd never been to before, shown the most beautiful views I've ever seen, and was even taught how to properly ride the city bus (yes, I lived in San Francisco for over two years and didn't know how to ride the bus). I suddenly have all this motivation to explore and take in the world around me. I'm learning how to enjoy life a little more and accept that sometimes the now is more important than the future--very fitting acknowledgement for the end of the year! I have no idea what 2015 is going to throw at me, but I am going to try my best to make every day the best day, and put myself first for once. I hope you all do the same this year!

Stay sweet ♡

top: american apparel | shorts: xmas gift | socks: xmas gift from japan | shoes: thrifted | dress: ross | boots: ross | bag: betsey johnson (xmas gift)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Apartment Wishlist: The Kitchen

My boyfriend Chris and I are currently undergoing our first ever apartment hunt in the city! Although pretty stressful on top of everything else (finals and school work, two shows, two films etc...), I am getting more and more excited as it comes closer to moving time (we are hoping for next month! eek!)! The part that I am looking the most forward to is decorating it and making it our own, so I've decided to do a little apartment wishlist series here on the blog! Obviously I have to be conscious of not making it too girly, as I will not be the only one living there...but I can't help but keep finding such cute things! Overall, I think we've agreed to a modern-meets-mid-century type design, as we like aspects of both. Of course, it is our first place, so it can't be everything we ever dreamed, and we should probably start out with a lot more basics than character, but a girl can still dream!

I've decided to kick off this series with the part I am most excited about organising...the kitchen!! I already have been collecting a few things to start the kitchen off over the past year or so (mason jars to drink from, a cute retro apron, etc.), but I found these cute little accessories above and am just so smitten!

  1. MaxiMatic EBK-200 Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 Multifunction Breakfast Deluxe Toaster Oven/Griddle/Coffee Maker ($39.99) - I am not much of a coffee drinker, but since Chris is and I love a good morning bagel, I thought this would be the perfect little gadget for us to have in our kitchen! It will surely save some much-needed counter space as well, since I imagine we surely won't have a deluxe kitchen.
  2. Modcloth Kitten Confidential Shaker Set ($12.99) - This isn't so much of a necessity as it is just a cute and fun way of decorating the kitchen, with function. I love novelty shaker sets, and we are huge cat people, so I just died when I found this one!
  3. Modcloth This Time Tea-Morrow Set ($54.99) - Like I said, I don't care for coffee, but I could have a cup of tea anytime of the day! I loved this simple set with a classic tea pot included, and love how it's all organised together. Utilising space is definitely needed anywhere we can get it.
  4. Plum & Bow Patterned Measuring Spoon Set  ($14.00) - As a perfectionist, measuring spoons and cups are a must when cooking or baking! I really liked these on Urban Outfitters' website. Ideally, I would like a set bigger than 4, but the patterns were too cute to pass up.
  5. Retro Planet Cooking Tools Cutting Board ($27.99) - What's a proper kitchen without a good cutting board to make a mess on? I fell in love with this one from Retro Planet. The colours are perfect, and it's also a nice little reminder of what is needed to complete a kitchen! ;-)
  6. Modcloth Dream and Sugar Tea Set ($64.00) - Yes, yet another tea set. This one was just so perfect and sweet! I've loved hearts my whole life, so heart-shaped plates and tea cups? Sign me up. I also love the colour scheme and gold edging. So classy!
  7. Present Time Mix and Match Cutlery Set ($47.77) - This is probably the one thing on this list that I want the most. I saw this cutlery set some time ago on Modcloth and have been wanting it for ages. Modcloth recently stopped selling it so I was so thrilled to find it on Amazon! Every piece is just perfect, and besides, without flatware how would we eat?
That's it for my dream kitchen! If you come across any cute mid-century inspired kitchen accessories, or any other home decor that I might like or that you love, share them in the comments! Also let me know which of these is your favourite!

Stay sweet 


Sunday, November 2, 2014


This past Friday (as I'm sure you know) was Halloween!!! I've always loved Halloween, (which may explain why I chose to be an actor) and celebrating Halloween in a couple is double the fun. For our second Halloween together, Chris and I decided to dress up as one of our current favourite things ever, Bee and Puppycat (click here if you haven't seen it!)! Perfectly enough, the cartoon will launch into a series beginning this week! Anyway, we had a lot of fun with this particular costume, and I can't wait to start brainstorming for next year!

On actual Halloween day, it was rainy and crazy (thanks to a Giants parade), and on top of it I had a 6 hour class, so we decided to have a relaxed evening at the cinema instead of going out. We had already technically celebrated last week Saturday at our friends' party (when these photos were taken) so it seemed justified. Here are some of my favourite photos from that party!

I'd say this year's Halloween season was a success. Now I am off to eat the rest of my candy for every meal! What did you do for Halloween? Did you dress up and go out or stay in? Let me know in the comments!

Stay sweet (like candy corn!) 

jumper: h&m | collared shirt: old navy | shorts: forever 21 | bee: diy | brogues: thrifted

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Hello there! With midterms finally over, I've been trying to make time for a little bit of leisure. I've been really wanting to go thrifting, (since I hadn't been since coming back to San Francisco!) so when the opportunity for Halloween shopping arose with some close friends, I couldn't help but take out a little bit of money to treat myself for surviving the semester thus far! I can hardly believe I'm already a junior in university... it all seemed to go by so quickly! It definitely is a lot more work than before, but I couldn't be having more fun!

I've had a super lucky time shopping lately. I managed to score these beautiful "saddle shoes" (they're really golf shoes, but who cares, right?) and this perfect skirt as well as a number of great items I can't wait to share! I decided to complete this thrifty outfit with one of my favourite all-time thrifted finds--this bag! It's pretty worn, but I just love the artwork on it. Interestingly enough, I found a smaller bag with the same image at a Goodwill here in San Francisco, and I found my bag in Hawaii! I love when weird coincidences like that happen.

Stay sweet ♡

top: secondhand (thanks, magdalena!) | skirt: vintage | socks: topshop | golf shoes: thrifted | bag: thrifted

*Photos by Ryan (thx bb :*)

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