Monday, November 23, 2015

Striped Tee

Photos by Ale Veyna

Outfit Details:
Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans (Similar)
Madewell Ames Boots (Similar)

This is another set of outfit photos from when I flew back to LA. Although I was only there for a few days, I couldn't leave without making a trip to Downtown, so Ale and I went out for coffee and wandered around the area. Since the weather was warm and sunny, in comparison to Portland, I was able to take a break from layering and just wore this boxy tee from Everlane. This tee is one of my new favorite pieces for many reasons. First of all, I love the thick black and white striped pattern and relaxed boxy shape, because I think they make this tee look a bit more interesting in comparison to other striped tops. Secondly, I love that it's made of thick material, so it can easily be worn alone or layered as a sweater over a button down shirt. I personally think this tee would also look great layered over a fitted black dress or paired with black pencil skirt.

Speaking of experimenting with layers in Portland, it's been pretty impossible for me to find time to venture out and take outfit photos these past few weeks. I feel like, with work and school, I'm always constantly running from one place to another, and sometimes can't even seem to find the time to connect with friends. I'm hoping this is just and adjustment period and my schedule won't feel so hectic next year. Luckily, I did manage to find some time to escape my homework cave this weekend, and headed out to the Portland Night Market with my friend Candace. The event consisted mostly of art, booze, food and coffee, which is always an amazing combination in my book. I did remember to bring my camera and take photos, so hopefully I'll be able to share those with you soon!

Have an awesome rest of the week!



Monday, November 16, 2015

Black and White

Photos by Ale Veyna

Outfit Details:
Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique
Madewell Boots (Similar)

I was in L.A. over the weekend and I loved being able to show off my legs, pale as they may be at the moment. This collared shirt and skater skirt combo has to be one of my favorite outfits on the blog to date because it's comfortable and easy to put together, but still looks very classic and chic. You could easily wear it to the office with a pair of heels or flats, or you could go for a more fun look and add a statement necklace and ankle boots like I did. You can even wear it with tights if you live somewhere cold and bare legs are just not an option. 

If you're wondering why I was back in L.A. this weekend, it was so that I could be a part of my dear friend Gaby's awesome superhero-themed wedding. The bridesmaids and the groomsmen had to dress up as the cocktail party version of Marvel superheroes and villains, and I had so much fun dressing up as cat woman. I mean, how often do you have an excuse--other than on Halloween-- to wear a pretty dress and cat ears all day long? That being said, the best part of that day was knowing that one of the sweetest people I know found her life companion; I wish the newlyweds all the best. 

Another great thing about being back in L.A. was getting to hang out with family and friends and visit a few of my favorite spots. However, I feel like my stay was too short and I definitely didn't get to reconnect with everybody I wanted to. I guess I'll have to wait until December to do just that. 



Monday, November 9, 2015

Pop of Orange

Outfit Details:
Orange Circle Scarf (Similar style in red)
Striped Sweater (Similar here and here)
Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans (Similar)
Madewell Boots (Similar)

If you've been following this blog for the past year, you may remember that one of my resolutions this year was to reduce the size of my closet and be more mindful about investing in items that will enhance my current wardrobe. When you love clothes as much as I do, that can be a hard goal to accomplish. One way that I've managed to add "fun" items to my wardrobe without spending tons of money is by participating in clothing exchanges with my sisters, which is how I came to acquire this lovely striped sweater that used to belong to Alejandra. It's really funny to think that we all used to get frustrated whenever our parents would buy us matching outfits as kids, and now we're trading clothes with each other.

I would like to say that I intentionally wore an orange snood to add a pop of color to this outfit, but I actually wore it because it's extremely warm and cozy. I usually put much more thought into the outfits I photograph, but I spontaneously decided to take these pictures during a short study break. Although I usually don't gravitate towards pieces in the color orange because I feel that they make me look like a pumpkin, I do think it's a great color for accessories, especially in the fall. 


I hope you all have an amazing week ahead of you! I have so much work to accomplish before the week ends, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel because I'm flying back to L.A. Thursday evening. I know I haven't been away for too long, but I'm very excited to see friends and family and hang out at some of my favorite spots. 



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Sunday, November 1, 2015

San Francisco, CA

Photos by me and Janista 

I'm finally getting around to sharing a few photos from when I stopped in San Francisco for a day on my way up to Portland. I was fortunate to have my friend Janista as my road trip buddy for the first leg of the trip, and we had so much fun checking out The Bay area together. I would say that it's pretty tough to explore all that San Fran has to offer in just one day, but Janista and I did a pretty good job at hitting up many of the major landmarks. That's pretty impressive if you consider that we did it mostly on foot. We walked about eight miles that day and got a pretty good workout hiking up those hills. 


I have to admit that I wasn't very determined to check out the Golden Gate Bridge since I had seen it on previous trips to SF, but I'm glad we did because it's always a beautiful sight to behold. Although you can probably get a closer view of the bridge from Golden Gate Park, we walked to The Marina because it's conveniently located near other landmarks, such as Presidio Park and the Palace of Fine Arts. You can also get a great view of Alcatraz from this location. 


The Palace of Fine Arts is one of my favorite places to visit in San Francisco because the architecture is simply stunning. If you have a few hours to kill, it's also the perfect place to sit and relax. There is a pond surrounding the dome that has swans and turtles, and it's adjacent to Presidio Park, which is a great location to have a picnic if you'd rather not dine at a restaurant. 


Lombard Street was actually our first stop on our walking tour of San Francisco, and it was also the hardest location to get to on foot. Janista and I had to take several breaks as we were hiking up the hills, and it made me realize how out of shape I am. However, I'm glad we decided to walk to this landmark instead of driving down this street because it's impossible to get anywhere with all the tourists blocking your way. Another reason for walking to this landmark is that it's much easier to appreciate the view of this street when you're standing at the bottom than when you're behind the wheel. 


Even though I've visited San Francisco before, I think this is the first time I ever checked out the famous Painted Ladies located in Alamo Square. Janista and I decided to walk here from The Marina instead of taking public transit because Google Maps told us that it would take about the same time. We quickly regretted our decision and ended up unsuccessfully trying to catch a bus the whole way there. Even though the hike nearly killed us, the nice thing about walking here is that we got to check out all the other beautiful houses and buildings in the area, which are just as impressive. 


I wish I had more recommendations for food and coffee, but you can only eat and drink so much when you're in town for only a few hours. However, I would highly recommend these two places:

Super Duper Burgers: This is a small hamburger chain restaurant in The Bay area that is both delicious and affordable. Janista and I ended up randomly wandering into one of their locations because they had a big sign outside advertising soft serve, and we can never say no to ice cream. Although we didn't end up getting soft serve, we did order hamburgers and they were really tasty. We both ordered the mini burger which was the perfect size to satisfy our hunger.

Saint Frank Coffee: When Janista asked me if there was a place I wanted to visit during our day trip to San Francisco, my only answer was Saint Frank Coffee. I had heard nothing but great things about this coffee shop and couldn't wait to check it out for myself. I wish I could have taken a picture of the coffee shop because it is a really beautiful and minimalist space, but I was too busy enjoying my coffee and Janista's company to even bother. It can also be impossible to get a good photo of a place when it's extremely packed and busy. Why can't people just stand still and get out of my shot while I'm trying to post to Instagram? I'm kidding!

I hope you all enjoyed my photos from San Fran. I'll probably be in the area again this December, so let me know if you have any recommendations for next time I'm there.



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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Rocker Vibes

All photos by me

Outfit Details
Faux Leather Jacket (Similar)
Gap Sweater 
Madewell Skinny Skinny Denim (Similar)
Madewell Ames Boots (Similar here and here)
Madewell Leather Clutch

It's a constant struggle for me to find sunglasses that are flattering on my face, so I was very sad when I accidentally broke my favorite pair of black round sunglasses a few weeks ago. Luckily, contacted me around the same time and came to my rescue by sending me a very similar pair of round sunglasses from the brand London Retro. The shades I picked out from's selection are called the "Nancy" Multicoloured Sunglasses in Tortoise and, even though you can't tell from these pictures, I love that there are fun specks of blue throughout the frames. I wasn't too sure if I would like the gray lenses since they look a bit translucent on the website, but they are much darker and opaque in person. 

I think this pair of shades complemented my outfit perfectly because they kind of have a rocker vibe to them. I'm not trying to say that I'm cool and edgy, because I'm certainly not, but I did feel very confident in this outfit. There's something about wearing a leather jacket and boots that just makes me feel like a badass and like I can take on any challenge life throws my way, no matter how sleepy and tired I am, which I certainly was in these pictures. 

I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Even though I had a lot of work, I finally felt that I had some room to breathe for the first time in over a month. Because of my busy schedule, I haven't been exploring Portland as much as I would like. Therefore, since I had some free time on Friday morning, I did some driving around my part of town and visited a nearby coffee shop called Saint Simon Coffee Company. It's a very cool space and I definitely want to go back, but I'm trying not to get too attached to one coffee shop since there are so many to explore around this area and I'm trying to stop being such a creature of habit. While we're on that topic, what are some ways you all try to break away from the routine?



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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chorizo Fried Rice

All photos by me

This week I'm sharing a recipe for chorizo fried rice with you. For those that follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I posted another chorizo recipe last week. The reason for that is that I have to finish most of the food I buy on my own, and I end up using the same ingredients in different ways throughout the week. Although I've only been a busy student for over three weeks, I've already found that the recipes that work best for me are those that are easy, I can make in bulk and will last me for a few days. This chorizo fried rice recipe falls right into that category and is also extremely tasty. Although this recipe is delicious on its own, I usually eat this dish with a side of black beans, avocado and top it off with Sriracha sauce to add a little kick to it. Keep on reading to learn how to make it! 

Chorizo Fried Rice Recipe
Serves 3-4

2 cups of brown rice (uncooked)
4-6 cups of water
1 chopped large bell pepper 
1 chopped medium onion
4-5 oz of chorizo
2-3 Tbsp of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a medium pot, bring 4-6 cups of water to boil and then add the brown rice. Bring the rice and water to simmer and cover until the rice is fully cooked. Add salt according to taste.

2. In a separate pan, heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the chopped bell pepper and onion until tender. Add the chorizo and cook the mixture for a few minutes. 

3. Finally, add the cooked brown rice to the mixture and heat it until it's slightly browned and crispy. 

I really wasn't kidding when I said that making this recipe is a piece of cake, and it's as yummy as it looks. Let me know how you like it if you do try it out. 


I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I went to a Harvest Festival in Hood River, Oregon with my friends Kelsey and Candace, and it was nice to get out of town and explore other parts of the state. The fact that there was plenty of fried food to eat was also a plus since all my favorite activities revolve around eating. I also enjoyed taking my car out for a spin, especially since I haven't really been doing much driving since moving to Portland and I find it extremely relaxing to be out on an open road. The funny thing is that when I was still in LA, I was always complaining about how much driving I had to do. That goes to show you how indecisive I am. 

Have a fantastic week!



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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Rethinking Old Favorites

All photos by me
Outfit Details:
Fedora Hat (Similar)
Free People Scarf
Old Navy Crew Neck Sweater (Similar here and here)
Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans (Similar)
Madewell Ames Boots (Similar)

I'm posting a bit later than usual because these past few days have been extremely busy for me. I had forgotten how time consuming it is to be a student, and I underestimated how exhausted I would be at the end of each day. Since reading for class takes priority over blogging, I'm warning you all in advance that I might go missing from the blogosphere every once in a while. 

Now that I've explained my absence, let's talk about this outfit. I'm still trying to figure out my autumn style and it's been tough for me to not rely on the same couple of pieces all the time. To change things up, I've been experimenting with wearing some of my favorite clothes in new and unique ways. These boyfriend jeans have made numerous appearances on the blog, but this time around I decided to style them differently by cuffing them and pairing them with my favorite ankle boots. Since my outfit was lacking in color, I also threw on a rustic blanket scarf to add a bit of movement and texture. I think that this outfit would also look great with the addition of a leather jacket, but temperatures were not quite cool enough on this day for me to get away with adding an extra layer. 

I have to say that it's fun being able to play around with a part of my wardrobe that only got to see the light of day for about two weeks when I lived in California. Who knows what fun outfit combinations I'll come up with next!

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