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My friend Elise’s campus style. (Taken with Instagram)

So I’m not loving having to be back at school again for my last year (6 months), but one of the few good things is seeing my Seattle friends again, and campus style-spotting. And I love it even more when those things come together.
This is my friend Elise, who I thought was looking super cute (and very Seattle-college-student) in this floral dress + sweater + tights + cowboy boots outfit. She also had new dark brown hair! Love it.
Elise and I have known each other since freshman year, and this is definitely a new and surprising style change for her. Last year she was rocking a sort of “thug life” look, but I’m more fond of this one; I think it fits her personality more.

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My friend Elise’s campus style. (Taken with Instagram)

So I’m not loving having to be back at school again for my last year (6 months), but one of the few good things is seeing my Seattle friends again, and campus style-spotting. And I love it even more when those things come together.

This is my friend Elise, who I thought was looking super cute (and very Seattle-college-student) in this floral dress + sweater + tights + cowboy boots outfit. She also had new dark brown hair! Love it.

Elise and I have known each other since freshman year, and this is definitely a new and surprising style change for her. Last year she was rocking a sort of “thug life” look, but I’m more fond of this one; I think it fits her personality more.

You guys! A search for swimming suits did not end in an emotional meltdown! Hooray for positive self-body image! Let’s talk about that!

I’ve struggled for most of my life with not liking how my body looked and feeling bad about it. I’ve more or less always been on the “bigger” side (whatever that really means). I’ve had my fair share of fitting room meltdowns (in particular I remember a time at Old Navy where I tried on about a bazillion pairs of jeans and none of them fit). Even though I was active (I did gymnastic from 5-15, then dance team), due to bad eating habits and not really knowing what else I needed to do (i.e. cardio) I just felt fat. In addition, I inherited the same body shape as my Mom, who unfortunately did (and still does) project a lot of her own body image issues on to me.

Even when I started to exercise more, eat better and become more ‘toned’ (during high school), I still wasn’t completely comfortable with my body, and would never even think about buying, let alone trying on, a bikini. There was still that lingering voice inside my head (and often the very present, real voice of my mom) that kept me from that.

I’m not completely sure when it really clicked in my head, but I think it was sometime around my freshman year of college (2009). It was probably a combination of becoming a real Raging Feminist, being away from the negative talk at home, and living among a group of girls, which had both negative and positive aspects). At the same time I felt so much love and support from this new community around me, I became even more aware and frustrated with girls, friends of mine, talking about their “diet”, or lamenting that they couldn’t eat the dessert they wanted. (Side note: I now find no conversation topic more of a bummer than  someone’s depressing diet).

What really solidified my current self-image attitude was probably going crazy. It made me really realize that if someone didn’t like they way I looked, it was their problem, not mine. And if someone is going to judge me negatively for my size, my stretch marks, my haven’t-shaved-in-a-month hairy legs, then they aren’t worth my fucking time, yo. 

To sum up: love yourself, love your body, fuck the haters. Also, look at the cute swimsuits I found on sale at TJ Maxx! 

Two personal style posts in a row! I know, what is happening? (It’s just that I got a new phone and it’s connected to Google+ Instant Upload so I can be lazy and don’t have to upload pictures myself.)
Anyway, I stopped by the mall for the first time this summer to go by Sephora and I got sucked in by the sale in Chico’s. Guys, I’ll be honest: Chico’s is not my style. At all. [Caveat: they have always had amazing jewelry]. I associate Chico’s clothes with my 57 year-old aunt. They are kinda… mom clothes to me. BUT, far be it from me to pass up a ‘40% off already marked down’ clearance sale.
As soon as I spotted this green skirt I fell in love. I’m basically living in maxi dresses/skirts, especially jersey or silky ones. My Mom gave me this Britney Maxi Dress from Soma for my birthday in May, and I got this Camille Embroidered Dress from Soma as well (it’s got pockets! POCKETS!). Also, both of those are still on sale online, so y’all, get on that.
ANYWAY. Green skirt is fab, comfy but pretty, great color. Had some trouble with Chico’s crazy sizing (what is that i don’t even), but we got it done. As for the shirt, I was wearing a dress and needed a shirt to try on with the skirt, so I grabbed this one and ended up falling for it too. I admit, I’m not really an animal print fan; just not my style. But this silver/gray color makes it subtle enough that I ain’t skerred. 
Also, look at how great the coloring/lighting is in the dressing room?
Shop the look:
Silky Crinkle Meleah Skirt (still available in blue and taupe)
Original price: $99.99, Sale price: $27.99

Purrfect Shimmer Vivy Tank (sold out :()
Original price: $59.99, Sale price: $17.49

Two personal style posts in a row! I know, what is happening? (It’s just that I got a new phone and it’s connected to Google+ Instant Upload so I can be lazy and don’t have to upload pictures myself.)

Anyway, I stopped by the mall for the first time this summer to go by Sephora and I got sucked in by the sale in Chico’s. Guys, I’ll be honest: Chico’s is not my style. At all. [Caveat: they have always had amazing jewelry]. I associate Chico’s clothes with my 57 year-old aunt. They are kinda… mom clothes to me. BUT, far be it from me to pass up a ‘40% off already marked down’ clearance sale.

As soon as I spotted this green skirt I fell in love. I’m basically living in maxi dresses/skirts, especially jersey or silky ones. My Mom gave me this Britney Maxi Dress from Soma for my birthday in May, and I got this Camille Embroidered Dress from Soma as well (it’s got pockets! POCKETS!). Also, both of those are still on sale online, so y’all, get on that.

ANYWAY. Green skirt is fab, comfy but pretty, great color. Had some trouble with Chico’s crazy sizing (what is that i don’t even), but we got it done. As for the shirt, I was wearing a dress and needed a shirt to try on with the skirt, so I grabbed this one and ended up falling for it too. I admit, I’m not really an animal print fan; just not my style. But this silver/gray color makes it subtle enough that I ain’t skerred. 

Also, look at how great the coloring/lighting is in the dressing room?

Shop the look:

I bought these shoes on sale Sunday on Bluefly.com, and yesterday at Goodwill, I found this white, embroidered dress with navy trim.

  • Shoes: $38.40
  • Dress: $6.99

More pictures from the party.

  • My picture of the models. Loved the two-tone floor-length lace dress.
  • I spotted this lady early on at the party and knew I had to get a photo of her amazing leather dress. Her scarf, lace armband and jewelry were also amazing.
  • Loved the juxtaposition between the pink and green, the skulls and flowers, plus her awesome flower tattoo. 
Saw these two girls on the right at a party last night and asked if I could take their picture for this blog. And then my Dad happened to be right there and took this picture of us 3 together. I feel like “one of these things is not like the other”, which was not entirely untrue, since the lady in the middle? Yep, she’s a model. That’s Sierra Quitiquit (on tumblr at http://wanderthisearth.tumblr.com/), a model/skier/gypsy/person way cooler than me.
I mis-heard the tumblr name of the girl on the right, but somehow I’m betting: also a model. 
Moral of the story: don’t have your picture taken next to models. This is why A: I like to be on the other side of the camera, and B: why I have so much trouble even taking pictures of myself (for person style photos).
(That bearded dude in the back is an excellent addition to the photo, no?)

Saw these two girls on the right at a party last night and asked if I could take their picture for this blog. And then my Dad happened to be right there and took this picture of us 3 together. I feel like “one of these things is not like the other”, which was not entirely untrue, since the lady in the middle? Yep, she’s a model. That’s Sierra Quitiquit (on tumblr at http://wanderthisearth.tumblr.com/), a model/skier/gypsy/person way cooler than me.

I mis-heard the tumblr name of the girl on the right, but somehow I’m betting: also a model. 

Moral of the story: don’t have your picture taken next to models. This is why A: I like to be on the other side of the camera, and B: why I have so much trouble even taking pictures of myself (for person style photos).

(That bearded dude in the back is an excellent addition to the photo, no?)

Detail of buttons on a suede red and white color-blocked dress at Vintage Wears Boutique.

Detail of buttons on a suede red and white color-blocked dress at Vintage Wears Boutique.

A few years ago our family went on a trip to Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Bangkok and Thailand. This photo was taken (by my Dad) in Mai Sa, an area outside Chang Mai, Thailand at an umbrella making “village”.
There, the people who paint the intricate patterns on the finished umbrellas also offered their art skills to paint a design on whatever you like. I was wearing this light beige skirt, which I thought would be nice with a colorful little design. 
I don’t remember if I was the one who chose the butterflies or if that’s what he decided to do, but I love it. I still have the skirt at home. I love having little things like that on your clothes or your jewelry, a souvenir that you can wear and carry around, with its own story to tell. 

A few years ago our family went on a trip to Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Bangkok and Thailand. This photo was taken (by my Dad) in Mai Sa, an area outside Chang Mai, Thailand at an umbrella making “village”.

There, the people who paint the intricate patterns on the finished umbrellas also offered their art skills to paint a design on whatever you like. I was wearing this light beige skirt, which I thought would be nice with a colorful little design. 

I don’t remember if I was the one who chose the butterflies or if that’s what he decided to do, but I love it. I still have the skirt at home. I love having little things like that on your clothes or your jewelry, a souvenir that you can wear and carry around, with its own story to tell. 

Pretty floral print vintage dress found at Vintage Wear Boutique in Fremont, Seattle. Prefect for Spring/Summer. Unfortunately too expensive for me.

Pretty floral print vintage dress found at Vintage Wear Boutique in Fremont, Seattle. Prefect for Spring/Summer. Unfortunately too expensive for me.

Update: These are Sarah’s feet. She was in a class of mine last quarter and now we’re both in Sociology of Gender.

Update: These are Sarah’s feet. She was in a class of mine last quarter and now we’re both in Sociology of Gender.


Lady Noir earrings from JewelMint

Lady Noir earrings from JewelMint

This little fashionista was spotted while eating brunch. I aspire to be as fearless as she is in my style choices.

This little fashionista was spotted while eating brunch. I aspire to be as fearless as she is in my style choices.

My former roomie and I both were rocking fabulous Spring colors on our odd looking feet yesterday.

My former roomie and I both were rocking fabulous Spring colors on our odd looking feet yesterday.

Sunny Spring weather = jackpot for spotting amazing style around campus. This is Maddie and Jess, who were kind enough to let me take their picture this last Friday. I love the pattern on Jess’ dress (very Mossimo-esque, no?), the matching blue flower in her hair and the navy blue sheer button down as a cover-up.

Maddie’s look is equally as Spring-y, but with a touch of classic/retro style. Love the colored sunglasses frames and the scarf that matches the shirt. But the jean skirt and the Birkenstocks keep it from being too stuffy; perfect for campus.

Maddie’s earring board was actually what first caught my eye. She’s raising money for her service trip to Rawanda this summer my selling her handmade earrings. She also jsut found out that while she’s there she’s going to have the opportunity to teach some of the women there who are getting out of prostitution how to make earrings themselves, so they have a skill they can utilize and make money from. 

The’ye only $6 a pair, so of course I had to get some. I fell for these yellow and gold beaded hoops; so bright and spring-y.

Look at these fly dudes, that’s Justin, Scott and the one on the right is named Dre.
I met Dre the first day of freshman year as I was moving into my dorm room. My mom and I were assembling shelves and all of a sudden Dre appeared in the doorway, asking if we needed any help. He was just going all around, saying hello to people. Since then, any time I’d see Dre around campus he’d give me a big hug and a smile, and he knows practically everyone. He is like a shot of instant sunshine.
Sadly, I haven’t run into Dre on campus in a really long time. It was like he disappeared into the ether. But yesterday, he finally resurfaced!
At first he caught my eye being so tall, and then I noticed that this skateboarder was carrying a small bouquet of colorful flowers. And then I realized who it was. He told me the flowers were for his girlfriend. D’awww.
I just loved the uniquity of the image, and then I noticed that all three of the guys were wearing shirts with variations of the same elephant print and that clinched it; they needed to be featured.
There’s nothing I love more than those perfectly, cosmically orchestrated moments in life.

Look at these fly dudes, that’s Justin, Scott and the one on the right is named Dre.

I met Dre the first day of freshman year as I was moving into my dorm room. My mom and I were assembling shelves and all of a sudden Dre appeared in the doorway, asking if we needed any help. He was just going all around, saying hello to people. Since then, any time I’d see Dre around campus he’d give me a big hug and a smile, and he knows practically everyone. He is like a shot of instant sunshine.

Sadly, I haven’t run into Dre on campus in a really long time. It was like he disappeared into the ether. But yesterday, he finally resurfaced!

At first he caught my eye being so tall, and then I noticed that this skateboarder was carrying a small bouquet of colorful flowers. And then I realized who it was. He told me the flowers were for his girlfriend. D’awww.

I just loved the uniquity of the image, and then I noticed that all three of the guys were wearing shirts with variations of the same elephant print and that clinched it; they needed to be featured.

There’s nothing I love more than those perfectly, cosmically orchestrated moments in life.