Outfit of the Day – Mother’s Day Inspired Look

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Denim Jacket – H&M / Top – Mom’s Closet / Jeans – American Eagle / Booties – Steve Madden / Purse – Kate Spade

Happy Monday! Can you believe this weekend is Mother’s Day? To celebrate on the blog, I borrowed a beloved top from my mom’s closet. It belonged to her in the 90’s and I absolutely love it. It’s pretty basic and simple but extremely versatile. I previously styled it with a blazer here. However, for this post, I wanted to dress it down so I paired it with a denim jacket. I added ankle leather booties and black skinny jeans to create a very casual cool look.

Also, how cute is this picture of my mom and me? 🙂 It’s personally one of my favorites! Now that I have shorter hair, I think you can really see the similarities between us. My mother and I are pretty close but she lives many states away so I’ll be sure to skype date with her this Sunday! I hope many of you are also able to spend some quality time with your mother this weekend as well. Anyways, I’ll talk to you all very soon. 🙂 ~b

 
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Paris Outfit of the Day

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Dress – H&M / Sunglasses + Flip Flops – Walmart

Bonjour!!! Sharing my final pics from my mini France travel series with one of my absolute favorite cities – Paris! It’s one of those places that I love to visit over and over again. There are so many things that come to mind when I think of Paris…. picnics by the Effiel Tower, casual strolls through the immaculate gardens,  sightseeing at all the top attractions…The list can go on and on but I’ll truly never forget my first time seeing the iconic Effiel Tower. I remembered turning a corner and suddenly having a “pinch me” kind of moment when I first laid eyes on the majestic structure. It’s grandiose and timeless, I couldn’t stop marveling at it! The historical monument is one of the most famous landmarks in the world and a symbol of Paris. If you have the time, you can also climb the tower to get a beautiful view of the city… I posted a pic down below. It’s an amazing experience that you have to do at least once in your life! The City of Lights is awe-inspiring, romantic, and simply magical. I am honestly sooo entranced by the lovely atmosphere of Paris so I can’t wait to come back soon! ~b 🙂

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Summer Day in Charleston

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Dress – Forever 21 / Purse – Kate Spade / Flip Flops – Walmart / Glasses – Walmart

Happy Tuesday, guys! Yesterday I drove down to Charleston with some family and friends for a mini day trip. So I thought what better idea then to share some photos from my last visit in the summertime!

Charleston, South Carolina is a super popular destination. Beloved by both tourists and locals, it’s well-known for its rich culture and historic charm. Exploring the historic district is a must-have and the best way to fully experience the city. Located in downtown, the South of Broad neighborhood is home to some of the most beautiful residential architecture. My absolute favorite is this posh mansion overlooking White Point Garden! It’s the perfect balance of classic and contemporary. Nearby these fabulous estates is the famous battery. It’s a nice place to take a stroll and catch a light breeze in the hot humidity. Below are some of my top pics from my summer trip, I’ll also be posting my pictures from my winter trip in a later blog post. As always, thanks for stopping by – until next time!  🙂 ~b

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Vintage Vinyl Outfit

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Top – Lc Kohl’s / Jeans – American Eagle / Booties – Kohl’s / Tote Bag – Tory Burch

If you guys watched my recent mini haul then you will know that I won an embossed record player from Urban Outfitters. Excited to test out my new stylish audio player, I made a beeline to my local record store. As I filed through the music selections, I was transported in time. From one-hit wonders of the 80’s to head-bopping tunes of the 90’s, there were sooo many options. Although in today’s age of modern digital media vinyls may appear to be inconvenient. The vinyl revival is very much alive and they are making a comeback in sales. Records offer music lovers a different experience. They are retro, classic, and emit nostalgia vibes. A perfect fit for any hipster’s cozy living room. I plan on collecting a few for my home.  🙂 ~b

 
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Holiday Date Night Outfit

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Top – H&M / Jeans – Topshop Jamie / Booties – Kohl’s / Purse – Givenchy Antigona

Hi guys! Last week my boyfriend and I went on a little dinner date (pictures below). This historic home turned cafe is a hidden gem in Uptown. Secluded from the bustling commotion of the city, it’s a perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. We enjoyed our crème brûlée as French music played softly behind us and the charming string lights twinkled above us. I was simply enchanted by the magic of the night. 🙂 It was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

Anwyho, can y’all believe that Christmas is less then two weeks away?! The inner child within me is ecstatic (#KidAtHeart) !! I have a few more festive photoshoots up my sleeve but in the meantime I’m wishing you all a merry and bright week! ~b

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Fall Morning Outfit

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Top – H&M / Vest – Francesca’s / Jeans – American Eagle / Boots – Nordstrom

Today’s the last day of November, which means Christmas is on the way! I still have sooooo much fall-related content to edit so I apologize that it might not synchronize with the ever changing-season. However, there’s some amazing photography that I couldn’t pass up posting! So stay tuned!

What I love most about fall is how nature inspires fashion. The fall foliage brings out wine red, golden yellow, and rustic browns into our wardrobe. Emerald green is also one of those exquisite colors. It’s elegant and has a way of refining an outfit. (Also, I personally think it looks great with dark hair!)  I see this color a lot during the holiday season so you can easily transition this look into the upcoming winter. For this crisp fall morning, I layered my emerald green top with a herringbone quilted vest to create a stylish cold-weather outfit. Pairing it with dark-wash jeans and black leather riding boots completes the outdoorsy yet sophisticated look. ~b

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10 Facts About Me + Coffee Shop Outfit

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Blazer – Elodie / Tank Top – Naked Zebra / Jeans – Marshalls / Shoes – F21 / Bag – Gigi New York Hayden Statchel

Happy Fri-yay guys! I have been putting off making an about me page/post for the longest time. I dread the whole process of defining myself  in general. It feels like an interview or small talk which I have never been a big fan of. Plus, it’s rather difficult to summarize yourself in a paragraph or two. However, I understand readers will feel blinded if they don’t get to know at least a few facts about the girl behind the screen. So I rounded a list of 10 (ish) facts about me. 🙂

1.) Background: I was born in Vietnam. I immigrated to the United States with my family when I was 4 years old. I grew up in a small town in Ohio.

2.) Age: 23 years old                     3.) Personality: INFJ                        4.) Zodiac: Pisces

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7.) Gypsy Soul: I have done a fair amount of traveling. I have visited roughly 13 different countries and been all over the U.S. I backpacked Europe in college and my family did a road-trip across America when I graduated highschool. I do frequent trips throughout the year to various cities but I prefer international travel more and hope to be able to take at least one overseas trip a year. (Pst..Greece has been on my list!)

8.) Photographer: My brother and boyfriend both take pictures for me. They are amazing photographers and I am so so lucky to have their help. We go on a lot of mini weekend trips for fun so I try to get content from those excursions. I take some of my own pics on my Canon T3i or iphone 7. I edit all my photos with Adobe Photoshop or my phone.

9.) Favorite Music: Indie and acoustic jams give me life!! But I also like listening to dubstep songs when I run because it helps me pace myself.

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10.) Quirky: Probably the coolest fact about me is that I am very good at social media contests. It’s like a hidden talent and I have won close to 45 contests the last 2.5 years.  Some of my winnings include cash prizes, shopping sprees, wedding ring ( which I gave to my mother ) , a wedding dress ( I’m not married or engaged….lol ), beauty products, electronics, gift cards, home decor, etc. My favorite win of all time was an all inclusive paid trip to Cabo, Mexico courtesy of Urban Decay.

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That’s all for this post. Thanks for stopping by guys! I really appreciate it and I hope to be able to open up more about my personal life as time goes on 🙂 ~b

Hot Air Balloon Festival Outfit

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Poncho – Forever 21 / Sweater – Thrifted / Jeans – American Eagle / Boots – DSW

Up up up & awayyy… November is just flying by!


I can’t believe next week is Thanksgiving?! It always amazes me when reflecting back just how fast time seems to go. A few weeks back I witnessed the beautiful mass accession of a dozen hot air balloons and it was simply breathtaking. They soared gracefully through the blissful blue skies. I was enchanted by the playful scene as I watched the balloons paint the plain skies with vibrant pops of colors and various fun patterns. They continue to float on to their final destination with a sense of carefreeness – a lost of distraction and time but still guided by the wind.


What I Wore:

My outfit was very much inspired by the season’s color palette of burgundy leaves and rustic twigs. My nomadic tribal print poncho blanket embodied the free spirit vibe of the celebration. Though it was a loose fitting layer, it still provided a flattering effortless chic shape. The fringe tassel detailing also added another stylish boho element to the overall look. Perhaps the best part is the fact that I thrifted this staple F21 item for $12 dollars (talk about a steal!) . To complete my whole outfit, I paired it with comfy distressed denim jeans and a cozy knit sweater. So even though chilly days are in the forecast ahead – I hope you guys don’t always have to compromise on some fun fall fashion! ~b

 
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Lantern Festival Outfit

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Top – H&M /  Jeans – Marshalls / Tote Bag – Tory Burch / Sandals – DSW

In recent months I went to a beautiful Chinese Lantern Festival that took place at a botanical garden near my city. The intricate and elaborate lanterns were beautifully crafted from China. The exhibit theme was “The Wild” which featured animals such as elephants, jellyfishes, pandas, etc. In daylight they were fun to look at but at night they were absolutely exquisite. The lanterns illuminated a vibrant energy and gave new life to these wondrous sculptures. I was captivated by all the swirling colors and the magical glow of these lights. The pictures below do not do it justice! As for my outfit, I am wearing a light green sage tank top from H&M. This is actually one of my favorite tops at the moment. I love the color and girly frill ruffles! My accessories and jeans are all neutral-toned. I always find that this helps balance an outfit out. That’s it for this post, hope you guys have a wonderful Wednesday! ~b

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New Petite Friendly Bike + Workout Outfit

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Top – Topshop / Bottoms – VSX Knockout Crop Leggings / Shoes – Asics

Happy November y’all! In this  blog post i’m excited to share with you guys my new bike!  I won a Schwinn bike for my boyfriend so he purchased this cute bike for me so we could go cycling together. We have this new thing where we are riding to all the art murals in our city. So far, it’s been a fun and cool way to explore! I also ended up naming my bike Minty…ha – how original,  I know 🙂 . It actually took us a while to find a bike because I am so petite. I was set on getting a cruiser style bike with gears but this was not a common combination. We looked online and in stores everywhere but the bikes we looked at were often times too big or didn’t have gears. We eventually got lucky on a trip to Walmart and found my Huffy Parkside City Bike! Not only is it cute and a great bike but it’s also super affordable. It retails for $119 before tax. I highly recommend this bike for someone around 5 feet tall (although it comes in a bigger size if you are taller).  I’ve had the bike for a little over a month now and I love it! I am planning to make the bike a little more old school by adding vintage elements to it. Think wicker basket, brown leather handles, and pin striped wheels. It’s on my list of projects to do! 🙂 All in all, I seriously recommend this bike for anyone looking for a stylish bike with functionality – it’s the perfect mix of mountain + road + cruiser all in one!

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