Old School

14 January 2015

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

December Rewind

03 January 2015

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)

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