September 29, 2014

A new take on birthdays

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top c/o sheinside | old zara jacket, similar here | old f21 pants, similar here | old zara kitten heels, similar here
tb robinson tote | earrings | similar movado watch | photos: Sally Wang 

My birthday is tomorrow. 22. And it still blows me away to think that I've reached this point in my life. When you're young, everything seems so distant - so possible. You play "fortune-telling" games like MASH and think that your life is going to somehow be figured out by now. You'll be married by 22 and have babies at 24. And it's a funny thing: the way life actually unfolds. I don't know about you, but I got here - to this "ripe" age of 22 - and I still feel like I'm playing MASH; I'm trying to piece together how this thing called life is going to play out. 

And though I don't live in a mansion or drive a scooter to my dream career as a world-renowned fashion designer, I feel like I got something a little bit sweeter: I reached this point in my life and have been able to hold on to my right to dream. You see, the possibility of our lives doesn't cease at any particular point. We continue to grow into the people we never imagined we could be, continue to reach for those things that seem dauntingly unrealistic, and we continue to thrive as astoundingly dimensional individuals. Twenty-two isn't some finite achievement. It's the dawn of a new chapter of dreams. And despite all notions for the cliché, I'm so blessed to have received such a gift. 

happy monday, t.

September 24, 2014

Don't Sweat It

madewell sweats via l'esthetique blog
similar madewell top | madewell sweats | heels | sunglasses | watch c/o klaus kobec
ring stack | similar bar necklace | photos: Sally Wang

I'd been wanting to try this whole "sweatpants for real-world pants" thing for awhile now and finally just took the plunge. Same with the half top-knot. Sometimes pulling off a trend isn't about pulling it off at all. It's about having the confidence to go for it, and only doing so if that's what you really want.

We're halfway there, friends! It's Wednesday! xo t.

September 22, 2014

Lessons I've Learned #1: Rooting for Success

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tank | plaid shirt | similar elizabeth + james skirt | boots | watch c/o Klaus Kobec
rings | similar necklaces here + here| photos: Sally Wang

Lately, I've been trying to do more things that push me toward my dreams – read more books, connect with new people, take on opportunities that I may have otherwise felt nervous to do. That said, you guys know that I recently read #girlboss and loved it. Although Sophia Amoruso's story is a bit different than mine, I couldn't help but be inspired by her go-getter attitude and unapologetic talent. Throughout the entire book, I would catalog some of my favorite parts with my phone. One of these parts that I've been reflecting on a lot lately is a quote by #girlboss Christine Barberich where she states:

"You have to listen, really listen, and root for other people's success. Because it won't always be you, but eventually, it will be."