Blossoming | Again

Hey loves! Spring is coming, the temperatures are warming up, and I'm finally feeling more like myself again. I will always love Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, but a part of me feels like I'm truly meant to live in warmer climates like California or Hawaii, where the colors are brighter, the personalities are warmer, and the fabrics are less restricting. 

The early bloom of the cherry blossoms inspired me to wear these baby pink jeggings I picked up last month, from American Eagle. (Psst!* They're currently on sale here) You may have noticed by now, that I never did a Valentine's Day lookbook, but I did wear these jeggings on Valentine's Day, otherwise known as Singles Awareness Day for me lol.

This is a blog about my life and I would like to be as transparent with you guys as possible, but sometimes you debate with yourself on what you're ready to share, and what you're not ready to share yet. I'm not going to go into too much detail, but if you've been following me for awhile, you know that I ended a pretty serious relationship almost 2 years ago. Since then I've kept myself occupied with school and work, and that's worked out pretty well for me, academically. It's just now, I feel like I'm finally ready to kind of dip my feet in the waters, wade around, and see what kind of fish are out there.

When you have this whole plan of how you're going to spend the rest of your life with someone, and that get's shatter, you really question afterwards, what you want anymore. And of course, this is not an easy topic for me to discuss publicly, but the thing that keeps me sharing writing, is knowing that somewhere out there, another girl is going through the same thing & I believe girls should help each other out.  

Something that was really helpful for me (another book, yes), was reading "It's Just a F***king Date", " by Greg Gehrendt & Amiira Ruotola. As lame as it may appear, the book has really gotten me to open up to the idea of "modern" dating, and to be more fearless. Of course, no woman needs a man, but I've always been a hopeless romantic, and I think i'm just going to leave it at that for today. :) I hope you're doing well! I'll catch you guys next time. Keep dreaming, believing, loving, and slaying! - JEN

"It's okay to be scared, but you have to get out there, open up, love, make mistakes,
earn, be stronger, and start all over again." - Anonymous 

GET THE LOOK

Kendall & Kylie kimono // Forever 21 beaded tank // American Eagle jeggings // Just Fab bag // Sam Edelman sandals

Venice Neutrals

Hey loves! :) It sure feels so good to be back in California! The weather here is just the perfect temperature to me, and there are beautiful places to visit everywhere!

My family and I flew in yesterday afternoon and decided to spend our first morning in the Los Angeles area, exploring the outside of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, otherwise known as LACMA. Turns out it's closed on Wednesdays. Who knew?!

It was fine anyways, because the weather was so nice my parents and I quite enjoyed our walk through the park. The real prize was seeing the Urban Light installment by Chris Burden. It's a popular place to shoot in LA by a lot of bloggers I've followed over the years, and I'm happy to finally see it in person. I can't wait to visit it again at night when the lights are on!

DETAILS ON MY OUTFIT

Forever 21 top | American Eagle shorts | ShoeDazzle heels (similar here) | Michael Kors handbag
Express necklace | Express & H&M finger candy | Fiji nail polish by Essie

I also got to try out my new Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classical camera. (Wow that's a long name). I love how vintage it looks!

After that we headed to Venice Beach!

I can't believe how close this seagull let me get to it! I was an arms length away for this shot!

I hope you guys enjoyed joining me for the day at Venice Beach and LACMA! After these pictures were taken above, I ended up doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, so of course I held back on taking more pictures after that haha. (Thank my cousin Donald for nominating me). It was funny because I had to do the challenge twice, because my mom forgot to push record the first time (my dad enjoyed it tough). Anyways, I hope you all have had the chance to donate (link is above) and I'll talk to you all again soon! xoxo JEN

#Flawless

This may come as a surprise, but I'm 25 years old and last night I just attended my first concert ever. Performers have come and gone to Seattle, but I've just never felt any of them were worth splurging on. When I heard J+B was coming, I jumped on the ticket and brought my best friend Isabelle with me! I always said that the day I finally go to a concert, the artist had to mean a lot to me, and you can't top the Queen Bey!

#IWOKEUPLIKETHIS

For my first concert, I wasn't sure what to wear in terms of concert attire, but I knew it was going to be hot that day, I knew I wanted to be comfortable, and I knew it would be cold at night. My outfit turned out to be perfected for me! Also, you could probably tell it was inspired by her Flawless video.

You can find the pieces I wore down below, as well as other alternatives for your own Beyonce inspired outfit! :) -JEN

Pictures by Isabelle Nguyen... and a cop lol

Combats + Shorts

Express crop top | Garage cardigan (similar here) | American Eagle shorts (similar here)
Steve Madden combat boots | Michael Kors bag | Ray Ban sunglasses

I've always been someone that would go out of my way to wear heels at any occasion I could, but lately, I've wanted to try to mix things up. Don't get me wrong, my heel collection isn't going anywhere! I just wanted to add more variety to my shoe collection, so I had something besides flats and sandals on my laid back days.

With all the traveling I've done recent to warmer climates, I've grown to love more laid back Summer looks. Also with Fall coming in a few months, what better transition piece, than some classic black combat boots? They add an edge to any outfit and are incredibly easy to walk in! They can easily go with any leggings or shorts for those warm Summer days. As the seasons transition, I'm excited to learn how else I can style these new kicks of mine! :) - JEN

Photos by Nicole Patterson

Summer Haze

The end of this month will mark a year since a very sad moment in my life (read about it here). I've spent the better part of this year making a lot of changes for myself, including pushing myself to go outside my box, and try things I would have never done before. For the first time in 4 years, I ate meat again. I didn't want to limit myself anymore. I also somehow got up the courage to apply for scholarships and opportunities it school, that I never had the courage to do before, and it paid off, every single time. 

A part of pushing my limits, was this photoshoot I did with Chinee Jingyu Gu, for my 25th birthday. We were both busy with school during that time, so it took awhile for us to finish these photos. This particular set we shot means so much to me, though, because Chinee picked out this outfit for me. I've never, even as a kid, let anyone do that for me. I wasn't sure at first, but it was eye opening to have someone style you in a different perspective than you're used to. I ended up loving that dress. You can find similar dresses below.

So I guess, this post is a reminder to myself, and salute to the women out there who are always pushing themselves to their limits and developing themselves to a greater tomorrow! - JEN

Classic Florals

For my 4th day in Honolulu, my family and I headed to the Polynesian Cultural Center, for a guided tour & luau. When I think of a Luau, I think of fresh flower leis, so I decided to wear floral maxi dress I got a ways back, from Forever 21. You can see it styled again here

Our morning started out beautiful and sunny, like most of our days at Wakiki, but as we drove through the pass on the other side of the island, we were met with grey skies and a short drizzle. Luckily I brought along my floppy hat from Target. You wouldn't believe it, but occasionally they have great, affordable, pieces!

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All the pieces I wore were old, but you can recreate a similar look with these pieces: