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In One Year & Out The Other

One year ago today, I started an Instagram account to track my day-to-day fashion. I did it on a whim at the encouragement of a dear friend. I had no clear goals or expectations, just the vague idea that I wanted to show someone out there, possibly some modern day version of my younger self, that it was okay to dress (and be) different from everyone else as long as you had fun doing so.

Here are 6 of my favorite outfits from this past year. (Note that they literally all have patterned fabrics… what even are solid colors?)

 

This past year of blogging has had its ups and downs, but I’ve grown as a person, made some incredible friends, found some inspirational ladies online (some of whom are the aforementioned friends), gotten closer to some of my existing friends, taught my mother how to use a camera (thanks mom!), and felt more comfortable in my own skin (and the funky fabrics that cover it) than ever.

THANK YOU… to my friends and family who’ve shown their enthusiastic support towards me and this endeavor. I don’t know what I expected your reaction would be when I first revealed I was trying my hand at fashion blogging, but I could never in my grandest dreams have imagined it’d be so positive.

THANK YOU… to the friends I’ve made over the course of this year via Instagram, who have consistently engaged with my content and encouraged me with their words and double-taps. You ladies are such sweet, supportive, and genuine people and even if all I’d gotten out of this past year was you guys as friends, that’d be enough.

THANK YOU… to the many people in my life who have stepped up to take my photos for this blog; I truly cannot put into words how much it means to me that you have done this for me, a single time, a few dozen times, or every single day for months. Steph, Yin, Seabass, LeAnn, Kiran, Miwa, Jane, Ally, Joe, Janine, Tori, Angie, Mom, & Dad: thank you so very much. I’ll admit that I’ve never gotten myself 100% comfortable with the idea of taking time out of someone’s day to have them do something for me, but that you’ve sacrificed your precious time for this anyway means the world to me.

THANK YOU… to my followers who find my content worthy enough to appear on their feeds, especially given my erratic posting. It means a lot to me that you guys have stuck around.

THANK YOU… to my dog, Leo. He hasn’t done sh*t for this blog or my Instagram (besides pose for joint photos a few times), but I feel obligated to include him in this flood of gratitude anyway. 😉

Street Art Of Ireland

I just made it back from a 10 day trip to Ireland for the holidays, and man, what a beautiful country!

I anticipated drinking lots of Guinness and Jameson (check and check), nursing a 10-day hangover (crisis avoided), and seeing the seriously stunning countryside, but what I didn’t anticipate was how absolutely gorgeous and plentiful Ireland’s street art is!

Dublin and Galway are filled with beautiful pieces of wall and door art, and here are just a few of my favorites:

Dublin:

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A parrot’s life for me! Layered bell sleeve blouse from Shein, Leather pants from H&M, Velvet booties from DSW
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See the stars in her eyes.

Galway:

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Gotta love a bit of grunge. Coat by BB Dakota, Blouse thrifted from Housing Works, Boots from River Island (on sale for 12 euro!)
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Shark week.
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Beeeee happy!
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The world is more colorful than you know.

Hope this explosion of colors brightened your day a bit like it brightened my whole week! Many thanks to the talented artists who put so much effort into making city streets more colorful; it’s so easy to get bogged down but the sometimes gray and dreary city lifestyle (especially on rainy days like today), but street art serves to make those days so much brighter.

As a result of this trip, two of my New Year’s resolutions are to seek out more color, and go exploring for the hell of it. On the latter point, I take New York City life for granted and have never gone wall art hunting before… however, I know there’s loads to see here. Thanks to the inspiring street art of Ireland, I’m going to try a little harder to make this giant city a home.

Happy New Year, friends ❤

If you know any of the above artists, please let me know so that I can give them due credit!

Bring On The Tinsel

My office is having its annual holiday party today, and I’ve been excited from the moment I got my invite.

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Gardini Floral Print Dress by French Connection

I came up with several dress possibilities, ranging from embroidered cocktail dresses to velvet gowns. It is very rare that I get to dress up, so I was thrilled with the long anticipated opportunity.

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Clutch by Kate Spade, Choker by Guess, Torque from Retail Therapy

But then I realized this week, with growing amounts of horror, that the majority of my coworkers were planning to dress as they would on any other workday. Any other workday. I’m at a health tech start-up, so I’m talking lots of flannel, graphic t-shirts, Converses, and joggers.

On a normal day, these are clothing items I can happily get behind, but on what may very well be the most fabulous workday of the year?! Devastating!

I’m all about pushing the envelope, fashion-wise, but even I can’t over-dress two standard deviations above the fashion formality norm. If plaid and sweaters were going to be the baseline, I certainly couldn’t bust out the lush red velvet gown that I was planning on wearing.

Enter This Dress.

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Work appropriate, classy enough to satisfy my dress-up cravings, and absolutely gorgeous. I tend to love most of the French Connection finds I happen upon in my favorite department store, Lord & Taylor, but this one in particular caught my eye like no other. The cut is immensely flattering, the colors are rich, and while it’s free of the embroidery, lace, and velvet I was so deeply hoping to wear at our holiday party, it still makes a lovely statement.

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BCBGeneration Darron Pump from DSW

To ensure no one would accuse me of not dressing up after I hyped up my dress-up desires for so long, I paired it with these affordable BCBGeneration heels, which make the classic Valentino Rockstud style attainable for those of us who aren’t yet able to drop a thousand dollars on a pair of heels. (One day! *shakes fist*) They are surprisingly not uncomfortable to walk in, look stunning in person, and are easily confused with the real deal! (I have coworkers who own actual Valentinos and even they thought I was wearing a pair!)

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Coat by BB Dakota

Now that I’ve got my OOTD sorted, bring on the white wine! The red wine! The cider! The champagne! And, let’s face it, the hangover!

What are you guys wearing to your work holiday parties? I hope your work party dress codes are fancier than my office’s!

How To Be A Well-Dressed Mathematician

I find it often takes people by surprise when they discover I’m a mathematician AND fashionista.

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Blouse from SheIn (link to item, highly recommend this particular piece!), Skirt by Forever21, Boots by Nine West

It’s as if the two are mutually exclusive; as a mathematician, do they expect me to bolt out of bed at 3 in the morning, shrug on on a tweed coat and pajama pants, and run to the lab to frantically scribble proofs onto a blackboard, covering myself head to toe in chalk dust? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

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Sunglasses by Express (link to item)

In my experience, being a math nerd has only improved my sense of fashion. People forget that mathematicians? We’re good with patterns. It’s one of the reasons I struggle to wear solid colors alone. There’s just something so appealing about a patterned fabric, especially of the geometric variety. And if one patterned fabric is nice? Imagine wearing two!

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Fashion is all about combinations and permutations of a (sadly) finite set of clothing (though I’ll admit that my set of clothes increases in volume at an alarming pace, with a steep slope post-Black Friday, when I have no self control, and tiny decreasing blips in the weeks after, when I sheepishly return a couple impulse buys).

This skirt and blouse? Two of my favorite Black Friday purchases. They are patterned fabrics, so an immediate pupil-pleaser in my eyes (pun intended), but they are also incredibly versatile and will contribute to many successful sartorial combinations in their future.

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Rings from Aldo (link to item)

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Going back to the topic of math fashionistas; I’ll admit, I did endure some minor hardships as a result of being both a woman in STEM and a women who puts a decent amount of effort into getting dressed in the morning. I got the impression during grad school that some fellow mathematicians thought less of my brain based purely on my appearance. And that can be discouraging.

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This skirt is an optical illusion

But if you find yourself in similar shoes, don’t let it get to you. If they think mathematicians (or other brainiacs) can’t also be fashionistas (or in any way passionate about fashion/beauty), let yourself be a walking, talking counterexample! You exist, therefore you are. Q.E.D.

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Black And White Thinking

The world is not black and white, certainly… but half of my closet is.

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All photos are by the incredible Angie @ AngelitasPhotos. Leather jacket by French Connection (on sale, UK only. Potentially also here, have never ordered from this site). Leather pants by H&M

Dressing in black and white, just like thinking in black and white, is easy. But that said, dressing in black and white is also super chic and fabulous, whereas thinking in black and white can fall hugely short of capturing reality.

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Hat by Kathy Jeanne Saks Off Fifth (on sale). Top from Debenham’s (similar here and here)

Add some color, on both fronts. Wearing black and white? Use your face to add in some color: vivid lipstick, louder blush. Taking photos in a black and white outfit? Find a beautifully vibrant background to enhance the contrasts in your clothing.

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Face: BB Cream in Tan by Tarte Cosmetics, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal by Becca Cosmetics, Blush in Seduction by NARS Cosmetics, Lip Whip in Raspberry Tiramisu by Beauty Bakerie Cosmetics, Brow Zings by Benefit Cosmetics, Eyeshadow palette in Morning Java by Clinique

If you’re thinking in black and white, do the same thing, but figuratively. Imagine how someone else might be thinking in grey, or in technicolor, and try to step into their shoes. The world is never so simple as to fit into just black and white. We live in a wonderfully complex society, filled with wonderfully complex people.

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Hair: Blowout in style Cosmo-Tai by the Drybar

Some of these wonderfully complex people will likely be at your Thanksgiving table tomorrow. And as wonderfully complex people tend to enjoy talking to other wonderfully complex people, discussions may arise around recent events that have encouraged a comeback in black and white thinking.

So let the color in. Paint with those colors. Speak with those colors. Live and breathe those colors. Encourage and inspire others to do the same.

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But don’t stop dressing in black and white. Because…hello, fabulous.

Have a happy Thanksgiving. ❤

All photos by Angelitas Photos. I HIGHLY recommend her for anyone looking for a tri-state area photographer. She’s super talented and such a joy to work with. Check out her portfolio or @portraitsbyangelita on Instagram.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Faking Confidence

I recently came to the realization that the way I dress leads strangers to assume I am a fearlessly confident person.

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Romper by Zara

I’m going to tell you guys here, in confidence, that I am the opposite of confident. I am confident in the way that a baby deer is confident; which is to say, not very much, at all.

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Lipstick by Beauty Bakerie Makeup

But that’s okay. People say that confidence is an essential quality one needs in order to “make it” in life. But I say, there are qualities that are far more important: kindness, honesty, and respect.

I firmly believe that kindness, honesty, and respect aren’t qualities you should fake, but confidence? It’s one of those “fake it till you make it” type qualities. You don’t need to have confidence to look confident.

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My secret to looking confident: wear whatever the f*ck you want!

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Purse by Giani Bernini for Macy’s

My technique for getting dressed in the morning is: find a central piece (the centerpiece) and pick random items/accessories to match with it, and then cross your fingers and hope they all match in combination!

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Shoes by Aldo

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My romper today was way too cold for this crisp November weather, so I tried to find matching tights and, to my dismay, they were still not sufficiently warm. So I layered them… because… why not?!

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Necklace from Modcloth (still available!)

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Never be afraid to experiment in creative ways when it comes to fashion! The wonderful thing is, you’ll have some successes and some failures, but with each new success, you’ll gain a little more confidence.

I like to get dressed in a way that makes me feel ready to go out there and face the world. And that’s exactly the kind of confidence you need…

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… The confidence that at the end of the day, you are being true to yourself above all else.

Outfit Matching With Bae

I’d like to introduce you to the Number One Man in my life: Leo.

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Jacket by Express (Similar), Shoes (Faux Shearling Lined) by Converse (Similar)

Leo is my family’s 11 year old toy poodle, who I suspect has discovered the mythical Fountain of Youth and/or drinks the blood of baby unicorns when we’re not looking.

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Sunglasses by ZeroUV

Leo and I have had these cozy camo print coats for several years now, but I’ve never had the opportunity to get a photo of us in our matching jackets together. Now seemed as good a time as any, so I enlisted the help of my awesome father for an impromptu fall photoshoot.

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Several years ago, I found myself struggling to find my way in the massive planet we call home. So I looked to my Number One Guy for some help; I thought about the principles he lives by.

  1. Enjoy the simple things.
  2. Love freely and openly.
  3. Always get your beauty sleep.
  4. Sniff ALL the butts.

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I didn’t particularly feel that #4 was my kinda thing, and #3 was something I already did quite unashamedly… but #1 and #2 have opened my eyes.

Enjoy the simple things. Leo often finds himself overcome with pure zen at the feeling of the wind blowing through his fabulous ears; I try to enjoy the sight of colorful fall leaves on a weekend away from the city, or the feeling of a smooth subway ride during a rush hour commute.

Love freely and openly. Leo has no shame in gazing adoringly into my eyes like there’s nothing else he’d rather be looking at; perhaps I’m not ready to express that level of devotion just yet, but I don’t hide my feelings of love for my friends and family. Life is too short to be shy about these things!

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And life is too short to not have photoshoots with your dog where you’re both wearing matching outfits…

Happy Fall ❤