While summer is just about done, fall in Los Angeles has yet to make it’s appearance. Although it’s mid October, the weather still feels balmy and warm on most days which is why I felt it was still appropriate to extend my summer looks for just a little bit longer.
As promised, here’s part 2 of my Back to School collaboration with Ontario Mills. While high school was a time when I cared more about function more-so than form, college was a time when I valued efficiency over everything else. My favorite outfits when I was at UCR were the ones that looked like I was trying really hard to put together a good outfit when in fact I just threw on some random pieces together in a rush. How does one achieve this? By shopping smart. Being tight on cash in college, I always looked out for clothes that made putting together a nice look easy and simple. I always gravitated towards bold patters because I knew I could easily pair it with a good pair a black pants. This shirt from H&M is so comfortable and deceptively looks a lot more expensive than it really is.
I started drinking a lot more water in college and you could always find me walking around campus with a bottle of water in hand. H&M carries this line in their stores and has world records printed on the bottle; perfect for me to keep being motivated.
As much as I raved about these jeans in yesterday’s blog post, I HAVE to talk about them again today. Lucky Brand jeans are my absolute GO TO pair of denim nowadays. I feel like I’ve been spoiled rotten by them. I got my first pair last year and they still haven’t worn out even after all the wear and tear I put them through. The denim Lucky Brand uses is not only durable, but also super comfortable and just stretchy enough to make moving around in them manageable even if you get their super skinny line. The first time I put a pair on, I thought I wasn’t wearing pants at all because the material is so light and comfortable.
I also need to mention that I finally found my PERFECT fit after years of searching. Even though my old pair were from the 1 Authentic Skinny line, the store associate recommended the athletic fit for me after learning about my specific needs for a pair of jeans. The athletic fit has a regular fit waist and a slim leg but is a bit looser in the thigh than other slim leg denim. The problem I’ve had for the longest time was being able to find a slim/skinny pair of jeans that was just a bit looser around the thigh area but still slim at the calves and this fit is PERFECT for my body type.
College, for me, was a time when I started exploring my sense of style and becoming more and more comfortable wearing clothes that I thought would have been too flamboyant or “stylish” back in high school. I’m really glad that college allowed me to explore and experiment in areas I wasn’t confident enough to try in high school.
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Backpack (Borrowed for Look): Herschel Supply Co.
Water Bottle: H&M
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I cannot believe that September is right around the corner and this will be the first year that I won’t be excited to start school again. From the joy of seeing my friends after a long summer away from them, to the excitement of starting new classes, and the exhilarating thrill of back to school shopping for new clothes, September was by far, my favorite month out of the year. Luckily, my friends at Ontario Mills helped me get over my little nostalgic slump by sending me on a back to school shopping spree.
June has flown by much faster than I had anticipated. My graduation, birthday, and work pretty much filled up all of my time so there really wasn’t much time to sit down and breathe. But over the past few months, I’ve compiled a small list of some of my favorite items that I find myself reaching for all of the time.
Zara No. 8
There is just something so incredibly refreshing, musky, and sexy about this scent that I just cant place my finger on. I tend to gravitate towards this kind of scent when I shop for colognes and almost all of my past colognes have very fresh undertones to them. I first bought the travel sized spray to spritz on when I need a scent pick me up at work but I went through that bottle so quickly I realized I should probably get the full sized bottle. It’s relatively inexpensive at $20 and even though I use it about twice a day for a few weeks, I’ve only made a small dent in the bottle. I should probably say that it is a toilette and not a parfum so the scent wears off pretty quickly.
Jord Wood Watch
My birthday followed the tail end of the month and my friends at Jord Wood Watches sent me this beautiful wrist watch in the mail as a little present! I’m seriously so obsessed my new timepiece. I’ll be honest with you, I tend to get pretty warm throughout the day and most metal/leather watches always leave me feeling icky, especially in the summer. The watch I got is made out of wood which is not only stays nice and cool throughout the day, but its also incredibly light. They also make a really sick line of women’s watches that make for a really unique gift for pretty much any lucky lady in your life (or maybe for yourself too haha).
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
I’ve been reading this book on and off for a few months already and I always seem to stop because life gets in the way of my nightly routine. I’m almost done with the first book in the series and while it is one of the slowest books to jump into the action, I really don’t mind the pace. The story follows two people: Tengo and Aomame and the actions they take that propel them into deeper and deeper waters like a chain of dominoes. What I like best about this book is how Murakami paints such vivid descriptions and builds up every character’s backstories like an oil painter before inching the plot to it’s next step.
I read this book like a series because each chapter takes almost exactly 30 minutes to read. I tend to wind down my day by reading a chapter every night and allow myself to marinate on the descriptions the next day.
Rub Rub Rub from Lush
I normally don’t have many favorites when it comes to bath products since I just use whatever my family happens to buy it’s worked out pretty well for me until my friends and I happened to stop by the Lush store in Pasadena and I was given a demonstration of this product. My. Life. Was. Changed.
This product is so versatile, makes my shower smell AMAZING, and does wonders for my skin. Once a week, I hop into the shower and take a couple of palmfuls of this stuff and do a deep exfoliation all over my body then wash it all off. The sea salt in the formula scrubs all of the dead skin cells, dirt, and oil off of my skin. My God, I never knew my skin could feel SO DAMN SOFT. After fully massaging in my lotion, I’m ready to hop into bed and enjoy the best sleep of my life. I have, however switched over to applying a less generous amount of the product onto a dry loofah instead of using a ton of product straight out of the pot. Same effects, less product wasted.
For the rest of the week, I use use a quarter sized dollop in my loofah and apply it while the water is turned on. While I don’t get the bomb exfoliation that I get from applying it on dry skin, I get a nice lather and I’m still left smelling great. I believe this pot costed $23.I’ve had it for about a month and I still have about 1/3 left even after using it pretty generously.
London Royal Sunglesses
I was sent this gorgeous pair of sunglasses from London Royal in the beginning of the month and I’ve been wearing them out a lot recently. The material feels nice and weighty without being heavy (if I’m making any sense at all). But besides how it feels on my face, it actually fits my face REALLY WELL. I have a rather large and wide face and it’s often difficult to find frames that naturally go well with my face shape. The lenses themselves also have a nice gradient effect to them that’s really on trend right now. It filters out the sunlight just enough without actually hindering my vision.
This pair retails for $15 but if you use my code “CYTHERIAL” at checkout, you can get 10% off your entire order.
If you guys follow my Instagram page, you’ll know these babies are the backbone of my bullet journal. They are incredibly ergonomic, the colors lay down very nice and pigmented and the tips are nice and thin so I can draw a lot of details if I choose to. They also don’t dry out easily! I’ve accidentally left a pen out overnight and it worked just fine the next day. The colors lay down very smoothly and I’ve never had any issues with bleed. Also, the packaging is wonderful, the top of the cover opens in a way that turns the case into a stand that you can prop up on your table when you’re working.
They are on the pricy end and are definitely an investment piece but if you’re as dedicated to bullet journaling and coloring as I am, this set is worth EVERY PENNY.
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For the past couple of months, I’ve been working with Bedford 11th to bring you some new content featuring their line of structured bags. I’m absolutely in love with the structured look of these bags because they’ve streamlined my minimal aesthetic that I’ve been going for this year. Most of the bags I own are kind of slouchy and, well, baggy. But the ones that were sent to me were SO sleek and minimal they’ve instantly won over my heart.
Photo: Mimi Taylor (Instagram)
Life has a way of throwing you off momentum at times when you feel like you’re on a roll. Since the last time I did a major life update on the blog, I was finishing up my internship and was looking for full time employment following my exit from the company I was working at. While I knew that my job search journey would be a long journey, I never realized how many road blocks I’d hit and how much I’d begin to question myself.
If you guys haven’t seen already, I am obsessed with the haori I got from Kimono no Kobeya in Pasadena. It feels so luxurious and comfortable because of the silk. In most of my instagram posts featuring the haori, I wore it the normal way, with the black silk on the outside over my clothing.
Day 2 of LAFW was quite the experience. While Day 1 featured a lot of confusion due to my inexperience, I was fully able to enjoy Day 2 due to being on top of my game and knowing how to navigate the event. The day’s shows were even more diverse than the day before, starting with a children’s designer from Australia: Rose Cottage
The fabrics and styles made me think of mid century British children’s fashion thats updated to fit today’s aesthetic. Its not to say that it’s outdated, the cuts were a breath of fresh air to a very vintage and nostalgic style. It made me think of the timelessness of Winnie the Pooh. The fabrics ranged in thickness and volume and were super sweet and innocent without the stuffiness of some kid’s fashion. The collection, while looking quite beautiful, is also very durable. I can imagine kids being able to run around and playing in the outfits without the parents having to worry about them ruining the pieces. The tricky thing about kid’s fashion is also considering that it’s also for KIDS and they’re meant to be played in.
Day 3 of OCFW was an interesting night to attend. Perhaps it didn’t leave the best impression of the show in my mind especially after attending the first night of shows. Although the designs were interesting; the event itself was a bit disappointing.