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Favorite Books

May 26, 2017
Good morning, friends! I really wanted to have another outfit post up, but yesterday was my day to shoot and unfortunately the weather was not very permitting. However, it did make for some perfect lazy reading weather. Thus, I compiled a very short list of some of my favorite books at the moment.

Lifestyle


Estée Lalonde is my favorite Youtuber and Beauty Blogger and my boyfriend knew that, so he surprised me with her book, Bloom, for my birthday. It was a relatively quick and easy read, but pleasurable in the sense that it flowed at a nice pace and was also extremely aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Estée took extreme care into the physicality of the actual book itself and almost every page is adorned with a picture that was carefully chosen to accommodate the text. 

As far as the content itself, it was really interesting to read more about Estée and her thoughts on life. She navigated through deep, personal issues such as body image and her experience with depression, which are topics that are typically not discussed in the YouTube sphere. She also touched on fashion, beauty, and interior decor, 3 passions both her and I share, so I really enjoyed these parts as well. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy watching her videos or if you enjoy reading about life and style through a genuine voice.

Cooking


If I could choose to meet and have a chat with anyone in this world, it would be Anthony Bourdain. I think he is an amazing human being who has so much insight and wisdom about the world. Often times, I will grab a snack and throw on an episode of Parts Unknown - my ideal way to spend the day. His latest cookbook is Appetites, which is a hybrid of his professional experience as a chef and his worldwide travels. It's a collection his favorite dishes that he believes everyone should know how to prepare. Although, I have not cooked anything from it yet (a future blog post, perhaps?), I quite enjoyed flicking through the pages and reading his personal anecdotes and absorbing the unique, eye-catching photographs inside.

All-time Favorite


It honestly would not be a favorites book list if I did not include a novel by Haruki Murakami. One of my goals in life is to read every single one of his books. This was actually the first book I read by him, but I decided to include it because I recently reread it and fell in love all over again. Murakami's works are always reminiscent of a dream you might have had in the distant past. I think this particular story is a great first read if you're new to Murakami because it totally draws you into his world and instantly hooks you.

Kafka on the Shore is about a teenage boy who runs away from his father in order to locate his mother and sister. Somehow, he finds up staying at this library with a woman named Miss Saeki. The book also tells the story of Nakata, an older man who locates lost cats. As the story unfolds, the two characters' stories converge and their paths intertwine.

Memoir

Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, because I rented it from the library a couple of months ago. However, I needed to mention it because it was the best non-fiction book I have ever read in a long time. Phil Knight relives his early life as a runner and how this passion lead to the creation of multi-billion dollar company, Nike. I absolutely love the way he wrote and how there was never a dull moment in the storyline. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is passionate about the brand like I am or who enjoys s good success story.


Leave a comment below and let me know what your current favorite book is:




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Wishlist: Window Shopping

May 24, 2017
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Lately, whenever I go to a physical clothing store, I have such a hard time of finding anything I really like. Granted, I have gotten pretty picky and one could even say frugal over the years, but it's getting pretty frustrating! That is why I always gravitate towards online shopping in the end. I just like how everything is laid out plain and simple and there is no need for scourging through full racks of clothing just to find hidden gems. Thus, this little online shopping wishlist I put together. I was definitely in the infamous shopping mood the other day and here are some things I happen to have my eye on. How gorgeous is that printed kimono in the bottom left corner? Would that be too Asian of me? LOL. 


Where do you like to shop online?


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Crop It

May 22, 2017






If you saw on my Instagram story the other day, I found this $7 mustard denim jacket at Goodwill and decided to hack it into a similar jacket I really wanted from Urban Outfitters. However, this BDG version is $79, so I was so happy to find a much cheaper alternative. All I had to do was hack off half of the bottom and it was good to go! I paired it with a simple black tank top and these gorgeous green satin shorts (similar).

As of lately, I have had quite a difficult time shopping for clothes. As I grew older, I started spending less and less on clothes because I got more frugal as time passed. That is why I love going thrifting. If you look hard enough and maybe with a little DIY, you can find something similar to the piece you were eying in the store for a fraction of the price. I essentially saved myself $72 by patiently waiting and not purchasing that BDG jacket although I really wanted it. It is definitely a lesson to be learned!


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BFFs

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Photos by Alex Choi
Today's post features my best friend and derby boyfriend. We met up with Alex in Center City to shoot some couple photos and judging by my boyfriend's face, you can see we had a good time. To be honest, I have never really had someone professionally take my photos, but Alex made the whole process easy and comfortable. I definitely want to start working with more photographers in the future, so if you're based in the Philadelphia area, give your girl a holla.

I wore the same jogger pants I featured in my previous outfit post and this gorgeous mustard top. I thought both the dark green and yellow complimented each other well. As far as accessories, I also wore a western style black leather belt I thrifted years ago and these brown wedges I scored from the Forever 21 clearance section. I realized once I was looking through the photos, I committed a fashion faux pas by wearing both black and brown leather. But, life's all about not following the rules, right?

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