My Perfect Imperfections

At a young 22 years old, I am blessed to say I feel pretty comfortable in my own skin…for the most part. On some days, I wake up and look into the mirror and am sort of disappointed at what I see. On these days, I am particularly crestfallen and self-conscious. A low self-esteem can really take a toll on my mental health for the day – and this only happens every so often. I cannot even begin to imagine the physical and mental impact this can have on individuals going through self-harming disorders such as depression or anorexia.

Andrea started the “My Perfect Imperfections” tag on YouTube years ago and some of my favorite content creators, Jenn Im and Sophia Chang, have recently revisited it on their own respective channels. These have inspired me to bring it to the blogging world and I thought it would also be the perfect first post to kick off the rebranding of my blog, Enclothed Cognition.

Basically, the Perfect Imperfections tag involves you sharing three things you dislike about yourself and three things you absolutely adore about yourself. These could be both physical and nonphysical traits.

What I Dislike About Myself…

  1. My lips (especially when I smile). This is one of those nitpicky things where I feel like I notice it a lot more than other people. When I smile, the upper left portion of my lip stretches out a lot more than the right, making them look so uneven. I realized I would always subconsciously put my hand up to my face when I take selfies because it sort of hides this fact. This physical trait really affects me because although I hate my lips, I absolutely love to smile. On days when I am especially apparent of it, I love to blast J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” and try my best not to let it bother me!
  2. My pushover tendencies. I am sure when most people describe me they will say two things: I am on the quiet side and I am so sweet. I am okay with this! However, in a way, I feel like it is my downfall. I feel like I was born to please others and I hate disappointing or letting anyone down, which is why people see me as so nice and considerate. Yet, because of this, I feel like I am sometimes taken advantage of. A lot of times I wish I was more inclined to be stronger and less afraid to share what I am really feeling. I still need to teach myself that it really is okay to say “no”.
  3. My birthmark. I have mentioned this before, but I have this rather large diagonal birthmark on my ribcage. When I was a teen, I was quite subconscious about this mark when I wore bathing suits. I hated it! As I grew older though, it started to bother me a little less. I realized it is just a part of who I am and what makes me unique.
Photo by Sophie

What I Like About Myself…

    1. My hair. One of my parent’s friends told them that if a baby has hair sticking straight up, it means they are going to have gorgeous hair. Sure enough, when my parents met me at the airport (I was adopted), my hair was sticking straight up in the air. When you think of Asian hair, you often think thin and pin-straight. I rather like my hair because it is quite thick and has a natural wave to it. To treat my hair, I apply oil to the ends of my hair after every shower. These are the products I am currently currently using to soften my hair and prevent damage: 
  1. My kindness. This is a trait with a double edged sword since it is closely related with the aforementioned trait – my pushover tendencies. However, I also pride myself on this personality trait. I really try to be kind to everyone I meet. I think kindness is something that society has been greatly lacking the past couple of years.
  2. My body. This was one of the harder things for me to fully accept because I used to be self-conscious of my body since I thought it was so 1-Dimensional. People used to poke my body and exclaim how I need to “eat a hamburger ASAP” and remark how I am all “skin and bone”. As you can tell, I am a full time member of the IBTC and pretty much the opposite body type of Kim Kardashian in every single way. Haha! Yet, I love my body more than I ever have. I have been regularly working out for the past 2 years and the hard work is really starting to pay off. I love my body because I feel healthy.

Your turn!

The Perfect Imperfections tag is such a great exercise for everyone to do. I tag anyone who wants to take this challenge. Becoming aware of the things you do and do not like about yourself is enlightening and is a form of self-discovery because it makes you sit down and really think about it.

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If you feel comfortable, leave a comment below sharing one thing you dislike about yourself and one thing you love about yourself. I would love to hear it!

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rebrand

The New Enclothed Cognition

I have been running Enclothed Cognition for about 3 years now and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. Not only was it a creative outlet and a form of expression, but it acted as a resumé supplement since I wanted to get into the fashion industry. As you know, Enclothed Cognition is a place where I share my personal style and what products I am loving at the moment. Yet, I have always wanted it to be more than that.

In the past year, I focused more on defining what Enclothed Cognition is and have even conducted two interviews (Claudia Jordan and my boyfriend) regarding their take on dressing with confidence. I adored this new segment of my blog…but it still was not enough for me.

Related: Enclothed Cognition – My Boyfriend

The Epiphany

My friend and fellow blogger, Sheila, had a post dedicated to the rebranding of her blog and how fulfilling the change has been. She used to focus on fashion and lifestyle, but decided she wanted to be a boss babe and worked so hard to turn her blog into a business. Reading this post was incredibly inspiring to me and it made me reflect on Enclothed Cognition and the direction it was moving in.

I knew I wanted to provide more meaningful content to my readers, without letting go of my passion for style. The fashion industry and the role of the blogger specifically, can get a bad rep for being superficial and does not contribute to the overall good of society. I am not saying all brands, influencers, etc. are like that, but it can be perceived this way by some. 

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Fashion & Self-Love

Thus, I decided to rebrand into Enclothed Cognition: Fashion & Self-Love. I will still be providing the same content (OOTD’s, product wishlists, etc.), but will also be interweaving a lot more lifestyle and social related topics. For instance, I want to delve more into things such as body image, career goals, feminism and even happiness. I’ll be delivering this content through personal experience and through the eyes of a few people I will interview. That being said, if there is anything you want me to touch upon, please leave it below in the comments!

Related: A Thought on Self-Confidence

Thank you so much for growing with me and Enclothed Cognition. It means the world to me that you come to read this little blog of mine. I promise more frequent and fresh content coming your way very soon!

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Honest Review: YesStyle.com

Today I wanted to do something a bit different by providing a review of my entire shopping experience on YesStyle.com. I remember ordering on this website when I was in middle school and from what I can recall, I really enjoyed everything I purchased. Fast forward many years, YesStyle has slipped off my radar and I had forgotten about it. I decided to return to it and ended up purchasing a few things, so I thought it would be helpful not only reviewing the product, but reviewing the whole process.

YesStyle*This post is not sponsored by YesStyle.com. All items were purchased with my own money and this is a reflection of my honest opinion. However, this post does contain affiliate links, which if you choose to purchase from, Enclothed Cognition receives commission.

NAVIGATING THE WEBSITE

The website has not really changed since I last shopped on it (roughly 8 years ago). You can buy an array of items including clothing, accessories, footwear, bags, beauty and even home & lifestyle products. Honestly, scrolling the website is a bit hectic because the website has so many items and it is hard to sift through in an orderly manner. The product automatically loads when you scroll to the bottom of the screen and I noticed that it would sometimes jump when loading, causing you to loose your place on the page.

You can refine your searches by style, color and price range. These are options I often utilizing when shopping online, but on YesStyle the set styles offered include: cat-themed, cute, Japanese style, etc. I thought this was a bit confusing because it is hard to determine what really is encompassed within these vague categories. For instance, I was looking for jeans but could not choose a “denim” option because it was not available.

However, everything else on the YesStyle was reasonable. I do feel like they could choose better product photos, because it is not cohesive and it does give me SheIn and Zaful vibes. On other hand, I do like the expansive gallery you can view once you click on a particular product. Overall, it was a decent website to shop on.

Website navigation: 3/5
★★★☆☆ 
 
Tips when shopping on YesStyle.com:
‣Read the customer reviews if available! I found these extremely helpful when evaluating sizing and quality. For the most part, I feel like these reviews are genuine.
‣Check the size information for every product you are thinking of purchasing. Each item runs a different way, so it’s important to make sure you are purchasing the correct size.

 

 

SHIPMENT

I placed my YesStyle order on Tuesday, August 29th and utilized a 10% off coupon for signing up. Two of my items were marked “ready and in-stock” and the other was labeled as “waiting for stock”. I did receive a order confirmation e-mail but I waited for what seemed like forever for my package to ship. To the point, where I almost forgot I even ordered anything.
On September 15 (17 days later), I finally got an e-mail alerting me my order was ready for shipment. I am the type of person who checks the tracking number for any alerts at least twice a day because I get too excited (anyone else?!). My package was delivered to my doorstep on September 25.

 

Here’s the timeframe of the entire YesStyle order:
Order placed: August 29
Shipping Notification: September 15
Shipment Delivery: September 25
Total time: 27 days

 

It is safe to assume shipment would be longer than average because the origin is Asia. However, the things I ordered were labeled as items that “usually ship within 24 hours”. Clearly, this should be completely disregarding because it does not mean anything of substance considering it took a month to be delivered to my door. Ultimately, my order took too long for the company to process.
Shipment:
★☆☆☆☆

 

 

The Product

I ordered a total of three things…and to be straight up with you all, I absolutely adore everything! This boatneck sweater (one size) in “tangerine red” immediately caught my eye and it is actually one of their best sellers. Out of 99 reviews, it has almost 5 stars so I knew the quality was going to be good. This is such a cute fall top and I will definitely be wearing the crap out of it. On a side note, the sweater does not stay “off-the-shoulder” well though and is constantly slipping up towards my neck.

The other fashion item I ordered were these cropped slit jeans (XS). I fell in love with the tie details and the raw hem. I think they’re such a nice pair of trendy, relaxed jeans. As far as the fit, I know they are supposed to be oversized, but they’re slightly bigger than I anticipated even though I measured myself. I have to always wear a belt with them in order for them to stay up on my waist properly. Nonetheless, I think they’re quite nice, comfortable and fairly durable for a pair of denim at that price point. Another side note, some of the hems were sewn properly, but it is not like there are any holes.

Lastly, I went for this Etude House Dear Darling Water Tint in the shade Cherryade because I’ve always wanted to achieve that classic Korean “I-just-had-a-popsicle” beauty look and this does just that. It provides such a lovely shade of pink that really compliments my skin tone. Such a big fan of this stuff! Pretty long lasting too!

Product:
★★★★☆

The Outfit

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This usually does not happen, but I managed to order things that make a rather cute complete outfit! I’ve already worn this outfit a multitude of times since getting it in the mail, but the photo above was from the my boyfriend and I were strolling around his college campus. I actually got a lot of compliments from the students there saying they loved me outfit!

Shop the look:

Boatneck Sweater

Cropped Slit Jeans

Water Lip Tint

Overall…

I do recommend shopping on YesStyle if you are interested in trying out some inexpensive Korean fashion or beauty trends! As long as you are not expecting the product to be delivered ASAP. When shopping, be sure to set some time (and patience) aside because it really is quite a lot to digest.

YesStyle has a lot of product to offer, but out of the three items I chose, I was quite impressed. I will be ordering from there again in the future and when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know what I get.

Have you ordered from YesStyle.com before? What was your experience like?

 

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How to Wear the Classic Trench Coat

As a young preteen, I discovered my adoration for Audrey Hepburn and her classic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Ever since then, owning a trench coat has always been a desire of mine and last month, I finally found the perfect one whilst thrifting in New York City. The trench coat is one of the most chicest, timeless outerwear pieces a woman can own and I wanted to style one to adhere to my own tastes.

IN THE TRENCHES

Although it was slightly expensive for a thrifted piece, I thought it was a well justified purchase because it hardly had any wear to it. In fact, it almost looks brand new. The brand is L.K. Bennet (similar style) which at the time I never heard of, but I looked it up and this particular jacket could have gone for $500. Plus, it is a British company and what’s more British than a trench coat?

As for the sizing, I wish it was slightly more form-fitting, but what do expect when it is a size US 6 and I am a 00! Surprisingly, it does not look like I am swimming in it, but it does have a more oversized look which I actually prefer for my trench coats anyway. The length is perfect as it falls in the middle of my thigh and it gives me the illusion of looking much taller than I really am.

Related: 10 Layering Jackets to Build a Fall Wardrobe

THE OUTFIT

As you can see from my Instagram, I decided to say screw it to the unseasonably warm weather and wore this outfit. Okay yes, it was quite warm and I had to shed the trench coat after a bit, but oh well. It is fall gosh darnnit and I just wanted to finally bust out my new jacket.

I wore it with a basic white turtleneck (another of my fall/winter wardrobe staples), a pair of high-waisted dark wash skinny jeans and these gorgeous deep red Cole Haan boots I thrifted this weekend. I thought it would look très chic by taking this classic trench coat and wearing it a bit more modernly by keeping it loose and slightly disheveled. I slouched it off one shoulder and just used the belt around the waist to cinch everything together.

Related: Fall Trend – Plaid Blazer

SHOP THE LOOK:

 




I honestly feel like this is something my wardrobe has been missing for a long time! Now that I own it, I half want to wear it for Halloween and go around crying about loosing my cat named Cat while it is pouring rain. Please, tell me I am not the only Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan here? Haha.

Until next time!

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Why I Stopped Spending As Much Money on Clothes

For someone who claims to be a “fashion blogger”, I know this might come as a shock. However, the past year or so, I dramatically reduced my budget on new clothes and I did not even do it intentionally at first. I would say I currently spend an average of $12-15 per month on fashion related purchases, which is quite low considering I would spend 3-4x that amount.

Granted, I have always been parsimonious, but I felt like I needed to be constantly updating my wardrobe in order to provide “fresh” and “new” looks here on Enclothed Cognition. Let’s face it, it is rare to see your favorite blogger photographed in the same exact outfit twice. Naturally, I thought I had to keep up with this lifestyle…until a couple years ago when I had an epiphany.

Style is Still a Passion

And with this new clothing budget, I do not feel like I am sacrificing this at all. I found ways to keep up with my personal style, without breaking the bank. Thus, allowing me to save more money for better, long-lasting investments. For instance, I put the money I saved towards this new website since I had to purchase a subscription to a web hosting site.

Spend Less, Look Good

The first change might be obvious if you are a frequent reader of Enclothed Cognition. I have been primarily shopping at thrift stores the past year or so. I absolutely love the idea of going into a shop not knowing what to expect and what potential treasures are waiting for me to find. It may be hit or miss a lot of times, but if you have the patience and dig deep enough, you can find some really amazing pieces at such an affordable price. If you are more into online shopping, I recommend utilizing Depop or ThreadUp– two awesome resources to find some really unique, gently used clothing. Plus, not only is thrifting easy on the wallet, it is also better for the environment since you are repurposing used clothing and giving it a new home, instead of simply going to the mall.

Related: My best find yet & how to thrift like a pro

Secondly, it is okay to repeat. This millennial digital world normalizes being one-and-done with an outfit after being photographed in it. Yet, not everyone has the budget and resources of a celebrity like Kylie Jenner to do so. Also, let’s be honest, we all gravitate towards our favorite sweater or pair of jeans when there’s no scheduled shoots for the day.

I maximize my wardrobe by styling what I have in my closet as many ways as possible. A lot of the pieces I own are not some outrageous trendy, so I feel like I can wear them years from now. This is why I love more timeless clothing articles. I am far from a capsule wardrobe, but am slowly getting there!

Related: Fall Wardrobe Staple – Black Ankle Boots

When I do find myself shopping at regular retails (online or in-store), I almost always find myself in the clearance or sale section. To be quite honest, this is definitely not a new thing for me. This is just how I am because nothing makes me happier than a good bargain! These sections should not be overlooked though. Sometimes it’s not all out-of-season styles. For instance, I scored these black boots from H&M for only $15! They are already a staple in my F/W wardrobe!

Photographed by DCPNY

Lastly, if you are a fashion blogger like me, really consider how much you spend on clothing pieces you only wear a couple of times. I am so much happier just knowing I am slowly building a wardrobe that is still reflective of me and at a fraction of the price. Just so you know, I am not saying purchasing something at full price is bad! However, if you have the opportunity to save some money why not take it, right? This might be more relevant to some others considering I am just got out of college and am still very much in that “broke college student” lifestyle.

How to Save Money:

1. Try to thrift as much as possible! You just never know what you can find.

Goodwill Locater

Depop

ThredUp

2. Maximize your wardrobe! Play dress up and make new outfit combinations.

Inspiration: 9 Ways to Wear a White T-Shirt by Aimee Song

3. Stalk the Sales! Also, I always check for coupons when I am out!

Retail Me Not

On a side note, I occasionally get some fashion items sent to me from companies, but I have also taken a new approach to blog collaborations as well. I am a lot more strict about who I work with and making sure our values align. This means turning down some opportunities, so only a small portion of what I wear is sponsored!

All About Self-Control

I hope this helps you in some way or maybe just gives you a new perspective on such a saturated industry! Again, I am not condoning those who have a large budget to spend on clothing, but at this point in my life, I just don’t have the resources to constantly be shopping…and I am so okay with this! Sticking to these tips has really helped me cutback on unnecessary spending. That being said, I hope you will continue to check out my outfit posts! In the future, you can just expect even more thrifted pieces – yay!!

 

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