July 23, 2016

Over It

July 23, 2016
Shirt: J.Crew Factory // Overalls: Madewell // Rainboots: Kohl's

I think that these overalls have been my favorite summer purchase thus far. Actually, these overalls are definitely my favorite summer purchase! When I bought them I purchased them with the idea that they would look good over sweaters and long sleeves so I cold wear them starting from spring and well into the fall time. Awhile back, when we were still getting drenched with rain here in Texas, I wore these overalls with my favorite striped long sleeved tee for a day of running errands. This has to be my favorite outfit I’ve put together with my overalls to date. 

July 7, 2016

June Purchases | Budgeting Bloggers

July 7, 2016
I know I’ve said this already but I’ll say it again, I really haven’t been into shopping lately. So far this year I’ve purchased 10 items and I’ve unintentionally gone a month with out shopping twice. This month the items I picked up were more out of necessity than pure want, but I’m still really excited about them!

I’m really not much of a swimmer (aka I don’t know how to swim) but it’s always nice to have a swimsuit on hand incase I want to go cool off at our neighborhood pool. The only top I had was way too small so I scooped up this basic bandeau from J.Crew for a great price. It fits perfectly and makes me feel comfortable. I like it so much that I actually ordered another one in navy for a more neutral option. 

I started working full time in June, so I felt that now would be a good time to buy some work pants. My office isn’t too formal, but I would feel a bit underdressed if I wore my black jeans on a day other than Friday. I scoured the J.Crew sale section (my favorite section) and picked up the Ryder pant and their Pixie snap-front pant. The Ryder pant are what you think of when you think of work pants but they look really good on and are super comfortable. They have the right amount of stretch but don’t lose their shape and can be worn multiple times before washing. Also another perk, they are machine washable! 

I really like my pixie pants and had already been considering getting another pair because of how often I wear them in the fall and winter. The snap-front version of the pixies looks more like actual pants, making it easier to wear to work. They are longer and higher waisted than the regular pixies which takes a little bit to get used to, but I’m really enjoying them so far. These pants almost remind me of a matte version of the American Apparel disco pants.

Once again, I'm pretty proud of my ability to curb my spending, but with this new job and some extra money in my pocket I'm itching to treat myself to a little shopping spree sometime soon!

July 5, 2016

Glo up

July 5, 2016
Top: H&M (similar) // Shorts: H&M // Bandana: Gap (similar) // Shoes: Adidas Universals (similar)

Oh hey there! Long time no blog, did you miss me? Probably not. Anyways, I've been a bit out of the blogging loop since I started working a month ago, but trust me when I say that I've missed it dearly. For work I don't get much of a chance to express my personal style and once I come home from work all I want to do it put on leggings and a t-shirt and crawl into bed. However, one weekend I managed to make myself look presentable and I think I've created the perfect summer outfit.

This tank top is one of the few items that I wear for any and every occasion in the summer. While it's one of my favorite items in my closet, I get tired because I seem to wear it the same way every time.  This time I added my blue bandana, my new favorite accessory, and it was definitely what this outfit needed. I finally learned how to wear these around my neck without looking bulky and over all this whole look really had me feeling myself. I think it also helps that I got my hair done a few weeks ago so I now feel like I'm polished from head to toe.

I wish that I could promise that there's gonna be lots of blog stuff coming soon, but considering the fact that I come home everyday totally drained and devoid of any motivation, I don't think I can make that promise. I think having so much of my time consumed by work has made me realize how important this blog is, so I'm striving to work towards a balance between being a vegetable in my bed and working on my more creative endeavors. Here's to hoping that I find that balance soon!

June 2, 2016

Just Write

June 2, 2016

I just set my timer for 15 minutes and I intend to write until the time is up. 

Before settling down to write, I adjusted my seat, put on chapstick, hand lotion, I changed shirts, changed the temperature, found a suitable spotify playlist (currently listening to Bon Iver's "Wash." radio by the way, 10/10 would recommend). I basically did anything and everything to waste time and prevent me from putting my butt in a chair and typing away. I've always had a love/hate relationship with writing, one that I've mentioned briefly here on the blog in the past. Obviously I love it enough to be writing a blog for the past 5 years or so, but there's something about writing that I always dread, no matter if I have something important and timely to say or I just want to remember my thoughts. 

I was flipping through some of my own conference notes from way back in kindergarten/first-grade. I remember how mush I loved those student-led conferences because my teachers would gloat about how I was such a wonderful student, and my parents would always buy me a little treat afterwards, a milkshake at McDonalds, a new JumpStart CD game (to be honest, I regret giving them to my younger cousin, I still want to play them even at the age of almost 19). Jumpstart! Across the world we can JumpStart! To see what we can seeeeee...... Despite being the perfect student in every way (I always sat in my rug spot! I was usually kind! I was good in math! I only cut my hair once!), even little five-year old Toyosi didn't like writing. While reading through the comments that my K-1 teacher wrote about my writing skills, something really jumped out at me: 

She does not like making mistakes... I would prefer it if she could start writing without perfection in mind. 

Turns out Ms. Steck knew all along why writing and I weren't getting along. I am too much of a perfectionist when I write. So much so, that I just don't write. If I don't write, I can make mistakes, right? I wouldn't label myself as a perfectionist in all aspects of life, but when I do something, I want it to be done well, I want it to be better than everybody else, and I want to get recognition and praise for it (this one has had whole lot of negative impact in my academic life but we can talk about that later). My struggle with writing never came from a lack of something to say, it came from the lack of being able to say what I wanted to say in the way I wanted to say it, in a way that people would acknowledge and admire.

As an introverted person, I have a lot of conversations and inner dialogue with myself. I think I enjoy conversations with myself as much or even more than conversations with most people. When there's a topic or an idea brewing in my head I think, and dissect, and piece together, and dissect it again and again until I come to some sort of conclusion. A lot of times those conclusions I draw emphasize something about myself that I never really paid attention to, they push me to be more thoughtful in different aspects of my life, they highlight my priorities, or they make me see people, situations whatever in a different way. And I love sharing this insight with others. The amount of times I would intrude on my roommate's personal space just to talk about what was on my mind was probably a few too many times. I can't keep these things bottled up. If you've ever heard me talk about something I'm really into, then you know that this passion just can't be contained for the life of me. 

But when there's no ear to listen, the natural thing to do would be to write. And I'm hoping, I really am, that I learn to get over myself and my need for perfection. I hope that whatever natural writing style I have shines through. I'm hoping that I don't get hung up on grammar rules, or word choice, or whatever and let that stop me from writing. I'm hoping that I sound real, and that people can find some truth, or can relate to what I'm trying to say. And I'm hoping that I get some really good discussions out of this, because let's be real, that's what the perfectionist in me has wanted all along.

May 27, 2016

The Little Black Dress

May 27, 2016
Dress: Tobi c/o //  ShoesConverse // BagEverlane // BandanaGap (similar) // WatchDaniel Wellington

I've owned black dresses in the past, but never ones that we're truly as functional or as versatile as this one. It's everything a little black dress needs to be. It can be dressed up with heels or dressed down, like how I chose to wear it this day, conservative enough to wear in formal situations, but fun enough for the weekends, and most importantly this dress is comfortable and has pockets #BLESS. The material is thick and stretchy without being too heavy for summer. I can't get enough of dresses with converse (also seen here), but I plan on wearing this dress again with a cute pair of flats for my best friends graduation!

Tobi was also kind enough to send me this dress that I think I'll end up wearing to my friends graduation dinner, and this romper which is unfortunately too big :(. Tobi has plenty of cute stuff for the summer, and new customers get 50% off their first order. 

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May 25, 2016

The New Business Casual

May 25, 2016
Top: Ralph Lauren // Overalls: Madewell // Shoes: Converse // Bag: Everlane // Bandana: Gap (similar) // Watch: Daniel Wellington

I am all about juxtaposition when dressing. I'm the kinda girl who will wear sneakers with nice dresses, red lipstick and winged eyeliner with the simplest outfit, and yes, a nice button down with overalls, it's what I do. Something I also do, is bend dress code rules. I don't think I've ever taking a dress code requirement seriously in my entire life. Unfortunately I think this way of carefree dressing is going to have to take a backseat. As a business student, blazers and button downs are a way of life, and no one wants to stick out in a bad way. While I won't be able to break the rules for long, I'm definitely taking advantage of it while I can.

I can't get enough of these overalls because they're cute, and they have SO MANY POCKETS. Such a dream. These Ralph Lauren oxford shirts are my favorite because they fit so well. I usually wear them with jeans casually, or with my black pants and a blazer for more professional events, but wearing this shirt with overalls is what my heart really desired all this time. I feel like you can almost take me seriously in this outfit, until you realize that overalls are probably best suited for toddlers. Also the fact that I'm drinking out of a coconut doesn't really help.

While this is essentially the perfect combination of business and casual, I don't think it qualifies as business casual. Whomp.

May 23, 2016

Currently Listening To

May 23, 2016

It's been awhile since I've posted a little playlist, but here's a few songs that have been stuck in my head for the past few weeks.