What I Wore: A Crisp White Top, Denim & Happiness

I’ll be honest – this is the first time in the past couple of years that I’ve felt genuinely happy. I’m fully content with where my life is heading, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Always staying busy, reconnecting with friends, working hard, and moving my life forward – these are the things that fuel my drive every day. 2017 has been very good to me so far, and I intend to run with these positive vibes to create something incredible.

Because of all the things I have to accomplish on a typical busy day, I finally decided to take a more minimalist approach to my wardrobe and personal style. The last thing I need is a distraction. I no longer have the time to stand in my walk-in for hours figuring out which outfit would work for a given occasion so I’ve cut out more than half of my wardrobe because it was time for a change.

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What I Wore: Back to Basics

I was looking at my Instagram feed the other day (only because I was looking for ways to improve my feed, not because I’m a narcissist…), and I realized that I’ve been wearing such different styles lately. So, I decided to dial it down and go back to basics for a day of retail therapy. I needed something simple and comfortable yet chic. I went with this staple look of mine: my favorite MANGO textured tee, my trusty Calvin Klein Jeans (the only brand of jeans that will work with my nonexistent Asian butt), and a pair of neutral stacked heels from ShoeDazzle (only because I’ve broken them down enough to the point where they’re bearable to wear for a few hours). 

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What I Wore: Simple Bohemian Vibes & A Discussion on Loving Yourself

I don’t usually wear dresses with plunging necklines like this one from TOBI, but when I do, I wear them with a feminine boho chic aesthetic. I’m having so much fun playing around with different styles. I used to wear clothes that I thought looked good on me, but now I prefer to wear clothes that make me feel good.

“I just wanna dive inside your innocence.”

I’ll be honest. I used to hate wearing clothes that were revealing or clothes that made me feel uncomfortable because maybe they showed a bit of my flaws. But now, I really don’t care. I’ve learned to appreciate my body and love myself again. I used to be so critical about every little thing I had to cover up. I finally realized that my value isn’t determined by the way my body looks. For a very long time, I picked away at my self esteem, always telling myself that I had to look skinnier, prettier, better.

It’s sad to look back at my past knowing that I was just like millions of other girls out there who continuously compare themselves to the ideal of having the perfect body or perfect looks. I just wanted to be attractive. I wanted the radiating confidence that certain kinds of women on social media portrayed. What I didn’t know at the time was that I had to accept myself and love myself first to get to that frame of mind

Many times we forget that there’s more substance to a human being than just how they look. We live in such a superficial world which makes it hard to find people, or dare I say *friends*, who appreciate authenticity and candidness. That’s why I’m so grateful to be surrounded by the greatest and realest friends and family.

With that said, cue the procession of photos…

If you’re struggling with the same issues I had in the past, let me just tell you something. You’re beautiful. Every human being is beautiful in their own way. We are all unique. Stop trying to chase after society’s ideal of beauty and perfection because it’s not attainable. Simply love every single part of yourself. 

Outfit Details: Dress from TOBI; Belt from SHEIN; Mykonos Wrap Bracelet from Alex and Ani; Gold Necklaces from Anthropologie; Throw and Pillows from Urban Outfitters; Tea Mug from Japan. 

Love,

Danielle

What I Wore: Polka Dot Mood

Spring(love) is in the air. So, I hit the refresh button on my tired winter wardrobe and decided to go for a playful polka dot look for a fun brunch date at Town Square with our family friend (who’s basically my very stylish aunt). Because wearing polka dots isn’t really my thing, I decided to keep the outfit monochromatic, pairing the wrap dress with a black bomber jacket and my favorite white sneakers. 

Here’s a song that I discovered right before writing this post. Of course, it’s on replay. 

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What I Wore: Dainty Blush

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” -Charles Bukowski

This look is a departure from my simple, almost tomboyish, style. I wanted to play on my feminine side and really work with my new hair to create a slightly ingénue look. This beautiful weather is also a big contributor to the inspiration behind this outfit. In this new year, I plan to redefine and evolve my style as much as I can. It’s like hitting the refresh button on my personal style and perspective. 

I should also properly thank Cici from Salon Fontana in Henderson, NV. She’s the one who worked magic on my hair and completely transformed my look. She gave me new inspiration and energy to keep moving forward. I can’t thank you enough, Cici! 

But before we get to more photos, here’s a song I’ve had on replay. Doja Cat never fails. 

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What I Wore: Shorts & Stripes

One thing’s for sure: I definitely have a thing for chokers, button-ups, and denim shorts. I’m just so happy that the weather in Vegas is quite beautiful these past few weeks because I’m not ready for the heat! 

Aside from this beautiful weather, things have finally calmed down in my life. I’m overjoyed and grateful to be able to reconnect with old friends and spend time with new friends. This journey of self-discovery is so fulfilling, and I’ve definitely learned so much about myself in such a short amount of time. I’m now more willing to take risks and live life unburdened by the expectations of other people. Cheers to happier days! 

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A Fresh Start, A New Chapter

Moving on is never easy, especially when you’ve been with someone for so long. I grew up with this person and planned out a whole life with this person.

We spent four years of our lives together. And it all ended in disappointment, sadness, and deceit. However, I take this as a learning experience. You’ve got to because that’s the only way you will grow from this experience. It was important for me to have a time to grieve. It only took a few days because I had already been grieving for a very long time. I had been grieving the fact that I lost myself for four years. I devoted my life to this person for so long and it all amounted to nothing. All that wasted time, effort, love. But I knew that this outcome was inevitable, so when things crashed down, I already knew exactly what I had to do.

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What I Wore This Weekend Vol. I

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I have an obsession with off-shoulder tops even during fall & winter. I just love the silhouette and the detailing on most off-shoulder tops. If you haven’t noticed already, I have quite broad shoulders and the only tops I can really pull off are camisoles, sleeveless tops, and off-shoulder. So, yes, I’m a bit partial to this silhouette, but I’m so happy to have discovered this online store called SHEIN, which is where this top is from. Jeans are from Calvin Klein. Of course, had to wear this with no makeup but red lipstick. 

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How I Style: The Classic White Shirt

Welcome to my new series of “How I Style” videos! I figured I would do something other than my usual “What I Wore” series, usually integrated into my vlogs, and I wanted to give you guys some aesthetic inspiration from my short and sweet “How I Style” videos. Of course, the first thing I styled for you guys is the classic white shirt, a classic and timeless yet chic wardrobe essential. I chose an oversized boyfriend shirt from UNIQLO because I prefer a boyfriend fit when it comes to button-down shirts. It helps you get that effortless half-tuck or full-tuck look. 

REAL THUMB

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