I used to struggle with insecurity, confidence, and loving myself. I’m not going to lie to you. We all have our insecurities, but in the past, I was very critical of myself. The smallest blemishes would drive me crazy. Somehow, my past experiences shaped me in a way that I can finally love myself for who I am. I can accept myself. I can live with a fearless attitude towards those who would judge me. It feels so liberating to finally love yourself fully.
A couple months ago, I stood in front of my closet contemplating what I should wear to a photo shoot on the Vegas Strip. Memories of my most recent love still fresh in my mind. I stood there staring at the dress I wore on the last night he and I were truly together. Before all his mistakes, before all his drama, before all the heartbreak.
Last month, I had the chance to visit a farmers market & fair at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas with one of my old friends from middle school (yes, middle school! Mandy, we’re getting so old!). We had an incredible day filled with shopping, girl talk, and bottomless mimosas at brunch. Needless to say, we probably took advantage of the bottomless mimosas at Brio a bit too much. And, no, we’re not alcoholics. We just like to enjoy ourselves.
As we walked around the farmers market, we stumbled upon a stall of gorgeous bohemian jewelry and immediately fell in love. The shop’s name is Mai Boho Life, with all the beautiful jewelry designed and handmade by Mai. Needless to say, Mandy and I went nuts on the shop and bought a few pieces. We just fell in love with her silver and moonstone jewelry. Thanks so much, Mai, for telling us all about your jewelry and vision behind your brand. Check out her shop here!
Before I get into more photos, here’s a song I’ve been loving. So glad I discovered Xavier Omar (also known as SPZRKT). His music is so damn good!
Friendships are essential to every human, but for a very long time, I was detached and aloof from the people who cared for me the most. These past few months I’ve been so fortunate to reconnect with so many old friends who I lost contact with over the years. I’m so grateful that they even welcomed me back into their lives.
Surrounding myself with incredible people and being there for each other unconditionally—that’s what makes me truly happy with my friends. They’re always there for me, telling me when I’m wrong and putting me back on track. They have no filter with me and we’re always real with each other. I had a conversation tonight with my best friend, Chloe, and it reminded me of how damn lucky I am to have such beautiful and honest people in my life.
I’ve always considered myself lucky, and I also worked hard for a lot of the opportunities I came across in life. But I wouldn’t be who I am today—a stronger, more candid person—without the support of my amazing family and friends. Positive vibes only.
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.
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).
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.
I love doing How I Style videos. It actually helps me distinguish my personal style and evolve the way I look at styling my outfits more than anything. Here’s another short How I Style video on how I wear another classic wardrobe staple: the khaki utility shirt.
Well, there’s no excuse for this. I’m VERY late in posting this on the blog. Posted this vlog and What I Wore video on the channel about a week ago, but completely spaced out on posting it here! *Danielle, how could you?!* *slaps myself in the face*
Anyway, enjoy this short vlog and very bloated What I Wore video. Photos below.
I always have fun eating at Hofbrauhaus because it’s got such a different atmosphere than most restaurants on and off the Strip. So glad that Luke’s aunt and uncle visiting from Poland enjoyed themselves, and so did his dad who came along to watch the game. They’re big soccer fans and have been following the EuroCup games ever since Poland’s first game so they were really into it. Thank goodness for my quick thinking in getting reservations in the biergarten because the place was PACKED. Unfortunately, their pick for the win, Germany, lost. At least we were able to fill our bellies with beer and brats (which is really all that mattered at the end of the day).
Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Yes, I know, I’m a week late on this but it’s a busy life preparing for a move, you know!
July 1st: We had a TON of errands to do, and we also had to meet up with my family and Luke’s family as well since his aunt and uncle from Poland were staying with his mom. (Stay tuned for the next vlog because we actually took Luke’s aunt and uncle out to watch EuroCup 2016 at Hofbrauhaus.) Of course, the Vegas heat was unbearable that day but I powered through with this gorgeous and breezy Zara crop top with beautiful patch detailing on the back. Love it!
Thanks to Zara, I realized that I’m actually in love with patches. I’ll definitely be getting more clothes with cute and unique patches on them. I know Zara’s current collection is filled with patches but Australian boutique Princess Polly also has them. I love Princess Polly’s western vibes a la ’70s aesthetic.