everything you touch turns to gold

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“Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower, but only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief, so dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”

When looking at these photos, with their beautiful scenery & warm golden light, I can’t help but remember my favorite poem by Robert Frost. I for one know that sometimes it can be difficult to look past all of the hurt & sadness in the world, but then again, I think there is a lot of truth to Frost’s words. Pain & evil exist, yes, but for the most part, beauty can be found in all walks of life if you know where & how to look for it.

For me, this outfit really embodies that bohemian, free spirited outlook. The natural hues, the lace vest, the festive skirt pattern – they’re all fun & careless, just the way a good summer outfit should be. Throw in some cowboy boots & a flower crown and you’re ready for a romp around the meadow.

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Get the Look: Free People Maxi Skirt (Similar) // Free People Crop Top // ASOS Lace Crochet Vest (Similar)

Photos by Bryant Yang

 

evolution orange

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I haven’t been up to my undergraduate college campus in a few years, even though I still live in town, so I experienced some serious nostalgia when venturing up there to take these photos. The campus itself has gorgeous scenery, with sweeping ocean views, golden meadows, and vast redwood forests. However, one of my favorite things about the campus are the student-created murals & art installations, both commissioned & uncommissioned. This mural in particular is right outside of the dorm that I lived in, so it was an especially nostalgic spot to visit.

Sometimes being away from somewhere for a while makes you realize how wonderful a place is.

This outfit is another great example of how great sale-section browsing can pay off. I got this gorgeous orange-silk dress from Madewell for 50% off and even more impressively, I got this Kate Spade bag from one of their outlet stores for…drumroll please…65% off! Score. I am a huge proponent of having a few good quality pieces around, but there’s no reason to pay full price for them when there are great on-sale options.

Oh and no, that is not my dog. I do have a dog, but that is not her. Just another guest model that stumbled into my photo.

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Get the Look: Silk Madewell Dress (Similar) // Brown Strappy Heels from UO (Similar) // Kate Spade Handbag (Similar)

Photos by Bryant Yang

you see your gypsy

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Backpack: check. Sunglasses: check. Flower crown: check. Three festival-worthy outfits: check, check & check.

As Outside Lands 2016 approaches and I put in my last minute orders for fun new accessories, I can’t help but reminisce on the past two years events. This will be my third consecutive year attending Outside Lands, a music festival based out of Golden Gate Park. In all honesty, it is one of the things I most look forward to all year.

This playsuit, designed by Spell & the Gypsy Collective, was one of my pieces for Outside Lands last year. I love the gorgeous, bohemian print, and the button detailing down the front and on the shorts is to die for. It was definitely worth every penny & is still one of my favorite items to wear to concerts, on lazy weekends around town, and even on adventures through the forest!

Stay tuned in early August for this years’ looks!

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Get the Look: Spell & the Gypsy Collective Playsuit (Similar Blouse & Shorts Combo) // Steve Madden Combat Boots // Free People Round Sunnies

Photos by Bryant Yang

just dragonflies, fantasize

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I recently listened to a podcast that referred to fashion as “gluttonous.” The practical side of me can see the reasoning behind this thought process & at times I have felt admittedly narcissistic when working on my blog. To be honest, I agree that fashion & beauty do have a vain & unnecessary side to them. However, I think its also a very glass-half-empty outlook to have. Fashion & beauty are forms of expression, just like painting, writing & photography. Not only that, but they are forms of expression that allows you to communicate your mood, interests & personality to the general public. They do wonders for confidence too, and despite what many believe, beauty & fashion are just as much for you as they are for others. I choose my clothes based on how I feel about them and not how I think others will feel.

I feel most confident when I’m wearing a dress and this ModCloth dress is one of my new favorites. The length and cut are reminiscent of the 1940’s, one of my favorite fashion era’s, and the kelly green color and dragonfly print are playful & fun for spring & summer. To keep the look casual, I paired it with my gray ModCloth sandals, and to add a classy touch, I wore my grandmother’s pearl earrings. Overall, I felt great in this outfit & I think it showed.

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Get the Look: ModCloth Dragonfly Dress // Gray ModCloth Sandals (Similar)

Photos by Bryant Yang

wild horses couldn’t drag me away

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Gingham, white cotton, a breezy skirt…its the perfect recipe for a classic summer outfit.

I love to wear midi skirts all year round, but this one in particular just screamed summer & I couldn’t resist the festive print or the big bow in front. I chose to pair it with this ModCloth brand white button-up crop top for a clean, laid-back look with a retro feel.

When wearing all black & white, I love adding subtle pops of color to draw the eye in. For this look, a classic shade of red felt right, so I accesorized with a red purse, my red camera ring (and matching Betsey Johnson black camera earrings), and my favorite red lipstick.

These photos were taken at one of my favorite locations to wander during summer weekends and this is one of my favorite photo series to date, especially because of the awesome & unexpected guest model, Willy. I love animals and I was super excited at the opportunity to interact & pose with such a beautiful & powerful creature. It was unexpected, but I’m grateful to have had the experience.

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Get the Look: ModCloth White Button-up Crop Top // ModCloth Gingham Skirt // ModCloth Black Flats // Red Bag (Similar) 

Photos by Bryant Yang

for you blue

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I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again – I love Anthropologie’s sale section. I found this dress there when birthday shopping a few years ago & it’s still one of my favorite pieces. I love the bright, lapis hue, as well as the unique pattern. I also love that its a shift dress, making it comfortable to wear all day long, but has a drop waist skirt to give it some shape. The pleated bib and black button-detailing on the front make it an all around gorgeous work-wear choice.

Since the dress stands out so much on its own, I paired it with some simple black ballet flats from ModCloth, my black Kate Spade handbag, and my black velvet headband (which always makes me feel a little Blair-Waldorf-esque).

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Get the Look: Anthropologie Blue Patterned Shift Dress (Similar) // ModCloth Ankle-Strap Ballet Flats (Similar)

Photos by Bryant Yang