18 September 2017


Hello, lovely bloggers! It's that time of year again where everyone who is anyone is going back to school. Some of you may have already started. As for me, I still have two more weeks left! You can bet I am trying to live my summer (or what is left of it) up to its fullest. Because I don't post on here often, the best way for you to keep up with me and see what I'm doing is by following my Instagram! Click [here] to follow it, and yes. This is me shamelessly promoting myself :~). 

On to today's main topic, back-to-school outfits! There is no doubt that with school back again, we, as fashionable human beings (or wanting to be fashionable), have gone shopping to impress our peers with our stunning style accompanied with our new and stunning tan. This is for you beautiful people out there who have bought new pieces, but have no clue how to style them! Or if you haven't gone shopping yet, maybe this post can give you an idea with what's on trend for the back-to-school season.

Tip: For some of you still in high school and have serious dress-codes, fear not! We can work around the rules. Stay tuned to learn how you can still be stylish while following the rules.

Now that I'm done rambling on to introduce you guys the topic, here it is: 

The quick & easy. Here's the run-down. Let's be serious. College (or school, in general) is tiring. Thinking that you always have to dress up everyday in case you meet a notable and valuable connection is tiring. This specific outfit is tailored to this kind of feeling, and tbh this is what I'm mostly wearing half the time at school. Throw on a loose tee with a pair of shorts and high-tops for maximum comfort and minimal effort. For those classes that are a bit chilly, throw on an oversized cardigan. Top your outfit off with a black belt which will tie the whole outfit together, in my opinion.

Though you are dressed casually, you still make an impression that you tried to not look like a slob. (There's nothing wrong with wearing a plain tee with yoga pants, but actual denim bottoms do give the impression that you still want to look nice). 

For those with a dress code, throw on a pair of black cut-off skinny jeans. Still easy and quick to wear!

The babydolled. This outfit is for those days where you feel like you want to dress up a little more. Slip in a tie waist crop top with a pair of high-waisted boyfriend jeans for that babydoll, cute look.  Put on some slip-on shoes for ease and comfort. 

Though this outfit looks more dressed up, it's dressy without looking too dressy if you know what I mean. This is perfect for school, because you don't want to look too dressy! After all, you are just going to be sitting through lectures. At the same time, you've got no one to impress, but yourself! So have a kick with this kind of outfit and play around with it.

The cozy & chic. Here we have the cozy outfit. This outfit is for when you want to look cute, but also feel comfortable in what you're wearing. Throw on a pair of black skinnies with an oversized sweater for maximum coziness. Slip in some black loafers, and you've got the chic part down! Accessorize with a brown leather watch as well as a black satin scarf around your neck.

In this outfit, you're able to move around and work while feeling as comfortable as possible. Because of your accessories, your peers will think you're stylish to the max. Without them, your outfit would look a bit plain!

 The comfy street. This outfit for you lovely people out there who are all for the streetwear/skater look. Throw on a baggy band tee with a pair of black cut-off boyfriend jean. Top the outfit off with Van's Anaheim Factory Old Skool 36 DX shoes to achieve that skater look!

The other half of the time, I'll also be wearing street-inspired pieces! Not only is it one of the comfiest styles, but it also does give my look an edgier vibe which I can really appreciate! Sometimes my outfits get so boring and repetitive, so I love to mix it up with these kind of street looks.

The effortless. Last, but certainly not least, we have a cute look where it seems like you tried a lot, but it's literally just putting on specific pieces that make you look that way! Slip on a ribbed white cropped tank as well as a black denim skirt. Throw on some burgundy Chelsea-inspired booties as well as a satin scarf around your neck and a pair of cat-eyed sunnies. Top off the whole outfit with a pair of star earrings and a black belt. 

I think in this outfit, what makes it so effortless, is that the pieces we chose to wear such as the accessories makes it seem like we tried to look our best that day! This is a good tip for any kind of boring outfit. If you want to dress it up, definitely go with accessories such as earrings, scarves, belts, etc. It also helps to know what accessories look good with what because the golden rule in fashion (in my opinion) is that less is more!  

For those with a dress code, you can throw on a long cardigan that runs past the skirt so you can kill two birds with one stone! It'll cover up your shoulders while also making it seem like you have a longer bottom in case the skirt is too short.


And, there you have it! FIVE back-to-school outfits, perfect for whatever you're feeling on the day of. If you are having trouble styling a specific piece you have or want any more suggestions/inspiration, you are more than welcome to send me a question [here]! 

For my next post, I'm thinking to put together a back-to-school lookbook! If you want me to style a specific look you can also let me know about that! Otherwise, I'm just going to put together outfits that I would actually wear to college! Anyways, I hope you liked this post! If you did, definitely leave a comment down below. I love getting your guys' feedbacks!

Happy blogging! Xo, Vanessa.

22 August 2017

SUMMER BEATS: 10 Songs I've Been Loving for the Summer

Shot by Justine (IG: @justinejayphoto). 
Hello, lovely bloggers!

I don't know about you, but to me, what marks a new season, more specifically summer, is a new playlist. Ever since school has been let out in June, I've been putting together a bomb summer playlist and I'm so happy to say I think that I've finally finished it. Of course, it's never going to be really finished because I'll probably add more to it, but I've got a pretty solid playlist now. Though some of you may have already started school again, I still have one more month of summer break left. But who says you still can't listen to this playlist, right?? Of the 61 songs I have on it now, here are my top 10 songs from the list, in no order:

  1. Count To Nine- The Japanese House
  2. I Want to Feel Alive- The Lighthouse And The Whaler
  3. Strawberries- WHY?
  4. Sunset Lover- Petit Biscuit
  5. Dark Days- Local Natives
  6. Fior Di Latte- Phoenix
  7. Australia- The Shins
  8. Supercut- Lorde
  9. Drag-Day Wave
  10. Adversity- Beach Fossils
If you would like to listen to my full "SMR17" playlist on Spotify, click [here]!!

Hope you liked this post and deemed it interesting/useful to you!
Happy blogging, loves! Xo, Vanessa.

14 August 2017

Malibu has my heart.

Shot by Justine of (IG: @justinejayphoto).
White top from TJ Max;
Skirt from YesStyle;
Jacket from Zara;
Shoes from Cathy Jean;
Belt from ASOS;

Hello, loves! It's been so long since my last outfit post. It seriously almost have been almost a year since I've posted one. I sincerely apologize for that. But alas, I'm here now!

One day, my friends, Justine and Katie, and I did a little day trip to LA. We had no plans whatsoever. We just knew that we wanted to go to North East towards LA. Almost an hour before we left, I found out that LANY was having a pop-up shop in the Bev Hills area. So there, we went. Some of my other friends were there too and we joined them in line. They waited 7 hours to finally get in! We met up with them in line, waited for at least 2 hours, and decided to give up. We knew that we had to wait at least another hour before we actually got to go in. We were also starting to get hangry. So we dipped, and decided to eat in Santa Monica at Society Kitchen (10/10 would recommend). Still with no plans, we decided to go to Santa Monica Pier and walk around. Somehow, we ended up in Malibu and not the pier (my fault, I missed a turn). This mistake turned into a blessing though because we found this gem spot (pictured) that overlooks the ocean and all the great big houses. This turned into a spot where we all appreciated and took it to heart. It was a place where we were able to forget all our worries for just a second and to take a breath. A blessing, it was indeed. At that moment, we all agreed that Malibu has taken our hearts. That this spot was definitely a place that we could always come back to whenever we were too stressed and depressed. 

All talk aside, on to the outfit! I paired a white and airy top with a button-down denim skirt (both, I don't remember where I got from!). To top both off, I added a hooped-belt. I've been seeing hoops everywhere now, and I am all for it!! I've also added a jacket with a hoop (thinner than the belt's) zipper. Though the hoops may seem repetitive, I feel like because the outfit is already so simple and basic, the hoops would tie the whole outfit together and add a little something extra to it. Slip into black-heeled sandals to match the black of the belt, and to give me that extra height, and the outfit is finished! This outfit is perfect for those hot and sunny days because the top isn't so constrained, where it'll still give you some room to breathe. When it gets darker and colder, throw on the jacket, and it'll turn into a night-out fit! 

I hope you guys liked this story-time outfit post. It's something different! Maybe, just maybe,  I'll do more of these in the future. 

Anyways, happy blogging! Xo, Vanessa.

10 August 2017

I'm back (again), and this time, better than ever.

Shot by Justine (IG: @justinejayphoto).

Hello lovely bloggers,

As some of you may remember, my last post was back in January. It has been one hell of a ride since then. In my last post, I told you guys and myself that 2017 was going to be the year where I focus on bettering myself. To be quite honest with you, that's exactly what I have been doing. A lot of shit went down and my mental health was greatly affected. But fret none, I'm better now. And it was with the help of my friends and family. I could honestly say that this past year, my first year in college, was the best year of my life. It has also been the worst year. In the end, I've learned so so SO much about myself. I've learned to put myself and my health first. I've learned that not everyone you expect to be friends with in the beginning are going to be there with you in the end (and that's totally okay). I've learned that I need to make certain decisions that will take me to where I want to be, future-wise.

And, thus, I'm so happy to say that I've been working so hard on transferring to LIM College in NYC for their Fashion Media program. I really truly believe that that's where I am meant to thrive in. I mean, where else would I pursue my dream other than the hub of fashion itself? I've been taking transfer classes and planning out what I need to do in order to transfer and attend the school by Fall 2018. Though I am so so excited for what's to come, I'm also nervous and afraid of leaving the things and the people I love in the West Coast. I'm someone who gets home-sick. A lot. So I guess, I'm just afraid of being lonely out there. But, it's okay. I need to do what I need to do to get to where I want to be, right? Anyways, if you're an East Coast reader, you should definitely hit me up so that I at least know some familiar faces hahaha!

Though I haven't been active on here, I have been active (or semi-active) updating my Instagrams (@allthingsvanessa and @vlephoto). I've kept up with photography and will be updating my online portfolio, so look out for that too!

I guess another reason for why I've been gone is because I wasn't inspired as much as I could have been in the dorms. In my opinion, UCI is kind of like a bubble. There's nothing really much to do except go to college parties and go to the town center across from campus to eat or drink boba. I wasn't inspired to go out and shoot or create content. I also didn't push myself to. Now that I'm commuting from home for another year, I feel like I'm able to get out of that bubble and really push forth. I'm determined to keep going and keep creating. If not for myself, than for you guys.

For those of you who have stuck with me until now, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You mean the world to me, and to listen to what I have to say means so so much.

That's all I have to say now. Thank you again. You will most definitely hear from me, very very soon. Happy blogging, loves. Xo, Vanessa