30 January 2016

city girl

Outfit shot by friend, Pauline.
Floral printed shift dress from Zara;
Cream Bralette from Urban Outfitters;
Black Chelsea boots from Dolce Vita;

16 January 2016

tennis court

Outfit shot by cousin, Korin.
Burgundy ribbed shift dress from Fashion Young;
Black trench coat from Forever 21;
Black Chelsea boots from Cathy Jean;

09 January 2016

western fringe

Basic Gray T-shirt from Gap;
Boyfriend jeans & necklaces from Brandy Melville;
Suede taupe booties from Nordstrom Rack;
Fringed kimono from Abercrombie & Fitch;

03 January 2016

I declare 2016 for myself.

Hi lovely bloggers! I wish you all a happy new year, and I hope it brings you an immense amount of love, joy, prosperity, and good health. I don't usually do this, but I'm initiating a talking post! As of right now, I have my Spotify playlist blasting in my bedroom and I am just typing out what is on my mind.

New Years resolutions. Promises to begin an act of self-improvement. A list of vows compiled into a list for a person to carry out once a new year starts. Some fitness here, some volunteer work there. People say that it's a new year, therefore, a fresh start. But to be quite frank, this fresh start that people speak of, it can begin whenever. It is you who decides what you want, when you want it; it shouldn't be refrained into a specific time span. Admittedly, a new year prompts a kind of new motivation, but the only motivation you really need is self-confidence in yourself. Self-confidence in which you believe you are able to do something you can set your mind to (something that I should really take my own advice on).

This year, I've resolved not to create such so-called-list. Not necessarily avoiding goals overall, but to work towards one goal: to focus on myself and see where the wind will take me. To keep an open-mind and let all grand opportunities pull me in, taking all that I can for myself. The past year(s), I've always put others' well being before me and never really took my well being into consideration. My mom had constantly told me that I was being too nice to everybody and not enough to myself.

I've been through so much in 2015, much like everybody else, but I've come to some sort of epiphany within the last few months. 2016 is my year, and it is the year that I will dedicate it to myself in order to seize all possible opportunities. It is the year that I put myself first, not greedily nor selfishly. I have to find what or who makes me happy and make sure I keep those things in my life. I have to discard the things and people who are holding me back from becoming the best person I can be. I have to let life flood in the good times, while also embracing the bad times in order for me to just simply learn from past mistakes.

I have a feeling 2016 will be a riot, and I'm looking forward to sharing it all with you here.

As I have always ended my blog posts, happy blogging to you all. I love you and appreciate you for taking this journey with me.

Xo, Vanessa.

p.s. This photo was taken by my talented and lovely friend, Cat Baugh. Go check out her photography Instagram [here]!