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