thankful this year | 2018

Hi everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m actually still in Seattle as this post is going up, but I’ll be home in a few hours. There was a bit of a delay in travel this year since I had mandatory dance rehearsal last night. I am so excited to be going home because it’s been six months since I was last home. My family doesn’t do the traditional American Thanksgiving with turkey and mashed potatoes; instead, we do hot pot – YUM! 😋

I know I’ll be cuddled with a book for the majority of the weekend and probably studying for the GMAT exam at a coffeeshop, but I wanted to get a blog post up for the week! I recently listened to the Ologies podcast and this week was a short one about gratitude, which reminded me that writing down what you’re grateful & thankful for makes you, over time, an overall happier person. I wanted to share a quick list of things I’m thankful for this year!

  • the appreciation for the art community in Seattle
  • Matcha green tea
  • airplanes and the ability to visit new places
  • along those lines, TSA precheck
  • my health & wellness
  • Asian representation in television & movies (thank you, Jenny Han & Kevin Kwan!)
  • Google Calendar (truly)
  • mentors!!
  • kind strangers
  • my business school
  • dancing
  • generous hosts
  • first-class-free at spin studios
  • endless options for consuming media

Although some of the things on my list are silly, I think it’s important to think about the small things too. What are some things you’re thankful for this year?

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a lara jean halloween + 22

Hello hello, and happy Monday!

I hope everyone’s enjoying the day off but also taking a moment to appreciate what our veterans have done for us. 

It’s been a hot minute since I last posted, I feel like so much as happened! I spent the majority of this weekend studying for midterms round two, but the weeks before I had a lot of fun…

a lara jean halloween

Right image from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before film

I had so much fun dressing up as Lara Jean Covey from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! This was my only costume and I’m so proud of it. I saw my friend wearing the sweater and instantly knew I had to use it for my costume, even if it’s not Lara’s most iconic outfit. It was so easy though! I already had a denim skirt and my friend had a cheap pair of plastic black sunglasses. I hand-wrote my envelope/letter to Peter Kavinsky and carried it around with me all night. Unsurprisingly, most of my male friends didn’t know what I was dressed up as, but that’s okay. I still had so much fun! Thanks to Jenny Han for writing a story with Asian representation 💖

turning 22

I don’t know about you, but I’m feelin’ 22!

I also celebrated my 22nd birthday! I didn’t have a 21 run, and I wasn’t about to have a 22 run either, ha. I wanted something low-key and ended up grabbing a fancy dinner at Japonessa in downtown Seattle with my best friend. I got the King Midas roll this time and loved it. Since I was still hungry, we got the Tempura Brie Cheese as well – to die for!!

I invited a group of friends to M Bar in South Lake Union since I’ve been meaning to go for awhile. I felt so lucky because it was completely dry that night! We got a table on the rooftop under a heated, covered area – it was perfect!! I feel so blessed to have such an amazing, inspiring group of #girlbosses. I was blowing out my candle on my cake and couldn’t think of anything to wish for – I’m just so content with life right now!!

Other than that, I feel like I’ve really been indulging and doing things that are good for my soul, like seeing the Pacific Northwest Ballet‘s show, All Premiere while squeezing some volunteering hours too. Earlier last week, one of my favorite artists, Troye Sivan, was also in town!! I love that boy so much!!

Troye Sivan @ The Paramount Theatre

What have you all been up to?!

Thanks for reading!

Jen

life update – october 2018

Happy Halloween!!

Whew, it’s been a hot minute! What’s everyone dressing up as tonight? I think I’m going out as Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – too bad I don’t have a Kavinsky 😪 October got so busy so fast – let me catch y’all up!

@Nuna Ramen – taken by one of closest friends with her disposable cam!!

I just want to say that life is so good right now. I’ve always been happy with how I spend my day-to-day, but I’m particularly happy with how balanced my life feels, academically, socially, and mentally. It’s my senior year and I think I’m doing it right so far.

I don’t know if it’s because Seattle was blessed with two full weeks of cold but dry weather, but it put me in the best mood. I’m still getting used to having so many social events on my calendar (why is October so poppin’?! I’m not complaining…), but it’s been so rewarding and fun.

Football tailgate!

I went to my first football tailgate, so I’m glad I got to check that off my bucket list for this year.

@ Cafe Allegro – their Chai Spice Lattes are the best! Laptop wallpaper from The Every Girl.

I haven’t forgotten about my classes though! I’ve been studying hard (and doing well, thank goodness!) as well as still preparing for the GMAT exam on the weekends. The grind never ends, y’all.

@ Hot Cakes in Capitol Hill

I’ve been to the Hot Cakes before, but when Big/Little Reveal rolled around for my sorority, my little and I decided to take my G-Little for a treat! I forgot how delightful molten cakes are (and how sweet it gets). I wasn’t expecting for it to be so busy on a Friday night but there were so many couples there!

@ Raised Doughnuts

The next morning, I headed over to Raised Doughnuts with my best friend Hannah! I had been eyeing this doughnut shop since early summer and finally made it over as soon as the doors opened on Saturday. Even the fog was still out! 

I got the Raspberry doughnut holes and an Apple Cider – it was all so good. Definitely smaller portions and higher price, but amazing quality. There was even a pupper trotting around the shop!

Besides eating too much sugar this month, I’ve also been trying out spin classes! I finally bit the bullet and tried out City Cycle and Flywheel. I love getting sweaty and being sore for the days following, but my main issue right now is that I think I’m slightly too short, even when I adjust the bike seat to the lowest height 😪

Other quick updates:

Current read: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Currently watching: Riverdale – it’s so awful this season though so I might give it up. My roommate and I did just watch Twilight the other night; y’all it is SUCH a mood. 

Currently listening: Lauv’s most recent album, I met you when I was 18. Every song is SO CATCHY. This album’s been on repeat for the entire month. 

I’m excited to be celebrating my 22nd birthday next month!! 22 is so boring though – the only thing I can do is play Taylor Swift’s 22 for three minutes and call it a day. Honestly, knowing myself, I’ll probably celebrate with a few drinks and a bag of Hot Cheetos to myself.

What have you been up to this month? 

styling mini-skirts in the fall

Hello! How’s everyone week going? School has been flying by already and looking ahead, I already have two midterms coming up. BUT the year is still young so I made sure to make time to continue doing things I love – like blogging! It’s so funny because I recently met another fashion blogger in the Seattle area, Kaitlin of Kaitlinners. The absolute sweetest gal, and we both wanted new content for our blogs so we decided to go shoot this weekend on the one sunny day we had. Today, I wanted to show you all how I style mini-skirts in the fall! It’s already pretty chilly in Seattle but I love wearing skirts year-round. My trick? Obviously to stay warm in tights! I always feel about 10 years younger when I put on a pair of tights, but I still love the look. I haven’t ventured out with anything other than black tights, but maybe someday? Kaitlin and I wandered around downtown Seattle and found this really cool rooftop patio thing – it was a crazy view!
I’ve had this trench coat for forever but somehow have never showcased it on the blog. I got it I think two years ago from Columbia Sportswear, so they don’t have it anymore and their current year one doesn’t have lapels. This raincoat’s been trusty and perfect for Seattle, but recently I’ve been eyeing the trench from JCrew and London Fog, so maybe I’ll invest in one of those soon 😜 Y’all know I love Parisian style, so a striped tee is my go-to alongside a neck-scarf. My corduroy mini-skirt is actually from A&F (also old), and I’ve worn it for so many occasions, I’ve lost count. In short, they’re so versatile! My black booties give some extra length with the black tights since the jacket makes the look a little more bulky. Mine are from Nordstrom Rack but I know Nordstrom itself has a huge selection of black booties to choose from right now. My second way to style a mini-skirt in the fall is with, you know it, a sweater!
Felt so at home in the Seattle Public Library! I also felt prim & proper in my Mary Jane-style flats. My sweater is from Madewell (from freshman year, oh goodness) but it’s my trusty, cozy turtleneck. A simple outfit but definitely preppy if you want to feel put-together.
How do you style mini-skirts in the fall? I can definitely see others styling mini-skirts with thigh-high suede boots but those aren’t really my style. It does look a lot fancier for class/work for sure. I can’t wait to schedule the next shoot, I always get so excited when I can share new styles with you all. As always, thanks for reading! Talk soon! Jen

incoming senior year thoughts

Hello hello!

I feel like it’s been awhile since I sat down and just wrote down what my thoughts are at the moment. The first (not even full) week of school was crazy, hectic, but so energizing seeing everyone again. I was able to catch up with a lot of friends and kind of think about where I want to take my senior year.

Everyone knows that senior year is supposed to be fun; and for some, it’s stressful because of the job hunt. I’m beyond grateful to know that I’ll be interning at a different firm for this coming summer and then my Masters program (hopefully!) in September, so I’m kind of in a different boat. It’s not like I’m void of responsibilities and can completely let-loose this year; being president for a club is definitely a lot of work. However, I feel like I’m in a weird limbo where my calendar isn’t full enough and I want to be doing more.

I could definitely fill up my time studying for the GMAT, or ensuring I 4.0 all of my classes; lately though, I’ve been wanting to try new things and dip my toes in different parts of Seattle. If that means finding a second job at a fitness studio or volunteering for a performing arts hall, I’m not quite sure. All I know is that I want to embrace the opportunities that are in Seattle, and not necessarily just on campus. This is really the only time I have left that I can be juggling other activities before I start a full-time job, and I want to experience and continue learning while I’m doing things I love. It hit me this week that it feels like my time is running out, like there’s an hourglass and the sand is almost all gone from the top.

I want to keep up with the dance company I’m part of on-campus, and get back into shooting for the blog. I want to continue discovering new reads and have an increasing knowledge of new releases in the publishing industry (sadly, did not reach my goal to finish my list of books over the summer). But I also want to continue educating myself in the accounting and business world since that’s what I’m primarily taking my career. So much to do, so, so little time.

One of my main focuses for this year is to help younger students out too, specifically, underclassmen. Mentorship has become such a huge part of my college career and I definitely attribute my excitement for leadership to my mentors. I just want to impart some of the wisdom and knowledge I’ve gathered to someone else this year, and hopefully inspire them to be the best version of themselves.

It’s just crazy to me that I only have two quarters left of undergrad. Like, who’s allowing me to leave already? I feel like I just recently got into the swing of things and truly, I don’t want to be done. It’s funny because people hate returning to school after an internship because they get a taste of what it’s like to have a full-time job for 12 weeks. Me? Nope. I loved my internship (more on this in a bit!) but I also love school. Some of my older friends have confided in me, saying that I better take advantage of meeting new people in my classes before I graduate, because apparently it’s that much harder to meet people after college. Like, making new friends when you’re an adult is hard. I think my social anxiety just went up ten notches 😂

One of my favorite things that I realized about myself this year is how much I grew to love the airline industry. Going into this internship, I knew nothing about the industry, and was a lot more interested in the retail/tech industry. But airlines? Okay, I’m willing to learn. And the more I learned, the more exciting it all became for me. Of course, traveling made it so thrilling, but even just the SeaTac airport feels like home now. Understanding airplanes, customers in the airline industry, and competition has been engaging and I can truly see myself returning to the industry, if not my exact firm, one day.

I’m not even sure what this blog will become in the coming months. After having an easy blog topic to post about every week this summer (travel), my life seems boring compared to what it was, so TBD.

What else is there to think about? I still have so much to mull over but these are my thoughts at the moment, post-week-one of senior year.

What year are you starting? Your thoughts for the year?