skirts & sun

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful long weekend and Memorial Day. For me, these past two weeks in Seattle with the sun shining everyday has left me in the best mood, and not even studying for finals has me complaining! It’s the last official week of spring quarter classes – I can’t believe my sophomore year is pretty much over!

I mentioned last week that I shot some outfits with my friend, so here they are! This is probably one of my favorite outfits/photoshoots I’ve ever done. The lighting, the location, the outfit, it was all perfect! This is also probably what I’ll be wearing to Europe this summer (more on that later!).

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I love wearing skirts – long, short, middie – you name it! I’m all for the feminine feel of a twirly skirt. Not going to lie, this outfit was highly inspired by Julia from Gal Meets Glam‘s style!

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The ruffles on the sleeves, y’all, the ruffles! A super airy shirt, perfect for high-temperature days. This top is from Uniqlo, and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I love this top and the quality. This is my first purchase from them and I’ll be returning shortly!

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Can we talk about this pleated skirt for a second? When I was browsing through Target, this skirt immediately caught my eye because of its vibrant colors and perfect length.

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This is probably my go-to necklace; since it’s such a pale pink, it goes with a lot of neutral clothes, or even a colorful skirt, without being too loud

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Y’all know my obsession with lace-up, pointy flats!

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I bought this pair of sunglasses from Nordstrom BP in preparation for the sun in Rome later in June, but I couldn’t wait to wear them! I immediately pulled them out for the sun in Seattle these past couple of weeks. I love the rose-gold colors and the shape of the lens! I’ll definitely be picking up more pairs from BP before I leave the states.

White Top (similar) // Pleated Skirt // Lace-up flats (similar) // Watch (similar) // Sunglasses // Necklace (old)

 

What do you all think?

life updates – camera roll edition

Hello everyone!

The sun has FINALLY made its appearance in Seattle and I think it’s here to stay! It’s amazing what the sun can do to the soul; I don’t think I get Seasonal Affective Disorder, but the sun definitely puts me in a better mood.

I’m squeezing in this blog post on a Saturday morning before brunch – I’ve been so busy! I thought it’d be fun to let y’all know what I’ve been up to lately, using the photos on my iPhone camera roll! Please excuse some of the photos that are Snapchat quality 😁

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As usual, I’m always trying out new coffeeshops! I had heard a lot of amazing things about Slate Coffee Roasters (and of course, their aesthetic is on point!), but when I went and ordered their iced coffee, it was very disappointing. It was way too watered down and there was nothing special to it.

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I’m always returning to Post Alley Cafe, an age-old favorite of mine. I love going in the early morning and getting some work done while sipping a 12-oz latte.

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I’ve also been networking a ton! I was able to speak with someone who works in the accounting department at Starbucks for an assignment for one of my classes. Y’all, the corporate office is so freaking cool. Obviously, they have their own Starbucks coffeeshop in the building and I even waved to the executive chairman, Howard Schultz!

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I also got the chance to talk to someone working in the accounting department at Nordstrom – it’s the dream, y’all!

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I’ve casually been attending fancy dinners hosted by my business school. Y’all, the perks, I’m telling ya!

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One of my very good friends was in a dance show earlier and of course I had to attend! I love buying flowers for my friends who love art and love performing it. It’s one of those things I’ll never get tired of.

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I was also in my own dance show! I’ve been busy going to rehearsals multiple times a week, and I’m actually pretty exhausted. It’s been a wonderful experience though, and the dance program is so welcoming and friendly. I’m so happy I was part of such an uplifting experience!

Whew, that’s it for now! I was able to get some outfit shoots done yesterday in the beautiful, sunny weather, so look forward to those in the weeks to come.

Until then, I’ll just be holed in a corner with my accounting textbook until finals are done, and getting my travel plans finalized, eeep!

Talk soon!

Jen

5 books i want to read before the end of 2017

Hi everyone!

I’m currently in the midst of making my travel plans and realized that I’m going to be on airplanes/ferries/buses pretty much for the entirety of the trip 😪 What better way to pass the time than read a few books? And to be honest, I’ve only read one book this year. THAT IS THE SADDEST THING. I don’t know where my time went this year, honestly. I haven’t decided if I want to listen to these on audiobook, but I’ll definitely be bringing my Kindle regardless.

I don’t think I’ll be able to finish more than five books by the end of 2017, so I’ve picked the five that I for sure want to read.

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  1. The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close // I actually started this one during spring break and got halfway through, and haven’t had the chance to finish it yet! From what I’ve read, I really enjoyed it so far. It’s set in Georgetown and has the drama of living near the White House.

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2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg // This term, “Lean in”, has been thrown around my community for so long that I really just need to read it. I’m thinking this one will be an audiobook read (I tend to like listening to non-fiction!).

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3. My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella // Confessions of a Shopaholic will always have a special place in my heart, and I’ve heard wonderful things about Sophie Kinsella’s most recent release. It looks right up my alley, and light enough for a travel read. Plus, it’s set in London – one of my study abroad locations!

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4. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza // I started this one earlier in 2017 as well, and only got 10% through before I got busy again (are you seeing a trend here?). It’s totally got a Devil Wears Prada vibe, and I loved what I read so far. Books/movies set in New York with a woman working in the fashion/magazine industry is straight-up my guilty pleasure.

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5. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne // Competition in the publishing industry? YES. This one sounds like such a fun read, and the rave reviews have me really curious and wanting to pick this one up. Plus, how darling is that cover?

Crossing my fingers I’ll be able to get around to these five books before 2017 ends – now that this list is on my blog, maybe I’ll be held accountable for it?

What do you plan on picking up before the end of the year?

it doesn’t hurt to try

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Happy Friday!

Yeah… whoops! I haven’t posted in exactly a month, and I deeply apologize!

After spring quarter started, everything has been absolutely crazy. I only have classes twice a week, but somehow, my time has been occupied with my (very stressful) finance class, extracurriculars, and maybe too many coffee dates. I just finished my round of midterms and eeep, y’all, spring quarter is over in just a few weeks and then I’m off to the best summer ever abroad in Europe! (Post about travels plans coming soon!)

Today I wanted to talk about something that happened earlier this quarter. I meant to write this when it was fresh in my head, but (see above), I’ve been busy. As most of you know, I’m studying accounting right now in college and started the recruiting process early. If you’re not familiar with the accounting recruiting process, it’s basically where students meet with professionals from the public accounting firms and start networking to them to see if they’re a good fit for the firm, and eventually interview to see if they get accepted into the firms’ leadership programs, internships, or full-time positions.

I had an amazing mentor this year who really allowed and inspired me to go for stuff. I’ve been disappointed and let-down before when applying to things and getting rejected because I was too young. To be honest though, I’m numb to rejection now; I still can’t decide if it’s a good thing or not to be “numb”, but I like to think that I’m resilient. I had the opportunity earlier this year to apply to a ton of things even though I wasn’t “qualified” (graduation year, necessary education), but my mentor still encouraged me to apply. She said, “You never know”. So I did.

Just a few weeks ago, I got an offer at one of the public accounting firms that I really love. I few weeks after, I got another offer. I was shocked. This – all of this – is what I get for just trying?

If it weren’t for my mentor, I wouldn’t have felt this success and achievement. And that’s just it – you will never know if you don’t try. It doesn’t hurt to try – unless you’re wounded easily. I think it’ll be a different growth process for everyone because some people have a hard shell like me, and some are a little softer and aren’t used to rejection yet. But trying it out, learning the feeling of what rejection feels like, toughens the skin like nothing else.

summer plans: studying abroad, part two!!!

Whew, happy Monday, y’all!

Last week was the first week of spring quarter and it was HECTIC. The cherry blossoms bloomed on campus and it has never attracted more tourists, I swear. As for my sanity, you’d think syllabus week would be relaxing and not stressful yet, but silly me decided to partake in a business case competition (I did the same one last year and got third out of 25 teams), so that’s where my free time has been going. It’s been super fun working with new friends in the business school though, and I’m learning so much throughout the process.

Earlier in the week, I got a pleasant little surprise to kick off the quarter! You may recall from back in February that I posted about my plans to study abroad in Rome this summer, which I’m super excited about (I’m taking a conversational Italian class right now to prepare!). At the time of applications, I had also re-applied to the Britain program I was rejected from last year, and wasn’t really expecting to hear back from them, and even forgot about it.

Lo and behold, I heard back from them this week, and yep – I WAS ACCEPTED! Y’all, there’s no better feeling than failing, working hard to get better, and being successful as a result of working hard. No better feeling.

I happily accepted, which means I’ll be studying not only in Rome this summer, but also London! Of course, I’ll be traveling all over Europe (get HYPED for my travel posts this summer, y’all!!). Time to start saving up 🙄

Photo courtesy of Unsplash – I’m getting so excited to study in the beautiful city of London 😍

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Any favorite sites or eats that y’all recommend?

Have a wonderful week!

Jen