one dress, two ways

Hi again!!

It’s officially November and I couldn’t be more stoked. November is my birthday month, and if most of you didn’t know, I’ll be turning 21! There’s a lot of pressure to host a 21-run, but honestly, I’d be content with a nice, classy dinner with good company and good food (and watching The Bold Type, my favorite TV show at the moment!!). I’m looking at going to a nice restaurant downtown and of course, since lots of photos will be taken, I was figuring out my outfit for the night.

I found this dress from Tobi that could be dressed two ways. Here’s what I came up with:

The classy dinner outfit:


Dress // Blazer // Hoop earrings // Black velvet pumps

This is definitely what I’d call a “smart casual” look: I’m wearing a fitted blazer with ruched sleeves so it makes the outfit look extra put-together. The pointy-toed velvet pumps are ones that I use for a lot of my business professional outfits; I think they’re just short enough to be acceptable but still trendy with the studs.

The dressy outfit:


Shoes (similar)

This dress stands really well on its own, especially the back!! Look at the lace-up!! It definitely requires having a girlfriend to be of assistance while putting the dress on, but it’s so worth it. I threw on some open-toed pumps with thick heels (a must!) that give me a lot of needed height.

What do y’all think? We’ll see which outfit I end up choosing for my 21st birthday, depending on my festivities, I suppose.

Thanks for reading!

Jen x

**Thanks to Tobi for providing me with the dress in exchange for an honest opinion!**


a formal occasion

Hello hello, and happy Halloween!

Can you believe it’s already the end of October?! My bad, it’s been nearly a month since I’ve posted. I think I needed a break from blogging since, for awhile there, I was just cranking out travel post after travel post for my study abroad program and it got mildly exhausting. I also just got super busy with school and extracurriculars – but more on a life update later.

In between classes, hosting information sessions for club activities, working, getting coffee with professionals, team meetings, I do try to have fun every once in awhile. Every quarter, my sorority hosts a formal dance. For fall quarter, it’s known as the boat formal! Super fancy and fun – it’s definitely my favorite formal every year. This year, I took one of my good friends Jo who I met during my London study abroad program. I always love giving my friends who aren’t involved in Greek life a taste of what it’s like.

My only problem? I barely brought any fancy dresses with me to school this year. I didn’t have time to go shop for a dress beforehand because I was so busy – making the trip to downtown Seattle would have been a hassle. Luckily, I knew a few girls who frequently ordered dresses from Tobi I picked out a dress I normally wouldn’t wear; I’ve never worn body-con dresses until I found this one that makes me feel confident and allowed me to dance the night away.


Dress // Hoop Earrings // Rose Gold Block Heels

I love the cut of this dress, especially the geometric lines and shapes. Funnily enough, the hoop earrings I’m wearing are actually ones I bought from London. Y’all, I could probably write a whole post about how hoops are changing my life: they are instant confidence-boosters! I feel like I can conquer the world and accomplish anything in my hoops.

Finally, I was at Nordstrom Rack when I stumbled upon those beautiful Steve Madden Carrson Sandals! I had been wanting a pair for so long and found these rose gold ones for less than $35 – that’s unheard of!! I had to snatch them for formal.

Here’s a few (lower quality) photos from my fun night:

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Look out for more posts to come this month – amidst all my busy-ness, I want to stay connected with y’all!

Thanks for reading,

Jen x

*Thanks Tobi for providing me with the dress in exchange for an honest opinion!*

focus in the fall

How was everyone’s week? This week was my first full week of classes and while my class load is somewhat lighter this quarter, I’m still exhausted. I’m definitely still adjusting to a lot of aspects of routine. I thought I’d empty my thoughts a little here today.

Since coming back from Europe, I’ve been catching up with a lot of friends, new and old, and it’s brought to light a lot of things I want to focus on this fall, especially after so much spontaneity and irregular routine in traveling.

  • Mindfulness: I had a great conversation with a friend I met through a mutual friend, and she’s a certified yoga instructor who lived in a monastery this summer. She herself was trying to get back into the routine of mindfulness, and I thought that was something I wanted to get into as well. I tried meditating last month with the Headspace app and really enjoyed it.
  • Values: I like to think I hold pretty truly to my values. Sure, traveling this summer tested a lot of those values – even stretched them – but I want to reign my values back in and refocus on what I think matters to me in my life. I’ve met people who have challenged my values, which is great, but as a foundation, I know my values are who I am and how I explain myself to other people. I do want to continue exploring why I value such things, but I want to remember why I stay true to them.
  • CareerGetting back into the swing of things in Seattle means getting back into recruiting. I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping that as a main focal point so far: I’ve been scheduling coffee dates with professionals and connecting back with people I talked to last year. On the side, I’ve been making the time to develop skills and knowledge by reading non-fiction/business/self-help books. On my to-read list are books like Quiet by Susan Cain (currently reading), Presence by Amy Cuddy, and Onward by Howard Schultz.
  • Learning: This ties back into the books I have on my to-read list, but I want to keep learning outside of my classes as well. When people hear the word “learning”, they automatically think of it in an academic setting, but it doesn’t always have to be. I’ve set it upon myself to get into podcasts! I listened to a few during my freshman year, but I definitely want to start back up again. I want to try to listen to them when I work out or when I’m walking to classes. Just to name a few, I have Freakonomics RadioModern Love, and Girlboss Radio loaded on my phone.

Whew, there’s so much running through my mind but I think I got out what I needed today. I’m hoping this list keeps me accountable, or at least serves as a reminder that I can refer to when I’m losing that focus for the rest of the year.

What are y’all focusing on this fall?

Thanks for reading,


europe travel summary – snapchat edition


This might be last Europe travel post, finally. I thought it’d be fun to share a Europe travel summary through my Snapchat stories. My Snapchat isn’t public, so no one but my friends see my stories. However, there are some cute ones from this summer with fantastic geo-tags. Here they are!












Looking at these photos legitimately make me so nostalgic, but which one is your favorite geo-tag? I think they’re all so adorable!

Thanks for reading,


dear london | week three

Happy Monday & happy October!!

This is my last London-specific post, can y’all believe it?! London was packed with so many fun adventures, and so I present to you my last photo diary. Heads up for a LOT of pink – I’m not sure why I visited so many places with a pink aesthetic (I’m definitely not complaining).

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The Platform 9 and 3/4 at King’s Cross Station!

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Beautiful houses in Notting Hill. My life flashed before my eyes on this day when I almost got hit by a motorcycle 😳

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Farm Girl Cafe in Notting Hill – so basic, but so good! I’ll definitely be adding pomegranate seeds to my avo toast from now on!


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Couldn’t say no to a photo opp in front of more adorable houses in Notting Hill!

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Booked a reservation at Sketch! It was really stressful because if you cancel your reservation, you get charged 30 pounds. This dish alone was 18 pounds! Very unique though – orange and carrot sauce.


I recommend going during the day since the lighting is better, but it was still so! aesthetic!!


Y’all, the bathrooms. ‘Nough said.

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DDF – daily dose of fro-yo.

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The most stunning cafe I’ve ever been to! Peggy Porschen Cakes. The line was so long.

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I hit up the Camden Market and stopped by the Pasta Hand Rolled tent. It was so freaking delicious.

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The professionals over at F5 recommended Wolseley, a high tea place. I went with 5 other girls and it was simply amazing.


Some Harry Potter Studio Tour photos!




Aaand that’s it!! I hope you enjoyed following my journey in London – looking back at these photos have me feeling some type of way 😭

Look out for my general Europe wrap-up and reflection soon!

Thanks for reading,