It’s Love, Love (14)

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“Stay close to what keeps you feeling alive.”

I stumbled upon this quote on the Free People blog a couple months ago, and I couldn’t help feel inspired and connected to the sincerity in those 8 words.

This year in particular, things are a little different. My sister and my biggest supporter has moved to Houston, TX. My best friend and coincidental boyfriend moved to California to start his first job. My three best friends are in a five-hour radius from Austin, TX.  I was startled by the overwhelming impact that has occurred in a short period of a month.

However, as I continued my routine in going to class and work, I realized there was a different perspective, a sort of ‘freshness,’ in doing things by yourself. As weeks passed, I found myself at peace with experiencing new things and challenging myself to do things I’ve been too stubborn to do or outrightly told myself I would never do (e.g. yoga). Although I’m a big believer in taking chances, I typically find myself gravitating toward being comfortable.

This feeling is very similar to my first day of college. New. Fresh. Scary. Exciting.

These days, I’m feeling independent and at peace. I feel as if I can figure out things on own.  Having this independent perspective, again, is truly amazing. I found things that make me happy in insignificant things. A foggy day. Hot coffee. Reading a blogpost about pumpkins. Anything, really.

Moreover, I know, when things turn not so awesome, everyone is really a phone call away. Little reminders do, however, make my day. This week, Jon completely surprised me with beautiful roses. :)

Wanderlust

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I’m just trying to find beauty in everything I see. And when my photography captures what I see, it’s a pretty awesome feeling. These days, I’m feeling inspired by all my surroundings. Maybe, it’s the dreamy fall weather filled with rich colors, spices, and (more importantly) comfort food. Can anyone say pumpkin bread?!

However, music has been my main muse in terms of writing.

‘The old the young, the brave got stung all around you
The lights fell down upon the world and did surround you
Take care of all the lonely souls and love will hold you
Oh how you walked through the dark and love destroyed you’

Take Care // Tom Rosenthal

Holy guac-a-mole. This song gives me chills.

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Thoughts & Musings

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When life gets a little overwhelming, people have their ‘thing.’ Rather, their ‘go-to.

My comfort zone is blogging. And as you can see, I haven’t been blogging as much as I want, so I”m just a little OVER overwhelmed.

When I first starting writing my blog, I focused on fashion posts and to this date is still my most popular posts. However, what is more important to me is if I can relate to other readers. Every time I write I ask myself, Do my words speak to you? Do you feel inspired? Is there substance within my work? That’s what I really care about.

Lately, my thoughts have been jumbled and scatter-brained, so here’s a letter that I hope speaks to you at some point and time.


Dear readers or whomever,

When life catches you by surprise, you take it for what it is. Especially when things turn not so-so great. When I would vent to my dad, he would tell me (in so and so many words) ‘It is what it is, shit happens. You deal with the cards you are dealt with.’

Today, I was sipping my cup of coffee trying to take my dad’s advice into mind. I remind myself ‘wow, you’re alive. you’re healthy. you can do this. keep your shit together.’  And this eureka moment struck.

A lesson about luck. In my creativity class, my professor defined it not by chance but rather the type of individuals. Luck is found by people who seek opportunities. Individuals who are positive and who look for something out nothing.

Maybe, sometimes, you have to find those opportunities and make you’re own luck.

Just a little thought to think about.

Thoughts & Musings

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Portraits. I honestly didn’t realize how mere portraits can reveal such a telling story.

A couple of months ago, Humans of New York overtook my Facebook news feed and has trickled down to my small Texan town. The mere fact that a portrait can inspire and connect so many people is just amazing to me.

Over the last couple of months, I have definitely has seen my perspective become more transparent in my writing and photography. In regards to expressing my creativity, I am more willing to create multiple projects as oppose to perfecting one. Something I learned recently in class is to create even if you’re end result doesn’t match up with your vision. Because creating is something personal and eventually you’ll create something that is meaningful to you and someone else.

So here is a organic portrait I took the other day. Surprisingly, these photos were in the first 5 frames. It’s not perfect, but I’m still proud of my work.

Oxford Season

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Oxfords. The love is too real. Honestly, there’s nothing more to say. Keep Calm and Oxford on.

Real Talk,

Angela

Shirt: American Apparel // Pants: French Connection // Shoes: Dolce Vita

Plain Jane

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People like to talk about plain Jane. Some people say she’s boring, a vanilla wafer. She’s actually pretty cool.

In retrospect, minimalism and boring have constantly been intertwined and referred to when talking about one or the other. But what’s wrong with wearing minimal, cozy pieces?

I’m a t-shirt and cut off jean shirts type of girl… when I’m facing the Monday Blues. No shame, ever. :) Today, I wore a modal cotton t-shirt paired with a mid-calf skirt. Nothing too fussy.

Shirt: Cub Monaco // Skirt: French Connection

Fall, You’re Cool

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I think every picture is better with a story attached..And this story was my ‘let’s take a picture after work- before the rain starts- I’m starving- why is the garbage man looking at me – this is kinda awkward’ story.”

Much like that day, this week has been hectic. Sick, Exhaustion, Hell week…take your pick. No worries, fall fashion is here. And I’m super super stoked for it!

Fall is one of my favorite season in Texas (it’s mostly an escape from the scouring heat). Who doesn’t love cozy sweaters, oxblood nail polish, and PSL season (Pumpkin Spice Lattes)?! :)

Dress: Free People // Shirt: American Apparel // Shoes: Lucky Brand

The Big Milestone: Relationships for the Anti-Relationship

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Things I don’t talk to much about…ever: relationships. For starters, I’ve never been a relationship type of girl. In so and so many words, I was always the sassy independent lady that sang Beyonce with my independent sassy friends. Basically. And the fact I can be so incredibly awkward, I cringe (eeks!). So, as I hit the big one year with this guy, I am in disbelief that it’s really been a year. I’ve been so blessed to have met someone that calls me out on my bullshit and that annoys me with his ‘do you really need to buy this?’ logic. (Sigh, sometimes I really do need those shoes though…)  Plus, he surprised me with a really elaborate picnic basket…cause I’ve mentioned having a picnic date before. I vote keeper. :)

Sustainable Fashion

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For starters, I am obsessed with overalls. I actually bought this pair a couple of years ago, and I’m so so so glad I’ve kept them. The love I have for these overalls is real. Moreover, I am, too, in love with this necklace, which I recently purchased from Raven + Lily’s storefront (located on Manor Rd in Austin, TX). Little do you know, artisans in Ethiopia melted bullet casing to create this necklace.

To explain, about a week and a half ago, I started my internship at Raven + Lily as a social media and marketing intern. Raven + Lily is an eco-friendly brand that empowers women through design, and is an advocate for sustainable fashion. The company helps at-risk women in developing countries (5 so far) by working ALONGSIDE artisan groups who manufacture the products. The basis is fashion that ACTUALLY provides jobs for women.

To be honest, I’m sort of new to ethical fashion, but it’s great that more and more people are readily becoming aware.

So, here’s my little tidbit to you and to challenge yourself to spread your knowledge about sustainable fashion.

Overalls: u/o // Shirt: American Apparel // Necklace: Raven + Lily

Into to Creativity

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Creativity- is it intrinsic or learned. Is it about being original or using inspiration as foundation and building upon it?

These were just a couple of questions asked in my ‘Intro to Creative’ class. (Yes, this is really a class and yes, this is required.) Last week’s creative lab was about finding creativity in nothing. The challenge was to do something different or find something ordinary or mundane…and find a way to be creative. It was actually pretty awesome to see everyone’s entries and their interpretation of creativity. Personally, I wrote about my blog (duh) and challenged myself in experimenting more with my photography. I used this idea of fluency and movement to capture a more natural feel to my pictures. I used myself as the subject, and was pleasantly pleased in how these pictures came out.

Surprisingly, I am really enjoying the class and how it’s forcing me to challenge myself. Here’s just a small list I’ve found helpful (so far)…

  • Creativity is about new experiences. You can’t be inspired by the expected.
  • Creativity is a process. There is no ‘Eureka’ moment. When a ‘Eureka’ moment is found, it’s usually because it’s the last piece of the process.
  • Creativity is beneficial to any time of job whether being accounting or art. The whole point of creativity is to think outside the box and challenge yourself in your work.

What do you think? Who knew creativity was so beyond complicated? I hope to share with you my upcoming inspiration in my art sketch book. In the meanwhile, I’ll be swamped in school work and work (HALP).

Dress: f/p // Shoes: Lucky Brand

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