By Michelle A.

Hat Trick

Forever 21 Hat (from 2 years ago) – similar // Zara top – similar // Shorts from Haight Street, SF

Hats been having a moment lately…on my head. Whenever I find myself outside, I have been throwing one on. I thought this feathered hat went well with the fun shorts.

Some of my favorite feathered fedoras:

 

Kate Spade NY Handbag – similar // Sam Edelman Sandals – similar // Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch

Here are 2 more ways to wear this look:

Option #1: Pop on a midweight sweater. The material of this Madewell sweater is just right–not too light & not too heavy. This is the perfect sweater to bring along as the sun starts to set. I also love how the red stripes pair well with the red feather on my hat. Here are some of my favorite Madewell Striped Sweater picks:
Option #2: Take this look from day to night with a Moto Jacket. This look would go great with any moto jacket–I opted for a moto in a stretch denim material, but I think a leather moto would amp up this outfit’s edginess factor a couple notches. My Moto Jacket Picks:

This is my salute to the end of summer. Hope you’re all ready for fall!

Postcards from Europe 2013

Happy #TBT! I thought I’d do a fun little #ThrowbackThursday post series recapping the Eurotrip I took last summer. I am heading to Europe again in exactly 1 month so I thought this would be a fun way to countdown the weeks ’til I leave. Check back every Thursday this month for a new post!

LONDON – DAY 1

After graduation last year, I headed to Belgium to meet up with my boyfriend. We headed to London the day after I arrived–I was dying to return after I had studied abroad there in 2011. We took the train from Brussels to St. Pancras International and arrived in London at nighttime. We got a little bit lost on the way to the hotel and were so relieved to finally find it–too bad our room turned out to be equivalent to the size of a shoe box, stuffy with no window, and had paper-thin walls. We got out of there quickly to grab some dinner in Chinatown.

Obligatory red telephone booth picture on our way to Chinatown. Even after studying abroad, London telephone booth photos never get old.

Dinner turned out to be meh–I can’t tell you the name of the place because I didn’t think it was noteworthy enough to write down, but I’m sure I could pick it out if I found myself back in Chinatown.

LONDON – DAY 2

The next morning we headed to Borough Market for lunch. I had only been there briefly during a weekday back when I studied abroad so I wanted to check out the scene on a weekend. We snacked on delicacies like quail eggs, wild boar sausage (pictured below), and a pretty crappy shaved ice, but it was worth it for the experience.

We then wandered over to Tate Modern, across the Millenium Bridge, and over to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Warning: couple-y pictures coming up…

Silhouettes. So indie.

This ain’t Paris.

My forearm and Lukasz’s one calf look so developed. We must be doing something right.

Then, we took a walk down memory lane and headed to South Kensington, where I lived and studied while I was abroad. I was filled to the brim with feelings of nostalgia–it wasn’t the same without my study abroad buddies! The places we used to frequent just felt empty.

Home is whenever I’m with you.

 The coolest place to be–before, during, and after class.

So, all these feels definitely called for some intense retail therapy (not pictured) and eating in Chinatown again, but at Leong’s Legend this time around. We had been to Leong’s Legend in 2011 and remembered how good it was, so we had to go back! I’d go so far as to say it’s the best Taiwanese food in London, but it’s the only Taiwanese place I’ve been to…

Pardon my bottle of eye drops, but the feels were too strong that day and the food looked so good I was practically crying–well, that, and allergies.

LONDON – DAY 3

Day 3 was spent heading to Camden Town and Old Spitalfields Market–two of my favorite places in London. Everything felt exactly the same–I just wish I still lived a tube ride away from each of them.

Cheers to you, London–until we meet again!

London Calling

It’s been 3 years since I left to study abroad in London for a semester. I can’t believe it’s been so long–in the course of 15 short weeks, I never expected to fall completely head over heels for a place. When I left the USA, I never saw myself as a city girl, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I grew to like it–the hustle and bustle of commuting on the tube, exploring different areas, meandering around the free museums, popping into pubs & clubs, and the list goes on and on. I’ve never felt so at home in a foreign country–I actually felt homesick for London when I came back to the USA. I’m pretty sure I left a piece of my heart there–if the opportunity presented itself, I would move there in a heartbeat.

Here is a recap of some of my favorite moments with the amazing people I had the pleasure of sharing this experience with:

That time I looked out my window for the first time.

That time Jackie & I had a Mary Kate & Ashley Winning London moment.

That time I dressed like a Gossip Girl character and stood by a telephone booth.

That time we all started to miss Asian food and got dim sum.

That time we ventured to Camden Market and had “bang bang” chicken.

That time I first laid eyes on an All Saints store & their vintage sewing machines and I knew it was love.

That time we played with prints and posed in front of our building.

That time we made headbands out of recycled paper–a la eco-chic.

 That time we LOL-ed in front of Marble Arch.

That time it really started to feel like winter and I experimented with a questionable beret & colored tights (yet another Gossip Girl moment).

That time I looked over the River Thames on my last day and the way the sky was lit up made the moment feel so bittersweet–as if London felt the same way I did. It was sad but I knew I would be back one day. #nofilter

Here is a video that perfectly sums up the whole experience:

Thanks to the beautiful city of London and all the friends I made along the way for making this one of the most memorable experiences of my life!

Labor Day

Dress: H&M (similar), Hat: Forever 21 (similar), Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Sandals: Lucky Brand

Today marks the first official day of September. Fall is creeping closer and closer, but luckily for us in the Bay Area, it still feels like summer as of late. I’ve been wearing this dress out all summer long and trying to get the most use out of it. This dress is so easy–throw it on and you’re good to go. The black-and-white print goes with practically any accessories and it transitions perfectly from day to night–just add a long cardigan. I’m a big fan of pieces that are functional and that’s what my style has been gravitating towards lately. I’m sure I’ll be wearing this into fall and perhaps through another Indian summer (if the weather permits).

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