Blue in NYC

August 23
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Blue bell sleeve top and white ripped Hollister jeansBlue wide sleeve top and gray quilted BCBG bagBlue wide bell sleeve top and multicolor tassel necklaceRainbow multicolor tassel necklaceWhite destroyed knee ripped Hollister jeans and quilted gray bagBlue top with bell wide sleeves and Jack Rodger wedges

Top: Zara, similar here ($11.99) // Jeans: HCO ($25) // Bag: BCBG // Sandals: Jack Rogers, navy version here // Necklace: F21, similar pink/red/orange version here //

Chalk this up to things that can only happen in NYC: my friend Devon and I were walking along, looking for a choice location to take some pictures of my outfit, when we stumbled across an outdoor art display. Several artists were selling their wares in front of an unused storefront. They were ever to kind to let us take pictures and use their works as backdrops.

Devon and I couldn’t help but feel that this was a perfect metaphor for art itself: using another artist’s piece as inspiration and a springboard for another type of art (photography). Looking at these photos is basically recursive art. Inspiration does come from everywhere—and the point of art is to always give back.

Photos thanks to Devon!

Adidas

August 21
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American Apparel pink tennis skirtWhite wrap bodysuit and pink pleated mini skirtWhite and pink Adidas track zip jacketWhite and pink Adidas track jacket and pink tennis pleated skirtForever 21 Black bow velvet choker White wrap bodysuit and American Apparel pink pleated tennis skirt

Top: actually a bodysuit ($14) // Skirt: American Apparel // Jacket: Adidas (thrifted), similar Adidas here in navy or here in white/black// Shoes: gifted, similar platform loafers here // Choker: Forever21 // Lip Color: Rouge Volupte Shine in “#15 Corail Intuitive”

If athleisure truly is king nowadays, the new “it” item has to be something by Adidas. Whether you prefer the street style-approved Stan Smiths or the zip jacket I thrifted, the three stripes are ubiquitous, on-trend, and easy to wear everywhere. Although I am firmly again yoga pants in public (fight me on this!), I love the idea of rolling out of bed and slapping on this jacket just in time for class. Not a lot of fuss for a lot of fashion.

Criss Cross

August 19
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Cherry applique bag and bow back stripe dressMarleylillly stripe monogrammed sun hat and bow back sun dressStriped bow back dress and monogrammed sun hatCherry novelty bag and striped sun hatMarleylilly monogram sun hat

Dress: Striped Criss Cross Bow Dress ($18.99) // Bag: Shein (under $15) // Hat: monogrammed Marleylilly sun hat (under $30) // Necklace: Mango, metallic color here // Shoes: Jack Rogers, neutral versions here // Lip color: “Coral Blossom”

I’ve been on the hunt on a dress with a bow-tie back for a while now, but I was so picky that I couldn’t pull the trigger on any of the dresses I saw. Too many of them were low-cut or see-through (which is a huge problem when most of them are backless and you can’t wear any undergarments underneath).

I finally settled on the dress in these pictures–and “settled” is the important word to note. I ended up making alterations to the dress to suit my finicky demands, like shortening the hem, taking in the sides, and using the excess fabric as a waist-tie. Ordering from an overseas website is always a gamble, but since I knew I wouldn’t be happy until I could alter a dress to my liking, I ordered a size L and was pleasantly surprised at how few changes I had to make. Sure, I might be picky, but now I have a one-of-a-kind dress that’s perfectly suited for golden summer days.

Pretty in Pink

August 17
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Pink pleated midi skirt and lace scallop top outfit inspirationWhite lace top, pink pleated midi skirt, leopard heels summer outfit ideaPink pleated midi skirt and leopard Sam Edelman heelsPink pleated midi skirt lace scallop top summer outfitLace scallop blouse and pink pleated skirt

Top: Shein (I ordered the XS) // Skirt: Mango, or here from Asos in a berry shade // Bag: BCBG // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Lip color: Revlon in “Showy”

Law school starts again in two weeks and I’ve already started packing (I’m typing this while sitting amidst a knee-high pile of clothes). After an exciting summer in NYC and a relaxing sabbatical at home, I’m not exactly looking forward to burying my nose in a legal tome again.

To lift my spirit, I turned to my girl crush and life coach Elle Woods. What would she do when school got her down? The answer is the same as it ever was: wear a lot of pink. Then, take a deep breath, slip into some heels, and march confidently into the new school year. Thanks, Elle!

Ptosis Makeup Tutorial – How to Apply Eye Makeup After Surgery

August 16
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Eye makeup tutorial to hide ptosis after surgery scars

A few years ago, I underwent two surgeries to fix my ptosis, a condition where my left eyelid (the right side in these pictures) was drooping and refused to lift properly. After my surgeries, I could now see properly and I no longer looked like I had a wonky eye.

However there were still some aftereffects: the crease on my “fixed” eye was higher than the other side, my “fixed” eyelid was thicker because of scar tissue, and the texture of my eyelid was a little rougher. Because of this, I had to change how I applied makeup, especially since I wanted to hide some of the scars and define my crease to match my normal eyelid.

Ptosis after surgery scarring aftereffects before makeup

Here I am, fresh-faced (hey, don’t judge, I took this picture early in the morning for maximum authenticity. This is just what my hair looks like in the morning). As you can see, my left eyelid (the right side of the picture) has a crease slightly higher than the other side. Also, as you will soon see, the crease on the “fixed” eyelid has a fork in the middle, where it splits into two creases due to the scarring.

Click on “read more” to see how I go from the above picture to this finished product:

Ptosis makeup tutorial to hide surgery scars and define creasePtosis eye makeup essentials

You will need (don’t worry, I explain all these products below):