The reason that I wanted to start a style blog in the first place was my love for thrifting. It became a hobby of mine when I started college and has been close to my heart ever since. This post has been a long time coming! Most of my friends know that I have a tendency to find ridiculously awesome pieces while thrifting, some of which I’ve already shared on my Instagram, while others have yet to make an appearance. Although I hand out ideas here and there, I have yet to compile my secrets for finding a great deal. Thanks to all of your pestering, I’m about to spill some piping hot tea, the first in a series of guides if you’re lucky.
Had brunch at The Dandelion Pub yesterday and it was fantastic! A member of the Stephen Starr restaurants (which includes on of my favorites, Talula’s Garden) is a British pub nestled in the heart of Philadelphia.
I’m writing to you from my new apartment! Minus living essentials like floor lamps, a dining set, and anything to sit on or store clothes in, I guess you can say that I’m full-fledged adult now. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog with a personal post, but I especially wanted to reach out to my fellow medical students with this one.
I think I’m still having a hard time adjusting to M2 year. I’m still grappling with the notion that others look up to me as a role model and ask me for advice when I’m just trying to do the right thing for me. It’s scary, it’s intimidating, but it’s inevitable. The “sophomore” year of any point in your education is tough. You’re no longer the baby, but you’re also asked to grow up quickly.
Hey everyone, I have some really exciting news! I’m partnering with JORD Watches for their fall campaign!
I started my Instagram and this blog a few years ago simply as a creative outlet to counter the rigor and demands of medical school. Never did I think that I’d have the opportunity to be working with a company in this capacity!
Even though this post is sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, I only want to work with brands whose products I admire and respect. I’ve seen JORD’s timepieces here and there and secretly had my eye on one for a while… and now I can say I’m a proud owner of a piece from the Frankie series! It’s perfect for the fall and every OOTD you can think of.
If you’d like to get your hands on one, I’m also including a giveaway link (click here to enter)! Winners get $75 off their watch, and everyone gets $20 off just for signing up! The contest will close November 27th at 11:59pm. Both the $75 and the $20 codes will expire on January 1st, 2017.
Being a huge advocate of the #TreatYoSelf movement, I would highly encourage you to look at their collection, especially since the holidays are rolling around. Who knows, I might even treat myself to another one once I finish Step 1 😉 Positive reinforcement.
School will always be the reason that I never post on time! Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go to the New York Coffee Festival with a group of friends and it was super fun. We had a chance to learn about different types of roasts, beans, and even upcycled products made of coffee. Take a peak at some of my favorite shots below:
How would you describe your style? –I would describe my style as very authentically “me”. I wouldn’t say I fit into one category. I love dressing up and I love having fun picking out my outfits and trying new things. Really, I just go with what I like and feel comfortable in, I don’t pay much attention to other’s opinions when it comes to my clothes. Clothes bring me a lot of happiness, and really my style goal is just to wear things that make me feel the most like my best self.
What are your favorite brands? – My favorite brands currently are Abercrombie, J. Crew, and Express though I get most of my professional clothes from Calvin Klein. As far as shoes go, I love Steve Madden. Also, I’m kind of obsessed with Old Navy for basic things like t-shirts and tanks; they always have really good sales!
Do you have any style tips you want to share? -Fashion and style are so subjective, but be yourself, love what you’re wearing, and do so with confidence. Also, details matter, little accessories can really make all the difference. Oh! And LIPSTICK!
What has been your biggest style mistake? – The biggest style mistake I’ve made (and still currently make) is wearing ridiculously uncomfortable shoes because I really like the way they look. I’m obsessed with shoes and have more pairs than I’d like to admit, but my feet are not super thrilled with most of my choices. With all the blisters I constantly have, it’s safe to say a career as a foot model is definitely not in the cards for me.
A talk with my younger brother Christian, on style and his never-ending love for skinny jeans:
How would you describe your style? – I would describe my style as an oxymoron: meticulously effortless. Nursing school keeps me pretty busy, but over the years I’ve carefully curated a versatile wardrobe that centers around a common color palette. This makes putting together outfits very easy, since pretty much everything in my closet matches. I often stick to solid colors, but I also like to mix a couple of trendier pieces from time to time to offer up a nice contrast in my outfits. I also listen to a handful of Korean artists, and I take a lot of inspiration from their clean and chic styles as well.
What are your favorite brands? – Uniqlo has to be my go-to brand. It’s really the best brand that caters to an Asian person’s build and height, and the free alteration service that’s included in your purchase really can’t be beat. For more trendy looks, I usually go for Zara and TopMan. More recently, I’ve jumped on the athleisure trend, so I’ve been building up a small collection of pieces from lululemon and Adidas.
Do you have any style tips you want to share? – I have two style tips to share. Number one: don’t neglect the little things. Elements of an outfit like a fresh cut, tie clips and pocket squares, or patterned socks can add a certain “wow” factor to an outfit without being gaudy. And number two: dress with confidence. If you’re trying out a new style or type of clothing, you really have to commit to wearing it and owning it. I’ve pulled off a number of looks over the years simply because of confidence. So remember your basic style principles, but don’t be afraid to break the rules once and a while.
What has been your biggest style mistake? – My biggest style mistake has to be the entirety of my freshman year of high school. I went through a huge pop-punk and alternative music phase in high school, and pretty much wore whatever my favorite bands would. Too much neon, too many contrasting patterns. However, my unwavering loyalty to skinny jeans was born during this era of my life, so I guess it wasn’t all that bad.
Shirt & Chinos: Uniqlo
Hair: American Crew, cut by Groom Barbershop (Philadelphia)
Christian is currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and is a candidate for the DNP program in Nurse Anesthesia