ONE TEE, 3 DAYS

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DAY ONE.

LAYER A TEE WITH A DRESS AND TRENCH

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DAY TWO.

CLASSIC BLAZER & BLUE DENIM

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DAY THREE.

LET YOUR TEE DO THE TALKING

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COS TEE | MADEWELL DENIM | ACNE SLIPS

Like everyone else, I have been obsessed with the “perfect” tee. Tees have such selling power that brands can sell them at $300+ and people will still buy them! I, myself, am guilty (or gullible) of buying high end tees. I think the most I’ve ever spent on a tee was $200 by the twins who made tee’s a thing (if they made it, it must be the perfect tee!). Nowadays fast fashion companies have figured out what consumers want. Now we can find affordable low cost tees that are, dare I say it, PERFECT.

In my opinion, we wear tee’s so often and it’s easily coordinated with other outfits that it’s truly worth the splurge. Here, I’m wearing this COS tee three days straight. It’s such an easy piece to wear, especially when I’m not feeling particularly creative. There’s no shame, ladies.

WEDDING: BUDGETING

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VOICE OF REASONING

Alright friends, there’s something important I need you to know when planning a wedding: You gotta fucking budget! You have to follow the budget like it’s the law!

Ok, yes, it’s very obvious that you should budget when you’re planning a wedding. I mean, the national average cost of a wedding is $31,213. California is $37,317. Those numbers are crazy right?! You think this now, but mid way planning a wedding you’re going to think:

 

“oh, what’s another $2,000.”

“$4,000 for flowers? Cheap!”

“My veil was 800- what  a steal!”

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SLIPPERY SLOPE

Before you know it, you’re going way over your budget, and it’s too late to turn back. I recommend checking out A Practical Wedding for budgeting. I used that site a lot to keep myself tamed.  A wedding is great. It’s a once in a lifetime sort of a deal (or maybe not.) But it’s important to remember that the money you spend on your wedding can easily be put into a new home. If you have the means then great! If not, be careful and don’t get yourself into a slippery slope. As a wedding guests, I only remember the food and the entertainment. No one is going to remember what flowers or place settings you had. Spend wisely, friends!

WHAT I DID

With that said, I followed A Practical Wedding’s guide to budgeting. I set aside my overall budget and split that into percentages based on vendors. You don’t have to follow the percentage exactly. Be realistic. If you don’t care much about your wedding dress then obviously the budget for that will be smaller. If pictures are really important to you then that may take a bigger chunk of the budget. Whatever it is, divide it correctly and realistically. You don’t want to be surprised or regret anything in the end.

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LAYOVER IN KOREA

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*Madewell sweater vest, J.Crew shirt and trousers, and Vans slipons

I have never booked a trip with an excessively long layover before. It usually has to do with the fact that 1) I am much too lazy to trek outside the airport for only a couple of hours and 2) I have no urge to stay at an airport for 12 hours. However, this time around, since our business trip was just too much business, my husband and I decided to try a layover for the first time.

I think the best part about our short layover was the fact that it was in Seoul, Korea. They inject a huge amount of money into their tourism, so much so that their tours are free. If we were normal tourists we would’ve totally taken up on their offer, but we’re not, so we didn’t. This short layover was meant strictly for eating and shopping. We went to whatever city life there was, in whatever district we ended up in, and ate our little hearts out. We shopped, and then we had coffee, and more coffee*. We wandered wherever the streets took us, and had no goal. It was a great layover.

We definitely want to go back and visit Seoul again. We had a little taste, and we want more! Short layover trips are great to help you decide if that’s where you want to visit one day. It’s like a little sneak peek. From now on there will be no lazy Priscilla, in fact, I will try to book a long layover whenever I can. A short trip with no plans or goals means less stress, and more frivolity (which is always needed after a business trip).

*I cannot give you any recommendations of coffee or food joints. Half the time I didn’t even know where I was, but that’s the beauty of it!

ALWAYS GO FOR COMFORT

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This outfit is in high rotation. It’s a mixture of casual and business casual, but too casual for real business. Maybe with heels it’ll be deemed acceptable, maybe. At the end of the day it’s just a comfortable outfit that adds a little oomph with a fine tailored blouse and cashmere tee, which are all from J.Crew.

DENIM RULES

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Cruiser Straight Crop Jeans and Oversize Boy Shirt in Waterfall Blue by Madewell

Here’s my denim rule to you: break all denim rules.

If people tell you that you can’t wear denim with denim then you break that conception cause you can. There’s something so exhilarating about going down a road less taken, being the devils advocate, and well, giving zero shits.

Now to be a complete hypocrite (it’s really all about semantics), I like to wear my jeans with comfort. Throw on a white tee or a crisp blue shirt, sneakers, and I’m ready for adventuring! Effortless dressing is how I like to dress, which coincidentally is also known as lazy dressing.

 

ALL THINGS NAVY AND LEATHER

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DSC04870Brunello Cucinelli Coat, Acne Jensen Boots, Forever 21 Leather Pants, Madewell Chambray Shirt, Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

I hate to be a bore and talk about the weather, but that’s what we’re going to do. It rarely dips below 65 in California and when it does you can bet your ass I’m going to wear every warm piece of clothing I have, and talk about how great it is that I can finally wear a coat! I have been saving this coat for a long time. When I say long I mean the end of winter of last last year. And look at that, it’s still so damn relevant. And this is why I always invest in a good coat.

Brunello Cucinelli Coat, Acne Jensen Boots, Forever 21 Leather Pants, Madewell Chambray Shirt, Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

 

BLUE DENIM DUMB

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This is going to sound silly, but for the longest time I didn’t know how to style blue jeans with black boots. In my mind the only bottoms that work with leather black boots were white or black denim, and that was it. I would always look at all the tumblr & pinterest photos with envy. How the frick do they match those two together!? How can I do it?! Is it rocket science?! And friends, if you didn’t know this before, I’ll let you on a little secret, you just do it. You literally put on those stupid blue jeans and pair it with those dumb black boots and voila! Instagrammable! And hey, if it doesn’t work you’ve got a lifetime to nail it. That’s like a million outfits. Go get em’, tiger!

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HEATWAVE

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I finally got my hands on the ever loved Acne Jensen Boots. I have been eyeing them for so long but couldn’t get myself to pull the trigger. The reason? Though I love the metal tips I wasn’t sure if it would look too trendy. I didn’t want to invest in a pair of boots that would go out of trend within a couple of years. I probably should’ve spent my time thinking about something more productive, but I finally rationalized that the metal tips will always look cool. I mean, look at them! Well, if these turn out to be a trendy piece I’m going to make sure I wear the shit out of them. Get my costs-per-wear worth, ya feel me?

….Aaannd So far I’m doing a crappy job of it. It’s been so hot that I haven’t had a chance to wear them. Granted, I did buy them during summer. I blame it on the weather for my non-sensical (but very sensical) purchase. The heat has been around for so long that I’ve been dreaming for fall and well, prepping my closet for it while dreaming. Plus, how the hell are you supposed to make summer attire look interesting?!

OLD TO NEW

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I find myself always wearing a certain piece for a specific occasion (i.e. silk shirt for office wear or tee’s for the weekend) and eventually getting bored of it. A trick I’ve recently learned is to switch the specific occasion piece to a new occasion and it’ll instantly make that piece fun and new again. Maybe a tee that you usually reserve for the weekend with a long office skirt, or an office silk blouse revamped with denim shorts for a casual weekend look. This is a way to help you from getting the shopping bug by “re-shopping” in your closet.

I tend to wear this shirt with tailored pants for an office look, can you picture it already? Yup. This time I took a usually boring blouse and paired it with my cut offs for a much more fun weekend look. It actually made the blouse feel as if it was a new piece again. Try it out. I promise you it’s like magic and saves you from spending money that should’ve gone elsewhere.

 

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NOTES FOR AUGUST

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I can’t believe it’s August already. Time seems to really fly by when you’ve got a million things to do. Here’s a list of erratic thoughts flying through my mind for August.


Random thoughts:

Trying to streamline my closet is becoming quite difficult when Zara’s new collection is just so damn good. I’ve got a million things sitting in my cart.

I want to create a life where I’m perfectly happy not traveling, which shouldn’t be confused with not wanting to travel. I want to travel not because I want to escape my life, but because I want to see the world.

How do we feel about suede lining?

Finally finished the bathroom at the boyfriend’s home. Learned a lot of do’s and don’ts in the process.

Been neglecting a handful of people lately due to my busy schedule. Being an adult is tiring.

Planning a wedding sucks. Going to weddings suck. Weddings are a big waste of money. Did I mention I absolutely hate weddings?

Necessary Improvements:

Learn to speak louder, affirmatively, and smoothly

If something makes you uncomfortable, unhappy, or just straight up angry, go ahead and raise your point. Make a strong and logical argument, and if possible, come up with a solution

Don’t complain.

 

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THAT 5 YEAR OLD SUEDE SKIRT

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I try not to follow fashion trends because things eventually recycle as the next in thing. Rather I try to buy things that I like. This is pretty much how I ended up with this suede skirt. The very suede skirt (minus the buttons) that I’m seeing on every blogger/fashion magazine. I still remember my thought process when I saw it years ago, which was, “SUEDE?! NUDE?! SALE?!?!?!?!- YES!!!” All my tingling boxes were filled.

Actually, everything I’m wearing are a couple of years old. Granted it’s nothing special, but those gladiator sandals are my favorite. They have traveled all over the world with me. The tee? Gosh darn it, it’s friggin Comme Des Garcon! And the Chloé bag was on sale a million times before I finally pulled the trigger, which makes me feel like I got a pretty good deal considering my self control.

So the moral of the story? Buy whatever you want, wear it however you want, and who cares about that fashion trend! Wear what makes you confident and happy!

 

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