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Little Bandana

Top – Brandy Melville / Pants – Uniqlo / Bracelet – Madewell / Bandana – Mandi’s wedding / Heels – Vince Camuto

Even though it’s 2017, it’s a little silly to me that there is still this stigma to wearing all black. I would say 60-68% of my wardrobe is made up of black pieces and I’m totally fine with that. However, sometimes when I would go to work, people still have this desire to make a comment to me about going to a funeral or ask if I am unhappy that day. Why can’t I just wear black because it’s a classic color and super chic? :)

I remembered getting up this day and feeling sort of satisfied with this look. I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was missing something though and I wasn’t going to be able to walk out the door without something more. I added the bracelet. Purchased from Madewell a few years back, I still really love this piece even though it has progressively gotten “worn” over time and you can tell. At Mandi’s wedding, she gifted everyone with a welcome package, which I think is such a nice treat! I’m going to be discussing this a little bit more in an upcoming post about the five things I loved the most about Mandi’s wedding, but will provide some details here. Every guest received a jar of trail mix waiting for them in their cabin and each mason jar was wrapped with a perfect forest green bandana. Now you may remember that I went through a red bandana phase last spring. We’re still wearing it by the way! But this green one is a little bit smaller, but large enough to fit around my neck. It really was the perfect accessory to complete this look.

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Bay Area Eats: Taka Ramen

In the Bay Area, there is no shortage for ramen restaurants. Go to any neighboring city and you’ll have a handful of options. I was running an errand in Santa Clara one night after work when I felt a serious craving coming along. So what’s a girl to do? Pull out your Yelp app and find the nearest ramen stop nearby with a rating of 4 stars. I love eating in the Bay Area and because food is such a necessity for me, I really don’t care if I’m going to a restaurant by myself. I pulled up a seat at the “bar” and decided to order what they were known for. What I love about this spot is the noodles! Every other ramen place in the Bay Area has the thicker kind, which is fine, but kind of inconsistent at a lot of restaurants. Most of the time, they haven’t been cooked long enough and are still unpleasant to chew. The noodles at Taka are really nice and thin though. As you can see, the egg is cooked just right and the pork was super juicy and tender. I haven’t been back since this first time that I stumbled across it, but it’s definitely in my top 5.

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Colour Family

Top – Aritzia / Skirt – Brandy Melville / Booties – Dolce Vita

I don’t know if I ever would have thought to dream up this combo, but surprisingly, I’m happy with the outcome. If you follow me on Instagram (@katieyowyow) then you know this blouse and I are on our last leg together. I discovered three holes in it yesterday and that was just from the front. I’m convinced there’s at least two more in the back of my shirt somehow, but it’s one of my favorites. Aritzia is a game changer when it comes to soft fabrics in their tees and their blouses and ever since I purchased my first one, I have never regretted it. And maybe you’re familiar with this skirt by now. When I first bought it, there was only one other top that I could imagine pairing it with, but I’ve since been able to wear the “Taylor Swift” corduroy skirt with 63% of my closet. Wearing all three of these pieces in the same color family can be a little tricky, but with the skirt being the most dramatic color change piece in the outfit, we were able to use it as sort of a color block. Overall, I loved how suitable this outfit was to wear for work, but it still felt really romantic in its own way and feminine.

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What We’re Listening to This Weekend:

Okay, so we’ve actually been listening to this album for two weeks straight. If you’ve been following me across all social media platforms, then you know that I’ve been anticipating this album since before the year even started. I first heard Khalid’s “Location” while watching a choreography piece. Soon after that, my radar was turned on for every single release he had. I couldn’t help, but be impressed by the 19-year old who I knew was just going to blow up. Usually, when we’re doing an album review of some sort, I share with you my favorite songs, but if I’m being super honest here – every song is a gem. Listen to it from start to finish starting with “American Teen” because I think in this order, it really sets you up to get to know who Khalid truly is. Each song goes back and forth between varying tempos and beats as if there’s not a whole lot of consistency. But it’s actually perfect. Every song left me wanting more and when I got to “Shot Down,” which is my favorite song off of the album, I didn’t want it to end. It’s amazing how quickly time passes when you’re listening to this album all the way through.

The other day, I was checking out his tour dates and noticed that Washington State University had booked him for a couple weeks from now. *applause* Whoever is running their events programming there knew what they were doing and it’s likely they booked this nearly six months ago, which means even then they were able to predict how successful Khalid was going to be. Those students are very lucky. This really made me miss what I used to do. I’m so excited for Khalid and can’t wait to follow along on his journey like the little fan girl that I am currently.

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Treasure Island Music Festival Look

Sweater – Madewell / Pants – Uniqlo / Scarf – Aritzia / Boots – Hunter

The last time I went to the Treasure Island Music Festival was back in 2014 and while I had a pretty decent time, I actually didn’t know if there would be an artist that I would go back for. Lo’ and behold – that group was Honne. Because seeing them once in a year isn’t enough, you have to see them twice. Treasure Island MF fell smack dab in the middle of my busy traveling season and to be honest, I could have used a weekend off, but the tickets were bought and I was committed. To make things even worse, the weather was supposed to be terrible. Now, I’ve endured a little bit of rain at Bumbershoot and at Capitol Hill Block Party even, but I have never experienced music festival rain quite like this. Honne’s set was earlier in the day right around lunch time and it was actually quite warm. This photo was taken right after their set and as you can see, I’m without jacket layer. Shortly after this, the clouds came in, the rain started pouring, and things didn’t get better from there. Artists and bands were canceling for the day because of the weather and/or being delayed despite the music festival telling attendees that the festival would continue onwards in rain or shine. I had a couple of qualms with the way the festival was organized slash how things were communicated, but I also have been there so I can cut them a little bit of slack too. For the most part, I felt like I was pretty prepared with the outfit I had on, but the thing that saved me the most were of course, the Hunters. To this day, they are one of the best purchases I have ever made. Every time I know I’m about to go through a really difficult event with finicky weather, these are my go-to’s and I would strongly recommend them to just about anyone.

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Blanket Scarves in Boston

Dress – Azalea / Cardigan and Scarf – Aritzia

I knew I was really pushing my limits when I decided to take these boots with me to Boston. For the most part, I can last a whole day in these, but if I’m forced to walk a city for an entire day? Not so much. I was exploring Boston with a friend of mine and we did my “perfect” day – starting with brunch, shopping, and a stroll among a row of brownstones. There’s something about them that I find to be very magical and charming. Maybe it’s because growing up in Seattle, we just didn’t have anything quite like that. In a previous post, I already talked about the Boston Public Library and here’s the outfit we wore to check it out! I truly did not know how amazing it would be until I saw it in person with my own eyes. It’s the place that you know you could probably sit at for hours and be completely content. When it comes to dressing up in different cities, I’m usually a hit or miss. For a fall day and a week that had been mostly filled with showers, wearing this without a jacket was a gamble. I can admit that I haven’t quite nailed the game of layering. I’ve had this blanket scarf for a couple of years now and it’s one of my favorite fall staples. The larger one I have is from Oak + Fort, but I like having two that are in different colors and two different sizes because it means that sometimes one makes more sense for an outing than the other.

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To Be A Woman in 2017

In between completing my taxes today, I’ve been thinking a lot about the words I could share to show my support for women everywhere – for those that I don’t know, but even more importantly for the strong women in my life – family, friends, teachers, and influencers. I already wrote a pretty lengthy and heavy post this week so for this one, I want to do my best to keep it short and sweet.

I want to share a quick story though because this led to a turning point in my life and was a strong reminder of the company I wanted to keep or the company I should cut. In a conversation with a former boyfriend and his friend, the friend shared with us that he had recently read an article that reported men were more likely to cheat on their women significant others if they made more money than them. Friend decided to add in his own thoughts by saying that he not only believes this report to be true, but that if he were in that situation, he would do the same. He would cheat. He acknowledged that it wasn’t the right thing to do, but that it was his way of regaining his own masculinity back and that he outrightly believes that men are the breadwinners in a family – not the women. When I asked said boyfriend about his own thoughts, he kind of shrugged his shoulders clearly not wanting to be put on the spot, but you know what – silence is also a response.

I know what you’re thinking. YES, in this day and age  (even if this was several years ago) – there are people who believe some thing as outrageous as this and nothing gets me more riled up than this bullshit right here. Relationship ended for other reasons, but the most important takeaway for me was that in my life, I am never going to let another man or person punish me for my own successes – no one should. And side note, if I decide I don’t want to be the breadwinner, um – that’s my choice. Not yours.

A very close family member told me over the holidays that they believed me to be “too confrontational for my own good.” As a girl who took many years to find her own voice, this was such a compliment to me. I’m pretty sure I shared this over text with like five of my girlfriends after this happened. In 2017, I am so excited to have a voice and to share my thoughts and opinions on Yow Yow! in a way that I never had the opportunity to before. I am also excited that we have so many strong female role models to look up to. Today has been the best example of that.

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Follow-Up from “Panic” Post

Yesterday’s response to this post was overwhelming, but I appreciated hearing from many of you who reached out to let me know that you also deal with anxiety. After I published it, I turned my phone on airplane mode and put it in another room and sort of disconnected for a bit just because I was very nervous about what people would think after reading it. I’m glad that this post meant something to people because it means I did the right thing after all despite the back and forth in writing this for the last few days. I also was reminded of some of my previous “panic” moments and all the friends who were there for me in those instances over the years. Sometimes you were all the ones that recognized what I could not at the time.

I wanted to clear up a FAQ from yesterday too. I wrote this post as part of the series I’m doing right now where I discuss my job transition. This incident actually happened over a month ago so it’s not like I had this moment very recently and wrote it up. I’m actually starting a new position very soon so we’re all good.

I knew that I would be publishing that post yesterday afternoon, but in the morning, I was even more motivated after reading Chrissy Teigen’s essay for Glamour on postpartum depression. It’s such an important read and inspiring for not only new mothers, but for anyone that has to deal with something that isn’t always so pretty.

Thank you!

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Boston Bundled

Sweater – Madewell / Denim – Forever21 / Scarf – Aritzia

I could never be the girl that could be content in a t-shirt and jeans. Believe me, I’ve tried. I would probably be able to cut my daily routine by 65% if I could just throw on that kind of an outfit every day. However, just when I think it’s possible, I look in the mirror and always find that something is missing. In personality, I’m not a very girly girl, but in terms of style and what my closet looks like, I am very much a girly girl. So yes, I could have paired this sweater and jeans with a pair of sneakers or flats, but then I wouldn’t have felt like myself. Instead, if I’m going to wear a pretty basic outfit, there needs to be a bit of a statement piece with it. Instead of one, I chose two. I wanted these boots that you’ve all seen me wear a lot, but are a little bit pointy and suede, which adds more texture to this look. Secondly, I added in my Aritzia diamond blanket scarf – functional, chic, still in the same color family as the sweater, and adding just enough warmth for a fall day in Cambridge. I didn’t need to go on a shopping trip while I was on a work trip in Cambridge, but the opportunity presented itself and that’s where I picked up this adorable sweater. I actually don’t have very many pieces in pink and I was worried that this wouldn’t work with the rest of my closet, but it’s a piece that I get quite a few compliments on. Apparently, it works really well with my skin tone? Additionally, it’s also just very cozy and great for layering. This sweater was already on sale and I was able to get a “student” discount on it. Wins all around!

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The Panic at Westfield Mall

When I made the decision to leave, I had reached a point of acceptance. This was real – come Monday, I wouldn’t be waking up and getting ready to come into work like I’ve been doing for the last three and a half years. At the end of the Friday, I had packed up my belongings on my desk – all of the little trinkets and photos I had collected over the years. I spent the week saying goodbye to my colleagues, talking to them about my next steps, and answering any lingering questions. I thought that I was fine and I was happy with the way that I handled everything. But there were two things on my mind that I hadn’t quite settled – telling my parents that I had left my job and securing my next job. “They” say you should never leave your job without having your next one lined up. The world says that and so do my parents. I say that because I’ve always been the girl with a plan. For me, my biggest fear is letting my parents down. So I kept it inside. The plan was to tell them once I had my next job so as to not worry them about the period of time I would have in between. At this point in time, I had been harboring the news for a week, but little did I know that every day this would chip away at me.

The day after leaving my job, I had plans to see a movie in the city with my friends. I was running late because of an accident on 101. Initially, I was hoping to park at Manan’s so that we could go together to the theater, but this hiccup forced me to change routes and instead meet them at the theater. I don’t particular enjoy driving in the city and I wasn’t aware that parking wasn’t easy near the mall. I was forced to park in the Tenderloin, a place that I don’t feel comfortable walking around in by myself even during the day. Rushing to the theater inside Westfield Mall, I was called to by bystanders in the Tenderloin. I held my breath and kept my head and eyes down only looking up to catch glimpses of whether or not I was on the right street. Inside the mall, I realized I had to go to the 7th floor, but couldn’t find a direct elevator. I took escalator after escalator after escalator and landed inside a Nordstrom. But where was the theater? After finding it, Manan said he left my ticket with the person at the front. I went to the first person I saw, but she told me my theater was on the opposite side so I walked back to the other side and retrieved my ticket. Out of breath already, I receive a text from Manan and he says that they’re in the last row. The last row… in my head I’m thinking, but does this mean the first row or do I need to climb all of these steps? The movie has started and its dark. I’m upset at myself that I didn’t make it in time and that I missed the trailers. I start to wonder why I didn’t just leave my house 15 minutes earlier to avoid this situation. I’m in the corner of the theater near the entrance and not only do I feel myself getting hot and the sweat on the back of my neck, but I feel eyes on me that I’m being that girl in the theater right now with their phone light visible who can’t functionally find their friends. I’m texting him, but every text I receive feels like it is taking 10 minutes to get to me. That’s when I recognize what is happening.

I leave the theater and find a table and two chairs outside of it. I had just driven a little over an hour to get here and now that I was here, I wanted to drive an hour back home. I was starting to panic and I needed to leave before anyone saw me or knew what was happening. I try to make sense of what’s going on and start to wonder what is wrong with me and why I can’t just go into the theater again and find my friends so that this situation wouldn’t even be a situation. Instead, I text Manan and tell him that I couldn’t find him, but that I was having a “moment”  – code for what I was trying to cover up and that I was leaving. “If they ask, tell them an emergency came up” I text as I swiftly make my exit. I start making my way down the hundred escalators again, but before I step outside, I wonder if stepping into the nearby Aritiza might calm me down a bit. The clothes are nice, but even that can’t distract from what is actually happening. As I walk outside to Market Street again, Manan tells me that he’s not into the movie and that he’ll come find me. I know that he’s lying to me and is trying to be a good friend so instead I think about sprinting to my car in the Tenderloin before he finds me. Outside on Market is another protest. It is chaotic and there’s more people around than I feel comfortable with. My body is paralyzed. I hear nothing and my vision begins to blur, but not because I’m crying. The tears don’t feel cold or hot, but my face is completely wet and in a constant stream. They don’t stop. When I cry, I feel like I remember myself making a sound – some kind of sound to indicate that I am crying – an obvious indication that I am sad or an expression of a sob. In the state of my panic attack, I’m consistently crying, but completely quiet. In this moment, I’m grateful that no one “sees” me or at least I pretend that they don’t and no one is asking if I’m okay and if they can help me. If they tried, I wouldn’t be able to give them a response.

Manan finds me outside of the adidas. Even the act of locating him in all of this is hard for me. He greets me with a smile and a hug as if what just happened did not happen at all. We take a walk and he checks in with me asking how I’m feeling and what I want to do. Everything around me is moving slowly, but my mind and my heart are still racing. I feel like I don’t quite fit into what reality actually is in that moment and am still waiting to come down. Finally, exhausted from everything, I tell him that I just want to sit and not have to think about what I’m doing next. He suggests that the best place to go back to is where we started – back into the movie and that this time he would help me find my way to our seats. It wasn’t exactly one moment that set this panic attack off. It was a lot of little moments triggered by a life event that I couldn’t 100% control. Up until this moment, I realize that while I’ve tried to play it off that I was okay with everything, there’s a part of me inside that is not okay and I need to address it somehow.

I have been having panic attacks since I was 19 years old and I’m writing this post because of encouragement that I’ve received from Mandi and because of the series that I’m writing about my job transition. It didn’t seem right to leave this part of my journey out just because it was a moment in which I struggled. I don’t jump at the chance to share some of the hardships that I deal with on Yow Yow! because in Asian cultures you don’t admit your flaws. You keep these stories close to you and to every outsider, you always have it together. Here’s the thing about my panic attacks though. In addition to accepting this life change, I am also accepting that panic attacks are going to be a part of my life. They will never go away. They may become easier as I understand how to deal with them and that seems like the most important thing that I could work towards for myself.

In 2016 and 2017, there has been a lot of discussions about how people are portrayed on social media and the pressures to make your feed and essentially your life look like you are living a perfect life. What I’m more interested in is having these honest conversations about a thing that is very common and very REAL among people. When you don’t talk about these things happening to you, you can feel like you are very alone. Instead, I can turn to Mandi who can relate to my experiences or to Manan who can support me when these “moments” arise because he’s seen it. And lastly, we can educate. My brother and I are both watching “This Is Us” right now on NBC and recently they filmed a scene in which one of the main characters, Randall, is experiencing a panic attack both as a kid and as an adult. I mentioned to Kevin that I had a moment like that very recently and instead of dismissing or laughing it off, he wanted to know more. “Is that what that looks like for you?” “Is that what you go through?” “How does it get better?” I’m lucky to have the three of them by my side showing me what healthy support looks like from three different views.

“Panic” is on my list of least favorite words. I hate saying it aloud and I’m scared to admit that I experience this because I worry that people will immediately associate it with the word “crazy” and back away from me with their hands up without an explanation or an understanding. However, I’m more scared of going through this alone and I would rather confide in those closest to me about what I go through than have to hide this part of me. It’s not pretty. I don’t get to choose when it happens or make sure that I’m in the comfort of my own private home. It’s not something that I’m proud of and life would be easier without it, but let’s talk about it. And maybe then, we can begin to start accepting it instead of harboring it as something we have to be ashamed of or embarrassed by.

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From Pacific Northwest to New England

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Chambray Shirt – Madewell / Skirt – Brandy Melville / Vest – Uniqlo

I felt like I was really trying something different with this outfit when I decided to pack it with me to Boston. And I was on the fence – is this an outfit that makes more sense for the Pacific Northwest or for the East Coast? I wasn’t sure! Even as I’m looking at this now, I think the color palette works, but I still have my reservations. I will say that though that this was my first time being in Boston during the fall and I hadn’t worn this vest for like a year. The fact that I chose to bring this with me means that I was making a statement about the purpose it would be serving. Actually, I do love this vest though. I think there are a lot of vests that you could be buying at different retailers, but not only is this one from Uniqlo very functional and warm, it’s also very affordable. Highly recommend.

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An Adult Meal Plan

I was really lucky that when I chose to work at my last workplace that I had such amazing benefits. Coming into work every day and never having to think about what I was going to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner not only saved me time and money, but a lot of stress in having to plan future meals. I know what people say about companies that provide all their meals to their employees. You want to spin this as a negative with companies pushing their employees to stay and work later than they need to by incentivizing them with meals. From my point of view, I can honestly say that I never felt this way. I really loved our meals; they were healthy, balanced, and delicious. And you know what? If I didn’t feel like eating at work one day, I wouldn’t and I would go out and get my own dinner and that was my decision. For employees that aren’t spending meal time with their families and are really just providing for themselves, this is truly a benefit that is a godsend.

So why are we posting about this?

Well, contrary to what others might believe, not every company in tech provides all three meals. Sometimes they don’t even provide one and that is totally fine. That’s most of the world. I haven’t been working at my previous company for a month now so I’ve actually been eating most of my meals out, but as I transition to my next job, I’ve been thinking a lot about the lifestyle I want to live. Even though I haven’t cooked for myself for almost 3.5 years, this is something that I really want to get back into again. I used to make meals for my friends (specifically Veronica) in college all of the time. I also was a terribly poor college student and because I lived alone, I would make one pot of pasta with all the sauce and eat it for a whole week straight for lunch and dinner. It wasn’t glamorous, but I got by! I was also super proud that I could be scrappy and that I could provide for myself and save money while doing so.

Lately, there’s been a huge rise in meal delivery startups. I’ve never tried any of them, but my friends have and now I think I’m ready to start. Some things I have been considering for myself are what I’m really looking for. The reason why I want to take this route is because I don’t want to eat out every night. It’s not sustainable and someday I’m going to be cooking for more than just myself so it might be a good time for me to get back into it. I’m considering two types of plans: 1 plan that sends me meals with ingredients so that I can prepare it for myself at home and do the actual cooking and another plan that sends the meals to my door already prepped, but just need to be reheated. Does it make sense to adopt two plans right away? I’ve heard that Blue Apron’s prep time (while detailed) is longer than most had hoped. This isn’t going to be ideal for me when I’m spending most of my day at work and commuting. At most, I think I’m willing to commit 30 minutes to prep and cook time maybe, which is why I’m also considering Hello Fresh. There’s also Plated, Munchery, and Sprig, which I haven’t done too much research on.

Asking for myself here, could y’all share with me what your thoughts are on these types of plans and what recommendations you have? :)

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Fall in Layers

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Dress – Oak + Fort / Jacket – Aritzia / Boots – J. Crew

For the fall, I really enjoy wearing this kind of color palette. The weather is typically a little bit more dreary so these all feel like comfortable staples to me. I remember spending most of my college years looking for a jacket like this one. After scouring through all of the retailers both in stores and online, I was never able to find the perfect fit. And then came Aritzia and of course as we know, years later everything I buy there just happens to be a perfect fit. This jacket is no exception. I purchased this back in 2011 and to this day, I can’t imagine parting without it. It’s the perfect cover-up and even though it’s not black, it still goes with everything in my closet.

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Yow Yow’s Yosemite Adventure

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I may have grown up in the Pacific Northwest, but I didn’t spend my time outdoors as much as the average local did. So when Mandi let me know that their wedding would be taking place in Yosemite, I was sort of half and half. First, there was excitement. I haven’t spent really any time at a national park and while I’ve seen photos that my friends have posted, I didn’t know what it would look like to see it in real life. Than the other part of me was feeling a little bit nervous. Would I feel out of place? Was I going to be pushed to do something outside of my comfort zone? Happy to report that I survived my weekend in Yosemite and that this entire paragraph just shows you how in my head I am about things. :)

When you’re in a place like Yosemite or any national park for that matter, I imagine you would feel very small. Everything around me felt massive. I’ve never seen hills as steep as I did in Yosemite or the mountains and trees so high. It was pretty incredible. The wedding also took place on National Park Day! Since we had some time before the wedding in the afternoon, a group of friends and I decided to take a quick hike through Yosemite.

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What We Wore: Mandi’s Wedding

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Dress and Clutch – Urban Outfitters / Heels – Vince Camuto / Choker – Free People

If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, then you know that finding the perfect dress for the weddings I attend put a huge amount of pressure on me! I don’t expect anyone else to hold themselves to the standard that I set for myself, but I try my hardest to pick out dresses that balance three things, which isn’t always easy. The dress needs to make sense for the venue, needs to embody a little bit of the personality of the couple, and lastly – needs to stay true to my own style. The saying is true; when you are shopping for something specific, you do end up having the hardest time. I had done two shopping trips to look for the ideal dress for Mandi and Eric’s wedding and didn’t end up finding “the one” until the 3rd shopping trip. Even after putting it on and discovering it was the right fit, I still had my doubts! “Is this really the one?!” It was and to date, it’s my favorite dress that I’ve ever worn to a wedding.

After wearing a longer dress for Gelesia’s wedding, I was really feeling this length again. Since it was a fall wedding, I thought the delicate sleeves were very appropriate and the location of the venue really complimented the red and blue tones in the dress. The dress was sheer so it came with a navy slip underneath, but didn’t hit the bottom of the dress so the sheerness was still very visible in the bottom of the dress, which I loved! Did we mention that this was under $100? It’s what we always try to go for especially because after wearing one dress to a wedding and getting photographed in it can make it hard to repeat again at future events/weddings. For shoes, I wore my trusty Vince Camuto’s – I swear by these. And because I don’t shop for accessories too often, I used my Free People choker worn a little lower as a necklace and not a choker, which I bought in 2015 for my company’s holiday party. Since the dress was red and blue, I wanted to try and round things out with all the primary colors and opted for a bright yellow clutch that I had purchased from Urban Outfitters on sale back in college!

 I did my own makeup and for hair, I had my friend Mary (who is amazing!) give me a very soft look to match with the dress. We were going to initially do declicate waves throughout, but since we were short on time, decided to do soft waves just on the ends in a subtle way and then take two pieces from the front, turn it into a braid and clip them in the back. How we managed to get this altogether in time for the ceremony still amazes me to this day. Also special shout out and thanks to Mary’s boyfriend who took all of these wonderful shots for me.

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