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This may be embarrassing to some people…but I have a few years’ worth of Teen Vogue and I’m not getting rid of them.

Higher fashion has always been a love of mine even if jeans and more carefree items are my staples. I have an undying love of outerwear, and like many women in Southern California, much too many coats than is appropriate for our winters. In high school I chose couture versus fast fashion for a presentation and I’ve only just got rid of one fashion book I won’t tell you the title of. You’ll still find an unfinished book on Alexander McQueen and John Galliano in my shelf.

Ahh books, ahh magazines! New air and tall buildings. Shh I know it’s polluted, but a new day arrives. Can it be a day devoted to searching out new wonder?

Estée Lalonde | MAGAZINE SHOPPING AND HAUL

I love the parade of fashion, the fantastic urban belief that one day you’ll wake up in New York, the air will be crisp, and everyone will be on their way. Hair messy but breath tied together in a neat trench coat, like Kathleen Kelly terribly unprepared for a visit from Joe Fox, sick in her striped pajamas at home. She pulls a coat on like the uniform it is, its darts and panels the hinges of a hello her frog’s throat won’t afford, and that her attitude barely desires to offer.

So COATS! Shameless layering!

For pleasure instead of business, though rather simply form first and then function, as to remember the need for function, but as not to so easily forget the function of form…

NET-A-PORTER | How To Dress for Work: Chic 9-5 Style

NET-A-PORTER | How To Wear Color: Fall’s Must-Have Styling Tips

REFRESHING is withwendy’s style. Similar to my favorite HeyClaire, Wendy is dynamo at both her craft and her presentation of it, which is a craft in and of itself. Here’s the first video of hers I stumbled upon:

withwendy | DIY Mini Backpack From Scratch! (Fjällräven Kånken style)

I haven’t really sewn since first grade…and I was THE slowest, one of the last to finish a small 9 square quilt with itty. bitty. stitches. by hand …of course. But Wendy’s style of teaching and direction makes it look perhaps not easy per se, but natural. The idea that your hands could do the same, and your mind could be just as boundless in using your resources to fit your needs.

Also find by Wendy: Sewing for Beginners!
Not feeling like sitting down? Get whisked away with 7 DIY Travel Outfits. Seriously watch this one; it’s so cute.

withwendy | How to Make a PROM DRESS

I’ve been obsessed with the idea of bespoke belongings ever since boarding the tiny house train, even though somehow the word really makes me cringe. Working in media, I’m often introduced to “bespoke” fashion etc. with the long wait and custom quality as its major selling point. While this is a fantastic USP, there’s something just not convincing enough about it to me.

I believe the bespoke quality of material things should be form-fit to your personal, functional needs. Often I see this more relevant to use over time rather than time initially invested in making something personally relevant…

In regards to tiny homes, my favorite part of watching videos was when an owner/builder would laugh about what went wrong, how a kitchen corner wasn’t quite perfect or how they were up-sold on the wrong kind of roofing. They presented their home with complete ownership and were passing on the kind of wisdom that only comes with experience. To me, this is kind of “making” is altogether more valuable than simply raising one’s fist with wallet in the air to have something, anything, made.

So videos like this catch my eye, even if they’re short and not most glossy in editing.

HomeMadeModern | DIY Closet Organizer

So about that patience required for DIYs… I’ll pretty much never do these but I love that one of these Korean mama beauty treatments is a MONTH in the preparing. Would you wait that long for something you made yourself? Well, I think that kind of commitment is gorgeous.

Chriselle Lim | Beauty DIYs I Learned From My Mom

Slow down on the DIYs? Yeah, wow, I didn’t realize how many DIY videos I would cram in here hahaha. Watching The Nerdwriter’s video essays is of my favorite ways to slow down curiosity and allow it to brew with focus. Pointed, focused curiosity is a solid mark of Evan Puschak‘s work. If you’ve ever been in a group chat, a family or table with people, you should watch this.

The Nerdwriter | The Darjeeling Limited: How Brothers Communicate

Oof, after all this, let’s GO SOMEWHERE. And how best to twiddle our thumbs about where we will go than to scroll across a few “In the Bag of…” videos? Especially by British Vogue…

Come on. You know you want to hear a British accent; it may as well be Victoria Beckham’s.

British Vogue | In the Bag of Victoria Beckham

Glass is always half full — I don’t have time for anything negative.

While I don’t believe in Victoria’s crystals, I do believe in this. Time is the most expensive thing of all, and your attitude is a sort of currency in it, also of potent value. To spend your mind on unchecked negativity is waste.

More bags to peek in…

Okay enough of the portable, let’s talk about WARDROBES. I’ve been really trying to warm up my love of fashion since reading this Verily article by Fashion Editor Lilly Bozzone. Don’t miss it if you’ve been feeling a tiredness of social media difficult to explain… In it, she writes many of the things that have turned me off to rampant minimalism as of late. How can we find, discern, behold elegance?

I do think it begins with personally grown curiosity. So let’s head into some closets. 😉

British Vogue | Inside the Wardrobe of the Vogue Fashion Editors Sarah Harris & Bay Garnett

The greatest thing about these tours is how specific these women are about their preferences and how they know themselves. Beautiful contrast in the homes and collections of Sarah Harris and Bay Garnett.

Hmm… a personally possessed elegance, regardless of material goods but reflected in decisions. Something to think on.

4 Recent YouTube Obsessions 😍

It’s a big, bloggy world, and actually now that I think of it, I can’t remember whether my foray into the blogosphere began with fashion blogs or YouTube videos… Probably actually YouTube videos, which surprises me!

The fun of all of this can get pretty easily twisted in the way of financially sustaining it, and there’s a certain personal connection lost when production value goes way up way quickly. I usually forget that it’s coming, but every now and then it’s time to discover new (to me, of course) people and their ways of telling stories!

So here’s a little of what I’ve been devouring online:

The Nerdwriter | How Donald Trump Answers a Question
Spoiler alert: he doesn’t really. And there are important things we can gather about language, power, salability and memory. This short video began a major rabbit trail quest for me on this channel. 😂

Evan is AMAZING at communicating big ideas in his video essays through approachable dialogue and supreme attention to detail and simplicity in his editing. Another fantastic one is “Rihanna’s ‘Work’ Is Not Tropical House.” Ugh and everything else. I love that he takes some pretty simple questions and pursues them to the ends of curiosity with beautifully organized research.

Casey Neistat | High School Stories (and Walter Mitty, and doing stuff that matters)
I love the way he talks and I love the way his brain latches onto stuff, and chucks it too. If you haven’t heard of filmmaker Casey Neistat, this is a good jumping off point to understand who he is and what his work is. Great follow-up is Sara Dietschy’s “HOW TO CASEY NEISTAT A VLOG,” and great follow-up to that is his own reply in a vlog. 😂

Jimmy Fallon | Kid Letters: “I Know You Think I’m Crazy”
So the past week was a really difficult one at school (EWH!), but I bittersweetly ended last weekend with my best friend on the tail of my spring break and the beginning of hers. We’re always talking but of course being in person is incomparable.

Laughing at these Jimmy Fallon videos together was so much fun, and honestly helped carry me through the week after long days. She helped me end that weekend I trudged out of with this video. Anyway, Fallon is a gift to us all. Should that be another post…?

Damon and Jo | Budapest 101
Rachel is a French major and knows loads of fantastic linguistic resources, including this pair of travel YouTubers who cover travel, culture and language with practical tips. They’re so funny and obviously an OTP for vlogging, and this video made me miss Hungary so much.

Wondering Linkly | Jobbishness

I’m 20, so it’s like I’m on this little origami mountain in a diorama, with all kinds of delightful ski slopes, but pitfalls (or the feelings of them) at every turn—and feeling very small. They shout, “The world is your oyster!” and it echoes off the purple construction paper. What can I say? My brain’s still developing. I think.

But now that it’s summer, my brain’s kinda rotting while on break from school. And I realize I won’t be as good at facilitating retirement as my dad is with his pilot dreams (and LESSONS—he’s really excited about it).

So I’m clicking around a lot and fiddling with cover letters and building new resumes. The writing practice and design commitment has been really fulfilling! I’m waiting on some applications, so, I’m clicking around some more, just keepin’ the brain juices flowing with this career thing~

Here’s the first Wondering Lately in a while:

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Wondering Linkly | Going

This morning I had a final that was basically just attendance at school. I could be packing up my dorm, but nope! Poking around different blogs and getting familiar with what cool projects so many are working hard on! I’ll be going on a few trips, including one long-awaited to see my best friend in NorCal! Rach has been loving Davis this past school year and I’m excited to see what she sees. Oh, and see some almost upper left USA greenery.

So right now I’m going through the influx of YouTubers posting travel videos (1, 2, 3) on how-to’s, anxiety and BeautyCon! I can’t wait for more reading time and some fresh air. Not to mention some good food and warm stories with old and new friends. ❤

Been really interested lately in the Munchies videos on Halal and Kosher food!
Gearing up for Davis with this:

OH that crunch of sourdough. You know it’s all about the sound.

Excited about the non-Christmas-themed Wondering Linkly graphic?? Me too! YUM on those summer colors heheh 😁

Dear Reading, I love you. #001

I used to have a lot more time for sitting down and reading blogs. That’s how I came to love them first, going headfirst down the rabbit trail of Danny Roberts, Sea of Shoes, Atlantis Home, The Selby and so many other fashion and illustration-related baubles.

Having become an editing assistant at a daily blog, my relationship with this kind of reading has changed. On one hand, it has deepened a whole lot. It’s one of the most satisfying things I have ever felt to aid in the precision and tone of a writer’s thoughts coming to fruition. I’ve wanted to hug my computer on more than one occasion and gab on about whatever it is we’re reading individually that’s inspiring us ~irl~. Not always, don’t worry—I’m professional *hair flip*.

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