Tuesday, August 27

bahamas photodiary..

    Hey there, I hope you're all doing well! A couple of weeks ago, my family and I took a trip down to The Bahamas.. It was the perfect way to unwind after such a long (albeit successful) internship in Boston. I miss the sunshine, blue skies, and open water now but I'm thrilled to show you one day in the amazing week I had over there: My trip to the Atlantis! 

[we found Nemo!]

1. My brother and I (#nomakeup smh) by the pool on the first day we got there! We were unintentionally color-coordinated and he was getting sick of taking pictures.
2. One of the many colorful houses we would see on this island.
3. Waiting in line to get on the Ferry. Note another colorful shack. 
4. Excuse the blurry shot. I realize those sunglasses were practically on my head the whole time we were there! 
5-8. Some pictures of the lost city of Atlantis and the aquariums there! 
9. I love the contrast of these green eels against the coral pots. It was so pretty! 
10. My mom by the dolphin fountain in the lobby.
11. The Atlantis Bahamas in all its glory.

Tuesday, July 16

turtle necks and poster sketches

turtle neck - h&m
pants - h&m
flats - coach
necklace - AA

This is me killing two birds with one stone - putting up an outfit and practicing my illustration all in one post! I got introduced to illustration about a month or two ago, and I was really excited to try my hand at it! Art is something I've always felt I could be good at, but never had the patience or outlets to hone my skills (if you can call this skill). Inspired by the likes of Hayden Williams and Garance DorĂ©, I really hope illustration is something I will come to be effortlessly expressive with. I used copic markers and illustration pen for this piece - it's not my best or most detailed work but its a start! It took me 3 mins to sketch out what I wore to work and I couldn't wait to share it with you! Let me know if you would like to see my other illustrations. :-)

Silly me wore this outfit on a hot summer day just because I was leaving for work at 8am and it was grey outside. Surely, I learnt my lesson when I was walking home under the still-scorching 5pm sun. In hindsight, maybe checking the full weather report would have been a good idea... Then again, I would have missed my shot at looking like a debonair french painter/ florist/ curator/ somebody that day! So maybe everything does happen for a reason! 

p.s. I'm thinking about starting an illustration project soon, but I really cannot decide on what I should do! If you're interested in doing a project with me then please email me, or leave a comment. It could be a project on our summer inspirations or our favorite things/trends/people/places. We'd just end up posting what we made for each other to see! It'd be really fun to do and I'd love to see what you guys produce. It's still just an idea so let me know if it's something you might be interested in doing! 

Have a lovely week!

Sunday, July 7

Work-Week Approved!

Work-Week Approved!

If you're anything like me, the concepts of summer and work have such a strong disconnect in your mind that it's really hard to consider the two together. When I think of summer, I think of florals, bright colors, short shorts and HEAT. Work, on the other hand brings dull to mind - monochrome, harsh lines/silhouettes, stuffy suits, ties and clouds. Finding the balance of work and climate-appropriate is such a struggle for me that I decided to make this set as inspiration!

Thankfully, the company I work for has no strict policy on dressing! This freedom does comes with the paralysis of choice every morning and I don't think I'm the only one who suffers this. I put this together as a guide for myself [and you] to get creative! From stuffy monday to casual friday [growing progressively casual] - you'd never be too dressed up nor too shabby again! 

What you might already know:

1. Wearing whites and bright colors will put you in a better mood while you're stuck indoors from 9 to 5!
2. Cotton and other breathable fabrics are a necessity in this heatwave! 
3. White and gold go really well together. 
4. Bare arms+shoulders OR bare legs... Never both. Please.
5. Wearing heels? Pack flats! You don't want to be bare-foot, a penguin or a bare-foot penguin by 3pm!
6. When in doubt, ask your manager! You're better off being 'Over-Cautious Girtude' than 'Sanctioned/Unemployed Sally' over something as silly as dress. 

Have fun!

Saturday, June 29

summer footwear [haul]!

nike blazers {after searching for months! yay!}
h&m strappy sandals
chanel espadrilles

Honestly, the fact that I've been living in Boston for the past 8 months has made dressing up very difficult for me... I couldn't bring my whole wardrobe down here, so I've been trying hard not to 'impromptu' buy things just because I need them or because they're trendy right now. I want to be able to have these classic pieces several seasons from now and still love them like the first time I bought them! With this in mind, as I was purchasing footwear all season I kept reciting 'neutral Jackie neutral', 'neutral Jackie neutral'. I think it worked! What do you think?

Friday, June 28

stepping out of the dark..

Hey there,

Remember me? Jackie? Girl showcasing what she called style on this blog for the most part of 2012. You came along for the ride, and were such a forgiving passenger! You encouraged me on the "meh" days and rooted for me on the "girl you nailed it" days! That was all a learning experience and I'm so glad you stuck with me for so long.

I abandoned the blog when I moved to Boston for an internship. I was in a place where I was just not comfortable with sharing any part of my life with the world. Even if it was just the clothes I was wearing. Things are looking brighter now though, so I think I'm ready to come back.

The blog will be taking a completely different direction from the one it had before. Not as many outfit posts, but it'll still be a style blog [in some ways]. It's new beginnings all around me! I also really need your help in finding my lost sense of style [if I ever had one].

It really is a gradual process..


Let's try this again! 
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