Year: 2018

outfit: hanh in a gray polka dot GapKids sweater with a pink tulle skirt, underneath a large flower arch

outfit: polka dots and pink, and re-wearing old stuff

Hey, I’m back after an unintentional hiatus for the past couple months. I just wasn’t feeling it when it came to blogging. I was still pretty active on Instagram by liking and commenting on other people’s posts, but not posting my own outfits. Part of the reason is because I imposed a shopping ban on myself to save money. I think one of the parts of style blogging that isn’t talked about much is the pressure to keep presenting “new” looks with new clothes and that gets pretty expensive, even if you are buying vintage or secondhand. So I just stopped posting pictures of my outfits because I was wearing “old” clothes that didn’t seem to have any posting appeal.

But I have to get over it, because part of style blogging is also being creative. The outfit in this post is made up of separates that have been featured before, but not together. Plus it helped that the lighting was pretty consistent throughout the entire day. I love the golden hour glow look, but sometimes it’s hard to catch and it can go by so quickly. The even lighting that comes from a cloudy day is a nice change.

Ross and I went back to this public garden in Pasadena that we’ve used before. Almost all the flowers were in bloom. Everything was so green! I suppose I was going for almost a fairy princess vibe, especially with my full tulle skirt.

outfit: hanh standing in a gray polka dot GapKids sweater with a pink tulle skirt, surrounded by trees and bushes

outfit: hanh standing in a gray polka dot GapKids sweater with a pink tulle skirt, shown from behind, wearing a rabbit shaped backpack made of straw

outfit: hanh standing in a gray polka dot GapKids sweater with a pink tulle skirt, bending down to smell some purple flowers

outfit: hanh in a gray polka dot GapKids sweater with a pink tulle skirt, underneath a large flower arch

There was a gigantic flower arch that I felt like could be an entrance into a magical forest! Except this was in a suburban public garden kinda close to the freeway, haha.

outfit: hanh in a gray polka dot GapKids sweater with a pink tulle skirt, sitting down on the ground with her skirt circled around her

You ever have an idea in your head of how you want a photo to turn out, and then it actually turns out the way you want it? That’s how I felt about this above picture! I was going for a demure Disney princess vibe with my flowy pink skirt spread around me and greenery/flowers all around.

outfit: hanh standing in a gray polka dot GapKids sweater with a pink tulle skirt, reaching up to read some paper wishes tied to a tree

There is a part of this garden that has wishing trees. You can write a wish on a slip of paper and tie it to a branch. There were so many wishes already up and when I glanced at some of them, the ones written by little children were so sweet. They asked for very broad things such as world peace and “everyone to have someone to love” but then there was a little kid who wished for a specific Pokemon game, lol.

outfit: hanh standing in a gray polka dot GapKids sweater and heart-shaped sunglasses, seen from the chest up

I know these heart-shaped cat-eye sunglasses have been all over Instagram lately, but they are super flattering and cute!

Outfit details:

Sweater: GapKids, old
Skirt: ModCloth, old
Shoes: Bait Footwear
Backpack: Target
Floral headband: old
Sunglasses: Amazon

hanhgry.com | looking off to the right, in plaid dress, looking at camera in the anza borrego desert state park

outfit: modcloth plaid in the desert

hanhgry.com | looking off to the right, sitting in plaid dress, looking at camera in the anza borrego desert state park

My husband was invited to speak on a panel at the Borrego Springs Film Festival a few weekends ago, so we spent the weekend in the quaint, tiny desert town. it’s about a three hour drive from Los Angeles, in east San Diego county. You may recognize it from last year’s outfit post during the wildflower superbloom. This time it was too early in the season for any flowers to appear but the desert landscape was still pretty.

Part of the challenge of living in the city is that there aren’t a lot of undisturbed natural settings that I can use as backdrops. I don’t really like the style of city buildings, concrete, etc. for my outfit photos. So whenever I get the chance to take photos somewhere in nature, I try to take advantage of it.

Even though there weren’t any flowers and the landscape was dry, the lighting at magic hour in Borrego Springs was beautiful. The light filtered through the haze of clouds and eventually the sun went behind the mountains, but enough light still came over to give enough of that golden hour glow.

hanhgry.com | standing in plaid dress, looking at camera in the anza borrego desert state park

hanhgry.com | close up of face in the anza borrego desert state parkhanhgry.com | twirling in plaid dress, seen from the back, looking at camera in the anza borrego desert state park

This is a ModCloth dress, it was from this past summer season but I bought it on sale in the fall for only $23! I wanted to wear something that would pop against the earthy colors of the desert and the primary colors in this plaid do the job, I think. The cutout back with the bow detail is super cute; it shows some skin without being too scandalous. Note- it’s not possible to wear a normal bra with this. I had to wear my silicone pasties.

hanhgry.com | with a smile, standing in plaid dress, looking at camera in the anza borrego desert state park

This is me trying to look cute in a stereotypical blogger pose. Haha.

hanhgry.com | full body shot sitting in plaid dress, looking at camera in the anza borrego desert state park

The film festival itself was fun; Ross’s film won the jury prize for Best Feature! The town is such a quiet and charming place. I would love to come back especially if the flowers bloom again.

 

Outfit details

Dress: ModCloth, old
Boots: Carson style by Frye, old

hanhgry.com | standing in front of library exterior holding a book, in Miss Patina dress

outfit: miss patina kiterature dress

hanhgry.com | wearing a Miss Patina Kiterature dress with cat ear beret, pulling a Degas book off the shelf

It’s a new year and like everyone else, I thought about goals and things I want to accomplish in the new year. I really enjoy working on this blog; putting together outfits and ideas for shoots is fun for me. It’s one of my creative outlets. I don’t get to be this creative at my day job as a corporate graphic designer. But I’ve seen others burn out on blogging because of doing too much and I want to keep it fun. I’m not going to kill myself to post to an exact schedule all the time, and I don’t need to post a photo to Instagram every day.

hanhgry.com | standing in front of library fountain holding a book, in Miss Patina Kiterature dress

This year, I want to keep getting better at taking photos and posing for them. I’m not a natural model and I default to a lot of the same poses. I also want to try more interesting shoots, to tell a story with my photos instead of it just being pictures of me standing around in cute outfits (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).

hanhgry.com | wearing Miss Patina Kiterature dress, sitting on the floor in the corner of the library

For my first photos of the new year, Ross and I went to a local library and discreetly took pictures. The children’s wing of the Pasadena Central Library is all beautiful wood furniture and vintage desks, but it was filled with people and employees, so unfortunately we couldn’t take any photos there. We had to settle for photos taken in other parts of the library and also the outside.

I’m wearing a new Miss Patina dress. I’ve mentioned before how much I love Miss Patina’s clothing, and they outdo themselves every season. I saw this dress a few months ago and thought the tiny print of scholarly cats reading books was adorable. The embroidered collar was the kicker! I bought the dress along with a couple others (including one that I left in a hotel room! I’m so upset about that one).

hanhgry.com | close up on collar of Miss Patina Kiterature dress, decorated with embroidered book imagery

It’s pretty comfortable and I like the flared A-line cut of the skirt; I find this to be the most flattering on me especially when it hits above the knee. Is it a little annoying to button and unbutton the entire front of the dress every time I put it on? Yes. But it’s worth it because this dress is so cute.

hanhgry.com | close up, wearing Miss Patina Kiterature dress, sitting on the floor in the corner of the library

hanhgry.com | standing in front of library exterior holding a book, in Miss Patina Kiterature dress, looking down at book

By the way, the books I’m using as props in these photos are books I’m currently reading: We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I am purposely trying to read more books written by women and people of color as I think their voices are just as important as the typically white and male Western authors featured in the literary canon. It’s important to expose yourself to different voices. I think the quotation engraved in the library exterior below is a good way to think about reading. “The true learning that makes for righteousness.”

hanhgry.com | close up of engraved quotation on library exterior that says The True Learning Makes for Righteousness

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start! Can’t wait to show you more outfit photos.

Outfit details:

Dress: Miss Patina Kiterature dress
Cat beret: Forever21, old
Shoes: Carson boot by Frye, old
Purse: Luna cat purse, Amazon