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hanhgry.com | standing in modcloth dress at rose garden at old mission santa barbara

outfit: hanging out at the Santa Barbara Mission Rose Garden

The Old Mission Santa Barbara is a historic landmark in Santa Barbara, California. It contains the original mission building and the Santa Barbara Mission rose garden. The main building on the grounds is open for paid tours. I’m keenly aware of the criticism of the Spanish Mission system and its negative effects on Native Americans who were forced to endure it. I’m glad the mission remains as an educational site, though I do wish the history presented was a little more critical about what living and working in a mission entailed.

The area around the Mission is open to the public. People have picnics and just enjoy the outdoors there, since the weather is so beautiful most of the year. I was delighted to see the Rose Garden area in full bloom, so we took some photos.

hanhgry.com | standing among rose bushes in modcloth dress, sitting on the steps at Old Mission Santa Barbarahanhgry.com | standing in modcloth dress at rose garden at old mission santa barbara

hanhgry.com | standing among rose bushes in modcloth dress, sitting on the steps at Old Mission Santa Barbara

There were so many different types of roses in a variety of colors. I’m sure this is a popular spot for photo shoots (but surprisingly, we were the only ones taking pictures that day).

hanhgry.com | yellow roses in Santa Barbara Mission Rose GardenClose up of yellow roses in the Santa Barbara Mission Rose Garden

hanhgry.com | far distance shot of modcloth dress, sitting on the steps at Old Mission Santa Barbara

Here I am sitting on the steps of the main chapel. It was around sunset on a Sunday, so the area was quiet. We were able to take a bunch of photos without any disturbances. The pink accent color of the chapel really stood out to me; I don’t think the pink is originally part of the building.

hanhgry.com | modcloth dress at Old Mission Santa Barbara hanhgry.com | modcloth dress, sitting on the steps at Old Mission Santa Barbara

I don’t normally wear maxi dresses, but this one was on sale at ModCloth about two years ago and I snagged it at a deep discount. It’s very comfortable and I love the lavender and mint colors. I’m wearing it with a pair of pink Birkenstocks. Never in my life did I think I would ever wear Birkenstocks but this pair has very thin straps so it looks a bit more feminine and not as bulky as their usual wide-strapped sandals. I wore these for 4 days in a row at Disney World last summer, got no blisters and my feet were pretty comfortable! I am now a convert to Birkenstocks.

Outfit details:
Dress: old, ModCloth
Shoes: old, Birkenstock Daloa in Rosa via ModCloth (still available here)

hanhgry.com | rainbow sweater and clutch

outfit: sugarhill boutique and rainbows galore

hanhgry.com | sugarhill boutique rainbow sweater and clutchEver since I was a kid, I’ve loved rainbows. The easiest way to get me to buy something is to slap a rainbow on it (bonus points if it’s a pastel rainbow instead of the usual super bright ROYGBIV). I was teased occasionally when I was younger for wearing bright, colorful clothing, but kids can be jerks about anything, especially in middle school. (Some of the teasing had a homophobic tinge to it, which is gross because bullying people for their perceived sexual orientation is wrong.) It just made me more determined to dress the way I want, because who cares what people think?

I saw this sweater from Sugarhill Boutique and just knew I had to get it! I really love their sweaters; they’re perfect for warm days and cool nights in Los Angeles. I get cold easily but hate heavy sweaters, so this is the perfect thickness for me.

Back to the rainbows: June is also Pride month and LA Pride was a few weeks ago. In honor of that, I wore this rainbow themed outfit and took photos in front of this very colorful mural in Pasadena. It’s on the side of a building on the South campus of the ArtCenter College of Design, in case you were wondering. The artist RISK has painted several huge color walls throughout LA.

hanhgry.com | sugarhill boutique rainbow sweater and clutch

hanhgry.com | sugarhill boutique rainbow sweater and clutch hanhgry.com | sugarhill boutique rainbow sweater and clutch hanhgry.com | TUK Footwear rainbow flats from ModCloth

These shoes from TUK Footwear are so comfortable and adorable! I have several pairs of novelty ballet flats from them and always get compliments whenever I wear them.

hanhgry.com | rainbow sweater and clutch

I also got a rainbow gel manicure! I may have overdone it with the rainbows in this post, heh.

hanhgry.com | sugarhill boutique rainbow sweater and clutch hanhgry.com | sugarhill boutique rainbow sweater and clutch

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Pride, wherever you live!

Outfit details:

Sweater: Sugarhill Boutique
Skirt: (actually a tank dress) Forever21
Shoes: TUK Footwear, via ModCloth
Clutch: old, ASOS
Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear (they’re on sale for only $28!)

hanhgry.com | wearing modcloth yellow shirt with polka dot mint green skirt

outfit: lace and polka dot pastels

hanhgry.com | wearing modcloth yellow shirt with polka dot mint green skirt

Permit me to vent a little about something that a lot of other people have complained about in the past few weeks. I’m talking about the weird changes to Instagram. No, not just the Snapchat clone face filters. I’m referring to the aggressive change to the algorithm that has made it harder for me to see content from people I follow, and also has greatly impacted engagement on smaller accounts like my own.

It’s discouraging to say the least, and when searching for answers about why this is happening, I’ve come upon various posts accusing Instagram of turning more into an ad platform instead of a creative outlet.

I know, I know. It’s a free service and nothing on the Internet is ever truly “free.” But hell, I would pay a little for a premium version with fewer ads and the ability to view my feed chronologically! Other people keep coming up with ideas to  “beat” the algorithm, and it seems pointless to try to do so anyway. I suppose I should just focus on doing the best I can, and posting good photos and hopefully, it will work out.

hanhgry.com | wearing modcloth yellow shirt with polka dot mint green skirt

hanhgry.com | wearing modcloth yellow shirt with polka dot mint green skirt

Outfit details:

Blouse: old, ModCloth (other colors still available)
Skirt: old, ModCloth
Shoes: Bait Footwear
Clutch: Target

hanhgry.com | closeup with hat

outfit: superbloom at anza-borrego and lessons with timing

hanhgry.com | posing among superbloom with mountain in backgroundPlanning these superbloom outfit photos has been a big learning experience. I photographed this outfit over two months ago but hesitated in posting it. Why?

Well, I wasn’t entirely happy with a lot of the photos. This was my first time shooting around sunrise, and I thought I had built in enough time in our schedule to get more of that “golden hour.” I’ve taken plenty of photos around sunset but for my first time taking photos around sunrise, I didn’t give myself enough time. The soft glow of golden hour quickly gave way to super bright overhead/direct sunlight.

I still liked a couple of the photos so I decided to post them anyway. Now I know to better schedule my time and gauge the quality of the available light.

My original idea was to take pictures among the flowers. This year, California’s unusually wet winter led to a once-in-a-decade massive superbloom all over Southern California. One of the more beautiful sites for this year’s superbloom was Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, about 3 hours southeast of Los Angeles.

We waited to see what the flower forecast would be. The blooms were forecasted to peak around mid-March. The town of Borrego Springs has very few hotels or accommodations, and the few hotels were solidly booked. To spare ourselves from waking up at 2 am to drive down to Anza-Borrego, Ross and I booked an AirBnB in Escondido (a suburb of San Diego) for the night before, so we wouldn’t have to wake up as early. It was still an hour and a half drive, but that’s better than 3 hours!

hanhgry.com | superbloom purple flowers, close up

We got to our AirBnB on Saturday night, went to bed early and woke up at 4 AM the next morning. The drive to Anza-Borrego was eerily quiet in the pre-dawn darkness. We got there a little before sunrise.

We arrived at the perfect time to take photos, and it wasn’t busy yet. I am happiest with the photos we took right around sunrise.

hanhgry.com | superbloom white and yellow flowers, close up

hanhgry.com | posing among flowers with mountain in background

hanhgry.com | Ross at Anza-Borrego, with mountain in the background

I love this lighting here!

hanhgry.com | closeup with hat

The photo above was when the light started getting way too bright. I like the composition and I’m not making a silly face!

Unfortunately it only got even brighter (and hotter) after this, and none of the outfit photos we took during the hike on the trail turned out. We did the easier hike on Palm Canyon Trail, which was about 4 miles roundtrip. We saw beautiful flowers and small waterfalls and streams that made getting up at 4 AM totally worth it. I really enjoyed the hike but man, I’m out of shape.

hanhgry.com | posing in the flower fields at Anza-Borrego

The above photo was taken around 11 AM, after we finished the trail and drove around the town of Borrego Springs because there were fields of flowers EVERYWHERE. The superbloom definitely lived up to its name. You can’t really tell in this photo but I’m sitting under a tree in a giant field filled with those tiny yellow flowers.

Overall, this was a great experience. We saw the beautiful superbloom and got some exercise! I did a lot of planning to scope out when to go take these pictures, but I didn’t really plan for the amount of time I would have good lighting. Next time when I go to a new site for an outfit shoot, I’ll definitely keep what I learned here in mind.

Outfit details:

Dress: Anthropologie, old
Shoes: Bait Footwear, old, similar ones here
Hat: Forever 21, old

hanhgry.com | rainbow balloon wall

outfit: matching my surroundings

Jihan Zencirli is a Los Angeles-based artist who creates balloon art installations. Her most recent installation adorned the walls of a convenience store in my neighborhood. The installations are temporary, as the balloons eventually deflate. They are so playful and colorful, and I couldn’t resist taking photos there! (I wasn’t the only one. There were several people taking pictures there and after a while you can tell they’re bloggers too, hehe.)

hanhgry.com | balloon wall hanhgry.com | rainbow dress and sunglasses in front of balloon wall hanhgry.com | rainbow dress in front of balloon wall

This is an older dress, one I’ve had for probably four years now. It’s from Eva Franco, an LA-based designer who designs and makes her clothes in the US. I love her fit and flare dresses, and this one in particular is colorful and rainbow without being too over the top. It came with a bright orange belt, but I don’t like orange much and prefer wearing it with different belts. You can find her dresses at her website and Anthropologie.
hanhgry.com | rainbow dress in front of pastel mural

While the front of the convenience store was covered in tons of balloons, the side of the store has a pastel geometric mural which I thought kinda matched my dress.

Outfit:
Dress: Eva Franco, old
Belt: Modcloth, old
Shoes: Bait Footwear, similar

hanhgry.com | sitting among flowers

outfit: plenty of heart

I’ve spent some time researching interesting places to take photos. Los Angeles has a wide variety of beautiful locations but the frustrating thing is quite a few places charge you a fee or require a permit to take photographs, even if you’re not a professional photographer or affiliated with a film shoot. That’s a consequence of living in LA, where the film industry is headquartered. So I have to get creative when searching for places to shoot.

hanhgry.com | heart printed boat shoeshanhgry.com | sitting among flowers

Luckily, I found this place! This set of outfit photos was taken in one of those open secret locations that is open to the public and as long as you’re not intrusive, you can take as many photos as you like. It’s a volunteer run public garden in Pasadena, right outside of LA. When I was there, I saw a couple doing an engagement photoshoot and a few kids taking photos of the flowers in bloom. It’s not a huge garden but it has plenty of little nooks and themed sections with different plants and flowers.

hanhgry.com | standing in garden

hanhgry.com | purple flowers, close up

hanhgry.com | sitting under floral arch

 

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One of the neat things about writing for my blog and planning photos is that it has really encouraged me to explore more of my adopted city and its surroundings. I have found all sorts of new places, or looked at places I already knew about with an eye for what would make for good photos.

As for this outfit, well, I just love hearts! Are there specific prints or motifs you really love?

Outfit details:
Sweater: Sugarhill Boutique, old
Skirt: Miss Patina, old
Shoes: ASOS, old

hanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in courtyard

outfit: lots of cats

I love most animals, and I also love animal prints. When I bought a couple items from the Miss Patina after holiday sale, I noticed how cute their animal themed prints were, especially the cat ones. I had so much fun wearing this cat shirt and the detailed embroidery on both the shirt and skirt always get compliments!

hanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in hallwayhanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in courtyard

 

hanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in hallway

hanhgry.com: wearing miss patina outfit in courtyard

We have two rescue cats; the older one was a stray that lived behind our first place in LA. She had a litter of kittens that were all adopted out, and she was spayed and left back outside. Ross and I felt so bad for her, and she was friendly with us so we eventually lured her into the house and she became ours. Our second cat we rescued when she was a tiny kitten, her and her siblings were found outdoors in someone’s backyard.

I never had pets growing up because my parents always said no. But once I moved out on my own, I knew I wanted pets of my own. Do you have a rescued pet? How long have you had him or her?

Outfit details:
Shirt: Miss Patina
Skirt: Miss Patina
Shoes: Bait Footwear
Purse: Forever21

hanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosa

outfit: pretty much all modcloth

hanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosaI recently bought a new camera lens because I wanted to improve my photography for the blog. The kit lens that came with my camera is fine, but I wasn’t getting the kinds of pictures I wanted. I did a bunch of research and settled on this one. I’m still learning, and sometimes it’s annoying to take a bunch of photos and then you realize that a lot of them are out of focus. But that’s what practice is for, right? So you can get better.

Case in point, this set of outfit photos was the second one with my new lens (the first shoot using the new lens was this post). It was incredibly frustrating because the auto-focus kept focusing on the wrong parts of the photo. Ross and I eventually got a few decent shots, but it was definitely a learning experience. (I also figured out how to manually set a focal point instead of relying on auto-focus. yay!)

hanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosahanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosa

This shot of me on the bench? It took about probably a dozen attempts before Ross got one I liked AND was in focus.

hanhgry.com | outfit photo at vista hermosa

I’m also trying to take photos in different settings. This is a park right outside of downtown, and part of the park is elevated so you can get some really cool views of the skyline. It’s a little silly; I’ve known about this park for a while but the entire time I’ve lived in this area, I never went to it. One benefit of doing this blog is that I’m discovering new places, or I’m looking at locations with an eye for seeing it if would make for a good backdrop for outfit photos. I’m even keeping a list filled with places that I think would be good for photos. For a while this past year, I kind of abandoned this blog, but now I feel pretty renewed and inspired.


Outfit details:
Sweater: Modcloth
Skirt: old, Modcloth (no longer available but similar style here)
Shoes: Modcloth
Trench coat: old, Modcloth
Heart scarf: old, GapKids

hanhgry.com: pastel winter at the arboretum

outfit: pastel winter at the Chavez Ravine arboretum

hanhgry.com: pastel winter at the arboretum

Pastel winter: is that a thing? I guess I’ll make it a thing. I mentioned in my last outfit post that I don’t like wearing dark colors, which is more common in the colder seasons. I figured I might as well wear whatever colors I want no matter what time of the year it is.

I finally made it out to a different location to shoot some outfit photos this past weekend. It’s been raining SO much in Los Angeles that it is green everywhere. Although the rain is great for the drought, it has foiled a few of my photo plans in the last few weekends.

hanhgry.com: pastel winter at the arboretum

But…it also gave me a good excuse to buy a new coat! I wanted an anorak or utility style coat, but all the ones I kept seeing were tan or that blah military green color, both of which look terrible on me. A few days ago, I wandered into a Forever21 because sometimes they have cute accessories. I rarely go in there for actual clothes shopping because most of it is not my style at all. And their stores always play music so loudly! I know, I’m getting old.

They had their spring stuff out, and surprisingly there was actually a ton of stuff in colors I like- all sorts of springy pastel pinks, yellows and greens. I saw this pink coat, tried it on and totally loved it. I have peacoats and trench coats, but I wanted something a little more casual and I adore the color!

hanhgry.com: mint green unicorn flats

hanhgry.com: pastel winter at the arboretum
hanhgry.com: pastel winter at the arboretum
hanhgry.com: pastel winter at the arboretum
These pictures were taken at the Chavez Ravine Arboretum, a section of Elysian Park that has big grassy areas and over 100 different kinds of trees. With all the recent rain, it was so lush and green (or as lush and green as LA can get)!  It was a little cloudy and chilly that day, but it was perfect weather for wearing my new coat.

Outfit details:
Coat: Forever21 (I couldn’t find this on their website so it must be really new)
Sweater: Wilfdfox Kids, old
Skirt: American Apparel, old
Shoes: TUK Footwear via ModCloth (similar ones available)

Photos by Ross

hanhgry.com| outfit: miss patina blouse and skirt by the lake

outfit: dress for the season (or not) in miss patina

hanhgry.com| outfit: miss patina blouse and skirt by the lake

hanhgry.com| outfit: miss patina blouse and skirt by the lake

hanhgry.com| outfit: miss patina blouse and skirt by the lake

hanhgry.com| outfit: miss patina blouse and skirt by the lake

hanhgry.com| outfit: miss patina blouse and skirt by the lake

Dressing “seasonally” used to be tough for me because the colors that are normally associated with autumn and winter never looked right on me. I’ve always admired dark and jewel toned colors on other people but not on myself. Sure, I have black dresses (that I never wear) and some red colored clothing for Christmas, but I have never liked wearing all black or dark colors.

My personal palette is pretty much all rainbows or pastels all the time. At this point, why fight it? I’ll wear what I like and what feels good on me, even if it’s not season-appropriate. Case in point- today’s featured outfit. It’s the middle of winter and I’m wearing lavender and yellow! It’s a little easier to wear bright colors all the time in a place like Los Angeles, where there is abundant sunshine most of the year here.

hanhgry.com| outfit: close up on miss patina blouse

I’m a sucker for interesting collars. I love the scalloped edging along the seashells on this modified Peter Pan collar. It also echoes the scalloped detail on the skirt. Note: I love scalloped edges. They add a cute, girly detail.

hanhgry.com| outfit: close up on miss patina skirt

The blouse and skirt are both from Miss Patina. I’ll have a more detailed haul post up soon because I got a bunch of stuff from their after Christmas sale that I can’t wait to wear.

Blouse: Miss Patina
Skirt: Miss Patina
Shoes: Bait Footwear

photos by Ross

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