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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

outfit: a (kinda) sparkly new year’s eve

hanhgry.com | a sparkly new year's eve

Happy New Year!

It’s been a while (to the 4 people that read this blog). Over the past few months since my last entry, I’ve started writing a bunch of blog entries, even did a couple photoshoots but was never quite happy with them. As time passed and they remained half-finished in the “draft” section, I got more discouraged and left the blog alone (but remained kind of active on social media, mostly Instagram). There are a couple reasons why, if I want to be brutally honest.

  • Regularly updating a blog with meaningful content is a lot of work. I work a regular corporate job so I could only do this in my free time on nights/weekends.
  • My blog/Instagram account wasn’t growing as fast because of me not spending more time on it, so then I got more discouraged and didn’t feel like working on it. But maintaining a blog takes a LOT of work especially when you’re starting out. So obviously this led to a vicious cycle of neglecting my blog.
  • I was (and continue to be) really self-critical of the photos of myself and my outfits. My husband is such a good sport and is always willing to take photos of me, but there were a bunch of days when I had planned a shoot and put together an outfit, but ended up changing my mind and not wanting to do it because I felt ugly or unattractive that day. Or we would do a shoot and I ended up not posting any of the photos because of the same reason.

On that last bullet point, I never was so critical of myself until I started taking lots of pictures of myself for this blog. When you’re going over dozens of photos of yourself to select the “best” ones to edit and post, tiny things you never cared that much about become magnified. Why is my nose slightly crooked? Why am I smiling so weird? Why do my bangs always do that weird swoopy thing on the side? I was not happy with how I looked so I withdrew.

That’s why my Instagram for the past several months mostly featured photos of food I ate.  It’s also an easier way to rack up lots of likes, by posting well-composed shots of plates of colorful and delicious looking food. I love food; I love going out and trying new restaurants. But I don’t want to be only a food blogger. I love clothes and styling my outfits too.

So in the new year, I’m going to try to become more comfortable in my own skin. I want to get better at taking photos and learning how to pose better. I don’t want to just give up and let the negative feelings overtake any progress I make.

With that in mind, I went out a few days ago to take photos of my New Year’s Eve outfit. Ross and I went to a club near our neighborhood that plays mostly 80s new wave, Britpop, indie pop, etc. They were doing a New Year’s Eve party with 2 floors of dancing. I didn’t have a super glittery or gold dress (I used to have metallic silver glitter leggings but I donated them a long time ago), so I put together an outfit with the glittery items that I had. It’s hard to see in the photos but the skirt has gold glitter thread running through it, the shoes are white glitter colored, and my black tights are sparkly!

The heart sweater is a new item from ModCloth and I adore it. It’s made of a fabric blend that is so comfortable and soft. I’ve had itchy sweaters before but this is the perfect softness. It’s also a little baggy and slouchy for a nice casual look (I usually don’t like really tight fitting sweaters).

hanhgry.com | a sparkly new year's eve

 

hanhgry.com | a sparkly new year's eve

 

hanhgry.com | a sparkly new year's eve

hanhgry.com | a sparkly new year's eve

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start!

Outfit details:
Sweater: Modcloth
Skirt: American Apparel, old
Shoes: American Apparel, old
Clutch: Urban Outfitters, old
Headband: Forever21, old
Necklace: Banana Republic, old

outfit: dear creatures and mint

hanhgry.com | mint meow

hanhgry.com | mint meow
hanhgry.com | glitter oxford shoes hanhgry.com | mint meow

I’m a big animal person; I think part of it is because my parents never let me have any pets when I was growing up, not even a goldfish. In hindsight, that was probably a wise decision. I doubt I would have given a pet the care and consideration it deserved when I was eight years old.

Once I moved out on my own, I adopted two guinea pigs from a local guinea pig rescue called Orange County Cavy Haven. Yes, most people know that there are dog and cat rescues, but there are also small animal rescues! People are amazed to hear that there are whole organizations devoted to rescuing small pets like rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters. etc. Sadly, because these animals are marketed as “pocket pets” and a way to “teach” young kids responsibility, a lot of times the pets end up neglected, sick and dead. I’m strongly against using an animal to teach a child responsibility unless the entire family (parents AND kids) take care of the pet. A little kid can’t entirely take care of another living creature on his/her own, and it’s not fair to the pet to be subject to the whims of a child.

Anyway, stepping off my soapbox! My husband and I also have two cats. The two guinea pigs have passed away at this point, but I will always have animals in my life; they bring me a lot of joy. Maybe one day when I have a bigger place i’ll adopt a dog! (My current landlord doesn’t allow dogs, unfortunately.)

I like animals, so I’m always happy to find novelty animal prints. I tend to stay away from the more realistic, detailed prints and go for more illustrative prints. I thought the cat print on this dress was cute and minimal. It’s also super comfortable and warm! I don’t have a lot of thick sweater dresses like this because it’s never too cold here, but the day I took these photos was a little cool and overcast so I thought this fit the weather. I paired it with my glitter oxfords that I got from an American Apparel warehouse sale for only $15! I like the extra sparkle they give to any outfit.

 

Dress: Dear Creatures, old
Tights: Target
Shoes: American Apparel

outfit: butter and sky

hanhgry.com | outfit: butter and sky hanhgry.com | outfit: butter and sky

hanhgry.com | outfit: butter and sky - heart collar clips from Femme de Bloom hanhgry.com | outfit: butter and sky - bunny shoes from TUK

I’ve been sporadic with my posts and it’s mostly because I’m still trying to figure out my posting schedule with this blog. I would like to post more frequently but it’s all about making the time for it. I wear pretty cute outfits most days (at least I think I do!) but in the mornings after I get dressed, I’m usually rushing to catch the train to work, so there’s no time to take photos. I do most of my outfit photos on the weekend when I have more time (and daylight hours) as well as my husband to help me take photos.

I had a very fun Christmas visiting family and friends back on the East Coast but I kept thinking about how I hadn’t posted in a while. I want to work on this and develop the blog into something I’m really proud of, and obviously it’s not quite there yet.

Even though Peter Pan collars may seem childish to some, I really adore them. The roundness makes for a cuter collar shape! It adds a little whimsy instead of a pointy, starched collar. I’m always on the lookout for cute shirts and I’ve found that the kids’ section oftentimes has cuter stuff than stuff for adults! This shirt is from GapKids, and I matched the collar with my light blue bunny shaped TUK flats from ModCloth.

Outfit details:

Shirt: GapKids
Skirt: American Apparel, old
Tights: Forever21, old
Shoes: TUK from ModCloth (old, but similar ones here)
Collar clips: Femme de Bloom

 

outfit: it’s beginning to look a lot like a retrolicious Christmas

hanhgry.com | it's beginning to look a lot like christmas hanhgry.com | it's beginning to look a lot like christmashanhgry.com | it's beginning to look a lot like christmas
hanhgry.com | it's beginning to look a lot like christmashanhgry.com | it's beginning to look a lot like christmas

I really enjoy Christmas, despite not being religious at all. I actually grew up in a Buddhist family, but we celebrated Christmas because it was the “American” thing to do. My parents would put up a fake Christmas tree and hang lights and garlands on the front of our house. One of my favorite childhood memories comes from the year my mom and I had a craft day and made a bunch of felt ornaments and used paint pens to decorate blank glass bulb ornaments for the tree. My mom still puts those DIY ornaments on the tree (they must be about 20 years old at this point).

It feels a little weird to me to celebrate Christmas in an area that is so warm all year round. Even after living in Los Angeles for over six years, I still expect cold and snow around Christmas time. Oh well, I’ll make myself a frozen hot chocolate instead and just think minty, snowy thoughts.

Ross took these photos of me at Pasadena City Hall, where they have a giant Christmas tree display in the rotunda. Pasadena City Hall is a gorgeous building with a beautiful courtyard with rose bushes. It’s a very popular place for wedding/engagement photoshoots. I work nearby and sometimes take a nice stroll on the grounds during my lunch break, and I’m pretty sure I’ve accidentally ended up in some wedding party photos. It was also used as the city hall for Pawnee in the tv show Parks and Rec.

The dress is from the brand Retrolicious, which is known for novelty prints and retro-inspired designs. I went to the Retrolicious sample sale this past weekend (you can see my haul on my Instagram) and was determined to get some Christmas/holiday-themed dresses. The dresses were around $40 (and they normally are $80-$100) so I couldn’t resist. I have a few other Christmas dresses from the Retrolicious sale that will be featured soon on the blog.

This particular dress is light pink with a whimsical Christmas candy print- candy canes, ribbon candy, peppermint swirls, gumdrops, lollipops, and more. I thought it was adorable, especially with the heart cut-out on the back. I paired it with a mint sweater and my favorite pink oxfords. Yes, even in a season known for rich, deep jewel tones, I still wear pastels!

Dress: Retrolicious (I was told that this was a production sample, so unfortunately it’s not available for purchase anywhere as it never went into production)
Cardigan: old, Nordstrom
Shoes: old, Jeffrey Campbell
Headband: old, Forever21

outfit: pretty in pink

hanhgry.com | pretty in pink

hanhgry.com | pretty in pink

hanhgry.com | pretty in pink

hanhgry.com | pretty in pink

You can probably tell but I adore colors, especially pastel shades. I looked through my closet recently and counted 3 pink skirts and 5 pairs of pink shoes. I wasn’t a big fan of pink growing up (I preferred blue) but somehow as an adult I ended up with a bunch of pink clothing and accessories.

I don’t usually wear black unless it’s an accessory like tights or leggings. But sometimes I do like the neutrality of black in my outfits because I can’t be a pastel rainbow all the time. This particular outfit consists of a black sweater and one of my favorite skirts from ModCloth. I love the pale pink color and it instantly makes an outfit feel more like something you would wear for a special occasion, even if I’m wearing just a plain t-shirt with it. The sweater is from the label Dear Creatures, and I got it at a sample sale this past summer, which you can read about here.

Do you guys have a favorite color you tend to wear a lot?
Sweater: old, Dear Creatures
Skirt: ModCloth
Tights: old, Forever21
Shoes: Bait Footwear

outfit: feathers and hair

hanhgry.com | donut purse

hanhgry.com | feathers and wind

hanhgry.com | feathers and wind

hanhgry.com | lotus flowers

I never really thought much about the phrase “bad hair day” until recently. My hair has been driving me crazy because for the past few months I’ve been growing out my pixie cut and it was getting unruly and hard to handle. I seriously have no idea how people have the patience to grow out their hair.I had two not very good haircuts at Rudy’s Barbershop in the past 3 months instead of at my usual salon and after the second haircut, I had enough. I took some  scissors and bluntly cut my bangs, which results in the mess you see in these photos.

These pictures were taken a few weeks ago, and I debated putting them up because I was really unhappy with my hair at the time. It’s weird how much something like that can affect your perception of yourself. I could put on a cute outfit but if my hair didn’t look right, I didn’t feel great or want to take any pictures.

Finally a few days ago I went back to my regular salon (Foxtail Salon in Silver Lake – love them!) and asked for my usual pixie cut, and it feels and looks so much better. I used to have super long hair throughout my childhood and in college I cut it short, and have kept it short ever since (well, with the exception of these past few months).

So even though I wasn’t too happy with my hair in these photos, I wanted to put them up because life isn’t all sunshine and perfection and I’d like the blog to document not just the perfect moments, including the bad hair days.

Shirt: old, Old Navy
Skirt: old, Darling, via ModCloth
Shoes: Ione heels from Bait Footwear via ModCloth
Bag: GoJane (you can find it here as well)

outfit: butterflies, birds, and churros

hanhgry.com | by the lake hanhgry.com | by the lake hanhgry.com | churro vendor at the lake hanhgry.com | fresh churros

hanhgry.com | fresh churros being friedhanhgry.com | churros with LA skyline

 

hanhgry.com | eating freshly fried churros!

One of the things I love most about my adopted city is street food. Street vending is technically illegal in Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t know it walking around Echo Park. There are many food vendors at the lake, especially on the weekends when lots of people are around. There are vendors selling elote (Mexican corn on the cob), pupusas, bacon wrapped hot dogs, and CHURROS.

There used to be a churro truck parked a block away from our apartment called Salinas Churros. The truck was there nearly every day, frying up fresh churros and funnel cakes, and other fast, cheap eats like nachos or the slightly healthier fresas con crema (strawberries with a heavy hand of whipped cream topping). You could get 8 churros for $3 and the scent of sugary fried dough was intoxicating when you walked past the truck.

Unfortunately, the truck disappeared one day about 2 years ago and I haven’t seen it since. I miss seeing it around and getting a bag of piping hot churros on my way home from work. I thought my ultra-local source for churros was gone. But…

There’s a new churro cart at the lake! Ross and I were taking a some outfit photos and were walking to find a spot with good lighting when we saw the Churros Calientitos cart. What I liked was that they had a giant vat of oil frying up fresh churros. There have been other vendors that sold churros that were fried off-site and brought to the park, which isn’t as good because who wants to eat cold churros? Not me.

The churros are 3 for $1. We watched the churro vendor rotate the dough press and drop long pieces of batter into the oil. His partner then took the churros from the oil and rolled them a pan of cinnamon-sugar mixture and placed them in a bag for us. It was sooo good and after we ate the three, I wanted to get another order!

Shirt: old, Anthropologie
Skirt: old, ModCloth
Belt: old, ModCloth
Shoes: old, Nordstrom

outfit: lemonade at the lake

Have you ever felt like you were going full-speed ahead but there never seems to be enough time to do much of anything?

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and starting my new job, so I didn’t have much time to work on the blog. I would get home from work, eat dinner, work on a few entries that have been in draft mode for a while, then go to bed. It seemed like I wasn’t getting any posts finished to the point where I was satisfied with them.

 

hanhgry.com | Dear Creatures dress
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hanhgry.com | shoes from Seychelles

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I finally had some time over Labor Day weekend to take some outfit photos and work on a couple future entries and it felt good to work on my own creative stuff. My new job is going well, but that kind of design is so different and more standardized, so this blog and my freelance projects are my creative outlet.

I’d like to thank my husband Ross for humoring me and helping out with the various aspects of this blog, mainly taking photos of me and also always being game to eat at whatever restaurant I want to review. On the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, we decided to stay entirely local in our neighborhood. No driving anywhere! The nice thing about where we live is that it’s very walkable. There are tons of amenities, restaurants, etc. nearby that you can walk to easily, which is not what most people think of when they think of LA. In most people’s minds, LA is a very sprawly city where you need a car to do anything. A lot of the LA area is like that, but I’m grateful that I live in a part of the city with a cozier neighborhood feel. The weather was gorgeous, warm but not too hot. We walked over to the lake and took a bunch of photos in this dress that I bought at the Dear Creatures sample sale a few months ago but had not worn yet.

I really love colors and prints, and lemonade, so this Dear Creatures dress stood out to me. It’s also super comfortable and has pockets! I love dresses and skirts with pockets.

Dress: Dear Creatures
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: old, Seychelles
Hair bow: old, ModCloth (similar bow here)

magic hour at the lake

A light outfit post; Ross took these at the lake near our apartment. I bought this skirt recently at the Dear Creatures sample sale. When I went home and put it away in my closet, I realized that I now have 3 pastel pink skirts. Maybe I should branch out to other colors.

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