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hanhgry.com | ASOS pastel rainbow bathing suit and Lolliswim towel

outfit: rainbows at the beach

hanhgry.com | ASOS pastel rainbow bathing suit Rainbows at the beach!

Clearly, rainbows are a recurring theme in my clothes, even my swimwear. I bought this rainbow one-piece bathing suit from ASOS a few months ago during a Memorial Day sale. I rarely wore one piece swimsuits in the past; bikinis always felt less restrictive and more comfortable to me. But there have been a lot of really cute one pieces lately!

hanhgry.com | ASOS pastel rainbow bathing suit

Last weekend in Los Angeles was so freaking hot and our apartment doesn’t have air conditioning. Heat is not a problem most of the year, as LA tends to be pretty mild. But every once in a while there’s a heat wave. After suffering through the heat on Saturday, we drove to Santa Barbara on Sunday to stay cool by the beach. Santa Barbara is about a 90 minute drive from here. It was definitely cooler, but still warm enough to go to the beach. So I brought my pastel rainbow ombre swimsuit!

What’s nice is that the beach in Santa Barbara is also not that crowded. I’m sure beaches in Santa Monica, Venice and etc. were packed. We got to relax and enjoy the ocean waves a little, and took some photos.

hanhgry.com | ASOS pastel rainbow bathing suit and Lolliswim towel

I bought this Lolli Swim towel last year on sale at ModCloth, and I love it! It’s a giant circular towel instead of the usual rectangular shape. But the color and heart motif were just irresistible to me.

hanhgry.com | ASOS pastel rainbow bathing suit

Note:  I’ve had that little purple star necklace since 7th grade. Yep, I have kept it for over 15 years. And now chokers are coming back in style. Haha. Good thing I held onto almost all of my crappy mall jewelry I bought from Claire’s! Seriously, I loved going into that store with my friends and getting all sorts of cheap rainbow or glittery trinkets when I was in elementary and middle school. I can’t believe those tween accessory stores are still around (but from what I’ve read in the news, they’re not doing so well). I don’t know if today’s kids will ever understand what it was like to just wander around the mall for a few hours with your friends, get a slice of pizza at Sbarro’s (I’ve got enough taste now to know that Sbarro’s does not have good pizza) and browse Claire’s to get the perfect glittery headband or hairclip.

hanhgry.com | ASOS pastel rainbow bathing suit and Lolliswim towel

The one irritating thing about taking beach photos is the wind! My hair was flying all over the place, and looking all weird because I’m growing out my layers. Next time I’ll wear a cute beach hat or bring some really strong hairspray.

Outfit details:
Swimsuit: ASOS
Towel: old, Lolliswim via Modcloth
Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear

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 | 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

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: 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: 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)