outdoors

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 | sugarhill boutique birds on a wire sweater with modcloth gray skirt

outfit post: birds and sunsets – my problems with color

Me, having problems with color? Yep. When you like every color, narrowing a palette down to maintain a consistent blog/Instagram look becomes really hard and sometimes almost anxiety inducing (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little). Case in point: the outfit featured in today’s post. I don’t normally gravitate toward dark blues and grays, but sometimes I need some neutrals/dark colors to break up the usual pastels. This sweater is from Sugarhill Boutique. I love their sweaters and knitwear. Their prints are so cute and the sweaters are really quite comfortable. I find that they pair with jeans just as well as they do with skirts.

hanhgry.com | sugarhill boutique birds on a wire sweater with modcloth gray skirt

Even though this particular outfit is a departure from my usual pastel and bright color palette, it felt fitting on that weekend. The temperature was in the high 60s/low 70s and it actually felt like autumn in Los Angeles. (Of course, the next week it went right back up into the 90s. Ugh). The navy sweater has stripes but look a little closer and you can see a few little birds and hearts standing about on the stripes.

hanhgry.com | sugarhill boutique birds on a wire sweater with modcloth gray skirt

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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