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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 | 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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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