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Banana Republic Spring Strappy Floral Dress Pop of Pink_Adrienne Nguyen_Invictus_Sponsored Post

A two part post dedicated to Banana Republic goodness! Spring calls for lightweight, strappy sun dresses in ... cue drum roll ... floral print. Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada said it best:

"Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking."

Flowers are always associated with Spring so it's not exactly news or a trend that disappears. Rather, it's something that signifies the arrival of warmer weather and longer days! For this collaboration with Banana Republic, I was generously gifted this petite friendly floral dress from their latest collection. When I first opened the package I knew this piece would become a staple in my closet - I could wear it alone (as pictured) for hotter months yet it's thin enough to pile on layers for colder months. However, my face automatically cringed when I saw that it was a size 0P. My dress size varies tremendously depending on the retailer so I still had a glimmer of hope that I would be able to squeeze my way into this dress. After I zipped myself up, I was honestly speechless at the fit! The shoulder straps fit just right - they didn't dig into my skin nor did they slip off my shoulders. Additionally, the dress hugged my body enough to accentuate my waist but also gave me room to breathe - I could twirl in this dress all day! Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of the back but you can check it out and purchase the dress on the Banana Republic website - the color of this blue floral dress is "Pop Pink" but it's also offered in white, called "Cocoon."

Check out the Banana Republic website now and use the code: BRSPRING to get 40% off your purchase - act now since this offer ends 4/2/2016.

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// BANANA REPUBLIC Floral Strappy Dress // PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 Purple Wristlet Clutch // IVANKA TRUMP Hot Pink Suede Peep Toe Pumps //


Casual Outfit _ Banana Republic Slub Scoop Neck Tee_Slouchy Oversized Tee Shirt _ Adrienne Nguyen _ Invictus

Now onward to a more casual look! I think these two outfits would be perfect for a weekend getaway. A dress for those cute cafe dates or casual dinner dates and a basic t-shirt for those days you just want to spend sight-seeing! I digress but I do love the feel of this Banana Republic Slub Scoop Neck Tee. I am wearing an XS yet it was roomy enough for me to hide my belly fat as I devoured my lunch (*forever leaping with glee*)! Not only does this shirt allow the freedom to eat your heart out, it also feels comfortable! During my last two years of college, I adapted a more casual look such as this one - it was so easy to just toss on a top and jeans. Those last years marked the only period of time when I wore jeans that often. I have since adapted a more professional look but I do occasionally pull some jeans out of my closet. These happen to be my favorite pair of skinny ripped boyfriend jeans. Forgive me as I go on another tangent but I used to wear my scarves as belts; I went through a phase in junior high. Felt a bit of nostalgia but I thought it worked well! Were any of you into scarf belts?

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// BANANA REPUBLIC Slub Scoop Neck Tee // REBECCA MINKOFF Leather Crossbody // 

* Banana Republic provided the floral strappy dress and slub scoop neck tee shirt in this post however, all opinions here are my own. *


Silk Tie Scarf

How to Wear a Silk Tie Scarf - Women's Ascot - French Girl Fashion - Adrienne Nguyen - Invictus

Nothing like a good silk tie ascot scarf! Small scarves are the perfect accessory to any outfit - around your neck like a scarf, around your wrist like a bangle, on your head like a headscarf or on your bag. Although I love wearing a good small scarf around my neck, I often find myself looking like a stewardess. But this time, I was determined to make it work. I believe this dainty black and white polka dot scarf worked elegantly with my navy blue and white striped tee

I found my white cigarette pants in the back of my closet and thought they were a perfect match for my stripes and polka dot combination. I felt like a French girl when I wore this outfit! Between the ease and comfort of this look along with basic colors, don't you think this makes a great on the go look? To give my petite frame some height, I wore my suede chain pointed heels and teased my hair. Until next time!

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// ZARA Navy Blue and White Striped Tee // ZARA White Cigarette Pants // ZARA Black Flare Peter Pan Collar Coat // 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Pashli Satchel // BALDININI Black Chain Suede Pointed Heels // CHANEL Sunglasses //

Heat Exchange with Wolford

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I am so glad I kept my winter jackets on hand for the sudden bouts of rain we're experiencing in Orange County! Though I must say once the rain passes by, it starts getting hot... f a s t. It was a bit cold at home so I decided to keep myself warm by piling on layers upon layers of clothes. Oh, how I quickly saw the flaw in my choice of attire. Nevertheless, I powered through my day.

Though my upper body was going through a rollercoaster of temperature swings, my legs stayed warm and cozy with these opaque Pure 50 Tights courtesy of W O L F O R D. I got a size Small however, I believe an Extra Small would give these tights a more opaque allure. Not only are these opaque tights comfortable, they really hug your thighs to make them feel tightened and lifted. Compared to other tights I've worn in the past, the quality and fit of these tights surpasses them all. Since I am petite in frame, they went up a bit high so I wore my leather shorts to avoid showing any "waist hugging tights bulge." I then tossed on this Zara ruffled, lace long sleeve with bow detail and my faux fur jacket. I have so many jackets but it's just never cold enough to wear them. I wish it was colder in California... A girl can dream, right? Until next time!

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// H&M Red Faux Fur Short Coat // ZARA Black Lace Bow Long Sleeve Top // WOLFORD Pure 50 Tights c/o (Purchase Wolford Pure 50 Tights HERE// CHANEL Sunglasses // 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Medium Pashli Satchel // MICHAEL KORS Black Leather Booties //

Gingham Blues

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Even though Spring is a little under two weeks away and the drought is still affecting California, flowers are definitely in bloom! I was planning on taking outfit pictures at a nearby building but once I saw this field of flowers, I couldn't resist jumping into it! Yes, I jumped into suspiciously soft mounds of dirt in platforms - I hope I didn't disturb or ruin any creatures' home (*insert sad emoji*). Anyways, this location tested my balancing skills but my daily yoga routines sure paid off! There were some paved paths but as Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

I know, I know. There's a more convoluted, metaphorical, and philosophical meaning to that quote but it works for my situation too!

Gingham is the perfect print for Spring. Especially if it's blue and in the form of a dress! I got this blue gingham dress, with the cutest sewn in pointed collar, from Nordstrom. It falls below the knees so you don't have to worry too much about the wind whipping up your dress. This midi dress is great for a casual day out and it's comfortable enough for travel! As I was filtering through my pictures, I realized all that was missing was a bouquet of flowers, a picnic basket and a beach cruiser! Those accessories would make my outfit that much more exciting! Oh well, I hope you enjoy this Spring Outfit! Until next time!

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// KAYA & SLOANE from NORDSTROM Blue Gingham Midi Sewn-In Collar Dress (Purchase HERE) // CHANEL Sunglasses // MARCO SANTI Salmon Platforms //

Swan Lake Ruffles

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Happy hump day, everyone! Did you guys watch the Oscars this past Sunday? The highlight, for me at least, was Joe Biden and Lady Gaga shedding light on sexual assault in addition to the touching performance by Mother Monster herself. The lyrics, the emotion, and of course, the courage and unity of the men and women on stage, brought many to tears including myself. On a happier note, I was so pleased Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor in a Leading Role. This was another highlight since that honor was well deserved and definitely a long time coming!

Life is taking some interesting turns for me. As of now, I am currently debating which school to attend come August/September. I will reveal what I've been up to in a few months and maybe put up a few tips and pointers for future graduate students. When I begin school this coming Fall semester or quarter, I will incorporate more lifestyle posts in addition to my outfit posts. I started out writing about my daily activities in a journal but with the rise of technology and the blogging platform, I transitioned to this medium (Blogger) as my creative outlet. With the complexity and demanding schedule of a graduate student, I will shift the focus of my blog to help me deal with any academic woes that may come to pass.

But more on that another day. You may remember this Leifsdottir Swan Pleated Mini Skirt if you've been following my blog since the beginning of it's inception - I used a Canon Power Shot and I still had braces! Anyways, I decided to paired this lovely purple skirt with a purple Sleeveless Ruffled Top that has also made an appearance on my blog in the past! It's all about working old pieces to make them look like new, right? I thought these two pieces paired nicely with each other and to add a pop of color, I wore my Red and Hot Pink Suede Ivanka Trump sandals. Until next time!

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// LEIFSDOTTIR Purple Swan Mini Skirt // IVANKA TRUMP Hot Pink Suede Heels // PROENZA SCHOULER Purple PS11 Clutch // CHANEL Sunglasses //