Banana Republic x Invictus III

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Hello everyone! I just finished orientation at UCSD and yesterday was my first official day of school! Looking at my course schedule is a bit overwhelming but I am beyond ecstatic to be a full time student again! There are multiple potential outfit post locations around campus so you might see some UCSD backgrounds in the future!

Onwards to fashion: Banana Republic generously provided me with some of their new arrivals! This particular post shows 3 different outfits - each with something from Banana Republic. To start off, I immediately fell in love with this blush colored merino wool featherweight sweater.  Besides the hue, I adore the feel of wool against my skin! It's the perfect transitional piece from summer to fall and it works wonders with both skirts and pants. Though this crew neck sweater isn't offered in petite sizes, I opted for an X-Small and it fits extremely well. I was a bit afraid this sweater might be too loose on me but it fits just fine! I paired this top with a full circle midi skirt to bring back some Southern Belle roots to my blog.

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// BANANA REPUBLIC Merino Wool Featherweight Crewneck Sweater in Blush c/o (Get it HERE// PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 Clutch // MARCO SARTO Salmon Platform Heels // CHANEL Sunglasses //


This denim dress is just perfect for work and/or play! I got the 0 Petite and it was as if the people at Banana tailored it for me! There's an invisible zipper in the back which makes this little number look that more chic. However, there are some things to note about this denim dress. One of the set-backs happens to be the material itself - the blue denim color rubs off. I was able to avoid this since I read the warning was placed on the label. But if I immediately yanked off the label, I might not have been that fortunate. Another "issue" is this dress wrinkles easily. Even getting up after one car ride leaves multiple wrinkles and creases. But then again, this material is prone to wrinkles... Overall, I do like this dress -  the length and everything about this makes it work appropriate. Get this Denim Sheath Dress from Banana Republic HERE.

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// BANANA REPUBLIC Denim Sheath Dress c/o (Get it HERE// L.A.M.B. Blue Suede D'Orsay Heels // L.A.M.B. Cheetah Spots Wallet // CHANEL Sunglasses //  


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One of the most versatile pieces I now own is this sleeveless lace trimmed top from Banana! If you peruse the Banana Republic website, you'll notice that a lot of items, offered in their standard sizes, are not available for petites (insert sad face emoji).  I got the X-Small and it's a tad bit long and big but it's nothing a simple alteration cannot fix! I decided to stick with a classic black and white color scheme for this outfit. But I couldn't do without a splash of color! This is a great outfit for a casual day out or even school! I just found out that this exact trimmed sleeveless top is sold out but I linked an alternative Banana Republic top at the bottom!    

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// BANANA REPUBLIC Lace Trim Top c/o (Get it HERE// TAHARI Black Pants // MARCO SANTO Salmon Platforms // CHANEL Sunglasses // JIMMY CHOO Satchel //

* Banana Republic provided the Featherweight Merino Wool Crew Sweater, Denim Sheath Dress, and Lace Trim Top however, all opinions are my own *


Sailing Stripes

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Greetings, everyone! My sincere apologies for being M.I.A. - I just moved into my new home! I made so many fond memories at my old place... so of course tears were shed however, I am excited to embark on a new adventure in San Diego! I spent the last few weeks packing up my life and tossing away unwanted clothes, home goods, etc. I really could not believe the amount of clutter I acquired over the years but then again, I did live in one home my entire life. Anyways, I hired the most amazing movers that were able to pack up and take care of all my belongings - including my piano! After they left, my old house felt so much bigger but the feeling of abandonment became real.

As the afternoon came at my new place, I found myself in the midst of a plethora of boxes. I didn't feel like I could call this my new home. It was missing that solid, strong connection I created at my old place - something hard to come by... something irreplaceable. I know it might sound odd but I grew very fond of my past home. I was so attached that I decided to go back to my old house for one last night even though I already cut the electricity - fortunately, the water remained on for 48 hours! I slept in a sleeping bag on the floor by candlelight - totally romantic, right? It was hard to say goodbye but it'll always have a place in my heart. I have so many pictures and I took something away from it - both literally and figuratively.

I don't know when I'll be comfortable calling my new place, my home but it's an issue that I believe will be resolved within time. Until then, I'll keep myself busy by unpacking and eating way too much take-out for my own good. I can say I am beyond thrilled to be a full time student again - more on this soon! On another note, I finally pulled out these adorable white culottes and paired them with my striped sailor crop top with a bow in the back. This is the perfect outfit for a summer day out at any beach or coastal place.

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// LAMB Blue Suede D'Orsay Heels // TORY BURCH Bright Yellow Clutch // CHANEL Sunglasses // TAHARI White Culottes // PINTAIL Pineapple Pin //