It’s been a long time… cue Aaliyah + Timbaland.

Well, I have a fat backlog of posts I’ve started (three months worth now… yikes) that I never finished but I resolve to finish them ALL. In due time.

I’ll ease into it with a Creepy Happy Feelings post. Folks I bring you true objects of desire: leather goods by Mansur Gavriel.

If you like to huff leather fumes like I do, this site will make you want to scratch and sniff your computer screen.

Brace yourself, leather fiends:

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Oh you fainted? Me too. I’ll wait while you pick yourself up off the floor.

Aren’t they beautiful?! Rachel and Floriana cover all my bases in terms of leather accessory needs. These Italian vegetable tanned leather babies are simple, well-crafted and classic–with just a touch of quirk (look at all those colors. Swoon!). They do 4-5 things and they do them well.

In my blogging absence, one thing I have been doing faithfully is purging my closet. In this process I’ve sat with each article of clothing I own and whittled away the excess: anything I haven’t worn recently or could be more useful to someone else. It’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff only to donate it and buy more again but I think from here on out, I’m going to try diligently to exist on less yet be exceedingly intentional with what I buy and how I invest my hard earned clothing budget. It’s challenging when you consume fashion in various mediums on a daily basis but it’s possible and it’s worth it, dammit.

So on that note, I do think it’d be in my best interest to stave off any fast-fashion needs for an MG bucket bag or tote. I mean look at the lines of that bucket bag. So strong yet so refined. So handsomely understated. I got goosebumps as I watched the homepage load and wondered if I was still thinking about a bag or something else.

Some of my favorites from the collection:

1.) Bucket Bag — Black with Flamma

This is like a pair of Louboutins but in bag form which means way more functional. And affordable. So pretty. I just want to pet it.

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Heaven, must be like this.

2.) Large Tote — Cammello With Sun

Okay, tell me you would not drop anything and everything if one of your gfs showed up to brunch with this bad girl resting on her arm. I love that the interior is coated in a completely different color. I’d put stuff into my bag just to take it back out just to stare at the insides of this bag. (Similar feelings felt for this lovely pool of Royal).

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3.) Medium Wallet — Brandy

I’m partial to the Cammello but this color is just too sexy not to include.

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I heart leather, big time.

What are some of your favorite leather good brands?

Images: Mansur Gavriel

I think we’re all in agreement that the following article of clothing is back in full force for the summer season:

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Don’t believe me (or the Biebs)?

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River Island Jumpers

 

Asos JumpersJumpers, overalls, dungarees: they are back. Personally I’m passing on this trend. I rocked my Gap overalls hard enough as an angular, gawky 6th grader –who unknowingly also looked like a scarecrow–to ever want to relive any of those days (and is the photo of Bieber not enough to convince you otherwise?).

That is, unless I could make a pair look as good as this woman does:

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Then maybe I’d reconsider. Til then, on to the next.

Next up: my search for the perfect summer wedges!

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Chili cheese dog from Weinerschnitzel. A #5 combo from Del Taco plus two chicken soft tacos with a Sprite. Beef Chalupa Supreme with a Baja Blast and cinnamon twists. A #2 from In N Out with grilled onions and either a 1/2 chocolate, 1/2 vanilla shake or a lemonade with Sprite and animal style fries (with ketchup and pepper) and yellow pepperchinis on the side. Wendy’s chicken nuggets (no less than 10 pieces, pls), a baked potato with bacon and sour cream, a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, plus fries and the largest sized Frosty they are legally capable of selling. Popeye’s chicken strips with the following Signature Sides: mac n’ cheese, cajun fries with ranch, green beans, red beans and rice and a Dr. Pepper or a Sweeet Tea. A Costco polish dog with mustard and Sprite mixed with Minute Maid Lemonade. A Chipotle barbacoa burrito with black beans, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, sour cream, cilantro-lime rice and onions, with chips and guac and a Sprite. Four al pastor tacos with green sauce and extra radish from the King Taco off E. 3rd St., plus a large horchata. A 5 Guys chili cheese dog with onions and fries. A #6 combo from Weinerschnitzel or just any corn dog with mustard from anywhere.

I don’t always know what to catalogue but when I do, it’s my favorite fast food.

In case you didn’t know, I am not good with hair. Aside from mastering The Bun, The Ponytail and the basic functions of a curling iron, I can’t do much else with my mane. Actually, the other day a stylish friend told me I should try parting my hair on the opposite side of my head. I looked at him with the amount of amazement that should only be reserved for things like the end of world poverty or discovering a cure for cancer.

So you’re saying I can wear my hair… on the other side of my face??

Sad how limited my imagination is when it comes to hair. I guess it’s just never been my thing.

I’ve temporarily banned myself from buying any new clothes (more on this later) and thought it would be great to spruce up other aspects of my daily attire.  As the title of this post wrongly implies, there are no braids or DIY dye jobs, yet–but scarves, bows, and hats? I can manage that.

Check out some of the cute things I’ve been noticing in the headwear department–easy enough for someone who never knows what to do with her hair or her head.

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Is it possible to fall in love with a book?

I’m just wondering because I really think I’m in love with The Count of Monte Cristo. I’m probably not the first person who’s felt this way about this particular book (or that she felt like she could marry a bunch of words) but man this Alexander Dumas guy is GOOD!

I’ve recently decided to take a break from non-fiction which is what got me into The Count in the first place. Typically 80% of my reading time is consumed by news articles on the Internet and for a while, the remaining sliver was devoted to book on light and fluffy things like deconstructing race or understanding restorative justice. You know, stuff you read at the beach or on the toilet. Oh, wait, you don’t read A People’s History of the United States at the beach? Right, of course not. (No really, it’s not relaxing at all) While none of these were bad reads (completely the opposite actually!), sometimes it’s good to exercise your imagination in a way that only fictional literature can. And being the type who already over-analyzes everything, I figured could probably use a little whimsy.

It has been such a fantastic journey getting back into this genre. When I started reading The Count, I realized just how much great fiction lit I was missing out on. I’m only fourth of the way through, (it’s 1276 pages!) but I haven’t been able to put this book down! It’s truly is an “epic” read, in all senses of the word. And when you come across something really great, don’t you just want to share it with everyone? I could go on and on about the poignancy and sincerity and romance that Dumas writes with but I really think you should just read it and see for yourself. In fact, if you need any convincing, here is a link to some of the greatest quotes from the book to get you started.

All that to say, I’m curious to see what everyone else reading? What have I been missing out on? I’ve tried to keep track of all the books I have read and am reading on my Good Reads account. So far, I’ve enjoyed everything from Mindy Kaling to Haruki Murakami and am eagerly looking for more. Share with me what you’ve been reading, I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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It poured yesterday in Hong Kong. The electricity was knocked out of several buildings for hours and people scurried from one overhang to another, completely unprepared for the unexpected downpour. Thunder and lightening are no joke in Asia–the first time I witnessed these two weather forces in the Eastern hemisphere, I was on a boat in China, heading down the Yangtze River. Never before had I been so terrified of weather. The loud, thunderous crack of these electrical whips of light, streaking across the sky physically jolted me out of my seat, almost out of my skin.

Yesterday was no different. It was petrifying to hear the thunder crash down from above. Luckily the brief storm didn’t last long. I had to wonder if this was the beginning of our spring showers. And if so, the only other thing I fear more (or “loathe more” to be exact ) than thunder is the impending drastic, subtropical summer heat that will engulf me in a mere few months.

I was doing a massive clean of my aunt’s apartment in preparation for my good friend, Val, who is coming to visit me. She will be the first person who is traveling here for the sole purpose of visiting me! (After my mom, of course) I’m so touched and super excited for the packed itinerary we have planned.

I decided it’s time to crank up the peppy springtime jams because fairer weather is on its way and it’s always nice to have something fun to listen to while you sweep and scrub. 🙂 I made this mix via Spotify, and was going for a hearty amount of funk, mixed with some light-hearted rock. It’s time to get your frolic on!

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