Pictured: Robert Graham Shirt, Chloé Cady track pants, MR x Net-a-Porter Gold Boots

It’s easy to become increasingly immune to hatred with every new act of terrorism (we were reminded of it again this Halloween). And while it is important to be careful and stay safe, it is also worthy to remind ourselves to embrace and love one another just a little more. Hate doesn’t usually come out of nowhere and many times it manifests too violently when people are repetitively faced with emotional estrangement- whether that be personal, political or economical (the list is inexhaustible). Rather than pointing fingers and excluding others, practicing inclusion on a daily basis can slowly mold our environments to be safer. Of course, this is easier said than done, but even small signs of gratitude, like saying “thank you” to the cleaning lady, can perpetuate this. So here’s a little rainbow for everyone reading this and may your day be just that much more colorful.

-Matt Chu

 

Pictured: Missoni Patchwork cardigan, Dolce & Gabbana printed 3/4 trousers. By Plaza Mayor, Madrid.

Madrid isn’t the most picturesque city, but the passion of the people really sets it apart. The streets are filled with vibrant banters (excluding siesta hours), whether you’re in central locations or any other small alley. People really put zest into what they say and as an American who’s used to small talk, I could really feel the difference in energy – a “How are you” warrants a reflective response, versus the typical “good” or “fine” that are more or less automated.

 

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Pictured: Vionnet pleated blouse (similar here and here), & Other Stories wide leg trousers (similar here and here) and large Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote (here and here)

Recently, I started this thing called work. It’s one of those things that makes me wonder whether more complacency in this world could make us stress less and stay less hours in the office. Despite the many many internships I’ve done, the adjustment from being a full-time student hasn’t exactly been easy. There’s that repetitive schedule that limits my freedom to take a nap (I’m like a cat), take photos in empty settings or even go to the doctor. And within such set hours and days, I finally experienced the infamous millennial phrase called Hump Day, the day that makes you look forward to the weekend just a little more.

             

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Pictured: Printed shirts by Robert Graham (available here)

We all know the saying, life’s a b**** (or beach, if you’re kind of punny), all too well. What if we replaced that dog-word with another one that also starts with a b? There’s beauty, bliss and blast. Ah, blast- an adventure that’s filled with moments of thrill and surprises. Done. Life’s a blast is the next b****. It’s these simple shifts in our language choices that influence those around us tremendously, including ourselves. I realized over the past few years that speaking positively, makes the heart/mind internalize it and forces you to become what you put out in this world.  View Post

Here I wear a Simon Miller kimono (available here) and Dries Van Noten trousers (similar here) to go grocery shopping.

In the current retail scene where there are too many goddam options, we’re constantly told how to make smarter shopping decisions. And yes, most of them are practical and encourage us to buy the classics and cut the statements, an advice that’s reiterated in multiple variations. But before thinking that’s the most financially sound option, perhaps it’s worth inspecting why we wear what we wear, rather than jumping to conclusions about our “irrational” shopping habits.  View Post