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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In this Lunch Break Chat, my mom (& ultimate inspiration) talks about her love for art, fashion and design, as well as her thoughts on raising me as a child.

When did you discover your love for art and design?

I started drawing when I was a child, more so out of habit rather than passion. It wasn’t until I joined an arts organization in college that I discovered my love for fine arts. Similarly, I discovered my love for design, specifically interior design, when I studied aboard in the U.S. It’s been years of exploration, and the older I get, the more I am able to combine both fields into sources of inspiration for designing my own jewelry and clothes.

What does creativity mean to you?

Creativity is expressing your inner imaginations and dreams. While it can be inspired by daily life, it always has an element of desire.

Who inspires you?

No one in particular inspires me. (I say she probably inspires herself more than anyone)

Any favorite designers?

Raf Simons when he was designing for Dior and Alber Elbaz.

Describe your fashion style.

My style combines classical and modern designs. But most importantly, the clothes have to be practical and suit my skin tone and body shape. View Post

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