Now that I’m in the right in the midst of what sometimes seems like an ocean of college work, I keep daydreaming about being back at the California beaches. San Diego was my favorite city, beating out both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The weather was the perfect 60-70 degree range and there were beautiful ocean views. There was something in the air that just made such a relaxed atmosphere, and the people were kind and friendly.

And best of all, they had sea lions! Big ones, small ones, noisy ones, sleepy ones, fluffy ones, sleek ones, you name it! Also, the abundance of fish and chips and burritos were definitely a plus. If you are a fellow animal-lover, definitely go check out the famous San Diego Zoo. And unlike us, don’t go when it’s pouring down rain. We literally looked like we had just stepped out of the flamingo pool by the time we left.


When I go on vacation, being comfortable is my priority. Long walks in heels? Yeah, I don’t think so. A good pair of black trainers are both comfortable and extremely versatile. They still look somewhat polished and match pretty much anything (not that you could wear them to a formal event or anything but you know what I mean).

Alright, now for the best part. This top! I got it on a random trip to a thrift store with my mom. It has a such an interesting wide collar with a little off-center bow in the front. I’d say it’s quite “knot-ical” (good one, eh?).

Finding something in a thrift shop is both fun and rewarding. I find myself getting stuck buying online because it’s convenient, but digging around in things once loved to find something that can be loved again is a great feeling. And it helps that thrift shopping is much easier on the wallet and more sustainable. You can find some truly unique things in second-hand shops.



x Amy

The “Pie Crust” Ruffle Blouse



Blouse: ASOS | similar Jeans: Levi’s Boots: Topshop | similar

Ah yes, my lovingly nicknamed “Pie Crust” blouse. There’s just something satisfying about those ruffles (much like the crust of a pie).

I’ve been loving the ruffle trend which has taken the fashion world by storm (seriously guys, it’s everywhere). The whole “more is more” trend has really opened up a new wave of creativity, taking inspiration from the trends of previous decades and combining them together to create truly unique looks.

When I first showed my mother this blouse, she was taken aback. “That’s just like the shirts from my childhood!”

As a young girl living in Beijing, China, she was always jealous of all the girls who had blouses with ruffles that ran across the front. Funny how after she has a child the style comes back in fashion.

The circle of life and fashion, am I right?

Now, to keep this look from looking outdated or too doll-y, I paired it with some black skinny jeans and my trusty silver boots, which is pretty much my go-to look.

Gotta add a modern twist to keep it chic.



x Amy

2017: Shine On



Sweater: Gap | similar Jeans: Levi’s Shoes: Topshop | similar


Oh 2016. What a doozy. It had its ups and its downs, but overall its been a rather difficult year for many people around the world.

But, as this cheesy sweater says (and I guess my silver boots imply), “Shine on!” in 2017. Let’s pick ourselves up and know that another year brings new opportunities and new challenges.

The start of a new year brings a new wave of motivation (even if it doesn’t last as long as we want, I’m looking at you unrealistic healthy eating habits and fitness resolutions) so let’s ride that wave as far as we can.

If 2017 is going to be anything like 2016, it’ll be full of surprises.

(Okay mini pep talk over).

Happy New Year!



x Amy

A Case for Silver Boots



Boots: Topshop

Guys, I cannot tell you how much I’ve wanted a pair of silver boots (aka space boots). I’ve been looking for a good pair of silver boots for what seems like ages. But I finally found them (ah!). And these are not flimsy, plastic-soled ones, no no no. These are good, sturdy boots.

I usually put myself in considerable danger when I wear heels, so the fact that the heels of these boots are not too high and are thick as hooves makes walking in them very stable (catch the horse pun there?). And the inside is padded for ultimate comfort. What’s not to love?

I know, some of you may be thinking, “Wow, bright silver boots? How can you wear those with without looking insane?” Well I’m glad you asked.

Wearing silver boots is a statement, yes, but it makes a statement without screaming in peoples’ faces (if boots could scream that is…what a terrifying thought!). It’s a subtle(ish) statement, if that contradicting phrase makes sense. It goes with almost anything because it’s almost white and white matches pretty much anything. They bring “pizazz” to an otherwise plain outfit and look great paired with a darker colored roll neck sweater for a sixties-inspired look.

And if you want a little bling but don’t like wearing jewelry, silver boots got your back. Or your feet, rather…



x Amy

Dirty Dancing in Pink and Polka Dots


Blouse: similar Jeans: similar Shoes: similar Bag: similar


I decided to channel my inner Baby from “Dirty Dancing” with this look after finally watching the film a couple weeks ago. Verdict: I suck at dancing. Seriously, the amount of coordination required to spin those dance moves was impossible (well, at least for me).

But that won’t keep me from dressing like I can, because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look like they’re good at dancing? Not that wearing ballet shoe-looking flats makes you look like you can dance…but you know what I mean.

I paired a white polka-dotted blouse (tied at the front, of course) and some light-wash high rise jeans. They are literally mom jeans in that there were my mom’s, so they’re the real #OGmomjeans.

In the theme of dancing, I traipsed around in my pink “ballet shoe” flats. I know I’ve not tied them how real ballerinas would tie them (as I’ve previously been informed), so ballet dancers, please excuse my shoe-tying ignorance. I’m clearly not well-versed in the world of ballet. But hopefully everyone can agree that these shoes are pretty cute, right?


x Amy