Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday America

Wishing everyone a spectacular and safe 4th of July weekend!

Dress (worn as a shirt): c/o Ifchic  sold out  |  Skirt: c/o Ifchic sold out  |  Sunnies:  c/o ZeroUV


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Applegate Orchards

Came across this quote on Pinterest today. "The grass is greener where you water it" by Neil Barrington. As a child, I repetitively saw quotes like this one, but I never thought much of any of them. Now that I'm older, I think I can say that I have a better grasp of what it means. Take my recent experience of berry picking, for example. Yesterday, we headed out for some family fun to Applegate Orchards U-Pick farm. Organic and fresh, picking berries really is the best option when buying them in the Summer. Rather than going in the morning, though, we decided to go at around 2pm. It sounds like it'd be extremely unpleasant since we were outside, in the peak of the heat, whilst sweating a shower amongst swarming dragonflies. I, however, didn't find the experience to be unpleasant at all. I actually enjoyed it! Seeing my brother run around, searching for the biggest berries, pointing out every little bug, and posing for mum's keepsake photos, was so warming. My dad bringing out his inner youth by making berry picking a competition game between the boys and the girls. My mum, being like every other moms, running around, trying to capture these sweet family experiences. It was my mum who taught me that there is beauty in everything, whether it be physical or intangible. All it takes is the right mindset, and you can find beauty all around you! Thank you for teaching me that, mum.

xo Kitana

Dress: Gap (old)  |  Top: Vintage (thrifted)  |  Shoes: Apricot Lane (old) |  Sunnies: ZeroUV
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Graduation Soirée 2015

Hello, world...I'm an alumni! This last weekend I sat through another graduation ceremony, but this time for my Associate's of Arts degree. It may sound a little dreadful since it was so soon after my high school graduation, but it was the most special one to me because all of my family and dear friends were there to see me walk. My rigorous course load full of math and science electives have paid off, and I graduated proudly with honors. Now with two years under my belt, I plan on pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at Washington State University in the fall.

The following evening after the ceremony, my parents threw an intimate soirée to celebrate my graduation. Showered in cloud-like peonies and exquisite food, I couldn't have asked for a better soirée. Thank you to my mom and dad for taking the time to put together a very personal event with all of my favorite things and people, and thank you for supporting me the whole way through as I strived to graduate from high school with my AA degree. I love you both. <3

Below are some images of the spectacular venue. I hope you enjoy!

xo,

The girl who is now a junior in college

Jemina Dress c/o Jarlo London
 
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Carry Hope

"What if the cure for cancer is trapped inside the mind of someone who can't afford an education?"– Unknown

I came across this quote a while back, and can't help to think how much it has changed my perspective on how vital education really is. The importance of a quality education goes far beyond the minor idea of self-sustainability, education gives people the power to change the world. Let's look at this on an individual scale, for example, a child in the developing world who doesn't have the opportunity to pursue an education. Now, let's say, this same child is being funded for a year of education, and a spark is ignited--she unlocks her hidden potential and realizes the things that she can achieve. What if years later, this child finds the cure for cancer? What if I told you this story plot could be the beginning for more than 75 million other children in this world?

Today, that number of children in the developing world lack access to a quality education, which is why I am very proud to introduce my most recent partner, Esperos. For every bag sold, Esperos funds a year of education for a child in the developing world. Each Esperos bag offers a unique blend of style, function, and durability to create timeless products that appeal to those of all ages. Their bags are made with durable, fine-aging canvas -- free from harmful treatments, chemicals, and dyes. They are sturdy, but lightweight for effortless travel and durability, and are waterproof, stain resistant, and machine washable. So while you treat yourself to one of these unique bags, you are making a difference, and a child's life is being changed.

The mission behind Esperos is such an inspiration to me, and I am proud to carry hope. Why do you carry hope?

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Quote of the Day

“Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end...because in the end, it shows you a whole new world !! Make an attempt..” ― Manoj Arora

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Dress: Vintage Gunne Sax

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Graduation & Alice's Pig {Part 1}

I already thought it was sad enough attending the graduation parties last year, but I didn't believe that this year could possibly feel any worse.  Boy, was I wrong.  This past weekend, the Class of 2015, including myself, had to say goodbye to all that we ever knew.  After being in the safe care of our parents and guardians, we are now entering the world and choosing our own paths that stretch far and wide.  Whether it be going to college, joining the military, entering the workforce, traveling the world, or even starting a family, each and every one of us are going our separate ways.  Although I may not have had a close relationship with everyone in my class, all of those familiar faces will now be a simple memory of what made my day at school.  And as for the friendships that I did make, I hope that throughout the course of life we remain as we are, friends.

The most asked question throughout graduation was, "Are you ready for this?"  In response, all I could say was, "Um, no, not really."  But, here's my question, what did everyone mean by "this"?  Did they mean, "Are you ready to walk onto the stage, shake hands with two people, grab your empty diploma cover, and wave to your parents amongst thousands of people?"  I mean, sure, I'm ready for that, if that means not tripping in my heels.  Or did they mean something on a deeper level like, "Are you ready to experience this final moment being amongst every single graduate in your class, and to say goodbye to life as we all knew it?"  Whatever each person had meant when they asked that question, all I could blurt out was "um, no, not really", but the truth is, when I sit down and think about it, I believe that I am as ready as I could ever be.  There is no doubt that I am nervous and somewhat scared of this next phase of life that we call adulthood, but those feelings do not measure up to my readiness for what's to come.

As for this outfit post, here's a pretty, floral spring/summer dress that I wore to one of the twenty graduation parties that I had to attend.  It's bright, it has button embellishments, it came all the way from London, and the fabric is fantastic quality--what's not to love?  And because it's rich in color, pattern, and texture, all I had to add to complete the outfit were simple accessories.  Be sure to visit
 Alice's Pig for more styles like this one, Tiffy's Tokyo Dress . :)

xo, the girl who's actually ready

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Tiffy's Tokyo Dress c/o Alice's Pig





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