Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cruisin' to the End of Summer

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been kind of MIA lately. With the end of summer and the beginning of my first year of uni(!) starting, everything has happened in a whirlwind and I've been crazy busy.  Today I'll (finally) be sharing with you bits and pieces of the vacation I took with my family to the Caribbean this August.  I'd also like to point out that the Caribbean is currently being hit by Hurricane Irma, so please send your prayers to this beautiful place.  There are so many relief funds and sites you can donate to as well so be sure to check those out, such as Unicef!

Anywho, I'm already in Scotland and wishing for warmer weather because it's already freezing over here in St. Andrews.  For most of this trip, I spent my time in colorful shorts, casual tops, and fun sundresses with sandals.  I enjoyed this trip so much because I was able to make so many friends and try new things - like singing karaoke for the first time (I sang Breaking Free by the way, peak moment in my life).  Enjoy the blawg post!

I call these my party shorts hahahahahha

St. Maarten was beautiful! And my hair was not....

Labadee, Haiti

This neck scarf is the perfect accessory for the beach.  And thanks for the pics Zahni!

Thanks for reading!

Outfit details:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August Favorites

We've already hit the month of August, and I'm out here just plain confused because summer really went by in a blink of an eye.  In the next two weeks, all my close friends will be moving off to college while I have about a month left till move-in (yep, Scotland starts late).  Today I'll be sharing some of my favorite things that I've used the most this month and have really been useful to me this summer!  Enjoy!

1.  Boat & Tote
This past Christmas, I received a tote bag from L.L. Bean.  Mine is the medium-sized Boat and Tote with a zippered pocket and it could not be more useful.  I'm serious, this thing may be canvas but is built like a BRICK.  I've carried multiple textbooks and notebooks in it during school and it has been a blessing on all my beach trips recently.  I can fit all my clothes as well as a full-size beach tote, plus it has room for plenty of snacks.  You have so many colors to choose from and can even add a monogram (woooo!) so you really can't go wrong.  This tote will last you a lifetime, and my family has been giving them as gifts to people for as long as I can remember.  Everyone I know who has one has had them for ages.

2.  Denim, denim, denim
I think my brother's love for denim has been growing on me, because I have been wearing a jean jacket non-stop.  For some reason, it has been really cool in Virginia lately, which is unusual from the humidity I'm used to.  I'm telling you, our weather is WACK and a denim jacket is the perfect way to cope with it.  I recently went to a Coldplay concert where it got super cold at night, and my denim jacket came in so handy.  I love mine, and it's actually a vintage hand-me down from my mom.  So many stores carry denim jackets, but it's important to find ones that are quality and well-made to last forever.  My mom's (now mine!) is from Tommy Hilfiger petites, and J.Crew has some regular and petite options that are great too.  J.Crew is also a good choice if you want more choice in washes, because they have jackets in every shade of denim you can imagine.  The one I linked is from J.Crew and it's cropped, so it's perfect for short people!

3.  Classic sneaks
I've bean wearing my Adidas Stan Smiths non-stop, and I love the green details.  They are SO comfy and match with almost everything I own.  They're the perfect sneakers for summer, perfect for any outings or nighttime concerts.  I wore these at the Coldplay concert where I was dancing all night and my feet didn't hurt one bit.  Mine are the kids ones, and they are just as comfortable as the originals.  If you have small feet like me, the kids Stan Smiths are a great choice (and more affordable too).  I'm wearing a size 3 in kids, which can fit a woman's size 5 or 5.5.

4.  Red flats
I love a pop of color to any outfit, and these red flats do the trick.  I picked them up at Target, and they're on sale, so bless up!  For $14, they're super affordable and adorable to boot.  And how cute are the scalloped details?  I love to pair these with a seersucker sundress, or white jeans and a chambray top.  These run a bit small though, so I would size up half a size (I wear a 5.5).  Not only are these a great pair of flats for summer, but they will definitely transition into my fall and winter wardrobe!

5.  American dreams
I've been shopping for dorm decor lately, because my mom and I decided to ship stuff to St. Andrews, rather than stress out and buy it all there.  I'm not buying a ton of stuff, but I did pick up these American flag pillows from Target.  I gave one to my brother and one I kept for my dorm.  I haven't really picked a color scheme, but it's gravitating towards red, white, and blue (and a touch of pink!).  Hopefully my roommate won't mind all the patriotism/Americana themed decor!

6.  Overalls
Going back to denim, I've been wearing my overalls a lot lately.  I picked up a pair on a whim at T.J. Maxx and they've been my favorite fashion purchase all year, hands-down.  I love that they have giant pockets and I can fit a TON of snacks in them, and I can wear them with virtually anything - a t-shirt, striped shirt, tank top, or even as a cover up over a swimsuit.  I just love these comfy overalls and I think they're the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe.

7.  Rompers for the win
Because I'm a lazy bum, I had to include rompers in this post.  Sometimes in the summer (more like ALL the time) I really have no effort whatsoever in dressing up nicely.  Most of my days, I'll spend my time in a t-shirt and shorts, or overalls.  This is why I love rompers, because they're so easy to throw on for an outing, and when I don't have to coordinate with shorts and a blouse.  They're also light and breezy, with more freedom than a dress.  And best of all, they're comfy and come in a variety of styles, colors, and designs, so the sky is the limit.  My favorite place to pick up rompers is Shein because of all the options at such great prices (I don't think I've ever spent more than $20 on a romper!)

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the next blawg post, dawg!
Cheers, Maiah

Jean Jacket (On sale!)
Adidas Stan Smiths
Red flats (On sale!)
American flag pillows (On sale!)
Romper ($27, but there are SO many options for prices at Shein!)
L.L. Bean tote

Finds for Fifteen #1

If you haven't heard me say this before, I've always lived by the motto "You don't have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks."  This is why I love thrifting, because it's such a fun way to get unique pieces for your closet for a great price.  I like to try and see how many versatile and vintage pieces I can find for under $15.  It's also an activity I like to do just with my brother Zahni.  To me, thrifting is like a huge game of hide and seek.  When you get to the store (my favorite is Goodwill) you don't really know what you'll find.  There is a TON of stuff, and finding the perfect item in a mass of clothing is tough.  That's why I'm sharing a few tips and tricks for thrifting along with some of more recent things I picked up at Goodwill the other day.

1.  Have a plan
Something I always have to do before going thrifting is to come up with a game plan.  In general, I never really go shopping for nothing.  I have to have a purpose or something I actually need.  If I don't have a plan, I become completely overwhelmed, spend money on something I don't need, and have buyer's remorse.  It's better to go shopping for something specific and not find it, rather than going shopping and buying crap that sits in your closet.  Sometimes, you might be looking for a vintage purse or another time you might be looking for a Hawaiian shirt for a football game (Goodwill has A LOT of those) but you never know what you'll find.  Most recently, I was looking for some cozy fall sweaters and flannels, and luckily the Goodwill I went to had some great sweaters and flannels in my size!

2.  Try stuff on
I know, it seems weird to try stuff on in a thrift store (some might not even have dressing rooms, but most Goodwills do).  I myself hate trying things on, but at thrift stores, you have to because most are "final-sale" stores, and you can't return anything.  Make sure the stuff really fits - especially if it's a nice sweater or dress!

3.  Check for brands
I'm usually not one to care a lot about brands, but when it comes to thrifting I do.  A lot of the stuff in thrift stores tend to be cheap, because they're second hand (which is expected).  Some stuff isn't in the best condition either, and you want to make it a priority to find a piece that will last you forever and get the best bang for your buck.  Mixed in with a bunch of random t-shirts might be the perfect J.Crew button down or blouse!  I've gotten amazing things - a Lilly Pulitzer dress, an L.L. Bean flannel, and J.Crew button down just by checking the tag (and all under $10!)

4.  Go with a friend
Going thrifting alone is super overwhelming - most thrift stores I've been to are huge, and I need a buddy there to make me feel less stressed.  Plus, it's good to have a friend to critique what you've picked out, because they'll make you question your choices or even help you find something really wonderful that you may not have spotted at a first glance.

5.  Wash stuff!
I can't stress this enough - throw everything in the washing machine once you bring everything home.  Most thrift stores like Goodwill do wash everything they carry but honestly you never know where everything has been, and it's better to be safe and wash everything you have to make sure it's squeaky clean!

What I picked up thrifting
On my most recent trip to Goodwill, I was able to find two fair isle sweaters and the most comfortable flannel.  Each sweater was $6 and the flannel was only $2 from the kids section!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Occoquan Outing

Today I headed to Old Town Occoquan with my friend Yusra, because she's leaving to Berkeley in a couple of days.  Yusra and I have been best friends since middle school and I don't know what I'm going to do without her because once I'm in Scotland, we'll be a 12 hour flight from each other (versus the 12 minute drive at home between us!)  We decided to dress up together and head out for a night on the town, which included dinner, ice cream, and cute photos.  Yusra and I unintentionally matched, and that just goes to show how similar we are.

Our first stop was the Secret Garden Café for dinner.  It's this adorable little restaurant tucked into a nook at the end of Occoquan's main street.  The food was delicious and everyone was so nice.  Plus, the seating area was beautiful - I felt like I was in a fairy tale!

Our next stop was my favorite - ice cream!  Yusra and I opted for our go-to flavors, mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough.

For my outfit today, I decided to wear long pants because it was a bit cooler out this afternoon.  I got to break out these new gingham pants from Target!  They're a bit big (2 sizes too big, so I wore a belt.  Honestly, I might have to get them tailored but I guess that's what happens when you're short!)  However, they're super comfy and I feel like I'm wearing pajamas.  I paired them with my favorite navy shirt, Jacks, and my pink Kate Spade purse (gotta love pink and navy).

Yusra took my pics!  Thanks bud!

Not every picture turns out perfectly - catch me fixing my hair, and peep those fishermen in the background.

Thank you for reading and happy end of July!
Cheers, Maiah

Outfit details:
Purse (similar)
Gingham pants (on sale now!)
Navy blouse (I'm wearing xs)

Beauty Buys

Today I'm sharing with you my all-time favorite beauty products!  (I know, it may seem boring, but these are tried-and-true products that really deserve some attention because I've been using them for years and they're amazing).  I'm not super into beauty products or big into makeup, but the few things I do use, I love and treasure (and if they're discontinued I have no idea what I'll do).  Here goes nothing!

1.  I'm pretty big into skincare because my skin is kind of horrible right now.  For years I had pretty good skin, but once junior year hit my skin just started going crazy, mostly because of stress.  I got acne (ugh), and somehow my skin was super dry and super oily at the SAME time.  I tried a bunch of different products but the only ones that didn't further irritate my skin were by Neutrogena.  My favorite moisturizer by them is the Hydro-Boost Gel Cream for extra dry skin.  This stuff is freaking magical.  It hydrates my skin without making it oily and a little goes a long way.  And, it doesn't make me break out.  Bless you, Neutrogena!

2.  Another skincare product I love by Neutrogena is their Skinclearing blemish concealer (I never wear foundation and this does the trick).  Somehow, this concealer in shade 15 (Medium) blends into my skin perfectly, and best of all, it has salicylic acid which gets rid of acne while you're using it.  Literally the most genius product ever, an acne eraser and concealer at once!  Neutrogena really is out here in 2050 while the rest of us are still in 2017.

3.  I'm not super into perfume and scents and all that jazz (walking into the perfume section in a department store makes me want to pass out) but there is one fragrance I've been using since I was 14 and I would never trade it for the world.  I love the Falling in Love fragrance by Philosophy because it's super light and refreshing, and one spritz lasts an entire day.  Philosophy perfumes are my favorite because they're not very strong, and you can wear them for years (for example, you don't have to trade out summer/winter perfumes - I know many people have multiple bottles of fragrances for different seasons, but Falling in Love is great all year round).

4.  Bobby pins are a no-brainer for me.  I used to dance ballet when I was little and I would always have them with me.  I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't use bobby pins.  They've just always been there.  I like to get mine in packs of 75 from Target (I always like to have a lot, because I'm always loosing them.  Seriously, one day I start with 75 and the next day I have 4).  I have a few in my car, my purse, or wherever I may need them and they're just super handy.

5.  Being someone who has super-straight-Asian hair, I sometimes like to jazz things up by curling my hair.  I've had the same curling iron since I was 12 and it still works like a charm to this day.  I use a Conair 1-inch curling iron (that's only $10 at Target) and I LOVE it!  It's hot enough to work on hair like mine that literally never curls, and it lasts forever.

Alright, so I'm going to admit straight up that I'm incredibly lazy and really don't put on makeup.  But, I picked my top 5 favorite items that I almost always use and will always have a special place in my toiletry bag.  Enjoy!

6.  My absolute favorite mascara is the Hypnose Waterproof Mascara by Lancôme.  If there is one thing that I'll wear above all makeup, it's mascara (because it's so dang easy to put on!)  I've tried a bunch of mascaras to find the perfect one and this is it, people.  It doesn't clump, it's actually waterproof (I don't mess with mascara unless it's waterproof, because I'm too lazy to take it off for crew practice), and holds a curl.  Although this mascara is $27 (I know! Yuck)  I'm willing to splurge because if I had to choose one makeup product it's this mascara. And it makes my lashes look crazy long so that is always a plus!

7.  Tarte's Loose Clay Finishing Powder has been in my toiletry bag for ages. My mom used it first and introduced it to me, and I love it so much I have the full size one as well as a mini one for travel.  While the loose powder can get messy (and I have definitely spilled a bunch before), this powder works great and keeps my skin looking matte without breaking it out, even in the Virginia humidity.  Just a quick brush does the trick!

8.  Strong brows are one of my favorite looks to channel.  And with the Benefit Gimme Brow wand (I think it's a wand?? I'm not sure), just a few swipes of this makes my brows stand out.  I never skimp out on brows especially because mine look like fat caterpillars, so since they're pretty big already, I might as well make them bold.  Plus, this product is super easy for someone who's lazy with makeup like me.

9.  Okay, so the Naked Palette is probably not a new thing when it comes to makeup but I still love it.  I received mine as a gift three years ago (and even though I only use about 3 colors out of the 12), I think it's an awesome palette for anyone to have.  I have Naked 2 and it's the cooler toned palette.  Every color is well-pigmented, and so smooth I literally just use my fingers to pat on some color.  Even though it's a bit pricey, I think it's a nice splurge - I don't use any other eyeshadow.

10.  In the book Classic Style, author Kate Schelter says, "Lipstick in the perfect shade of red has otherworldly powers."  I couldn't agree more.  I'd always been afraid to wear red lipstick until this year, but I realized I hadn't found "the One" yet ("the One" being the perfect shade of red lipstick).  Well folks, I finally found it this year!  I had what I call a "Lightning McQueen" moment, when I wear something or try something new, and I look in the mirror and think to myself "Kachow!" like, wow, I like this look.  It's the high pigment matte pencil by Bite beauty in the shade "Pomegranate."  It really is the perfect shade of red for me, and I like that it's in a pencil form and easy to use. I always keep a tube in my purse.

Thanks for reading!
xx, Maiah

Product links:
Neutrogena Cream
Neutrogena concealer
Hypnose Waterproof Mascara
Bite lipstick
Naked 2 Palette
Philosophy fragrance
Tarte powder
Curling iron
Gimme brow
Bobby pins

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Jammin' at Your Juicery

Yesterday was my good friend Jaskeerat's birthday, so we decided to plan a fun afternoon for her sweet 16!  For our first stop, Jas and I headed over to Your Juicery in Fairfax, Virginia.  I had never been there before and I'm honestly so sad I wasn't hip to it before because it was amazing.  Both of us ordered acai almond butter smoothie bowls and wow, I felt like a tropical vacation was happening in my mouth.  It was also the first time I had a smoothie bowl, and I'm glad I went to Your Juicery.  The staff were so nice, and the bowl itself was loaded with a variety of berries and toppings, including coconut, granola, chia seeds, almond butter, and fruit.  Your Juicery is the perfect place for people with different kinds of diets, as it has all sorts of vegan, raw, paleo, and gluten-free options.  I highly recommend it, and I'm so glad Jas and I got to experience it together!

A peek at the smoothie bowl I ordered!  Golly gee, it was superb!

Going out also meant that I got to try out my new top from T.J. Maxx.  It's under $15 and super comfortable!  I'm loving the yellow color and embroidered details on the sleeves because none of the other shirts I own look like this one. I linked a similar one down below but my shirt is still available in stores!  

Happy sweet 16 Jas!! 
(She's wearing the cutest t-shirt dress and I linked a similar one down below)

For our next stop, we headed over to Paint Your Own Pottery in the town of Fairfax.  This is the cutest little pottery shop located right on the Main Street, and I've gone there since I was 6 years old.  Everyone there is super nice and there are so many options on what to paint.  This time, I decided on a simple 4" tile and painted my dorm's crest on it.  St. Andrews finally released which dorms we would be staying in for our first year, and I was so lucky to be put in St. Regulus Hall, which was one of my top choices.  It's one of the oldest and smallest dorms, but it's been voted the best one in Scotland and the 2nd best in the U.K. since last year!  I've heard it has a wonderful community vibe and I can't wait to live there.  At St. Andrews, your dorm becomes like your family, and everyone becomes super close.  Dorms have their own colors and even compete against each other in sporting events and activities for an annual prize (sounds a bit like Harry Potter doesn't it?!)  Hopefully my tile turns out well after firing so I can use it to decorate my dorm!

Thank you for reading!
xx, Maiah  

Take a peek at the places we stopped by! You won't regret it!

Outfit details:
Off the shoulder top (similar and only $10!)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Books On My Radar

I've been doing a lot of reading lately since I have plenty of free time in the summer compared to the school year.  Ever since I was little, summer reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies.  The feeling of opening a new book while sipping lemonade, or browsing through endless bookshelves in my neighborhood library will always be a prominent memory of summers in Virginia.  I selected several books, all from different genres that I've read, am currently reading, and hope to read in the future to share with you.  Have a look and get your reading glasses on!

1.  Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
If you're looking for the perfect summer read, this is it.  Love & Gelato is one of the sweetest books I've ever read, especially due to the setting in Florence, Italy and the hilarious banter between the characters.  Imagine a mashup between the movies "Letters to Juliet" and "Mamma Mia!" because Love & Gelato has a similar vibe.  The main protagonist, Lina, is a 16 year-old girl who has recently lost her mother to cancer.  To respect her mother's last wish, she journeys to Italy to discover her father (whom she has never met) with only her mother's old journal to guide her. There, she encounters stories about her mother that she never new existed, and along the way has the chance to find new love and new beginnings.  Basically, if you are looking for a lighthearted summer read to make your heart go all a-flutter while you chill on the beach, this book is a perfect match.

2.  Soldiers: Fighting Men's Lives, 1901-2001 by Philip Ziegler
This book is a complete 180 from Love & Gelato and caters to the history buff in me.  I've always had a keen interest in war history (my dad forced me to watch the History channel as a kid) which is why I decided to read Soldiers.  The author, Philip Ziegler researches the lives of nine soldiers from Britain, all of whom fought in multiple wars for their country, from World War I to World War II, and even through various uprisings in Asia and other parts of the British Empire.  What I love most about this book is the fact that it focuses on ordinary men who are still able to accomplish extraordinary things.  Rarely in history class would we learn about the lives of regular soldiers - it was always the great leaders, the policy makers, or the "big guys" (people who made it onto the front covers of history books.)  This book is a nice change from all of that because I get to read about what happens to soldiers in real life, and all of it, not just glorified war stories.  I've only gotten through 3 out of 9 biographies, but so far every soldier's story has been amazing and unique.  I cannot wait to finish this!

3.  Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen
Oh my goodness.  I fell in love with this book when I glanced at it in the bookstore.  First of all, the cover is simply darling and the rest of it is just wonderful.  As a history lover and art lover, I appreciate how this book incorporates two of my favorite subjects into one.  Author Shen chronicles 100 famous women throughout history from all time periods, and includes a full page illustration of  I love the fact that this book has the "classics" like Cleopatra or Joan of Arc, but also introduces new icons to the mix, such as Selena Quintanilla.  It's refreshing to see so many iconic female figures in one book that is beautifully illustrated, and I can't wait to read more.  This book is wonderful to have on the coffee table or simply a nice addition to the bookshelf as well.

4.  Where Stylists Shop:  The Fashion Insider's Ultimate Guide by Booth Moore
This book is simply adorable .  It's the perfect size and great for a bit of light reading, especially while traveling. The author, Booth Moore, is a successful fashion journalist, and brings together bits and pieces of fashion advice, shopping advice, and tips from famous bloggers, designers, models - basically anyone who has had success in the fashion industry.  I think it will be a great read for any blogger interested in fashion (like me!) or simply someone who wants to know more about shopping smart.

5.  Classic Style:  Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out by Kate Schelter
I've heard so many rave reviews and recommendations about Classic Style, so I can't wait to get my hands on it.  The illustrations are wonderful and the fashion tips Kate Schelter gives are useful and concise.  I love how it is not only a self-help book, but a personal account of the author's own style and inspiration.  The best part is that Schelter helps the reader to create a classic and minimal wardrobe of their own, which I think is helpful for a college student like me.  This book would be a great pairing with Where Stylists Shop and another lighthearted summer read.

6.  The Dust That Falls From Dreams by Louis de Bernières
First of all, how gorgeous is the cover?  Second of all, this book is my favorite genre - historical fiction.  Lastly, it takes place during my favorite time period to study, World War I.  I can't not read this book and I'm anxious to start.  I first glimpsed it in one of my favorite bookstores, Sundial Books, while I was visiting Chincoteague Island and I knew I would have to read it soon.  It tells the tale of three sisters growing up outside of London, and their friendship with five neighborhood boys from childhood to adulthood.  When WWI breaks out when they are young adults, the eight friends find themselves separated across Europe.  The main character, Rosie, also finds herself in a love triangle with two of her childhood friends.  I love that this book has a little bit of everything, from romance, to history, to drama, and I think it will appeal to more than just the history lover.    

Thank you for reading! 
Cheerio, Maiah

Book links:
Love & Gelato
Soldiers: Fighting Men's Lives, 1901-2001
The Dust That Falls From Dreams
Bad Girls Throughout History
Where Stylists Shop
Classic Style

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beach Bums

This past weekend, I was able to travel to one of my favorite places in the world - Chincoteague Island, VA.  I practically grew up on this island as my family would come almost every weekend when I was in elementary school.  Everything on it is so relaxed, from the people, to the beach, to the sights.  Today I'll be sharing some of the highlights of my weekend and favorite spots on Chincoteague.  Enjoy!

The very first stop we made was the Island Creamery, the BEST ice cream parlor in the entire world.  (Alright, I may be biased - I did grow up eating this ice cream).  The Island Creamery has been voted the best ice cream place in Virginia time and time again (and in 2014 it was ranked no. 1 in the U.S. on Trip Advisor), so this place cannot be missed.  You can't go wrong with any flavor because they're all made from scratch down to the buttery waffle cones.  Honestly, I hope my future husband proposes to me here.  And then of course, I would get married there.

I'm wearing one of my favorite hats from the Black Dog to shield my face from the sun.  I also finally got to wear my new coverup that I got from J.Crew (on sale!)  It's made of terry cloth, and so comfortable and easy to throw over a bathing suit.

I opted for my go-to flavors, chocolate chip cookie dough and Marsh Mud with rainbow sprinkles.  Marsh Mud is a special flavor that the Island Creamery specializes in.  It is intensely dark chocolate and the richest thing I've ever eaten.  Good gracious.

After ice cream, my friends and I headed to the beach!  It's easy to figure out which one of us is 4'11".

I finally got to break out one of my favorite swimsuits and sun hat!  I love that this swimsuit has removable straps for extra support and the gingham print and ruffles are just darling.  Wearing a floppy hat hasn't really been my style, but it was so sunny and hot I decided to wear mine.  I added my own ribbon to the hat which I picked up from T.J. Maxx.

After the beach, we headed home to have our Darty (Dinner + Party = Darty).  We'd been planning this for a long time, and decided on a black and white, 1920s theme dinner party.  It was so wonderful to see everyone dressed up after a long day at the beach.  My white lace dress is so comfortable and the perfect length - no alterations needed.  I got it from Shein and I linked a similar one down below that's under $20!  I also decided to try out some dangly crystal earrings from Talbots - I got them a while ago but they were only $10, so why not?  And to finish the outfit, I added some pearl bracelets and a tasseled necklace from Target, which I thought gave off a 1920s vibe. 

All of us in our black and white color scheme!

The last day, we decided to take a trek up to the lighthouse - one of my favorite spots! 
Thanks for reading!
xx, Maiah

Outfit details
Creamery outfit:
Striped cover up (I'm wearing a girls 14)
Striped dress (similar)
Beach outfit:
Gingham swimsuit (on sale! I'm waring a size small)
Floppy hat (similar - this one has the cutest gingham bow!)
Dinner outfit:
White lace dress (similar)
Earrings (similar)
Pearl bracelet (similar)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Gal in Gingham

I'm a sucker for classic prints, and gingham is in my top 3 of all time favorite prints (If you're wondering, the other two are tartan and stripes.)  Today was an especially hot day, so I decided to break out my new linen shorts from J.Crew.  And holy goodness, they were on major sale (only $17!! A perfect price for adorable shorts for a soon to be broke college student like me.) I paired them with a ruffly white top and some casual sandals.  J.Crew has so many adorable shorts right now, and I'm loving all the colors and comfortable options they're offering.  I will definitely pick pull-on shorts over regular button-up shorts any day because I feel like I'm wearing pajamas when in reality I'm wearing bottoms that are appropriate for public outings!

This is such a light and airy outfit, perfect for summer!

Love the ruffled back of the top, so dainty! (And it's on sale!)

Of course, I had to get a pic with our American flag!

Thank you for reading!

Cheerio, Maiah 

(Photo credits to my brother Zahni)

Outfit details: 
Linen shorts (Sadly, the gingham ones are out of stock BUT these ones are the same style/cut and come in colors that are just as cute.  I wear size xxs)
White top (I'm wearing girls 14)
Gingham top (The same top I'm wearing also comes in a green gingham version, like my shorts.  Score!)
Sandals (similar)
Pearl bracelet (similar)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

School Supplies for Scotland

Since fall will be here right before we know it, and the first day of school is just around the corner, I decided to share with you some of my favorite school supplies and the select few I'll be bringing with me to St. Andrews.  I had to pick and choose carefully, since I will have limited space in my suitcase, so enjoy!

1.  Planner
The most important thing that I'm bringing for school supplies is my planner.  I really can't live without one, because I'm a hot mess and if I forget to jot something down, I will forget it.  It helps these days that there are so many cute and customizable planners to choose from!  My personal favorites are the agendas by Lilly Pullitzer, which come in so many prints and sizes, as well as the customizable one from Paper Source which you can monogram.  The Paper Source agenda has options to design the layout and art within the planner along with its cover, so it's 100% personally tailored to you.  For this coming school year, I received a Lilly agenda for graduation (in the print "Beach Loot" - linked down below) and I can't wait to use it!

2.  Writing utensils
With a planner one must always have stationary and something to take notes with.  I'd like to think of myself as a little bit of a pen connoisseur.  For the past 4 years, I've only written in pen because my teachers always stressed that we do so.  This little habit was to prepare us for the IB exams, because you can only take the exams in blue or black ink pen.  And lo and behold, I only write in pen these days.  My favorite pens are from the brand Poppin.  They have so many adorable colors and a sleek design.  I love the blush pink set that writes in black ink (linked down below).  If you're looking for pens that are more colorful and add a lil somethin somethin to your notes, my favorites are the Papermate flair pens.  These are THE BEST.  I've been using them since elementary school and go back to them every. single. time.

3.  Time telling
Okay, you may be thinking "What?! A watch? Seriously?"  Yup, I'm serious.  If I didn't have a watch during high school, I would have fudged up a lot of things.  It was always good for me to have a watch when my phone died or the school clocks weren't working.  My watch also helped me keep time during big tests, such as the SAT and IB exams where you have to pace yourself.  Plus, there are so many adorable watch options and styles right now to fit anyone's personal style!  A classic watch is a great accessory and tool to have, and my favorite is this petite navy striped one from Daniel Wellington.  It has a rose gold dial which matches all my jewelry as well!  (Thank you to my brother Zahni for the watch!  It was a gift for my eighteenth birthday!  I guess I really needed one since I'm adulting now.)

4.  Pencil pouch
I've been looking for a new pencil pouch lately (because mine is 3 years old and falling apart) and Paper Source has so many adorable choices.  My two favorites are this canvas one with a "Washington, D.C." print (perfect to remind me of home when I'm in Scotland), and the blue one with a watercolor print.  It's a good idea to have a sturdy (and cute) pencil pouch to keep all your stuff in because honestly, I would hate to chuck all my nice new pens into the bottom of my backpack, which is like no-man's-land.

5.  Sketchbook
I've always loved art since I was a little girl and am always either doodling or drawing.  I took IB art in high school, and went through about 6 (full-sized!) sketchbooks.  Now, I'm taking a bit of a break from the intense art classes I used to take, but I'm so excited to get to draw and design according to my own personal schedule!  I'll only be bringing one sketchbook to St. Andrews and it will most likely be my Moleskine one.  Moleskine is known for making extremely durable leather-bound journals with thick pages, and you can choose from a variety of colors, sizes, and whether or not you want blank, lined, or dotted pages.

Thank you for reading the blawg, dawg! 
xx, Maiah

Blush pens
Papermate flair pens
Lilly agenda
Papersource planner
Life is lovely pencil pouch
D.C. pencil pouch

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Meandering Around Mosaic

In Northern Virginia, the Mosaic District is a wonderful place to hang out with friends on a summer afternoon.  It's an urban outdoor mall with the cutest shops and restaurants including a gelato place that can't be skipped.  My good friend Hunter and I decided to explore Mosaic this afternoon and had a great time browsing the shops and grabbing dinner at True Food Kitchen.

Of course, we took a bunch of pictures to document the afternoon.  Two bloggers in one place meant nonstop pictures.

It was super hot and humid today, just like it had been all week (my hair was NOT having it.)  To beat the heat, I wore a lightweight button down from Vineyard Vines and a flouncy skirt from Target (which I mention in my previous post).  The brand of the skirt, Cat & Jack is such a cute line from Target and they make clothes with the most whimsical prints.  I paired my outfit with a pair of red sandals and my anchor bracelet from KJP.  The sandals I'm wearing were a gift from my mom that she brought back while on a business trip to Rome, Italy.  They're the comfiest shoes I own, and perfect for a day traipsing around Mosaic.

The Mosaic District is known for its artsy vibe and cute spots for photos.  There are murals everywhere  and my personal favorite is this adorable giraffe!

Our first stop was Dolcezza (the best decision of the day - thank you Hunter!)  The flavors were so unique and great tasting.  I got dark chocolate and peppermint straciatella while Hunter opted for blueberry lavender and lemon ricotta.  A scoop of gelato was the perfect treat for a hot and muggy day like today.

For dinner, we stopped by True Food Kitchen, which is known for its all-natural menu.  There were so many vegan, gluten-free, and paleo options which was perfect because Hunter follows a paleo diet. Everything down to the drinks was delicious and healthy. 

Go check out Hunter's blawg (linked below) and his Instagram @huntforacleanlife

Outfit details: 
Red sandals (similar)
Cat & Jack skirt (this skirt isn't on sale online, but check your local Target, because it's only $7 in stores! I'm wearing a girls XL)
KJP bracelet (I'm wearing size xs)