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a bit of culture shock

March 31, 2015

Sorry for the absence. As you know I got the opportunity to visit my home country. While I'm sitting here organizing photos to share, you might have already seen a tease of what I've been posting on Instagram during my trip. It was nothing short of magical. I'm still trying to find the words to articulate how being there made me feel. How coming back home made me feel lifeless. How much I would enjoy dropping everything I have to live that simple life. How happy I was.

All in all, I am home and still adjusting. Pictures and guides will be filling your RSS feed soon enough, but until then I keep going back to my favorite moment encapsulated into these two photos. Like I said, magical. Thank you Soludos for the travel opportunity.



Wearing AG Nancy jacket. Vintage Levis. Lack of Color hat. 

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February 27, 2015

en route to vietnam

March 4, 2015

By the time you read this, I would have just landed in Vietnam - the land my parents grew up in but never spoke much about. The country I’ve longed to visit but was deterred by my parent’s disposition of their last memory fleeing the country during the war. Finally, I will be in my potential home away from home.

I’ve put a mood board of what I’ve always envisioned my home country to be and feel: tropical, colorful, bright, fresh, raw, and somber. I am seething with excitement and will definitely be blogging / vlogging / instagramming along the way. Thank you so much Soludos for the opportunity I really have been waiting a lifetime for.  



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weekly favorites: swagger edition

March 1, 2015

I haven't done a full weekly round up in a long time - but that's only because I break it up now which leads to less pressure to post it every week. Did we all catch that? If you're a new reader, let me familiarize you with each themed0day through the perfect carry-all bag.




MUSIC MONDAY 
Currently on repeat: Glass Animal - Zaba. It's one catchy album that has some really amazing hits full of animalistic vibes. Other notable background-ambiance bands on vinyl: The Supremes and Crosby Stills Nash & Young.




TASTY TUESDAY 
Breakfast has been my favorite meal to cook, mainly because it's paired with coffee. The easiest, healthiest pancake recipe that I make almost every morning is made of just two ingredients, egg + banana. Thank me later. One day I'll do a video on how I make it myself, but that link is a good start. Another easy favorite: toast with coconut oil, fried on a pan, then smeared chunky almond butter on top + chopped medjool dates. Ded.




WISHFUL WEDNESDAY 
Hump day is for coveting. Something that's been on my radar is a luxe bag customized with sloppy brush strokes. I also rediscovered my love for watercoloring and have been channeling my unwinding energy towards that. So I spent a morning with coffee doing this little paint-job. I'm actually really stoked on how it turned out. Also didn't realize that this is very "Carrie Diaries" until people started commenting that on my Instagram.




THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY 
While I mostly post interior photos on Thursdays, it's really meant to be anything thought-provoking or inspiring. Currently I am so, so excited to be traveling to Vietnam for 2 weeks. I feel like I desperately need an escape and change of scenery - seriously, I am overflowing with inspiration about that. Things with me at all times while I travel: my passport, Canon 120s, external hard-drive to document, a notebook, and my current favorite magazines Purple Fashion + Garage.





FASHION FRIDAY 
A few of my purse real-estate regulars: Dita sunglasses, a ribbon to tie my hair, cherry-red lipstick, lip balm, berry flavored mints, random envelop to house receipts, and signature perfume.

Carry-all by Coach Swagger 37. This is my weekly swagger - what's yours?

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it's not easy being green

February 26, 2015

I knew that the transition from blonde to black was going to be short and sweet. I also knew that the little rebel inside of me had an itch to do something stupid - while I still can. Colored hair and be quirky and cute, but I didn't want to be either. Green felt daring and is the most unnatural - cause if it's just two weeks, might as well go all out. There was a lot of mixed reactions from my loved ones, but I can say that I loved it. It was the perfect pop to an outfit. For once, I truly felt edgy, and those two weeks were filled with glorious pattern mixing and primary colors.

Under certain lighting, it sometimes appeared black. Which made me realize that I missed having dark hair against my skin. It made me feel a little more at home... and I was close. But now my hair is black. Like really black. It's been 3 days and I'm still processing how I feel about it.

Stay tuned into the weekend. Got a few more things to share and talk about before I head out for vacation on Monday! Where you ask? Ugh, you're clearly not following me on Snapchat (raychizzlle) or my YouTube channel.


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I don't miss the blonde

February 13, 2015

I can't believe how much content I have saved up that I never posted. Maybe you guys read earlier in the week or you're just tuning in, but I'm purging all the content of my blonde hair. It's just weird to post photos of myself looking a certain way when I know I will never be this color again.

At first I was really bummed - like super emotional in the car ride because I've grown really attached to the excitement of being blonde. It's true; you have more fun as a blonde. People interact with you differently with blonde hair. There was this amazing read - and I'm sort of in a rush to post this (otherwise I would put a little more thought and a little less vomit into my post right now), but Emily Weiss articulates the transition perfectly and candidly. She said it all. It's a must read.

I couldn't bare to go back to my normal hair color right away. More on that later. But now, with darker hair, I feel at home again.



Photographed by Sisilia Piring

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retro fittting

February 12, 2015

Melrose Place: the land of high-end boutiques and Alfred coffee-cups. The deepest in Hollywood you can be without feeling like you're actually in Hollywood. I'm paying homage in this 50s wool sweater paired with my Max Azria skirt I've had for years and years.




Photographed by Sisilia Piring 

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