Feminine Feels

Shirt - Banana Republic
Pants - Zara
Shoes - Aldo
Bag - Rebecca Minkoff
Watch - Michael Kors
Hairdo - Nume curling wand (1.25 inch)

[major photocreds to Joe Lee aka METOO]

With Joe's suggestion, we checked out this nice restaurant. It's called Zinc Cafe & Market in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District area. I was just trying to be all artsy and whatnot, but I got impatient so these photos aren't necessarily the best.

Chips and guac was amazing. Their guacamole has a tiny kick to it but it may have been the best guac I've ever had at a restaurant. Their chips were deep fried so they were very crunchy and were also lightly salted.

The Asparagus Sandwich was interesting. The asparagus on that sandwich was delicious. What sucked is that the bread part which was on the bottom, was kind of too soggy from the juices of the toppings.

The Spinach Lasagna was good as well, but a little on the bland side. It didn't have any meat but the spinach made up for it because spinach is just delicious.

I do have to say that my favorite dish was the pizza you see up there. It is the Margherita pizza and it was delicious! The dough was pretty thin, which means less carbs. The combination of the mozzarella cheese, the sauce, and the green topping(I forgot the name of the leaves) was just an amazing combination. I typically enjoy Margherita pizzas almost about anywhere but this one is definitely the best I've tasted by far.

Of course you can't go wrong with some group selfies with your friends to savor the moment. In the end, photos are what captures your memories and moments and that's pretty much all we have to look back in the future to remember the small and the big things in life.

[Photocreds to Chelsea Pae and her snapchat]

We stopped by Blue Bottle Coffee after, which was right across the street. Right outside the place, there was a cute painting of the honey bear and of course we couldn't just pass it by.

I didn't get his permission to post his photo here but I took my own photos while Chelsea was taking photos for him. Check him out on his instagram here: METOO and show some love.

September is already coming to an end, and midterm season is fast approaching for some of us.
Good luck to all of you who have exams coming up, and also to those who just started their new semester! Stay tuned for more posts coming soon. 

The Versatile Floral

Before I start off with the details of this outfit right here, I wanted to share an exciting announcement with you all. Well, that's if you haven't seen my Instagram update yet. With the help of a friend by the name of Andrew Wang, I was able to finally get my own domain for Grace Yourself. There will be more(smaller scale) updates coming to the blog soon and I just want to take this chance to also thank you all for keeping up with my posts and showing love! I am happy to be running this blog and I hope I can continue to bring joy to your eyes and maybe even be of help in one way or another. 

Let's get on with this post. I wanted to share with you this amazing floral dress that my mother got for me from Zara. We went to the mall the other day in Glendale and we did not even know that they opened up a Zara at that mall. My mother and I enjoy shopping at Zara as one of our favorite stores and of course, we picked up a few things.

The outer layer of this dress is made from a chiffon material. It is a sheer chiffon that has a black background with floral prints all over the dress in a purple-pink color scheme. Because it is a sheer type of chiffon, you do need to layer it underneath with a slip of some sort but the dress comes with a black slip that is actually connected at the shoulder. If you find it to be uncomfortable because it is attached, you can definitely just cut off the little circle thing inside to detach it and you can wear the slip with other outfits as well.

It's a dress that has bell bottom shaped sleeves which create room for air and I love it because I can cover up my arms without feeling like there's so much heat being trapped. It is more of an A-line dress(which is my favorite type of dress) with drawstrings on waist area that doesn't need to be tightened much and looks good to just keep it loosely tied in a ribbon.

I paired this dress with a simple nude colored crossover heels from Calvin Klein. You can definitely find different colored shoes to go with this and I would imagine a pair of simple black heels would look good as well. I chose a nude crossover sandals because nude colored shoes extend your legs and make your legs look longer and also it doesn't take away from the main point of this outfit, which is the dress rather than the shoes or anything else. The sandal-like crossover design gives a light, summer feel rather than a heavy winter feel.

I absolutely love this dress so much and if outfit repeating was more acceptable than it is, I might even want to wear this dress for every occasion possible. Speaking of occasions, I can see myself or even anyone else wearing this dress and wear it for pretty much any type of occasion (i.e., wedding, date, church, GNO, and even just a casual outing) and you can match the theme of the day/night with the kind of shoes you wear, the accessories you wear or carry, and the kind of hairstyle and makeup you present. This goes to show that this dress is super versatile and I am so excited to own this dress. (Don't judge me if you see me wearing this dress a lot more often than any of my other dresses!)

I am more than excited to not only own this beautiful piece of clothing but to finally own a domain of my own for this blog. Thank you all once again for encouraging me with kind and energizing words, reading and looking at the photos, and giving me feedback. Please continue to do so and I will be back soon with another post! Stay tuned and stay beautiful.

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