closet raid: my summer essentials

life update alert!
beginning may 19 and for the next 2-3 months thereafter i will be interning for pixie market and nylon magazine! two internships in the city can only mean one thing: living in the city! i can't wait to experience new york this summer (minus the heat), and hope this adventure will give me the opportunity to exercise my creativity and inspire me to blog more.
here's what i've been collecting as i prepare for my summer!

summer 2k14 looks




(left: monki grid-patterned top, american apparel "lolita" mini skirt / right: urban outfitters men's mesh "seven deadly sins" tee)

i'm a huge lover of the grid pattern which has slowly been on the rise in mainstream/affordable fashion. i know the industry talks a lot about clashing patterns, but i thought i'd put my own twist on it: mismatching two different takes of the same pattern. i love the result! matching sets have become a fashion staple this past year. i'm 100% supportive of this trend and how easy it is to look stylishly put-together. there is nothing more important than ease and practicality when it comes to summer-dressing!

talking about ease and practicality, the oversized tee-turned-shirt-dress is another summer essential i stand by. i love most of my clothes to be a bit on the roomier side, and have found myself eyeing a lot of men's t-shirts and tops to turn into dresses. throw on a pair of cycling shorts underneath to complete the look, and you're good to go.



(monki crop zip jacket)

summer nights can still draw a bit of a chill, so i always have one particular jacket ready for those nights out. right now my favorite is a recent purchase, this fluffy bomber by monki. it's extremely lightweight and on the thin side, a perfect spring and summer jacket despite it's rather voluminous appearance.


(left: ebay plain football jersey and adidas shorts / right: creepyyeha "lady luck" choker)

looking super sweaty is a bit of a self-conscious point of mine. on the most hottest of days, i usually opt for pure and simple sportswear. clothing that are made to take the heat and your sweat! (and no, "sportswear-inspired" clothing doesn't count.)

i hardly ever accessorize my outfits, and in the summer, even less so. when i do buy new jewelry, it's always a stand-out piece that does all the talking. this choker by creepyyeha is an absolute dream come true!

(all photos taken by myself)

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