BACK IN THE BEST COAST

August 28, 2012

light denim H&M vest, b&w striped tee {Taiwan}, dark denim Gap skirt {Crossroads}, black suede flatforms {Free People}, black Levis belt, vintage Coach satchel {thrifted}, T400 Austrian  Crystal Necklace {c/o AliExpress powered by Alibaba} light denim H&M vest, b&w striped tee {Taiwan}, dark denim Gap skirt {Crossroads}, black suede flatforms {Free People}, black Levis belt, vintage Coach satchel {thrifted}, T400 Austrian  Crystal Necklace {c/o AliExpress powered by Alibaba}

wearing: light denim H&M vest, b&w striped tee {Taiwan}, dark denim Gap skirt {Crossroads}, black suede flatforms {Free People}, black Levis belt, vintage Coach satchel {thrifted}, T400 Austrian  Crystal Necklace {c/o AliExpress powered by Alibaba}

After a whirlwind of an August, I'm back! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I've been up and down the west coast, which-after spending some time in Seattle, Portland and LA {photo diaries coming soon!}-is truly the best coast. While classes are once again in session, I am feeling way out of the loop already; my brain is still on vacation while my body is being forced to spend time inside those teeny tiny desks. What's a gal to do? All I can say is that my daydreaming is getting way out of control.

Dressing for class has always been a tricky business. If you get too done up, people will stare. If you wear sweats, people will stare. Having been the one being stared at and the one giving the stares, I can see the reasoning behind both sides. Even so, finding the right balance between looking decent and not trying too hard is something I struggle with to this day. 

I'm starting to find comfort in dressing up basic pieces, like this denim circle skirt from Gap I snagged at the Crossroads up in Seattle. Paired with my favorite striped tee, so obviously my favorite as the seams of my right sleeve has split but I can't seem to replace it just yet, makes for a perfect outfit to sit through lectures, discussions and two jobs {it's been a looong day}. I was never a big fan of flatforms, and I bought these on a total whim, but I'm ridiculously glad I did. Not only do they elongate my short legs but they're comfy! Being flatfooted, heels hurt more than usual {I have the blisters and scars to prove} and these are the perfect substitutions, especially if I'm going to be dragging myself up and down the hills of Cal. Still not done layering denim on denim, my trusty vest added another shade of denim that contrasts the darkness of the skirt fantastically. And no outfit is complete without a little bit of bling! A subtle detail that probably only I noticed, I love how the braided detail of the necklace matches the braided belt. Denim on denim and braid on braid, that's just how I roll.

10 comments:

Mimi said...

you are looking great as ever, anisa! i cannot wait to see your photo diaries! i really want to go on a west coast road trip too! ;)

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Diane said...

Your outfits always look so right- they're neat and put-together but never boring. And don't worry about people staring they're just mad jealz.

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

This is such an awesome outfit, I love it! Your hair is amazing btw :) I really want ombre!

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Michelleesque said...

I gave up on how I present myself when I go to school, haha. If I feel like wearing sweats and a sports bra, then I will. If I feel like wearing a pencil skirt with a blouse, then I will. I absolutely love your flatforms and your skirt!

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eggtartbox said...

Sadly, the only time I've been on the West Coast is at the airport en route to other places, but gosh if your Instagram pics didn't make me want to visit outside of LAX. This is such a nice outfit for sitting in lectures (I need to find the equivalent for sitting in studios haha) and, well, it's good to have you back (:

Natalie Suarez said...

LOOOVE this :)

xx

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Sandy a la Mode said...

you are soo cute! love the shoes!!

xo,
Sandy
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Bree said...

Nice outfit and I like your
humour in your writing :)

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Count To Four said...

great blog! denim on denim, who doesn't love the canadian tuxedo?

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Samantha J. Yee said...

Two things in this post that stood out for me:

"My brain is still on vacation while my body is being forced to spend time inside those teeny tiny desks. What's a gal to do?"

"Dressing for class has always been a tricky business. If you get too done up, people will stare."

I. Feel. Ya.

It's always a struggle for me to get dressed for class, and frankly, I'm a bit relieved someone else feels the same way.

It looks like you found a happy medium between lookin' fancy and wearing sweatpants. You look cute AND comfy!

I love the denim on denim and the subtle braid on braid. I think the continuity ties the whole outfit together. Or maybe that's just me...

Samantha J. Yee
Sam Goes Glam