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November 5, 2015

Best Thursday ever-- My very first streetwear photoshoot is here! Captured by my talented friend Icy, this set means incredibly lots to me and it was my first time shooting at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA. Read ahead for my review on Civil Regime and my thoughts on moving to SoCal!


I never thought I would be into streetwear but Civil Regime was certainly not the same as the other  streets brands you see out there. Not only are they exclusive and limited in a few selected retailers (Nordstrom, PacSun, Tilly's, etc.) their designs range from chic and simple monochrome to detailed and intricate mix of colors. I happened to stumble upon their recent Emerald Collection-- must I say this reminded me somewhat of the camouflage print (but better!). I love a solid deep green especially designed for a tail shirt and a short-sleeves jersey. I have never owned anything like this before and this was definitely a breakthrough for my wardrobe. Understanding that LA has its athletic and sport-chic scene, this would be the closest way that I would interpret and style for my own. Paired with my super comfortable and fitted knee-highs by Aquapillar, I was feeling on top of the world. :-) 

I have so much love and respect for Civil-- Not only for their cuts and designs, I live and breathe Civil's motto. Their concept of celebrating and taking the liberty that everyone is different speak so much to me. Especially with their newest concept that circles around the question "Is your passion worth fighting for?", I feel even more connected with the minds behind the brand.

That brings me to my next point: my thoughts on moving to SoCal

If you are just getting to follow my blog or Instagram, you might be confused by my location. Ever since April, I have been traveling to San Diego from Seattle every week. I would stay in either city every other week so I could alternate my scenery. Most importantly, I started shooting for the first time in LA back in June. I can't believe it is already November today-- I slowly started feeling like I lived in SoCal instead of Seattle. I didn't exactly have any real plans to leave the Pacific Northwest but months into getting the hang of SoCal, I began to really like it here. People often ask me why would I move to such a place and comment that "LA is so fake, people are fake and they are not nice," etc. To be honest, of all the people I worked with in LA I haven't came across anyone that gave me that negative vibe. I'm not only moving here for the people, I am moving here for the very clear reasons of fashion, growth, and connection. 

Now let's talk about Seattle:

In the past year and half (almost two now), I have been constantly trying to fit into groups or get to know Seattle more. I'm not sure if it is the rain or gloom that got to me but I realized that the harder I tried, the more miserable I got. I did meet some like-minded people but they ended up leaving the city due to the same reasons; which then solidified my motivation to leave Seattle and the Pacific Northwest behind even more. I thought about it a lot earlier when I started traveling to San Diego-- I felt upset and rejected that I was not loved by the city. Seldom I would go back on the weekends and try to get a refreshed experience; yet I still find myself in an awkward place walking around Seattle especially wearing outfits that I feel comfortable and confident in. Overall I determined that it was just not a good fit and I am very okay with that. Even though Seattle didn't work out, I learned so much from the people I met and I will always take those lessons with me wherever I go. I will definitely miss my little apartment in Belltown and for sure the small shops and owners in the corners of my neighborhood. To begin my next chapter in SoCal, I made the clean decision to clear out from Seattle on Thanksgiving weekend.

Thank you so much for reading my very long life update! Stay tuned for an upcoming post on more Fall looks and keep up with me on my Instagram! Wish you all have a great rest of your week and hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I did! xoxo

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Photos: Alphinarocks

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