Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Morning Loves #1


So, I used to do Friday Loves, but I'm changing it to Sunday for no reason in particular. I just feel like posts like these are more suited for Sundays - sleep in a little, get breakfast in bed, and read fun stuff online. Right? (Next time I'll actually have it up in the morning, woops. It's hard to plan when you don't have internet in your apartment!)

Anyway, here's what I've been loving this week!

This dress from American Apparel, but in a print that's no longer available. Do I regret not buying it when it was on sale for $30? Yes. Could I probably find an alternative at Forever 21? Yes.


A friend of mine made this blueberry crumble pie, but added fresh raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. It was delicious! I'd love to make it myself sometime and use a vodka pie crust.

As if I needed more desserts, I baked a peach cobbler, too. I adjusted the recipe a little bit and used fresh peaches rather than canned. If you'd like to see my version, let me know! (I'll probably post it anyway.)

I am in love with Jackie's blog, York Avenue. If you haven't seen her apartment tours, go now! Her photographs are beautiful, and I keep adding to my never-ending list of places to visit in NYC.


If you ever visit Austin, Texas, you have to check out Walton's Fancy and Staple. I wouldn't have stopped by if it weren't for Jessica's Instagram post - you can check out her blog here! If you're interested in seeing more of Austin, I'm posting a travel guide next month.

I'll be participating in the #bloggersBTS linkup, created by Nicole and Cathleen! For the entire month of August, bloggers will be writing themed back to school posts. I can't wait!

That's all for today! Stay tuned this week for another Do Dallas post. I hope you have a happy Sunday!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday: The Midi Skirt

If there's anything that's changed about my style & shopping habits in the past year, it's that my average price point has raised significantly. Whether it's because I'm getting older, I worked in a semi-higher-end clothing store, or I've found a new love for boutiques, it's becoming a (first world) problem.

In my lame effort to pursue a kind-of minimalist lifestyle, I think long and hard before spending more than $30 on a single clothing item. My reasoning is, why spend that much on one item when I could go thrifting and get 3 items for the same price? That pretty much defeats the purpose of minimalism, but I'm working on it!

sources: i // ii

Anyway, that's the reason why I haven't purchased a midi skirt yet. I love this trend, and I hope it sticks around for a little while longer. I've yet to find one that fits my price point, and honestly, I don't know if I could pull it off without looking like an ill-dressed/old school librarian. No hate towards librarians though, they're awesome!

The most prominent midi skirt styles I've seen are striped, floral, or plain. A few shops have illustrated designs, but I'm definitely not cool enough to pull them off! I feel like you have to live in Europe or NYC to wear these, you know?

purchase: i // ii

If I ever cave and get over my fear of looking like a failed fashion attempt, I'd probably opt for a single colored skater midi skirt. I think the structured ones (is there a name for this?) are more suited for petites. Here are a few of my favorites & links to buy:

purchase: i // ii // iii

I think a few go-to's would be to pair these with a chambray, tie-front, or crop top. If you have any tips on styling midi skirts, let me know! I want to jump on the bandwagon!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Downtown McKinney

top pacsun | skirt urban outfitters | sandals target | necklace forever 21

After visiting the farmer's market in the morning, a few of the interns and I headed to downtown McKinney and walked around. I scored a new skirt at Urban for only $10 on the sale rack! It was a perfect find because I'd been looking for a black skater skirt. It's a little shorter than I thought, but I wear shorts under skirts & dresses anyway because I'm paranoid. Protip - don't wear short skirts on a windy day!


We grabbed brunch at Spoons Cafe, which serves breakfast all day. Any place that serves breakfast food forever is fine by me.


While looking for a backdrop to take outfit photos, we found a piano in a not-creepy alley. It was way out of tune, but it looked like it was going to be used as a stage prop. 


We got our second coffee fix at fILTER(ed). It's a really unique coffee shop, I'd recommend going! I had a lavender iced latte, which was weird but good. They also serve nitrogen-infused coffee. It's supposed to provide an additional energy boost. It didn't really taste like coffee to me, but it wasn't necessarily bad. If it's your first time drinking it, I would highly recommend cream and/or sugar. That stuff was strong.


Finally, I got to visit West & Lou, a boutique owned by Kendi from Kendi Everyday! Her blog is one of the first ones I started reading, and a major inspiration of mine. Everything in the store was so cute!

Opening a boutique (or coffee shop, or any kind of small business) is a dream of mine, and I don't think it's out of reach. How cool would it be to wake up and be excited to go to work? But, I digress. I've still got a few years of school left to figure all of that out.

Do you have any favorite boutiques or small businesses? Let me know! I love checking them out.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Do Dallas: McKinney Farmer's Market

If there's anything I've learned at all this summer, it's that I learned that I'm in love with Dallas. Prior to moving in before the summer, I compiled a list of places I wanted to go to & things I wanted to do. I love reading blog posts about others' adventures, so I thought I'd start my own travel guide/to-do list for Dallas. Without further ado, I present to you the first post in my Do Dallas series!

Chestnut Square Historic Village
315 S. Chestnut Street
McKinney, TX 75069

(Also, as you can see in the shamelessly pinnable image above, I've purchased my domain! I'll be making the transition mid-August.)

A couple of the interns and I headed to McKinney on Saturday morning to go to the farmer's market, which was previously ranked #1 in Texas.

The market is open every Saturday from 8AM-12PM and is located in Chestnut Square. Parking is free, but I recommend getting there right when they open to get a spot in the closest lot.


Everyone was so friendly! Nearly every vendor was giving out free samples. I got to try fudge, fancy lemon bread, sprouted nuts, homemade juices, and some kind of weird breakfast chicken tortilla.


There was a produce, pastries, and an artisan section. I got a cup of coffee to drink while we strolled, a few peaches, and a peppermint leg bar to be used for shaving. It's the circle bar pictured below. Let me tell you, it makes shaving great.

What I really like about this market is that I didn't have to fight my way to walk through it, unlike what I've heard about the Dallas Farmer's Market. McKinney is small and homey, but the selection is still excellent. Plus, when you're done at the market, you can just walk to downtown and grab lunch.


We also explored downtown McKinney, which I'll share later along with what I wore on our little adventure. If you know of cool places in the DFW area, let me know! I love exploring. After visiting this market, I've decided to make it a point to shop local. I'm a lot more conscious of it now than I was at the beginning of the summer.

Where are your favorite local markets? I would love to hear about them!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

'Merica Day

 For those in America, I hope you had a fantastic 4th of July! The 4th is one of my favorite holidays because I love fireworks. I don't know what it is that makes them so magical to me, but they just are. That, and Independence Day also brings a wealth of corn dogs, BBQ, and funnel cakes. How could I complain?

I'm a little sad that I didn't get to see the Nashville show (best show in the nation!) like I usually do, but Texas has a lot to offer! What's cool is that each city in Dallas-Fort Worth hosts their celebration on a different night, so you have the opportunity to go to all of them. The interns and I went to Kaboom Town, which was supposed to be the best show in DFW. It definitely didn't size up to Nashville's, but it was fun nonetheless! There was a concert, an air show, and of course, a great fireworks show.


Excuse the wrinkly shorts. I don't have an iron in Texas, oops. Top - Plato's Closet, J.Crew | Shorts - Plato's Closet | Necklace - Forever 21 | Sandals - Target

Thankfully, the weather wasn't as hot as I was expecting it to be. I normally don't have anything fun to wear for the 4th since I don't like to branch out with colors, but I've been working on that! I got the top and shorts from Plato's Closet. And, guess what - that's a J. Crew top! $9? I'll take it.


This was the first time I've tried to take outfit photos by myself. It took an infinitely long time, but I don't think they're too shabby. Focusing the camera was my biggest challenge, as you can probably tell.
Me tryna be cute and excited about the 4th of July
At Kaboom Town, I played with long exposure photography for the first time. I've always wanted to photograph fireworks, and I finally got the chance! Here are some of my favorites from the night.

Click to view the full size - Blogger thumbnails don't do them justice!














 

This summer has really inspired me to get back into blogging. I really do love it, I just use the "oh no I don't have time" excuse, but I've never made time. My style has changed this past year, and I want to share that. I'm even looking into editorial calendars so I don't go too long without a post. I am determined to stick to it!

How did you celebrate the 4th?

Monday, June 29, 2015

This Year

I don't know what it was that drove me to post after almost exactly a year. Maybe because there are a lot of new things happening and I wanted to share them, or maybe because I really miss the people I've connected with through this blog. One thing I know for sure is that I really miss talking to everyone. Anyway, I'm here now, and this is what happened this past year.

School

  • This spring semester, I finished my math minor! I've tossed around the idea of a possible double major, but it's still just an idea.
  • I've added an advertising minor.
  • I'm taking the GMAT this summer and will be applying for graduate school in the fall.
  • Campus involvement is my specialty. That's probably why I stopped blogging - my commitments begin around a month before the start of the semester, so July. Working 2 jobs in retail while preparing for school is a lot of work, and instead of making time to blog, I put it on the backburner. I really wish I hadn't.

Work

  • I no longer work at The Limited (did you know I worked at The Limited?). I loved it, and I would love to be able to style people again.
  • I no longer work at Michaels, technically. After 4 long years, I will no longer be on the payroll. I could be, but I'm hardly ever home anymore, and it's not fair that I take hours away from others. I worked when I went home for holidays and such. Here's to new adventures and opportunities!
  • I am interning in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas! Right now, I'm working on a data science project. I never expected to be doing data science work, but it's very interesting.

Life

  • I tried to microwave an egg this morning, and it exploded. Protip: don't microwave hard boiled eggs for more than 30 seconds at a time.
  • Since I'm interning in the DFW area, I have a studio apartment for the summer. It's small and not as chic as one you'd find in NYC, but I love it! 
  • I saw Jukebox the Ghost (my all-time favorite band) and Ingrid Michaelson live! A Summer Night Out Tour was my second concert. I can't believe it's taken me this long to start going to concerts.
  • I'm moving into a house next summer with 3 wonderful people! I'm excited to be off campus and in a real home.
  • I went to Cabo San Lucas this summer, and it was nothing short of amazing. Shout out to my best friend and her family for taking me.
  • I've been trying my hand at cooking lately. Quinoa and kale are my favorite staples right now.
  • I really want to upgrade my Nikon D5000 to a full frame DSLR. Endgame: the beautiful D750! I haven't really showcased any of my photography here, but I'm working on my portfolio (see below).
This year, I've been a lot better at remembering to take photos. My external hard drive is full of memories, and I've finally got a system to organize them all.

I would love to start blogging again, but I would have to change this blog's direction. I'm still passionate about personal style, but I feel jaded by posting the same things over and over again. I want to incorporate more lifestyle, photography, decor, and travel posts. When I first started blogging, I also invested a lot of time into advertising and doing those "1xx Things to Do to Succeed in Blogging!!!" rather than blogging about what I loved. Mistake #1! Write about what YOU love - Otherwise, why are you even writing?

I've purchased a domain (emilykimhuynh.com - it's not done yet!) to be my professional portfolio and resume other than LinkedIn, and I can't decide if I want to link this blog or not. Another option would be to create a new blog under my domain, or rename Crazy Scarf Girl. On the pro side, it shows my personality, but on the con side, I feel like "crazy scarf girl" isn't the most professional vibe. My domain name is also hard to spell, so that's another factor to consider. I think my inner conflict is whether or not I care that Crazy Scarf Girl doesn't sound professional. If you don't like that I am a crazy scarf girl, then don't hire me, right? 

If I continue blogging, I will most definitely be converting to WordPress. I don't know why I thought Blogger's convenience would outweigh WordPress's functionality.

If you'd like to follow me where I update regularly, check out my Instagram (@emilykimhuynh) or Twitter (@emilykimhuynh).

Until next time,
Emily

Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY Polka Dot Shorts

Remember that time way back when I posted an outfit with my DIY tribal shorts, and I mentioned maybe posting how to's in the future? Well, here it is! A couple of weeks ago, I got together with one of my friends and we had a craft date. She made a ton of dorm decor, and I found a pair of old jeans and turned them into shorts. It's a very simple DIY - read on to see how I made them!

Supplies
Old jeans / shorts
Scissors
Marker
Optional: needle and thread, iron / hair straightener, ruler, box cutter / razor blade
The first thing I did was put on my pair of old jeans, and roughly marked how long I wanted my shorts to be. Remember not to cut it too short - you can always cut more, but you can't go back once you've cut too much!
Make sure both pant legs are even, and just snip off the legs with your scissors. I left enough length so that I would be able to roll the ends.
Next, I made my stencil. I had some cardstock from an old project that I recycled. I punched out a circle, and voila - you have your stencil!

Brush wise, you should probably use an actual stencil brush, but I found that the flat end of a cheap foam brush works just as well. I made a couple of mistakes, but you can always go back over it with a smaller brush. I squeezed some paint onto a plate, loaded the flat end of my brush, and dabbed it over my stencil.
Try not to paint it on, because that will cause paint to go under your stencil and ruin your pretty circles.
If you want to be precise, you could use a ruler to measure where your polka dots go, but I just eyed it, and it turned out fine!
About half way through, my stencil became soggy because of all the paint. Just punch another hole in your paper, and you've got a brand new, dry stencil!

After I got my first row of polka dots
You can always fix rough spots with a smaller brush.
And there you have it, your very own polka dot shorts! Depending on your style, you could fray the ends with a razor or box cutter, roll it and sew it, or leave it as it is. I ended up rolling mine and sewing the seams on the side so that it doesn't become unrolled. I'm way too lazy to actually use an iron, so I used my hair straightener to crease the ends. Practical, yes?

Do you ever make your own shorts? Stay tuned to see how I style mine!