Monday, April 18, 2016

Change.

I don’t remember exactly when the thought creeped into my head. But I do know that it was some time ago and it went something like this: 
What if I quit blogging?

So the thought sat simmering in the back of my brain and was occasionally the topic of conversation when I discussed life goals with my husband or close friends. For months on end nothing changed. I blogged when I had time and didn’t blog when I was busy. Every few weeks I would have a great idea or feel very inspired and the frequency of my posting would pick up. But the feeling that I kept coming back to was that, in the end, it felt empty and I constantly felt rushed to get content up on the blog. 
And if I was being completely honest with myself, I would admit that some time in the last year or so my blog had stopped being a good representation of who I am, how I wanted to spend my time, and the values that I upheld.
I didn’t want to live my life behind a screen. I didn’t want to miss out on real life because I was too busy documenting it, even if it was just the outfit that I wore that day. I didn’t want to constantly be connected to Instagram, Facebook, e-mail, or the blog.
Quite simply, it was a hobby-turned-into-a-second-job that I no longer wished to prioritize over many other aspects of my life. I would be remiss to not mention that I also became increasingly tired of myself. I was tired of taking pictures of myself, looking at pictures of myself, and writing about my outfit choices. In a world of 'me me me', I didn't want it to constantly be about me. That's not the energy that I wanted to put out into the world. It's just not who I am.

The hard part is that I think if I had the time, my blog could have the potential to grow with me and change into something more than just daily outfit photos-- to be much more representative of who I am now, compared to who I was four and a half years ago. (Seriously, I have so many ideas!) But the truth is, the older I get, the more I can accept that there are only 24 hours in a day-- and eventually, we have to prioritize what matters to us more now and how we want to spread those 24 hours now. It doesn't make sense to keep the blog on life support, just in case one day I have the time to dedicate to it and revitalize it. If that day comes in the future and it feels 'right', then I will consider getting back to it then. But for now, here we are.


Needless to say, after months of contemplation, I have finally come to the peaceful conclusion that I must turn over this chapter of "Hello, Gorgeous!". I'm not entirely closing the book-- because, really, who knows what the future will hold. But I am being honest with you and letting you know where I am right now and how that will affect this blog. After this post went live, a few of you asked if I was keeping the blog up for outfit inspiration/etc and the answer is YES. Because I'm not fully "closing the book" , I intend to keep the blog up and all of my social media accounts open. You know, just in case. :)
I am so incredibly grateful for all the good that this blog has brought to me (and hopefully to you). I appreciate every single visitor that stopped by, and every single comment, e-mail, and other communication that you sent my way. From the bottom of my heart, I truly appreciate your endless support and love and I thank you for having a part in my journey.

I want to close this post by telling you about one of the coolest things that I have had the privilege to be a part of. On Wednesday of last week I was interviewed by one of my good friends for her new podcast: Mama Bear Dares-- an incredibly wonderful podcast that focuses on positive and inspirational content for mothers and women as a whole. Although I was initially nervous when she asked to interview me, I jumped in with both feet and we got real deep, real quick, and had an blast doing it! We talked about so many things that I have never had the chance (or maybe the guts) to talk about on here, including: disordered eating, body image, finding your own style, embracing change, and finally, some of the reasons behind my departure.
So if you're interested in any of those topics, I really encourage you to check out the podcast. I simply went to the Podcast app that comes standard on my iPhone and searched for "Mama Bear Dares". You can also download the podcast on iTunes here. My episode is episode #15-- but the other episodes are just as good too. Trust me, you'll be hooked instantly!
Tesi and Leslie, the awesome hosts behind Mama Bear Dares, are also hosting a pretty sweet giveaway: a 30-minute Skype styling session with me! :) Instructions on how to enter are included in the podcast. Take a listen and show them lots of love-- they truly deserve it! 


https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mama-bear-dares-podcast/id1090430338?mt=2
You can find Mama Bear Dares in the following places:
iTunes | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Thanks for everything, friends. You are all so freaking gorgeous, inside and out! <3






Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pop of Red.

They say that red is a 'power color'
and I have to agree because the red/navy/grey combo below definitely gave me an extra pep in my step!

Red sleeveless top- H&M | Almost exact | Similar 1, 2, 3, 4
Grey blazer- JCrew Factory | Love these ones 1 & 2
Navy slacks- NY&Co | Similar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Navy pumps- Target | Similar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 | Love these Mary Janes here
Skinny gold belt- Target | Similar 1, 2, 3
Gold rhinestone watch- Fossil outlet | Great versions 1, 2
Necklace c/o Sira & Mara

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Boyfriend Chic with UNIQLO.

Living in a small(ish) city in the Midwest, there are plenty of cool stores that we just don't have near us. UNIQLO is one of those stores. I had previously heard of UNIQLO. I remember seeing the storefront while visiting my family in L.A. But otherwise, I wasn't completely familiar with the brand until they reached out to see if I would be interested in styling a few of their pieces.
I have learned over the years to accept collaborations only after careful thought and research because I want to make sure that: 1.It's something that I am (and by extension, you are) interested in. 2.I have time to make good on the collab.
So I checked out their site and was pleasantly surprised to find that they offered a lot of great basics and other fun pieces in gorgeous colors. Think Gap meets Banana Republic, meets JCrew, meets LOFT. The prices were fantastic too. I e-mailed back and so began the creation of the look below. Other than loving every piece that I received, the thing that I was most impressed with was the quality of the clothes (especially for the price!). I fell particularly hard for the chambray button down and the sweater. The material felt thick (but not heavy), luxurious, and extremely well-made. I also loved the comfort and fit of the boyfriend jeans and the cute cuff detail on the blazer.

I'm so happy that I discovered UNIQLO because their style totally jives with mine. And now that I've actually seen and felt their clothes first hand, I am 100% going to be adding them to my "online stores that I love to shop from" repertoire. :)

This post was created in collaboration with UNIQLO & Shopstyle. 
 

Chambray shirt, boyfriend jeans (66 blue), sweater, and blazer (navy) c/o UNIQLO
Sneakers- Vans (exact) | Similar 1, 2, 3
Burberry plaid print scarf: gift from Mom <3 | Love these ones 1, 23, 4 | And of course LOVE this one!
Watch c/o Wristology  (exact)| Use code GORGEOUS20 for 20% off
Glasses- Firmoo, style DBSN62168 in Matte Tortoise (exact)


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Pocketed Perfection.

Have you ever tried on a dress and realized that it has pockets, and when you found them it makes you love the dress even more?

Well, the same thing happened to me with this fab sweater from Catch Bliss Boutique. Well, for one, it's the softest thing you've ever felt and it hangs really well. And, two, it has POCKETS! What's not to love?! 
I've already worn it twice and I'm seeing a lot more of this little number in my future. <3

Sweater c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (exact)
White skinny jeans- JCPenney | Similar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Cognac ankle boots- Kohls | Love these styles 1, 2, 3, 4
Necklace c/o T& J Designs (exact) | Use code YASI20 for 20% off
Watch c/o Wristology  (exact)| Use code GORGEOUS20 for 20% off
 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

My All-Time Favorite Work Pant.

Navy | 2 Grey | 3 Black (ankle length) | 4 Dark grey
Red | 6 Beige plaid |7 Pink polka dot | 8 Turquoise



If I could create the perfect skinny pant for work from scratch, I wouldn't have to.
That's because The Limited has already made them (and is selling them by the boatload, I'm sure).
As I mentioned in my last post, I discovered these pants a few years ago and fell hard and fast in love. I'm pretty short (5'2") and have a small frame. But thanks to my Persian genes and body, I don't have a straight up and down stick figure body type. (Don't let the outfit pics fool you. I use a $5 mirror that I'm pretty sure lengthens my body in the pics. Plus I try to dress my figure so that everything fits well and looks lean and balanced.) Basically what I'm saying is that even though I'm petite, I have curves. And it's important to me that my clothes work with my figure, not the other way around.


But back to the point of this post: I really like the look of skinny pants for work.
I think they can look more modern than regular wide-legged slacks and they are perfect for tucking into work-appropriate boots (important for those of us living in areas with cooler weather!).
Given that I am fond of skinny dress pants, I have tried on my fair share of different brands. And, without fail, I always come back to the Limited Exact Stretch skinnies. The material is thick enough so that it covers any lumps and bumps, but it's not heavy. They also don't wrinkle very easily, which is awesome. The best part of these pants is that they are fitted, but they are very forgiving and feel like they are actually made for a real woman's body, not a manikin. Imagine that!
Generally, I wear the Regular length. But, they also offer them in Petite and Tall on their website. I do own a couple pairs of these pants in Petite. But I have found that the Regular length fits me better in the crotch area (is there a more appropriate way to say this???! Sorry for the TMI.). If I want to go for a more 'ankle length' look, I just cuff the bottom of my Regular length Exact Stretch pants.
More recently these pants are also being offered in a 'high waist' option. I will be 100% honest with you and say that I tried them on and was horrified with four out of the five high-waist ones that I tried on. They just did not hit me in the right places. Their pockets were different than the regular Exact Stretch Skinny Pants (more on the sides of my thighs) and they made me look like I had saddle bags. I did, however, end up keeping this high-waist pair in cobalt blue. I have no clue why the blue ones fit well and the other ones didn't. But, I'm not going to question it because they're a really pretty color and I already took the tags off. Ha. 


Overall, the Exact Stretch Skinny Pants are a great fit, the material in fabulous, they come in a variety of colors and patterns, and they last FOREVER. Seriously, I still consistently wear the first pair I ever bought. They are black. And we all know that black pants have a tendency to fade over time. These babies have not faded and they've kept their shape. Although I will note that I dry clean all of my work pants, skirts, and blazers. So I think that definitely adds to their lifespan.


Anyway, if you already own these pants you know exactly what I'm talking about. They are heaven-sent.
If you haven't tried them, do yourself a favor and check them out. 
I own way too many of them to count and my collection just keeps on growing (see the damage from last week: blue, grey, turquoise, & orange (sold out)). And this confession would be a little embarrassing if only they weren't so ridiculously AWESOME.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Blazer + Skinny Dress Pants.

I'm a sucker for a great skinny pant and blazer combo. 
Ever since I bought my first pair of skinnies, I've been completely hooked. And things only got better when I discovered THE perfect dressy skinny pants at The Limited five or six years ago (more to come on these pants later on this week!). 
Throw on a blazer and a fun scarf, and voilá! You're well on your way to stylish and professional. 

Blouse: Forever 21 (exact) | Similar 1, 2, 3, 4
Grey skinny pants: The Limited (exact) | Similar 1, 2, 3
Blazer: JCP | Similar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Burberry plaid print scarf: gift from Mom <3 | Love these ones 1, 23, 4 | And of course LOVE this one!
Ankle boots: Kohl's | Great versions 1, 2 | My faves are these 1, 2
Watch: Fossil outlet | Very similar | Other cutes ones 1, 2, 3
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Red Blazer.

Just as in the last one, I can't begin this post without thanking you for being so warm and full of love. I will never be able to fully express how much it has meant to me and how incredibly grateful I am. 
I am not one for sharing deeply personal things on here. (After all, this is a style blog.) However, it was becoming increasingly hard for me to get over the hurdle of posting about something fun like fashion when something so tragic wasn't yet properly addressed. So, thank you for allowing me to open up about the gigantic pink elephant in the room so that I could get back to the fun parts of this little blog. You continue to be the absolute best.


With that said, what's more versatile, but still appropriate for Valentine's Day than a fire engine red blazer?! 
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Hope your day is filled with more love than your heart can handle❤️

Sweater dress | Similar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Red blazer- Kohl's | LOVE these ones 12
Skinny jeans- Forever 21 (exact) | Other great pairs 1, 2, 3
OTK boots c/o Catch Bliss Boutique (exact)
Reversible plaid scarf- The Limited outlet | Love these look-a-likes 1, 2, 3, 4
Necklace | Cute versions 1, 2
Rhinestone watch- Fossil outlet | Similar 1, 2
Stella & Dot cuff c/o Erika Lehman (exact)
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