Thursday, July 26, 2018

How My Style has Evolved from 2012 to Today

California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
California cool girl style, adidas tee shirt, Arno star mules, gold chain pendant necklaces, big gold hoops, short curly hair, how to style short curly hair, plaid oversized blazer,
{Mules gifted from Arno Cooperative, Blazer gifted from Modern Citizen}




There is nothing like that California cool style. But interestingly, it's not a style I've ever really associated with "Allergic to Vanilla" -- since the premise was the opposite, having a wild fashion sense when life seems a bit ho-hum, it's that one piece you can actually control, right? For me having fun with fashion was it, the louder the look, the more unique I felt. If there was a dress I really loved in two shades -- black or polka dotted, you betcha homegirl was going with the later. If I was invited to an event, and the dress code wasn't listed the goal was to always be the best dressed in the room. If I was going to work on a normal Tuesday at my NASA gig my motto was always "don't dress for the job you have, but dress for the job you want" -- needless to say I was, most of the time, always G'd up from the feet up as Snoop Dog says. 

However, for some reason a few years back I noticed a shift in my dressing priorities -- I was becoming more Sincerely Jules and less Atlantic Pacific, to put it into blogger styles. When I first started this blog I lived in a city about one hour from San Francisco called San Jose, where I felt a strong urge to stand out. Years later I moved to San Francisco, and everyone was in hoodies, leggings or denim, I knew I didn't want to also go that route, but it was important to feel comfortable while still polished. With steep hills added to my commute I traded in my 3.5-inch pumps for Tory Burch Reva's, I swapped my usual J. Crew polished separates for their edgier Zara counterparts and I slowly began to update what I always knew as "my style" to fit in with the big city that I had moved to. For me it wasn't about fitting in, that was never important to me, it was about feeling comfortable in my skin and in my clothing choices no matter how they evolved. If you want to see that J. Crew queen from 2012, head on over here and here to check out some of my early work. ;)

This look was not planned too much, I was running late to a BBQ and threw it together, and it just so happened to be highly complimented by guys and girls at said BBQ. I decided to throw it on again to photograph with Jane and loved how it reminds me a bit of that California cool girl with a forever "Allergic to Vanilla" edge. 

Photography by Jane Kim

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