Sunday, January 29, 2017

Freedom's Ring

I interrupt the regularly scheduled fashion blogging to bring you an important human rights update. You will be seeing many more posts like this so long as Donald Trump continues to be an imminent danger.

Spotted at the Boston Women's March for America | January 21, 2017
I cannot believe what I have been watching on TV. Yesterday, twelve people were detained at JFK International Airport in New York City and countless others were detained at airports around the country and the world. All this occurred just one day after Donald Trump issued an executive order banning all refugees for four months, all Syrian refugees, and immigrants from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. To think at this time last year, I was volunteering at MIRA, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, aiding in the completion of people's N400 application for U.S. citizenship. The contrast is dismayingly drastic.

The N400 application is tedious, time-consuming, and stressful. It's 27 pages long and asks highly personal, difficult, and triggering questions pertaining to culture, nationality, terrorism, and other illegal activity. The standard applicants are held to is exceptionally stringent. As I assisted in the completion of these applications, I was so fortunate to hear the stories of individuals, many not much older than me with families of their own, who all shared a common goal: to have a better life in the United States of America. They applied for freedom, opportunity, success, and education. They had goals, dreams, and a vision of what their life could be like if they successfully completed the naturalization process. They were devoted to our nation and all it stands for.

My heart breaks, as the values these incredible individuals hold so dearly are tearing at at seams of democracy. Lady Liberty is weeping. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tweeted that all are welcome in Canada. Last night, protests happened across in airports across the country, including right here in Boston at Boston Logan International Airport. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the White House and issued a stay prohibiting detainees from being deported. This is a small victory. Today, more protests will be taking place in cities around the United States. Freedom must always ring, even when the powers that be try to mute its beckoning call. I will keep up the fight. 

The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Faux Fur Flare

Coat: ASOS (sold out) | Top: American Apparel (sold out, similar here) | Jeans: H&M (sold out, similar here) | Shoes: Topshop (sold out, similar here) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sold out) | Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

Nothing says winter luxe like a faux fur coat. This one from ASOS is my go-to whenever I want to instantly dress up an outfit. It's dramatic, cozy, and takes a pair of retro flare jeans and classic black turtleneck to the next level. A structured mini bag, gold hoop earrings, and black booties complete the look. I'm all about faux fur flare. Glam rock on.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Overall Edge

Overalls: H&M (sold out, similar here) | Sweater: c/o Tobi (sold out, similar here) | Jacket: Zara (sold out, similar here) | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sold out) | Earrings: Nordstrom Rack 

The weather in Boston has been unusually warm lately. Today was in the mid 40s and yesterday was in the 60s which is insane! It feels more like fall here than the middle of winter. I decided to take advantage of the wacky weather and wear something that wouldn't be appropriate for typical freezing temperatures. I scavenged my closet for my favorite H&M black overalls. I haven't styled them in a couple months and was missing them dearly. I decided to pair them with a bell sleeve turtleneck sweater from Tobi, my trusty faux leather Zara jacket, ankle boots, and a mini bag. This outfit has an overall edge.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

French Gothic

Top: American Apparel (sold out, similar here) | Skirt: Topshop (sold out, similar here) | Tights: Nordstrom BP (sold out, similar here) | Shoes: Topshop (sold out, similar here) | Hat: Free People (sold out, similar here) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sold out) 

It's my first outfit post of the new year! I'm really digging dark looks. Expect to see many more of them in 2017. This one has a gothic, French feel. I can't get enough of black turtlenecks. I could wear one everyday and never get tired of them! I also can't get enough of my Free People fisherman cap. It adds the finishing touch to any edgy outfit. 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016: The Year in Style

It's time again for the third annual Year in Style. I always find it so interesting to look back on the outfits I wore throughout the year. 2016 I really went all out when it came to fashion. I wasn't shy to experiment with different trends and wear bold pieces. I had a lot of fun putting together looks. My color palette was monochromatic with pops of blue or red from time to time, which is to be expected since I'm addicted to wearing black. My all black wardrobe will never change. I've collected my favorite outfits of the year below. 

Looking back, I think 2016 was the year of the choker! I wore one almost every day. I'm looking forward to another year of having fun with fashion in 2017. Happy New Year!