Due to the perpetual rain that seems to be plaguing the city again, my new photographer, Tessa and I decided to duck into a corner store on Main to snap some pics and investigate its run-of-the-mill sketch sugary/savory convenient treats. Luckily for me I left empty handed which meant no guilty pleasures were indulged (…that time).

I’m pretty proud of this outfit, because minus the bag and shoes it cost me a whopping 7 dollars. I’ve been looking for khaki anything for ages now and stumbled upon this loose shirt in the mens section of Value Village. The shorts were originally this really heinous pair of mommy-cut jeans–think high waist and really unflattering taper around the ankles, but I fixed that by just lopping off the legs. To be honest, I’m kinda shitty at cutting stuff. You’d think that because I can sew (a little), I’d be able to eye-ball this thing no problem, but no. I have an embarrassing amount of ‘shorts’ that I have cut on my own that are either too short (butt hanging out) or too tight. I’ve learned now that you gotta buy a pair that are a little looser and have minimal stretch. Anything that is too spandexy will look beyond unflattering.

Oh and my new baby. My precious. Preeeccciiioooousssss. I’ve been in love with the diego since I first laid eyes on it. I told myself to exercise some self control because I already had an Alex Wang bag. Why would I need a second?! But when it came out in LEOPARD (and you all know how I feel about feline print) I just knew I had to have it. It was all I could think of. ‘what can I wear it with?’ ‘ohhh! it’ll look good with this outfit’. So after much delirious day dreaming and a handy 20% discount incentive at Opening Ceremony, I took the plunge and bought it. Needless to say, I’m beyond happy with it and have been toting it around like a proud mamma.

I’ve been feeling like I’m in a rut lately. Is it the weather? Is it because I haven’t been going to yoga religiously? Is it because I’ve been sleeping less than normal human hours every night for almost 2 weeks?? Is it because I’ve been single for too long? Whatever it is. I feel like I’ve been sucked into this black hole of null. This post has gotten unintentionally un-happy. Oh my! But really, what do you guys do to pull yourself out of a rut? I need ideas!

Wearing second hand khaki shirt, DIY shorts, BCBG Mendel boots, Alexander Wang bag, Talula (by Aritzia) belt

Photos by Tessa Tham



  1. Alicia says:

    It is definitely the weather! This west coast has been too rainy and dreary… brings everyone down :(
    hope things clear up for you!!


  2. nhi says:

    I love the shirt/whole outfit so much!! I have a similar sage green one.

    Trying to understand the nature of rut is probs the first and most important step in getting out of it. I find that not sleeping enough for a long period of time makes me easily annoyed and feel like I’m being consumed by an abyss. So, hopefully a good night’s sleep will help you outta the rut, bbygrl!

  3. maximilian says:

    love this laid back, but chic look!! i’m loving the slight blonde in your hair vanessa!!

    also when i’m in a rut, i turn on some funky hip quirky tunes, and i shimmy and shake all by myself to my own cheer. ( I personally jam to The The’s – ‘This is the Day’ or Alphabeat’s – ‘The Spell’)

  4. caylee says:

    did i already comment on this post? whatever, if i did i’m commenting again! you already know i love this outfit :) i wish i could find a shirt that is green like yours (mine’s more dark khaki). and you did an awesome job hacking those jeans into some sexy shorts!

  5. constance says:

    I cant believe I havent already put you there – but I am putting you in my ‘visit these sites’ links on my blog!



  6. Jenny Cindy says:

    Beautiful outfit – I love everything about it. An I really like your cross, it makes every outfit of yours so special and edgy.

  7. LaDorian says:

    love these images, great background :)


  8. Hun, I am IN LOVE with your style. You’re a DIY Queen! And are soooo on my blogroll, can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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