Month: December 2014

Tailored and True: New Year’s Resolution

Hi everybody! Happy New Year!


I realized something recently. And it may not come as a huge surprise to you, but I have to admit I wasn’t expecting it. I realized that I love blogging. Yes, it’s hard work, it can be nerve-wracking, and sometimes sharing my fashion decisions online for the world to see makes me feel vulnerable. But it is also incredibly liberating. I love having something other than my job that I can work on and invest my time and energy into. I love that I feel motivated to be more creative with my outfits, and that I’ve somehow managed to shed a lot of the insecurities I used to feel about whether I was too dressed up or too casual. These days I wear what I like and I bug my (ever so kind and obliging) friends and families to snap pictures of me all the time. And it’s so fun!

So far on Tailored and True, I’ve shared a lot about my personal style, but I feel like I’ve held back from sharing other aspects of my life. I don’t write a whole lot, I don’t share a lot of my personality with you or discuss my other hobbies, and I’ve decided that this selfish lack of sharing is cramping my style. Tying me down. What’s a blog for if not to experiment and live a little? And so, this is my New Year’s Resolution (and yes, I think it deserves to be bolded and capitalized) – to better express myself here and to share more with you, to find further freedom and personal style exploration via my blog, and to grow Tailored and true.

So, what do you think? Is it a good goal? As I write this I get so excited about the year to come. What more can I blog about, what other sources of inspiration will I find, and how much more fun can I have in the process? Here’s to a new year of blogging documenting my personal style, life, and whatever else I feel like blogging about :)

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The outfit pictures above are from a casual Sunday shopping excursion this weekend with my talented and inspiring friend Chenglin. I also wanted to share my latest favorite inspirational quote, and the motto that I plan to use as I move forward with spreading the blogging love.


As always, I’m thrilled to see you here, and thank you so much for your support! Happy New Year!


Top: Banana Republic (sold out)
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Accessories: Pashmina scarf (old), Gorjana necklaces (both sold out)

Photography: Chenglin Yuan

Christmas cheer: Red party-cardi & suede booties

Hi everybody!

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Happy holidays! I borrowed the phrase “party-cardi” from my college roommate and her boyfriend, who use it to refer to the cardigans he wears to dress up. The phrase fit, so I took it. Sorry guys! Hopefully you take it as a compliment :)

I had a wonderful Christmas day, filled with good food, a fun present exchange, and a beautiful walk in the woods. I hope you all were able to celebrate the holiday season with loved ones!


Top: Francesca’s blouse (old), Barrow & Grove cardigan (old, similar here)
Bottoms: Sinclair “Elon the stick” jeans (old)
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Accessories: Gorjana Mimi stone necklace (old), Banana Republic bracelet, Bauble bar earrings

Winter whites: Distressed jeans & suede wedges

Hi everybody!

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I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days, which has equated to me curled up on my couch guzzling orange juice like its the nectar of the gods. I did pull myself together for a short window this weekend to take care of some last minute Christmas shopping and to snap these photos. I wanted something that was festive and warm, and this cozy, woven blazer (currently on sale!), did the trick. I love winter whites, and the heavier feel of the blazer makes it appropriate for any season. Love that.

Happy holidays and thank you so much for reading! Your support is always appreciated!


Top: Club Monaco tank, Club Monaco blazer
Pants: Mavi Serena Jeans
Shoes: Banana Republic
Accessories: Bauble Bar earrings, Gorjana necklace (old), Cape cod bracelet

Photography: Michelle Lee