Wednesday, April 26, 2017

7 Pieces of Life Advice for New Grads

Are you graduating this spring? 
Here's 7 Pieces of Life Advice I would have told my 22 year old self when I graduated college. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

10 Ways to Build a Positive Relationship With Your Manager

Have you ever heard the phrase "learn how to manage your manager"? I was confused the first time I heard this. Manage my manager? Shouldn’t he or she be managing me?  As I worked through my college internships and jobs on campus, I tried to understand this concept.

Then I graduated college and entered the real world. I quickly learned that if I was going to be successful in my first year of work, I was going to need a good working relationship with my manager.

I realized that "managing your manager" meant you should build a good relationship with your manager so you have a mutual understanding of success and expectations.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

6 Reasons Why Should You Donate Your Clothing at Your Local Value Village

It’s finally full blown spring in Seattle! I’m so happy that our 6 months of fall and winter has finally ended. I’m also excited to transition my wardrobe to spring. As I add new pieces like off the shoulder tops and dresses, I also look to clothes get rid of clothes that I haven’t worn in a year. Being a fashion blogger means I have a LOT of clothes. It also means I probably have a lot of clothes that I don’t need any more.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Not Going to Coachella? Here are 10 Things to Do in Seattle This Weekend

Are you missing out on Coachella this year? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. If you’re hanging out in Seattle this weekend like me, this post is specifically for you. Here's to a weekend of #nochella.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Learn How to Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

We all know what it’s like to be out of our comfort zone. For some of us, going out our comfort zone means speaking in front of a crowd or getting on a roller coaster. While others stay within their comfort zone, I encourage those around me to venture outside of it.

You learn so much about yourself when you cross the line of comfort and healthy discomfort. (I specifically say “healthy” discomfort because I don’t encourage people to put themselves in mental and physical danger.) In fact, I’ve learned both new skills and more about who I am by venturing outside of my comfort zone.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

3 Reasons to Second Hand Shop with ThredUp

I’ve been poppin tags long before Macklemore only had $20 in his pocket. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

So Much Love for ThirdLove (Review)

Usually when I think of treating myself, I think of pedicures or dessert. Very rarely do I think about treating myself to a good bra. But why not treat myself to a comfortable, cute bra?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

8 Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude

Attitude is everything.
I see the glass half full. Though I am an optimist, there have been many times in my life where I struggled with maintaining a positive attitude.

Specifically, times of transition and adversity have really challenged me to keep a good attitude. Whether I was starting a new school year or starting a new role, learning how to perform and function in a new environment can be difficult and daunting at times. In times in my life, being stressed and worried also weighed down on me.

One way I’ve managed to overcome transitions and adversity is to maintain a positive attitude.

Monday, April 3, 2017

LUZIA Made it Rain - Literally (LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil Review)

On Thursday March 30th, I was invited to attend one of the opening nights for LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil. I had always wanted to attend a Cirque due Soleil show so I was so excited! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Need Spring Outfit Ideas? Look Here!

It wouldn't be spring without floral. Today I'm sharing three ways you can incorporate floral into your wardrobe this season. I'm also sharing 3 look alike items for 3 different occasions: brunch, date night, and festival season below the featured look! Enjoy :)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day! Meet My Role Model: My Mom

Today has inspired me to reflect on one of my greatest role models in life: my mom.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

25 Lessons for 25

I can’t believe I turn 25 tomorrow! Here’s are some lessons I learned this year…

Monday, February 13, 2017

NYFW: Water Street

Day 1 of New York Fashion Week 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Introducing: We Are the Northwest

We are more than flannel shirts and the grunge scene. 
We are more than Starbucks lovers, tech geeks, and airplane enthusiast. 
We are fashion, we are progressive, we are women.
We are different, we are diverse.
We are professionals, fashionistas, models, and creatives. 
We have unique voices that are meant to be heard.
We are here and
We Are the Northwest.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Relax, Escape, Thrive: My Spavia Experience

In 2017, I'm focusing more on health and wellness. I truly believe in self care both emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Between work, class, blogging, working out, and everything else I've got going on life, it's easy to beat up my body with day to day stresses. I hardly ever treat myself to massages and facials, but I think it’s important to reward myself every once in a while.

Monday, February 6, 2017

3 Things Corporate America Expected Me to Know Out of College

College: My senior year of college was a blissful year. I had locked down a full time job by December and by spring quarter I was out at happy hours and going out with my friends every weekend (and Wednesdays…and Thursdays). My blissful times ended as I graduated, relocated to Southern California, and started my career with a PepsiCo. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

8 Amazing Places to Take Photos in Seattle

As a Seattle Fashion blogger I am always on the hunt to find new places to take photos at in Seattle. As I wander around the streets of downtown or a neighborhood in Seattle, I am always on the look out. Over the years I've found some amazing spots to shoot in Seattle so I thought I would share these spots with you today. So if you've been googling "where to take photos in Seattle", I've got you covered!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dear Mr. President,

Dear Mr. President,

Do you know what it's like to walk in a room and understand that you are not the norm? Do you know what it's like to be the only woman? The only person of color? And the only person under the age of 30 in a conference room?

Mr.President, has a senior leader ever addressed you continuously and mixed you up as the other Asian woman in a meeting? Have you been questioned by your co-workers and surrounding management why your last name is Cortes?

Mr. President, do you you understand what it means to be uncomfortable in your own skin? Do you understand the struggles and the beauty of having two cultures? Or speaking another language at home?

Mr. President, do you understand your privilege? Do you understand that money is a privilege? Being a man is a privilege? Being white is privilege? Having no prior political experience and being elected the president of this country is a privilege?

Mr. President, did you know my grandfather fought for this country? He was recruited by the American Military during World War 2. Did you know he was segregated? Did you know he  knew that the whites and the people of color had unequal amounts of food? So he had to scheme to break into the white rations of food in the middle of the night to survive the war?

Mr. President, do you know what its like to live in a world that sees you for your differences, whether they say so or not? Do you know what it means to have your religion attacked? Not only by extremist, but also threatened by the own country you are proud to live in?

Mr. President, I may not be Muslim, I may not have been segregated, but I have a basic understanding of privilege and oppression. Mr. President, I may not understand what it means to come from money or what it means to be white. But I do understand that with privilege comes power, and power comes influence, and influence can be just or unjust.

Mr. President, do you understand that you have the influence to make laws that don't attack people for their religion? Or that you have the influence to make laws that protect our environment? Or that you have the influence to make women's rights fundamental rights? And you have the influence to create a conversation instead of end in a social media ban?

Mr. President, in the fragile world we live in today, you have the power to lead with empathy, the privilege to lead with humanity, and the influence to make the unjust just.

Mr. President, will you listen to the American people? Or will you perpetuate another cycle of oppression, segregation, and exclusion?

Mr. President, will you open your mind and your heart to the people who are not the norm? The people who must defend their religions? The people who are not like you?

Mr. President, what type of person will you choose to be in your time in power?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Seattle Weekend Restaurant Recap

Do you ever feel like you eat at the same restaurants over and over again? Or that you only stay in the your neighborhood when you decide to go out to eat?

Its easy for me to fall in the same cycle of restaurants because I know they'll be good and I enjoy whats already familiar. But I do make it point to try a few new places every month because I do love trying new places to eat. This past weekend was a jam packed weekend full of food so I'd thought I'd share my Seattle Weekend Restaurant Recap to hopefully give you some inspiration of where to eat next.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Date Night Look + 8 Fun Date Ideas in Seattle

Do you ever wonder what to wear for a date? Or what can you and your significant other do for a date? As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I’ve been searching from some Seattle date night ideas for Brandon and me. I thought I’d share the some of my Seattle date night ideas with you. Here’s what I would wear and what I would do for a date night that you can also do:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hello 2017!

Holly Phan Photography
Meet my friend Ribicca from Amro Menor!