Sunday, November 30, 2014

last saturday w/ Alyssa & Sebastian @ Panera
this past friday @ crepes de paris in victoria gardens with Zara
plaid shirt: f21 | sweater: f21 | denim: kohl's | shoes: kohl's
post-black friday pesto cavatappi without the chicken @ corner bakery
weekendiary: past weekend & black friday
10:34 PM

weekendiary: past weekend & black friday

Monday, November 24, 2014

top: american apparel (via sam's club) | skirt: urban outfitters | leggings: cotton on | cardigan: urban outfitters | shoes: kohl's
[photos by Sonalee Patel]
I am in love with anything fuzzy right now (and pretty much have been since birth.) I got this amazingly fluffy cardigan in January and it's been a cold weather staple. Honestly, I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear this every single day of finals week too. 
As application season slowly closes, I'm trying to make more time for friends, school, and by virtue of the creative process, this blog. I know I keep saying something to that effect, but hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more of me in 2015, which is something I'm really excited about!

new york city station
1:33 PM

new york city station

Monday, November 17, 2014

Basics: I just finished the Tarte BB Cream in tan, so I was in the market for new foundation. As I'm not a fan of overly cakey or "made up," looks, I wanted something light on the skin with a natural finish. When I popped into ULTA, the saleslady recommended the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in the shade 8.0. It's a $39 foundation, but a little goes a long way and so far I've been loving it.
Overall Score: 4.75/5

Packaging: It's never a deal breaker for me, but I can definitely appreciate this luxurious rose gold packaging. It just makes everything look so expensive and high-end, as I'd expect from Urban Decay. I also love the fact that there's a pump, because it makes it easier to get just the right amount of foundation, and a lot less messy than the Tarte BB Cream.
Score: 5/5

Application: I get a dollop of foundation on my fingertip and dot it along my face, concentrating on problematic areas. Afterwards, I just use the Studio Basics expert complexion sponge ($4.99) to blend everything out. Since I'm talking about foundation routine anyways, let me just say that I love beauty blenders. It only takes me 2-4 minutes to put on foundation; a small miracle on crazy mornings before school.
Ease of Application Score: 4.8/5 (liquid foundation still has a propensity towards getting on clothes that's not cool)

my face with just foundation

Setting: I take my Real Techniques stippling brush (which I also love a lot), swirl it around in the Revlon Nearly Naked pressed power in 050 Deep ($6.42) and brush that on to set my foundation, and bada bing, I'm done. The whole process takes me about 6-7 minutes, depending on how much of a hurry I'm in. This combination lasts me about 6 hours, so my face does tend to look a little oily by the end of the school day, however this is probably more of the setting powder's fault than the foundation's.

comparison of foundation + powder (left) vs normal skin (right)

As you can see, it makes a pretty dramatic difference.
Pros: lightweight, buildable coverage, easy to apply, lasting coverage, natural finish, a little bit goes a long way
Cons: pricey, no sunscreen 

I'll be back to posting outfits by the end of this week, but I hope you enjoyed the slight detour.
Review: Naked Skin by Urban Decay
7:42 PM

Review: Naked Skin by Urban Decay

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

top: f21 | pants: kohl's | jacket: f21 | sandals: kohl's | bag: tj maxx
[photos by Jessica Cheng]

If you've been on Twitter this week, I'm sure you've seen the #menimism tweets going around. Some of these points are valid, I'm not going to deny it, but the very fact that men feel threatened by an empowered and enforced women's rights movement scares me. The purpose of feminism, as so may others have reiterated is to achieve equality for both sexes, the key word being both. If this turns into a war of factions, no one wins. All of us fight each other instead of fighting a system that got us here. I think, like a leather jacket, or fall gladiator sandals, the system is hard to love (ah, Kripa actually reined it back in!!) One one hand, there are some things I love about identifying as a woman, empowered by a community of women in the 21st century. However, I think it's important that we stop seeing dating behaviors as "making concessions." It's pretty childish and ineffective.

hard to love
6:58 PM

hard to love

Sunday, October 26, 2014

top: urban outfitters (mens) | skirt: burlington | sandals: target
[photos by Niral Patel]
As the humdrum of college essays, tests, quizzes, and projects slowly crushes me to a pulp, I sometimes wonder if all of this is worth it, or if I'm just wasting my young years. I love that song by London Grammar because I think it best encapsulates the feeling of wasted time over uncertainty. Also, I just really love Hannah Reid's ephemeral voice.

wasting my young years
12:37 PM

wasting my young years

Sunday, October 19, 2014

top: american apparel | denim: uo | flannel: kohl's | shoes: kohl's | bag: tj maxx | snapback: rose bowl flea | lips: l'oreal lip liner in rouge + revlon lipstick in 007 in the red
[photos by Aesha Thaker]
I think this outfit is pretty representative of fall/winter with all the black, flannel, and platform shoes. Even though it's still like 80 degrees in SoCal, I want to start integrating more of my cold-weather clothes for crying out loud! When am I gonna be able to bust out my trusty leather moto and furry cardigan? Bring on the peppermint mochas and extra hour of sleep, I'm definitely ready.

it's the weekend
8:04 PM

it's the weekend

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative of to partake in their #MyCosmoStyle challenge! For those who haven't heard of it, they picked bloggers to style outfits they'd wear to restaurants/nightclubs at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas. I had a lot of fun so I hope you enjoy the post!

top: A.L.C Nat Top | dress: Red Label | boots: Alexander Wang "Martine" | clutch: REDValentino | cap: southmoonunder | glasses: Linda Farrow for Dries Van Noten | necklaces: myfabulouscollection & shopgoldyn

If someone asked me to describe my "dressed-up" style in three words, they'd be "t-shirts over dresses." I love how this look is upscale with the sleek boots and refined grid pattern, but also quirky with neon sunglasses and a conversation-starting bag. I'd wear this to sample some goat cheese ravioli and red velvet cookies at The Wicked Spoon, a casual brunching/American spot, or drool by the AllSaints Spitalfields.

top: A.L.C Nat Top | skirt: By Symphony | jacket: Acne Studios | shoes: The Iconic "Alessa" | necklace: Capwell
I think midi skirts are a great way to look trendy yet tasteful. This one in particular is unique with its metallic gold leather and elevated with a flash of leg. To keep it from being too conservative, I added this Acne moto, which has had me drooling ever since I saw it on Eugenie of Feral Creature. At the Cosmopolitan, this would be my outfit for the social club Rose.Rabbit.Lie. I was intrigued by the title, and upon further investigation, I found it to be a "casually elegant" environment with an unconventional experience*. 
*obviously I am underage and am not condoning underage drinking in any way

Once again, thank you so much to Ms. Jennifer Whitehair of for asking to participate in the challenge!
- Kripa.
11:53 AM


Sunday, September 28, 2014

top: uo | denim: kohl's | jacket: f21 | boots: h&m | lips: revlon super lustrous lipstick in 007 in the red
[photos by Riya Sony]

In Theory of Knowledge, we're talking about the social function of art, and what the heck that means. Now I've never been too good at conventional art (I got a B- in 7th grade art...) but I'd like to think of fashion as an art form, and I might be kind of good at that? My idea of the social function of art is self-expression and social commentary. Trends generally lead to style archetypes or personalities you come to associate with those articles of clothing, for example, androgynous and "provocative" clothing are "rebellious" and undermine traditional femininity. What do you think is the the purpose of art? Leave comments down below, hopefully it'll be an interesting discussion.

to hell and back
8:45 PM

to hell and back

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

top: target | denim: urban outfitters | blazer: h&m | sandals: target | earrings: forever 21 | lips: nyx soft matte lip cream in monte carlo
[photos by Riya Sony]

If it wasn't blatantly apparent, this post is titled after the popular Banks song, Begging for Thread. I'm really digging smooth R&B/electronic tunes right now like Banks, the Weeknd, and Jhene Aiko. 
I also realized that this I haven't posted in 11 days because el oh el trying to get my life on track not really. I'm trying to get out more content, I swear, I just feel like life keeps happening too fast, y'know?

begging for thread
10:14 PM

begging for thread

Saturday, September 13, 2014

top & skirt: forever 21 | sandals: target
[photos by Riya Sony]
I've been fascinated by the athletic/sports luxe trend lately. Anything that looks remotely like a jersey, running shorts, tennis skirt, or Nike Roshes, I'll probably love. This look is really simple but I love the way the stripes on the shirt are an inverse of the stripes on the skirt (which is made out of ultra comfortable sweatpant material.) 
Maybe I'll actually start working out now...


11:11 AM


Friday, September 5, 2014

top: tj maxx | pants: kohls | kimono: forever 21 | sandals: target
[photos by Niral Patel | @fotosbyniral]
I thought I'd title this look in honor of Queen B's song XO partly because her birthday was yesterday and partly because I love the positivity and that idea of "first love." Something so bright and burning it's as potent as literature itself; something that changes everything it touches. Now of course, you don't need someone to change everything (and that's what self-acceptance is all about) but if you're stuck worrying, daylight's definitely wasting.


baby, daylight's wasting
7:23 PM

baby, daylight's wasting