Where Have I Been?

Forever 21 top, Banana Republic skirt, Dolce Vita sandals | taken inside the University of Texas Tower


Hello, world! It’s been awhile, I know, but shoutout to those who are reading this: You are awesome, and I love you.

This has proven to be a really busy semester, and instead of trying to document each and every moment like I have been doing in the past, I guess I’ve just been wanting to enjoy it all. Despite being such an exhausting semester thus far, it also has to be my most fun – I’m learning so much with the company of some awesome friends. There’s nothing like frantically studying for Physical Chemistry and Genetics with your good friends while simultaneously listening to the “Turnt Up” playlist on Spotify (listen to it, you won’t regret it). This past week was just the start of (many) midterms.  It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed, but I have been less stressed and more grateful. Maybe it’s because I feel more at ease with myself, but I’ve just been happy. Happy to enjoy the little things (sunsets and sunrises are my jam). Happy to smile and find joy in every day. Happy to do what I love – studying and learning. Happy to even stretch myself out of my comfort zone (more on that later)

I mentioned before that I would shift this blog a little to fit my interests more now; while fashion will always have a special place in my heart, right now I want to spread happiness and joy through less superficial means. I’m not saying that I will not be having any more fashion posts (because that is not true), but I will be posting more about my thoughts and things that I find joy in (and that I hope you will too).

Thank you again for those who have stuck with me even through my unannounced hiatus. If you want to stay updated more, I am more active on my Instagram!

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Perfect Pleats

Ann Taylor has a special place in my closet, not just because of how much I love the quality of their pieces but also how my mom and I bond over and share these pieces. I’m so lucky that she passed her older Ann Taylor pieces to me (and I can wear them all the time without looking outdated). I recently picked up this shirtdress from Ann Taylor despite knowing I did not really need another dress in my closet, but I’m so glad I bought it: it’s so comfortable for the summer (and would be cute for layering with cardigans once the weather gets cooler) and it’s the sweetest shade of pink that gives a burst of color to my day. The only downside to this dress is that it tends to wrinkle, which is not a huge deal, but it can get annoying.

A photo posted by Amanda Nguyen (@foreveranguyen) on Jul 25, 2015 at 1:25pm PDT

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Just A Dream

While it may be very hot here, I always bring a light jacket with me since I tend to get cold when I’m inside reading or studying. This cardigan from Forever 21 is the perfect transition piece, and it’s so affordable. Granted, the fabric can easily snag on keys and bracelets, so it’s not the best quality sweater. However, I love how light and airy it is for the summer, and how comfortable and stylish it is (especially paired with shorts because the differing lengths give a nice contrast and silhouette). Bonus: Forever 21 is having a huge sale on their website right now, and shipping is free no matter how much you spend!

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Roadtrip

I recently visited College Station with a couple of high school friends, and it was one of the most fun road trips. First of all, the food in College Station is A+. My favorite spot we tried was definitely Fuego (seriously, the best taco I’ve ever had). We also just had a great time being tourists around A&M (after a really intense rain storm that had us trapped in Fuego LOL). Good food, good friends, what more could I ask for?

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