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Vancouver (and some times Los Angeles) weirdo wears stuff, takes pictures, makes fashion blog.

A Hot Mess

There comes a time (allegedly) in every fashion blogger's blog where an outfit doesn't make much sense. This is one of those times.

Ok, I'll admit it, I've definitely been overworked and haven't had time to plan out what to wear for a while now. Other difficulties include: It's really cold out, and most of my shoes have started leaking in the soggy weather because apparently I am a serial shoe killer.

So excuse me while I mix all the earth tones I have plus the only pair of boots that aren't leaking for another autumn post.

I'll be honest here, I have no idea what I was doing.

All I know is, I had to stay warm, and neutral colors were boring. Enter this Frankenstein of an outfit that I threw together in about 4 minutes. I have to say, I didn't like it when I walked out the door, but it looks not as bad as I initially thought in photos against a rich-yet-grey-storm's-a-comin' backdrop.

I have incredible admiration for people who can manage to wear weather sensible outfits and not look like someone just forcibly jammed some jigsaw pieces together and called it a day. (Guilty!) But over the course of the day, this outfit did start to grow on me a little, because it's so WTF that I quite enjoyed the mismatched-ness of it all.

So just how do style bloggers keep on keeping on as it gets colder and yuckier outside? If anyone knows how to not become a amorphous fluffy marshmallow in a thick coat I'd love to know your secrets.

And as for this hot mess of an outfit, well at least the barista at a hipster cafe liked it!

Photo cred: Collin Head @deklyn21 | EditingMe!
Outfit details: Dress, boots: Thrifted  | Bag: Amazon | Coat: Target | Leggings, belt: Forever 21 | Hat: Spirit Halloween

Frump Princess

Have you ever had a change of heart about how to dress? Since the season changed, I've also had a change of heart... mostly about pants. Mind you, I mainly wear them out of necessity because of the very simple fact that winter is cold. If I could get away with it, I'd be in a dress/tights combo until it was warm enough to ditch the tights.

But something about this year, man. It's been weird. Look at those weird things covering my legs.

Pants.

Prior to this, I was a one-pants-look wonder. Basic low rise skinny jeans with no frills. Not skinny? Forget it. Holes? Definitely not. Length that's shorter than ankles? THROW THEM INTO A FIRE! I gave myself a lot of pants rules probably because I hated pants. But people change! And this is the great thing about fashion -- it doesn't sit still.

So, even though a part of me still thinks girlfriend jeans are just a less crappy version of frump-to-the-max boyfriend jeans. that suits me just fine because I'm ready to style myself intentionally frumpy and comfortable after working on my feet all day.

Have you ever had a change of heart? Or do you like to stick by what you know?

Here's a little story: I remember back in 6th grade, I had a major change of heart one day -- I was a fuchsia shorts day in and day out kind of kid, but one day I decided I wanted to wear dark colors and *gasp* a skirt. Mom took me shopping and got me a dark purple sweatshirt and a black skirt. I was so excited to wear it to school but when I got there, my entire class laughed at me. It was too out of character, I suppose. They had branded me as the weird girl in fuchsia shorts, and anything outside of that was deemed ridiculous.

I hid in the bathroom at recess and changed into my PE clothes, which were, yup you guess it, fuchsia shorts.

I guess that experience really jabbed me in a sore spot. For a long time after that, I went low key with any clothing choices. Most of my things were extremely similar or just straight up duplicates -- I didn't want to step outside of the small corner I painted myself into out of fear. Fear of being ostracized as the weirdo.

But honestly, I was always a weirdo, I just didn't think it was OK to be one.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is, it's absolutely A-OK to be a multifaceted peacock in your style if you want. It's A-OK to change it up completely from time to time if that's what you want. I have frilly shiny dresses, and now I have frumpy loose-y goose-y jeans, and I have shirts in every color of the rainbow, but sometimes I just want to wear basic black.

I was too scared to wear the things I wanted to back in those elementary school days, but the most important thing I've learned as I got older is that weirdos are cool, and weirdos wearing whatever their little weirdo hearts desire is ballsy and lovely at the same time.

Photo cred: Grace Yeh @myneighborkittykatsEditingMe!
Outfit details: Shirt: Joe Fresh | Scarf: Thrifted | Bag, socks: Target | Coat: Heavenly Couture | Belt: H&M | Jeans: Garage | Shoes: DSW

Losing Light

It's that time of year when the daylight is becoming scarce... but the days feel like they drag on forever. I've already caught a cold, gotten better for a few days, and then caught another one... so this post will be short because rest is a thing I should do at some point.

I've worn everything here in previous posts before except for once new addition to the family: the best bag ever! I got stars in my eyes the first time I saw it. While that is shiny and new, the rest of my fall/winter wardrobe is falling apart from being too worn out... I'm glad I got some pictures in these shiny rain boots before they tore on the sides because I really liked them!

I'm not sure what else to say until I a) feel like a fully functioning human, and b) go find me some more weather appropriate things before the rain rolls in again. Hope everyone is staying warm and taking their vitamins!

Photo cred: Collin Head @deklyn21 | EditingMe!
Outfit details: Shirt, romper, tights: H&M  | Jacket, boots: Joe Fresh | Bag: Target

Let's Play Dress Up

Last time Pauline dressed me, we hit the beach in a simple, breezy dress. This time was a bit more put together. Since she was to have free reign over what clothes to put me in, she immediately jumped on the chance to put me into a skirt that didn't make a good first impression for me the last time I saw it... But as the pieces started to come together, I was feeling pretty freaking cool. The final outfit was almost too cool for me. I felt super weird in it because it's so far out of my normal range of fashion in terms of color, print, silhouette... So I'll let Pauline talk about this outfit. All the pieces were hers except for the shoes. I might fit into some of her clothes, but my ginormous yeti feet would never squeeze into her tiny goblin shoes.

Angel: Let's start by stating the fact that you knew I would dislike that skirt, but chose to put me in it anyway... why?

Pauline: So I was positive you didn't like the skirt because I tried to get you to wear it in December,
and you said, "HA! No." So when you said you'd be willing to wear anything I wanted this time, I knew that I wanted you to wear that skirt because it's lengthening.

Angel: Not sure I need lengthening, tbh.

Pauline: Actually, I know you're tall enough to wear the outfit in the way I wanted, which is a crop top with a skirt. And whatever, lengthening is always great.

Angel: So basically, you had this in your closet but it doesn't fit on you the way you wanted.

Pauline: Yeah. I actually bought the skirt a year before the top because I loved how "Parisian" it looked. I tried to wear it with several shirts, and they never "worked" with it. I wanted a shirt with detailing, and the little laser bits were perfect.

Angel: What makes it Parisian, as someone who actually spent time in Paris?

Pauline: Because it's long and kinda conservative, and striped, and it has a tiny bit of pleats on it. Well, "paper bag" pleats.

Angel: Well, I do enjoy the paper bag bit -- I like it in shorts, but something about that length skirt makes me go nope. Not sure why.

Pauline: I know you're not into the length of the skirt. I've known you long enough to know you don't wear skirts that length ever.

Angel: It's like the longest tube of fabric ever. But... I was pleasantly surprised.

Pauline: Yeah, it was a good length, its unfortunate it was too big.

Angel: How long is it on you?

Pauline: Hm... I wear it on my waist, and its probably only like 3 inches up from my ankles. Very long on me.

Angel: Would you ever hem it?

Pauline: Nope. I like the length on me too, it's just not how I see it in an ideal outfit.

Angel: I felt very "blogger" in that outfit, as opposed to normally, I don't.

Pauline: I think that's likely an influence from me reading fashion bloggers for a long time, I've read some of them for over 10 years. Well... almost 10 years, and Ii think there's a very generic "LA blogger look" nowadays, which includes very specific silhouettes, solid colors, graphic prints, etc.

Angel: I get that aesthetic. it feels wholly impersonal to me because it's common.

Pauline: Yeah, it's an aesthetic I personally really enjoy. and my aesthetic for clothing and style is pretty sleek I think, like classic shapes.

Angel: You like structured stuff.

Pauline: Yeah.

Angel: You like a very specific silhouette. I don't even know what my aesthetic is sometimes, just that it's not even close to the same ballpark as yours.

Pauline: I think you have more of a whimsy, and like the romantic look of the skirts and dresses.

Angel: Was it weird seeing me in your outfit?

Pauline: Oh yeah. Baffling. Because it wasn't a very you outfit.

Angel: I'd be willing to steer more towards a "blogger" look, I just don't know where to start. Maybe look at something, think eww no way, and then buy it.

Pauline: I feel like that's the fun of fashion though, right? You're never really restricted to any one style or whatever.

Angel: Speaking of styling, you styled a photoshoot we did... not for me but for a model. Did you enjoy the process?

Pauline: Oh of course. I love styling. In an ideal world, I would do a lot more styling. I think its so fun to come up with different ways to put together outfits. I imagine in a perfect world, I'd have access to anything, and I'd be able to put together outfits.

Angel: In an ideal world, Brenda wouldn't have tripped on a banana.*

Pauline: LMFAO truuuuuuue. I actually like to collect clothes. Like what I said about that skirt, I owned it for a full year before I found the top. Sometimes things just come together. Fashion is cyclical, so things always come back into fashion. I mean we saw velvet slip dresses become a thing again this year. I think paperbag skirts and tailored pants will always be fashionable, I also think peplums will always be in fashion. I think anything tailored can be in fashion... and florals.


Angel: I hate peplums, are you planning on putting me in some peplums any time soon?

Pauline: Haha one step at a time.

Angel: I hope you had fun styling for my blog.

Pauline: I did! It's interesting to see you wear new things. It's exciting to see you like... try things you'd never normally wear. It's been cool to see how your personal style has changed over the years. Like remember you used to wear only jeans and a plaid shirt over a t-shirt?

Angel: Those were dark days.

Unfortunately, I'm back in Vancouver now and more styling by Pauline would have to wait until my next visit. I had a lot of fun, and at the same time, started to wonder about my wardrobe... Is it too much of the same? And how hard would it be to get a few things that at first glance makes me go yikes, but then later would have the potential to be great? I actually can't wait to wear more things that are seemingly out of character. Fashion is fun!

*The shoot in question with our model, Brenda, was never completed because before I even took my first shot, she slipped and skinned her knee horribly. She's OK though! And we have another Pauline styled, Brenda modeled, me photographed shoot that's set to be published in January! Hype!

Photos/styling: Pauline Hsieh @lauhte EditingMe!

One Last Hurrah

Excuse me while I faceroll my way back into blogging! It's been a crazy two months-ish. To be honest, I've lost track of time completely.

Suddenly, it's too cold for shorts. Suddenly, I found myself digging out that winter raincoat from the bowels of my closet.

But here is a set I didn't get around to posting before I bounced out at the end of August -- my bad! It was actually my favorite outfit this summer.

So before I start blogging about sweaters and rain boots, here's a happy send off to summer 2017.

As much as I love the lacy top flowy bottom combo, this outfit was a pain in the butt to find the pieces for initially. I got the shorts pretty early on in spring, but couldn't figure out what to wear with them. There was actually a matching top for it in store, but it had a horrendous fit -- too short, too puffy in all the wrong places. But oh the shorts, they were a dream come true. Print, color, fit were bang on. So the hunt for something to complement it was on.

I don't know about anyone else, but I get extremely distracted when trying to put clothing together into a cohesive look. It goes a bit like this -- See thing I like, get thing I like. See another thing I like that has nothing in common with first thing I liked, and so on and so forth. My closet is kind of an explosion of puzzle pieces that don't fit together. The perils of liking loud colors and prints is that I really have a lack of neutrals to pair things with.

Sometimes I have to remind myself -- You like hummus and chocolate, but you don't like hummus with chocolate. Applying that simple principle to shopping ethics, I was able to concentrate for a good 30 minutes and hunker down to get a matching set of tops in nice simple white. Yes, it's two pieces!

The second challenge of finding a solid white tank in the right length to go under an entirely too see-through lace top forced me to concentrate for another chunk of time. I honestly don't think I've ever made this much of an effort for something so light and summery. I had to suppress my usual impatient temperament and make it work... and it was worth it. As far as all my summery clothes go, I feel like this is the most me. I only wish I had more time to wear it.

So, this week I show you what I consider is super me, next post will be something completely out of my comfort zone.

And with this, I bid summer 2017 goodbye. It was much, much too short.

Photo cred: Meghan Latta @discomoon | EditingMe!
Outfit details: Lace top & shorts: Urban Behavior | White tank top: H&M | Bag: T'was a present from me mom | Hat: Dressew | Shoes: Thrifted | Panda Necklace: T'was a gift from me boo.

Dress Your Age

polka dot romper h&m
Hola everyone! I skipped a week (or has it been two?!) because I've been hustling my patootie off, and I'm loving it! But work aside, there's a topic that I really want to talk about, and that's the concept of dressing one's age -- a concept that wholly escapes me.

When I walk through through a store, I inevitably gravitate towards the kid's section. Why? THE COLORS! THE CUTE PRINTS! THE SHINY SPARKLES! Have you noticed that there's always a stark difference in the color palettes between the kid's section and the adult section? It's like walking from a funeral straight to a birthday party. Whoever decided that being a grown up means giving up vibrant colors should be strung up like a pinata and spanked.

And yes, while kid's clothes fit funny on a full grown adult, I still tend to buy them... a lot of them. Probably too much for my own good. When the cashiers ring me up and sometimes ask, "Are these for you?" I look down at my glittery kitten print shirts and ask them right back, "Gee what ever gave you that idea?" I used to feel a bit self conscious about this, but after a while I basically just relented to the fact that I'll never not like bright colors and prints. And if the kid's section is where I can find what resonates with me, then so be it!

ruffle off shoulder romper
There have been occasions when I walked down the street and see a toddler in the same shirt as me, and that nagging thought of maybe I should grow up at some point flashes in my mind. But then again, it also means that toddler is super fly and I give them a thumbs up.

For a while, it was a constant battle of insecurity and wanting to flaunt what I love about fashion -- variety, boldness, personality. At the end of the day, flaunting wins. If I don't say anything, no one can tell what section of a store I got my clothes from. In fact, the most compliments I've gotten on what I wear are things I picked out from the children's side.

jumpin' jumpin'
And yes, this romper was from the kid's section. It was actually quite a surprise that I fit into it without getting a wedgie the size of the Grand Canyon.

So the moral of the story is, if I fits, I friggin buy it and love it and wear it and I don't really give a flying pony's ass what anyone says about it.

Now if only I can squeeze into kid size shoes...

Photo cred: Meghan Latta @discomoon | EditingMe!
Outfit details: Romper: H&M | Jacket: Billabong | Shoes: Thrifted | Sunglasses: Ruffles

Relax

Hello from beautiful Malibu!

I made it to LA, and have been here for three days. This trip was supposed to be a stay-cation, as in I'd be actively looking for work, working, but maybe try to relax a little without the super rigid schedule I've had for the last few months.

So speaking of relax, what's more relaxing than 1) handing the reins over to someone else and let them handle the task of dressing me for this set, and b) heading to the beach?

My friend Pauline was the one to pick out the dress straight from her closet, drove us to Malibu beach, and braved climbing those loosey goosey rocks to take the photos! She doesn't have a shortage of floral prints in her massive collection of clothes, so in essence, this look is very her.

It was an interesting experiment to see how personal personal style is. Up until now, I have been dressing myself for every post, thus everything has been very me.

Would you find anything like this in my closet? I'm going to say no, even though floral prints are kind of my thing as well. The wrap factor would have deterred me, as demonstrated by the fact that I couldn't figure out how to get into this dress when we raided Pauline's closet. And I would have probably been drawn to things that were more vibrant in color.

But for something that at first glance, I wouldn't have picked off a rack myself, I kinda bonded with it after walking along the beach and having it flap and fly in all the right ways.

Exploring just how personal it can get with personal style sounds like a good mini-series, I think I'll be letting Pauline dress me for the next few posts. It's interesting to see what we agree on, and what we don't in terms of fashion.

As for our mutual love for floral prints... her focus seems to be on the details of the print (see all those sharp, thin lines on this dress?) and mine is on color.

There's lots more to explore! She has a massive closet that I can't wait to rifle through!

And speaking of relax, it's something I still have to work on. Not being constantly occupied was making me nervous, and I felt like I was wasting time just sitting there and soaking in the sea breeze. I'll learn though. As I'll learn to loosen up a little and maybe put on the pair of *capri pants Pauline has set aside for me. Maybe.

* I hate capri pants.

Photo cred: Pauline Hsieh @lauhte EditingMe!