This is part 2 of my Bridesmaid dress series where I showcase my bridesmaid dresses I’ve worn for weddings and reflect on my younger self. This pink guava bridesmaid dress I wore for the second wedding I had the opportunity to be a part of. I believe I was actually 20 when they had their wedding, but this post will be dedicated to my 18 year-old self. (I still can’t believe 18 was 7 years ago!! Where did time go?)
Anywho, if you missed my part 1 of this series you can read it here! It’s a letter to my 13 year-old self.
I will also include a bridesmaid tip & some pink dresses at the end.
Here’s what I would tell my 18-year-old self: READ MORE
With the new year half-way over, I thought it was time for me to take a vacation. So I did. I flew down to New Orleans. It was my first time there. My sister and brother-in-law hosted me and were my local tour guides. There are A LOT of things to do in New Orleans, it just depends on how much you want to spend. There are a lot of free things to do, and also a lot of not-so-free things to do. Depending on what is “fun” to you, there is something for everyone.
I’m not a night-life person. I love art, history, parks, and food. So we did a lot of those things. With that said, here are a few places that I visited. These places are all free. Of course, there are a ton of different tours available if you don’t have a local tour guide.
While there are a lot of different things to do in New Orleans, I enjoyed just driving and walking down the streets. I didn’t take a lot of photos of the “normal” streets, but I found the architecture interesting and unique. They’re all different colors, with different architectural designs, but all very charming in their own ways. There are definitely French & Spanish influences in some of these homes.
And the Mercedes-Benz dome, we kept driving pass it so I thought “why not take a picture” so I did. It was cool.
If you enjoy history, architecture, and READ MORE
With wedding season here, I want to share with you my previous bridesmaid dresses. I’ve been blessed to have been a part of 6 weddings, and these 6 couples continue to inspire me in some way (directly or indirectly).
But with this bridesmaid dress series, I won’t necessarily be talking about weddings. I’ll definitely include wedding-related ideas, but I want to also share my growth and life overtime. Hence, This series will include 6 posts where I reflect on my younger years. This will be therapeutic for me, and I hope it inspires you too.
This purple/blue-ish dress was my very first bridesmaid dress ever. I was in middle school when my first cousin got married. I’ve had this dress for over 10 years. I’m surprised this dress still fits! (It didn’t come with the crown, that was a something I just added for this shoot). I think I was actually 12 when she got married, but here’s to my 13 year-old self.
Dear 13 year-old Mai Nou, READ MORE
It’s finally summer!! Okay, it’s technically not summer until the 22nd but the weather is definitely summer ready. And because the weather is summer ready, that makes me summer ready too. I especially love summer because I am a July baby and I appreciate the short-lived hot weather. (I feel like most of the year is cold).
With summer here or just around the corner, I wanted to show a couple of my favorite summer fashion trends.
Two of my favorite summer trends I am wearing for today’s outfit post: graphic tees and floral prints. READ MORE
“Should I start a fashion blog?” If you are asking this question you probably already know the answer.
If you want to start a fashion blog, I say go for it! You have nothing to lose. And, if you figure out that you don’t like blogging about fashion, you can at least say you tried and didn’t like. (Otherwise, you’ll probably spend the rest of your life wondering how your life would be different if you did start that fashion blog).
Starting a fashion blog is not difficult. There are a ton of tutorials out there to help you start your blog, especially on the technical side. But I’m not here to talk about how you can start a fashion blog. I’m here to talk about why you should start a fashion blog.
If you already have a fashion blog, that’s awesome! (Leave it in the comments, I would love to visit!). I hope you will gain some inspiration from this post, even as a blogger yourself.
If you are still undecided, this post will help guide you in going through with starting your fashion blog.
(And if you are not interested in starting a fashion blog at all, this post can still be applied to any kind of blog or website!) READ MORE
Have you ever gotten lost scrolling through facebook, or instagram, or watching an entire season of a TV show? I know I have. The other day I found myself scrolling through Instagram, and when I finally looked at the time, I realized an hour had already passed. (Now, I’m not saying that having down time and catching up on social or shows is bad. I do it all the time). However, I did find myself asking how I can use my time more wisely.
I’ve been listening and watching a lot of motivational/inspirational speakers. Now wish I knew what I know now at the age of 20 or 18. It’s interesting how when I was younger, I felt like I had all the time in the world, I felt like I couldn’t wait to get older to do things. Now that I’m older, I feel like I have to hustle. I feel like I don’t have enough time in a day. I’m wishing I can slow down time. Do you guys feel this way too? Let me know in the comments!
For me, the challenge is trying to find the balance between soaking in a moment and hustling through projects.
Aside from wishing I can slow down time, I love this bell sleeve dress from the Who What Wear Collection for Target. READ MORE