Self-Empowerment through Setting Boundaries

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Kindness is not a sign of weakness. Whether it is a personal or professional relationship, respect and communication should be the forefront of your intentions. In moments of friction, I tend to react--call it a side-effect of being a passionate individual. But as the fumes from my ears begin to subside, I'm learning how important it is to have compassion, and make efforts to understand the person on the other side.

The way we act in complex situations will ultimately determine the outcome of the relationship. Don't say something you'll regret tomorrow.  Empower yourself by speaking up for what you want. Know what your limits are, and take the time to gain some clarity so that said limits can be discussed in a calm, non-combative manner. Be easy. Be easy to work with, so that this client will come back and work with you again. People will respect you more when you stand up for yourself, and even more so when you can communicate your frustrations without verbally attacking them. We make the mistake of assuming we are right and people should understand our opinion, but it's obvious that not everyone shares the same mindset. Take a moment to shed some light, use your words gently to create an outcome that is ideal for you. Create the life you want to live. Difficult situations are what molds an individual. In times of tension, I hope these words can guide you to be diplomatic and triumphant!

Trousers: Uniqlo (similar)

Boots: Public Desire

Hat: Forever 21

Top: Groceries Apparel (organic/recycled materials sourced and made in Los Angeles!)

Photos by: Shane Menez

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Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode
Uniqlo wide leg cropped trousers forever 21 cabby hat newsboy hat rebecca minkoff julian backpack groceries apparel top public desire janine over the knee boots maiden lane victoria ly victorialamode

xo, victoria

1960's Go-go Girl

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Beauty is timeless. The 1960's was an innovative era for women's fashions. Things got bolder, quirkier. Shorts got shorter in addition to psychedelic prints and colorblock. The iconic mod 60's look originated in London is so feminine and flirty. All I'm missing is some chunky white framed sunglasses. Thanks to the good people at Forever 21 for hooking up your girl. How cool is it that this entire look is from Forever? Well, boots from Public Desire, but you can get them for Forever too!

I've been loving newsboy hats recently--the bigger the better. It's one accessory that instantly elevates an outfit from simple to chic. Mini wrap skorts (skirt shorts) were a big thing in the 60's and allowed girls to look playful yet modest. At last, girls could bend over and adjust their go-go boots with confidence. 

I remember growing up with super strict Asian parents, and was not allowed to wear skirts BUT I COULD WEAR A SKORT. So I had many, many skorts. It felt like a happy medium, a transaction worked out with me and my parents at the tender age of seven lol. Because it was always about fashion. And now I miss my parents. Love you mom and dad!

UPDATE: OMG OMG YOUR GIRL WAS FEATURED ON Forever 21.COM!!! Extremely humbled and utterly grateful to be sponsored and featured by such an influential brand as Forever! There are so many girls out there doing what I'm doing, and it feels SO special to stand out from the rest. Thank you Alejandro Rios for lending me your gifted talents and kind soul. I am living my dream. THANK YOU to everyone reading this for following along on my journey, because good things are meant to be shared. This is just the beginning!

Photos by the elusive Alejandro Rios.

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Faux leather mini skort cabby hat newsboy hat ribbed surplice knit sweater thigh high boots gogo girl 1960's 60's mod london
Faux leather mini skort cabby hat newsboy hat ribbed surplice knit sweater thigh high boots gogo girl 1960's 60's mod london
Faux leather mini skort cabby hat newsboy hat ribbed surplice knit sweater thigh high boots gogo girl 1960's 60's mod london
Faux leather mini skort cabby hat newsboy hat ribbed surplice knit sweater thigh high boots gogo girl 1960's 60's mod london
Faux leather mini skort cabby hat newsboy hat ribbed surplice knit sweater thigh high boots gogo girl 1960's 60's mod london

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xo, victoria

Brixton Hat & Nylon Tricot High-Cut One-Piece

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It's weird how people compare life to a roller coaster, because on a roller coaster, the downhill parts are the most fun. When things are looking rough. When you’re pushed in a corner. Hell, maybe you even hit rock bottom. It is this series of events prompting a reaction from you to make the next move. Most of us need growth to feel fulfilled. So do something that scares you every day, and see your marvelous self unfold. 

You might be wondering where I got this awesome hat. Such a standout cap, isn’t it? Brixton knows how to make a good headpiece. I love how powerful I feel, think “I’m da captain now” vibes when it’s atop my melon. I picked up a few years back and now it’s all over the ‘gram. And yes, I’m still in love with a high-cut one-piece swimsuit. It’s retro, it’s classy and it’s me hanging onto every last bit of summer. 

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