Clementine

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Things I always have in my trunk: sneakers, heels, a yoga mat, and a swimsuit. There's a time and place for the underboob trend, and this time it's in front of a white Pontiac. I like the sporty influence of these crop top swim suits paired with a high cut brief. Some places will charge an arm and a leg for a good kini, but I was surprised to find so many cute and affordable options at Floralkini. The scoop neck is a little low cut, so I'm wearing a medium in top and bottoms. ICYMI: Orange is the new black. 

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Dating Fail

It felt like my moment had come, like I had struck gold. The perfect man was infatuated by me. He complimented parts of me I've always wanted someone to notice. He made me feel exquisite, sometimes even divine. It's such a high to find someone you adore and admire, and for them to feel the same for you. It’s been a while since I’ve felt a connection this magnetic. 

It's wild how so much of life is subjective. How we give meaning and credence to the things we wish to believe. He had me meet his sister, invited me to her wedding abroad, called me pet names his family called him and told me I was everything he's ever wanted. He shared parts of his dark past with whom he's only told a few. 

Now, to a normal person, that's special. Right? These aren't things people share openly, right? I must be different, right? Perhaps the acts I gave meaning to are meaningless to him. 

Our love was playful, funny and passionate. The symptoms were so euphoric, I wasn’t thinking clearly. I didn't see the clues he dropped to hint this wasn't serious. But in hindsight, I could count the ways. 

We only see what we want to see, and I pray next time I would see what is there in plain sight. Is it true that if it feels too good to be true, it is? Isn't that such a degrading outlook? That we don't deserve an outcome beyond what is acceptable?

He said he was never committed to me, and I called him out on misleading me. To my surprise, he never responded. I didn't even deserve a response? 

Did I even matter? Was any of it real? Was it just for show? 

I know what I felt. And I find it hard to believe I was disillusioned. Perhaps it was best that it ended. He began to reveal a darker side, troubled and depressed. But he didn't want my help. You get what you give, and my love is bold and bright. We were on different pages. 

Look for consistency. And remember what you are. Hang onto that and don't let anyone inside of your bubble. Make your bubble indestructible. Because you are the only one that matters. Focus on your goals and everyone else is secondary. You have the power to shape your world. 

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xo, victoria

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Ah, swimsuits. They're a good layering piece, hug in the right places and fun to wear as a top (probably since you're not supposed to). 

Fell in love with this mesh wonder from Miss Pap. Blame it on the brilliant red roses--double points for the lovely embroidery work. I like patches when they're cute and girly, and not-so-NASCAR.

Loving that trousers are currently on-trend. I wish I had a pair of trousers for every day and night. They work best with little tops, half tucked shirts/sweaters for a relaxed and effortless cool. Throw on a pair when you're feeling like a BAWS. Racer stripe trousers are also rotating heavy on Instagram and I love the play on street meets chic--one of my favorite looks! One is cooler with the other. Call it symbiotic. 

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xo, victoria

Keepsake Stolen Hearts Dress

Feeling extra feminine in this sweetheart cut. Every girl needs an LBD or five. I'm the type to find a occasion for the dress, and not the other way around. If there's anything I love more than ice cream, it is a shapely garment--so this structured dress via Boutique Dandelion was a must-have! Seamed sweetheart cups, a peplum skirt and slit to tie it all together. Oh, you fancy huh?

Keepsake is based out of Australia and one of my favorite brands. In the past few years, Aussie brands have terms of cut, style and quality. Shop this dress and more from a beautifully curated collection at Boutique Dandelion.

Captured by: Jared Veloria

 

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xo, victoria