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

Moon River Woven Shorts

One thing about my style is that I either like my clothes one step beyond "form-fitting" or oversized to the brink of ridiculousness. (You can blame the latter on the iconic Olsen twins). And today, we are going for an oversized, airy look. 

I love an good button-up shirt with a lacey undergarment. Smart and sexy, what's not to love? A rule of thumb for an oversized look is to have one form-fitting item, and in this case, it's the sashed shorts that accentuate the waist. But I love how the shorts have a relaxed fit, as well. Lately I've been obsessed with girly details, such as frills or big bows. Who am I these days?

In case you're wondering, I'm still in a phase where I have the urge to throw on thigh high boots with everything. What can I say? I'm a leg woman. 

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xo, victoria

Caramel-Coated Class

Here lies a game of tones. The monochrome trend is alive and well, so let's play with neutrals, shall we? While styling a look for Forever 21, I unearthed this caramel coat from the depths of my walk-in closet, because Lord knows I've been underdressed throughout this slightly unforgiving San Francisco winter. Not only is this a game of tones, but also a game of lengths. A long coat speaks class, and to complement it, I added a high-low skirt, then thigh high boots to fill the negative space. Since the skirt is high-waisted, I paired it with a crop sweater from Forever 21. See what I did there? I'm pretty clothed, but by playing with lengths, the entire ensemble is captivating, in my humble opinion. 

I had so much fun during this shoot! A photographer I met a few months ago in LA happened to be in town, and so we explored my neck of the woods. I love how supportive and open people are in this industry and how linking up with a stranger and shooting with aligned visions is NBD. 

Coat: Free People

Sweater: Forever 21

Skirt: Finders Keepers via Boutique Dandelion

Boots: Schutz - "Karlyanna"

Photos by: Rudy Widjaja

xo, victoria

Street Chic

Streetwear with a touch of class, made from eco-friendly plant material. How cool is that? The oversized crew neck sweater is a must-have staple for the colder months ahead. Wear it with ankle boots, thigh high boots or sneakers for an air of understated coolness.

Groceries Apparel has easily become one of my favorite brands. Each piece from their collection was constructed with so much thought, from the fabrication, to the weight and structure of each garment. High-quality clothing with flattering cuts are such a rarity.

Sweater: Groceries Apparel // Boots: "Karlyanna" by Schutz

Photos by: Daniel Cohen