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Alviso Adventures

I’ve been absent from the blogging universe for quite sometime now, (approximately 6 months) but I’m excited to finally update my creative platform after what seems like an eternity. Although I’m on summer vacation, my internship has taken a lot out of my day. I’ve come to realize, however, that I really need to make time for things I love doing (blogging, styling outfits, biking, and running) even if these activities are time consuming.

Standing on a wooden rail. – PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

A windy day at Alviso. – PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

Being back home has been nothing short of amazing. I’ve been on a couple of adventures with old friends, one of which includes my first time exploring Alviso, CA. Alviso is one of the oldest towns in Santa Clara County.

One of many photo perfect doorways at Alviso Marina Park. – PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

Getting a better vantage point of the beautiful view. – PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

As you enter the town towards the infamous Alviso Marina Park (check out #Alvisomarina on Instagram for pictures) you’re greeted by olden day houses and the once busy, but now abandoned, Bayside Cannery.

PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

One of the many views from the Alviso Marina Park Trail. – PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

Staying comfy and warm was one of my main objectives when picking out an outfit for our biking endeavor. I opted for my black jogger pants from Cotton On, an Aritzia tank top, and a varsity jacket from Urban Outfitters. My black joggers are my favorite go to pant. The only downside is the quality. I’m a few washes a way from creating a hole in these pants.

Posing with my beloved pink bicycle. – PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

My photographer and good friend, Mark. – PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

For shoes, I slipped into my new Nike Internationalists. You’ll definitely see me rewear these comfy shoes in future blog posts. They are incredibly comfortable and way easier to put on then my Vans Sk8-Hi shoes. These shoes are the perfect mix between Van’s high tops and New Balance sneakers. The small bit of height these shoes give you is a huge plus (especially for someone 5’1 like me).

PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

PC: Mark Pereya – Edits: Jeline Abutin

I’ll definitely be back to explore more of Alviso and hopefully bike the entire trail to Downtown San Jose.

Regards,

Jeline Abutin

Rejuvenate: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The holiday season is finally over and it’s time to go back to university (although I’m far from ready.) After spending a week in Florida with my family, I feel refreshed. I wasn’t able to document my whole trip, but I was able to snap a few shots at the dock behind my hotel.

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When I travel, my main objective is to be comfortable. For the humid and hot weather in Florida, I packed a lot of dresses and a few light perforated cardigans. I strayed away from jeans to avoid feeling constricted and sweaty, but received a couple of bug bites from not covering my legs (which were super itchy.)

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PC: Jeline Abutin

Arizona Birkenstocks were my go to sandal for the entire trip. Birks are extremely comfortable and durable. The pair I have are dark brown with copper colored buckles (an alternative neutral to black or white.) Wearing Birks 24/7, however, leaves you with an awkward tan. You also can’t get these sandals wet, so I don’t recommend them for walking on the beach.

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PC: CJ Banawa-Andico – Edits: Jeline Abutin

For one of my outfits in Florida, I wore a yellow dress from Urban Outfitters. Although I’m not a huge fan of yellow, I love the bright color of this dress against my skin tone. The cutout details in the back also kept me nice and cool. To cover up, I wore a long cardigan from Nordstrom. The length of the cardigan balanced out the shortness of the dress and made me feel a little more modest.

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PC: CJ Banawa-Andico – Edits: Jeline Abutin

I’m definitely going to miss being a 5-minute walk away from the beach (and the time spent with my family), but it’s time to go back to L.A.

Regards,

Jeline Abutin

Refuel: A Food Binge Essential

A t-shirt dress is the perfect clothing piece for food adventures especially if you’re planning to eat a lot of food. This type of dress flows away from the body hiding a potential food baby. The t-shirt dress is also a great dress once the food coma hits. Unlike a pair of jeans, this dress does not restrict or cling to the body whatsoever.

T-shirt dresses are exactly what you think they are: oversized tees. But thanks to stores like Topshop, Urban Outfitters, H&M and much more, these “oversized tees” are more refined than throwing on a men’s XL shirt.

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A huge chair perfect for pictures @ the Anaheim Packing District! 

PC: Michaela Tee – Edits: Jeline Abutin

T-shirt dresses are made out of soft and breathable fabric like cotton or jersey. These types of dresses can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. But rest assured, they are unbelievably comfy.

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Outside of the Anaheim Packing District

PC: Jeline Abutin

With the day off from school, I decided to sport my new t-shirt dress on a food adventure with friends to the Anaheim Packing District. For those of you who have not yet been to the Anaheim Packing District in Anaheim, let me tell you, it is freaking amazing (especially for foodies!). The Packing District is one huge warehouse (two stories high) filled with different food stalls. It has a plethora of cuisine ranging from fancy grilled cheese to Canadian poutine and everything in between. Besides the yummy food, the Packing District is visually beautiful, decorated with a modern yet rustic touch.

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It was so hard not to go around every food stall and buy at least one item to taste (it is a bit pricey). After taking multiple walks up and down the Packing District, I finally decided to try the Tonkotsu ramen from Orange TEI. I’ve had ramen multiple times before and this bowl would definitely make it on my top five. The broth was rich, the noodles were firm, and the pork was tender.

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A bowl of delicious Tonkotsu ramen.

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For my outfit I wore my striped t-shirt dress from Cotton On that I bought on sale for $5 dollars. What I really love about this particular t-shirt dress is the slightly hemmed sleeves that enhance the silhouette. The striped print and color of this dress also made it a must-have for me. Since I wanted to add a little more structure to my outfit, I decided to throw on my thrifted distressed denim jacket. I also added my cutout boots from Topshop to balance out the casual aspects of the look.

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 8.05.52 PM Outfit Details: Dress – Cotton On, Boots – Topshop, Jacket – Thrifted, Bag – Old Navy

PC: Michaela Tee – Edits: Jeline Abutin

Not too sure which t-shirt dress is the best pick for you? Explore Lucky Magazine’s top 50 t-shirt dresses here for more ideas.

Regards,

Jeline Abutin

Repeat: One Shirt, Three Ways

A basic t-shirt can be found in almost anyone’s wardrobe. But if you are searching for a not-so-basic, basic tee, then Wilfred’s Capucine t-shirt from Aritzia is the shirt for you.

Established in Canada, Aritzia is a chic, sophisticated, and modern boutique. The shop showcases about 14 different brands and has more than 60 stores in North America (but you can always check out their website here). The Wilfred brand is inspired by a blend of vintage luxury and effortless fashion, making this $50 Capucine tee a quintessential closet grabber.

Yes, it is $50 for a t-shirt, but it is the comfiest and most versatile tee in the whole entire fashion universe. If I could, and if my wallet allowed, I would buy this tee in every color available. Thankfully, my eldest sister let me borrow her Wilfred tee until I can eventually add one to my own wardrobe essentials. Unlike your basic top, the Capucine tee has a rounded hi-lo hem with two long slits on each side. The silhouette of the shirt drapes nicely on the body and shows just the right amount of skin. Made out of ultra luxe jersey fabric, it is outrageously soft and cozy.

Splurging on one item can be tough on your wallet. However, you will be able to wear this top multiple ways.

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Denim: I like to pair this tee with distressed boyfriend jeans and sneakers for a minimalistic look. Since the outfit lacks color, I chose to incorporate my ombre pink Roshe Runs from Nordstrom. This outfit is all about comfort and highlighting the shape of the Capucine top.

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Dresses: This t-shirt can also be styled without slipping on a pair of jeans. Throw it over a dress and add your favorite backpack or even a cute Panama hat. The slit sides and rounded hem add a different structure to the dress. The shirt is also fitted enough at the top so excessive bagginess is not a factor.

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Layers: Live somewhere with colder weather? Add some layers to this tee. For those of you who love to layer, this t-shirt is the perfect base. Since the tee is quite thin, it doesn’t feel bulky under chunky knits. This lets you layer sweaters, cardigans, or jackets without feeling constricted. Plus, the rounded hi-lo hem still peeks through!

Still not ready to spend $50 on Wilfred’s Capucine tee? You can get a similar t-shirt from Nordstrom here for $28.

Regards,

Jeline Abutin

Relax: Comfy Outfit Ideas

When it comes to picking out my #OOTD (outfit of the day), comfort has become one of my top priorities. As a college student, I aim to wear pieces that look and feel good. But as a college student, I need for my outfits to have the functionality to withstand short naps in the library (or any place you can squeeze in a little sleep), a daily commute, and the obnoxiously long walk from class back to the parking lot.

I also lean toward breathable fabrics, like linen, to stay cool and comfy in the hot SoCal weather. Cotton or jersey are alternative fabrics that feel great on the body as well and feel just like lounge-wear. For footwear, I gravitate toward sneakers for a city look or even boots with a low heel for a more uptown look. Being comfortable doesn’t mean the visual aesthetics of an outfit have to disappear. Mix your comfort needs and personal style and get outfits that you can relax and feel confident in. Need ideas? Take a look at the sample sets I’ve created below. Click the picture for outfit details. Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.36.22 PM Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.47.16 PM Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.47.29 PM Regards,

Jeline Abutin