Fall 2017’s Biggest Trend: Plaid Blazer

The first official day of Fall 2017 is not until next week, however, I feel as if everyone is already in a autumnal state of mind. Thus, I wanted to address one of the biggest emerging fall fashion trends I have noticed  – the plaid blazer. This classic silhouette and glen plaid pattern is very reminiscent of timeless European styles and is definitely making a comeback this season. This past NYFW, I saw big names like Chriselle Lim, Aimee Song and Eva Chen rocking a similar style outerwear.

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The week before heading to New York Fashion Week, I happened to stumble upon this glen plaid blazer at Goodwill and it miraculously fit me perfectly. It was a coveted piece and I knew it would be the perfect thing to wear to New York because it’s such a fall trend right now. Although a blazer is often associated with more formal occasions, I knew I wanted to dress it down, so I opted for this plain white crew neck tee from DSTLD (use the code ‘enclothedcognition’ for 10% off) and these grey, distressed boyfriend jeans from Hollister (similar). As far as accessories, my backpack and belt were thrifted years ago and the boots were from H&M (similar).

Related: How to transition your crop tops for Fall

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One of my favorite things to do when it comes to styling is adding some juxtaposition. I love this outfit because the structured glen pattern blazer pairs so unexpectedly well with the loose boyfriend denim and cropped tee. This combination is a great fall outfit to wear when you want to look effortlessly put-together.

Also, props to Dennis for taking these amazing photos. I met up with him before the Mochi NYFW presentation and it was such a pleasure working with him. If you are into street style, definitely check out his work. He has really captured some beautiful people and outfits!

Related: Benefits of Shoot with a Professional Photographer

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All Things Mochi – SS18 NYFW Presentation

My NYFW Experience

Last week, I traveled to New York City for the day in order to attend the Mochi SS18 NYFW presentation. I was drawn to this brand because the pieces are handcrafted by local artisans using traditional methods of embroidery. I love a company that gives back while being wholesome and transparent. It is amazing to hear All Things Mochi is supporting local talents, creating jobs, and improving the quality of life in some of these countries.

Related: Read about one of my previous NYC trips!

The latest collection is from Mexico and they labeled the event #FiestaDelaMochi and it was exactly that!. As soon as I stepped into the showroom, I was greeted by the sounds of a cheery Mexican song playing in the background and a jovial display of papier-mâché and colorful sombreros strung from the ceiling. Mochi’s founder and designer, Ayah Tabari, was animately bustling around the showroom, shaking hands and answering questions about the collection. Not to mention, they had a lovely staff handing out frozen cocktails, actual cocktails, tacos and Mochi handcrafted bracelets made in Guatemala.

Related: My previous trip to New York Bridal Fashion Week

The Mochi SS18 NYFW collection itself was so beautiful and it immediately made me want to don one and head off to beach despite the autumnal vibes outside of the showroom. Obviously, there was a lot of tasteful embroidery present in each look using a plethora of colors. I loved the repeat of vertical stripes within the outfits as well because they paired so well with the bright hues. Also, a lot of respect for the diversity among the models present!

Related: I would have loved to wear this collection to Bermuda 

I had a lot of fun attending this Mochi SS18 NYFW presentation! Prior to the invite, I never heard of Mochi before, but am so glad it is now on my radar. I think more fashion brands should choose to be more ethically conscious like this one has!

Although my time in NYC was short, it was jam-packed and a lot of fun. In addition to the presentation, I met up with a photographer, some friends and managed to get some New York style thrifting in (yay)! Stay tuned for outfit photos from my #NYFW trip!

 

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Benefits of Shooting with a Professional Photographer

 

Long time no see! Well, if you have not noticed already, I have managed to successfully migrate Enclothed Cognition from Blogger to WordPress.org. I have been wanting to make the jump for quite some time now, but to be honest, the prospect of switching platforms seemed exhausting and challenging to me. Nonetheless, I finally put aside a full day to make the transition from blog to self-hosting. I decided to go with the webhosting company, Siteground, because the reviews were really good and to be honest, they were running a decent Labor Day Weekend Sale (LOL). However, this is a topic for a different day..

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting with Sophie in Philadelphia and these photos are the result! To be honest, I was a little nervous going because I do not have too much experience shooting with a professional photographer. If you did not know, the majority of my blog photos are shot by me with my trusty self-timer and tripod. However, there is definitely a lot of merit in shooting with another person!

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From this shoot, I learned the benefits of shooting with a photographer. I realize this might be common sense to some of you, but prior to this, I never put much thought into it because I liked being a one-woman show. Yet, shooting with Sophie was a lot of fun! I got to shoot in a location I normally would not be comfortable lugging my tripod to. Plus, nothing beats the crispness and the unique shots you can get when having an actual person behind the camera.

Building a relationship with a photographer can also be a really valuable partnership. For instance, I was able to get high-quality images to utilize on my blog and social media outlets and Sophie is able to gain more exposure for her work. I honestly think one of the setbacks is not working solely on your own time and at your own pace. You do need to count on the photographer to send you the shots in a reasonable timeframe.

RelatedHow I thrifted this silk Armani blouse

That being said, I am definitely going to be more open to meeting up with any willing photographers who want to work together. If you are based in Philly, holla at me! I am also going to New York tomorrow to attend one NYFW presentation and I’ll also be meeting up with another professional photographer. I can’t wait to share with you what I will be wearing! Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can keep up with my mini Fashion Week adventure!

Connect with Sophie: Instagram/Portfolio

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Fall Wardrobe Staple: Black Ankle Boots

 

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Come fall and winter time, 80% of the time you can find me wearing a pair of black ankle boots. I always gravitate towards these when it is a bit chilly because they seamlessly go with any outfit. Personally, I do prefer boots with a bit of a heel because I am vertically challenged and I’ll take any bit of help to get some extra height. Currently, I have been gravitating more towards boots with an interesting texture or finish – just something to make them stand out from your average black boot. When shopping for a pair, I would look for details that give the shoe more uniqueness. For instance, in the above image, there’s boots with silver hoop hardware, shiny patent leather, faux-snake skin, platform heel, contrasting colored laces, and other embellishments. By opting for a more interesting footwear, you are able to elevate your entire outfit and it automatically makes it more fashion-forward. 
 
In the outfit above, I am wearing a flow asymmetrical black tank top, a silk blouse, cargo pants, and a statement silver necklace from TotalKnockOut. For footwear, I went for these patent leather heeled boots with a silver buckle and pointed toe. I think these add such a different element to my already all-black, monochromatic outfit. I snagged these boots a couple of weeks ago from H&M for only $15. I was actually eyeing them all throughout last year’s F/W season, but never went through and purchased them. It was fate though because I managed to get them on clearance and can now rock them for this upcoming season. Patience is a virtue!
 
 

 

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5 Tips on Maintaining a Long-Distance Relationship

*Photo taken by Alex Choi 

On Saturday, my boyfriend, Surim, left for his final year of university in Pittsburgh, which is roughly a 5-8 hour distance depending on mode of transportation. He was supposed to have graduated in May with me, but had to go for a “victory lap” as we jokingly call it. This is now our fourth year of enduring a long distance relationship. I understand 6 hours is minuscule in comparison to some other long-distance relationships, but as we cannot afford to make the trip often and are forced to see each other only one weekend a month during the school year.

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Although we are a seasoned long-distance couple by now, saying bye to Surim this past weekend was still so hard for me. Writing this post even has my tearing up. This past summer, I basically spent every day with him and to go from seeing your best friend everyday to only once a month is definitely rough. However, I am so grateful our relationship is strong enough to have been able to endure this for such a long time now.

I wanted to share with you guys some tips on how our relationship has been so successful over the years. Dating is no easy feat, especially in this new millennial society in which cheating is normalcy and “side-baes” are praised. Even within my own peers, I have the longest relationship. This is how we continue to conquer the distance together:

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*Photo by Alex Choi

1. LOYALTY. You heard it from Kendrick and Rihanna, “All we ask is trust. All we got is us”. These lyrics could not be more true. I am sure you have heard it time and time again, but honestly trusting your significant other is half the battle in any relationship, but especially when there is some distance involved. I have so much faith in Surim and I know he would never do anything to make me question his loyalty. The two of us have very similar values and I know he has the same kind of trust in me as well. I think this trust has been established because we are really open with each other and lying simply isn’t in our vocabulary.

2. MAKE TIME FOR FACE TIME. Since we are forced to see each other only once a month, we find other ways to close the gap between us. One of the biggest ways we do this is through Snapchat. This has been one of our favorite methods of communication the past couple of years. We like it because we are able to see each other’s face and it makes talking more personable, Plus, we feel like we can get more context by physically seeing each other’s facial expressions and whereabouts. In addition to Snapchat, we do FaceTime occasionally and always make time for phone calls when we can.

3. PLAN REGULAR VISITS. As I mentioned already, we are sure to see each other approximately once every month. Before he left on Saturday, we already decided I would visit at the end of the month for a weekend. By having this time frame set in mind, both of you are able to have something to look forward to. Last year, we also planned around celebrating the holidays together. For example, in October, I went to Pittsburgh during Halloween weekend and in February we visited each other during Valentine’s Day weekend. People are likely to feel more lonely during these occasions, so if it is possible to see each other during then – go for it!

4. SEXUAL HEALING. I do not want to touch on this personal topic too much, but long-disatance relationships are hard because of the lack of certain physical aspects of a healthy relationship. However, there are ways to overcome this and to keep a relationship spicy and interesting  even with the distance. Get creative with it!

5. OPPORTUNISTIC MINDSET. Lastly, long distance relationships are never ideal to be quite honest. Surim and I were forced to because of school, but keep in mind that this distance is not forever. I keep reminding myself that come springtime, there is nothing that will keep us from being apart anymore. Keeping this goal in mind is important. Plus, they do say that distance makes the heart grow fonder. I would never choose to go through a long-distance relationship, but I did come to appreciate the fact that it made us treasure our time together more and definitely strengthened our relationship.

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I hope these tips on making a long-distance relationship work were helpful for those who are maybe in the same boat as me. Long-distance is not easy, but with patience and trust and the right person, it is definitely not impossible.

If you have any other relationship advice or any long distance relationship questions, be sure to leave a comment down below. I would love to hear your experience and thoughts on this matter!

 

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