Monday-Spirations

March31Such a simple idea, yet I think we very easily forget it and focus on things that draw us away from true happiness. I’ve always found that when I follow my heart over my head and chase what makes me happy, I am by best self.

Have a happy Monday!

Love Its!

IMG_2721The Conservatory in the gardens of Filoli

This week I’ve been home for spring break. It’s been a relaxing week filled with catching up with old friends, hikes, museum dates with my mom and quality time with my family. Coming home can be such a gift. It grounds you and re-energizes you for the next task ahead. For me that’s a full Spring Quarter with classes, an editing internship, a campus job and a heavy involvement in student government. Thanks to my refreshing week at home, and the pearls of wisdom my parents impart each time I see them, I’m ready to charge ahead! Hope your first weeks of spring have gone well!

IMG_2609Some cool prints found in my room at The Inn at the Presido. I love that they incorporated the eucalyptus that we find everywhere in the Bay Area. IMG_2683The beautiful ceiling at Neiman Marcus in San FranciscoIMG_2704The best truffle tater tots ever at my favorite eatery in Sacramento, Cafeteria 15LIMG_2715A beautiful floral arrangement in the even more beautiful ballroom at FiloliIMG_2718A sure sign that spring is here; wisteria crawling up the outside of the Filoli house

Love-Its!

IMG_2482The first touches of spring on campus

I haven’t done one of these in forever! Just a quick little look into my life and the things I’ve been loving recently.

IMG_2557Breaking out my favorite spring necklace from Anthropologie now that the weather is warmer

A song I’ve been loving recently (the demo version is also really good!).

IMG_2598 IMG_2600 IMG_2603 Some of my favorites from de Young Museum’s Bouquets to Art exhibit. Check out my Instagram for more!

State of Grace

IMG_2571I recently found myself with some free time during an afternoon in San Francisco. So, I did what any sensible style blogger would do—I acted like a tourist in my own city and took some blog pictured in one of my favorite areas of the city, Union Square. This is one of my go-to outfits during spring. I love this dress and how easy it is to dress up with accessories. Since it’s finally spring, I had to add some mint and lavender jewelry pieces! I toted around my favorite kate spade new york carry-all (perfect for days in the city when I need to bring a lot of things). I wore a pair of chic and comfortable snakeskin flats. The outfit comes together in simple, understated elegance— it puts me in a “State of Grace”.

IMG_2577 IMG_2580 IMG_2591 IMG_2593 IMG_2595 IMG_2596Dress: Anthropologie (Similar) Necklace: J.Crew Factory (Similar) Sunglasses: Chanel Bracelet: Henri Bendel  Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender (Last seen here) Bag: kate spade new york (Similar)

St. Pat’s

StPatsI decided to skip the inspiration this Monday and instead celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! As I’m sure is clear by now, I love holidays and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception! My Irish family has some cute traditions for today, and while I’ll still be wearing my very best green dress, I will sadly be missing out on the family stuff since I’m at school. My mother always makes us some kind of green inspired breakfast and then for dinner we have corned beef (well, tofu for me) and cabbage with soda bread. I took the easy way out this morning and ate some Lucky Charms for breakfast (hey it has a leprechaun on the box, it’s totally authentic). I’ll definitely be looking forward to eating some leftover soda bread when I get home for spring break tomorrow! How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Two

TwoYearBirthdayMy blog officially turns two years old today! It’s crazy to think that so much has happened and changed in such a small amount of time. I started The Bow Ho my freshmen year of college when I was feeling kind of lonely. It wasn’t until my second year at college that I really found my place, so the blog was a great creative outlet to have during a difficult time in my life. When I started it, I was so scared of being judged and critiqued for it. I had no idea where the blog would lead me. Through my two years as a blogger, I have undeniably grown. I think having the blog has helped me to strengthen my voice as a writer and define my personal style as a Fashionista. The blog has lead to some amazing opportunities and inspired my next step after graduating college. It was through having this blog that I discovered my dream to be a fashion and lifestyle writer for my career.

A special shout out and thanks to all my readers! Having your support means so much and continues to inspire my work on the blog. A special thanks to my mom who is my most loyal reader and to all of my friends who have suggested outfits, given compliments, taken dorky photos of me and helped out along the way.

Just Be

IMG_2458In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve never been much of a jeans and a T-shirt kind of girl. So when I want something low-key and easy to wear, I usually opt for a cute dress. It’s preferable if the dress is detailed enough to need few added accessories. I recently wore this Anthropologie dress to the weekend farmer’s market and it worked perfectly! I paired it with my trusty Converse (seriously I have started to wear these non-stop!) and my cross-body bag (great for when I’m in a crowded area and don’t want to fuss with a bigger bag). I didn’t feel like battling my unruly curly hair, so I twisted it into a simple side braid and tied it with a gold hair tie for a bit of sparkle. What’s your go-to easy outfit?

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Dress: Anthropologie Shoes: Converse Bag: Coach (Similar) Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Thanks to my friend Alexis for taking these photos! To see her other work on my blog click here.