Is it love?


“Someone tells me: this kind of love is not viable. But how can you evaluate viability? Why is the viable a Good Thing? Why is it better to last than to burn?” ― Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments


It seems I've been a bit caught up with the concept of 'love' lately--love of another person (be it platonic, romantic, or somewhere in between), love of self, love of a situation or environment, love for what I'm doing, career- or life-wise. This is in part thanks to the usual reflections that waver between the lines of hopeless romantic and unrelenting pragmatic, and also in part thanks to 3LAU's new song, linked at the end of this post, which I've been semi-obsessed with. Also Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse: Fragments, which in some sense reaffirms my love for literary criticism and the written word in general. About these photos--they were taken on a day trip with a friend to Lamma Island, one of the outlying islands around Hong Kong. I've always really liked the notion of wearing white dresses in summer, despite my nearly-all-black wardrobe. This particular one is from Hollister, in a very pretty eyelet pattern with a strappy back and slim-to-flared silhouette. I love it because it's the kind of item that you can dress up or down depending on what you wear with it.


Here, I opted for a thick-knit duster-style cardigan and sneakers to keep it casual but I could just as easily see this outfit with a black blazer or vest and Doc Martens, which is equally up my street. Versatile pieces like these are essential for summer, especially when you want to look nice when you just feeling melting instead. Summer is coming!

Outfit Details White Eyelet Dress, Hollister (still available) Acrylic Wool Cardigan, H&M Black Leather Cross-body Clutch, old Black Puma Sneakers, old


I'm kind of excited for summer actually. It's a new time for unknown opportunities (after my one year in AIESEC is up) and it's basically a new quest for, as cheesy as it sounds, doing something I "love". Funnily enough, blogging happens to be one of those things, so it feels like I'm on the right track.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

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xo, jess[i.e.]

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