Monday, September 1, 2014

A Farewell to Summer





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Summer days came to an end sooner than I can imagine. It was only a few weeks ago when I began shopping for my fall essentials, and I couldn't wait for summer to be over already. While I'm not a huge fan of summer, even though I am a summer baby, I have to admit that I'm a little sad to see it go. Regardless of whatever summer entails, I always feel like summer is a huge recess and I'm not ready to face juggling school and work at the same time in the next few days. Although I never once made it to the beach in the past couple of months, I don't regret it at all, since looking back, I've had some pretty glorious summer days.

The thing about being in the greatest city in the world is that it actually kind of sets your expectations too high, and sometimes, when a stranger bumps into you on the street and doesn't stop to say a simple 'excuse me' your whole entire day is ruined. But that can happen anywhere too, but when you're in New York, it's almost as if you get to Top of the Rock and finds out that the sky's cloudy that day (not that I've been in this situation before). But on this particular day, this specific day, was one of my most well spent summer days yet. I got up earlier than usual, because who wakes up at 6:30 am to call off work. I got dressed in a shirt my dad bought for me as a birthday gift from Madewell. It's a kind of shirt that'd he would generally approves when I pick it out of a clothing rack because it has buttons all the way up my neck, but still flowey, white, with enough details for me to deem it a worthy addition to my collection of other white blouses. I decided that pants was just unnecessary since it was going to be 88 degrees out, and what's the point of being embarrassed of my pale legs now. And here you learn something else about me that is more obvious if I just outright tell you. I'm one of those people who puts a sentimental meaning behind literally everything I own. Ever since my parents divorced, I wear a necklace that's made out of a chain my dad used to wear and a ring he gave my mom years ago. And in this particular outfit, I'm wearing both of my parents' 21st birthday gifts to me.

This summer was the first time I wasn't with my dad on his birthday for the first time in 20 years. This summer was the first time I got to spend almost every single day with someone that made me smile (almost) everyday, because let's face it, the fights are always funny when you look back at it a week later, even though you swear that you were going to kill him and never speak to him again. This summer was my first summer working a full time job. A summer that I really felt like I grew up a little.

This summer I ate so many types of food that I can't even keep track of, because Opentable only keeps record of how many points I've gotten from reservations that I've actually been able to show up for (which is still a lot since I'm a VIP finally!). This summer I've met some really inspiring people. This summer fell in love with New York more than I could ever allowed myself too, since I always tell people that I'm moving out of here as soon as I find somewhere else I feel more at home to settle down. I think I've also figured out what I wanted to do this summer too (maybe you'll all come eat at my restaurant in 10 years)! This summer was full of life changing experiences that are so significant, yet so subtle.

These summer days have grown on me, and I don't think I can ever say that I hate summer again. Just like how I know deep down I should've tried harder to make my parents fall in love with one another again. Sometime, it's not enough to just accept things even when that seem to be your only option. New York doesn't have to be the greatest city in the world everyday. And who said you had like the person you love every minute of your life. But to regret something you've never even tried is actually the worst.

With this in mind, I am going to enjoy New York's short fall and a winter that seems to last forever to the fullest, while I look forward to summer again.

I hope you've all had a beautiful summer to remember as well, and thank you for reading. I'd love to know what you think of the photos as well. Shun and I have been working hard to step up our photography game for the blog.


Top: Madewell
Shorts: Aritzia

Photos by Shun S.

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