The final chapter of junior year, the first chapter of summer. 

romper C/O TOBI / necklace BUFFALO EXCHANGE / cuff bracelet C/O LARIMAR / bag STREET LEVEL / shoes BORN IN CALIFORNIA (similar) / hat WORLD MARKET

Is a life without alarm clocks, places to be, projects to do, and people to meet really the kind of life I crave at the moment? While summer is the epitome of liberation, I have learned that I only value freedom given the right geographic location — that is, the kind of freedom that comes with coconut mojitos and Caribbean paradises, and certainly not the urban variety. For me, summer in NYC translates to productivity — work first, play second. Can you blame for me adopting the city's career-driven (and cutthroat) mentality? 

This summer marks my first away from home in CA and my first officially in the city. Hello humidity, tourists who walk at 1/mph, and weekday happy hours. I'm glad to temporarily escape the burden of homework and exams, but don't get me wrong — there is still much work to accomplish, adult work. Networking, internship hunting, treating yourself to overpriced mani/pedis, somehow maintaining an apartment cleaning schedule, contemplating about your Tuesday night wine choice (but really).  

Though I'll no longer be a scenic drive fom the Pacific coast, I can always keep a slice of the ocean with me through, yes, jewelry. My new triangle cuff from LARIMAR has easily become an everyday essential — for more reasons than physical beauty. The larimar stone is found specially in the waters of the Dominian Republic and also doubles as a healing crystal, connecting to the throat and heart chakras to enhance creativity and serenity and remove negative energy. 

Having just finished junior year of college (!), my next plan of action involves worrying about everything post-school — aka, the terrifying job hunt and the quest to combat student loans. I think I'll need this larimar stone more than ever soon... 

Shop more of my Tobi favorites here: rompers, dresses, jumpsuitscrop tops, skirts
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Photography: Areta Chen


  1. OMG, Kelsey, I didn't realize you were juggling school! NYC is happy to have you as its summer resident. :) Less tourists, more Kelsey, pls.

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  2. What a beautiful romper. Love that lace detailing! I recently just finished my junior year of college too. Can't wait to be done tbh!

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