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#Freakum Dress Season

Summer is upon us which means it's time to pull out your best "freakum" dress. I haven't gone out that much this year because as of late, I've been working 6-7 days a week. So I searched long and hard for a bodycon dress that I could debut on my night in the town. I decided to snag this little red number from the California based brand Tobi. It's comfy yet slick!

What Is She Wearing?

Tobi Alesha Cut Out Bodycon Dress

Pom Des Garcon

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I have had a special place in my heart for pink for over a decade. When I was about 10 years old, I convinced my mom let me have a "princess room." This room featured a pink carpet (yes, my room was the only room in the house with a pink carpet), canopy bed with pink bedding, and my disney telephone and t.v. set. My fascination with the color went away for some years, but recently resurfaced in adulthood. It's bold, fun, playful and a friendly reminder that anyone 21 and over can still rock this color!

What Is She Wearing?

Forever 21 top

Forever 21 pencil skirt

Steve Madden Heels

No Title.

It a little past midnight and I am sitting in my bed ruminating on the progression of "With Love, Banke." What started out as your stereotypical millennial's need, no WANT to express their creative juices to kill time in college has now turned into a millennial trying to expand their blog into a business. Banke now wants to become a *cues the drums* #GIRLBOSS.

Ok, ok I am so using the word GirlBoss but, I've only stepped into NastyGal once, and no I did not purchase anything but hey, a girl can dream, right?

A post such as this one is long overdue. As many devoted readers of this blog may know, or may not know is that this year I unfortunately did not write a three year reflection post of my blog. It's strange--January (20something) came and on the day of my three-year blogger anniversary I was more concerned with when I was going sweep away the tumbleweeds that were blossoming around my site than cumulating my thoughts to write some type of reflection.  

For awhile, I struggled with keeping this blog updated. It was almost as if I were an outdated apartment complex refusing to make upgrades to the facility because, well it was falling apart. I know I needed to make some type of adjustment, and modernize some things but something was missing. I yearned to "fit in" with the typical fashion blogger. You know, putting effort into describing every aspect of my wardrobe and tips on how to style a look. But most of the time, I did not really care. I noticed I have stopped caring about a lot of fashion blogger related things that I used to care about. I believe that is what set me a part. Or is there a collective of bloggers who share my same beliefs? (I may never know...)

Many things have changed since I first started my blog. I am now a career driven woman. Back when I started I was a full-time college student but had much time to spare to write witty candor on my experiences as a college student and my sometimes not so pleasant fashion don'ts. And I got back into modeling--another career that limits my free-time updating this blog. 

Despite time not working in my favor, here is a promise to myself and my readers that in due time, I will be a little bit more consistent. If only there were enough hours in the day to do everything...

Because I'm Happy

Jumping for joy because 2017 has been treating me extremely well.

Many blessings have come my way in bloggersphere.

Plus, this outfit totally describes how i'm feeling about life right now--it's pretty and I'm blossoming like crazy! One thing I love about spring is seeing pastel clothing splattered all over the place. 

Once again, happy Spring!

What Is She Wearing?

Stereo Halter Dress

Asos Shoes

With Love, Banke

Illusions of Love

Five years strong in my relationship with chokers and I can say for the most part, things are going well.

I take breaks in our relationship from here and there but something keeps pulling me back.

 And although the relationship has been somewhat complacent, I decided to spice things up with adding a touch of denim.

This is my first time wearing a denim choker. I was a little bit hesitant at first to strut this accessory; However, it ended up fitting my personal style.

 

Had I had the opportunity to attend Coachella (yes, another year of me NOT attending the festival) I would have rocked the hell out of this look.

 

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What Is She Wearing?

Giant Vintage Sunnies

Purchase romper HERE

Denim Romper

Asos Shoes 

 

 

War & Peace

Being "trendy" now feels obsolete. 

Seasons change and trends fade.

And when that happens--what is left for the creative blogger?

Be your own "trend" and don't give in. Some days I feel like being preppy.

Others grungy. And if I wasn't versatile in my style. I would be extremely dull. 

And where's the fun in that?

What Is She Wearing?

American Apparel Easy Jeans

 

Hey, it's Spring!

For the past few years I have been inspired by Parisian style. Simple yet chic, Parisian style successfully captures different elements of my personal style--whimsical and girly. May I also add that much of Parisian style is extremely functional? 

And now that it is officially spring, I can successfully infuse my style and Parisian influence into one attractive outfit. What's not to love about that?

 

What Is She Wearing?

FashionMia Bodycon Dress

Forever 21 Beret

Forever 21 Heels

With Love, Banke

#BeJoiful

Every woman has experienced the inevitable--you find yourself in need of a mani/pedi or a makeover but you a.) do not feel like leaving your house or b.) your go to salon is booked out for weeks maybe even months! But, now all of that can change with the touch of finger. 

Joiful app is a beauty app that lets you request for beauty services. This app is one of a kind because they come to you. 

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the innovative app's launch party. The exclusive party was held in Culver City, California. In attendance were well respected influensters, fashion bloggers, models and designers.

Before the event, I struggled for hours with what I would wear. Should I wear a simple dress? Jeans and a dressy blouse or rock out a romper with my infamous statement piece? I decided to bring out my previous birthday dress from Topshop. The dress, which was purchased from TopShop has always been a showstopper.

I received a lot of stares (maybe from blinding people with the sparkles) and moreso compliments about this dress. It's fun. It's playful. And it reminds me of something a younger Carrie Bradshaw would wear in her prime. 

What Is She Wearing?

Top Shop Skater Dress

Asos Silver Shoes

With Love Always, Banke

Be my Valentine?

Although Valentine's Day has come to an end, one can still appreciate the novelty of the sultry outfits that made their debut on this day.

 

From royal red, to vibrant blues, the dresses made JUST for this day will make any girl feel and embody the characteristics of a timeless show stopper.

 

I spent a majority of my Valentine's Day cleaning, listening to music and praying to God that I'd be in bed by 10:30 pm tonight.

LOVE

Maybe, just maybe i'll celebrate this hallmark holiday this weekend. 

The Archives

I decided to bring out the archives. I have a ton of photos that I shot back in 2015 and 2016 that were never showcased on my blog...until now. 

The styling and photographs were taken by Tia Hollingsworth, a Los Angeles based fashion photographer. 

Fashion is art and art is fashion. The untrained eye would merely depict me being surrounded by "trash." But what they don't know is that art is unearthed in some of the most unconventional ways. 

With Love, Always...

-Banke

L A C E

Today has been for lack of better words was...trying. But, for some reason, listening to Radiohead has strangely enough made my day much better.

I tried, I really did try to leave my love for lace back in 2016 but my addiction to it is tough to break. The look, the feel, how it photographs... If lace were a person, it would be my muse.  

What Is She Wearing?

Skirt: Marshalls

Ring: Aldo

 

xo

Simplicity

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These photographs were shot in 2015 in Long Beach. I believe this was the first shoot that I have done where a photographer used film--and since then, I've become enchanted by film photography. Maybe I love film because it really captures me in my true element. I am clearly stripped down of my URL title "With Love, Banke" and am just Banke-- your average 24 year old. 

xo.

No Rest for the Rad

The statement on my shirt is the truest statement I have seen in a long time.

It seems as if a majority of the most successful people or those in the process of trying to live a successful and fulfilling life receive little to no sleep.

There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

 In the pursuit of success and happiness you have to sacrifice something right?

And it seems as if sleep is the first thing to go for most people. Hopefully this year, i'll get it together in terms of my inconsistent sleep patterns zzzz.

 

What Is She Wearing?

Zara Jacket

Forever 21 Boots

Sunnies: Gamiss

Shirt: Gamiss

2016 in a Nutshell

Do we really have 72 hours left of 2016? Could someone please, virtually pinch me? Because this honestly feels like a dream. I think it is safe to say that a large majority of people would agree that 2016, for lack of better words, was a hot mess. 

Although there were less than glamourous events that occurred in the year 2016, I would like to recap on all of the blessings that came out of this year.

I obtained my master's degree

I am super proud of myself for obtaining my MPH degree. Trust me when I say it definitely was not a cakewalk. Graduate school tested me in many ways. But, I left with a new found understanding of myself and my purpose in my career field.

I landed a new apartment

Adulting paid off--I leased a new apartment and words cannot express how happy I am. To simply state that apartment hunting was stressful would be an understatement. I was frustrated and anxious but I remained determined throughout the ordeal and my determination lead to me finding a beautiful place that I now call home.

I signed to two modeling agencies

Since I was 10 years old, I always dreamed of becoming a model. For awhile, I had to settle with taking selfies on Myspace and showcasing my amateur photoshop skills for the my URL friends to view. However, when I was 16, I decided to really pursue my passion and moved to California to follow my dreams (a bit cliche?). Anyways, I did pursue modeling and took a longer than expected hiatus from the industry (7 years). I still to this day do not know what sparked my interest to pursue modeling this year but i'm glad that I did. This year, I did more photoshoots than I could imagine, booked some awesome gigs, met some beautiful souls in the industry and really refined/solidified my modeling skills. As a result of my drive and perserverance, I got signed to two modeling agencies. 

I obtained more URL exposure and collaborations

Lets face it--I've been blogging for nearly three years now and this year, my blog got nearly as much exposure as it did when I started it back in 2014. I was featured on Lookbook (again), landed some more blogger collaborations with well-known brands and really got to get to know some of my followers. I'm really thankful that my blog is gaining recognition from people all over the world. 

I revisited old interests

When I was younger, I used to always watch the History channel and a VERY little known fact is that for awhile when I was little, I wanted to be an archeologist would would study the ancient artifacts of Egypt and Greece. Thankfully, this year revisited this interest and read up on some history from around the world. This is just one of the many interest that were in once dormant.

I have grown

Want to know the TRUEST test of growth? Look at your Facebook memories and see if you would ever dare write the same statuses that you did a few years ago. I have grown so much within this year alone. I HAD to grow because with growth beautiful things harvest. 2016 was a year of mental, spiritual and intellectual growth. 

 

2016 will forever be known as a transitional year for me. I don't know why, but I have the strangest feeling so many good things are going to happen in the new year and I for one am looking forward to it. 

 

xo

Banke

 

 

K I D S

The weather in Socal has been anything but pleasant. I long for the days where I would (figuratively) sunbathe at the pool and people watch as I sipped my signature drink (strawberry lemonade of course). Gone are the days where the sun playfully tap-danced around Los Angeles. My once incandescent longing to be outside has subdued and instead, now feels like a required work duty. Because of this, I prefer to lie in bed as opposed to partaking in anything that requires me to be outside for an extended period of time. 

Since I have become accustomed to staying indoors, I rarely did anything spontaneous--until today. I decided to have a change of heart and go outside in the pouring rain! Believe it or not, this satin dress from PPZ is actually a night dress! But, in typical Banke fashion, I decided to turn it into a fun and playful blog outfit.

After all, I am still a K I D at heart. 

What Is She Wearing?

PPZ Lace Night Dress

Asos Sneaker Wedges

Thrifted Denim Jacket

 

CaseApp GIVEAWAY!

I have owned my MacBook for a little over a year now and thankfully it was one of the best investments I have made in the year 2015. Although I have owned my laptop for quiet some time now, I did not have a decorative cover over my laptop. This made my MacBook appear extremely dull in terms of its aesthetic, which is why I jumped on the opportunity to collaborate with CaseApp!

CaseApp is an online website where you have the option to design your own custom laptop skin or custom iPhone case. CaseApp also allows customers to select skins or cases from their pre-designed collections. I highly recommend this site. I received my case extremely fast and their customer services reps were ah-mazing. Just for visiting my site, I'm giving out a 20% discount code. Enter "BANKE20" at the CaseApp checkout screen!

GIVEAWAY INSTRUCTIONS

-enter your name and e-mail address below

-visit my Facebook page www.facebook.com/withlovebanke

The winner will be selected NOVEMBER 22nd! GOOD LUCK!!

In Bloom

As I look back on previous blog post, I cannot help but notice the fact that much of my fashion was and continues to be heavily influenced by the grunge era. As many of you may know, the 1990s was a time when all things "grunge" dominated both the fashion and entertainment industry.

From the infamous band Nirvana to the the capitivating sound of Garbage's lead singer Shirley Manson and of course I cannot forget the catchy tunes from The Smashing Pumpkins.

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It was a time where lyrical geniuses pranced around the city of Angels and beyond. Where chokers served as one of the primary emblem's for the era. This accessory's presence was difficult to forget because it was effortlessly engrained in many feature films and television shows such as The Craft and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Which is why it comes as no surprise to that this fashion trend has reemerged in recent years and I truly hope that it is here to stay. 

 

What Is She Wearing?

Converse Sneakers

H&M Hat

French Connection Jacket

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With Love, Banke

B1

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

Have you ever had one of those days where you started off being super productive but, as the day went by your motivation and willpower plummeted? Well, that was how my day went today. I kicked off my Saturday morning doing a photo-shoot; however, as soon as I came back home I literally did nothing. 

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The tasks in my passion planner? Failed to complete. Those open Mac "notes"? Did not even bother to open them let alone allow my curiosity to find out what I needed to do today. My urge to write a philosophical blog post on the concept of time? Thrown out the window as I continue to experience an extended form of writer's block. It sucks. It really does. I actually never thought fashion bloggers experienced it. But, here lies me, Banke figuratively banging my head against a wall because I do not have the slightest clue on what direction and the point I am trying to prove in this blog post.

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To be quite honest-- I needed an off day. Driving from city to city day in and day out took a toll on my body so I will use the rest of the night to watch Netflix and eat my remaining pistachio nuts. Yes, the "glamorous" life of Banke ain't that glamorous this evening and I am ok with that...for now!

What Is She Wearing? 

Shirt: Charlotte Russe

Beret: Forever 21

Shoes: American Apparel

Pants: H&M 

xo

-B

Time Is of the Essence

Time Is of the Essence

I am super down right now, because as I look at these images I have flashbacks of how I ruined this designer skirt (I will refrain from listing the price because that is a little tacky) at another shoot. But hey, everything happens for a reason right? 

I shot this look in Downtown (Disney Hall) with the creative genius that is Jordan. I am super thrilled of the outcome of this blog set shoot because it looks like something out of a movie. This look was shot last year. I believe the day I took these images, I had a lot of things going on with school. At the time, I was in graduate school so my stress level threshold was a hot mess. 

As you can tell, I really do not care to talk much about fashion on this post. I'll let the setting do the talking :).

 

24 and Loving It!

This past weekend, I celebrated my 24th birthday. Before October 1st hit, I was literally counting down the days until I hit the "big" 2 4. I say this because 23 was my least favorite birthday year--too much awkwardness for me. Warning: Per usual, this is a heavy birthday photo-set.

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Since my birthday was this past Saturday, I made sure to celebrate for the entire weekend. I first celebrated by doing a photo-shoot on Friday. Then on Saturday I went out with my sisters and friends to dinner. It was supposed to be a lunch but I spent too much time getting ready and taking blog photos that it ended up turning into a dinner...oops!

On Sunday, my friends treated me to brunch and a mani and pedi. 

To conclude the weekend festivities, we proceeded to attend an awesome bar in Koreatown called "Lock and Key" which I highly recommend. The decor was beautiful and very fitting for a 24th birthday. 

All in all, I had an awesome birthday weekend thanks to great friends and sisters. I can already feel the blessings pouring in. Cheers to 24!

*My dress is courtesy of the high end rental boutique, Love me Lease me. Their website will be launching soon; however, you can still stay up to date by following their Instagram page: