OOTD: Houndstooth Skirt, and Other (Food Related) Shenanigans

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ootd houndstooth skirt

Hey everyone!

With hard work comes time to relax and have fun with friends. After a long, difficult and studious fall quarter, I can finally sit back and actually do things for fun without that tummy-turning feeling of guilt planting their roots in my stomach. This day's outfit and activities actually happened a week and a half ago, as I have been on break for a bit now. I had some other stuff to take care of before I got around to posting this. But I still wanted to share with you all what I wore and did that last day of fall quarter.

I finished off the quarter with wonderful grades. I feel so proud of myself because of the hard work I've done these past several months. I really hope the coming winter quarter will be great as well, though there will be new classes, new teachers, new worries.

The holidays always feels like a great reward for fall quarter. Except this year, my break is shorter by a week and a half which makes me so mad. Every day of break I have something scheduled because of how incredibly short this break is. I literally only got a couple weeks off, as opposed to almost a month off last year! Okay, yeah, back in high school I only got a couple weeks off, but those two weeks felt like forever. How is it that two weeks felt like so much back then, when now, two weeks pass by in a blink of the eye?

This outfit I'm featuring here is the outfit I wore on my last day of finals. Yes, I'm weird and wore a nice outfit to take an exam. Don't judge. I still felt comfortable, that's all that matters right?

black and white houndstooth skirt outfit

My friend, Sabrina, whom I mentioned in one of my previous posts, and I were planning on hanging out after the exam. Thus, the reason why I decided to wear a nice outfit to take a test. I'm not crazy, I promise. Though promises only mean so much. 

black and white houndstooth skirt
I was in the middle of twirling around in this photo 
posing for ootd pictures

houndstooth skirt and gray sweater

I chose to wear a black and white houndstooth circle skirt, with a gray textured sweater. This sweater is one of my favorites because of the neckline. It's sort of a cowl neckline, but also almost like a boat neckline with the way it fits. I don't quite know exactly. What would you call it? Comment down below! I can't figure it out. 

OOTD black and white houndstooth skirt and gray sweater

Anyways, I threw on a blue camisole underneath because I didn't want to flash anyone. That ain't classy. I played with color by adding plum colored tights underneath. My everyday boots and the new jacket I bought from Black Friday, which I featured in my last OOTD, and I was good to go! 

OOTD houndstooth circle skirt

OOTD black and white houndstooth circle skirt

I really liked how this look turned out because of the play in colors and textures. It was surprisingly comfortable to wear while taking my exam too. It also was warm enough for the biting chill of Seattle's winter weather. 

twirling in a skirt
My inner ballerina shines in this pose. Ignore my face because I was blinking.
Truth? I actually did take ballet for most my life, so it's not that weird. I think...

wearing a houndstooth skirt

Don't you just love wearing circle skirts? The way it swishes as you walk, and billows out when you twirl. I really had fun swaying my hips and spinning around, as my friend helped me take these photos. Skirts are so fun to wear!

dutch braided half-up do

easy dutch braid half-up do

This is the hairstyle I sported with the outfit. It's a super easy braided half-up hairstyle. I parted my hair in a deeper side-part than my usual side-part, and dutch braided both sides. I then fluffed up and fattened the braid to make it more voluminous, and connected them at the back. It's very similar to the hairstyle I wore for the Fairmont Wine and Dine outfit. Only here, it's even simpler because it's only two braids as opposed to the three I did for that look. 

Dutch braids have been my go-to hairstyle lately because of how quick and easy it is to do. I can whip this up in less than 5 minutes, and it looks even better when slightly messy. Plus, it got my hair out of my face, which was perfect for taking my exam. Kudos to me for finding a way to look good while taking an exam. Hahaha

After the exam, Sabrina and I grabbed lunch together because we had the whole rest of the day free. Well, actually, I had work in the afternoon. But we finished the exam by 10:30 in the morning, so there was quite some time before I had to go to work.

trying out a thai restaurant

We scoured the internet, aka Yelp, for a nearby restaurant to try out. We settled on a Thai place within walking distance. The food was pretty good, and reasonably priced. We ordered a chicken Pad Thai, and a combination pork, chicken, shrimp fried rice to share. They came with this vegetable soup, which was tasty, but also quite salty. 

vegetable soup
Broth-based vegetable soup 
chicken pad thai
Chicken Pad Thai 
pork, chicken, shrimp fried rice
Pork, Chicken, Shrimp Fried Rice. There was hardly any shrimp!! Like only three pieces! 

When we ordered, we didn't know what to expect for the level of spiciness. This place had a scale of 1-3, versus the usual 1-5 levels of spiciness we were used to. We got a 2 for both dishes, and it was very spicy! It was really good, but I went through several glasses of water because of how spicy it was!

sharetea milk tea
Matcha red bean milk tea and Okinawa pearl milk tea from Share Tea in Seattle
Afterwards, Sabrina took me to this tea place that had good milk teas. She heard of it from a friend, and we decided to check it out for ourselves. I can't believe we still had room to drink them after eating that lunch. Guess we got bottomless pits for stomachs, huh? Or we just digest real fast. 

I got a half-sweetened matcha green tea with red bean, and she ordered the Okinawa pearl milk tea, which is a sweetened black milk tea with boba. They were not bad. I don't know if I would go again, but they weren't too bad. I'm pretty picky when it comes to teas. I am a huge tea drinker: sweetened, unsweetened, brewed, as a latte... I like my tea. 

making faces and chilling after finals
Who sits normally and calmly enjoys their drinks anymore? It's all about the random bursts of laughter, and faces you make. That's how you properly enjoy a drink. 
I didn't realize Sabrina was still taking pictures of me, while we were enjoying our drinks, hence the pictures of me acting all silly. 

That day felt so freeing and fun. After you take your finals, don't you just get that "I just got released from prison" feeling? I know I do! Winter break, in my eyes, held endless possibilities for things to do and places to see. And now look at me complaining about my lack of time off from school. Crazy how time changes perspectives like that, huh?

Anyways, I still got a half of winter break left. My days are all scheduled, with family get-togethers for the holidays, work, and outings with friends, break seems particularly short this year.

On the bright side, CHRISTMAS IS ONLY 2 DAYS AWAY!! Are you getting excited yet? I know I am. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I hope you guys all enjoyed reading this! Lemme know in the comments below your tolerance for spicy foods, and what you like to wear when taking exams! How is the holiday season treating you this year? 

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Til next time,

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  1. Yummy ! All the food looks so good, and your outfit is really cute! Can't believe it's almost Christmas! I can eat some spicy food but not too spicy.. If I had an exam I would just wear leggings, tee and a long cardigan. So far my Holiday is going pretty good :) Planning on relaxing tomorrow. Yay !
    Hope you have a Happy Holiday :)


    1. thank you! The food was pretty tasty. Same here, my tolerance for spicy foods is slowly getting better. I really like eating spicy foods, but I gotta have my water within reach.
      Long cardigans are the way to go! So cozy and warm and comfy
      I hope you have a very merry christmas :)

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  3. Lovely outfit dear. Gemma x

  4. You look so pretty!! I just followed you! :)

  5. Congratulations on your grades! I'm so happy for you! <3 x And that little skirt looks absolutely gorgeous on you. :) Personally, I have zero tolerance for spicy food... ! It's not that I can't manage it, I just dislike it when all I can taste is spice instead of actual flavours. :P <3 Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, lovely!


  6. nice you still can enjoy and have a good time with your friend
    i can't go hangout with my friends often because me and my friends are busy with our work


    1. It's sad when you and your friends run on different schedules that don't align well. That's happening with one of my other good friends, whom I only see a handful of times a year now. But we get by with texting and chatting on the phone every now and then.
      I hope you have a happy holidays :)

  7. All that food though! I could always go for bubble tea, any time, any day :) And you are rockin' that houndstooth skirt!

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

    1. right? bubble tea is SO good! and thank you :)
      have a merry christmas, Jasmine!

  8. Great outfit, the skirt is just lovely (: Amazing photos too!
    Happy holidays,


    1. Thank you Madalena! I wish you have a wonderful Christmas :)

  9. love your hair and skirt!! :D so fashionable!

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

    1. Aww thank you! I'm glad you like it :) Have a happy holidays!

  10. Sounds like an awesome day! Nothing like going out to eat with a good friend after your last final :) Also, the sweater is SUPER cute, I love it. I used to have a pretty awesome tolerance when it came to spicy foods, but after moving I lost it so now it's pretty wonky. I can only tolerate certain things being spicy, which is weird but I like spicy so it's good enough, haha. Hope you have a great winter break, you definitely deserve it!

    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

    1. Agreed, that sense of freedom feels even better when you can carelessly hangout with friends without worrying about school. Thank you Sam! I'm glad you like it :)
      At least you can still tolerate spicy foods to some extent. Maybe one day you will build it up again!
      Thank you, I hope you have a wonderful holidays as well :))

  11. Love your outfit dear. And you are such a cutie. Plus i love the post OVERALL! <3


    1. Aww thank you! You are so sweet! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  12. Great outfit dear!!!I want that skirt ;-)

    1. Thank you Ale! Glad you like it :))
      Merry Christmas!

  13. Hello Beautiful I love your blog and outfit.

    1. Thank you! I'm happy to hear you like it :) I hope you have a wonderful happy holidays!

  14. you are beautiful))


    1. Aww thank you Mariana! I hope you have a happy holidays!

  15. Congratulations on your grades, Andrea! That's a fantastic accomplishment! Your skirt is so gorgeous. I've always been such a fan of houndstooth. You look so amazing!

    Merry Christmas!
    XO Raquel

    1. Thank you Raquel! Yes I agree, houndstooth is such a great classic pattern.
      Wish you a merry Christmas as well :))

  16. Amazing look, you always pretty, love your boots!!
    Merry Christmas :)

    1. Aww thank you Marc! Merry Christmas to you as well :))

  17. Lovely Look Andrea and your hair is just on point ♥ Wonderful!

    1. Thanks Melina! I'm so happy to hear that :)) I hope you have a merry christmas! :)

  18. Merry Christmas :) xoxo


  19. Merry Christmas dear!
    That food looks so delicious that it made me hungry. Your outfit is really cute, i don't wear fancy outfits for school bcs I'm usually too lazy and too sleepy. Congrats for your grades!
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    1. Haha yeah I do that sometimes as well because waking up early for class can be annoying and tiring. I try to look nice though when I can haha
      Thank you!! Merry Christmas to you too!! :)

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    Have a great weekend!


    1. Thank you! That sounds great, I will check them out!
      thanks for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful holidays! :)

  21. Very cute! Merry Christmas!

  22. Hope you had a wonderful time off <3

    1. Thank you Sasha! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  23. Hi darling and merry Christmas!!! :*
    I love your circle skirt, I love skirts!! *-* I and also love soups and this looks so delicious!!!
    I would like to try bobba one day, I also tried to re-create this recipe at home but I did't find tapioca pearls :(
    Wishing you a holy and merry Christmas with your family and friends!

    1. Thank you Roberta! :) I love skirts as well! They are so fun to wear, and feel so comfortable.
      The food was really good, I'm glad we decided to try out that place. Boba is a great drink to have if you like sweet milk teas. There are many different flavors to try out. You should definitely try one!
      How did yours turn out?
      I wish you a wonderful Merry Christmas as well :))

  24. Loving this skirt!!! I'm a sucker for houndstooth!!!

    1. Houndstooth is such a classic pattern, I love it as well :) Glad you like it. Thanks for reading Sarah! I hope you had a wonderful holidays


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