The Best Summer Basics // Far From Home.

Summer Basics
Shirt / / Jeans / / Bag / / Heels / / Sunglasses

Happy Friday! This outfit is basically all I want to wear right now. I can’t say enough good things about both my Madewell Courier Shirt and these Levi’s Jeans. Both pieces are relatively affordable (under $100) and also stylish and classic. I have worn and washed and repeated this look so many times this summer! Really, really good basics! The jeans run true to size and the shirt runs big-ish. I’m wearing a small and it was really big but I washed + dried it and the fit is better (as pictured in these photos) now.

Something that really struck me while I was in Asia was just how FAR away I was. (Well duh, I know, Asia is far) but it was just so weird to be that far away for so long – especially with the time difference. The time zones are more or less exactly opposite (so when it’s morning there it’s evening here, etc). So I felt so much more isolated than usual. I’d wake up in the morning and check emails/texts/Instagram etc and then everyone would go to sleep. And as I was getting ready for bed, everyone back home would be getting up to start there day!

Summer Basics Outfit Details: Madewell Courier Shirt (also available here + here) // Levi’s Jeans // Cult Gaia Bag (look for less) // Manolo Blahnik Heels // Polaroid Sunglasses

Outfit Details: Madewell Courier Shirt // Levi’s Jeans // Cult Gaia Bag // Manolo Blahnik Heels // Polaroid Sunglasses - The Stripe

From a work perspective, this was actually awesome. It was so efficient to wake up and have all of my emails from the previous day there and ready for me to answer. And since it was 9pm, no one would answer me until later (that night for me, the next morning for everyone back home). So it was really pretty great in that sense.

But from a personal standpoint, man – it was LONELY! It was really weird going about my entire day with absolutely no one to talk to. It was also I guess a little bit liberating. When I’m home I complain about the constant connectivity. Texts! DMs! Emails! I’m always like “jeez just let me live my life and not be on my phone!” But when I was on the other side of the globe, radio silence for most of the day was hard!

It was an interesting exercise in just enjoying my own company, not looking at my phone (bc no one would be contacting me), and being present.

Outfit Details: Levi’s Jeans // Cult Gaia Bag // Manolo Blahnik Heels  - The Stripe

The other thing I wanted to stress/talk about is how EASY (for the most part, save for a few hiccups in Bangkok), traveling in Asia is. I had this weird stigma in my head about traveling alone to Asia but the truth is, having had to do it on my own (I was supposed to go with a friend), I would totally go back (prob to Chiang Mai, Vietnam, + some different islands in Thailand) again. It had felt so scary and far and yes it is far but it’s not scary. At all. It’s not cheap either but if you have the means and time to go, don’t think twice – just DO IT.

I known how easy everything would be, I would have come years ago. I mean there’s still so much to see and do over there, this trip really just scratched the surface, but it really is SO EASY.

So if you take something away from this, it’s that if you want to go to Asia and don’t have anyone to go with but are scared/feel like you can’t go by yourself, you CAN. I will be posting the rest of my travel guides throughout the next week or two (it got a lot better after Bangkok) but if I can do it, so can you! Seriously, I’m an idiot and almost got on a plane to China on one of the trip legs – if I could do this, anyone can!

Outfit Details: Madewell Courier Shirt // Levi’s Jeans // Cult Gaia Bag // Manolo Blahnik Heels // Polaroid Sunglasses - The Stripe Outfit Details: Madewell Courier Shirt // Levi’s Jeans // Cult Gaia Bag // Manolo Blahnik Heels // Polaroid Sunglasses - The Stripe Outfit Details: Levi’s Jeans // Cult Gaia Bag // Manolo Blahnik Heels  - The Stripe

photography by Trent Bailey.


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  1. Haha, I live in Asia (Hong Kong, to be exact) and I follow a lot of US/UK bloggers, so I know what you mean when you say you see everyone’s updates at weird times! I’ve gotten used to it though!!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Wendy:

    I just got back from a few days in Costa Rica on my own, in an area with little wifi. Even though this wasn’t my first time traveling on my own, the first day was an adjustment. We are used to to have constant access to the internet and everyone, and though I often long for total me time, it feels weird to actually get it!

    Your trip looked gorgeous!

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    • I think there is SUCH a big difference between traveling alone and traveling alone with no WIFI/connectivity. The latter is really really hard!!! Have a great weekend, Wendy! xx

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  3. Mackenzie:

    I’m really glad you were so honest in saying that sometimes travelling by yourself got lonely. I went to London and Paris for a week by myself in the beginning of June and, after 4 weeks spent travelling with other people, I thought I wouldn’t mind a week by myself in my 2 favourite cities one bit. I was shocked to find that after day 2 by myself I honestly felt lonely! As someone who likes (needs!) alone time and honestly doesn’t mind doing stuff on her own, like you describe yourself, I was so surprised to find that I just like travelling with another person better (as long as they are the right person to travel with, obviously). That said, like you, I am so glad I did it, I just don’t think I’ll do more than a long weekend away by myself. You can’t know until you try! Plus, the empowerment I felt finishing a backpacking trip by myself made me really proud, as I am sure it did for you given that you were nervous to navigate such a far away, foreign place. Have a great weekend!

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    • Yeah! I really like traveling alone but for me 4-5 nights is my alone time max!!!
      Have a great weekend Mackenzie!

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  4. Love this easy weekend look, Grace! Levis are THE best.
    Also I loved reading your thoughts on being so far from home and how it affected your work schedule!

    The Champagne Edit

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  5. I completely can relate – I was in Bali travelling solo for awhile, and the time change and trying to communicate back home is tough! Bali was my only trip I felt truly lonely at times too. I learned the same – 4/5 nite max on alone travel!
    Have a nice weekend!

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