Style with Riva | What I Wore in London


The past month has been crazy good. I turned 30 and went back to Europe. I posted yesterday our travel in London, and mentioned that I'm posting what I wore in London. 

Disclaimer: You won't see any heels or cute sandals here. If you want to see how I style my sneakers and still look good, then I'm your girl. 

Before I start, can I just say that I did bring a cute pair of Madewell sandals on this trip. Only worn them once for 20 minutes before I suffered and said forget it. Ideally for pictures, yes oh my goodness, it would be so nice to actually wear them but I'm not gonna fool you guys. When it comes to traveling, comfort is my priority and style is secondary. 

You already saw from previous post what I wore in the plane. Just a simple Uniqlo long sleeve top and a pair of joggers from Tobi and my Ultra Boosts. I also don't carry a camera bag, cuz it just screams, "I have a camera in here!" So I use my Fjallraven Kanken and I have camera inserts that you can get from Amazon. 


On our second day, it got pretty warm so I wore this cute peach crop tank from Zara and this new pair of jeans that I bought from Primark for 13 euros. They're supposed to be mom jeans but yo, thunder thighs, so they look more like straight jeans. Ha! But I love it! 


I wanted to take these outfit shots in Notting Hill, but you can't really have everything. I'm so glad we took our time in Brick Lane and found this cute street and it just paired with my outfit so well. I love these Ultra Boosts. I wore them 90% of our trip especially in Italy which I'll be blogging soon. I just wish they were white but the gray color blends well too. 


I wanted to bring my Adidas Stan Smiths in this trip. They're not the most comfortable shoes but they definitely go better with any outfits than them Ultra Boosts. Just like I said, I wish my Ultra Boosts were white. Kev suggested to just buy a pair of white sneakers in Europe. Of course that's fine with me. Another reason for shopping! BUT if you tell that to an indecisive person who has a limited time to shop, oooh that's gonna be a challenge.

So my plan on the first day was to buy those white sneakers to wear for the entire trip but that didn't happen. Did I mention that I'm indecisive already? I freakin ABSOLUTELY regretted leaving my Stan Smiths. You know when I bought these white sneakers? Last day of our trip. Told myself, yeah, I'd buy them in Italy, nope didn't happen. So ladies, when you're traveling, if you see something nice, just buy it! My tendencies are to always look for the next store or the next block. The next thing you know, there's no more next! I actually didn't buy anything in Italy. Shocking right? Learn from me. 

So to console myself on our last day, I bought these pair of white Classic Reeboks. They're comfortable and go well with anything. Reeboks are everywhere in UK. Thought it would be a nice souvenir for me from London. 


This is the other way I styled my red scarf. I used it to tie my big bun. And look, it matched with the telephone booths. I wore my polo shirt cropped top from Tobi with my favorite Madewell denims and Transport bag. 


31 Bits Fall Collection

When a brand's mission is using fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty and their values stem from Jesus, it has my 100% support. 

So happy to share with you all, two gorgeous pieces from the latest Fall Collection of 31 Bits. 

Check them out.

Model: Shelly Gregory

Portraits with Riva: Chelsea

Everyone, meet Chelsea! My 28th portrait.

I met this gorgeous gal through Instagram. I've been itching to build my portfolio on commercial / fashion. Unfortunately, I don't know any models to work with around the area so I started browsing on Explore feed on Instagram thinking maybe I could ask someone to photograph. A photo of her showed up, obviously it piqued my interest. Her style reminds me Jenn Im from ClothesEncounters (@imjennim) and Stephanie Villa from (@soothingsista). So I reached out and met up with her. I'm so glad I did! I told her I'd bring my camera so we could play. So here's some of the shots I took.

PS. These are just test shots. I plan to photograph her more in the future!