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January 2017

Cool Runnings

January 30, 2017


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Kristinit blouse
AG The Yvette jeans // SHOP HERE
Ouigal boots
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I seem to be on the run far often than not nowadays. Not from things, but to things. But I guess that is the better way to do things. Going after the things you want (while taking into mind what you also need), now that’s a really special thing. The top of the list of emotional priorities for many of us. Or at least, it should be. But sometimes the running never seems to stop. Isn’t the whole point of running after these things one after another supposed to conclude with one last major run towards that end goal, whatever that may be? Some people live their entire existence based on the fact that they have pinpointed down that one major goal, and that’s it. That’s when they’ve made it. That’s when they can stop running. Me? I don’t know what the heck that is. Maybe I’m just running in circles around it, I wouldn’t even have an idea. But for some reason, it doesn’t scare me to know that. It doesn’t scare me that my future may be up in the air, meant to be dealt with in the spur of the moment. The little goals, the little runs along the way, are the most meaningful part of the entire process as a matter of fact. Do any of you guys feel this way? It makes me feel free in a sense . . . not stuck to a plan . . . not trapped by an idea of what my entire life is meant to be way far ahead of myself. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in plans truly, but I also believe that they shouldn’t be the end all, say all driving the motivational force behind our existence. 

This denim on my legs, it has no idea where my legs will be taking it next. Sometimes I have no idea where’ll be in the next week, or the next two days. But no matter what, I always feel calm and fulfilled whichever outcome I find myself in. Making the most of current moments is something I’ve learned a lot about these past few years working for myself and on this blog, and living on my own as an adult in a city that is actually built on spontaneity. I’ve learned that nothing can ever be predetermined down to the tiniest dot of detail. Even though there have been many situations where I found myself thinking too hard of what the future will look like (even today I do this). But then I remind myself that the future can’t be, and shouldn’t be, so fixed in our minds. If it was, we would be puppets in a way, but we wouldn’t be our own masters. I just decided to be a master to the moments. Right here, right now, is unbelievably promising if you really stop to look at it. 

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Winter in California Leftovers

January 27, 2017

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FIRST LOOK
Carolina K
blouse
Frame raw denim jeans
Vintage belt
Sonix sunglasses
Doc Martens shoes
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This past week was full of rain, working and editing (but not nearly enough writing), a cough that’s still with me today, cold days and warm days, meetings about future projects, aaaaaand zero of sleep. Lots of content creation (pat on the back), but none of it shared on here yet (no pat on the back). Not to mention, I’m jumping on a plane this morning to speak on the Create & Cultivate panel in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. My nerves are a bit wrecked thinking about speaking in front of an audience . . . I’m a bit shy when it comes to public speaking. . . but my sister and I will be speaking on the same panel, so the moral support is already helping ease the nerves a tad. And then I have a day and a half to get my life together because a vacation in Rio de Janeiro with my man, which I am looking forward to so much you cannot even imagine. 

Despite this week being productive, I’m feeling a bit drained and sick. Sleep is my number one priority. And fluids (which my boyfriend keeps reminding me about, all the way from Brazil). Hoping to find more balance soon since fashion week begins basically as soon as I get back from Rio. But I’m sure some South American sun and fun will cure me of my tiredness. 

Here is a look from my last California trip that I never got around to posting. It’s crazy how some things just get left behind like that. 

 

 

 

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A Brave Color Red

January 24, 2017

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Vintage dress
VEDA leather vest
Salvatore Ferragamo purse
Zara shoes
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The color red. It can go either way. Or actually, it can go any way you want it to go. It all depends on how you interpret it, or what sort of nostalgic memories it conjures up inside of you. Maybe it’s a color you put on more around this time of the year because Chinese New Year is quickly approaching (how many Chinese readers do I really have?!). Now that I think about it, I really am starting to crave some sweet red bean buns and dollar bills tucked into a little red and gold trimmed packet. I cant help it, I’m half Chinese. I grew up with it, even though it seemed like a very small part of my very American upbringing in the suburbs of California. But now back to red . . . 

Red can be tainted like the Scarlet Letter. Red can be super sexy. It can be romantic and sweet. It can be devilish and dark. It can be fiery feeling and bold. Red can be pain. Red may be one of the most multi-faceted colors there is. It’s found in just about a little bit of everything it seems. It’s interesting the feeling I get when I wear red. I’m drawn to it so much, when I see someone else wearing it, or when it’s hidden in a painting . . . it jumps out at me loud and clear. Even a stop sign to me is alluring in a way. It’s hard to keep my eye from looking away. When I actually wear the color red though, I’m a bit doubtful in a way that is rare for me. Even though I have been endlessly told that red is “my color.” Some say it’s because of the way it sits against my complexion and my dark hair. But for some reason, I can’t help but feel a bit out of my element sort of speak when I wear it more often than not. I know super weird, right?! Do any of you guys experience this? And look at me hear, basically rocking the color from head to toe in direct sunlight, pulled between both loving and hating its boldness that I decided to take on the morning of. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to wearing calm, earthy colors, and red is a sharp turn from that. But really if you think about it . . . it’s earthy AF. I mean, fire is an element. Blood is from our bodies. Ok, I’ve been watching way too many episodes of American Horror Story Hotel, sorry. haha. But I guess what I’m saying is that I find myself wanting to experiment more with the color red, and find a way to wear it that feels more balanced for me. But I also guess that I’ll continue figuring out what that even means in the first place. In the meantime, this all red look shot in Chinatown, Los Angeles goes up right on time the week before Chinese New Year. And I wish you all good prosperity and fortune in this new year. hehe.

 

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All About Eyes

January 23, 2017

It’s all about eyes today baby!!

Skincare is such a big part of my mornings and nights, I think I need to start doing more beauty posts on here more often! I’ve been testing out some new products since the holidays, and a few have stuck to my routine, all for very good reason. This post I’ll be focusing on what I’ve been loving to use for around my EYES. My mom is such a wrinkle fighting freak, and especially so when it comes to the eye area. She’s been teaching me methods of anti aging since I was like 12, but I feel like I haven’t been taking any of her tips seriously until just a few years ago. One cannot stress the importance of a good eye cream. I even just got my boyfriend one because men need help in that area just like us! We are all exposed to the same stuff! The skin around our eyes are much more thin and sensitive, so they need extra love and care. But because they are more sensitive, one must be picky when trying to find the right one. I’ve had bad experiences with eye creams that burned, made me teary, or were just were straight up ineffective. Lucky, I was introduced to all natural beauty line called True Botanicals. Many of its products are available at the all natural, all organic beauty store Follain. Since creams seem to be too heavy for me, I thought that maybe a serum would be better . . . they are lighter in feel, but able to absorb deep where it needs it most. True Botanicals Deep Repair Eye Serum ended up being my perfect match. It’s super concentrated, so all I need is a drop and that’s enough to go around for both eyes. It’s main ingredients are Carrot Seed Oil, Blackberry Seed Oil and Tuberose Stem Cells amongst other all organic, natural ingredients that are non-toxic. All the oils are high in antioxidants that protect the skin from harmful elements, with anti-aging effects. I’m literally obsessed with this serum. I’m not sure there is any going back from here. 

During the day, I use Onomie A.C.E Illuminating Eye Treatment. It’s been a favorite of mine for months, and I’m still sticking with it. I’ve included it in a previous beauty post, but I love it so much that I’m featuring it again. The shade I use is Lovelace. I love how lightweight it feels (it comes out like a mousse), and it’s exactly the perfect amount of pearliness to hide my under eye circles. It contains 10% Vitamin C which is proven to fight free radicals and improve texture. That way I’m covered all day long. 

And last but not least, is my much loved facial moisturizer, La Mer’s The Moisturizing Soft Lotion, which I use all over morning and night including the area around my eyes and on my eyelids. It’s another lightweight product I adore. And a little goes a long way. La Mer’s Miracle Broth is such a lifesaver, and I learned so much about the brand since taking a tour of their lab and product facility last year. It was eye opening. My skin has never felt more moisturized and youthful as an adult before I started using this. It’s the perfect moisturizing base before I apply my eye creams. 

So there you have it. My top three skincare and eye products that have been keeping winter skin at bay. Let me know what you guys think if you ever get the chance to try them out!

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