The Last of 2012

Dec 30, 2012
Current Mood: Calm
Currently listening to: "Convinced" - Karmina

Goodbye 2012. You've been a solid good, but long year. Let's have a fresh new start with 2013. Happy New Year to everyone around the world. Life is great.


Nov 10, 2012
Phew, guys...I got little lazy to update the blog for a while there...a little too long of a break, if you ask me. In my defense, I've been away and I've been trying to keep up with all the school work that is suddenly punching me in the face. Anyway, this past weekend, I got to see a bunch of familiar faces in the form of dearly loved relatives that I hadn't seen in way too long. We all came together to celebrate my cousin's wedding and it was a merry event. It sure lifted my spirit. And wow, I can't believe it's already November! I'm so ready to stuff my face with all the Thanksgiving trimmings and then I'm even more ready to pick out the perfect Christmas tree and listen to Christmas songs non-stop. Are YOU ready??
The outfit I wore to the wedding minus the coat and sunnies.
This is only about half of the family! Hmm...which one am I?
Been practicing with the DSLR lately. It's complicated!

A Band-Aid Fixes Everything

Sep 23, 2012
After spending a beautiful day galloping (yes, galloping) and prancing (I must be turning into a deer) around on the trail near the water, I am now home removing all 7 of the band-aids that I have worn on my feet to prevent more blisters from forming due to wearing my still-brand-new moccasins. I've yet to break them in. It's okay, though. I have always had this weird obsessive love for wearing band-aids. Ever since I was little, I've loved wearing band-aids for no reason. I remember once, in my McDonald's Happy Meal, there were some Ronald McDonald band-aids (instead of a toy, and no, they were not used!), and I couldn't wait to wear them! So instead of waiting til I got a cut, I just wore them on random places, as if they were stickers. Not only are band-aids good for skin protection, they also help to temporarily fix stuff. I still remember when I was 5 and bought a little shell ring in Hawaii that was too big for me. My dad suggested rolling a band-aid around it (that was the only thing we had available at the time) to make it fit more snug against my finger. It worked and I was amazed...of course, like I said, I was 5, but still...

Physically, and perhaps mentally, it seems as if a band-aid cures everything and it's a major bonus when it's a pretty band-aid! Don't get me wrong, I can't stand anything to do with medical stuff, blood, and doctors, but band aids are super cool and if I was some kind of trendsetter, band-aids would be in my almost-everyday casual wardrobe. So, now that you think I'm a crazy weirdo, now would be a good time to end this post.

Sunnies: Forever 21/Scarf: Marshalls/Sweatshirt: Thrift Store/Shorts: Kohl's/Moccasins: Minnetonka

Swimming on top of the world

Aug 31, 2012
This week has been a bit weird and unpredictable. But as always, there's a highlight to every week, every day, and every minute of life. This week, the highlight was getting to swim at the famous Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle on California's central coast, which was owned by the American newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (today, you might recognize the name on such publications as Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, or Marie Claire, as well as many others). The castle sits at the very top of a high hill overlooking the sea.
We even got to dress in the original dressing rooms! Loved them- they were so vintage!
One of the guest houses. Unfortunately, didn't get to stay in those!

To me, Hearst was just some old guy who built a fancy house in a beautiful location, but I can see why others who lived in his time period might have respected him more. Normally, I don't like swimming much but since this was basically a once in a lifetime opportunity, who could pass it up!? The water was FREEZING, by the way! It has been said that Hearst always used to require his guests (who were mostly Politicians, celebrities, and other "important" people) to dress modestly even when swimming. So, to make my swimming experience feel more authentic, I took it upon myself to wear some swim suit shorts, and a cotton crop top with a stretchy cami underneath - as modest as I could get on such short notice! :)

LA: City of Hopes & Dreams & Everything in Between

Aug 7, 2012
There's something about LA that leaves me fascinated yet curious at the same time.I guess maybe it's because there's so many diverse surroundings, views, and atmospheres all kind of cramped together in one location. It's a place that you can go back to and always see something that you've never seen before. While it's not my favorite city in California, it is definitely a cool place. On my recent trip to a family reunion (which is always awkward because, well, who really knows any of their relatives at a family reunion?), I visited the area known as San Gabriel. Although I had been there a few times before, this time I saw it at a different angle. I saw the pretty side and the ugly side. I saw the historical side as well as the present. While I didn't witness any fashion-y boutiques this time around, what I saw was still enough to make me feel inspired & satisfied.

My dad told me this is the house my great grandfather had moved from Beverly Hills years & years ago.
View of LA from the freeway. Love the skyscrapers in the distance.


The Rebirth

Jul 23, 2012
The Renaissance is one of my favorite time periods to learn about simply because of the art/music/fashion that was created then. And, never having been to a proper Renaissance faire, I was super excited about the one being held over the weekend. It was an interesting experience and it almost felt as if I was transported back in time (other than seeing the occasional person chatting on their cell phone). Overall, I had a good time, especially putting together my outfit (which was totally last minute and not 100% Renaissance- more like modern-day Renaissance).

Ignore the awkward smile: it was super hot out & that's all I could think about!
I think I just got insulted!?!!
Love how it says "China" at the bottom. Silly me for thinking they were handcrafted in Europe.

Little Piece of Paradise

Jul 9, 2012
Every time that there's a dog event in town, I just have to attend. Who can resist cute little (and big) dogs wagging their tails, wandering about and socializing with each other? Unfortunately, my dog hates crowds (the little fun sucker) so I have to leave him at home every time. Today's event was at a lake which was, until today, totally unknown to me, although I had passed it millions of times before. It's a bit hidden and from the road, it just looks like a big mud puddle of some sort. Imagine my delight when I discovered that the lake is a true beauty.

Today, my outfit consisted of some black wool-blended shorts I found in the kids sale section at Gap. They were only $5 and they must run really big for kid's sizes because they even fit me a little loose (nope, I'm not skinny)...and unfortunately they don't have belt loops. In addition, I'm using the bag I just got from Oasap. And of course, I can't seem to stop wearing my neon ballet flats that I also got at Gap for really cheap .  

Sweater: Bandolino/Top: Target/Bag: Oasap/Shorts & Flats: Gap

Girl and dog

Jun 23, 2012
I love my dog. And he loves me (mainly when I have meat in my hand but that's beside the point). I adopted him as a puppy from the local animal shelter 3 years ago, and my life has improved so much because of him. He is a rat terrier mix and his name is Djinn Djinn (pronounced Jinn Jinn), named after the little dog on I Dream of Jeannie. He is my little companion and although he acts more like a cat than a dog, he is the greatest. 

Sweater: Forever 21/Shorts: Kohl's/Tights: Marshalls/Shoes: Gap/Bag: Vintage

Before I got Djinn Djinn, I actually was afraid of dogs...but not anymore. He's helped me to realize how loving, gentle, and fun they can be. Because of him, I've become aware of the alarming number of homeless pets in this country and whenever I can, I try to help or inform others of how big this problem is. If we could all save just one animal, it would make a huge difference. And we don't have to save them by adopting them. We can volunteer our time at animal shelters, donate money, or, here's an option I absolutely love: Forever 21 currently has tops for sale and $1 of the purchase price is given to the ASPCA. You can find the tops here. So not only can you look stylish, but you're helping to make a difference in the life of a creature who has nothing but unconditional love to give. What's better than that? What do you think of dogs? Would you wear one of these tops?