I was on my way to a cafe in Lower East Side when I decided I’d take a roundabout route. I’m rarely in the neighborhood so I figured why not? You never know. It was definitely a grittier neighborhood than what I’m used to. The streets were uneven and cracked, dirty puddles were everywhere and the streets were empty, even for 10 AM in the morning.
As I walked, my eyes surveyed the storefronts and signs when at one point this caught my eye.
How cute are they!! Pouches with cheeky comments. Comments that were so sassy I could’ve written them myself :P
Of course I had to go inside. When I did, I saw a whole wall of these pouches with various sayings. Continue reading
I love afternoon tea. Other 20-somethings might prefer the loud crowded settings of a dive bar or club where you can barely hear the person standing right in front of you… I much prefer the quiet murmur of an intimate setting. Oh how lovely- the natural light, the delicate china and the soothing teas. There’s no hangover, loss of hearing or “what did she/he say?” moments. Not to mention, the sweets, the scones, the savories are all bite sized and almost too beautiful to eat.
Who better to accompany me on my most recent afternoon tea adventure than the blogger who introduced me to the world of afternoon tea: Jee, the blogger behind Oh How Civilized?
I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon her blog but I do know that it’s where I found out about the Pierpont Morgan Library (now one of my favorite places in New York) and where I learned how to tell where I am in Central Park. In fact, it’s because I read her post on her top 5 afternoon tea spots in New York that I had a birthday tea party last year (Read my blog post about that here). Whenever I’m on her blog, a sense of calm washes over me and I get entranced by her beautiful photos. Plus, I always learn something new. Continue reading
This image popped up on my newsfeed the other day and I was immediately smitten. How whimsical, fun and colorful! “Who made that!?” I wondered.
Seeing drawings like these always brings me back to the days when I myself was doing fashion illustrations in school. My favorite medium was always gouache and watercolor although I always had difficulty controlling the medium. Donald Robertson, aka Donald “Drawbertson” seems to have mastered the style of illustration I never quite could. He has the gestures, proportions and composition all in check! It’s as fabulous as it is deceptively simple.
Turns out he’s been sharing his delightful work for years and what’s more, he is the head of creative development at the beauty giant Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. He also happens to be one of the three original founders of MAC cosmetics. Pretty impressive considering how they are both brands that are always in high gear, constantly outdoing themselves.
It just goes to show that being creative and creating isn’t just a day time job!
I pretty much love everything on his instagram feed but here are some of my favorite images.
If you want a dose of color and delight in your feed, I suggest following him on instagram.
My blog post on “Who I’d Cast in Crazy Rich Asians the Movie” gets the most views on my blog to this day, even though I wrote it almost a year ago… so I thought I would follow up with a post on a “soundtrack.”
If you haven’t heard, they’re working on the movie, a sequel is in the works and production is to start early next year/hopefully end of this year. The paperback version recently hit bookstores and the book has been topping bestseller lists so if you haven’t read the book (and you really should), now is a great time- it’s a perfect summer read!
The paperback cover!
Music is inextricably connected to film. Good films/shows are usually accompanied with an equally strong soundtrack. It’s true with korean dramas which come with their OSTs. It’s true with some of the best television hits (think Gossip Girl, Scandal and Sex and the City). Music is a creative tool used to color the world it depicts. It reflects the pace and feel of overarching themes ultimately strengthening the impact of the movie. Without music, movies- or arguably the world- just wouldn’t be the same.
The soundtrack I have in mind blends influences from the east and west and the old with the new, capturing the essence of the world of Crazy Rich Asians. The book is a universal story which will appeal to a global audience (and not just the US), so the music needs to reflect that. I’ve chosen a diverse group of artists with broad global appeal (I was sure to check the top music lists for Singapore, Hong Kong etc on Spotify and iTunes).
The music below is what I imagine Rachel and Nicholas’ love, the energy of a jet set life, the absurd excess and the clean green sunny island of Singapore would sound like. They are songs that fit the novel both in sound and lyrics. So without further ado…(in no particular order)…
*Full disclosure: This made up soundtrack includes a few of my favorite artists/songs. Also, I realize that these songs will be “old” by the time the movie comes out. (How great would it be to hear an original soundtrack produced especially for this movie a la The Great Gatsby (2013)?)
For your viewing pleasure, I’ve used the ‘Savage Grace’ editorial from the December issue of Vogue China magazine and the most recent Spring/Summer campaign from Shanghai Tang as a moodboard. (I just imagine that Crazy Rich Asians the movie will come out as a summer blockbuster….)*
At the intersection of 168th street and Broadway (in New York) there is a subway station with two tracks and two side platforms.
This station is particularly deep and dark, its surrounding energy a bit ominous and not as upbeat as the ones I frequent downtown.
Stand above, on one of the bridges that connects the two platforms and you will see trains coming and going, one after another.
Sometimes, if timing allows, one will arrive at the same time another departs. Trains pass through this station nonstop. Where are they coming from, going to? Which one do you take?
Song Hye Gyo is one of my favorite Korean actresses. Ever since I saw her acting alongside Won Bin (one of my favorite Korean actors) in the Korean drama Autumn in my Heart , I’ve been a fan both of her acting (she reduces me to tears) and inimitable beauty (she’s my height- 5’3)!
Here she is effortlessly chic in J. Estina’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. Even though the focus is supposed to be the jewelry, she shines with elegance with minimal makeup and the classic bob.
With all the texting and emailing we do these days, it’s hard to tell what’s genuine and what’s not. (Did you know “a twenty-something may report spending two hours a day on Facebook, an hour a day answering texts?” (source))
At least in person, you can read someone’s body language or hear their tone of voice. With messages, it’s easy to fake sincerity with just some punctuation and smileys! :) :(
The best way to show someone you care is to share what you know- give them your time and attention. Not the kind of attention that you have to give because you work or live with them, but the attention and care you give because you want to, without being asked, out of genuine sympathy and love, because you care about them as a person.
made a deck of korean flashcards for a friend, because we promised to try to teach each other
I’ve always liked the number three.
Sure, two sounds balanced but three is more grounded, well rounded and stable. With two, it’s one or the other. This or that. Usually OR not AND. Good or bad. Right or wrong.
Give me two things to choose from and I’ll say both. Give me three options and usually the best is saved for last. (Third time’s the charm, right?)
1st, 2nd, 3rd place. ABC. High Medium Low. Hair, Makeup, clothes. Snap Crackle and Pop. Vanilla chocolate strawberry. Beginning, middle, end.
Our culture and world is littered with examples of three!
Our brains like to have choices, but not too many choices. Three choices allow us to avoid too hot, too cold; too big and too small and pick the one that is just right, just like Goldilocks did.
Something I’ve been using more and more recently, that deals with this power of three is the “Power of Triads.” It’s something I learned about when I attended the inaugural TEDxTimes Square talk over a year ago.
I came across these photos the other day and was instantly wooed.
I’m not planning to get married anytime soon so I’ll live vicariously through these photos of Chinese actress, Li Bing Bing, in Cosmo Bride.
Bridal or not, these photos are beautiful. Don’t you agree?