Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Snap shots from Japanese fashion mag

While in Seattle couple weeks back I got a chance to stop at Kinokuniya (Japanese Bookstore). I remember back in my high school years I would go to Kinokuniya in Kuala Lumpur after school and pick up the latest copies of Non No.

Well years and decades had since passed and I have completely out grown Non no, but I did pick up another Japanese fashion mag Classy and am now savoring the pages.

Couple of things that caught my eye:

1. This breezy outfit, perfect for summer. It looks so effortless and the fringe clutch made the whole outfit so much better.

2. Three ways to style a white bermuda shorts. I love how the shorts are paired with heels and wedges and yet it does not look trashy. The safari top, wide white belt, and nude peep toes outfit is definitely my favorite. I also love the versatility of cuffing the shorts for a different look.

There is something about Japanese style that I absolutely love but can't quite describe it with adjectives. I actually tore out my Lucky Mag stickers and started tagging pages after pages of the Classy magazine.

There is a spread on a variety of white shirts which I will scan in a day or two.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Caprese Salad with a twist

Couple of weekends ago I was over at a friend's house and his SIL brought the most amazing salad. After devouring almost half of the salad, I finally broke down and asked her for the recipe.

Turned out it's one of those "oh a little bit of this, and a pinch of that", "mix everything together", "that's it", type of recipe.

Er, great.

I tried googling the salad based on the ingredients. None of the results matched what I was looking for. But from what I remember, there were only 5 ingredients. Plus, I was suppose to bring a dish to dtothek and designerish July 3rd BBQ, what better time to "test" out a new dish?

So off to Shnucks. (local grocery store for those out-of-towners).

I bought all the ingredients, chopped and mixed it all up. Brought it to the BBQ gathering, and "thank goodness" it was well received by friends. So without further ado here is recipe for the delicious Caprese Salad with a twist:

1 small container of sweet cherry tomatoes
1 container of basil - iirc it has a total of 8-10 basil leaves in it. Or if you can, pluck it from your own herb garden
1 er... roll? roll, of fresh mozzarella cheese
balsamic vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper

Cut tomatoes length wise. Put in big salad bowl.
Chop up basil leaves. Put in big salad bowl with the tomatoes.
Cut up the cheese into little cubes. Put in big salad bowl. If your friends ask, tell them it's "tofu" or "potatoes". Haha.
Pour EVOO into big salad bowl and mix well.
Pour some balsamic vinegar into a saucepan. Put pan on stove top and turn on medium heat. The goal is to reduce the balsamic vinegar by half or 2/3 of the starting volume.
Pour reduced balsamic vinegar into big salad bowl. Bit by bit. Taste as you go in case the vinegar gets too overwhelming.
Mix well.
Sprinkle some kosher salt and grind fresh black pepper on salad.
Mix well.
Taste it.

I'll have to make this salad again this weekend and post up some pics to go with my super lame instructions. hah. But trust me, this is very easy and very very delish!

Friday, April 10, 2009


Props to Nordstrom STL for having a twitter account and is using it actively.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009


My previous post did not make much sense. I was tired and was just trying to capture my thoughts before I zzzzzz...

Dentist appointment at 8 a.m.
Three cavities (I know, TMI)
Dentist tells me those are all baby teeth.
Does that explain why I am still so childish and juvenile?

To top it off, co-worker asks "Is "dentist appointment" what you kids are calling "hangovers" these days?"

If I could laugh without accidentally drooling, I would've LOLed.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

seeking: new "hobby"

Well, the news came down - paycut in effect.
The silver lining is - at least I still have a job.
I know - I am tired of saying that.
But really - I can't complain.

So even though I am in lust - with several Marc by Marc Jacobs purses and watches,
I am placing myself on a ban - a ban light to be specific.

Now I need a hobby - something to distract me from shopping esp when I am stressed or bored.
I want something cheap and good, educational and relaxing...

It is time to re-invest effort back into the things I love.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


old episode, but one of the funniest dialog I've heard on TV:

"... and then I have a Brabus Mercedes 550"
"Tom Cruise is a Brabus fan isn't he"
"I don't know."
"You not know?!"
"We attend different churches so I don't know... I'm at the one with Jesus baby"

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring cleaning

I got bitten by the spring cleaning bug early this year, and compounded by the fact that I was really having shoes-overload problems.

So off to Target I went to get some shoe organizers and happened to stumble upon the Orla Kiely for Target kitchen hooks which I promptly picked up as well.

In order to add some sort of a hanging storage, I jammed the kitchen hooks in between the two piece of wood when I was assembling the shoe organizer.

The kitchen hooks worked out perfect for my belts, hat and light canvas bags. And I must say I am 99% please with the end result!

My only advice would be to not buy the shoe organizer from Target, but rather, go scour it somewhere else like Lowes or Home Depot. With the one I got, the "cubby holes" are small and they barely fit my 6.5 size shoes. If you have larger feet then the shoes may not fit in the cubby.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

St. Louis tops the chart again

Top 10 unhappiest American cities

1. Portland, Ore.
2. St. Louis
3. New Orleans
4. Detroit
5. Cleveland
6. Jacksonville, Fla.
7. Las Vegas
8. Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.
9. Cincinnati
10. Atlanta

Read the BusinessWeek slideshow here.

And to compare and contrast, check out this slideshow on the The World's Happiest Countries. Of course, US is no where on the list.

How you know if it's going to be a good day

Email-of-the-Day from my poor co-worker Chris H:

1. Get up at 5:00 to start work early because you have so much shit to do

2. Proceed to spill an ENTIRE 24oz coffee in your Bimmer because you are gunning it around a corner and forgot that the idiot German engineers don't know how to make proper cup holders.

I felt sorry for him, but yet can't help but crack up laughing. It's unfortunate because I can relate. I've spilled coffee on this puny cupholder in my previous car and man, clean up is NO FUN AT ALL.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Review: Murad Sleep Reform™ Serum

I received a sample of Murad Sleep Reform™ Serum in the mail a week ago and finally decided to give it a try.

So yesterday evening, I tried the Sleep Reform™ Serum in place of two things: my Aveeno Rejuvenating Serum and Aveeno Firming Eye Cream

And then, I proceeded to stay up way past midnight.

This morning when I woke up and saw my reflection in the mirror I was actually quite amazed. This product is simply amazing, my face do not look sunken and my eyes do not look tired at all. It kept my face firm and somehow erases any dark shadow under my eyes. Usually, staying up past midnight during weekends is quite brutal on my face - I used to cringe when I see myself on Sunday morning, but thanks to this miracle serum, not anymore!

Of course as with everything, there is a downside. This miracle-in-a-bottle Murad Sleep Reform™ Serum costs $97 at Sephora, even though money can buy youth, this is still way too rich for my blood.

So alternatively, I will probably end up going with the almost-as-good Murad Moisture Silk Eye Gel and ditch the Aveeno Eye Cream (which had absolutely no effect on my puffy eyes), and keep using the Aveeno serum until the economy improves :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

5 Brands

Via http://5brand.tumblr.com/
Could you define yourself with only 5 brands? It's harder thank you think :)

Here's mine, let me see yours (leave a comment)!

Monday, February 16, 2009


Should've bought these when they came out, now I can't find them anywhere and I'm still lemming these after a year!

Miu Miu Naplak Patch spectator pumps

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Phenomenal NYC trip

And I take it with me when I leave
The crowded skyline, the energy
The sleepless city always leaves its mark
Just close my eyes and I'm back again

New York City - Paul van Dyk (Feat. Ashley Tomberlin)

Back from my whirlwind New York City trip, feeling so energized and refreshed. I don't know what is so magical about the city, is it the well-dressed and yet so individualistic people, is it the commotion, the lights, skyscraper? Is it because my BFF is there? Or the fact that I'm only there once a year?

Maybe it's the Pinkberry:

Or this drool-worthy S8 I saw on 58th

I don't know but I absolutely love it.

We shopped everywhere, from the Flagship H&M to Jcrew, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, to stores that I always wanted to visit like Zara, Club Monaco, MANGO, MadeWell, Muji, CB2, Davidz, Steve Madden, Steven, and Uniqlo.

I did not go crazy though, since I did 5 major J.Crew final sale hauls right before I left. Uniqlo is probably one of my favorite store of them all, it carries basics in EVERY COLOR imaginable. So it was with much constraint that I walked away with only a pair of solid black skinny jeans, that they hemmed for free. (All denim comes with free alterations).

Oh, that and I bought my first Oliver Peoples sunnies! *Fans self*.

I am on an epic-shopping-ban for the next 6 months until I plan my next trip. NYC again? Dallas possibly...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Oh my, look at this email from Neiman Marcus. Now I really am craving for spring! Yum!

From left:

  • Tory Burch Tory in Green Petals
  • Marc by MJ Shopper in Coral
  • Kooba Ryder in Pink (Kooba has the most phenomenal leather)
  • Rebecca Minkoff Devote in Sunshine
  • Rebecca Minkoff Nikki in Peacock (though I have heard RM bags don't do well in rain)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Gong Xi Fa Cai - Happy Chinese New Year

Can't believe yet another year has passed - I remember this time last year the boy and I went to dimsum with Matt, Mae and their 3 girls.

This year... well I will celebrate it a week late, but it'll be in NYC with my BFF and my parents. I cannot wait!

And as a consolation I did a small Old Navy and J.Crew purchase over the weekend.

On another note, as a fun activity, you can check out your 2009 Chinese Horoscope for 2009 here.