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Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I feel truly blessed to have a loving family and great friends. Thanksgiving was awesome. My mom cooked a feast for brunch, and my friend and I helped out. Afterwards, we went to Palos Verdes Wayfarers Chapel. It was an unbelievable sight. Lloyd Wright designed it, and there is a similar chapel in Sedona, Arizona.

My family likes to visit Palos Verdes because it is where my parents first met. My dad drove cross-country from PA to meet my mom. Their dads (my grandpas) were good friends in college at Fukushima, Japan. And the rest is history!

Hope you were able to snag some good deals today at the mall. I had a traumatizing experience at Lush. I picked up a bath bomb, and a couple of the bombs fell down and cracked. Gasp. I felt bad, so I made sure I bought more than I broke. The salesman was really kind; he gave me extra samples. The spirit of Thanksgiving.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What's going on?

Hello. I am excited for Thanksgiving break which starts in seven hours. Until then, I will be doing work. Something about the holidays makes me want to go to museums. It's quite beautiful during the winter season.

I took this photo at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles a few years ago on Christmas day.

The Getty Villa in Malibu is another amazing museum. The architecture and outdoor design makes me feel like I am in Rome.

For MOCA's 30th Anniversary, the Italian artist, Francesco Vezzoli, will escort Lady Gaga to the museum. I didn't hear about him until the NY Times mentioned the news.

Lady Gaga, above, and Eva Mendes below. I like the remake of La Dolce Vita.

MoMA in New York City is featuring Asian films. Their theme is ContemporAsian. Thanks to globalization, films are easily distributed throughout different cultures and languages.

So what are you doing? Plan a trip to a museum!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Beat the Winter Blues

Winter is coming soon, but if you're by the beach like me then you may never need to bust out a winter coat. When the occasion strikes, you can refer to my recommendations.

This snazzy wool coat on the left is from Banana Republic. You can rely on their tailored cuts and high quality fabric. And this pretty houndstooth on the right is from J. Crew. Oh why does J.Crew have to tempt me?

I really admire J.Crew's attention to detail especially on their cardigans. One time, I was inspired to make a cardigan with little rosettes. It turned out well, but I feel like a gust of wind will blow them away. So delicate. Like life (sorry I'm learning about life and death in my Asian civilizations class).

These are interesting coats from Anthropologie. I usually steer away from this store because they usually don't carry petites. Why bother trying to fit into clothes that just hover over your body? But I admire the cuts on these outerwear. Not too girly (which I am trying to avoid) and just a hint of elegant fashion.

Below are some more coats from Anthropologie. I like the cropped jacket on the left because it's versatile for almost any occasion. The jacket on the right is actually a cardigan. How wonderful! Oh, my mind is thinking about how many different ways I could wear this.

Alas, if you're feeling chilly, you can spot a timeless piece from just about anywhere. But I suggest you wait until the next big sale. Oh wait, it's coming up after Thanksgiving!

Happy Holidays.

PS: A friend asked where I find out about fashion news. I get them from everywhere... the newspaper, blogs, magazines (Teen Vogue and Elle), and from random shopping visits. "Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening" - Coco Chanel. I love this quote. You are fashionable. Don't worry about wearing the latest trends. Just wear what you like and what flatters your body type. The rest will come into play without putting any effort.

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