Thursday, September 30, 2010

Framed


I like this idea of using multiple frames as decoration. Bordering if not completely excessive, yes.. but in this case (and also in the case with dessert, shoes, love...) more is better. I don't see a problem here with being a little over the top. ;) These frames give the space a vintage feel and fill an empty wall with character.

On a totally unrelated note, I'm so excited to share.. in addition to our existing itinerary for our trip around Europe at the end of the year (mentioned here), we got tickets for the Lady Gaga concert in Barcelona in December! Already brainstorming an outrageous costume..

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You said that I am the light of the moon, the light of the sun, and I’m the place in which all your good things go

Pleated floral dress from Hong Kong boutique, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent snakeskin sandals

A fun flowy dress (reminds me of an accordion) I wore out on a Saturday night that became very very late and then it was suddenly early Sunday morning. I like when good company makes time irrelevant. We spontaneously went to the Peak in Hong Kong in the middle of the night and watched the sun rise over the city. It was strange and so peaceful for the world to be completely quiet and alive in those brief moments where everything was black then in an instant, illuminated. Oh and we stumbled across a playground where I ran to ride this bouncy toy that my limbs are at least 5 times too long for. Sometimes I feel like I'm growing old too young and then times like that I'm convinced I'm just a big kid having a good time with life.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The House - San Francisco, CA

 

Had a great dinner at The House in San Francisco. Will definitely go again when I'm in SF, that was probably the only consolation in convincing myself to not order everything on the menu in one sitting. Reminds me of this quote by Orson Welles, "My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people." Story of my life..

It's not a seafood restaurant but I noticed we ordered everything seafood, subliminal cravings that day I suppose.

1. Ahi tuna tartare with roasted nori chips, I love ahi tuna and this was fresh and delicately savory
2. Maine crab cake with pickled ginger remoulade, how cute is the pear shape presentation?
3. Yellowtail special, subtly spicy and flavored dish, came with rice that went well with the light broth
4. Grilled sea bass with garlic ginger soy, the fish was so soft and tasty as you can tell, it was mauled before I had a chance to take a picture
5. Dense chocolate cake with espresso ice cream, and mango cream pudding

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Friday, September 24, 2010

You've begun to feel like home - Hong Kong

Renzoni eyeglasses, cutout dipped hem tee by Understar, cropped pleated pants from Kitterick, oxford booties by Broöch, Zara belt, Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch

Found the perfect white tee.. cutouts in the shoulders, neckline, and above the tag on the back if you look closely, I appreciate that small detail. A lot of shirts have dipped back hems now, but this shirt is longer in the front and cropped in the back.

Wearing one of the three new pairs of prescription glasses I recently bought, I like that these are embossed with a wood texture. Figured if I got some fun frames I would give my eyes a rest from contacts more often, so far it's working!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Photojournal of Hong Kong part 1


Was supposed to be home by now but last minute extended my trip for a few more weeks. Thought I would do a post on this city that's stealing my heart.

1. View of skyline from a restaurant. I realized majority of these photos are of the skyline, but can you blame me, it's everything a skyline should look like
2. Walking on a skybridge to meet my sister for dinner and caught the intense gleam of the setting sun against this building, looked like someone lit tinfoil on fire
3. Strolling on the boardwalk. It's a long stretch alongside this awesome night view. I think that tallest building was the one in the Dark Knight
4. Minimalism at the Comme des Garçons store in Central
5. People love drinking Lamborghinis here
6. G Bar on the rooftop of IFC, pretty sights but $20 a drink.. really?
7. Enamored again by the view at G Bar
8. The subway system is great, so clean and efficient. Plus I've always had a romanticized affinity for subways

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I carry your heart with me - Hong Kong

Marc by Marc Jacobs Totally Turnlock Zip Clutch, tunic and pumps from Hong Kong boutiques, Zara leggings

My sister got me this Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch, aww so sweet. No occasion, she knew I needed a new wallet and this is just big enough to fit my Blackberry and camera too (I get separation anxiety if I don't always have those with me). Spontaneous gifts are thoughtful and fun. :)

Along the lines of clutches that carry things and sisters.. Reminds me of one of my favorite movie scenes. It's a moment in In Her Shoes where Maggie (Cameron Diaz) reads E. E. Cummings' poem "I Carry Your Heart" (which also happens to be one of my favorite poems) to her sister Rose (Toni Collette):

 
  
I Carry Your Heart With Me
I carry your heart with me (I carry it in
my heart) I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) I want
no world (for beautiful  you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

Appropriately, my sister just got engaged! So happy for them. It'll be my first time being maid of honor. Love you sis.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The air is so thick and opaque - Hong Kong

Top and suede pumps from Hong Kong boutiques, Louis Vuitton belt, H&M pleated ruffle shorts

Most darling pleated ruffle shorts. Didn't notice how tan my legs got this summer, when I first saw these photos I thought maybe there was a shadow but no.. I just have hyperreactive melanin.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Volterra and Barrio - Seattle, WA


Started off the weekend on the quaint patio at Volterra in Ballard, the fading midsummer night gave off a perfect breeze. We got seated next to this gorgeous wall overrun by ivy, I have a fascination with the way ivy clings to things (oh yeah I already professed my love a few posts back). White sangria (is it lush to ask if it's sold in pitchers? It's so good..) and prosciutto with truffle cream to start. Shrimp and lobster squid ink and saffron pasta for me and seared sea scallops for him. What made the night was our fun energetic server who had a great accent so we made up epic names for him. His name turned out to be Paul, but I'd still like to think it was Esteban..

Volterra on Urbanspoon


Then to Barrio in Capitol Hill for their churros - crispy, airy, lightly sugared with cinnamon, and a side of warm semisweet chocolate sauce for dipping. Okay, admittedly we also ordered their housemade guacamole and totopos. Quite normal for me to do some post-dinner post-dessert snacking.

Barrio Capitol Hill on Urbanspoon

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Don't wanna be stuck up in this cold cold world

 

I think I'm cold blooded, as in I'm freezing all the time. I blame my poor heat circulation on my long limbs, hence constantly icy extremities. Still miserable in the wintertime even quadruple-layered. Arctic climates and I just don't mix well, but I think these gorgeous shearling leather jackets will make me brave enough to weather the rough winters...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New hair: digital perm

Before: straight layered hair

This photo was taken a while ago back in Seattle (home of Starbucks). The things that make me happy about this picture (on a completely unrelated note) are 1. Wearing one of my favorite sheer white silk button-ups by Zoa 2. Good chats over coffee with my best friend 3. The barista actually spelled my name right! That rare instance deserves to be captured. Everyone always says and spells it "Caroline".

During: digital perm

Aka.. mutant octopus alien invading my brain. So every year I come to Hong Kong, I usually get my hair digitally permed. In the past since I used to have long hair, the curls were tighter, but this time with shoulder-length hair I wanted to try a more relaxed, beachy wave. The stylist used larger rollers for this effect.

After: soft natural curls

I like that this is a low maintenance hairstyle, since I favor sleep over most things doing my hair in the morning. A little product can give the nice curls a tousled bedhead look. If you have questions regarding perms or just anything at all, feel free to ask!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Ten million fireflies

 

I always take notice of unique light fixtures when I'm at a restaurant, hotel, store, etc. Really liking these contemporary pieces:

1. Styled by Sofie Andersson. I'm slightly fanatical about foliage growing on things like brick walls, and in this case, the contrast of ivy on the black wire adds life and a rustic feel to the room.
2. Lace crochet lamp shade by Vilman. Minimal yet detailed. And I want that little doggy awww.
3. Wire lighting is funky and clean, and this wire coating color matches the beautiful brown and orange damask wallpaper.