Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hello Kitty x Halloween

  Photo taken with my Blackberry Bold 9700

Happy Helloween! ;) Enjoy candy, dancing off the sugar rush, and the surplus of skin in slutified witch/bumblebee/other miniature costumes (did I say enjoy?) I bought this Hello Kitty beanie for snowboarding and thought it'd make for an easy PG-rated costume with a slouchy Wilfred tank, black knit skirt, satin Kate Spade bow heels, and MAC Russian Red lipstick. What did you dress up as? Comment with a photo or your blog link!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Seasons change and so have we

Double breasted blazer and black jeggings from Forever 21, H&M denim shirt, Zara boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch

Gorgeous fall day, perfect for a stroll with a good friend around Ballard Ave, which is an adorable little area in Seattle. Of course this calls for an impromptu photoshoot and me running around the neighborhood like a maniac tourist snapping micro shots of everything from browning leaves to cracks in the walls. I love how the last picture depicts the changing colors of the leaves, from green to yellowing orange to a rusty red. We had burgers nearby and walked it off with some shopping in the cute boutiques (though I think I exerted more energy dragging my reluctant friend into the stores), will put up photos from this portion of the day in another post.

Friday, October 22, 2010

These are the things that make me free

H&M eternity knit scarf, Wilfred wool blazer, Evil Genius ripped tee, Forever 21 jeggings, Tory Burch patent reva flats

At Local Color in Pike Place, an awesome art gallery, studio, and cafe. Sipping a caramel latte that just gets better and better (as all the caramel sinks to the bottom, until the last half inch of coffee that really is more like saccharine syrup ack) over conversation so inspiring I'm literally pulling out my Blackberry to take notes.

Picked up this tee a while ago, it's got holes everywhere and major gashes on the hems. I like layering it with a blazer and patent leather flats so everything doesn't look all perfectly put together. A surprising number of people have reacted sincerely concerned and asked if I had snagged the shirt badly on something.. I'd be super impressed with myself if my clumsiness could manifest into precisely designed rips on a t-shirt. Also, told you so (here) that I'd be living in a blazer and jeggings all fall..

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Recipe: Caprese

I love eating out but also like making the food I enjoy. I'm no pro, but it's a lot of fun. Look forward to more posts of my adventures at playing chef. ;) Here's when I felt like making something wholesome for lunch. What better than a fresh caprese salad, the ingredients are simple so it's important to have quality produce.

Used four organic vine tomatoes and fresh basil from Whole Foods.

You can kind of see my apron from Anthropologie. I'll capture more photos of it another time I'm sure. It's floral with lace and so darling I think I cook just so I can put it on.. Anyway, slice up the tomatoes and separate the basil leaves, super easy. The basil was so aromatic I literally stood there just smelling it for longer than I'd like to admit. Looking crazy is something I'm okay with.

Simple food, simple plating.

Added pesto infused fresh mozzarella from Whole Foods and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Sprinkle a little sea salt and pepper (or a lot.. because I'm obsessed with pepper..) and all done. Bite size, clean and delicious goodness!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

In love with falling

Blazer by Wilfred, H&M denim boyfriend shirt, Forever 21 jeggings, Zara over the knee boots

This outfit is one of my favorite looks for fall: tall leather boots, denim on denim, a thick wool boyfriend blazer, feminine yet edgy jewelry, and a pumpkin spiced latte clutched in my hand at all times.

Btw, officially converting to jeggings (initially mentioned my love for them here). After years of wearing/dying in skinny raw denim (I think my hips are permanently bruised from breaking them in), my legs are rejoicing over this change. I swear I could do the splits in these, if I could do splits in the first place. I was raving about them over a coffee date with a girl friend, was probably overly enthusiastic and passionate as I usually get about things I love, or maybe because I did some stretching demonstrations, but the man in the next table started laughing.. glad I could offer some comic relief.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Home very sweet home


Flew home to Seattle on Friday, greeted at the airport by three of my favorite people holding large signs with messages like "welcome home", "we missed you", and "come into these arms" (which I did immediately). Got to my place and my lovely friends gave me these gorgeous flowers aww, simple way to a girl's heart. I also did a lot of online shopping, as you can tell.. there were over 20 packages. It was like an early Christmas, and I got everything I wanted! ;) Some of the treasures I'm excited to show you are by Lanvin, Acne, Balenciaga, Kris Van Assche, Robert Rodriguez, and a lot other great pieces. Also ordered a ton of books, have a pile a foot high on my nightstand, ready to cozy up in bed on a rainy night with a cup of milky green tea (bought this mix in Hong Kong, just add hot water and it's soo yummy) and a good read.

My sleep pattern is still wonky from jetlag. I slept at 5am and woke up at 8pm on Saturday. Waking up in the absolute dark of nighttime and starving can be a bit confusing.. Aside from that, being home has been everything and more that I've missed.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Photojournal of Hong Kong (part 2)


1. A bouquet of flowers left behind from an engagement photoshoot on the beach that we spied on
2. Flashing lights. This city really never sleeps
3. Something about being near water puts me at peace
4. Tropical
5. Some graffiti tagged walls in Causeway Bay
6. Hello babies.. two pairs of Dries Van Noten boots, welcome to my closet
7. One of those ledges you could easily spend a lazy afternoon sitting and staring out to sea
8. These rocks are such a gorgeous rust color
9. Pistachio, earl grey, black sesame, and hazelnut crunch macarons. Heaven comes in the form of small delicate sweet treats

Monday, October 4, 2010

I like it in the city when two worlds collide - Hong Kong

True Religion jeans, shirt and gladiator sandals from Hong Kong boutiques, Marc by Marc Jacobs metallic shoulder bag

The best thing about a city sometimes is how easily you can get away from the city. About a 30 minute minibus ride and goodie bag of snacks later, we made our escape from the noise and energy of Hong Kong to the oceanside town of Stanley. It's usually very touristy because of Stanley Market, a bunch of colorful street shops that carry absolutely nothing you need (except for that stuffed animal panda, um where has it been my whole life?) but we went late Monday when the skies looked threatening with rain and the town was pretty desolate. Sometimes all you need is a little quiet, a good friend, and the sound of crashing waves to feel whole again.