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Sunday, January 30, 2011

There’s an infinite inkwell high above the city

ASOS fur snood, Wilfred wool blazer, Acne sheer tee, BCBGmaxazria lace shorts, Aldo cutout metallic oxfords

A beautiful Italian phrase that stuck with me... "niente accade per caso", meaning nothing happens by chance. We wanted to shoot on the outskirt of downtown under the monorail in hopes of catching it when it rushes by. I had to go to the bathroom so we stopped in a nearby cafe where we met the store owner who had paintings on the walls of photographs he shot in Vietnam. We're planning a southeast Asia trip this summer so we ended up talking to him for some time before resuming shooting outside. One of the owners walked out later, saw us, and let us up to the rooftop of the shop building. We came out of the elevator to city lights all around and the monorail beneath us. All this to say... niente accade per caso.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Recipe: Seared scallops in grapefruit shallots sauce

Chop green onions (for garnish later) and shallots. Shallots are in the onion family so I cried a bit in this chopping process.

Sauté shallots in olive oil.

Squeeze grapefruit juice, stir juice and white wine vinegar into skillet with shallots.

Season scallops and sear. I find scallops are most tender when you just leave them alone and flip after three minutes on each side, even though the temptation is there to poke and prod at them.. don't!

Pour grapefruit shallots sauce over seared scallops and garnish with chopped green onions. Perfect light protein that we paired with asparagus and basil garlic gnocchi (not pictured). The white wine vinegar and citrus tang of the grapefruit sauce complemented the tender texture of the scallops and gave it just the right bite.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"I Dream in Cake" [Part 2]

A few months ago I posted part 1 of this photoshoot I modeled in for my friend Eunice Do's fashion line I Dream in Cake shot by Hollin Brodeur. This second shoot involved some of my favorite desserts like cupcakes and macarons (which I feasted on immediately after wrapping up the workday) that were perfect props in portraying the sweet and feminine designs of these dresses.

Friday, January 14, 2011

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop I love so much

Wilfred tank top
T by Alexander Wang jogger pants
Louis Vuitton suede flats

One of those days (there are many) when I'm really into green tea.. got a green tea latte, green tea macaron, and surprise(!) green tea shortbread biscuit. Inhaled all the food so please excuse the mauled mess in the background. Anyway, these earrings are made of crystals studded on leather, so awesome. But can only wear them for short periods at a time for obvious reasons. So I'm still in Whistler! Snowboarded today, despite the conditions looking bleak in the morning, the pouring rain stopped and powder at the peak was so amaaazing and fluffy like powdered sugar. Be home Monday!

I've gotten some comments about my makeup so I'll be doing a post on what products I use soon. If you have any additional questions, please ask away in the comments section!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

When I’m alone you make me feel at home

H&M elbow patch blazer
John Varvatos scarf
Wilfred tank top
Forever 21 jeggings

Apparently H&M also released a tweed blazer with elbow patches that sold out fast.. bummed/on hunt mode. Couldn't decide between this gray or navy blue one, so when in doubt.. I got both. The fit is great and the elbow patches are darling, couldn't pass them up. Anyway, I did some personal distressing to these vintage boots.. by falling down a flight of stairs. I'm okay, thanks boots/shin guards.

Packing for a long weekend trip tomorrow to Whistler with like 30 friends. Crammed in one cabin. Sounds like a reality TV show ready to happen. Will get some good snowboarding in between all the craziness. Btw happy 1/11/11! Hope all your wishes come true today. :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The sky might fall but I'm not worried at all

AllSaints Spitalfields beanie
Vince chambray shirt
Band of Outsiders sweatshirt
Forever 21 jeggings
Nordstrom rainboots

Inherited this Band of Outsiders sweatshirt from my man who said the fit was off for him, lucky for me I like that it's roomy and soft, I just throw it on while lounging at home and add some pants for public appearances. Anyway, considering I live in Seattle I actually don't wear rainboots often but the day I thought they'd be appropriate it didn't rain so I just ran around stomping puddles as to not feel like I wore them in vain.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's called the past because I'm getting past

Rag & Bone leather jacket
Helmut Lang top
Urban Outfitters eternity scarf
Forever 21 jeggings and boots

Last year I bought a leather jacket that I literally wore until the lining tore so thought it was time to invest into a wardrobe staple. This Rag & Bone is perfect, I love the black soft pebbled leather, detailed ribbed sleeves, and the option to zip or button the front. Easy to throw on over this awesome Helmut Lang back cutout celestial dust printed silk tank.