Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gilt City Seattle: Blogger luncheon

This afternoon, Gilt City Seattle invited me to the blogger luncheon at the charming Alexis Hotel downtown. It was fun chatting it up with Gilt City's PR gal Caitlyn (on my left in the photo) and meeting fellow local bloggers like Jess (on my right). I love Gilt because it's a finely curated, professional and eye-catching hub for fashion, food, home and travel that always delivers quality goods unlike many deal sites out there nowadays, so I'm excited for these deals that are unique to each city. If you need an invite, click here. I didn't open the swag bag until I got home and was pleasantly surprised by a little baggy of these melt-in-your-mouth Jonboy fleur de sel caramels. Anyway, a post on my outfit to come!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bo.lan - Bangkok, Thailand

Dining at Bo.lan in Bangkok has got to be one of my favorite food experiences. Michelin-star chef, David Thompson partnered with native Chef Duangporn Songvisava to create a restaurant focused on Thai gastronomy and the slow food movement, which is increasing conscious selection from farm to fork. We ordered the Bo.lan "Balance" menu, leaving it up to the chefs to create a unique, expansive and well-rounded meal. I'd highly recommend it, it's less decision-making and more adventure!

The apertif: you begin by sipping the traditional Thai whiskey, move to the pandan juice (has a faint coconut flavor), then pick a piece of sour tropical fruit and dip it in the salt and chili, and repeat.

The amuse-bouche: I was happily surprised when what was supposed to be "bite-size" turned out to be this platter of multiple little treats showcasing different flavors and ingredients. In the background is a bowl of toasted rice they brought out as a snack.

A highly addicting spicy savory soup with wild cilantro and basil.

Chili relish of santol and salted prawn with local greens cooked in bamboo and a perfectly runny soft boiled duck egg. I also love that it's served on a slab of slate, which I want in my home for certain meal presentations. Not shown in this post are about 10 additional dishes from insanely spicy meats to red curry to crispy prawns to the tastiest vegetables cooked in simple garlic. I think we got too busy gorging ourselves at that point.

The pre-dessert: an iced tapioca coconut milk drink with jackfruit.

The dessert du jour: again I was so impressed by the quantity, quality and presentation as the finisher of a consistently excellent meal. The platter had exotic fruits like longan and custard apple, tapioca balls wrapped in shredded coconut, watermelon gelée, banana sticky rice, and more. In the background is a cup of the Bo.lan blend Chiang Mai tea with spices, mint, ginger and honey to sooth the digestive process after all the food.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hello, fall

H&M sweater, ASOS fishtail dress, Zara sandals

A key sign of autumn, in addition to swirling red leaves on the ground, is the permanent clutching of a pumpkin spiced soy latte in my hand (seasonal siamese twin). Anyway, I like the return of easy-to-throw-on-crewneck-sweaters for fall, and this one has some cool details to keep things more interesting. I got it at the H&M in Hong Kong this past summer, which I swear has edgier clothing because of market demand. The pieces at Seattle's H&M are so safe, probably because citizens are too busy buying FiveFinger shoes. What, you mean we won't be seeing those at Fashion Week?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hong Kong photo journal

I always hate when blogs have tons of photos and then follow up with a numerical list describing each photo like I should scroll back up and remember each picture and match it to the number? Not that this is any easier to understand, but here's a regurgitation of some of my favorite parts in paragraph form..

I'm convinced Hong Kong has the most perfect skyline, from anywhere you see it or against any color background the sky decides to dream up that evening. The streets are kept but with enough grit, graffiti, and character as to keep you on your toes and your camera out around every turn. As with the food, I'll note the photos above are of contemporary mooncakes (get it? harhar) and what looks like an army of mochi ice cream (get at me). I also had to include the picture of a painting I saw in Forest Bird, a coffee shop/boutique in Central. "I cut off Hermes' feet today, because I want him to stay..." It's one of those pieces so haunting you can't get it out of your head. Anyway, just have to draw attention to the little girl stuntin'. Her dad was taking a picture of her and she started pulling out all these Gisele Bundchen moves.. future blogger in the making? ;)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Love like denim

Club Monaco denim blazer, J.Crew linen shirt, Helmut Lang chambray shorts, Zara sandals

We shot these photos in San Diego this past weekend before watching the sunset from the La Jolla cliffs. The pictures don't depict these massive dry dusty cliffs overlooking an endless Pacific Ocean surrounded by a vast sun-toasted meadow. Time is so fluid for me in the presence of rushing water.. I just sat there on the ledge of a jutting rock mesmerized by distant crashing of waves hundreds of feet below while hours trickled by until the sun slipped into the horizon and all the warmth in the sky turned a muted pink.

Anyway, I've had an ongoing obsession with denim on denim and recently picked up this denim blazer from Club Monaco that I'm convinced goes with everything and also these perfectly light Helmut Lang chambray shorts in the same week. Meant to be paired.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Digital perm (#2)

A year ago I posted about my digital perm and every month it's still the most visited and searched subject on my blog. I also get asked a lot of questions about it so I figured I'll do an updated post. When I went to Hong Kong last month, I got my annual digital perm. This style works for me because it takes absolutely no maintenance and gives my flat straight hair wave and volume. Feel free to ask me any questions about it!

There are tons of hair salons in Hong Kong that are reasonably priced. There are high end salons too but I tend to stick to the ones on the streets, if I wanted to pay $300+, I would just get it done in the States. This year I went to Hair Code, and I usually get the package including haircut, treatment (to protect your hair), and digital perm that ends up being around $100. I always specify that I want loose beachy waves so I don't end up looking like Shirley Temple. They permed my bangs this year too which is the first time I've ever had that and it gave them just the right lift.

Literally I woke up and my hair looked like this, it's really like on TV when the girl wakes up with perfect hair and makeup (the latter unfortunately does not happen in real life). I usually shower in the morning and then blowdry my hair with a diffuser which gives the curls a more even wave and not so messy and kinked like in the photo. The best thing is I never have to use any product and my hair stays voluminous. If you deep condition your hair once in a while, a perm is really not too damaging, I'd say my hair is in fine health. It's the best solution to those (like me) too lazy to do their hair daily. I'll take the extra 30 minutes of sleep in the morning, thanks. Hope this helped!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Young girl and the sea

WiNK floral ruffle low back dress

We stayed at a resort in Phuket, Thailand with its own private beach. Since it was rainy season, the resort was eerily empty, but after weeks of running around major cities that was a welcomed change. The most amazing part was $10 massages by the beach with a breeze and the sound of waves crashing in the background, and there is also something indescribably peaceful about quiet evening strolls along the sea. These were taken on our way to dinner at a restaurant in the resort located on a cliff overlooking the ocean and the only path up were uneven steps winding around the bluff, but the food and view were worth the trek. I'll do a post on that restaurant soon.

WiNK makes some of my favorite dresses (I've worn them here, here, and here), this little floral one is one of my newest purchases, and like all of their pieces I have, it's that perfect mix of darling and daring.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lantern - Singapore

The day I posted this outfit, we had fortunately wandered to the gorgeous rooftop bar, Lantern. They asked if we had reservations - we didn't, and after checking a moment they said the only seat available was this daybed. Most amazing seat in the house was the only one open?? Umm.. we'll take it. We got to lay back and rest our tired feet from a day of adventure with a view of the laser show at Marina Bay Sands (fun fact: currently the world's most expensive standalone casino at $8 billion - thanks Wikipedia).

The boyfriend and I relaxing on the daybed with a spectacular view.

Munched on some duck egg rolls and truffle fries (unpictured). We just wanted a little snack with our drinks because we were going to eat late-night street hawker food after this (chili crab!)

The laser show at Marina Bay Sands.

Rooftop pool at Lantern.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

There is no certainty, only adventure - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Flesh Imp snake tank and Wilfred tank, Banana Republic belt, Cotton + Candy midi skirt, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent sandals, bag from Hong Kong boutique

On a rare quiet street in Saigon, Vietnam. Usually there are hundreds of scooters and cars shooting in every direction as if traffic signs, lines, and lights are mere suggestions.. Got this sheer snake print tank top at a boutique in Singapore that reminded me of this Acne one. Anyway, my sister gave me this bag when I was in Hong Kong and it was perfect for travel. I needed a black leather purse with a shoulder strap, and I love the neon yellow patent straps and gold hardware.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hey Pretty Thing x The Seattle Times

A couple months ago, Janet Tu, a reporter from the Seattle Times contacted me for an interview on a story she was writing about Seattle fashion bloggers. She was so affable and it was fun chatting about the niches and subcultures of local bloggers and thinking of creative ways to shield me while I changed outfits in in a park for the photoshoot.. Time passed and it had almost slipped my mind until today, I got a few messages from friends saying they saw me on the front page of the Sunday paper so I picked up a copy. Pretty surreal! You can read the full story online here.