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How to Suck at Finding a Sartorial-Self (Part 2)

More scribbles on my relationship with clothes today and if you haven’t read the previous part yet, it’s here:

So let’s dive into the influence of culture and travel on defining our personal style and how we build our wardrobe. From my experience, travel purchases (often on impulse) are the most successful ones because they are unexpected findings and there is a sense of reminiscence of good memories associated with them as well as a story to tell. Care to know my recount on my last buys from France and South Korea?  (Get ready, here comes another lengthy post… but more visuals this time) Continue Reading “How to Suck at Finding a Sartorial-Self (Part 2)”

The Perfect Bathing Suit

Have you too felt years of frustration looking for the perfect bathing suit that makes you feel good and show off your beautiful curves? Did you like me have low self esteem of your body image because the media pressures you and I to look a certain way? I felt so lost in the sea of swimwear giant market trying to find the perfect swimwear but furthermore something that reflects my identity and boost my inner confidence until I was introduced to this Sydney based producer of high quality swimwear in the summer of 2016 and since then, I never looked back. I have to my deliverance finally found a line of classic swimwear created for the modern woman by Her the label. Each collection offers timeless pieces designed to fit effortlessly into anyone’s wardrobe. Continue Reading “The Perfect Bathing Suit”

Thoughts on Mindful Shopping and Living an Intentional Life

A vast majority of us are guilty at obsessing over material things. My boyfriend frequently reminds me of finding joy in other things because when it comes down to it, they bring no value to our lives. Truth be exposed, he threw a disapproving face when seeing all my Chanel shoes…True fulfillment is acquired by going out into the world and fostering palpable and benevolent things. Buying a new pair of shoes might make you feel confident in the short term but will not enrich your life in the long term.

Undoubtedly, the world would be a stall place if we all wear the same exact thing everyday. Yet, we might all consider simplifying our lives a bit more by reducing the amount of time we spend thinking about pointless aspect of our day (currently reading this book). Life is complicated enough, so don’t allow the little things dictate your happiness. Simplify, simplify, simplify! Have you ever thought about how much time you likely waste deciding what to wear in the morning? I already suffer from decision fatigue from work and life but started tackling on the easiest issue being my wardrobe. And so for the past five years, I have been carefully editing my wardrobe to this point where an eruption of self doubts emerge… Since I was painfully trying to limit my contribution to an excessively materialistic and superficial society, there are times I feel conflicted whenever I am consuming… Continue Reading “Thoughts on Mindful Shopping and Living an Intentional Life”

My Interior

My Interior

As I recently moved to a new apartment, I finally managed to unpack a few things (friends have complained that I was so slow and that it’s been a month… eeh they aren’t wrong but I know they are just looking forward to the house warming party over here). I love to have a personal touch in my home; let it be old pictures of my family trips or something I found during my travels. I’d love to visit India someday and be able to bring a beautiful colorful rug or an exotic lantern because I feel that my place is missing a little ‘more global’ flavor and plus it’s a good excuse for going to Asia in any case.

From top to bottom: a photo taken in 1999 of our first time west coast road trip with my family in an awful green chevy van| random APC postcard I always seem to get in the mail (hmm maybe because I’ve been spending all my money there)| my dear grandma in the 70’s, a master in classical dressing pairing a white sleeveless shirt, navy cropped trousers, a pair of black loafers with tiny gold hardware before Gucci made tons of profits and most importantly her boyish short haircut I totally adore. I really miss her!| another west coast road trip photo taken by my sister inside that earlier mentioned ugly green van (why am I hating so much on this car when it actually was a comfy van?!)| a photo of me taken by my mom in Montpelier. I must have been 3 years old wearing her designed clothing (she used to have a blast making clothes for me) and being me again- mischievous :p| a marque page from Parisian Chic book (what is the word in English?!).

On the other photo, I have the industrial style lamp in brass piping from Maison Aimable in Paris. Yes I was being me again- stubborn to get it from the shop, walk all around in Paris and have random strangers keep it or hold it for me, then have the airport ship it to the US at astronomical cost and almost missing my flight. But what can I say? I just must have that lamp and it didn’t matter how. Then, I had to do a little brico to get a support for it. I pierced through the table because why not then screw the lamp stand in it and change the French plug to an American one. In either case, a finishing touch was my most favorite thing ever… the Edison light bulb haaa… It makes everything so much better in life! So I’m still working on the deco here and it’s taking longer than forever but as soon as I make progress I’ll show you 🙂 Bisous!

PS: Yes to the friends, we shall have a party here with the swan & the donut but let’s just wait til’ the sun decides to show up again so we can all head to the pool ok?! Best pool party like me with this and this 😀