Sunday, September 21, 2014

My New Home

(earrings from the limited, shirt from kookai, lace top from mango, maxi dress from american apparel)

Hi there from London! I have moved into my accommodation. After some crazy unpacking and shopping, my new room is finally ready! Since I am only living here for 3 months, I try to minimize the homeware, and kitchenware I buy. However, there are things that I must buy, like the water kettle, bed sheets, a pan, a plate... Also, I finally decided to buy a drying rack. I still can't bear the risks of drying my clothes with a dryer...

I also bought a lovely plant - white Cyclamen. (if you can see from the photo...) I really love mini plants lately. I bought a mini orchid over the summer in Madison. My room in Madison received very little sunlight, so the orchid sadly died in a few weeks. Hopefully, the Cyclamen will flower until I leave. I will water it with love this time. hahahaha.

I pinned the floral cloth, a birthday gift from my friend, as the wall decoration. I don't have that many things to fill up the big blue bulletin board anyway. 

I really love my new room. I have a tendency to stay in my room all the time... especially when London is gloomy all the time, and is getting chilly. Well, because of that, I started writing a long list of things to do. I have to motivate myself to go explore London!

Other things... I am also enjoying having my own bathroom. I definitely won't have my own bathroom when I go back to the States. Location - I am enjoying the convenience of living in my accommodation. I can walk to three major underground stations, two rail stations, and some major shopping areas. If I am up for walking, I can even walk to Chinatown. 

I miss walking! I walked a lot in Madison. That was a lot of exercises. I am glad that I can keep up with that in London. 

Stay tuned! - if I am up for updating my blog ....who knows? oops.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

City Goodbye.


(shirt from izzue, tanktop from 2%, shorts from kookai, loafers from marc jospeh, rings from mimosa, earrings from american apparel, bag from matt & nat)

I am leaving tomorrow! My stay in Hong Kong this summer is short. It was a fully packed, densely loaded, exciting summer in Hong Kong. I had a wonderful time. I am glad that I was able to meet up with a lot of my dear friends, teachers, and instructors. I also held my awesome concert. haha a big birthday gift for myself. I did some shopping. I think I have become a quick shopper. I can decide if I am buying or not a buying an item very quickly. So even though I didn't have much time for shopping, I have some lovely purchases.

I am now packing for my 3 months in London. I am studying "abroad abroad"! I am attending University College London (UCL). I will try my best to "pack light". My light is not light at all anyway... hhaahaha

I intentionally feature my matt & nat bag in this blogpost. Their bags first caught my attention in my trip to Canada. I picked up a bag in a department store. I was highly interested in it. It was a Matt & Nat bag. However, the size, and inner arrangement of the bag are not what I am looking for. (I am very picky about bags. I have a lot of requirements/ specifications. It is hard for me to buy a bag. very hard.) Later, I saw many other Matt & Nat bags. I love all of them! I finally decided to buy this grey bag. This had been my work bag over the summer. I wore this everyday to work. I love it! Perfect size! With a zipper! Trendy look!

I will talk more about it in my ag haul series. 

Goodbye Hong Kong. I will miss you. You stay in my heart.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Refreshing Floral

(dress from melani, earrings from Croatia, bracelet from Shanghai, bag from Hong Kong, blue leather converse)

Anyone recognizes my dress? I blogged this dress two years ago! I still love this dress very much. In general, I tend to keep my clothes for quite long. I love reinterpreting my old clothes and accessories. A month ago, I finally donated some of my clothes I had had since I was in middle school... yes, middle school. 

Today, I used the lovely tote bag given from my mom's friend. Chinese floral print! Catchy and elegant - perfect for me, a pretty traditional Chinese woman in this modern age.

I also bought a new pair of converse! This is my....6th pair of converse. I had my first pair of converse when I was 12...I think. I have worn my black leather converse for two years. The rubber spilt, and was detached from my shoes, so I know I have to get a new pair. I really love my black leather converse. Before getting this, I even considered buying another pair of black leather converse. I thought that might be boring. I might feel good at first, but in two more weeks wearing my new black leather converse, I would get bored, and wished I had bought a new color- add some new vibrance to my wardrobe. Then, I saw this blue leather converse in the store!! I knew it! This is for me!

In this season's collection, they also have a very nice pair of purple leather converse. Purple used to be my favorite color. 5 years ago? I used to have a lot of purple products. However, I have not been feeling "purple" lately... :/ Purple products look very nice, but I don't see myself wearing them. They don't look like the right fit for me now. I usually ended up with blue, or red. My color perception now: Blue is cool but warm; red is warm but cool; purple is a mix of blue and red, yet too complex, too complicated, somewhat muddy, somewhat contradicting... Color preferences change as we age ...ah ha~ interesting

Surprised by my frequent blog updates lately? I cancelled some of my activities in these two days, so that I can stay at home, and ... take a break. I really enjoy that. I treasure my personal quiet moment. I was feeling very tired and somewhat stressed a few days ago, so I knew it was time to take a break. 

Keep breathing - :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AG Haul. Bite Beauty Lipsticks

(left to right: Sephora VIB Rouge Luminous Creme Lipstick, BB for Lips - Tawny, Cashmere Lip Cream - Rioja)

(on lips: Cashmere Lip Cream - Rioja)

(left to right: BB for Lips - Tawny, Cashmere Lip Cream - Rioja)

(on lips: BB for Lips - Tawny)

As mentioned, I am starting a new serires - AG Haul! To be honest, I have shopped quite a lot in this summer. However, I did extensive research for every purchase. I seldom wore lipsticks in the past. I also seldom wear makeup. I agree that bright lips brighten up your look, so this summer, I decided to look for my perfect lipsticks. wohoo!

At first, I planned to go crazy and buy a red lipstick. I chatted with staffs at Sephora, got some recommendations. Then, I walked around Sephora for hours ...yes hours... trying over 20 lipsticks from all big brands, NARS, Make up forever, Benefit etc. I didn't know what to expect from lipsticks. Some looked fine, but I didn't feel the urge to purchase them. Red lipstick is a very vague description. There are all kinds of red. Slightly darker, slightly warmer, slightly orangey... especially because I paint, I am very sensitive to colors. 

I tried on some, and I looked like a crown, an old lady, a scary woman... It was also surprising to realized I didn't really like the texture of a lot of the lipsticks, some were too sticky, some were too dry... 

Finally, I found the Cashmere Lip Cream from Bite Beauty. It has a very interesting texture, just like the name - creamy texture. I also like the orangey, bright-but-not-too-bright color. 

I began trying other lipsticks of this brand. I am in love with the BB for Lips. Tawny is really close to my lip color. I don't need to put on concealer to cover my original lip color when putting on this. This is now my day to day lipstick. Very smooth and moisturizing! 

I also got a darker red lipstick from Bite Beauty as a gift because I am now a VIB Rouge member of Sephora. :P Shopped so much.

Okay, more about the brand. This is a pretty new Canadian brand based in Toronto. "Edgy, Edible, Innovation for lips." Yes! Their ingredients are edible!!! I love to eat. I eat and drink all the time, so an edible lipstick is perfect for me!

Watch out for my another AG Haul. update! Now heading out to meet up with my friends. bye! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Red Bite

(lace top from mango, pants from BDG/ Urban Outfitters, booties from millies, bag from grion, denim jacket from kookai, hat from forever 21, earrings from the limited, bracelets from the limited, pandora, and Milwaukee, WI, red lipstick from bite)

I just got back from my family vacation to Hualien, Taiwan! Amazing trip! Beautiful scenery! I have also learned a lot about the culture, and history of the native Taiwanese. It was a very fun trip! As you could probably tell, I got tan, even more tanned than from Madison ... hahahaha

I don't feel good or bad about looking really tan. Rather, a lot of my friends and relatives in Hong Kong have commented on my skin tone. I guess I have grown to accept the fact that I was born to be a tan girl... I was really tan when I was little, and I got all kinds of nicknames because of my tan skin. Hey, this is a look too, right?

Okay, red lipstick is the theme of this post. I guess no one can escape from a red lipstick once you started building your lipstick collection. This summer, I decided to buy lipsticks. I decided to buy a red one. I tried over 20 red lipsticks at Sephora, across all brands available there. I finally bought this, from Bite, a Canadian brand. This lipstick has a very interesting texture, like cream?! Moreover, the lipstick ingredient is food-grade, edible! I also bought another day-to-day bb lip balm from them. I am loving it! I will write more about it later.

I now like to do a lot of research, chat extensively with the sales, and have thorough understanding about the product and the brand before purchasing any clothes, or beauty products. Almost every item that I have bought recently has a story. The bag is very interesting too! I am planning to start an AG-Haul series to share with you guys all my interesting purchases! Keep an eye on that!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Checked Town

(checked top from KBF, skirt from urban outfitters, flats from american apparel, backpack from zip-it, sunglasses from ray ban, necklace from Madison, WI)

I feel like I am a country/ village girl in a big city today. When I was in college, my outfits were probably the most metropolitan among my friends. 

I newly discovered this lovely brand - KBF. This is a Japanese brand, under i.t. in Hong Kong. They have a store in The One. I love the cut, the texture, and the style of their clothes! Adorable! So soft! Mindful designs! Country, and with a hint of elegance! Relaxing, but not overly casual! I will definitely visit this store again when I return to Hong Kong in December.

Moreover, they were in big sale! I will blog my other clothes in the coming weeks. I bought them in super good deal!

Concert updates: I held my concert last Saturday. It was a fun night for everyone. I am more than glad about how it turned out. I guess I would call it my gift for my twentieth. Although our music performance was not perfect, I think we had put our best efforts to put together an awesome show in a limited time. I am so proud of my talented band, and hopefully, we can jam together in the future!

Other life updates: I have been meeting up, and catching up with a lot of friends. On Sunday, I am flying to Taiwan for a family vacation. I am very excited about it!

Lots of traveling... hahaha

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cooling Mint

(top from ASOS/ Warehouse, shorts, earrings, and necklace from American Apparel, bracelets from the limited, and Milwaukee, WI, rings from the limited, bag from Cheung Sha Wan, keds) 

I am updating this blog again!!! I know I don't have much time in Hong Kong, so I try to update as many times as possible! I miss sharing with people my outfits. haha.

I bought this top for my internship. Before the summer, I realized I didn't have any working outfits with me in the States, so I did a little online shopping to stock up my workplace wardrobe! :P 

I really love the texture of this top! And I know a lot of my friends would say - this color again! I do quite like this color. Cool, fresh, and springy. However, I have also stopped buying this color, because I think I already have enough of it. 

I got the orange bracelet from Milwaukee Public Market. I love that place, and I love walking in markets, and exploring local handcrafts. 

Keds! They are more comfy than I imagined. I highly recommend them too! I walk a lot, and I had no trouble wearing them all day. They are also super easy to match with!

Concert prep updates: we had our full band rehearsal yesterday. It was great! However, there are also much work to be done. I have been really busy taking of the musical side of the concert preparation. Speaking of that, I should get back to it NOW. bye~

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Timeless White

(white tee from ASOS,  shorts from kookai, loafers from marc joseph, watch from vivienne westwood, friendship bracelet - DIY,  bracelets from accessorize, pandora, and ans, ring from Madison, WI, bag from urban outfitters)

 White tee sometimes can be your best matching buddy! I seldom buy tees now. I don't see the point of keeping too many tees/ t-shirts. They serve the same purpose! I now like the simplest one, with a good texture, and an acceptable neckline. I try to avoid those that are too low, because wearing them can be inconvenient. Good cotton shouldn't cost too much. Like this one, I bought it in $14 bucks. I think it is a very affordable price for a quality top!

I finally bought my birthday watch! This is the birthday present from my parents! I seldom have birthday/ christmas gifts requests. Every time I have a birthday gift request  - it is a watch. hahaha. I also discovered I have a watch request every two years...totally unintentional. I think I may keep this trend. Watch is very important to me. While most people seldom wear watches nowadays and rely on their phones, I still wear a watch every day. I feel very uncomfortable when I forget to wear my watch. Knowing the time is important for me. I care to be punctual. Also... I am a busy girl hahahaa.. I pack so many things in my schedule, so it is important for me to keep track of my time.

Long story for buying my watch - I first found a watch that I like from an online shop. That's when I came up with the idea to request for a birthday watch... again. Then, I finally did online shopping two months later. I decided to look into other options, and I finally ordered another watch, from Michael Kors. However, that watch was too big for my wrist. I unfortunately had to return it. After that, I went online to order the watch that I really liked at first sight. Yet I ran into transaction problems with various credit/debit cards. I decided - perhaps that watch wasn't meant to be for me. I should wait until I get back to Hong Kong to find my ideal watch.

I visited many stores. Surprisingly, very few stores have watches that fit into my expectations. Finally, I decided to walk into Vivienne Westwood (I haven't been there for ages), and found this lovely watch! This watch also matches nicely with my friendship bracelet which I braided in May/ June.

What a long blogpost...

Last but not least, I highly recommend my loafers!! I am in love with it! Marc Joesph is from New York. I saw this pair of loafers in a shop in Madison, Wisconsin. At first, I was a bit hesitant. As most of my friends know, I love wearing loafers. When I first picked this pair up, I thought it might look a bit old fashioned.  However, once I have tried it on, I am in love with it! Super comfy! sooooo amazing. Also, I think it actually looks quite stylish! 

Concert prep updates: I have been transposing music to the performance keys. We will have another full rehearsal tonight. SO EXCITED.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Back to the City

(shirt, and maxi dress from the limited, hat from sephora, earrings and bracelet from Madison, WI, bag from rebecca minkoff, keds)

I am finally updating this blog! It has been really long - 8 months. I am finally back! I do miss blogging. Life update: I worked at Madison, Wisconsin in the last two months. Towards the end of my internship, I came up with a crazy idea to hold a concert. In less than a month, I recruited a band, found a venue, set a date.... now the concert is scheduled at Aug 23. Happening in less than a week! We have had a couple of rehearsals. I am so excited! 

I just have one wish right now - sleep well. I am still struggling with jet lag, which is really rare for me. It has already been a week. I guess I really have been away for too long.

My stay in Hong Kong is brief.  Hopefully, I get to update this blog a few more times before I leave. :P