Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happiness: 2014 Favorites (Pop Culture)

pop culture 2014

We have come to the final stretch of my Best of 2014, a favorites trilogy if you will. I can't believe 2014 is over. It has been a year of tremendous up and down and I'm positively excited to begin 2015.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happiness: 2014 Favorites (Beauty)

Beauty Essentials 2014

Now for the beauty bits. Not much of my makeup routine has changed because I don't really know how to put makeup on. I pretend and that's about it. I did buy myself a couple more Real Techniques brushes hoping that it will help me get on with it. As usual, skincare has been more of my priority. Unfortunately, my skin has not been responding well to the products I have been using. Either my skin has gotten used to the products I've been using or I'm doing something wrong. Not even my favorite jar of Creme De La Mer soft cream can help me.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happiness: 2014 Favorites (Style)

Style Essentials2014

Last year, I rounded up all my favorites in a post. As usual, it took me a while to curate everything that I really enjoyed using the whole year round. I decided to work on this by dividing my posts, so it doesn't take forever for me to post. I am sort of assuming this series will be a trilogy of sorts... unless it happens otherwise.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happiness: Shrimp + Avocado Garlic Wrap

A couple of weeks ago, I stayed over a friend's house for the night after we had a little too much to celebrate before the holidays. We never really had a proper dinner so she made me a Bolognese wrap. It was very simple and super easy. It made me want to buy a sandwich maker.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Happiness: Los Primos

Better late than never. Almost forgot to share these photos. I changed my phone so I completely forgot that I had a lot of photos to sort through the old phone. Lyn and I had dinner at Los Primos last November 1... practically a month ago.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Disconnect: Solange Knowles + Alan Ferguson

The very first thing I did when I saw Solange Knowles' wedding photos was to text my brother Charles:
"When I get married, I want to be as bad-ass as Solange."
Bad-ass is definitely an understatement.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happiness: Ran Hwang's Becoming Again

Concluding this year's theme of "Transition", I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Becoming Again last November 6 at Third Floor Hermès.

The most beautiful oftentimes come from the simplest and most basic of things--take for example random and mundane knick knacks such as buttons and pins. That is exactly what Korean artist Ran Hwang created in the art space Third Floor Hermès. Add in colossal curved Plexiglas panels and technicolor lights, you have a mirage of extraordinary landscapes, scenic nature, and flying Phoenix bird. 

This is my favorite art installation by far. The attention to detail and the intricacies of design are breathtaking, obsessive and beyond incredible. You get drawn in, just marvelling at the visuals transition to various episodes from a Phoenix, to blossoming peonies. I made a short video of Becoming Again and check out the rest of the post after the jump.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Disconnect: From London With Love

I am truly a sucker for festive ad campaigns. Just take a look at this one from Burberry featuring a very cute Romeo Beckham. Beckham not only inherited his dad's good looks but he got some pop star moves from his mum as seen in his breakdancing. Ah, this video makes me giddy for Christmas! I can't wait anymore!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Disconnect: The Zellweger Debacle

Last October 20, the whole world was shocked to see a dramatically different Renée Zellweger in the 21st Annual Elle Magazine's Women in Hollywood gala. Zellweger's new appearance received a huge backlash with critics suggesting she has gone under the knife.

I decided to go down memory lane and relieve her glory days.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Disconnect: BANKS

It is incredibly empowering to see women in music nowadays. Not that there weren't any empowering women before. My earliest memories of music were that of powerful female vocalists such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey and women with sass such as Salt-n-Pepa, TLC, the Spice Girls. And then there were a mixture of both with Christina Aguilera, Aaliyah and Destiny's Child.

In reality, there is no shortage of inspiring female artists. They are everywhere, in every genre of music and in every variety. I found myself drawn to the beautiful Jillian Banks or just BANKS. Her music is dark R&B, pop alternative with elements of electronic and trip hop. If you listen closely, you can see influences of Aaliyah and The Weeknd in her music. 

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