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Monday, January 30, 2017

May the odds be ever in the rooster's favour.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Because of Chinese New Year, there was a lot of eating involved in our household. "healthy eating" resolution went down the drain just like that!

Here's wishing all of you a wonderful Year of the Rooster. It's not looking too bright at the moment but let us keep our hopes up because as Seth Meyers has said, "...hope is always the best possible path to take."
hand-me-down cheongsam top from a friend, Evil Twin jeans from Urban Outfitters, Vans 

My fave dish from CNYE dinner!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Late in the game

I must admit that growing up, I hated wearing turtleneck because I felt like I was always being strangled when I wear one. Oh, how times have changed! Now, I just can't get enough of it. It's such a great staple in a wardrobe.
Saks 5th ribbed turtleneck, dress I sewed using the Merchant and Mills Bantam pattern, Ugg Australia boots
 Unfortunately, this is the only turtleneck top I currently have so you'll be seeing this a lot:D
Because this is my last post for the week, I thought I'd wear red and wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Monday, January 23, 2017


Love this new item I sewed because lookie...overlapping tulip hem! (This is also the first item I've sewed with a cowl neck.) I tend to make stuff that are really super basic or something with a design I don't have yet in my closet, and this definitely fits the latter category.

tunic I made using Butterick B5954 pattern, worn with H&M pants and Doc Martens

 In progress...

hanger appeal:D

Are you a fan of classic designs, or those that are bit more "unconventional"?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Inspiration: The Kinfolk Home

"A house truly becomes a home when you fill it with people's feelings and stories," Hideki says."
- The Kinfolk Home, p.338

This is a book by the Kinfolk team headed by Nathan Williams (editor in chief), showing 35 homes all over the world that  exemplifies the Kinfolk look with its emphasis on "slow living". If you are familiar with the magazine, then you know what kind of images you will see here.

I will admit I haven't bought the mag, but have perused through some issues in our local bookstore and visit the website once in awhile. When I saw the sample images from this book, I knew I had to get it. (The price after the discount is almost the same as the mag, so there's that:D) I'm not really well-versed in interior design, but like everyone, there are some arrangements I just gravitate to. (Plus, I just looking at interiors of other people's houses.:D)

This book does not disappoint. Every image is truly inspiring and beautifully shot, with well-written essays discussing the families that live in each home and their design philosophy. The aesthetic might not be everyone's cup of tea, but you can't deny that the dwellings in this book are just a joy to look at.

Below are just some of my was really hard to narrow down, you guys!

My #1 favourite: Tok and Hiromi Kise's home in Osaka, Japan

Are you a Kinfolk fan?

Monday, January 16, 2017

You've been warned.

I'm a repeat offender when it comes to my clothes. If you've been reading my blog for awhile, then most of my outfits are ones you see over and over again over the years. Well, guys, since I've decluttered and got rid of a lot of stuff, I'm just letting you know that you will see repetition more so than ever. What can I say? There's something very fulfilling about just having stuff you really love...but maybe not too good when you're blogging about your outfits. Oh well.....

old Banana Republic sweatshirt I cut up  and Ugg Australia boots (seen here), dress I sewed (Kiomi dress pattern last seen here)

Do you have a certain piece of clothing you just wear over and over?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

All about that drape

This is the latest apparel I've sewed. I can honestly say I've never had anything like this is my wardrobe before, which has made this an instant favourite. Definitely something that sparks joy:)

Pattern: Vogue  by Lynn Mizono V1410
V1410 dress worn with Saks 5th ribbed turtleneck, no-name leggings, Timberland boots

The best thing about this dress: there are three lengths you can choose from. Here I am wearing it full-length...pretty cool, eh?



At Home Depot...natch!

And guys, just want to let you know...I was picked as PatternReview's Member in Focus!!! Weeeeeee! There are actually some stuff in here you guys might now know about me, so in case you're interested, here's the link. Thanks, PR!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Oh, the weather outside is frightful....

We've had an extreme cold weather alert here lately. These shots were literally taken in 5 seconds. In and out, my friends.
an old Nicole Miller cardigan and dress I sewed (using the Bantam pattern from the Merchant and Mills Workbook), no-name leggings, Adidas sneakers
I've always loved how this cardi drapes, and it's super comfy.
Windy too...sigh....
Their faces froze like that!

I hope it's warmer where you are!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Currently loving #33

Things I've been loving lately:)

1) The documentary Minimalism
My obsession over Marie Kondo's method of de-cluttering has led down the rabbit hole of the "less is more" movement, which eventually led me to this film (available on Netflix).

I highly recommend this documentary even to those who don't practice minimalism. It really makes you think about the whole capitalistic notion of buying all the time and more importantly, "compulsive buying". Do things really bring us joy?
image from
2) GOOP Clean Beauty
Even though this has Gwyneth in the cover, she actually only wrote the foreword. What the book is is a great guide to clean beauty, written by the editors of GOOP, many of whom are experts in the field (ie.Dr. Laura Lefkowitz, Karen Behnke). It not only deals with skin care and makeup products, but also how we take care of our bodies (what we eat, how much we sleep, etc.)

It has recipes for a detox diet, different stretches, discussion of toxic ingredients in beauty products, makeup and hair tips....just a fountain of information.  Can't recommend this enough!

3) That Winter, The Wind Blows
I tend to watch light Korean romantic comedies, but Rowena recommended I see this. Ehr....mah....gerd! Such a great series, you guys! Thank you as always, sunbae:)

 In terms of cinematography and acting, this ranks right up there for me with Misaeng! I cried like a baby in several scenes, and was on pins and needles at the end of every episode. So many memorable lines to boot. I seriously wish they made this into a 20-episode drama instead of 16.

Jo In Sung and Song Hye Kyo are seriously just beautiful people.
image from
This is another game changer for me when it comes to skin care. I haven't used a clay mask before, and Rowena mentioned this is a good product to try when I did my acne post. Luckily, this is pretty easy to find where I am so got it right away. I saw a big difference in my skin right after the first use, and I now use it about twice a week.
(Thanks again, Rowena!:))

What have you been loving lately?

Monday, January 2, 2017

This is how I do it.

I usually wear red for New Year (both for January 1st and the Chinese New Year) for good luck. Here's to an awesome 2017!
a dress I sewed awhile back using the Bettine dress pattern, Timberland boots

with my trusty North Face coat

How was your New year?

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