31 October 2017

Pumpkin Patch Plaid - Fall Fashion 2017

🎃 Happy Halloween! 🎃

At the end of September I found out that one of the pumpkin patches in the O.C. area - Tanaka Farms - was having a special Sanrio themed pumpkin patch. Growing up a stereotypical Asian who was obsessed with all things Sanrio, I knew I had to visit. This was the first time that I have gone to a pumpkin patch since I was a child and I was stoked.

Photography by @iimomogutierrezii (Momo)
Needless to say, I had to have the perfect outfit because pumpkin patches make the perfect backdrop for any fall Instagram post. Luckily for me I saw a cute plaid dress at Urban Outfitters that I immediately fell in love with. The classic square neckline mixed with the forest green and navy blue plaid print had me feeling like I could have hung out with Cher and Dionne in the movie Clueless. More specifically, I could have been apart of that one scene where Cher is rocking a yellow plaid skirt with matching jacket while Dionne is sporting a black and white plaid set.

Photography by @iimomogutierrezii (Momo)

Unfortunately, the day I decided to go was maybe not the best. First of all I went on a Sunday so it was packed with people trying to get early pickings at the pumpkins. Secondly, it was one of the hottest weekends of October - roughly in the high 90's to low 100's - not necessarily ideal weather conditions when you're going to be outdoors with hardly any covering. Sadly due to all the heat - both the weather and all the bodies - I didn't end up staying long to really look at everything the patch had to offer. I scoured for the perfect pumpkin, or two, and was on my way.

Thanks to my friend* I was able to snag some pictures as well. So in the end I guess it was a win-win. Cute pumpkin: check. Some photos to remember the day: check. A new outfit: check.

Now I know for next year what to do and what not to do. Go on a day predicted to be cooler weather, drink lots of water in advance, and bring a hat to cover myself from the sun.
Photography by @iimomogutierrezii (Momo)
Outfit Details:

*All photos were taken by my friend Momo and edited by me. Momo currently doesn't have a photography account, but you can check out some of her work on Instagram @iimomogutierrezii

15 September 2017

Current Obsessions - 2017 Summer

Another summer gone, and once again I’ve been MIA. I’d like to say that work has kept me away from posting, but if I’m being honest I’ve just been quite uninspired. This past week I was catching up on videos from some of my favorite YouTubers and I realized that it was already that time of the month that many of them release their “monthly favorites” videos. While watching some of these “monthly favorites" videos I thought why not give it a go. Then I realized I didn’t really try out that many new things in August that I can say I loved, but I did a decent amount over the course of the summer. So let’s go with that. My current obsessions from summer 2017. Let’s go!

16 July 2017

Searching for the Best Dry Shampoo

It’s my favorite time of year and I’m not talking about all the amazing holidays. I’m talking about SUMMER! I can never narrow down the exact thing that makes summer my favorite. Maybe it’s being able to comfortably wear shorts and tank tops without a jacket, or the sun on my skin. It could be the sweet taste of a juicy watermelon on a scorching day. Or maybe it’s as simple as the fact that I was born a summer baby.

Despite all the amazing things that summer brings, if there was one thing that I could do without is how it only makes my oil-prone hair more… oily. Disgusting, I know, but it’s the ugly truth. Through my teens and college years I used to wash my hair every day to combat the oils from building up too much. Since then I’ve learned to embrace my hair’s natural oils and only wash my hair three times a week – Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Once those summer months hit, everything goes up in the air. As much as I love the warm weather, sometimes the oil builds up so quickly that it becomes unbearable. To combat the oils while still adhering to my strict hair routine, I either throw on a hat, put my hair in a messy bun, or douse my hair in dry shampoo.

08 July 2016

Monthly Music: Favorite Kpop Releases for 2016 June

Hi everyone! Summer's already half-way over, which means that summer break is almost over too. Or is it? I've been out of high school for about six years and college for two years so I'm out of the loop when it comes to school breaks. When I was a student I always found school breaks to pass by quickly and summer always went by the fastest because I was busy working and involved in marching band. There's a fun tidbit about me - yes I was in marching band for all four years of high school. Anyways, let's get back on topic: June's Kpop playlist.

26 June 2016

Monthly Music: Favorite Kpop Releases for 2016 May

Hi everyone! June's more than half-way over and I'm only now getting around to posting a playlist for May. Apologies for the delay on May's playlist and, just to be safe, an advance apology for June's playlist. I'm predicting that June's playlist will be up late next month. This will be largely due to the fact that I have yet to listen to any of the latest June releases. That being said, I'm going to try to keep this month's post short and sweet.

16 May 2016

Currently Loving: 2016 Traveling

Hi friends! It's been a hot minute since I last did a favorites posts that wasn't a "Monthly Music" one. I think the last and first one I did was almost a year ago. You can check out that long forgotten post here. I'm not that good at doing those "Monthly Favorites" type of posts because I don't really try out a lot of new products/things. However, earlier this month I took a trip back home to the 808 and found some products worth mentioning. Without further ado, let's meet the products I couldn't live without for the 6 days I was in Hawaii.

Top (L to R): Laneige, LAY/N/GO, Yes To
Bottom (L to R): OPI, NARS, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Kat Von D, Portable Charger

11 May 2016

Monthly Music: Favorite Kpop Releases for 2016 April

Hi everyone! April's gone and May's here, which means.... Monthly Music time! At the end of April I took a trip back home, which meant I had to make a playlist that I could listen to on repeat without getting sick of the tracks. It also meant I had more time to really consider if the tracks I chose were really the ones I would want to recommend as my favorite 2016 April releases. I'm glad to say that all of the songs I picked for the trip were in fact my favorites of April. So let's not waste any time and just jump right into the tracks I had on loop last month - and even now.