THE COMEBACK KID

Mercury was in full retrograde throughout the months of February and March.  Not sure if that’s accurate, but it sure felt like it in my books.  It was just one bad news after the other.  My theatrical agent of the last four years decided to drop me (via email), I lose my social media consulting account, (which was my main source of income), and my now ex-boyfriend decided that we should break up.  Oh, and my dog was diagnosed with some kind of liver disease.  It felt like everything I had worked hard for in LA was just crumbling down to nothing.  Don’t worry, this isn’t a sad story.  This is a comeback story.

The purpose of writing this blog post is to hopefully let you know that things could look real shitty at the moment, but always have faith and know that change is only a bad thing if you’re unwilling to accept it.  I’m an actress, living in LA, and I have been through my ups and downs with this town and this industry.  For every triumphant moment I’ve had, I can count three other moments that have left me feeling defeated.  This is the roller coaster ride I have come to accept in my life.  I have left my stable six-figure paying corporate job for this, and I don’t regret it for a single moment.

It would’ve been easy for me to feel sorry for myself, chop off my hair, eat a pound of ice cream and call my mom crying.  However, I had already chopped off my hair last year, and am actually in the process of growing it back out.   I don’t have much of a sweet tooth.  Plus, my mom lives in Shanghai, China so long distance calling can be a hassle with that 15 hour time zone difference.  Instead, I gave myself maybe a day to feel sorry for myself and then I decided to check myself.  You can’t control the situation, but you can control how you handle the situation.

Rather than crying over spilt milk, I decided to just look for a new theatrical agent.  I reached out to friends and acquaintances inquiring about local LA brands that may need social media assistance, and I decided to kiss a lover and a friend goodbye.  It’s now mid-April and I am happy to say that I have signed with a new theatrical agent, I am consulting for a new account, and I have tons of fun campaigns coming up for Kangthropologie.  Not to mention that Kenzie, my pup, is done taking her antibiotics and liver supplements, and should be on her way to a speedy recovery.

Don’t fight the ever changing currents of the ocean and just go with the flow.  Sounds cliché, right?  Well, I took that advice and life IS back to being busy with workouts, auditions, blogging, events, and basic hustling.  I’ve been shooting a ton of new looks, and I even took a day trip out to Joshua Tree with my blogging bestie, Amy of The Luxi Look.  So here are some of the festival looks for those of you headed out to Weekend Two of Coachella.  Have fun.  Wear sunscreen.  And make sure you ‘come back’ safely!

Xo, Linda

Dress: Flair The Label / Scarf: ASOS / Sunnies: Perverse / Earrings: Luv AJ / Boots: Forever 21

Top: Sage The Label / Shorts: Understated Leather (similar look) / Boots: Nasty Gal (similar look) / Sunnies: ZeroUV / Bag: Veggani (on sale) / Earrings: Luv AJ (on sale) / Choker: Luv AJ (similar look)

Top: I’m Your Gypsy / Pants: Sage The Label / Hat: Brixton / Sunnies: ZeroUV / Shoes: Free People / Backpack: Library LA / Necklace: Sugarfix by BaubleBar / Lariat: Luv AJ (sold out in gold | available in silver) Earrings: Luv AJ

Bikini Top: Beach Riot / Skort: Flair The Label / Sunnies: Illesteva / Sandals: Marc Fisher (similar look) / Bag: Urban Outfitters / Necklace: Sugarfix by BaubleBar / Lariat: Luv AJ (sold out in gold | available in silver) / Pendant Necklace: The Brave Collection / Earrings: Luv AJ

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

50 SHADES OF…

Took a quick break from blogging due to acting gigs that I’ve recently booked, and I feel like I’ve already missed out on so much!  Does anyone else get blogger FOMO?!  Anyway, happy mid-week day and I want to jump right into the topic for today’s post: shades, sunnies, sunglasses.  Whatever you call it, it’s the IT accessory item that makes outfits shine this resort season.  The frames come in all shapes and sizes, but a few styles really stood out for me.  Here are my fav pics of the season:

As you can see, I have a preference for the heart-shaped frames, like the one I’m wearing in my pics from ZeroUV.  So go out there and wear your 50 shades of fun, because you know what they say, if you wear it, it will come…the sun that is.  Xo!

Romper: Forever 21 / Sunnies: ZeroUV (similar look) / Earrings: Rachel Zoe / Bracelet: Rachel Zoe / Lariat: LuvAJ (similar look) / Socks: Forever 21 / Boots: IRO (similar look)

Photographed by Laci Havens

CHRISTMAS RECAP 2017

This Christmas season has been full of celebrations, gifts, food, friends and family.  I got to celebrate Sagittarius birthdays (TheLuxiLook & StripesCollide), an engagement (GlamaRosh), and births of new Kangs into the family, (congrats David and Kristine!).  I had fun photo collaborations with The LuxiLook, (as seen in these photos), shot by the wonderful Laci Havens.  I am very grateful for all the love I have in my family and I’m happy to share with you some of my favorite moments this Christmas.

GIFTS

Let’s start with the good, materialistic stuff.  I am a Taurus after all.  These are the wonderful and fabulous gifts I got this Christmas from my friends, family and bf:

DR. MARIO

My brother-in-law got my sister the old Nintendo system for Christmas and we spent the entire Christmas day and afternoon drinking about 4 bottles of red wine and playing Dr. Mario with my nephews.  It brought back so many fond memories of my childhood.  This game is ADDICTIVE!  I can’t wait to set it up at home and play it with my bf.  It’s just more fun playing it as an adult because now we get to add wine and alcohol into the mix.  Haha!

DAD

My parents currently live in Shanghai, China with my little brother, so any amount of time I get to spend with them is memorable.  My dad is about to turn 70 and has gotten to an age where everything is nostalgic for him.  I don’t blame him, because I started thinking about all of our childhood Christmas’ in Dallas.  My parents would throw the biggest Christmas party on the block, and all their friends and kids would come celebrate.

This Christmas, only my dad was able to make it back to Dallas.  I loved shopping with him at his favorite store, T. J. Maxx, and eating with him at his favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.  They might not be his actual favorite, but they were the places we went to as kids, and I think he likes remembering those moments.

NEPHEWS

My nephews and I have a Christmas tradition that we started 3 years ago.  I usually fly into Dallas a few days before Christmas.  I borrow my sister’s car, and I take the kids to Dave and Busters and Toys R Us.  The D&B portion is to celebrate their birthdays since I live in LA and am never able to attend their actual birthday parties.  Then I take them to Toys R Us, where they can each show me 5 toys that they would like for Christmas.  I then send them to the books sections, and I buy them a gift each from their selections.  I’m not the best Santa Claus, but at least it’s still somewhat of a surprise.

 

These little moments are what I treasure the most from my Christmas time spent at home with the family.  I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas holiday, and that Santa brought you lots of goodies this season.  I have one more holiday post before the new year, so be sure to let me know what you’d like to read in 2018! Xoxo!


Dress (on me): Reformation (sold out | similar look) / Sunnies (on me): ZeroUV / Sunnies (on her): Quay Australia / Earrings (on me): Charming Charlie / Necklace (on me): Mejuri / Choker (on me): Mejuri / Socks (on me): H&M (sold out | similar look) / Heels (on me): Steve Madden

Photographed by Laci Havens

HANDMADE

It has been two years since I started KANGTHROPOLOGIE, and one thing is certain: I LOVE dainty jewelry.  I’ve tried wearing more ornate pieces, as well as costume jewelry, and they just swallow me alive.  My only exception is when gemstones are involved, and they’re designed simple and elegant.

I’ve recently came across the jewelry line, Starletta Designs, and there’s something about quality, handmade pieces that make me swoon.  Tara Reid is the designer, and she hand makes each of her beautiful pieces.  What I love about it is that the designs showcase the gemstones, and doesn’t try to add other intricacies that take away from the gemstone itself.

I’m seen wearing the Champagne Druzy Geode Gold Circle Pendant Necklace and the Champagne Druzy Gold Circle Earrings.  Both of these pieces can stand alone on its own.  Nothing about the design is overwhelming, but they shine with me wearing something as simple as a one-piece suit.

Starletta Designs have been seen in some great TV shows, and hopefully one day you’ll be seeing me wearing one of her pieces on a show as well.  Here’s to supporting handmade goodness.  Happy Thursday everyone!

Swimwear: Tiger Mist / Necklace: Starletta Designs / Earrings: Starletta Designs

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

**This post is sponsored by Starletta Designs**

LACES OUT

We are in that transition period again where summer is slowly fading away during the day, but fall approaches quickly at night.  Weather like this requires light layering pieces that we can add on and/or take off on a whim, and I tend to lean towards light lacey tops over bralettes.

I recently attended the CMG fall preview of Who What Wear‘s new collection for Target, and fell in love with so many of their light layering tops, specifically this Layered Lace Top, which is under $30!  I especially love the lace on lace look that gives an off-the-shoulder effect.

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the material.  Nothing against Target, but I don’t exactly think “high-quality” when I purchase Target brand clothing.  They’re more of your basic-go-to-one-day-throw-away type clothing, but their recent rebranding of affordable contemporary designer clothing has really impressed me.  Sizing wise, I wish there was more of a selection for petite size people like me.  Their XS tops seem to fit me okay, but their bottoms fall in the sizing range of American Gap, big.

I have a couple more looks coming soon that show off more of this light, lace top style.  Check back soon and I’ll talk about how to look chic while wearing see-thru tops.  Xoxo!

I’m obsessed with oversize shades.  They have the perfect retro vibe and quickly elevates a look from meh to street chic.  I found several great, (and cheap), oversize sunnies on zeroUV.  Most styles are under $10!  You’re welcome.

Top: Who What Wear / Denim: Reformation (vintage | similar look) / Sunnies: zeroUV / Shoes: LuLu’s / Bag: Vintage Chanel (my own) / Earrings: Charming Charlie

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

TO THE MOON

Did you get to see the solar eclipse last week?  In case you didn’t know, a solar eclipse is when the the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun.  It was clearly a historical moment, but the only thing that I remember from that day was how people kept advising everyone else to wear proper eyewear before looking at the sun.  So thanks to the Moon, we all got to walk around in cool, special eye protection.

Here are some of my favorite shades that are not for solar eclipse viewing, but look good AF the other 364 days of the year:

Dress: Band of Gypsies / Sunnies: Quay Australia / Bag: The Line / Boots: Nasty Gal (sold out | similar look)

Photographed by Mire Yang

FATAL ATTRACTION

I believe I was wearing Reformation even in one of my very first blog posts, (see EARTH FRIENDLY).  I have been utterly obsessed with this brand ever since I was introduced to it two years ago, and my bank account has never looked so poor since.  This is what I call a fatal attraction.  My deadly desire to buy everything they make, and my credit card just can’t support my wants.

This summer was probably one of their best collections yet, and I can’t help but want to let everyone know just what I’ve been eye fucking:

Rosella Dress 
Rufus Jumpsuit (Petite)
Beliz Dress (Petite)

I’m hoping that for the sake of being able to feed my dog that I will stop my obsession.  Please Reformation, make something unattractive!


Oh, and if you love this Evil Eye necklace that I’m seen wearing, Mejuri has teamed up with Urgent Action Fund to donate from sales of the Evil Eye Collection to empower women and trans rights activists at critical moments. So if you’re going to shop anyway, shop for a good cause.  #MeForHer

Dress: Reformation / Shades: Crap Eyewear (sold out | similar look) / Necklace: Mejuri / Shoes: Forever 21 (sold out | similar look) / Bag: The Line (sold out | similar look)

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

THAT SHIRT I WORE 5 DAYS STRAIGHT

Ever wear a shirt 5 days straight?  Not intentionally, but you just love it so much that you wear it to each one of your auditions, and you happen so to get a callback for each of those auditions so you wear it again.  So, that did happen to me.

I purchased this super cute Rails Rocsi Lipstick Print Shirt from Nordstrom on a Sunday evening, and was wearing it Monday through Friday that following week.  I love Rails.  Their soft rayon button-down shirts always seem to fit perfectly on my body.  It’s slim fitting but not too tight.

There are only two brands I trust when it comes to button downs, and I rely on Rails for rayon and Equipment for silk.  Trust me on this.  They will be staples in your closet forever.  Causal and chic.

Speaking of chic, I’ve been scavenging online for Rails Chase Strawberry Buttondown in a size XS.  It’s sold out in my size everywhere I’ve looked!  I’m so sad!  Please let me know if you happen so to know where I can find that shirt.  I might just wear it for 5 days straight.  Happy Monday!

Shirt: Rails / Jeans: Vintage Levi’s / Glasses: My Own (similar look) / Shoes: Barneys New York / Bag: Louis Vuitton / Necklace: You.Nic Shop / Lipstick: Bite Beauty in Gazpacho

Photographed by Laci Havens

CAUSING A SPEC-TACLE

It’s funny how one trip to the flea market can suddenly change your outer appearence and fashion choices.  Mine went from boho chic to ultra retro, and I’m totally digging this new look and vintage vibe.

A few Sundays ago, I went to my local LA flea market with a good girlfriend just to walk around and look for vintage denim.  Vintage denim I did not get, but I ended up going home with 5 pairs of spectacles.  I’ve been wearing them non-stop ever since.  I pair them with everything, and I mean EVERYTHING.  The best part is that all of them were $10 and under!

Don’t have a super cool flea market near you?  No fret because sunglasses and clear lens readers seem to be the new craze online.  Every other click on the screen and there’s a new online store for eyewear.  The latest site I found that is also super affordable is zeroUV.  They’re worth checking out.

Now it’s your turn to go out and cause a spec-tacle.  Here are some of my current favorite retro styles:

Shirt: J.Crew / Pants: Novella Royale (similar look) / Bag: Coach / Glasses: Melrose Trading Post Stand (similar look) / Lipstick: Bite Beauty

Photographed by Laci Havens

NERD ALERT

We’re in week two of the new year and I’m already bustling around with auditions and new collaborations for Kangthropologie.  I hope this busy bee mentality continues through at least March.  Why March?  I don’t know.  Just felt like it was a safe duration of time to throw out there, and that is was doable.  3 months.  Let’s do this.

Speaking of bees, did I ever mention that I went to Georgia Tech and that I’m a yellow jacket?  Yup.  Nerd alert.  I have a computer science degree from GATech, and now I’m an actress out in LA that also fashion blogs.  Haha!  Boy, my dad must hate me for all that wasted tuition.  Then again, my tech degree has helped me formulate my blog posts, websites, and other social media enhancements at a much faster speed than say the average joe.  Thanks Papa Kang!

I mentioned in a previous post, (see LOOKING BACK), that I’m currently obsessed with clear frame glasses, and I’ve been wearing them all the time.  I guess it seems befitting and not out of place since I’m asian, and we’re smart and wear glasses, right?  Anyway, I think they’re super cute and add a real quirk to any outfit.  Try it.  Channel that inner nerd.

Glasses: TIJN / Pant: ZARA / Boot: Stuart Weitzman (sold out | similar look on sale) / Top: Purchased from a small boutique in Taipei

Photographed by Silvia Moreno