MOOD

Lots of stuff happened last week that’s f*cked with my mood.  First, it’s the rain storm that’s been pouring down over LA the last few days, and will continue to do so until Tuesday.  Secondly, rain or shine, people all over the nation gathered in peaceful protest for the Women’s March to stand with Planned Parenthood, (thanks a lot Trump).  Regardless of your political stance, women have fought way too hard the past six decades to have our rights reversed or stigmatized.  Third, I caught a small cold from the ever fluctuating weather.  Sigh.

So what to do to combat all this negative energy?  I’ve decided to share some of the things I do to get myself out of this funk…

  • Light My Favorite Candle

Already, I have an abnormal obsession with fragrant candles.  Ask any one of my friends, and they’ll tell you that I have an abundance of candles all over my studio ready to be lit.  They’re all different fragrances and I light them depending on my mood.  I find myself with a much better attitude when I’m surrounded by a beautiful fragrance.  It’s soothes my inner thoughts and I think about tranquility versus whatever it was that was annoying me.  Here are some of my favorite fragrances:

  • Wash My Hair

For some reason I always feel better after I wash my hair.  Something about a clean bed of hair lightens my mood.  I’ve recently started using Living Proof hair products and I’m seriously enjoying them (not sponsored to say this, for realz).  The fragrance is not overwhelming and I love how my hair is full, clean and soft.  I even purchased a new blow dryer because of how much I enjoy a great blow out after I wash my hair.  Here are the new hair products I’m using:

  • Go Workout

Anytime I’m under stress or not in a good mood, I find that I feel much better after I take a workout class.  I’m not going to lie, it’s hard to first motivate myself to get out of bed to attend this said workout class, but I’m always happy with my decision afterwards.  The release of endorphins and sweat gets all the toxins out of my mind and body and I feel ready for the day.  I have the privilege of living in LA where there’s a workout studio around every corner, but not everyone lives in cities like LA.  So, my recommendation would be to go for a quick jog around your neighborhood if a workout class is not readily available.

I’m not the guru of all things, and it’s not like I never have a bad moody day.  But the next time you’re in a funk, try one of the three things I listed and see if it helps out at all.  Now that we have a new president in office, I’m sure there will be plenty more days of lighting candles, washing my hair, and running on a treadmill.  Thanks for reading! Xoxo!

Dress: Stone Cold Fox (on sale) / Bag: Chanel WOC / Shoes: Forever 21 (sold out | similar look)

Photographed by Mire Yang

CONTENT

Not sure what sparked me to type this up, but perhaps it was a recent conversation I had with my sister about happiness.  She’s got a VERY busy job, and both her and her husband work in the financial corporate world.  They have two beautiful boys in elementary and a big ass house in Dallas.  They go on vacation at least 3-4 times a year, and we’re not talking a trip to the zoo.  I mean serious week long vacations to the Caribbean, Costa Rica, or on a cruise to somewhere also tropical.  My nephews have been to Hawaii more times than me and I’m a grown adult, (kind of).

With all that said, my sister still feels like she’s not spending enough quality time with her kids.  Her life is wrapped around making her family happy, but that means she has to work harder and make more money to support their “happiness”.  Their quality of life seems to get more and more expensive.

I’m a single female, never been married, and don’t have any kids other than my dog.  My happiness and joy come from very different aspects than my sister, but I couldn’t help but ask her this one simple question: at what point are you content with life?  We all strive hard to be successful in our own careers, and have goals that we want to obtain in life.  But at what point are we content with what we have and can sustain that moment of happiness?

I say this with as much frivolity as possible since all this is just bullshit coming from a FASHION blogger.  Yes, someone who thrives on the most ostentatious things in life that means nothing when this is all said and done.  But I hope we all take a moment and think about our health, our family, our happiness, and go into the upcoming new year with positive thoughts, obtainable goals, and contentment with who and where we are at the present moment.  Happy holidays everyone! Xo!

LA Made Jackson DressDante Block Heel Boot / LA Made Reed Duster Cardigan / Nicole Vienna Soir Nº79 Link Watch / Vintage Gucci Horse Chain Bag

Photographed by Silvia Moreno

GOING THE DISTANCE

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I’m currently in Taipei, Taiwan hanging out with a guy that I met only 6 months ago and have only dated 3 of those 6 months.  We’ve been together for about the same amount of time as we’ve been apart.  I don’t recommend this to anyone, but I’m in a long distance relationship.  A real LONG DISTANCE relationship.  One that is about a Pacific Ocean apart.

Sure it’s been tough trying to keep the spark alive, but we do very well communicating even with the time change.  He’s exactly 15 hours ahead of me, and has to travel back in time everyday to say hello to me.  We use the app WeChat to text, call, and video chat one another.  Since he’s in China majority of the time, it’s easier for us to text and talk than to attempt a poor signal video chat.

I’ve had my doubts and paranoia, but it’s been a god-send to have my best girlfriends snap me out of my crazy thoughts and antics.  I guess the main thing I would say about this is to have TRUST.  You have to trust one another no matter what.  If you don’t have that basic foundation, there’s no point in going any further.  I know it’s easier said than done, coming from the person who just went through an episode right before typing up this blog post.  But yeah, you need to think that you’re both in it to win it.

Boy toy is gone for half a year, so to shorten that time frame, I decided to fly half way around the world to join him in Asia.  I’ve known friends in the past that have done the same in their long distance relationships.  Some have worked out and ended in marriage, and some are long gone like last year’s fringe footwear.  This isn’t my first long distance relationship, so hopefully I’ve learned from the past:

Take things slowly.

Don’t over commit.

Always communicate EVERYTHING, no matter how minute you think the issue is.

Don’t text while frustrated.  You’re not getting your message across.  Trust me.

Texts are subjective when read.

Sarcasm doesn’t always play well in texts.

Enjoy each others voices.

Savor those moments when you do video chat.

That’s about all I know.  Here’s to listening to my own advice ~
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ASOS Velvet Pearl Choker Necklace

No relationship is ever easy, even if you’re not long distance.  I’m a hopeless romantic and like to think that there’s always love and light at the end of the tunnel.  Do you think I’m crazy for flying so far to see about a boy, or do you think it’s a romantic gesture?  I’m curious to know what the rest of the sane world thinks.  Let me know!

Photographed by Hanna Snyder

DALLAS DELIGHT

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As an actress and fashion blogger living in LA, it can be tough going home for the holidays.  I’m happy if I can go home for either Thanksgiving, Christmas or NYE.  I would be insane to think that I can actually get all three holidays off.  However, this year is special and I had the privilege of going home for the week of Thanksgiving and will be home again for Christmas AND NYE! Yay!

Virgin America had a wonderful special and I was able to get a roundtrip plane ticket between LAX and DAL for only $288 with tax and fees.  I love flying Virgin America because the planes are always clean, chic, and comfy.  This was my first time flying Virgin America between LA and Dallas, but I will most likely fly with them from now on when I go home.

PART ONE | DALLAS
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I’ve always been the stylish one of the family.  Between my mom and I, we probably have some of the best designer bargain buys of Dallas circa 1992 – 2000, which is before I moved to Atlanta to attend college.  With that said, I knew that returning home for Thanksgiving this year wasn’t going to be a simple task of wearing sweats on the plane.  If indeed comfy sweats, it will be stylish and with a pair of five inch platform heels, which is exactly what I decided to wear.  My next post will be about the outfit above.
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I’ve mentioned before about my love for Classpass, (read WORKOUT-AHOLIC).  Each time I head out of town I just change my city location on my app and I’m able to sign up for classes at my new location.  So far I’ve been lucky and have traveled to cities where Classpass is available, (i.e. Atlanta, Dallas, etc).

This time I signed up for a 6am Arms and Abs class at Burn Cardio Studio and I even stayed after for their Spin class.  It was rough getting up at 5am, but I knew that I had to get at least one decent workout in before we headed down to Port Lavaca for the grand Thanksgiving feast.  (I don’t consider playing with dogs and my nephews as a “real” workout.  See BABYSITTERS CLUB for outfit details above).

There were only three of us in class, but two of us were newbies and our instructor, Jennifer, was super nice and attentive.  I’ll definitely take class again from this studio when I head back to Dallas for Christmas in a few weeks.

PART TWO | PORT LAVACA
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This small beach town was a breath of fresh air for this city girl.  The town gave off that feeling of safety and quaint happiness.  I don’t think I could ever move to a place like this and feel content with life, but I can see why people love the quiet, peacefulness.  The weather was rainy and warm until the last day, so the mosquitos were on full force.  I went out for a jog or two to burn off some of that Thanksgiving meal, but I ended up coming home with at least ten bug bites.

Black Friday was a big success as all my shopping was done online so I didn’t have to deal with the chaos and the whole “waiting in line” ordeal.  More fashion posts to follow.  We also visited the Lighthouse Beach and decided to have dinner at Bubba’s in Seadrift, TX.  Nothing washes down cajun and fried food like a good Shiner Bock beer, (#onlyinTEXAS).

PART THREE | DALLAS
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We were back in Dallas by Saturday evening and ready to just chill and drink some whiskey after a long nine hour car ride.  Sunday involved football and putting up Christmas decorations with my nephews.  Monday was my last day in Texas, so we decided to have lunch at Astoria Caffe and Wine Bar in Addison, TX.  The waitress was nice enough to still offer us the lunch special after 1pm, and we chased down our meal with some Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

The topper of the day was when my sister and cousin-in-law suggested that we continue having drinks at the Whole Foods in Village On The Parkway.  I figure they meant we’ll just buy a bottle of wine and take it home and drink.  What they actually meant was to open up the bottle of wine AT Whole Foods and drink it AT their bar. You heard me correctly.  The Whole Foods in Dallas off Beltline offers craft beers and cork service at a bar located INSIDE the store. It was AMAZING!  Sure the wine is marked up a few more dollars, but they don’t charge a corkage fee for drinking the wine at their store.  I hear they offer this service too at one of the Whole Foods in Pasadena, CA.  Will definitely have to go and check it out!  dallasdelight_IMG_6681dallasdelight_IMG_6553

The week was just filled with laughter and good quality family time.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  Does the Whole Foods store near you offers craft beers and wine service?  Let me know!

DIRTY SOUTH PT. TWO

LAGRANGE, GA

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People call the south, the dirty south.  However, LaGrange, GA, a small town about an hour outside of Atlanta, is anything but dirty.  People move out here to this country side town and commute into the city so they can have a certain lifestyle: clean air, zero traffic, and southern charm.  I saw colored leaves falling and blowing into the wind, and smelled the rain as it brought in a very brisk chill of fall.  I have been anticipating this since I left Los Angeles, and it’s such a refreshing feeling. 

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I wasn’t able to sign up for classes using my Classpass due to a very tight schedule in Atlanta, so I wanted to make sure I got in a workout or two during these three full days in Georgia.

I’m wearing Nike Shorty Women’s Tank Top in Black.  This style is currently sold out, but here’s a similar look that’s currently on sale at Nike.  My shoes are Nike Airmax Tailwind 6 in White/Pink/Citrus.

My 3/4 yoga pant is from H&M.  I bought mine for less than $20 about two years ago, and they’re still holding up very well.  Though the color black is currently sold out, the dark grey is still available for under $25.  I highly recommend these tights.

I’m also wearing Without Walls T-Back Bra in Maroon from Urban Outfitters.  This super cute and sexy sports bra is currently on sale for less than $20 online.  I got a small and it fits true to size.

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I wanted to explore the town more, but due to the rain we had to cut our exploration short.  We decided to move our workout indoors and into Body Control Pilates Studio‘s brand new studio and location at 220 Main St. in LaGrange, GA.  The studio is sleek, modern, clean, and very zen.  All the equipment are brand spanking new, and for the duration of your class you feel like you’re in a WeHo trendy workout facility.  They offer many specials, so if you live in the surrounding area please checkout their website and Facebook page for more info.

My friend, Lindsay Cagle, is an instructor at the studio and was teaching two classes back to back, so I decided to take BOTH of her afternoon classes: Pilates Meets Barre and Pilates Sculpt.  I’ve been blogging about working out hardcore since April, but taking these two classes whooped my butt. I knew Lindsay’s chiseled arms didn’t come from holding her two precious kids, and I have so much more love and admiration for her spirit and athleticism after taking her classes.

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My trip to LaGrange was even shorter than the one in Atlanta.  I am so blessed I got to dine with old friends, take pictures of colored leaves, and workout with one of my best friends in the whole world on this trip.  Big thanks to Lindsay and her beautiful family for being so hospitable during my short stay, and thank y’all for reading my little fashion blog!  Go Jackets!

Some photos taken by Lindsay Cagle.

WORKOUT-AHOLIC

workoutaholic_freepeopleI’m Asian.  Duh.  I’ve always been on the slimmer side, (thanks Mom), but I was a “skinny-fat”.  Someone lean, but not toned or with any muscle definition.  I couldn’t fathom doing a pull-up, a singular push-up required prep work, and my permanent stomach pooch said I like drinking wine and eating pasta, a lot.  Based on a friend’s recommendation, I signed up for Classpass back in April of this year.  LIFE CHANGING.

I wasn’t hardcore at first, but it didn’t take more than three weeks for me to get addicted.  Now I take classes at least four to five days per week.  For under $100 per month, you can go to all the hot workout places in Los Angeles and surrounding cities.  Live or need to travel somewhere outside of LA?  Not a problem.  Classpass is pretty much everywhere.  34 cities worldwide and growing.  I recently traveled home to Dallas, TX to visit family.  I changed my Classpass city location and was able to sign up for classes that are available in Dallas.

Here’s the only downfall of a Classpass membership: you can only go to a fitness studio three times a month.  It hasn’t been an issue for me because I have so many options.  But which classes do I take you ask?  I try out everything, but my favorites are Training Mate, Sweat Garage, Barry’s Bootcamp (WeHo), Cycle House (WeHo), Corepower Yoga (Hollywood) and Pop Physique (3rd and Fairfax).

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workoutaholic_bootyDon’t get me wrong, I was an “active” person.  I hiked, walked my dog, and I even trained and ran the LA Marathon in 2013.  However, I didn’t get the results that I wanted with my core and  upper body strength.  It has been over five months of hard work and I have never felt better.  I now feel and see drastic improvements in my core and upper body strength.  I can do multiple pushups and sit-ups.  I even have a butt!  A real butt! LOL!  Obviously results and goals are different for every person and body type, but my recommendation for you is to just get up and go to class.

Commitment phobe?  All good.  You can cancel anytime.  I know Classpass frequently offers special trials and membership discounts.  Checkout their Facebook page for offers.

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I would love to hear your transformation stories.  Mental strength is essential in achieving physical strength.  Namaste.