Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Neon Giveaway!

This is one of the few outfit photos I managed to get taken while in Hong Kong. Due to a level 10 typhoon, lots of rain, heat, + humidity, in addition to crowds of people everywhere I went, I really did not want to have my boyfriend shoot me. Instead, we just had a fantastic time and I styled myself up anyway :D, photos or not!

When sightseeing, long skirts like this are a MUST HAVE and I usually will pair them with some comfortable wedges with a zippered back (for support) or flat sandals. This kind of outfit is very breathable, comfortable, light, and still allows me to move around, sit, squat, run, walk, kick (hey, have you ever been shopping in Asia? Sometimes, it can get pretty physical especially in such tight spaces) with ease. I also like this outfit for traveling because it can easily take me from day to night if I ditch the vest & sunnies, change up some accessories, and pair it with a clutch. It is also versatile so I can just see where the day takes me without worrying about what I'm wearing. I find this kind of ensemble to be perfect for going to a lounge/theme park/shopping mall/dinner/lunch/sightseeing/basically anything!
Clothing: Cobalt crop top- Cotton On ($8), Skirt- Foreign Exchange ($25), Crochet lace vest- Ross, ($10)
Accessories: Ceramic watch- Michael Kors MK5387, Neon necklace- Kohl's, Ring- F21, Sunnies- Marc by Marc Jacobs (I brought these to HK primarily b/c they are polarized), Leather purse- Badgley Mischka
Shoes: Leather wedge sandals- DV by Dolce Vita 'Jude'
ends: 09/12/12 EXTENDED to 09/30/12
I always have so much fun styling this neon necklace, so I bought an extra one at Kohl's to give away to 1 lucky reader! All you have to do is: Join my blog via Google Friend Connect (left sidebar), and comment below to let me know that you're interested in winning & how you are following! Unfortunately, since this is not a sponsored giveaway, and I just wanted to do it to thank you for your support, I am only accepting US resident entries! Sorry!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Skulls & Snakes

I think I may have (finally) found my favorite time of the day to take photos. Sometime around 7 in the evening is the most comfortable for both my photographer (thanks, CC!) and myself, plus we don't have to worry about awkward shadow photobombs.

Today I wanted to pull items from my closet that were long overdue for some extra loving. As a girl who has too much to wear and never enough occasions/time to wear them all, I always find myself struggling to fully utilize all the pieces in my wardrobe. This blog is one of my motivators to take those items out to play!

Clothing: Scalloped blouse- eBay, $4.95 updated listing here, Pink shorts- Express
Accessories: Necklace- from HK trip, Wrap around snake bracelet- NYC street vendor, Earrings- Chanel CC studs (read about my purchase here), Skull knuckle clutch- from HK trip, splurge here

Do you ever "rotate" purses/shoes? Does it depend on what you're wearing or do you do it every so often just for some change? Are there items in your closet you wish you wore more?
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Travel Diaries: Hong Kong Haul

Cheetah & Skull belts, $0.83 ea
You didn't think I'd go to Hong Kong without showing you some goodies I bought..did you? C'mon, I spend 1/2 my money on food & the other 1/2 on, well, you'll see! I actually earned the title, "the Shopaholic 24/7" and it takes QUITE a bit of addiction-, I mean, dedication. In fact, I have just the anecdote to share before my show and tell. 

My flight back to Los Angeles, CA was at 12:55PM last Saturday. I had dim sum at Maxim's and arrived to Gate 3 with my sister at noon. Plenty of time, I thought. We used the restroom and then strolled over to a few gift shops, including the Disneyland one where we had a look around for LMMHs (last-minute must-haves). As I was walking back towards the gate like the punctual passenger I normally am, I saw the duty-free luxury shops and kiosks to my left. I quickly looked away as I caught a glimpse of Longchamp Le Pliages in all different colors, almost smiling, as I have always been perfectly content without owning such a shapeless tote (no judgment to anyone who owns one or loves theirs, but I never understood their popularity especially since there are no compartments and the straps hurt). Proud of myself, I made the mistake of lingering my gaze o'er yonder for a moment too long...and that's when the trouble began.

C  H  A  N  E  L 
For some reason, the moment I laid eyes on those words, I was already standing outside.

It was as if I floated there, pulled by some invisible magnetic force. It was an attraction that I could not control. Next thing I know, I was looking through the drawers of fashion jewelry acting like Dudley Dursley in a sweets shoppe. I tried on a pair of classic silver CC studs and knew I had to own them. They're an investment. An heirloom, even. I can pass them down and my future daughter(s) can pass them on to their daughters! Or, I could always re-sell them on Malleries! Okay, so maaaaaybe I feel better justifying the splurge, but ultimately my conclusion was: This was worth it.

My seconds of bliss were rudely interrupted by a familiar, high-pitched voice. "The gates are closing NOW, we have to go, or they're leaving!" It belonged to my panicked sister. Another voice followed in Cantonese, "We found the last passenger. She's in Chanel! Don't close the gates yet. We're coming right now." I sprinted out the door while the sales associate shoved the receipt and bag in my hand. I flew past two gates as I quickly began to regret wearing elastic-waisted pants. I must have been quite a sight to behold with one hand on my waistband and the other clutching onto my purse. As a crew member checked my carry-on luggage and purse, he smiled at my guilty purchase and jokingly asked me if I had shopped enough. With my head down, and apologizing incessantly to everyone in my path, I hurried onto the plane. Ultimately, the pilot announced that we were on the taxiway 5 minutes early. Phew! #ConfessionsOfAShopaholic #TrueStory #TheEnd

And now, here are some of my favorite purchases from my travels in China! I've converted the prices according to 1 USD: 6 RMB & 1 USD: 7.8 HKD. I purchased everything with my own money from Hong Kong & Shenzhen.

Jelly Cinderella wedges, $9

A fun little flap purse quilted with vertical squares & an elegant clasp, $31
Here's a similar one on eBay
Gotta get some desktop bling for the office! Now everyone's going to want my business card! $17

Bow belt & gold plate belt, $0.83 ea
Cobalt blue blouse w/ gold studs, $6.50

Green python necklace, $4
A cream colored flap purse w/ twist turnlock and vertical stripes, $27

2 of my favorite beauty products from Asia. Makeup removing cream , $9 & the BEST eyelash glue ever, $7.50

Glam & flirty blouse, $7.50

Embellished Owl earrings and Swan earrings, $2.50 ea.

A Japanese designer brand, ADMJ, created this beautiful metallic gold leather purse w/ Sanrio. I fell in love!
Especially loving the lock & expandable function!

Hello Kitty in Oz teapot & teacup set, complimentary gift w/ glasses
Studded red clutch w/ long strap, $6

Rose gold heart SOUVENIR necklace from Agatha, $76
Inscription: "Paris is tout petit pour ceux qui s'aiment d'un aussi grand amour."
 (Paris is so small for those who love each other as we do, with such an immense love,
which is a line from the film, Les Enfants du Paradis)
Large envelope clutch w/ long strap is perfect for putting files, folders, & resumes for work/interview, $6
Cute Hello Kitty camera straps for my DSLR! Finally! $15 ea.

Bling bling earrings, $2.50 ea

Crabtree & Evelyn teacups, complimentary w/ purchase
Needed a new terry headband for washing my face, $11
Gold spikey necklace, $4
Metallic polishes by Marcia, ~$5 ea
Hope you enjoyed this long, mixed haul! I've never done one quite like this, but I thought that you would enjoy seeing my souvenirs. But I'm cursed now. I can never shop online or in-stores here in California the same as I did before. I found so many bargain buys in Asia (using my haggling skills like a local) will I ever justify anything I buy here again?! :O
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Travel Diaries: Hong Kong

A gorgeous view en route to my birthplace, Hong Kong!
Hello all! Hope you are all keeping cool wherever you are, because here in Hong Kong, the weather has been nothing but muggy, hot, and humid (not to mention there was a level 10 typhoon within days of my arrival!).

With the exception of today, I have been out and about from about 9 AM to 10 PM daily and since this time my boyfriend came along as well, I volunteered to be his tour guide and translator. It was his first time to Asia and I definitely wanted my hometown to make a good first impression! Needless to say, we ate. A LOT. Buuuuut we definitely worked for every meal since we got around mainly by MTR and foot. Oh, and did I mention we also added weights into that routine? How you ask? Well, for the sole purpose of good health in mind, we hit a few fantastic multi-level shopping centers and made sure to buy as much as we could in order to work out our arms. Carrying lots of shopping bags around a mall, up and down stairs and on public transportation is definitely a workout. Genius idea, I know, which leads me to my next inquiry: would any of you read a new series on this blog titled, "Shop n Drop," focusing on how to shop and drop calories at the same time? Let me know in the comments below! 

ANYWAY- Enjoy some photos from my trip thus far.
Street food vendors, or dai pai dong, open late & sell a variety of delicious snacks
like curry fish balls, dumplings, & assorted skewers.
ZOMGADORABLERIGHT?! Please note the teddy bear pin & giant red ribbon. BOSS.
Also note the underdressed fellow in the aisle. Tsk tsk tsk *shakes head*
My baby sister & I at my cousin's wedding
Details of John's outfit for my cousin's wedding
                                                      Clothing: Suit- G2000
  Accessories: Necktie- Forever 21, Tie Clip- eBay
A view of Hong Kong from Kowloon
Assorted fruit platter, but the star was the Dragonfruit of course! nomnomnommmm
My grandpa introduced me to these goodies: coconut tarts!
This is one mean fish! Would you eat this dish?
Yes, that rhymed. 
Visiting Cheung Chau island for the day

So fresh!

Highlights: Ate toro for the 1st time, reunited with most of my cousins & relatives, explored nightlife with friends, bought 2 adorable camera straps for my dslr, and did some fantastic shopping (haul coming up, of course).

Where's your hometown and how often do you visit? What do you love most about it?

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