Warby Parker

I’ve been needing new glasses since… forever. And since Warby Parker does the whole buy one, give one thing, why not now?

I chose 5 frames for their Home Try-On program:

ROWAN (in Whiskey Tortoise)

WILOUGHBY (in Tennessee Whiskey)

RIPLEY (in Whiskey Tortoise)

SIMS (in Violet Magnolia)

SEYMOUR (in Tennessee Whiskey)

What do you think?

To hipster or not to hipster, that is the question.


Winter Chills

Oh the weather outside is frightful! But the fire is so delightful~

Holly sent home a package and inside were these weird legging things that are weird but I love them because they are so cozy omg.


It is an electronic handwarmer/phone charger! It’s BOTH!

The warming mode (M1) is super quick and within a minute, I can rub it all over my frozen face—I mean I don’t do that, that’s weird.

I haven’t actually tried the charging mode (M2) yet, but I’m not sure how well it will charge. It only lasted 1~2 hrs for warming.

But it’s super cute and is only used for extreme warming/charging conditions so I’ll let that slide.

Thank you, Holly! I hope you are enjoying your gifts too~


Bling Bling

This is a late Christmas post…or is it an on-time bragging post? Hmmmm.

Either way, I just wanted to share the beautiful (and SHINY) things I got for my birthday/Christmas from Matthew ♥

I had finally spent the last of my prize money and couldn’t afford the pretty watch we saw at Marc by Marc Jacobs :( I know, #firstworldproblem.

Matthew surprised me with this beauty on my birthday (initially intended as a Christmas present, he couldn’t wait)!

And when I first saw this necklace in the J.Crew catalogue, I was done. Christmas list is done.

No idea when I’ll wear it (it’s a bit extravagant) but SO HAPPY!

How much more would I weigh with all my new bling on?


Polar Vortex

For Christmas, we made gingerbread houses!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was the winner of our 3-person contest, haha.

In this beautiful (aka super-freezing-and-I-got-stuck-to-the-gate) snowy weather, I took my sturdily-built gingerbread house out!

The red in the peppermint candies started to run a little, but it looked so pretty in the “polar vortex” as they are calling it.

Stay warm, Chicago!


PS- The purple thing on top was supposed to make my house more “TARDIS”-y… Do they make TARDIS/Doctor Who-themed gingerbread house kits?

New Year, New Hair! (Mocha Pink, pt. 2)

I finally decided to dye my hair again! I liked how it turned out last time so much that I went for it again: Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring in the shade Mocha Pink.

This time I decided to do a more thorough/visually-aiding post… a VIDEO!

The bottom half of my hair in the “Before” is from dying it last time. You can see that it doesn’t get much lighter and instead blends in better.

Here is a link to my previous post on the same hair dye. It came out lighter last time because of the summer sun exposure. If you wanted slightly lighter results, use it in the summer!


I hope this was helpful and HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Winter Wonderland (Thank you)

Sleigh bells ringing
Are you listening
In the lane
Snow is glistening


This year has been a whirlwind of excitement and growth.
With each post, I became more confident in myself as a photographer, writer, and person.
I hope to continue sharing my adventures with you.

Thank you for all the love!


The best thing about a white winter is the plethora of dog-in-snow photos!
So to accompany my year-end farewell, here are some photos of Yogi earning treats frolicking in his new sweater.

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Happy Holidays, everyone!


Winter Gift-giving (to Fanny)

If you haven’t noticed, December is coming. Both my birthday and Christmas within a week of each other! To give an idea of some things I’d like, I have curated a list~ Hop to it! :P


What are something you’re looking forward to receiving this year?


PS- a metallic jewelry box from West Elm wouldn’t hurt :P
PPS- nor would an American Apparel Unisex Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie (Dark Heather Grey)

Halloween 2010

What better way to start a new week than to recap the Halloween weekend?

Of course, I’ll actually be jumping 3 years back to 2010… when I dressed up as Dara from 2NE1’s Fire music video.

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This has to be one of my favorite KPOP concepts and the most difficult, time-consuming, and fun costumes I have ever completed.

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Enjoy my amateur photography (and makeup) skills from then and the result of my 14hr feather-sewing-marathon!


HINT: This costume MAY OR MAY NOT be debuting in a movie project!

#PWRS: Action!


As promised, here is a compilation video of Matthew, Gilbert, and me driving. ENJOY!


If you missed my previous post, it has all the photos and a recap of our day with Porsche.



#PWRS 2013

For Matthew’s Birthday, I will FINALLY post about our marvelous day at the Porsche World Roadshow.

I didn’t take too many photos because I WAS DRIVING A PORSCHE!


Thanks to Joe Rizza Porsche, we were able to snag a 7:30am session. Matt, Gilbert, and I had to wake up at 5:30am in order to go all the way to Arlington Heights! (Can you imagine what I’m like at 5:30am?)

Worth it.


The event was all about driving and that was what probably made it so fun. There was a presentation about the new line-up and the Porsche Sport Driving School. There was even a “door prize” of some Bose headphones!


We headed to the skid-pad for a demonstration shortly after. Here is the Instagram video I posted if you want to see the PSM (Porsche Stability Management aka traction control aka PLEASE SAVE ME!) in action: http://instagram.com/p/fIYqCiOXPy/


Then we headed off to the track!

A beautiful fleet of Porsches greeted us on the freshly painted (and slightly damp) course.


After a brief talk, we stuffed our heads into the helmets they provided for us and paired up.

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The course was set up so that everyone was able to drive 2 laps in each car (Cayman, Carrera 4, Cayman S, Carrera 4S). An instructor car lead everyone and radios inside the cars crackled with the instructor’s detailed directions for the fastest way around.


Since I’ve never driven a Porsche, it was hard work trying to control all that car—it reacts to EVERYTHING. The Cayman (below) was my favorite to drive; the Carrera felt too different for me.


After all that excitement, we were also given a nice Porsche cap and a certificate for 10%off a Porsche Sport Driving School experience. When I am more experienced, I will DEFINITELY go!


Thanks for a great day, Porsche! (Forgive the helmet hair)



PS- I’ll post driving videos soon!

UPDATE: The videos are posted HERE.


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