A New Chapter to My Life

This post is not about any reveals, but I was driving around today in the city and there was a wave of emotions: sadness, joy, and freedom all coming forward that I felt need to be captured in writing.

I want to say how incredibly thankful I am of everything in my life and knowing all the wonderful people who have supported me throughout these years, especially my parents who have endlessly given me everything that I wanted and more – love and the feeling of a family. There was one point in my life when I felt very lost, but it was the friends and mentors around me who pulled me out of the darkness. In the middle of what I originally thought was nowhere, I found meaning to life, I found myself, and understood what makes me happy. Not only so, but to let go of certain memories or hopes, and be in peace with oneself. Life is so fragile and yet resilient to hardship, but it’s important to remember that no matter what happens, every moment good or bad has something to be learned from. This year, both my professional and personal lives have gone through moments of ups and downs. Life is funny and interesting like that, and what we can only do is simply be the best that we can, be kind to others, and always give 100% of yourself to the things/people/career that you love along this long windy road of life.

Thank you to those kind hearted people who have guided me through tough times! I’m so fortunate to have met you all and I will miss this place and everyone here very much!

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Orange You Glad It’s the Designer SS14 Sales?!?!

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So I did a little bit of damage recently…

 

1. Valentino SS14 Rockstuds Cage Flats in Patent Fluo Orange

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Valentino has me hooked on its Fluo Orange color this season. I already have it in the 100mm heel version (non-patent kid leather, see here) and was just waiting for these flats to go on sale. Sizing is inconsistent as with most Valentino’s shoes imo. In the Rockstud 100mm heels – I prefer 35.5; kitten heels 65mm – either 35.5 or 36; ballet flats – 36; and I thought I would be safe with 36 for these cage flats, but they ended up being at least a full size too large. You can see the big heel gap in the last pic below. At least the multi-straps help to keep my feet in, and in a way I guess it’s a good thing because there’s less friction and blisters.

Side rant: I remember going to New York City and running around everywhere downtown in my new fuschia Rockstud ballet flats which absolutely killed my feet! I almost swore that Valentino’s flats aren’t made for me! That day was also incredibly cold and somehow I was in shorts… then it started raining getting my new Céline python Micro all wet, plus I was stuck in traffic for 9 HOURS – yes NINE on my way to Cornell University only to have a major wardrobe disaster with my Roland Mouret dress… /End Rant! I think my point for the rant is that Val’s flats can be killer blister formers! lol It was all worth it in the end to be present for your family on such a glorious day after all that hard work!! I know I have my usual p!ssed off look here, but I swear, I was super happy! haha 😀

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^Outfit reference:
H&M blazer jacket
Femme wrap dress
Chanel 2.55 Reissue bag
Manolo Blahnik BB heels

 

Sorry I digressed, back to pix of Valentino’s Orange Fluo Cage flats lol:

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Outfit Pix:

Equipment – Classic Silk Blouse
Elie Tahari – Leather Panel Jacket
H&M – High Waist Shorts
Jewelry – Akoya pearls and costume necklace

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2. Elie Tahari Cropped Blazer Jacket with Lambskin Side Panels

See above mod pix for how the jacket looks when worn, which unfortunately does not show the leather details very well. It’s a great staple updated with some edginess. If you’re petite like me, try cropped jackets which do not overwhelm our small frame. They still look sleek and professional. You can wear them casually or in any work place environment.
Personal tip: Tailor clothing is best when the fabric is 100% polyester so that you avoid all that ironing. It’s easy maintenance so that you don’t need to take them to the dryer’s everytime. Use Perm-dry and when the clothing is about 80-90% dry, take it out and hang to dry. It will look perfectly ironed!

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3. Vince Chiffon Silk Overlay Cashmere Knit Sweater

I love Vince’s sweaters!!! They’re so comfy but really pricey… The good thing is that most of them go on sale so I was able to snatch this up at a great deal. The silk layer on top is an interesting addition. I really like pieces that have some sort of unexpected texture or pattern: Mix up that heavy knit with something soft and flowy! A great item for chilly summer days!

Picture credit: Forward by Elyse Walker

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4. Rag & Bone Labyrinth Legging Jeans in Blackout

I love the mesh and lambskin leather details!!! I already have a dozen pairs of jeans, so I really was not planning to get these, but when I tried on the size 25 – it looked amazing, but slightly too tight. So I had a major dilemma, to buy or not to buy, that is the question? lol So I asked Saks to order the 26 for me to try and they fit perfect! R&B never fails to impress with their designer jeans, comfy, well tailored, excellent quality, and they always  keep you looking chic!

Picture credit: Rag & Bone Online
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5. Free People Peekaboo Lace Dress Slip

I saw Candice Swanepoel in this Lovers‘ lace dress and Christian Louboutin So Kate heels earlier this year and she looked absolutely stunning. So for a while, I was looking for a soft, light pink/red, romantic lace dress – think purely Valentino – to pair with of course my Valentino Rockstuds! I was ready to deem myself incapable of wearing lace dresses after I tried on a gazillion from high to low end – they all looked terrible! I dunno, maybe cuz my body ain’t fit for them or I just prefer raw edgy leather pieces? Then along came this dress that I actually placed an order for in red ~3 months ago when I saw good reviews, but they contacted me afterward saying that it was sold out! Ughh… the hunt continued until recently I got a chance to try it on in black… Ooohhh… Now I love black if you haven’t noticed from all my above purchases already, so it was fabulous! In retrospect, what was I thinking?!?! Red/pink?! Ewww… that is so not me… lol Ok I shouldn’t say that, but red is reserved for Roland Mouret!

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Lastly, a pic of Candice Swanepoel looking gorgeous as always…

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The Highly Sought After Heels During CL’s Golden Years

Christian Louboutin SS08 Jaws in Red Crystal Python

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Many years ago when I was still a student, I remembered seeing the debut of CL’s Jaws originally worn by Victoria Beckham I believe in the fall of 2007 with the nude patent leather and black trim. It was a major hit on NAP and then came the white python version which pretty much sold out instantly in all boutiques. Shortly after, it was rumored that there was also a red python version available that was so rare that few people were able to get hold of them in the States. Of course, Canada was like eons behind and only had the most basic styles from CL. So I was only able to admire them from far away on some lucky ladies. Fast forward recently, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw these heels in my size, brand new, and at such a great price on the bay! Just goes to say that when things are meant to be, they’ll always come back to you!

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Outfit Pix:

Ref.: Akoya pearl earrings and dress by Roland Mouret

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Lastly, another ode to the past, Jaws in white crystal python.

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Being A Hobo No More!! Almost…

I’ve been traveling all over this year like a hobo with no clothes, no shoes, no bags…etc. That’s why I haven’t done much “Outfit of the Day” pix as I have no ensemble to put together! I will soon be able to settle into a new place shortly – very exciting! In the meantime, I’m somewhat close to home so I’ve come back over the last few weekends and snapped a few quick shots. I know some of you have wondered how I dress everyday, well I’m actually really conservative at work, very boring in PJs at home, but I do put some effort when I go out. I may not dress really fancy as in some of my pix, but I think it’s really important to keep one’s wardrobe up to date and always remember to have fun, spontaneity, and variety with fashion!

Lunch Outfit:

– RW&Co top
– 7 For All Mankind jeans
– Hermès clic clac bracelet
– Louis Vuitton Lodge bag
– Valentino Rockstud shoes

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Even for a work-out later, it’s important to dress well! lol And I think I never mentioned this, but I used to figure-skate back in the days… Good times! Now I just roam the rink endlessly and skate for fun. There’s something about stimulating those trigeminal nerves with the cool air that is very soothing…

Out for a Skate:

– University sweatshirt
– Mondor bodysuit
– Céline Trapèze bag
– Theory silk pants
– Prada slippers

Ughhh… I still had my fiery red hair a month ago!!! I can’t believe it disappeared a week later! 🙁

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