Missing the dance community.
Missing the dance community.
smells like heaven, or so what I'd imagine..
Little Miss Sunshine is one of my all-time favs.
Images from tumblr.
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of collaborating with Miista Shoes, a dope fashion-forward footwear brand based in London. I got to chat with them about my style and music preferences and chose my favorite style from their fall collection. My pick was the BRYCE FOREST boot. I mean c'mon, dark green booties. Enough said. Here's my feature that's up on their blog.
I will always love dance. I stopped dancing with a team 3 years ago, and sometimes I regret not trying hard enough to keep it a big part of my life. I mean don't get me wrong, I can always take classes especially in LA, the mecca of hip hop dance. I just miss being on a crew, being a part of the dance community, performing on stage, etc. Every so often, I will YouTube binge watch all the choreo vids of my favorite dancers and choreographers.
Which leads me to Anthony Lee, Co-founder of the Kinjaz. I always love what he creates. I've taken his class and let me tell you, his style is not easy to pick up but awesome nonetheless. Anyway, I wanted to share one of his recent vids that I'm obsessed with. Drippin' swaggu, boys! Enjoy ~
My girlfriends and I spent a weekend in Palm Springs to close out the summer. Not going to lie, I am not going to miss the summer, but it was nice to end it on an amazing note in the desert.
Hope everyone has a great rest of the summer!
I've been going through some tough times lately, and Tae has just been the best possible support and boyfriend any girl could ask for. As a small thank you and token of my appreciation, I decided to plan a day date to the Getty Museum for us. Fortunately, we were able to beat the weekend crowd by going super early. I made us a lunch picnic! :)
There is so much beauty here.
// lines, grids, light, nature, + that L.A. view
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Victoria Cho and Astrid Chastka, the former architects turned designers behind the Metalepsis Projects collaboration. Using their design backgrounds, the pair created a line of jewelry pieces inspired by art and architecture with a touch of edge. Perfect for anyone who is like me and appreciates fashion that speaks volumes in understated, minimal, and unique design.
We were working together at an architecture firm, and we talked a lot about making small scale objects using our architectural model-building and design skills. Jewelry seemed like something fun to start making, and we had a lot of ideas about what we wanted to see that wasn’t available in the current market so we went for it.
VC: for me, the pivotal moment was when i left NY. sounds ironic, but that’s when my life took a huge turn, i left architecture once and for all, to live in a giant concrete sprawl, and work in the fashion industry.
AC: I knew before leaving architecture that I wanted to do something with a faster pace and smaller size. For me, Metalepsis was in its way a miniature architecture where I wasn’t plagued by fire codes and years of construction. I was just waiting for the moment I could make the switch.
We met back in 2008, while we both worked at an architecture firm in soho.
VC: so many! but i think most challenges are not from being former architects per se, the challenges come from the fact neither of us has the expertise or the knowledge of traditional jewelry making. so we’re constantly learning about the business and how to push our boundaries with the design ideas and construction.
AC: for me the biggest challenge is the same in architecture and jewelry. It is making sure that your designs get built or produced in a way that meets your quality standards, stays true to the heart of the design, and is also within the budget.
Dries van noten, our good friend Becca Mccharen from Chromat, J. W Anderson. But most of our direct inspiration come from the world of architecture, art and science, such as Alexander Calder, Olafur Eliasson, Buckminster Fuller, Jorinde Voigt and Agnes Denes.
Thank you! We took a lot of our inspiration from science- molecular compositions, frequencies of sound and planetary orbits. Some of the pieces - like the orbit cuff and the bridge- actually produce vibrations when they are bumped or strummed. When you wear the Orbit cuff and something hits the outer layers of the cuff, you can feel the vibration of those pieces in your wrist.
VC: that’s a tough one. i think it’s impossible to compare one to another. Now i’ve spent some time in both cities, LA will never have the charisma and the ecstatic energy that NY has. LA is an acquired taste, and once you fall for it, it’s an amazing amalgam of cultures and urban/natural landscapes.
AC: New York. I love visiting LA but it is too relaxing for me to ever be able to live there. I love the intensity and focus of NYC.
Tilda Swinton, Kim Gordon, Bjork, St. Vincent , FKA Twigs.
We’re currently working around the clock on our next collection. It’s exciting how we (choose to ) face different set of challenges, but we hope it’s going to be amazing!
We’ve always wanted to design/make other objects besides jewelry, so hopefully we’ll see some of that coming out in 2016.
I love sales. And I love Barneys' sales. Although, it always stings whenever I buy something from Barneys because I used to work there. Ahem* employee discount.. It was glorious!! Anyway, I thought I'd post about what I'm currently coveting from their up-to-75% summer sale.
God help me + my wallet.
I'm all about the mule.
I'm digging this bikini.
images: Barneys New York
Happy weekend! Pretty gloomy and rainy Saturday, but I was feeling girly enough to wear a skirt today. I'm making progress from my tom boy ways. Still, I like to put a boyish spin or touch to all my outfits. What I wore today // Stitch & Needle spring sweater + H&M denim skirt + Building Block box bag + The Horse watch + Nike free sneakers.
With bags coveted by bloggers and fashionistas worldwide, Building Block has made a huge name for itself especially this past year. When I found out about the sample sale, I knew it was going to be crazy and I was not wrong. I told my boyfriend Tae I was going to line up at 10:45am, an hour and 15 mins before the sale begins, and he thought I was absurd. Well, I got there at 10:45, and there was still a handful of girls in front of me. I felt reassured for thinking to go that early. :)
Doors opened at noon, and it was every woman for herself. Unfortunately, they only had a few quantities for each style, but I was happy I got what I was coveting. // Green Pack + Black Box + White Tassel.
I'm a bit obsessed.
Haven't posted on the blog in over a month.. woops. I've got to say, blogging is pretty tough especially if you have a full work schedule. I've been pretty busy, but I am finally getting around to blogging about my time with Jen Szeto - @windowofimagination - at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Lacma never ceases to amaze me with its amazing architecture. We naturally gravitated toward the "Levitated Mass" piece (pun intended). With a lush row of palms in the background, this sculpture piece is a photographer's dream. So simple yet complex.
Hope you enjoy.
It's been a rough week, but by God's protection my family and our store in Baltimore are safe. I just pray that His light will shine upon the city and on all of America.
So I posted a portrait picture of myself on Instagram today wearing my favorite white tee-shirt. I think everyone, men and women, should own this tee.
Confession. I am a tee-shirt hoarder, but I like to think of myself as more of a collector. I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect tee. I mostly wear black pants/jeans and a black jacket, so I'll usually go for white. From T by Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang to Madewell and Uniqlo, I've tried on a lot of tees from all different designers that have all come short to this one.
My boyfriend Tae, who is quite stylish if I say so myself, has been wearing Wolf vs. Goat for years now. Wolf vs. Goat is a small American-made menswear brand based out of the Washington D.C. area. He gets these tees from there that are super well made with the perfect amount of drape. Made from 60% bamboo and 40% sorona, they're also incredibly soft. Knowing how much I love his tees, Tae surprised me and bought me one in the Eggshell white color in a size small. I kid you not, I wear this tee at least four times a week. (I promise I wash it every week too. lol)
So there you have it. The perfect white tee, because women can wear it too.
image: wolf vs. goat
Anyone who knows me knows I'm a true "less is more" kind of chick. Nothing is more true about my style than this. Not sure when the shift happened exactly, but there was a time where I loved wearing lots of jewelry. I'd accessorize with statement necklaces, colorful cuffs and even wore ginormous hoop earrings.
Nowadays, I wear none. And if I do, I only wear my Kathleen Whitaker bar earrings and my mom's 24kt gold wedding rings. (She's not dead or anything. She just never wears them, so I took them. lol) With that being said, I'm slowly trying to add more jewelry to my very dull and monochrome wardrobe. Here are the jewelry pieces I am currently coveting.
So I've got a huge crush for FKA twigs aka Tahliah Barnett. She's the one artist I wish I had gone to Coachella for. I've been listening to her non-stop. She's just so refreshing and unapologetically original. She beats to her own drums. And as a former (should be current) dancer myself, I admire the fact that she started out in the biz as a dancer. She's been in Jessie J's music videos among others. Plus, she's damn sexy. R patz is a lucky dude.