29 March 2014


craving: chocolate truffles
mood: awake
Went to Bloomingdale's friends and family pre-sale today and bought myself a leather jacket, a sweater top, and a clutch. Then had the most satisfying warm chocolate chip cookie from Pacific Whey Bakery. And before we went home, I bought a photo album and a cork board.

This entire break I've managed to organize so many things in my room that I've put off for years, and I'm so happy about it.

Rachel Zoe was at South Coast Plaza today! I missed out on that though. She was doing a signing for her book at Crystal Court.

I stil have a lot to do though...and school starts in two days.

28 March 2014


C wanted to catch up, and I thought it was only fair to spare some time since we didn't get to see each other during winter because she was busy with work. Met M and we all had lunch at Lemonade. Shopped around, then went to Triangle Square to bowl. Lovely seeing her again, and briefly catching up.

Don't tell C&M but I made B go to Whole Foods with me before triangle square to get my pressed juice :)

So these were from day 6, but I had macarons at LA, and work day, and I couldn't resist getting them again today. SORRY!!!!

Lane 8.  
Tvrn☆Bowl had relatively nice and new bowling shoes. B pointed the company or the stitching of the shoe....I forgot what, but basically they're really nice shoes. Meh beats me. Just as long as it is clean, then it is good. Plus it was one big velcro. Lazy for the win.

B bowling for the first time in many years. 
(Let me tell you- he was stellar, made many strikes).

My cute lil fashionista bestie over here making lucky throws.
But I have to say- you have to be really pro to be so lucky.

After an hour and two rounds of bowling, we parted ways. B and I caught a showing of The Lego movie after waiting many weeks to see it. Funny movie, if you care to know.

Came home at around 9, had two dinners, fruit, and this beautiful dark chocolate Häagen-Dazs while watching Barney Bear on MGM. (I absolutely adore MGM cartoons).

Tomorrow is the last day before going back to uni. I have yet to decide what I want to do- brunch by the beach? another movie? cleaning and working some more? read Porter & Elle? do some planning? ugh. So many things to do in so little time.

27 March 2014


Part time macaron addict, part time work-a-holic.
You gotta keep working until you don't have to introduce yourself.

25 March 2014


I went to Los Angeles yesterday. Super sad Wildfox didn't have their monthly sample sale, and won't be having it until summer. Here is a picture post guided by captions in a somewhat chronological order from yesterday.

We got to DTLA at around 10:15am and lined up for Sushi Gen's famous $15 sashimi combo. Includes rice, picked cabbage, tofu, and miso soup as well. (Not pictured) Definitely approved by me for quality and cut. You just have to get there 30 minutes or earlier before opening time to get seated in an adequate amount of timing. Otherwise you'll have to wait forever because the venue is small. They open at 11:15am.

Then we drove through DTLA, passing Angel's Knoll, Angel's Flight, and the Bradbury because we got semi lost on our way to ACNE and went to Chinatown and back. I was planning on Insta-directing this photo to H (as a memory reminder from our first DTLA trip last year during spring break), but I ended not doing that. So here is the picture.

Easing into fashion district through jewelry district.

Wanted to go to this UO location so badly, buuuuut I guess we didn't have enough time.
We went to FIDM first and their little costume museum. And walked to Bottega Louie because I had to get two of their salted caramel macarons. B got a raspberry beignet.

The amazing rainbow of macarons. and the beignets up on the wooden display plates above. 
B was so sweet, he saw that their boxes were pretty princess status and told me if I really wanted the boxes he'd buy three more macarons so I could have a box ^_^ but I said it's ok.

Ahhhhh so pretty.

And then walking back on Grand and onto 9th, we went to the sacred ACNE Studios that I've been waiting for since 9th grade.

*heaven noises*
The super cool sales lady inside offered us water/champaign/sparking water. We picked still, and these are literally the best tasting water ever. They tasted so.. pure and like nothing. I know that's a hilarious comment, but seriously usually 'bottled'/'glass' water has some kind of weird taste. It's from Denmark, so it says. "iskilde".

I loved their wooden clogs, but at ~$675 a pair, I don't think they're really affordable for me right now. Right now they have their spring/summer collection out, and nothing that I was interested seemed to fit me well. Maybe I'll come back in the fall for their winter line, and I'll pick up a pair of waxed pants as well. I seriously had a little sob fest in my heart though, I love ACNE studios. ♥

B wanted to go to Tanner Goods. Which was conveniently across the street. 
Inside we met Jess, a sales lady, who was super friendly and honest with her opinions. Extremely helpful as well. She invited us back for the official grand opening on Saturday, but I don't think its reasonable to make the commute again. Hopefully we'll see her next time we go. She let me use the jukebox which played 45rpm records, and at 25¢ I got three tracks of my choice. Very cool.

After that B let me go to the AA HQ, where I picked up a black circle skirt, (and wanted those sunflower shorts but the selections at the time were seriously too tight). I can't believe they're ripping off JuJu's though. AA used to carry JuJu Jellys, but they made this entire line of jelly sandals :\

Then in exchange for time, we didn't go to the DVF Journey of a Dress Exhibit, but instead we headed to Santa Fe for our beloved...STUMPTOWN!! ♥ Oh my gosh. I don't think words can describe them. Parallel yet different from Caffe Luxxe. But I think the heart emoji is the best way I can tell you about Stumptown Roasters. WILL. RETURN.

They had huge glass windows, where you can see equipment in the back. I THINK they are roasting beans. I'm actually not sure. I know they had a tasting room as well.

Almond and soy milk alternatives for preference. I like to keep it original.

After getting our brews, I had a (hot) latte, B had a(n) (iced) latte, we head back to the car, where we enjoyed our pastry/goods from Bottega Louie with our roast. ♥ ♥

What's in my bag: water, mints, wallet, pen, aviators, roll of 35mm, minolta film p.a.s., water, random receipts, hand sanitizer.

graffiti wall by santa fe and the 10-east fwy

We headed to La Brea; Self Edge. Then American Rag Cie, UNIS, etc etc.
So our last stop was the Grove LA. Union Made, Barneys, Topshop, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Dylan's Candy Bar...

We ran into Charlotte Olympia's event at Nordstrom unexpectedly!!!

She's so sweet. And the event was so cute. I got a little Charlotte Olympia kitty nail deco on my left ring finger. And they had hors d'œuvre, champaign, water, and shoe cookies to entertain the guests!

I got a dashing little polaroid signed by Miss Charlotte herself as a keepsake :)

B and I selfie-ing while charging my phone in Gap.
By the time we left The Grove it was already 9pm. We rushed to Little Tokyo to go to Shabu Shabu House because I haven't been since I was probably in first grade. They didn't allow the use of phones inside so I didn't get to take a picture. But it's very yummy and I do recommend it to shabu lovers. The wait is between 45min-2hours though. B and I did luck out because we daringly went right before it closed.

Such a good day. Such a good trip. LA never fails to make me happy :)

22 March 2014


Currently Playing: Mr. Moustafa | Alexandre Desplat
Mood: Sleepy

Today B and I went to Mitsuwa to get lunch, and then the mall after.

Then we went to a cute 'historical' theater in Newport Beach where they always only show one film during a certain # of days. There's only one viewing room inside the theater, so it's very intimate. The theater was modeled after and inspired by Bette Davis- the ladies restroom had a powder room where there were three vanity mirrors and lotion, tissue, hair spray in front of a little seat where you can fix yourself up. The tiles and decor was overall very 1950's/60's... and in the viewing room there's a mezzanine as well! (pictures up on rêves estivates aériennes) ((at the end of our showing they handed us a little sherbet flavored candy, heheh))

We watched The Grand Budapest, which reminisced of melancholy. Very well done, and very symmetrical- typical Wes Anderson I'd have to say. A lot of his familiar orange and yellow tones and cursive, except this time the orange and yellow tones were for modern day and the flash backs were pink and blue. Loved it!

I had a great day, and can't wait for tomorrow to come.
xo i.

I'm Home!

mood: calm
now playing: i'm going down | vampire weekend

*apologizes for looking unwell, unhealthy, and overly underweight*

(Momo making a subtle awkward cameo in the back)

Finally done with winter finals for this year. Back at home.
B r e a k:
1 shopping x 3
2 dtla / silverlake / brentwood / hollywood / "dvf"
3 Grand Budapest / Mr. Peabody & Sherman
4 work day @ the lost bean
5 shooting
     a. planning
     b. drafting
     c. locations
6 photo diary
     a. format
     b. locations
7 brunch with C and M
8 1000 steps
9 bike ride

Wow- extremely packed for "break", but at least I'll be doing things I like.

19 March 2014


I dropped that one like a bomb.
Let's see how well I can avoid the next one.

Listening to good music, and trying to keep my peace in tact.
I haven't planned out spring break yet; I hope it's gonna be rad. And I hope to start getting back into shooting, exploring, photo shoots & etc. But for now I need all the luck I can get and perseverance to hustle it through my last two classes. And I will start by signing off.
Please send positive vibes my way. That will be greatly appreciated.
xo i.

12 March 2014

I just want to be able to dance again.
How foolish it was to not pursue my dreams for a boy, and to be afraid of being judged, though we are always going to be judged no matter what we do, where we go, and how successful we are.

It's never worth anything for anyone.
I'm just letting you know.