December 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
With several finals and essays due this week, I’ve definitely started to feel the pressure. Not to say that’s been enough to keep me on track with all my studying though! So to motivate me, and maybe some of you!, throughout finals, I’m making a survival guide with some discussion on style, music, and more!As much as we want to dress cute or at least presentable, study days often put style on the back burner. For me, I like to stay comfortable and chic to motivate me while I study. Wearing scarves can be important if you study in libraries and can’t control the temperature; better prepared than not!Here, I’m wearing a Quicksilver slouchy sweater over my black Brandy Melville Jada Dress then topped it off with a Forever21 scarf and chucks.
Music is absolutely necessary for my studying. I can’t seem to concentrate in silence, so here I’m linking YouTube videos for some of my current favorite songs.
Haunt – Bastille
Taste My Sad – Bear//Face
Sons & Lovers – Black Light Dinner Party
Smallpools – Dreaming
Having an arsenal of yummy snacks is also mandatory for those study days. Right now, I’m obsessed with clementines as a healthy and easy snack, but I definitely have some other guilty pleasures. Enter Skittles, Cookies, and all other junk foods!
If you haven’t figured out by now, I’ll let you in on a little secret: this post is me procrastinating on studying! But now it’s time to kick into high gear for the next few days.
See you on the other side!
December 4, 2013 § Leave a Comment
As the end of the fall semester quickly approaches, I realize that just a few weeks ago I thought this semester was dragging along. Lo and behold, my finals begin this week and I’m flustered by how fast time moves sometimes. The past two weeks have sort of been a whirlwind of work and school. Here’s a quick run through of what I’ve been up to!
1. Group Projects Will Be My Demise!
Three out of my four semester long group projects were due in the past two weeks, and to be utterly honest, group projects can be extremely difficult to maneuver through. Having so many different personalities and styles all smashed into one is probably not the best recipe for success…
2. Work, Work, Work…and more Work
In addition to all the school assignments and projects I had, I thought it would be an excellent choice to take on additional work to help out for an event! In hindsight, definitely not the best decision. Working about 60 hours in the span of 5 days left little time for me to study for exams! Bad, bad, bad. BUT I did get to see Imagine Dragons rehearse their song and meet Kurt Hugo Schneider, a music producer on YouTube I admire. Both were absolutely AMAZING; I’ve linked their stuff, so be sure to check them out!
Alas, it’s time to buckle down for the oncoming finals and other group projects. Wish me luck!
December 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
As I mentioned in a previous post at the end of October/beginning of November, summer clothes, like this dress, are on SUPER sale. Instead of waiting until next year to wear this dress, I paired it with black tights, boots and a sweater to turn it into a fall outfit.
I got so many compliments and loved the overall look!
November 30, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Ok, so I may have a slight obsession with nail polish..and sadly, I usually end up thinking about which new colors to experiment with rather than actually painting my nails! So in Hong Kong, we have a beauty cosmetic store called SaSa (not sure how many of you have heard of it), but it’s quite a famous chain here. Every time I pass by, I try my very hardest to hold back and to not go too crazy over all of the cute products. Given the fact that I have been here for 3 months already and my free luggage space is slowly but surely becoming non-existent, self-control from the beginning was necessary. But honestly, it doesn’t help that the store is literally around every corner and the flashing neon lit sign is just singling me out and drawing me over, haha. Anyway, so yesterday, I succumbed and figured, these mini nail polish sets were hard to come across back home. They had a bunch of colors and these were the four that I managed to narrow down to.
I got the white one because I’ve definitely seen this trend try to catch on for a while, and who know? Maybe better luck this coming year? I’ve been iffy in the past to invest in this color since it reminds me of middle school days when girls would use white out as nail polish..but hey! Doesn’t hurt to add it to the collection in case the need comes up, riiiight?
Then, I got red. I borrowed my friend’s red colored nail polish last week and fell in love with the color. I had to get one for myself. This shade is a little different, but it should work well with outfits regardless. Funny story in retrospect though, right after I painted my four nails to show you all how they looked on nails, I spilled half the bottle on my desk and phone..Sigh.
Next, I got a sparkling back color. For all those lovely night outings, this color would be perfect.
And, finally, some golden glitter to get into the Christmas spirit!! :) So excited!
Which one is your favorite nail polish color out of four? Have you discovered any new ones recently? Share with us–we’d love to know!
November 29, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Hopefully, everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a great day yesterday! And if you’re roaming the malls on Black Friday, may the odds be ever in your favor. I, on the other hand, have chosen to stay in the comfort of my home and avoid the crowds and the rain (yes! it’s raining in LA on Black Friday!).
Since I had work over this Thanksgiving break, I stayed at school and decided to have a small Thanksgiving dinner with a friend! We made ham, scalloped potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and mini apple pies, which helped ease the blow of not enjoying my mother’s delicious cooking.
How did you celebrate Thanksgiving, if you did?
November 27, 2013 § 2 Comments
A perk about studying abroad in Hong Kong is the ease of travelling to different places. November has definitely been a busy one for me, I’ve done three short trips so far. This past weekend, I was in Guilin, China. The scenery was breathtaking and it really made me appreciate a different lifestyle. In the few days I was there, I was able to take a four hour cruise down the Li River, travel to the countryside of Yangshao, climb the Longji Terraced Fields, walk around the several rivers in Guilin, and bargain in the city’s bustling night markets.
One thing that I was obsessed with during my trip was the jewelry. I’m usually quite picky with my selection, but the accessories I found in the night markets were so good–usually I find it hard to find rings or bracelets that fit. With bracelets, I like tight fitting ones so generally I stay away from bangles and I don’t like ones that jingle either. During my trip, I successfully bargained for three bracelets, pictured here. My favorite one would have to be the red Buddha one, though I love them all a lot. They fit perfectly!
I also found this little gem at a tavern outside of the tourist sites I visited. I’ve always wanted a ring with a turquoise colored stone.
Here was an outfit I wanted to share with you all. When travelling, I value comfort over style! Since the weather was quite chilly during the weekend, I wore a Heattech Uniqlo black tee, paired with red pants, and my jean jacket. I’m going to have to say this is my signature travel outfit–and as you can tell, I love colorful outfits!
November 22, 2013 § Leave a Comment
From the middle of October until stores sell out, summer clothes are on SUPER sale. I love rummaging through sale sections to find cute dresses. Usually, I have to wait until next spring to wear them, but this fall was unseasonably hot, so I was able to wear them sooner than usual.
I took this patterned, cut-out dress and paired it with a cute, colorful sweater during the day. At night, I ditched the sweater and had a cute going out dress!