Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Refocus

I started off 2015 setting goals for myself and planning the year ahead, like most people do. There were so many things I wanted to accomplish and I really wanted to take it seriously this year. I made time to think through these goals and how I was going to get there as you may have read in my post "Renewed." I decided to review these goals just to check on my progress 8 months into the year. As a way to remind myself of what I wanted to get done and to look back at what I've learned thus far.

The most important lesson I've learned is that things don't go exactly as we may have planned and to have faith in where you're being led. There are a couple goals I set for myself that I am right on track with . Then there are others that I crossed off my list and began focusing my time elsewhere.



Family has always been important to me, but I realized I needed to take more time for family. For the first time in 7 years I was single, and this new found "alone" time definitely made me appreciate my family so much more. I was reminded that the relationships that  I have with my family deserve constant and conscious work and this became a new goal of mine . 

A friend of mine said something that really impacted me " if you have the opportunity to spend time with those you love, take advantage of it while you can." So making a trip out to Philippines & Hong Kong to visit family, gathering them together for a huge birthday celebration for my dad, taking my parents to Disneyland on a whim, bonding with my cousins and siblings through simple texts or long conversations were my ways of doing just that.  







photographer: Erich Chen

Within these 8 months I've realized that my family has become the main driving force keeping me focused on what's important while unknowingly helping me to work towards everything else I wanted to do this year. They have brought so much happiness to my life  and if spending more time with them is all that I accomplish this year , I'm happy with that.

How are you doing with the goals you set for your self this year? I'm curious to know if you've also shifted them a bit like I did. 

Find more posts with photography by Erich Chen HERE












Monday, July 27, 2015

Soar








I've shared a couple of photos on Instagram wearing this makeup look and had a few people ask me about my lipstick, including my mom & sister L.A. (who both thought I was trying to keep it a secret lol.) 

Before finding this color I had been on the hunt for a matte natural lipstick for the longest time but I didn't find anything I was in love with, until I stumbled upon "Soar" lipliner my MAC. This has been my go to lip color for about 6 months now. I was surprised that it was the perfect consistency to use alone all over my lips without drying them out. 


Before applying this lip liner I make sure to moisturize my lips with Burt's Bees Lip Balm. Then I line and fill them with Soar by MAC




Get the look:




Outfit Photography: Marissa Hope

Huge thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Marissa Hope for taking these photos. Make sure to check out here posts HERE. 

Top- F21 (Similar)/Denim- ON / Shoes- Aldo (Simiar)/Clutch- Mango (Similar


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Classic




When I’m looking to add a new piece to my wardrobe no matter the price, I keep in mind versatility. When I was younger shopping was purely based on price and trend. Curating a closet of staples and classics that I can reach for and know I will be comfortable wearing is a work in progress for me, but well worth it. 

This black jumpsuit is a perfect example of a closet classic. It is loosely structured and made from a comfortable fabric. I found this one for a great price, plus I knew I could wear it multiple ways and for various events. I've had it in my closet for a couple years already.




I've worn this jumpsuit with a pair of heels and a few accessories to dress it up for a night out. I took these outfit photos last year when I first bought this Jumpsuit to wear out to a few events for a sleek look. 

Recently, I wore it for a brunch date with one of my girlfriends. I cuffed the legs of this jumpsuit, threw on a denim jacket (another classic) and paired it with some espadrilles. It was a quick comfortable outfit with a laid back feel without sacrificing style. 

Denim Jacket- Levis (Similar) /Jumpsuit-Forever 21 (Similar)/Espadrilles (Similar)/Sunglasses-Aldo (Similar)

Jumpsuit-Forever 21 (Similar)/ Heels- Zara (Similar)/Sunglasses- Aldo (Similar)










Casual Outfit Photography: Melody R


Having something simple like this that you can dress up or down with heels, flats and other accessories is the epitome of pieces I try to have in my closet. A closet full of trendy things that you can only wear for a few months or only to one event is an empty closet in my eyes. 

What are some classics pieces in your wardrobe?

Huge thanks to: Jessica Whitehead for the photography of the Jumpsuit & heels outfit and one of my best friends Melody for capturing the casual look.