Don’t be a Bummer, Babe

Even though summer seemed to have lasted way longer than a season should (from Memorial Day until a few days ago), it still passed by in the blink of an eye. As much as I’m spoiled by Californian weather, I can’t help but get a little sad as sunsets are getting earlier, shortening the windows of opportunity to visit the beach. So here’s a bit of a random goodbye post to summer 2017, filled with some rambles and photos of…

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Beijing Outfit Diaries

View from Jingshan Park Wangfujing (王府井) Wangfujing is one of the oldest and most popular shopping streets in Beijing. While known for traditional Chinese brands with hundreds of years of history, it’s also home to modern malls with stores of all price tags and countries of origin. You can pretty much buy anything in this vicinity. The main street is an impressive promenade wide enough to keep it from becoming too crowded (most of the time). Like all shopping trips,…

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One Day in Chongqing

I just came back from a trip to China filled with family time and good food. While physically tired, I feel mentally refreshed because there’s no better reminder of what life is is all about than returning to your roots. I spent my childhood in Beijing, but the longer it has been since I moved away, the more Chongqing, my dad’s hometown, feels almost just as much of a hometown to me. This time I visited Chongqing for about 3…

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Marciano Art Foundation

There’s a new museum in town and I got to see it last weekend courtesy of my friend Cathy who scored tickets and kindly invited me to come along. Like The Broad, tickets to Marciano Art Foundation are free but you need to reserve online in advance – new tickets are released on the 1st of every month. I looked through the museum’s website briefly before going and got the impression that the art pieces are a lot like those…

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Thrifted on Melrose

Stretching from N San Vincente Blvd in West Hollywood all the way beyond Hollywood to Hoover St, Melrose Ave is one of the most interesting roads in LA (to me). I’ve made a quite a few visits to the west section of the road – eating vegan Mexican food at Gracias Madre, sipping coffee at Alfred Coffee, window shopping in Melrose Place, and taking cheesy photos at the Paul Smith pink wall. The farthest I’ve ventured to is Fairfax High…

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Old LA Zoo

LA may not be the oldest city around, but it would take years to explore all of its nooks and crannies. One of the quirky spots that has been on my radar for a while is the Old LA Zoo, an area in Griffith Park with abandoned cages that used to house animals decades ago. Through the years the ruins have become heavily covered with graffiti. With nature as its the backdrop of the decay, there’s a slight eerie feeling…

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Two Summer Work Looks

I’ve been wanting to put together a post (or a series!) of what I wear to work for a while now. After all, I spend 5 out of 7 days a week wearing these outfits, yet every single look I’ve featured on the blog is from weekends. In terms of dress code, my office is super casual, so I could wear a t-shirt with jeans and sneakers every day of the week if I’d like to. But if you’ve been…

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San Juan Capistrano

I spent a very sunny Sunday visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano. Founded in 1776, it’s the 3rd oldest Spanish mission of a total of 21 in California. I’ve seen my fair share of them and used to pass by the one in San Gabriel at least once a week, but there’s a reason the one in San Juan Capistrano is such a hot spot for photoshoots. The grounds were beautiful, filled with ponds, ruins, plants. There were also countless humming…

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