it’s pretty much a given that when there’s a major life change (or anything over a 10 lb weight gain), you can count on me to disappear from the blogosphere for a while. not only did we welcome a brand new baby love (follow by a 20 lb of lingering baby weight), we also bought a new house, and moved to the country. well, it’s not technically the country, but it is about 30 minutes away from the city. i swore i would never move to the suburbs, but having a baby really is a game changer. we went from a 1,600 sq ft modern townhouse in the middle of the city to a 3,600 sq ft cape cod with an acre of land and a red barn in the yard. the good news is we have all this space for new furniture. the bad news is we have all this space for new furniture. it’s a little overwhelming to think about all the rooms that are just waiting to be filled, so i’ve decided to take baby steps and start with the nursery.
here are some of my favorite nursery inspirations. can you tell i love a neutral palette?
image sources: project nursery, smallable, bonbon rose girl, style me pretty living
i am hoping i will have the nursery done within a month. in the meantime, here’s a little hint of what’s to come:
west elm moroccan rug
be good bear print by the black apple
over the thanksigiving weekend, seattle actually snowed and got freezing c-c-cold! this was a welcome change for me, as i’ve been a “hot” mess ever since i started baking this bun in my oven. with the first sign that winter’s officially here, i can finally wear my favorite sasquatch faux fur coat!
P.S. did you take advantage of all the wonderful sales? i’ve picked up these leopard pumps (they should go with everything), and this wallet on chain (my taste in bags is getting smaller and smaller).
P.P.S forgot to mention that today is the launch date for two highly anticipated limited edition makeup treasures: chanel rêve d’orient quadra eyeshadow and tom ford lips & boys lipsticks (um… tom ford lipstick for $32 with unlimited color options?! hell yes!) today is also 10 points day on nordstrom.com, so stock up on these goodies and rack up those points!
t by alexander wang pocket tee
asos maternity ripped jeans (use promo code “ILOVEMONDAYS” for 30% off)
oasis faux fur coat (similar and on sale)
forever 21 hat (similar but even cuter)
loeffler randall fenton rain boots
ysl arty ring
chanel boy bag (super similar)
recently, i received a comment from a lovely reader that wanted info on my skincare routine. since i am always obsessively looking for the next best product, i thought i’d share in details my current skincare regimen, and what products have worked and not worked for my skin.
to get started, let’s list out my skin concerns: i have dry (general) to almost very dry (winter) skin. i would like to lighten my sunspots and freckles, which are increasing with age. i am not acne prone. i have minor fine lines and hardly any deep wrinkles, but i would like to prevent/delay their appearances. i don’t have an oily or greasy t-zone. i would like to brighten my complexion, since it can occasionally appear dull and dirty if i get too much or too little sun.
here are the products i am currently using:
1. shiseido extra creamy cleanser foam – i like that this cleanser feels refreshing, but not squeaky clean to the point where it strips off my natural oil. my skin never feels tight or dry.
2. jurlique rosewater balancing mist – originally, i fell in love with the chantecaille rosewater, but i couldn’t justify spending so much on just “water.” i found this jurlique one instead, which is half the price. although it doesn’t smell as pretty and clean as the chantecaille ones, it is good enough to relax the senses and create a nice base for the rest of my skincare products.
3. clé de peau brightening serum supreme – this serum does make a minor difference in its brightening effect, but nothing amazing for the high price tag. my ideal serum would provide more sunspots lightening, skin tone evening, and fine lines prevention. my never ending quest for the perfect serum continues.
4. shiseido the skincare eye moisture recharge – this eye cream is light enough where it doesn’t give me milia (little white bumps), but still feels hydrating. i haven’t noticed much in its fine lines or dark circle preventions. it’s been quite difficult to find an eye cream that is light (doesn’t cause milia), but still rich enough to prevent fine lines.
5. shiseido bio-performance advanced super revitalizing cream – up until i found my current night cream, i was using this shiseido cream as my day and night cream with great results. then one day, i discovered little fine lines on my forehead, and i realized that i needed to kick my moisturizer game up a notch. now i use it as my day cream. this is a light weight cream that is rich enough for dry or mature skin.
6. givenchy radically no surgetics age-defying & unifying night care – ok, i’ll admit it. i totally bought this cream because of its gimmicky name. what can i say? i had just found some fine lines on my forehead. i was vulnerable. the verdict: this might be my holy grail of night creams! i noticed almost immediate results (a couple of days). not only did my face feel super moisturized, my skin was noticeably brighter, softer, and more supple. i’ve been using it for a year now, and i haven’t noticed any increase in new fine lines. i just stocked up on a couple of jars during the sephora vib sale, which should last me a year. this is a heavy and rich cream that will be beneficial to anyone with very dry skin.
7. shiseido ultimate sun protection cream spf 50+ – not my favorite spf, but i do like that it’s 50+, waterproof, and doesn’t make me break out. i don’t like that it’s a bit thick and requires some elbow grease to rub it into the skin (unless you like the white ghost look). this spf also brings a little too much shine to the skin. even for this dry skin gal.
8. clarisonic mia sonic system – while most people use this in their daily regiment, i do find it to be too harsh for my dry skin. i leave this for my weekly deep cleansing routine, which i always follow with a moisturizing face mask.
9. kanebo kracie hadabisei whitening facial mask – since face masks are so popular in asia, i just had to try it. these particular ones are easy to find online and in my local japanese drug store. i can’t attest for the whitening effect, since i still have lots of visible sunspots, but i will say that it is very hydrating on the skin. i also noticed a significantly brighter complexion, that lasted for a couple of days after usage.
even though it’s well into october, seattle is still surprisingly warm and sunny. not that i’m complaining, but there’s nothing better than fall fashion. to get into the autumn spirit, i’ve decided to put on an oversized blazer in my favorite fall color, camel, and a pair of coated jeans.
it’s so easy to get stuck in a frumpy slump when it comes to maternity fashion. yoga pants, baggy t-shirts, flip flops… anything that resembles pajamas. i find the easiest way of getting myself out of the rut is to put on a pair of heels, a nice bag, and a statement lipstick. although i must admit one thing: i love that i no longer have to consciously suck in my stomach anymore. on the contrary, this is the only time in my adult life that i can relax and let out the gut free and proud. even (especially) in a fitted shirt.
forever 21 oversized blazer
j brand coated jeans
givenchy zipper heels (similar)
celine mini classic box bag (lusting over this one)
albeit chevron necklace
hermes clic clac h bracelet
albeit twisted bracelet
tom ford lipstick in black orchid (similar)
nars velvet matte lip pencil in train bleu
from my previous post and instagram, it’s safe to say that off the shoulder style has been my favorite trend this summer. this style has been a god send, since in the last couple of weeks: my belly’s finally popped! i have graduated from maybe to definitely! unfortunately, this meant that some of my usual problem areas have also grown with the baby (i.e. arms, thighs, and butt). the off the shoulder trend came just in time to cover my “fatty” parts and only shows the less meaty parts. i especially love this vava by joy han dress. with its romantic details, it really distracts from my troubled spots.
for our one last hurrah, the hubby and i took the pups to napa for a little babymoon. we also took advantage of the warm california light and shot a few of these maternity memorabilia. ok, i might have “accidentally” exhaled and arched my back a little too much in the last photo, which resulted in the more exaggerated belly… but i was just really excited to finally show off my badge of honor!
vava by joy han off the shoulder dress
raga lace dress from my instagram
report booties (similar)
topshop flower crown (similar)
albeit chevron necklace
snake cuff (similar)
albeit twisted bracelet
sorry for the lack of updates! since it’s been a while since the last time we’ve talked, i guess you can say life is a little different. the biggest change is… we’re expecting our first baby!
YAY!!! pop the confetti’s, release the doves, light the fireworks, cue the choir! congratulations to us!
ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to the real stuff.
while i’m excited for the new addition to our little family, i have to admit that being pregnant is EVEN LESS glamorous than i have previously imagined. without going into the obvious discomfort and inconvenience, maternity fashion alone is giving me a run for my money.
true to all the text books, i’ve spent the first trimester in hell, aka morning (all day) sickness. the last thing i wanted to think about was what outfit would be cute for my next trip to the toilet. unfortunately, the 8 lbs i’ve lost was wasted on sweat pants and old t-shirts. by the time i was feeling like myself again, i’ve entered the “is-she-fat-or-is-she-pregnant” phase. i’ve been stuck in this phase for a couple of months now, and i still haven’t figured out how to dress this awkward body. i can’t seem to bring myself to embrace the bulge on my belly, since it just doesn’t look like a baby to me yet. this means, i’ve been living in my baggiest boyfriend jeans (the only pants that fit me) and loosest shirts. if people weren’t sure i was chubby or pregger before, they are probably sure about one thing… i look like a big old heifer. i finally caved and bought a pair of maternity jeans a couple days ago. being in a pair of skinny jeans again has given me a sudden surge to make more of an effort in this mystery called, maternity fashion. i’m still not brave enough to venture out to the form fitting dresses yet, but for now, a pair of skinny jeans with a flowy top will have to do.
baby steps. baby steps.
zara off shoulder blouse (similar)
j brand maternity jeans (similar, regular version)
celine mini luggage (similar)
j crew hat
albeit chevron necklace
snake cuff (similar)
tiffany love knot bracelet
albeit twisted bracelet
sorry for the sudden disappearance. summer is the most chaotic time for my work. i have been busy shooting weddings on the weekends and editing photos on the weekdays. there hasn’t been many opportunities for cute outfits, since i’m either in my all black ninja “uniform” or the sloppiest and most comfy t-shirts and shorts. i finally had a break this weekend, and just in time for the fremont summer solstice parade! beautiful sunshine, naked bicyclists, seattle hippies, flamboyant costumes, carny food… best of all, a reason to wear my favorite flower headband!
zara blouse (want this one)
paige denim shorts
lanvin ballet flats
topshop flower headband
jennifer meyer stick necklace
triangle necklace from kitsch couture (similar)
after a very “sweet” outfit last week, i thought i’d change it up again and go for the total opposite direction this time. enter: all black, snake skin pattern, leather pants… the works. i had to throw in the white shoes and bag to make the outfit a little less predictable. personality disorder? identity crisis? whatever it is, i just know i’m having fun with it.
zara top (similar)
dl1961 leather pants (it’s on sale!)
alexander wang bag (python version)
albeit triangle necklace
tom ford lipstick in sable smoke