Golden Days

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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Can you believe that being a San Francisco native since birth that has long frequented the sunnier side of the bay in Palo Alto, I did not know of this part of the area? Part of Stanford University’s campus, this hidden gem seems to have a bit of everything. Amazing architecture, beautiful floral grounds, and a gorgeous church that stands at end.

Have you guys been?

xo,

Carmen



Holiest of Grails : Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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Everyone who has problematic skin, raise your hand!

I have the most complicated and high maintenance skin. Dehydrated, sensitive, and blemish-prone. There really is not middle, comfortably nice ground where my skin can just relax. It either as dry as the Sahara or as oily as fried chicken. I probably shouldn’t have referred to my skin as fried food huh? But you get the picture. I travel a lot and it has REALLY affected my skin with environmental changes, humidity/dryness, lack of sleep, and stress.

Before I keep rambling, let me just get to the point. This mask is AMAZING. I have no idea what I have been doing before this. I bought this the other day hoping something out there would save my skin. My most recent skin condition (and you will notice that in my case it changes quite often) was oily, rough, and covered with an uncomfortable amount of acne/white heads. I popped this baby on every night for 3-4 nights straight and my skin has already improved SO much. Even after the first use, I noticed everything was starting to calm down and the roughness was almost gone.

It’s not really an exfoliating mask, as they have one specifically for that here, but it does a really good job at pulling impurities out and sucking the unnecessary oils out. Can that sound any more gross? haha

This mask is by all mean not cheap, but take it as an investment! Think of all the facial trips you’re saving!

A container can last anywhere between 8-10 mask treatments depending how think you layer it. 

Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment – $69USD

Have you guys tried this mask before?

xo, Carmen



Warby Parker x TFR : Beacon Collection

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Let’s be real here. At this point, who DOESN’T know about Warby Parker?

The brand that lets you buy a pair of rad specs for a good cause? Sign me up! I remember stopping by their SoHo showroom when I was in New York a few years ago, hoping to finally grab myself something, but for some darn reason, which probably ended up being my strangely shaped and incredibly large head, I wasn’t able to find a good fitting pair. Now, fast forward to a few months ago, on a spontaneous trip down to L.A. I made SURE to stop by. First at the Standard Hotel in DTLA, then again at the Standard in Hollywood. FINALLY! I was able to get myself not one, but TWO pairs of glasses.

Does someone who wears contacts 90% of the time need two pairs of glasses? Probably not.

Enough with my ode to Warby Parker! As of today, WP has launched a new collection dubbed ‘Beacon’, in honor of the slither of time right before a sunset/sunrise. It’s one of those blink and you’ll miss it kind of things. This collection was inspired by amazing memories of rooftop sunrises, all-nighters with amazing music and friends, and everything of the like.

You know those nights. The ones where time just dissipates and becomes less of a reality and the moment and present just takes over. Where everything becomes a blur, hours and hours become a mere state of mind. 

The ‘Beacon’ Collection features 6 awesome sunnies and 4 glasses! As most of you guys probably know already, I have a slight obsession with transparent and huge frames.

Evidence here, here, and here

So the Moonstone would come to no surprise as one of my favorites! Along with Moonstone, I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the Revolver Black and Oak Barrel. These are just some of my picks, but you guys should definitely check out the rest of the collection here!

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As I publish this post, I am packing for my trip to New York tonight, and I can’t wait to stop by their showroom to see the new collection!

What do you guys think of the ‘Beacon’? What are your faves?

xo,

Carmen

 

 



It’s A Pandamonium

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014


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How CUTE are these pandas?!

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The humidity in Hong Kong is KILLER guys. Nobody’s playing games here. Behind the smiling is a desperate cry for some nice air conditioning. I recently trekked all the way to Sheung Wan and Central District to have an amazing lunch at Cha Cha Wan and visit the 1600 Panda Exhibition at PMQ.

PMQ is the awesome, hole-in-the-wall (but not really anymore), building that used to be an old police dorm. They filled each “dorm room” with different little boutiques. How rad is that?! And for a limited time, they featured 1600 pandas to support the movement to save the remaining 1600(ish) pandas in the world. I love the fact that this project is making such a HUGE splash and utilizing social media to its advantage. They had this designated areas where you could take selfies with the little pandas too!

xo,

Carmen



Where In The World Is Carmen?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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5 minutes before I realized I got sunburn from this “photoshoot”

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Awkward “Hold on, let me adjust” shot lol

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Hi Miss Turtle :)


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Hey guys! First off, for those that stuck around and stayed strong me and my inconsistency, THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU <3 This past month or so have been super busy and hectic for me. My internship with a fashion tech company ended a month ago, right at the time of finals, and I was offered another internship 2 weeks ago. I am currently in Hong Kong, so I am working remotely and will be scheduling a good amount of time towards revamping my blog and making it better!

Besides academia and work, I went on an AMAZING trip to Hawaii with some of my best friends. If you guys follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you have seen all the pictures already, but if you haven’t, bear with me, because posting these made me SO incredibly vacation-sick.

All in all, thank you guys again for the support and expect more posts and content from me coming up!

xo,

Carmen



Stressed, but Well Dressed

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Editing these set of pictures still makes me cringe.

This was the day I lost my clutch.

Seriously.

I feel like I need to rebuild my life.

The worst part? It was at the zoo. Come on now. Seriously? It’s a family place, don’t be stealing people’s stuff in front of the children.

This incident really got me thinking how attached we have become to material things. Losing my wallet left me feeling so vulnerable and insecure. And I’m not even kidding as to how lost I felt without it. Since when have we become so reliant on our possessions? After I realized I lost my clutch, half of me was furious at whoever stole it, and the other half thanking God that I was holding onto my phone. Do you guys ever feel that way?

The week or so I had to go without it felt so crazy and unfamiliar. I rely so much on my credit cards, that I rarely carry cash. Now I had to carry cash of an ‘x’ amount that may or may not be enough for me that day.

Have you guys ever experienced something like this?

Misplacing, losing, forgetting a material possession that you were incredibly attached to? How’d you deal?

xo,

Carmen

 

 



Welcome to Chinatown

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Upside of shooting in Chinatown? Not too strange to passerbys since it’s such a touristy area! *thumbs up

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Urban Outfitters Jacket (Similar), ASOS Pants, Zara Shoes (Similar), Balenciaga Purse, Bauble Bar Necklaces

 You see this last picture? Let’s be real here. I was trying to properly walk candidly. Hence the build-up-to-laughter kind of smile you see on my face because I almost fell over right after the shutter went off. As most of you guys know from reading my blog, I’m not exactly the most careful type. I trip, I fall, I stumble, I laugh excessively. Okay, we get it. What’s the point??? I just wanted to let y’all know that if you have an issue with posing or taking pictures without looking super awkward like me, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! Okay, but I’m pretty sure you guys are better at standing still and looking natural than me!

Anyway, I spent the day with my good friend, Jeremy, who doubles as my part-time photographer. My favorite kind of friend. haha just kidding. If you guys got the sarcasm in that, we should just be friends already But, in all seriousness, he is pretty amazing with angles, composition, and finding the light. I like to say that my “expertise” try saying that without laughing, Carmen.. in posing takes all the credit, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s definitely a joint effort haha And for the more up-close-and-personal pictures, I have officially confirmed that I can’t smize. Sorry Tyra!

We stopped by SF Chinatown for a quick photoshoot, just because I haven’t been there for at least a few years. The area has really changed since I last remembered and half the time we were trying not to get hit by oncoming cars as we shot in the middle of the street, we found some awesome spots in the center of Chinatown. I seriously need to get my tush to Chinatown more often!

xo,

Carmen



Lasers and Rollercoasters

Friday, May 9th, 2014

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I was so obsessed with these cool light fixtures at LACMA

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Overly excited for the ride!!!! (Even though it was an hour wait)

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 Front row viewing of World of Colors! Does anyone feel like they want to cry during the show? No one? Oh..

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 Zara Jacket (Similar), AQUA Romper, Zara Sandals (Similar), Foley + Corinna Bag

Last weekend, I went down to LA to hang out with some friends and take a quick breather from my internship and school. We spent our first day at Disneyland, the most magical place on Earth! If only that magic would make it cheaper and make my feet hurt less at the end of the day! Disappointingly, a lot of the rides were closed, but Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain were FINALLY open! With 3 past failed attempts, we can officially say we rode the Radiator Springs ride! Can you believe the ride can be up to a 2.5 hour wait?! That’s so crazy! TIP: Their fast passes run out by 10:30 or 11AM.

The second day, we stopped by LACMA! And yes, we went in and not just went for the lights. Lucky for us, the museum had free admission for Bank of America card holders that day! The exhibits and fixtures were very cool and some more so eclectic. Nonetheless, I always loved going to art museums. Not just for the accomplished feeling of being “artsy-fartsy”, but it really does make me think outside of the box and as to how the artist comes up with such fascinating art. Art is such a relative and abstract medium. Each piece touches its audience differently. That’s why I find art so fascinating!

How about you guys?

xo,

Carmen



OTP of Boyfriend Jeans

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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So amazing getting to meet Kate of The Fancy Pants Report and Kathleen of Inspirafashion!

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I was so excited to finally get to attend a SF based event hosted by TopCoat last Thursday! The event was so crazy! Free manis, floral crown DIYs, complimentary blowouts, boutiques, drinks, and cake pops! So much fun!

I wore this new linen striped top from Uniqlo and it has seriously become one of my favorite pieces for a casual look that can be dressed up or dressed down. I guess I decided to go with a more casual night out look because something in me really wanted to wear the shirt with some boyfriend jeans, and heels.

These jeans are one of my favorite so far! I love the off-duty look of boyfriend jeans and how it makes every outfit ooze with cool factor. But, it is just so damn hard to find a pair that fit well. And these are so perfect because they’re high waisted-ish, but still have that loose and comfy fit while still being versatile because of the dark wash.

xo,

Carmen



Same Old Same New-ish

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Does my background look familiar to any of you? I can’t help but stop by the LACMA light fixture every time I visit LA. In celebration of the spring-ish weather, I figured it was appropriate to wear some kind of floral piece. If you can’t tell, it’s actually a pair of shorts and they’re ridiculously comfortable. Almost a little too comfy for wearing outside of the house! Think more like a Brandy Melville t-shirt kind of material but as shorts. Can you imagine? UGH Comfort to the max!

I usually don’t wear much color, let alone multiple patterns, so let’s just take a moment to bask in the wonder of my stripes and florals combo. Doesn’t happen very often.

How bout you guys? Do you wear a lot of mixed patterns or stick to pairing it with more subtle pieces?

xo,

Carmen



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