Pinking About You

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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I’m typically not the biggest fan of pink. But this insanely simple pink wall just oozed cool. Okay. I get that it’s literally just pink. But sometimes, you don’t need all the excess glitz and glamour to make something stand out. Am I right?! I fell absolutely in LOVE with this shirt dress from Acne Studios during my trip to NYFW last month. I’ve always been obsessed with Acne Studios’ aesthetic and this dress is just so perfect!

I know it’s been a while since my last post, but it’s been SO crazy the past month. I recently just moved to LA and it’s been a real whirlwind! Two internships and 6 classes really take up a gal’s time! I still want to explore different places in LA and hopefully I’ll be able to real soon.

Do you guys have any suggestions? What are your fav spots in LA?

xo,

Carmen



Fruitful Cultures

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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With a full day of being a tourist in Hong Kong, my friend and I found a cool street that ran through Central that was filled with fruit and vegetable stands. And obviously, we just had to nonchalantly do a photo shoot there.

Without trying to offend anyone, I want to say that I honestly feel that a lot of Hong Kong’s culture has faded into a cultivation of a ton of different other country’s cultures and subcultures. Advertisements are now mainly composed of Korean or Japanese celebrities. Stores and brands are being imported from the US, Europe, and South Korea. It’s crazy how so much of Hong Kong has adapted to a foreign culture.

And on the same note, it was a real task trying to find really native Hong Kong places last minute. I’m sure there are a TON of cool and very Hong Kong kind of spots that I have yet to discover. I guess it’s kind of nice that you really have to dig and find these gems in such a wild place.

Have y’all ever visited Hong Kong?

What are your thoughts?

xo,

Carmen



Chambray and Some Slips

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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Can you imagine the thrill of doing a shoot in the middle of a busy street with huge trucks constantly about to run you over?

The struggles of getting a good shot right?

Probably the most awkward thing, besides being almost run over multiple times, is posing directly in front of business stalls. Half the time, the vendors are borderline about to shoo us away and the other half, their eyes full of amusement seeing me try to look natural and running away to avoid cars.

We shot this after grabbing a brief local HK-style brunch at the famous Australian Dairy Company. No, we did not go to a dairy farm to drink milk. And let me tell you. It was an experience. Never have a I actually been thrown looks when having a catch up sesh with a friend over some eggs, toast, and milk tea. I get there’s a line and all, but at least let me eat in peace for more than 15 minutes. I swear we scarfed down our food, paid, and left within a grand total of 20 minutes. Real attractive image yeah?

xo,

Carmen



You Seoul My Heart

Thursday, September 25th, 2014



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 Uniqlo Top, Zara Skort, Nike Sneakers, Chanel Bag, Monki Sunglasses

With my recent trip to Seoul, Korea, I have fallen head over heels over the amazing culture and history of the country. This shoot was taken at the gorgeous Bukchon Hanok Village. I love the fact that when you’re taking photos, every single person would actually stop and wait until you are finished. Faith in humanity restored? Duh. It’s the little gestures that count sometimes.

 The one thing about Seoul is that there are endless amounts of stairs and hills. No joke, being used to driving around all the time in California, I was absolutely exhausted every day after sight seeing and shopping. I am SO glad I brought sneakers and sandals to the trip. See? Overpacking is never a bad idea!

What places do you guys want to visit for holiday?

xo,

Carmen



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

 

 



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