Fruitful Cultures

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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Nasty Gal Top, Topshop Skirt, Monki Sunglasses

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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fashion, style, sf blogger, san francisco blogger, asian blogger, the fashion reformation, zara, uniqlo, chanel, nike

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American Apparel Dress, J. Crew Shirt, Chanel Bag, Sam Edelman Sandals

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

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

TFR Travel Diaries : Basel Recap

Monday, April 7th, 2014

As most of you that have been keeping up with my blog this past week, I have been in Basel, Switzerland. The city is so rich with the culture of Italy, France, and Germany. It is truly such a remarkable place to see. I didn’t get the time to really explore the city as I was working, but between my assignments and appointments, I tried to fit in and see the beautiful sights on the way! I had the opportunity to peruse Basel World and see hundreds of different brands host their booth. And look at that Citizen booth! Isn’t it absolutely breathtaking? The decor is made of little watch pieces and strung along a line. Such creativity!

Hope you guys loved this recap and had an amazing weekend!

xo,

Carmen

 

TFR In-Flight Essentials : The Long Haul

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

I know I know. I just did a beauty post, but as I'm flying out of Basel a day late due to the Lufthansa Pilot Strike, I thought it appropriate. Originally, my flight was from Basel to Frankfurt to Hong Kong. Now, we have to make another stop in Beijing.

For those of you who don't know, my skin is extremely sensitive, dehydrated, and blemish prone. Yes, the trifecta. So when I go on long haul flights, I make sure I have everything I need to stay hygenic and hydrated.

Kenzoki Ice Cold Eye Cream, Tangle Teezer, Simple Makeup Removal Wipes, Dolly Wink Eyeliner, Bourjois CC Concealer, Deodorant, Beauty Blender, Nars Douceur, ELF/Sasa/MAC brushes, Bourjois CC Cream, Anastasia Brow Powder, Topshop Highlighter, MJ Daisy Rollerball, Clea De Peau Concealer, MAC Highlighting Pen, Caudalie SOS Serum, Lubriderm Cream, Toothbrush, Clarins Sunscreen, Caudalie SOS Eye Cream, SK-II Clear Lotion, Innisfree Olive Oil, Sunday Riley Good Genes, Origins Face Cream, Nuxe Anti-Imperfection Cream

I usually pack a gel mask or two as well, but I ran out during the trip. It was so dry my skin was peeling! ew.

xo,

Carmen

What’s In My Bag : Basel World

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

 

(From top left clockwise) Zara Bag, Alexander Wang Purse, iPhone, Press Pass, Device Charger, Nice&Natural Muesli Bar, iPad, L'oreal/Etude House/Clarins Lippies, Typo Notebook, Karen Walker Sunglasses

As you guys all know, I'm spending the next week in Basel as an Intern Journalist. It's been incredibly hectic with press conferences and interviewing exhibitors, as well as trendspotting among the brands attending. Baselworld is huge. Separated into halls, Hall 1 is the largest and where all the biggest brands house there enormous booths. It's crazy. Most of them are two stories and have stairs.

I have quite scaled down my usual purse equipment into the few items that are a must. And yes, I know there are 3 lip products. What can I say? I'm obsessed. My iPad's been a real lifesaver for this trip. With this awesome bluetood keyboard case, it has replaced my laptop for all travel purposes. And I also just bought a memory card adaptor for iPads, so all blogging and photography can be oh so efficiently done and uploaded.

xo,

Carmen

 

Step into my luggage

Monday, March 24th, 2014

 

If y'all read my previous post, I am spending the next 3 weeks in Hong Kong and Switzerland. And these are the shoes I'm bringing. I'm not really the type to pack light. My philosophy is that better overpack and have all that I need and more options, than pack light and freak out about leaving something out. What can I say? I like to have options. Don't you? I always tend to have a mini panic attack if the shoes I want to wear with a particular outfit is left out of my suitcase.

This is going to be the first installment of my travel diaries! Let me know if you like these kind of posts!

(Starting from top left) ASOS boots, Circus by Sam Edelman booties, Forever 21 heels, ASOS heels, Shoecult by Nastygal boots, Steve Madden slip ons, ASOS strap heels

xo,

Carmen


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