Sunday, October 14, 2012

Comfy trousers and loafers

Top - H&M;  bottoms - True Religion;  shoes - Michael Kors; watch - Anne Klein
Photos c/o Glenn Mercado

I apologize for the brief hiatus. My work schedule and my sister's free time kept conflicting last week leaving me with no one to capture my awkward posing and smiling. I do hope I eventually get better at taking pictures. I always worry about that fine line between confidence and vanity when taking pictures, yet I am still treading awkwardly in the "camera shy" zone.

Yesterday was my little cousin's 7th birthday. I think he'll always be little Rico in the eyes of the older cousins (which I'm sure frustrated him as he was trying to be Mr. Cool in front of his first-grade buddies.) I always get a kick out of being around little kids these days. Witnessing their lively imagination and genuine disgust towards affection and fascination with bugs and makeup and airplanes keeps me grounded and forces me to break free of the worries that inevitably pile up with each added birthday candle. They're a breath of fresh air.

Super throwback picture. Peep my sister in the right corner! Hehe, she could teach me a lesson or two about model poses.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Red shoes and acoustic songs

Top - F21;  Bottoms - H&M;  Shoes - Chinese Laundry; Earrings - F21

The heat wave is over and I can wear sleeves comfortably once again! I asked my dad before leaving the house whether my top reminded him of a penguin or of bowling attire, and he said yes to both. I was tempted to change afterwards but convinced myself that it would look chic if paired with the right bottoms and shoes. I absolutely love red heels, so I figured that the simplicity of the colors of my outfit  would require a little pop of red.

The peaks of my day are as follows (yes, the term was borrowed from the Kardashians):
1. Hearing the story of my little cousin telling the flight attendant it was his first time on an airplane and insisting he needed to see the cockpit. 
2. Boiling crab, gelato, and strawberry beer
3. Relient K songs (acoustic versions preferred)

Pits of my day:
1. Dealing with my first rude patient
2. The burning in my stomach post-Boiling-Crab meals
3. Retelling stories of a time I wish I could permanently erase

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Heat wave in the Bay Area

Top - American Rag;  Bottoms - American Eagle;  Accessories - F21;  Shoes - Michael Kors

I was really excited for the turn of the season when I could finally retrieve my buried scarves, sweaters, and boots from my closet. Instead, I find myself in this sweltering 90 degree weather wondering why it's warmer now than it ever was in the summer. That's California for you!

Since I felt a bit silly wearing really bright colors which are usually meant more for the months of May-August, I rummaged around for some darker shades that are more reminiscent of autumn but still appropriate for this weather. Those AE shorts are probably my comfiest pair. I do admit I bought them after seeing Kristen Stewart wear them so well. 

The highlight of my day was grabbing dinner with one of my favorite people in the world, Lawrence Chang (aka Slizzard Slare, Larebear, or Slizzy.) It's nice to have my closest guy friend at UCLA so close to me post-graduation. The servers must have thought we were insane for ordering the huge appetizer sampler, but I couldn't resist mozzarella sticks, buffalo wings, onion rings, and zucchini all in one plate! Comfort food and wonderful company :)

Monday, October 1, 2012


White - Essie "Waltz"
Pink - Essie "Buy me a cameo"
Black - OPI "Baby It's 'COAL' Outside"

I had such a relaxing Sunday! I've noticed that I have come to appreciate the weekend much more now that my weekdays are spent working, as opposed to the past month of staying in bed with my laptop refreshing the browser every couple of minutes in hopes that a new job post shows up on Craigslist.

I finally got around to painting my nails and even mustered up enough patience to do some nail art. It brought me back to the days in Castle 308 (my old apartment in LA) when my friend Soniphs and I would come back after a grueling midterm, make margaritas, and paint our nails (note: the order of those events made it quite difficult to hold our hands steady.)

Why a cow design? Can't say that I have a particular reason other than the fact that I have been into the white/black/pink color scheme. And perhaps because my parents and I ordered all beef dishes during lunch yesterday. But whatever the reason, I think they're entertaining!