December 20, 2013
When I moved to New York in 2005, I brought a little bit of the Bay with me in the form of a 100% cotton canvas tote bag. I carried it all over town and everywhere I traveled. It lived with me in Shanghai, and–heck–it even visited Mongolia! Ooh how I cherished my Amoeba Music tote bag!
Late in 2011 it began to really wear down. My aunt visited New York in September of 2012, surprised to see I was stubbornly clinging onto my tattered bag. She offered to buy me any handbag I wanted, but I refused. I had fantasies of patching up my treasured tote and using it until one day a mere scrap of it remained among a crazy quilt of old fabric. Alas, life happened and it became truly unusable and I too busy to fix it. There were holes so large even water bottles would fall out! I tucked my bag away, vowing to pimp it up with leather the next time I saw it.
A year went by and many things changed. I started a small business with a dear friend who is now married (when before she barely even had boyfriends)! One of the people dearest to me in the world passed away. I moved out of the apartment I lived in for six years. The list goes on and on (and on and on). But this week I suddenly had the urge to write my own destiny, to make my patchwork dreams come true! I stayed up late in my office, cutting odd shapes and sewing with Scotch tape on the bottom of my presser foot so the lambskin would glide easily. The best part about fixing up a nasty old thing is the huge margin for error the crappy aesthetic allows. I was free forming it and loving it!
Here are some funnily indulgent pictures of its former frayed state:
And here it is now:
A little 90′s Nickelodeon, eh?
I put it to the test running Christmas and pre-travel errands. Five subway rides and a dozen checks on my checklist later, it’s safe to say my tote stood up to the challenge. Plus I felt super cool carrying it, for some reason. (Let’s not think too much about that one.) I guess what they say about suffering building character has some truth to it (if you happen to be a tote bag)! ;)
Catch you all in the new year,
I Love Holiday Songs
December 12, 2013
New York City is very beautiful during the holiday season. Every inch is decorated with colorful Christmas lights, gigantic stars and adorable window displays. Among all, I love when they blast holiday music in and outside the stores. ❤ I have a huge soft side for holiday tunes!
If you are curious which ones are my favorite, here’s a list of my top 8! It was so hard to narrow it down. I’m sure you understand how I feel. ;)
8. Santa Baby by Kylie Minogue
This version is my favorite. I think she does the best to sound so spoiled, and I love it!
7. Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes
A classic holiday song and the Ronettes make it so much fun to listen to!
6. I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus by Jackson 5
What more can I say? Simply so adorable!! The lyrics really capture the feeling of kid who thought they saw their mommy kissing Santa. ;)
5. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence by Sakamoto Ryuichi
This one probably feels the least like your ordinary holiday tune. It’s from a movie called Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence about war prisoners during Christmas. (I won’t say more so I don’t spoil the movie!) Knowing the background of this song, I think Sakamoto Ryuichi captured the season’s somber beauty.
4. Carol of Bells
My first time hearing this song is when I watch Home Alone for the first time. I thought it was the most grand and dramatic Christmas music I ever heard. It has been my favorite since then.
3. Deck the Club by Ying Yang Twins
The best song from the Ying Yang Twins yet! How could you have a Christmas party without this song? ;P
2. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas by Bing Crosby
It’s a classic among classics. ;D
1. Last Christmas by Wham!
What more can I say ;)
I’d love to hear your favorites!
Hoilday Season’s Greeting
December 6, 2013
It’s the best time of the year, and I’m so excited! Time to bring out those decorations, greeting cards and hot cocoa. ❤ During this month, Iru has to tolerate my Christmas playlist and holiday Pandora station. (LOL!)
To spread some good cheer, Iru and I made an adorable Fatz Mcgoo Christmas greeting card! (In case you’re not sure who Fatz Mcgoo is, here’s an introduction to him.)
It’s super easy to make. You can use any card stock paper and print it through your printer. After, just follow the dotted line to cut and fold in half. You can easily find envelops at any craft store. Here’s a pretty red one available at Staples. The finished dimensions are 4 5/8″ x 6 3/8″, which easily fits an 4 x 6 photo.
Click on the image below to get started!
Let it Sparkle
November 27, 2013
Iru and I are excited to announce that our holiday 2013 collection is here! We know how much food people consume this time of year, so we made sure to offer dresses from body-conscious to full-on eatin’ dresses (if you can guess what those are). ;)
When you visit our site, you can find our new in-house Love to Talk Label and holiday lookbook. We rented a beautiful historical duplex and had the sweetest model who loved our collection. (We loved her right back!) During the shoot we worked with a group of talented videographers from ShoulderHill Entertainment who helped us create a behind the scenes video! My favorite scene is Iru looking so happy. It was so much fun and super exciting for all of us, especially me. I ❤ doing makeup for photoshoots!
See if you can find my favorite scene. ;P
Stay warm and fabulous,
Shrimp and Lobster Love
November 24, 2013
I recently stopped by my friend Jiao’s for a rainy day visit. Tea and brownies turned into wonton soup lunch, which turned into a session of showering me with amazing things! You see, Jiao and I are hoarders. We’re all too eager to welcome novelties to our collections, like animal shaped vessels and cans of novelty Spam. It’s so much fun for one hoarder to visit another. You can see through her eyes and understand why she found a certain something special. But living in Manhattan is tough for collectors, and I find that my hoarder buddies are constantly getting rid of things, even very special things.
This time at Jiao’s, after she sweetly offered me a tiny cast iron potbelly stove (I declined because I already have far too many tiny, delightful things), she offered me something I couldn’t resist: my favorite look from her collection, Shrimp + Lobster. In true hoarder fashion, Jiao has a sharp eye for detail. The finishes, fit and fabric quality of the top and skirt she gave me are so lovingly considered. See the grosgrain ribbon that finishes the waistband of the skirt below? See the beautifully placed dart that wraps around the side of the skirt? Can you see the texture and sense the weight of the fabric? Shrimp + Lobster is scattered all over with thoughtful touches.
I found the top she gave me pretty darn ingenious. On the hanger it looks like a simple dolman top – only wearing it truly breathes life and shape into the garment. The sleeves being so fitted to your forearm allows you to create folds with the fuller volume at your upper arm. The back panels being so generous creates a dramatic fold. In it I feel like Tilda Swinton in Dior Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear at the BAFTAs! (Hah!) But seriously, pieces that are easy to wear with dramatic, distinct shapes are the best.
Speaking of distinct shapes, a new love of mine with similar values went along perfectly with my Shrimp + Lobster look. Say ‘hello’ to my Carven spazzolato leather heels! (They’re cute and comfy for shoes of their height!)
Shrimp + Lobster pieces much like these are coming soon to Love to Talk. (Be on notice: some of them are shockingly hot.)
Can’t wait to share!
How to stay moisturized during winter
November 16, 2013
Winter’s harsh cold winds and dry heat from radiators drain moisture out of my skin, leaving it feeling tighter than a rubber band holding my ponytail. And every time I make a facial expression my skin is pulled tight, leaving a fine wrinkle behind. Yikes!
I have sensitive skin that reacts to products like there’s no tomorrow. I get hives, rashes and pimples all over my face. I haven’t figured out the exact cause yet. Nor have dermatologists I’ve seen so far. =/ I also have combination-dry skin that is acne prone: oily t-zone with dry cheeks and dry eye area.
Throughout the year I’ll prepare by reading the latest articles from beauty blogs, websites and my favorite beauty magazine Allure. I also watch TV shows like ‘Get it Beauty‘ from Korea and clips from Japan. When winter comes, I start experimenting with what I have learned. Here are effective tricks I’ve learned so far that can be easily incorporated into your everyday routine (using products you most likely already have)!
1. Layer your moisturizer
This is for ladies who have a moisturizer left from summer and it isn’t as effective during colder months. It’s as simple as it seems. Just apply thin layers and let your skin absorb it by gently tapping your face in between. Depending on the moisturizer, I usually apply around 3-5 times. For the last layer, I gently press the moisturizer onto my face with my hands.
I have yet to find my ultimate moisturizer. When I do, I’ll share it with you!
2. Add moisturizer or BB cream to foundation
I would recommend this to ladies who love medium to full coverage foundations like me! I find that many of the foundations I love and ones that last me through summer are too drying for me during winter. Since I would still love the coverage during the winter, I plan to mix half part moisturizer/BB cream to one part foundation.
For ladies who are using light coverage or tinted moisturizer, I wouldn’t recommend adding moisturizer. I believe it dilutes the foundation too much and that it doesn’t serve it’s purpose anymore. Try suggestion #1 or the one that is coming up next!
I lost my favorite foundation when Dior changed it’s formula for Dior Forever Foundation. I’m still in search of my dream foundation. I would love to hear recommendations from you though! ;)
3. Add face oil to moisturizer
This is my ultimate favorite beauty idea this winter! Mix one drop of face oil to an equal amount of moisturizer. Concentrating on your dryer areas, apply by smoothing it out (don’t rub it in!) and gently pressing it with you hands.
If you need any recommendations, Clarin’s Lotus Face Treatment Oil is (one of) the love(s) of my life! It’s recommended for those who have oily and combination skin.
4. Last but not least, get winter specific cosmetics
This might require some money spending! During summer I make sure I have matte almost everything. So during winter I will get a couple of items to either add on top or substitute the mattifying products I have.
These are some items I love love love:
a. Shiseido Anessa Perfect Essence Sunscreen SPF 50 PA ++++. It feels heavy when you first apply it, but it absorbs very quickly, leaving moisture locked underneath. I also love that it’s so easy to remove! No need for a special sunscreen and BB cream face wash. ;) You can find it many places online. I usually get mine at iMomoko.com.
b. Hada Labo Shirojyun Lotion. It’s actually a toner despite it’s name! My skin feels so dewy and prepped for the next step. It’s also has whitening qualities and is inexpensive, which is a major plus! I love this one so much that I use it all year ’round, except during super hot summers. You can also find this at iMomoko.com.
c. Tony Moly Aqua Aqua Serum. It’s from my favorite line from my favorite Korean brand! (I’m sure you can see all the hearts floating around the screen) It’s a bit hard to find in the U.S. but if you can, it is inexpensive (about 14 USD!) and one of the most effective moisturizing serums I’ve tried so far! Other items from this line are also highly recommended.
Besides the suggestions I made, face mist and masks are a good item to incorporate into your daily and weekly routine! We’ll talk more about the details next time!