Friday, January 30, 2015

H&M Sport

Exciting stuff going on over at H&M this year. They just launched a newly expanded sports collection! This push-up sports bra is what really got me all gaga over the collection in the first place. I'm a pretty flat-chested lady, something that I used to be pretty self-conscious about growing up. I imagined that I was Madonna and would stuff my Mickey Mouse printed Jockey bra with tennis balls and dance around the living room like a maniac. Life goals man. But I have since then learned to embrace my dainty ant hills. Because being able to go bra-less and totally get away with it on a regular basis is pretty much more than awesome. Bra-less at the gym is usually not an option though. That's just awkward because gym creepers sadly do exist (see me eye rolling as I curl my biceps and shoot eye darts at anyone trying to knock me off my gym game with their creeper stare). Sports bras are actually my favorite part of getting dressed for the gym! It's fun to know you have something super bright and funky on underneath your basic gym gear. This sports bra from H&M is sleek and simple, but up close it's everything but basic. It's like a sporty version of a wonder bra. Adjustable in the back and with just the right amount of molded curve to give a girl like me a little extra something while she twerks it on the elliptical. Sometimes it's fun to actually pretend you have boobs.

I try to make it to the gym at least 2-3 times a week and I'm always pretty casual when it comes to attire. I go to sweat and release energy, not impress. It's not like there's really anyone cute at my gym to get dressed up for anyways, but you know what, getting dressed up for YOURSELF can just about be the best thing you can do for yourself at the gym. The saying "You feel good when you look good" really is true. No matter who is or who isn't looking at you.

See and shop more from H&M's new sporty collection:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Epic Rays


Three Floor jacket
Yosi Samra // SHOP SIMILAR
O'Neill beanie
MORO TRAN leather purse 

A quick nearly-end-of-week outfit post for those who appreciate the impeccable combination of sun flares and bougainvillea. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chinatown Moments

I've always drawn to the colors and culture represented in the Chinatowns of the world. So diverse yet so directed. So vibrant and pulsing with life of the young and new, yet respectful of its past heritage and those who built it up. The steady flow of grandparents and grandchildren united all in one place. A flow only broken up by the footsteps of tourists and one time visitors. Knick knacks and things with no more meaning to them than the cartoon on its package or knick knacks and things with meaning that runs deeper than the root of even the largest potted Chinese bamboo tree. The smell of fish on the sidewalk fighting against the smell of fresh baked breads and red bean buns. That against the smell of cigarettes from the stumbled in hipsters exploring from Downtown LA. Instax cameras in hand. A reliable place where I can go to the same restaurant for what seems like the past 15 years and the menu will always be the same. Where my temptations to eat something with a weird, unpronounceable name and where my taste for all that is spicy, burning hot and tear-inducing can be thoroughly fulfilled. A place where I feel both a stranger but also just a regular. A place where I can enjoy with my eyes, ears, nose and fingertips the colors and curves and just be inspired by that.

Photos by me

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sun Drenched For Life


Blessed Are the Meek leather pants // SHOP SIMILAR
AG Jeans denim shirt// SHOP HERE
Wildfox sunglasses // SHOP HERE
Sabrina SL choker

There's no place like . . . In n' Out. Okay, so let me tell you . . . I really can't get enough. Had it more than just a few times back in California during my last trip. Anthony Bourdain really got it right when he laid down the simple and straight up facts that there really is no better composition than that of an In n' Out burger. Animal style, of course. Currently, it will haunt my dreams until I get my ass back to the west coast. Hopefully sooner than later. Funny enough, the first burger that I actually ever ate was an In n' Out burger when I was 15 years old. Before then, I never ate beef and I wasn't even a vegetarian. The look of it just always freaked me out (weird I know). But obviously that changed one very, very hungry day. In this situation, all I can say is thank goodness for peer pressure. Oh, and the outfit . . . after contemplating these pictures during the creation of this post, I for some reason feel like it's a modern day version of Rosie the Riveter's. And in her respect, I applaud my right to eat an In n' Out burger whenever I like (at least when I'm on the best coast). And I will never give in to Shake Shack. (The Pepsi cup is from Costco BTW, another indulgence of mine lol). 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Beauty Files | Sunday Riley

I'm a huge fan of discovering and testing out new products that can shake up my skincare routine in a progressive way. One of my latest and brightest finds in this department is the luxury skincare brand Sunday Riley. I have been regularly using their Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer for two weeks and already my skin has seen a positive difference. It's almost as if my skin can actually breathe more! This super sheer primer feels extremely lightweight, with just the tiniest splash of color that still seems to cover up any extra redness I have. I slasher a light layer of it over my daily moisturizer and then just finish off with some concealer for a simple weekend face. This might seem a little too bare for most, but I always believe that the most important part of feeling good about the way you look starts with the foundation of your skin. Once you have that, everything else is just extra. Maybe just a quick curl of the lashes and a filled-in brow, that's it. 

A bonus of this tinted primer is that it is fortified with Rejuvenox, an antioxidant complex that helps oxegenize and plump up the skin by reducing and neutralizing the amount of free radicals that cause damage and aging. Hey, I'm all for that! I love science!

Check out some of the other Sunday Riley products that I have been using lately, as well :)