It’s All in the Details

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Top: Talula | Skirt: Yesstyle | Flats: J.Crew (Similar Here) | Earrings: Bauble Bar

It’s been a while since my last post, two months to be exact! I want to say that life just got super crazy (which it did, I mean you guys my hair is purple now. If that isn’t a quarter life crisis I don’t know what is.) but really, I just got lazy. At first it was finals, and then I just wanted to enjoy the two weeks of summer without school, and then school started again, and THEN I realized I was just making excuses to put off the guilt about neglecting my blog.

It’s so easy to get into a rut with bad habits, for me it’s a constant struggle. Am I falling behind on school work? On this blog? Have I been to the gym at least two times this week? Am I logging my meals on MFP? Why haven’t I finished that book I’ve been meaning to read for two weeks? Have I been neglecting my friends lately? Am I spending enough time with my family? It’s so easy to fall into a shame spiral and feel guilty because you aren’t doing enough. But really, who’s to say what’s enough? Can a person realistically do well in school, blog consistently, work out four days a week, eat clean and healthy, read extracurricular book recommendations, spend quality with friends and family AND stay sane? I think you would have to be super human to pull that off. It’s about balance. Maybe this week I’ll only get to the gym once, or maybe I’ll buy lunch at school one day instead of making it, maybe I won’t see my friends, or I won’t be able to post. But that’s okay, I’ll get to it next week. Or the week after that. As long as I get to it, the little things can fall by the wayside and wait a little bit.

Sometimes I need to stop a take a breath and remember that it’s okay to let one of the little things slide and take some time to regroup. Maybe this week I’ll go really crazy and read a book I actually want to read.

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Photos by the lovely Kaoverii Marapon

Down the Rabbit Hole

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It has been so incredibly hot in Vancouver the past few days, which is all kinds of amazing. I was born in Hong Kong and spent the first six years of my life there, the city is great culturally, but climate wise? It’s a subtropical location: it’s super humid and summer days are regularly in the high 30’s. So I have completely embraced the Vancouver heat, because it is just lovely compared to the sweltering weather in Hong Kong.

However, that doesn’t mean I’m not susceptible to the heat. Dressing appropriately in the summertime is definitely higher up on my list of priorities than dressing appropriately in the winter. Who wants to end up all sticky and gross as soon as they leave the house? These joggers from Community are the perfect summer pants, they are so breezy and comfortable. I love it when pants are put together for real life but feel like sweatpants. I mean, seriously is there anything better? Pure love.

Speaking of love, I am obsessed with this scrunchie I got from Front and Company. I mean first of all, it’s a scrunchie. I haven’t owned a scrunchie since 1998, and right now I’m not sure why that is. I think we should bring back the days when we had a scrunchie in our hair and three on our wrists, doubling as bracelets. Then again, if we’re going there we should also bring back bonnebelle flipglosses (so cool because they looked like lighters, right?!) and haphazardly smearing grape scented glitter all over our faces because that was the look. (Well, nobody said it was a good look.) Second of all, the little wire bow on it is too cute. They kind of look like little bunny ears which the sanrio-superfan in me adores. Full disclosure you guys, I have a hoodie from this HK company called Bros Products and it is one big kawaii mess. It’s almost cape like it structure with letterman jacket influences, covered in polka dots on the back with this pink cartoon sheep rabbit baby (?) on the front and the hood has bunny ears. So yeah, I look fully crazy when I wear it outside. So I guess my point is that this cutesie scrunchie is a good balance, it’s bunny ears but it’s not nearly as crazy as some of my other clothes. (I also own a tabby cat onesie with a tail. Why am I public admitting to owning these things? Stahp.)

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Photos c/o Kaoverii Marapon

Photos c/o Kaoverii Marapon

Top: Wilfred | Joggers: Community | Flats: Bloch | Sunglasses: ZeroUV | Scrunchie : Front and Company

Cardamom Panna Cotta

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Seriously you guys, this panna cotta is a dream. It’s luxurious and soft and bursting with flavour, and surprisingly light and healthy. Plus, I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret: it’s dead easy. People are always so impressed when you whip out a panna cotta at the end of a meal because it seems so decadent but honestly? It takes maybe ten minutes to throw together. It’s the perfect make ahead for dinner parties or even just breakfast if you’re feeling as indulgent as I did today! (What? I finished a 15 page paper last night, I deserve to celebrate!)

Cardamom Panna Cotta

makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup whole milk, separated into 3 half cups.
3 cardamoms, pods opened
2 tsp gelatin
3 tbsp sugar

Instructions:
1. Throw 1/2 cup of whole milk and cardamom (pods, seeds, and all) into a small saucepan and heat gently to infuse. When the milk is fragrant and almost simmering, strain out the cardamom seeds and pods.
2. Sprinkle gelatin over another 1/2 cup of milk to soften (5-10 mins)
3. Add gelatin milk to the saucepan with the sugar and heat until gelatin and sugar has dissolved. Do not allow to boil, this will break down the gelatin and your panna cotta won’t set!
4. Remove from heat and add remaining milk, stir to combine.
5. Pour into glasses or bowls, cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
6. Before serving, top with fruit of choice! I went with dragonfruit and blueberries but apricots, pears, plums, and peaches would also be lovely. A sprinkling of crushed pistachios for texture would be tasty too, really anything that won’t overpower the cardamom would be great.

Note: This isn’t a panna cotta you can unmold, it’s far too soft due to the lack of fat and will fall apart. If you wish to serve it that way, use half whole milk and half cream. 

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Photos by Kaoverii Marapon

Dress: Wilfred | Earrings: Love Coco| Shoes: Sam Edelman

Was there ever a film character as iconic as Holly Golightly? Today’s post is a tribute to the original manic pixie dream girl herself, as if it hasn’t been done to death enough lately. (I’m looking at you Gwyneth Paltrow!)

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may also have noticed that this dress is sort of a repeat! I’ve worn it in green here before. It’s such a lovely dress though, so easy to throw on and just look put together and polished. Plus it’s silk so it’s perfectly breezy in the swampy heat we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver and it’s also trapeze shaped, which means I can eat and eat and eat and not worry about a thing. It really is the perfect dress, and it’s on sale right now! There aren’t many left so if you’ve been eyeing it, I’d scoot on over to the Aritzia website quickly!

My one teensy qualm is that it wrinkles heinously as you can tell. It had been stuffed into a bag after a styling project and I kind of thought I would just photoshop out the wrinkles instead of ironing it…and then there were too many. Oops. But then again, I’m pretty sure Holly Golightly wasn’t the type to bother with trivial household chores anyway, right?

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Coming Home

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These photos are almost a month old, and I’ve been totally MIA from this blog for even longer! Life has just been crazy lately, with midterms, papers followed by case studies followed by group projects, work, and most exciting: a wedding! One of my close friends got married over the past weekend and the weeks leading up to it has been just consumed by excitement and peppered with little tasks. Packing for our week long trip to Whidbey Island, making decorations for the ceremony, and other little things here and there.

I’ll be sharing a post in the next couple of days with more details about our mini-getaway, but for now: my Canada Day outfit! (This is almost too embarrassing to post, July 1st feels like it was years ago now) Canada Day in Steveston is a Big Deal. For most of us, it’s more exciting than Christmas! There’s the big salmon festival with a parade and a salmon barbecue, and you can always find somebody you know in the sea of red and white, or better yet: make a new friend with a stranger. Having spent most of my life in Steveston, I had no idea that the rest of Vancouver does not share the intense patriotic spirit until I brought several friends down to Steveston this year. If you’ve never experienced a Canada Day in Steveston, you guys are missing out. There are parties galore. There are keggers on almost every street corner and nobody cares if you just wander into their house to start drinking. Well, some people might care, but in my experience thus far, everybody is just happy to see another maple leaf tattoo covered face.

So I guess what I’m trying to say in this post is that next Canada Day, you should find your most patriotic outfit and come meet me in my neighbourhood for a beer or five.

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Photos by the lovely Kaoverii Marapon

Photos by the lovely Kaoverii Marapon

Dress: Nasty Gal (Similar) | Shoes: Converse All Star Dainty Ox (Similar) | Sunglasses: Forever21

 

On Wednesdays, we wear pink!

 

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photos by Kaoverii Marapon

Dress: Nasty Gal
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Flats: Bloch 

Sometimes wearing a pink dress is enough to make you feel sort of giddy. The same kind of giddy you get from playing with kittens or watching Mean Girls for the 1500th time. That’s kind of the fun of fashion isn’t it? Putting on a different persona and figuring out who you want to be that day, and if maybe you want to adopt a facet of that persona permanently.

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BCBG Dinner at La Pentola, feat. the lovely Jen of Her Waise Choice

I was lucky enough to be invited to dinner this past Saturday with Lubov Azria, the CCO Of BCBGMaxAzria. It was such  fun experience, it was so great to meet Lubov and the rest of the BCBG team, not to mention all the Vancouver area stylists, bloggers, and media personalities who made it out.

It was just what I needed to meet so many strong women who aren’t afraid to do what they love. Even though I have been a redditor for years, I was appalled at the recent exposure that mens rights activists have received from the Santa Barbara tragedy. I’ve always brushed off MRA subreddits like r/TheRedPill, thinking that it was a minuscule pocket of weirdos and basement dwellers and that it wasn’t a big deal. The Isla Vista shooting brought me out of that bubble though, and made me realize that even if it’s just the tiniest percentage of the population, it’s still a problem. However, the unexpected reality check came with more than just men who hate women. In the weeks that followed, I realized that there are also women who hate women, and so called feminists who believe that girls who choose to pursue conventionally feminine paths (such as being stay at home moms, make up artists, hairdressers, stylists etc.) are hurting their movement. It was a sad realization, and it affected me more than I would really care to admit.

However, I believe that the feminist movement should encompass equality and empowerment. Whether I want to be a fashion blogger, a high powered executive, or a carpenter, I should have the right to pursue what I love without judgement or glass ceilings. And if a man wants to pursue a career traditionally held by females, he should have the same rights.

Meeting Lubov and the other Vancouver women of fashion on Saturday made me feel like it was okay that I want to pursue something that others may view as ‘girly’ and ‘silly’, because the most important thing is that it’s what I want. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to do something that makes me happy, and I’m eternally grateful to the women who have paved the way to allow that to happen.

Classics with a Twist

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Photos by Kaoverii Marapon

Photos by Kaoverii Marapon

Shirt: Nasty Gal Jeans: Rag and Bone Shoes: Sam Edelman 

Fantastic Mr. Fox

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As much as I adore all of Wes Anderson’s films, I think The Fantastic Mr. Fox has to be in my top three, if not my favourite one of them all. (The other two in the top three are The Darjeeling Limited and The Royal Tenenbaums, or maybe The Life Aquatic. I mean, who can really pick?) I wish I lived in a Wes Anderson world, the cinematography of his films make me so so happy, I mean (spoiler alert!) Jeff Goldblum getting killed was freaking whimsical in his last movie! At the very least I would like to vacation at the Grand Budapest Hotel or Camp Ivanhoe, I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

I can’t quite put my finger on the reason I like The Fantastic Mr. Fox best, but I suspect it’s a combination of mildly creepy animals, Mrs. Fox’s adorable dress, and George Clooney’s dreamy voice. Today I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes from the film.

“You’re different. We all are–him especially–but there’s something kind of fantastic about that, isn’t there?” – Mrs. Fox

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Sweater: Talula
Skirt: Wilfred
Shoes: Aldo

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Bonus amazing watercolour painting by Jen Tracy! I simply adore her style, and I’ve been talking about dying my hair purple with my hairdresser for a while now, doesn’t this feel almost serendipitous?

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And can you believe Alkionti just whipped this up with a pen? Honestly, these two must have more artistic ability in their pinkies than i do in my entire body.

Everything’s Coming Up (Red & Lacey) Roses

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Sweater: Wilfred
Bralette: Wilfred Free

Pants: Uniqlo
Shoes: Sam Edelman

Oh hello, it’s me finally posting again! Can I just say how happy I am that summer is finally here in Vancouver? Honestly, the weather has been beautiful lately, I love not having to get bundled up into my big scarf and coat every time I want to go outside. I actually shot this outfit back in April with AliciaFashionista but didn’t end up posting it because the 7 jeans I was wearing get SO baggy and it looked sloppy. That day I was freezing in this exact outfit, and last Thursday it was clear skies and the perfect temperature for t-shirt and shorts. Perfect for people like me who don’t understand how to dress for cold weather.

On another weather related note: is it too nice out to wear dark lipstick now? But what if I want to get weird looks from people all year round? Well regardless, I’ve got that covered with this sweater. This was one of my favourite finds at the Aritzia warehouse sale this year, it reminds me of one of my style idols: Vanessa from The Haute Pursuit, who was one of the first fashion bloggers I ever followed. I love her style, it’s edgy, oozing with sex appeal, and she just owns it. Personally, sometimes it’s hard to remember that my body is mine, and mine alone, and I get to dictate what I put on it and nobody should be able to make me feel bad about it. When I wore this sweater to school and people gave me looks and whispered about me, it felt like I was back in high school all over again. Then I remembered that I am super fabulous and that slut shaming is for the petty. I’ll keep wearing what makes me feel good and everyone else can just mind their own business.

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Bonus photo from April by Alicia! Feeling like Wednesday Addams all grown up here.

 

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