Category Archives: Style & Beauty

17 April 2014

Nouveau Grunge


Have you ever heard of Poshmark? A friend recommended it to me and I’m hooked! It’s an app/website where you can sell your used or new clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories. I’ve recently cleaned out my closet so I tried selling some of my clothes through this system. I’ve made about $300 so far which is way more than what I would make at a yard sale or even at Buffalo Exchange. Some of my clothes I own I haven’t really worn so selling it for $1-$3 isn’t worth it sometimes. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?


One of the items I purchased from a seller on Poshmark are these Doc Martens. I thought it was appropriate to tie a plaid flannel around my waist on my first time wearing these boots. I never got into the trend of tying a flannel around your waist but I found it to be a good way to add some shape to a simple t-shirt dress. The triangle necklace is a piece that I made and part of a not-so-secret project that I’ve been working on. Stay tuned for that!


And here’s a closer look at the necklace. I’m excited to share more of this project with you all very soon.


2 April 2014

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair “Conditioner”


Lately, my life has consisted of work, half marathon training, Netflix and emptying out my closet. With the many things that make us busy in life I put my hair on the back burner. I haven’t had a cut in about 7 months so it is was time for a little bit of TLC.

As suggested by a handmade soap maker, apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is a great way to soften your hair. Naturally, I didn’t believe her. Vinegar…in my hair?! What? So right after my brief encounter with her beautiful and natural soaps and shampoo bars at a local flea market, I ran (but really I drove) to the closest Sprout’s and picked up a huge bottle of Bragg’s. When I got home, I did a bit of research on how to use this stuff in my hair. I created a basic mixture that I found online but after using this for a few weeks, I came up with my own recipe that works for my own hair.


At first, it took me a while to get used to having the vinegar smell in my hair but once it dried, it went away. I use this mixture about 2-3 times a week when I wash my hair at night. I try not to use it in the morning in case I’m rushing out the door and I don’t have time for a quick blow dry. I make a jars worth of the “conditioner” and keep it in my shower for the week. I also put some in a spray bottle to use as a detangler on days when my hair needs a bit of help untangling.


For the conditioner or detangler:
Mix 3 parts of filtered water with 1 part organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. I added a couple drops of lavender essential oil to help with the smell and because lavender oil also conditions the hair.

How to use:
For the conditioner, pour it all over your hair and scalp after shampooing. Make sure not to get it in your eyes. Trust me, it stings! Leave it in your hair for a couple of minutes while you wash your face, brush your teeth, etc. Or you can just stand there in wait. Whatever floats your boat!

So the question most of you are probably wondering – does it really work? Yes! For me, it’s the best conditioner I’ve ever used. I saw a major change in my hair immediately. I also tested it after using Lush’s BIG shampoo, which is probably the most drying shampoo ever, and it worked better at conditioning my hair than the conditioner I usually use. My hair was shinier, softer and it felt cleaner. The ACV also helps remove build-up in my hair and scalp that I get from hair products that I use daily. If you can’t handle the smell of vinegar, this might not be for you. But for those who are looking for a natural conditioner for your hair, give this a shot! My friend also says that she uses this as a shampoo replacement and she doesn’t suffer from dry hair anymore.

If any of you have tried it, let me know what you think! Also share your own recipes and let me know what works for you.

26 March 2014

Let’s Fly Away



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Cardigan (Boutique Shop), Top (, Belt (Michael Kors), Mom Jeans (BDG), Sandals (Nine West), Bag (Kate Spade)

Finding things to do outside of Los Angeles has been something that Christian and I are currently working on. I found a Groupon for a plane museum a couple of months ago and since Christian has a huge interest in WWII planes, buying the Groupon was a no-brainer. It’s amazing to see how advanced the engineering was back in the 1940’s. They even restored some of the planes so that they could fly again. We were able to go into one of the planes, a B-17 Flying Fortress. Although the plane itself wasn’t in combat, it was interesting to see what they used during the war.

10 February 2014

Red Envelopes


We had a small family get-together last weekend to celebrate my cousin’s birthday and it happened to also be the weekend of Chinese New Year. We all got red envelopes!


This sweater has been my go-to lately. It’s so comfortable and I love how it drapes.


Top & Sweater (Forever 21), Shorts (Zara), Boots (Dolce Vita), Purse (Thrifted), Watch (Timex), Necklace & Bracelets (Handmade)

This purse I thrifted a few years back and I still love it. Chain + quilted pattern + tassels. It’s timeless.


Jacket (Urban Outfitters), Crop Top (American Eagle), Jeans (BDG), Shoes (Chinese Laundry)

Aaaand the little lady behind the camera this time around – my little sister.

7 January 2014

Polka Dots for Prosperity



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My grandma always told me to wear polka dots on New Year’s. I never knew why…I just thought it was one of our crazy New Year’s traditions. We were watching TFC (The Filipino Channel) at my grandma’s house on New Year’s day and the people on TV were wearing polka dots too. So I asked my good ol’ pal, Google. It’s actually a Filipino superstition. Supposedly, if you wear polka dots or anything round on New Year’s day it means that you will have a year of prosperity since the circles are the same shape as coins. My only polka dot shirt was in the laundry so I wore something from my wardrobe that’s the closest to polka dots. My sweater has a circular pattern on the back – that counts right?

On me: Sweater (Nordstrom Rack), Earrings (Flea Market), Jeans (American Eagle), Boots (Report Signature)

On my sister: Sweater (Cotton On), Shirt (Swap Meet), Necklace (H&M), Coated Pants (Zara), Boots (Hautelook), Polka Dot iPhone 5 case (Incase)

On my cousin: Polka Dot Shirt (Urban Outiftters), Shorts (H&M), Boots (3.1 Phillip Lim for Target), Gold Watch (Bulova)