May 27, 2015
May 25, 2015
I clean out my closet twice a year and with this particular spring cleaning I've been a little more discriminating than usual as there have been a number of items I've held onto for awhile. Some pieces are like rediscovered treasures which I'm happily wearing again but there are also some things I probably won't due to fit or style. I've sold designer pieces and things in good or like new condition through Thredup and I also donated two bags to Goodwill. It feels liberating to purge and free up some room. I've also determined that I'll be shopping my own closet from now on and if I add anything, it will probably be something classic that I can still wear in the future. Some of my favorite pieces now are like 6 - 8 years old.
The title of this flowchart is a little explicit but the the advice is practical and useful. When's the last time you cleaned out your closet?
Happy Memorial Day to my friends in the US today. Let us be thankful as we honor and remember those who bravely made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for those who still serve.
Graphic via Bobella
May 22, 2015
I liked this Elle Korea editorial with Kim So Yeon, Jung Kyung Ho and Yoon Hyun Min when I first saw it but had no context for featuring it then. But that was before we started watching the Korean drama Falling For Innocence in which these three star. And I'm looking forward to it's ending this weekend. The plot isn't all that original as far as Asian dramas go but somehow we got sucked in. Jung Kyung Ho plays ruthless businessman Kang Min Ho who discovers his humanity and love after he gets a second chance at life through a heart transplant. He starts to change as he experiences cellular memory syndrome which can pass on certain characteristics, habits and memories of an organ donor to a recipient. Kim So Yeon is the woman his heart loves and Yoon Hyun Min is his business and romantic rival. I've been a fan of Kim So Yeon since All About Eve. She is consistently excellent in everything I've seen her in and this is no exception. She even manages to still look fresh and pretty throughout the live shooting process when others start showing signs of wear. I wasn't really familiar with Jung Kyung Ho or Yoon Hyun Min's work though I did read that they're actually good friends in real life who've acted together a few times before most notably in Heartless City. Jung Kyung Ho has been impressive in his portrayal of the progression of his character. I like that they didn't have him turn into a completely different person instead he finds another side of himself. I hated the way Min Ho was so rough with Kim Soon Jung in the beginning but at least he realizes this and tries to make up for it later which is quite endearing. The way they styled him in this pictorial is very similar to his character especially in the photos where he has a denim jacket layered under a velvet blazer and his hair looks the same at the start of the show. I wish they kept it that way cause this style works well on him. The first pic of So Yeon and Kyung Ho really rocks and her Sandro lace top is fabulous! If you're interested in Falling For Soon Jung, you can watch it online on Dramafever or Viki.
May 20, 2015
Maman is a charming café/bakery on Centre Street that I've been frequenting quite often especially lately. The rustic and eclectic space with whitewashed brick walls and distressed wood floors is quaintly decorated with bunny figurines, vintage photos and mix and match ceramics. The back dining room has the comfort of sitting in someone''s chic French country style home which is apt since "maman" means mother in French. With Michelin starred French chef Armand Arnal in charge, the food is solid as well. The menu features a revolving selection of family inspired French and American home cooking recipes. Savory options include quiches, salads, sandwiches, soups and seasonal specials like ratatouille, lasagna and shepherd's pie. Everything I've tried (see below for pics) has been fresh and delicious. I've noticed that a number of their daily offerings are usually vegetarian friendly as well. The bakery serves up an assortment of breads and pastries throughout the day and they're well known for a most delicious chocolate chip cookie. I can't attest to it since I don't really eat cookies but my friends who've tried it say it's pretty darn good. I have broken my ban on sweets for their Nutella madeleines and it's worth it! They serve Toby's Estate Coffee and Sloane Tea and these beverages come in the prettiest printed cups. I'm a fan of their matcha almond lattes and I'm looking forward to trying it cold as the weather warms up. The staff is usually friendly though there can be some frenzy during the lunch rush. You can dine in or take out so if you happen to be in the neighborhood, I'd recommend stopping by.
239 Centre Street (Grand & Broome)
New York City
Monday - Friday : 7am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday : 9am - 6pm
May 18, 2015
The last Chanel exhibit I viewed in New York was a celebration of The Little Black Jacket and if you follow me on Instagram, you might know that this past weekend we checked out No. 5 in a New Light, a pop-up exhibition in Chelsea dedicated to the impressive 94 year heritage of Chanel's classic fragrance. This is an innovative, interactive journey guided by the senses through the processes of creation, cultivation, composition, abstraction and revelation that reveals the iconic scent in a completely new light.
Even though it was a free event, an online timed ticket reservation system was set up for entry. We were greeted by well groomed men in suits as soon as we approached the entrance on 14th and Tenth who quickly found our reservations and checked us in on their iPads. Inside another suited attendant welcomed us with a quick overview before sending us on our tour. As we made our way through, we listened to the wisdom of Gabrielle Coco Chanel, waved our hands over virtual pools of jasmine and rose petals to learn about how the flowers were picked, interacted with light discs to produce musical notes that conveyed fragrance notes and peered through a 3D sculpture of a No. 5 bottle. We were then encouraged to create custom postcards with rubber stamps that would be sent to family and friends. I made three. At the end there was an introduction to Chanel No. 5 Eau Première which is a modern interpretation of the original No. 5 that is lighter, fresher and more delicate. It was a really cool experience which I'll be sharing with you here. I apologize in advance for the image overload but this is the tightest edit I could get to that properly translates the spirit of the exhibition.