Archive for December 2011

Eye Candy : Kim Sun Ah, Lee Dong Wook, et al for High Cut

December 27, 2011
Hope everyone who celebrated had a most magical Christmas. Mine was just great and I'm not quite ready for the good times to end so I'm extending the holiday through this week and enjoying it all just a little while longer. In the meantime, entertainment artists from Korea's King Kong management agency recently got together to shoot this festive pictorial for High Cut magazine. That's some pretty people in elegant party wear. Enjoy your last week of 2011 and I will try to catch up with you all soon! 

Happy Holidays

December 23, 2011

Thank you so much for your kindness and the time you've spent here with me!
May the happiness and cheer of the holiday season be yours through the new year!

Eye Candy : Su Ae with Dolce & Gabbana for Vogue

December 22, 2011
Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana recently opened a flagship shop in the Cheongdam province of South Korea. They also made time to shoot a Vogue pictorial with actress Su Ae who is currently appearing in the Korean drama, A Thousand Days' Promise. The contrast of the glamourous clothes and makeup against the deconstructed newsprint covered backdrops is pretty cool.

Style Crush : Sandra Bullock

December 21, 2011

Sandra Bullock looked smokin' hot rocking a body conscious Alexander McQueen black satin suit cinched with a sculpted belt at the New York premiere of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. A nude lace top kept the plunging neckline decent while a sparkly clutch and chunky rings completed the look. Her makeup consisted of smoky eyes and a berry lip and her sleek locks coordinated with the sleekness of her outfit. She plays it safe sometimes but it's nice to see her totally working this edgier yet sophisticated look.

Through My Lens : Rena

December 20, 2011
"Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you."
~ Elsie de Wolfe

I just love this quote! More about Rena, my doll and photography muse pictured here in a future post. Let's just say that I like to live out my fantasies of laying around in pretty clothes while eating macarons through her. And those are mini Pierre Hermé macarons by the way.

Eye Candy : Louis Vuitton Spring 2012

December 19, 2011

Louis Vuitton's 2012 Spring Campaign is sweet like candy. Photographer Steven Meisel captures Daria Strokous and Kati Nescher adorned in frothy pastel outfits paired with confectionery like accessories enjoying sundaes at a luxurious pink ice cream parlor. These ultra girly whimsical images are fitting given the pretty and lacey spring collection that LV trotted out on the runway complete with a dreamy carousel centerpiece. I'm finding myself needing a dose of spring since the frigid chill of winter seems to have officially arrived in New York this past weekend.

Eye Candy : Chen Kun, Kwai Lun Mei and Mavis Fan for Esquire

December 16, 2011
I have to admit I love it whenever Chen Kun has a new film coming coming out cause it pretty much guarantees there will be a stream of pictorials tied to his promotional activities. I mean, more photos of Chen Kun is never really a bad thing. He is joined by two of his co-stars from The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, Kwai Lun Mei and Mavis Fan for this Esquire China editorial. Unlike his edgier Men's Uno cover/pictorial, these photos are more languidly urbane. l'm quite liking the monochrome and the trio's sculpted coiffures. Kwai Lun Mei is totally rocking those shaved sides.

Food & Drink : Macaron

December 15, 2011

From Wikipedia: A macaron is a sweet confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. It's name is derived from an Italian word "maccarone" or maccherone". This word is itself derived from ammacare, meaning crush or beat, used here in reference to the almond past which is the principal ingredient. It is meringue-based: made from a mixture of egg whites, almond flour. The confectionery is characterized by it's smooth domed top, ruffled circumference (referred to as the "foot"), and flat base. It is mildly sweet and easily melts in the mouth.

Style Crush : Diane Kruger

December 14, 2011

I've always felt that Diane Kruger has a real knack for channeling old Hollywood glamour. Here she kicks the little black dress up a notch in a Miu Miu silk crepe midi length dress beautifully detailed with three quarter floral embroidered sleeves, a keyhole back and ribbon belted waist.  She accessorizes with an oversized Miu Miu clutch in brown suede and black strappy Jimmy Choo Louisa sandals. Her softly waved hair and flawless makeup completes this picture of knockout retro-ladylike elegance.

Shoe Crush : Miu Miu

December 13, 2011
These sparkly Miu Miu Mary Janes are seriously fabulous! I want!

Eye Candy : Song Hye Kyo for Vogue

December 12, 2011
Paris seems to be quite the popular destination for pictorial shoots lately. Not that I really mind. Like Lee Dong Wook and Han Ga In, Song Hye Kyo also lights up the city of lights with this stunning editorial for Vogue. The image taken on the iconic staircase of 31 Rue Cambon, the apartment belonging to the legendary Coco Chanel is probably my favorite. What sets it apart is how this editorial series dramatically highlights the beauty of Paris by night. The cobblestone streets and one of the famous fountains at the Place de la Concorde are getting quite the glamorous lift. It's likely this shoot took place back in October when the actress/model attended the Chanel Couture show at the personal invitation of Karl Lagerfeld himself.

Through My Lens

December 9, 2011

Just a little update on my Etsy print shop. I've added ten more prints and doubled my inventory this week. Amazingly I don't actually just photograph flowers and my dolls though it may seem that way.  In real life, I photograph people the most and the food that I eat haha. So in the ten days I've been in business, I've made six sales already ~ three through Etsy and three direct sales. I should mention that I can also accept direct orders and custom requests. The 20% off and free shipping on US orders promotion will be running through 12/13. The link to my shop is on my sidebar. Thanks and have a most lovely weekend!

Eye Candy : Chen Kun for Men's Uno

December 8, 2011
Actor Chen Kun covers China's Men's Uno magazine. His latest film The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate will be released in Asia next week. Chen Kun happens to be a favorite of mine so I always look forward to seeing him in anything. He's not only an incredible actor with the most expressive and soulful eyes but also an accomplished singer possessing a most mellifluous voice. On top of all that he's just positively gorgeous in an otherworldly kind of way. Okay I'm done gushing now.

Dine Out : Le Bernardin

December 7, 2011

The hubster and I recently lunched at the famed Le Bernardin restaurant in celebration of his birthday. Everything from the recently renovated sleek yet elegantly appointed dining room to the impeccably attentive and pleasantly informative service was exactly what we expected from the four star fine dining establishment that it is. The options for lunch are a $45 three course City Harvest Menu with $5 from very meal donated to the City Harvest charity, a $70 three course Prix-Fixe and an eight course Chef's Tasting Menu for $190. Eight courses is just too much for us especially at lunch so we both opted for the three course prix-fixe at $70 which gave us a chance to experience a range of flavors as well as textures. The food service was well paced, the presentation artful and the portion sizes were spot on. It's been said that Chef Eric Ripert is peerless at elevating seafood to an art and I can definitely understand why now. All in all, a stellar culinary experience and one which we look forward to repeating some time in the future.

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Style Wise : J. Crew Collection Winter Look Book

December 6, 2011
J. Crew can pretty much do no wrong in my book lately and these classically chic and sophisticated looks from their J. Crew Collection 2011-2012 Winter Holiday Look Book have me oohing and aahing. I'm loving the dichotomy of the very Chanel-esque shimmer tweed Cherie jacket paired with slim cropped twills and New Balance sneakers and I can totally picture enjoying afternoon tea in the ladylike medallion jacquard shell and tuxedo pants. This seasonally updated ranged of limited edition pieces features exquisite designs in luxurious fabrics. The rest of the look book is here.

Interiors : Dream Kitchen

December 5, 2011
Gorgeous turquoise ceilings and a stainless steel backsplash to die for.  Swoon I'm like so in love!

via Curbly

Eye Candy : Won Bin for CHRIS.CHRISTY

December 2, 2011
Actor Won Bin (The Man From Nowhere) is the face of the CHRIS.CHRISTY 2011 FW Campaign.  Full collection here.

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