Archive for November 2011

Through My Lens

November 30, 2011

Just wanted to share some personal news today. I've opened my photography print shop on Etsy. For the next two weeks I will be offering a 20% discount and free domestic US shipping. Please do stop on over and check it out. And if you like what you see, please spread the word.  I specialize in floral and botanical photos and also vignette images of my dollies and special muses Rena and Ian. Aren't they just darling? They will get their own dedicated post in the coming days. New prints will be added regularly. The shop is linked above and I've also added an Etsy link to my sidebar for easy access. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

Eye Candy : Zhou Xun for Vogue

November 29, 2011
Zhou Xun dons a feathery Emilio Pucci dress for the cover Vogue China and looks lovely in red for the accompanying pictorial. The acclaimed diminutive actress/singer with the husky voice was recently appointed as an ambassador for the Chanel brand. Karl Lagerfeld noted her strong fashion sense and described Zhou as "a synthesis of a young Coco Chanel and Ballet Troupe Zizi Jeanmaier."

Cook : Cacio E Pepe

November 28, 2011

I'm a big fan of simple recipes consisting of a few choice ingredients that are typically in my pantry anyway especially when they taste as good as this elemental Roman pasta dish. Cacio e Pepe is literally "cheese and pepper" pasta. It gets a hit of spiciness from the cracked black pepper toasted in olive oil and it's creaminess & robust flavor from the pecorino romano. You can also mix in some fresh parmesan if you want. I usually follow this recipe and cut it in half for two 4 oz. servings. It's great on it's own or served with a side of roasted veggies.

Eye Candy : Yoo Ji Tae and Kim Hyo Jin for Harper's Bazaar

November 25, 2011
Soon to be married celebrity couple Yoo Ji Tae and Kim Hyo Jin recently posed for a wedding themed pictorial for Harper's Bazaar. The two who have been openly dating for 4 years actually met 9 years ago on an advertising shoot and this is only the first photo shoot they've done together since. Yoo Ji Tae who is best known for his role in Oldboy spoke glowingly about his model turned actress bride-to-be, confessing that he used to look at pictures from their first shoot together for encouragement and sincerely hoped that they would collaborate again on a photo shoot in another 9 years. Their wedding is set for December 2 which also happens to be the couple's dating anniversary. All the best to them!

Covet : Piaget

November 23, 2011

I'm loving and totally coveting this Piaget Creative Collection Limelight Garden Party ring. The exquisite white gold tourmaline and diamond creation is inspired by a cupcake. Just how delicious is that?

Eye Candy : Shin Min Ah for Rag & Bone

November 22, 2011
Everyone's favourite Gumiho, Shin Min Ah is the first Asian celebrity to join the ongoing D.I.Y. project of fashion label Rag & Bone. The concept of the project has each of it's models interpreting the brand in her own way and is photographed sans hair & make-up, stylist, and professional lighting. Her photos which were taken in Busan came out looking pretty fantastic. I think Cha Dae Woong would approve. Shin becomes the eighth model for the campaign which has previously featured models, including, Lily Aldridge, Karolina Kurkova, Carolyn Murphy, Sasha Pivovarova, and more. The rest of her photos and video from the project can be found on Rag & Bone's D.I.Y. page.

T.O.P and Chuck Bass : Celebrity Lookalikes?

November 21, 2011

Okay so it might just be me but I've long thought that Big Bang rapper T.O.P bears a certain resemblance to Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl aka Ed Westwick. It's probably not so much that they share the same features but something in their overall appearance, character and manner.  It's no wonder that I happen to think that Chuck is the most attractive male character on the fictional Upper East Side. If they ever decide to do an Asian re-make of Gossip Girl, I know who I'd cast as Chuck Bass.

Through My Lens

November 18, 2011
"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus

Style Wise : Club Monaco Pre-Spring 2012 Look Book

November 17, 2011
Winter is just nipping at the doorstep and Club Monaco is already prepping their pre-spring 2012 collection to hit the shelves in January. I'm totally fine with skipping past the frost of winter onto the crispness of pre-spring. I haven't been feeling Club Monaco's styles for quite some time but just looking at the muted prints and subtle color palette of these wearable styles is chasing some of the winter chill away already. These are some of the looks I liked in particular. The rest can be viewed here.

Eye Candy : Park Jin Hee for InStyle

November 15, 2011
The theme of this shoot with actress Park Jin Hee is supposed to be a lovely woman on a warm autumn afternoon. She certainly does look lovely though I'm not really feeling the autumn vibe. The lace detail on that blazer is totally fabulous.

Style Wise : Jenny Packham Bridal

November 14, 2011
Since I'm closing in on another wedding anniversary in a few months, it's not like I'll be getting married anytime soon but that doesn't stop me from admiring wedding dresses especially when they're as stunning as these from British designer Jenny Packham's Bridal Fall 2012 collection. Thanks to the vintage inspired styling and ornate embellishments these gowns are so exquisitely feminine and delicate. These are just a few of my favorites. I'm partial to sleeves cause my own dress had lace cap sleeves. The rest is here.

Eye Candy : Kim Sun Ah for W

November 11, 2011
It can be easy to forget how attractive Kim Sun Ah really is since she has had to downplay her looks for more than a few acting roles. Here she epitomizes understated elegance modeling Emporio Armani’s fall/winter watch collection for W.

Through My Lens

November 10, 2011
"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."
~ Jonathan Swift

Style Wise : Rebecca Minkoff

November 9, 2011

I have a tendency to be rather lazy when it comes to switching up my handbags so I generally end up wearing the same one for at least a month before changing it up. Since I'm not carrying my DSLR around as much these days, I've been into cross body styles again and totally rediscovered my love for my Rebecca Minkoff Vixen bag. With all it's pockets, the bag is super functional and it looks great with any outfit or coat. It can also be converted to a shoulder style as well. So I think I just might be sticking with this one for awhile longer...

Eye Candy : Han Ga In for InStyle

November 8, 2011
Actress Han Ga In channels 70's retro glam in this pictorial shot in Paris for InStyle Korea.  There seem to be a number of spreads with a Parisian backdrop lately. Wonder if they ran into Lee Dong Wook. I'm really liking her makeup and big floppy hat.

Covet : Jewelmint Silver Zip Bracelet

November 7, 2011

I'm absolutely loving this Jewelmint Silver Zip Bracelet. I just wish it were sized smaller for my crazy dainty wrists which aren't even 6". I happen to like my bracelets to be somewhat fitted and not that I really want bigger wrists but it would be nice if it was easier to find bracelets that don't totally fall all over my hand. Le sigh...

Eye Candy : Lee Dong Wook for Esquire

November 4, 2011
Happy Friday!  Lee Dong Wook, Paris, Esquire Korea, enough said...

Dine Out : Torrisi Italian Specialties

November 3, 2011
It's a good thing I was made aware of how to secure a spot for the dining experience at Torrisi Italian Specialties before actually having dinner there last week. The much vaunted tiny Nolita eatery which operates as a sandwich counter for lunch does not take traditional reservations. Instead they start taking names at the door at 5:30pm for their three nightly dinner seatings at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 and these go quickly. For reference, the line was about nine people deep when I arrived there at 4:45 and there were at least double that number behind me by 5:30. Their $50 pp prix fixe which changes daily consists of five courses of homestyle Italian-American fare with a contemporary nod. The constants from what I understand would be the thick slabs of garlic toast accompanied by warm house made mozzarella that commence the meal and the finale of palate cleansing ices (lemon flavor on my visit) and selection of Italian pastries. The only decision you're tasked with as a diner is your entrĂ©e selection. We had a choice between cod and duck. Everything else will be brought to your table. Just be aware that there are no substitutions. The food was both hearty and tasty. My only complaint would be that more than a few dishes were a touch too salty. The mozzarella just might've ruined all other mozzarella for me and the rainbow cookies were delectably moist and bursting with more almond flavor than any other I've had before. Though we enjoyed our meal, I'm not sure I would do it again. However we do want to return for lunch and try their sandwiches which I've heard are superb. I wish I could've taken better pictures but they have a no photography policy so I had to snap quickly and discreetly. The restaurant is currently undergoing renovations and expanding the existing space and it looks like their policies and menus may also be going through some changes when that happens.

250 Mulberry Street (Prince & Spring)
New York City

Eye Candy : Han Hyo Joo for Harper's Bazaar

November 2, 2011
Han Hyo Joo is one actress whose star has really been on the rise in the past couple of years.  Shedding her usual bright and happy image, she exudes a sense of mature femininity in this shoot for the November issue of Harper's Bazaar Korea. She totally looks like she could be Song Hye Gyo's sister in the last pic.

Lee Seung Gi Tonight

November 1, 2011

Lee Seung Gi's new album Tonight is now available on iTunes.  With everything he does these days, it's sometimes easy to forget that he started out as a singer.  While his music isn't anything groundbreaking, it's easy on the ears and he has a great voice. Oh yeah, he just happens to pretty cute as well.

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