Archive for 2012

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays! However you celebrate, I hope you'll be warm, happy and surrounded by love and laughter. I'll be signing off until the new year. Thank you to everyone for sharing this space with me. I'll see you in 2013.

Through My Lens : Holiday Season in NYC

December 20, 2012

The holiday season in New York City is one of the most magical times of the year and one of my favorite holiday activities is to venture to midtown to take in the sights from the tree in Rockefeller Center to the various holiday windows on Fifth Avenue. I brought my camera along to share some of what I saw.

Watch : Goodbye Gossip Girl

December 17, 2012

After a six season run, Gossip Girl comes to a conclusion tonight. From what I've read, the show's ending will feature a few surprises including a flashback, a flash forward and the long awaited revelation of the titular character. My love for Gossip Girl is no secret and I'm both a little sad and relieved for the end. The writing has been a little uneven for the past few seasons making it sometimes hard to watch. What I'd most like to see is a blissful ending for Chuck and Blair who are my favorite characters. So who else will be watching? What are you hoping to see happen? 

For a show that actually filmed in New York, I didn't run into in their sets much except for once during season two in 2009 and then again this past spring. Here are a few pics I was lucky enough to snap. That one of Ed Westwick makes me smile. For the record, I still think he resembles T.O.P from Big Bang.

Pinteresting Things : Holiday Treats

December 13, 2012

Since I can't seem to get enough of Pinterest, I'm starting a new feature, sharing some of my favorite pins in various categories. I'm kicking it off with festive holiday treats I've been ogling lately. How amazing do these Peppermint Milk Eggnog Shots look? You can find these tasty eats and more at my Eats & Treats board on Pinterest. Will you be making any treats this holiday season?

Eye Candy : Gao YuanYuan for Elle

December 10, 2012
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Paris is always a spectacular editorial backdrop and this pictorial with Gao Yuanyuan for Elle China's December issue is no exception. The gorgeously dreamy images atop the majestic Paris Opera House are especially breathtaking. The actress and cover girl remarked that she felt extremely lucky to get a view of the city from this particular vantage point. I mean who wouldn't unless you have a fear of heights maybe.

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Free Glasses for All from Firmoo

December 5, 2012

Before Thanksgiving, I was contacted by, with an offer to send me a free pair of glasses or sunglasses. As a sometimes spectacle wearer, it was too good of an offer to pass up even though I was a little skeptical about being able to find suitable glasses online without trying them on. This led me to their website which I found to be user friendly and well organized. I actually had a hard time choosing frames because there were many styles I liked but was able to narrow down my options using their Virtual Try-On system where you can upload your own photo. The product specifications which clearly list each frame's dimensions were extremely helpful and made it easy to compare the sizes with glasses I already own. I settled on the SD2242 which turned out to be the right choice as the SD2299 that I actually preferred more would've been way too big for my face as the measurements suggested. Their order system was easy to use as well. I opted for a prescription pair and I just needed to enter the information from a copy of my prescription from my eye doctor onto a simple form. I placed my order and 9 days later, my new glasses arrived in the mail. They came in a standard hard protective case along with a cleaning cloth, a soft protective case and a tiny screwdriver with extra screws.

The expedient service was impressive. More importantly, I really like my glasses and the hubster likes them on me too. Even though they were free, the quality definitely doesn't feel inferior to any of my designer frames. I've been wearing them on and off since I received them and haven't had any issues with the frames or non-reflective lenses. The overall experience has been satisfying and I've come to the conclusion that it is possible to buy quality eyewear online. In fact we look forward to ordering a pair for hubster soon. I like my glasses so much that I'm even making a rare cameo appearance to show them off. Please pardon the less than stellar quality photo. It was taken on my iPod Touch.

The Firmoo site offers a wide range of fashionable frames and sunglasses including a selection of designer styles. Their eyewear is incredibly affordable with prices starting at just $8.00. Yes $8.00! That was the actual price of the pair I chose. Now that I know better, I will never drop hundreds of dollars on glasses again. If you're wondering why they can offer such competitive prices which I did, it's because they're an online operation with no overhead that deals directly with manufacturers overseas to pass on the savings. 

Good things are meant to be shared so I should mention that Firmoo has an awesome worldwide First Pair Free program for new customers. You can choose RX or fashion glasses, sunglasses or even safety glasses (googles). All you have to pay is shipping. There's no risk and the price is right so if you'd like to score some free eyewear of your own just visit their siteWith the holidays around the corner, fashion eyeglasses or sunglasses can make a great gift for friends or loved ones. Just saying. 

I'm quite the fan of spectacles that I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to them which includes many lovely bespectacled celebrities like her, herhimhim and him. I don't think they're just for geeks and that they can be a great fashion accessory. Am I the only one?

I received a complimentary pair of eyeglasses from Firmoo for this the purposes of this review. I was not provided any other compensation and all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Interiors : Jessica Stam's Manhattan Apt.

December 3, 2012

I recently came across these images of model Jessica Stam's NYC apartment and marveled at the oasis of feminine glamour that designer Rafael de Cárdenas created for her. The vintage wallcoverings along with the 20th-century furniture and accessories lend a sophisticated and fresh feel to the Hollywood Regency style that is evoked. The jewel toned palette of purples and metallics is coolly elegant and pretty. I'm not sure if I could personally live with this much color but I can certainly admire it. What about you?

Rena & Ian : Sweater Weather

November 28, 2012
On Ian: Sweater: Ken // On Rena : Sweater: Barbie

The weather has taken a turn for the colder side so Ian and Rena are now sporting new sweaters. Rena is just thrilled by how handsome Ian looks in his and he thinks she looks quite pretty in her turtleneck too. They're both really looking forward to the upcoming holiday season and getting to play in the snow.

I was recently a guest on Ivana's fabulous Brunch with a Blogger series. If you haven't visited her terrific blog Macarons and Pearls, you may be missing out. She is a total sweetheart and shares really awesome fashion & lifestyle tips and recipes. Do click on over and check out what's rocking my world.


November 21, 2012

With everything that's happened this year, I feel like nothing should ever be taken for granted and my heart is filled with gratitude for everything wonderful in my life. If you are celebrating tomorrow, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day is filled with family, friends, and all the things that make you happy. Thank you all so much for stopping by, reading, commenting, sending emails and just sharing this space with me! I'll be back with new posts next week.

Eye Candy : Won Bin for Chris.Christy

November 13, 2012

If you've been following our Hurricane Sandy experience, I'm happy to report that our heat and hot water was restored last Friday and things are slowly getting back to normal. Here on the blog, let's get back to some eye candy shall we. Actor Won Bin fronts the 2012 FW Campaign for Korean clothing label CHRIS.CHRISTY. The concept is an impromptu getaway in the middle of the night. I can't believe he hasn't appeared in anything since the hugely successful film The Man from Nowhere in 2010. He must be waiting for the right project. I remember him fondly from Autumn in My Heart which was one of the first Korean dramas I ever watched. Total melodrama! Won Bin, Song Hye Gyo and Song Seung Hun are all such big stars now. I prefer his hair more in last year's campaign but he's still mighty attractive and many people probably wouldn't mind getting away with him. 

Fun Fact: Won Bin is the same age (34) as Psy, the rapper behind the insanely popular Gangnam Style but he sure looks younger doesn't he.

Adventures In The Dark & A Winner

November 6, 2012

Following up from my last post, this was the view uptown from my apt. building that Hurricane Sandy left us with for 4 nights after our power went out last week. The lit skyline in the distance almost felt like it was of a different land rather than the same city. I had a similar feeling as we rode the bus home from midtown and it crossed over 39th Street from business as usual to pitch black and a hush would fall over the entire bus. On Thursday night we were deposited on 23rd Street by our bus driver and informed that he could go no further as it was too dark and deemed dangerous. We thought about hailing a cab but it was only 6:20 so we decided to make our way home by foot. We've done this over 30 block walk many times but never in darkness without the aid of traffic lights. It was a little scary but there were flares set up along the avenue and crossing guards posted at major intersections. The irony was that much of our journey was lit by passing buses going into Brooklyn on the very same route that our downtown bus would've taken and it wasn't too dangerous for them. Let's just say that I was a little fired up at the MTA that evening. Our walk didn't end there as we live on the 10th floor. Going up 10 flights generally wasn't all that bad even though I'm not as fit as when I used to do it everyday but it was killer after our long "stroll". The absolute darkness of the stairwell was seriously eerie though. I always had to listen carefully for people coming for fear that I might scream if someone came up suddenly. My trusty little flashlight helped alot. Isn't it fabulous?

Post Hurricane Sandy Update

October 31, 2012

Hey everyone! Just popped by to say that I won't be able to post or comment for abit. If you haven't heard, the Eastern coast of the US has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. I count myself extremely fortunate in that we did not personally suffer any damage or ill effects even though we did lose our power, water and phone service in Lower Manhattan. While we're waiting for it to be restored, I'm so glad we have a gas stove and many pots filled with water. I've become quite adept at cooking by candlelight and dancing around in the dark to our iPods has been our nightly entertainment. We're also sleeping alot. I haven't been this rested up in awhile. In all seriousness, my thoughts and well wishes go out to those who really suffered and I hope all my East Coast and NYC blogger friends made it through the storm unscathed.

I tagged along with my husband to work today to catch a shower and partake in some power. On the bus, a man asked his female companion where she wanted get off, to which she replied "Where there's power!" Everyone just cracked up. It's nice that we can still laugh.

If anyone is interested in donating to the relief effort, go to or

 photo of NYC in brighter times via rolala loves

Eye Candy : Faye Wong for Harper's Bazaar

October 26, 2012

This could be considered a follow-up to last week's eye candy post of that spectacular black + white editorial in Harper's Bazaar China's 26th anniversary issue. The magazine also features a special double cover along with a vibrant pictorial starring iconic singer/actress Faye Wong photographed by Chen Man. I've always been a fan of Faye Wong's individualized style of music and strong character. With an ardent international fan base, she is one of Asia's biggest celebrities despite not bowing to conventions and being intensely private and indifferent to the media. She is also an actress most well known for Wong Kar Wai's 2046 and Chungking Express which happens to be one of my favorite films.

A Blogiversary & A Giveaway

October 22, 2012

10.06.12 marked the official one year anniversary of rolala loves. I'm thrilled to still be blogging and thank you all for reading, following, commenting and reaching out. I especially appreciate everyone who hung in with me through my health issues this year. The positivity and encouragement I received really helped keep me going during that time. I'm still not quite 100% but getting there. It's been an amazing journey and one I hope to continue on and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with a giveaway.

As this peek at my bookshelf showed, I have a fondness for photography, fashion and design books. A recent addition is 'The Perfectly Imperfect Home' by Deborah Needleman, the former founding editor of Domino magazine (a publication I still miss). It's a terrrific resource that delivers practical decorating advice as well as how to add those finishing touches that imbue character with your personality. What I found refreshing is the emphasis on comfort and function as well as style because as she puts it "Style is a luxury and luxury is simply what makes you happy." The information is presented in a pertinent and witty manner while the charming watercolor illustrations of Virginia Johnson are cheerfully inspiring. The chapter entitled 'Places for Chatting' which includes a guide to basic sofa styles has been particularly relevant as we're in the process of looking to replace ours. An enlightening point is made that one third of our lives are spent in bed with much of the other two thirds spent in seats so therefore sofas and chairs may actually be the most important pieces of furniture in our homes. Goodness should be shared so I'd like to give one lucky reader a chance to add a copy of this book to your collection.

This giveaway is open internationally. 
To enter, just be a GFC or Bloglovin' follower of this blog. 
Leave a comment telling me you want in, how you follow & share your best decorating tip.
This giveaway will be open until Friday November 2nd 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.
A winner will be chosen via Random Number Generator. 
Good luck!


Eye Candy : Une Journée à Paris

October 19, 2012

Harper's Bazaar China celebrates it's 26th anniversary in style with this elegant nostalgic 'Journey to Paris' editorial. A sense of classic sophistication emanates from the vintage ladylike fashions while the retro style images totally harken back to the work of fashion photography greats Richard Avedon and Henry Clarke.

Harper's Bazaar China // October 2012 // Une Journée à Paris // Photographer: Yin Chao
Stylists: Fan Xiaomu & Gugu // Model: Miao Bin Si // Hair: Bon // Makeup: Wang Qian

Through My Lens : Recently

October 16, 2012
A glimpse at my life recently in photos. A visit to the doctor usually isn't so bad if I include a stop at Ladurée. I opted for the Les Incroyables box this time around. Aren't the silver clovers charming? Chocolate Santo Domingo and Rose Bubblegum were the new flavors we tried. The Chocolate Santo Domingo is divine especially if you enjoy dark chocolate. I wasn't as crazy about the marshmallow filling or sweetness of the Bubblegum.
The pretty orchids that we've been enjoying on our dining table thanks to hubby's green thumb and TLC.
My favorite club sandwich in NYC is from Mini Express in the Chinatown Arcade. 
Yes it is a Chinese restaurant and their club sandwich rocks.

Eye Candy : Chen Kun for Van Cleef & Arpels

October 12, 2012

Van Cleef & Arpels recently introduced a contemporary version of their signature Pierre Arpels watch in a campaign lensed by Chen Man featuring Chinese actor Chen Kun. This iconic timepiece was originally created in 1949 by Pierre Arpels for himself. It was initially only reproduced for select members of his social circle and in 1971 was commercially released as part of the Maison Van Cleef & Arpels Watchmaking collection. I'm going to fangirl for just a moment and mention that I am swooning over how handsome Chen Kun looks in these photos.

Through My Lens : Disney World

October 9, 2012

Here are some photos from our recent Disney World vacation. We first visited there on our honeymoon and thought it would be nice to revisit for our 10 year anniversary. It's one of those places where you can just relax, have fun and feel like a kid again. We got incredibly lucky with the weather. Even though it was rather hot we didn't get hit with any rain. The Magic Kingdom was decorated with a festive fall theme. Highlights included colorful parades and various character meetups including Winnie the Pooh and Tigger who we also got to dance with. Hubby bought me pink sequin Minnie Ears which I wore on our park visits. They're quite fab. The "It's a Small World" ride still makes me smile. We enjoyed the night time fireworks display and the artistic candy creations of Miyuki among other things at Epcot. It was awesome to find Babycakes, one of my NYC faves in Downtown Disney. We also attended Cirque du Soleil La Nouba which was excellent.

Eye Candy : Dévoilée

October 5, 2012

I know I promised to share some vacation photos but I just haven't been able to finish editing them so they'll have to wait. In the meantime, here is a gorgeous editorial that I came across recently. These stunning images are an absolute visual dream. The story is entitled Dévoilée which means unveiled.

Numéro // April 2012 // Dévoilée // Photographer: Serge Leblon // Stylist: Sheila Single // Model: Barbara Palvin
Hair: Christian Eberhard // Makeup: Hiromi Ueda // Manicure: Laura Forget // Set Design: Pierre Glanddier


October 2, 2012

Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons because they both feel like they're all about transition and renewal. While the almost summer-like temps in NYC this week would suggest otherwise, the Autumn season has arrived and it's great.

Disney World was fun. It was hot in Florida and I didn't feel sick but once. I'm in the process of editing my photos to share. It's good to be back and I look forward to catching up with everyone soon.

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Rena & Ian : Relaxing at Home

September 21, 2012
On Rena: Dress: Unbranded from eBay // Shoes: Barbie Model Muse
On Ian: Shirt: Twilight Edward doll // Pants: Ken // 1:16 scale watch

Even if they're just chilling on the couch at home, Rena still believes in dressing fabulously down to her shoes. I found this pretty dress on eBay for $1.99. Some of you might recognize the couch from this previous photo of Rena enjoying some Pierre Hermé macarons. It's Jonathan Adler for Barbie as are the side table and vases. Let's just say that Ian defers the decorating decisions to Rena.

I won't be blogging next week since I'll be away visiting my friends Mickey and Minnie at Disney World. The odd nature of my vertigo actually has me feeling better when I'm in motion so I'm looking forward to the rides. Have a splendid weekend/week my lovelies and I'll catch up with you all when I return.

Style Wise : J. Crew Spring 2013 RTW Collection

September 18, 2012

I am totally loving and coveting so many looks from the J. Crew Spring 2013 RTW collection. The line's mix of charming prints, punchy and pastel colors, embroidery and brocade make for some really wearable pieces in my book. And I'm such a fan of their eclectic pattern mixing and signature tomboy meets feminine chic styling. While it's fun to swoon over all the luxurious designer collections, I also like to see what might realistically be making it into my closet come next Spring. These are some of my favorite looks. The rest can be viewed here. What did you think of this collection?

Beauty : Mary Jo Matsumoto 4Free Nail Color

September 13, 2012

I've been wearing Mary Jo Matsumoto's Naked State of Mind nail varnish for a good part of the past month and I'm in love. It's like the prettiest pearly pinkish nude shade. That's it on the right. The formulation is 4FREE which means that it doesn't contain any formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor. I noticed that it doesn't have the strong foul chemical smell of most nail polishes and was impressed with how smoothly and evenly it applied and more importantly the long wear. This polish remained chip-free for over a week and lasted almost 2 weeks which is major for me. I'm quite excited about the new colors that Mary Jo has released for the fall.

The Caffeine Addiction 4FREE Trio which comes in delicious shades of Vanilla Latte Gratification, Coffee Addiction and Mood Altering Mocha will satisfy any neutral lover without the caffeine side effects.

The Laguna Libertine 4FREE collection features three fashion forward colors including Scandalous Lover - a chic wearable red, Bon Mots - a glamourous shimmery gold and Wilde Blue Yonder - a sophisticated shade of cobalt dedicated to Oscar Wilde. 

For those of you not familiar with Mary Jo Matsumoto, she is a fabulously talented designer and a pretty cool lady as well. I would probably say that even if she wasn't a friend. Her blog Trust Your Style is full of stylish inspiration. These lovelies and more are available for sale at her online shop. And I should mention that they do ship worldwide. While you're there, make sure you also check out her luxurious line of handbags, totes and clutches. You can thank me later.

The Sartorialist Exhibit in New York

September 11, 2012

This past Saturday before the weather got ugly, we popped over to Chelsea, had lunch at Old Homestead and then walked the High Line over to check out The Sartorialist exhibit at the Danziger Gallery. The show which is running in tandem with NYFW features images from Scott Schuman's new book The Sartorialist: Closer. His blog on which he documents fashionable street style was the first of it's kind back when he started it and still remains one of the best in the genre. I've always enjoyed his work because the photos are just as much stylish portraits of the subject rather than just a mere record of what that person is wearing. The first two images are my favorites and the one on the left also appears on the book's cover. You might spot some familiar faces in the rest of the selection. Are you a fan of The Sartorialist?

Style Crush : Keira Knightley

September 7, 2012

Keira Knightley was a vision of loveliness at the London premiere for her new film Anna Karenina earlier this week. The actress who is the face of Coco Mademoiselle arrived in a frothy pale peach Chanel Fall 2012 Couture floor length gown cinched with a metallic belt. I like how the delicate sheer sleeves and softness of the pretty floral embellishments strike up a contrast against the structure of the dress. Her minimal accessories included diamond earrings and a bracelet also from Chanel. The elegant red carpet look was completed with a face framing loose french twist and romantic makeup consisting of smoky eyes, peachy blush and a nude pink lip. Coincidentally this looks like it's actually the same dress that Zhou Xun wore in Elle recently. It's really been awhile since my last style crush.

photo via WENN

Eye Candy : Lee Seung Gi for InStyle

September 5, 2012

I make no secret of the fact that I kind of adore Lee Seung Gi. 1 Night 2 Days might be responsible for that. While someone like Daniel Henney may be really handsome, there's a certain charm about a humble multi-talented boy next door who just happens to possess impeccable manners and an international business degree. This InStyle Korea pictorial photographed in Hong Kong features Seung Gi in a range of fall fashions from Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Tod's and Heritory, the Asian fashion brand which he represents. The preppy styling actually really suits him but I'm not really feeling the English country looks. In the accompanying interview, the hardworking singer/actor/MC reveals the secret to his dedication saying that "The source of my energy is the happiness I feel from acting, singing and running programs. It's my secret to being able to work without rest and still feel it's not a chore."  What a great attitude. His schedule will only get busier as it's been reported he will be enrolling in classes at Dongguk University this fall in pursuit of a graduate degree.

Eye Candy : Shin Min Ah for Harper's Bazaar

August 30, 2012

Shin Min Ah is radiantly alluring in the September edition of Harper's Bazaar Korea. The actress wears Burberry Prorsum FW 2012 in the editorial titled Being Cinema Angel photographed by Kim Young Jun and styled by Yun Ju Kang. She speaks about acting and her comeback in the new drama Arang and the Magistrate in which she portrays a wandering ghost who has no recollection of how she died. I wonder if she might be cornering the market on gorgeous otherworldly beings since her last role was the titular Gumiho in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. I generally don't watch saeguk (historical) dramas but Arang might go on the list since it's billed as a fantasy melo comedy. The comedy would be a draw. I'm currently watching A Gentleman's Dignity and Panda and Hedgehog.

I'm still not around much since I'm still fighting vertigo and tinnitus. Thankfully it hasn't been anywhere as bad as before. My shoulder condition is improving. The inflammation has finally subsided which means a lot less pain and a slight recovery of motion which makes life abit easier.

Rena & Ian : Picnic in the Park

August 22, 2012
On Rena: Top: Barbie Model Muse // Capris: Barbie // Shoes: Re-ment
On Ian: T-shirt: Fashionista Ken // Jeans: Ken // Trainers: 1:16 scale Nike // 1:16 scale watch

Rena and Ian enjoy picnics in the park when the weather is nice. They're trying to get in a few more while summer is still here. This time they brought bento boxes with onigiri and inari sushi and kebabs. Rena tends to like to skip to the sweets first and goes right for the chocolate. She has abit of a sweet tooth. Ian entertains them with acoustic guitar music as they while away the afternoon with their dog Noodles. All the food here is from Re-Ment which I wrote about in my previous dollie post. Are you a fan of picnics?

Eye Candy : Zhou Xun for Elle

August 15, 2012

Zhou Xun is the star of this dramatic editorial for the current edition of Elle China. The streets of Paris provide a backdrop for the dreamlike reality created in these photos. I couldn't find the information but I would presume she's wearing Chanel considering she's an ambassador for the brand. She was also a part of The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited book and exhibition. 

The actress is currently on screens in Asia in the supernatural fantasy Painted Skin: The Resurrection which is a sequel of sorts to the 2008 Painted Skin. The first one was disappointing but I might watch this because the original cast of Zhou Xun, Zhao Wei and Chen Kun all return and they're all favorites of mine. She will be making her Hollywood debut in the epic adventure Cloud Atlas starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry which comes out this fall. The film which is based on the book of the same name is described as an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. From the trailer I watched, it looks like it could be really amazing or a total train wreck. Each actor plays multiple roles and Hugh Grant is barely recognizable as a villain.

I haven't been around because I had to shut it down last week after feeling like I might be relapsing into a state of vertigo and tinnitus again. Abundant amounts of rest and limiting my computer time has helped and I need to keep it up for now as well as continue physical therapy for my shoulder. Pinterest has saved me from utter boredom. I can't use it much on my desktop but at least the app on my iTouch doesn't make me dizzy. I miss everyone and will try to pay a visit soon during my allotted computer times.

Eye Candy : Du Juan for Vogue China Supplement

August 7, 2012

Du Juan covers Vogue China's August 2012 supplemental issue. The editorial entitled "Rhapsody of Fashion, The Evolution of Louis Vuitton" was lensed by Sharif Hamza and features styling by Mélanie Utzmann Huyhn, hair by Mark Hampton, makeup by Christele Coquet and manicure by Christina Conrad.

Thank you all for your incredible support on my last post! I'm so lucky to have some of the most amazing blogger buddies.

Random Musings

August 2, 2012

This photo is from a short film project that I did the still photography for last year. Yes that is a gun between the two people. I don't actually remember the premise of this scene so I'll just leave it to your imaginations.

I apologize for not being able to blog or visit everyone all that much recently. In an effort to remain vertigo-free, I still have to limit my computer time. I've been attending physical therapy sessions twice weekly and doing daily exercises at home for my shoulder. I can't say I've made a whole lot of progress but I've regained just a tiny bit of my range of motion. The exercises have also kicked up a degree of pain which I'm trying to fight through. Some days are better than others.

By the way I'm extremely grateful to everyone who's hung in with me through my health woes this year. Your friendship, support and encouragement have really kept me going at times and means more than you know.

We haven't been as consumed by the Olympics as we thought we might be. We usually just watch whatever happens to be on when we're home at night. The hubster was a high school gymnast and also a girls gymnastics instructor so I get in-depth explanations and little insights on the gymnastic events which make them all the more interesting. I kinda wish he still had his gymnastics outfit.

Finished watching the K-drama Big and the ending was a monumental letdown. I'm not going to go into details since I don't want to spoil it for anyone. There's usually a decent payoff with soul swap story lines but this one totally missed the boat.

The very sweet and talented Michelle of Mykye was inspired by my post on my summer dresses and designed a few midi dresses of her own. I would totally wear each and every one of her lovely designs. See them all here

Speaking of dresses, I'm in love with this one and this one.

This photo of Rena with the ice cream cone is now available for sale as a print in my Etsy shop.

Since everyone seemed to enjoy Daniel Henney in Elle Korea, I'll leave you with his GQ Taiwan cover which was photographed by Loki Tsai. He looks jaunty in Burberry. You can catch the editorial here though the interview is in Chinese.

Through My Lens : A Year Ago in Chicago

July 31, 2012

A year ago today, the hubster and I were on our way back to NYC from a long weekend in Chicago. Here are some snaps from that trip. We had both been there separately for business and liked it enough that we returned together. The weather was sweltering but we still had fun. There is some great architecture in the city and the Chicago skyline is almost as pretty as New York's. You'll have to excuse me for being a little biased. It's a good food town as well. Have you been to the windy city? What was your impression?

Eye Candy : Olympic Inspired for InStyle and Lee Seung Gi

July 24, 2012

It's quite exciting that the London Olympics will commence in just three more days isn't it. InStyle Korea celebrates the games with a special August issue that features various male celebrities representing different sports along with their messages of personal encouragement to the participating athletes. Lee Dong Wook pictured above captures the spirit of canoeing while looking stylish. I found the photo of Lee Sun Gyun whose sport is shooting a tad odd as I don't know what a cat has to do with the sport or why he's sitting by a crate in house slippers with a cheeky expression. It's fun though.

Rena : Hot Summer Days

July 19, 2012
Top: Barbie Model Muse // Ice Cream: Re-Ment

I realize it's been awhile since I've done a post featuring Rena and Ian and I still need to write one about their beginnings. Summer is in full swing and so is the summer weather so Rena got a sweet treat to cool off with. Ian didn't tag along since he really doesn't like being out in the heat but nothing can stop Rena from getting her favorite ice cream. Isn't her mini cone the cutest? It's from a Japanese manufacturer called Re-Ment that produces the most fantastically detailed miniatures. I'm quite sad that they don't put out new collections anymore. Anyway NYC seems to be enveloped in a heat wave recently and it makes me want to eat ice cream all the time. What do you like to enjoy when it's hot?

Eye Candy : Eugene & Han Ji Min for Harper's Bazaar

July 17, 2012

Eugene and Han Ji Min are just two of the beautiful actresses gracing the pages of the July edition of Harper's Bazaar Korea. Ha Ji Won also appears in the issue. Eugene turns up the glamour in her beauty feature lensed by Kim Sangon while Han Ji Min has fun in her eclectic editorial photographed by Hong Janghyun. I love the way they're both respectively styled. Han Ji Min is lovely but I've never actually seen any of her work. I passed on her two most recent dramas Padam Padam and Rooftop Prince. The former just seemed way too depressing and I just don't care for the male lead in the latter.

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