Happy Friday!

Happy almost-weekend! This is our second weekend in the Bay Area and while we were originally planning on white water rafting, we decided not to go due to our less than stellar swimming abilities. We will probably meet up with some of Vincent’s friends and gorge ourselves silly on the delicious Asian food here. *I can’t get enough of Hong Kong milk tea and all kinds of noodle dishes*

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Style & Self-Awareness

Why Style Matters

Style matters the same way communication matters: we live in a society with other people, and style is one of the ways in which we connect with others. At first glance, you might think style is just about clothes, but that’s like saying communication is just about vocabulary; it’s a terribly superficial way of thinking about it and miles away from the core of the matter. Cultivating a personal style that allows you to effectively communicate who you are is a powerful thing. You can think of it as another form of communication. Like all forms of communication, personal style is ultimately about building bridges between you and the rest of the world.

When people hear style, they often think fashion, trends, designers. Continue reading →

How to care for silk and other delicate fibers

I grew up listening to my mom singing the virtues of silk. Silk was the king (or queen?) of fabrics: it was luxurious, beautiful, felt like a dream, and had the benefit shared by all natural fabrics: breathable. Silk was also expensive and usually came with the dreaded “Dry Clean” instructions. I tried hand washing a couple of times and ultimately decided it was not sustainable after leaving some of my silk pieces in the laundry hamper for months (gross, I know). So I decided that silk was probably not for me and settled for the cheaper and easier polyester alternatives that I could toss into the washer and dryer and not have to think twice about (or procrastinate on).

Then I turned 30 and had an epiphany that mom was right all along: natural fabrics like cotton and silk are better than synthetics. It’s true what they say about getting older: you start to care more about quality and comfort and settling (in clothes and everything else) for the sake of ease (or laziness) becomes less and less appealing. So I started googling like every resourceful and curious Millennial and learned to take care of the silk (and other delicate fabric) at home and sans hand washing: Continue reading →

Too hot for clothes

It’s definitely summer and this heatwave is no joke. We are looking at a high of 99 for Sunday…yikes! I’m ready for a weekend-long siesta with the primary goal of staying cool and not die of a heat stroke. Maybe it’s my Asian / Chinese background, but I really try to refrain from blasting the AC as much as possible, for environmental and financial reasons. It might also be my way of back lashing at the excessive AC at work, where I have to pile on the cardigans or sniffle and shiver from 9 to 5.

To stay cool and refrain from melting into a hot mess, I’ll be: Continue reading →

Working Out At Home

My preferred fitness routine has always been a combination of Pilates, Barre, yoga, and interval training. While living in St. Louis, New York City, and Chicago, I had belonged to full-service gyms that offered an array of classes, but sadly I haven’t found one I like since moving to Connecticut and Westchester, NY. For the last couple of years, I have been working out mostly at home, trying out a variety of online apps and youtube videos. Even though the current building I live in offer a standard gym, I’m not really a big fan of using machines. Having an instructor, even one through the phone or iPad, definitely feels more interesting and motivating for me.

Of all the online fitness offerings I have tried, ModelFit and Asana Rebel are hands down my favorites. Both are online fitness programs that offer access to an inventory of classes featuring live instructors. They are relatively new and the class offering has significantly increased in the last few months since I joined. Continue reading →