February favorites

  1. Water filters – We installed this one in the shower and this one on my bathroom sink. My skin has been noticeably less dry. Maybe it’s the chlorine filter? Whatever it is, I’m loving it. The pressure in the shower head is also excellent.
  2. All things ski related – I wasn’t planning on buying a one-piece ski suit, but then they went on sale…and I bought 2. This one is loud and colorful. It’s so much fun (though not my typical style). This blush number is totally my color, and I can’t wait to twin with my BFF, who has a red one from Goldbergh. Both suits are definitely lacking in one or more technical features (e.g., storm hood, boot gaiters, pass pocket, etc.) – they are more for looks than function. I would not recommend either as a first (or only) ski outfit for people who ski more than a couple of days on a holiday. Montec is the best wallet friendly option, in my opinion, that combines style and functionality. Early season (fall) is probably the best time to shop as many of their styles will sell out of sizes quickly. I’m also excited to try out new helmet and goggles this weekend. Will report back with details.
  3. European sunscreen – Because they are better (and sometimes cheaper) than American ones. I have been wearing this one daily, and bringing this one with while skiing.
  4. Face oils – I have been using one from Biossance in the AM, and one from Drunk Elephant in the PM. The extra glow is amazing especially for the dry winter months.
  5. Children’s books – Some recent favorites include “The Rabbit Listened“, “Hug Me“, “My Heart“, “Trying“, “Tofu Takes Time“, and “What feelings do when no one is looking

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 →