Thursday, January 31, 2013

Big news...

I have some big news that I've been dying to share... I'm going to CHINA!

A few weeks ago, my mother asked me if I would be able to accompany her on a business trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong during my spring break to help at a large corporate event for her company. My first reaction was YES. YES. YES!

After returning from studying abroad... I've had the travel bug... bad. I keep finding myself drifting off to places where I want to travel next and Asia was at the top of the list.

Friends and readers, have you ever been to either of these cites? Any must do activities? 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Raddest Cities in the US

Now that my job hunt is well on its way, I've also started doing some research on some of the coolest cities in the US. As I am currently based on the West Coast... most of my comrades and I only think about life in California. There seems to be this fear of leaving The Golden State.

I, however, come from a nomadic past. Am I a military brat? Nope. I am the daughter of a corporate wonder woman who has had fabulous jobs all around the country. I do not have this anxiety of leaving beautiful California because I know that life can be good anywhere.

That said... here is a list of cities I am interested in living in.

1. Seattle: I've never been to Seattle, but I'm dying to get there. Home to the world's best coffee, hipster people and an all around chill vibe... I think I could dig it. Plus, I am a huge fan of cozy, rainy days. Can you say Hunter rain boots?

2. Austin: I grew up in Texas and have spent a lot of time in the Austin area (hello summer camp for 6 years). Though the rest of the state dances along the crazy conservative line, Austin seems like a very creative and cool place to be. Not to mention, the price point of Texas is just embarrassing for California! Plus, it isn't called "southern charm" for nothing.

3. Boston: Boston is easily one of my favorite cities in the US. There is just something about the history meeting the modern that is awesome. As there are so many universities in the area, the city is buzzing with young people giving it an awesome energy. I should also mention that I am totally in love with the federal style of architecture-- I swoon over brick townhouses.

4. District of Columbia: Nothing says ambition like D.C. does. The city is filled with brilliant people with big goals. I'd love to jump right into such a motivated environment. I also love that similar feel to Boston in which history meets today in such an awesome blend.

Friends, if you could live in any city in the US after graduation... where would you choose?

Monday, January 28, 2013

The World's Most Luxurious Candles

There is nothing more relaxing than sipping a cup of tea and listening to classical music in the warmth of candle light. Candles are the easiest way to add a small piece of luxury into your life at home.

Candle connoisseurs know that there are hundreds of types of candles at various price points and various scents. Despite this, no one can deny the superiority of Diptyque

Diptyque is a French brand that has lit up homes across the world. I was originally introduced to the brand through their perfume collection; my signature scent is L'Ombre dans l'Eau.

I have gradually become a collector of their candles and I cannot get enough. Though pricey, Diptyque's quality is the best of its kind. 

"With a catalogue of twelve flowers, our collection will fill your soul with poetry and your house with enchantment. A musical score of tender, joyous, passionate or nostalgic feelings, each flower takes us into its narrative imagination."

When I was still in town, I made sure to stop into the San Francisco boutique on Maiden Lane to pick up a belated Christmas present for myself. 

Now, perched atop my shelf is a beautiful Baies, nestled between a family photo and a gift from Thailand.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Wanderlust: Ireland

Whenever my mind wanders, I catch it in the rolling hills of Ireland...

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Best Resume Ever.

This guy is a genius. If I knew how to build a platform like this, I would. The take away from this: get creative with your branding.

See the resume

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dating Advice From My Mother


Amongst the many bits of wisdom my mother has given me-- she recently shed new light onto the topic of dating. My smokin' mama has just re-entered the dating scene after 10 years of being off the market. Upon discussing her return to the game, she said to me...

"Dating in your sixties is so different then dating in your twenties. When you are in your twenties, you put loads of pressure on every guy you meet. You think, is he the love of my life... my future husband... the father of my children? However, when you are in your sixties, you've already done that. You're no longer looking for the father of your children. You are just looking for someone who makes you happy and someone that you have a good time with."

Now isn't that revolutionary. So many of my girlfriends, myself included, meet a guy and automatically put major expectations on the relationship. Then, we get to a certain point when we realize that said guy we are seeing is not "the one." We automatically toss him aside (often after months of going back and forth) because we think... if he's not "the one," then I need to stop wasting my time with him and go find the boy that is. 

Perhaps we should all take a step back and stop worrying about searching for "Mr. Right" and instead have a fun with "Mr. Right Now."

Just a thought.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Museums and Maxi Skirts

Over this long weekend, my dear friend from UCLA came down for a La Jolla escape! Amongst our many adventures included a visit to the much discussed exhibition, Behold, America! at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

I was especially excited to take Jen (featured below) to the museum because I used to intern at MCASD last year in their Public Programs department. In my internship, I did a lot of promotional marketing for their Free Admission Under 25 promotion and I even created the audio guide for the 2012 John Valadez exhibition: Santa Ana Condition. Not to mention, I was able to help with the super swanky Biannual Art Auction that drew in La Jolla's finest (easily the fanciest people watching I've ever done).

Additionally, this museum's greatest asset has got to be it's beautiful location! Located right on the teal shores of La Jolla... whether you are a fan of contemporary art or not, the museum facility is a true gem. They even have an entire gallery dedicated solely to the view.

The exhibition is quite unique in that it is spread across three museums in the San Diego area. So technically, we only saw one third of it... but the third we saw was fantastic!

The highlights of the exhibition included a glow-in-the-dark light instillation that was rigged by a very, very loud bell... Impressionist landscapes... Emotional sculptures of horses... and a postcard series of 100 boots featured in different locations doing different activities.

The award for most interesting piece of the entire exhibition goes hands down to this interactive gem below. This pulley system of sorts was fascinating. The minute you sat on the swing, your weight enabled the lifting of the four sides to form a box around you. The piece transitioned from featuring the American flag to the Soviet flag. Take a look at the swing excitement below:


As I study Art History, museums have a special place in my heart. There is nothing like escaping the busy, hassles of life and entering the escape of a quiet, clean and peaceful gallery. 

If you are in San Diego, I highly recommending checking out Behold, America! Free admission to those under 25 years old at The Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

What I Wore: Sunny Saturdays

The cold has finally broken in San Diego and we are enjoying our usual paradise-like weather. So, I whipped out my asymmetrical blouse and cowboy boots-- perfect for frolicking around in the sun!

Funny story about the boots: These boots were my small-footed grandfather's. When he passed, I inherited them. Talk about a family heirloom.

 Top: Anthropologie, Pants: H&M, Boots: Vintage, Necklace: Forever21, Sunglasses: Rayban

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Foodie Adventures: Cafe Chloe

This past week was a very special week for the foodies of San Diego... it was Restaurant Week! The tradition of Restaurant Week started many, many years ago in New York. It was originally created for all the food reporters who couldn't afford to go to the restaurants they needed to review. The concept is great: fabulous restaurants create reasonably priced set menus of some of their most popular items.

In honor of Restaurant Week, me and my gal pals headed to our favorite French bistro in downtown San Diego-- Cafe Chloe.

This jem was introduced to me from one of my classiest lady friends, Kirstin! It is just as quaint as a fancy French bistro should be.

As I made our reservations well in advance (and even had to give them my credit card number to hold the table), we had the best table in the house. It's a table for about seven people, but the four of us gals were very comfortable.

The night was filled with good conversation and lots of laughs! 

My only complaint about Cafe Chloe is the pricing of their wine list. Yes, they've got a decent list with a handful of good Frenchies, but it is just a bit too pricey. Thankfully, Chloe serves up delicious lavender pink lemonade.

My first course of the night is one of Chloe's classics: Petite Macaroni, Pancetta and Bleu D' Auvergne Gratin. It was just as delicious as it sounds! 

Next, I had another Chloe classic which I've had before: Steak Frites with Port Butter and Haricots Verts. I did have to specify that I wanted this Medium-Rare, heavy on the rare!

For dessert, I went for the chocolate of course. I had Pot de Creme with Candied Tangerines and Whipped Cream. Pot de Heaven if you ask me.

The lovely evening eventually came to a late end. There truly is nothing better than sitting around a table with good friends and good food. 

Hope you all had a fantastic Restaurant Week!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Je T'aime

As we all know, French things are automatically cuter and more fashionable-- including the music. I have been following this band for quite some time and I adore them.

Happy Friday! Je T'aime!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Artist Watch: Inslee Haynes

Do you ever wonder where all those super chic watercolor sketches of uber-fashionable people come from? It's Inslee Haynes.

This artist seriously rocks. I can't get enough of her beautiful creations of well dressed ladies. I hope to commission her work one day and I definitely can't wait to purchase some of her prints.

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