Thursday, December 30, 2010

courage for change

It's time for change when someone asks you how your year was and you can't think of anything exciting to share or when your lifestyle has remained status quo for the past two years. So, for this New Year's resolution, I want to embrace change. Given the extreme indecisive personality I have, changing and leaving my comfort zone really isn't an easy thing for me. Starting fashforward, nonetheless, was probably one of the easiest decisions I've made this year though I debated for awhile too. What is your New Years resolution?

See you all next year! xx

Saturday, December 25, 2010

merry kissmas

blazer, H&M. top, TALULA. shoes, ALDO. tights, TOPSHOP. vintage earrings, CHANEL.
photos by Sherry

Merry Christmas everyone! My holiday mood is very much delayed this year so the fact that today is actually Christmas seems kind of surreal to me. I, nonetheless, am so grateful for all the food I'll be devouring, dents I'll be making to my wallet on Boxing Day, and days I'll be off doing nothing but hibernating and junk-fooding. Now that is my ideal Christmas. These studio pictures were taken when I "modeled" for my friend Sherry's photography assignment. And nothing shows more holiday spirit than red :) Sending my love to each and one of you this season. XOXO ;)

For those who are thinking of giving back this holiday, how about help build a nursery school for the kids in Mwanza, Tanzania? My dear friend [Hi Jacquie *hand waving*] has been volunteering for the Project Tujifunze, a grassroots organization working with the Afretech Aid Society, in hopes to raise enough money for a school by August 2011. There are currently no schools within that area so building one will make a huge difference for these children. Please help bring literacy to the young lives in Mwanza by making a donation here. I made mine already so make yours too! Anything helps! For more information, visit their site.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

dear santa

Oh baby, all I want for Christmas is you, you, you, you, and you! Can't believe there's only 2 more days till Christmas. What's on your wish list this season?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

the Great

The Great Wall, heart-shaped egg tarts, Forbidden City, traditional Chinese porcelain china dress, green tea latte with bunny, here and there.

Jet lag and flu do not mix so I must apologize for the lack of posts this month. Aside from being fascinated by the infamous Great Wall and Forbidden City, everywhere I look was a scenic eye candy in Beijing. Time spent at the Great Wall just admiring and mesmerized by the art of architecture was definitely the highlight of my trip. And I think not a lot of people can tell you they slid down the Great Wall but I can :) I became a kid when I found out that one of the options of transporting down was to toboggan on a giant slide. That was the best RMB $45 I have ever spent, which comes to about $6.50 CDN. All in all, this trip really allowed me to get in touch with the Chinese cultural nerd in me, which is impossible to find in the glamorous city of Hong Kong, and not to mention the unforgettable meals of Peking ducks and the perfect company I had to share this experience with. It was definitely one great trip!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

short but sweet

blazer, ZARA. dress, H&M. shoes, ALDO. scarf and bag, unlabeled.
photos by Rosanna

These pictures were taken right before I left Vancouver and I am so glad to have escaped from the unusual -6 degrees there. Today is my last day in Beijing but will have another week in Hong Kong before returning home. Though my stay in Beijing was short, it has also been incredibly amazing. Can't wait to share with you all :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

absence makes your heart grow fonder

dress, T by ALEXANDER WANG. tights, ANNE KLEIN.
photos by Sherry

Arrived Asia for a few days now and I must say my trip already first kicked off with a pleasant surprise at the airport. My high school sweetheart, who now happens to be one of my bestests, flew in from Taiwan for the weekend to surprise me. They don't call them high school sweethearts for nothing because they truly are the sweetest :) It's funny how you never grow apart from certain people in your life no matter how many thousands and thousands of miles you are away from them. And this particularly applies to how I feel at this very moment as I sit here typing this post in Beijing with my two BFFs...because I know with us, some things will never change [and that's in the best way possible].

"After all, things change, so do cities, people come into your life and they go. But it's comforting to know that the ones you love will always be in your heart...and if you're very lucky, a plane ride away." - Carrie Bradshaw

p.s: I've been absent for a week now, have you grown to be fond of fashforward yet? ;)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

walk on wood

[1] JEFFREY CAMPBELL broome st. wedge. [2] FINSK photosynthesis wedge. [3] TOP SHOP praline block heel loafers. [4] ALLSAINTS SPITALFIELDS kalman shoe. [5] MATIKO wood wedge platform. [6] JEFFREY CAMPBELL brisbane low boot.

The unconventional heels, architecturally inspired designs, and mere resemblance of blocks of wood are all what makes these shoes so strangely, yet fascinatingly stunning. Been on a search for the Jeffrey Campbell's broome wedges in my size for the past 2 weeks and still no luck. I hope santa reads my blog :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

hyped to be on Hypeed

Made the cover of Hypeed's hiking boots feature this month! Thanks for all the votes ;) View my other features here and here.

One of my followers asked if I'll be posting during my vacation and yes, I will :) I may be away on holidays but fashforward won't be. I'll have a few scheduled posts and also try my best to update my blog whenever I have a chance. So, please stay tuned..!

Monday, November 15, 2010

time traveling

jacket, WILFRED. dress, T BY ALEXANDER WANG. scarf, GUCCI. boots, tights and ring, F21
photos by Sherry

Dates are set and tickets are booked! Finally taking my long anticipated vacation end of this month and traveling to Hong Kong and Beijing. Though it's only for the mere 2.5 weeks, it is already the longest I've been away from work and words cannot describe just how excited I am to get away! Can't believe that December is approaching and Christmas decorations are all around. Rumor has it that Vancouver will be having one of the coldest winters this year and I think the city has already gotten a taste of it in the past few days. I guess it's almost time to bring out my snow gear :( What are your plans this holiday?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

effortlessly chic

photos via stockholm streetstyle

Nothing fancy, just the basics: black skinnies, leather jackets, white tops, and off-shoulders. Now this is my definition of effortlessly chic!

Wishing you all a memorable Remembrance Day.

"May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten."
- quote I stole from my BFF :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

+ cross my heart

dress, via ASOS. jacket, H&M. necklace, F21.
photos by Rosanna

Opposites attract: femininity and masculinity, girly girl and rock and roll, lace and leather, black and white, wool and silk, ruffles and studs, heavy and flowy fabrics are all partners in crime when it comes to mix and matching.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

living on the edge

jacket, via NASTYGAL. top, D&G. jeans, BDG. boots, F21. hat, BCBG.
photos by Rosanna

For all my life, I have never been an animal print supporter; then again, never say never. There's a first time for everything and this leopard print top has made it to my list of exceptions. It's tricky wearing leopard without looking like Peg Bundy and that's to not overdo it. Personally, I go by the rule of not wearing more than two print pieces and of course, avoid mixing animal prints. Been quite satisfied with my online purchases this month: draped collar wool jacket and shearling boots, which both I'll be living in this winter. Halloween is approaching and no different from any other year, costume picking always sucks out all my brain juice. What are you being this Halloween?

Friday, October 22, 2010

stud it yourself II

top, SILENCE AND NOISE + DIY. skirt, H&M. clutch, CLUB MONACO.
photos by Rosanna

I thought it was funny when I showed my mom this DIY top, she said it reminded her of Elvis. Then I took a second look at it and thought to myself "heh, she's right." haha. Studding is probably one of the easiest forms of DIYs and not to mention the endless possibilities our creativity could bring us. When I first saw this blouse, I knew that it would be the perfect 'stud it yourself' project. I always feel that studs automatically put the cool factor to any garment. There's really nothing fancy needed here, just a plain top, vast amount of studs, and a sprinkle of imagination :) Vision the pattern before starting because there's no room for mistakes [the teeth of the studs will leave holes]! Read my previous DIY post for more ideas.

tip: Studs could get really heavy, especially with the 200+ I've used, so make sure to pick a thicker fabric to avoid it from scrunching.

Sending lots of love to Australia this weekend! Happy Birthday to my baby sister! XOXO :)