Blue and White

September 17, 2014

I do most of my shopping online these days. ASOS has been my go to destination for clothes for over a year now. I like that they're always well stocked with unique pieces. The dresses are my weakness and it's no surprise that I bought a couple with my latest purchase. I'm excited to wear the quilted A-line the most. I just couldn't resist the blue and white vintage floral fabric as soon as I saw it. I can't wait to styling these pieces this fall/winter. It's definitely something to look forward to.

Hope you're having a great week!

From the Summer

September 04, 2014

(Madewell button up shirt, thrifted denim shorts, Jewelmint necklace, Old Navy bucket bag, Steve Madden boots)

Summer has unofficially come to an end. I'm already excited for fall so that I can start wearing knits again (yay!), but for now I've got one last look from the summer to share. This one was taken back at the end of July before life got chaotic. I was in the mood for basics that day so I reached for a simple white button up and some denim shorts. I added a statement necklace to make things look a little fancy (and now Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" is on my mind).

Well the weekend is almost here. Hope you have a great day!

Undone Elegance

August 29, 2014

Editorial: Dream Weaver
Magazine: Elle US August 2014
Photographer: Dan Martensen
Styled by: Vanessa Chow
Featuring: Actress Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey

When my mom was in the hospital, I adopted a bare to minimal makeup look. I honestly couldn't be bothered with makeup at first, but eventually I dabbed on some concealer, applied powder, curled my lashes and swooped on mascara only if I felt like it. There was no winged liner in sight and it was strange, but totally refreshing. This editorial is also refreshing. I love the natural, no makeup look and touseled bedhair waves mixed with the understated beauty of  minimalism. I think looking undone should always be this elegant.

Hope you have a lovely day and weekend!


August 25, 2014

I know it's been a while. I've missed this little space on the web. I wanted to say hello and update you on how things are since my last post.

I turned 26 nearly two weeks ago on August 13. Typically birthday celebrations here are low key and involve eating pancit (Filipino noodle dish) and cake with the family, but the festivities were much quieter this year. If you haven't read my previous post, then you may not know that my mom was in the hospital. In fact, my birthday marked three weeks since she was admitted in the hospital and was also the day she was transferred to rehab for further recovery. I won't go into details again, but you can read my very personal post about it here. I will say that my life has been an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs for the last few weeks. I'm thankful that she is still here and was able to wish me a happy birthday for another year. I want to end this post with a few snaps I took during my birthday -- homemade chocolate cupcakes I baked, an Alexander Wang wallet I gifted to myself, pancit my aunt made and outfit of the day details.

I'll be bringing you more posts this week. Hope you've had a nice Monday.

P.S. I'm happy to be blogging again!

Thinking of You

July 31, 2014

I had to take a break from every social media outlet and blogging to deal with some personal issues. I'm slowly functioning back into society.

A week ago yesterday my life changed. My dad had to call 911 to take my mom to the hospital. She was having shortness of breath. Besides that, she's been battling cancer for years. You wouldn't know that because it's not something I share openly, but at the moment I feel like I was have to write this down.

Her cancer story began in 2006. She'd been having a hoarse voice for months. After allergies were ruled out by her primary care doctor when her voice didn't get better with antibiotics, she went to see an ENT specialist. Eventually she was diagnosed with throat cancer and had to have her larynx (voice box) removed. The procedure left her with a stoma in her neck so that she could use a trach. The recovery process was a trying time for my family. I remember my mom being upset and mad all the time, most likely upset and frustrated by the whole thing. I was early on in college at the time, but hardly knew or understood what was going on because my parents never explained it to my sister and I (this became a common occurence). I think it was their way of protecting us perhaps.

A couple years later, she had a right breast mastectomy. After that she started seeing specialist after specialst to follow up on her cancer. Within the last year or so, there was a development in her health situation. In April, my mom started chemotherapy for lung cancer (nonsmoker just so everybody knows). I noticed no change after her first treatment. She was still strong, had no nausea and was able to cook dinner (with help from my sister and I), but after a while I saw her dwindling. She was losing weight, loss her apeptite to eat and became weaker. The last few months have been hard, but these past 8 days have been tougher.

As I mentioned earlier, there was a 911 call made last Wednesday. She was admitted to the hospital that same day and has been there since then. On Tuesday, she had an operation to remove fluids from her right lung. There were a few complications during the procedure, but thankfully she is still with us. However, my family and I were told her lungs do not look well. We're awaiting to hear what the next steps are. For now, things look okay for she is alert (that's all that matters at the moment).

I've had to deal with a lot of emotions lately and come to understand what the future may bring. I have seriously never cried so much in my life thus far. At the same time, I have to be a strong and supportive person for my father and younger sister. Of course, I'm there for my mom too. I've taken some time off from work to care for her and be at the hospital everyday to sit by her bedside. Please bear with me as I figure out my life and the future during this difficult time. I hope to blog again soon (maybe you'll catch me on instagram and twitter for now).