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New Blog…


Unfortunately, I believe I felt more at home at Blogger rather than WordPress. Don’t get me wrong, everything here’s so spiffy but I seem to still think of Blogger as my “mother” blog-hosting site…so I say one last farewell to a group of readers.

Farewell.

I’m back on Blogger and my posts will be live within the day. Hope you’ll keep on reading (:

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CFDA Awards…the best…and the worst…


Being a self-declared fashionista, I am extremely disappointed in myself that I had no idea what the CFDA Awards were. After a few early morning tweets, I have discovered that CFDA stands for The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. Everytime I see those four letters now, my fashion senses start tingling. So, let’s move onto the important things, no? Well, important things meaning best (and worst) dressed of the night.

THE BEST

 

Lady Gaga in a custom Mugler gown and teal wig

This one might be a bit controversial but all I can say is it was dramatic and it served its purpose. The corset, gown, and train was very Lady Gaga but not “over-the-top-meat-dress Lady Gaga”. It was stunning, breath-taking, and the teal wig just took it from over-the-top-gorgeous to drop-dead-gorgeous.

Whitney Port in Pamella Roland

The Body Peace Advocate for Seventeen looked simply stunning in her gown and simple accessories were matched beautifully. Her natural-shaded makeup pulled everything together and the entire thing was executed perfectly.

Chanel Iman in BCBG Maz Azria

The model definitely rocked the gown in four different ways:

1) The teal hue matched her skin tone perfectly

2) The golden heels were understated enough to give the gown the attention but wasn’t too understated that you wouldn’t be able to see them at all

3) The cuts on the gown accentuate her skin and body perfectly

4) Her silver and gold accessories matches the teal perfectly

THE WORST

Karolina Kurkova

The green of the jumpsuit was great, the hood was very meh, and the shoes were downright wrong for that gown. Karolina accessorized perfectly…down to the shoes. I normally don’t criticize outfits but I instantly thought “It’s Christmas already?”

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

Once again, I’m critiquing because this really just shocked the heck out of me. I know some “hard-core” fashionistas may say “Oh, they’re geniuses!” but my mind screams, “Wow! No!” Ashley’s dress looks like it’s made for a middle school dance and her heels look like they were made for a grandma whose last wardrobe update was in 1800. And I can’t exactly say that I enjoy Mary Kate’s metallic golden jacket. Even though it’s Chanel, I can’t exactly look at it without a pair of sunglasses available. However, I must give them kudos for the handbags, they look gorgeous and it’s probably one of the only things I would wear out of their entire wardrobes.

Jessica Alba in Diane von Furstenburg

I can’t say I exactly hate what the mom-to-be’s wearing, but I can’t say I love it either. The boldly colored frock caught my attention, but I must say, it’s not one of my favorite color combinations. The hues could have been brighter and there could be a bit more orange up top but overall, I’d rate this, eh, 4/10.

And as a final note, I’m still editing and receiving pictures from my beach excursion on Saturday, so watch out for that post coming soon

xo,

Ash

SUN(ny)DAY


Now that all my finals have been finished for school, I can finally put my attention on the more important things: preparations for graduation (or promotion…whatever you call it. Just know I’m going to high school in the fall) and blogging. Like I promised (or if I haven’t, I am now), I’m working on my blogging skills and I’m going to start posting frequently (possibly every day or so). So before I leave for the beach, I’ll post up a few pictures from yesterday.

As my friend was taking my pictures for me, she asked, “What’s your favorite designer? Rogue? Vanity Fair?”

I’m not quite sure we can be friends for much longer…

Photo credits: Denise Ho

Wearing

[prescription] sunnies, [Ann Taylor] blazer, [gifted XXI Forever] tee, [Limited edition Rampage] jeans, [Claire’s] belt, [Charlotte Russe] flats

Yes, I am reading The Series of Unfortunate Events. The sheer impossibility of that ever happening in real life is one of the reasons why I enjoy it time after time…

And of course, being the kid I am, when the sprinklers turned on, I ditched my shoes and blazer and jumped right in…

#badblogger


I’ve recently been spending more time on Twitter and Facebook (along with several sites for shopping online…) and for the millionth time, I’m apologizing for being such a horrible blogger. (one consolation: I’ll be going to the beach this Saturday, so I’ll definitely be posting up a new outfit and I’m re-introducing an old co-blogger!) But while I’m online, I’ll share with you my awesome purchases for the past wek. This entire week, I’ve been patting myself on the back for such amazing buys since I spent a little over $70 for several accessories, a few shirts, and two pairs of shoes ($30 for those shoes!) Of course, on Memorial Day, I had to shop online (sales up to 75% off and free shipping? Hell. Yeah.) I won’t bore you to death with the millions of necklaces and shirts that I bought but I’ll skip to the most interesting parts…

Shoes. From Urbanog (my go-to for shoes of any kind. Cheap. Great style. What more can an aspiring-shoe-collecting-girl-to-be ask for?)

tis all for now. ’til Saturday (maybe Sunday)

xo

Ash

Another catch up…


Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m a horrible blogger (so so sorry!) and I’ve been lagging in my posts. And I’ve got really no excuses. I have tons of time when I’m just lazily scanning through Facebook and trampling all over the internet & I just totally forget/procrastinate about blogging. (that includes my Style Blogger app. I know, shame on me) But in an hour or so (maybe tomorrow since it’s Memorial Day which means no school!) I’ll post up some pictures and a longer post about my day & the weekend and all that stuff you visit a blog to see. No, I don’t have an outfit ready for you guys (again, probably tomorrow) but yes I have just about a million accessories for you guys to take a gander (:

– Ash

Hello sunshine!


 

Wearing//Mossimo fedora, Heritage 1981 top, Claire’s belt, Aeropostale shorts, Forever 21 birdie necklace, Target owl ring [accessories inset], gifted bracelet (worn as an anklet)

Thanks to my brother for being patient and taking these pictures for me!

  

Today was one of the first days we got sunshine since Sunday and I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed my good friend. To celebrate, I compromised with the still slightly breezy weather by putting on a ¾ sleeve top with a pair of shorts and I then proceeded to prance around in my new fedora and bare feet around my front yard. In addition to that, my dad turned on the sprinkler to water our starving lawn and I pranced around in that as well (though stepping on dirt with wet feet didn’t exactly produce desirable effects…)

And now, for the first time ever, I have a question for you to answer and respond back! (albeit a rather general and unoriginal one) Which would you rather be? An intern with no pay for a prestigious magazine like Vogue or a $20/hour paid employee of some random office? Be honest! Fashion vs money…it’s a hard choice, even for me. I’d love love love to intern for Vogue or even Teen Vogue or Seventeen but I really need the dough…either way, I’m too young for either but some of you aren’t! So tell me, no-pay or pay?

再見,

Ash (in case you didn’t know, that’s Mandarin for “goodbye”. I need to learn it for high school, practice makes perfect, right?)

High expectations…


Well graduation’s drawing nearer and nearer and like the procrastinator I am, I’m finally shopping for graduation gifts for oh, 15 or so people. Yeah. Not such an easy task, huh? And the problem (or painful joy) is that everyone is so different! (see? pained because it’s going to be hard work to find everyone’s gift but joy because everyone’s unique in my class!) One girl loves electric guitars and David Cook while another girl loves K-pop and stuffed animals. One guy likes hats and shoes while another guy likes books and music. Oh the pain I’m going to have while shopping but the even bigger pain in leaving the people I’ve known & grown to love over eight years! (I’m in a semi-poetic mode today…) But we’re going to have to move on eventually which leads me to the main body of my post:

HIGH expectations. Coming from your typical hard-working, frugal Asian (especially Chinese ones) family, I obviously have high bars set for me. In fall of 2011, I’ll be attending the Troy Tech & IB program in Fullerton and my parents fully expect me to juggle academics with extracurriculars such as NJROTC (Naval Junior Officers Reserve Training Corps) and other high-school-stuff that all you high schoolers do. But I’m also setting the bar high for myself. Since I have to leave the house around 6:45 or 7:00 every morning to beat traffic rush (I live in West Covina, Fullerton is going to be a long commute for 4 years…) I’m challenging myself. Every morning I will be able to manage wearing a decent outfit (lazy outfits, aka hoodie and jeans, not deemed decent unless finals/stressful times occur). It’s probably a good thing that my mom won’t let me get my ears pierced yet (long story, saved for another post). ANYWAYS, I’m again going off-tangent. Original topic: graduation &  high expectations, current topic: outfits & ear piercings? WHUT. Originally, I planned to post up pictures of a few shirts from universities I want to attend (see? high expectations. told ya) and so I will but I’ll update you on a few morsels of  my life as well.

BUT first things first, shirts (from F21 and credited university sites)

Columbia great school, great journalism program, located in NYC. What more can I ask for?

Harvard. One word. What more do you need?

Stanford. If my journalism/fashion career doesn’t take off, I have executive, CEO, and owner of the world next up.

And of course. U to the C to the L to the A baby! Nothing else but Bruins support all the way!

With college hype out of the way, let’s move onto the next quick topic of the night. Have you heard of Claire’s Style Bloggers? You basically blog for Claire’s for a whole month if your application is picked out. I passed the preliminary test and one more form to fill out & I may very well blog for Claire’s, so watch out for that!

2nd to last topic: the so-called Rapture that will happen tomorrow. To prove it won’t happen, I’ll have a post up on Sunday as well. I’m not saying that there’s a 100% chance it WON’T happen but 99.999999% it won’t. God never gave us the exact time and date He’s coming back. Who on Earth, with our feeble, mortal minds, can understand the great, mighty thoughts of our King Everlasting? Here’s a little rebuttal for any Camping supporters out there:

Why the world will NOT end tomorrow (on May 21): 1) Did God EVER EVER EVER mention in the Bible the day in which He will take Christians back to heaven? 2) Camping made a similar mistake in 1994 and claims it was due to some ‘miscalculations’. All right then… 3) I haven’t graduated yet! Kidding about that one but the first and second ones are true, no? The only thing that I agree about the whole Rapture Madness is this: be prepared. You never know when God WILL come back. Be prepared. Even if you are not sure about your faith, keep and open mind and an open heart. Beware for the “true” Christians who will freak the heck out if you say “no” just once. REAL Christians are commanded by the Bible to spread His Word but we are in no way commanded to coerce people into receiving Jesus into their hearts. All God wants is an open and willing heart. If you’re not ready, take more time. And anther note of reassurance: whenever the Rapture happens, it’s not the final end. There WILL be 7 years after that though it will be like hell on Earth but if you have God as your Savior, he will shield you from many of the evils that will plague the Earth. Final note: God always has second chances, up to a certain point. Don’t be stuck on the REAL Judgement Day as “undecided” for you still have a choice now but you won’t have a choice when you stand before the White Throne.

And as you digest that deep topic (very unlike what I usually post but what? I can’t be serious either?) I’ll finish this up with a lighter, more petty topic (but doesn’t everyone need something petty every now and then to keep life sane?) I got my new glasses!

See? Neon green frames with a zig-zag pattern. Fly or fly?

That’s it…for now! See you Sunday! (well, I’ll see you pretty late on Sunday…spending another full day at church, picnic w/ my SS class & choir practice!)

Ash

Catching up…


I’m a pretty bad blogger seeing as I haven’t posted in a week or two (or more…). But I have several updates for you! (:

Like (some of) you may know, I went to Disneyland on April 30 & I’m back, $50 poorer and full of ideas for what to wear for spring.

What I saw plenty of:

– Cropped shirts

– Sheer shirts

– Stripes

– Floral items

– Short shorts (already a given)

– Fedoras

– Cool sunnies (another given)

What I did not see plenty of:

– Plaid (despite the fact that I saw my “like (NOT love, only like…you know, a small crush)” interest wearing plaid…I have to say, there’s a serious decline of plaid for this season)

– dresses & heels (I mean, who wears dresses & heels at Disneyland? I saw a total of: one girl wearing a dress and heels…)

Honestly, I have to admit. I don’t have much to say due to the fact that I’ve been extremely tired for the past few weeks. Spring break was a whirlwind of hurriedness as I rushed to finish some projects and the week after that was basically helping teachers out with their classrooms for Open House so I was after school for some late hours, decorating classrooms and creating little videos for several teachers. On top of that, I also have all of my usual work. I don’t mean to bitch here (this blog isn’t exactly meant for me to whine and moan about how difficult life is) but I just thought I should explain why I’ve been absent in the past month. I am sincerely sorry for that and I promise, the work load’s about to get easier (they’re easing up as we prep for our graduation) but I’ll still be seriously busy. I’ll try to squeeze in a few posts here and there but don’t count on having daily posts like I used to in my old blog. Thanks for understanding (:

Looking Far Ahead…


I know it’s only spring (for most people) but it’s like summer here in LA right now. Freaking hot. So I’ve gone ahead and put together a small summer “look book” for myself, essentials, in a way, for my summer.

1. Ombre Sun Shades from Hot Topic, $9.99

2. Chantilly Lace Dress from Forever 21, $29.80

3. Lightweight Army Twill Vest from Marc Jacobs, $198

4. Classic Q Hillier Hobo from Marc Jacobs, $398

5. Ditan Pumps from Betsey Johnson, $99.95

6. Braided Adenandra Necklace from Anthropologie, $38

7. Diana F+ CMYK camera kit from Fred Flare, $99

8. Will Ferrell Sunscreen from Fred Flare, $14

Listen to ;; Be My Escape by Relient K

Los Angeles: The City of Angels (and entertainment…)


Face it. Everyone comes to Los Angeles for fun. Music because Hollywood is only ten minutes away, the amazing shopping areas, the gorgeous, accessible beaches, the people, the local tourist attractions…including Olvera Street which was the place I visited last night.

For the first time in months, I was able to hold a camera again! (albeit, a borrowed one, but a camera nonetheless) If you don’t know, my camera was broken a few months back due to the fact that I dropped it. (stupid, fragile Nikons. I like Canons better now.)

Anyways, that’s besides the point. We saw some pretty amazing things there, but, unfortunately, we were out of cash and couldn’t purchase much, but we took quite a few pictures and we’ll be back!

Hmm…this was my first time inserting a gallery, I think this works a lot better then inserting one image at a time…

And as this is a peaceful, spring-break Thursday, I’ve decided to post up a few images that make life enjoyable.

Flowers from Mom

My ever messy makeup table

A pair of gorgeous heels with ruffles

A wall set aside for a pretty necklace, a picture, magazine covers, and various pieces of art


Some of my favorite books I enjoy reading on various lazy days