The Best of NYFW Fall 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hello, lovely readers.

I hope you've all been having a spectacular week. As you know, New York Fashion Week's Fall 2015 shows had been taking place, and now we see it everywhere. Magazines, articles, even Snapchat stories (which are literally the next big thing, by the way). I'm loving all the vibes from this fashion week because I really adore seeing all these beautiful masterpieces from so many different designers. 

The thing I love most about fashion weeks, aside from the obvious social media explosion, would definitely be how inspiring it actually is to witness it come to life. All the details, from the garments, to the hair and makeup, to the accessories. It is literally the peak of the fashion world, and it makes me want to chase my dreams even more. I love seeing all the HQ photos (backstage and runway) as well as observing every palette the designers used. It's pure art!

So this time, I decided to wrap up the New York Fashion Week of Fall 2015 by highlighting my favourite looks out of my personal favourite collections. These are the ones that I think stood out the most and deserve an applause. I just love fall, and I love these pieces because they're so classy and elegant, and just pure brilliance overall. Here are my picks (in alphabetical order):

1. Altuzarra

2. Carolina Herrera

3. Diane von Furstenberg

4. Marchesa

5. Naeem Khan

6. Oscar de la Renta

7. Rachel Zoe

8. Rebecca Minkoff

9. Vera Wang

Do you follow up on fashion weeks? What was your fave collection in the recent NYFW? Is it listed above? Leave a comment below!

From the everlasting fashion enthusiast,

How I Spent My Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Last week, I spent a pretty great Valentine's Day surrounded by many people I love. It was a Saturday so it turned out pretty great because school didn't really get in the way. I had such a great day and so these are several moments that I wanted to highlight and share on this post.

  1. In the student body council, I work in the division where we run the school's social media accounts and basically become the school's PR. One of our ideas was to set up a news centre by the entrance because there wasn't any at that time. We finally got the school to put up a soft board and so there, we put up articles that we typed in and prepared for the students to see. This month, it was themed (obviously) Valentine's Day. At the right side of the board, we set up this section where the students can literally pull out a post-it note, and write down about what they think love is. It became a big deal to them and after about a week, the section of the board was 100% filled with post-it notes and we eventually ran out of post-its! We had some great responses. Some students wrote down their names, some wrote down quotes, some wrote down jokes. Basically, it was cool to finally see the students interact with us and tell us what they think through what my friend and I had made!
  2. One of the best parts of this year's Valentine's Day was definitely spending time in one of my best friends' houses and joining in a wonderful sleepover with my best friends. Fun fact: There's 13 of us. Even though only 8 of us got to sleep over because the other 5 weren't allowed, we still had so much fun. We played charades, truth or dare, ordered pizza and hot wings (which came to the house nearly 2 hours after we made the call), watched a late night movie, and had such a blast. The picture above is actually this type of Chinese buns called Mantou. Basically, they're super soft and yummy and had chocolate fillings and wow, just try it when you can, guys
  3. Also one of the highlights of my Valentine's Day was definitely when some of my friends from church decided to hold an event where we visit a local orphanage and spread love to little kids. So this time, one of our mentors wanted me to be in charge of the whole event, so I took care of a lot of the things that went down and it was basically a lot of fun seeing these kids smile and laugh. It wasn't an orphanage, but it was actually a small place that my teacher built at her home made for the local kids who weren't getting enough education. They came to this place to read, to learn, and to have fun. It was packed with so many kids running around, and it also had tons of books on the shelves and pictures on the walls. We donated stuff like colouring materials and story books, but we also came in and played games, made some crafts, and did a cooking class with these children. We taught them how to colour, how to write, how to be creative, and it was basically such an amazing experience. I always love the idea of giving and helping those in need, so making these kids happy certainly made me happy as well.
  4. When I got to school on Monday, one of my classmates named Grace gave me this! It was literally the sweetest thing. So it turns out that Grace made these heart-shaped cookies with customized icing for every girl in our class as well as some of her closest buddies. The icing was simple yet so pretty and the cookie was delicious. Her mom actually runs a patisserie, or something similar, and so Grace likes to bake in her spare time. She made and decorated each cookie by herself with no help from her mom, so I totally appreciated this and it was so nice of her. Last year, we also shared the same class and she made us chocolate shaped like the Eiffel Tower, and she put our names on it as well. I received a bunch of chocolate from many different people in school which was quite lovely, and for 3 of my closest best friends, I got each of them a chocolate bar and a Bath & Body Works product, wrapped together with a red bow and attached a love letter written for each of them as well.
  5. On Valentine's Day, I kind of still wanted to not ruin my diet (although I kind of did for a while there) so I had this salad for dinner at a local restaurant just about 5 minutes from home. I only ordered this with a glass of water because I really didn't want to start gaining back the weight I successfully lost (*cough*, 5 pounds) and it is probably the best Caesar's Salad that we have around here. I had dinner with one of my girlfriends and we talked and shared about so many things. I found myself actually venting to her about so many things that I never thought I would share with anyone. It was definitely a great evening and we only spent about an hour or more, but we joked and had fun and basically, I felt like being single was definitely okay for me.
So overall, my Valentine's Day wasn't spent with "a special someone" or a significant other, but I still had such a wonderful day. I experienced love and happiness from so many different people and places, and made wonderful memories along with my family and friends. This year, we also have my baby nephew who is currently staying at our place along with my sister and brother-in-law until they can finally sort things out and move back to their apartment. That has added so much happiness to my days and I can't wait to experience even more spectacular moments this year.

Compared to last year's Valentine's Day, I must admit, this year felt a lot different. So much has happened and so much has changed since, but I'm still very grateful for all the people and the things I have in my life right now. And no grandma, I simply do not have room for a boyfriend at the moment.

How did you spend your Valentine's Day? I'd love to hear all about it. Leave a comment below!

SUNDAY INSPIRATION 002: Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Sunday!

It's February 15th, and I am so excited to finally share with you the second post of my "Sunday Inspiration" series. For this post, I kind of decided to scavenge through Pinterest for a while to gather all looks related to love and sweetness and romance. In honour of Valentine's Day, I wanted to show you many different looks that make you look like you're in love.

It's perfect for date outfit ideas for Valentine's Day events, or even if you actually don't have a significant other this Valentine's Day but still want to look pretty and loveable this year. "Dressing like you're in love" here refers to wearing skirts or dresses, looking extra feminine, extra graceful, with touches of florals and shades of pink all around. You want to look sexy, but subtle. Pretty, but modest. Attractive, but classy. The thing is, you don't have to be in love with someone else to dress like you're in love. Fashion is a form of self-love. That's what I like about it. I love all these looks and I hope you do too. Here is your weekly dose of Sunday Inspiration. Enjoy!

What did you wear on Valentine's Day? Do you like to dress like you're in love?
Hope you all have a lovely weekend! Coming up will be a post on how I spent my Valentine's Day. Stay tuned!

From the girl who has a lot to say about love,

Soledad Illustrations for L'Occitane Hand Cream

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hello, beautiful people!

I've been wanting to do this little review for a very long time. Today, I'll be talking about this hand cream collection by L'Occitane that my mom got me a few weeks ago. So for this adorable set of hand cream, L'Occitane did a collaboration with ELLE magazine involving an illustrator from France named Soledad Bravi. After getting this product, I looked her up on the internet, and it turns out she is very well known for her eye-catching and dainty illustrations!

According to what I know after doing a little research, Soledad was born in Paris in 1965 and is well known for her illustration career right now. Other than designing illustrations for adult magazines (including ELLE), she also did some illustrations for these adorable children books.

These four adorable limited-edition tubes come in this cute packaging with illustrations from Soledad on the outside. At the front, it shows a drawing of a girl seeing her hand cream tubes, clapping her hands, and saying "They are too cute!" in French. Accurate image of me when I actually opened the pouch.

At the back, it has "So cute!" written in 10 different languages, which is adorable. The orange-coloured pouch is pretty simple and small (but a little too big even, for four 10 ml tubes) so it's quite compact and nice to carry around (so it is possible to carry all four of them at once) (YES).

To be honest, I don't normally need to apply hand cream that desperately for my hands, because even if I have dry skin, it only shows on my arms and face. I usually only apply hand cream because of the scent and how nice it is to just carry around in your bag. But I have a feeling these tubes are going to be an exception.

It seems that the inspiration for these four hand creams are actually the four seasons: Spring, summer, autumn, and winter. So each tube actually holds its own scent as well as a depiction of the season illustrated with a cute, dressed-up lady admiring the smell of different things. The smells described are actually smells that corresponds with the seasons themselves! It's quite an interesting and unique concept for hand creams, so I am definitely glad with this product. The tiny words were a bit hard to capture so I suggest you just buy them already, you guys. Trust me on this.

From left to right, the hand cream scents include:

1. Cherry Blossom (Spring). This is possibly considered my personal favourite out of the four of them. The name of the scent is quite self-evident, but basically, it has this floral and feminine scent to it. It feels quite delicate and sweet compared to the others. To me, it smells so good it could be a fragrance. It just sends me into a good mood!

2. Verbena (Summer). So when I first read this I was like "is that a French word or something?" And okay, apparently, I didn't know what a verbena is. But just for a heads up, verbena is actually a type of flower that grows a lot around America and Europe. This cream's texture is a lot more moist and liquidated compared to the others, but the scent is still really authentic and soothing. It kind of reminds me of a nice spa day.

3. Shea Butter (Winter). I understand that the vibe from this scent is supposedly winter and cold, but I can't wrap my mind about how dazzling this scent is. It's actually a cold scent you guys. Brilliant chemical work. Honestly. It's very refreshing and it has a more solid texture this time (kind of like a facial scrub, but obviously without the scrub). Even though the smell isn't my favourite, it is quite lovely with a soft touch of sweetness.

4. Almond (Autumn). Aside from the cherry blossom scent, this is possibly my favourite as well. I don't know if it's because I've always loved the idea of autumn, but I actually really love how they incorporated the almond scent into this hand cream. Believe it or not, it actually smells nourishing. I feel like the scent could just wrap me up like an autumn coat. If that makes sense. The texture is pretty normal, not too moist, not too rough. But the scent! Wow, it's even almost delicious.

That's all of my thoughts on this cute hand cream collection! If you ever find it anywhere near you, I totally recommend it. It's simply too adorable not to purchase, and you will love how it smells. Each of them make my skin so soft and has kind of a refreshing side to it as well. It's pure brilliance, and I think L'Occitane has definitely done it this time.

What hand cream do you use? Do you have this collection? If yes, what do you think of it? 
I can't wait to share even more things with you, so I hope you stay tuned!

From the girl who has a thing for nice aromas,

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