I read this article on Refinery29 by Ashley Ford about her relationship with her father after he got out of prison after serving 30 years. I was so touched by how much he wanted to know about her and be a part of her life. It was beautiful. Just beautiful. I have a complicated relationship with my father because before 17 he was an amazing father to me but when he left our family, which included two very young children, to start a new life on another continent and followed that up by barely calling or visiting us, he was no longer the dad I remembered or grew up with. So when I read about this father who missed out on so much and when he was able to be with his children he wanted to know so much and really fill in as many of the missing pieces he can and really know who they are and who they were. I wished my own father was so interested in me and my siblings but he's not. The last time he visited my dad spent more days in Las Vegas at the casinos (three days, if you're curious) than he did with my younger sister and brother, the children that he left when they were 6 and 9 (he spent less than a day with them). They are now strangers to him and it's not their fault. Maybe one day my dad will be that person who is interested in our lives and wants to know who we are as opposed to just asking how we are and then running out of things to say. I can only hope. For now, knowing there are fathers out there who truly want to reconnect with their children and get to know them, it somehow does give me a bit of comfort. If not me, at least them.
Monday, March 6, 2017
At the beginning of every year I make the resolution of saving more money. A big component to that is not buying my work lunches but bringing one to work instead. Last year I did okay; my lunch spending improved but my goal is to bring lunch every work day or have zero spend weeks on lunch every week. The only exception is when I'm having lunch with a friend at a restaurant and I limit that to once a week but it doesn't happen often. Last year, I don't think I ever succeeded in bringing lunch every day or having a zero spend week on lunches but this year I finally did it! I credit it to making a more conscious effort in meal planning a few days ahead, making enough for dinner and the next day's lunch for two people (my partner and I), and packing my lunches the night before. Typing it now, it's so odd how such simple changes could make such a difference in my life! One of the foods I ate three times (yes three!) this week was Maangchi's Crunchy Korean Fried Chicken. It is so delicious and probably my new favorite fried chicken recipe. I can't take credit for cooking, that goes to my partner because honestly I lost the will to cook in college. And if you don't know Maagchi, well boo you need to get to know her! She is amazing!!! Below you will see all her cooking magic in action and her recipe.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Emma Watson has really turned into a fashion maven in my eyes. Either she has great taste or a great stylist, but either way she is work-ing it! Check out her latest dress at the Shanghai premiere of Beauty and The Beast. Cape or no cape, it's good right?
Pan Zhi Wei/Imaginechina
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I only caught the last hour of the Oscars but I enjoyed what I saw and that shocker at the end! Whoa!
Fashion is one of my fave parts of awards shows and this year I was not disappointed. Below are my fave looks.
Janelle looked like royalty and I loved it!
That flare, deep V, and that train; Brie was giving me sexy vixen in her dress.
Emma's old timey glam was on point and not costumey.
Hailee looked like a dream in her floral, sheer dress.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
So Monday was Galentine's Day (I didn't know it was the day before V-day) and today is Valentine's Day! I loved seeing all the red and burgundy things people were wearing today as I was going to work. It really put me in the cheery mood I needed because my body has been fighting some bug these past few weeks which has not developed into anything full blown but has made me tired and congested everyday (the congestion doesn't last long though, thankfully). So enough about that bug and let's get back to the cheeriness of this commercialized holiday! The crew at Oh Happy Day is doing it right and tingling my eyeballs with these two DIYs! Head on over there for the details.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Get it? Like "Ice, ice baby" Ha, so corny right? Have you seen those dresses that are made of a thicker looking lace? Self Portrait makes some amazing ones. Here are some of my faves by them. The first is probably their most popular and you've already seen in many colors on the internet. There's definitely a reason why they keep bringing it back every year-it's stunning! Any of these would be great for Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day!
Friday, February 3, 2017
I'm not sure if I'm late to the party when it comes to this trend but I started noticing more flamingo items here and there. I think it's really cute in certain doses like a skirt or top but a whole dress that is full of flamingos is a bit much for even me. Below are some cute flamingo items I've seen around the internet.
Just the right amount of flamingos on this retro dress.
This one is too sexy for me but I have to give props to whoever thought of it because it is definitely a unique way of incorporating those lovely flamingos!