Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Fall Stroll

Photos courtesy of Sung Shin

Shirt-Old Navy (also bought it in gray)
Jeans-Blank NYC
Blazer-Banana Republic (camel color sold out online but love this color here)
Shoes-Enzo Angiolini (similar style here)

Hi everyone! I just got back from my trip to Hong Kong and Seoul and am trying to get back to the groove of things. The first couple of days are always the toughest after a vacation especially when you're trying to get over jet lag. The absolute worst. 

The trip was so much fun, especially revisiting Seoul, my birthplace. It's been about 12 years since I've been back and I still have several relatives living there and it was so good to see all of them and spend quality time together during the trip. Hong Kong was great in its own ways because it was a new city to explore which had awesome (and cheap!) food and shopping--my two favorite things;) It felt like summer in Hong Kong though with temperatures reaching the mid 80's, so coming back home to this Fall chill was a drastic change. More on the trip on an upcoming post.

I recently purchased this blazer and button down shirt several weeks ago and both items have been on constant repeat since the purchase. The petite sizing on the blazer is the perfect fit (sleeves actually fit in length!) and I just love me a striped button down shirt that can be worn for both office wear and casual pairings (not to mention the hard to beat price at $10!).

Though this is a little off topic, I think it's worth mentioning. Last night I had the opportunity to attend Saks Fifth Avenues Annual "Key to the Cure" kickoff party who has teamed up with the Tigerlily Foundation, a non-profit that raises money for women 15-40 years old for support before, during, and after breast cancer.  The charity shopping weekend begins today until Sunday 10/19 at all Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide and online ( and During that shopping weekend 2% of participating vendor sales will be donated to Tigerlily Foundation and 100% of the proceeds from this years shirts (retails at $35, designed by Rag and Bone) sold at Saks stores and online, will be donated to the foundation. I have to admit that I forget to do at home breast self-exams and this event was a stark reminder to start making it a habit. I hope that you will make it a habit as well.

Wishing you guys a fantastic week/end. Xo.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Vibes

Photos courtesy of Sung Shin

Gingham shirt-J.Crew (old but this years style here)
Jeans-Blank NYC
Shoes-Enzo Angiolini (no longer available online but similar style here)

Hi everyone! My apologizes for the absence of posts the past couple of weeks--it's been due to an accumulation of unusable blurry pics from a hopefully fixable lens, an extremely busy and tiring work schedule, and preparing for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong (crossing fingers the current situation over there dissipates and gets better by the time I visit) and Korea this weekend! It's so crazy how September just flew by and we are already in the month of October. Am I the only person that feels that way??

A couple of outfit posts ago, I first wore this sleeveless trench here and with the fluctuating weather we've been having lately, it has been the perfect layering piece for Fall. Repeat offender over here.

Hope you've been enjoying everything about Fall so far. Have a great week. Xo.

Friday, September 19, 2014

NomNom: Moroccan Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

A habit I've been trying to get better at is snacking healthier. I used to snack on chips if I had to be at work all day and other not so good for you things I could get my hands on but have made a proactive decision this year to swap out those chips for something healthier like...baked chips. Kidding. Kind of.

Fortunately I love legumes and chickpeas/garbanzo beans is no exception and when I came across a recipe that roasted the beans, which turns them into something crunchy, I was intrigued. Story of my life.

Lately, documentaries and roasted chickpeas have been a thing in my life. I've been watching lots of documentaries on Netflix (it all started with watching Jiro Deams of Sushi to prep for my trip to Japan 5 months ago) and since I like to munch on something as I watch movies, or these days, documentaries, these crunchy, healthy, protein packed snacks have been fitting for the occasion...along with a glass of wine because you know, wine is always a good idea.

Have you guys seen the documentary Somm? It's about the road to becoming a master sommelier--who knew it would be that intense to become one?! My God. I have a new found respect for them if I see one listed at a restaurant. The documentary is fascinating in that it takes you into the world of professional trained sommeliers. The most recent documentary I've been loving these days has been The Mind of a Chef which spotlights on a specific chef and his culinary adventure on how he approaches food and dishes along with glimpses of his friendships with other well respected Chefs. I recently hung out with a good friend of mine last weekend who watches the show as well and we were discussing about one of the episodes from the first season where Chef David Chang makes gnocchi out of packaged ramen. WHAT. Mind blown. Such a fantastic documentary series if you are interested in food and cooking.

But back to my beloved chickpeas. Don't say I didn't warn you when I tell you that these are a-d-d-i-c-t-i-n-g. When I first made them, I used one can and finished it all by myself. In a day. Hello gluttony. The second time around, I made 3 cans worth. You live and learn folks, you live and you learn.

A couple of things to note about this recipe. Make sure the beans are super dry before putting them in the oven (helps with the crunchy texture) and have fun experimenting with different spices. These can be just as good with using simple ingredients such as olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder or if you want to go the sweet route, try this recipe for honey cinnamon roasted chickpeas.

Cheers to roasted chickpeas and good documentaries. Have a good weekend. Xo.

1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons Ras El Hanout spice (spice recipe from my harira soup)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Rinse and strain beans under cold water thoroughly to remove starch. Spread them out on baking sheet and pat dry with paper towel. Remove any of the skin from the beans that may peel (not necessary but I like to remove them). Let it air dry for 10 minutes.

3. Once they are dry, place baking sheet of chickpeas into oven for 15 minutes and roast them. Remove from oven and drizzle olive oil and spice mixture, making sure all the chickpeas are evenly coated.

4. Place back into oven and roast for 25 more minutes until crispy. Remove baking sheet and transfer to serving bowl. Store at room temperature.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Working Girl

Photos courtesy of Sung Shin

Button down-Ann Taylor
Pearl necklace-J.Crew
Sunglasses-Karen Walker

For me, one of the hardest things to find that fits me well and meets my criteria (not too tight, respectable length, etc) is a basic black pencil skirt for work wear. Often times, I come across skirts that are either too long (goes way past my knees), doesn't fit well on the waist, or the cut accentuates my hips. Fortunately, I finally found one that fits well when I bought this skirt online from Loft. I ended up ordering this skirt in different colors after finding the black colored one fit so well but oddly enough the camel and grey colored ones accentuated my hips--definite returns since my hips do not need to look wide. However, if you are in the search for a basic black work appropriate pencil skirt, I highly recommend this one from Loft:)

Have a great week. Xo.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sleeveless Trench

Photos courtesy of Sung Shin

Sleeveless Trench-Ann Taylor
Sunglasses-Karen Walker
Scarf-J.Crew (old, but similar style HERE)

Happy Friday everyone! The past couple of weeks have been busy and a bit stressful but things are winding down now and I'm just happy the weekend is finally here so I can finally relax and catch up with old faces I haven't seen in what seems like forever. 

The weather is finally cooling down and the hint of cool air is starting to make it feel like Fall which means trench coats, leather jackets, and blazers--all of my favorite timeless pieces that should belong in the closet. I recently added this sleeveless trench to my closet when Ann Taylor was having their Friends and Family sale a month ago and finally got the chance to wear it recently. It's the perfect transitional piece for Fall because it's easy to layer and incredibly versatile. Will post another way to wear this sleeveless trench soon!

Enjoy your weekend. Xo.