Leather or Rubber?

 cropped cape - coming soon (misspouty.com)
oversized snood - coming soon (misspouty.com)
diesel black jeans
rebecca minkoff bag

It's raining outside! That means I can wear my beloved Aigle boots again.  My sister and I found them last February at Jeffrey's and still amazed how beautifully they are made.  When I first saw them in display, I thought they were leather boots and didn't even dare to look at the price tag because that kind of riding boots can be very expensive.  However, as we got closer we noticed that they were made out of rubber not leather.  But then I wondered, how could they look just like the leather ones?  On top of its impeccable design, it also has a beige lining inside that makes the boots look real leather.  How brilliant! As I was struggling whether to purchase them or not ( I already owned Micheal Kors rain boots at the moment), my sister was whispering into my ears how well made they were, how they looked just like the leather ones and so and so forth.  What made the matter worse is the sales clerk came over to me and said they were the last pair in size 6.  Next thing I remember is somehow I convinced myself that this purchase was absolutely necessary and walked out of Jeffrey's with a feeling of triumph.

Even thought it was a bit compulsive, I'm really happy that I got them and get so excited whenever it rains.  One thing though, the more I think about it, my sister tricked me to get the pair so that she could take my old Micheal Kors rain boots..  Oh well, I guess it's a win-win situation here.


Los Angeles photo diary (Kmart MCBS shoot)

Here are some photos I took during the Kmart's 'Money Can't Buy Style' shoot in LA.  I can't describe what an amazing experience it was to be involved in such fun project and feel so lucky to work with all the wonderful crews and other talents.  It was beyond my perception to find out how much work, time and labor takes to make things happen.  Special thanks to Anya Ziourova one of the most fabulous stylists, Nathan the producer, Jamie, PMH advertising, Kmart (of course), and the incredible photographer Chris Heads who was so sweet and approachable that helped me go through the shoot without nervous breakdown!  Can't wait to see the final outcome of the project soon! 

After the shoot, Scott picked me up from the studio after his meetings and we drove to the Ivy for late lunch to celebrate.  With the relief of finishing the work, my appetite finally came back so I stuffed myself with the outstanding food and cocktails, yum yum!  Here, you can see the glimpse of my hair and make up for the shoot!

These are my shoes and bag I brought with me to the city of angels: Giuseppe Zanotti's striped pumps and orange graffiti speedy.  We stayed in Andaz West Hollywood this time and loved its minimalistic interior and comforting ambiance.

 My vanity survival kit- ( see the beauty post here)

We had Saturday off so drove around the Malibu and Santa Monica during the day! Something with the LA weather gets me in such an upbeat mood!  We stopped for some wine tasting overlooking the Pacific and with a cone of gelato in hands, we walked around the gigantic outdoor mall we don't have in NYC.  I'm wearing Loro Piana cashmere cardigan, Astro boy tank top from misspouty.com, American Apparel leggings, Steve Madden wedges, Louis Vuitton graffiti.

Back to Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Had the most tasty Korean dinner with a friend's couple, drinks at the Sky bar, witnessed the girls getting thrown out at the rodeo pub, and the marvelous ladies room I wanted to stay forever at SLS hotel. 
The trip was short but priceless!


Gentle rain

wool jacket(will be in store soon) and knit skater skirt - misspouty.com
vintage top
guess by marchiano  sandals
carolina amato fingerless gloves
saffiano lux tote

As I was staring outside though my apt window I realized that I've never been on the High Line when it rains. The fact that Scott and I would be renting out our Chelsea apt and moving to Brooklyn soon (yep, it's really happening now), it suddenly occurred to me how much I like this park and how much I'll be missing it. So, I rushed to get on it before the Sun goes down and it turned out to be my best High Line experience ever. With no crowds, the most incredible palette of fallen leaves, ivy covered brick walls and all the cool architectural landmarks along the way, it is a true oasis in the middle of the city desert. On top of that, you can get a great view of the Hudson and West Chelsea, how cool is it?
I just love it here.

 I'm basically wearing the same outfit from the last post. I just managed to throw on my new favorite wool jacket. I love its minimalist design with contrasting stand collar and welt pockets. I think it was quite a nice art gallery hopping outfit. Not a great choice of shoes for the rainy day like this but at least it looks good in the pictures so no regrets.

Happy Thanksgiving!!


No place like home

This skater knit skirt is newly in my store. What do you think? I wore it to the Kmart shoot in LA and everyone loved it :)

vintage black knit top
american apparal leggings

Nothing is better than staying home with your pooch when it's gloomy and rainy outside. I left her with the dog walker for four days (while I was in LA) so I had to win her back by playing non-stop ball game and hide and seek until we both got utterly exhausted. And, Scott got me a new iPhone 4S as my birthday gift (on top of an exquisite corset from La Perla :p) so I feel like I can play with this all day long and never get bored with it. Even though I've had an iPad2 for a while, it is my very first time using iPhone and this tiny gadget is really something else!! Now I understand why people go so crazy about it. Hehe, do you have any app recommendations for me? 

Here are some pictures from my birthday as well. As I wished, it was the most intimate and romantic birthday dinner I've ever had. Scott cooked for me some delicious homemade pesto pasta (he even made the sauce by himself) with a good bottle of Barbaresco.  And then, we splurged ourselves with some macarons from my friend Dominique's new bakery (he is the former pastry chef at Daniel's) and sparkling apple cider gifted from my friend's couple in Montreal. 
It was just so perfect that I could not ask anything for more.


Skin care basics

I often get some emails from my readers asking my skincare routine and the products I use. I've been meaning to make a dedicated vanity post for a long time but only this time I managed to take some pictures of them.

Here are the beauty products that I cannot live without :)

I have a very dry/sensitive skin so my major concern is how to keep my skin hydrated at all times. After switching from one brand to another (like Khiel's, Shisheido, Lancome, and SK-II), my mom introduced me to Sulwhasoo a few years ago and ever since I've been an orthodox fan of Sulwhasoo.

I use their basic line in an order of 
1. deep cleaning oil followed by Khiel's gentle forming cleanser
2. balancing water + serum (I alternate first care serum and brightening serum)
3. facial oil followed by balancing emulsion
4. hydrating cream (during the winter time)

They've been working really good with my skin and I think it'd work for you as well if you have a very dry to somewhat combination skin type. I usually buy them in bulk whenever I go to Korea (it's a little bit cheaper at duty free) but you can also get their products from Bergdorf Goodman Sulwhasoo boutique (available both online and offline store). In fact, a sales person there is really helpful and offers great promotions like a free skincare massage session or some goodies upon your purchase.

As for the makeup, I don't believe in heavy duty one so I rarely use any kind of foundations or powders. What I do is to usually apply this amazing tinted moisturizing balm from Bobbie Brown and cover some trouble spots with a light concealer. This tinted balm is just so great that I can't even count how many of them I consumed over the last 5 years. It is not as heavy as foundation but it evens out skin tone without getting it dry and gives such natural glow. Now, I sound like a Sephora sales person but seriously it's worth every penny.

After applying tinted moisturizing balm, I put some lip products on both my cheeks and lips because I am not fond of powder type blushers. And why bother wasting money on buying lipstick and blush separately? Here are some of my lip stains that I brought with me to LA (as you can see, I'm really into pop pink these days!)

 Jeanne Lanvin perfume
 Only eye palette I own.

Hopefully, this helps many of you who've asked me about my skincare routine :)
Night night!

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