AN INTERVIEW WITH PABLO & SOFIA
Sep 9th, 2019
What you are about to see in this post is the outcome of a year-long project. The project itself wasn’t hard or complicated, but the logistics and the fact that these two tango teachers travel internationally frequently and intensively, forced us to work on this project over two summers. Pablo Inza & Sofia Saborido are world-renowned Argentine Tango teachers, dancers, and performers. In 2015, while they were on their US tour, they came to Portland for the first time to teach, which is when I met them. I remember I was completely mesmerized when I saw them performing. Most of the time when I see people performing, I see movements. Occasionally, a couple comes into town that make me feel things no other couple can evoke out of me. When Pablo and Sofia dance, I feel what they feel, I sense their breath, their heart beat, and their intense emotional waves, moving in and out with the sound, instruments, and base of the music. There is no other word to describe them but magical.
FANCY COPPER GOWN
Sep 2nd, 2019
I don’t own a lot of big gowns because, for one, I don’t have a lot of occasions where I can wear a gown, and two, you can’t wear the same gown too often because it becomes very noticeable. Hence, you can’t really justify investing in a fancy big gown that won’t get used often.
CROP TOP AND HIGH-WAISTED SKIRT
Aug 23rd, 2019
I just came back from a family vacation in Bend, Oregon. It was my first time there and I kept thinking “how could I have never been here before?” over and over just a few hours after we arrived. It is just such a relaxing, peaceful, and vivid city filled with amazing view, energy, and meditating or fun activities.
When I travel, one thing I think about is to pack items that can be styled variously to create multiple outfits so I don’t have to pack a lot of clothes. I chose this crop top because it is a perfect example of that. One day I paired it with a pair of high-waisted jeans and the other day with a high-waisted skirt, which is what I am sharing in today’s post.
Aug 11st, 2019
I love wearing jeans. Jeans could be a very universal piece of clothing in our closets. You can wear it pretty much anywhere depending on how you style them. As much as I want to look polished and dressy all the time, I do love the comfort of wearing a pair of jeans and also have it as my outfit for off-duty days.
POLKA DOT AND IVY PARK SEQUINS SET
Jul 30th, 2019
First, I’d like to share the wonderful news that my sister just got married last Sunday!!! It has been a long journey for her to finally find happiness again. I am beyond happy for her and my niece Chloe. I will certainly share some of the photos from the wedding later after I receive them from our wedding photographer. As you could image, I had a big role in the wedding. I was the emcee and one of the bridesmaids. In short, my sister looked gorgeous with the wedding dress I got her and the wedding was beyond beautiful, situated at a stunning family owned winery called Beacon Hill Winery.
THE LONG SEARCH OF A PERFECT SWIMSUIT ENDED…
Jul 23nd, 2019
Each summer season I like to add one or two new swimsuits into my collection. This summer, my search for a perfect swimsuit took a LONG time! I know there are probably thousands of options out there, but for some reason this year I had a really hard time to find that one piece until I laid my eye on this set……
NILI LOTAN FLORAL CAMI DRESS
Jul 9th, 2019
Cami dresses have always been something I love. Not only because they make me feel sexy, but they are also very transferable between looks simply by layering jackets over them. This kind of layering works very well in a place where weather changes from time to time such as what is going on right now in Portland.
METALLIC ALL THE WAY
Jul 2nd, 2019
As much as I try to avoid being trendy (I know, it sounds really weird right?! I am a fashion blogger but I am trying not to be trendy……), I still undoubtedly end up wearing pieces that are in trend. Why? Because a trend you see currently is defined by collective efforts between fashion designers, color and textile experts & manufactures through the form of seasonal collections a couple of seasons ahead. As long as you buy currently, you end up following a trend that was defined before.
Regardless of if I am wearing a trendy piece or not, the key for me is to wear something that makes me look more beautiful and/or adds emotional empowerment (such as making me happy or increasing my confidence).
I GOT MY LIPS FILLED AND IT WAS NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING
Jun 29th, 2019
All my life, I have noticed that my upper lip is very thin compared to my lower lip and felt that having thin or uneven lips is not beautiful. I patched up my insecurities by over-lining them to give the illusion that both of my lips not only are the same size, but full and lush. Even with this insecurity, I always told myself that I would never get any fillers, injections, or plastic surgery because it was “unnatural.” However, ever since I started blogging, I realized that being “natural” doesn’t matter and being “unnatural” isn’t bad, but gaining confidence and happiness through this kind of procedure is more important than being “natural”. So I decided to give it a try and let me tell you, it was NOT what I was expecting.
VLOG: REVIEW ON MY RECENT DESIGNER BAGS AND SHOES COLLECTION
Jun 25th, 2019
I have been collecting designer bags for many years now and as I grow older, I find myself valuing high-quality classic pieces much more than flashy, low-quality, and non-collectible bags that go out of fashion quickly. Those classic high-end pieces just have that magic feel of high compatibility and add the perfect amount of elegance and over all value to your every-day look.
I wouldn’t say I have a big collection, but I do think I have a good collection of some signature classic bags and a few unique and edgy ones. In this video, not only will I be reviewing my recent collection of bags but will also review designer shoes including Chanel, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Fendi and more! I hope this video will help you with some of your upcoming designer bag and shoe purchase decisions! Please do let me know if you end up buying any of the items I reviewed; I would love to hear your feedback and experience. (more…)
SUMMER DATE NIGHT LOOK
Jun 15th, 2019
Even though it is hard to have date nights with my hubby while sharing the duties of parenting two young boys, we do manage to go out once in a while on a date. Since this kind of occasion doesn’t happen often, I tend to dress up more than usual when it does.
VINTAGE BLING BLING
Jun 3rd, 2019
In general I am not the kind of girl who likes to wear bling blings. However, every once a while, I like to push my comfort zone and try something new. The key to wearing sequin pieces for a spring day is to pair them with understated classic pieces like a perfectly-cut shorts. Basically, make it the focal point of your look and keep everything else simple and classy.
NEW OBSESSION: A NOD (TO) DESIGN JEWELRY
May 24th, 2019
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably already know that jewelry is MY THING. When it comes to jewelry, my motto is the more the merrier! A big fan of jewelry in general, I love the way it transforms the most casual outfits into polished and sophisticated ensembles and adds that perfect finishing touch to any night-time look!
The designer for all the jewelry I am featuring today is Wenjing Yang, a Portland-based designer. Wenjing was in apparel design industry for about a decade before she started designing jewelry. Making jewelry is what she loves to do now and it also offers her the freedom and balance she needs between working and taking care of her family. Every year A NOD (TO) DESIGN partners with a non-profit organization, donating 5% of every sale. This year it is teaming up with The Oregon Food Bank to make sure no one suffers from hunger. (more…)
MORE LOOKS FOR SPRING
May 17th, 2019
I have been having so much fun playing with different styles of outfits to still entertain Spring but yet transition to Summer. This is the second time I am trying this new way of sharing multiple looks in one post. I would love for you to leave me some feedback on this. Positive feedback, improvement suggestions and critiques are all welcome! Here are the 4 looks I am sporting today:
FOUR LOOKS FOR SPRING
May 1st, 2019
Spring is here which calls for some new additions to my wardrobe. Below are four of my new spring looks that I would like to share with you. Each with their own flavor and feel. This spring I aim to diversify my closet and I am hoping to inspire you to do the same!