OOTD: Sun Breaks


There are a few things I've underestimated lately. 1) How much the sun makes me feel like a better version of myself. 2) Skirts, Marilyn Monroe moments aside. 3) The color orange, which at one point was my least favorite color of the rainbow (childhood misconception). As the weather gets warmer, I know I'll be adding more bright and playful pieces to my wardrobe and pairing them with chunky knits and stockings until it's summertime. This flouncy pleated skirt has a playful, retro, slightly school-girl-esque vibe. I love that I don't have to worry about it being transparent in the bright sunshine or too short to wear in certain venues. I snagged it for half-price in my local Urban Outfitters (not quite sure how this happened because it's full price online). It's just high-waisted enough to wear with crop tops... the only challenge with crop tops is making them work/school appropriate, so I layered a camisole underneath. I'm also wearing my favorite lipstick of the moment, the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #17 "Rose in Tension," the "tension" being that it's kinda red, kinda pink. 

Although I was stuck indoors at work for most of yesterday, I snapped a few photos outside. This is my first ootd outside, and I preferred being outside even though it felt a tiny bit awkward when I noticed a passerby staring in amusement as I tried to balance my tripod on a sill for potted plants. I also enlisted the help of my mom for a couple of these shots... thanks mom! Now I'm getting excited for the Easter holiday and promises of more sunshine. Even though I just have the one day off, I can't wait to frolic outside and eat my Cadbury Creme Eggs!

Pink Box From Voodoo Doughnut


When I rolled out of bed this morning I discovered a giant pink box of the most over-the-top doughnuts I've ever seen. My brother brought them back from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, a pride and joy of Oregon that has been featured on Anthony Bordain's No Reservations and Man v. Food! They're (in)famous for their unusual and slightly taboo creations; note the voodoo doll doughnut! Toppings/fillings include M&Ms, Oreos, custard, Cocoa Puffs and bacon! I'll be sampling these today with a frosty glass of milk. Oh and speaking of milk, yesterday I had a good laugh after noticing on my blog stats that someone discovered my blog by searching "large images of milk on a plate"! ??

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Snow in March? Waking up one morning to the ground covered in white was a little out of the blue, and very short-lived because the sun came out and melted everything away. Not really sure what was going through Eva's mind other than "can I eat it?" More appropriately for start of spring, I bought a huge bunch of carnations for my sister. She headed to the east coast for a little while so I'm stealing babysitting them in the meantime :)

I've kept myself busy with work and redesigning the layout of this blog with my nonexistent html know-how. I got really distracted and spent an embarrassing amount of time browsing through free online fonts. Last week I also had the opportunity to work as a personal stylist. It's a job that sounds dreamy but can be quite a challenge, especially when you're working with a client who has different tastes to your own.

I've been enjoying healthy food and eaten quite a lot of fresh fruits, veggies and Whole Foods trail mix (aka treasure hunt for the dark chocolate). I've become slightly addicted to ordering Thai chicken salad during my lunch breaks. I do still satisfy my sweet tooth and I don't think I ever won't, because I love chocolate too much! Other things I've been enjoying lately include OPI's "Barefoot in Barcelona," the most gorgeous mauve-y nude shade that applies perfectly in just two coats, and Lana Del Rey's EP "Paradise." I love listening to Lana Del Ray while driving, even though the lyrics are questionable, and  if you've heard these songs you'll know exactly what I'm talking about (ahem "cola" ahem). 

I am so looking forward to having two consecutive days off next week. It feels like that hasn't happened since Christmas (that can't be right though?!). On one of the days my brother and I are having part 2 of our American Horror Story marathon. We plan to make bagels a la Joy The Baker, and it will be magnificent. 

Beauty Pick & Mix 001


Every so often, I like to switch up the items at the forefront of my beauty routine. This way, I get to use my newer products while rediscovering old ones, and as I'm reminded of what I own, I'm less likely to end up with five products that do exactly the same thing. I've decided to start a little series in which I'll tell you about the products I've picked out and thrown into the current mix. I'll also be sure to let you know if the products I'm currently using up aren't ones I'd repurchase.

Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation SPF 15: the healthier alternative to liquid foundation, this loose powder is surprisingly buildable. It leaves my skin looking like a better version of itself rather than cakey or mask-like. I have it in the color Natural Beige and it's a great match for my skin tone. When I need it to last all day long, I layer the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer underneath.

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream: I wrote an extensive post on this here, and yes, I'm still loving it. My skin has been dehydrated lately and this stuff is the ultimate skin savior. I mostly use it as a concentrated treatment on dry patches, but I did use it as a night cream one night when times were desperate!

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel: I remembered I had purchased this a few months back, and now I'm trying to use it once a week. This facial mask contains soothing yogurt, antioxidant extracts from various berries, and niacinamide, which promotes surface renewal of the skin and boosts the skin's natural production of collagen. It's much gentler than it sounds, and it smells delicious. Though one time I accidentally got a tiny bit in my mouth and I can guarantee you it is not delicious. I'm not sure if I'd purchase this again because I think there are purer and more potent masks out there. 

YSL Rouge Volupte Sheer Candy Sheer Balm in #17 "Rose in Tension": I am a huge fan of YSL lipsticks, and this is my first "sheer candy" one. I absolutely love it. It's more wearable on a work-day basis than the brand's full-on lipsticks and glossy stains, and it feels as moisturizing as a balm. The only thing is, I can't seem to find a link to the color I have here. When I purchased this from the counter at Nordstrom I was told it was a Nordstrom-exclusive color, but I don't even see it on the website... so US ladies, if you're interested in this reddish-pink color, check in stores? I will do a full post on this product when there's better lighting outside!

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel: I've used Anastasia tinted brow gel for ages with good results, but if I'm filling in my brows with a pencil, I prefer to use clear brow gel to set them. Plus, this is fuss-free because it's transparent!

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Brunettes: I love this dry shampoo because I don't have to worry about rubbing away ashy powder after spraying it in. I also spritz this into freshly washed and dried hair to add a little more texture and volume to the roots.

So there you have it... and yeah, I have to make the standard blogger apology about the bad lighting... we're been having dark and stormy weather here. I woke up to a white winter wonderland this morning!

That Fresh Feeling


I snapped this 7pm sunset on my iphone after work. Now that spring has sprung and the clocks have "sprung forward" an hour, the days seem to end when they're supposed to instead of stopping short.

I spent the first day of spring...
- eating avocado on the half shell.
- spraying my hair with so much salt spray, and then going out in strong wind and getting a mouthful of salty hair. bleh.
- working as a personal stylist! the appointment was nearly three hours long, exhausting.
- later, treating myself to a huge vegan cookie and a browse-around in Sephora.
- going outside at the end of the night to discover a layer of snow on my car... oh Seattle weather.
- feeling the 24-hours-later soreness from the gym settle into my muscles.
- tweaking this blog and pretending I understand html even though I have no idea what I'm doing.

Today is devoted to R&R, spring cleaning and maybe a little project in the kitchen if I'm not too lazy!

OOTD: Boy Meets Girl


Pearls - vintage
Belt - vintage
"Jamie" Jeans - Topshop (old)

I love mixing old and new to get that fresh yet worn-in look. As spring arrives (tomorrow!), I've been updating my wardrobe while trying to get the last wears out of older pieces. One of the newest additions is my first-ever "boyfriend-style" chambray top, which has (surprise surprise) polka dots on it. I decided to play up the dots on the shirt by pairing it with a textured cardigan and a long string of pearls, doubled around and knotted. My mom gave me this pearl necklace a long time ago and I haven't worn it in years, but I think I'll keep it forever because it looks timeless. I love how it gives masculine pieces a more feminine touch. And the cardigan is quickly becoming one of my favorite layering pieces, so I'm sure you'll see it again here. 

I'm also wearing two items that I wish I could wear forever but are, sadly, falling apart: my trustiest and now-faded black high-waisted jeans from Topshop, and a little waist belt that my mom used to wear. She had an itty-bitty waist and this thing can barely fit around me, but over the past year I've still insisted on wearing it so much that it's ripping (ssh). 

The button-up tucked-in and belted look makes me feel grown up, but the truth of the matter is, I'm sitting here eating cheerios from a ziplock bag like a small child. Once I'm through I've promised myself to head to the gym, which is pretty much a foreign country to me now because I haven't been there in so long!

Tell me about the oldies-but-goodies in your wardrobe!



Okay, "detox" is a bit of an exaggeration. Because no, I won't be juicing every meal, cutting out all sugar, eating only raw, or attempting any other feats of willpower that constitute true detoxes. I am going on a mini-mission to cleanse my diet. I've developed a bad cookie-a-day + sugar/caffeine cocktails habit, and I've been saying "I'll eat healthier tomorrow!" for quite a few tomorrows on end. So I decided today is the day when I start following through. I had a trio of fruits for breakfast along with coffee (don't be fooled, there's no sugar in that Starbucks mug!) and (later) a homemade granola bar

In blogging about beauty and skincare, it seems necessary to mention that a healthy diet is my number one most important key to feeling and looking my best. No matter how many times people have dismissed the link between diet and acne, I truly feel that my skin is clearer if I cut back on "empty calories" and eat more fresh, natural ingredients. I also just live better when I eat healthfully... I have more energy and fewer cravings. 

I've never followed a strict diet, and I personally don't believe in counting calories, but I do feel the need every so often to be more conscientious about what I put into my body. The main (only) rule I follow is kind of a no-brainer: less of the bad, more of the good. I'm looking forwarding to raiding the aisles of Whole Foods and trying some vegan dessert recipes. After all, I'll still need my chocolate fix! Anyone else trying to eat more healthfully?

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream


Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream - $28

If one product in my collection deserves the name "one-product wonder," this is it. Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream is an oil-infused cream/balm and multi-tasker extraordinaire. As the packaging suggests, this product can be used in a variety of ways to add moisture and luminosity to your complexion. It's a deep moisturizer, lip conditioner, eyebrow-groomer, sunburn-reliever, lipstick or eyeshadow base, highlighter, cuticle-softener... the list goes on. It's also a makeup-transformer of sorts, as you can mix it into a powder product such as eyeshadow, blush or luminizer to turn it into a cream. 

Since purchasing this product, I've found myself reaching for it to give my skincare and makeup that extra somethin'-somethin'. I haven't used it in all the suggested ways, but there's one particular problem that Infinity Cream fixes like nothing else. During the wintertime, or when I've gone a little overboard with spot treatment, I tend to get patches of dryness that foundation only exaggerates. I hate the look of dry skin + foundation so much that I have on occasion wiped off all the foundation just to exfoliate, re-moisturize and reapply. Infinity Cream provides a much easier solution to cakey foundation woes: simply dab onto the dry patch and voila, dryness is soothed and camouflaged. This one use alone is enough to make this product a staple in my routine. I also know this will be a skin savior for long-haul flights and times when I need to condense my beauty routine for traveling. 

This product is what I wished Elizabeth Arden's 8-Hour Cream would be. I've mentioned before that I never liked the stuff, and when I found out it contained mineral oil, petrolatum, artificial fragrance and parabens, I ditched my mini sample tube. Infinity Cream is about as pure as skincare gets. It's 99% natural and contains a cocktail of hydrators such as safflower seed oil, argan oil, shea butter, beeswax, avocado oil, coconut oil and macadamia seed oil. It's also paraben and cruelty-free. Really, what more could I ask for?

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite beauty multi-tasker?

Life Lately


Ramen at Kukai's first US location, fresh fruits for breakfast, disheveled Eva, Trophy cupcake, pho outing with the brother, blue skies, Eva watching cavachons on YouTube, snack fortifications for an American Horror Story marathon, blogging with sweets, my favorite orange-red lipstick MAC "See Sheer," ambivalence about the orangey-red coat, spot the Hello Kitty!

It feels like ages since I've done one of these posts! But I felt it was about to time to share the mostly-gustatory delights that I've been enjoying. To be honest, life has been stressful lately... I can't remember the last time I had two days in a row off! So I haven't had a whole lot of free time to recalibrate and focus on living a healthy lifestyle. That's my mission this week... expect to see a health-related post or two! Yesterday my brother and I watched a marathon of American Horror Story with our most favorite snacks from Whole Foods (and chocolate-covered gummy bears shh). I thought it was terrifying... we are just over halfway through the first season, and I can't wait until we can finish it. Also, in the US our clocks sprung forward an hour early this morning, and even though it's painful to lose an hour of the day, I'm happy the sun will be setting later!  

Hope everyone's enjoying the weekend... I send you all wifi love!

The "Maybe" Buy: Fisherman Mac


When I go shopping, there are some things I bring home and wear instantly. There are other things I convince myself would be amazing in the shop, only to get home, try them on again and second-guess myself. Case in point: this bright orangey-red fisherman mac I purchased from The Gap. I have never owned any outerwear item this bright, unless you count the vinyl raincoats I sported in the early 90s. Every time I put this on before I'm about to head out, I look in the mirror, wonder if I look too much like a stop sign, and hang it back in my closet in favor of something black or navy blue. It's actually not quite as bright in real life as my camera makes it look... but still... I'm quite shy in the real world, and this is the kind of color that gets you noticed! The other doubt about this coat is that it runs extremely big... this is an XS and it's still so roomy. So it may go back to the shop before it makes an appearance anywhere besides here. Even though there's something about shocking colors that calls my name...

What do you think about brights? Anyone else out there an indecisive shopper?

John Masters Sea Mist


If you're after that tousled, effortless hair look, you need a good sea salt spray in your life. Sea salt sprays are one of my favorite styling products, mostly because they don't require much styling effort at all... simply spritz all over your hair, braid your hair or twist it into a bun, and let it down to reveal hair with body and texture. I've tried a few different sea salt sprays, including the most hyped of them all, Bumble and bumble's Surf Spray. But as I've mentioned before, I've been experimenting with more natural beauty products, and I chanced upon a new gem: John Masters Organics Sea Mist.

For those of you who aren't familiar with John Masters Organics, the brand specializes in luxury skincare, haircare and bodycare products with natural, organic ingredients that are harvested in eco-friendly ways. If that's not enough to entice you, you can check out the brand's website, where you'll see that John Masters is a favorite among many good-looking celebrities including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zooey Deschanel and Jake Gyllenhaal (hehe). 

How does this compare to Bumble and bumble's version? Let's start with the ingredients: the USDA-Certified Organic John Masters Sea Mist contains just water, sea salt and lavender oil. It's so pure that (as the staff at Whole Foods pointed out to me) you could DIY the product. Bumble and bumble's Surf Spray has a much lengthier list of ingredients, including a few "unpronounceables" and artificial fragrance. Bumble and bumble also puts magnesium sulfate into their product, an astringent which gives your hair a gritty texture. John Masters Sea Mist doesn't contain this ingredient, so it leaves my hair feeling a little softer, if slightly less texturized. I also prefer the packaging of the John Masters Sea Mist, which spritzes a fine and delicate mist that never leaves one section of your hair more saturated than another. Finally, at $16.50 for a huge 9 oz bottle, the John Masters Sea Mist is much cheaper than Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, which will cost you $25 for 4 oz. 

I love this product as a cleaner, healthier alternative to my Bumble & bumble Surf Spray. If you're interested in trying John Masters Organics products, Whole Foods carries quite a few of them, and you can also order online with free shipping... check out the locations here for websites by country and ordering information. Also, I'd love to know... what are your favorite products for that tousled, slept-in look?

MAC "See Sheer" // FOTD


MAC Lipstick in "See Sheer" - US / UK

MAC "See Sheer" is my newest springtime lipstick. When I went to the MAC counter, I asked the makeup artist to recommend a good everyday alternative to the darker, bolder colors I've loved throughout the winter. She showed me "See Sheer," a red-orange coral with a lustre finish that is, as the name suggests, sheerer on the lips than in the bullet. I've always been wary of purchasing a lipstick in the orange color spectrum, but now that I have I'm sold; I love the warmth that orange brings to a fair complexion, and this one is subtle enough to wear anywhere. I wore it here with super-simple eye makeup and a bit of tarte "Tipsy" (another coral!) on my cheeks. It might just be that I have the urge to wear orange more these days... whether it's bright orange or a creamsicle pastel, the color is just so cheerful!

Have you tried "See Sheer" or any orangey lip color? What is your favorite springtime lipstick?

Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian


Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian - US / UK

The Clarins Cleansing Milk with Gentian has become one of my go-to SOS cleansers, the one I reach for when my skin is irritated and dehydrated. It leaves my sensitive, combination skin feeling balanced, not tight, and even though it doesn't contain your typical blemish-fighting ingredients, I've had clearer, dewier skin throughout the month that I've been using it.

The cleansing milk contains gentian, a natural anti-inflammatory, and iris and hawthorne, natural anti-bacterials, as well as vitamins A and E. Clarins recommends a specific method of cleansing with it. First, warm a small amount between the palms of your dry hands and then place your hands against your face without pressing, holding for a few seconds. Then, lift your hands briskly away from your face, "suctioning" off any impurities and makeup. Repeat five or six times (or ten just to be safe!), then rinse with water. It's important not to add water to the cleansing process until rinsing the product off your face.

Because I prefer to use my Clarisonic for deep-cleansing and makeup removal, I use the Clarins cleansing milk every morning and whenever I'm not wearing much makeup and want to wash my face. If you're going to use this product in the evenings, I'd recommend double-cleansing to remove every trace of impurities. At $30, the large 200ml bottle is affordable and should last you a few months. 

The only downside is that this product isn't as natural as some other options on the market. It does contain parabens and fragrance, and although I'm partial to the slightly powdery scent, others might find it overwhelming. When this does finally run out, I will probably try something more natural, but I'm thankful to know that this is a safe fall-back option and a savior whenever my skin seems to misbehave in every way!

Have you tried Clarins cleansers?

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