Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, My Angel

As I turned up the collar on
My favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin’ my mind
I see the kids in the street
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind
Pretending not to see their needs
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer

"In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe. "
Michael Jackson

"...I'll never let you part...
For you're always, in my heart..."

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Shine Away...Literally

Initially I wasn't a fan of looking like a disco ball and seen too many obnoxious combinations that permanently damaged my already distorted vision....However, to my surprise, I have grown to lust over sequences.  They have made a return once again and look fabulous when not exaggerated. I love it in every color except for mirrored silver (not gray)

Just ordered this skirt from VS, a trick to make this look work is to pair with something subtle ( not wizard of oz shoes)

Love it in Ivory, very feminine chic

Blake's gorgeous blazer, not too much, just enough


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Close Your Eyes and Relax Your Mind

Ginger Fever

I am consciously admitting how annoying and over enthusiastic I've been over my past discovery,  those who speak to me regularly will concur.   Yet, thanks to my recent trend of blogging, I now have a chance to expose my newest revelation with the rest of you, dear readers.

In one simple and highly underrated ingredient, I have found the formula to the healthier and more beautiful YOU.  The Asians have been taking advantage of this incredible rhizome for centuries,  using it as traditional medicine and as an essential flavor to almost all of their recipes. Now it's time for the rest of us to come aboard.   Ginger

Skin care/anti aging (exfoliator and antioxidants), properly functioning gastrointestinal system, boost of energy, stronger immune ....all of these are its proven benefits, working as a remedy for nearly everything. 

With my constant change of temperature, lack of sleep, hectic schedule, and fasting...this powerful root ginger has been keeping me on my feet when my immune system typically would be at its worst.   I add fresh slices of ginger in my green tea and drink it at least twice a day.  If you are trying to lose weight, its best to mix it with garlic vinegar and water,  consume it right before each meal. 

Here are some links ( I didn't make this stuff up) This one is my favorite (short video) Dr. Oz does a great job explaining how it works

Monday, August 22, 2011

Satirical Street Art of Banksy

"Banksy is pseudonymous England based graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter. 
His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world."

Banksy in Chicago

The Falling of Autumn

As much as I will be regretting stating this, especially when I'll be a numbed pedestrian in a miserable -20F (about -30C) Chicago winter ... I am officially done with Summer 2011...

It was fabulous globe trotting and leaving the planet of USA for a month.  Indulging in the pleasure of being a sun-kissed vegetable on the beach, sipping on something cool, refreshing and sweet enough to barely taste the alcohol... pampering myself with the glitz of spas.... and most importantly, simply being  _a w a y.   I can honestly say I had a pretty tasteful summer. 

Now that I have returned,  I am professedly back to business, thrown to the brutal reality of my overloaded schedule, consisting of full time work, school, responsibilities... absolutely everything but sleep.  This forces me to acknowledge, yet again, that time truly is a commodity. 

My tan is rapidly fading and the only drink I'm sippin on is pure black coffee at 5am.  Moreover,  there is  a humid, wet,  sticky,  hell hole outside while I power walk to class,  run to work, then end my day with another night class...  I'm  either nearly getting hot flashes or fidgeting from blasted air conditioning indoors.

Needless to say, I've begun to abhor this season with an eager anticipation of Autumn.

All of this grandly leading to FALL FASHION

My parents and I were visiting Lake Geneva this past weekend, we stumbled across this charming boutique that sells imported fur and coats. I fell in love with this super stylish and feminine mesh trench. I'm impatiently waiting for the chill temperature to kick start so it can be worn out and matched with a Parisian-esque hat that I found along.  

Here are some latest yet classic trends

Love the orange accent. Fall Collection By L.A.M.B


Victoria Beckham FALL 2011

Victoria Beckham

Rachel Zoe

The Fall of Autumn leaves in my neighborhood

Best of Summer: Neon colors and white dresses

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A New Earth

It's no secret that I religiously adore, admire, and look up to Oprah Winfrey.  She is the most influential female figure of our time and I'll go as far as saying she is the modern Mother Theresa.  I, along with the rest of the world (maybe the rest of the women in the world, to be more precise) was devastated with the announce of the last season. Tears were rolling throughout the final shows and I'm still in disbelief that I will never make it to Harper Studios and be part of the audience.... witnessing her obnoxious excitement, shouts of winning a car or going to Australia...

Approximately 3 years ago, O introduced Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth" to her book club.  Not only that, she provided an international online class with the author, tracing each chapter in depth and a promise to change people's perspective on life. I was hyped up, bought the book....yet never logged on, read few pages,  and was bored out my mind... so I l allowed it to collect dust for the next 3 years...

3 years later, as I'm preparing myself for a 13 hour flight and a passive vacation, I bring along couple books that I never got around to... "A New Earth" being one of them. In  time where I'm battling with myself and my mind was full of  unanswered questions, I knew it was best for me to dive into a book rather than over think and over analyze for the next 13 hours. Since Prince Charming himself wasn't sitting next to me, I opened the book and gave it one more try.

"Awakening to your Life's Purpose"
This isn't the type of a book that you get lost into, it isn't fiction and I wouldn't categorize it as "self help"  neither.  It is literally an awakening, an enlightenment, and a light bulb flashing brightly in your head....yet only if you are emotionally ready for it.  

 "This book's main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken"  

Consciousness is letting go of your ego, being completely at a present state, and most importantly understanding and forgiving others.  It's the toughest state of mind to be in and yet the most rewarding and the most authentic.  

I found myself reading certain paragraphs over and over again with a smirk on my face and  slight giggles. Tolle forced me to face my ego and wake up from a false dream.   I couldn't have started reading this at a better time. 

However,  I am a walking paradox and can't always practice what I preach.  The more I glance back, the more I freeze and put things into a right perspective.   I will be referring to it quite often, for it's principals have really left an impression. 

 Needless to say, I highly recommend it....O never disappoints :)

Monday, August 8, 2011


After my dramatic shift in career choice and switching majors, I parted with my favorite past-time and what I once called my passion….writing.  Of course, writing cannot be escaped (especially in an academic curriculum) I'm still drowning in research papers and lab write-ups…yet the difference is, what I at one time did for pleasure, I now do only to survive my merciless semester. Liberal Arts to Medicine, going from romantic interpretations to strict formulas, laws, observations, data, reactions, etc.  I missed expressing my opinion and leaving the door open for a variety of perceptions. 

With that said, I recently started flirting  with an idea of creating my own blog. Many times I would begin writing then instantly convince myself it isn't for me… 
 After curiously following and even enjoying my friends' daily posts, I decided to finally cave in.