Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Favorites 2012

What a lovely month March has been! The weather is getting nicer, flowers are everywhere and spring is finally here! I don't know about you, but whenever the seasons change I just can't wait to go shopping to get my hands on some new items. I've had to be very strict with myself though, as I've been saving my money for our trip to Japan.

But, I couldn't control myself when I went into Tory Burch a few weeks ago, and got this lovely pair of Reva patent leather flats in the color Sand. I originally had my eye on the Caroline ballet flats, but they didn't really blow my hair back when I saw it in person. This has been my favorite pair of shoes for March!

I found myself reaching for my DKNY Be Delicious perfume almost everyday, because it reminds me of summer, and obviously, I'm a big fan of the sunny seasons. Also, now that the sun is out more often, I've been wearing my Ray-Ban Wayfarers all the time.

This month, I've been loving Yankee Candle's Farmer's Market. The Boyfriend got me the biggest candle they make, and it has lasted me more than a month and a half, even though I burn it every night. Definitely getting that size again. But which one should I try next?

I've been wearing Essie's Peach Dacquiri on my nails for more than half of March, so obviously it has been my favorite nail polish. 

So those are my favorites for the month of March. What has been your favorites?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Suddenly, it’s spring!

Is that fresh blossoms I smell? Birds chirping? Hints of ghostly white winter skin visible on arms and legs everywhere. Ladies and gentlemen, spring has arrived!

Oh, my beloved Spring, how I’ve missed you. It was a long, cold and rainy winter here in Taiwan. I was waiting, not-so-patiently, for your arrival. I thought about you constantly, especially when having to put on five layers of heavy clothes to stay warm, and when I had to go outside and face the elements. I longed for you as I stood freezing at the bus stop. I yearned for you when I got out of a hot shower and into the cold air in my house. But you came back, just like you always have.

If it’s possible, I’m even more thrilled at the arrival of spring this year. I love the fashion trends for this season and can’t wait to wear my pastels and lace. It really did feel like the winter was extra long this year. Not only is the weather getting nicer, people in general are nicer, too. With spring comes the sun, and the presence of the sun brings out cheerfulness and optimism in the masses.

Spring brings a new beginning. We can spring clean our homes, our lives, our thoughts and ourselves. So, here’s to the arrival of the sunny season and a fresh start! (*raises invisible glass awkwardly…) May you have a lovely and happy spring!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: My favorite TV Shows

I can easily get hooked on a TV show; I'm not too picky and can enjoy many genres. But lately I've really been trying not to start watching new ones. It just takes up too much of my time.

With that said, I do have my list of all time favorite TV shows. These shows I can watch over and over and over and never get sick of it.

Top 10 Favorite TV Shows:

1.  Friends
It's no secret that Friends is my all time favorite show. I started watching it back in elementary school, and used to record every episode on VHS and watch it over and over. The best gift I ever received in my life was the complete series box set.

2. How I met your Mother
I've yet to meet a person that dislikes this show. How I met your Mother is hilarious, and a close second as my favorite show.

3. Sex and the City
The movies were okay, nothing like the TV show. I can watch Sex and the City episodes over and over, and actually just recently watched the entire series again for the millionth time.

4. Will & Grace
I also remember watching Will & Grace when I was still in school, and later got the box set DVDs which I watch over and over. The characters Karen and Jack are my favorites, and that's what the show should have been called.

5. Project Runway
I think Project Runway will soon enter it's tenth season, and I still watch every episode. I love the challenges where they have to create garments out of unusual materials. 

6. Criminal Minds
I know there are, like, a gazillion of this type of show, but Criminal Minds is by far my favorite. Although, I do get crazy nightmares when I watched too many episodes back to  back.

7. Gossip Girl
I remember when Gossip Girl started I wasn't really interested. I thought it was just another The OC, but I managed to get sucked into it of course. Even though some of the characters annoy the crap out of me, I do like the story lines and, of course, the fashion.

8. Saturday Night Live
Living in Asia, and being half a day ahead in time of the US, Saturday Night Live for me is more like Sunday Afternoon Not-so-live. I don't watch each episode, only if I read good reviews on an episode or if it starred one of my favorite celebrities. Molly Shannon and Jimmy Fallon will always be my favorites from previous casts, but there are some new additions that I totally love.

9. Lost
Even though many people got disinterested in Lost after getting, well, lost after the first two seasons, I still really enjoyed the show. The trick is to not watch one episode a week, but to watch an entire season in one sitting, like I did. But I must admit, I'm still not entirely sure what happened in the last season...

10. Absolutely Fabulous
Absolutely Fabulous is by far the most ridiculous show on TV, but in a good way. It is hilarious! If you don't like British humor, you will probably not like this show though.  

What are your favorite TV shows of all time? 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Bag Lust List for Spring/Summer 2012

Spring is finally here and I've been thinking about getting a new bag for the occasion. Of course, it will take me forever to decide with all the beautiful options out there. 

Here is My Bag Lust List for Spring/Summer 2012:

1. Mulberry
Mulberry Travel Day Bag

2. Anya Hindmarch
Anya Hindmarch Shoulder Mini Bag Gracie

3. Balenciaga
Balenciaga City Bag

4. Accessorize
Accessorize Ladylike Turn Lock Bag

5. Zen (Kensington)
Zen (Kensington) Beaufort Satchel

6. Tory Burch
Tory Burch Robinson Mini Bag

7. Chloe
Chloe Poya Satchel

8. Mulberry
Mulberry Del Rey

9. Michael Kors
Michael Kors Large North South Tote

10. Tory Burch
Tory Burch Robinson Double Zip Tote

11. Proenza Schouler
Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather

12. Zen (Kensington)
Zen (Kensington) Francesca Clutch
Which one these do you like most? And what will you be adding to your bag collection this year?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Countries I want to visit

Who doesn't like traveling? Seeing a new place, it's people and their culture; I just love it! So far I've been to South Africa, Namibia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, United States, United Arab Emirates and Philippines. I hope to add some more places to my list this year.

Top 10 countries I want to visit:

1. Japan
Mount Fuji, Japan
The Boyfriend and I will be going to Tokyo in April for our 3-year anniversary. We only have four days, so as you can imagine we will have a jam-packed itinerary.

2. Greece
Mykonos, Greece
This summer we are going on a cruise in the Mediterranean and Greece is one of the five countries we'll be visiting.

3. Italy
Venice, Italy
Italy is also one of the countries we'll get to visit on our cruise. Although, I will have to come back here in the future because there are just way too many places to see, and I doubt we'll have enough time this year.

4. France
Paris, France
France is probably the country I'd like to visit most. I've always been obsessed with Paris and its cafe's, famous museums and of course the Eiffel Tower.

5. Spain
Ibiza, Spain
Spain is also one of the countries we'll see on our cruise. Isn't it beautiful?

6. Switzerland
Matterhorn, Switzerland
I must admit, I fell in love with Switzerland during the latest season of The Bachelor, when they were in Zermatt. It's so pure and clean. I would love to go there.

7. Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil has always intrigued me, and my friends and I have been talking about going there for the next Soccer World Cup in 2014.

8. Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
One of my friends recently moved here, and after seeing his photos I fell in love with this place. I'll have to go and visit him.

9. New Zealand
Fiordland, New Zealand
I think New Zealand is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. But I wouldn't even know where to start, there are way too many spectacular sites.

10. French Polynesia
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Technically not a country, but this would be my ultimate vacation destination. 

Which country would you love to visit? And which country is your favorite so far?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Beautiful brights & neon for Spring/Summer 2012

Apart from this season's lovely lace and pretty pastel trends, I also really love all the brights and neon that's been popping up all over the stores and online.

I'm especially a big fan of bright blazers and neon jeans. As I already bought a pair of mint jeans last year, I'm thinking of getting a pair of neon orange/coral jeans. 

Thank you again, Pinterest, for the beautiful brights and neon inspiration!

1. Blazers
 Left: Tangerine Boyfriend Blazer from TOPSHOP

2. Shorts
Bright shorts from J.CREW

3. Bags
Left: Robinson Envelope clutch from TORY BURCH
Right: City bag from BALENCIAGA
Right: Pleated clutch from ACCESSORIZE

4. Dresses

5. Jeans
Left: Bright orange skinny jeans from J BRAND
Right: Verdugo ultra skinny jeans from PAIGE
Left: Skinny leggings from ASOS
Right: Skinny jeans from MADEWELL
Do you like this trend for spring and summer? Will you be buying some brights and neon?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Perfumes

I remember receiving my first bottle of perfume when I was about 13 or 14 years old. It was the original DKNY fragrance for women. Since then, I've always worn perfume, every single day. Mostly, I prefer floral and fruity scents, but I'm willing to give others a try.

Since that first bottle of DKNY, I've tried many other fragrances, but it seems like I just always go back to my favorites:

This was my very first perfume, and to this day it remains my favorite. I think mostly because of the carefree and simple time I associate it with.

2. Abercrombie & Fitch Wakely
My sister once got this perfume for my mom, and I just loved it so much that I got myself a bottle last year. I don't think I've ever gone through a bottle of perfume faster than I did this one. Love it!

3. DKNY Be Delicious
This is obviously very fruity, hence the apple shape of the bottle. I think it's one of my ultimate favorites for summer.

4. Clinique Happy
I think I once stole this one from my mom... or did she give it to me? I'm not sure. I wore this in my final year of university, and every time I smell it now, it brings back so many amazing memories.

5. Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey
I used this perfume a long time ago, I think when I was still in high school. But it's on my list again for this summer for sure.

6. DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom

 Clearly, I'm a big fan of DKNY fragrances. This one is incredible! Perfect for spring and summer.

7. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
This is the one I'm using the most at the moment. I'm just in love with this perfume and will definitely repurchase it when I run out.

8. Estée Lauder Pleasures
Even though I've never owned this perfume, it is one of my favorites because it reminds me of my mom. This has been her favorite for years, and just smelling it can take me thousands of kilometers over the ocean and make me feel like I'm with her.

9. Versace Bright Crystal

This is another one I've never owned, but reminds me of one of my best friends and our adventures in Hong Kong and Thailand during our first year living in Taiwan.

10. DKNY Golden Delicious
This is one of the perfumes that I'm dying to try out. Because I love most of the DKNY fragrances so much, I'm almost sure that I'm going to like this one.

What is your all time favorite fragrance?


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