Holiday Style Story: Cozy with Loft

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Plush Jacket by LOFT

For someone who frequents the city every week, I don’t visit Soho, Manhattan enough. Then an occasion would lead me there and I wonder why I don’t on a regular basis. It’s probably one of my favorite places in all of New York City. Despite the tourists, the populated sidewalks and roads, I absolutely love the vibe and the old and new architecture that mesh together in the gridded streets. Every intersection is a melting pot, specifically Broadway and Lafayette. Jason and I ended up stuck in the middle of the road while crossing and it was just the perfect photo opp.

Winter is here to stay and I can’t seem to get the word ‘cozy’ out of my vocabulary. The trick to layering is making it look like a cohesive ensemble regardless of the five layers you’re actually wearing underneath. Plush jackets are my all time favorite cherry on top to any cozy winter looks. This lush, luxe, whisper white plush jacket from Loft has been my go-to since the temperatures dropped below 40º in New York City. Lucky for you, it is currently extra 50% off online. The creature of habit that I am just cannot seem to let it go and I don’t think you’ll be able to either.

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Holiday Style Story: There Are Socks, Then There Are Happy Socks

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Hysteria by Happy Socks

Tis the season they say. Long gone are the days when holidays are easy and stress-free. Long gone are the days when holidays are ruled by adults. Long gone are the days when showing up is the only holiday responsibility. I am not sure how I got here but I am now the one that hosts dinner parties and get togethers. I am now the one that gets sucked into holiday sale rabbit holes. I am now the one that obsesses and overanalyzes holiday decorations. When I inhale more anxiety than exhale relief around this time of the year, holiday dressing seem to fall last on my list.

Thanksgiving and my birthday is well around the corner and with Christmas and New Year’s Day quickly on its tail, I choose to dress effortless and comfortable. Hysteria by Happy Socks will be the accent to all my birthday and holiday wardrobe. It’s chic and easy to style with sandals or boots. Attending and hosting events in an Asian household calls for no shoes indoors so I am ready to stunt with my happy socks. There are socks, then there are happy socks.

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The Selman | Marrakech, Morocco

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The Plunge Swimsuit by Summersalt

It takes me a while to realize I’ve physically been to a dream place. Going from one place to the next in such a limited time sometimes doesn’t give space to treasure each and every moment. Sometimes it takes a look back at some amazing photos and relive those pinch me moments and relish in the fact you’ve actually gone to a bucket list place. The Selman in Marrakech, Morocco was nothing short of stunning. It was impressive to the eye and breathtaking in design and architecture. It is impeccable beyond words and I am grateful to have been there with such an incredible group of girls, the best brands there are and one of my best friends ever. By far, the best plus one invite a girl can have.

Shot by @CarleysCamera

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When Life Imitates Art | The Met Store at The Met Museum

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There are many ways life has imitated art for me that demanded a longer look, more thought, more appreciation, acceptance and the kind that required a nod and a step forward. It’s as small as the first time I saw my mother cook my favorite meal or the first time I saw my dad fix a flat tire. It’s as grand as seeing the world from the sky for the first time or experiencing my very first heart break. Or finally knowing what love really is like. Life is a feeling process. Art is a feeling process. Living gives life more meaning in a similar way a piece art does in a museum.

I’ve partnered up with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to imitate art in real life with the help of their beautiful Byzantine Circle Necklace and Drop Earrings Set from their Byzantine Gems Collection at The Met Store.

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Prague, Czech Republic In A Day

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Prague was on my must-visit list of places in Europe and I am so glad we made a trip out there! We were there for a day and two full nights. Trust me, this makes sense considering we landed one afternoon, made a road trip to another must-visit place the next morning (more about this one later) and drove back the next day to have a full day in Prague before the next destination. Somehow a good night’s sleep seemed irrelevant when we were living our euro trip dreams.

Prague is a city that can be explored in a day. I absolutely loved walking through the ancient cobbled stones, admiring the meticulously detailed old architecture and the history it holds for science and art. I love stumbling upon great restaurants out of the agenda, seeing the oldest and also the most beautiful library and coming across people that had more to offer than the plate of food you were about to eat for lunch.

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Not having Filipino food for awhile, we were on a mission to find one. Little did we know, a restaurant called P.Noy was across the street from our last touristy spot. We excitedly entered and was welcomed by a Caucasian man married to a Filipina. He knew more Tagalog than some of my Filipino friends. We ordered a plate of white rice and the ulam for the day which was chicken curry. We wanted adobo or sinigang but we accepted the dish as it had a Filipino twist. While we were eating and drinking our Kalamansi juice, we held a conversation with this man. He asked “what’s it like back home in America?” We replied, “It’s very work oriented. People live to work, not so much as work to live.” With his eyebrows raised, he asked, “Why?” And then he continued to explain that the feeling was too relatable. He said he used to live in Dubai, work like a dog, making a lot of money, rocking designer things and spending money on things for himself instead of his friends and family to come and realize nothing filled his void of happiness. He felt alone and lonely and the most unhappy he has ever been in his life. He said he had everything and nothing at the same time. It wasn’t until he met his wife when he realized there’s more to life than material things. He realized the value of people and actual love. He said he knows now the importance of putting people he loves first. At the end of the day, things are left on the shelf to collect dust, it doesn’t hug you after a long, restless day.

Long story short, friends and family first. I’m a big believer that busy is great. Busy is a good thing. But being too tired to not have time for important people in your life is not. 

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