May 04, 2015

Tori Tei 鸟亭


A friend took me to Tori Tei an underground Japanese Yakitori BBQ restaurant the other day, and I was blown by the deliciously smokey food and overall Tokyo-G-ness that the place exuded. Some of you have asked for not-so-touristy recommendations in Beijing so I think this is a great place to start. Let's salivate together.

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April 30, 2015

All White in Wudaokou 五道口


Wearing white in Beijing isn't really the best idea - and an all-white outfit is practically asking for someone's shao kao flying residue to needily latch onto you. But it's kind of a good sanity anker. I mean, same goes for messy tables right? How are you supposed to create/work/do awesome things if your table resembles a McDonald's trash bin? (There is probably an answer for that, but let's leave that hypothetical for now...)

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April 26, 2015

Finding Peace In the Big City


Hong Kong was a flash, a wink, yet a decade ago. I think I've grown up a lot during and since that trip back in January. I stayed at Lanson Place in Causeway bay, which provided a peaceful retreat from long adventurous days of Yes.

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April 19, 2015

Learning to Learn


The past two weeks have been kind of hectic. I had multiple deadlines for freelance projects, four exams, two academic essays...I was on the verge of breaking down. Either that or cloning myself DIY-style. So I've had to reevaluate some of my priorities.

I used to always take school for granted, seeing it as this annoying static noise in the background that wouldn't go away. It was distracting me from what I wanted to do, and holding me back from who I wanted to become.

"I know what I want to do, and this shit won't help me get there" came up a lot, both mentally and verbally. Plans I have for this blog and KNEON, and all the dreams I have to work between China and the US - writing a 4000 word paper on a Qing porcelain vase isn't going to help me.

I'm graduating in a year's time, and will be completely free. Not gonna lie, this realization made me ecstatic with joy - at first. But then it dawned on me: this is The Last Period of my life where I am free of responsibilities, where I get to be this phat sponge, absorbing and learning, and just preparing myself for the adventure that Real Life will be. I will never have the time like I do now to just be a spectator.




Soon I'll be on That Other Side. And dark or not - I won't be able to come back. So note to self: stop hating on school! Read lots of books! Do yoga! Interview cool girls for this blog! Shoot more photos! Learn more about the art of life! Use more exclamation marks! I really need to just stop complaining and enjoy being this piggy in the middle.





These photos were taken by Nick when we dropped by the new Yetang HQ the other day to shoot founder Natasia for the next episode of #GIRLCRUSH. I'm wearing 200% more color than usual and feeling girly for once. Also the print on this top + short set isn't even florally, but the quote seemed to fit as the title, so whatever :')

Photos by Nick Wu. Makeup by Xiao Ming.

Reebok sneakers, ShaoYaoJu top and shorts.

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April 09, 2015

Hutong Streetwear


Every time I'm walking into a hutong, I feel like I'm back playing Pokemon on my Gameboy Color and Ash is walking along those grassy areas and eek! a wild Caterpie appears. Except in a hutong, it's more likely to be an elderly Beijinger shouting at you for being, well, you.

Anyway. What I'm trying to say is that you always end up finding something magical and unexpected. Even the faint whisks of toxic smog add some charm to these walkways. Yep, I just made pollution #romantic.


Love Pillowbook top, Stefanel blazer, Nike sweatpants, Nike sneakers

These photos were shot by Irene the other day outside her Hutong studio. I'm wearing a dudou top from her label Pillowbook. You can read more about it in the interview I did with her here. Also since I'm not allowed to wear anything but sneakers for the next half year because of my damsel-in-distress of an ankle, I might as well join the sneakerwear bandwagon officially and cop some new stuff. In the meantime, here are my Nike Air Forces, falling apart and all.

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