so stunning. kylie minogue performing on stage.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My birthday this past weekend in New York was magical.
He took me to Morimoto's for dinner and it was my first time ever enjoying a tasting menu.
I had a picnic in Central Park with my girlfriends and we finished 3 bottles of champagne.
More pictures to come later.
Thank you everyone who took the time, put in effort, and sent me their love.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
DC doesn't get the color in until about 3 weeks from now, even though it debuted on September 10th. There's only one Chanel boutique in my area. Luckily, the Soho boutique in New York had them already, so the lover picked me up 2 bottles. I am loving the sweet unassuming color. It's surprisingly fresh and soothing to the eye. Thinking about wearing it all year long, as my signature color. Black Satin is so passé. It's all about Jade.
You can purchase the color online at Chanel's website here.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
"You know, there's a thing about the woman across the room. You see the woman across the room, you think, She's so poised; she's so together. But she looks at you and you are the woman across the room for her." -DVF
Monday, September 21, 2009
I have a twitter and a facebook, and a little bit afraid to admit it, but I spend about 60% of my time on them both, during work and on my blackberry at all other times. I am also doing other things at the same time, but there it is. Twitter and Facebook makes me feel 'in the loop' somehow. Every day, every minute, I am inundated with the latest thoughts and going-ons of my peers. Some things are trivial, some things are personal and some are monumental. Yet knowing all these things do not make me feel closer to the person. The overflow of facts and day to day mediocrity that I skim through only makes me feel disconnected to the person even more. What purpose do these broadcasting of trivial facts about ourselves serve but to only feed our ego, and to reiterate our existence to ourselves in an ever increasing world of instant gratification and tweets that disappear in mere minutes, depending on often our friends update (some more than they need to). Some need to constantly see their name in lights....or in this case, on the top of the updates feed.
And I begin to feel that facebook and twitter are the expression of the ego... a social showcase of our vain existence, in a sense. I'm sure there are others who use it for more altruistic reasons, but the friends I have and the people I know, they seem to be using it in a very self-serving sort of way. Which, by the way,doesn't say a lot about me.
I begin to see my friends not for who they really are, but as this projected image that they present of themselves; that they are attention whores...needy, selfish and conceited.
I won't say that I am as bad, perhaps I am worse. My updates are sometimes bragging, vain, and pointless.
But who wants to see their friend this way? Who wants to compete with their friends for an online presence?
After work today I took a stroll down to the local bookstore. The past few days have been a bit jarring, having to deal with the sudden loss of a friend and in contrast, having an amazing weekend with the lover. I don't know how to be. And I'm trying to be OK with that.
Perhaps it's my birthday looming in the distance that has me feeling sort of, detached from everything.
But perhaps its the realization of my own mortality with the loss of a friend that's made me realize that that online world is a whole other entity in it of itself. It exists in the realm in which it exists but hardly does it translate into the real world. All the friends you acquire on facebook and the @ backs that you get on twitter...what does it all amount to at night, when your computer is off, when you are alone with your thoughts in your own bed?
Where does all that kinetic energy go? That's the strange thing about online networking. As much as we'd like to think it all adds up to something, at the end of the day, all the effort we put in just disappears as soon as we press that 'update' button. We become old news as soon as we submit our latest status. It is the one realm where, for as much effort as we put in, we get almost zero output within the real world. The world where, if no one read your tweets and no one knew who you were online, you would mean nothing to them other than who you were in mere physical presence. And sometimes that's a scary thing.
People have now substituted real substance for an online persona.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Loving her bohemian allure here. The quote in the last image is my favorite. There are more important things.
While more people find her too unruly and crass, I like the fact that she is unmonitored and says whatever she pleases. We've all said some daft things in our lifetime, but she's also said some very smart things. I find it disturbing that the public cannot acknowledge that a beautiful woman can also be smart. Rather than praising Sienna for being brave enough to live her life the way shes pleases rather than to please the public, they ridicule her and throw stones. I think Sienna is raw talent. She may be unabashed, but let's face it, if she really was stupid, wouldn't she be where Lindsay Lohan is now?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The wedding took place at the spacious Terra Art Gallery, in San Francisco.
Above is where the ceremony took place. Hanging overhead are orbs of white flowers.
The ceremony, which was simple, understated and touching. The bride and groom were crying tears of happiness the whole entire time. Not a dry eye in the house.
The newlyweds and I. So happy.
Their beautiful customn cake that was designed by I Dream of Cake, it was made to match their invitations. Their wedding colors were white and red. It was vibrant, lively, and passionate.
This was the beautiful painting that the wedding party sat in front of.
My uncles and Aunts from the West Coast.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
what an juvenile title.
I was able to attend the US Open this weekend (Sunday) thanks to the lover. We got to see Venus (get smashed by Clijsters), Nadal (who was amazing), and Monfils (who put on a good performance).
Our seats at the Arthor Ashe Stadium...it was getting so chilly that I had to use my scarf as a blanket.
Nadal vs Almagro(? forgot his name)
Venus, probably frustrated...because she lost.
Nadal's nicely tanned back...
Monfils vs Acususo
and last but not least, Federer, topless.
You guys owe me.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sometimes the best way to be happy is to put yourself first. I've always had this great desire to please everyone around me, to keep them happy, because I figured if they were happy, I'd be happy. If I'd just do what my parents wanted, if I'd just acquiesce to the demands of others (friends, people who looked up to me or counted on me, etc), I wouldn't feel this nagging guilt of forever failing to live up to expectations.
It took a long time to learn that you really can't please everyone.
When do people change? "They change when it hurts too much to go on in the same way."
I've come to realize that being a people person, a giver, will always benefit others first before they benefit me. It's come to the point where, at the sake of my own precious time and commodity, I will put others before me... where I just foresake my happiness... almost as if to say it's not as important as everyone elses.
And if you are like me or you know what I'm getting at, you should also know, we only have this one life to live... to live the way we want to. I don't want to look back on it, reminiscing about how happy I made someone else rather than myself. Sure, its fulfilling, to please others, but it should come naturally. It should not be demanded of, it should not be forced especially from friends. I should do it out of my own will.
And from now on, I choose to be more selective of when and how I choose to please. My hands can only hold so much...and frankly, if you don't like it, f* off.
Excuse my French, but I think I've just taught myself how to say no.
A girl's got to have a pratical wishlist of things she needs on her birthday! Mines is a few weeks away and just for fun, I'm making a little list.
A new Blackberry. Sigh. I treat my current phone like sh*t.
a years subscription to Vogue
Another pair of Chanel earrings.
Chanel polish in "Jade," out September 10th in Chanel boutiques only.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall DVD, always a good pick-me-up.
This amazing poster of New York I saw at a friend's place once, framed.
A mini desktop vacuum from Dirt Devil...so cute!!
And of course, being impossible to shop for because I am meticulously picky, gift cards from Blue Mercury, Barneys, Cusp, Urban Outfitters, or Free People will always do.