Tuesday, September 16

Project Runway Season 13: Personal Favorites

Season 13 of Project Runway is already half over, and I forget why I ever stopped watching it.  A relatively drama-free season is accompanied with new challenges and innovative designs.

Here's a list of my favorites so far.

Episode 4: A Suitable Twist
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While I'm not really a fan of Amanda Valentine's boho aesthetic, I thought this men's suit-turned-fringe dress was a great upcycling of the otherwise, unfortunate suit.

Episode 7: Priceless Runway
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Another Amanda Valentine garment.  Another garment I wasn't a fan ofduring its conception or even while walking down the runway.  However, upon second glance, I think it's pretty badass.  Even without the jeweled bracelet.

Episode 7: Priceless Runway
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Korina Emmerich's gown and coat ensemble just makes a statement.  Aside from the coat being immaculately made, the dress was no simple background piece.

Episode 7: Priceless Runway
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I think I really just loved this episode.  The third garment from the episode comes from Kini Zamora.  Even though he ended up being in the bottom, I would wear this gorgeous gown in a heartbeat.  If only I had an event fancy enough to warrant wearing it.

Episode 8: The Rainway
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Sean Kelly envisioned and created the most clever garment I've ever seen on Project Runway.  With the added spin of walking down a "rainway", he created a dye-infused white dress that transformed as it came down the runway.  Genius.

Be on the lookout for a recap of my favorites from the last half of the season.  Or beforehand if I feel so inclined.

Currently listening to: "City of Angels" Thirty Seconds to Mars

Saturday, September 13

Street Style at NYFW

New York Fashion Week is all but over and here's a list of my personal favorites.

That jacket.  Ah, keeping the rest of the outfit cool and casual make the pattern work.
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It doesn't get better than men in suits.
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Perfect classy, yet cool outfit for the hot and muggy NY weather.
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Monochromatic outfit and a damn cool camera.
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Edgy friends in neutral outfits.
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Who says you can't have too much of a good thing?  Here's a pair with patterns galore.
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Currently listening to: "Stolen Dance" Milky Chance

Monday, September 8

40 Ways to Stay Creative

I can't say that I'm glad I decided to live alone in an apartment for grad school, but I can't say that I regret it either.  It definitely has its pros and cons; costs, freedom, independence, and the responsibility of owning my own place.

What I have quickly figured out here is that I need a creative hobby.  Browsing the internet can only entertain me for so long, and after a year and a half, I want to have done something other than science.  So I found this infographic on Pinterest and think it's a pretty good start.

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Currently listening to: "I Can Do Better Than That" clip from the upcoming movie, The Last Five Years, featuring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick.

You can bet that I'll be first in line to see that movie next February.

Wednesday, September 3

Vietnam/Cambodia Trip: Toursleng Genocide Museum

One of the places we visited while in Cambodia was the Toulsleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.  Originally a high school, the Khmer Rouge regime turned it into a interrogation/execution center, known at Security Prison 21 (S-21), from 1975 to 1979.  The museum showcased letters, interviews, and recreated torture rooms.



One of the men who survived the interrogation center was at the site, with copies of his book.  I can't even imagine the things he experienced and witnessed.




Currently listening to: "Wake Up Neverender" Coheed and Cambria

Sunday, August 24

Vietnam/Cambodia Trip: Angkor Temples

For a month this past summer, my family and I spent a month in Vietnam and Cambodia.  My mom and dad were born and raised in Cambodia and Vietnam, respectively.  This was our first time going, as a family, to Asia and our first real vacation in a long time.

Instead of writing posts about every single thing we did or sights we saw, I think I'll feature certain aspects of the trip through photos we took.

The first feature is the most grand and awe-inspiring.  The Angkor Temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  The sites are important to Khmer politics, religion, art, and architecture.  Needless to say, they were incredible.

Angkor Thom:






Angkor Wat:


"stairway to heaven" anyone?

Currently listening to:"Brothers on a Hotel Bed" Death Cab for Cutie
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