Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Catching up with friends & digging up old pix

Another beautiful day here in Calgary. The sunny day is what kept me motivated during the day at work :-) 
What made me even more excited was that I received a (1.) new Gucci watch from a friend today xo. After work, I went for a little shopping and out to dinner at Joey's with couple of my friends (4.) Mandy and (5.) Elias. It's always nice to be able to have a couple (6.) drinks on a Monday evening. I was craving for some good salads and the (7.) Soy Chicken Viva Salad (soy chicken because I am a vegetarian) is always one of my favourites there. (8.) The curry Mandy had looked good as well. Finished off with (9.) Apple pie with maple ice-cream and (10.) Molten chocolate cake <3. (2. & 3.) Style of the day: Shirt: Comme des Garçons; Hat: H&M.

While writing my blog and fixing some photos on my phone, I dug up some old pics and played around with them with the "Instagram" app. These were photos I had during my attendance at the Canadian television 24th Annual Gemini Awards couple years ago. I am always thrill to see what people wear at the red carpet. :-) 
(1.) Me (won't go wrong wearing full black by Sisley Italy) (2.) Cory Monteith (3.) Erin Karpluk (3.) MTV-live Nicole Holness (4.) Leela Savasta (5.) Chandra West
(7.) Flashpoint casts: Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson & Enrico Colantoni (8.) Jessica Lucas (9.) George Stroumboulopoulos (10.) Heartland: Amber Marshall & Graham Wardle (11.) Rick Mercer (12.) Dragon's Den Arlene Dickinson

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Casual Sunday-Loving it

I am starting to love my Sundays ever since I took the initiative to strictly refrain myself from working 7 days a week. We all need that time during the week to "recharge" the mind and body. Thankfully, this Sunday we had a clear blue sky and sunny weather. For those who lives in Calgary will understand that there are only "two phases" of summer here - "July & August". Therefore, whenever there is an opportunity for the sun, people tend to make the best out of it.  
(1.) It was absolutely a gorgeous day today (clear blue sky), considering it was raining cats and dogs for the past few days. (2.) The sky has really triggered my colour choice for clothing. For a chill day like today however, being casual is all I needed. :-) (3.) Then green grass ensures me that summer is coming. Going for brunch with my friend Sonia was the greatest idea. We went to Cora today, a Canadian breakfast/lunch chain from Montreal. (4.&6.) Eggs Benedict and Blue Berry Fields Pancakes looked exceptionally good. (5.) The restaurant always give a warm welcome except for the long line-up (at least a half-hour wait) every Sunday. (7. 8.&9.) Casual outfit today: (Tops: Jimmy Choo for H&M Tee,  Tommy Hilfiger army vest; Bottom: Levi's 510; Bracelet: Bottega Veneta).
Finally, I just like to post a few pics I snapped with my phone during the Alberta Fashion Week. Unfortunately I was unable to take as many pics as I want since I was busy writing down notes and preparing for interviews during the event. Just want to mention, we have some stylish people in this city :-) (10.) Fashion blogger Diva Lounge (11.) D.W Fashion Designer (12.) Laura and Nichollette.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Backstage to NTSA

New Talent Singing Awards (NTSA) is an international singing competition searching for new music talents for the Asian music industry. The winner from each representing city around the world will be sent to Hong Kong for the final competition. There are three audition cities held every year here in Canada, which are Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. This is my 4th year as one of the hosts (along with fm94.7 DJ Arian and Yuk Fung) hosting the semi-final for the Calgary audition. Instead of searching boutiques for clothing, we wanted to do something a little different with our wardrobe this year and decided to each design our own clothes for the first part of the night. 
(1.) For myself, I've designed an "Owl Shirt" piece, which had taken me quite a bit of time. We had MC rehearsal during the day of the competition. (2.) I was surprised to see my name on the blackboard, a "welcome" sign, as I entered the backstage (^-^)/ or…it could've been something else. (3.) Yuk Fung wore his lovely Jeremy Scott "Bear" Adidas to work today, which caught a lot co-workers' attention. It almost seemed like the bears could say "hi" to you when you look at them. (4.) After a brief rehearsal then it was time to prepare our show for the night.
(5.&6.) Though I never had to chance to actually put on the "Owl Shirt" until minutes before going on stage, it actually turned out fine. I was grateful to hear positive comments about my piece. 
For the 2nd part of the night, we wanted to have a hot retro-color theme. (7.) I wore a vintage Gianni Versace multi-print shirt with Brotherhood jeans and a pair of Jeremy Scott "Three-tongues" Adidas. (8.) Arian looking great in her sassy retro multi-color print one-piece dress. (9.) Also Yuk Fung in his full fledged Tommy Hilfiger attire. Ten finalists are selected to enter a final Calgary audition round, which will be at Jack Singer Concert Hall on July 10th. This year we have the new Hong Kong Canto-pop sensation, Jonathan Wong as our special guest with musical performance. 
Everyone including the top ten finalists tonight all deserved a round of applause. All ten finalists will be given music and dance training for the next month to prepare for the July 10th competition.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Instagram fun

Black shade: Stupidiotic
Bunny mask: Designed by myself
Tie: Brook Brothers
Shirt: Zac Posen
Blazer: Valentino

Crown: Vivienne Westwood

The iPhone app "Instagram" has been one of my favourite tools to play around with my instantaneous snapshots :-)

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's Hot this Summer: Retro Colors and Stripes

Louis Vuitton Accessories 2011

United Nude Multiple Color Stripes

Prada S/S 2011

Fendi Bag

Jil Sander S/S 2011

Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2011

Sonia Rykiel S/S 2011

MaxMara Coat

Ilaria One-piece Dress

Hermès Bangles

Photos: Vogue
Info: P1.cn 张楠
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Miss Lanvin Dolls

Just received my 2011 collection of Miss Lanvin Doll. These porcelain dolls were designed by Albert Elbaz, the designer of the veritable fashion house of Lanvin in partnership with well known Taiwanese craftsman Franz. Only 800 of each were produced worldwide. Apparently, it doesn't seem like Lanvin in France will ship to Canada, I ordered this one from L'Inde le Palais. You can also follow them on Twitter: @lindestore_com. You can also check out Lanvin other dolls at Lanvin online store.

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First blog entry: An Intro to the blogging world

After talking to a bunch of fashion-loving friends here and there, and during a local fashion week, I've decided to start my very own fashion blog. Blogging is somewhat a new concept to me, and I am going to be blunt about this: I am not sure if I will update as often as I want. However, one thing I do feel certain about myself is my passion towards fashion.

I was always the judgemental 3-year old who would turn my head side ways when I see a fellow ex-kindergarten classmate dressed sloppy to school, even if we were wearing school uniforms at the time. My grade school teacher would ask my parents to dispatch me to art institution occasionally during parent teacher interview, discovering that I have a natural talent in art and fabric. However, as it turns out, I gave up on what I am good at and went for something I felt more practical as a career and enjoy doing at the time: cancer research. So you may ask, "what do a science geek know about fashion?" To be honest, it is about my personal intuition. Not every luxurious fabric makes anyone beautiful, where beauty is a subjective matter. My belief is that it is important to discover your personal identity in style and character that could display your confidence towards the audience; showing that you are comfortable with what you are wearing.

Over the years, I began to have resentment not pursuing my talent. In fact, I would spend most of my time outside my research work to "study" other people's fashion designs. The purpose of this blog is to provide myself a humble memoir of all the fashion inspiration I experience in my life time. I also hope that anyone who come across reading this blog would feel the colours I sensed at the time I am writing. As I mentioned, I am a blogging newbie, please don't hesitate to write me any suggestion you may have (email..twitter etc).

-I am happy you finished reading (some may call it) one the most wordiest blog entry- I've said enough, until then, I wish you will enjoy reading my coming posts.


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