Wednesday, August 19, 2015

mid-august loves


The first half of this month has been incredibly insane, and I finally have a downtime. This month started with ending my Summer classes (whoop, whoop!) and my parents came over to visit and we went for a little tour. Let's start before the trip.

The first official day my parents arrived, I took them to Alemany Flea Market per their request. I've always wanted to go to a flea market here but I always forgot (meaning: I slept in or I have work). There were so many amazing things there (I'll post some pictures I took while I was there soon!), it was a really good experience and I'll definitely go back there. When I was looking around at the flea market, I found this navy and gold Anne Klein watch for such a good price and it hasn't left my wrist ever since.

Few days later, we went off for the tour. It was fun (mostly consisted of me snoozing off in the bus), we went to a few different states to visit the breathtakingly gorgeous national parks (more pictures on instagram). That being said, I needed everything that screams comfortable, so before we left for the tour, we went to Macy's to pick up a pair of white sneakers that my sister wanted (hurrah for tourist discount!) and when I was looking for my sister's shoes, I found these lovely Sperry sneakers. I kept staring at them, mostly because of its unusual laces, and well now I have a black (it's more of a charcoal black) sneakers to add in my black shoes collection. Speaking of shoes, there's actually another pair of shoes that didn't make it to the photo because I ran out of masking tape for the bottom of the shoes - fail. Anyways, I'm talking about my white Puma sneakers (which will have its own post later), basically I only wore these two pair of shoes the past month or so (I lied, there's another pair of shoes that I wore but they're not as comfortable, not a favorite).

The fourth thing (the second is the tour itself, the third and third and a half are the shoes) I've been loving are my glasses. Why? you may ask. Because when I was on the tour thingy, I was being an idiot that thought "I'll wear contact lenses today," even though I knew for a fact that I was going to take plenty of naps on the bus. Don't do it, bad idea, a very bad one, learn from me. So I spent the next few days and basically the rest of the trip wearing my trustee glasses while looking everywhere to buy eye drops for my incredibly irritated eyes. But it's all good now, thank God.

Moving on from the irritated eyes topic, I've been trying to find the perfect cup and saucer ever since I moved. A few weeks back, I went to CB2 (one of my favorite places) and I saw this cup - it's not too big, it's transparent, and it's light, it's perfection! Actually, I take that back, it's not perfect, it doesn't have a saucer. I went around and I finally settled for this small round appetizer plate to go with it. Yay for mix and matching.

I apologize if your eyes are so tired right now, should've warned you. I've had too many sugar and two big cups of green tea that is way more caffeinated than I thought, and I'm feeling really weird and hyper right now, whooo. Alright, let's move on.

Last but not least is reading. What? I never mention anything about reading here because it has been quite a while since I picked up a book that is not a textbook. I've read three or four books since July, it all started with The Secret History by Donna Tart, recommended by my friend. It was such a good book, by the end of it I was all "Wait, what? I can't believe that happened!", definitely a must read. Another friend of mine recommended Sidney Sheldon's Master of The Game, again, amazing! I'm horrible at giving opinion for books, all I can say is amazing, that was really good, or anything along that line, just go read it, or find some actual review of the book on goodreads or something. I read halfway of the second book of Master of The Game and it was meh, not as exciting as the first one so I put it down. I'm currently reading If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon, who by now is probably my favorite writer. Another amazing book is Attachments by Rowell Rainbow, it's hilarious and sweet, definitely a lot lighter than the books I previously mentioned. Something I really like about these books are the settings are not exactly in modern day. Something that is not a novel is a magazine, well actually, magazines. Drift is a magazine about coffee, isn't that incredible? A whole magazine dedicated for coffee. This volume is about Tokyo, filled with so many beautiful photos, essays, guides, and recipe. Kinfolk is another magazine that I've been enjoying, I'm sure you know Kinfolk, so many beautiful essays. Please leave me some book recommendations if you feel like it.

Phew, turns out, this post does have an end. Alright, I'm signing off for the day now. What have you been loving this month?

-Sophia

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

mixtape #2


Hello, hello. It has been quite a while since I last posted anything. Summer this year is very different from last year to say the least. I’m interning for a start up leather good brand here in San Francisco, I took a Summer intersession class and Summer classes (I feel like I’m going to pass out, I really need a break). My parents coming to visit me soon and we’re going to leave the city for seven days for a little tour - similar to the one I went to when I first got here, the excitement level is really really high.

But before all the excitement begin, I need to finish my summer classes and I need to find inspiration. Being uninspired is one of the worst feeling, at least for me. I’ve been reading novels, doodling, watching movies, walk around, went into stores, sitting in front of my laptop for hours and hours, but I’m still looking. Hopefully, with this little trip coming up, I’ll be inspired again. I’ll be documenting the trip of course, bringing both my DSLR and SLR and I’ll share the results here.


For now, I’ll just leave you with some songs that I’ve been listening to, enjoy, and have a great day! x

-Sophia

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mid-June Loves




Hello, hello! Half of the year is gone and 2015 has treating me amazingly so far. I missed my monthly favorites for May, and I don't want to wait until the end of June to write this post. So here is my Mid-June favorites!

1. Olympus Pen EE-2
As you might know, I am completely in love with film photography now. I often find myself scrolling through eBay looking at film cameras, which is not very healthy. I carry camera with me most of the time now, because it is very travel friendly. It's a lot lighter than my Minolta SRT-101 and it's smaller and fits into every bag I own. 

2. Umbra Jewelry Organizer
I was museum hopping with my friend and when we visited the museum store I was so fascinated with brand called Umbra. They had different things on display and the one that caught my eyes is this accessories organizer. The geometric design is what I love the most about it, so simple but very pleasing to the eye (well, at least to my eyes they are).

3. LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask
I love walking into LUSH but I find the store a bit overwhelming - there are so many products and they all smell good! My skin hasn't been the best lately, so I figured it's time to have a little pamper. I've used it for 3 or four times now and it made my skin feels really nice and calm.

4. Nicole by O.P.I in That's Putting It Mild
Basically the only color on my nails for the past month or two. It's not too grey, not too nude, not too white. It goes with everything I wear and it looks really simple, clean, and subtle.

5. Name necklace
Recently, my roommate went for a trip to New York and she got me this necklace as a souvenir. I've been trying to find a necklace with my initial on it but having a hard time finding the one that I like. When my roommate came back and gave me this necklace, I was so excited! It's a great piece to layer with my other necklaces.

What's your favorite thing this month so far?

-Sophia

Friday, June 5, 2015

Weekend Tunes




A little playlist of songs that has been playing on loop in my head. I've been spending my nights after my online summer intersession class doodling, drinking tea, and thinking. 

-Sophia

Monday, June 1, 2015

On Film: Mission













The day we decided to ditch DSLRs and go with SLRs instead (and low quality phone camera). It was so much fun, not knowing what the result will look like, which by the way was a bit blurrier that I thought it would be. These aren't everything from that day, I have the other half on my other film roll that is still in my camera.


-Sophia