LUSH Bath Bombs

Hello everybody! I want to tell you about my recent LUSH purchases.
LUSH comes out with a line of special edition collection every holiday season, with the winter holiday collection being their biggest (compared to Valentine's day, Halloween, etc.). This year, LUSH launched about 30 or so holiday products, some repeated from the previous year(s) and others new. I have never bought from their holiday collection, so this year I decided to try it out, and surprisingly I loved it!

Sparkle and Fade | A Personal Take on Holiday Styling

Happy Christmas Eve dearest readers. I have been caught up with work recently, plus I caught a cold from going out shopping way too much (guilty as charged!). All the congregation at shopping centers definitely increases passing germs and getting sick during the holiday seasons. Hopefully everyone else is alright, or if not- then recovering from those horrible bacteria/viruses.

Tomorrow is Christmas, and I know I have not been good with making holiday styling posts, so I thought I would post a casual outfit. Not much going on, but I'll try to post another outfit soon.

Nothing is ever as festive as embellished tops during the winter holidays, especially when it is adorned and sprinkled across this simple and chic striped top. To keep me warm, I wore a short navy trench jacket with cinch-ing across the waistline to give a shape to our appearance.

If you noticed, I did pull the sleeve through the coat to create contrast. Normally it makes you look a little fisherman-like, but in this case the white sleeve helps balance the dark color of the jacket. And of course, the little hood on the top makes it look rainy-day resistant, so I could also wear this out on a cold day with some rain boots and perhaps a circle scarf.
It is a simple look, but you could accessorize it up and down with bracelets, bright red lip stick and what not since there isn't much attention grabbing pieces in the outfit to begin with.

I hope everyone has been enjoying their week so far. I'll take a guess that everyone's been shopping- hopefully not too violently. And I hope everyone has a lovely rest of the evening tonight.

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Bouclé or Tweed | A Personal Take on Holiday Styling

Lately, I have been very obsessed with jackets that reminisce Chanel's, mainly created from a blend of tweed & bouclé and mingled with multiple shades or colours.
I found a woven sweater the other day. One of it's features that drew me to it, was it's beautiful neckline shape. The beautiful cotton and wool blend feels absolutely warm and cozy enough to keep a lady warm whilst shopping or any other outing. But the fabric isn't too thick, so it does not restrict your choice of top under the jacket. With two different threads and four colors: black, white, light grey, and dark grey, the weave mimics a bouclé like pattern. But because of the lack of bouclé's 'loose threads', the fabric also reminisces of tweed. Either way, I like it.


I coordinated this look with a cranberry red lace top, detailed with scalloped sleeves and bottom, plus a keyhole back joined with ribbons (unpictured) at the back top. I thought that cranberry red is a perfect colour that is suitable on any piece of clothing, accessory, or bag near the winter holiday season and or Christmas time. The top is also casual enough to wear during the day, but enough to be able to pull off a semi-formal look when needed to.
I then caped the jacket over, slipped on a pair of black flats, adorned with obnoxious jewels and bells, and grabbed my vintage Dior shoulder bag which I use as a clutch.

Overall, I think this is a great holiday look for casual lunch-outings, or shopping trips.

Jacket | Loft
Top | Loft
Bodycon skirt | no brand
Flats | Jessica Simpson
Bag | Dior Vintage

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Marché Modern | for the Francophile in me

My aunt and uncle decided to have lunch with my family and me at Marché Modern today. Marché Modern is a french bistro on the penthouse floor of South Coast Plaza that changes up their menu throughout the year. Being the francophile I am, I was very excited to hear that we would have our lunch at the french restaurant I always wished to visit (since I'm always shopping post lunch).

This isn't a big deal, but I was very engrossed with how thin our water glasses were. Weirdly, I enjoyed them very much, since it gave a much more delicate take on 'water drinking'. heh.

Most everyone ordered from their spontané menu, featuring three courses. The salad was very delicate, and had a slice of prosciuto sitting atop the beautiful green hill.

For second course, there was pork tenderloin, or shrimp (second photo).
The tenderloin was lightly breaded and roasted, accompanied by haricot vert. The borderlaise jus below the beans and meat was slightly sweet but mostly salty. Borderlaise jus is a wine sauce.

I, myself, had Amelia's Chopped Salad. Extremely refreshing (thanks to the mint and cucumber), light (thanks to the avocados), and still filling. I did request to add some butter sautéed shrimp onto my salad.

My uncle also did not order from the prix fixe menu, so he had coq au vin... "chicken in wine".
He said the dish had a very asian flavor to it. Perhaps the only difference between MM's coq au vin and the asian take on it anise? (MM's did not have star anise).

For dessert, the spontané menu order-ers received a warm valrhona chocolate and truffle cake. I thought the cake could be a tad softer, but it's lovely brown sugar flavor swept me off my feet.

Overall, the restaurant did a good job with presentation and taste. Their portions are more on the small side so they do represent "French cuisine". I didn't think the food played "rich yet light" enough to be compared to the food I had in Paris, but it's still better than most that I've had in California... (NYC is another story...♥). I would come back another day, perhaps with my girlfriends? Or whilst on a shopping date?

Until next time! xox

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Fresh and Floral

Fall finals are finally over, and I'm back home relaxing, shopping and eating a lot.

Today B and I went to The Camp in SoBeCa to get lunch at Native Foods, one of my favorite vegan lunch destinations. I ordered the Aztec salad {avocado, jicama, cucumber salsa, quinoa, romaine, currants, pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and mango lime vinaigrette} /recipe here/, and my personal favorite... lavender lemonade!! Normally I get their mini greens & native chili, but I decided to change it up a bit today.

Since the lighting was so good, and the center was foilage-abundant, I took some photos on my outfit today.
I am wearing a floral peplum top, with a burgundy elbow-patched cardigan, and leggings to contrast the peplum. The leggings are thicker and more pants-like material which is great for colder days, and the material also provides more structure, shape, and durability. I accessorized the look with a pink satchel, and brown knee length boots. And for my continuous Parisian yearning, I've been wearing a bright red lipstick lately- (all the ladies in Paris...okay MOST of the ladies in Paris, I swear 85% of them, were wearing a bright and bold lipstick shade when I was in Paris....will blog about that later!).

Peplum top | BCBGeneration
Cardigan | H&M
Legging pants | Zara
Boots | Cole Haan
Alexa Bag (satchel) | Mulberry

Hope everyone is having a good winter break so far. (or finishing up with fall finals GOODLUCK!) If you're done, what have you guys been doing? Any good eats or good finds? Comment below!

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Special thanks to B for helping me take the photos.


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Prairie Rose

Today I wore a pink "Prairie Rose" shredded sweater, along with some dark grey jeans, and brown knee high boots.
The bottom of the sweater is shredded, but I like tucking it in sometimes for a neater look.
If it bothers you, I apologize for the random colouring and haze,  trying out new things here!

Feeling pretty whimsical today.

Special thanks to C for helping me take the first and third photos.