Friday Pairings: la nuit et l’aurore

Friday, October 31, 2014

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ENTRE LA NUIT, la nuit et l'aurore... if you know which song this is from (I only profess my love every other post) we really need to be best friends. 

This morning, I'm sharing one of my favorite aesthetic combinations this month: a dusky light coral- with a tinge of burnt orange, and the classic black & white noir. Don't you love all that grain against the flora? It adds such texture and quiet intrigue. And the image on the top right... one of my all time favorites. I love the the soft strength that Lanvin achieves time and time again in their advertisements! 

Below: Ah this color combination! Something about the light coral, crisp white, and endless black together is simply striking. I'm drooling over Karla Spetic's Autumn/Winter 2014 menswear-inspired collection- the color and cut of this coat is perfection. And even amidst many gems on my "homme" board (I really enjoy beautiful people, ok) I couldn't bypass Dominik Sadoch (how is that hair humanly possible).

On a side note: Somehow, I'm always hit with waves of relentless inspiration during the weeks I'm most restricted with schoolwork... Ah, well it's time to hit the books- Joan Didion and Bauhaus are calling. Have a great weekend! 

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Fall Backwards

Monday, October 27, 2014


- c/o shop evens | photo by Esther Lee -

INSPIRED BY an image, two stunning smocks, and the rarity of a free afternoon, Melissa and I decided to have a little impromptu shoot in my apartment earlier last week.

We'd both just received these wonderfully crafted, autumn-hued pieces from Kate De Para of Shop Evens, a design studio based in Houston, Texas. What initially attracted me to Evens is the rare combination of aesthetic simplicity, ease of wear, and artistic quality I always look for, but seldom find. I absolutely love their experimentation with multiple forms of artistry: photography, prints, textile making- all elements you know I value!

NYC on film: The Cafe's

Monday, October 20, 2014

- Toby's Estate.  08-12-2014 -
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EARLIER THIS PAST summer, you might recall that I took a short trip to NYC. Feels like a lifetime ago, but this morning, I'm excited to finally share a few film photos I took in the city! Eye-pleasing perfectly swirled latte art is, but the remains will always be my favorite. What used to be a steaming mocha and cortado at Toby's Estate in the Flatiron district above, and below: mornings at one of my very favorite cafe's in Manhattan- the Grand Cafe Lafayette. 

Safe to say, I've come a long way since my desire to solely shoot still life on film. Or rather, solely the 'pretty' and 'placed' in life. Several months have passed since then, and I've become more comfortable with this film camera. The levers, the dials, the weight of the camera feels more natural, less like an intimidating machine, and more like a visual extension of myself. And never have I found a medium of photography so rewarding. I've also shared my experience (and a few tips) for shooting with film on Apartment 34- find more words and photos here

- Grand Cafe Lafayette. 8-13-2014 -
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- More of my film photos on Apartment 34. Enjoy! -


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I forget the rest

Thursday, October 16, 2014


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Took this photo spontaneously last Saturday in the apartment. 
More soon. 


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menswear - femme

Friday, October 10, 2014

-Neighbor menswear, Vancouver -
- Roden Gray menswear store. Gastown, Vancouver 9/21/14 -


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quiet

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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MORNING! Simply wanted to share this quote with you today, because it says a lot in very few words. And isn't it true that most often times, less is most effective?

Ever since I've come back to school here in LA, my mind has been a conglomerate chaos of thoughts- of my future, and obligations, deadlines, and expectations- of reality hitting, after an entire summer of relative ease. 

The frat houses that stand a few streets away from my apartment are obnoxiously noisy right now. Yet, even as I sit here and write this, my mind is always the loudest. 

How to cure a restless mind? Last night, I celebrated a close friend's birthday over great food, in lighting too dim to take any photos. So long, iphone-less conversations over creme-brulee is one solution. Alt-J's latest album, "This Is All Yours" also helps. 

I've also been meaning to read Quiet (The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking) at the recommendation of many, many friends who loved it. From such an early age, it's absolutely fascinating (and true) how the quieter people in society are so undervalued, so overlooked. When in fact, the inward-gazers of course, have incredible wisdom to share, the capacity to listen, and so much to say. How funny that on such a crazy clusterfck of a platform like instagram, I've met some of the most wonderfully introspective, sensitive people. I can't describe how incredibly special that is. 


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Mornings x Oscar Wylee

Friday, October 3, 2014

 - Merriweather eyeglasses by Oscar Wylee -

AH. THESE KINDS of slow mornings are going to be such a rarity starting... today. Because finally, after three+ months, it's back to classes. It's a little bit surreal to be honest!

And look what's arrived in the mail, just in time for the new school year- the Merriweather eyeglasses by Oscar Wylee! I was so happy to receive this gift, because not only do they have a great timeless, vintage design, they're so functional for every day use. After a relatively relaxing summer, feigning higher intellect with the smart design of these glasses is probably a good thing, right?

Big Sur Travel Diary

Monday, September 29, 2014

- Big Sur,  9/16/ 2014 -

WAKING UP EARLIER than sunrise is a complete rarity for me, but Big Sur is the kind of place where it's unthinkable not to. Two weeks ago, Emily, founder of Tiny Atlas Quarterly (where I interned this summer) invited me to help assist on her photoshoot for 24 hours in Big Sur. I couldn't believe how perfect an opportunity this was, because camping in Big Sur has been on my travel bucket list for years. Being from California and not staying in Big Sur is apparently pretty unbelievable- one night there, and I can now see why...

pairing: gradient & mist

Saturday, September 27, 2014


HOW IS IT... that every time I return to this city, I love it a little more than before? San Francisco's fog-coated mountains- dewey in the morning mist, and lifting upwards near the last light of day, are something I take for granted too often. 

It's this same weather that lets me indulge in my favorite autumn staple- oversized knits. This white cable knit is from American Apparel, and its served me quite well over these past several months. It's the type of sweater you want to do everything in - snuggle up with blankets and a steaming mug, grab grilled cheese with friends (yes, grilled cheese in SF means Outerlands),  hiking around the beach, watching back to back Netflix... Also am I the only one who loves pairing sweaters with irrationally little clothing on the bottom like cutoffs or pj boxers ? It makes sense to me! 

photo by Felix Lim -

See my previous pairing series here!

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Last Light in Big Sur

Thursday, September 18, 2014

-golden hour in Big Sur, 9/16/2014- 

WEST COAST, you are all kinds of wonderful. Took the scenic coastal drive down Highway 1 to help at a Tiny Atlas shoot this past Tuesday. 24 hours of beauty, from dusk to dawn, surrounded by nature. Endless water on one side, golden mountains on the other... I couldn't have asked for a better get-away, as the last days of summer approach. More photos soon! 


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