NYC on film: The Cafe's

Monday, October 20, 2014

- Toby's Estate.  08-12-2014 -

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 -

- More of my film photos on Apartment 34. Enjoy! -


I forget the rest

Thursday, October 16, 2014


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


menswear - femme

Friday, October 10, 2014

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



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

- images found here  -

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. 


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!


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! 


for the love of: stripes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

- photo by Felix Lim -

IT'S BEEN SOME time since I've shown my face on the blog, hasn't it? Recently I've gotten far more used to being the one behind the camera, but if there's anything that will shed away any traces of camera-shy, it's a really well-designed striped basic. There are many obsessions I can admit to in life- dark chocolate, rainy mornings indoors, the '20s, and Scott Fitzgerald... Muji notebooks I'll never finish, and stopping before every plant in sight. Stripes will always be at the top of that list.

I can't pinpoint the reason I love this classic so much. Maybe the answer is in the way the icons wear it (Anna Karina, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean Seberg). Maybe it's the way stripes match everything, from loose fitted boyfriend jeans, to sheer tights. Or maybe my attraction lies in the art of finding the perfect stripes. The top I'm wearing here is the navy Le Breton, and it's possibly one of my favorite finds this month. Not only is the top stretchy enough to easily move around in, it gets bonus points for the handy little front pocket! If I'm not careful, this top is going to be worn 7 days a week (and possibly some nights when I go back to university, and all bad habits kick in, once again). 

A few more photos...

Boston on Film

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A FEW FILM photos from a morning in Boston. You might remember I posted similar photos not so long ago, but isn't the difference between the two incredible? On film, the sharp precision (too sharp, I often feel) achieved on the camera phone is softened, and there's an entirely new depth created. The focus isn't always consistent, and my film photos are far from perfect, but maybe they don't try so hard to be, and maybe that's the beauty of it. With the dusky hues from the film camera, the entire room just feels a little moodier, a little more sentimental, like a moment not so forcefully captured...


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