The Five Best Holiday Beauty Products for 2016

I love sparkling and shimmering beauty products, especially around the holiday seasons. Many brands offer special editions of makeup, and perfume during this special season, and they’re usually hard for me to resist!

If you are still looking for gift ideas or need some suggestions to expand your beauty collection, below are my top five favorite beauty products for this holiday season.


Burberry – Gold Shimmer Dust

Each year I look for some shimmering powder to add to my holiday collection. When I saw the Burberry’s Gold Shimmer Dust, I knew that’s exactly what I needed for this year. ($29 via Saks Fifth Avenue)

Burberry_Gold Shimmer Dust


Marc Jacobs Beauty – About Last Night Mascara and Eyeliner Collection

This Marc Jacobs’ About Last Night mascara and eyeliner collection is all you need for the evening parties. The O!Mega Lash mascara in this collection helps you to create the volume you desire for your eyelashes. The best part about this collection is the glitters in the Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara Top Coat. Layer it on top of the O!Mega Lash will give you the instant holiday ready look.
($36 via Marc Jacobs Beauty)
Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night Mascara and Eyeliner


Yves Saint Laurent – Touche Éclat – Strobing Light Highlighter

Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat highlighter is one of my favorite makeup products. I am glad that Yves Saint Laurent is offering the highlighter in gold shimmer version. I like to use it on my cheekbone and Cupid’s bow. I also put it on my eyelids, as the base for applying eyeshadow.

Yves SaintLaurent Touche Eclat


Viktor & Rolf – Flowerbomb Pink Crystal Limited Edition Fragrance

If you are a big fan of Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb fragrance, you can’t miss the Flowerbomb Pink Crystal Limited Edition Fragrance. This holiday edition Flowerbomb comes in a sparkling jar with a pink crystallized rose. I think your mood will instantly be uplifted by the very first spray of this flower fragrance!

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Pink Crystal Limited Edition Fragrance


Chanel Blush Harmony Palette

If you are traveling for this holiday season and want a multi-functional beauty product, Chanel’s limited edition Blush Harmony Palette will be perfect for you. You can use this palette for highlighting and contouring your face. And use the red-pink shade on the palette as blush.

Chanel Blush Harmony Palette


Why Do I Still Enjoy Watching the Show, Sex and The City

Ever since the “Sex and the City” TV show was released, it has been one of my favorite shows. I’ve watched it so many times, but I never get tired of it!

I like it not only because it’s about people finding love in a big city.  I enjoy watching the “Sex and the City” show because it’s about four close friends (Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha), each with a unique personality, who care about each other dearly, and help each other go through ups and downs in their lives.

In my opinion, the bond of the four main characters’ friendship in the “Sex and the City” show actually outweighs the handsome lovers they have throughout the six seasons. In the “Sex and the City” Season 4, Episode 1-“The Agony and the Extasy”, Charlotte believes that there’s “one perfect soul mate” for each person while the other girls thought there’s no such thing as “one perfect soul mate”.

Whether there’s “one perfect soul mate” for each person or not, towards the end of the episode, all four of them are sitting in the coffee shop. Carrie was depressed and felt sad about being alone without a guy on her 35th birthday. Charlotte suggested the sweetest idea that all four of them can be each other’s soul mate instead waiting for the perfect guy to be the so call “soul mate”.


In the end of “The Agony and the Ecstasy” episode, as Carrie walks home from the meeting with the girls in the coffee shop, she saw Mr. Big (who had returned to New Year from London) waiting to give her red balloons and celebrate her birthday with a bottle of champagne. It was a friendly gesture, but it really added a nice touch to the episode. I guess sometimes a girl can have soul mates and a lover, too. Why settle for just one of them, right!


Another big reason I enjoy watching the ‘Sex and the City” show is its fashion component. The show wouldn’t be quite as fabulous without the die-for handbags, the fabulous stilettos, and gorgeous dresses. Although I can’t help wonder how a writer (Carrie) can afford all the luxury accessories in a big city. But as long as everything look good in the show, why does it matter if it resembles the reality, right?

The Must-Have Pair of Sneakers

If you’ve been following fashion trends, you know that there is a type of shoe that everyone should have to complete their wardrobe. Of course, it is a pair of sneakers, but it’s not just any pair of sneakers. It’s the must-have Adidas Stan Smith sneaker.

Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker

The first time I saw the Adidas Stan Smith sneaker was at Nordstrom last year. I thought it looked like a pair of comfortable shoes, but didn’t think about getting them. It was because I was afraid I would get them stained too easily.

It wasn’t until March of this year when I was planning for my April trip to Taipei, Taiwan, that I bought a pair of the Adidas Stan Smith sneakers.

I have to say it was definitely a great buy. For the long international flight to Taipei, I wore the new Adidas Stan Smith sneaker with my Juicy Couture velour hoodie and pants. When I was in Taipei, Taiwan, I wore the sneakers with shorts. The Adidas Stan Smith sneakers were perfect for traveling.

The Adidas Stan Smith sneakers are also great for day-to-day wear. After I came back from my trip, I wore the Adidas Stan Smith sneaker with a pair of black True Religion skinny jeans. This combination goes well with a casual top or nice sweatshirt.

True Religion Skinny Jeans

Another way I like to wear the Adidas Stan Smith sneaker is with my short denim dress and green Dior Diorama wallet on chain clutch. Both the sneaker and the denim dress go well with any other cross body bags.

Diorama wallet on chain clutch

While I was enjoying my favorite Adidas Stan Smith sneaker, I didn’t think much about the origin of the sneakers themselves. I finally read up on the history and learned a little background of the sneakers.

The Adidas Stan Smith sneaker was named after the famous American tennis player, Stan Smith, in 1971. (The shoe tongue even has a portrait of Stan Smith.) The Adidas Stan Smith sneaker was very popular for decades, but Adidas discontinued the sneaker in 2012, then brought them back in 2014.

If you haven’t own a pair of the Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, it’s never too late to own this versatile shoes!

Fall 2016 Fashion Trend

We are in the transition of Summer to Fall.  If you are still stuck in the Summer fashion, it’s not too late to start planning your Fall staples.

Below is a quick start guide on some of the essential elements for Fall fashion and it will help you to get ready for the chilly season.


Velvet – Fabric of the Season

When we think about Fall 2016 fashion, there’s no way we can leave out velvet.  Velvet is the fabric of the season and we see it anywhere from dresses to sexy stilettos!

A.L.C. Lola Velvet and Embroidered Lace Midi Dress

A.L.C. Lola Velvet & Embroidered Lace Midi Dress


Military – Uniform with a Style

I am always fond of military style for fashion , especially when it comes to wool jackets for the cold seasons. If you are looking for a silhouette that will stay in style, consider a nice military style jacket in navy color. Of course, military style for this season isn’t only limited to jackets. Don’t forget to check out the new boots for the season.

Burberry Military Jacket

Burberry Military Jacket


Mary Jane – Casual to Elegant

Mary Jane shoes has always been one of my favorites, especially when they are decorated with glitters, like the one Saint Laurent made for Fall 2014. For this year, I noticed more Mary Jane shoes in various material. (i.e. Miu Miu’s crystal-embellished velvet pumps, and Dolce & Gabbana’s embellished suede Marry Jane pumps)

Miu Miu Crystal Studded Mary Jane Pump

Miu Miu Crystal Studded Mary Jane Pump


Ruffles – Girlie with a hint of Sophistication

When I was a little girl my mom liked to buy me dresses with ruffles; therefore, ruffles always remind me of my childhood days.  But ruffles are not just for little girls. For this Fall season, we see ruffles anywhere from dresses to shoes. A red dress with ruffles like the Valentino one below will definitely add some sexiness to your wardrobe.

Valentino Off-the-shoulder Ruffle Tunic Dress

Valentino – Off-the-shoulder Ruffle Tunic Dress


Floral – Blossom in Every Season

Depending on where you are, you might not see many blossoming flowers in the Fall. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the blossom floral prints onto yourself.  This season, we see the floral elements everywhere on the runway, from floral dresses to signature handbags.

Fendi Embroidered Tulle Overlay Dress

Fendi Embroidered Tulle Overlay Dress


 

If you are still working your wardrobe for the Fall, be sure to keep the above fashion elements in mind!

I Love the Bellagio Conservatory!

I enjoy going to Las Vegas. The restaurants, the shows, and people watching are the best in the world.

BellagiConservatory

One of my top three properties in Las Vegas is the Bellagio Hotel. I stayed at the Bellagio recently. The Bellagio has several world-famous areas, including the Fountains, the registration ceiling glass sculptures, and the Conservatory.

The Conservatory is amazing. There are flowers and plants and displays that will astound you. The Conservatory does a major change-over about every 10 weeks or so, to correspond to the season (Christmas, Chinese New Year, Spring/Easter, etc.)

BellagioTurle

When I stayed at the Bellagio, the Conservatory had a sea-theme. I loved the huge jellyfish hanging from the ceiling but my favorite thing was the sea turtle. Vegas — an incredibly amazing place.

 

Le Cirque Restaurant at Bellagio Las Vegas

I was in Las Vegas recently, staying at the Bellagio Hotel. It’s one of my top three favorite resorts in Vegas.

One night during my stay, I decided to eat at Le Cirque restaurant with a friend who had never eaten there.

CaviarAppetizer

Before I go on, let me say that the Bellagio, for many years, had two restaurants right next to each other — Le Cirque and Circo. Many people, including me, would confuse these two restaurants because their names were so similar (and owned by the same family).

Anyway, after 15 years, Circo closed down in late 2014 and was replaced by a new restaurant “Lago” by chef Julian Serrano. Circo was an Italian – Mediterranean style place. Le Cirque is more French inspired.

CircoRestaurant

So, one evening I ate at Le Cirque with my fried. The restaurant was very fancy. The experience was every bit as excellent as the last time I was there with a gang of girlfriends, the last time I ate there.

If you’re ever in Vegas, Le Cirque at Bellagio should be on your list of places to consider if you’re in the mood for a very fancy dinner!

 

Dior Aviator Style Sunglasses

I was in Las Vegas in July. It was very hot and sunny! I brought a pair of sunglasses with me for the trip, but for some reason I felt I needed a new pair for the hot weather.

DiorAviatorStyleSunglasses

For me, buying a pair of sunglasses is not easy. No matter what a pair looks like “on the rack”, you can never tell what they’ll look like when they’re on your face until you actually try them on.

I was staying at the Bellagio Hotel, one of my favorite properties in Las Vegas. One afternoon, after Happy Hour at Olives restaurant (where I had a martini), I walked across the promenade hallway to the Dior boutique.

Now, even though aviator style glasses had never really looked good on me, but I had my eyes on Dior Summer 2016 sunglasses that were called Dior Split Sunglasses, where the top and bottom of the lenses are mirrored (but with UV protection) and the center width was tinted.

The Dior Split sunglasses comes in several color (i.e. rose gold toned frame with pink mirrored lenses, gold toned frame with silver lenses, silver toned frame with blue mirrored lenses).  I tried all of them on and, miraculously, the design fitted my face and looked good!


While I was trying on the sunglasses, I was wearing a See by Chloe Sleeveless Drop Waist Dress in black and Roger Vivier Ballerine Chips Stripes Flats in pink/purple with crystals.  And both the dress and the flats match perfectly with the Dior Split sunglasses in rose gold toned frame with pink mirrored lenses.

See by Chloe Sleeveless Drop Waist Dress


So I bought them, and now they’re one of my favorite pair of sunglasses for the summer season!

Christian Dior Split Aviator Sunglasses, $555 via Nordstrom.com

4th of July Weekend Style, 2016

Are you still deciding on what to wear for the 4th of July weekend?  The long holiday weekend is around the corner, so here are some of my suggestions for outfits, accessories, and beauty products.


A.L.C. Bolen Off the Shoulder Lace Dress, $395 at Nordstrom.com

Off-shoulder design is one of the key items for this Summer.   A dress like this A.L.C. Bolen is perfect for a hot summer day!

ALC Bolen Off The Shoulder Lace Dress


 Vince Cotton Sleeveless Jumpsuit, $395 at Saks Fifth Avenue

I love the jumpsuit style outfit for Summer time.  It’s casual, yet stylish.  This Vince’s sleeveless jumpsuit also comes in off-white color.

Vince Cotton Sleeveless Jumpsuit


Shoshanna Bead-Accented Sheer Tunic, $125 via Saks Fifth Avenue

If you plan on celebrating the 4th of July by the pool or beach, a sheer cover-up to go with your swimsuit would be a perfect idea.

Shoshanna Bead Accented Sheer Tunic


Christian Dior Split Aviator Sunglasses, $555 via Nordstrom.com

Fourth of July is always a good time to have fun outdoor.  It never hurts to throw on a new pair of shades, especially this aviator style sunglasses by Dior (for Summer 2016) with mirrored lenses.

Christian Dior Split Aviator Sunglasses


Lancôme Juicy Shaker Pigment Infused Bi-phased Lip Oil, $21

This pigment infused lip oil in a cute shaker container comes in various colors.  Not only so they smell good, they are also very nourishing for your lips.  My two favorite colors are Mangoes Wild (381)Wonder Melon (352).

Lancome Juicy Shaker Pigment Infused Lip Oil


Spring 2016 Trip to Taipei, Taiwan

I recently returned from a two-week Spring trip to Taipei, Taiwan.  It has been over eight years since I visited Taipei.  I was very excited to see friends and family, and to eat all of the delicious food in Taiwan.

The food in Taipei was amazing.  And the time spent with friends and family was priceless.  While I was visiting Taipei, I also attended a family member’s wedding and learned how to make leather goods from scratch in my friend’s leather handbag store.

The weather in Taipei is very different than Seattle.  Taipei is warmer and more humid than Seattle.  For the trip, I packed a lot of short sleeve tops and some True Religion skinny jeans.  In case it gets chilly at night or indoor blasted with AC, I brought some cashmere cardigans with me; they are really light and easy to carry around in my bags.

Overall, my trip to Taipei was a blast.  I enjoyed every moment.  I just wish it could have lasted longer!

Sheer Panel Dresses

It seems like a recent trend is the increasing popularity of dresses that have a sheer panel.

Last season I was shopping for a new dress on the Saks web site.  I noticed an interesting Alice + Olivia’s fit and flare long dress with multiple sheer lace panels.  It came only in maroon.

I really liked it and so I bought it.

(Alice + Olivia Odelia Lace Midi Dress, SaksFifthAvenue.com)

Alice And Olivia Odelia Lace Midi Dress

When I got the dress, to be honest, I wasn’t really sure on what type of occasions I could wear it to.  I was surprised to find that I was able to wear the dress at different events; Sinatra restaurant in Las Vegas and Saison restaurant in San Francisco.

While shopping online recently I noticed that many brands have dresses with sheer panels.  To update your closet wardrobe for Spring, you might want to check out this style!

Below are some of my suggestions.

Self-Portrait Dress, $690, Matchesfashion.com

Self-Portrait Daphne teardrop guipure-lace dress

Jason Wu Dress, $1,395; Nordstrom.com

Jason Wu Fit And Flare Dress


Alice + Olivia Irena Illusion Lace Sheath Dress, $398, Nordstrom.com

Alice And Olivia Irena Illusion Lace Sheath Dress


Alice + Olivia Larue Illusion Strip Fit and Flare Dress, $598, Nordstrom.com

Alice And Olivia LarueI llusion Strip Fit And Flare Dress


   

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