2014. featured on: lucky magazine. 
today lucky magazine published a lil’ list featuring bloggers for SXSW and to my potato chip eating surprise, i found myself in the slideshow! also included are my austin blog friends indiana (of adored austin), nicole (of writes like a girl), joanna (of keep austin stylish) and more fashionable ladies.
thanks lucky for making a spring break friday even sweeter! check out the slideshow here.

2014. featured on: lucky magazine. 

today lucky magazine published a lil’ list featuring bloggers for SXSW and to my potato chip eating surprise, i found myself in the slideshow! also included are my austin blog friends indiana (of adored austin), nicole (of writes like a girl), joanna (of keep austin stylish) and more fashionable ladies.

thanks lucky for making a spring break friday even sweeter! check out the slideshow here.


2014. featured on: langford market. 
a few weeks ago, the dynamic duo of davina and megan of langford market asked if i’d share a little wedding advice for the store’s bride-to-bride column. of course i said yes (and i also told meg i was going to steal her adorable baby but that’s another story).
if you’re a bride-to-be, check out the three most important things i learned from our wedding. or if you’re just a friend, check out some more cute wedding photos. thank you to langford market for letting me write for the day!

2014. featured on: langford market. 

a few weeks ago, the dynamic duo of davina and megan of langford market asked if i’d share a little wedding advice for the store’s bride-to-bride column. of course i said yes (and i also told meg i was going to steal her adorable baby but that’s another story).

if you’re a bride-to-be, check out the three most important things i learned from our wedding. or if you’re just a friend, check out some more cute wedding photos. thank you to langford market for letting me write for the day!


2013. merry christmas. 
it’s the most wonderful time of the year… christmas eve! we are having a tiny christmas this year as the rest of our family celebrates back east. sure, it’s not as much fun (we’re limited to two-person card games and settlers of catan is out of the question), but in many ways, it feels very cozy and special.
i wish you a lovely holidays with your family and friends no matter how large or small your gathering. i’m excited to rejoin you in the blogging world and share some great projects in the works for 2014. please have a very merry, very happy christmas.

2013. merry christmas. 

it’s the most wonderful time of the year… christmas eve! we are having a tiny christmas this year as the rest of our family celebrates back east. sure, it’s not as much fun (we’re limited to two-person card games and settlers of catan is out of the question), but in many ways, it feels very cozy and special.

i wish you a lovely holidays with your family and friends no matter how large or small your gathering. i’m excited to rejoin you in the blogging world and share some great projects in the works for 2014. please have a very merry, very happy christmas.


2013. friendly friday: shop small. it’s black friday, and if your inbox is anything like mine, you’re sorting through coupon codes, in-store deals, and super sales. but don’t forget the little guys and gals: small business owners! today’s friendly friday features four shops where you might find a sweet, stylish gift for someone on your holiday list. plus, i know all of them!
/// astrid studs from katie diamond jewelry. katie is the fab sister-in-law of one of our dear friends and works in a studio just outside of NYC. i own the astrid earrings in pink quartz. they’re modern and edgy and they’re available in more colors.
/// jenna necklace from crazy&co. tanvi, the curator behind the shop, blogs locally, and she has a great eye for color. tanvi imports many of her pieces from talented designers in india.
/// pecos bracelet from son of a sailor. i met billy and his wife at TxSC. their line is amazing and they’re getting a lot of press. grab a goodie from them fast!
/// arrowhead ring from moorea seal. i also met moorea at TxSC. she’s quickly become one of my favorite bloggers; moorea is creative, modern, and cool all-in-one.
p.s. after several weeks of doodling and tinkering, i finally settled on a friendly friday layout. hope you like it as much as i do!
collage by me. images via the aforementioned folks.

2013. friendly friday: shop small.

it’s black friday, and if your inbox is anything like mine, you’re sorting through coupon codes, in-store deals, and super sales. but don’t forget the little guys and gals: small business owners! today’s friendly friday features four shops where you might find a sweet, stylish gift for someone on your holiday list. plus, i know all of them!

/// astrid studs from katie diamond jewelry. katie is the fab sister-in-law of one of our dear friends and works in a studio just outside of NYC. i own the astrid earrings in pink quartz. they’re modern and edgy and they’re available in more colors.

/// jenna necklace from crazy&co. tanvi, the curator behind the shop, blogs locally, and she has a great eye for color. tanvi imports many of her pieces from talented designers in india.

/// pecos bracelet from son of a sailor. i met billy and his wife at TxSC. their line is amazing and they’re getting a lot of press. grab a goodie from them fast!

/// arrowhead ring from moorea seal. i also met moorea at TxSC. she’s quickly become one of my favorite bloggers; moorea is creative, modern, and cool all-in-one.

p.s. after several weeks of doodling and tinkering, i finally settled on a friendly friday layout. hope you like it as much as i do!

collage by me. images via the aforementioned folks.


2013. friendly friday: innovative.
today’s edition of friendly friday features four ingenious ladies!
alicia (of alicia fashionista) is one of the first canadian fashion bloggers i followed; i feel like i’ve been “blog friends” with her from the early days of little tin soldier! alicia is a stylist in vancouver and has shampoo-commercial worthy hair. i’m crazy about her floral skirt from topshop.
lisa (of respect the shoes) is another longtime friend. we met through j.crew aficionada. lisa is known for her classic outfits and thoughtful writing. i’m always tickled when people capture butterflies in photos. check out the little friend lisa made during a trip to tennessee.
shen (of shen dove style) is one of my favorite east coast bloggers. she’s got great style and great repurposing skills. can you believe that shen’s maxi dress wasn’t originally black?
emma (of trés awesome) is a street style blogger based out of chicago. i had the pleasure of meeting emma in austin during SXSW, and she took a photo of me for elle magazine. if you love street style, bookmark her blog. you won’t regret it!
want to be featured on friendly friday? leave a link to your post (or even better—nominate a friend) in the comments.
collage by me. images via their respective blogs.

2013. friendly friday: innovative.

today’s edition of friendly friday features four ingenious ladies!

alicia (of alicia fashionista) is one of the first canadian fashion bloggers i followed; i feel like i’ve been “blog friends” with her from the early days of little tin soldier! alicia is a stylist in vancouver and has shampoo-commercial worthy hair. i’m crazy about her floral skirt from topshop.

lisa (of respect the shoes) is another longtime friend. we met through j.crew aficionada. lisa is known for her classic outfits and thoughtful writing. i’m always tickled when people capture butterflies in photos. check out the little friend lisa made during a trip to tennessee.

shen (of shen dove style) is one of my favorite east coast bloggers. she’s got great style and great repurposing skills. can you believe that shen’s maxi dress wasn’t originally black?

emma (of trés awesome) is a street style blogger based out of chicago. i had the pleasure of meeting emma in austin during SXSW, and she took a photo of me for elle magazine. if you love street style, bookmark her blog. you won’t regret it!

want to be featured on friendly friday? leave a link to your post (or even better—nominate a friend) in the comments.

collage by me. images via their respective blogs.


2013. friendly friday: spotted.
today’s edition of friendly friday features dots, spots, and bumps!
holly (of holly dolly) is one of my favorite bloggers ever. i’ve mentioned her before but i just adore her. she’s also a fellow polka dot lover which means i would raid her closet in a heartbeat.
jen (of jen loves kev) recently added a slew of necklaces to her etsy shop. i couldn’t resist buying the green and pink one. they’re going fast; check out the collection while you can.
sharon (of if grandma wore j.crew) will welcome her baby this fall! i saw her in austin a few weeks ago and gave her a big hug. her little one will inherit so many vintage pieces— lucky!
april (of pieceology) volunteered as one of our registration gals at TxSC. she’s so darn cool, and she shares fun photos from her texas travels on her blog. michael and i need to take a trip to marfa!
want to be featured on friendly friday? leave a link to your post (or even better—nominate a friend) in the comments.
collage by me. images via their respective blogs.

2013. friendly friday: spotted.

today’s edition of friendly friday features dots, spots, and bumps!

holly (of holly dolly) is one of my favorite bloggers ever. i’ve mentioned her before but i just adore her. she’s also a fellow polka dot lover which means i would raid her closet in a heartbeat.

jen (of jen loves kev) recently added a slew of necklaces to her etsy shop. i couldn’t resist buying the green and pink one. they’re going fast; check out the collection while you can.

sharon (of if grandma wore j.crew) will welcome her baby this fall! i saw her in austin a few weeks ago and gave her a big hug. her little one will inherit so many vintage pieces— lucky!

april (of pieceology) volunteered as one of our registration gals at TxSC. she’s so darn cool, and she shares fun photos from her texas travels on her blog. michael and i need to take a trip to marfa!

want to be featured on friendly friday? leave a link to your post (or even better—nominate a friend) in the comments.

collage by me. images via their respective blogs.


dearest thursday: TxSC golden girls

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today’s edition of dearest thursday is dedicated to five friends (old and new) from texas style council. i enjoy working our registration table because i get to know our sponsors and speakers. i would love to include them all, but these golden girls stuck out this year. click forth and check out these awesome women for yourself.

  • lulu*s has been with TxSC since 2011. they host our swap on friday night which entails transforming an empty storefront into a clothing store. stephanie and her team (tierney and kerrie) are hustlers! in less than two hours, our headquarters resembled a hip boutique, fooling many curious window shoppers.
  • moorea seal is a blogger and pinterest-master. she recently opened an online shop with beautifully curated goodies (like the gilded house). she is incredibly sweet and creative; she gave my registration team necklaces! moorea also stayed across the street from me with julie (of orchid grey) and chelsey (of the paper mama). they’re three fantastic ladies.
  • becky murphy is an illustrator extraordinaire in austin. she’s the epitome of cute and cool, and she has a book coming out in october!
  • manic trout is a jewelry line by austin designer sierra bailey. sierra’s pieces are radical. i browsed her booth at our prom party and wanted to buy everything especially her charm bracelets with animals.
  • megan (of greetings from texas) is a houston blogger that makes me grin when i see her. she’s got comedic chops, a spitfire personality, and a published memoir! i’m stalking amazon for the kindle release.

the picks | printed dress | birch house | becky’s book | dino bracelet | meg’s book

collage by me. images via lulu*s, moorea seal, amazon, and manic trout.

p.s. this post is not sponsored or endorsed by the aforementioned people. i just have a crush on them.


2013. texas style council: beautiful advice with a beautiful mess.
nine days ago, i had the pleasure of listening to our TxSC keynote from emma and elsie, the talented, creative, and dynamic duo behind a beautiful mess. if you haven’t heard of emma and elsie, they’re like two martha stewarts for the millennial generation— they bake, design, invent, and inspire everyday.
their advice was smart, humorous, and at-times, blunt. i loved the first slide on their presentation; it read: i started a blog so where’s all my free stuff? all giggles aside, their talk resonated with me. my favorite part focused on the idea of being a perpetual student: never stop learning.
when you become sort-of good, very good, or incredibly good at something, it’s easy to tell yourself, i got it all in the bag! or eureka! i’ve figured it out. nothing left to see here, folks. it’s easy to fall into a routine and do the same ol’ things because they work time and time again.
emma and elsie stressed that personal or professional growth require leaving the safe road. try things you dislike. fail occasionally or often. work on a project beyond your skill set. start something you think you can’t do but try anyway.
while they spoke, i recalled all of my own embarrassing, unsuccessful ideas including making barrettes and headbands, designing canvas grocery bags (this was way before reusable totes became popular), and creating wacky jewelry. but i also felt a little pride for running an etsy shop and doodling on the blog. you lose some, you win some.
if you want to grow, you have to learn. if you want to learn, you have to challenge yourself. and if you challenge yourself, you may realize that you’re great.
what are some hobbies or skills that you’ve learned as an adult?

2013. texas style council: beautiful advice with a beautiful mess.

nine days ago, i had the pleasure of listening to our TxSC keynote from emma and elsie, the talented, creative, and dynamic duo behind a beautiful mess. if you haven’t heard of emma and elsie, they’re like two martha stewarts for the millennial generation— they bake, design, invent, and inspire everyday.

their advice was smart, humorous, and at-times, blunt. i loved the first slide on their presentation; it read: i started a blog so where’s all my free stuff? all giggles aside, their talk resonated with me. my favorite part focused on the idea of being a perpetual student: never stop learning.

when you become sort-of good, very good, or incredibly good at something, it’s easy to tell yourself, i got it all in the bag! or eureka! i’ve figured it out. nothing left to see here, folks. it’s easy to fall into a routine and do the same ol’ things because they work time and time again.

emma and elsie stressed that personal or professional growth require leaving the safe road. try things you dislike. fail occasionally or often. work on a project beyond your skill set. start something you think you can’t do but try anyway.

while they spoke, i recalled all of my own embarrassing, unsuccessful ideas including making barrettes and headbands, designing canvas grocery bags (this was way before reusable totes became popular), and creating wacky jewelry. but i also felt a little pride for running an etsy shop and doodling on the blog. you lose some, you win some.

if you want to grow, you have to learn. if you want to learn, you have to challenge yourself. and if you challenge yourself, you may realize that you’re great.

what are some hobbies or skills that you’ve learned as an adult?


Tags: txsc friends

2013. texas style council: being good at being you with mattieologie. out of all the great speakers at TxSC this year, i looked forward to hearing mattie james (of mattieologie) the most. she’s a gorgeous style blogger as well as the mind behind atlanta style bloggers and style bloggers of color.mattie taught a class on diversity in blogging. although diversity is usually defined as black and white, mattie elaborated that diversity isn’t limited to just the color of your skin. in the blogging world, it can apply to your weight, your hairstyle, shops you frequent, hobbies you choose, and topics you write about.at one time or one hundred times in our lives, we feel different. i know i have— i grew up as the only asian kid in my school (besides my brother) and dreaded the beginning of every year when teachers butchered my last name or kids made slanted eyes in my direction. by age thirteen, i inherited my grandfather’s height and towered over cousins in our family, leading to taunts that i was big and chubby, and on top of that, i didn’t wear cool clothes. when i began blogging, i worried that people wouldn’t relate to me as an artsy, tall, asian schoolteacher.feeling different can make even the most confident women feel left out and overlooked by both brands and readers. some of us may conform and discard unique pieces of ourselves— if everyone is wearing big sunglasses, then i’ll wear big sunglasses. some of us may complain— why not me? or someone that looks like me? but instead of conforming or complaining, mattie suggests that we create— i like what i do and how i do it and i will do it even better.but we’re human. we’ll still run into naysayers or second guess ourselves. when mattie entered a pageant, a few family members discouraged her because they worried she wasn’t the right fit for the contest. when mattie began working with brands, she marveled at other top bloggers and wondered if she belonged in their company. at the end of the day, she won the crown, and at the end of the shoot, she belonged; she wouldn’t have been chosen in the pageant or campaign if there wasn’t something special about her.mattie emphasized that differences are not defeats. sticking out from the crowd feels painful as a child, teenager, and adult. but you have the power to harness your point of view. mattie commands us to: be progressive. be intentional. be so good at being you.thank you mattie for being an inspiration, and stay tuned for a few more recaps of texas style council.

2013. texas style council: being good at being you with mattieologie.

out of all the great speakers at TxSC this year, i looked forward to hearing mattie james (of mattieologie) the most. she’s a gorgeous style blogger as well as the mind behind atlanta style bloggers and style bloggers of color.

mattie taught a class on diversity in blogging. although diversity is usually defined as black and white, mattie elaborated that diversity isn’t limited to just the color of your skin. in the blogging world, it can apply to your weight, your hairstyle, shops you frequent, hobbies you choose, and topics you write about.

at one time or one hundred times in our lives, we feel different. i know i have— i grew up as the only asian kid in my school (besides my brother) and dreaded the beginning of every year when teachers butchered my last name or kids made slanted eyes in my direction. by age thirteen, i inherited my grandfather’s height and towered over cousins in our family, leading to taunts that i was big and chubby, and on top of that, i didn’t wear cool clothes. when i began blogging, i worried that people wouldn’t relate to me as an artsy, tall, asian schoolteacher.

feeling different can make even the most confident women feel left out and overlooked by both brands and readers. some of us may conform and discard unique pieces of ourselves— if everyone is wearing big sunglasses, then i’ll wear big sunglasses. some of us may complain— why not me? or someone that looks like me? but instead of conforming or complaining, mattie suggests that we create— i like what i do and how i do it and i will do it even better.

but we’re human. we’ll still run into naysayers or second guess ourselves. when mattie entered a pageant, a few family members discouraged her because they worried she wasn’t the right fit for the contest. when mattie began working with brands, she marveled at other top bloggers and wondered if she belonged in their company. at the end of the day, she won the crown, and at the end of the shoot, she belonged; she wouldn’t have been chosen in the pageant or campaign if there wasn’t something special about her.

mattie emphasized that differences are not defeats. sticking out from the crowd feels painful as a child, teenager, and adult. but you have the power to harness your point of view. mattie commands us to: be progressive. be intentional. be so good at being you.

thank you mattie for being an inspiration, and stay tuned for a few more recaps of texas style council.


Tags: txsc friends

2013. friendly friday: texas style council. today’s friendly friday is super duper special. i dedicate this post to texas style council, an organization that brings bloggers, business owners, readers, and other interested souls together once a year in austin.when i moved to texas in 2006, i took a giant leap of love. i didn’t know anyone besides michael, and i was in the middle of switching careers and returning to grad school. i missed having girlfriends: those fun gals you can call for a quick trip to target or an iced coffee on saturdays. i made friends at work but longed for buddies with the same interests and hobbies.i attended the first TxSC in 2010 alone. it was intimidating! but i went home as a member of a community. i learned that i wasn’t strange for posting outfit photos. i learned that diya and jentine were as equally tall and beautiful in person. i learned that there were other women like me who turned to blogging as a way of forging connections.this year at TxSC, emma and elsie of a beautiful mess, an acclaimed lifestyle blog known all over the world, will serve as our keynote speakers. no panels: we’re offering small workshops led by conference veterans, business owners, or just plain awesome people. these classes will give you a chance to learn something new and meet someone new. a neighbor. a blogger. a friend.register today. i’ll see you at the front desk.

2013. friendly friday: texas style council.

today’s friendly friday is super duper special. i dedicate this post to texas style council, an organization that brings bloggers, business owners, readers, and other interested souls together once a year in austin.

when i moved to texas in 2006, i took a giant leap of love. i didn’t know anyone besides michael, and i was in the middle of switching careers and returning to grad school. i missed having girlfriends: those fun gals you can call for a quick trip to target or an iced coffee on saturdays. i made friends at work but longed for buddies with the same interests and hobbies.

i attended the first TxSC in 2010 alone. it was intimidating! but i went home as a member of a community. i learned that i wasn’t strange for posting outfit photos. i learned that diya and jentine were as equally tall and beautiful in person. i learned that there were other women like me who turned to blogging as a way of forging connections.

this year at TxSC, emma and elsie of a beautiful mess, an acclaimed lifestyle blog known all over the world, will serve as our keynote speakers. no panels: we’re offering small workshops led by conference veterans, business owners, or just plain awesome people. these classes will give you a chance to learn something new and meet someone new. a neighbor. a blogger. a friend.

register today. i’ll see you at the front desk.


lovely tuesday: a BHLDN garden party

whenever i draw couples, i can’t hardly wait to compare their photographs to my finished illustration. it’s a creative moment that i cherish and rarely share with anyone other than michael. but today you get a peek of the process thanks to megan (of greetings from texas), her husband danny, and a team that included awake and BHLDN.

isn’t meg’s dress beautiful? i loved drawing the intricate pattern and the delicate veil. the hollywood curls framed her face perfectly. please visit her blog for more photos and styling credits.

thank you megan and danny for inviting me to be a special part of your day. happy anniversary!

photographs by awake. close-up of megan’s cameo by me.


2013. friendly friday: if grandma wore j.crew. sharon (of if grandma wore j.crew) is one-third of hunt.gather.style and one of the nicest bloggers i’ve ever met. she’s so friendly and super knowledgeable about vintage clothing and accessories. one day i will break into her closet.if you’ve been wondering how to style midi skirts, look no further! sharon wears them often in different colors and prints, styled with her great collection of shoes and clogs. and don’t get me started on her animal belts…p.s. thank you to sharon, sydney, and grechen for inviting me to be part of their spring fling last weekend! photos are on their blog.

2013. friendly friday: if grandma wore j.crew.

sharon (of if grandma wore j.crew) is one-third of hunt.gather.style and one of the nicest bloggers i’ve ever met. she’s so friendly and super knowledgeable about vintage clothing and accessories. one day i will break into her closet.

if you’ve been wondering how to style midi skirts, look no further! sharon wears them often in different colors and prints, styled with her great collection of shoes and clogs. and don’t get me started on her animal belts…

p.s. thank you to sharon, sydney, and grechen for inviting me to be part of their spring fling last weekend! photos are on their blog.


2013. hunt. gather. style: we love vera. see that preppy scarf? it’s a one-of-a-kind vera by legendary american designer vera neumann. a few weeks ago, i found an armful of vintage vera scarves and kept two (the patriotic floral and a pastel floral) for myself. the rest i’m bringing to you on saturday at the next hunt. gather. style pop-up shop.my first vera scarf is actually printed with little tin soldiers— fitting, right? most often i tie it on my handbag; sometimes i wear it with a simple blouse. the wonderful thing about vera scarves is that they’re wonderful things. the bold prints stand on their own in any kind of outfit.so if you’re free on saturday afternoon, come say hello! this means YOU, austin gals.

2013. hunt. gather. style: we love vera.

see that preppy scarf? it’s a one-of-a-kind vera by legendary american designer vera neumann. a few weeks ago, i found an armful of vintage vera scarves and kept two (the patriotic floral and a pastel floral) for myself. the rest i’m bringing to you on saturday at the next hunt. gather. style pop-up shop.

my first vera scarf is actually printed with little tin soldiers— fitting, right? most often i tie it on my handbag; sometimes i wear it with a simple blouse. the wonderful thing about vera scarves is that they’re wonderful things. the bold prints stand on their own in any kind of outfit.

so if you’re free on saturday afternoon, come say hello! this means YOU, austin gals.


Tags: friends

2013. hunt. gather. style: spring fling. my friends sydney, sharon, and grechen are the three stylish women behind hunt. gather. style, a pop-up shop based in austin. hunt. gather. style has popped up in boutiques like touch of sass, madewell, and etcetera, etc. last year, they invited me to become one of their buyers, and of course i jumped for joy. some items i’ve shared with the shop are vintage dooney & bourkes, silk tops, and pencil skirts.hunt. gather. style is holding its next event (aptly named spring fling) on april 27th, and i’ll be there with an entire rack of goodies along with 81 poppies and tess dress! i’m bringing my A-game i.e. a carefully edited selection of warm weather tops and bottoms, delightfully printed scarves, and my trademark: one-of-a-kind belts.see you in a few weekends! :o)

2013. hunt. gather. style: spring fling.

my friends sydney, sharon, and grechen are the three stylish women behind hunt. gather. style, a pop-up shop based in austin. hunt. gather. style has popped up in boutiques like touch of sass, madewell, and etcetera, etc. last year, they invited me to become one of their buyers, and of course i jumped for joy. some items i’ve shared with the shop are vintage dooney & bourkes, silk tops, and pencil skirts.

hunt. gather. style is holding its next event (aptly named spring fling) on april 27th, and i’ll be there with an entire rack of goodies along with 81 poppies and tess dress! i’m bringing my A-game i.e. a carefully edited selection of warm weather tops and bottoms, delightfully printed scarves, and my trademark: one-of-a-kind belts.

see you in a few weekends! :o)


Tags: friends

2013. friendly friday: trophy boutique.
that cool lady with the shades is laurel (of trophy boutique). she’s a blogger, stylist, and daschund mama in austin, texas. i met laurel through texas style council, and i cannot stop reading her blog.
laurel (and terra) inspired me to wear ankle boots. i liked them but didn’t know what to do with them. laurel wears them with jeans (long or cuffed), skirts of all lengths, and dresses. plus she doesn’t have just one kind of ankle boot— you’ll find inspiration for western, classic, and even swedish boots. on top of that, her layering skills are extraordinary.
say hello to laurel today. i know i will.

2013. friendly friday: trophy boutique.

that cool lady with the shades is laurel (of trophy boutique). she’s a blogger, stylist, and daschund mama in austin, texas. i met laurel through texas style council, and i cannot stop reading her blog.

laurel (and terra) inspired me to wear ankle boots. i liked them but didn’t know what to do with them. laurel wears them with jeans (long or cuffed), skirts of all lengths, and dresses. plus she doesn’t have just one kind of ankle boot— you’ll find inspiration for western, classic, and even swedish boots. on top of that, her layering skills are extraordinary.

say hello to laurel today. i know i will.