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27 May 2020

Gearing Up For Pride [Sneaker Edition]

Due to COVID-19, Pride events aren’t being held like they normally would be next month. That doesn’t mean that Pride Month isn’t being celebrated. Nike, Converse, and adidas have all released their pride-themed sneakers ahead of the month and we are big fans. I especially love this one by adidas (above) that has parts of the sneaker itself in a designated color. If you’re wanting that all-over look though, Converse (bottom right) is the look for you. And for the minimalist – we’ve got Nike (bottom left.)

For details on all three pairs and where and when to buy, visit the sources below.

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22 May 2020

Blog Roundup

Before this year, I didn’t know that May was Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage month. While it has been a slow journey for me to become more acquainted with my culture and history, I know now I can appreciate this much more at my age. I think some of this has to do with the environment I grew up in and not having that kind of community until after graduating college and starting my career. Without even knowing how special this month was, we got into Korean drama all on our own and started to read and watch pieces that were all tied to the celebration of this month. By no means do I think that means I’ve done all the work that there is, but I’m excited to continue educating myself. I’ve really been enjoying this and have shared a majority of them here with you all!

  • Studio Ghibli Producer is Giving Free Drawing Lessons Online [High Snobiety]
  • Trump’s Refusal to cover up actually reveals his greatest fears [The Cut]
  • 11 Phrases People Love to Hear [The Ladders]
  • Forget Productivity: Let ‘Wuliao’ Be Your Quarantine Philosophy [Refinery29]
  • How to Make Pancake Cereal – TikTok’s Latest Food Trend [Hypebae]
  • MSG is a Valuable Kitchen Staple, If You Know How To Use It [The Takeout]
  • Where New Yorkers Moved to Escape Coronavirus [New York Times]
  • It Is Scientifically Proven That Flowers Make You Feel Better [Vogue]
  • The Ultimate Guide to Instant Noodles [Eater]
  • The Childhood Sweethearts Who Eloped to the Mountains [The Cut]
  • What K-Pop’s Beautiful Men Can Teach Us About Masculinity [Refinery29]
  • How Street Culture Shaped Asian-American Identity [High Snobiety]
  • Jay Park on K-Pop and Cultural Appropriation [VICE]

20 May 2020

The Shoes We’re Dreaming About Wearing Someday

It feels strange to say that we have an urge to buy all of these shoes right now because I feel like we never have that moment! I think that’s my internal feelings telling me that I clearly miss the outside world and taking my shoes out. When it comes to shoes, I generally skew minimal, but there’s something very “spacey” about these ones that I’m attached to. The AF1 trainers (bottom) are sporting a very casual camouflage-print that you may not notice at first sight. While I like how eclectic these are, purple is one of my favorite colors so I’d probably be more likely to wear the top pair. These will be available in June!

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If you’re looking to get a head start on fall, these corduroy Dr. Martens might do the job. Personally, I don’t own a pair, but have been trying to find the most perfect ones for the last year. I’m a sucker for corduroy, but have always leaned towards them for skirts and jackets, never shoes. This might be the unique piece I’m looking for to complete the closet. This boot in particular is an updated version of their classic 1460 boot and a collaboration between the brand and Undercover’s Jun Takahashi. This boot release will be available on the Dr. Martens website starting May 23rd.

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And last, but not least, how can you not love this understated, but cheeky pair of Nike’s Blazer Mid “Sketch.” I’m not a fan of shoes that look like something has been done to them yet the prices have soared and are ridiculous. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about – the pairs of shoes that have been “intentionally” scuffed because that was the design. “Sketch” is not one of those pairs. This is actually a quirky take on the iconic “Swoosh” that we can get behind. They are being sold [here!]

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18 May 2020

Target’s Summer Collection of Designer Dresses

Today was the day that we caved on our shopping habit. It started with a father’s day card, but ended in a checkout that was both a card and a candle (for me.) We then followed it up by purchasing not one, but two pairs of leggings from Aritzia. Once you get started, there is no going back! To top off all my purchases, we just learned that Target is releasing a highly anticipated collection just in time for restrictions around the country to start lifting.

In a new collaboration with brands that include Cushnie and LoveShackFancy, Target is releasing a line of delicious dresses that are about to fill our closets. There will be more than 70 different dresses to choose from all ranging between $40 and $60. Dresses will hit Target.com starting June 6th and in stores June 15th. Here are our favorite picks!

Cushnie

Lisa Marie Fernandez

Lisa Marie Fernandez

LoveShackFancy

LoveShackFancy

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18 May 2020

Wedding Mondays

Photo: Annabel of Belathee

It hasn’t been easy seeing all of my friends having to postpone what will be the most important day in their lives. This was supposed to be a big wedding year for us and it’s all of a sudden not. Some of my friends have decided to postpone an entire year while others are still finding ways to honor their original date. I’ve been waiting to find the perfect socially distanced quarantine wedding to share with all of you for Wedding Mondays and I think we did!

Elaine Welteroth and Jonathan Singletary met as kids at church through their mothers. It wasn’t until adulthood that they would finally end up together. Their story depicts how they planned to marry in their hometown of where they met back home, but COVID-19 had other plans. Not wanting to let go of their original date – 5/10/20 the couple moved forward and married right on their stoop. Following the exchanging of their vows was the best wedding block party I’ve ever seen! The photos are a must to look at, but we’ve also got a video that captures it all. For the full story, check out their wedding feature on [Vogue]

17 May 2020

This Weekend:

Doesn’t it seem like the weekends are just flying by once again? I guess in a way this means that we’ve adapted. I remember how early on in shelter-in-place where the days felt like they were stretching beyond just 24 hours. Now when someone asks me about my weekend, I can look back on it and actually feel productive. In California, companies are trying to figure out when it will be appropriate to return back to our offices. For now, it looks like I can expect a potential September return. If that’s the case, we’ll likely take a look at our current routine and modify it so that it’s sustainable for the next few months.

Here’s a little bit of what we’re up to this weekend!

What We’re Watching: The Last Dance (ESPN)

We’ve been watching this since the first night it premiered and I’m sad to finish the last two episodes tonight. It really has been an extraordinary documentary, if not, my favorite one of the year. I grew up knowing about how talented the Chicago Bulls were, but was obviously to young to comprehend the drama. For those of you who aren’t able to watch it on ESPN, the series will be on Netflix sometime next month for you to enjoy!

What We’re Listening To: Local Natives – Hummingbird (Deluxe Version)

Weekends are always reserved for some of my favorite albums. Whether I’m spending the day cleaning or writing content, I want to be able to have the soundtrack be something I’m familiar and comfortable with. I don’t think we’ll ever get sick of listening to Local Natives and even though this album is from 2013, it’s timeless in my eyes.

What We’re Wearing: Heels!

This isn’t the exact pair of Oak + Fort heels that I do own, but if you like these, you can save this [link] for when they are back in stock. Since we’ve been in quarantine, I haven’t worn any other pair of shoes except for sneakers. After all, we didn’t have a reason too! However, for a special outing yesterday, I wanted to feel a little bit more like my normal self. Contrary to what some may believe, it isn’t that difficult to put them back on again.

What We’re Eating: In N’ Out

It was my first burger of quarantine and boy, were we craving it! Since it had been so long, I wasn’t going to miss a chance to get my usual order – a cheeseburger animal style with well-done fries and a strawberry milkshake. To top it all off, we stopped next door at the Krispy Kreme to get a dozen donuts only to receive an extra free dozen on top of that! It was our lucky day!

14 May 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Alison Roman and Chrissy Teigen’s Feud Is About More Than Selling Out [Vox]
  • Protesters Inadvertently Prove They Can Work Out Anywhere [The Cut]
  • I Am 35 and Running Faster Than I Ever Thought Possible [New York Times]
  • Pedestrian Etiquette Guide for SF During the Pandemic [Curbed]
  • The Rise and Fall of TOMS
  • If you’re ordering pizza, make sure it’s not coming from Chuck E. Cheese [Food&Wine]
  • For Asians, Treating Our Mental Health Issues Feels Like Having to Pick a Side [Refinery29]
  • 17 Infuriating TV Moments That Should Have Never Happened [Buzzfeed]
  • The Hottest Thing A Man Can Do [The Cut]
  • Inside Masa’s $800 Takeout Sushi Box [Eater]
  • Center Stage Turns 20: [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Welcome to the Summer of Maude Apatow [WhoWhatWear]
  • Berkeley Will Fully Close Its Streets to Create Giant Outdoor Dining Rooms [SF Eater]
13 May 2020

Aritzia Summer ’20 Collection

[Wilfred Only Maxi Slip Dress] – $128

After months of not shopping, I nearly caved when I laid eyes on Aritzia’s latest Summer ’20 Collection. Maybe it’s the fact that we’re living in leggings and needing something more. Or we just need a season to look forward to. There’s no telling at this point when restrictions will be lifted and where we’ll even be wearing our new clothes. Whatever the case, pandemic period is making us a little weak with our wallets. I’ve fallen in love with so many of these pieces and if I can’t have them, hopefully they’ll land with one of you.

[Wilfred Satire Dress] – $178

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09 May 2020

Sneaker Roundup

When it comes to buying new sneakers, I lean towards versatility. That means it will typically be in monochrome colors like classic white or all grey or all black. For the longest time, you used to read articles about how sneakers were meant for active and casual wear. 2020 is spelling out something quite different. For the last few seasons, all I’ve been seeing sneakers paired with are dresses, but short and long, casual and dressed up. At this point, I’m convinced you can pair sneakers with just about any type of dress and no one would say a thing.

If that’s the case, then that means we’re good on these forever and there are no rules. In the last week, Hypebeast and Hypebae have shared two new styles that have caught my eye from both Converse and adidas respectively. Above is the adidas Originals’ Falcon Sneaker in a blush pink with beautiful gold accents. The shoe itself is made with both mesh and suede paneling. Starting today, they are available [here.]

We’ve seen it in swimsuit trends recently; this throwback to more retro styles so it’s no surprise that this has made its way to sneakers. I’m loving the two toned colors on Converse’s Chuck 70 Renew Hi and Ox. The Hi will be sold for $95 USD and the Ox at $90 USD. Which pair are you leaning more towards?

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09 May 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Banksy Honors Healthcare Workers With New Artwork [Hypebeast]
  • ESPN Moves Up Release Date of 3 Upcoming Films [Sports Illustrated]
  • 5 Ways to Keep Bacteria Out of Your Beauty Products [Byrdie]
  • How to Structure Your Days When Time is Fake and You Have Endless Chores [VICE]
  • 21 Times TV Shows Killed Off a Character and Ruined the Entire Series For People [BuzzFeed]
  • In Conversation: Hayley Williams [Vulture]
  • Asian Parents Are Starring in the Most Wholesome TikToks [Buzzfeed] I honestly wish I were in quarantine with my dad cause I know we’d make the best dancing TikToks
  • TV Marianne Is Too Hot and Normal [The Cut]
  • 10 Cooking Mistakes Most Home Cooks Make [Cool Material]
  • Cloth Masks to Shop Now [Vogue]
  • Spike Lee’s love letter to New York [Fader]
  • That Isn’t Actually Michael Jordan’s House in ‘The Last Dance’ [High Snobiety]

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  • ☺️ when it’s summer we still wear all black 🖤
  • this is where we live now 🥰
  • The only way we’re getting through quarantine is @juni_sf meals
  • We’re making an even bigger leap back into the archives now! I took these at Tết - the Vietnamese New Year Festival back in Feb 2008 and to this day, it’s still one of my favorite photo sets. The vibrant colors always get me 🥰
  • I’m enjoying these throwback photos more than I thought I would. I didn’t have an Instagram until mid-2012 and that’s mostly because I was still using a BlackBerry. Sometimes as we change computers, carrying over those photos with you is too much of a hassle, but I’m now seeing that there’s a reason why some of these still live on Facebook and Flickr.

My team in 2011 will agree with me on this. Campfire OK was one of the best bands we worked with that year. 💯 would book them over and over again and we sort of did. Coffee House didn’t always draw in an enormous crowd, but once a month these were my favorite nights. I love looking back and remembering how talented the individuals I worked with were, but also they were the kindest humans. ❤️
  • I was so excited for my move to California back in 2013, but it wasn’t exactly great timing for Yow Yow! Just before I left, we were able to partner with @nordstrom ‘s wedding suite, @mollymoonicecream , and @drysoda on some of my favorite collaborations.

Elliot Suhr captured these photos for us beautifully. I honestly should have hired him to do all of our collab photos. And even though this is a semi-candid shot of @vronlimhughes and I on our way out of our meeting with Dry, it’s a reminder of how far we’ve come with Yow Yow! Her opinions are the ones I trust the most and to this day she still edits the pieces I have the hardest time writing and is the last set of eyes before they go live.
  • 😆 I’m about to shake up my grid aesthetic! We have limited options when it comes to shooting at home, but now seems like a better time than ever to revisit some photos that we’ve never shared before. Despite this very moody look, I had a great time at this wedding in Yosemite back in 2016 ❤️
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  • As California begins it’s reopening process, I realized I’m never gonna see the city like this ever again. This is a block down by the wharf and the only shop open.

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