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Keeping the McQueen Spirit Alive

Aug. 16th, 2010 | 10:06 am

The fate of the McQueen label was pretty shaky with Lee McQueen gone. I had feared a total debauchery of his work. But as of now, luckily the successor, and once McQueen's right-hand woman - Sarah Burton - proved my fears unfounded. Her resort collection for McQueen was marvelously breathtaking (oh the luscious laces and brocades on the evening-wear!) . She left me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next collection!

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The Art of War (and life)

Aug. 13th, 2010 | 11:54 am

The Way of War is
A Way of Deception.

When able,
Feign inability;

When deploying troops,
Appear not to be.

When near,
Appear far;

When far,
Appear near.

Lure with bait;

Strike with chaos.

If the enemy is full,
Be prepared.
If strong,
Avoid him.

If he is angry,
Disconcert him.

If he is weak,
Stir him to pride.

If his men are harmonious,
Split them.

where he is
Where you are Unexpected.

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Give me some Spanish love

Jul. 12th, 2010 | 05:08 pm

They were so shinning last sunday !

ESPN Soccernet corrospondent describes it the best:

Jogi Low's lucky periwinkle sweater didn't stand a chance. In a game of "now you see it, now you don't," Spain whistled the ball around the park at a hypnotic pace -- forward, sideways, backward, forward, sideways, backward, you are getting sleepy -- and waited for the inevitable opening to come. The players would still be out there pinging it about in their "passing carousel," as Sir Alex Ferguson refers to Barcelona's one-touch triangles, if Carles Puyol hadn't grown impatient and catapulted himself into the air to spear a ferocious header into the net. (By the way, Carles, Gene Simmons called. He wants his hair back.)

Then, after all that metronomic passing, the goal comes from the most elemental of soccer plays: a set piece. It's this kind of dual threat that will give the Dutch nightmares. Spain not only dismantled the confident, high-octane Germans but it did so in a style that could be best described as "possessed." The Spaniards held on to the ball as if it were the Rimet trophy itself, with Xavi and Andres Iniesta finding spaces that are not readily apparent to the human eye. And they did it while using their third or fourth different formation of the tournament.

Spain could even afford to leave struggling starlet Fernando Torres on the bench, using sprightly Barca forward Pedro on the right side of midfield. La Furia Roja's versatility and industry took awhile to emerge from their chrysalides after that shocking opening defeat to the Swiss (the Swiss!). Now the Spanish are playing at their highest gear and Low is right to call them "the best team in the world." Although the Netherlands might have a thing or two to say about that.


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Fall 2010 Accessories: The Good, the Strange, and the Ugly

Apr. 15th, 2010 | 05:31 pm
mood: Alexy Johnson

I really like the styles coming out for fall. Can't wait! (i just need more $$$)

Slouchy hobo bags that were everywhere in the past years are out -finally! Square, constructed, shapely clutches and purses are the new it items (and look much better ).

As for shoes, the far-fetched kick-ass crazy designs of the last couple of seasons are subsiding (perhaps designers are being grounded by the touch economic times?). Designers are doing an "interesting" job of taking elements from coats and jackets for their footwear...

 Fur is everywhere - literally. There's good usage of fur (i.e. lining the sides and tops of boots), and very creative, and not-so-great placement of fur...you can see for yourself.

Colorful prints are back after seasons of drabness. But be careful, prints are tricky things. For footwear, DO wear a printed pump with classic proportions and petite heels. DO NOT go crazy with the shape of your footwear if you already have a crazy print, unless you want to look like a street performer!

The Good (but sometimes dangerous)

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My Favorite Street Looks from Fall'10 Fashion Weeks

Mar. 26th, 2010 | 05:00 pm
music: Miike Snow by Miike Snow

New York

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What a hip ride! <3
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Dries Van Noten <3 This is how great textures and patterns come together
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Ha Jin's Waiting, and dispassionate men

Mar. 4th, 2010 | 11:02 am


I just finished speeding through this book. Ha Jin writes in a very brisk language and paints a great picture of the society during and after the Cultural Revolution, without dwelling on it. It was very interesting to me since I do not know a lot about that part of my history besides the biased and grossly generalized things they propagate in the United States. Hence, Ha Jin's straightforwardly sober representation of the times comes as a great refreshment for me.

HOWEVER, the reason I'm giving this rant is because I absolutely hate the guts of the male protagonist in the book! It is no fault of anyone, maybe, perhaps human nature itself. For, he is a very very realistic character, which is why I am all the more frustrated. You would have to read the entire book to see what I am talking about.

The character is not outwardly despicable. In fact, Ha Jin does him in the same straightforward, matter-of-fact style that he employs to talk about the society. But because his character is so realistic, it made me realize how selfish and unfeeling some men can be, even though their outward appearance is that of a calm, patient, and caring person.

This is why calm and composed guys scare me. You never know what they are actually thinking about. They might be smiling "sincerely", and be thinking of how annoying you are. (I think this is largely an Asian, if not Chinese trait? Perhaps even a cultural product.)  Anyhow, I can think of one or two guys like that.

Anyway... enough ranting. Point is, I am becoming annoyed at dispassionate and controlled people. This world need more PASSION and LOVE
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Burberry I want You!

Feb. 24th, 2010 | 11:37 am

The shaggy coat
Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

The oversized bag
Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

the thigh-high super-sexy python boots
Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear

The cigarette pant
Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear


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on Queue

Feb. 2nd, 2010 | 05:01 pm

It is hours before my vacation to Puerto Rico. I'm sitting at work restless and with nothing to do. So I decided to compile a list of upcoming books, movies, activities, restaurants I wanna do. Wanna join?

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Harvard Fogg Art Museum

Harvard Museum of Natural History
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---ok that's it for now...more to come :)
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a look back at 2009: Books

Jan. 27th, 2010 | 12:54 pm
music: Dragonette- Fixin' to Thrill

I always have unexplainable urges, changes of thoughts, and I do things for the sake of doing things. That's why I hate it when people ask me for a reason. Why? I don't know. I don't know why I do things and why I don't. I just feel like it. Why not?
One of these unexplainable urges compelled me to read. I began reading a lot in 2009 - novels, mostly. Perhaps it is because I had not read in so long, ever since I started college.
Anyway, here are the books I read. Some are amazing. Some are so-so. Others...uh maybe I should not have wasted time on. Maybe you can find something interesting to put on your list....

1/2 out of 4
 I first picked up the book because of the movie (which was amazing). I still can't decide which I liked better, the book or the movie. Ben Kingsley was amazing in it. I also like Andre Dubus III's straight-foward, unbiased prose. Every character in the book is so realistically flawed. Each has his/her own reasons for their respective actions. The result is a beautiful tragedy.
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Burberry Prorsum Men's Fall10 Catwalk = <3

Jan. 22nd, 2010 | 03:16 pm

I usually get extremely bored by the general monotonousness of men's fashion week (just look at the limited palate designers restrict themselves to for men's clothing!). BUT, the Burburry collection for Fall10 caught my eye this time 'round. It wasn't anything extremely fancy or brilliant, but everything just falls together so well, plus bits of quirkiness here and there. This is clothing that make men loook good and fashionably smart

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