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Fashion, beauty, food, art…pleasing to the senses


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Less Stress

I was reading The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd and you guessed it–it’s a fluff piece. I kept wanting to not finish and just go with another book and yet, it wasn’t badly written and the twist was actually heartbreakingly readable. The main character was irritatingly privileged and selfish but the author still made it interesting enough for me to finish.

For the mani shown, I used a gunpowder Essie shade and a true purple purple polish I got from one of my Ipsy bags. This particular Essie polish is the best quality I’ve experienced. It’s thick, coats evenly and very opaque. I love that it gives off more of an industrial vibe rather than a lighter, sparkly look.

We recently visited my friend’s place in downtown Pittsburgh and they served us a traditional Turkish tea! I love trying new things and really admired all their serve ware! The tea was especially strong and yummy. I was not previously a fan of the Turkish delight candies but these coconut crusted ones were great!

While the water might not have been colored, it was rather fragrant and Daphne now relishes baths in our giant whirlpool tub.

Aldis had this amazing blueberry cream cheese breakfast pastry and it tasted as delicious as it looks! The crust was beautifully flaky and crispy. Oh lawd, this is my type of dessert. Flaky, buttery pastries all the way.

Yup, finally bought the John Oliver version of the Marlon Bundo children’s book via Amazon! It’s a great story with a great cause. Per Amazon, 100% of proceeds benefits the Trevor Project and AIDS United. My favorite part is about the stinkbug president drawn exactly like Mike Pence. What a lovely political and moral message. For now, this is more for me than for Daphne but soon!

Thanks for standing up, Last Week Tonight!

Couldn’t resist buying her designer socks from Marshalls. Only wish all 6 pairs were different but oh, well.

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March Mani Time

Finally! New mani time! I’m using an old Sephora brand nail polish in a glossy teal paired with this dependably creamy Julep cashmere polish. It gives me a “working woman” vibe and I like how chic the combo looks. I’m modeling on top of the book I’m currently reading–The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester. It’s quite a curious book detailing the fictitious cookbook author and his whimsies. The style is amusingly snooty and the sparse descriptions of food are definitely enjoyable. Some of his random asides are rather educational too. I wouldn’t call it a page-turner; it assumes the reader has a high vocabulary and is well versed in geography, literature and gourmet cooking.

Check out this dainty spread! My workplace recently hosted this amazing afternoon tea event celebrating womens’ achievements the day right after International Womens’ Day! The ladies at work were invited to sample custard filled cupcakes, turtle brownies, scones, mini fruit turnovers and crackers with various pots of delicious jams! We mingled together and played a game where we had to guess which famous woman we were representing from the sticker on our back! I left feeling full and empowered :).

I made this! It was a surprisingly easy and quick meal to make:

-frozen breaded white meat chicken pieces

-thick sliced mushrooms

-carrot medallions

-sweet orange and red peppers

-lots of chopped scallions

-basmati rice

-sweet and sour sauce: canned fruit syrup, duck sauce packets, sesame seeds, black pepper, light soy sauce, crushed garlic with juices, squirt of lemon juice

Mimiboo and I enjoy some mother-daughter time. Everyday when I come home from work, I am greeted by her cries and gallops from afar! As soon as the garage door opens, she comes up and snuggles my ankles as if to say “Mommy! ¬†Where the heck have you been for the last eight hours? Ah! I miss you!”


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Hostess Tea Set

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I threw a tea party yesterday and couldn’t resist taking a picture of my hostess set for one. The serving set only has 3 cups and saucers, so I’m really really hoping someone gets me that 4-person set on my Macys wedding registry to realize my fancy tea party dreams ;).

This exquisite cup and saucer is gold-rimmed with a lush floral print. The detail on the inside of the cup is too darling. My pinky is always sticking out if I drink from this cup. It is one of my favorite gift-with-purchase! My cousin in China bought this pricey Mao Tai rice wine and it came with this gorgeous set. For buying alcohol, we’re going to give you this tea set, lol! I’m not complaining–my family got the booz and I got a tea set!


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It’s Tea Time in Germany

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After months of coaxing, my friend from Cincinnati gave me a visit all the freezing way up here. She bought a present for me last year while vacationing in Germany and I finally received it!

I’m into tea–being Asian and all. I guess it’s in my blood, or rather tea flows through my veins? Anyways, I’m one of those gurus who drink loose leaf, brand name teas straight from my tea-producing hometown in China. I scoff at those who need to add sugar or honey or something to their nondescript bags of black tea. I figure if I ever go to England, I would LOVE to go to high tea and add cream and sugar but usually for me, tea is a beverage like water and I would never add sugar or honey to water.

This precious little set is a complete tea service for one! The top part is the teapot, the bottom half is the teacup and they rest on the matching saucer dish with a nub part to hold everything in place. Ah, what a wonderfully appropriate gift for me. I can take this item off my wedding registry now! Just waiting for a cast iron teapot and Primula flowering tea blossoms ;).