The Met | China: Through the Looking Glass

Monday, September 28, 2015

Note to self and my lovely readers: Never wait until the last day to see the costume exhibit at The Met. It's going to be hectic and crowded no matter when you decide to go. 

I usually prefer to go a month or two after it opens to avoid the crowds but this year for some reason (ahem, the bf) I didn't make it until closing day, two hours before the museum was about to close. Anxiety levels were at an all time high during this visit! Two hours was definitely not enough to fully absorb everything from the exhibit. I felt pressured the entire time because I wanted to capture as much as I could so I can share it with all of you. The Met usually doesn't allow photography inside the costume exhibit so I was surprised when I saw people busting out their DSLRs. I'm not sure if it was because it was the last day so they didn't care but everyone was having a free for all snapping away. I didn't get to fully experience the exhibit the way I wanted to because I knew I had to get my shots and keep it moving if I wanted to see everything. I had a slight conniption because halfway through my boyfriend wanted to take a detour and meander through the Japan gallery (which is permanent, btw) so there goes another 2 minutes! This exhibit felt near and dear to me for obvious reasons and I didn't want to miss any of it. All in all, I'm glad I got to see this exhibit in person. The details on the dresses and gowns were absolutely breathtaking. Even though my visit was a bit rushed, I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit this year. 

A little something about the exhibit from metmuseum.org
This exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.

The exhibition features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China are incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.

Below are a few highlights from the exhibit. Enjoy!

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
     
  

And of course, I saved the best for last.

xo, m.

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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  

This is the easily my favorite makeup look. Mainly because this is the simplest easiest eye look ever and I can wear any lip color with it. It takes no time at all so it's perfect for the girl on the go, the girl who overslept, the girl who's too lazy to do her makeup and the girl who can't be bothered with makeup in the morning after a long night. Pretty much anyone, really.

Shadow Breakdown:
White chocolate as an all over base over my primer so the shadows you use apply and blend better
Salted caramel buffed into the crease
Triple fudge for the liner [decided to go for a softer wing today]
Stila 'kitten' all over my lids

 This makeup look is so perfect for Spring because it's fresh and minimal. It's not always necessary to wear a million colors on your eyes for your makeup to look good. Let's say you want to grab a drink with your girls or bae after work... you can easily turn this into a night look by taking any dark matte shade and popping it into your outer v, BAM you're good to go!

I wanted to go for a softer wing today so I used triple fudge from the chocolate bar palette for my wing in place of my gel liner. I used an angled brush to draw out my wing then I went in with a pencil brush to blend it out to a soft fade. Excuse the lack of lashes on my lower lash line... click here to find out how it happened. :(

How intense does that mistinguette blush look?! As you can see it doesn't appear that bright. It's all a matter of how it's applied. You have to be extremely gentle and light handed when it comes to blush, unless you're going for that look. This NARS one night stand cheek palette has to be one of my best makeup purchases ever! I've been using it to death and it has lasted me forever. It was well worth the money because a single blush from NARS goes for $30. It's smaller than the regular blushes but I don't even mind because I've never finished a blush before in my life. I highly recommend that you guys pick it up over the holidays if NARS decides to do another cheek palette this year. I skipped the holiday 2014 palette because I haven't even hit pan on any of these blushes yet. Talk about self control! Trust me, it was extremely tempting. 

I absolutely LOVE this Stila shimmer duo! Anything that's multi purpose, I'm all over it. I used kitten on my lids and as a cheekbone highlight on top of Benefit Watt's Up. I wish you could see it more in these photos. It just gives you the softest prettiest glow... so in love with this highlighting combo! 

  
I've been rediscovering all sorts of hidden gems in my collection lately! I created this pinky coral lip with the Smashbox megatint in nude and topped it off MAC's viva glam nicki lipglass.

Stay tuned for Friday's video on my channel! I have a Spring makeup collab planned with my friend Christina! I'll be doing a night time Spring look which I'm super excited about because I haven't done any dramatic makeup looks in a while. Christina will be doing a day time Spring look.

xo, m. 

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Trying To Find Balance

Monday, April 13, 2015

I really commend anyone who is able to successfully manage their blog, YouTube AND a job. How do you guys do it? It's something I've continuously struggled with ever since I started my blog. What I mean by "successfully manage" is coming up with a variety of topics for your blog and uploading a video at least once a week. It's not easy creating different content for each social platform. It would be so easy to just embed my latest YouTube video into this post and call it a day [shameless plug down below] I've always found it extremely redundant whenever I came across blogs that do that. I try to offer a little more by writing a little something whenever I link my videos because when I visit my favorite blogs, I want to read and look at beautiful photography. It drives me crazy when people just post links to their videos without writing a word so that's something I'd never do.

I need to find a way to equally divide my attention between blogging and YouTube. I feel like whenever I focus too much energy on one, I neglect the other which is never my intention. I've never been big on having an agenda. I haven't used one of those things since I was in school. I usually just plan and schedule things on the calendar on my macbook. As you can see it's not working very well. I hate getting planners after the year has started because then I'd be wasting the January-March portion of the planner. I'm currently working on a Spring lookbook for my channel so there probably won't be that many outfit posts over the next couple of weeks. I truly appreciate everyones patience while I try to find the balance between my two loves; blogging and YouTube.

Below is a very long video of my final thoughts on a TON of beauty products I've used up over the past couple of months. I personally really enjoy these Empties videos on YouTube because you get more of true review after you've used up the entire thing. You've been warned! Grab a snack and always watch in HD for optimal viewing. :)



If you have mastered the art of balancing, do share your secrets!

xo, m.

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Reading List

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I just started reading The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. From the synopsis, it's about this girl who's on the hunt for the serial killer who tried to kill her. That's all I have to offer for now since I just started this book. The synopsis was enough to reel me in though. I've had this book on my nook since last year and I just started reading it. I still have the first generation of the nook that came out in 2010. Don't laugh. It's a legit dinosaur, I feel like it should be in a museum or something. This thing has lasted me til this day so I've had no reason to replace it. My only gripe is the weight of it. I can't even put a case on it because it'll just add even more weight to it. It's so funny how I used to baby my nook when I first got it and now I just throw it around carelessly and its still kicking. I would love to have one of the newer and lighter ones... However, I should really just be content with what I have and be thankful that I don't have to spend $100 on a new e-reader. Ahh, there's the silver lining. 

My usual literary genre of choice tend to be crime novels, mysteries, thrillers and occasionally chick lit. I used to love reading when I was in school. Ever since I graduated, I don't read as much anymore and it really bothers me. The summer before my senior year at FIT, we were assigned a mini project for the summer (prep work for the senior project) and I remember doing everything but that. Anything school related was the furthest thing from my mind. That summer I read close to 30 books from the end of May until the beginning of September. Once you've graduated from college and you're thrown into the real world; it's up to you to keep your brain sharp and functioning. You no longer have professors telling you what you should be reading, it's up to us to educate ourselves. 

Next on my reading list:
The Girl on the Train -Paula Hawkins
Crazy Rich Asians -Kevin Kwan
#GirlBoss -Sophia Amoruso
Dark Places -Gillian Flynn
Have you read anything good lately? Leave me some recommendations!

xo, m.

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Not Quite Spring Yet

Monday, March 30, 2015


Spring is finallyyy here yet it still feels like winter. Whyyy?? I can't wait for the temperature to catch up with the season. I'm so ready to ditch the heavy scarves for lighter ones. Scarves are my second favorite accessory next to handbags. Always have been and will be a bag lady! Ironically I'm not showing one in this ensemble but I felt like the outfit looked better without one so I didn't include it. Can we talk about this lip color for a sec... it just screams Spring! After months of wearing nothing but reds, purples and dark vampy colors, I forgot how much I loved sushi kiss. Funny how rediscovering an old fave can completely turn your mood around.

Press *play* to see the rest of this outfit!
--Watch in HD--


xo, m.

Burberry blanket scarf, jeans (similar), watch (similar) | H&M jacket (similar different color and also here) | Phillip Lim top | Dolce Vita pumps | MAC sushi kiss lipstick

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