throwback to one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful movies ever. i find it so easy to feel julia’s emotions in this movie, haha. i hate love.

Throw away the chains

Let love fly away

'Til love comes again

I’ll be okay.

An Ode to Coco Chanel

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel maybe one of the world’s most celebrated, famous designers. Her iconic status is attributed to her vision and creation of the world’s most favorite timeless pieces such as the little black dress and the suit/ the blazer for ladies.

She is well-loved for her contribution to the world of fashion. And even her fragrance is as timeless as her name. Chanel No.5 is still today’s best-selling perfume and her signature quilted bag never escapes every classic-lady’s wardrobe.

I personally love everything that Chanel created. Though i love creativity and innovation in fashion too (everyone loves a showstopper right ? and the shock element every now and then), i still am a classic girl at heart.

Coco was all about classic elegance. Though fashion was her life, she was brilliant enough to evoke simplicity in her designs. 

While modern day has seen Steve Jobs innovate technology and kept Apple’s design to its simplest; in the 1920s, Coco envisioned the same thing for her dresses. No doubt, we are still wearing her Little Black Dress invention from my lola’s birth year (1926) until today…and we will continue to do so. She didn’t give birth to a trend, she created a classic.

Today, August 19, is Coco’s birthday. And my blog wants to celebrate her wit and wisdom, sass and style. Here are 7 of my favorite “wittyisms / words to live by / life or style wisdom” 

On Classics

"One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics." 

And in fact, she did. We credit today’s little black dress and the classic suit to this woman’s vision.

On Being Self-Made

"My life didn’t please me, so i created my life." 

She was self-reliant and independent, given her beginnings. She turned things around by taking control of what she wanted out of life. By being strong (too strong, i think) she got what she desired.

On Elegance

"Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."

A brilliant designer for her philosophy at simplicity, and a wonderful visionary for her fashion foresight crossing centuries.

On Common Sense

"Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door."

She was smart and had a common sense - which i hear is not so common these days (kidding).

On Enthusiasm About Life

"I am not young but i feel young. The day i feel old, i will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing."

See that vigor from those positive words? If there’s one thing that propelled Coco forward most of the time, it’s maybe due to her positivity.

On Natural Beauty

"Nature gives you the face you have at 20. It is up to you to merit the face you have at 50."

Before cosmetics, there was Coco Chanel, believing that proper care for oneself > beauty enhancements. See, her philosophy was that simple. I LOVE IT.

On Adversity and Authenticity

"Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity."

A gem of a wisdom. Coco was aware that life was too short to waste on not being true enough to you. It doesn’t have to take a tragedy to realize that you’ve got to be real from the start, but if in any case, hard times always serve as a great reminder.

So what’s your favorite piece of wisdom from Coco Chanel ?

Blog’s Forecast : Dormant with a chance of occasional writing

It has been quite sometime since i last wrote here

Basically, the state of this blog has been ‘dormant with a chance of occasional updates.’ And that’s not too bad. I think.

Today, i found a chance to sit still at a coffee shop, which i’m glad to report, i have been doing more frequently than EVER (just very recently). Armed with enough blissful sips of Tazo tea & White chocolate mocha combined, i am just raring to tell random stories 

Warning : it’s a heavily personal post. Proceed with caution :)

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Unearthed these photos back in 2010. Holy cow. I want my “then” weight so bad!!! I was never thin but i was at least in my tiptop shape at 23. Once upon a time i ran regularly, had no gym membership, ate whatever i want to my heart’s content because my metabolism was awesome and i was starting out on my quarterlife limbo rock. Three years full swing life’s randomness later… A hashtag named #throwbackthursday called me out on it to remind me to pull myself together and dig myself out of the ‘go lang ng go’ hole. I do want to be more mindful of my diet and exercise. Let’s be fit together!!!
#Fitness2014 #Fitspiration #ThrowbackThursday #Millenial

Unearthed these photos back in 2010. Holy cow. I want my “then” weight so bad!!! I was never thin but i was at least in my tiptop shape at 23. Once upon a time i ran regularly, had no gym membership, ate whatever i want to my heart’s content because my metabolism was awesome and i was starting out on my quarterlife limbo rock. Three years full swing life’s randomness later… A hashtag named #throwbackthursday called me out on it to remind me to pull myself together and dig myself out of the ‘go lang ng go’ hole. I do want to be more mindful of my diet and exercise. Let’s be fit together!!!

#Fitness2014 #Fitspiration #ThrowbackThursday #Millenial

This is a repost from my Instagram last February 21, 2014. I do feel that in my life, courage is something i need to nurture more. Not that it’s completely lacking, but, it’s something that could use a little more work. 
In it’s finest essence, courage is something we all need in life. My favorite quote from Maya Angelou says, "courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." And as one of my favorite philosophers, Confucius, would say, "faced with what is right, to leave it undone, shows a lack of courage."
I am posting this in my blog to remind myself how important it is to let go of my ‘hindering’ fears and to be braver - because this is what it’ll take for me to grow…
How to approach life everyday, 2014. Just a reminder. Setback per setback, joy per joy. Just be❤ 
#courage2014

This is a repost from my Instagram last February 21, 2014. I do feel that in my life, courage is something i need to nurture more. Not that it’s completely lacking, but, it’s something that could use a little more work.

In it’s finest essence, courage is something we all need in life. My favorite quote from Maya Angelou says, "courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." And as one of my favorite philosophers, Confucius, would say, "faced with what is right, to leave it undone, shows a lack of courage."

I am posting this in my blog to remind myself how important it is to let go of my ‘hindering’ fears and to be braver - because this is what it’ll take for me to grow…

How to approach life everyday, 2014. Just a reminder. Setback per setback, joy per joy. Just be❤ 

#courage2014

Secret Love

I don’t know how to say it
but i still feel it somehow…

I miss you.

You were
and will still be
The only one
I will keep
Eternally etched
In my heart.

Happy Valentines 2014

Truth be told, i am not much of a conformist when it comes to social conventions and i am directing this most especially to today’s red day celebration. :D

GOOD VIBES is my definition of love for 2014. Abundance of good energy, self-love, love for people surrounding me & who love me… It’s true, we all need love. But to truly have it means giving it away as well.

I believe its an energy, the more you give, the more you receive it back. :)

When you talked earlier about after a few years how a couple would begin to hate each other by anticipating their reactions or getting tired of their mannerisms-I think it would be the opposite for me. I think I can really fall in love when I know everything about someone-the way he’s going to part his hair, which shirt he’s going to wear that day, knowing the exact story he’d tell in a given situation. I’m sure that’s when I know I’m really in love.

Celine in Before Sunrise