12.06.2014

PINK MATTER

tshirt-uo, skirt-zara, long vest- zara, shoes- nike, bag-unkown

1. You can never go wrong with a Pepto Bismol Pink backdrop.
2. The robe contraption is actually not black but silky dark blue. Whenever I wear it, I feel like I should be waving a wand, just in case.
3. The t-shirt is the most comfiest thing I own. So are the shoes. And the robe/trench..

xo blog soon!

P.S I don't want to get all political on here because I believe that everyone is entitled to his or her own beliefs and that there is a place and time for intellectual discourse and debate, etc, and that a style blog is not necessarily a place where people come so that they can be lectured, or spoon-fed the blogger's beliefs. However, I don't think we should or really can ignore what has been happening these past few weeks in the USA, and that changes need to be made. And I know that me alluding to 'these issues' on my stupid blog isn't going to change anything. But it has to be said... regardless of the audience... so that justice can permeate and prevail. What happened is just so wrong. The system is broken. Everything is unraveling. The times, they are a changing....  

11.21.2014

WHATEVER WORKS


shoes-nike, vest-vintage, blouse-hm, jeans-hm

No.

I was not frolicking around in some park on some sunny day when these pictures were taken. In reality, I drove a solid 10 minutes to find a secluded spot to take these photos. (Or better yet, I made my sister drive me and then forced her to take these photos) because I'm too self-conscious to take these in the middle of the street with people lurkin'. I don't know how other bloggers do it. The sad truth. 
P.S Dude, how redeeming has this season of Homeland been? I cried like a baby during last Sunday's episode.
(The sad truth 2.0)

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11.09.2014

FREEWHEELIN'

jacket- zara, pants-uo, shoes-zara, blouse-zara, bag-mk, ass wrap thing-dkny

Back in the States and really jetlagged. Which is why I really can't be bothered to deal with laundry right now so almost everything in these photos belong to my sister. With consent, of course...  kind of. Anyways, off to the movies-- the remedy and ultimate happy place. Always filled with the best visuals, seats, scent and surround sound.

11.07.2014

ALMOST HOME





A few snapshots of my trip to Shanghai. This was my fourth time visiting 'The New York of Asia', and every time I love it even more. The city somehow manages to strike a perfect balance between 'East meets West', which makes everything seem so foreign yet so familiar at the same time. It really is the strangest thing-- one minute you find yourself wandering the tiny streets and alleys of Old Shanghai and the next thing you know you are standing in front of the massive Herm├Ęs House that just opened in Xin Tian Di. My parents are both originally from China so it is always quite humbling to go back and see and experience 'their story' for myself. More to come. xo

P.S  I would tell you to check out Cai Guo-Qiang's exhibition at The Power Station of Art --which was both mesmerizing and haunting, but sadly the exhibition is no longer showing.

10.11.2014

ALL GOOD

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sweater - banana republic, shoes- nike, pants- h&m, bag-balenciaga

Now here's an outfit that is an easy upgrade from the much beloved and abused sweatpants and PJ's combination. A large knit turtle neck sweater + slinky silk patterned pants + my trusty nikes = what I'm currently into. Nothing flashy, nothing major, nothing new. Take care! xo instagram @highdeekuan

10.06.2014

NYX FACE AWARDS 2014


At the NYX 2014 FACE AWARDS pink carpet / after party some time last month, which I of course failed to post here. Thanks NYX cosmetics and Bollare, had a blast! So sorry for my absence. A lot of things happening and in flux right now...

8.23.2014

STUCK IN A DAZE


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part of fashion quarterly s/s14 issue. editor: gina jee, photos: richie xiang, styling: me

print's not dead! it is very much alive and well, as indicated in the above FQ issue. always weird to see yourself transferred to a tangible medium rather than customary pixels. anyways, i have been in l.a for two months now& everything here is is go, go, go. the head lights, marquee lights, neon lights, flood lights, street lights--
they all make sleeping impossible xo


8.12.2014

ANTS

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dtla, 2014

TUESDAY TUNES


dir. david wolfe, music by paolo nutini

due to the link shared above, my faith in the power of images and sound has been fully restored. with so much junk and (i hate to use this term) commercial waste cluttering the web-o-sphere and even the theatres these days, it is reassuring to know that there still is a place in the world for projects like this. anyways, happy tuesday...so sad to hear robin williams died yesterday. goodbye, chief.

7.28.2014

FRESH POISON

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photos by amber pipa, downtown los angeles, arts district 2014 
Finally a post from your least favorite absentee blogger. Basically what happened was that I moved out to LA a few days after I graduated college about a month 'n a half ago and thus had very little time to blog/whatever. (Plus the world cup happened. but let's not talk about that...sad face) But all is great over here. Can't complain. (& really, who am i to complain about things in my little life when you look at the things that are happening in the world today?) Anyways, hope you all had a mad decent monday. My favorite part about Monday is that I get to watch JOHN OLIVER on hbogo. He's an excellent addition to my Jon Stewart + Anthony Bourdain obsession. Trifecta completed.


7.22.2014

RECENT WORK

Hey lovely readers. I suck, know. But... I graduated college - and life's been a little hectic. I promise to post something this week or the next! In the meantime, here are some projects i worked on during my last few weeks in college with some of my friends as part of STARVELAB's album release and music tour. (Watch in HD).






The artist is going on tour this summer so if you wanna check it out, google.
Ill be back soon with a more substantive post. brb xx

5.15.2014

POST TROPICAL

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blazer- thrifted silence&noise, shoes-aldo, dress- foreign exchange, watch-nixon

Oh man, where do I even begin; so much has happened and yet in a sense so little has changed since I last posted. I'm really just in denial but also slowly forcing myself to come to terms that the end of college is near... with the blink of an eye i'll be entering the 'the real world' -- whatever that means. in honor of that, i dug up a post from 4 (!!) years ago on this blog, where i expressed my my pre-college sentiments:

"I find the prospect of another four years of institutionalization suffocating. I think I am just going because, you know, that's the thing to do these days. The social norm. And I have conformed, which is okay, but I hope I will never have to compromise myself, my beliefs and my goals for what society demands. But as much as it is easy to blame social pressure, or the parental influence, it was me in the end who decided to move away and dedicate another four years of my life to school. So I am the captain of this ship that is soon about to sail"


Hahah. This is all too funny-- what the fuck? There seems to be so much post-teenage/high school angst going on... (and look at me trying to be all self-aware and stuff). But then again, who knows, maybe four years from now I will reread this post and roll my eyes as well. This, of course, has nothing to do with the fact that i thought it was a good idea to wear all black in triple digit sweaty weather (the blazer i left at home in the end)-- but that is a realm we shall not enter today.

talk to you soon. best, h.

4.10.2014

LE BONHEUR

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dress- zara, tailored, blouse- h&m, tights- missguided, sunglasses- ray ban, shoes-f21

Hello! I'm still alive… I've been a little absent in the blog-o-sphere and per usual I don't have a good excuse for not blogging other than being extremely lazy and content with my current situation. You know-- wake up, go to class, drive home, eat some food, watch a film, forget to brush my hair, repeat. I guess this outfit is inspired by a french maid who likes to dress like a conservative nun. I had to somehow justify wearing these tights courtesy of Missguided which are genius and oh-so fun because you will never have to do the annoying thing of pulling up your socks because we all know high knee socks always sag and it is such a pain having to pull them up when you're busy hobblin to class.  Am I making sense? anyways, they were kind enough to send me two lovely dresses as well which will be on the blog soon. (soon being a rather elusive term here by my own standards) I am currently in the editing lab on campus where i spent way too much time by myself and surrounded by nothing but rows of apple computers and nothingness. sometimes i don't make sense to myself either. Talk to you soon! xx

3.16.2014

CHEERS

I am so very thankful for the fact that we have a pub on campus. A beer or two before/after/during class is a must in order to retain somewhat of my sanity on certain days. Paired with my current favorite boots and what more do you need, really? Exported my last video frame on Thursday, which means I'm on spring break right now. Other than a external hardware malfunction that was pretty soul-crushing because I lost more than half of the footage I had shot and a lot of my old photos, it has been a good week and a sweet end a productive and fun quarter. One more to go till I graduate from UCSD. Crazy.

3.02.2014

FEATURE 42 MAGAZINE

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check out 42 magazine's latest issue here, and check out the rest of their issues as well. thanks again to the talented crew: krisnoff, stephanie, jair, justus for the feature. it's always a little weird talking about fashion and about myself in this kind of context. it's the oscars! too bad we couldn't make it down to  LA as we did last year and frolic around town due to the rain, but all is good. somehow i've gotten a bit less invested and interested in the whole h-wood spectacle ever since moving to california...  proximity kills. i find it quite funny how these things happen.

2.18.2014

HELP ME LOSE MY MIND

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4photos, tshirt- brandy melville, handchain - jewelmint, shorts- zara, shoes- seychelles courtesy of dnafootwear.com, earrings-f21
Fresh air. Sea salt. Dust. Cliffs. Annoying long earrings. Pho with best friend. Gym. Class. Burrito. Home = summary of the day. Anyways, a busy week ahead after a very lazy weekend.  Finished House Of Cards. Sad--I don't want to wait another year for thirteen hours of bliss. Plus I miss DC. oh well. Peace x 

1.29.2014

MAYBE IM WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS

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4 photos / tshirt- brandy melville worn inside out for no reason, shorts- vintage, glasses rayban, boots- shiekhs

I think one of my biggest fears in life is the idea of losing the currency of youth, not in terms of set numerical values, but to wake up one morning without that sense of urgency to  do something with your life and to realize that you've exhausted and wasted time and energy on things that will bury and suffocate you in a pool of being 'content'... I guess this is why I get so frustrated with myself sometimes--but in the end and as always, the finest remedy is traveling and creating. Thus, the insertion of this past weekend, which was golden. On Saturday, Karen and I headed South near the US-Mexico border to shoot some footage for a short documentary, and on Sunday we picked up Ellen and left San Diego at around 6am and headed towards Salton Sea/Bombay Beach. The road, packed lunches, disclosure album, border patrol, camera gear and great company. Shot some footage out there and ended up wandering through the not-quite ghost town of toxic abandon. Stumbled across abandoned trailers and living spaces consisting of somewhat unsettling graffiti tags and memorabilia & paraphernalia remnants so quickly felt too much of an intruder and left with my curiosity piqued yet satisfied.

1.23.2014

RITUALS

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My favorite products at the moment from left to right: New glasses courtesy of Firmoo, Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Wash, Burberry Body, La Neige night creme, BLVGRI Rose Essentiale, Makeup Forever HD Foundation
Clearasil & Refinery29 were kind enough to send some of Clearasil's products over last week. To be honest I was very skeptical at first (I don't like putting extraneous or new stuff on my face) but I found this particular face wash to be super gentle and cleansing, so I decided it was worthy of being included in my current 'favorite' sections that help me #wintheday. I know some of you have asked for a while now for me to do a make up post and I promise I will soon!

If you are at all interested in trying the new Clearasil line, here is a rebate so that you can sample them yourself for free!

1.22.2014

THAT IS NOT WHAT I MEANT, AT ALL

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taken in amsterdam, hotel port die cleve, circa 2011
One of the best things in life, in my opinion, is to wake up in a hotel room in some unknown city (wrapped in crisp white sheets), filled with the thrill and excitement of exploring whatever foreign terrain you have decided to conquer that day. This photo was taken two summers ago when my sister and I went back home to visit our friends in Amsterdam and our family in Berlin. Some #tbt for ya.  
Have a fantastic week, you deserve it.