Hello hello!

A monthly post has become the norm. It makes me miss the days when I had time to post more thoughtfully and regularly. Every time I receive an email from a friend via this blog sharing a good bit from the internet, a note of encouragement, or simply to say hello, I feel incredibly encouraged and touched. Thank you all!

I’ve been working full-time for the past few months, and am beginning to feel the separation pangs from not being able to devote as much time on Earlyware and other personal projects. I did, however, manage to update the shop with some prints I developed recently.

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I hope you guys like them!

One more thing before signing off – an incredible ad for The Sunday Times created by London ad agency Grey, London, re-enacting art, film, and music icons in one seamless clip. Scary good.


Ten Beauty Essentials

I’m sharing my favorite beauty/skin care products today; the ones that usually fit into my daily routine –

1. bbBB Cream – I use BB Cream in lieu of liquid or powder foundations. I’ve yet to find another kind of base that provides the coverage, SPF, and moisture that BB Cream gives. I believe the best kind of makeup- either in product or technique- is when others can’t tell you’re wearing any, so the main thing I love about BB Cream is that it evens out my skin tone while still remaining translucent and lightweight.

2. olayCleansing System – I only recently began using a cleansing brush for my skin when I read about the Clarisonic on Bleubird, but now, I can’t imagine ever not using it. It gently exfoliates and cleanses my skin, and after each use my face is able to absorb lotions and makeup nicely and so evenly. My face was glowing ever since its first use. Highly recommend!

3. rosebudRosebud Salve – My beloved little tin of Rosebud Salve. I’ve used it since high school, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using it for all my years to come. I put it on my lips every night before going to bed, and my lips stay super soft and hydrated all day. Subtle shine, slight tint, beautiful branding – I love everything about this simple product. It’s great for your cuticles too! After putting it on my lips, I always rub the remaining salve left on my finger into my cuticles.

4.nars-orgasmNARS Blush in Orgasm – This blush makes you look as though you walked a mile in a frigid blizzard, bundled in a thick coat and scarf, with your head down against the falling snow, to arrive home, the inside glowing with candles and a wood-burning fireplace warming a cozy and lively room full of friends and family who are drinking apple cider and laughing heartily, and you walk in and everyone cheers at your arrival, and you feel yourself glowing from the engulfing warmth of gentle fire and so much happiness. That glow.

5. plushMaybelline Mega Plush Mascara – I’ve tried Lancôme’s Definicils, Benefit’s They’re Real!, Diorshow, and many others, and Maybelline’s Mega Plush could stand with them all, for a quarter of the price. I really think the effectiveness of different mascaras depends on the individual’s eyelash thickness, length, the form of their eyelid, and other factors. Mega Plush really works for me, and true to its name, it makes my lashes look full and soft.

benefit-cosmetics-high-beamBenefit High Beam – I bought my first bottle for prom night, but this highlighter has remained with me over the years as a daily beauty favorite. The liquid formula blends in flawlessly, making my skin look dewy and fresh. It’s fantastic at highlighting my cheekbones, and on special nights, I blend some on my brow bones, collarbones, and shoulders as well. It gives me the perfect glow to make me feel glamorous.

elf e.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner – I oftentimes find drugstore beauty products to perform just as well as high-end ones, and in this case as well, e.l.f.’s black eyeliner is my daily pick.  The applicator’s fine point makes for precision lining, and the liquid dries quickly on my lids. It’s not waterproof, but as long as you don’t rub your eyes, it’ll stay put throughout the day, even after some tears. I really like how easily it comes off at the end of the night though, because I find my eyes too delicate to have to repeatedly try wiping off thick, smudgy, waterproof eyeliner.

neutrogenaNeutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer – This concealer matches my skin tone perfectly, and has acne medication to treat blemishes while providing flawless coverage. I use a tiny concealer brush to apply the light concealer, and it blends into my skin so well that up close, you can’t see the blemish or the concealer at all.


shu uemuraShu Uemura Eyelash Curler – I’m sure you’ve heard of Shu Uemura’s eyelash curler before. There’s certainly a reason why it’s again and again the leader of the curling pack. It has never pinched my lids (ouch!) , and perfectly curls my lashes with its silicone pads, as though the form of the device was custom made for the shape of my eyelids.



Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick – I usually look really silly with any kind of lipstick on, but my YSL lipstick in Peach Passion is the only kind and color that looks lovely. It comes on smooth and I had originally chose the color for the Spring season, but it so wonderfully transitions over with me into the Fall and Winter. My year-round lipstick. When I find myself in a mad dash in the morning and can’t put on any makeup or do anything with my hair, I flip my head over and twist my hair into a tippy top bun and put on this lipstick, and I instantly look chic and put together. Hooray!00210h_bt_320x320While on the topic of beauty, sometimes, I like funky things…

bright and bold color

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geometric shapes
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And other times I like it natural…

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Either way, have fun with it! As with makeup or clothes or accessories, let it frame the true beauty within- the inner parts of a kind soul.

Have a funky weekend!

Model images from Vogue UK and Harper’s Bazaar

Spring Summer


British photographer and director John Lindquist’s narrative short beautifully shot in the village of Positano on Italy’s Almalfi coast.

“For a while you’re carefree and going with the flow but then you have to make a choice about the direction you want to take,” he explains. “And that was the starting point for the story: a small moment of realization.”

Have a lovely weekend.

Spring Palettes

I can’t help but get excited for Spring!

Fall and winter have always been my favored seasons, but by this time of the year, as the skies clear up to a brilliant blue, and the trees start bursting with pink blossoms, I’m ready to shake off my coats and sweaters of blacks and greys, to wiggle into lighter, wispier pieces of –

blacks and greys.

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I think somewhere out there a tulip wilted by what I said.

It’s true though, and no matter how much I try to resist, my body wants to be clothed in dark or earthy palettes. I really love seeing others in bright outfits and bold colors, but you can probably guess from my recent style post, that I have a preference for black, navy blue, and neutral hues.

What I do like to do is to incorporate pops of color into my monotone outfits- whether it’s a bright blouse under a black blazer, colorful shoes or a brightly colored bag, I prefer having an accent of color, made even more vibrant by the darker undertones of an outfit.


Another way I plan to add some color this season is to play around with brighter makeup palettes. To avoid looking clownish, it’s best to keep the rest of your face neutral and bare, and focus on one feature to play up and highlight. I’ve been inspired by looks from the runways, and thought I’d share them here –

Bright Eyes -Eyes are naturally captivating, and adding color can really change a gaze.  I love shimmery hues and pastel colors on the lids- so feminine and soft! And the teal eyeliner at Stella McCartney was stunning and so edgy.

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Colored Mascara – I sometimes wear Diorshow Mascara in blue, and each time I do, I receive compliments throughout the day. Colorful lashes are unexpected, surprising, and cool, and if you don’t want your lashes too blue, one coat will tint them just enough to show in the sunlight.

Fuschia Lips – Bright lips can dress up any look. Rather than the classic red, I like to have fun with pinks and corals during spring. My favorite lipstick right now is this one.

Blush – I’ve always believed that excellent makeup application is measured by whether others can tell if you’re actually wearing any. I’ll always love the look of a bare and beautiful impression, and adding a pink/coral blush to the apples of the cheeks gives enough warmth and really accentuates a contoured face.petersomkarenwalkerharpers

Spring Nails – I was absolutely moonstruck over the dual tone manicures at Peter Som (top image). It’s much simpler to get away with than those phoenix eyes!  A manicure is always a great way to complete your look, and I’m loving the idea of sheer white nails for Spring.


(Image source: 1. theriverjordyn; 2. Richard Blackwell, via handcraftedinvirginia; 3. neversocial; 4. “Chromatics” by Angela Hau; 5. jal&jil; 6., 7., 9., 11., 13. via harpersbazaar.com; 8. via style.com;  10., 12. via elle.com)


Style Defined

How would you describe your style?


It’s an engaging question to ask and to be asked. Style is a physical translation of the inner man, isn’t it? A personal expression by way of a basic necessity.


And no matter what you wear, it’s yours, in your own way. Two people can wear the exact same outfit, and the way they walk, talk, and treat others is what I think determines their style.

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I was tossed this question the other night over dinner with friends, and it was easier to blurt a list of words that come to mind when thinking of what I’m drawn to.

Minimal . Line . Delicate feminine masculinity . Clean . Comfort .

black / grey / navy / white / charcoal

Alexander Wang . Narcisco Rodriguez . Stella McCartney

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Fashion is present progressive. Of course we know that. Fashion changes, reforms, evolves, transforms itself always to be consumed.




And style? I believe style changes too. Certainly not as rapidly as fashion, but as we live together and move together, by the constant friction within us and among us, the way we walk, talk, and treat others must change itself over time. I don’t know how that would translate exactly into the clothes I wear, but by grace, I hope it means more humbleness, more gentleness, and more love.


And aside from it all, sometimes, style changes from simply not being able to afford Alexander Wang -__-

(Image source: 1. via inaforeignland; 2. love-mazha; 3. via thenotch; 4. bassike; 5. Cartier 1950’s; 6. Wayne Tippetts; 7. via archiebunker; 8. 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bag; 9. Dieppa Restrepo; 10. via icekev)