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Ulay, Oh …

This beautifully written song, “Ulay, Oh,” by How I Became the Bomb, is based on the true story between visual performance artist Marina Abramovic, and her long-lost love, fellow performance artist Uwe Laysiepen (stage name Ulay, hence the song’s title).  During her visual art performance at MoMa in 2010, Ulay stopped by and surprised Marina with this unexpected visit, after haven’t seeing each other in many years.

When I first saw this video clip, I could actually feel the raw emotion between Marina and Ulay. Their emotions were so powerful, I did feel the aching, sadness, and most importantly, love between them.

Then there’s the music playing against the background. The lyrics told a bitter sweet story between two lovers and the melody further evoked the unspoken feeling between them.  I was touched the honesty of their emotions during this meeting and cried like a baby after watching this clip, again and again.

So please enjoy this video, and I truly also hope you can feel the “love” between them after all these years through this visual and sound experience.

Lyrics to “Ulay, Oh”.

There she was like a picture.
There she was, she was just the same.
There she was; he just had to know that she had forgot his name.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

Thinking back to the last time.
On the wall as they turned away.
Walking back; was it just a dream or did he hear her say?
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

Trying his best to forget her.
Trying his best to just keep his stride.
Kept his word, but he knows he heard
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

There she was like a picture.
There she was, she was just the same.
There she was; he just had to know she had not forgot his name.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

There he was like his picture.
There he was; he was just the same.
There he was. He could never know she could never give his name.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

Thinking back to the last time.
On the wall as he turned away.
Turning back, did he even know?
Did he ever hear her say
Ulay, Ulay, Oh?

Trying her best to forget him.
Trying her best just to keep her stride.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

There they were like the picture.
There they were, they were just the same.
There they were, but he walked away and her eyes could only say
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.

Black Is The New Black

Fall is fast approaching.  I know many of us are ready to trade in that flirty camisole, short shorts to lightweight cardigan, feminine skirt and start to embrace a new season.  According to Fall 2015 fashion presentations from New York, Paris to Milan, black is making a comeback this season.

Versace
Versace

Black is easy to wear. It is chic, sophisticated, easily coordinated with other colors to create a color-blocking story.  Black creates a slimmer shape and is forgiving.  In New York, it is like our daily uniform, we wear it for its versatility.

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Fall 2015 had several designers from Donna Karan, The Row to Alexander Wang all featured “Black” as the main color story for inspiration.  When I worked for Giorgio Armani, Burberry to ESCADA, “anything black” was my go-to uniform for versatility, classic feel, and functionality.

Dolce Gabbana
Dolce Gabbana

So don’t give away any of your black clothes yet, this trend is coming back in few weeks, my fashion peeps.

Bowties Against Bullies

Looking great and also for an amazing cause! So happy to read this!!

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

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Above-Time premiered its new line of fashion accessories on August 15th in San Diego.

The buzz in the air was palpable at the premier. Friends, family, media and fashion lovers gathered for this historic event for the official brand launch of Above-Time. The models, representing diverse cultures, rocked the runway showcasing the bow-tie collection.

Taking-a-Bow Reddick (second from right) and company take a bow after the show.

The high-energy event was greeted with enthusiastic applause and appreciation from over 80 guests as models displayed a variety of bow-ties paired with both casual and formal wear. A standing ovation greeted the models as they all paraded the runway for one last look, as Carey and crew accepted the accolades from the crowd.

Above-Time was created by Carey Reddick, Jr. and his brother, Christian in early 2015. Carey, a marketing executive, had difficulty finding up-scale fashion accessories to purchase for himself. Despite the…

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Pearls Are a Girl’s New Best Friend

Jackie Kennedy
Jackie Kennedy

Marilyn Monroe’s famous song from her classic movie, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” boasted that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and this catchy lyric resonated with us through out the years. Sure, we can’t argue with an iconic figure that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.  However, pearls are steadily gaining momentum and slowly edging out diamonds as a girl’s new best friend.

The Girl With a Pearl Earring
The Girl With a Pearl Earring

As you can see, pearl was epitomized in this famous painting, “Girl With a Pearl Earring” in 17th century by Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer, as a symbol of elegance, grace and beauty. Famous ladies like Jackie Kennedy also favored pearls as her go-to piece when it came to accessorize her outfits. By incorporated pearls as part of her wardrobe, Jackie always looked regal, beautiful and stunning in my opinion.

Duchess of Cambridge
Duchess of Cambridge

Some people deemed pearls as matronly or old fashion, however, the Duchess of Cambridge modernized and created a contemporary feel with pearl. By pairing classic pearl earrings with this vibrant red coat, Kate’s style reflected freshness and effortless.

Rihanna
Rihanna

Even Rihanna opted pearl earrings to express a soft and feminine side of her in this picture.

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

At the end of the day, even Marilyn ditched her diamonds once a while and chose pearls as her new best friend.  What do you think, my fashion peeps.

Sweet Lady Liberty

NYC Night View
NYC Night View

This is my inspiration and response to Sylvain Landry Weekly Photo Challenge, Night.

NYC has many wonderful boat rides around the river during hot summer nights as a fantastic way to cool down and  a great venue to see iconic sites like the Statue of Liberty.  I never had the opportunity visiting this famous lady when I visited NYC or after I moved here till now.  She looked peaceful, beautiful and elegant.  She looked absolutely magnificent against this pitch dark sky.

Statue Of Liberty
Statue Of Liberty

It felt peaceful during this boat ride.  The air smelt salty but the breeze felt lovely.  It was black around us but the skylight against New York City was stunning, and the Statue of Liberty projected dignity with strength protecting all of us against this darkness.   For the first time in a long time, I was able to enjoy and treasured my very own private NYC moment in this pitch black.

A Woman Needs Ropes and Ropes of Pearls

Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel

“A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls” … Coco Chanel

I totally agree with Coco Chanel’s innovative vision, exquisite taste and her infinite wisdom.  With this inspiration, I like to share and show you how to style different looks with one single strand freshwater pearls necklace.

I have discovered a great find from this website, JPink Boutique, (women’s accessories online store) and its classic long freshwater pearls necklace, we can style it in many ways and transition your look from day to night depending on the occasion.  Here are some examples on creating different looks:

Single strand freshwater pearls necklace draped three times to create this cascade effect and for a night out of town look.  

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Single strand pearl necklace

Single strand freshwater pearls necklace draped twice to create this look for a classic feel.

Single strand pearl draped twice
Single strand pearl draped twice

Twist and tie the single strand fresh water pearls into a knot for a fun and casual look.  

Single strand pearl necklace
Single strand pearl necklace

Add a beautiful black agates floral pin to the single strand freshwater pearls necklace for a dramatic effect.  

Single strand pearl necklace
Single strand pearl necklace

So which one is your favorite look?

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?

China:  Through the Looking Glass
China: Through the Looking Glass

In response to Sylvain Landry’s Week Three’s photo assignment, Kezako, here’s my interpretation for this particular theme’s challenge.

This gigantic set up was part of the Met, China: Through the Looking Glass, exhibition.  When I initially walked into this room, the imagery from the first original Superman movie popped up in my mind, the scene where Superman’s parents sent baby Superman away in  a rocket before the planet blew up.

However, when I peeked through the clear vinyl sticks, there were mannequins sporadically set up in Chinese inspired wardrobes.  This particular outfit was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier reflected from his own Chinese cultural influence and interpretation.

Immediately, this elaborative set reminded me of a fighting scene from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, where the main characters were fighting and floating from one bamboo to another bamboo tree.

If you live or are visiting New York City, please check out this gorgeous and stunning exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, it is truly worth your visit.

My Private New York Moment

Upper West Side
Upper West Side

For Sylvain Landry’s Week 5 Photo Challenge, I chose this photo taken from Upper West Side, New York City, a few months ago, as my way to capture and interpret the “light” theme.

This was taken when I was walking down by my neighborhood and took Elliot to his groomer for his hair cut.

It was finally nice walking around the city after a harsh winter.  The air felt crisp, and the left over snows finally melted.  Suddenly, I looked up and saw the clouds hovering over the buildings and tried to cover up the piercing blue sky.   I was in awe with this sharp contrast, especially with the light and dark juxtaposition between the buildings and sky.

I stood there for a few minutes and enjoyed the view.  To me, it was my own private New York moment, my moment to appreciate the simplicity and the beauty of life.

Breath In, Breath Out

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Inspiration.”

Inspiration
Inspiration

This breath taking image tells me to slow down and assures me that it is okay to take things slow in life.

This peaceful setting lets me know that it is okay to be calm and approach things with lightness without rush.

Most importantly, this environment reminds me to be grateful with what I have.  And most importantly, it shows me to enjoy the moment and be happy.

This is my inspiration.

How to be 50: How to Accessorize

I love it .. Great advices from Charlotte! I do love my scarves!!!

How to Be 50

By Charlotte Latvala

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Just to be clear:  How to be 50 is not a fashion blog. Truth be told, we get a little anxious when talking about our appearance. We would rather be sitting down with a nice cold glass of Pinot Gris and reading Persuasion for the fifth time.

However, talk about it we must. Because at 50, certain changes occur. Waistlines expand while other body parts deflate. There’s a certain trick to dressing the ever-evolving middle-aged body.

That trick is called “accessories.”

Accessories exist for one purpose and one purpose only: To pull the eye away from wrinkly necks, lumpy backs, and cleavage that’s more matronly than eye-popping. Here are the basics:

  • Scarves. The most figure-friendly piece of cloth since the toga; scarves can drape, disguise, and otherwise hide any body part on any given day. We at How to be…

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