Weekend Reading!

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Over the years, I found myself amassing collections of interesting articles and good reads over the week and never knowing how to organize them all to send off to friends, so I figured that I’d just start sharing them hear on a weekly basis here on the blog so that they’d be embedded on the worldwide internet (so old school) for eternity!……..

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One Million Faces

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Lately, I’ve bought a new batch of watercolor wildflower patterns and my room looks like a floralbomb garden when I let the fabrics openly bloom on my floors. This was the first top that I ever made. As an homage to my Asian heritage, I’ve been buying up piles of Asian prints and am thinking about how to weave them into everyday contemporary wear……

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Beige Blooms

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Before I start posting up all my spring and summer designs and outfits, I wanted to share one of the first pieces that I ever designed, a sweater dress made of a cashmere woven cotton and wool sleeves…

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Princess Furball

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A modern creative take on the childhood fable, Princess Furball…

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Entrenched in Spring

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Welcome to the new Heels & Soul, a story of zest for life. Dive into the experience!

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A Splash of Orange

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It definitely doesn’t feel like winter here in Vancouver. The skies are a summer blue and all I need is a light sweater when going out for lunch with friends. I’ve been reorganizing my closet, photographs and life as 2014 comes to a close. I have to say that this was a most wonderful year. If this is a taster into what the future holds, I will hungrily savor the wine of the years ahead.

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Merry Christmas!

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Not many words are needed for a day like today. The sun is out and the skies are a golden-silvery hue in Vancouver. I’m glad to be home. I’m thankful for my family and friends. I’m grateful for the luxury of having time to think and reflect. I’m excited to take on the future and come what may because I’ve got my lasso in hand and I’m ready to rope life in and hold it by the horns. 2014 has been an utterly revolutionary year full of explorations and discoveries that confirmed a lot of truths that I’ve always known or have always had within. At the end of the day, isn’t that the journey we are on? The process of becoming true?

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Bordeaux for North of the Border

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It’s the day before Christmas and all the creatures in the house are stirring! I have been slightly naughty this year and I have not begun my holiday shopping, but in all due time, people will get their presents. Within the family, Christmas is less about gifts as we get older and more about the small bits of time we get to spend together.

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Dressember!

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Recently, a friend’s fiancée was participating in Dressember, and I took a look into it. Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women. The movement uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. In 2013, Dressember took on new meaning: opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women. In its first year as a fundraising campaign, Dressember aligned with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression.

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Pink is Political

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The other day, a friend who was interviewing at Barclays came by to borrow a few of my dresses, jewelry and a handbag to bring with her to Wall Street recruiting. In my closet was a lovely bright lime spring bud-esque dress from Elie Tahari that was refreshingly professional and would have looked wonderful on her, and when I brought it out to suggest the outfit, she mentioned, “Oh no, I can’t wear that. It’s too colorful for investment banking and Wall Street.” There of course was a certain sense of irony in the statement for me. A few months earlier, I was going through interviews and recruiting processes at companies like Merrill Lynch. What’s wrong with me being a professional and wanting to wear a pink blazer to the office?

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