• Asian,  Fashion,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Here is Me, a Chinese Girl Wearing Our Traditional Dress – Qipao

    When I asked my husband which one he loves the most among all my dresses, he answered without hesitate – Qipao. Yes, I trust his opinion. Every Chinese girl wants to have a couple of beautiful Qipao dresses in her closet. Believe me, it is difficult to find a high quality Qipao in US. If you found a $50 Qipao in Chinatown, that is not the one you can wear and appreciate. Qipao needs to be made in high quality materials and beautiful patterns.

    Let me introduce my Qipao, which comes from the elegant fashion brand Ming Wang. This dress is a beautiful nod to Ming Wang’s Asian American heritage, the knit qipao-style dress is a part of the brand limited edition Chinoiserie collection. Bold, oversized florals are striking, yet feminine, creating a truly distinctive style. A mandarin collar and ornamental frog closures at the neckline finish off the piece with elegant flair. Comfortable and easy to care for, this lightweight dress is crafted with Ming Wang’s machine washable yarns that resist wrinkling, stretching, and fading for a gorgeous, one-and-done look that lasts season after season and year after year.

    • Wrinkle-Resistant Knit Dress
    • Fade & Stretch Resistant to Hold Its Shape and Color
    • Women’s Dress Length is 38″. Length May Vary Slightly According to Size.
    • Machine Wash Gentle or Hand Wash, Wash Separately, Cold Water; Do Not Bleach
    • Lay Flat to Dry; Iron with Low Temperature Inside Out
    • Short Sleeves (8″); Mandarin Collar; Zip Back; Unlined
    • 60% Acrylic / 15% Viscose / 15% Rayon / 5% Nylon / 5% Polyester
    • Imported

    Other than this beautiful Qipao, there is anther dress from Ming Wang is in my bucket list. It is a light blue dress, perfect for summer and elegant enough to attend some events. One of the reasons that I love Ming Wang’s dresses is they are really easy to take care of. They are wrinkle resistant and machine wash. What you expect more for a good quality knit dress? I think I feel a hundred percent satisfied already.

    Ombre Stripe Button-Front Knit Dress

    Tap into the timeless beauty of this textural, ombre striped knit dress. Reminiscent of the feminine silhouettes of the ’40s, this elegant piece accentuates the waist for a flattering look, complete with the natural sophistication of shell buttons.

    • Wrinkle-Resistant Knit Dress
    • Fade & Stretch Resistant to Hold Its Shape and Color
    • Women’s Dress Length is 36″. Length May Vary Slightly According to Size.
    • Machine or Hand Wash, Cold Water; Do Not Bleach
    • Lay Flat to Dry; Iron with Low Temperature Inside Out
    • 10″-Length Sleeves; Y-Neck; Button-Front; Unlined
    • 52% Rayon / 48% Polyester
    • Imported

    Should I get this one? I think so. It is so pretty and perfect for Summer! Ming Wang’s signature knits form the foundation of every collection — brought to life by our talented team of designers using vibrant colors, distinctive patterns, and chic Ming Wang touches you will love. At Ming Wang, they inspire all women to be confident in their skin with striking, easy-care statement knits crafted to offer a lifetime of style.

    After moving to the US from Taiwan with her young family over 30 years ago, Ming Wang founded her legendary brand, offering a bold range of luxury knits and distinctive styles designed to help all women feel comfortable and confident. Still family owned and operated, the brand continues to be passionate about the same things: Effortless fashion, the artistry of knitting, and a focus on enduring quality.

    Complete your wardrobe with our collection of neutral, year-round Basics designed to be the perfect layering pieces for every jacket, sweater, or blazer you have — effortlessly creating the foundation for everlasting style.

  • Asian,  Fashion,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  Seoul,  WorldWide

    When I talk about in-style, I mean elegant and comfortable

    Time changes people taste? I don’t think so, it wouldn’t change too much, but something would evolve, because you know better about yourself, and your comfort zone. For me, when I get in my 30s, I fall in love with the clothes have good quality and last longer. I start to love classic patterns and comfortable fabrics. Easy to take care is also important, since we are getting busier and busier in our life.

    At Misook, you won’t find trends that fade, but modern inspirations blended with classic silhouettes for styles that are just like you; timeless and elegant. Korean American Misook Doolittle founded her namesake brand in 1985 as a source of effortlessly refined style to meet the needs of distinguished, jet-setting women like her. Today, CEO Steven Wang and his family-owned company have further elevated MISOOK’s legacy of luxury through striking collections defined by modern designs and intricate, one-of-a kind details — all crafted with uncompromising quality. Success starts with confidence, confidence starts by looking and feeling your best.

    This duster-style topper takes a time-honored theme and gives it the modern treatment. Machine washable to fit your lifestyle, the knit is crisscrossed by a sweeping windowpane pattern. With side slits for your best fit, it’s a look that transitions from denim to dressy with ease.

    • Wrinkle-Resistant Knit Jacket
    • 90% Acrylic / 10% Polyester
    • Machine or Hand Wash Cold Water
    • Heritage Fit; Women’s Jacket Length is 36″
    • Bracelet-Length Sleeves (20″); Jewel Neck; Hook-and-Eye Closure at Collar; Unlined
    • Side Slit Design for Comfort and Fit
    • Fade & Stretch Resistant to Hold Its Shape and Color

    Bluesign® Certified Dyeing

    As a part of Misook mindful crafting process, this knit was colored in accordance with Bluesign® certified safe dyeing practices that require the use of non-hazardous chemicals and a more efficient process that saves water and energy.

    This topper is an everywhere light coat for me, it is wrinkle-resistant, which is perfect to put in my big bag or in the car and take it out whenever I need it. If you ever come to South California, you would notice the temperature drops a lot when the sun goes down. Preparing a stylish and never wrinkled jacket is so necessary. That’s why I take this beautiful Graphic Plaid Knit Topper everywhere. If you are not a black-white style girl, this design comes with another color option which is red and black.

    Discover the right outfit for every attitude. Misook‘s designers envision styles that will look as good on you as they do in the sketchbook. Their clothing is carefully engineered to flatter the figures of real women, gracing your body in all the right places. Each design is created with your lifestyle in mind for a truly timeless and versatile piece that will move with you through the seasons.
    When it comes to manufacturing, Misook‘s factories serve MISOOK exclusively, using the finest equipment available. Each piece is crafted individually using the full fashion technique, a top-tier production method generally reserved for couture lines. This eliminates stretching and warping over time, and also allows for precise pattern placement on every garment. Misook‘s quality control process is unsurpassed in the industry. Every finished garment is carefully hand inspected, pressed, and hung before it makes its way to loyal customers. Misook firmly believes that the benefits of their meticulous methods outweigh the costs, resulting in premium clothing that’s perfectly suited to the way you live.
  • Art,  Asian,  Gift Guide,  San Diego,  Vancouver,  WorldWide

    Buddha Board is the perfect way to shift from busy to still.

    Dip your paintbrush in the water and let your worries go on the reusable canvas with endless creative possibilities. Between virtual meetings and screen time, it’s easy to feel disconnected and distant. Remember to practice self-care by taking a few moments for your mind today.

    Clearing your mind is just as important if not more so than cleaning your environment! Buddha Board is here to help clear your mind with low dopamine bliss.

    Spring Clean Your Mind with This Zen-like Experience

    Has dreary winter weather, cold season illnesses, or work stress cluttered up your headspace? Learn to release the negativity and give your thoughts a spring cleaning with the help of the Buddha Board! This easy-to-use mindfulness tool is simple, screen-free, and soothing as you embark on a journey to find your inner zen.  Empty your mind by putting brush to board and painting away what’s eating up your attention and energy. Then let go of those thoughts and let them disappear alongside your evaporating brush strokes.

    Buddha Board Highlights:

    • Designed with a sleek, modern aesthetic
    • Reusable
    • Quick to set up
    • Enso and Mini fold closed for streamlined carrying
    • “Painting” with water is truly MESS FREE
    • No ink, paint, or chemicals
    • Encourages mindfulness
    • Doesn’t add to your digital footprint
    • Taps into your creative side
    • Fun for all ages
    • Helps kids explore the creative process judgment free
    • Perfect for relieving stress at home, in the office, or when traveling

    When it’s time to get your house in order, Buddha Board is here to help. To learn more visit www.buddhaboard.com

  • Art,  Asian,  Gift Guide,  San Diego,  Vancouver,  WorldWide

    Taking your Buddha Board outdoors to ground yourself with nature + creativity

    Aligning your energy with nature is one of the best ways to let go; being in nature allows us to show up as our most authentic selves. Find a spot to enjoy a Buddha Board session while grounding yourself simultaneously. With your feet in the earth, where will your imagination guide you?

    Sit down, take a deep breath, and paint anything that comes to mind. When you’re done, watch it slowly fade away to reveal a new blank canvas. Repeat as needed for ultimate relaxation.

    Original Buddha Board

    Paint on the surface with water and watch your creation come to life.  As the water slowly evaporates your art will magically disappear… leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind.

    • Buddha Board “canvas” (12″ high x 9″ wide x 1/4″ thick)
    • Sturdy waterproof stand, complete with a roomy reservoir for water & separate grooves for holding both the board & brush
    • Premium bamboo paintbrush with thick, ultra-soft bristles

    Enso

    ENSO INFINITE ART gently encourages you to value the here-and-now. Simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear allowing you to create a whole new masterpiece.

    Enso (en-so) comes from Japanese word ‘circle’ and is a simple, single brush-stroke that represents infinity and the flow of life. It is an artistic ‘expression of the moment’.

    Enso is environmentally friendly as it only uses water – no ink, no paint, no chemicals – and it will last for years with proper care.

    • Enso (10″ high x 10″ wide x 1″ thick)
    • Portable Enso that folds into its own small easel stand
    • Premium refillable handle with thick, ultra-soft bristles

    Mini Buddha Board (Black)

    The Mini Buddha Board is an elegantly packaged, 5-inch square portable Buddha Board that folds into its own small easel stand. It has a little trough for water if desired, and comes with a small paint brush. Enjoy!

    • Mini Buddha Board (5″ high x 5″ wide x 0.5″ thick)
    • Portable Mini Buddha Board that folds into its own small easel stand
    • Premium mini paintbrush with thick, ultra-soft bristles

    Buddha Board is based in Vancouver, BC Canada and was founded in 2000.

    Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment.

    Simply ‘paint’ on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece. Buddha Board is environmentally friendly as it only uses water – no ink, no paint, no chemicals – and it will last for years with proper care.

    Master the art of letting go, live for the moment and enjoy!

  • Asian

    Where to Buy Kawaii Gifts for Your Friends

    For many of us, our friends are among our most precious treasures in life. We’re lucky enough to find people who will stick with us through thick and thin, and make our stay on earth an exciting and rewarding experience. 

     

    With this, it is just right to show our appreciation for them from time to time. If your love language is gift giving but don’t know where to start, the best approach is to think about their interests and personality. If your friend is a kawaii lover, has a bubbly and vibrant personality, or you want to give something that will help them escape from the pressures of adult life, kawaii gifts are the best way to go. 

     

    But where do you buy kawaii gifts for your friends? Read on, as this article aims to point you in the right direction.

    Where to Find Kawaii Gifts

    Originating in Japan, kawaii culture has become so popular across the globe that it is normal to find kawaii shops anywhere in the world including the United States. In a nutshell, there are two main ways to find kawaii gifts to give your friends. One is to drop by the physical kawaii stores near you or explore ecommerce sites. 

    Physical Kawaii Stores

    As mentioned, the culture of cuteness is becoming increasingly popular. This means you’ll surely find niche stores within your area which sell kawaii-themed products such as cushions, plushies, bags, clothes, fashion accessories, home decors, gaming items, and technology accessories.

     

    You can either have a stroll around your neighborhood during your free time so you can stumble upon a brick-and-mortar store that specializes in kawaii items, or search for directions to the nearest kawaii stores in your area. Owners usually list their businesses online so you can expect to know their operating hours and days.

    Online Kawaii Shops

    If you can’t find any brick-and-mortar kawaii shops near you or you simply prefer online shopping because of the convenience it offers, you can always opt for ecommerce stores.

     

    Due to the massive advancements in technology, the ecommerce industry is growing and more and more businesses are adapting by building their own online stores to stay competitive. You can find such kawaii niche online stores by simply typing in search queries such as “kawaii items” or “kawaii gifts”. For sure, you’ll find millions of search results from various ecommerce platforms and business websites. 

     

    However, because you’ll be presented with too many options, you will also have to be discerning enough to find the best online kawaii stores that offer high quality products and the best deals. Just like when shopping in physical stores, be patient and allocate your time to explore your options.

     

    Some of the most popular ecommerce platforms include Amazon, Etsy, and eBay. So you can also check them out as some sellers choose these platforms to showcase their products, instead of developing their own websites. 

     

    One of the best things about online stores is that they offer free shipping options, seasonal promos, and discounts that you will not always find in physical stores.

     

    However, don’t just focus on the price when choosing gifts to buy– the quality is more important as well as the value for money that it can provide.

    Trusted Online Kawaii Store

    If you’re drowning in all the search results, and are still at a lost in determining the online kawaii store to trust, you might want to check out ookawaii. This is one of the most reputable online kawaii shops out there that sells everything from cushions, plushies, and bags to AirPod cases, mouse pads, keycaps, and Nintendo Switch accessories.

     

    The styles and designs of their kawaii-themed items vary, but some of the bestseller ones are kawaii animals, food-inspired, and anime or video game characters. What we love most about this store is that all their products are guaranteed to be safe for children and made with durable, high quality materials.

     

    So don’t waste your time browsing through countless search results– visit ookawaii’s website and sure enough, it will be your go-to-shop for all your kawaii needs. Happy shopping!

    Final Thoughts

    Whether there’s a special occasion or you simply want to show your love for your friends through gifts, kawaii gifts are great options. They are suitable for the young ones or the kids at heart, and for both men and women. 

     

    If you’re thinking whether you should buy from a brick-and-mortar store or an online shop for kawaii gifts, the short answer is that it is really up to you. The best approach is the one that works for you– the one that fits your lifestyle and your preferences.

     

    Each of these options has its own advantages and disadvantages. For instance, physical shops allow you to check the item personally before purchasing it, while ecommerce stores make shopping more convenient than ever. On the other hand, shopping in brick-and-mortar stores means dealing with long queues and crowds, while online shopping involves waiting for the delivery of the items.

     

    If you think online shopping is the shopping method that fits you best, go to ookawaii.com today and check out their wide collection of kawaii items.