• 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.

  • Eco,  Fashion,  Gift Guide,  New York,  San Diego

    Grey State – Sustainable, ethical women’s clothing brand on a mission to make your life easier

    During these two years pandemic, the time quarantined at home made me cleaned up my closet. I realized how many clothes I haven’t really worn for several years. There were still a lot of little short cocktail dresses hanging there. But I can’t see I will ever wear some of those anymore. Instead of having the clothes that I only wear one or two times in the whole lifetime, I want something comfortable, timeless and sustainable.

    Now I care about more than just outfit’s appearance – that working conditions, environmental impact and personal health also determine where I shop for clothes. Grey State is a female-owned and operated fashion brand thoughtfully curated to be trend-relevant but not trend-driven, ideal for even the busiest of lifestyles. Grey State apparel is made with soft, touchable, eco-friendly USA cotton for long-lasting wear and is committed to keeping their environmental impact low. Grey State tries to be as clear, honest, and transparent about their manufacturing process as possible. Grey State is a fully vertical family-owned brand. By handling the entire manufacturing process ourselves, they’re able to dramatically reduce waste, energy use, and environmental pollution at every stage of production.

    Let me introduce my favorite stay home or go out new dress. Yes, when I say stay home or go out, that is true. Having a clean and clear closet is my new year resolution, I don’t want to store so many unnecessary items any more. A new style dress can be stylish enough to go out, but also comfortable enough to wear as a lounge wear.

    Juliette Dress

    The Juliette Dress is effortlessly chic and stylish with delicate lace detailing. Made sustainably in our Relaxed Terry, it’s this season’s go-everywhere, wear-anytime closet staple.

    • Rib at neckline and sleeve cuffs
    • Self-fabric belt at waist
    • Lace accent at sleeves

    Material and Care:

    • Grey State super-soft Relaxed Terry made from 100% ring-spun combed USA cotton. They gave it a special enzyme wash to remove hairiness. This fabric is clean and smooth with a soft lived-in feel.
    • 100% USA cotton
    • Machine washable

    There is another collection in Grey State captures my eyes, it is their Wellness Collection. Say hello to nourishment with the brand new Wellness Collection. Featuring three innovative fabric blends that act like skin care: adding hydration, providing anti-aging benefits, and nurturing your body for deliciously soft skin – all day long.

    Halli Top

    Made from Grey State sustainably biodegradable Lenzing® micromodal, our Halli Top is perfect for practicing self-care while being stylishly comfortable. This new closet favorite is heavenly soft, breathable, and feels silky smooth against your skin while helping to reduce environmental impact.

    • Extended shoulder silhouette
    • Adjustable ruching detail at side seams with self-ties

    Material and Care:

    • Wrap yourself in luxury with Grey State heavenly soft & unbelievably yummy 1X1 Micromodal Rib. Made from 100% biodegradable Lenzing® Micromodal, they’ve managed to craft a premium fabric that’s sustainably biodegradable, yet silky-soft on skin. Featuring key qualities like breathability, washability, and temperature regulation, this fabric is the ace up sleeve when it comes to livable yet luxurious clothing. Because we want our fabric to mean something to you.
    • 96% Micromodal 4% Spandex
    • Machine wash cold. Gentle cycle. Lay flat to dry

    Shop Grey State other Wellness Collection items at this link – https://greystateapparel.com/pages/wellness.

    Check out more about the brand at this link – https://greystateapparel.com/.

  • 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.
  • Gift Guide,  Health,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Stay calm and drink tea!

    What do you feel like to drink when you are in a busy and stressful day. My first thought is tea! In the morning time, strong caffeine black tea or green tea gives you extra energy. When the sun gets down, I want caffeine free tea to calm me down, make me feel quite and slow.

    These two are my recent morning and afternoon tea. Matcha starts my day and Hibiscus flower tea makes me feel calm and cozy. I choose the loose leaf tea from Storehouse. Storehouse selection of organic tea blends ranges from full-bodied organic black tea, clean organic green teas, lovely organic white teas, flavorful organic herbal and wellness teas, and a variety of caffeine and caffeine-free options. Whether you are a moderate tea drinker or tea is your passion, you can find your perfect loose leaf tea here with Storehouse Tea. Each of Storehouse organic and fair trade loose leaf teas is hand-blended in their production facility.

    If you are new to the tea community, welcome! Loose leaf teas are teas that are not brewed through a teabag. Instead, like coffee, loose leaf tea utilizes a tea infuser or a tea filter bag. A scoop of Storehouse organic loose leaf teas is placed in the bag and boiling water is poured over (similar to pour over coffee).

    Storehouse Ceremonial Grade Organic Green Matcha Tea is a type of stone ground powdered green tea, with a smooth and naturally savory taste. This Matcha is shade grown, high in chlorophyll, antioxidants, rich in vitamins, nutrients and amino acids. Great served hot or cold or in a smoothie.

    Hibiscus tea has a natural fruity tartness and brews to a deep scarlet infusion. Hibiscus flower also has health benefits. Regular consumption of hibiscus teas may lower blood pressure, help with weight loss, and aid in digestion. It also contains high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. Excellent hot or iced.

    Contained in every tea leaf and ingredient in Storehouse tea is an abundant Storehouse of powerful health benefits and enjoyment. Storehouse Tea’s mission is to make the best loose leaf tea products and tea sachets available with certified Organic and Fair-Trade teas and ingredients sourced from an ethical supply chain. Their purpose is to employ refugees and recent immigrants. Storehouse Tea doesn’t hire people to make their teas, they make delicious teas to hire people. At Storehouse Ohio tea company, they believe tea is the vehicle to heal, connect and transform communities. Check out their tea at https://storehousetea.com/.

  • Beauty,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Aroha Oils – Discover the magic of Himalayan plants and herbs.

    Born in the Himalayan, indulge in Clean, Pure & Potent skincare. Aroha Oils is founded by three siblings on a mission to change the skincare industry, Aroha Oils offers 100% natural and sustainable products for the face, body, and hair. Ingredients are ethically sourced from the Himalayas, including Himilayan Superherbs, that have been used in conjunction with Ayurveda science for thousands of years to heal and protect the mind, body, and spirit.

    Superherb™ are Rare Himalayan plants & herbs that are specially cultivated by partnered farms and are known for their powerful and potent skin benefits. The high altitude (highest in the world) of the Himalayas has the most unique flora and fauna that produces the most potent Himalayan botanicals. These botanicals have tremendous benefits for your skin & health!

    Bakuchiol Nava Age-defying Face Gel is a labor of 18 months of intensive research, using so many various himalayan herbs to get the best and the most efficacious face product that will actually bring a ‘Real difference’ to the face.

    Known in Ayurveda as the “Miracle Elixir” – Bakuchiol is the best-kept secret of beauty in Ayurveda. This Ancient, timeless Himalayan plant is loaded with powerful youth-preserving botanicals which leave the skin flawless and smooth. Legend has tales of the Queens sourcing this ingredient from the Himalayan valley to create a magic potion for their beauty rituals!

    Bakuchiol is its star-active ingredient, 100% natural retinol alternative suitable for sensitive & acne prone-skin. After a month of use of this beautiful & light gel, wrinkles and expression lines are noticeably blurred, returning a fresh and youthful appearance to the face and redefining the facial oval.

    Sourced from the harshest and wildest habitats in the Himalayas, this beautifully crafted face Gel is formulated with some rarest and the highest-grade of botanicals. The Fusion of clinically proven ancient herbs with other potent Himalayan ingredients like Bakuchiol & Sea buckthorn makes this a perfect choice to fight acne, wrinkles and provide a great defends against UV and Blue -light damages.

    Aroha Oils Bakuchiol Nava Age-defying Face Gel Moisturizer is an exceptionally potent yet light-textured face gel that incorporates a combination of precious herbs and the power of bakuchiol, which helps to restore firmness of the skin, giving it a natural facelift. Ayurveda speaks of flawless skin as lustrous, smooth, firm, and supple, with a golden sheen on the face and that is exactly what this gel delivers.

    ⁣⁣This beauty is a delicate balance of hydration, botanical nutrients, and heavenly sensory experience.⁣⁣It’s neither a complete gel nor a cream and is just a balance of both the delivery systems. If your skin needs comforting moisture that still lets it breathe, you might just fall in love with this. This Gel Formulated to be never greasy, oily, or sticky.⁣

    About Aroha Oils

    Aroha Oils is a slow skincare, beauty & wellness company with products sourced in the Himalayas and made in the traditions of Ayurveda. Using the Finest & Purest of herbs and whole plant ingredients, blending modern approaches with ancient wisdom. To ensure the integrity of the products.

    Aroha Oils team hand select their partner growers, and pledge 10% of their proceeds to re-invest back to these mountain communities. Aroha, which means mountain in the ancient language of Sanskrit, pays homage to the Himalayas – the source of the core ingredients at the heart of Aroha Oils products. Aroha Oils mission is to help their customers to find beauty that is gentle, eternal and sustainable.

  • food,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    You Love Sriracha, You Love Gochujang, You Can’t Miss Bushwick Kitchen’s Gochujang Sriracha

    Sriracha has been growing in popularity as the go-to spicy condiment for quite some time now, and with good reason. It adds a delicious dose of heat to everything from pizza to deviled eggs to Bloody Marys. This versatile sauce is also great for cooking and can help you breathe some fire into even the most exhausted of your tired old recipes. If Sriracha is everywhere nowadays, you should notice another Asian spicy sauce is getting more and more popular. It is gochujang, which origins from Korea and is used in a lot of Korean foods.

    No matter sriracha or gochujang, on its own or combined with a few other simple ingredients, they make an excellent marinade. Ditch the barbecue sauce – let some ribs, chicken wings or shrimp soak up its heat and throw them on the grill for a new take on some old favorites. Add it to strips of steak to take your fajita game to the next level. If you don’t eat meat, you can use sriracha or gochujang as a marinade for baked or grilled tofu. Don’t have the time or patience to marinate? Mix some them into shredded chicken for savory sandwiches or add it to ground beef for fiery sloppy joes.

    The sweet/heat you’ve come to expect from these two spicy sauce. When classic sriracha meets the fermented complexity of gochujang chili paste. It’ll give you weak knees. Bushwick kitchen brings sriracha and gochujang together, here comes one of my favorite spicy sauce – Gochujang Sriracha.

    (I use it as a marinade a lot, it definitely gives meat a hint of delicious spicy and sweet taste.)

    Gochujang Sriracha is great on eggs and avocado toast, but there are so many other ways you can put it to use at breakfast and brunch. Add it to waffle batter for a sweet-and-savory treat. Mix it into cream cheese to up your bagel game. Add a little into Hollandaise sauce for killer eggs benedict. Turn your Bloody Mary into an extra-spicy standout at brunch. Like your shakshouka extra spicy? Gochujang Sriracha! A little heat can wake up your senses even better than a cup of coffee (well . . . maybe).

    The Super Spicy Bloody Season is coming. Stir your favorite amount of Bushwick Kitchen Gochujang Sriracha into your Bloody this weekend and don’t scrimp on the garnishes. The Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha gets cranked up for the heat seekers. Here comes the super spicy Gochujang Sriracha, which sriracha plays nice at first, but as the gochujang flavors develop so does the heat from the addition of habañero peppers. Enjoy! Please play with Bushwick Kitchen Gochujang Sriracha sauce and let me know if you create some new and fun recipes.