Just a little bit.

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Banana Republic blazer, Ralph Lauren top, Club Monaco scarf, Ann Taylor Loft belt, Forever 21 pants, Fossil watch

I’ve been experimenting with color a lot lately. A few days ago I invested in some coral pants and today I’m sporting these teal (?) colored pants. In high school, as many of you know, I wasn’t known for color, so I’m pretty darn proud of myself for investing in colored bottoms. My collection of colored bottoms has gone from one pair of hot pink shorts to a hot pink skirt, teal pants, and coral pants – that’s what I call progress. I like wearing color and it’s perfect for spring – it’s just a matter of what colors actually look good with my skin tone. Let’s be honest here, I look terrible in yellow because well, I’m Asian and there’s quite a bit of yellow hues in my skin tone. My recommendation when investing in colored items? Try them on first.

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In other news, I’m heading home to Dallas tomorrow to enjoy time with my family, get my wisdom teeth pulled, and interview with a public relations and marketing agency. May the odds be ever in my favor. Happy spring and happy spring break to all!

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Constitution Princess.

J.Crew top, Forever 21 skirt, rose gold Fossil watch, Cotone bracelet, Macy’s necklace.

Remember when I used to do outfit posts on this blog? I decided to finally post one from the apartment. This skirt makes me feel like a princess and was probably one of the more affordable skirts I have purchased at full price. Can you say $15? Forever 21 is usually a hit or miss store, so I was very excited to find this lovely piece. The weather is lovely, and today, I am finalizing my articles for the company newsletter. There is nothing more exciting to a PR intern than acquiring writing samples for a portfolio – duh, winning.

Happy Constitution Day everyone! My heart goes out to those who went through the bomb threats at LSU today. Us UT kids totally understand what you’re going through – at least, to some degree.

Quick One.

I have always wanted to do one these quick posts about what’s in my bag. However, my bag isn’t all that exciting, but simply filled with the necessary items to help me function when I’m on the go. I usually carry everything in the Coach bag that my aunt gifted me for my high school graduation. Sometimes I switch out for different bags; the larger the bag, the more items I have in it. In this bag I have, from top left to bottom right:

1. Bic Atlantis pen – I usually carry some form of writing utensil; I’m a huge fan of these pens and have them in blue and black.
2. Forever Stamps – Just in case I need to mail something last minute, they’re randomly sitting in my bag.
3. Burt’s Bees lip balm – I’m a fan of Burt’s Bees, but I’m open to all forms of lip balm and have at least one stick in my bag at all times.
4. Five Gum – It doesn’t really matter what kind of gum I have, sometimes it’s just mint.
5. Samsung Blaze for T-Mobile – My phone is my life. I constantly check my texts, e-mails, and social media networks.
6. Kate Spade wallet – I added a little keychain to the zipper to make finding my keys easy.
7. Moleskine Planner – Planners are my life; that is all.
8. Lilly Pulitzer notepad – For any quick notes, or spurts of inspiration.

And here’s to the end.

Lately I have been obsessed with eating turkey  burgers over the regular beef burger. I was told the burger was leaner and the majority of places that have the burger do a fairly good job of making it delicious. I headed to Kona Grill at the Domain today and ordered myself a turkey burger and fries. Kona is one of my favorite restaurants,  but I had never been to the one in Austin, so I figured I would give it a try to see if it was good at other locations. For about $12, I got a large burger and fries. Although it’s a bit overpriced compared to the typical P.Terry’s or other fast food burger, it was good and worth the money. I am full, without the heavy feeling you get after consuming fast food.

Tonight I will be heading to Thai Spice for dinner with the academic advisor in charge of the College of Communication orientation program, along with my fellow communication pre-advisors. The burger from Kona will definitely hold me over, so I will probably end up only ordering a plate of sushi, which I have been craving for some time now.

The other night I headed to the AT&T center near campus for a banquet with the orientation advisors. Needless to say, everyone cleaned up very nicely, my committee – Multimedia & Publicity – especially. The hotel is definitely one of the nicer ones near campus that provides detailing that boasts Texas Fight. Unfortunately, the food was only decent. The tortillas used for the fajitas were thin and bland, the meat was a bit on the chewy side, and there just wasn’t anything special about the food overall. The dessert was a bit better – especially the pecan pie.

I wore a simple coral high-low dress from Forever 21, BCBG heels, with a J.Crew belt and Macy’s necklace. I have always wanted to experiment with a high-low dress and the color coral, so this seemed like the perfect dress to do it with. I love how soft this dress is and how simple it is. Plus, it was only about $16 after tax, which made purchasing a banquet dress doable on the wallet. Whoever says you can’t make a simple and inexpensive dress fancy has not met yours truly.

Quiet Sunday.

Happy Sunday everyone! I finally taught myself how to “sleep in” and managed to wake up around 10:40 this morning. I am usually a morning person, even on Sundays, so sleeping in past 10 am is a rare feat that should be publicly documented.

J.Crew top and belt, Anthropologie skirt, Macy’s necklace

Sported this outfit to church this morning. When I purchased this skirt a couple of days ago, I didn’t think I was going to wear it so soon, but seeing that my clothing choices are quite limited this summer because I chose to pack light, it was a perfect time to break out the new skirt. Plus, church is a great excuse for me to throw on a skirt and not have people ask “why are you dressed so nicely?” I’ll be spending my Sunday going to coffee, reading, and writing.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I headed to The Oasis on Lake Travis yesterday for lunch with the fellow Orientation Advisors. The food was decent quality – nothing special, so I have come to the conclusion that I was only paying for this beautiful view of the lake. Unfortunately, the sea level of the lake has been decreasing within the past couple of years and doesn’t look as lovely as it used to, but it is still aesthetically pleasing and worth the drive nonetheless.

Super Bargain.

Anthropologie skirt, Ralph Lauren top, J.Crew belt

There is nothing I love more than finding a good bargain. A friend informed me that Anthropologie was having a sale worth browsing, mainly because there is an additional 25% off the marked price. I headed to the Anthropologie on Lamar just to see if the tip lived up to the hype. Thankfully, it did. To be honest, if I had a larger budget for myself, I would have definitely splurged on more than just one skirt. Nevertheless, the skirt was a great purchase. The original price on the skirt was $118 + tax. Guess how much I spent on the beauty after taxes? A grand total of $16.19 – what a find! My Mac’s photo booth camera definitely doesn’t do the skirt any justice. It’s soft, well-made, and beyond comfortable. For those of you who don’t have the time to drive to the local Anthropologie, the additional 25% sale is also online. Unfortunately, when I browsed through the online store, I couldn’t find much that I really liked for the price I wanted.

Let Freedom Ring.

Happy 236th birthday America! You’re not my country of birth, but I consider you my home. Yes, contrary to popular belief, I was not born in America, regardless of how fluent I am in the English language. I arrived in America at the tender age of 4 in March of 1997, and unfortunately have not visited Vietnam since then. However, I have loved every minute of being in this country and am so blessed to have the amount of freedom and opportunity that I do by living here.

I started off my 4th of July with a trip to Starbucks where I discovered tall hot coffees were free today. Talk about a great start to an eventful day. I then headed to Half Priced Books to see if there was a ridiculous book sale of some sort; I can honestly spend hours at a book store, regardless of which one it is. After rummaging through the clearance section, I came across A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. I have been meaning to read this book for some time now, especially since I heard about it years ago on Oprah’s reading list. Unfortunately, the last time I heard about the book, it was not positive feedback; something regarding false information provided by the author. However, I heard the overall read was worth it, accurate interpretation or not. And of course, for a $1 + tax, how could I turn down such a bargain?

A Million Little Pieces is a semi-fictional novel about a 23-year-old alcoholic and drug abuser and how he copes with rehabilitation through a 12-step program. Even though it was originally promoted as a memoir, it was later discovered that a couple of the events mentioned in the novel never actually occurred – hence the negative critiques that made the novel go from a bestseller to a target for literary bashing. Although there is some fabrication of the events, I will probably read it as if it was simply another novel, rather than one that is based on “real” events.

Afterwards, I headed to South Congress with a friend to explore what the street had to offer as far as vintage shops and eateries. Our bellies were still full from the campus buffet, so eating was not our main priority. However, we could not leave without grabbing a cupcake from Hey Cupcake! – the cupcake food trailer featured on the Travel Channel. Located on the 1600 block of South Congress, the food trailer serves cupcakes for $3 each. The cupcakes are baked fresh daily with the best ingredients and love, of course. The workers are beyond sweet, and the cupcakes can make anyone drool. I grabbed myself a Michael Jackson cupcake, a chocolate cupcake with white cream cheese frosting, that was decorated with patriotic red and blue sprinkles.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July! May your evenings be safe and filled with dozens of firework shows. Tonight, I am heading to Auditorium shores for a musical firework display put on by the Austin Symphony Orchestra; I cannot wait for my first Independence Day experience in Austin!

The Web We Weave.

TJ Maxx top, Gap shorts, J.Crew belt

It is a known fact by my peers that The Social Network is definitely one of my most favorite movies that has been released within the past few years. So it comes as no surprise that I absolutely adore the actors that portray the main characters in the movie, especially the very handsome Andrew Garfield. When news circulated that he would be portraying Spiderman in The Amazing Spiderman, I knew I had to watch the feature as soon as possible.  I headed to the Bob Bullock Museum IMAX theater by campus this afternoon to finally see if the hype was worth the $10 ticket.

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Because I am a college student, the IMAX 3D experience to watch the movie was only $10, so I thought to myself why the hell not? Overall, the movie would have been just as good in 2D as in 3D; there were not enough 3D effects for it to really make a difference. Peter Parker (Garfield) is a little more on the angry and awkward side than the Spiderman movie that came out several years ago with Toby McGuire. Before the movie, there is definitely going to be a sense of need to compare The Amazing Spiderman to McGuire’s Spiderman; don’t do it. In my opinion, if one avoids comparing this movie to the previous, there will surely be a slight sense of disappointment. As for the romance between Gwen (Emma Stone) and Peter (Garfield), there is just enough chemistry for the movie, but not as much natural chemistry as I would have liked to see. Overall, I thought it was worth the $10, but I wouldn’t sit through it more than once – that’s just my opinion.

One thing I almost forgot to mention: the film score was quite fabulous. Props to the flute player that played great marcato notes throughout the suspenseful parts and the French horn was just the right amount of strong. I will most likely be purchasing the soundtrack if I remember to search for it on iTunes.

I’m Just a Nerd.

Really, I am. Go out and have a swig of alcoholic beverages that I am not legally allowed to consume? No, thank you; I would rather curl up with a good movie or a witty book. During my sophomore year of high school, one of the required summer reading books was Freakanomics – a book about not so typical questions asked by witty economist Steven D. Levitt and award-winning journalist Stephen J. Dubner. Now, several years after, as I enter my sophomore year of college, I have finally acquired a copy of the sequel that I cannot put down – Super FreakanomicsI’m only halfway through with the novel and I’m already satisfied with everything it has to offer. I’m a sucker for a little bit of sass in my literature, so naturally, I would laugh at the banter that the authors provide along with unconventional questions such as “How is a street prostitute like a department store Santa?” and “Why should suicide bombers buy life insurance?” You’ll have to obtain a copy of the book to find out the answers to these odd questions. 

To continue my proclamation of nerdy-ness, I will now attempt to persuade you to venture to the theater and watch a movie that is not as highly advertised as the summer blockbusters. The other night I spontaneously agreed to watch Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. I had seen the poster several times, and watched the trailer after thinking to myself “that was a fairly well designed movie poster.” However, I kept telling myself that the title was too much of a mouthful for anyone to have a sudden desire to see, especially since there did not seem to be that much hype, even though it boasted strong protagonists Keira Knightley and Steve Carrell – two of my favorite actors. The movie starts off a bit on the rough end since the majority of the scenes used in the trailer are shown during the first portion of the movie. The Facebook page gives the following synopsis for the movie:

Set in a too-near future, the movie explores what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand. As the journeys of Dodge (Carell) and Penny (Knightley) converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.

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It definitely isn’t one of those action packed, obvious, in your face, go watch this now type of movies, but it definitely is a must see. It’s a cute story that I would recommend seeing if you’re looking for a movie that isn’t too sappy, scary, or action packed. Following the Godilocks model, it’s not too sappy, not too generically funny, but just the right combination of both.

Fancy Food.

Loft cardigan, TJ Maxx top, J.Crew shorts & belt, Lucky Brand watch.

Last night I headed to dinner at a cute little European restaurant called Fabi + Rosi off of Hearn in downtown Austin. The food was good, the atmosphere was cute, but the price was not worth it. Yes, I will probably eat there again one day, but on a student budget, it’s not the greatest date place. I knew I couldn’t sport Nike shorts and a t-shirt to a restaurant like this because it was casual, but not too casual. If you ever want to treat yourself to a “fancy” restaurant then this would be the place to do it.

I ordered this beauty that has a German name (Ich Liebe Tiere) that I cannot manage to pronounce. I like to describe it as a vegetable pizza. The carrots were a little undercooked, but everything else was great. It’s not the easiest dish to eat and still appear lady-like in any manner. For $13, I thought it was a bit overpriced and would have probably placed an $8 price on it if it were up to me. Actually, I think I may attempt to recreate this dish at some point just to prove it.