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the perfect sandals, the perfect dress

the perfect sandals, the perfect dress

May 3, 2011 |  Category:   happy purchases me

There were quite a few of you who asked to either tag clothing posts or write more about style. I don’t really “have” a style other than I believe you should wear whatever makes you look and feel good, and since I don’t like being photographed, there’s not much to tag! But I did buy this dress the other day. I don’t really wear that many dresses, but this one’s pretty perfect, don’t you think? I got it at Madewell, but I don’t see it on their website so I don’t know what that’s all about. Also these sandals…they are knockoffs, I guess, of Swedish Hasbeens that I bought at Urban Outfitters over the winter for about a third of… CONTINUE READING

when being your own boss isn’t enough

when being your own boss isn’t enough

April 27, 2011 |  Category:   life me rambling

I’ve been feeling restless again. Oh, you know me…it’s nothing new, but I’m feeling like I need to do SOMETHING. A change – and I will be the first one to admit that this feeling is cyclical – but here it is again, for the umpteenth time. I have lost count. That feeling. Perhaps I am fickle. Or bored. Or unchallenged. Or restless. I know I declared this very thing almost 2 years ago. That I wanted to make the moves to transition careers, but then….I had the best year ever as a freelancer, after having my best years as a freelancer the 2 years before and I was busy, no room to even breathe. The surprising thing about it… CONTINUE READING

neither one, or the other

neither one, or the other

March 24, 2011 |  Category:   family favorite posts growing up half life me remembering

When I wrote that Tiger Mom related post last month, I was reminded of the identity struggles I grew up with as a first generation Asian-American. I often felt that I was straddling between 2 cultures, never completely one nationality or the other. Often I felt like I was expected to behave one way with my family, which sometimes conflicted with what I felt was the “American” way of doing things. I’m a US citizen, but I wasn’t born here. I came to NYC in the 70s with my dad when I was 3 and reunited with my mom who had already been working here as a nurse for 2 years when she left Korea when I was a year… CONTINUE READING

about that whole “getting old” thing

about that whole “getting old” thing

November 12, 2010 |  Category:   life me rambling

It’s weird, you know? Because in a lot of ways I still feel like my younger self. An indeterminate age, but not my age, not 40. No, just my generically vague numbered younger self. Do you know what I mean when I say I feel “ageless”? All evidence points to the fact that I am, indeed, an adult. I have kids, a mortgage, I go to parent-teacher school conferences, I sign report cards, I pay my life insurance bills, I get my HVAC maintained twice a year. These are things adults do. And yet, in my mind, I’m not any different than I was 20 years ago – ok, scratch that, there are some differences, like I don’t think I… CONTINUE READING

nostalgic for seattle + the longest post ever

nostalgic for seattle + the longest post ever

August 11, 2010 |  Category:   favorite posts life me remembering Seattle & the NW

We’re boarding a plane and heading to Seattle, Olympia and Portland in less than a week. We are really excited about this because It’s been exactly 2 years since our last NW trip and 2 years since we’ve been on an airplane (oh, and what do you mean we have to pay for luggage now? what, what, what??). You know I’m a New York City girl through and through, but lately I’ve been day dreaming about Seattle and getting all kinds of nostalgic. In a lot of ways it’s like going back home, certainly for Mark since that’s where he’s from and where his family lives, but I think it’s partly because moving to the NW was such an important… CONTINUE READING

forty

forty

April 20, 2010 |  Category:   life me

Among the craziness that was the week the blog went down, I turned 40 on Saturday. It wasn’t quite the big birthday weekend I imagined. Aside from a dinner out that evening (of which I will save for a separate post) and a lovely dinner with the ladies the night before, the weekend was stressful. I’m not really sure how I envisioned spending my 40th – maybe lounging on a tropical beach, maybe taking a stroll in Paris or at the very least having a relaxing picnic in the park – but certainly not like the tightly wound, overworked, sleep deprived stressball that I was. But that’s ok. I am not really one for large celebrations or the focus of… CONTINUE READING

countdown

countdown

March 25, 2010 |  Category:   life me

I hate getting my picture taken. HATE. But I took these photos the other day because I suppose now that it’s only a few weeks away, it’s officially the countdown to the big birthday. There aren’t many photos of me laying around and I thought I might want to see what I looked like at 40 when I’m really old (yes, I did just say 40 for those who are new around here) because I just took a look at photos of myself when I was 30 and like, whoa! Not that I look all *that* different, but yeah, I looked different back then. I’m pretty okay with turning 40. I haven’t had that much time to think or dwell… CONTINUE READING

i love design / i hate design

i love design / i hate design

June 18, 2009 |  Category:   art + design life me

Most of you know I’m a designer. I split my working days 30% W&S business to 70% freelance design work (roughly on average). And although I’ve been a designer and art director for what seems like forever, it has never been something that I truly and absolutely loved. I am not one of those graphic designers who love love love to design (and there are quite a few designer friends who fit this description quite well). If you were to ask me then, what it is I love to do, I wouldn’t be able to give you a definitive answer. I think that this has always been my “problem”. I never could commit to a major in art school and… CONTINUE READING

almost middle aged women can wear skinny jeans too

almost middle aged women can wear skinny jeans too

May 28, 2009 |  Category:   life me

I’ve been having a bit of an identity “situation”. I wouldn’t call it a crises, because you know, I’m not really thinking about it all THAT much, but suddenly, I don’t know what to wear anymore. Part of it is being bored with all of my clothes. Another part is feeling like I don’t really know how I’m supposed to dress at this age, and the other part is not really being happy with my body right now. It’s true, having kids and breastfeeding does a number on your body and now that I’m done with all that stuff, I’m sort of looking around, taking stock and wondering what happened. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’ve always been thin… CONTINUE READING

tagged…yes I know, again.

tagged…yes I know, again.

May 2, 2009 |  Category:   life me

What else could you possibly want to know about me? But this one’s different – it’s not 7 random things and everyone else is playing nice. I might even (*gasp*) tag some people, even at the risk of sounding hypocritical since I swore I would always break the cycle. So…(photo by Lara, btw)… What’s your current obsession? Vintage cake stands, platters and other vintage dishware. Also, watching PJ Harvey concert videos on YouTube. What’s your weirdest obsession? Making sure Claudine is earwax and booger-free. Ok, I totally get the whole monkey grooming thing. What are you wearing today? A shirt with ruffles (huh, I know, right?). Joe’s jeans that are a little too snug even though they’re the same size… CONTINUE READING

standing still for a moment

standing still for a moment

November 20, 2008 |  Category:   life me

I was at New York Central Artist Supply store today after dropping off more cookies to Martha Stewart and I overheard a customer saying that NY is like a weird time warp – time just moves so fast here. It’s true, you know, that things move fast and each day is so full and busy that it’s over before you realize it. I’ve been needing to take a mental break each day from work and kids, and writing in this blog helps me pause and mull things over, usually done with another cup of coffee. But while my mind needs to rest, my body needs to move. After finally getting a physical after years of not seeing a doctor other… CONTINUE READING

the last of the cake + tagged

the last of the cake + tagged

November 13, 2008 |  Category:   me

It’s gone, thank god. Not because it wasn’t good, but we had been eating leftover birthday cake for a whole week, and well, if there is cake around I’m compelled to eat it, which is not a good thing all the time (why do I snack on brownie scraps? Because it’s around). I forgot that I was tagged by Krista from Double Dipped Sweets, which basically means that you write 7 random/weird/little known facts about yourself. Which brings me to #1: 1. I won’t tag anyone else, even though that is part of the rules because I have an adverse, bad reaction to anything that remotely resembles a chain letter. This has been true since childhood. They stress me out.… CONTINUE READING

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