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Kaal.E.Suktae: Filling the Void

Where do I start…

I should advise you in advance that I’m going to be biased with this post but for right reasons (!).

I had the pleasure and honor of meeting the top Korean womenswear designer, Lee Suk Tae, at his showroom in Gangnam. I tried to stay cool but man, was it difficult to keep myself calm the entire time I was there.
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My first encounter with his collection was through another fashion designer I met at the Fall/Winter 2012 Seoul Fashion Week earlier this year who was one of his apprentices who kindly directed me to the KAAL website which has videos of past collections.

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A few months passed and I was finally able to see KAAL up close and personal… and that’s all it took to fall head over heels in love with the brand, and my curiosity about the designer continued to grow. You can only imagine how stoked I was to be able to meet him in person.

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I shall start by saying how great of a person he is. Well, I’ve mentioned earlier in the post that I’m going to be biased but what I really meant is that I feel a little different about meeting Mr. Lee which I think is due to the fact that he didn’t hesitate even for a minute to share his personal life with us which we greatly appreciated and found extremely encounraging. Let me just say that besides his incredible designing talent and aesthetic discernment, he’s got to be one of the most unbelievably kind and down to earth people I’ve met.
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So let’s talk fashion, shall we?

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 With white as the main color for the season, Lee seeks structural transformation through modern minimalism inspired by masculinity.

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Same dress worn by model Choi, Sora at Seoul Fashion Week. It felt amazing on. Love how the color combination and pattern is reminiscent of Hanbok, a traditional Korean costume.

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What drew me to this brand in first place was Lee’s mastery of structure and eye for detail like none other. Trained in Korea and Paris, I personally think that his pieces are a proper representation of his educational background, as I see both Paris and Korea in them. He does an excellent job of incorporating traditional aspects of Korean costume into pieces that are partly haute couture and partly parisian chic.

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Thought this would make a perfect dress for a Christmas party- definitely a unique take on a party look yet elegant, cute, unique, stylish, and gorgeous all at the same time. Perhaps this is what peplum will look like next Spring, further developed and evolved from the original?

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When asked why he got into womenswear instead of menswear, Lee humbly answered, “Honestly, I have a hard time designing womenswear because I don’t have a complete understanding of the female body. Because I’m not a woman, it often is difficult for me to find out what it would feel like to actually put the pieces on, but at the same time, I enjoy the process very much. I’ve always been the type to take the rough road than the easier one because I like challenging myself. While menswear would’ve been much easier for me, womenswear gives me a lot more freedom and options.”
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I couldn’t believe he said such a thing, because my initial impression was that he was in womenswear business simply because that’s where his passion was- obviously because he’s just so amazing at what he does. I definitely didn’t expect to hear that he specifically chose womenswear for those rather “strategic” reasons… Can we say natural born talent? I don’t know, how creative and artistically talented do you have to be to be able to voluntarily choose a subcategory (fashion design being the main category)? Many times,  some of us average folks have no choice but to go with what we are given, if you know what I mean.

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Ultra cute shorts that I literally squeezed myself into. Maybe that’s how everything should fit. I’m just not familiar with super tight things, that’s all- though, I did feel ridiculously skinny in them. Is it time to reconsider a complete wardrobe overhaul?

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How cute are those pockets peeking out like that… and that print which doesn’t continue in the back which makes it even more awesome. Amaze. Oh, I should mention about now that he’s very much into Super Man and Gundam. Do you see it?

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Don’t think I can put this outfit on again by myself, this was actually a work of a designing staff at the showroom who literally put her hands inside the shorts to pull the shirt and of course zip up the shorts because it was just an impossible task to be completed on my own.

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What KAAL is known for: impeccable details. and more details.

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“Fashion designer as a job may look glamorous on the outside, but as with any other jobs, there is a dark side to it that many do not see. There will be times when you will be disappointed and discouraged, as well as those in which you will be under extreme pressure and stress due to the unique characteristic of the job which requires to you be continuously creative and detail-oriented. Even if so, don’t ever be discouraged. Finish the race no matter what. Determination and hard work along with patience will result in rewards that are unimaginable. Enjoy the moment while being thankful for being able to do what you want. Then one day, you will receive the respect you deserve.”

“옷은 공간이다.”- 디자이너 이석태

Outfits provided by KAAL E.SUKTAE, Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell

D.GNAK by KANG.D: Pursuit of Happiness

As someone whose childhood dream was to become a fashion designer, perhaps it’s only natural that I have a great admiration for those successful in the profession. Nevertheless, I never thought that I’d be sitting in a room chatting with them for hours, not to mention befriending them at one point. It’s funny- when I was in college, I was that annoying student who found joy in having an interrogation session professors, one who always sat in front of the class and asked all the strange questions. It was the incessant curiosity that kept me thirsty for knowledge which eventually led to more schooling. Once I got hooked on psychology, I had no choice but to dig deeper and deeper… only to realize that more studying would only require more studying. Learning really is a never ending venture which at the same time is what makes it so intriguing. I think I said in a previous post that fashion is not my passion… I find myself doing this a lot more nowadays- after I write something on here, I contemplate on it… especially if it’s something that I had never thought of before because often, I’d start writing without a topic or a theme and it leads to a self-discovery of sort. Same happened with the ‘fashion’ statement and after much thinking, I realized that it’s passion in a way that I have a never-ending curiosity about it but it’s not simply because I like clothes or the act of putting them on. Honestly, I could care less what I put on. It’s more about the process of how it all happens that I’m interested in learning more about- you know, from the very beginning of it all- starting with a designer’s idea and to how it’s made into reality, put on a show, where it gets sold, and on whom and how it’s worn and styled. With my psychology background, I guess that’s where I differ as a fashion writer which is something I only recently realized. Among many sub-categories of psychology, my main interest lies in happiness and creativity (contrary to popular belief, these two are quite closely related), to find out if there are common set of activities used by creative people to be shared with the world. While there are numerous psychological theories that are widely known, I prefer those that are readily applicable and useful in running a business. I’d be lying if I said there is a person on earth who doesn’t care at all about being happy. True happiness is what we are after, and the reason why so many businesses come and go. (think travel industry, entertainment, beauty, automotive, housing, literally every single thing we spend money on, if you think about it) Designers, fashion designers in particular, are a perfect example of those who lead a happy life in addition to athletes and music artists to name a few. This “claim” is based on the theory of Flow, through which happiness is described as a result of interaction between a specific activity one is voluntarily involved in and the level of focus contributed. The mental state one experiences as a result of such experience is called “Flow” which is directly linked to the state of “Happiness” according to the theory posited by Dr. csikszentmihalyi who is a renowned researcher and teacher in the field of Positive Psychology and also one of my professors. As you can imagine, not many can confidently say that they experience flow on a daily basis, nor can many even think that they’ve ever experienced it, yet we continually seek after what we think makes us “happy” which may actually be in your life already- all it takes is just a bit of research, a research into your daily life. According to research, the “fortunate” ones who get to experience “flow” are the ones who are in the profession of doing something they love, say artists, designers of all sorts, athletes, etc. But when you dig deeper, it’s not difficult to realize that it is indeed possible for anyone to get to the state, as long as you find yourself spending hours focusing on an activity without having your basic needs fulfilled (ie eating, using the bathroom). Such state can last minutes or hours depending on how long the experience lasts, and at least during that moment, you should feel assured that you are indeed feeling “happy”- you just haven’t realized it yet.

Ever since learning about this concept of flow, I just could not get it out of my head. I constantly find myself looking for those who get to experience it regularly, and have developed a desire to find out what the secrets are. Thankfully, being in the field of fashion has opened many doors for me, and I’m fortunate to find myself meeting those who are indeed blessed with such a life in which “flow” is naturally a part of life.

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 Meet Fashion Designer Dong Jun Kang of D.GNAK by KANG.D, who specializes in tailored suiting for men with clean cuts and understated attention to detail. Having been in the business of fashion for six years, his career is already full of milestones- he’s already shown twice at the London Fashion Week (while being the first Korean to do so), and since then his brand has gone international yet his ambition as a fashion designer doesn’t end there, his ultimate goal (at the moment at least) is to show at the Milan Fashion Week, and it has a significant meaning to him as he believes Milan is where menswear is at the highest level possible- which he says can be learned just by seeing the way older men dress. He says often, the way elders dress reflects the fashion sense of the entire town, and Milan is where he felt most inspired.

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As for his long term plan, he hopes to continue designing menswear with a strong foundation on suits but in variants with a focus on fit and material. Casual suits that are wearable is what he’s mainly after, but he’s not so certain whether his target market is Korea. As his designing career develops, he finds himself introducing a collection that is more D.GNAK than “commercial” which doesn’t always result in sales.

“Thinking back on my past collections, my current collection is more reflective of who I really am as a fashion designer than any others,” says Kang. As he spends more time as a designer, his style evolves and the more collections he shows, the closer the garments are to where his true style really lies, which is why experimentation is also important for those of us who aren’t “creators” yet strive to remain innovative- I, too, find myself becoming more creative when I have experimented a lot with clothes and accessories rather than sticking with one specific style of dressing. Kang seems to be in the process of finalizing his signature style after being experimental with various types all within the area of tailored suits.

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On the topic of creativity, he says he does not really have a routine or a specific activity that he believes facilitates in the designing process. Interestingly enough, he says he often doesn’t even start with a theme or a concept. As cliche as this will sound, it seems that he was born with it- yes, one of those blessed who happens to possess a bottomless well of never ending ideas somewhere in their brain. Although he said he doesn’t even enjoy traveling all that much which is actually one of the most effective ways to stimulate your creative brain cells, I would think that frequent traveling along with being surrounded by artistic people have at least some influence. An avid fan of hip hop, it didn’t take long for him before he became good friends with Tiger JK, a Korean-American rapper who holds a legendary status as a true pioneer of the Hip Hop scene in Korea. Their friendship led to a collaboration in which Kang had him as a finale act at His latest show at Seoul Fashion Week.

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Kang says he dreamed of becoming a fashion designer as soon as he discovered the profession when he was in middle school. His interest for fashion was confirmed by his passion for clothes- he would travel far and long to find the clothes he wanted, and it got to a point where he started altering them because they weren’t exactly what he was looking for. It all started there, and as people say, the rest is history- which involved flying over to New York for a fashion design degree from Parsons, coming back to Korea and attending graduate school for an MBA (unusual, yet extremely useful and necessary- personally thought it was a very smart move). Though it took some time to bring himself back into creative mode after imbuing himself in management concepts for two years, his strong belief in himself and passion for fashion design helped him come back stronger than ever, and today as one of the most influential fashion designers in Korea, his new venture began on a high note with buyers approaching him from all over the world. Keep an eye out for D.GNAK, you may soon see his name all over Italy.
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Fuchsia shirt by Nooy by Yoon, Blazer by D.GNAK by KANG.D
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Gloves courtesy of Justin because I would have died without them (it was about -15 degrees Celsius). Loved how this shirt instantly brightened my face, I mean, it did make me smile in the winter chill after all. Also a huge fan of asymmetrical design, longer in the back.NOOY4I’m starting to develop a liking for well-made garments. Rather than my old habit of purchasing fast fashion, think it’s about time that I start saving up for more quality items, which is why I may go crazy at their sample sale.
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Boots by Jeffrey Campbell & Purse by Chanel

ZE QUUN HOMME

Avant-Garde |ˌavänt ˈgärd, ˌaväN|

Noun (usu. the avant-garde): new and unusual or experimental ideas particularly with respect to art and culture

Martin Margiela, Thierry Mugler, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo.

You guessed it right, these are just a few of the names that come to mind when I think of the term Avant Garde. But what would happen if we added a bit of glamour, glitz, or “bling-bling” to what’s generally known as “avant-garde”?

Korean designer Jae Keun Hwang does just that. When asked how he would describe his collection, he shyly yet proudly said none other than “Bling Bling Avant-Garde,” while tricky for sure, all it takes is to take a look at few of his accessories and designs.

After completing his Bachelor of Ceramics degree from Hong-Ik University, Hwang decided to pursue fashion at the world famous Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium which is famous for its distinguished alumni such as Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, and Haider Ackermann. As an elite design school, Antwerp is known for producing all-star designers who are experimental and innovative which is virtually a definition for “avant-garde.”

Right about now, one could easily guess what Hwang’s specialty would be, as a first Korean to ever obtain a Master’s degree from a school known to produce designers that push the boundaries- those who create, who refuse to conform to the norm.

All it really takes is to peek at a few of his pieces to see the difference, a difference that distinguishes his designs from the rest.

(On me: Tailored vertical striped blazer for men with button detail and acrylic necklace with chain and spike details. On Hwang: matching top and bottom with “face” print that’s personally drawn)

Hwang is always finding a way to push the limits, not only thinking outside of the box, but as if there is none to begin with. For this jacket he designed for a rock star, he used the material used in a wet suit as a basis and the shells used in traditional Korean furnitures as decorative accessories. Not one piece is ordinary, as his creativity can be found literally everywhere which is where his strength lies.

Sneakers made exclusively for his 2013 Spring/Summer show at Seoul Fashion Week, note the use of mini CDs and spikes that make them look like jaws and teeth. Designer’s sense of humor can be found throughout his collection both directly and indirectly.

This jacket is what I first saw him in that made our first encounter truly memorable. He said the print was initially a drawing by a famous artist, regenerated and printed onto silk to be made into this bomber jacket. I found it ironic that despite how serious and warlike the print looked, design of the article itself was extremely casual- I mean, it’s just a simple bomber jacket after all. I felt like he was telling the world not to take life so seriously, once time passes, it will just all be fun and games.

On that note, I feel that ZE QUUN HOMME and TOMIMITO share a common ground, because paradigm shift is what we stand for, which is closely related to innovation. For instance, why should accessories be restricted to purses, necklaces and bracelets? Why can’t it be something that you wear on your shoulder that doesn’t necessarily have a functional purpose? What if it’s made with acrylic rather than silver or gold or silver plated or whatever? Why can’t a ring be something else too, let’s say a clip, or a decoration for home? Where do we draw the line… Or is there a such to begin with?

While there is no concrete answer, one thing I know for sure is that one is free to experiment while having fun when doing the job of “Creating,” and nobody is here to judge or determine whether the creation is right or wrong, but what we are entitled to, is to either “Like” or “Dislike” it.

Hwang is slightly worried that he may not be producing pieces that are attractive to the general public, in other words, “sellable”, so he added extremely “normal” plaid shirts to his collection last season but instead of receiving praise, many criticized by saying that none of it said “ZE QUUN.”

A person is most beautiful when he’s himself. A designer is most influential when he confidently embraces his strengths, no matter what the world may say. That’s how “NEW” is born, when a designer does his job- a job of creation, a process of making something new, something that did not exist before. We do not know when being creative started being equivalent to weird, but without weird, the world is a boring place- there wouldn’t have been an iPhone, fusion cuisine, or even electricity.

Cheers to all those who are in the business of creating.

Viva, ZE QUUN HOMME!

Love is all you need.

As some of you know, tomorrow is the day! My friends and I are holding a charity event in Korea Town tomorrow at the Madang Courtyard at CGV Cinema starting at 11AM. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the Tomimito products will go to Rainbow Family Women and Children Shelter in Pasadena, which is a 12-month residential rehabilitation program providing restoration for abused women and children. There will be a raffle drawing, tacos by my favorite taco truck, a free makeup session by ROSEinthePARK, a live DJ along with a live singing performance, but more importantly, a shopping extravaganza featuring handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, and leopard print stuff and more by Tomimito! Have fun while doing good!

If you haven’t heard, we were in today’s paper:

Ok, I know I look hideous but it’s the thought that counts, or the cause that counts, not the way I look, ok? haha

Thankfully, I did have a privately hired photographer on site that day. For those wondering, yes, I do pay him from time to time… depending on my mood. ;)

Of course, everyone is on Korean time, but I don’t mind because I got Facebook, aka BFF. (note sarcasm)

Trained.

“무조건 깔아”

Looks like I might be starting a new job- as Rose’s stylist.

We are pros-

thus we monitor.

Introducing a new girl group-

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yeah, I wish.

The jewelry designer. Check out her handmade jewelry here

The makeup artist. Check her out here

Donate your stuff to Lina

See you all there! Muah*

Animal Invasion

They’ve always been around, but from runways to music awards they have now officially taken over the fashion scene. If you haven’t considered yet, perhaps now is a good time. :P

Givenchy 2011 Resort Collection

Just Cavalli Fall 2010 Read-to-Wear Collection

Mulberry Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Fashionistas who know what’s up: Rihanna, Beyonce, & Miley

Rachel, Hilary, & Jennifer

 

Image Credit: Fashionfame.com & Style.com

Dream Chaser

I was in the paper today. Sorry if you can’t read Korean- basically it says that I have the coolest blog ever. lol jk.

It’s about how this blog and my shop came about; also how fashion has always been a part of my life and will always be my passion.

Many of you don’t know this but I studied art throughout my childhood and going into teens. My parents sent me to an art studio when I was six and without a doubt, everyone thought I would become a designer or artist of some sort. I always knew that I would end up in an art school. And I did, though not exactly what I had expected when I started with the fundamentals at a local state college. I hated it. I felt like I didn’t belong there and felt extremely incompetent, but it wasn’t until that day when the professor gave me a C on a project for using a white chalk. I had used it to highlight the bright spots though I knew that he had specifically told us not to. I visited his office later to appeal to only be disappointed for the second time. So I decided that it was the time. I switched to a local community college instead trying to “find myself”. I had to lie to my parents for a few months until I announced my decision to move… to New York City, which almost sent my parents to a hospital. My dad had just moved in with us from Korea after almost five years of living by himself. He was traumatized. Call me selfish but I carried on. Nothing could stop me. I wanted to be surrounded by those tall buildings and be awed by the glitz and chaos. I wanted to date those stock brokers in long coats and leather gloves.

Destination: FIT.

Fashion had always been a part of me. I started collecting fashion magazines when I was 15. I subscribed to Vogue with the money that I didn’t have. I starved so I could buy baggy jeans. I hid in my room every night and put eyeliner all over my eyes staring into a stained mirror, in hopes of looking like the models in the magazine. I secretly admired the cute overalls pretty unnis wore (older girls) at church. My notebooks were always filled with drawings of girls in cute dresses and makeup. Fashion design assignments never felt like assignments- I didn’t have to eat nor sleep as long as I was able to artistically express my creativity. In my high school Fashion Design class, I was #2 (#1 was a friend of mine who was the most amazing fashion illustrator ever!) and everyone including the teacher never doubted that I’d become a fashion designer. So I decided to go back to where it all started- what makes my heart skip a beat. As soon as it was determined that FIT was the only school in Manhattan that was affordable, the sleepless nights started. After a month, my portfolio was complete with 10+ designs and 30+ sketches. I don’t know, but if someone asked me to sit and come up with designs all day, I would. I probably could come up with one every 5 minutes. If that doesn’t suggest that I was born to do this, I don’t know what is (not assuming that they are all manufacture-able). Fast-forward six months and there I was, standing in front of FIT on 7th Avenue in New York City, confused. Has anyone gone through this before? You are extremely stoked and just ready to go chase your dream, but someone comes along and just breaks everything into pieces? That’s basically what happened to me. and no, this was not a bf, but someone very close at the time and one whom I greatly respected. I was told that not many fashion designers succeed and that it’s an extremely competitive field. I was advised to look elsewhere that’s more stable and secure, i.e. accounting. Being an artist all my life, I didn’t even have a clue what accounting was, but it made me think… for a while. I didn’t have a plan as to how I’d pay tuition either, so I thought, ‘Heck, I’ll give it a try… whatever it is. He’s got to be right, because I respect and trust him.’ So just like that, everything ended and started over. Luckily I was able to find a school that didn’t cost a fortune and a job that paid just enough to let me live in that expensive city. and instead of dating a stock broker, I started working for one. Just like that, my adventure in the business world started.

Study of the Mind: Marketing was a fascinating subject. It was like a combination of art and business, which was just so perfect for me. Although it took me a year to learn about the field and finally switch my major (believe it or not, I started off as an accounting major- ouch! you accountants have my respect!). Then towards my last year of college, I learned about a new field called Organizational Psychology. It was like getting hit in the head with a huge rock. WHAT?! ‘This is friggin’ amazing’, I thought. I sat in front of the room in every class and aced every single test (yes, I was one of those). I bothered the professor until she started avoiding me. I almost cried when she “tried” to give me an A-. I told her I wanted to pursue a PhD in the field. I took three of her classes consecutively and memorized the texts religiously. I thought I wanted to be a lawyer at one point while taking a law class (I loved writing briefs), but no, now I wanted to be a PhD- a kid who failed trigonometry in High School! LOL

That summer after finishing school, I told my boss I was moving back to California to pursue a graduate degree. I secretly wanted to stay and go to Columbia, but even if I ended up going, I thought I’d come back later. I needed a break from New York.

I emailed renowned professors at research institutions across the country who were experts in the specific field/topic that I was interested in. After numerous email exchanges, I ended up in LA working on an academic journal on minority employer’s perceptions toward hiring people with disabilities. I worked as a research associate for a year while preparing for graduate school. With God’s grace, I received an acceptance to my top choice in California. The two years were more than an academic training for me- it was rather a time in which I grew as a stronger person. Being the only student in the incoming group with a business background, I had to try twice as hard to catch up with the smart folks from the prestigious schools all over the world. So many times I wanted to give up and go back to my comfort zone, yet I persevered because I considered it a gift that God had given me. Go ahead and laugh, but I felt blessed just being able to work with such smart people and be trained by world-renowned researchers. The two years taught me that anything is possible if you try hard. I had never thought that I would end up with a Masters Degree in Psychology, or studying Global Business at Oxford University for that matter. What, a naive art student who moved 3000 miles away from home to be surrounded by pretty things?! O.. K?!? haha. Anyways, I digress.

So here I was, with two degrees and a marriage certificate (I got married right before graduation). Fast-forward two years, I’m sitting in a cubicle researching cars. Oh yeah, that totally makes sense- you spend $70K to study people’s mind and end up reading about cars. Absolutely! ha. You know what, life doesn’t always turn out the way you expect or want it to (I actually learned this the hard way!). If you didn’t know that, don’t worry, you will, soon. Trust me, it’s not completely irrelevant though- research is the basis of psychology, and that’s what I’m doing, right? Anyhow, after coming home from a stressful day at work, I’m on the phone one night with my mother in law in Korea who’s in fashion business. I ask her if she could get me some durable, “truly-opaque (was having a hard time finding one here)” tights and leggings that are comfortable yet cute. I receive a box the next week filled with goodies including but not limited to, leggings and tights. I love the products. My friends show interest. I decide to post them on my blog since I write about fashion anyway. and the rest is history- then again, that was only two months ago! All this may sound either funny or whatnot, but my past 10 years have been no less than adventurous. Exactly after 10 years, I’m back to where it all started running a fashion business, and in those 10 years, so much happened that I just cannot believe that they all actually happened (do I even make sense?!). More than anything, I want to let you know that while I obviously am not here to lose money, but it’s more than business for me. It may have come at an unexpected time in an unexpectedly expeditious manner, but this is where my passion lies and all I want to do is to share with those who are seeking, whether it’s life or fashion. were you ever lost? were you let down? were you discouraged? Now it’s your time to shine. Be yourself. Be brave. Express your creativity. Be who you want to be. Tomimito is for those like me, who went around the world to find herself, who is finally sure of who she is and want to express it through fashion.

My Article on the Internet (Korean)

Animal Lover

To celebrate the return of the beautiful sunshine in SoCal, headed South to explore the city of Costa Mesa. Since my stomach was mad at me for neglecting it for hours (spent 2 hrs at the gym this morning without feeding it, well, it deserved it after all the brownies I inhaled over the week :P), satisfied it with delicious Frutti di Mae, Mac & Cheese (one of the best I’ve had), and Wild Berry Cheesecake at the Old Vine Cafe. Caprese of Mozzarella Buratta was exceptional as well (not pictured) which was served with fried Arugula (first time having it fried- thought it was interesting!). Overall, the food and atmosphere was great but the food was a bit too heavy and greasy for my taste. Wine is a must, now that I think about it.

Old Vine Cafe
2937 Bristol St. Suite A-102
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

I’m loving animal prints these days: If it seems too wild, you can always tone it down with a jacket and tights/leggings like I did.
Buy it here

my beloved Bally bag. I think the last time I switched bags was like six months ago. gah… lol

Vivid dreams. Been having a lot of those lately.

Animal prints with a twist- literally. ha!

Lovin’ these leggings. They are so thin and soft that they look and feel like tights but they are much warmer and comfortable (and footless, of course). just can’t take them off- in fact, I still have them on. LOL

in need of a cute gold pendant necklace- no luck today as you can see. boo~

Looking forward to another beautiful day tomorrow. :)