Friday, August 12, 2016


^ a beautiful mix & match of colors and textures

^ classic strappy heels and jeans

^ no compromise of comfort and style

^ simple elegance with geometric shapes

^ bold rust orange accents

x Sola

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New York Take Two

  1. Strand Book Store
  2. Momofuku Noodle Bar
  3. Peter Luger
  4. Ippudo NY
  5. Katz's Deli
  6. Hess' Triangle
  7. Washington Square Park
  8. High Line
  9. Gallow Green
  10. Roof at South Park
  11. Gantry Plaza State Park

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

House Inspo

Looking up some ideas for the new room:

^ simple, but with a sense of old character. Love neutral, rustic colors.

^ comfort is a must. Not looking for elaborate furniture that doesn't feel like 'home'

^ Enjoying the little greens around the house - adds life!

^ working to downsize my closet, and his. Only storing things worth keeping.

Corner Store Record Rack by Urban Outfitters:
^ would love a corner for our favorite trinkets. Books, magazines, etc.

Pinterest - Home Decor:

Friday, June 3, 2016


There are days when I feel a sudden sadness sweep over me. It's strange, and it happens so suddenly. Usually it starts off with little things, then it explodes and triggers my whole heart - and I find myself listening to nostalgic albums on repeat.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday's Thoughts

To be fearless in a world that is constantly ringing fear and doubt in your ears...

We were formed for something greater than mediocrity. We weren't made to be duplicates of each other, or competitors of mankind, inhaling each others' success and perceiving it as some distant, greater talent compared to ours. There is something about an individual that naturally sets him or her apart from others. For some individuals, it's easier to notice: appearance, intelligence, kindness. For others, it requires more profound searching: diligence, loyalty, commitment. Whatever it is that makes you shine, cherish it and produce something good out of it.

Often times, we look back at our lives and evaluate our worth by what we've accomplished, which we say defines who we've become. Reflecting is a great habit, if you're just stopping by to reflect on and learn from past attempts. But if we get stuck in this mentality that what we've done is who we are, we forget the rest of the years that lie ahead in our lives. The reality is, what we choose today will inevitably dictate who we are tomorrow. With that said, your past matters, but it's not everything. In fact, the great thing about living is that each day is a new day to embark on new adventures, new goals, and new accomplishments.

I often find myself thinking, "I wish I had known what I know now back when...(fill in the blank)." Or even worse, "I wish I started trying when I first had that previous thought." As the Chinese proverb goes:

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now."

We hesitate and wonder if we made the right choice - if we're even capable as we once thought we were. The truth is, we are as capable as we make ourselves. As we have heard, dreams don't happen overnight. But many times, we expect perfectly planned, guaranteed results. Is there anything like it? If a dream is worth something to you, it's worth failing for. We fail only to get back up and achieve again. If we listened to our guts piercing us to try, hope, dream and achieve as much as we turned to outside voices telling us we can't, won't, and will never be - I wonder what kind of generation we could be. Because you can, you will, and you definitely have it in you. After all, you are a product of the mastermind and Creator himself.

x Sola

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

사랑이 다른 사랑으로 잊혀지네 - 하림

언젠가 마주칠 거란 생각은 했어
한눈에 그냥 알아보았어
변한 것 같아도 변한 게 없는 너
가끔 서운하니
예전 그 마음 사라졌단 게
예전 뜨겁던 약속 버린게
무색해 진대도
자연스런 일이야
그만 미안해 하자

다 지난 일인데
누가 누굴 아프게 했건
가끔 속절없이 날 울린
그 노래로 남은 너
잠신걸 믿었어
잠 못 이뤄 뒤척일 때도
어느덧 내 손을 잡아준
좋은 사람 생기더라 음 오오

사랑이 다른 사랑으로 잊혀지네
이대로 우리는 좋아보여
후회는 없는걸
그 웃음을 믿어봐
믿으며 흘러가

다 지난 일인데
누가 누굴 아프게 했건
가끔 속절없이 날 울린
그 노래로 남은 너
잠신걸 믿었어
잠 못 이뤄 뒤척일 때도
어느덧 내 손을 잡아준
좋은 사람 생기더라 우워어~
사랑이 다른 사랑으로 잊혀지네
이대로 우리는 좋아보여
후회는 없는걸
그 웃음을 믿어봐
먼 훗날 또다시
이렇게 마주칠 수 있을까
그때도 알아볼 수 있을까
라라라 라라라
이대로 좋아보여
이대로 흘러가
니가 알던 나는
이젠 나도 몰라
라라라 라라라

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Minimalist's Closet Essentials

The first I'd heard of the minimalist lifestyle was from a friend who studies Fashion & Sustainability in NYU. She told me of an idea that would downsize her closet, upscale its quality, and diminish the quantity. This comes from the common issue women are well familiar with: the overflowing, cramped closet and the questions we ask ourselves daily, "what should I wear today?" followed by a "there is absolutely nothing to wear..."

Interesting, isn't it? When you open your closet, you should love everything you see. This way, choosing clothes in the morning will be a breeze. I remember going back to my closet and picking out clothes that I knew, loved and could wear repeatedly. I think I counted 2 pants, 2 tops, 1 outerwear before giving up. Bizarre. Why had I bought the other clothes if I didn't love it? Thus began my path to drastically downsize my closet.

Minimalist tip #1: Only hold onto clothes that you love.


1. Comfortable short sleeves

2. Comfortable long sleeves


3. Business casual shirts (cotton)


1. Versatile jackets / coats


1. Skinny trousers (dark & light)

2. Fitted denim jeans (med and dark wash)

3. Comfortable / loose jeans

4. Overalls / jumpsuit / rompers (if you're into the kind)


1. Everyday flats / sandals
2. Clean sneakers

3. Pointed-toe heels (nude, black, other)

High Heel Pump
Manolo Blahnik Suede BB Pumps - Evening - Barneys.comProduct Image


1. Essential tote bag

2. Versatile shoulder / crossbody (black)

Others I can think of that I didn't add are:
- tights / socks / stockings
- bandeau / tanks
- seasonal items (i.e. winter, summer)
- dresses / formal / special events / occasions

Essentially, I wear business casual 5 days a week, so this is all I would need. Of course, there will be times when I buy outside of this frame, but still I think it's a good starting point. After my wardrobe transformation this winter, I can get dressed in under 5 minutes. I glance at my tops and choose one, I look at my bottoms and pick one. Since everything I love everything I see, it's indescribably an easier process!

x Sola

Friday, February 19, 2016

C'est La Vie

We are struck down on every side, drowning in our emotions and shame, growing faint in heart and beat down...C'est la vie.

So do we give up? Whenever I'm brought to this point, it makes me wonder if it's worth pursuing and whatever happened to my self-worth. Seriously.

The ebb and flow of the constant emotional tide we all feel at times weighs heavy on my shoulders today. I grow tired of feeling the same pain, burdens, and sadness. Does it ever feel like you're trying harder than you ought to, but everything only causes a slight dent in the situation? 

There's a poem the internet claims originated from Mother Teresa, titled "Do It Anyway." It's carries a powerful message. The overall idea is clear: do your best regardless of people's responses. I love that.

Do It Anyway by Mother Teresa 

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

There's a similar passage in the Bible where Paul addresses the church of Colossians. He writes in verse 22:
Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Anyway, I realize that every step of a journey people will critique, disapprove, suggest, and much more. But, somewhere along the way people will appreciate, compliment, encourage the things you do. It'll lift your heart! But know that it'll be for a moment before another disapproval comes your way. So live for your own purpose, belief, vision, and don't let other's views of your life lead you astray. We can't live to please everyone - because then, you may have pleased some, but you won't have pleased yourself.

Like Cornelius Lindsey once said, "If you live off a man's compliments, you'll die from his criticism."

So good. :)

Wanna know what God thinks about you? See below:

x Sola

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mamma Mia! Monday

This morning was one of the worst morning commutes I've had. Two of my top fears simultaneously occurred in the span of 2 hours: being terribly late and being lost in direction.

The night before, I forget to charge my phone, leaving the device at a mere 5% battery by the time I left home. About halfway to my destination, I double check my Google Maps only to find a dead black screen. Oh no. Here we go again.

Of course, I forget which exit I need to get off, and I get off at the next immediate exit. I turn into the closest gas station (I despise you rude 76 cashier lady), and try to ask anyone who'll help me with directions. No luck. (Well, I did find a man who only spoke Spanish and didn't know how to work his Maps app.) Tears start rolling. I have 10 minutes till my clock-in deadline of 8:30am. I crouch and just breathe in the cold air. Why do I live so far?

Not time for wailing just yet. I get back up and start driving. The next stop turns out to be ARCO. I approach the only person who is there, which is the cashier guy. He speaks limited english and doesn't have a phone, but he can sell me an iPhone charger. Better than nothing, right? I take it without hesitation.

Feeling more hopeful, I rip open the charger package (well, had to run back for help because it was so stubborn!) and my phone turns back on. Hoorah? Sigh...I wish this was the closure to a happy ending.

It charges just 5% before it dies again. Damn crappy gas station chargers! I should've known. I pull over and turn on my emergency lights. I do nothing for 5 minutes (wait for charger to resurrect) then head over to another gas station (do I ever learn?).

I ask around for directions, but no one knows where the hell this is. I'm thinking "where are all the local residents?!" Anyway, I get back into my car and see a young man walking his dog. He has to be a local, so I pull over and ask if he can help me find directions. HE KNOWS WHERE WE ARE. I follow his lead, get on the fwy, pray that I can recognize my exit this time, and get to work 45 minutes past on-time.

Thank God for grace at my office.

And that's my Day 6 story at the new company. To better days ahead!

x Sola