Bold Wings

I've been a little obsessed with dresses lately - and it's because it's easier to choose one piece to wear in the morning, than match a top and a bottom. It's the lazier version but the more put-together version - it's a win win! I tried Rent the Runway for the first time last weekend and it was a great experience! The package arrived on Friday newly dry cleaned and neatly placed in a blue garment bag. I wore the dress on Saturday, and shipped it back on Monday morning. They also had this clutch that I've been eyeing for awhile, so I got to test it out for the weekend. 

Photographer: JUSTFENG
Dress - Rachel Comey | Clutch - Opening Ceremony 

Shifting to Fall

I'm slowly transitioning my wardrobe to Fall colors and textures. Get ready for lots of toffee colored tops, camel suede skirts, and olive green sweaters. If you need a color reference, just google Kanye's clothing line. 

Photographer: Allan Lin
Top - Fifth Label | Bottom - Fifth Label | Sandals - Steve Madden | Sunnies - Urban Outfitters

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Hello Dark Walls, My Old Friend

All these moody wall colors are giving me the feels! There's something about this dark walls + velvet furniture that gives the room a sense of decadence, without being too overwhelming. I've also always had this dream to have a single dark accent wall that was covered with framed black and white photographs and paintings. These photos are spurring on that urge to impulsively paint one of my walls black, ASAP.

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- Nat
 

The Open Road

Happy Friday friends! Nothin' better than a full day wearing flip flops, t-shirt and jeans shorts. :) 

Photographer // Allan Lin
In collaboration with Urban Outfitters

Chia Seed & Coconut Pudding

Ever since Le Pain Quotidian opened right next to work, my colleagues and I have been obsessing over the Chia Seed Pudding, but it costs $7USD for a tiny bowl. It's like buying pressed juice or acai bowls - it costs way less to make it yourself! Le Pain conveniently put their recipe online, so here it is even more conveniently for you just a scroll away. I also added a raspberry compote recipe to top it off. Enjoy! :)

WHAT YOU NEED:
 5 tbsp Chia Seeds
1¾ CUPS (14FL OZ/400ML) canned coconut milk
3 cups fresh raspberries
2/3 cup - Domino® Organic Blue Agave Nectar Syrup

HOW TO MAKE IT:

  1. In a bowl, mix the chia seeds with the coconut milk for 2 minutes using a wooden spoon. Pour the mixture into 4 small jars or ramekins (about 4 inches in diameter). Refrigerate for 3 hours or until completely set.

  2. Pour the blue agave syrup into a small saucepan on low heat. Pour in the raspberries and crush using a wooden spoon or potato masher. Increase heat to medium, until mixture begins to boil and foam, approximately 5-7 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain mixture using a mesh strainer, working with the back of a spoon to remove as much liquid as possible. Keep the compote in the mesh, and discard the liquid. 

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pudding recipe from here | compote recipe from here

Revive

Is it me or did this year go by in a snap? It's already over half a year, and we were only just writing down our new year resolutions. I feel like I've been running a marathon, and realized how much I need to schedule in a block of nothing. Meaning stay home, read, recharge, watch TV, eat healthy and sleep for 10 hours. Most of the time, we're so concentrated on ourselves, that we forget to look around, people watch, meet new friends, or read the news. I thank Hey Yeh and you guys for keeping me on track. It's really nice to have a platform to share my thoughts, my style and my work - and to recap at the end of the year and reflect on what I've been doing with my life. 

On that note, I did this photo shoot with Taya a few months ago. We had a full crew of people from makeup artist, to hair stylist, photographer assistant, and fashion stylist. We pulled off 4 looks in 4 hours with full hair, makeup and wardrobe changes each time. This series is my favorite - featuring Taya Rogers (model) wearing this whimsical and eccentric jacket from OTT

More series to come! 

Photographer/Direction: Courtney Yeh
Model: Taya Rogers
Photo Assistant: Jonathan Shih
Hair: Yuichi Ishida
Makeup: Josh Masuda
Stylist: Ariana Armendariz

BOTANICAL BEAUTS

Tom and I love to cook but buying herbs in this city is just absurdly pricey. That’s why we’ve been trying our hand at growing our own basil, rosemary, thyme and ginger… let’s just say, some are going better than others. What I like the most about it is how much the green adds life and brightness to our home. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop filling the apartment with any sort of botany I can get my hands on.  

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- Nat

Fifth Label

When I go to work, I really dislike wearing anything tight and uncomfortable that I have to sit in for 8 hours. That's why I was instantly drawn to these giant sleeves and square cut. 

Photographer: FENG
Top - Fifth Label | Pants - Asos | Boots - Asos (similar here) | Necklace - Massimo Dutti

HK

Took a last minute trip home for a week to see family. During this trip, I mostly worked from home and hung out with my family. It was pretty rough going out anyway - once you stepped outside, you were immediately sweating and suffocated by the humidity. On top of that, it was about 100 degrees. My mom and I did go out to check out a few new spots that I haven't seen - the Innovation Tower at PolyU, and the HK Walls in Sham Shui Po. The inside of the Innovation Tower is like the futuristic Men In Black office - all white and sleek with black floors. My kind of color palette! There was a white staircase in the middle of the building that went all the way up the 13 floors and towered over you. My uni definitely wasn't this cool!

The HK Walls was another fun (but sweaty) adventure. We printed the map from the website, and walked around the area to find all the artists' work in the alleyways and on the buildings of an old residential area. 

Photos by Me & Mom
frayed top -  | sunglasses - nannini | blue top - c/meo collective

Blank Slate

Hello! It's been a while since I wrote. It's been a crazy month with projects and presentations at work, a one-day work trip, an impromptu visit back to Hong Kong for a week, planning our Sisters Trip and much more. There's not enough hours in a day. I pack each day with as much as I can take, and still, my to-do list is overflowing and never ending. Last weekend, I think my brain crashed - I couldn't get off the couch. So we watched Man in the High Castle from start to finish, all 10 hour-long episodes. Yes, I felt very guilty that I wasted a whole day, but thinking back, it was such a good break! My eyes were hurting by the end of episode 8, but I was hooked and I couldn't stop! I think it was my body hitting the restart button, and it was great! I feel refreshed and ready to conquer the rest of the month. Bring it on SF! 

Photographer: FENG
Styling: Courtney Yeh
top - club monaco | pants - c/meo (similar here) | necklace - rocksbox (heyyehxoxo code)