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Category: Rants & Raves

Current Obsessions: Magpie in Me

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Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! I dressed up as Wednesday Addams because I was afraid that i would get cold in the Sister Mary Eunice costume I wore to another Halloween party last weekend. And it actually wasn’t even all that cold last night, especially when you’re surrounded by THRONGS of people. Oh well, anyway. Welcome to the second installment of Current Obsessions and within the same week too! I wanted to originally post this with Tuesday’s round up, but I thought it’d be too overwhelming. This way, this is kind of like a Fashion Friday post too! Because it’s about fashion and it’s actually posted on a FRIDAY. Wow. Amazing, I know. So let’s just get on with the shinies, shall we?

1. I’m in love with this Caesura belt from anthropologie.


this picture really doesn’t do the sparkly enough justice. you’ll just have to see it in person.

I’ve used this to style so many outfits since I’ve been here, it’s ridiculous. Because of the different colors of stones – the white and canary, in particular – you can accent it with gold or silver/white gold jewelry. Unfortunately, I don’t have many pictures of the outfits because I’ve never really been that #ootd kind of girl (even though I’m really thinking that I should if I’m going to keep this fashion side of blogging thing up…) but here are just a couple of ideas. One of them actually is an #ootd instagram post, and the other one is just a recreation of an outfit I wore on a super casual first date…

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Sorry for the poor quality of this picture. I could have done a better job, but I’ll blame it on the fitting room lighting… Anyway, In this picture I’m wearing:

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Current Obsessions: Oronine Ointment & Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick

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As some of you may notice, or maybe not at all since I’ve been the worst at writing in this thing for the year or so with weird transitions happening with me, I’m trying to breathe life into my little, teeny, tiny corner of the internet. I was rereading what I had written in the past and noticed a category titled “Rants & Raves” in which I mention that I’d write reviews (read: gush) about things that really caught my attention, whether it may be music, TV show, a blog… you get it. I probably just won’t partake in writing reviews for restaurants or places since I now have a Yelp account for that, but you never know. I may find something so wonderful that I absolutely can’t help but to rave about it on my blog. So anyway, this is my first installment of “Current Obsessions.” One thing or several things that I absolutely can’t live without for the time being.


1. We’ll start off with this Oronine Ointment. My grandmother was obsessed with this stuff, and I remember when I visited her in Hong Kong, I watched as she lathered her face, her elbows, and the heels of her feet with this stuff before she went to bed every night. As a kid, I never really cared about skin care, and honestly, why should we as kids? Our skin was perfect. No acne, not too much oil, no large, visible pores, and definitely no cracked skin. It was always baby soft.

I actually haven’t used this until about a couple of months ago – at least not religiously – because the way your skin feels after you’ve put it on… it is left to be desired. It leaves a sticky residue, like lip gloss would feel if you smeared it everywhere. And you know what I’m talking about, ladies, when you have that pesky strand of hair that gets caught on your lips when the wind suddenly decides to blow in your direction and you have to move that wayward strand away only to have lip gloss EVERYWHERE, sticking to EVERYTHING. Anyway, I digress… The smell isn’t terrible, but it does have a distinct smell to it. It’s kind of a “fresh” scent so I don’t mind it too much, but for those who are allergic to perfumed products, this may not be an option for you, particularly if you were to put it on your face.

So now that I’ve got all that out of the way, the reasons why I’m so obsessed with this product is because it’s saved me on more than one occasion when it came to break outs. If I don’t get enough sleep or if I’m stressed out of my mind or if I’ve eaten way too many bad-for-me-things, I end up with very localized smatterings of pimples on my face or like one really huge one on my forehead. After one or two nights – depending on the monstrosity of said break out – of massaging a liberal amount of this ointment in the area, the pimple significantly reduces in size, if it hasn’t already disappeared. And trust me, lately I’ve been stressing out because relocating to a new city is STRESSFUL. It also leaves your skin very, very smooth. I hear it’s supposed to also diminish the size of your pores, but I haven’t seen that in effect, but either way, I’m keeping this ointment around and putting it on my face nightly to prevent further break outs and to get rid of the ones that I have.

It is available for purchase on Amazon here


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2. If I’m not using fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 in clear during the day or Guerlain’s No. 27 for evening wear, I’m using tarte’s Amazonian butter lipstick in Watermelon. I love the whimsical design of the tube, and it’s so incredibly lightweight. My mother bought this for me a while back because she heard that tarte brand of cosmetics was known for their eco-friendly and natural products. She knew I was/am really into environmental awareness, so she surprised me with it one day. I have to say, after trying this lipstick, I want to try all of tarte’s line.

The color is absolutely beautiful, and it’s a great shade of reddish pink, something that can be worn during the day and transitioned for night time. It leaves my lips incredibly soft – even after I remove it. It doesn’t feel sticky on your lips, and you know that tingly feeling you get on your lips when you’ve put on something like “medicated” Chapstick or lip balm? There’s an initial minty, tingly feeling when you put tarte’s Amazonian butter lipstick on your lips, and it’s not that silly lip venom kind of tingly feeling either. It just puts a nice small smile on my face because I know it’s making my lips all nice and pretty and ultimately, maybe, kissable.

You can find tarte’s Amazonian butter lipstick in Watermelon and other yummy shades here at Sephora.

What are some beauty products you can’t live without?

Things I’s be Hatin’

Just look at this ridiculous piece of garbage for an advertisement. I cannot even believe this bullshite of a program/ website exists for public consumption. Don’t ask me where I came across it because I have the memory of a goldfish, but if I remembered, I would link it here. Truf. Anyway, there’s several reasons why this advertisement makes me angreeee: ugh

First, there’s absolutely no respect for privacy. Understandably with the current state of technology, everything on the internet is pretty much public forum, and there’s no expectation of keeping anything hidden. Even if you decide to post something anonymously, if the content is the slightest controversial, people will want to know who is behind the mask. But seriously? Pin-pointing a person’s approximate location is taking a bit too far, don’t you think? For Creepazoid who wants to know who you are, they can get your home and work addresses, names of family members, and any telephone numbers that may be linked to you, possibly including mobile phone numbers. A few key strokes and a click of a mouse on Google gives you a wealth of information, and to know that one of those listed phone numbers can let said Creepazoid come and find you? I don’t know. Maybe I’m more than a little paranoid, but there are people who actually put in that much effort.

Second, it says “See where your boyfriend REALLY is!” With the acknowledgment of the GLBT community, most Americans still link “boyfriend” with “girlfriend.” It’s basically directing this at women. And let’s just get this straight – women are not the only ones who want to check up on their significant other. Women are not the only ones who can be possessive and clingy and emotionally insecure. I have known more than my share of men who cannot handle their emotions, whether it be sensitivity or jealousy or something else.

Third, “See where your boyfriend REALLY is!” is practically putting a loaded gun into every not-sure-about-their-relationship person’s hand. Just type in your SO’s mobile number to find out if so-and-so is cheating! Having the fear or suspecting your partner of cheating is not, most of the time, because he or she is actually doing the deed. However, it does signal that there is a problem in your relationship, and you need to discuss this with your partner instead of playing mind games with yourself, contemplating every possible option in the universe. Because at the end of the day, your guess is just that… a guess. Constantly feeding into your fear with a multitude of hypotheticals is not going to resolve your issue.

Fear is conjured because you don’t know and cannot control the results. Fear is conjured because you are unsure of yourself. And if you’re letting this fear of being cheated on gravely tempt you into checking out and actually using the product this image is advertising, your focus is SERIOUSLY in the wrong direction.