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Winnie

Thanks to T-Mobile Tuesday for the $25 credit hookup in July! Best thing EVER. I asked my friends and family for their code so I could finally refresh my wardrobe. I really wanted everything in this box to be something I would like to keep and I got just what I wanted! YAY!!! I am ready to take on the world with 5 additional pieces!
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Just a quick blurb Stitch Fix, in case you’re not familiar:

Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a truly personalized shopping experience, just for you. Fill out your Style Profile and a personal stylist will hand pick pieces to fit your tastes, needs and budget—and mail them directly to your door. Each box contains five items of clothing, shoes and accessories for you to try on at home. Keep what you love, send the rest back in a prepaid USPS envelope. Shipping and returns are free—even for exchanges!

I got my first box last year (Jan 2016) and haven’t ordered another one since. Not because they didn’t send me things I like (I liked them all), but because of the price point. You can read that post here.

Alrightie, so here are my 5 pieces. I was BEYOND excited to open the box (it sat near my door for 3 days):

  1. Colibri Sleeveless Top by Market & Spruce
    Cost: $44
    Size: XS
  2. Dianna Skinny Jean by Prosperity
    Cost: $78
    Size: 0
  3. Jimena Embroided Top
    Cost: $54
    Size: XS
  4. Pineda Split Neck Top by Fun2Fun
    Cost: $44
    Size: XS
  5. Mankai Halter Swing Knit Tank Top
    Cost: $44
    Size: XS

Here’s the style card that I got from Mai to pair to items I may already own. I tried to find the outfit in my closet to photograph the style as close as possible 🙂

Here is my stylist’s note to me. It made me so happy. It’s like she knew me!! I love the comment where she said Extra Petite (fashion blogger) would approve LOL. And they were all breathable materials that won’t make me stinky in the summer <3 (this was my comment after I submitted my order in the what else do you want to share?). I spent about 5 minutes with the box after I opened it before I had to do some errands, but I already knew it was a keeper and I was so excited to take pictures the following week. (Such a loser, haha.)

stitchfix stylist note
it’s like she knows me!

1. Colibri Sleeveless Top by Market & Spruce

When I took this out the box, I was like YES! I love sleeveless tops and things with pockets!! Every time I see something like this at H&M, I always want it. But it’s usually polyester, which means a no-go for me. And they are usually less than $15.

After I tried it on, I realized it was pretty long for a top–I can cover my entire underwear, but it’s no way a dress. The V neck seemed pretty low, but it was actually a really good spot. I also love how it has a pocket on the left side–perfect for my work ID and chapstick.

I paired this with the skinny jeans and some gray shoes as noted in the outfit suggestion card 🙂

colibri sleeveless top, dianna skinny jeans
no filter 😀 I have a sunroof and I’m gonna use it!

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Winnie

Before I turned 25, my mom was like, “Winnie, everything is going to change. You better take care of your skin.” Since following Ceci’s blog about Korean products and going on a shopping trip with her… I have come to a skin care routine. Taking your skin is the best way to keep looking like a 12 year old 🙌 .

I slowly gone from a 2 step process (wash & tone) to a multi-step process. This are the current products I use and I’ll update this page as I change it up!

Night Routine

1. Makeup remover – Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser (green cap)

2. Face wash – Tony Moly Goat Cream Cleanser – this cleanser leaves my face feeling super moisturized and not dry. This is my first Korean cleanser product and I’m so happy to have made the switch! I always though cleansers dried your skin… and that was normal. Unfortunately, I gave this to my boyfriend so I switched to the Burt’s Bees. During my link searches for this blog post, I found this on Amazon for $9 and repurchased! What a steal considering the Tony Moly price is $19 (what I paid).

3. Toner – Nature Republic SACCHAROMYCES The First Essential Skin. It’s gloopy and definitely different from the products I’ve used from drugstores. I do feel it moisturize my skin, leaving it soft. I’m so happy I can finally can use this since I finished my other products (noted below). Do not confuse this with the other products in the line (this product is not on Amazon so go find a store nearest you. I originally got 2 bottles from RoseRoseShop but it’s not listed right now: click here to check).

Nature Republic SACCHAROMYCES The First Essential Skin
4. Essence – MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (150 mL for $28 on Amazon). This is an affordable mock of the SKII. It’s $49 on MISSHA.com



4.5 Sheet mask (once a week). I have a bag full of sheet masks of the Etude House I Need You Mask, Nature Republic Real Mask Sheet, and I’m eyeing these next once my stash runs out: Tony Moly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Mask.

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Wanderlust, Winnie

Earlier this month, I went to Barcelona, Spain for six days. In short, it was great eating tons of jamon and tapas, drinking sangria and wine , and exploring the city by foot. Six days was not long enough since I didn’t get a chance to explore the old Arenas, now shopping mall. While we caught a flamenco show, we did not attend a game. The night we flew in was a game that Barcelona won (the streets were probably so crazy, but would’ve been a great experience!) Bullfights were banned in 2012… so head over to Madrid.

My favorite things:

jamon
aged salted jamon and tomato on toasted bread, yum!
torres wine & cheese tasting
Torres – wine & cheese tasting
cherimoya! such a sweet fruit
cherimoya! such a sweet fruit

Things I Recommend:

  • Sagrada Familia [ticketed] – this is a beautifully church designed by Gaudi that is still in the process of being built by many different architects. We bought the basic ticket and realized when we were inside that the “Panoramic Views” ticket included the elevator ride to the top. An extra 14€… and we even considered rebuying a ticket XD
  • Casa Batllo [ticketed] – this house, designed by Gaudi, made me wonder how someone can live in something like this! It’s very artistic and can be a bit wonky. This attraction came with a free guided audio tour on an Android device… and headphones they do not clean after being returned
  • Park Guell – the mosaic portion is ticketed, however, the garden is free. It was a bit underwhelming once we got inside. There was a separate line (45 min wait) for the little exhibit. The park itself is very well maintained
  • Tapas24 [Yelp] – this was my favorite tapas experience in Barcelona. They had this amazing boneless kimchi chicken wings and the pork ribs…
  • Wine Tour – this 6-7 bus tour was fun! 45 minutes away and we stopped at Jean Leon winery. Then we went to Torres, the biggest vineyard in the area and had a wine and cheese tasting class. The last stop was Freixenet, which was by far, the best tour we’ve ever been on (beats Napa Valley). Although I am not a big fan of bubbly wine (and I was totally buzzed once we arrived), it was enjoyable
  • Boqueria Market – go buy some fresh produce, juices, and try the cherimoya fruit!

Quick Travel Guide:

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Wellness & Workout, Winnie
cheesing so hard after 24 weeks
cheesing so hard after 24 weeks

I will be starting my 3rd round of BBG on Mon, Feb 22. Do you care to join me? I liked my experience with this program, even if my progress was slow. I’m so proud I was able to stay committed! It really helps that there is a set workout and that it was do-able at home for a majority of the program. I won’t be sharing any progress photos here, since the lighting and timing is not consistent, thus change is really noticeable, haha! This is the timer I use at home on my laptop and on this app my Android phone.

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bbg 12 week exercise program e-book

BBG (Bikini Body Guide) is a 12-week program by Kayla Itsines . It has 30 minute workouts for Mon, Wed, and Fri that target all parts of your body. The off days are for you to do cardio, light intensity, high intensity, and stretch. (You can obviously switch the days around that work into your schedule.) There is also a separate guide for Part 2 (weeks 13-24) and nutrition.

I started on August 24, 2015 after my cousin received it from her friend. It has been 24 weeks since the beginning and I did the entire 12-week program twice, ending on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 (no break in between). The first 8 weeks were done at home and we video chatted. The last 4 weeks were at the gym since we needed Bosu Balls and more steps. Great timing because I got a one-month pass for her!

Are there results? Yes. I am stronger arm muscle weight training. I can do 10 push ups in a row. My arms aren’t exactly at 90 degrees, but I can do it. And I can do sit ups. (Surprise surprise, I was never able to do one without my feet being held down by something). Just for background, before this program, I went to the gym often and took a bunch of group fitness classes (Zumba, total body training, etc).

Did I lose weight? Maybe. My weight fluctuates a few pounds. In Sep 2015, I was 110.1 pounds and in Feb 2016, I am 107.8 pounds average. Here is my weight chart based on a 7:25 am weight measurement almost every morning recorded in my Fitbit:

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winnie’s fitbit weight graph

I also didn’t take any measurements of the rest of my body because I am not trying to shrink into a smaller clothing size. Maybe I’ll do that this time around just to blog about it, ha.

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Winnie

stitchfix-logoStitch Fix is your personal stylist, who will mail you a box of fashion finds based on your style every month (or whatever frequency you like).

My first box arrived on Wednesday and with 3 days to return, I dropped it into a USPS box last night since this Snowpocalypse is making NYC a stay-at-time-and-Netflix kind of day (or a UWIB kick-off join.me meeting day). Here is a collage of the 5 pieces and some ways I decided to put it on:

my sister actually opened the box on Wed night while I was doing BBG WK 10 Abs. I was like, "THEY KNOW ME, OMG! SO CUTE" and then she told me the prices and I knew I had to return it ASAP (after taking pics, haha~)
my sister actually opened the box on Wed night while I was doing BBG WK 10 Abs. I was like, “THEY KNOW ME, OMG! SO CUTE” and then she told me the prices and I knew I had to return it ASAP (after taking pics, haha~)
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My experience with Stitch Fix went from:
😮 – oh, what is this?
😀 – hey, this survey is kinda fun, *pins some things*
😦 – eh, a styling fee?
😕 – what if I don’t like the stuff?
📧 – 5 months later, discount code email –> 😁 aw yeah
📦 – package arrives!
👚👖👗 – yazz 😍
😭❄️ – when returning at the start of Snowpocalypse

Can you tell I love emojis? More about my experience in words and larger pictures…

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Wine & Dine, Winnie

Last week, I went to a Tasting Table event in their Test Kitchen. The space itself was very homey, since it is basically a renovated apartment turned into huge kitchen and open area for private dining.

I immediately went straight for the food wall, grabbing the cool rectangular plate that had a hole for the wine glass. Finally, someone out there remembered how awkward networking events are with a hand of food and another hand with a beverage. Now we can all shake hands (although none were exchanged at this event…)

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an event planner’s must-have

My favorite part of this night was not the free soju citrus cocktail, but the amazing crispy rice passed hors d’oeuvres. About an inch in diameter, grilled to perfect, with unidentified pink toppings (don’t know if it was fish or vegetables), I had to keep an eagle’s eye out for fresh plates.

winnie & crispy rice
winnie eating ALL the crispy rice that are coming outta the kitchen

I tried searching through social media for a beautiful photo of this, but no luck. Guess the event was too private 🙁

If you’re interested in trying out the crispy rice, I would recommend Koi. In NYC, they are usually listed for Restaurant Week, which is twice a year in January and September. Here is an awesome photo, from the restaurant itself:

koi crispy rice, yummm
koi crispy rice, yummm

I don’t have an Air-Fry so a pan will do. Can’t wait to try this myself after watching this tutorial (and here, if you need to read / print) by Misha.

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Winnie, Work & Career

Today was my United Women in Business event with Citizen’s Mark. Good group and attentive audience. Looking forward to the new headshots (by Adeline Ramos) in my email inbox, but in the meantime, this looks just like me right?

winnie in citizen's mark blazer
winnie dressed in the Citizen’s Mark classic fit navy blazer size 0, top – unknown brand, pants – Banana Republic Sloan slim fit, size 0P

Will edit tomorrow with an event recap and thoughts!

[[ EDIT: Wed, Oct 7, 2015 ]]

I wanted to give my thanks to Cynthia Salim for being super easy to work with, inspiring, and sponsoring the yummy cheese & wine (because who doesn’t love vino and small snacks)!

winnie Citizen's Mark grey blazer
winnie not digging the grey color


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Wellness & Workout, Winnie

First off, super glad that Hurricane Joaquin decided to breeze by New York, bringing only heavy rains on Friday (which made me super cold since I was ill-prepared, except for my wonderful polka dot children size rainboots).

I was prepared to sit on the couch all day. I’d like to point out that I am not a huge watcher of shows and movies, so this was a big deal. With Verizon FIOS as my arsenal, I was ready to stream away the latest episodes I missed and maybe, just maybe, catch up with the pop culture everyone is obsessed with.

To much of east coast’s surprise, Sunday was a very nice day. Since I just always have gym clothes on me, I was ready to sweat, get my 10,000 daily steps, and enjoy the sun while we still can.

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tennis in a comfy sweater and shorts, oh yes. I became one of those girls I comment on dressing inappropriately for the weather

Ta-da! Time to make use of those pink tennis balls (which donate $ to Breast Cancer Research Foundation). We played tennis for about a hour before the park shut down due to construction. Who’s scared of a bull dozer…

Also, Fear The Walking Dead was such a huge disappointment. Can’t wait for the season 6 premiere on Sunday!

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Wellness & Workout, Winnie
color run before
color run before
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color run after
color run after

Color Run. Happiest5k 🙂 ♥

How did I hear about this run? I was scrolling through Facebook around Dec 2012/Jan 2013 and saw an interesting volleyball profile picture. Being the volleyball lover I am, I wanted to see the actual photo. Two profile pictures earlier, it was the color run. It looked like so much fun that I wanted to run it for 2013 (just in time for making the year’s bucket list).

I subscribed to the newsletter and followed them on Twitter, since the NYC date was not out yet. When it was announced, much to my dismay, it was during my Tokyo/Seoul trip. I thought, “time to defer to 2014.”

Then, randomly, I get a text from my friend about joining her team. I thought it was full for June! Turns out there was a Sep date and Color Me Blueeeeeeee I joined.

The run was definitely NOT 5k, but it was definitely colorful & fun.

The cornstarch was more difficult to scrub off than I thought. I sprayed my tee shirt with vinegar to iron, but ran out of the house before I could iron. I woke up the next morning to a sparkly white tee; thanks grandma 🙁