Just a quick rant here.
I know this is hard to hear in a world that values people to constantly strive for something more, something greater.
I know it can come off as preachy, as cheesy, as naive, as overly optimistic, as unbelievable, as pageant-y.
I know that no beauty industry is going to die out because of my one little blog post, no army will start a revolution.
But I got to say it.
You are perfect.
Yep. You over there with the gap teeth, the hairy arms, the duck butt, the big feet, the squinty eyes, or whatever else features society has generally considered “unattractive.” You are perfect just the way you are (a la Bruno Mars, although I have to add “at this moment” because you might change over time and that is just fine as well).
Society is always going to want us to fit a certain mold, want us to keep certain industries in business by convincing us that only a certain way is the “good” way, the “perfect” way.
Now, I’m no hippie liberal vegan revolutionary. I listen to pop music (Carley Rae Jepson, anyone?) I curl my eyelashes. I call people “pretty” and “not pretty” much of the times.
But I do believe in the beauty of imperfection. I believe in the little flaws and quirks that makes us wholly human. I truly truly believe perfection is something none of us can ever achieve here on earth so just give it up and love yourself for who you are! *Cue noble music
Stop being so hard on yourself on the outside and concentrate on how you are on the inside. Work on your character, your values, your beliefs. Remember that no one is perfect. No one expects you to be.
Aaaand end rant. Good night/morning (depending on where you are in the world.)
The past few weeks has been surprisingly a lot of fun spent decorating and cleaning our new apartment! With the help of some lovely family and friends, we got the place looking really cozy and great to stay. I wanted to share some pictures of our home.
These are not pictures of our home. This was the inspiration board I put together to get some creative juices flowing on how we wanted our place to look.
It ended up looking not much like anything in the pictures above at all! But that’s okay because this is a place we can truly call our own.
Left: A chalkboard clock kills two birds with one stone! Right: I love our white Ikea table — so good for reading the bible, writing, going online, eating, and drinking!
My hole-in-the-wall bedroom. The whole smaller space, more happiness thingis totally working!My favorite detail in my room is my window, which I got to add some favorite personal touches to. I’ve always wanted some warmer colors to my rooms back at home but due to financial/parental restraints, never was able to. Now I finally get to! Yippy-Yai-Ay!
As I was cleaning my room and packing for the move, I was faced with the natural disaster known as my closet. As I dug into my v-neck t-shirts and printed skirts for clothes to bring with me on my trip, black stockings tumbled onto my head and my arm got lost in a pile of scarves for a couple of minutes.
Madness, I tell ya.
Thank goodness I had just listened to this Graham Hill’s TED talk a couple of weeks ago on “Less Stuff, More Happiness”
Editing what I really needed for my new life, I packed away two big suitcases, one smaller carry-on, and a black bag of things to bring overseas. I did away with three giant trash bags of clothes that I kept putting in the back of my closet, thinking, “I’ll probably wear that someday” and never did. Those clothes have now hopefully gone to people who actually will cherish and wear them.
The scary thing was, when I looked at what remained in my closet after my clean out, it still stored a full stash of stuff in it! But at least now, it doesn’t give me a headache whenever I slide open my closet door.
How can you edit you stuff?
AH! ONLY A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE I MOVE TO ASIA! SO EXCITED/ANXIOUS/NERVOUS/SAD/HAPPY/REFRESHED/TIRED!
I promise I will do more fulfilling posts when I find time but in the meantime, here is a segment I shot about BB creams which aired on Channel 18. Joyce Luck graciously did my hair and makeup and made me feel beautiful before going on TV, thanks Joyce!
Check video below if you’ve always wanted to know what all the fuss about BB cream is about (or if you just enjoy watching me hunched over flailing my hands awkwardly about and saying “um” alot)
Working on my taxes, I found out an interesting fact. As a sometimes freelancing reporter/journalist/actress, if I were to buy a ball gown to wear to an event, I would be able to deduct that off my taxes! Because my job required me to go to the fancy event and because I would not be able to wear the ball gown in my everyday life (unless if I just wanna look awesome).
I got to thinking how blessed I was that I work in a place where I am able to get dolled up occasionally and force famous celebrities to serenade “Unforgettable” to me.
“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”
~ John 1:16
“Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.”
~ Bernard Meltzer
Other interesting tax deductibles:
* Business meals and entertainment
* Trade magazines or print publications (since I write)
* Business cards
* Gas mileage
* Wristwatches … I thought that was interesting because it was so specific and stood out amongst other items such as residential telephone services, travel expenses for another individual, etc.
I was cleaning out my desk this morning and took a good, hard look at some of the recent magazines I’d received over the past few months.
Now, I love these cover ladies (Meryl and Taylor, woot woot!) but I couldn’t help but think (slightly dismally) that none of them have the slightest resemblance to me! Every single one a (bottled?) blonde haired-blue/green/brown eyed chica.
I’m not going to even try to deny it, I am not a stylish lady.
I mean, I try. Very hard. I always make an effort to brush my hair (okay, not really), match my socks (yeah right) and avoid wearing the belly-baring tops or the thong-revealing jeans (this one is true).
There are some people where dressing well comes so effortlessly. They look like they slink out of bed decked out in cashmere and perfectly matching accessories. I know they try hard but I’m betting I would have to try even harder. My editor in chief is one of them. Actually both my editor in chiefs are really good dressers but Anna, with her model-like physique and silky black hair, looks like she steps out of the pages of Elle Magazine everyday. It’s a real-life fashion inspiration board sitting next to me!
Lately I’ve been getting semi-obsessed with this LOOKBOOK site (yeah, I know, I’m like 5 years behind) and IT IS SO ADDICTING TO LOOK AT OTHER PEOPLE POSE WITH PRETTY CLOTHES ON!
I think the appeal to this site is because it’s normal everyday people wearing clothes from their closet. Except they look fabulous. I sure don’t see these people walking around and posing for photos around my neighborhood.
The casual comfort this outfit exudes (not to mention that awesome tattoo) is something I always try to obtain when dressing. (Key word being try.)
So I hear color blocking is really hot this year. I know it’s just piecing outfits of different, bold solid colors together but this reminds me of high school chemistry — something I really sucked at. Pretty to look at when done right, though!
Seriously? Who walks around looking like this everyday?! Beautiful dress though. I’m loving the color, the cut, the accessories.
I had a screening to attend last week and it was my one chance to dress up.
Trying to copy Inspired by the looks found on LOOKBOOK, I decided to ask my mom for something she loves to do: take pictures of me in my outfit!
Okay, so my poses are a little goofy and my outfit is pretty boring black but whatever! I will just leave the dressing and picture posing to other people and the looking to myself.
I was never a girl that made too big a deal out of dressing up. For prom, I think I just went into my mom’s closet and dug out a dress she bought but never wore. For weddings, the same deal. For clubbing, I often wear sundresses.
So I was lucky enough this year to have my entire look come together the way it did. My friend Joyce did my hair and makeup. A PR company was kind enough to loan me the dress and jewels, and I just threw on my most fashionable pair of heels.
I love my job sometimes.
Sure, there’s plenty of sitting around at my desk, my shoulders strained so hard it feels like it’s going to cave in on me and exchanging frustrating emails with catty publicists who think they own the world but sometimes, there are magical moments where we’re creating art and telling stories.
Like Audrey Mag‘s fall cover shoot with Jenna Ushkowitz. (Shown here getting all dolled up for the shoot.)
We placed Jenna in the middle of Park Plaza, in all its old Hollywood glam, dolled her up in sleek evening gowns and pearls where Diana took dreamy shots of her.
Check out the behind-the-scenes coverage and interview we got, with the help of Asian American entertainment network MYX TV. You’ll get the inside scoop on Jenna’s make-out sessions with Harry Shum, Jr. and her favorite Glee episodes.
I can’t wait to share the rest of our shots–and the magazine– with you! Audrey Magazine Fall 2011 issue hits stands early September. Purchase your copy here.
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