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Rant | You Are Perfect

Friday, 05.4.2012

Just a quick rant here.

This slogan pissed me off. (And by pissed off I mean I gave a high-pitched huff followed with a, “ridiculouuuus.”)

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 proextender does it work 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.)

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posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Inspirations, Look, Personal

An Unforgettable Job

Thursday, 02.23.2012

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).

Interesting, huh?

{ Co-workers and I at KoreAm's Unforgettable gala. Jenn (far left) and I are wearing Sue Wong gowns. But we borrowed those so not tax deductable! }

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

Interesting non-deductibles
* 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.

posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Job, Look, Los Angeles, Magazine

This Is Why We Need Niche Magazines

Thursday, 02.9.2012

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 Online Blackjack 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.

This is why niche magazines like Audrey and KoreAm Journal need to exist.

posted by Janice | Comments: 5 | Category Fashion, Look, Magazine

Look! Book

Thursday, 11.10.2011

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.

posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Fashion, Inspirations, Look

Girl Power

Sunday, 10.16.2011

I wish to tell stories like this.

posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Films, Inspirations, Look, Uncategorized

Anatomy of an Outfit

Thursday, 09.15.2011

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.

2011 Audrey’s Night Out | Exchange LA
Dress | Dalia Macphee
Hair & Makeup | Joyce Luck
Heels | My own. Forgot name.
Jewels | Thanks to RedLightPR


posted by Janice | Comments: 9 | Category Look, Los Angeles, Magazine, Writing

(Asian) American Beauty

Thursday, 06.23.2011

I wrote this for Audrey Magazine a couple of weeks ago. Reposting here.

As an assistant editor for a woman lifestyle magazine, I’m exposed to images, faces, bodies and shapes all day, everyday. I surf blogs, I flip through magazines and I interview some of the most “beautiful” people on the planet.

As my life has gotten more infused with the media’s standards of beauty, I have to admit, I became a little disturbed by the narrow scope of what is deemed beautiful in our society. Long limbs, blonde mane, enormous eyes, lush lips, big boobs, etc. etc. As an Asian American woman, we have a slightly different set of requirements to be beautiful (straight black hair, big eyes, clear, pale skin, waify bodyshape, etc. etc) but it’s still there.

But then, I realized I was actually in a position to do something about it!

posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Look, Los Angeles, Uncategorized

Snapshot Of My Day: So It’s Not In Vain

Thursday, 06.9.2011

I really liked my makeup today but unfortunately, plans to LA fell through and I was stuck working for the rest of the evening so the only thing that got to stare at my face was my computer screen(s) and my family (who don’t count ’cause they always think I’m beautiful).

But now I get to make all my blog readers stare at my face! Yay! (Please don’t unsubscribe…)

Haha, you can see how thick my glasses are by how small they shrink the sides of my face.

posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Blog, Personal

Motivational Monday: Pretty Girl Rock

Monday, 05.9.2011

Whenever I need a confidence boost, whether it’s en route to an audition, an interview or just a really scary meeting, I blast this.

Keri Hilson “Pretty Girl Rock” from New Hat on Vimeo.

I know a lot of people knocked this song as Keri being very vain but I think she means more in the sense of being pretty on the inside as well as the outside.

There’s being humble and then there’s being someone who just doesn’t have a lot of self-esteem. Don’t be the latter. And really, there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who’s confident in herself.

When you need a beauty boost one day, whether it’s that massive volcanic pimple about to erupt on your nose, or you’re just not fitting into your clothes really right, or that boy STILL hasn’t called. Blast this!

(Boys, feel free to blast this as well. I guarantee you’ll be feeling prettier!)

posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Inspirations, Look, Music, Uncategorized

Good Mood Brag of the Day

Sunday, 11.7.2010

I can finally share with you something that has been making me happy for about a month now.

My new business cards!

Photo courtesy of Liz from

If these are lookin’ a wee bit small to ya, it’s because they are! I got these mini-cards from moo. They’re half the size but double the cuteness. It’s kind of ironic because when you have really ugly business cards, you can’t wait to use them up but no one is really excited to receive them because they’re ugly but when you have pretty ones, you don’t want to give them out but everybody wants one.

posted by Janice | Comments: 9 | Category Blog, Job, Look

I have this problem. I have a need to share with the world my passions and interests and hope that they will also enjoy it. Hence, this blog is born- to showcase some of the things I'm most fascinated with. Most of the posts relate to the media as it relates to me. (Blame the early twenties neurosis of thinking the world revolves around you). (More..)

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