Cross stitched gnome

Leaning into the grandmacore life

I recently watched a Vogue video with Alexa Chung talking about quietly slipping into the Met Gala last minute in a modest Christian Siriano gown and no longer needing to be the person who creates the loudest noise. In the winter years of my 20s, […]

Dog in bowtie with birthday hat askew on chin

How I threw my dog a wag-worthy birthday party

In the past year or so, I went from being a person deeply afraid of dogs to someone who takes three dogs out to do their business twice a day — to be fair, I *did* get chased down by two unleashed geriatric pugs at […]

Wearing a red hat, flannel shirt, and Simpsons shirt

What to wear when you’re gardening

I’m telling everyone that I’m in my Vietnamese grandpa era. These days, I’ve been into flannel shirts, clogs, multi-pocketed cargo pants, and wide-brimmed fishing hats—things that made up my late grandpa’s go-to outfit on his flea market ventures. Fact: These also happen to be the […]

Summertime fragrances

The best summertime fragrances!

I’m back again with a fragrance recommendation list because my vanilla perfumes post was surprisingly a hit! Anyway, I first got into perfumes the first summer of the pandemic. Because no one was actively smelling me up, it was truly a hobby for my own […]

Dog looking at plant stand

Dearest Reader: I’m baaaaaaack.

Dearest reader,  Did you miss me? This author has been *checks notes* rewatching season two of Bridgerton an ungodly number of times to feel alive again. Otherwise, I’ve been trying my best to live, laugh, and love while managing an incredibly hectic work schedule. Did […]

Animal print shirt with dress and sunflower

Styling my favorite animal print clothes

I’ll be the first to admit it — growing up, I used to find animal print somewhat a little *gulps* gauche. Now, I can’t get enough of it, and I wear it at least once a week because it makes me feel like your posh-as-hell […]

Goodwill dress and Ross puff sleeve shirt

6 thrifted spring and summer outfits

As promised, here’s a lineup of some of my favorite thrifted spring and summer outfits that I’ve put together — I’m all about style on a budget, and I try to reuse key pieces from my wardrobe, although I can’t resist the occasional flea market […]

Goodwill San Jose

Where I’ve been…

I don’t know if I’ve ever had a hiatus quite this long. It’s definitely been a hectic past couple of months, and I’ve been working hard to create blogs (including plant and fashion ones!) plus other deliverables for my clients. As I’ve mentioned before, this […]

My affordable vanilla fragrance collection

Not to sound bougie, but perfumes quickly became a hobby of mine in quarantine, and they soon rivaled my love for plants. It didn’t start as an aromatherapy thing — the frenzy kicked off when I listened to the line in Taylor Swift’s “illicit affairs” […]