Jan 18th, 2018

Aside from fashion, my other passion over the last 10 years has been dancing Argentine tango. The look you are seeing in today’s post was shot when I attended San the Francisco Tango Marathon last November. (I know, it sounds so long ago already!)

Usually during a tango festival or marathon I dance day and night, meet friends for meals, get a bit of sleep, and don’t get to do much of anything else. But this time, I was very happy I took a half-day break from dancing, and went to Bernal Heights park for a photo shoot.

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You probably have had some of the following shopping experiences: sometimes you get nothing when you go shopping with a specific goal in mind; sometimes you plan to shop item A and you end up with item B; sometimes you don’t plan to get anything and then you have to get that ONE THING you fall in love with at first sight. The Rag & Bone sweater in today’s outfit is exactly in the “Love at first sight” category.

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Since I was traveling, I wanted more of a casual and comfortable outfit. I paired this sweater with a skinny jean and over-the-knee boots. Most importantly, I added this suet white jade to define the feel of this outfit, and also create that perfect finishing touch that gives an ensemble polish and sophistication.

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Suet white jade is the highest quality of white jade. It is commonly produced in Xinjiang, China. It is usually very expensive because of its beauty, purity, color, & it is spotless. Most importantly, it is rare. This particular suet white jade I am wearing today is a symbol of Ruyi (如意). Ruyi has 5 meanings:

  1. Career
    Ruyi contains the shape of clouds. Wearing ruyi not only represents authority, it also indicates you will get everything you want. As a result, it makes people believe that they will do well in their career.
  2. Education
    We all know jade is full of life, which helps you calm and focus. The lines in Ruyi is very straight forward and clear, which indicates students should study hard and full of passion. Wearing Ruyi will helps students do well in their study.
  3. Everyday life
    Ruyi in mandarin means “things happen as you wish.” Hence, people like to wear Ruyi as a symbol of a happy everyday life without any troubles.
  4. Marriage & Love
    The head and tail connects in Ruyi, which means a couple will stay together from beginning to the end. Ruyi will protect a couple so that they love each other forever and have a happy marriage.
  5. Health
    The shape of Ruyi is mainly consisted of clouds, which means getting rid of anything evil. On top of that jade itself is full of life, it makes the person who wears it feel happy and relaxed, which leads to a healthy body and mind.

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You can purchase this Jade necklace at Portland local store: BAIKALLA at Clackamas Town Center Mall @12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086. Or you can also contact them via their email or phone from their website.

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Jan 8th, 2018

First post of 2018! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Mine was pretty good. We took 10 days to travel around California for some sunshine, as you can imagine what an Oregonian needs in winter time. The trip would be even better if the whole family wasn’t sick or getting over a sickness, but we had a great time nonetheless. We checked out Palm Springs, then took the kids to Disneyland and the San Diego Sea World & Zoo for the very first time. Our favorite activities were watching sea lion shows and checking out the zoo.

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Dec 13th, 2017

The first time I met Alex Krebs was about 10 years ago. I was searching for an Argentine Tango dance teacher. A Google search quickly turned up Alex and his all-tango dance studio in SE Portland, Tango Berretin, a funky, bohemian space complete with dance shoes glued on the ceiling, a mate gourd collection, and tango artwork. I took lessons, was hooked, and joined and stayed in the community ever since.


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Alex is hard to define. He not only does many things, but also does them very successfully. He is a musician and physicist by education, and an Argentine tango teacher by profession. He directs two accomplished bands — a 14-piece Balkan Brass Band, The Krebsic Orkestar, and a tango sextet. He has been featured in the New York Times, OPB, Oregonian and other major media outlets for his craft and also his community building achievements. He has performed with the Oregon Symphony, released 6 tango albums, and has tango instructional apps. Students of his have even gone on to become notable Tango teachers, DJs, and organizers.  So who is he?

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Dec.12, 2017

This is a documentary film made by @ZEREE STUDIO. Zeree Bao is a sophomore in Portland Art Institute, majoring in Film Making.

His final project of this school term is to create a documentary film of someone in his life that he worships or respects. By decomposing this person’s daily life, he gives a behind-the-scenes look into this person’s hard work and dedication. The goal is to tell a light-hearted story to spread positive energy and form a good example for others to follow.

A couple of weeks ago he came to me and asked whether I could be the person for this project. I was certainly honored and accepted the challenge!

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Here is the documentary film that I hope you will like. Feel free to share your thoughts on this project with us. Zeree and I will be thrilled to hear your feedback.

Film starring: my blog photographer: Bassel Hamieh & myself. : )

I am also excited to announce that I will be kicking off a youtube channel. You will see more of my style, house, kids, and cooking… all come alive before your eyes! Make sure to subscribe now.

I also encourage you to share your feedback with me so I am always offering high quality content that meets your expectations. Let’s talk!



Dec.5th 2017

FASHIONXT night 4, the finale, was definitely most crowded and had the highest level of energy compared to the other nights. Many Portland celebrities, including NBA player Evan Turner, and fashion industry leading icons were all there to experience the last night of 2017 FashioNXT.


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A group of friends came to join me

It was also the best night for me because 7 of my great friends all came to join me. I was able to take a lot of fun group photos with them, drink cocktails and dance as if no one was watching… Besides, after three nights of socializing and networking, I deserved a night of relaxation to simply have fun! : )

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Nov 23rd, 2017

Today is Thanksgiving, so I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation.

First of all, I am very thankful for my husband providing the support and love that our family needs to fully function and grow. Ever since I started blogging, I have photo or video shoots almost every week. He often plays the role of both daddy and mommy during this time. I am also very thankful for my two loving boys showering me with their “infinite” love (according to them that is “how big” :>).

I am thankful for my loving friends who have provided tremendous support toward my blog’s success.

Last but not least, a big thanks to you, my blog readers/fans! You have shared your time and engagement to challenge or inspire me for betterment during this blogging journey.

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Nov 17th, 2017

Deciding on what to wear at a fashion show could be tricky. The pressure to piece something together that will leave an impression can be overwhelming. After the classic look for opening night, the casual look for night 2, my team and I decided I should go for a change.

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Evening Highlight

Meeting winner of Fashion Accessory Competition: Nuciano

As one of three judges for this year’s Fashion Accessory Competition, I was happy to meet one of the designers I voted for, Nuciano. She specializes in handcrafted bespoke clutches with authentic swarovski crystals. I had fun talking to her, learning how she finds inspiration for her designs and how she made each bag uniquely beautiful.

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