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29 June, 2011

Unostentatious Elegance!

While my dad bravely takes charge of caring for my 3 kids, I can't be happier just to watch TV or movies at home. You know, {Ok, even you didn't know, but now you know.) there are over 100 channels including locals and oversea TV stations broadcasted in Taiwan everyday and you almost can find good eats and even activities to do 7/24 everywhere.

I was watching an old movie {Apparently, to me, it is like 10 years ago} the other day and saw this beautiful woman worn a pretty silver with glitter dress.  Instantly, the dress reminded me of my new one!!  Mine is designed by a promising Taiwanese designer, "CHU!!"  I thought to myself that I needed to go back to Elite to explore more Taiwanese designers and I think they needed to be recognized as lots of them are really talented in my mind's eye.

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Fashion has history, so does textile silhouette!! 
I adore the ideas of utilizing smart cuts and drapes without redundant embellishments on both dresses to achieve the quality of sexy and feminine look!!

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Left below: "Trippen" shoes "happy" collection 2011
Right below: I was trying on copious compilation of colors underneath that Opening Ceremony crochet/fringe knit top ...... {grr... the underneath orange blouse seems not to comply with me....}

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"Trippen" a Shoe brand from Germany, a flair mixed of European style and practicality.

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I was debating whether should I visit HK, Singapore or Korea. Regardless, a good pair of walking shoes is in need...then I found Trippen "happy" collection with rubber sole platform!! {"Perfect" as my mind screamed.}

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My ODJ

1. Top:
J Crew golden tank top
Opening Ceremony black crochet/fringe top ( I found this link for its dress and in white version)

2. Bottom:
KERAIA (Taiwan Brand) boyfriend cropped jeans

3. Accessory:
Purple floral key chain
PS1 large feldspar messenger bag

4. Shoes:
Trippen "happy" collection platform...{super comfy for its rubber sole}


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My dear hubby, you forgot to use "flash" under this overcast weather!!

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I couldn't stop but gazed at the intricacy of this crochet fringe top even when I am wearing it on me.... Aw..... ^O^

Summer is not so hot in Taipei after all... {Well, thanks to the typhoon!!}
xoxo Rachel

27 June, 2011

Mother Tongue - Mandarin!!

Yes, summer is the best time for kids to really focus on speaking/studying their original mother tongue!! For my kids, it is Mandarin!!

We couple friends signed kids up in Taipei Fuhsing Private School for its Chinese Summer camp, yesterday is their first day at school!! The big difference compares to the regular schedule? Like my friend, Isabel's son commented: There is no recess in between classes!!!!!!! lololololololol,.....Their schedule is really intense in 4 weeks but full of fun activities which is not just academic curriculum but swimming, field trip....etc.

I am sure they are learning a lot everyday and enjoy every min. of the challenges!! ^O^

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A long time no see friend, Fiona!!
For me, it is def. more fun to do every activity with friends!!

{Thanks to Isabel who told me this educational summer camp so all of us can have a great time in Taipei too!!}

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I still packed 4 pairs of shoes with me for this trip.... heels, espadrilles, flip flops and sneakers. 
Well, I couldn't bare the thoughts of "I wish, I should have,.. .."..., can you!!? 

Enjoy summer!
xoxo Rachel

26 June, 2011

Less is More!!!

 

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How can you not adore the details of that white shirt on Iven....almost like the woven braided pie top.... yum... yum...!!

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 Givenchy sunburst sequined tank with veil 10'
Opening Ceremony lace mesh leggings  s/s 11'
Chanel garden black/white tweed reissue with mademoiselle lock s/s 11'
Miu Miu studded platform 10' 

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"Less is more, but 'less' better be totally decadent!!"
            ---Raji Radhakrishnan

Summer heat hits its peak!
xoxo Rachel

24 June, 2011

Live, Love, "EAT"!!

Let the day begins with a informative tour!!
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No, in Taipei, I don't wear HEELS that much compares to living in USA. 
It is just I walk too much that I don't want to ruin my precious heels. ^O^


Yesterday, every place we visited is delicate for children. They are the hope in the future after all. 


1st Stop!!
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2nd Stop!!
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國立臺灣科學教育館 
National Taiwan Science Educational Center


3rd Stop!!
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We made reservation at "味留.壽司.割烹【美味日本料理】“ Japanese restaurant in July as they are fully BOOKed for tonight's dinner already! 
台北市士東路336號 電話:02-2836-8595 

4th Stop!!
Saffron Fine Indian Cuisine:  The best fine Indian cuisine in Taipei!! 
{pic. credited to http://flyingtama.pixnet.net/blog/post/22067343}


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I love the spanish chicken the best... you really can taste the full aroma and texture from the dish. 


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We totally wiped out after 9 PM.  But considering this is the 4th day after we arrived in Taipei, I think we are doing pretty awesome adjusting ourselves!! So does my hubby and 2 daughters in Indonesia!! ^^


Try some new restaurants!!!
xoxo Rachel 





23 June, 2011

In Good Hands!!

Hubby and 2 daughters flew to Indonesia to his hometown, Jakarta. Niel and I stay here in Taipei as he will start his Chinese School summer camp next Monday. There are so many activities you can sign kids up in the summer in Taiwan and you just have to know how/where to look for!! 


We are in a very good hand.  I have so many friends, and used-to-be coworkers who are voraciously signing up their kids for summer activities. I merely need to find things for them to be busy for by myself in Taipei. Here is a great link to some fun as well as educational activities: 聯合報系:聯合學苑www.udncollege.com 』 


Irene and I went to my fave. Korean style apparel store "a. fad" yesterday. We instantly become vivacious when we found ourselves some good deals and pretty stuff there. If you mention my name, you probably can receive 20% off from the store. ^O^ 


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I never had that light washed denim shorts...EVER~~~ Now I do! {so happy!}


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The dress is by a Taiwanese designer: CHU!


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For some reason, this sexy dress' pattern gives me an impression of JOKER, you know, from the porker cards. ^O^ 


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Niel enjoys a soccer game in the afternoon at 天母運動公園!


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Thanks to my friends, 素貞 and 雲珊, who generously invited us for a lovely afternoon and evening. Niel had a great time playing in the soccer team and we had a great dinner at 糖朝 restaurant! 


Sometimes, I think friends are what you need wherever you travel!
xoxo Rachel 

22 June, 2011

Live, Love and Play!!

"Jet Lag" is the worst enemy for family traveling with young children. The kids can't understand why they are up whilst everyone else is sleeping and they also can't make themselves go back to sleep again neither. Parents, for instance, US, would be so devastated of wanting to go back to bed. We know that if we don't, we can't keep up the energy, and we might have a headache, or being super-hyper, either way, we know the whole day would probably be ruined that we couldn't enjoy a thing!! 


Well, it never is the case when the family travels back to their hometown where parents' parents can actually watch the kids, right?!! It does feel great when we know there is always someone we can count on, isn't it?


We are up and about since 5 AM this morning. My dad who charges the responsibility of taking care of my 3 kids since yesterday he picked us up in the airport at 6 AM. For him, it must be some kind of achievement, otherwise I couldn't think of the reason why I am so blessed that hubby and I can enjoy an undeniably joyous kids-free time. And because my Dad's help, 3 kids hardly have the problem of being jet-lagged!! 


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At 7 AM, the whole crew were hunting for breakfast!! 


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I really enjoy the early walk in a traditional market where you can buy the freshest poultry, and live shrimps. 


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Above right, Shu Uemura fake lashes with crystal stars.
Below left, an accessory neon green glasses from "框"!


Eric and us went out for lunch while waiting for Irene to get her hair done!! You know, almost every girl I know would do their hair while they are back in Taiwan. It must be the preferable style, always advanced hair-cutting skill and newest hair curling technique that attract them. They'd be willing to sit in the hair salon for hours...yes, I mean from 2 to 6 or 8 hours straight just to make their hair looks perfect!! No kidding!! As for Me? Nay......, I have patience for everything else but hair!! lol 
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"欣葉“...Taiwanese cuisine!!


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My ODJ
Etoile Isabel Marant one-shouldered linen-cotton blended blouse, KERAIA (Taiwan brand) boyfriend jeans, Proenza Schouler large satchel, Chanel brooch, Marni horn necklace, San Diego straw hat, Valentino plush/lace bow flip flops


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3 of us infused ourselves with a sense of tranquility, a Thai massage, in the afternoon at Villalike


Pamper yourself in the tranquil massage!
xoxo Rachel 

21 June, 2011

First Day Back at Hometown, Taipei!!

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I think I might be the first one carrying Proenza Schouler big messenger bag in Taiwan?!! 
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 Everything feels so familiar yet so different at the same time when walking on the street in Taipei!! Stores are different, people and neighbors are the same! Yes, I want to meet up with my old friends, used-to-be coworkers, relatives,......... everyone that I actually remembered


I am home!!!! ^O^


Enjoy every single bit of your life!
xoxo Rachel 

18 June, 2011

Prelude!!

As a prelude to showing you our whole house's new hardwood flooring, I exclaimed the amazing hardwood stairs and modern chandelier, wall cones they look altogether in my house.

We are flying back to Taipei tomorrow evening and while we are gone, our house's renovation will continue and under my trustworthy contractor's supervision.  I premeditated the whole hardwood flooring and lightening fixture replacement since the day we moved in this house in 2006 and finally we did it!!

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I love the modern shade over the chandelier which gives it a 
different vibe and kicks up a stat-of-the-art design. 

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Both me and my contractor have to climb up to put up those glass chandelier by hand!


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Here I'd love share my dearest friend's, Isabel, her family dinning area.
Isabel is a pure "minimalism" admirer, who loves Prada and simple, yet classic design. I particularly love the classic plastic chairs she picked which perfectly accentuate the coziness and warmth on the sisal rugs.  

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Just like her new Hermes 3 tones Kelly, simple and classic!!!! .... Envy~~~~~

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Live your life in style!!
xoxo Rachel

17 June, 2011

In Two Days....

We will be in Taipei in two days... my home town!! How exciting!!

Why?

The food, the street vendors, the people, the friends, and most important of all, my whole family!!!

We are crunching time to do house remodeling before and while we are gone. By end of tomorrow, I should have our Chandelier up on the ceiling. While we are gone, we decided to let our contractor keep working on replacing the whole house hardwood flooring. Some renovation needs my supervision but the replacement of hardwood flooring should be easy enough comparing to replace the stairs.

I heard that Taiwan is HOT, HOT, HOT these days. Lots of my friends here in USA are flying back at the same time and we know we are going to pack light, light, light!! And we are going to continue the fun we had over here and maybe even more while we meet in Taipei!! 


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Y-3 08' runway red sheer maxi dress, Lilith sheer white dress (could be worn as jumpsuit while button up), Lavin leopard happy sac, Silver oxford espadrille

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My ODJ

1. Top:
Armani exchange stripped tee
Lilith white sheer dress with ruffle around neck

2. Bottom:
Helmet lang jean shorts

3. Accessory:
wool blend fedora hat
J crew golden stripy belt

4. Shoes:
Prada golden strap cork platform sandals

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Keep up your energy for the summer!!
xoxo Rachel

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