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Holiday Plan: Nutcrackers!!

It takes a lot of effort and talents to be a brilliant dancer and I absolutely admire those ballet dancers who performed on stage from SF ballet. The Nutcrackers ballet we experienced is one of the perfect performance I've ever encountered. It is fantastic!!!




Love tistheseason~

xoxo Rachel

A Little Opulent is for Holidays.

Put together any holiday outfit should be simple! My rule of thumb is to start with one statement piece that you like and add basic pieces around it. Sometimes, the simplest outfit is the most eye-catching look. Trust me! 


The loose braids I did for holidays. 

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Good friends started their own restaurant in Mt. View, Cal. and we were invited to a special private dinning.  Let's anticipating their grand opening in January 2014. ^L^ 

Happy holidays, 
xoxo Rachel 




Holiday Party Candy Pop Look.

Holiday Party Look #2: A colorful sequined top assure you are the party spotlight.



Decadent Classic Holiday Look.

Holiday outfit #1 look : Monotoned black and brass/gold head to toe. 

Aqua by Aqua top, Amour Vert eco friendly skirt, Alexander McQueen clutch, Valentino heels, Hue thighs, Momo's March moon bracelet, Iosselliani earrings. 

SHUI CHEN TRUNK SHOW (POST-EVENT)

It was a very successful trunk show and we met a lot of friends. Love you all, California girls. We will see you soon! 

Keep warm and wear your winter knit!! xoxo Rachel 

SHUI CHEN TRUNK SHOW 2013 Collection

All the fashionista, it is this Friday 11/15 from 6 PM to 9 PM at Bay Club Silicon Vally. We would love to see you in person there!!!



Thanks to all above vendors/beauty and skin care/patisserie who participate in our trunk show. 






A Romantic Living space

The randomly throw together pieces like these totally stole my heart! 
Onto the next corner of my home's remodeling.  xoxo Rachel 

Fool-proof BBQ Ribs/Chicken

The weather definitely crisps up these days in San Francisco. I was out and about doing chores and realized that a tank and a hoodie are not going to keep me warm enough anymore. For some reason, when I was walking on the street, someone's waft of perfume instantly reminded me a holidays' coming.  Not sure if it is an ordinary scent that I sniffed all the time when walking by cosmetics counter in the mall. ha~

Holidays, hum,... I know some friends are doing their Christmas shopping already. Well, yes, you hear me right: Christmas. I think I might start looking just to get a head start. Other than gifts preparation, holiday's cooking is another big task. Now is definitely the time to horn my holiday cooking skills. 

Today I am going to share the easiest recipe I found online with my personal twist to make the perfect succulent BBQ Garlic chili Ribs and BBQ honey chicken drumlets and wings with you. 




Ingredients: 1 medium sliced onions1 cup of ketchup  1/4 cup of red wine vine…

Minimal feminine look!

So I talked about one of the decadent classic looks in my humble opinions is white shirt paired with slightly drop-waist pants. What about those who are up for more feminine but in pants?? Ah ha, I got you covered again. A pencil skirt!! 

A reason that the pencil skirt is a solid wardrobe choice is it flatters all types of body shapes. Different length gives you multiple choices; such as length hits around the knee, below the knee, or mini pencil skirt. Try on the ones that is not clinging but tight enough around the waist and butt, less wrinkle-ish while sitting in your skirt. Once you got those things checked, you will look both smart and sexy in a pencil skirt. 

Didn't I mention that leopard prints is everything and classic!? I have the one and the only leopard halter top which I never store it away from my sight. Why? You know why!! ha~ 




me and my BFF Pei.  pic. luisaviarom.com


Pei is wearing Shui Chen crawl neck sweaters and you know we are going to have Shui Chen's trunk show…

Man's trousers!

Shopping at Men's department is not new thing, but It might become a trend. I already have a pair of trousers which I bought from Men's department like 15 years ago. The style doesn't change much (now you know how slowly Man's fashion evolving. lol) except I tailored it as tapered and shorter to ankle length. It is still being loved by me as its unique fabric has a beautiful gray and blue sheen on it.  Now I have another pair of man's wool, gray trousers. Gray, such a classic color. I love how it sits on my lower waist and drop-crotch look. Just slightly slouchy which gives a laid-back but not an impression that I am wearing an ill-fitted pants. 

As I get witted while I am getting older, I found myself enjoy a classic decadent style more. Such as simple black and white outfit with intricate prints peeking out from the lining, all black outfit with leopard patterns sparingly on either top or bottom.  Or like today's outfit, a nice silk shirt paired with man's…

Let's Party with Shui Chen!

Yes, that's right. We are planning a trunk show with dear friend aka fashion designer, Shui Chen, in mid. Nov. I will have invitation out by this weekend for you. We are going to meet Shui Chen in person in California and showcase her Fall/Winter collection 2013. There is going to be so much fun, so much food and so much wine and best yet, you get to try her whole collection. Before it goes official, let's make that our little secret. 


Shui Chen crawlneck sweater, Demuleumeester lace-up flat, Suzuki Takayuki organic cotton pleated pants, Hermes Herbag, and lots bangles. 
Have a little fun. 
xoxo Rachel 

Perfectly Matched!

When I was much younger, I didn't like GOLD jewelry. They seem to be a statement for much older women to me.   But somehow, I am attracted to things in gold shades nowadays.  As a matter of fact, the purer the gold is, the better!!
I always love the idea of wearing one kind of earrings at one side and different on the other. Maybe it is a statement of saying that I just want to be a rebel sometimes!!? Okay, I should stop the self-analyzing and simply enjoy myself!

gold-casted coil ring, pixiemarket.com ear cuff /earrings

Happily Married Leather and Wool.

I am not a minimalist but guess it is just the trend that drives me wearing less layers! With this season's burgundy and gray pieces on me, sure I still look fashionable. 



Shui Chen New York FW 2013 burgundy leather top with silk peplum at bottom back, Chanel 2013 scarf, Monolo Blahnik sandal, leather bag, Prada sunglasses. 

Breakfast in Bed and in Style!

I can't seem to get enough of Christian Lacroix, their decorative pillow is so intricate that I feel like I almost get lost in its beautiful embroidery, printed pic. sequined details. I cannot believe that the one with "Paris" embroidery pillow is not be able to ship to USA so I only acquired two with "London", "Madrid" and that pretty butterfly one!!

This morning, I feel like charging myself with high protein so I pan-fried 3 egg-scrambles, melted some gouda cheese and tossed over green salad with grilled shrimp and asparagus on top of it. 
Yum!!!
Like I said, style is never stopping evolving so is our taste buds. Make a nutritious breakfast for you and love of your life. 
Bon Appetite!




xoxo Rachel 

Napa Wine Tasting at Castello Di Amorosa.

Driving to Napa is the easiest thing if you wish to get out of your daily routine and enjoy a one day getaway. I have yet been to Castello de Amorosa in Napa, so I thought it might be worth the trip. And, I was RIGHT!!!! A whole case of varies wines went home with me last week. 

Cheers!




Shui Chen New York leather/polyester top, Mother Jeans, Pierre Hardy sandal, Hermes large bangle. 

Napa is the best!
xoxo Rachel 

Gotta Sweater?

Just a selfie moment at home with my new Maison Scotch leopard sweater! Love~


Love fall to come 2013 xoxo Rachel 

Kitchen, cooking and Moi~

I love to cook and I love to decorate, and I especially enjoy the ostentatiously presented plates.  It doesn't matter if the food is palate satisfying but right before you fork in the plate, it has to be eye pleasing first, agree?? 

Nothing about today's post is real food nor cooking, it's just I am still doing my house interior decorating, particularly the great room by the kitchen.  Since I am very attentive to details, I realized that the inlay wall by the sofa is lacking a depth. Right now, I am waiting for a grid pattered wall paper by Johnathan Adler to arrive. I want the space next to my kitchen to be a little 60s, vintage-y looking, decadent furnished, but before that, I am hoping the wall paper will work. ha~ 


The wall is just too white to my likie at this moment..... 

The kitchen is complete but what's next to it is the place where I seem not too happy about the look just yet. 


Valentino black label rock studs heels, Shui Chen New York leather patched top/bottom …

Take sides, black chic or red sexy or both?

The simplest but also the sexiest color combination; Black and various shades of Red are repeated in every season. I am freaking love them. Don't you!? 

Pic. Internet (fashion week)
Valentino Rockstuds
Wear black n' red on each foot? No, I dare not!! ha~ Rachel 

Where the wild things are?

Jewelry is women's best friend, for me, especially ostentatiously ornamented jewelry.  Evidences proved that flashy jewelry not just exists in modern era, but way Before Christ was born. The ancient society loves animals and they wish to empower themselves with all sorts of mysterious magic, should it be from the mother nature, from unknown spirit, or even animals, ancient people adorn themselves with excess accessories.  I stumbled Legion of Honer museum today while hiking around the neighborhood of Lands End trails in San Francisco. I love the grand front entrance and the miniature pyramid which mimics the one outside of Musee' du Louvre in Pairs. I am also swooned by those golden animal jewelry from 4th Century B. C. exhibited in the museum. They are not only the symbol of almighty power but also the inspirational making of modern jewelry. 

I was lucky that I found a pair of tiger eye/horn necklace by Iosselliani this season and love its loud details. They are automatically …

Let's go camo!

Camo print has never been this astonish, right? After Philip Lim, I cannot just stop there, what about Rag & Bone leather camo. skinny pants? Hard to resist the flirty butt hugging and lifting look, right? Oh my, just agree with me, will you? ^^ If so, let's wrap ourselves with some rich and busy hue this fall. 
My new Chartreuse lounge sofa, Christian Lacroix two sides pillow ( union jack and embroidery printed at the other ) On me: 3.1 Phillip Lim camo sweat pants. 

pic. Internet 


Rag & Bone leather Camo skinny pants 


Free people sequin sailboat tank, 3.1 Phillip Lim sweat pants, and recycle my necklaces (Elfi Altendorfer custom mother-of-pearl necklace doubled with Erickson Beamon for Target (several years back) clear bubble necklace


 Hermes clic clac, Prada glasses, Janni Kayne silver embroidery flat 



Look out for camp fashion. 
xoxo Rachel 




Mad Red.

Marni blouse, earrings, necklace, Venessa Bruno leather pants, jenni kayne embroidery flats, Prada clutch.  Thanks to my girl friends who gifted me a birthday present of this lovely Marni earrings which perfectly paired with Marni necklace bought in Paris. 
Hope everyone enjoy your long weekend!!  ^_<  Xoxo Rachel