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22 April, 2014

Hear Fashion, Breath Style: From Pleated Skirt to Man's Suit.

I am a make-up artist for a TV production currently which we almost finish our first episode. I can't reveal what it is but I can tell you it is an interesting life style of documentary film in San Francisco. And to tell you some more, it is not fashion but it is certainly an omnipresent trend in the big cities. Just like Fashion, we see it everyday and we wear it everyday except some has superb style, some is still evolving his/her way trying to find a personal look of him/herself. 

I am grateful for being able to do whatever I am passionate about and I am also grateful that I don't have to compromise myself to earn a living through million other ways and struggle. But I do hope I can be great at what I am enthusiastic about and eventually make a living out of it. We are trying our best doing self-improving everyday, right???? I hope you keep up your dreams and never go far from it. 

By the way, dress-up to please is almost my staple, so I am not sure I am into "man-repellent" look at all ... maybe I should try it out and you let me know what you think?? ha~ 

I am not sure if I was doing stripes clashing or black n' white clashing or simply geometric clashing. Whatever it is, I love it.  :) 

Dries Van Noten shirt from past season which I always am fascinated about its versatility of pairing with my million other things. 

In reality, I change off CL heels and wears my leather hand-embellished studded Converse instead. 

This was Easter weekend's look. Suddenly I feel like dress up in casual suit even on the weekend. But I think the peplum Rochas top made the look not so serious but more feminine side. 

15 April, 2014

Paint me Roosters!

I preordered this printed roosters pencil skirt last year 2013 and just received it last week. As far as runway is concerned,  I am not much ahead of the game but I do get to wear it the instant moment the weather permitted. I am happy with the clashing of striped top and roosters' bottom, especially the cropped jacket from Dries made the whole look seem so pulle-together. Fun, isn't it!!

 Zara striped tee, A.W.A.K.E rooster pencil skirt, Dries Van Norton cropped jacket, YSL iridescent heels, Ryan Stroer ear cuff/earrings, brown leather small shopping bag. 

Busy as a busy bee in summer. 
xoxo Rachel 

Gluten free oat flour scone with ground flaxseed, chia seed and dry nectarine!

By now you probably can tell that I am a huge scone fan. I love scones but I can't really seem to find the perfect gluten-free scone with low Glycemic index out in the market. I know, there are Vegan variety available but most of them use sugar cane or agave syrup which doesn't really fight the craving nor hunger but makes the blood sugar spikes up and down. Then I'd crave for more snacks later on, so, what's the point of eating those, right?? Well, I don't have diabetes but I do demand all the ingredients to be top quality and meet my high healthy standards... which I know, you'd say, make your own then!! So this is exactly what I did and I am always on the lookout for a perfect scone recipe. 

The fun part of making my own scones is "the various dry ingredients" I can roll inside my scones.  I have tried raisins, slivered almond, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, goji berries, and even flaxseed and whey isolated protein powders. Ha, if I want to make my own, it won't hurt just make it like a perfect meal with all the nutritions packed into one, right?

This time, I added "Chia seed" and I love the tiny crunchiness when chewing down the scones. Another thing of making scones is you probably have to see if you are allergic or just a bit sensitive to xanthan gum since some people feel bloating after consuming it. I actually eliminate it in most of my scone recipe but this time, I feel like I want to make this version of scone a little "chewy" with the sensation we get from regular gluten/wheat scones. Well, it is a food additive and even though I only use 1/2 tbs, you might use it in your own discretion. 

See those tiny dots (flax n' chia) and purple/orange (nectarine), don't those scones look so tasty or what?? 

Okey, cut the talking, here is the recipe. 


1/2 cup (3 oz.) oat flour (you can grind your own)

1/2 cup (3 oz.) gluten-free flour mix ( plus more for kneading)

3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (vanilla flavor)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon xantham gum

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons cold (can even be frozen) coconut butter

1/4 cup ground flaxseed mixed with berries

1/4 cup chia seed

1/4 organic dry nectarine (chopped or sliced into pieces) 

1 egg yolk 

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract 

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

50ml milk/soy/almond milk of ur choice


1. Preheat the oven to 425 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk to blend.

3. Grate/crumb the coconut oil over the dry ingredients and combine with a fork or your fingers to the texture of dry ingredients. Add the nectarines and toss to coat with the flour mixture.

4. Separate the yolk into a 1 cup glass measure. Add 1/3 Greek yogurt and milk equal 1/2 cup and whisk to blend. Add the cream mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until the dough comes together into a ball. Turn the dough onto a well GF floured surface and knead 3-4 times.

5. Form the dough into a 3/4 inch round, pat with the little cream remaining in the measuring cup. Cut into 8 wedges and place on the prepared baking sheet.

6. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown and use a toothpick to test the middle part. Clean toothpick means it's done in the center.  Let cool for a few minutes before serving with butter and your favorite jam.

05 April, 2014

Pre-Spring Coat!

Suddenly the temperature just dropped in North California and I finally had the chance to lather myself in long coat again. I think Styles is like a particular muscle functioning in your body, the more you exercise it, the better it reacts, right?? I realized one thing that no matter how hard I tried to make my looks toward minimalist, I always end up with something that elaborates a sophisticated style in me. Well, it is ME, being consistent is good, right?? Since I become so busy the beginning of this year, I couldn't update my blogs much. Like I said, my fashion muscle still function well and I never let being stylish slips far from me.  

BTW, I had a new rule for myself: I can only buy 3 pairs of new shoes in each season, and I already max it out! Well, it's all worth the splurge though. Let's see if I can wait until Summer.... it's another new season, right? 

  1. I adore this Marni cocoon sleeves coat very much and don't you think this look is forever decadent!!?

2. I am a huge fan of all shades of green and I don't mind wearing a froggy color on me at all. 
( photo: Internet )

Comme des Garçons, Christian Louboutin, Aquilano Rimondi metallic (mini)skirt 

I think I am genius here that I managed to pull the huge sleeve outside the long sleeves. Feminine scallop sleeves~ ha~ 

3. Either black and gray or black and white together are always so powerful yet so classic! 
 (photo: Internet) 

 J Crew blazer, Tom Ford lace top with open back, Tom Ford two toned skirt, Valentino Rockstuds heels, Alexander McQueen clutch 

Have fun with your styles!
xoxo Rachel 


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