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Sunday

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December 2014

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Pink is Political

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The other day, a friend who was interviewing at Barclays came by to borrow a few of my dresses, jewelry and a handbag to bring with her to Wall Street recruiting. In my closet was a lovely bright lime spring bud-esque dress from Elie Tahari that was refreshingly professional and would have looked wonderful on her, and when I brought it out to suggest the outfit, she mentioned, “Oh no, I can’t wear that. It’s too colorful for investment banking and Wall Street.” There of course was a certain sense of irony in the statement for me. A few months earlier, I was going through interviews and recruiting processes at companies like Merrill Lynch. What’s wrong with me being a professional and wanting to wear a pink blazer to the office?

Thursday

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December 2014

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Announcing… Heels & Soul Redesign!

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I’ve been away from the blog for a week now because I’ve been working behind the scenes to roll out a redevelopment of Heels & Soul. Writing and keeping a blog is something deeply personal to me and even in my seventh year blogging, it is difficult to straddle the line between the public and private when it comes to maintaining a form of self and artistic expression in a very open view medium blog.

Wednesday

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December 2014

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Pamper & Purple

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Colorful things help me make it through cold and bitter winters. If you had to ask me for my philosophy on winter style, I’d say the brighter, the merrier! While everyone is cloaked in black, grey, navy and browns, it is nice to add a cheery pop of color into the blanket of white.

Tuesday

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December 2014

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5 Beautiful Places to Travel to in 2015

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2014 isn’t even out of sight yet and I’m already thinking about where the adventures will take me next in the upcoming year. It’s never too early to start planning or thinking about what your next dose of wanderlust will be. Each person travels differently and so long as you are not stressed and having fun, it doesn’t matter how you do it. Traveling is meant to be enriching, introspective, educational and full of good times. I’m definitely the type of traveler who whimsically books a ticket to the destination of interest and I’ll figure out the details later when the time comes.

Monday

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December 2014

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The Upper East Side

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When my girlfriends emailed me a few weeks ago to inform me that we were getting an apartment on the Upper East Side during Thanksgiving, my initial reactions were: ? ! ? “Of course they would!” These gals were my Europe travel companions and if I know anything about C. and J., they always know how to travel in style and how to enjoy a vacation.

Sunday

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December 2014

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Tulle, Silks and Cherry Reds

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It’s hard to go wrong with a tulle skirt. I’ve loved tulle since the time I saw the ballet as a little girl. Something about all the elegant tulle tutus had a hold on me and here I am years later, still in love with the material. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi fun and sophistication about tulle that makes it perfect for the a lounge on Saturday evenings and for mid-afternoon drinks with a group of girlfriends. If you’re looking for a holiday dress, read on!

Friday

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December 2014

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Cheap Thrills: Under $50 Gift Guide!

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It’s the weekend! Whenever I am about to enter a high stress period, I have a tendency to partake in impulsive retail therapy via online shopping. Since I am situated in Maine, it is easy to do this and I actually find that living in London, Vancouver and New York prevented me from going trigger happy because I would be able to walk the stress off under the city lights. Owning beautiful and quality things does not mean you have to break the bank! The economics and pricing of retail products is fascinating, and it doesn’t necessarily revolve around the cost of making the good or its material quality. Sometimes you have to catch a good sale and other times it means knowing to buy from the right retailers.

Friday

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December 2014

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Holiday Reading

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It’s the middle of the week and I want nothing more than to curl up in my bed with a good book and a cup of tea, but instead I find myself inundated with papers and data to sift through. The final push is here and then I’ll be flying back to the west coast to my gorgeous hometown of Vancouver! NPR and the New York Times recently released their top books of 2014 picks and I browsed through the extensive lists to curate this selection. This Christmas, I’ll definitely spend hours reading before I sleep for pure pleasure.

Wednesday

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December 2014

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Holiday Skating at Bryant Park

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Bryant Park is a pretty picture during the holiday season. Last week marked the first time I spent the holiday season in New York. I’ve actually never seen the city festively decked out for Christmas before and I am so glad that I was able to capture a small essence of the holiday joy and all the well-curated storefronts while still living here on the east coast. New York has always been the center of the majority of Christmas movies we watched on Canadian television and it was very special to see it in person. The older I get, the more I am beginning to have this epiphany that all the places that I’ve read of, studied and consumed through media and images are starting to manifest themselves before my eyes…

Wednesday

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November 2014

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Wednesday Wishlist: Thanksgiving Threads

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I grew up in an Asian-Canadian family as the first generation to be born in the west. As a result, Thanksgiving dinners for us had a very different spin and take than what was advertised on television. We didn’t have family come from far and near because my parents’ families were scattered around the world and a great deal of them were situated in countries where Thanksgiving was not a national holiday. When I was younger and before my palate was introduced to “Western cuisine,” we would simply have a potluck mélange with other Vietnamese families, where not a single plate on the table bore resemblance to the new culture our parents had adopted.