a little peekaboo

Here's a little sneak peek of what I've been working on for my next informal exhibit... the emotion I'm trying to convey is a little darker as I'm creating more emphasis on the haunting look of the girls. 

It's been a little difficult to finish this project in the past month because I've been scrambling for freelance jobs and working lots of OT (woooot!). Other than that, everything's been good, all I have to do is find my balance with everything - work, and my passion. I'm happy that I have no other major commitments other than my own right now. This year has been really good to me so far. My health is pretty good (thank Jesus), and I'm no longer in toxic job situations. I'm definitely a lot better. And I'm pretty excited to celebrate my 29th birthday next week (Feb. 26). Yeeee my last year! I'm over my 20s honestly.


xx ss

derby worthy hats print

So I just got sick yesterday and even went home early from work hoping to recover overnight but didn't. I feel worse today lol. But I was excited to complete my list of things to do today. I prepared and mailed out a print order and worked on a new print that I just added to my shop! I did this illustration during Fashion Month last year where I worked diligently every day illustrating a series of trends I spotted on the runway. I'm slowly adding more as I'm trying to pick out my followers top favorites. I'm always open to suggestions! After all I wouldn't have opened up a shop if it was never requested by you guys! So ask away~! 

Thank you all always for your love & support..      

Thank you all always for your love & support..  

xx ss

costume contest

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! I decided to have a low-key celebration this year and instead of dressing up, I dressed up as me! Well more of me.. It was a perfect day to feel comfortable in my own skin without anyone judging. You can check me out on my Instagram! Originally I was planning on joining in on a seance circle last night, but I wanted to have a glass of wine on my Friday night. And being intoxicated in a seance circle on the night where all the ghosts and ghouls are out is not a smart idea! Lol. I've seen so many fun and interesting costumes on Instagram this morning and being the natural trend spotter I am, I've noted a few common costumes that definitely stood out to me. See if you can match the costumes below with each category! We have a Unicorn, a Nerd, a Cat, and a Skeleton.

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..done? :) Here are the answers:

1. Unicorn = C. trendiest


What's with unicorns this year? Did I miss something? This is probably the next psychedelic animal every girl wants to be at least once for Halloween. I still don't know how unicorns became animal of the year. Miley Cyrus maybe? But I guess I'm not too surprised. Unicorns even popped up in a reading I got from a friend last week! I guess it's all the hype these days and everyone's somehow connected to them! I still don't know why though.2. Nerd = D. easiest

I can't tell you how many people I've come across this Halloween who've said they weren't planning on dressing up but end up dressing up anyway. Being at the very last minute they search for an impromptu costume, one that they already have and can build off on, and the easiest. One of them is the nerd costume. If anything you already own these school girl clothes even if you never went to a private school {why? Because some girls like to dress nerdy sometimes. It can be sexy}. The only accessories you'll need to shop for are fake thick-framed black glasses. Everything else can be stolen or borrowed from office supplies.

3. Cat = A. predictable

If you really have nothing to wear or be, this is another simple costume. It's cute, pretty, and a normcore costume. You won't win a halloween costume contest with it unless you throw on some wings and be a sexy mutant fairy cat. Maybe..


4. Skeleton = B. most common

This is a popular one this year. I actually wore skeleton leggings with my outfit last night. People seem to get more creative with the idea of bones, but who would've thought that people can make bones look... sexy?


Happy Pumpkin Day!

xx ss

frayed denim

So one way to keep the skinny jean alive is by cropping it at ankle length and fraying the hems. That'll give it a more relaxed look, right? These days we are all going for the relaxed look and want to feel relaxed in our jeans.. and not pressured to squeeze into our skinnies and expect to look ten times better in them. At least this little frayed detailing at the hem will distract eyes from whatever is suffocating in the upper part of the skinny jeans..  

frayed denim


xx ss

muse: Wendy Nguyen

Today's tiny fashion muse is Wendy Nguyen! After last week's fun idea, I wanted to continue doing more cut outs of my illustrations.. Sometime last week I just pictured hanging my little sketches on the tiny clothespins I got myself from the Dollar Tree store last year, lol. I purchased these little clothespins on impulse because they were so cute! But didn't know what I would do with them. That's my problem.. I just buy cute things on impulse when I don't have any use for them. But I do now that I've shrunken my illustrations to like 1 1/2"-2" lol.

wendy nguyen
wendy nguyen
wendy nguyen
wendy nguyen

Happy Sunday!


xx ss

muse: Alix

This parisienne girl is my new favorite fashion blogger. I find myself more attracted to fashion bloggers who a.) has a unique personalized and chic sense of style, and b.) can pose elegantly & have fun! I've found a lot of the popular fashion bloggers to be stiff, and are afraid of movement. And to me, that doesn't make their outfits look great. I just love Alix's looks and photos! Check her out here!



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Who does happy hour on a Wednesday with their favorite girlfriends? ...I do. Even though it seriously costed my energy { << does that makes sense? Is the grammar right for that? Lol..} for the rest of the week, I wouldn't have changed a thing. Every time we're together it's just all laughs and stories. It's just those moments that make life not so serious. We all work in the fashion industry and struggle to integrate reality and creativity to our work load every day..  And how we all met was from working together at the last company I was at. We've all become so very close ever since. I love these girls, they're definitely my other halves. Without them, I wouldn't be the happy girl I am today.

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xx ss

muse: emma

In last week's fashion blogger study, my pick of the week goes to Emma from A Beautiful Mess. I'm such a big fan of her and her sister's blog. They are ultimate blogger queens! They combine DIY fashion, crafts, and cook yummy goodies all on their blog. They're extremely creative.. and that's what I love about them. They are definitely role models of mine.  I love their fashion mixology concept. They take 8 pieces of clothing and create 8 different looks. I mean, I don't know about you, but since I've started working, I've been finding it kinda hard to pick out my wardrobe every day and every week. And I find myself repeating my outfits... ughh I hate that! But then again, I did just get complimented today and was told I dress well.. :) I guess I'm looking for a way to make my style a little more interesting.. and different than yesterdays look! Anyway, last week I drew up quick sketches of mini muses dedicated to Emma in my little notebook! I usually do most of my sketches at my desk at work during my lunch break. I know some people hate having lunch at their desks, but if I'm there sketching, then I zone out completely :).


xx ss

my birthday week

Wow this week was definitely full of surprises. One of them being that I decided to jump back into the fashion industry and work full-time {temporarily} to keep up a steady paycheck because honestly, getting illustration commission work has been difficult! But don't worry, I'm still keeping up with it! It's my passion, so it stays. I started my first full week and I love the work place already and the energy there. In my last job I dealt with so much high school drama that it drained the life out of me. It's a relief to know that not all companies are like what I went through in this crazy industry. On my third day of work I decided to bring in a pop of nature, a stack my of favorite reads, and my sketchbook to my new desk setting to create a zen environment. :)

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I celebrated my birthday this week too. The day before my actual birthday was actually when I celebrated it because I finally admitted to myself I was 25, lol. I never could comfortably admit my age now because I'm starting to feel that the years are passing by too quickly :(  And people always thought I was older than my actual age because of my personality.. I just have an old soul, and I feel like I'm growing closer to that age! So on the day before my birthday I embraced being 25 and reflected on all my moments from my past year and saw how much I loved what I created and learned. 25 was my favorite number that day. Not to mention the date was 2/25 too. :) And to my surprise at the end of the day when I went to my car after leaving work, I realized that the parking space number I parked in was #25! That instantly pinged to me because it was a definite sign that I was on the right path :)

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It always rains on my birthday. I think I should stop saying that. That way I can stop bringing that to me lol. But it did, but lightly which made me happy. These past two days mother nature literally had diarrhea. I've never seen the streets flooded so bad. My car was like swimming in the rain. Anyway, I'm happy that I didn't have that crazy weather on my birthday! I would've cried lol. So I got to go out with one of my best friends and my older sister for din din and enjoy a yummy cake :)

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I've also started my next series of six-sensory classes this week which was amaziiiiing!! So excited to be doing this and continuing my path of being spirited :)

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I loved my week. It was a mixture of ups and downs and happy surprises. I loved it so much. It definitely tired me out, but that makes me happy because I just have a lot to do! My days just flew by this week.. which scared me a little because I missed a few days of sketching when I wanted to sketch. And when I tried, I was too tired to function. So for next week and the month ahead I plan on doing 10 sketches per day to keep my practice up, attending my six-sensory class every week and practicing every day, dance class once a week, and yoga every other night! Ahhh, I'm excited. Happy Weekend everybody!

xx ss

working hard & hardly working

So far I've been getting the best of both worlds :) And when I have my down time I go looking for sweets or a latte to snack and sip on along with some good company. That's what my month's been like so far. I love this month. I loved last month too. I've just been surrounded by good people and good energy. And when there was people present that I didn't want to encounter, the situation was miraculously avoided. Yay! I'm also becoming way more flexible from doing home yoga which I'm über excite about. My back is bending more and more every day where my head can almost touch my butt lol. I feel like a contortionist now. Maybe I'll share a mini video on instagram one day...


My best friend Alyssa pointed out how I've been hanging out at Urth Caffe too often now. I'm just not tired of it yet, lol! I think once I get through all the designs in my latte I'll take a break. And plus the place is just so relaxing...

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I had an interview today for a freelance position :) So yes, getting back into the fashion industry again but only for a few months. I'm trying to make as much as I can while I'm doing custom illustrations. Gotta make that dough!

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Oh my gosh and it's London Fashion Week too? Ugh, I'm behind.. but I did find a designer whose collection I looooved!

AHH! And it's exactly a week before my birthday! *GASP* 30yr old peeps are right when they say your 20s go by like that!

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Bundle Up!

Even though the California sun shines on us like it's still summer and ends our days with pretty pink sunsets, the cold that settles in at night sucks. And certain areas of my face dry up so bad that it peels.. And it hurts :( This weather is confusing me. Anyways.. February.. I can only say that a lot has happened already for me this year. A lot of good changes. Some highlights: I chopped off all my hair for a modeling job and ended up really loving it. :) I'm taking up more mystical classes and meeting more new people. Going to Barnes & Nobles regularly and reading outside on a bright sunny day. Seeing my friends every week! And recently paid a visit to a familiar face and his family & friends.

It's my birthday month too. Who knows what'll happen next? I definitely know what I want in life, but it doesn't always present itself to me in the way I want it to. Knowing this has taught me to pay more attention to my life around me, and also to let go; but most importantly, expect it. That said, I'm looking forward to more collaborations in the future and fun projects! And an abundance of creativity and inspiration! This year's going to be filled with so many surprises. Can't wait!!


xx ss