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Look at that runny egg!!! One of the best parts about working at Gap Inc. is the on-site cafe (aka the GAPeteria). The chefs and staff have all the creative freedom to make up any recipe they like and try it out.
This "special” breakfast sandwich was one of the best of late! A fried egg with griddled mortadella, provolone cheese, arugula and tomato on a brioce bun.
I’d never had mortadella before, but I know this won’t be my first and last time. It was sliced thin and just the right amount of salty with the egg, cheese and veggies. I hope it comes back soon!
I’d been craving some pancakes from Bubby’s for awhile, so why not have breakfast for lunch? Brynn and I went on our weekly TB and indulged in the James Beard pancakes.
I went with the Pancake flight: one caramelized banana & toasted walnuts, one blueberry and one Nutella with mixed berries & whipped cream.
I think I finished 75% of the plate, which was pretty good, considering how dense and filling the pancakes were. Next time, maybe I’ll just order one…though probably not.
Although, you might think so, just looking at the last few photos I put up here. It had been awhile since I’d been able to meet up with Tempestt and her family, so we met in Brooklyn to eat at Mile End and to visit the NYC Transit Museum.
Well, Mile End is known for their poutine and since her husband, Rem, grew up in Canada, I knew this would be an easy sell! I got the smoked meat hash, topped with fried eggs and we split a plate of the classic poutine: cheese curds, gravy and some chives.
Finally, the day had arrived! I was going to see Harry Potter & the Cursed Child on Broadway! Normally, I would see a new show within the first few months of it’s opening, but this show was notoriously hard to get tickets to. In the fall of 2018, Deirdre, Diane & I decided to buy tickets when the next block went on sale and go the weekend after Diane’s birthday.
When February 24th finally rolled around, off we went in search of meals for before and in between the two shows. For brunch, we ended up at Wild Son in the Meatpacking District, unaware of the size of the actual restaurant and the massive wait time to get a table. By the time we were seated and ordered, we were all starving, inhaled our meals and then booked it to Times Square.
I did pause for a few second to take a photo of the lovely “Good Morning Sunshine” sandwich, before it was making it’s way into my stomach. A sunny side up egg with pulled braised bacon, avocado, tomato and rosemary aioli on a perfectly toasted brioche bun; my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I’ll have to go back again soon, when I have more time to explore the menu!
I always know if I want to get a hearty brunch, I can count on my college bestie, Phil, to know the right place to go! So, we met to catch up over a lovely prix fixe brunch at Park Avenue (Winter - since they change their name and menu each season).
We had some delicious monkey bread and cornbread to split, but chose different appetizers and entrees. I went with a maple sausage link and waffle for my appetizer; covering the sweet portion for breakfast, and the breakfast poutine, covering the savory portion. Covered with cheese curds, bacon, gravy and a fried egg on a bed of fries, how could I go wrong!?
The only hitch, while most people would love the “bottomless” part of the brunch, I was good after 1.5 pear belini’s. And yes, I might have done a little tipsy shopping afterwards.
I couldn't resist a trip out of the city, even if it was just to go to Newark, NJ for dinner. I had sent over a few suggestions for dinner locations and ended up at Fornos of Spain.
A very short drive from Newark Penn Station, the restaurant was larger than expected and definitely packed for a Sunday night. Since I’m a sucker for Moscato, it didn’t take long for me to agree to a pitcher of their Moscato-based sangria.
The main attraction was the Paella de Pollo with chicken, chorizo, rosemary, olives and of course, my favorite rice! (Also, the side of potato chips was a nice touch.) All-in-all, not a bad belated Valentine’s Day date.
The things I do for my love of Tokidoki and food with faces! My friend, Molly, told me that Tatsu Ramen was having a special event for the launch of the Supermarket Besties vinyl collection this weekend and I knew I had to go! For Friday, Saturday and Sunday the first 100 orders of ramen would receive a free Supermarket Bestie blindboxed collectible toy!
For my ramen, I chose the Cheeky Ramen - but since they were out of chicken, I opted for tofu. With a slow cooked chicken broth, ramen noodles, green onions and a seasoned soft boiled egg, it was just what I needed on a cold February day!
During a busy work week, sometimes it’s still appropriate to have a working lunch. Well, after Maman messed up a previous order, I still had a free meal to go and redeem.
So, while Brynn & I talked business, I ordered the Waffle Iron Hashbrowns with smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, on a bed of balsamic mixed greens with lemon, dill and a soft boiled egg.
A nice balance of all the taste senses!
After a long morning of apartment hunting, I was headed back downtown when I realized how hungry I was! I had some errands to run, but since I was already on the West side of the city, I finally made the decision to go to Jollibee!
Yes, my Filipino friends had been telling me all about this chain for months and I was curious to see what it was all about.
Since it was my first time trying out their food, I went with the Chicken Joy combo: 1 piece of Chicken Joy with a Jolly Spaghetti (sans cheese)! Yes, I also got a side of mashed potatoes & gravy, because I can never resist a potato and gravy!
The spaghetti sauce also had small sliced hot dogs, which reminded me of the Spaghetti O’s that my Mom used to make me as a kid, but the sauce was on the sweeter side and reminded me of the heavy meat sauce from Valentino’s in Nebraska.
In short, I’d go back to Jollibee in a heartbeat, but I’d bring a friend and get some halo halo, too!
Since living in NYC, the number of times that I bake a year has drastically reduced. So, when I go home and get to use my Dad’s giant chef’s kitchen; complete with dual oven and giant island, I get to play around.
Last year, I had a bag of left over mint M&M’s and wanted to use them before I went home. I took the basic Nestle’s Toll House recipe and added the M&M’s instead of chocolate chips and nuts.
Voila! Tasty, minty cookies! I made them a little fatter and baked them just under 10-12 minutes to make sure they were nice and soft/chewy in the middle.
That happy accident led to what may become an annual tradition! Minty cookies for the second year in a row!
Oof, this no-dairy for 6 weeks thing is rough. I went to The Meatball Shop for brunch thinking I could get their “Balls Benedict,” but they changed their menu a few months ago! So, now there was only a lobster benedict and so many things with dairy (milk, cream, cheese) in them!
I wanted their buttery mashed potatoes with chicken meatballs and marinara…but it came with cheese on top and these was cream in the potatoes!? Ugh. So, what was I left with? Rigatoni, chicken meatballs and marinara. It didn’t taste bad, but it wasn’t what I was craving.
At first, I was going to skip the December monthly dumpling from Mimi Cheng’s…then I went to pick up my DUMPLINGS sweatshirt and changed my mind. After all, how could I pass up a partnership with Danny Bowien from Mission Chinese Food!?
The dumpling wrappers were made from spinach and filled with pea leaves & bamboo shoots. Then the dumplings were served in a kabocha squash broath with tingling granola (a little spicy), chili vinegar and topped with edible flowers. They were a bit spicy for my mild tastes, but I’m glad that I tried them!
My friend, Phil, sent me a photo of these Hello Kitty buns at Dynasty Dim Sum near Kips Bay, so I knew where we were going for our next brunch date!
After getting our fill of char siu pork buns, dumplings, shui mai, etc. Phil ordered us a set of these custard-filled Hello Kitty buns! Served warmed, they were oozing with custard and pretty tasty (even if Hello Kitty’s nose was a a little too high on her face)!
Taking a much needed break from the office, Brynn & I found a new place to grab lunch at; The Wooly Public. Still on my non-dairy kick, I was debating between the veggie sloppy joe and this vegan taco quinoa bowl. Well, without hesitation, our server said the taco bowl was the way to go and he didn’t disappoint!
I might have to rethink my beliefs around vegan food, because this salad was fire! Made of veggie taco mix, arugula, romaine, tomatoes, corn & black bean salsa, taco strips, avocado, goddess dressing and guajillo, I quickly joined the “clean plate club!”
I’ll definitely have to go back again soon!
When I got the chance to take a work trip to Chicago, of course I couldn’t miss an opportunity to see “HAMILTON”, again! So, right after I explored the convention center expo, I ran back to my hotel and found a nearby restaurant to grab dinner at before heading to the show.
I wound up at The Hampton Social in Streeterville and found this delicious scallop risotto! Some pan seared scallops on top of cauliflower coconut risotto with mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and an umami glaze; a great amount of crunch and savory flavor.
You could tell that this restaurant was made for the Instagram set, with the neon lights, table decorations and the in house live music, but I still had a good time. If I lived in Chicago, I would definitely come back again and again.
OMG. Just typing this blog entry is making my mouth drool thinking about how tasty this eggs benedict was! Before my friend got married, her sister & mom threw a bridal shower brunch at The Smith near Lincoln Center. There was a limited menu, but still so many great choices to get to eat!
Called “The Smith Eggs Benedict”, a ciabatta English muffin with black forest ham, poached eggs, Hollandaise and home fries; it seems so simple and like almost any other eggs benedict.
However, there was something about the crispiness of that ciabatta English muffin that did it for me! The thinly sliced ham, the crispy potatoes…I wish I had this right now!
Since my friend, Andre, is on a year-long no-meat diet, I thought taking him to Ramen Hood at Chefs Club Counter was a great idea for a lunch spot. Started by Top Chef alumni, Ilan Hall and Rahul Khopkar brought together a bunch of vegan-friendly ramen and snacks to the rotating restaurant in Nolita.
I really wanted the garlic ramen, but it was out of stock. At the server’s recommendation, I went with the smokey ramen and it didn’t disappoint. Made with smoked onion broth, ramen noodles, scallions, a vegan egg, bok choy, king oyster mushrooms and topped with nori & chili threads.
While Jim was at the gym, I went to the breakfast buffet (naturally)! The day before I only saw 1 of the 4 buffets and opted to order some salmon eggs benedict; big mistake!
For day two, I made sure to get my money’s worth at the buffet! Here’s plate one: a slice of cinnamon French toast, cheese bagel, chilaquiles, banana bread and some fresh orange juice.
Not pictured: my custom omlette, cereal with lactose free milk, another serving of eggs…
When my bestie wanted to get away from the cold weather, my only stipulation was that I needed to be able to pay for my flight with my JetBue points…so, off to Mexico!
It was my first time traveling to Mexico and the flight to Cancun was easy. He arranged a pick up at the airport and we drove about an hour South to Playa del Carmen.
Growing up, I hardly ever stayed in nice hotels, so to be at the Grand Hyatt resort was a MAJOR luxury. With several infinity pools (and very little children), it was easy to relax, read a book and soak up the sun. But…where was my coconut? No sooner than I asked about it, a server appeared with one on a tray! Talk about anticipating your needs!
Another weekend hanging with Diane, as we made our way to Forest Hills Stadium in Queens for EEEEEatsCon!
As one of the sponsors, Bailey’s had a cool pop-up with hot chocolate! You could choose a few different toppings and everything was prepared while you wait. I got whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a chocolate straw.
It was perfect!
What’s a girl to do when two of her favorite NYC-based resturants make a limited time collaboration!? Why, buy a ticket to EEEEEatsCon and immediately head to their booth!
A partnership between Shake Shack and Pizza Loves Emily, this burger was everything! A Shake Shack Pat LaFrieda burger with cheese, caramelized onions and Pizza Loves Emily’s signature Emmy Burger sauce!
I also couldn’t pass up the dessert from the stand, a Nilla wafer whoopie pie with banana marshmallow frozen custard. Good thing I had an eating buddy to share all of these treats with!
It’s been a long time since I had a sort of lazy Sunday. My friend, Diane and I wanted to go see a movie, but needed a little nourishment first.
Since she lives on the Upper East Side and we were heading to Kips Bay for our movie, I found Midwinter Kitchen on Yelp and made a reservation.
The struggle is alwys real for me with brunch // breakfast, since I love sweet and savory. I ended up going with these tasty cornmeal pancakes with fresh raspberries and maple syrup.
Ok, so it took my almost 9 years of living in NYC to finally make it to Prince Street Pizza for their classic square slice with crispy pepperonis…and then, I ate it so fast that I forgot to take a photo!? Very off-brand of me.
Well, after pizza, I convinced my friend and fellow foodie, Matt to go to Ba Pa Tea with me. I’d seen these bubble tea soft serve photos popping up on Instagram and knew that I had to go. How could ice cream and bubble tea go wrong!?
I choose the black milk tea & oolong milk tea swirled soft serve with boba; on the bottom and top! It was the perfect cool, creamy compliment to the chewy salty pizza slice.
A lilac bubble tea!? A summer limited edition treat from Boba Guys at the Canal Street Market. Although I usually opt for a chai or matcha something, this one sounded too good to pass up!
A little ube with coconut milk and those “Grade A Balls”!? Thanks Boba Guys for making my day of running errands that much better.
While our team Director was traveling, the rest of us headed to Eataly for a team pasta lunch TB! While the wait wasn’t too bad, the pasta took awhile to come out…but I’d say mine was totally worth it!
Just look at that agnolotti in a beef reduction sauces with parsley!? Perfectly al dente, I could have eaten another bowl or two.
It’s nice to get out of the office for lunch a few times a week and Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place is a nice escape. Up until today, I'd mostly ordered dumplings at Northern Tiger…but today the char siu pork bowl looked too good.
BBQ char siu pork with a fried egg, napa cabbage and a delicious ginger scallion sauce over rice. Next time, I’ll be sure and order it on Ritual, so I can just pick it up and not have to wait in line!
Well, I guess I didn’t eat anything photo worthy for a few weeks…I found myself back at Mimi Cheng’s for the September #dumpsofthemonth!
Mac & cheese dumplings from a partnership with Kat O’Dell - 3 cheeses with garlic breadcrumbs (glad they were back) and a side of creamy CBD oil sauce.
I wasn’t particularly fond of the sauce…and I didn’t know what CBD oil was before this meal, but the dumplings were delicious!
I’ve been to Cha Cha Matcha numerous times, but this was the first time that their soft serve ice cream machine wasn’t broken or sold out!
That sweet matcha green tea swirled with vanilla soft serve hit the spot on this humid NYC afternoon for sure! (Yes, plenty of Lactaid was taken.)
I convinced my coworkers to hit up Mimi Cheng’s with me, so I wouldn’t miss the August #dumpsofthemonth!
This month, it was a chicken parmigana dumpling with basil, mozzarella, garlic bread crumbs and a side of marinara sauce.
Let me just say those breadcrumbs hit the spot!
I think this was right after my Dad & I got into a fight, where he told me to “shut up,” but at least the cake was delicious.
I wish I had another slice RN.
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I was walking through Soho one evening after work and stopped at this window. I mean, who wouldn’t want a Miffy or Brown lamp?
Maybe I don’t need a full-size one, but a mini one couldn’t take up that much space, right?
One of the best parts about working in Tribeca is walking by the Balloon Saloon storefront daily. They always have amusing and interesting displays outside.
You can’t help but smile (or stop and take a photo) when your nearby.
I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I had not seen Angels in America before the revival came to Broadway this summer. I remember hearing about the play and reading reviews of the HBO miniseries years ago, so I knew I had to get tickets when it finally came to NYC from London.
After almost being late for the first night, I left work with plenty of time for night two. I was also able to find the neon wings in the basement and found a nice stranger to take some photos for me. And yes, I wore a red & blue striped t-shirt to coordinate with the marketing for this show.
I admit that I do not know as much about K-Pop as I should. At least I knew about Line Friends before their store opened in Times Square, just below the old MTV TRL studio!
So, when the boys of BTS worked with Line Friends to make their own character collection, I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to buy from all the adorable products.
I settled for the bunny notebook and some stickers. This wall and neon signage of all the characters was too cute to not take a photo of.
Before a Dr. appointment, I walked by P!Q at Rockefeller Center and saw this Yummy World plush display! There were so many new plush characters that I had never seen before and they all wanted me to take them home, right?
I was mostly temped by the “onion ring toss” and little basket of onion rings. However, since I already had the large “cheese puffs,” I only purchase a few vinyl toys and the mini grilled cheese plush. Yes, I have some self-control!
The walk from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue on the L train can be kinda gross. So, it was a pleasant surprise on Valentine’s Day to see that someone set up all these photos for the “Love Tunnel” and was letting people take a random photo home with them.
I get the sentiment, but I can’t help but be a little bitter on Valentine’s Day. It’s such an arbitrary holiday.
When my date suggested that we meet at "Gulliver's Gate" in Times Square for a first date, it seemed like a good idea to me. We lucked out, too, because there was a tour group with extra tickets and we got entry for half price!
The whole exhibit is full of miniature recreations of NYC and various landmarks throughout the world. I took so many photos, Snapchats and photos for my Instagram story, but the best one? This view of Times Square: TKTS booth and all!
After my friend, Brynn, saw a photo of this tree in Time Out, she told me we had to find it! So, we wandered to Brookfield Place and I was appropriately dressed in my *NSYNC "Home for the Holidays" t-shirt and sequin bomber jacket, where I patiently waited for a small child to take a photo before I got mine.
This tree was decorated by the store, Babesta, and was covered in Yummy World x Kid Robot plush of all sizes. Then we made a stop into their store to browse, but I ended up getting the mini burrito plush for my desk.
I don't think that was the theme of the Bergdorf windows this season, but I was particularly attracted to this window because of all the colors.
Each Holiday season, I get soup dumplings with my friend, Whitney, and then we walk down 5th Avenue and look at all the window displays. This time around, we invited Deirdre, and made a great evening of it.
Another perk to helping manage 4 buildings is the various celebrations I got to attend! Gap has a studio space at Industry City, so we got invited to their Holiday Party spanning through several of their buildings and including free food, drinks, a photo booth, DJ, stores, etc.
It was a great night! Even the landscaping was decked out!
As you know, I'm in Times Square/The Theatre District a lot. I love nothing more than a good musical and "Dear Evan Hansen" has quickly become one of those that I go back to again and again.
I loved getting off the train and seeing the subway station wrapped in DEH ads. From the turnstyles to the card readers, the signature blue was everywhere at 42nd Street.
After completing more than 18 collections with the “Bucket Brigade” for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), I was able to attend the first night of the Gypsy of the Year benefit for free!
And…I even got my name in a Playbill!
On a Saturday afternoon, I trekked up to Corona Park in Flushing to see a holiday dance performance of Ellie’s dance school classmates. Called “That 70’s Nutcracker,” it was loosely based on the story of “The Nutcracker” and was performed in various 70’s-themed costumes. The show was fun, but I had to leave early to make it into the city for a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS bucket brigade shift.
While walking back to the 7 train, I passed by this new public art installation next to the Unisphere and had to stop and take a look. Entitled “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” and designed by Ai Wei Wei was part of NYC’s Public Art Fund installations.
Gentrification is a weird thing. While I'm sad to see my neighbors displaced over the last 8+ years, I do appreciate Twin Suns Deli that opened less than 2 blocks from my apartment.
Their breakfast sandwiches on brioche buns and their breakfast burrito! Oof. I would eat them every day...if my stomach could handle it.
A little wink to the graffiti in the bathroom at Clem's. Also, since I don't work at Madewell anymore, I get some perks. One being free overnight shipping on order and another being free gifts, like this denim tote.
Back for my 2nd season of "red bucket" collections with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS!
One of my first collection was for Wicked, where I was quick to find Ashley Parker Angel's name on the board and ask for an extra Playbill for safekeeping/boyband memories.
If you know me, you know my dream job was to be a VJ on TRL! Well, this new reincarnation isn't exactly what I thought it would be, but I still appreciate that MTV is trying to stay relevant.
I saw this poster in Shubert Alley and couldn't resist taking a photo. Who knew that when I was in high school & college and taping TRL on a VHS tape each day, that one day I could walk by 1515 Broadway any time I wanted to?
Even since I saw an exhibit of Dale Chihuly's work in high school, I've made an effort to see more of his exhibitions when they're in the city or if I'm in a place that has one.
I almost didn't make it to his installation at the New York Botanical Gardens, but I was able to snag a ticket for one of the last "Chihuly Nights," where all of his sculptures were illuminated for the evening.
Of course, this neon abstract piece was my favorite.
You would hardly know that a few years ago, this was Toys 'R Us and there was a ferris wheel inside the store!
We got a special treat and got to shop in the new Old Navy and Gap stores in Times Square before they were open to the public. It's spectacular to see how the spaces were transformed for each brand, although setting up all the stations at the base of the elevator wasn't the smartest idea...I had a grand time and got some great new clothes!
The best part about cat sitting for my friends, might be this view from their private deck. I didn't edit this photo, but the sun was shining perfectly on this weekend afternoon.
Even if cat food smells gross & their chubbier cat has the worst smelling poops; this makes up for it all.
Growing up, Margaret Cho, was the first Asian-American I saw in media that reminded me of myself. More "American" than "Asian," and not typically small and submissive, I sat in front of the TV every Tuesday night to watch All-American Girl on ABC through the good and the bad.
In college, I helped UNL's University Program Council (UPC) out with spreading the news about her show and received a free table for my help! I got to speak with her briefly, where I blurted something out like "My Dad sounds just like your Mom, I'm Korean and I"m a HUGE fag hag!" To which she kindly replied "You ARE like a younger version of me!" and I could have died.
So, whenever she has a show in the NYC area, I will be there! In fact, the last time she was at the Gramercy Theater, her performance was filmed for Netflix and it's called "PsyCHO" and I was in that audience!
When I was walking back to the office, I noticed this balloon sculpture/installation in front of Maman in Tribeca. I'm not sure what it was for, but it was too pretty to not stop and take a photo of.
Mostly, I was "doin' it for the 'gram" as the Millenials might say...but I never posted this to Instagram.
Yet another morning off the Chambers J Station, but I wonder why this is a "V" instead of a "U?" Any ideas?
If you're ever needing some great home inspiration or just to get out of the office for a bit, a stroll through the housewares department at the fairly new Anthropologie downtown is just the fix.
While I probably won't be hanging up any light fixtures in my apartment any time soon, I loved this "bubble" chandelier and it's rainbow effect.
It'd been a few months since I had caught up with my college BFF, Phil, so we decided to meet up for brunch at B Bar in NoHo to catch up.
The weather was perfect, so we were able to dine al fresco, which would have been more enjoyable without the teenagers behind us running around and shouting for part of the meal. (How old am I sounding right now?)
For my second date with Chris, he chose for us to meet for breakfast at The Little Owl, which is located in the base of the apartment used for all the exterior shots on "Friends." You might recognize it from those shots as Monica/Rachel's main apartment.
But for as an avid "Friends" fan might realize, that exterior shot doesn't match much else. Where's the giant balcony outside? Where is Ugly Naked Guy/Ross' apartment across the street?
Either way, it was sweet of him to think of catering to my pop culture sensibilities, however misguided. We had a nice meal and walked around the West Village before heading our separate ways.
It might be my Nebraska roots, but I will always be a Pepsi girl. Never a Coca-Cola/Coke girl.
When I was growing up, Pepsi Co. acquired the contract for all University of Nebraska events and campus. Thus, not a Coke product in sight on the campus or at any home football game.
This also meant that we were great test market for Pepsi Products and were among the first markets to get Mountain Dew Code Red in the early 00's.
So, when I was in Long Island City with Tempestt & her family, of course, I had to stop and take this photo (and it was in an episode of "SMASH," too).
If you're ever walking through the West Village, take a stroll near W. 12th Street and stop to see the New York City AIDS Memorial. A stunning sculpture and right next to St. Vincent's, where the onset of the AIDS Crisis was first treated in the 1980's.
After staying in Bed-Stuy the night before, I took the J train into work and it was a nice change up in my morning commute.
First of all, it was only 1 train line into the city and it was above ground for more of the trip. When I got out in the morning light at Chambers Street, I had to stop and take this photo.
After a long week of meeting planning at work, we all gathered near the office at The Bennett for a little Happy Hour and to celebrate Mariel's upcoming wedding.
We posted up on the long benches against the wall and were shown the call buttons to grab the attention of our servers when we needed anything. The best part: the buttons would light up a number on the mirrored panels behind the bar! (We might have played around with them for a bit, too...)
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Yes, I purposely wore a red & blue striped t-shirt for the second night of "Angels in America" on Broadway. I made sure to leave the office in plenty of time to get settled, find the neon angel wings and have a snack before the 4-hour run time of part 2 of the play.
I found a nice couple who was also taking photos near the wings and asked them to take my photo. This was my favorite of the bunch.
When my high school friend, Nan, invited me to his oceanside wedding in Rancho Palo Verdes, CA, how could I say no? I got to leave behind the cold and snow in NYC and spend several blissful days in the California sunshine.
While he told me the ceremony was "business casual," clearly I had the wrong idea of what that meant. Oh well. My friend, Courtney, provided me with a place to stay in Los Angeles and came with me for the festivities.
I found a blush pink "eyelash" skirt from Banana Republic at a bargain for around $25 (originally priced at almost $200) and paired it with my floral embroidered over-sized Madewell jean jacket, an Old Navy top and some Stan Smith's and my little Alexander Wang bag.
Yes, I might have been a tad under-dressed, but at least I was comfortable for the ceremony, dancing and meal that followed.
I'd been wanting to go to a Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center for years, so "Chinese Heritage Night" seemed like the perfect time to go. I think partially due to Jeremy Lin and partially due to Chinese New Year, the marketing team put this together.
So, I headed off to the game after work with my friend, Andre, and we went to pick up our free scarves, grab some food and drinks and find our seats.
Granted, the venue was not crowded, so we were able to stretch out in our seats and enjoy the pre-game; including a hype man who announced all the players names and numbers in Mandarin. We watched the game (mostly) and just had a great time reliving great phrases from basketball video games and enjoying the atmosphere.
While most people would be cheering on either the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots on SuperBowl Sunday; for me, that meant the halftime show with Justin Timberlake!
So, I sported a little green (since I did live in Philly for almost a year) and JT for the game. Yes, I went to Best Buy and bought an antenna just for the halftime show, but it will also come in handy for the Winter Olympics in a few weeks.
Yes, JT has performed at the SuperBowl before, but never as a solo artist. (Janet Jackson performance non-withstanding, since he was the surprise guest.) I've been listening to "Man of the Woods" all weekend, so I could get ready for the show and for his upcoming concert at Madison Square Garden!
One perk of no longer working at Madewell is getting to take advantage of all the benefits in the "Insider" program. Of course, I have now achieved VIP status, which comes with shopping perks and free items.
I went to my old store for an Insider shopping party and got this free denim tote. Then, while out for Caitlin's birthday, I couldn't resist taking a photo of how it contrasted with the graffiti-ed wall in the restroom.
A Louis Vuitton and MTV fanny pack from the "Is Fashion Modern" exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Besides a Patagonia fleece pullover, a pair of high top Chuck Taylors and pins from Pintrill; these fanny packs were some of my favorite pieces from this exhibit.
Fashion is so cyclical, I love seeing what comes back around. Although, this 90's fashion revival seems weird, since I don't feel like it was that long ago that I lived through it. It's hard for me to fathom that I work with kids who were born in the 90's and that they are in their 20's already. (Aren't I still in my 20's!?)
I love when you can find people who "nerd out" over the same things that you do! Luckily, I found two kindred souls at work who are also big Broadway fans!
So, for our office's Halloween party, we went with a Broadway theme: I was Joan from Fun Home, Barbara was a Newsie and Matthew was Evan from Dear Evan Hansen.
I lent Barbara my Newsies bag that I got at the BCEFA Broadway Flea Market and found the pieces for my Joan costume already in my own closet.
Another "twinning" moment for Deirdre & me. Somehow, at the Grand Opening of the new Times Square Gap store, we ended up in the fitting room with the same shirt.
We couldn't resist another photo opp!
My friend's daughter, Ellie, loves calling me "Chenny." So, after not seeing her or her family for a few months, I was worried that she would forget who I was.
It only took a few minutes before she remembered and warmed up to me. And behold! We had matching shoes on too! Her dad jokingly calls me their "Asian Nanny," which I consider a term of endearment, especially when their kids are so cute!
For Election Day, in a nod to Rosie the Riveter, I donned a chambray jumpsuit with a red bandana to vote.
One day at a time. We're halfway to those important Mid-term elections in 2018 and hopefully, we can turn this country around.
In that sweet spot of Fall before it's too cold to wear shorts and maybe too warm to wear pants; but somehow my buddy, Deirdre and I managed to match at work
A little bit Gap, a little bit Old Navy; but both white shirts and denim overalls. Perfection.
And, yes, I was wearing all my pins recently acquired from RuPaul's DragCon.
Undoubtedly, Thorgy Thor, was one of my favorite drag queens on RuPaul's Drag Race. As soon as I saw her brightly colored booth at RuPaul's DragCon, I knew I had to get in line to meet her.
I'd been to several of her shows at Metropolitan Bar in Williamsburg, but never had a chance to chat with her and Ragamuffin. She was super friendly and appreciated by Care Bears dress by Ichiban. After all, two rainbow souls deserve each other, right?
For my birthday, my friends, Caitlin & Emily, got me a ticket to a Mets game! While I'm not the biggest baseball fan, I love the atmosphere of sporting events; not to mention the food.
Of course, I had to rock my A.Ham hat from Hamilton, but I also was able to find a great Mets tank top at Old Navy for the occasion.
And a little blue and orange never hurt anyone.
Happy Summer Fridays! I decided to take advantage of the shorter workday and head over to the Brooklyn Museum and see the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit before it closed.
I didn't know much about O'Keeffe other than her flower paintings, so the exhibit was very informative. I really enjoyed seeing the various garments and pieces that she inspired. One of my favorites was this robe with the rainbow colored stripe.
Sometimes it's annoying setting up tons of work events, but never getting to reap the benefits of them. But this time, I knew I wanted to partake in the 4th of July treats and it was another excuse for theme dressing!
I broke out my new RSVLTS shirt (featuring rocket pops and the State of Liberty) with my Old Navy short overalls and some more themed enamel pins. The mini corn on the cobs and a borrowed beer for this photo opportunity, were the best accessories!
Well, I guess you can see how much the color has faded since my last post of my purple hair! The front is almost a plum color, while the back is still a vivid purple.
Of course when Boy Meets Girl announced that they were going to have a Care Bears collaboration, I knew I had to get something. I chose this Share Bear tank top, as she was always one of my favorites and she's purple!
On a little work field trip, I found this camo denim jacket at Anthropologie and although I hadn't purchased anything from Anthro in forever, their "Mother's Day" discount made it an easy decision. And, I'm glad I tried it on, (since I hate trying things on) because I only needed a small!
For the last several years, I've always taken my birthday off of work and visited the Met Museum to see the Costume Institute Exhibit. The first Monday in May is always when the collection premieres with the Met Ball, so it's a perfect time to visit.
I've been a fan of Comme des Garcons for awhile, but seeing so many pieces of Rei Kawakubo's work in person is an experience in itself. There were so many intricately constructed dresses, jackets and garments, it was hard to not take photos of everything.
This look is one of my favorites. Not practical at all to wear, but the colors with the red wig caught my eye.
Every other year, Nebraska alumni, fellow former Nebraskans and friends gather at the Husker Bar near Penn Station for the "Taste of Nebraska!"
I knew I wanted to be a little "festive," as my Mom raised me to appreciate a good theme to dress up for. I found a new red & white striped t-shirt from Madewell (naturally), and paired it with some Gap overalls. I had to add a few enamel pins: a vintage Nebraska pin, an emoji corn cob and my Waitress pie slice with a Nebraska baseball cap. I think I did a good job, don't you?
After finally changing jobs, I knew I wanted to color my hair for the first time in over 5 years! I did some research, (thanks, Pinterest!) and found some great shades of purple to show my stylist.
I was really happy with the way the color was looking this day, so I snapped this photo in my new cactus print Courier shirt from Madewell and one of my favorite pieces of Madewell jewelry.
I can't take credit for this pun, but once I saw it on Bow & Drape, I knew it was the t-shirt for me! I personalized it with the food emojis, but I knew my love of carbs and bad reality TV made this the perfect purchase.
I broke it out at work and it got lots of great responses!
For a little winter break, I got my team tickets to visit the Taylor Swift Experience when the Grammy Museum brought it to the South Street Seaport. I knew I had to wear my sequin bomber jacket, since I remembered Taylor wearing one during the "1989 Tour" and wouldn't you know; it was there!?
Here I am wearing my jacket, a Chance the Rapper "MALIA" t-shirt and standing infront of Taylor's costumes from the tour.
I took a short vacation from NYC to visit my friend, Jonelle, in Columbus, OH. Since she said to work, I took some time to visit the Columbus Art Museum and was very impressed by their collection. I happend upon an Isabel Marant installation and it was amazing!
Here's a sampling of some of her pieces that were on display. I really want that pink layered top in the lower left corner...
I can't seem to quit my Madewell addiction. My all black Transport Tote was looking a little worn, so I went to find a new one. I decided to get the Burgundy one and then head to the Meatpacking Store to get it monogrammed. And, yes, I'll always be "CHEN."
It's a nice deal when your Company has a Holiday Pop-Up Shop within walking distance from the office! I went with Brynn to check out the store in Soho, just a few days before it closed.
Of course, these days, everything needs to be Instagram fodder. This lightbox was filled with light bulbs and Gap logos, perfect for those square photos.
I was lucky enough to get chosen as Verameat's "Cute Customer," so I got 40% off any item of my choice! So, what did I pick?
-a "engagement ring"
-a spine ring
-a Chinese takeout enamel pin
I think that sums me up, right? After all, I'm not on any track to get proposed to and the ring doesn't scream "engagement ring."
My friend, Whitney, and I have started our own holiday tradition of spending an afternoon or evening each year strolling the holiday windows on upper 5th Avenue. (This year's viewing was only slightly impeded by the barricades out of Trump Tower.)
My favorite window of this year's displays was at Bergdorf Goodman, where this Roberto Cavalli clad mannequin was posed upon a giant rabbit and surrounded by oversize cactus plants. That multi-colored fur jacket!
One of the cool new things about my job is all the rich history that Gap Brands & Gap Inc. has. I got the opportunity to visit the Brands' Archives in the basement of our HQ.
One of the Archivists was showing us Sharon Stone's infamous turtleneck, Stella McCartney for Gap Kids' Bandleader Jacket, Missy Elliott's spray painted t-shirt and even Richard Simmons' bedazzled Old Navy tank top; but the highlight for me was this vintage Gap sweater. Why? You ask, because it was worn by none other than Lin-Manuel Miranda in the October 2016 Issue of GQ Magazine. Will this be the closest I ever get to LMM? Only time will tell...BroadwayCon was a close second...
As of late, I've been really impressed with the designs at Coach. I got my first Coach bag at my high school graduation from one of my Dad's business partners and I didn't know the importance of that saddlebag at the time.
Now, as they partner with Colette for their "Rexy" dinosaur collection, I was just browsing around when I saw these boots. Super soft leather and suede patches, Chelsea-style pull-on and actually comfortable; I knew that they had to be mine.
The salesgirl was very friendly, and offered to let me know when the Oxfords in a similar style went on sale. I can't wait to break these puppies in!
It's easy to say that you might be scared in these days, post-election. How can we find our fellow Americans who will keep up safe? Someone started a small movement with safety pins as a statement, so I added one to my coat today.
Will you join me?
A little piece of flair for my jacket for Election Day! You can feel the excitement/anxiousness in the air...could we have our first female President of the United States?
Since it was also my second to last day at work, I had to pair with a little bit dressed down look: a camouflage HAMILTON/NYC t-shirt, my Madewell jean jacket and topped off with my new Monsieur Coat.