Monday, August 31, 2015

4 BREAKFAST TOASTS TO LIGHT UP YOUR DAY

I've always thought college campuses would be much happier places if students slept more and ate quality breakfasts (and if consolatory ice cream was offered after every exam wah). In my book, it's incontestable: good breakfasts spark good vibes & good times (+ happy people & happy days, the list goes on). I hereby present 4 toasts easy enough for quick weekday mornings yet fancy enough to feel like a queen. Or king, I suppose.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

SHANGHAI TRAVEL GUIDE: CAFES + COFFEE SHOPS

Adapting to a foreign land is no walk in the park, but when you find something that connects you with where you came from…it gets that much easier. Not that China's coffee culture is anything like America's, but at least my last week of free time gave me a chance to fall back into my element.

So what do you get when you put together a girl insecure no more about her Chinese literacy skills (thank you internship), the interwebs, and the best city in China?

An overcaffeinated Vicks. And a Shanghai coffee + cafe guide.

(Also, I'm reorganizing my travel section - it's now structured as a list of travel guides for eating/shopping/playing/seeing in cities of the world that I have traversed to. I figured I might as well post up my obsessive extensive exploration habits for all to see. Such excitement!!)


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Monday, August 3, 2015

LIFE IN COLOR | BLOG MANIFESTO

Back from hiatus! To say this summer has been crazy would be an understatement, but some time away has also helped with all this blog identity + rebranding business that had been on my mind for a while. Aka I am now drowning in an eternal queue of new ideas and posts - but get excited cause they gon be awesome!! (Provided I finish within this lifetime.)

Essentially, my current state of being:

Me: OMGAHHHH SO PUMPED SUCH BIG IDEAS FOR BLOG + PHOTOGRAPHY + ART N STUFF
Life: sucks for youuuu cause I don't stop for no one
Me: o yah, crey

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Uniqlo shirt | Forever 21 skort + necklace | Vans | Michael Kors watch

Anyhow, back to business.

Picking a favorite color was always a toughie for me; I always wanted to choose all of them. But then I also have this love affair with white, which arose in large part due to its practicality in reflecting Texas summer heat and my third arm extension in the form of a Tide-to-go pen.

If you were to ask me today what my favorite color is, I still wouldn't have a definite answer. Actually, I'd direct you to this collection of photos. With white, black, and everything in between, they probably do a better job of representing me than I could myself.

I thus present the (tentative) creative purpose, the driving force, the manifesto of vicksquisite:

celebrating life in color
authentically created


Nothing big or fancy - sometimes authenticity just needs a little simplicity. And of course lots of color. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

SEE YA, 'MURICA

Hello hello! Just a short little note:

I will be in China during June and thus MIA for a bit - the government's been cracking down on its technology restrictions so even gmail might be rough. (Though I'm glad for a breather from the endless streams of social media blasts, I am unashamed to say I'm still holding out hope for my beloved channel of square-shaped picture optimization.) I will, however, be brushing up my Chinese instant messaging skills on WeChat (and perhaps LINE?), so if you have any of those, please do feel free to reach out and remind me that there is civilization on the other side of the muggy masses of pollution (don't get me wrong, I really do love China).

I'll be in Europe in July so the great undervalued privilege of free speech access shall be returned to me then, but communication on my end will likely still be sporadic.

Please bask in the glory of high pressure showers & toilets for me, and I will in turn consume too many carbs for my body to handle for y'all.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

DALLAS TRAVEL GUIDE: BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT


There are many reasons why I love Dallas - a few of which include cheap gas, cheap steak, and the acceptance (or rather, expectance) of sporting the tees & nikes dress code anywhere you go.

But of course we also know how to balance sass and class, so let's talk about this whole expanding arts scene business. You could liken Bishop Arts District to Uptown/Arts District's more down-to-earth sister - just swap out the well-groomed parks for character-filled brick walls and high-budget performance venues for independent art galleries. (Plus some of the establishments are designed by local firm Stash Design, woohoo!) Whether you have an afternoon or a day to fill, here are some of my recommendations for the area. Now go forth and art. (Or food, whichever you prefer.)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

7 MUST READS FOR SUMMER

It's summer!! Aka the perfect time to make good on that "read more" resolution you made at the beginning of every the year.

I'm all about variety in allll things in life (my one exception would be all them fancy bubble tea flavors, will order classic black tea till the day I die), so I hope this summer reading list covers a good assortment of genres - all have also been bestsellers at some point in time (if they're not still) so I'm not pitching any of that obscure-indie-book jazz. But they've got to be bestsellers for a reason right?

Anddd my answer is a resounding yes - presenting my 7 must read books for summer:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BUT ACTUALLY, WHAT IS COLLEGE | ROUND II


College is a funny little thing. You think you're getting the hang of it, and then up comes a curveball (or several) and then like what just happened who am I how does one carry on. Presenting the second annual (& very condensed) installment of what I've learned from college...here goes.