You have to be odd
to be number one.
Dr. Seuss

Monday, October 27, 2014

In City Style

Is it okay to post an outfit four months late? Well, today we're rewinding to summer. While I love autumn and the chunky knits and scarves the chilly seasons bring, there will always be a piece of me that yearns for exposed toes and sandal weather. (Tropical goddess 5ever).

My cousins, along with our good friend Jonah, had just graduated at the time; and Jonah's family had flown over from the Philippines for the occasion, so we decided to spend a rather gloomy summer Sunday in Toronto to celebrate. We started with brunch at Toca (thanks to the Huangs!), a cozy but ultra luxe spot at the Ritz-Carlton donwtown, then walked over to the Ripleys Aquarium of Canada for some fishy fun. This is what I wore!

I wasn't sure where we were going to eat or what we were going to do that day, but I thought it would be safe to dress in city style since we were going to be in downtown Toronto. The tie-print Forever21 shorts make enough of a statement on their own, so I paired very plain pieces on top to balance them out. I wore my Zara flats which were perfect for all the walking we did downtown, and threw in some accessories to finish the look off!

H&M blazer | Wilfred blouse | Forever21 shorts | Zara flats | Michael Kors bag | Bayo necklace | Aldo sunglasses

Bun in-the-making

I'd like to thank Joche, who you can find over at Silver Potpourri, for taking all of these amazing outfit photos. Let me tell you, this girl is a born director when it comes to photographing. It was so nice to have you and your family in Toronto for a visit! Read about her Toronto experience here & here.

Expertly photobombed by my cousin Mark

Thursday, October 2, 2014

About Me | 30 Random Facts

Sometimes when you're in a blogging rut, it's nice to do something light and easy to get back into the swing of things. I was tagged by a couple of people to do some variation of this post as well, so when I saw one of my favourite bloggers Chels do it a month ago as a back-to-blogging debut, I thought it'd be a neat idea for a post. If you fancy getting to know me a little bit better, keep reading!

Savouring the last of warm weather in the Aritzia Bossut Dress

  1. I can't ride a bicycle
  2. I've never been to a concert
  3. When I was younger, I was involved in two pretty major, life-threatening incidents, and now I have two wicked (and strategically hidden) scars to show for it. Bonus points if you can guess where they are!
  4. I have an irrational fear of birds (....but of course spiders or other bugs don't phase me)
  5. I was born in the Philippines, and I lived there for 15 years
  6. I fit the Asian stereotype to a TEE - aka I wear glasses, play the piano and violin, am good at math, love dim sum, eat rice daily, etc.
  7. Currently a fourth year undergraduate student in Kinesiology and loving it. I'm in the best program!
  8. I love breakfast
  9. October baby
  10. I've got a stomach that is always at the tipping point between starvation and indigestion
  11. I watch a helluva lot of television - my current favourites are Scandal and Arrow
  12. My hair has never been dyed
  13. My favourite treat is a toss up between bubble tea and frozen yogurt (the kind where they mix fresh fruit with the yogurt)
  14. I started dancing ballet as soon as I could walk, but stopped when I was 13. This remains to be one of my biggest regrets.
  15. I have plenty of hobbies and interests, but science is and always will be my greatest passion.
  16. Me under the covers with Netflix and a bowl of strawberries is my idea of a live Friday night.
  17. I'm always trying to keep my shopaholic tendencies in check (I think I've been doing pretty well lately)
  18. I am *itching* to travel and discover the world
  19. I'm an awkward human
  20. I like to say 'thank you' to people a lot. I think people should know when they've done something great!
  21. I'm the middle child of three, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. We sort of complete each other in a weird love-hate way.
  22. Human anatomy and physiology fascinates me, especially the heart. It is absolutely mind-blowing how intricately made we are.
  23. My favourite alcoholic drink is an amaretto sour.
  24. I have very malleable penmanship, and I like to change it up when I'm bored! It was also probably what I was most well known for in high school (I'm sure you're all convinced of how cool I am now).
  25. Controversial opinion: I don't like pumpkin spice lattes. (Pumpkin soup, on the other hand.....)
  26. My parents shaved my head when I was a baby, so I was bald for a solid year and a half... Thanks Mom & Dad.
  27. I used to hate cake. (WHO HATES CAKE?!)
  28. My outfit inspiration is either prom queen or homeless person, there is no in between.
  29. Studying kinesiology basically peer pressured me into eating clean and being physically active, and it's been life changing!
  30. I have the wildest and most vivid, out-of-this-world dreams
It was a lot more challenging than I thought to think of 30 different somewhat interesting facts. I'm really not the most exciting person, haha. But I hope you enjoyed it anyways! Comment below if you've done one of these before, and let me know what else you'd like to see on the blog. Be back soon!

Monday, July 21, 2014


Today is cause for celebration on Jemaroons because today's post is an outfit post, which, if you've been paying attention, hasn't been done in about a year. Outrageous. Since last summer, my personal style has definitely evolved and matured in a lot of ways, so let this serve as its public debut.

July 20th was a special day for two reasons: 1) It was my big brother's birthday (Happy 23rd, you oldie), and 2) It was the last day of Summerlicious Toronto; so naturally I suggested that the clan have a nice, semi-fancy lunch somewhere downtown for a change to celebrate. After browsing all the restaurant options, I decided to go with Ciao Wine Bar in Yorkville because the menu and place looked great! And it didn't hurt that it was only $15 for 3 courses. I'll say a few words about my experience later, but for now let's talk about what I wore.

Although Ciao is a really nice restaurant, it's not super formal at all, so I wanted to go for something smart casual. The H&M top I'm wearing is a recent addition to my wardrobe, and a piece I am currently obsessed with. To me, it resembles a casual baseball tee because of the striped pattern on the neckline and sleeves, as well as the boxy silhouette and long short-sleeves. But it's in this light, flowy material that feels like chiffon, which dresses it up. I love that it's longer in the back than front, and I think that the length and fit is just perfect for my shorter torso.Keeping it really simple and basic, I paired the top with my favourite boyfriend jeans cuffed at the bottom.

To complete the baseball chic look, I wore my sleek (but uncomfortable as hell) ASOS Hoxton sandals. I think it really pulls everything together. However, for the actual lunch I traded them in for my much more comfortable white Birkenstocks which are definitely more casual, but necessary when your family insists on walking around Yorkville for 1.5 hours prior to said lunch. Oh! Slapped on some red lipstick (Revlon Matte Balm in Striking) just to finish it off.

I really enjoy this outfit for its basic and chic look. Edit: Shoutout to my sister for the amazing pictures!

H&M top | Old Navy boyfriend jeans | ASOS sandals | Fossil bracelets | Bayo necklace | Kate Spade bag

Okay, now onto lunch. The clan had such an amazing experience at this restaurant; I'm so glad I ended up picking Ciao! Our server was incredibly nice, down-to-earth, and friendly. The dishes were cooked to perfection and the portions were just right. I opted for the polenta fries with gorgonzola dip as an appetizer, salmone fresco atlantico as my main, and tiramisu for dessert. We all agreed the salmon could have used a sauce, but otherwise this meal was perfect! It was just such a comfortable and nice lunch out. Overall I highly recommend Ciao and will be back if I'm ever in the area.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Current Loves No. 5

I think it's about time I did another one of these favourites posts, don't ya think? I've wanted to blog this fifth instalment for about two months now, I'd say, but here's my issue with Current Loves posts: I put a list together, I then proceed to procrastinate on taking blog photos, I finally convince myself that I have to take said photos, and then realize my favourites have changed. It's a sad, sad cycle. I promise I'll try my best to do these posts more frequently, so let's get on with it!

  1. Shu Uemura eyelash curlers | Because most of my days now are spent in my local Starbucks solving physics problems, there's really no need for a full face of makeup. I have been loving just giving my lashes a good curl with my Shu Uemura lash curlers and altogether skipping mascara. It still gives the eyes that much needed lift without putting any product on.
  2. Real Techniques domed shadow brush | I am obsessed with this brush for blending out my concealer. I don't know what it is, but this paired with my favourite NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is a match made in makeup heaven. This brush buffs concealer so beautifully and seamlessly, thinning out the product across the skin but still retaining the coverage with absolutely no caking. 
  3. Elizabeth & James Nirvana White | I'm going to tread lightly here because I do have commitment issues when it comes to beauty products, but I think I may have found my signature scent. I have this tendency to associate certain scents with certain seasons, but when I smelled this one I couldn't pin it down to just one. The floral peony and muguet make it wonderfully light, fresh, and feminine, and therefore perfect for the warmer months; but the musk makes it earthy and woody, and hence very fall-winter. It's a scent that really encapsulates my personality as being a balance, which I love. I got this teensy rollerball as a 100-point perk from Sephora which is great for my handbag, but I am definitely grabbing the full size!
  4. Bayo diamante necklace | I received this necklace ages ago from my friend Inna, but it wasn't until recently that I started to wear it a lot. I just find that it goes with everything from a plain tee to nice silk top to a standard button-up. I love the vintage feel it adds to a look, and how it can instantly complete an outfit. It was purchased from a local shop in the Philippines, but it actually doesn't look too difficult to DIY. Some gold chain, and a whole bunch of jump rings and diamantes and you'll be well on your way.
  5. Zara black sandals | Like I said my days lately have been pretty laid back, but back when I was working four to five days a week I would wear my Zara sandals constantly. Classic black suede, simple single strap with a thin ankle strap, and nice comfortable block heel. Granted, they won't feel like Nikes, but I can speed walk in them for a solid four hours - impressive in my book! They make any outfit look instantly chic and put together!
  6. Scandal | Oh my lawd. I have no words. I binge watched all three seasons of this the past week and let me tell you, it swallowed me whole. Is that even a thing? I'm making it a thing. This TV show is so fast-paced, unique, and exciting - you won't be able stop. It's a political drama about a woman named Olivia Pope, whose job as a crisis manager is to "fix" scandals for the nation's elite. She's brave, independent, and bloody brilliant at her job. And her wardrobe...... I drool. Someone get me that Ferragamo coat and I'll love you forever. Shonda Rhimes has done it again.
That is all I have for now, but I want to know: what have you been loving lately

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Monday, June 30, 2014

USA 2014 | New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, New York

Another year, another USA trip. Since receiving Canadian citizenship a couple of years ago, annual visits to our family in New Jersey seem to have become a thing for my family, so here is this year's rendition. I have to say, this year's trip has been the most amazing and enriching so far! From the well-spent family time in New Jersey, to shopping mania in Delaware, topnotch educational experience in Maryland, and sights & sounds (& eats) of New York. This trip truly had a bit of everything.

The Highlights

Last Friday the clan made the trek over primarily for my great aunt Lola Betty's birthday, who I was super excited to see. A lovely Saturday at-home dinner celebration finished off with ice cream cake was just what the occasion called for!

Two days later I'm in an OR living the dream at Johns Hopkins Hospital, all thanks to Aunt Micah and Uncle Dominic, family friends from Maryland. (If you're slightly confused at this point, it might help to know that I'm an aspiring physician.) I still feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to shadow doctors and observe surgeries at one of the most prestigious medical institutions, and I will always always be grateful to Aunt Micah for giving me that experience. The whole experience was completely above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined; it was so surreal and so captivating and overall reassured me of my passion. I met some of the nicest people during my short stay there and wish I could have stayed longer!

The next two days were spent traipsing the Concrete Jungle, seeing as much of Manhattan as we possibly could (we being myself, my sister, and our cousin Mark). We made it to the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, and the High Line; and made sure to stop for some NY eats, which included the cute, quaint Le Pain Quotidien, good old food trucks, and Chelsea Market. My favourite part of Manhattan sightseeing has to be the High Line, an old railway that was converted into a gorgeous and modern 2-kilometer above-ground park. This relatively short stretch provides the perfect balance between natural and urban life, and is a vantage point for some of the most beautiful views of the city. You can tell how much I loved it by how many photos I have of it in this photo diary!

Enjoy this diary of Instagram photos collated from my week-long trip! 

Le Pain Quotidien

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Annual Cut

I get my hair cut every year around this time of year to freshen it up. In a way, it is kind of symbolic of letting go of the year that has just passed and starting new. (How deep.) But mostly it's because my layers go berserk and no longer wish to cooperate with me. It becomes incredibly high maintenance and impossible to style.

For the past two years I've published my annual cut on the internet - two years ago on this blog and last year on Instagram, and I was very happy with the turnout thanks to two amazing stylists from my salon. Unfortunately, when I tried to book an appointment this year I learned that they both had moved on from that salon, and I reluctantly settled on someone else. Huge mistake. I asked for about 4 inches off, long layers, and a long fringe at the front to frame my face (which is what I got the last time; showed her pictures too) ... and got nothing close to that. The layers are so choppy and uneven, and there is no fringe whatsoever. To make things worse, she took almost two hours to achieve this look and I ended up late for my other errands that day. I don't want to go into it too much, but did want to ask, have you ever come out of a haircut upset? If so, what did you do?

On the bright side, the first day really was the worst of it. I warmed up to it slightly once I'd gotten to wash and style it myself. This is currently the only way I like how it looks because the curls conceal the choppiness. I will go in with a large barrel curling iron and curl all my hair, then take a dollop of Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine to add texture and piecyness, and finish off with a generous amount of hairspray.

Any thoughts?

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