Memorial Day Weekend in New York City

Summer’s official welcome weekend is finally here. What are your weekend plans? It’s been a while since we had a 3 Day weekend like this, so let’s do a run through of what we can do, shall we?

PROJECTS/ERRANDS

Remember those projects/errands you’ve been putting off since winter? Well, time to man up and do them! Mine are the following:

  1. Sell s*** I no longer/have no use for.
  2. Marie Kondo the heck out of my closet

EAT

I am slowly succumbing to the notion that I may never cook a full meal again as I’ve found myself eating out more often. While I know this is not the most healthy, physically and financially, I seriously can’t help myself (oh god, am I addicted to eating out?). Anyway, I thought about it and decided that it may be better for my wallet in the meantime because whenever I buy veggies or fruits from the market, I end up throwing them out. More wasteful ‘no? I do still cook at home once in a while. I subscribed to Hello Fresh recently and while the concept is great, it’s not the cheapest at $59/week for 3x 2 person meals.

That said, here’s something I plan on doing in the next month. Eat at new places. I find myself eating at my go to restaurants that it’s starting to get too monotonous and expensive. There’s over a million restaurants in this city (ok that’s an exaggeration, but if you live here you know what I mean), so me thinks it’s time to discover. This weekend, I plan on dining in at least one of the following:

Astoria Seafood

Not a novel concept for me, but eating in a restaurant where you choose fresh seafood and then give it to the chef to cook? PRICELESS.

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Nai Tapas

I’ve wanted to come here since 2 years ago, perhaps my wish will come true this weekend.

NiaOutphoto from eatery row

SHOP

Memorial Day Weekend Sales are probably the best time to buy a new mattress. I bought one 4 years ago during Memorial Day weekend at Macy’s and then promptly returned it before it was delivered because I found a cheaper one 1 week after. My picks:

Gap – up to 50% off + 20% purchase using code MORE. Gap has been killing the wardrobe game lately.

The Real Real – 20% purchase using code REAL. Good deal for snatching that gently used designer piece you’ve been eyeing.

Old Navy – 50% Tees, Shorts, Tanks and Swimwear. 20% regular priced items. Some dresses are on sale too.

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If all else, you can catch up on some zzz’s, exercise to get *some* form on your abs, and do your regular weekend routine like as if it’s not a 3 day weekend.

The one take away? Don’t waste the weekend away on doing mindless tasks, like scrolling through your social media pages (ahem, listen to your own advice, Liane).

Happy Weekend everyone!

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5 things to avoid when you had a bad day

I have to admit, when a day kicks me in the behind, I lose all sense of creativity and motivation. I just want to plop down and chill OR plop down and bang my head against a pillow.

This was how I felt for the most part of last year (and today):

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Well, Liane, you f***** need to change that (says me talking to myself). While it’s cool to loose all your nerve and cool on a crappy day, it’s not cool to let it affect your motivation or your goals. Go bizerk for a couple of hours, but then learn and move on.

So, if this happens to you – what would you normally do? I myself would like to avoid the following:

  1. Wallow in self-pity while I read inspirational or how to articles.
  2. Endlessly scroll Instagram. Though I still do this, I do it for the sake of inspiring myself to create (at least, that’s what I keep reminding myself).
  3. Sleep.
  4. Binge watch while not doing anything productive.
  5. Complain.

5 Tips about Shoes or Jimmy Choos

New York is a sample sale hot bed. Every single day there is at least one happening somewhere in the city. I’m no stranger to sample sales (or any sales for that matter). I’ve been on both sides of the table and it is a double edge sword not everyone can handle.

Jimmy Choo is one of the major events this week. Fortunately (or unfortunately?), the location is very close to where I work. Yesterday was the first day and I managed to squeeze myself in before they closed for the day. The event is held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Flatiron. If you’ve ever been to that place, then you know how huge that place is. Thankfully, they held the place in one big loft on the 4th floor, away from the other conferences that’s also taking place in the pavilion.

To say the least, this sample sale is much like going in a Gap mall store offering 50% off everything on Black Friday. It was chaotic. Shoes strewn and thrown around by shoppers. Shoes stacked so high that you’d really have to dig through the pile in order to find those pretty treasures. Few of the shoes even have scuffs or look worn out; I don’t understand how they justified adding those in the pile and pricing them at >$200. For a luxury brand, Jimmy Choo sure does not care about how their sample sales are implemented. I understand it’s a sale, but if you brand your goods as “luxury” you gotta implement your branding, even at the lowest form.

Aside from the craziness, I managed to find some jewels to share with you all.  Zip ties signify the shoe price. Green = $200; Pink = $250; Orange = $325. In love with the bottom 2 pairs. They were the rarest pairs (i.e. couldn’t find it in other sizes) I found.

The sale ends tomorrow at 6pm. I’ve read from multiple sample sale blogs that from previous years’ sales, markdowns tend to happen during the last 2 hours of the last day. If this sale follows the trend from previous years’ sales, then I highly recommend getting your behind to the Metropolitan Pavilion and snag yourself some Choos.

My top 5 tips:

  1. Do NOT go during lunch time (read: long lines!). Try to leave work early or take a late lunch if you can. This will lower your chances of waiting too long in line.
  2. Wear sandals you can easily slip in and out of. Plus, it’s hot tomorrow, so it’s a 2-fer benefit.
  3. After your first go around the room, try on your stash. Return the ones you don’t like (respect the shoes though, don’t just throw it back) and then go another round. Shoppers and sales peeps tend to return some shoes that are not bought. You may find the one, if you didn’t already find it the first time.
  4. The window by the men’s smallest shoe size table is a gold mine. Walk by to see if you can find some jewels in your size. Also, don’t hesitate to check other sizes, sometimes you may find a pair that’s actually your size.
  5. Quadruple check the goods you’ll buy. Once you buy, you can’t return.

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Jimmy Choo Sample Sale

Tuesday, May 16 through Thursday, May 18
Tues 11am-7pm, Wed 8am-7pm, Thurs 8am-6pm
The Metropolitan Pavillion: 123 West 18th St

23 reasons why you should read this post

Hello Interwebs. It’s been a while since we last danced.

Well, not really. Let’s face the music. I ignored this blog for 8 months. A lot has happened since then:

  1. I got a new job.
  2. I celebrated my first new year in New York.
  3. I went to the Philippines for a week to see my entire direct family.
  4. I met my best friend’s son and my brother’s new son.
  5. I photographed another sweet 16 party.
  6. I struggled with life. A lot.
  7. I barely escaped the struggle. Barely scathed.
  8. I learned hard lessons.
  9. Vilified a few out there. Realized that it’s better to just let things be.
  10. Tried out Hello Fresh (still trying).
  11. Subscribed to Adobe Illustrator.
  12. Studying how to use Adobe Illustrator.
  13. Went to the International Car Show at the Javits Center.
  14. Discovered a flea market that gives back.
  15. Developed a slight obsession for this Filipino fashion brand.
  16. Started a photography gear wishlist.
  17. Reached out to some folks online via Shapr and Danielle Moss’ blog.
  18. Wrote a lot on my Passion Planner.
  19. Bought Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
  20. Practiced Calligraphy with said Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  21. Renewed my apartment’s lease for another year
  22. Continuously praying that I don’t have to move for another year.
  23. Endlessly thought about starting a photography side business.

I got more, but I figured 23 is a good stopping point before you start to get bored with me.

So what’s next for me? Well, I hope to accomplish the following in the next 2 months:

  • Revamp my portfolio to showcase both photography & graphic design works. 
  • Settle on a personal brand (establish a logo and brand name). I do not want to be yet another “(Name) Photography” site.
  • Stop reading about how to start creating and just do it. 
  • Stop comparing my site to others. 
  • Write and post whatever the heck I want/feel about on any given day. Editorial calendar be damned.

Last year, I chose “Create” as my word. It became a crappy year for it, so I chose it again this year. I’m accountable to myself and to anyone who reads this post. I will come out this year having created a number of AWESOMENESS (I’m making that a word).

Ciao e a domani. 

 

Getting Personal

I haven’t posted anything in a while because I don’t know what to post. Truthfully, I lack the motivation and inspiration to post anything relevant for everyone. I’ve been exposed to too much noise that for the most part I felt I didn’t want to add to it. It’s one of those “too many cooks” experiences for me.

Today, after listening to an hour long webinar by Jenna Kutcher, gave me a small inkling to write and post something. She mentioned that connecting to people in a more personal level can help with marketing oneself. The webinar was about how to grow a photography business, but the lesson is also relevant here.

I honestly find it difficult to be personal especially in a forum of strangers. We all know the internet is full of trolls and psychos, basically people who make it a mission in their lives to put others down. But, truthfully I find it difficult to share personal things about myself because I am afraid of judgment, especially from people who don’t know me at all.

I also have recently found it increasingly difficult to be myself and to do things my own way. I always find people misunderstanding what I have to say, even if I mean otherwise. I also find that even if I have other people’s best interest at heart, my way is often not the best course of action to go. Having to put myself in a forum like this where every single word I write can be misconstrued makes it even harder for me to get personal and be myself.

While this may sound like I’m complaining, I’m really not.Don’t get me wrong, communicating is something that I am working on every single day. I also know communication in all forms is something that everyone should be willing work and improve on.

I guess you could say this is me writing something personal… 

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1 tip about anger

There are times when you just feel like getting mad at everyone around you.

I could make a list of how to avoid this, but I’ll share the one simple suggestion my mom told me:

When you’re mad or see yourself close to getting mad, just remember that this is the devil’s handy work. Pray to God and give your anger to Him. Let God deal with it. When you do this, just watch how things flow naturally away from the anger.

4 Years Ago..

I stepped out of La Guardia Airport with a huge bag in tow. I went in line for a taxi, snubbed a would be “black car” driver, and sweat my ass off because it was humid af. This was my “Welcome to New York” greeting.

 

Couple of weeks ago, I came across the first street I ever lived in. It was so far from the subway line, but convenient enough since it’s close to markets, coffee shops & restaurants. It was an AirBnB rental that I had for 2 weeks.

Those 2 weeks were the busiest I’ve ever been. Looking for an apartment or a room was not an easy fit especially if you’re new to the city. To top it off, I also started my internship (a requirement I had to fulfill in order to get my MBA diploma). Craiglist became my best friend/enemy, but it somehow came through for me. I found an apartment 2 days before my AirBnB rental was up and found myself trekking to Sunnyside.

Since then, I called Sunnyside my home. Can’t imagine moving away from here though I have a slight inkling that it may happen next year given how rent increases have been.

People asked me, why New York? Well, I came here to jumpstart my career in fashion (circa 2012). I wanted to be in product development in fashion, but because I didn’t have the “experience”, I had to look elsewhere. Now, 3 years later, I work in the beauty industry alongside product developers. I’m not a product developer myself, but I get so much exposure on the processes.

New York has taught me a lot about life. It taught me that it’s OK to see poop and huge rats in the subway because that’s the norm. I learned that smells are a part of everyday city living and I shouldn’t complain about it. Also, the NYC subway system is like Hunger Games, especially during rush hour, people can be brutal and snappy especially when trains don’t run smoothly.

Would I stay for another four years in this city? Why yes. Would I feel different in a year or so? Possibly. But you know, New York gives off that vibe. You know that vibe that tells you to not give up on her and to keep on trekking. That’s what New York does.

 

Pun Full of Mush

I have a Head Full of Dreams. No.. more like A Head Full of Mush. Just a little pun from my recent Coldplay obsession.

Lately, I’ve been feeling stale. Must be one of the effects of not exercising according to this. I’ve been obsessed with Coldplay lately, so maybe listening to their songs would help remove the mush.

Learned quite a few times that in order to move forward from a project’s problem, one must always think about the original goal of the project. Maybe this will work with me. This year is project CREATE. So what does that look like for me year to date? I did a professional midyear review last week, so I need to do a personal one.

Anyway, I leave you all with a video of Coldplay’s recent tour:

Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist

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I am pretty loyal to the products I currently have in my routine, but once in a while I like to try new products, especially the ones that rarely go on sale.

  1. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. My coworker had me try a sample of this product at work and it smelled delicious! I am currently experiencing very dry skin (maybe because of this schizo weather…) and I think this product’s moisturizing ingredients, coconut oil & cupuaçu butter, will be the answer to my issue.
  2. Sunday Riley Power Couple. I heard great reviews about Good Genes (brightening, helps rid of dark spots), but plunking down >$100 on a skincare product sort of breaks my heart (this is what happens when you work in the industry). This kit is a good compromise without breaking the bank.
  3. Beauty Blender Kit. Cult product, enough said.
  4. Chloe Fragrance. Always love a floral fragrance.
  5. Glam Glow Clearing Treatment. Amazing for blemish-prone skin.
  6. Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler. My Tarte curler is almost at the end of its shelf life and I heard this one is pretty comparable to Shu Uemura.

Plan With Me Challenge

I’m playing catch up with the planner challenge. This week had its highs and lows, so I’m glad it’s the weekend. Today is the NYC Paws Parade, so if you’re a dog lover like I am and you live in NYC, then this event is for you.

Day 9: Simplify

I admire those people who plan and write lists using different colors. I tried utilizing this system once, but it ended up being too time consuming and confusing for me. So, I simplified by using only 1-2 color pens maximum.

Day 8: Personal style

I don’t doodle or draw on my planner, so my personal style is simple: assigned bullets for events, tasks, notes, and errands, a la Bullet Journal style.

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Day 7: Favorite Supplies

Post Its, 0.5mm pens (any kind), G2 pens, & Staple’s yellow legal pads are my go-to supplies. If I feel adventurous, then I use my metallic Sharpie pens.

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Day 6: Functional

I use the lined and grid pages of the Passion Planner to jot down notes, ideas, goals, and books I read.

Day 5: Big Projects

For Personal: I just started using my big planner’s grid pages to track passion projects and goals.

For Work: I have a digital master tracker spreadsheet that I created with my manager to keep track of the big projects I am currently working on.