2017 - Sensible Stylista

Remix: The Metallic Mini

Alright guys, if today's dress looks familiar, it's because I featured it HERE a few months ago!  Back then, I styled it with a turtleneck and wedges because it was still pretty chilly out, but now that it's hotter than Dante's inferno, I can wear it all by its lonesome.  
The dress is fairly loud due to the color and style so I skipped accessories altogether.  I did, however, wear statement heels to add a bit of edge.  I'm not especially graceful in heels so ankle-strap sandals are a godsend.  I bought these a long time ago so they're no longer available online, but I'll make sure to link other cute options below.
Fabulous statement heels under $100:
To finish off my OOTD, I carried a mini crossbody from & Other Stories to match.  They opened a store in Georgetown not too long ago, but I haven't had a chance to go yet.  I'll definitely have to hit them up next month when I'm back in town!  If you're interested in the bag I'm sporting, it's available online here.  
Other stylish metallic minis:
Shot by the amazing Rey Marques.
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4 (Free) Games You Need on Your Phone STAT

I've always loved playing video games.  In fact, I've been obsessed pretty much all my life...like it was actually kind of a problem, ha.  When I was younger, I was hooked on Warcraft and seriously couldn't stop playing, which pissed my mom off to no end.  She was a tiger parent so she was extra strict when it came to school and piano.  So, I made a deal with her.  I'd get to play an hour IF I had finished ALL of my homework and practiced x amount of hours.  

It all would've worked out if I had honored our agreement, but I just couldn't stay away from my precious orc army.  I ended up running back and forth between my piano and PC - I'd hit a note on the keyboard from time to time so it sounded like I was working, but she saw right through my BS.  She stormed down and went straight to my computer.  I thought, "worst case scenario, she'll turn my PC off and I'll have to re-do levels."  Well, she ejected my game and straight up broke it in half.  
...saddest day of my life, ha! I may be exaggerating a slight bit, but suffice it to say, I was still pretty upset.  Fast forward 15 years, and I'm still hooked.  I've wanted to get a Playstation for years now, but I know I'll get absolutely nothing done if I do so I'm being good.  However, I reward myself with i-phone game breaks as a consolation, and it's also actually one of the ways me and my bf stay connected in our LD relationship.  Here are 4 of my current favorites:

1.  Fun Run 2:  The funnest run I've ever done, HA.  Oh my god, I can't even handle how nerdy I am!  I've been obsessed with this game for YEARS now - don't judge me - and I have no doubt you guys will love it, too.  It's like Mario Kart meets Happy Tree Friends.  You can challenge your buddies or get randomly matched online.  There are a handful of courses and you race peeps while attacking them with weapons you collect along the way.  You're rewarded with $$$ when you win games or hit goals that are listed in your daily challenges, and you can use that moolah to buy fun accessories for the character of your choice.  I have a penguin with a fancy hat, bahaha!

2.  Very Dice:  I'm not sure if you guys are familiar with this game, but think of it as a virtual Dave & Buster's with wayyyy more prizes (featuring items you actually want, ha).  The game itself isn't super complex - you're just rolling dice - but you can win ACTUAL prizes which is cool AF.  They give you 50 rolls to start, and then you earn or buy more.  I recommend participating in surveys or completing offers because they get you the most rolls.  TIP: check back every 24 hours to get your free spin for extra rolls on the house.  If you want to give the app a shot (and trust me, you definitely do), please use my friend code so I can earn bonus rolls, ha:  196313.  

3.  Plants vs. Zombies 2:  This game is soooo much fun!  You time-travel to different worlds and fight zombies with your ferocious yet adorable plant army.  Levels can get surprisingly hard, but I've never spent a dime on this app - if you want, you can purchase power-ups + new plants to defeat your enemies.  

4.  Tiny Wings:  My bf introduced me to this game when I visited him in SF.  I wasn't crazy about it at first, but my competitive spirit kicked in pretty quickly because I was determined to beat his high score (which I did BTW)!  Basically, you have a little birdie and you have to try and fly her as smoothly as possible.  There are hills throughout so  you have to land her at just the right angle to gain max momentum, which in turn increases your score.  It's all about timing so you just gotta lock that down!  Make you complete as many missions as possible to get a higher score multiplier. 

Andddd that's it for today, everyone.  Do you guys play any games on your phone? If yes, which ones? 
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My Obsession with Alexis Continues

I was and continue to be head over heels obsessed with all things Alexis.  I purchased this top a long while back but haven't featured it on SS so I thought no better time than the present.  This fabulous blouse was on sale at Saks so I scooped it up along with THIS dress during after-Christmas sales. The top's voluminous with billowy sleeves so I paired it with a bandage skirt for balance.  To finish things off, I carried my Gucci crossbody to match and threw on statement heels to elevate my ensemble.
Why I drool over Alexis:
A closer look at my bag! I know I featured it here recently, but I couldn't resist showcasing it again.  If you have a bag fetish like me, you'll definitely want to check out my entire designer collection here.  Also, I added a few pieces to my wardrobe since then so I'll be publishing part 2 later this summer - definitely make sure to keep an eye out!
Me being...as asian as possible, ha.
Top:  Alexis || Skirt:  BCBG || Shoes:  Last Call || Bag:  Gucci via TJ Maxx
Shot by the wonderful Rey Marques.
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Fine Dining at Citron

As you all know, I'm an avid foodie who loves to try different restaurants in the DMV area, and I'm always on the lookout for gems whether they be fine dining establishments or hole-in-the-wall joints. I don't discriminate - good food is good food, but Citron just so happens to fall in the former.  Their restaurant, located on Quarry Lake at Greenspring in Baltimore County, offers elegant dining in addition to a comfortable bar and lounge. On top of that, there's outdoor seating with a beautiful lakeside view exclusive to guests.  Their menu, crafted by Charles Levine and his talented culinary team, features contemporary American cuisine with a French twist, which changes seasonally to offer the freshest ingredients possible to patrons.
Dinner started off with an array of cocktails and starters.  The impeccably-trained waitstaff brought tuna tartare ($17), black skillet roasted mussels ($16), citron's seasonal salad ($12) and artisan cheeses & charcuterie ($25) for the table.  The cocktails we got were as follows (from left to right): a Sazerac, a Cucumber Lemonade, a Water Lily, and a Booloo.  They were all tasty, but my favorite of the bunch was the Cucumber Lemonade - definitely make sure to order one if you come here because it's one of their unique handcrafted cocktails.  It was super refreshing and complemented the apps beautifully! 
A close-up shot of their charcuterie - it came with a variety of fresh & dried fruits, nuts, olives, breads, and honeycomb.
The seasonal salad was an absolute treat!  Who knew salad could be tasty?  Ha.  It had baby arugula, orange bits, onions, spicy walnuts, biscotti croutons (yasssss), and raspberry vinaigrette.  
If you love mussels, this app is an absolute must-try!  It comes out piping hot, and the presentation's even more impressive in person.
Andddd the tuna tartare.  It comes with spicy tograrashi chips, but I removed them for photos!  Featuring sushi grade tuna, cucumber, radish, haricots verts, avocado tzatziki, and makrut lime vinaigrette, this dish tastes as good as it looks...according to my bf, ha.  I don't eat fish so I didn't get to try this dish, but he downed it within minutes soooo yep!
Moving onto entrees!  Like our apps, we ordered a bunch of dishes for the table and shared it all:  citrus glazed atlantic swordfish ($39), pan seared pacific halibut ($43), 16 ounce marcho farms bone in veal chop ($54), and baby lamp chops ($43).
The veal came with pickled blackberries, baby arugula, charred tomato, wild mushrooms, crumbled humboldt fog, and white balsamic vinaigrette.  
Topped with black currant demi-glace, the lamb chops came with chevre stuffed peppadew and meyer lemon-mint gremolata.
For all you fish lovers out there, here's the swordwish! Glazed with citrus magic, it comes with a summer veggie salad and white quinoa.
And last but not least, the halibut accompanied with a delish chorizo corn cake, fava bean okinawa yams, grape tomatoes, and blood orange salsa.
And finally, my fave part of the meal:  dessert.  I was totally blown away by their key lime & tangerine marshmallow tart.  Filled with layers of key lime + tangerine curd, roasted house-made marshmallow, and rhubarb molasses in a shortbread crust, it was easily one of the best desserts I've ever had.  The spring sampler was also amazing!  For those of you wondering, it came with a mini-coconut custard brulee, a garnet dark chocolate torte, a mint julip petit four, and a jasmine blueberry ice cream cone.  I'd seriously go back for the sweets alone, like I'm drooling just thinking about it.
Anywho, that's a wrap for today! A huge thanks to Citron for being such wonderful hosts.  Definitely let me know if you guys decide to eat here - I'd love to hear your thoughts.  Sending lots and lots of love from Maryland.
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Healing my Cracked Hands with Curél

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All opinions are mine alone.  #EndYourDrySkin #WetSkinIsBestSkin #CollectiveBias.
I've struggled with dry skin pretty much all my life because I wash my hands a bajillion times a day and don't moisturize enough.  In a perfect world, I'd get my lotion on every time, but I'd skip because of piano.  I know that sounds super strange, but have you ever tried tickling the ivories with greasy fingers? It feels awful, and you seriously have zero control, which is a BIG issue when you're trying to"perfect" your craft to become a successful pro musician.  
I've always been really self-conscious about my hands - not only did they feel awful, they looked awful as well.  I remember binge-watching New Girl (one of my fave shows BTW) with a friend a while back, and during the scene where Jess described Nick's hands as hooves, she turned to me and said, "kinda like yours."  She wasn't trying to be hurtful or anything, but it still made me feel bad because I knew it was the truth.
I didn't want to deal with ugly, cracked hands anymore so I decided to give Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer a go.  The combination of ceramides + Hydra Therapy is unlike anything out there and cures dry skin when used daily.  All you have to do is apply this on wet skin straight out of the bath and towel off afterwards! 

When you shower, your skin cells expand like a sponge when wet, providing an easy pathway for it to all soak in and penetrate, leaving your skin baby smooth with no greasiness whatsoever.  I'm not going to lie to you, it's going to feel kind of weird at first!  I mean, I've NEVER applied moisturizer on wet skin before, but once you get used to it, you seriously won't use anything else.  If you're worried about dirtying your towels, don't because you won't get any product on there.  
Now that my dry skin's cured, I can sport all the cocktail rings I have in my jewelry collection and feel confident doing so.  End your dry skin by purchasing this product and incorporating it into your post-shower regimen - available at Walmart here.
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Find of the Day: The Striped Romper ($29)

A few days ago, I published a post on SS called, "How-to Look Polished AF in 5 Minutes or Less."  I focused on my summer makeup routine because I was partnering up with Jordana Cosmetics, but I saved some pics for today's find of the day.  This romper is, hands down, one of my absolute faves; lucky for you guys, it's currently on sale online at ASOS for $29 (originally $42).
I can't even begin to tell you all how much I love this romper!  It's made of a lightweight woven fabric that'll keep you nice and cool during the hottest of days, and it has a relaxed fit so you'll feel super comfortable wearing it.  The fine folks at ASOS call it a "beach romper," but IMHO it works for all occasions.  Wear it with white sneakers for a casual everyday look or pair it with fancy sandals for a lunch date.  For those of you wondering, I'm wearing a size 4, and it fits me perfectly - purchase it here before it sells out!
Other styles that are perfect for summer (all under $50):

I topped my look off with a fabulous sunhat from Dynamic Asia because it's the ultimate warm-weather accessory anddd it's cool to practice safe sun.  They're wholesale though so you have to buy a minimum of 3 per style.  I suggest getting together with a few friends and splitting costs because they're selling super high quality pieces for helllllla cheap.  I own several so I can seriously vouch for their quality!
 Shoes:  Nine West || Romper:  ASOS ($29) || Hat:  Dynamic Asia
Shot by the amazing Sung Shin.
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How-to Look Polished AF in 5 Minutes or Less

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walgreens. The opinions and text are all mine.

Anddd just like that, we skipped spring and went straight to summer.  It's my fave season so I'm a little bummed, but I'll get over it - at least I get to wear cute mini-dresses and experiment with new makeup!  Anywho, Jordana challenged me to go to Walgreens and put together a summer for under $20 for their #BestBeautyBuyChallenge, and I don't like to toot my own horn, but I totally owned it!  3 products under $10 for today's FOTD (face of the day), what what!  
I personally like to keep things extra simple when it's hot out - I'm talkin' minimal makeup, y'all BECAUSE I may or may not have had a terrible experience with foundation melting, like dripping off my face [insert weak laughter]. So without further ado, here are the three fabulous Jordana products I got:  their twist & shine moisturizing balm stain in nude chic ($2.99), their cat eye liner in black leather ($2.79), and their best lash extreme volumizing mascara ($3.49).  I didn't use anything on my skin because I wanted to let it breath, except good ol' sunscreen of course.
I used the liner to start, and it glided on beautifully - I felt like I had the utmost control during application, which is amazing because I'm not the best with liquid liner, ha.  I then finished my eyes off with 3 coats of mascara and experienced zero clumping (!!!!) which was all kinds of awesomesauce.
To wrap things up and incorporate a pop of color, I applied their moisturizing balm onto my lips. They only have one color in stock online (in sweet pink), but there are a bunch of other options available in stores for those of you interested.  As mentioned previously, I'm wearing nude chic, but I'm definitely going back ASAP to pick up the other hues as well, especially since Walgreens has a bomb promo going on right now: $1 off Jordana lip & eye cosmetics until June 24th.  Definitely take advantage of this deal while you can!
And voila! A finished shot of my look for you guys.  What are some of your current makeup must-haves?   A huge thanks to the wonderful Sung Shin for shooting these photos.


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10 Movies That'll Scare the Sh*t Out of You

I haven't done a movie round-up in a while so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite horror films with you guys! Andddd it also helps that my bf was recently visiting and we spent a big chunk of our time binge-watching scary movies.  Most of these are Asian so I hope subtitles don't annoy you.
1.  Audition
This movie left me seriously disturbed for days on end.  It's originally based on a novel, and it's about a widower who sets up a fake audition with a producer friend to meet his "future wife." With his son's blessing + encouragement, he finds the woman of his dreams and pursues her even though she's shady AF.  Asami, the love interest, takes crazy to a whole 'nother level in this film, and her performance will leave you feeling physically ill.

2.  A Tale of Two Sisters
This movie was so popular that it was remade in the US as "The Uninvited."  It was an ok adaptation, but as I'm sure you've guessed, the original's way wayyyy better, like there's no comparison. Basically, a disturbed teen gets released from a mental hospital and rejoins her family at their secluded estate in the countryside.  She's happily reunited with her younger sister whom she adores but has to deal with her POS stepmother who abuses them both physically and verbally.  This film masterfully incorporates supernatural elements throughout as well.  I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be on the edge of your seat from start and finish, and the crazyyyyy @$$ twist at the end will leave you stunned.

3.  I Saw the Devil
Another Korean gem!  This movie's the ultimate revenge film, and it features one of my favorite actors:  Lee Byung-hun.  The dynamic between him and Kyung-chul (the antagonist) is gold.  Byung plays a badass secret service agent named Soo-hyun whose fiance was murdered by the aforementioned serial killer.   After he confirms that his girl was indeed brutally killed by Kyung-chul, he hunts him down and tortures him time after time.  The vengeance gives him great pleasure...until it backfires.  

4.  Train to Busan
I was skeptical when I stumbled upon this movie on Netflix, but it turned out to be exciting as hell! I'm not usually a fan of zombie movies, but this one's money - it's super entertaining, and I love that it doubles as a social commentary, addressing problematic issues in Korean culture regarding status and greed.  

The movie focuses on Seok-woo (a divorced workaholic) and his daughter, Soo-an.  Soo-an lives with her dad but wishes she could be with her mom in Busan.  All she wants for her bday is to visit her mother, but Seok-woo tells her he's too busy to take her!  However, after seeing a video of his daughter crash and burn at a school performance, he changes his mind and heads to the train station with her.  While they're there, an infected passenger manages to sneak on, infecting the entire train within minutes leaving only a handful of survivors.  

5.  It Follows  
I already talked about this film on SS, but I couldn't resist listing it in this roundup because it was that good.  The description sounds dumb, but don't be fooled, this movie is scary as hell.  It's honestly the best American horror film I've seen in the last decade or so.  The movie follows a beautiful college student named Jay who's being chased by a supernatural entity after sleeping with her new boyfriend, Hugh.  He drugs her afterwards and takes her to an abandoned lot to explain the sitch - she will only be able to see "it," and it will follow her relentlessly at a walking pace until she's dead at which point it'll pursue the previous person (aka Hugh).  I know, I know - it sounds lame, but I swear to god it's good.

6.  Arang 
A supernatural film based on a real South Korean myth!  In this movie, two detectives (So-young and her partner, Hyun-ki) look into the mysterious death of a young girl ten years back. During the investigation, SY's plagued with visions & nightmares while gruesome murders continue to happen on her watch. 

7.  Dark Water 
I don't know what it is about Japanese films, but they're all so damn scary.  Based on Koji Suzuki's novel, this plot follows a devoted single mother who moves into a shoddy apartment with her daughter.  Their rundown place has a lot of problems, but the water leak from the unit above causes them the most drama, hence the name.

8.  Sinister  
This movie follows a successful (and fictional BTW) crime writer named Ellison Oswalt (aka Ethan Hawke).  He moves his fam into a home...where murders occured on site...to work on his next novel. His wife + kids obviously have no idea, but when they find out later? NOT pretty, ha.  Anywho, while rummaging through his attic, Oswalt finds an old box with home movies that seem innocent but turn out to be something entirelllly different.

9.  Ju-On:  The Grudge 
If you haven't seen the Japanese version yet, you seriously need to.  It's WAY scarier than the American version - there's just something about asian ghosts that are terrifying, don't you think?  I'm sure you guys are familiar with the premise, but basically, when a person dies with a deep and powerful rage, a curse is born, and anyone who encounters it ends up on a spiritual sh*tlist.

10.  Shutter
Quite possibly the scariest Thai movie I've ever seen!  The film follows Tun, a well known photographer, and Jane, his beautiful girlfriend.  After he gets wasted at a party, Jane drives him home - she's not drunk at all, but she ends up running over a young woman who seems to appear out of nowhere.  Her boy freaks the eff out and forces her to drive off out of fear, only to discover white shadows that look like faces in his photographs later on in the movie. His gf suspects that they're pics of the girl they hit on the road, but he shuts her down, refusing to believe in ghosts. Anddd there may or may not be other secrets that emerge, hint hint.  Shutter was remade in the US in 2008, and I actually really enjoyed the adaptation.  I didn't think Joshua Jackson could pull off the role, but he did a solid job with it all.

Alright guys, that's it for today!  Are any of you horror buffs? If yes, what are some of your favorites? Have you seen any of these movies? If so, what did you think?
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The Best Face Wash for Hustling Millennials

I'm all about hustling all day, every day to become the best version of myself, and that includes finding time to take care of my body, both inside and out.  It may be tempting to just pass out at the end of the day with a full face of make-up on, but you literally have no excuse now thanks to Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths.  They're convenient, affordable, efficient, and most importantly, effective.  You'll feel squeaky clean post face wash, which will in turn make you feel confident enough to sport a no-makeup look on the daily.  
How to wash your face like a boss...

These wipes are textured with soft cleansing pockets to break up and lift away dirt, oil and makeup (even mascara) for a clean that leaves your skin gently exfoliated and smoother in texture.  The formula contains a cleanser, toner, mask, and scrub; the cleanser washes away dirt, the toner tones skin with an essential cleansing formula, the mask hydrates with specialized Olay conditioners, and the scrub exfoliates to smooth skin's surface.  Simply wet with water (no soap necessary) and rub to lather!  I personally have combination skin, but that's irrelevant info because these wipes are intended for all skin types.  
Face wash tips...

These cloths contain hydrating ingredients that leave your skin moisturized, but feel free to slather cream on top if you're still feeling dry.  If you're using this product in the AM, remember to wear sunscreen afterwards.  FYI, it's best to apply lotions and the like immediately after cleansing to maximize absorption! Also, remember to rinse with lukewarm water - hot water may feel amazing on your skin, but it strips it of healthy oils leaving it sad and dry.  Anddd last but not least, pat your face dry with a clean towel. I always have two hanging in my bathroom - one for my face and one for my body - and I change them frequently to prevent breakouts.  

Alright guys, that's it for today. I hope you found this helpful.  If you decide to give Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths a try, let me know how you like them - available for purchase here. Happy pampering!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay . The opinions and text are all mine.

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The BEST Wings You'll Ever Have

Oh man, I can't even begin to tell you guys how much I loved the food at DCity Smokehouse.  My bf used to work at Order Ahead (similar to the Postmates app), and he said that it was one of the most popular restaurants on there in the DC area, BUT for some reason it didn't have the best reviews on Yelp? Soooo, I didn't know what to expect, but after eating their food, I'm a die hard fan...like they should just take all of my money right now because I'd happily eat there every day for the rest of my life, ha.
We met up with the lovely Whitney Stringer and ordered several dishes to share.  First up, the Meaty Palmer ($10).  Holy freaking crap, this sandwich straight up slayed!  It was literally one of the most amazing sammiches I'd ever tasted, and Robby enthusiastically agreed.  It contained turkey, pork belly, avocado, tomato, chipotle aioli, and everything else good in life.  The toast was super buttery, and the meat just melted in my mouth.  Also pictured below: their jalapeno cheddar grits - super yummy and flavorful ($6 for a large).
I'm a sucker for all things cheesy so I obviously had to try their mac and cheese.  The boyf and I spent a good amount of time shooting pictures of everything so by the time we dug in, this baby had (sadly) congealed, but it still tasted nomtastic AF!  The noodles were cooked just right, and the flavor was on point. 
Now onto my fave platter of the night:  the Ribs and Wings Combo ($15).  It came with 2 sides so we went with house pickles and fried brussels sprouts, which BTW were ridiculously tasty - I highly recommend both!  Anywho, the sprouts and wings were both seasoned with their scrumptious rub, and I seriously couldn't get enough of either!  I honestly didn't think wings could taste so good?  They were cooked to perfection, and the crunch of the pickle complemented the texture beautifully!  I didn't get to try the ribs, but Robby said they were ah-maaa-zing and tasted extra smoky (in the best way possible).
The last dish we got was a sammy called The Big Snoop (with an order of spiced fries on the side): half smoke sausage, pulled pork, coleslaw and BBQ sauce.  This was my least fave out of the bunch, but that's not saying much because it was still yummy!  Honestly, nothing could top their wings + Meaty Palmer so it's almost unfair to compare.  I definitely want to try the Tommy Gun (smoked turkey, cheese, crispy onions, bbq sauce and cilantro ranch) and brisket the next time I go.  OH, and make sure you guys get a side of cilantro ranch when you go because it's stupid good.
That's it for today's nom adventure!  I hope you guys enjoyed my latest recap - make sure y'all stay tuned for more.  Remember, I publish new posts each and EVERY weekday so keep your eyes peeled.  Sending lots of love from the DMV! Let me know how you guys like the restaurant if you go.
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