DESIGN: Scandinavian Interiors

One of my goals is to travel internationally once a year (and no…Canada doesn’t count, since I regularly go to Toronto for the food shopping). I recently got back from visiting Denmark and Sweden, which were both beautiful, beautiful countries, with beautiful, beautiful men…and women…and babies. Seriously, every single child I saw there was blonde and blue-eyed. NOT EVEN KIDDING. It was pretty ridiculous.

We went on a bunch of walking tours, and FINALLY the truth came out! Here it is…Scandinavia was populated by the Vikings. Vikings were blood-thirsty barbarians who like to ravage and pillage and burn. And so eventually they stole all of the beautiful women from the Europeans and created several nations of beautiful people up north. Regardless of how true that story is, it makes me feel a lot better about myself.

Anyway, I’ve always been obsessed with simple Scandinavian design. Especially the stark white interiors of so many houses there…what surprised me was how much color I found! Specifically, my friend and I stumbled upon the Danish Museum of Design, and these postcards completely blew me away:
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( @ Ib Antoni images )

These images just made me picture a completely different Denmark than I usually think of. And really, there was so much color there. I still love the stark white interiors, obviously, but these colorful postcards are also super cute.

Had such a great time up north. I’ll post some trip pictures soon. Hope you all had wonderful summers too!

Ta,

~R

KISMET: Creating

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(@ SF Girl by Bay)

You may or may not have noticed that I have been absent the last few months. Or year. Whatever. There is a reason!

In late February, I was informed that I was being pulled onto a ‘special’ project that was essential to the operation of the company. Super exciting at first…until it turned into a crazy, long ordeal of waiting around until the end of this year. Essentially, my brain cells have been wasting away, and this boils down to a few things:

1 – I don’t like working for big companies. There’s too much bureaucracy and red tape and politics, and I don’t care for it at all.

2 – I want to be much more creative! I have a lot of spare time now, since I’m waiting around for people to get things to me. It’s quite frustrating and annoying, and has really made me evaluate what I want to do in the future.

Lately, there have been several sites that have been go-to sites for inspiration, especially The Every Girl. Today, I read this article: 4 Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves, and it was super inspiring, especially the first question: How much of your day do you spend consuming what other people have created? How often do you create?

Instead of creating things myself, I feel that I’ve been just consuming loads of articles on LinkedIn or other social media sites, skimming through the news, and generally wasting brain cells consuming instead of creating.

So, my goal for myself is to start creating. I’ve been talking with some friends about ideas, so hopefully you’ll see some of that start to get woven into my posts as I update. (Gonna shoot for two posts a week! Maybe more!).

Great to be back, starting on a new journey!

~R

KISMET: Hello, 2014!

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Well, hello to a new year!

So, I realize that I’m late with posting a “New Year’s Resolution List…” But I’ve never been good with following rules. I’m pretty sure rules were made to be broken. They just make you test your limits, right? Right.

I’m not sure how well I follow these lists. Feels like every year I make one…and then the list somehow disappears, literally, within the first few weeks of writing it, and then I never see it again, until the last week of December. Suddenly, it’s right there on top of my desk, having finally built up a year’s worth of courage and come out.

This year, I’m making it semi-public it, which means that it’ll be here, and easy to search whenever I need to see it. That way maybe I will actually follow it…and short and sweet is the way to go.

1). Get my pistol permit – I’m a fairly violent person…at least as much as a five-foot, petite Asian girl can be when I’m angry. But I was going to get my pistol permit with a good friend, who tragically drowned last summer. Getting this seems like a good way to remember him.

2). Wear my seat belt more often – See above about breaking rules. Apparently, breaking this rule is liable to get me killed sooner than I’d like to be. So, I’ll try to do this more!

3). Sleep at least 7 hours a night – I deprive myself of sleep because I feel like it’s a waste of time. I have so many things to do, and sleep is a necessary evil. But, sleeping more = really narrowing down what I want to do.

4). Be more assertive – I need to have more of an executive presence and tone down my friendliness in the corporate world.

5). Read more literature – I find myself spending more time reading blog posts and fluff books as opposed to books or essays that actually make me think. I need to think more.

Short and sweet. Here’s to a new year!

~R

OBSESSED: Tech Talk Lovely

Now that I’m a working girl, I have finally entered the world of smart phones. I got a Samsung Galaxy S4, and I LOVE it. The screen is so nice and big! The only problem is, I tend to drop things…usually pricey, expensive and electronic things.

So, I need a case.

But it seems like most of the guides I’ve seen online are all for iPhone cases. This, ladies and gentlemen, is clearly a case of phone discrimination. And I’ve set out to right this wrong!

Here are some I’ve come across so far for my lovely Samsung Galaxy S4:

Panda! Of course, this is completely adorable.

panda case.

( $8.50 @ iPhoneXCases )

Colorful glittery and bold.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Purple Gold Art Pattern

( $27.17, @ etsy.com )

This wooden case looks nice and sturdy…like it would still protect my phone, even after I’d dropped it for the millionth time.

( $27, @ etsy.com )

Giant flowers. Hmm.

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( $18.90, @ etsy.com )

Wood and teal. Can’t go wrong with that.

( $24.99 @ etsy.com )

We can’t end until we fulfill my mint obsession. And here we are:

Mint dandelion pastel Samsung Galaxy S3 case,Samsung Galaxy S4 case, Plastic hard case cover,Samsung Galaxy I9300/ I9500 case

( $9.88 @ etsy.com )

Hope I get a case soon!

FASHION: Nina Ricci Spring 2013

Well, this is long overdue, but I came across these photos I’d saved on my computer from the spring collection, and I couldn’t not share them. And, with holiday parties coming up, why not?

@ Style.com, #16 )

Besides the fact that aqua is pretty much my favorite color ever, I also love the cut of the neckline.

@ Style.com, #21 )

Polka dots and beige, in a classy little dress.

@ Style.com, #35 )

Polka dots win again here, in a cute LBD. Would totally wear this to a banquet or smaller, intimate affair. Not so sure if I dig the feathers though.

@ Style.com, #42 )

Holiday thoughts?

~R

FASHION: Stripes

Went on another shopping spree, and picked up an item at Forever 21 that I’ve been wearing nonstop.

It’s another classic item, and for less than $20, I think I hit the jackpot.

So, I tried it on, and it fit nicely, and looks perfect with both skinny jeans and black pants. Perfect for fall, and if you remember this awesome post about stripes a few weeks ago, you might start to get how my brain works…

( @ Forever 21, $19.80 )

And I’m sure it would look great with a skirt too, like the one the model is totally rocking. So, in essence, got a fall sweater that I can wear everywhere! Plus, the quality is surprisingly good. Super soft and comfy.

It says handwash though…but are you serious? Who handwashes things anymore? OK, maybe you do because you care about your clothes. Me? I love this sweater to death….which is why I will be tossing it with my other whites.

Picking up any new outfits for fall?

~Ruth