Anonymous said: do you have family in france? where exactly? you seem really interested in french culture
Yes. They live in the suburbs of Paris.
Anonymous said: Hi! I was wondering how long have your Isabel Marant Dicker boots last you? I would like to purchase a pair, but only if I could wear them for more than 5 years/700 times. Thank you!
I purchased mine back in early 2010 and they’re still holding up pretty well. That said, I don’t wear them as often as I used to because I have too many shoes in rotation now - which is a good thing if you want to prolong the life of your shoes!
Anonymous said: Do you believe in true love?
Yes, I do. I hope to find true love one day. Like Ted Mosby, I won’t give up. Haha!
Anonymous said: Hello! Sorry for asking stupid questions but what is height? I'm asking because i want to know what are the apc's perfect measurements :-) take care of yourself !
Haha, that’s very cute. I’m 5’4” / 1.63 meters.
Anonymous said: Hello! I love your blog and instagram. I was just wondering -- what are some books (fiction and non-fiction) you would recommend/recently read and have liked? And, what is your skin care routine, what products you use and like, etc?
Thank you! You’re far too kind!
There are so many books I have yet to read such Autoportrait and Suicide by Édouard Levé. Never finished Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert or On The Road by Jack Kerouac, so I might have to pick them up from where I left off soon. Anyhow, here is a list of books I love and would recommend:
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Franny and Zooey + The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Post Office + Factotum by Charles Bukowski
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
Middlesex + The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugendies
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau
The Plague + The Stranger by Albert Camus
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Youth by J.M. Coetzee
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. I have only read a few chapters because I wrote my Examen philosophicum paper on Beauvoir, feminism, Hume, Kant etc… one day, I’ll be reading the entire book! So far, it’s intriguing.
Kan jeg finnes i andre formater (collection of poems) by Isabell El-Melhaoui. One of my best friends also happens to be an incredible writer. This is her debut book.
BEAUTY (I know you asked about skincare, but someone else asked about my beauty routine too, so I’m just going to kill two birds with one stone)
When it comes to beauty and skincare, I’m such a creature of habit. I’ve been using the same products for years now. My philosophy in terms of clothes applies to skincare as well – I just stick to whatever that works. Through trial and error, I’ve finally found my go-to beauty products. I consider myself somewhat reluctant to find or try new products just because I hate shopping. Thank God for samples, haha. I don’t use all-natural products; my skin can’t handle them and I don’t have the time or devotion to explore in the beauty department. As long as the products are paraben-free, I’m content I guess.
Almost every morning, I wake up at 7 AM and start off the day with a shower. Unfortunately, I wash my hair every day because no products could ever tame it after having slept on my hair. If I’m lucky and my hair doesn’t look or feel greasy, I’d twist all of it into a sometimes messy topknot bun. I always wash my hair with Aesop Volumising shampoo and condition it with Aesop Nurturing conditioner because my hair is quite dry as I get digital perms twice a year and wash it all the time. While leaving the conditioner in my hair before rinsing, I brush my teeth in the shower (my bathroom is so tiny that the sink is in the shower), cleanse my skin with REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk or exfoliate it with REN Micro Polish Cleanser, and for my body I use the Burt’s Bees Citrus & Ginger Root Body Wash because it smells sooooo good! As for styling my hair, I use the styling creme from Bumble & Bumble and work it through damp hair. Then I’d give my waves a little squeeze before letting my hair air dry while putting on makeup and eating breakfast. For my split ends, I use the Moroccan Oil. My hairdresser always gives me a few bottles for free so I don’t bother getting something that would actually repair my hair. Then I’d sprinkle a bit of the Osis dust it powder for some volume. I have flat Asian hair but this product solved my problem.
As for my skin, I’ve been using the renowned moisturizer from Embryolisse ever since 2011. I always stock up on this cream whenever I travel to Paris – I know where to get the discounted ones. I mix it out with my BB cream from Estee Lauder in the morning, as the BB cream is a bit too matte and dark for my skin color at the moment. I can’t afford buying a lighter shade because I know for sure that once the sun starts shining again, my skin will tan right away. In the summer, I use the Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting cream because somehow it evens out my skin, yet my face gets tanned. If I wear the BB cream and Embryolisse in the sun, my skin won’t tan at all – I don’t know with you, but I don’t like that pale face and tanned body look at all.
After that, it’s makeup time – the one part that I really loathe. I use the Undercover Pot from Laura Mercier to cover my pimples, scars, and the super dark circles under my eyes (I only get to sleep 5-6 hours a night… shame on me). It took me years to find a concealer that works. Too bad it’s pretty expensive for a little pot so I need at least 3-4 of them a year unless my skin stops breaking out. The Warmth All-Over Face Color from Bare Minerals gives my skin the perfect summer sun-kissed glow and accentuates my cheekbones. I use it all year round and apply it to my forehead, cheeks, nose, eyelids, and all the places where the sun would generally hit my face. When it comes to my eyebrows, I use the eyebrow pencil from Chanel. It’s the best. Sometimes I wear a smudged eyeliner or brown eye shadow – depends on my mood. Whenever I’m depressed, I wear more eye makeup. Perhaps because I don’t want people to look into my soul but rather focus on how much eye makeup I’m wearing. I also love the eyelash curler from Shu Uemura. It’s just brilliant and work wonders for poker-straight Asian eyelashes. The False Lash Effect mascara from MaxFactor has been a beauty staple for probably 7 years now.
Part of my beauty routine in the morning is eating a healthy breakfast. I love a good breakfast – definitely my favorite meal of the day. And before leaving for uni, I always moisturize my hands with the Ultimate Strength hand salve from Kiehl’s and scent my wrists with Coco Mademoiselle. I love that hand salve because it smells like an ointment.
Bioderma Crealine is awesome for removing makeup. I use it before cleansing my skin with the Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk from REN. I keep my skin moisturized with Embryolisse at night as well. The cream just works and I’m too lazy to get a night cream whatsoever… I don’t want to have lots of tubes and jars with different creams; hence I just stick to Embryolisse. My skin sucks so I have a prescription treatment for my acne, which I put on my pimples before going to bed. I don’t think it works but I just use it anyway… haha. Frankly, sometimes I just couldn’t care less.