Monday, March 19, 2018

Chi Lin Take Two

I was fortunate to get so many great photos on my trip to Chi Lin Nunnery when I was in Hong Kong.  It's such a beautiful place and I love the way East meets West in this gorgeous setting.  The contrast of the huge skyscrapers against the Asian architecture of the temple is so incredible to see and I think it's such a great representation of Hong Kong.

Chi Lin Nunnery was originally built in the 1930s and was completely renovated in the style of the Tang Dynasty in the 1990s.  The temples here are made entirely of wood and use traditional Chinese architecture techniques that employs special interlocking systems cut into the wood to hold them in place, not a single nail is used in this building style.  These are the only buildings built using these techniques in modern day Hong Kong.

On the same site is the Nan Lian Garden.  This is a public park which was also built in the style of the Tang Dynasty.  It is a meticulously landscaped area that encompases over eight and a half acres.  In the garden everything is placed according to specific rules and methods and is intensely maintained.

I recommend giving yourself at least half a day to walk around and enjoy this breathtaking space.  There are so many things to see and take in that I walked around a few times to make sure that I could really see everything.  On the premises there is a vegetarian restaurant and a little snack area; I landed up eating lunch at the snack area because they had the most amazing vegetarian rice noodle stir fry!  I also recommend making this trip during a week day and earlier in the day, I got there around 11:00AM on a Tuesday and had the park almost entirely to myself, but it did start to get more crowded as the day went on.  If you're going to be in Hong Kong this is definitely a must see in opinion!

You can find all my outfit details and more photos from Chi Lin here.

photos of my by: jen loong via wandersnap  |  photos of landscapes by me


Today I'm linking up with How I SpringHello Monday, and Weekending.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Season Transition at Chi Lin

Sweater: BP. (sold out, similar here)  |  Top: Topshop (sold out, similar here)  |  Scarf: Cynthia Rowley (old, love this)  |  Jeans: Paige  |  Shoes: BP.  |  Earrings: Kendra Scott  |  Watch: Vince Camuto (old, similar here)

This look is perfect for this time of year when it's still chilly, but you want to add a little spring to your look.  It's a basic jeans and tshirt look that is elevated by some scalloped detailing on the tshirt and added accessories.  I don't know about you, but I'm dying for spring and want all the pops of color in my life right now like this scarf.  I am also obsessing over this cardigan because it's both on trend and so cozy; it also keeps you warm and can be layered under a jacket when it's colder out too.  Last, but not least, while I absolutely love these mules and will definitely be rocking them all spring long, they can easily be switched out for boots if it's too cold to have an open back shoe on.  A look like this is easy to build with items you already have in your closet and is sure to carry you from winter to spring and beyond.

These photos are my first set I'm sharing with you from my trip to Hong Kong!  This look was shot at the Chi Lin Nunnery in Kowloon, Hong Kong.  I shot a few different outfits at Chi Lin Nunnery and took many photos of this gorgeous location as well.  I have so many photos that I am breaking them up into several posts so keep an eye out for them to see and learn more about Chi Lin!

photos by: jen loong via wandersnap


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Twenty Six Facts

Happy Valentine's Day! I realized that haven't done a post in a long time that lets you get to know me a little better.  For my twenty sixth birthday a few weeks ago I shared twenty six fun facts about myself on InstaStories so I thought it would fun to share it on here with all of you too.  Here are twenty six completely random facts that I hope you enjoy!

1. I try not to eat fried foods, but when I do french fries and fried calamari are my favorite cheats!

2. I don't like breakfast meat or eggs other then egg whites.

3. For a big breakfast I much prefer bagels, waffles, french toast, and pancakes.

4. I don't drink alcohol anymore because it is a HUGE trigger for my Crohn's disease and I also cannot drink with the medication I take for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

5. When I was in college and could drink I either drank vodka cocktails or champagne.

6. I much prefer the snow and cold weather to the sun and hot temperatures.

7. Lately I've been obsessed with watching TLC and HGTV.

8. I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, but thanks to medication and therapy I have it (mostly) under control.

9. When I was in high school black nail polish was very high fashion and I loved it. My Mom thought black nails looked "goth" though and wouldn't let me wear it. That is the only time I remember really arguing with my Mom about clothes or makeup as a teenager. (And eventually she let me paint my nails black!)

10. My sophomore year of college I got my cartilage pierced after I had a pretty major surgery because I felt I didn't have a choice about the surgery, but I did have a choice in getting a piercing.

11. Probably the only other clothing/makeup/accessory my Mom and I argued about was said piercing (after I got it done).

12. My Mom was super lenient with me in high school because I got good grades and was a rule follower. This is the reason we only ever had like two fights that related to fashion.

13. My Mom and I are super close and I consider her to be one of my best friends.

14. I have donated my hair three times.

15. I got my first dog when I was sixteen and I will never not have a dog.

16. I don't like musicals.

17. I've lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

18. I want to wear pale pink when I get married because it's my favorite color and I look awful in white.

19. I met my best friend when I was six months old.

20. I've taken Spanish, French, and Russian, but cannot speak any of them.

21. I love to travel alone.

22. I don't sleep well at night because of my chronic pain. For some reason I feel better and more awake at night then during the day so it's better for me to stay up at late night and sleep more during the day.

23. I was home instructed for most of high school because of my health and going away for college was HUGE for me. I was also terrified because I was really only used to being around adults (doctors, teachers, my parents, etc.) and hadn't been around people my age in so long. It was the BEST thing I've ever done though.

23. I did college in five years due to my health. I could only take four classes a semester because of my chronic illnesses so I needed to do an extra year to get enough credits to graduate.

25. I had to have my gallbladder out when I was 15.

26. This year was the first time it didn't snow on my birthday in twenty six years and I'd be lying if I said I was not bummed.

Now that you know more about me, I'd love to hear more about you so leave a fun fact about yourself below in the comments!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Beauty Review: Drunk Elephant Protini

If you've been around for a while you know I love a good moisturizer so needless to say I was excited when Drunk Elephant sent me their newest cream, Protini.  Protini is a polypeptide cream and breakthrough protein moisturizer.  It combines a new array and concentration of signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids, and pygmy waterlily for visible and immediate improvement in the appearance of skin tone, texture and firmness.  It's basically like a protein smoothie for your face and coincidentally I'm trying to increase my protein intake. 😂  Not to forget it's also a light, but very moisturizing formula that makes your skin feel amazing.

To use this I wash my face, pat it dry, apply a serum, and then apply Protini.  I like to allow my serum to fully absorb before putting on the cream and then allow that to skin in too.  It's also recommended to combine Protini with any of Drunk Elephant's other treatments or oils as an added boost.  You can use it both morning and night as your moisturizer, but I recommend pairing it with sunscreen for daytime wear for added protection.

I've been using this for a few weeks and am really happy with the results.  I feel like my skin looks more plump and overall healthier.  I also really love that this is supplying more protein to my skin!  If you're in the market for a new moisturizer with some great benefits you absolutely must check this out.

*I was given Protini by Drunk Elephant to facilitate my review, however opinions of this product are all my own.