• mani in a sari
    Lifestyle

    We Belong

    I’m carrying a weight for the past little while. I’ve been sad, angry, and confused by all of the senseless acts of violence towards AAPI (Asian American & Pacific Islander) and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities. Every time I hear about another case of racially motivated violence, the weight gets heavier. I’m not even sure what to write, so I guess this is another brain dump of my thoughts/emotions, but I don’t want to be silent. I grew up in a predominantly Asian community and I learned a lot from the friends I grew up with- from culture, food, language (I can count to 10 in Cantonese, with…

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    Lifestyle,  Wellness

    Weekend Adventures, Delicious Eats & Busy Work Weeks

    These past few weeks have been LONG. At work, my team and I are wrapping up a project, so these final few weeks are crunch time. So if there’s any wonder why I haven’t posted a blog post in about a month, that’s probably why. But, I have definitely been trying to use my weekends as time for myself– catch up on errands/cleaning, and do something fun and relaxing. I’ve mentioned this in a recent Instagram post, but not every day is perfect — I have had days and nights where I’m exhausted, unable to relax, and stressed… and it’s not entirely work-related. I think it’s finally starting to catch…

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    Food

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

    Been a while since I wrote a food blog post… and even longer since I posted a recipe! Last week, I wasn’t feeling 100%, and on those kind of days, baking always helps. For me, baking is therapeutic. Something about following a recipe and creating this beautifully delicious treat really clears my mind. Huge bonus point is that I get to eat afterwards. I figured some chocolate therapy would help me feel instantly better. I saw a box of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups sitting in my pantry calling my name and thought, why not make cookies out of them? Best. Decision. Ever I’m a peanut butter chocolate…

  • Career

    Career Q&A – Top 5 Questions

    Hey there! Quite honestly, not much is new in my life, other than the fact that it snowed this past weekend. I thought I’d write a career related blog post inspired by a few panels I participated in recently. I’ve been meaning to post this days ago, but I have just been so tied up this week! Last week, I participated in 2 panels — 1) one hosted by my firms for our new hires and 2) one hosted by a club at my alma mater. The first one was related to our firm and practice– we were there to ask them any questions and offer advice to the new…

  • Lifestyle

    January Recap | Vision Board, Cupcakes & Good Reads

    Happy weekend! Been a while since I have written a blog post. To be honest, I haven’t done much to warrant a blog post — I’ve been really trying to take it easy this month– but I thought I’d give a mini life update. Can you believe that this month has already passed? This year is going to fly by. Vision Board I mentioned this before: I’m not a fan of new year’s resolutions. I don’t like the idea of “new year, new me” because I believe changes can happen at any time, not every January. But, I’ve been lacking motivation lately, and I saw making a vision board a…

  • what I Eat in a day
    Food

    What I Eat in A Day!

    Hello! I have been meaning to do a “what I eat in a day” type of post for a while, but I always end up forgetting to photograph my food (in my case, the camera does not eat first). This time around, I thought I’d give it a go! I generally have a routine when it comes to food on workdays, and that’s the most reflective of my diet right now. Weekends are more of a free for all because of sleeping in/staying up later, ordering takeout or baking. Because of my weekday routine, I’m more intentional about what I’m eating and try to maintain a healthy diet as much…

  • Lifestyle

    See You Never, 2020 | Lessons Learned

    Let’s talk 2020. This time last year, I was naively optimistic. 2020 was supposed to be the year of more celebrations, opportunities, and travel. We can’t really predict the future, now can we? Instead, this year was quite the opposite of what I had in mind. I have spent the majority of this year, in my room, in front of my desk, probably on zoom calls. And if I wasn’t working, I was probably in the kitchen… baking or eating. I’m sure everyone can agree this year did not go as planned. To say it bluntly… it sucked. I was anxious and fatigued through it all. Sometimes, I wonder if…

  • holiday
    Fashion

    Outfit Ideas | 5 Dressy Holiday Looks

    One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is dressing up! Dresses, heels, sparkles, and glam — this is the time of year when I get truly excited about it all! Unfortunately, there won’t be much of that this year, with the exception of my family’s Christmas photoshoot– which is our tradition. Usually done a day or 2 before Christmas, my family and I get dressed in our fashionable and glamorous outfits and take photos around our tree and decor. We’ve been doing this since I was a young kid, and it’s a no-brainer to-do for the holidays. In college, I always had to make sure I brought home…

  • Cookie Box
    Food,  Lifestyle

    Holiday Baking & Cookie Boxes

    December is in full swing, and you know what that means? Holiday baking! It’s been a while since I’ve done a more personal post. I hope everyone is able to safely celebrate the upcoming holidays, or at least take some time off to rest, do something you love doing, or indulge in some sweet treats (take a peek here if you want some ideas). The December holiday season is the best, especially for baking. Chocolate, gingerbread, peppermint… Christmas flavors are some of my favorites! I’ve seen so many adorable baking creations on Instagram — from creative cakes, brownies, and chocolates. I’m more of a cookie fan, so you’ll always find…

  • Lifestyle

    2020 Holiday Gift Inspiration!

    One of my main goals when gift-giving? Gift something that the recipient will find useful. I think we’re all guilty of giving little trinkets or random items when we’re not sure what to get someone (and honestly, I’ve learned, when in doubt, just get them chocolates instead. Check this out for some ideas). When an item I gift gets a good amount of use, that’s when I know I’ve done a thoughtful job at gifting. I try to stay within a budget or aim for a price range, (aka, constantly browse the sale section), but sometimes, investing a little more for something that the recipient will truly appreciate and use…