It was 100 insufferable degrees today in DC. To state the obvious but tragic fact, no amount of antiperspirant was gonna save you from pitting out that dry-clean-only sleeveless silk blouse. (Actress Rose Byrne describes it as becoming “a feral mess.”) Anyway, the scorching temperatures made me think of the movie Heat from 1995. It’s […]


I’m not gonna discuss Bianca Jagger’s iconic Studio 54 style or the advent of DVF’s jersey wrap dress here. No, even though I was born pretty recently (hey, everything’s relative!) in 1973, this post is not about that decade’s funky fashion and faux pas. Instead, I wanna give a big shout-out to my mom (a.k.a. […]

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Ah yes, we are officially in the dog days of summer here in DC. The stifling heat and soupy humidity make rivulets of sweat stream down my back and between my boobs (squish). One morning while doing my daily trudge for three excruciating blocks from the Metro to my office, I realized that Tretorns and […]

Is that racist? Can I get away with it because I’m 100% Asian? I mean, sometimes I use phrases like “He was on that like white on rice,” or I’ll comment on how “Rory McIlroy” must be a killer tongue-twister for most Koreans (“Loly McIrloy”). Maybe I mistakenly assume that since I’m not one who […]


It’s only Summer 2011, and I’m already sick of all the news coverage about the next presidential race. Even though I live in the Nation’s Capital, I am not a political junkie. I try to stay current on important issues (and the Weiner scandal was an amusing distraction), but it’s not like I’m devouring Politico […]


There aren’t many guarantees in life but I can say with absolute certainty that no one else within a 50-mile radius of Washington, DC (and that includes Chinese Embassy workers) owns this fabulous canvas tote. Until the blessed day comes when I can afford an authentic Double C quilted leather purse [cue angels singing], I’ll […]