FOOD | 100 % Real Coconut Water that supports a good cause

***The coconut water in feature is from Pure Brazilian Coconut Water

I could literally claim that my new "water" is coconut water due to the fact that it never misses my weekly household grocery list, making my fridge not running out of coco water!.. haha

Who wouldn't love coconut water? It's like "the healthy-naturally flavored water!"

It's naturally refreshing; it contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar & electrolytes; it's low in calories, naturally fat and cholesterol free; it has more potassium than 4 bananas & it's super hydrating!
Needless more to say, it's no surprise that coconut water is ascribed as the latest "health craze".
That also explains why coconut water is so expensive, although not all brands are 100% pure and natural coconut water!
I only buy it when I'm sure that it has no artificial flavors, no preservatives and no added sugar.

REVIEW | Home Aromatization with Broken Top Handmade Soy Candles

***Candles in review are complimentary from Broken Top Candle Co.

Everyone appreciates a well ventilated and pleasant-fresh smelling home.... I personally make sure that's the case in my own home.. And scented candles are my favorite (next to essential oils) to use to aromatize the home. I really hate the smell of air freshener sprays and plug-ins, especially knowing how chemical filled most of them are, makes me dislike them even more...
But don't get me wrong, because even candles (paraffin wax candles) create highly toxic and known carcinogens, benzene and toluene when burned. That's why as much as possible, I opt to use only soy candles..

FASHION | Weekend outfit with Teddy Blake's designer bag!

***This is in collaboration with Teddy Blake .
***The Caty Gold 12" was given to me for free in exchange for my honest and detailed review.

A woman's bag is her bestfriend, wouldn't you agree?
A bag carries all of a woman's "stuff" for the day - from her overly utilized cellphone, beautifying make-up kit, vision protecting sunglasses, shopping money/cards carrying wallet, memories recording journal, to a pair of extra shoes!
Wait, what? Shoes?
Yes, a back-up pair of shoes when those legs and feet start to ache after a long day of wearing heels... lol

STYLE | Trendy Backpack - How to shop for one that you can wear anytime, anywhere.

 ***The featured backpack is from Monroe and Kent

I remember the days when backpacks were mainly used by students (like I used to be) to carry books and all other school supplies... Back then, your backpack was your "cool badge"... And now that I think of it, that meaning of a backpack being a "cool badge"  has extended beyond the walls of student/school life, and has penetrated into the "fashion trend" world.


STYLE | What I look for when buying FALL boots! (featuring my Rosegal Wishlist)

***Dress is from Rosegal.

Fall outfits are not complete without boots!
Ankle boots, booties, peep toe booties, classic riding boots, chelsea boots, cowboy boots, rain boots, knee high boots - you name it! Did I miss something??.. I bet I did!
But you get the point, there are so many different types of boots that allow every fashionista to create fun outfits for fall season...

Personally, I follow 1 shopping rule for boots, that is: "One pair of boots is a must per year!" lol. I try, but not necessarily!

SPONSORED | Frankie35 JORD Watch - The Perfect Gift at the Perfect Time!

***This post is sponsored by JORD Watches
***Click this LINK to get your exclusive 25% discount to own a Jord watch!
(this giveaway is valid until December 19th, 2017)

Time is so valuable that I'm sure anyone would agree if I say, "good management and tracking of it are essential to meet everyday life's demands and our own personal goals and expectations.."

Now more than ever, I am constantly reminded and even challenged on keeping track of my time.... Which reminds me of a corny childhood joke response that my friends used to tell me everytime I would ask them for the time - "It's time for you to buy a watch!" lol.


REVIEW | SenchaFit Tea - I'm inloved!

***SenchaFit tea was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review.

Alongside with my coffee addiction comes my love for "tea"!
A warm cup of tea brightens up my mornings, uplifts my afternoon breaks, and relaxes me before bedtime... Yes, unlike coffee, I basically can and will drink tea anytime of the day, everyday!
Which are my faves?
#1 is green tea - that's why I love matcha!
#2 are fruit flavored teas


STYLE | Let's Get Fit Glamorously with Glitteractive

**Featured fitness top and bottom are from Glitteractive .
Use my personal discount code "ANA18" to get $10 off any purchase of $40 or more.

Wouldn't you agree if I say fitness clothes are getting more and more glamorous as times go by?
I use the word "glamour" because its definition perfectly describes how fitness clothes are nowadays - charming, attractive, mystique and fashionable!

They are so trendy that many love to wear them not only when going to the gym or the park to get fit or exercise, but also when travelling, shopping, running errands and even dining out.

COLLABORATION | My Sassy Phone Case from MoreByNR

***This is a collaboration with MoreByNR.
Use my personal discount code "ana10" to get 10% discount on your order.
(Code is valid throughout the whole month of November 2017)

We're living in the days when phone cases are already a part of our daily style and/or outfits.
Like clothes, shoes, bags and jewelries, shopping for cute and trendy phone cases is becoming not just a "want" kind of thing but an actual need for many..(especially women)
Are you one of those who change their phone case regularly?..
Well,  I am.. haha
That's why I am so happy that recently, I was given the chance to become a promoter for an amazing brand that sells phone cases that can capture anyone's eyes and that can match anyone's sense of style, -  MoreByNR.

FASHION | Re-creating Summer with TheOOTDLife's Asuka Dress

***Dress Giveaway Price from TheOOTDLife .

Let's re-create summer in Autumn!
Orange usually is a color that perfectly defines the beauty and life of autumn season.
Wouldn't you agree?

Last August, I was chosen as one of the winners of the TheOOTDLife's giveaway and I was given this gorgeous Orange Asuka Dress.

FASHION | My Rosegal Wishlist for Sweater Season

***This is a collaboration with  Rosegal .

I'm really not a fan of the cold seasons, mainly because I can't wear my colorful summer dresses.. haha! Also, because my body usually aches when it's cold...
But I'm a big fan of sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, coats and jackets that are perfect in keeping me warm, comfy and stylish during fall and winter months.


TRAVEL | Alesund, Norway - A tour in the Land of Trolls and the Fjords

Trolls. Fjords.
Those are the 2 words I remember the most as I think of the time I was in Alesund - the 2nd stop of our cruise. They were the main subjects of our 8 hours tour that day.

Fun Fact: Alesund is the most important fishing port in Norway and the town's fishing fleet is one of the most modern in all of Europe. Alesund is noted for its concentration of Art Noveau architecture.


TRAVEL | Bergen, Norway - 8 hours of city sightseeing and lots of walking!

The first stop of our 2017 14-days cruise with Norwegian Jade was in the beautiful city of Bergen, Norway.
Fun Fact: Bergen takes its name from the original Bjorgvin meaning "the green meadow among the mountains".  And I personally saw that meaning come to life with my own eyes…
It served as Norway's capital in the 13th century and then after became a bureau of the Hanseatic League. Bergen port is Norway's busiest, where over 300 cruise ship calls happen a year.


FOOD | My Forever Love for COFFEE and COFFEE SHOPS!

Being in Europe for vacation reminds me of the many reasons why I love going to coffee shops/cafes for a cup of coffee and one or two pastries on the side.

I lived in Bologna Italy for almost 5 years and that's where I first found "mi'amore" (my love) for coffee and pastries.

When the word Italy is mentioned, I find it amusing how many (especially foodies alike) will instantly think of coffee and croissant! (but then of course come pizza, pasta, gelato then bags and shoes. Lol.)

Sponsored Product Review: Vlando Travel-size Jewelry Box - The Piccolo

Have you ever stepped out from home with your perfect outfit and matching jewelries, until you finally arrive at your destination and realize that you should have stuck with your first choice of jewelries than the ones you're wearing?
Well, I did - often times. haha!


#KoreanSkincareSeries: Oh my Acne Battle! Part 2 | Cleanser-Toner-Serum-Essence

Hello again, I hope everyone's having a great summer so far, while taking care of your skin and keeping it beautiful...

As for me, my skin has been pretty cooperative with my skincare regimen, although still having those "awful days" dealing with zits.. haha.

So, here's the second part of my Acne Battle #KoreanSkincareSeries post and I'll be sharing my favorite and regular skincare products for cleansing, toning, peeling and moisturizing..


STYLE | Create New Outfits while Saving Money: How I do it!

"It's not the price tag, the brand or whether it's in or not that makes an outfit stand-out and beautiful, it's how you carry it…" 

This passed weekend, people were telling me "I love your outfit! You always have brand new outfits all the time!"

I was flattered of course, because I love dressing up and it's nice to know that others appreciate it...
But at the same time, I do want to clarify the misconception of "having brand new outfits all the time!"
Although I really wish so! haha. It's impossible, because I am not filthy rich to have all the money to keep buying brand new clothes, shoes, bags and accessories.
That's why I wrote this post to share my personal tips and tricks on how I give the impression to others that my outfits are brand new but in actuality they're not and how I save money when I shop for outfits.



I still can't believe that this blog is up and running. After a long period of second-thoughts, whether to create a blog or not, last June of this year I finally published

As I watch how this blog's audience keep growing, how it keeps opening new doors to meet other bloggers like me and how great opportunities to work with brands/companies keep coming along the way, I'm always left speechless (even dazed) and very much thankful ofcourse.


My Weekend Wrant | Transitioning to a new camera - The struggle is real!

"Change is hard at the beginning. Messy in the middle. But gorgeous at the end." - Robin Sherma

I agree 100% and am in sync with this quote.
This month, I have switched to a new camera to use for my Instagram posts and Blog posts. And yes, "change" is indeed hard at first, super messy in the middle process, yet the gorgeous end result, I prayerfully hope and want to achieve the soonest!


TRAVEL | Summerfun in Lake Tahoe Ca and travel tips

Yay! A 4-day-weekend is a mini vacation for me and hubby dear!
We decided to escape the Valley heat and air by going to Lake Tahoe for a day, last July 4th weekend.

Living, working and staying in the city day after day weaken us not just physically but mentally.
So, what's a better way to re-energize ourselves but to spend a nice weather day in nature right?!


BEAUTY | Lancôme Monsieur Big VoxBox Review

*Disclaimer: I received the following items from Influenster and LancomeUS for review:

1. Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara 
2. Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base (Bonus)
3. Lancôme Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover (Bonus)

So my first #VoxBox came and it contained all the items mentioned above!
I was so excited but also anxious at the same time since it's the first time that I'm given freebies solely intended for my honest review.

FOODTRIP | My Milk Tea and Boba Addiction

Who doesn't know boba milk tea drink nowadays? Both young and old from different cultures around the world are now fans of this addicting asian-of-origin drink!

What is boba? What is milk tea?

Milk tea is simply a drink made of 2 main ingredients: "milk and flavored tea".
Boba is a tapioca peal having a soft, chewy consistency similar to that of a gummy candy.

Combine milk tea and boba and you'll have the famous Boba Milk Tea drink (also called Bubble Milk Tea)!

It is said that this drink has been invented in Taichung Taiwan in the 1980's. Which then became popular in most parts of East and Southeast Asia during the 1990's. And is later well received by global consumers from Canada and the USA, specifically in areas with high asian demographics.
Also, from my recent trips to Europe, it is also well accepted and loved in that part of the world now. 

Hence, it is easy to find cafes/shops that are entirely devoted to boba milk teas nowadays.
Asian and even non-asian restaurants are serving this drink as part of their menu due to its known popularity with the public.

I've been to many of this cafes/restaurants and tried a variety of boba milk teas. But since 2015, I've found my favorite cafe serving a variety of fun, flavored and fresh boba milk teas - T4 you! which I will be talking about today.

#KoreanSkincareSeries: Oh my Acne battle - Part 1 | Sheet Mask & Blemish Cream

"Acne" - oh how I dislike the word!

Facts about Acne: It's estimated to affect 9.4% of the global population. 95% of all people will experience acne at some point in their lives.
Infact, in the US alone,  nearly 50 million Americans suffers from acne. 95% of acne sufferers believe that there is a cure for acne and only 4% actually know that acne can never be cured but can be treated effectively!

After years of being a part of that 96% believers, I've finally well realized and proven myself that it's more realistic to be part of that 4% group instead.
Having spent so much time, finance, and efforts on harsh acne products and dermatology procedures, wishfully thinking that something will work eventually, I finally understood & convinced myself of this saying by Sun Tzu:
"if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss....
if you know yourself but not your opponent, you may win or may lose...
if you know neither yourself and your enemy, you will always endanger yourself..."

This perfectly describe the battle with acne.. LOL

A woman in her 30's and her bright summer dress!

I heard of some people say "when a woman turns 30 and up, everything just seem to go downfall", and also heard others say "age 30 & up is a major turning point in a woman's life for the better".
Which do I believe?
I'll answer - "It depends - on the individual."

Let's consider some "simple" events where both viewpoints can be applied:

Scenario #1: I understand how some view it as a downfall due to factors that come with aging such as, physical changes like weight gain, skin problems (wrinkles, acne); also emotional/social changes like career boredom, stress from caring and maintaining a family and so forth.. which then can lead to lower self-esteem/worth and less exciting life. (**I'm not even going to detail every single example there can be, because I know the list will go on and on!) 

Scenario #2: But on the other hand, I also agree with those who believe and see it as a brighter period in their life. A time to love and embrace their body more and all the changes that come with it; to appreciate their career even more or to pursue a more exciting one; and to tackle family life and responsibilities with patience, hope and more love. I prefer to be on this side = the positive and mature side!


SUMMER Favorites: Lip Tint & Balm | Secret Key & Holika Holika

To perfect that summer glam, hydrated and natural glowing lips are a must!
I personally prefer lip balms & light lip tints over lipsticks during summer time because they add a simple yet cute charm on my summer outfits by keeping a natural look!

Today, I'll talk about 2 of my most used lip balm & tint (recently). And yes, they are Korean brands!


FOOD | My RAMEN addiction | Ajisen Ramen as my #1 pick

I've never been to Japan, and I would love to visit there one day so I can eat " authentic Japanese ramen" as much as I want to!

But for now, I'll be happy with the nearby ramen places I can go to whenever I have the craving!
Ramen restaurants have started booming here in California for the past 2 years. So far, I have tried 10 nearby ramen places (both good and bad ones), and today I will highlight 4 of them.

Let's start with "what exactly is japanese ramen"? 
Ramen consists of  noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, with toppings like sliced pork (or chasu), dried seaweed (or nori), green onions (or negi) and more (like corn, cabbage, garlic). The most popular ramen I know are the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen mostly known from Kyushu, Japan and the miso ramen mostly known from Hokkaido, Japan

SUMMER Vibes | Dealing with the heat plus #OOTD

What to do when it's 103 degrees Fahrenheit hot where you live?

a.) Go to the mall and get free AC
b.) Go to the beach
c.) Go to a nearby city or somewhere else cooler in temperature
d.) Stay at home and blast on your AC

This weekend I picked options "b" and "c" and paired them with a light summer Mason Jules midi dress (bought from, my old-fave plain white vans and a lightweight white coach backpack, and voila!

#OOTD style = chic without compromising comfort.

My city's summer heat is just unbearable (sad to say…). So most of the people I know don't mind driving to the Bay Area on the weekends to enjoy the cool breeze at the beach or just hang out in any surrounding bay area cities that has cooler temps!

So my husband and I did just so. We drove an hour to San Jose Ca. We spent 2 hours walking around inside the Westfield mall and shopped some sales and then headed to Santana Row (just a block away from the mall).

#KoreanSkincareSeries | Volcanic Clay Mask & Vitamin C Drop

As Korean skincare products became a big hit worldwide, I am pretty happy to say that I am one of those people who got curious to give them a try and up to now I can't stop using and talking about them! What's there to love? - the groundbreaking ingredients, the playful packaging and formula, and the undeniable results!

I have sensitive, acne prone, combination of oily and dry skin type(too complicated right?!). That's why I am very picky on facial products that I try & stick to use, although at the same time having a very elaborate and multi-step skincare routine.
So, I created this #koreanskincareseries on this blog to talk about my favorites. I'll talk about products that I personally use and love. Let's get started!

Today, I'm focusing on how I tame my daily battle with oily skin & how I keep my face bright with even skintone, without harsh exfoliating. So, I pick to review "Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask" and "Klairs Vitamin C Drop".
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