Jennie Tai
Fashion Life

Puppies, Progress & Peonies

{ My photography in Flavor Magazine }

A few months ago, I was asked by the lovely people of Flavor Magazine to take a few photos for their article on Big Bear Cafe. I was exploring San Francisco when I got the email, and I remember just being incredibly excited for the opportunity to feature my photos in such a wonderful print magazine for the very first time. Yesterday, I decided to take a quick trip to Whole Foods to pick up a few copies, and a few of my favorite things to celebrate this milestone in my career. Thank you so much to everyone who’s supported me, and followed the progress of my blog. I can’t wait to bring you more.

{ My favorite flowers }

While I was picking up a few containers of my favorite fruits, I noticed the gorgeous display of fresh flowers by the entrance. I normally never pay attention to flowers in grocery stores, but the gorgeous bouquets of young, pink and purple peonies caught my eye. I tweeted a few weeks ago about the day I was looking for peonies (my favorite flowers), and called over a dozen florists, but couldn’t find them – so you can imagine how excited I was to see these sitting around for only $3.99 per bunch. I love peonies, because they begin as a soft, delicate bulb, and blossom into a giant pom-pom of silky petals that remind me of a ballerina’s final plié. Needless to say, I took a few stems home, trimmed them, and put them in an old champagne bottle on my desk so I could watch them blossom this weekend.

{ My little bear }

This is JJ, my feisty little poo-tzu. After running errands all day in the gorgeous weather we had yesterday, I decided to take him out for a walk as soon as I got home. This is JJ at what I call his ‘prime puff’ stage (when he looks like a fluffy little cloud, and is normally taken to the groomers immediately the following weekend). I love my bear, but if I don’t drag him home, he takes me across sidewalks and down roads far away from my house, as if  he knows the route home and doesn’t ever want to go back. He loves his long walks, and this is normally the face he gives me when he stops and whines as I try to guide him back home.

{ My favorite olives }

I have a bit of a salt tooth, and am a little obsessed with olives. My favorite ones are the bright emerald-green castelvetrano olives, because they’re not too bitter and have a rich, buttery taste. Like ripe grapes, soaked in warm butter. I can snack on these forever.

{ Denim on denim }

After traveling to a few of the most intimidatingly trend-setting, fashion-forward cities like San Francisco, and The Big Apple – I’ve enjoyed being at home in DC where the fashion is a bit more casual, simple, and effortless. Though DC was voted as one of the most ‘unattractive cities’ in the U.S. (#sadface) a few months ago, I believe that great style can still be comfortable and sexy at the same time. Unfortunately, (and I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed this) DC has been having trouble finding the balance that teeters the fine line between effortlessly sexy, and just mindlessly frumpy.

I first saw this unusual statement  featured in elle.com, and in a few catalogs of my favorite stores. I love this look, because it’s casual, comfortable, yet still interesting. Layers of light, dark, and sandwashed denim that refinery 29 likes to pair with black accents. A simple blue and white option for Memorial Day weekend.

Wanna rock the trend? Check out Jade Frampton’s tips (elle.com’s market editor) on how to wear it. Keep it simple, and break it up with a few leather accessories.

How will you be celebrating this weekend?

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

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