Tuesday, November 17, 2009

11.17.2009 Heart to Heart

11.17.2009 Heart to Heart
Wood-grain headband: Accessorize, jumper with heart weave and heart buttons: random store on lower Broadway in Soho, NYC, turtleneck: Gongguan night market (公館夜市), Taipei, boots: Sogo Fuxing

Today I was thinking about how my wardrobe has "cute-i-fied" since moving to Taipei. I'm no afraid of hearts, ruffles, lace and other girly flourishes. When I pulled this jumper out of my closet this morning, I thought, "boy, is my wardrobe Taiwan-ish now!" Then I realized I didn't buy the jumper in Taipei -- I bought it in NYC! I got it after I went to Taipei to visit Ron in December 2007; I guess I missed the style I'd seen in the city's stores and night markets on that trip. My style has definitely become a lot more "feminine" in the last two years. There is definitely a culture of cute in Taiwan (as there is in much of east Asia) and grown women can get away with wearing things like this dress without looking too precious (not that there is anything wrong with looking precious!).

I paired it with an American Apparel unisex cardigan and my red Cambridge Satchel Company bag for the short walk to my cabinet.

My favorite part of the jumper is the black and white heart weave of the fabric and the two shiny red heart-shaped buttons.


I think Taroko George approves, too, because he couldn't stop sniffing around me when I took these photos! Oh, and I got my hair cut after four or five months! Thank goodness, I feel human again! My war with my bangs has come to a temporary ceasefire. Phew!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!


  1. You look so cute! I love the hearts, and your blog always makes me miss your part of the world. I've never been to Taiwan, but I've always loved the way ladies in Shanghai dressed, sweet and cute as cupcakes!

    Just like yourself.

  2. Aw, thanks Jenny! I really love living in Taipei... it's influenced my sense of style in a big way!

  3. I can't decide which is more amazing and adorable, your little kitty or your red bag! I love them both. :)

  4. Oh my gosh, that dress is the most adorable thing ever!
    I love cutesie style, but it's not too popular here in New Zealand.

  5. I think you look great! The hearts are so adorable. I love that Asian styles are usually more cute than American or European fashion!

    That bag is AMAZING. I love it. I want it.

  6. i love your *cuti-i-fied* look. your dress, boots, bag, bangs and cat (kiss kiss to Mr. George) are all adorable!

  7. I adore the jumper, it is sweetly schoolgirl with extra style with that fab bag.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  8. The hearts in your dress are super! I fall in love deeper with your bag every time I see it too <33
    Hallo Taroko George! He's so cute!

  9. your new haircut looks great! and i love your cute-sy style! the heart printed jumper is perfect. maybe i should move to east asia because i would love to dress even more like that. ~joelle

  10. Your dress is so cute and I love love love your bag!

  11. great boots- thanks for stopping by the blog


  12. what a cute jumper!! and I love your red satchel, it matches the outfit perfectly! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog :)

  13. Along with your adorable sense of style, there is one thing that makes these pics of your outfits so much more enjoyable (besides the cute kitty cat). You have the most cheerful smile in the worldl!!

    I love that little dress with the hearts!

    x Anne x