To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly...– C.S. Lewis, Four Loves
Happy Mother's Day! xo, from all of us
This Mother’s Day, we asked friends and bloggers to tell us what they love about their moms. This is our tribute to the superwomen in our lives. Thanks, Mom. ❤ LIFESTYLE | CULTURE » By Jennie Wong “My mom stands behind me on my good days and in front of me on my bad days, and she always will. What else could I ask for?” — Hillary Quinn...
We Love: NPR's She Works Note To Self
LIFESTYLE | CULTURE » By Jennie Wong This week, we love the Tumblr NPR: She Works Note To Self. As part of a series called The Changing Lives of Women, NPR asks women this question: What’s your note to self — a piece of advice that’s helped you at work? Learn from the best, ladies; we are each other’s best. We Love is a series featuring our favorites of the week. Want...
People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you...– V. Roth, Insurgent
Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong » ★★★★☆ I’m a fan! Perks of having roommates like mine are that you get to share beauty finds (and cupcakes!). My friend and roommate Dorothea taught me a thing or two about gentle makeup removers that wash away makeup in a snap. For a long time I’d been using a blue, oil-based makeup remover from Sephora (read the review here). However, I...
Spring Cleaning: Makeup Drawer Edition
BEAUTY | THE SETUP » By Jennie Wong Did you know your makeup has a shelf life? Take a minute this spring to go through your makeup drawer and clear out the old to make room for the new. I learned at work that mascara should probably be thrown out every 4 months — and I realized with some disgust that my tube was past due date. I took this as an opportunity to sort through my entire makeup...
LIFESTYLE | QUOTABLE » By Jennie Wong From The Ravenous Muse, a collection of writings by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
We Love: These Men's Fragrances
FASHION | THE STANDARD » By Jennie Wong Men’s fragrances can be tricky: too musky and you smell old, too sweet and you smell On The Prowl, too spicy and you smell like Axe. My favorites have wood bases balanced by fresh, sparkling notes. L’Homme Saint Laurent: amber woodsy with notes of bergamot, ginger and vetiver Dolce & Gabbana The One For Men: cedarwood with...
Gracious, soft-voiced girls, who were brought up on memories instead of money.– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Ice Palace
Mama Said: Skincare
BEAUTY | THE SETUP » By Jennie Wong This weekend I was fortunate enough to return home to California for a few days. I visited family and spent time in the sun reading, reading, reading and washing off the rust and grime of the city. I also had the privilege of sitting down with my mama for dim sum and real talk about skincare. Here is what I learned. My mama has beautiful skin, but she...
‘One of my girlfriends gave me a beautiful button-down shirt with strict...– Trading Places: How to Dress Like a Man and Feel Like a Woman, Vogue Daily
I ❤ Spring Tag!
FASHION | THE STANDARD » By Jennie Wong I’m trying out a Spring tag from Christine of YT makeup tutorial channel xteeener. Here are the things I’m looking forward to this Spring! 1. Favorite Spring nail polish? Essie’s She’s Picture Perfect - a shimmery lilac. 2. What is your must-have lip color this Spring? Let the colors in your Spring palette shine with...
I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.– Alexander McQueen
Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong » ★★★★☆ I’m a fan! Who remembers the color changing markers we used when we were little? This solar activated nail polish by Ruby Wing is the next best thing. Ruby Wing is a line launched for summertime by nail art maven Color Club. The polish changes color in the sun, creating two completely different looks for indoor and outdoor. There are...
Clear Skin Care: Proactiv vs. Evologie
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong My skin hasn’t liked New York City any more than I have. The air here is dirty, winter is tragic, and sleep is elusive. What to do? Find a skincare line with active ingredients up to the challenge.[[MORE]] I had moderately clear skin through high school and college, with frustrating regular monthly breakouts. I have combination skin, meaning...
Who, being loved, is poor?– Oscar Wilde
Letters of Note: Nothing Good Gets Away
LIFESTYLE | CULTURE » By Jennie Wong On the topic of love, there is much to say. Here is my favorite letter from Letters of Note. John Steinbeck - the author of Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men - writes back to his eldest son Thom, who has fallen in love with a girl at boarding school.[[MORE]] New York November 10, 1958 Dear Thom: We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my...
Happy Siblings Day!
LIFESTYLE | CULTURE » By Jennie Wong In honor of Siblings Day, I’d like to raise my glass to my first female role model, my sister Janette. She is a strong and beautiful woman of many accomplishments, the highest of which is, of course, keeping me alive.[[MORE]] Respectfully, I call her my gah jieh, or ‘older sister’ in Chinese. I also have a younger brother named Jimmy...
We Love: Elie Saab Couture
FASHION | THE STANDARD » By Jennie Wong This weekend’s beautiful spring weather reminded me of one of my favorite designers: Elie Saab.[[MORE]] Elie Saab is a Lebanese designer known for bringing Middle Eastern detailing to European designs. His couture line of gowns is regal and feminine, with jewel-encrusted chiffon and lace embroidered silk. To me, his designs look fit for a...
Since the last update, I’ve completed a few new features and fixes. Think: a new Pinterest page, author pages, social media learnings, and more![[MORE]] First off, I added author pages! See here how the author name is hyperlinked in the post header. Click on it… …and you can see all the posts that author has written for êtg. The author pages are made possible by tag...
It is a risk to love. What if it doesn’t work out? Ah, but what if it...– P. McWilliams
Nothing Gold Can Stay
WRITING | POETRY » Posted by Jennie Wong By Robert Frost Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.
Incoco Nail Polish Strips — No Drying Time!
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong » ★★★★★ Buy this, stat! Hate waiting for your nails to dry? Meet Incoco.[[MORE]] Incoco Nail Polish appliqués are nail polish strips that apply like a sticker but dry like a nail polish. I received these in my March Birchbox and gave them a whirl. I was pleasantly surprised! Waiting for nails to dry is a fork in the eyeball for me but these made...
How To Organize Your Closet
FASHION | THE STANDARD » By Rosalie Yu Spring is in the air and we are getting ready to do some spring cleaning in our closets. Just in time, Rosalie Yu of bottlingupsunshine.com is here to give us tips on closet organization, beautifully lined shelves, and the perfectly folded shirt.[[MORE]] Sharing is caring and in our home, my husband and I share nearly the same amount of...
WRITING | ETC. » By Jennie Wong In honor of World Book Day, Brain Pickings pays homage to reading & knowledge with this selection of Henry Miller’s intelligent thoughts.[[MORE]] I love this quote about gathering inspiration from the source: direct experience. The vast body of literature, in every domain, is composed of hand-me-down ideas. The question — never resolved, alas! —...
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong » ★★★★★ Buy this, stat! This shimmery highlighter by theBalm is the perfect addition to your makeup bag.[[MORE]] I’ve been looking for a great highlighter for awhile and alas, I think I’ve found my product! The Mary-Lou Manizer formula by kitschy brand theBalm is a golden highlighter with just the right amount of shimmer to give you that...
The mind which is most capable of receiving impressions is very often the least...– Virginia Woolf, Literary Jukebox
Miracle Skin Transformer Concealer
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong » ★★★★★ Buy this, stat! Blemish begone! What to do to get rid of those imperfections on your face. (What imperfections?)[[MORE]] I recently switched to an all liquid makeup routine, which meant I had to find a new concealer rather than use my Bare Escentuals mineral powder. I discovered this Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal Eye and...
Dr. Jart+ BB Cream
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong » ★★★★★ Buy this, stat! BB creams are catching fire and Dr. Jart+ is the leader in these skincare-meets-makeup products. êtg will now take your questions.[[MORE]] What is a BB cream? A BB cream, or a Beauty Balm, is a product that combines your skincare and makeup in one. It is intended to replace your serum, moisturizer, primer,...
LIFESTYLE | ART » By Jennie Wong Last rose of winter (maybe).
êtg grows up
êtg just got a little makeover.[[MORE]] I’ve been doing some work on design and navigation things. First, I changed category landing pages to show a blog roll of category posts. No more ugly list of links! Here is a screenshot of the Fashion landing page. Second, I split up the individual post headers so that subcategories are still accessible. The header previously linked to the...
Live on coffee and flowers. Try not to worry what the weather will be.– Matt Berninger
FASHION | THE STANDARD » By Jennie Wong Everlane claims to make the best in each category. They deliver.[[MORE]] Everlane is a online-only store that brings designer quality goods to your doorstep at affordable costs. How do they do this? By cutting out the middlemen. Everlane takes care of all the design, production, and distribution, streamlining processes and eliminating...
Style Tips From An Ex-Stylist
FASHION | THE STANDARD » By Jennie Wong I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside stylists from high to low fashion, commercial to runway fashion, and it’s time I shared some of what I’ve learned. [[MORE]] I think in the time between now and when I wore cotton striped whatevers from wherever, I’ve most of all learned how to put things together in a way that...
Per-fékt lip gloss
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong » ★★★★★ Buy this, stat! Meet the first lip gloss I have liked in 23 years.[[MORE]] I am not a lip gloss girl. I think the stuff is gross, it gets in your hair, your hair gets in it, it smells gross, looks gross, feels sticky, and is just so shiny and overdone. It’s Plastic. I’m Chapstick, two swipes, done. But then I met...
FASHION | THE STANDARD » By Jennie Wong My foray into online shopping: my ROMWE.com experience.[[MORE]] As a girl who worked 6 years in brick & mortar retail stores, I’m not a huge fan of online shopping for goods I can’t see or touch. But working at a dot com and recognizing the changing retail landscape have pushed me to consider online as another shopping outlet. ...
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.– Albert Einstein
Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo, êtg
Winterizing Your Beauty Routine
BEAUTY | THE SETUP » By Jennie Wong It’s deep into winter and our lips are dry, hands are dry, skin is dry, everything is dry. What to do? Make sure our beauty routine is seasonally appropriate. Here’s how.[[MORE]] We’ve often heard that you can grow a ‘tolerance’ to products and there is this hazy idea that we need to rotate through different products....
who run the world
LIFESTYLE | MUSIC » By Jennie Wong (girls)
I’m simply sick of companies using the boogeymonster of ‘old and fat’ and the...
Levi's, I Love You
FASHION | THE STANDARD » By Jen Tai There is no wardrobe staple quite like a well-fitting pair of jeans.[[MORE]] I’ve tried so many different cuts and brands: J.Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, Madewell, J.Brand. Each had their own quirks; ones that fit my legs were too tight up top, others that fit my hips had pant legs that were too loose. My conclusion to myself was always, “Maybe if...
Organic Makeup: Juice Beauty Cosmetics
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong » ★★★☆☆ It’s aiite. I’ve noticed two makeup trends lately: BB/CC creams & organic makeup. I took both for a spin with these Juice Beauty Organic products. Boom.[[MORE]] First, organic or natural makeup has been around for awhile but it hasn’t really caught on until recently. Category leaders include essie and Zoya...
Birchbox: Try, Learn, Buy
BEAUTY | THE PRODUCT » By Jennie Wong » ★★★★☆ I’m a fan! Wonder what I’ve been up to? Birchbox.[[MORE]] If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, or Birchbox Blog, you know that I’ve been raving about Birchbox. What exactly is Birchbox? Birchbox is a beauty subscription service for you to discover new brands and...