Style: Sydney

It is winter in Sydney, and as we know it in San Francisco, our summers always seem to come with a lot of winterish baggage. When temperatures should obviously be opposite from one hemisphere to the other, San Franciscans can relate to mild temperatures to our neighbors from down under during their winter months. We both usually have sunny and comfortable daytime averages of the 60’s to 70’s (in Fahrenheit) and we both have to endure the drops of temperatures as evening falls upon us.

I ran into our poster-child of the moment in Sydney who perfected the art of layering in our similar conditions. Some sort of leather (or of course faux) jacket, scarf, and jeans are our uniform in San Francisco, but she so righteously intertwined the workings of casualness with muted flats, femininity with light-colored skinny jeans and a flowing cream blouse that ends longer than the front, added edginess with a cropped leather moto-jacket, and tied the whole look together with a neutral star-printed scarf. Sans scarf and jacket, she is ready for the warmth of the day, and add these on, she is ready for chilly nights. Irreversibility is the intelligent way to dress.

Style: Sydney

This is proof that the color-blocking trend has saturated the globe and this lady hit the spot. With color-blocking, you really only need two contrasting hues or undertones to make it work. When color-blocking, keep the base colors solid and accessorize in neutral even if the neutrals have a pattern. Her solid green sheath dress coupled with her bright blue sweater works so well with her matchy-matchy bright blue Fendi purse and green platform heels and her patterned black hoisery.

Style: In Flight

Totally smart.  Smart was the encompassing word that came to my mind when I noticed Wilson Standish and his style. I am usually bored out of my mind when I am the “greeter of the flight repetitively welcoming the monotonous business traveler or the self-righteous yet trashy once-a-decade-traveler, but Wilson got everything right. From the most appropriate hair to the tortoise-shell eyeglasses to the neutrally colored and fitting shirt and pants, the pop of color from the socks down to the brown shoes made me purse my lips and speak like an Italian in my mind, “perfetto,” of course with the hand gestures to go a long with it.

Style: In Flight

Oh, pretty, pretty Natalie! After another redundant Trans-con flight after another, I usually don’t suspect that I will lose a blog-worthy passenger in the span of a five-hour flight, but we were delayed close to four hours upon departure time and our lady captain was so gracious enough to direct our passengers to deplane the aircraft until we rectified the problem as the cabin filled with humidity and heat. I thought I lost Natalie to a later flight, but she boarded yet again as did most of our passengers. Once I saw her again, I clapped and proclaimed to my crew that she was my pretty girl in the pretty skirt.

I think everyone including our uptight purser noticed Natalie in her flowing maxi-skirt with slits paired with leggings and her sweet sleeveless blouse tucked in. It was travel perfected, beautifully.

Destination: Japan. Kanebo’s Coffret D’Or 3D Mascara– the lash solution by Guest Blogger: Vivian Kelly of

I was ecstatic and super honored when pro-fashion-blogger, Vivian Kelly agreed to write a post for my blog. She is the fashion know-it-all who gets to sit in and watch New York fashion shows live.


Vivian Kelly


Text, Vivian Kelly

I unwrapped the envelope postmarked from Tokyo with great anticipation. I already knew that inside the padded envelope was a tube of Kanebo’s Coffret D’Or 3D mascara. A few weeks ago, during a Skype session, my Japanese friend, Yuki and I had engaged in a lively discussion about mascara. I greatly admired my Social Media Advisor, Amanda Razzano’s thick curly lashes and wanted them. For daytime, I’d rejected the idea of wearing falsies even though doing so is commonplace these days. Nor was I willing to try expensive and scary lash extensions. Last summer, I’d invested in Latisse when my dermatologist had offered an enticing 2 for 1 deal. After reading the fine print in the multipage literature included in the package about side effects such as changes to eye color, I chickened out. Rather than applying it on my lash line, I used it on my brows instead. Latisse works, and I now have somewhat thicker brows, requiring a minimal use of my “fling” brow pencil, one of the items in Daphne Guinness’s limited edition collection for MAC Cosmetics.

Having thicker brows was great but my lashes continued to pose a vexing beauty challenge. I decided to go back to the basics, and search for perfect mascara. I’d shied away from that route after an unfortunate mild allergic reaction to Maybelline’s prize-winning pink and green “Great Lash” mascara.

Since then, I’d cautiously experimented at Sephora with my daughter and friend, Demi Schimenti, after the sales assistant swore that the testers were disinfected. While I loved the Dior Show Extase packaging and texture, the $28 price tag put me off. I recalled reading Allure Editor in Chief Linda Wells advising her readers to throw mascara out after a mere 3 months. Also, I was looking for dark brown, as the black was too stark in contrast to my pale skin and hair.

LORAC’s “Visual Effects” mascara that I tested after Siren PR’s Cheryl Buscana sent it over, was nice but felt heavy, and better suited for a dramatic evening face.

I continued to ask friends and acquaintances which mascara they swore by. Kumi won me over on that early morning Skype chat when she dug into her cosmetics bag and pulled out her Coffret D’Or mascara and applied it, eager to show me how nice it was.

The mascara that arrived a few weeks later in the mail was dark brown [BR-26] and the wand’s brush long and straight. It went on smoothly, almost silkily and didn’t irritate my eyes at all – no clumping. Even though it wasn’t thick it added instant depth to my eyes without it being obvious that I had actually put makeup on. As I prefer a natural look, this was fantastic. At the end of the day, I had forgotten that I had anything on. The only reason I remembered was that when I washed off my Michael Marcus “foaming aloe cleanse” and noticed brown smudges around my eyes. An added bonus is that Coffret D’Or comes easily off and you don’t have to battle with a wad of cotton balls and baby oil to scrape it off. This brown tube with the silver disco ball decoration on the cap has earned a permanent place in my cosmetics bag.


Kanebo/Coffret D’Or Link:

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Daphne Guinness Link:

Dior Mascara Link:

I didn’t link to MAC as sadly, the Daphne Guinness collection is no longer in-store.

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Make-up Mondays! Forgive the sins of the weekend. Tips, tricks, and products that will refresh you for another grueling work week.

As a flight attendant constantly fighting a fatigued body, mind, and skin in dehydrating and recirculated air, I am always searching for ways to continuously spark the mind, invigorate the body, soothe the soul, and hydrate inside and out.

Drinks may be refreshing for the soul, but is draining to the skin. Not only must you intensely hydrate internally after a weekend of I’ll-just-have-one-drink nights turned to regretable debauchery, hydrating your skin externally is also crucial if you don’t want your coworkers to think you have the case of the Mondays.

Here’s the cheapest quick fix at about a dollar or two a pop: the disposable sheet mask. You open the package, unfold the mask, place over your face avoiding the eyes and mouth with its openings, wait about 15-30 minutes, discard the mask, and voila! You can pat the excess moisture into your skin if you need that extra oomph, or you can wipe it off with a toner. Of course before applying, you need to thoroughly wash your face of any makeup or dirt.

I use Aritaum sheet masks from Seoul, but not to fret. Sheet masks are a dime a dozen even in the US. You just need to know where to look. Most Korean and Japanese grocery stores have either a separate cosmetics counter or cosmetics aisle. Each sheet should cost you over $1. I highly suggest that you only use Korean made or Japanese made masks. Take into consideration that this is going on your skin; you wouldn’t want to use brands that use harsh chemicals. Also, and sell them bulk so it is easy to stock up. Brands to look for, Missha, Etude House, Amore Pacific, Mamonde, The Face Shop, Skin Food, Kose, and, Kracie. I have yet to try the high-end brands, but if you must, look for, Clinique, Shiseido, Lancome, and SKII.

Destination: Seoul, A Cup of Joe

Oh, a morning pick-me-up, or rather a burst of caffeine at any time of the day for me. I stopped drinking coffee a few years ago. I was never a fiend, but used it on those ominous days I thought I needed it, but realized it could never benefit my intestinal tract, let alone my uncontrollable circadian rhythm. (Black tea became my most sought after friend.)

But here is a product I just came upon, yet again, through my travels. TonyMoly has become a cosmetic company I favor because of their cutesy packaging a long with their products that really work.

This scrub contained in an adorable coffee mug package is thick and luscious like honey and warms up just like a latte to your face. After application and washing away the indulgent scent of coffee beans into a milky foam, the aftermath leaves your skin silky smooth, ready for the day, or night; whichever you prefer.

For more information, go to: To purchase worldwide, go to: and search, “tonymoly.”

Style: In Flight

It’s always a breath of fresh air when passengers have an aura of respect for themselves to actually dress for a flight, let alone a long-haul international flight. I deem putting on whatever is comfortable to equate with dressing for bed. That’s really just covering yourself up to not be indecently exposed which is fine because some people would rather go to bed on a flight. But I have found for women, it is quite more comfortable to wear a non-constricting dress on flights of more than four hours long. This is because your stomach, as well as all of your limbs swell up during a flight. Think of a potato chip bag in high altitudes. It’s the same phenomena with the human body.

Katie Kim had the right idea when I spotted her on my flight to Seoul. Not only did I single her out for her choice in an animal print dress which I have an affinity towards, she had on nylons which help with containing swelling of the legs and feet, and had red slip-on shoes that packed a stylish punch which add to the ease of screening through security and slipping on and off throughout a long flight.

Towards the end of the twelve-hour flight, she gathered her belongings and put on a leather jacket to add to her stylish sensibility with her jet-setterish box purse of the globe, so nostalgic and dreamy of the glamorous days of flying.

Style Profile: Alexander Seo


Alex works as a flight attendant and he always looks polished in and out of uniform. Although he modestly believes he has no real style, I believe he is one of the most stylish people I’ve gotten to know. Finally, on a sunny day after days of stormy weather in San Francisco, we met up for a moment to chit chat about fashion and flying — of course with the accompaniment of a couple drinkies. Alex defines his non-existent style as “casual and clean, basic, simple, and has to be comfortable.” 

Today, I adored his pairing of a purple sweater with grey, plaid slacks, and kicks! Some people would never even think to wear kicks with plaid slacks, but with Alex, his ensembles always work well. Hello? And he thinks he has no style? Right. 

When I asked him about how he defines fashion, he gave me a very great answer. “It is a fantasy. It’s something in a bubble world that in the name of fashion, everything is, ‘okay.’ It doesn’t have to be practical. And everything is allowed.” He thinks that his simple style comes from his upbringing in Korea where children were taught to, “think not outside, but within the box.” He feels that even with his freedom as an adult, it is difficult to express himself because of years of restrictions and that, “creativity needs to be practiced.” What a great convo we had that day!

Style Profile: In Flight

Erin Corr (left) and Caitlin Corr (right) are not sisters but cousins that look like twins! Both are students at Santa Clara University. Erin is studying psychology and Caitlin is studying marketing.

Coming from Cabo, I spotted the two and instantly liked their casual style perfect for hotter climates. Erin paired her now trending, boxy tank with a flowing hobo skirt which I thought brilliant because of the stretchy waistband that you could pull up to be more conservative or pull down to show off that great figure of hers. Caitlin’s pairing of her now trending denim top with cool linen pants was in fact, inspirational. People should travel in style like her.

Even though both were wearing white bottoms and brightly colored tops, they presented their style personalities as Erin states hers to be, “offbeat and hippiesh,” while Caitlin identifies her personal style as “more classic, mixed with trends.”  Their take on how they define fashion? They both believe that, “first impressions are important” and with fashion, you can “display your personality.”