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It’s been almost two months since my trip out west to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, but I wanted to post about my experience in Tahoe. The reasons:

• My recent TRAVEL AND BEYOND posts felt incomplete without including this aspect of my vacation; I needed a “final chapter” to conclude this series.

• OUT WITH A BANG. I get to officially say goodbye to winter and the end of snowboarding season (I’m an east coaster) by documenting moments of my last ride of the season, which by the way, was EPIC!!

• I’d like to encourage more ladies to snowboard. Admittedly, it’s not for the frail or faint of heart; you will bust your ass when you first learn, but it’s SO much fun once you get the hang of it.

So here we go, another postcard moment peppered with fun, action and silly people having a good time. Are you ready??

While driving from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe with Howong and Matt, we got hit by a massive snowstorm. It was HELL to get through, with incredibly slow traffic, so we entertained ourselves by spotting strange license plates. Here is one of them (I kid you not). Another favorite:

WYUBH8N

When we finally arrived, it was definitely worth it! The views were spectacular, the fresh air invigorating and there was TONS of powdery snow. As an east coast snowboarder who is used to riding icy conditions, this is pure HEAVEN. We spent two days at Sugarbowl rocking out in hoodies under mostly sunny skies.

Clouds move really fast out here. Sunny one minute, snowing the next minute.

Very steep!

We got carried away shredding down the slopes and maniacally whooping in excitement,
so there aren’t many action shots, but here are a few photos of us warming up for the day.

Matt on the slopes doin’ his thang.

The lodge where we stayed, The Alpineer.

The snowbanks on the side of the road are taller than us!

Howong + me.

Howong, a.k.a. Chairman Wong + Matt as ice sculptures.

A vintage photograph at The Alpineer lodge. Yes, women can shred AND be glamorous.

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I look back fondly on my San Francisco + Lake Tahoe trip. It was a whirlwind five days, but I packed it ALL in! On my last day in Tahoe, we snowboarded in the morning, then drove back to San Francisco, where I boarded a red-eye flight back to New York so I could get back to my work deadlines. When I landed at 7:30 that morning, I was a hot mess! Looking in the ladies room mirror, I was horrified to see my nose had turned a bright sunburnt red and my eyes almost matched in redness from dehydration and lack of sleep; I looked like the devil’s disciple. But you know what? It was ALL worth it!

photos taken by me, Chairman Wong and Matt

To see previous entries from my trip out west:

TRAVEL AND BEYOND: San Francisco, a postcard-perfect city {part 1}
TRAVEL AND BEYOND: Japan Town, SF + NEW PEOPLE {part 2}
TRAVEL AND BEYOND: shops on Haight Ashbury + night out w/ Slayers Club {part 3}

Meeting up with Humblaya for dim sum in Chinatown.

H&M sunglasses, Jean Paul Gaultier for Target trench coat,
Tokidoki backpack, Highway Jeans, my favorite, tattered black boots.

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Hello everyone. My posts have been sporadic lately due to crazy work deadlines. However, shonshon8 is ALIVE and KICKIN’. That said, here is a quick, spontaneous post with photos taken with an iPhone. Beegi and I were on our way to Chinatown to have dim sum with his bro Humblaya.

I’m thrilled that I can finally afford a Jean Paul Gaultier piece, thanks to the Target collaboration. I like Gaultier’s interpretation of the classic trench coat, with stripe accents. But I do have to criticize the construction of the belt and arm buckles: they don’t fasten very well, so I end up knotting at the waist and tucking the ties at the wrists. Other than that, it fits me well and instantly adds a polished look to my outfit.

Though I’m burning the candles at both ends (and in the middle!), much of the work I’ve been tackling has been creatively gratifying. Thanks to copious amounts of coffee (and caffeinated beverages), I was able to survive the week!

P.S. later that day, I saw Katie Holmes walking out of a store in Union Square with Suri in her arms, being stalked by the paparazzi. Talk about a relentless breed of photographers, knocking people over, cursing passersby in their way, just to get a shot of a celebrity. Sure, I was curious to get a glimpse of her, if just to see what she was wearing (by the way, she was sporting a jean skirt with mary jane pumps and Suri had on cute bunny ears and bunny slippers). But people forget that celebrities are not superheroes; they are human too and want their privacy. My question to you: Are the paparazzi out of control or is this part of a star’s dues for being famous? Let’s hear your comments.

photos: Beegi

It’s all about the details: Note the chain jewelry on the skinny tie.

The definition of “Angel” is on the bottoms of my L.A.M.B. sneakers.

H&M corduroy blazer, skinny tie (from Tokyo), Slow and Steady Wins the Race shirt w/ cutout sleeves,
Bijules ring, vintage purse, Bebe black jeans w/ gold flecks, L.A.M.B. sneakers.

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While I am fashion-obsessed and inspired by different styles, I don’t consider myself a girly-girl. I was quite the tomboy growing up, so it’s only natural I like to play with androgynous looks.

In order to mix some femininity back into the equation, I like to add intricate details, whether it be the cut of the clothing, accents of color, or accessories. In this outfit, I achieve that by choosing a cut-out shirt, which exposes the shoulders, selecting a tie with jewelry detailing, and adding a bright red purse. With the blazer on, I look like a schoolboy, but once I take the jacket off, the bad girl comes out to party!

photos: Steve “Beegi” Halpern

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