Monday, August 25, 2008

F Cup Cookie

While picking up some beauty necessities at the drugstore "Watson" (the Walgreen equivalent in Taiwan) one day, I discovered a fun treat called "F cup cookie". The colorful box packaging was what first caught my busy eyes, besides that the product was also very prominently displayed on the store shelf. I couldn't really read the ingredients list nor any of the labeling on the box as it's all in Japanese. But that didn't stop me from purchasing it and tasting it at home. It comes in two flavors - regular or chocolate. I chose the later.

Well, they really do taste like your ordinary chocolate cookies, I say even better!

Later I had a friend translate the labeling on the box for me, and not surprisingly the cookies are made of the usual number of ingredients of normal cookies (wheat flour, cocoa powder, etc). But it also has an important ingredient "Pueraria mirifica", a plant which has been proven to be beneficial to women's body and health.

It's a bit pricier (at $23 per box) than the supermarket brands, but I figured I could use the extra help. You know what I mean :-)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Ganguro Spotlight: Lemonade Bowtie Romper

In the spotlight today is this bright and summery "Lemonade Yellow Bowtie Romper". The big self-tied bow on the bustier-like upper is the sweetest attention grabber. But it's the pleats and the cuffed hem that draws me to this adorable romper.

Adjustable spaghetti shoulder straps, zipper at back, and invisible kanga pockets at sides.

A summery, laid-back style romper like this paird with strappy flats/gladiator sandals while out running's so Nicole Richie/Rachel Bilson!

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Available now at Desperate for Fashion!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Day in the City

I had my usual "fashion inspiration search in the city" day this past Sunday. It's one of the perks of living in a big city of 1 million population - fashion is always around the corner.

On Sunday afternoon, me and hubby (my never-complain shopping companion) headed over to GinMin street, a few blocks away from our apartment, for a stroll and some tea. This is one of my favorite trendy places to go because of its beautifully tree-lined strip mall with pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. The area is crowded with little boutiques and shops carrying everything from American teen exports such as AE, and A&F to European labels such as Zara, and H&M, in addition to Korean and Japanese style fashion. Unfortunately prices of Zara, and H&M double or even triple when they come to Taiwan. They're simply out of my range... arghhhhh!! This area also boasts the most number of American, Italian restaurants and cafes that cater to Americans and other Westerners of the city. Me and hubby chose a tea house to escape the afternoon heat. After one refreshing frosty fruit tea and some green tea flavored cookies, we head towards the YiChung street.

YiChung street is like the city's youth fashion meter. Fashion here of course caters to the early 20-somethings and younger. On a typical weekend, this place can make you feel like half the city population has gathered here. Food vendors of all sorts, from hot dogs stand to sushi sellers line the main thoroughfare, while shoes, clothing, and handbag shops nestle in the adjacent small alleys.

We ended the day with dinner at a fusion Japanese-Taiwanese restaurant. Hubby made the reservation a day earlier as we had failed to get into this place during dining hours a few times before.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Candy Sorbet Color-Patchwork Mini Dresses

This collection of three patchwork mini dresses is all about the season's eye-popping bright hues. Or in Tim Gunn's words, putting 2 and even 3 colors together really "makes it work"!

Pictured first is the "Torquoise Green Ruched Empire 3 Tone Halter Mini Dress". The black color banded waist not only makes this 3 tone mini interesting, it also has the effect of a more slimming waistline. Available now at Desperate for Fashion.

Pictured next is the "Mango Brown Key Ring Empire 2 Tone Banded Hem Halter Mini Dress". Open key ring at empire bust shows a little cleavage, while the banded hem will flatter your curve.

Finally the "Berry Buckle Empire 2 Tone Bowtie Mini Dress". Kimono inspired Bowtie at the back gives this piece extra adorable flair.

So which is your preferred color-patchwork style? Tell us by leaving your comment.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Ganguro Spotlight: Sequin Jackie Mini Dress

Aside from owning a LBD, this Ivory Sequin Jackie Dress is coming across as another must-have! Sparkling silver sequins sewn looking as if there's silver rays draping down the front. And the short hemline is sexy, and hot at the moment.

Most other sequined dresses are in darker hues, such as black, or gold. But this one has glistening silver against ivory backdrop, which makes it both day and night appropriate. Very sexy sophisticated!

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On sale now at Desperate for Fashion.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Ganguro Spotlight: Maid in Manhattan Halter Mini

This halter mini dress deserves attention here for the clever design. I love how it emits two different vibes by being "Maid in Manhattan" with the white ruffle collar, while keeping flirtatious with its stretchy body-hugging fit. It's a halter style, with faux buttons at front, and banded at the hip. Gotta love it!

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On sale now at Desperate for Fashion.