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"Utopia" Fashion Show, Part 2: Runway
Monday April 14, 2014

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Saturday, April 5, 2014. The fashion show pretty much took my entire day away. Though the doors opened at 6:30 PM, I had to arrive to the location at 2 PM just to do make-up, hair, clothes, and practice walking on the runway. Given the fact that all of the other models had to do the same thing, 4.5 hours is not that much time to practice. I somehow managed to pull it off though, despite feeling bloated from eating a big bowl of ramen beforehand. I didn’t know when I would be able to eat during the show, so pigging out on a big meal beforehand was super important. I even packed 2 sandwiches, 3 grand-sized rice krispie bars, and a bag of Kit Kats. I WILL GET MY NOM NOMS DONE DESPITE THE ODDS.

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I wish I was able to take more behind-the-scenes pictures of the make-up room, because it made the whole modeling experience seem so legit. My hair stylist was from Paul Mitchell and she gave me awesome curls that stayed intact the whole day. My make-up artist gave me a pin-up doll look. I asked her to make me look as dramatic as possible so that when I fall on the runway no one would recognize me.  *thumbs up*

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Here are the other ladies I modeled with. Of course my outfit would be the craziest of the bunch. We were part of the Heart Boutique clothing line, which would be the third group to walk the runway first, so yeah no pressure or anything amirite?

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My group and I constantly practiced walking the runway because we wanted to get this shit right! I was kind of nervous because I had to trade in my heels for taller ones (I have never worn any heels taller than 1 inch) and also walk without my glasses (WHICH MEANS I AM LITERALLY HANDICAPPED LOL). I don’t know how good my walk actually was, but I think it should be a miracle in and of itself that I did not fall or trip.

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I was SOOOO HUNGRY by the time my first walk was done! Had to go to the changing room to switch into my second outfit, since I was modeling for two clothing lines, but I did not hesitate to tackle the pizza box that someone brought and get my NOMS on. Pizza has never tasted so delicious until now. Sadly I couldn’t even finish my ONE slice before they pulled me out again to go out on stage. I’m now convinced that the “starving model” stereotype is only true in the sense that we have no time to eat if we’re walking more than once.

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Selfies from the changing room while we’re eating pizza. Multi-tasking with the 2 deadly sins, gluttony and vanity~

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The second clothing line I modeled for was Sugar Shack, and we had a much smaller group of models this time (only 4 girls). Which means we had to walk eeeeextra slow. I’m glad I could walk with these ladies because they are awesome. ^_^

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Some snippets of me walking on the runway that I stole from Facebook. There are actually more pictures of me on the runway that are floating around somewhere but I am too embarrassed to post them on my blog. K THANX BYE.

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Me dressed up at the show vs. me dressed down at home! I arrived back at my apartment around 11 PM. Couldn’t tell if I was exhausted or still excited from the show. I procrastinated on taking off my make-up because I knew I would never look this good again *sobs*. I slept with my curls still intact so when I had to wake up at 7 AM the next morning for AggieTV, my hair still looked cool!! Unfortunately, there are societal norms I had to do such as “showering” so I couldn’t keep the curls for very long.

Thus concludes my noob adventures with modeling and fashion. I’m glad I agreed to model for this show because it was a really unique experience for me. I got to wear make-up and style my hair and wear expensive outfits that I would never be able to pull off otherwise. This is probably going to be the peak of my prettiness before I go back to being plain again, so I gotta enjoy it while it lasts haha!

"Utopia" Fashion Show, Part 1: Fittings
Wednesday April 9, 2014

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Who would’ve thought that in the first week of spring quarter I would jump headfirst into a fashion show? This quarter is already geting crazy busy with extracurriculars: I’m making sure to maintain straight A’s, while juggling my IET job and my internship at a biotech company, while also training for the dragon boat team and filming a movie series for AggieTV. Yet SOMEHOW I thought it would be a good idea to agree to model for SFA’s fashion show on top of everything else.

And a good idea it was!! I had an amazing time throughout the whole process. It was a great experience that I know won’t come very often (cuz lesbehonest, I ain’t gonna be picked as a model anywhere else LOL). For this reason, I’m very excited to blog about my first time ever participating in a fashion show! I’m going to split this into 2 parts just to savor it longer hehe.

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Friday, April 4. On this day, three other models and I carpooled to Sacramento to visit two boutique stores that were offering their clothes for the show. (I’m so lucky I got to showcase two outfits instead of one!) The first store we visited was Heart Clothing Boutique, which was a cute little shop that is very close to an internship I used to work for last summer, and now I’m here… geez it’s crazy how much I have progressed in less than a year. @_@ 

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I thought this rug was cute. The girls and I squeezed together on the couch as we waited for the store owner to give us the outfits that she had picked out for us. Dude she is AMAAAAZING at coordinating outfits because she picked awesome romper pants for me! The other models were like “GURL DEM LEGS” and I was like da fuck when did I even have legs??

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Here’s what the inside of their store looks like. Lots of bright, popping colors and trendy jewelry. The store owner gave me a really bright statement necklace too and my povo ass has never been able to afford statement necklaces so LIKE I SAID SHE IS AMAZING.

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More pictures from inside her store. Heart Clothing is a great place to go if you fancy bold colors and popping out in the crowd. CHECK THEM OUT @ 1903 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814. No I’m not being sponsored by them. Bitch I wish.

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Next is Sugar Shack, which is also relatively close to Heart Clothing! One of the models and I were very apprehensive of all the PINKNESS at first because she’s more of a tomboy and I prefer dark/edgy stuff. But the store owner here was very accommodating as well and also chose a good look for me. Seriously these owners know what they’re doing when they coordinate outfits. *bows down*

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I like the painting that they have on the side of their building. Gives them a nice personal touch! Plus they stood out instantly when we were trying to look for them.

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Their store is much bigger and easier to browse through. A lot of their items are very loose and flowy, and they have lots of tribal prints. In fact, our group ended up matching with our prints when we decided on the final outfits. And again, this owner gave me a beautiful statement necklace that tied my outfit all together.

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SELFIE GROUP PIC because we are such girls!! No really, you put a bunch of Asian girls together, you know it’s gonna happen. Sugar Shack’s flowy, tribal print clothes are great for the summer season and they’re all suuuper comfortable too. CHECK THEM OUT @ 2425 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816.

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Here are my outfits that I’m showcasing!! These are not the type of clothes I wear at all but I have received positive feedback on them so I will trust that judgment! It seems like these shop owners (and the other models too tbh lol) favor loose, long pants on me because it helps accentuate long legs. Hey, got no complaints about that.

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To cap the night, these ladies and I went to Thai Basil for dinner! I’m so glad I ended up with a group of chill and tomboyish girls. It felt like a typical girls’ hangout because we were basically shopping in the afternoon and eating out in the evening. Except our shopping was FREE HAHAHAHAHA (sadly these clothes are only borrowed).

The car ride back to Davis was spent talking about random stuff like our pooping habits. What can I say, we are very classy models. ^_~

Part 2 will discuss the day of the fashion show in my next post! More behind the scenes stuff yay!!

Carmel by the Sea, Part 3: Window Shopping
Saturday April 5, 2014

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Saturday, March 28. Final part of the Carmel blog posts! After an entire day at the beach, we spent our second day in Carmel window shopping. I say “window shopping” because Carmel consists of rich people who can afford ridiculous things that I will never have sigh. But it’s still fun to browse around for eye candy!

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Woke up at 9 AM for the complimentary breakfast offered by the lodge we were staying at. Not gonna lie, one of the major reasons why I was looking forward to this trip was because of free food. Complimentary is magic to my ears because that just means free stuff heheheh.

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Our tired and sleep-deprived group!

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Obviously I cannot dress up without taking a selfie to prove that I did. I borrowed this pink dress from my aunt, who bought it in Vietnam. Hopefully this was enough to disguise myself as a rich chick and blend in with the rest of Carmel.

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One of the first stores we visited was Heart Beat Boutique, which stood out to me because of its mannequins. The outfits and hats that they sported were so grandiose that it stood out to me immediately. Plus there was a giant dress in the center of the store!

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I also like this store because it was so pink and cute, both outside and inside. They sold a crazy variety of tea sets. I overheard the owner talking to a customer on the phone about how they were importing a collection from England.

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Alice’s Gift Shop is a heaven for any Alice in Wonderland fans. They have backwards clocks, tea sets, dolls, chessboards and chess pieces, etc. that were all themed with the Alice story.

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The Carmel Hat Company owned a large extension of hats from different time periods. I’m not gonna pretend like I know the fashion from previous time eras so I won’t explain. All I can say is SO VINTAGE!

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There was a doggy sitting in one of the displays, awww! He looks like he’s seen some shit in his life tho.

The shopping trip ended earlier than expected because we were all pretty tired and worn out from the previous day at the beach. We ended up leaving Carmel ahead of schedule and getting lunch at Sonic, then finally arriving back home. Suffice to say, I crashed in bed and napped FOREVAH.

My spring break trip was very fun and touristy! I was exhausted, but in a good way. The only downside is that when fun trips like these occur right at the end of break, the transition back to school is rough! I’ve been adjusting well with some new extracurriculars though… more on that in my next blog post!!