Photo Diary: New York

My tangerine tote and I made it to NY in one piece and helped welcome the people of New York with a Northeastern (let’s just say it wasn’t my most graceful entrance). As I mentioned in my previous post this storm was nothing like I experienced before, but it didn’t dampen my spirits about my trip. I love this city because it evolves and thrives off its fast paced, international culture. It is home to some of the largest fashion houses, decadent restaurants and world famous museums.

I was surrounded by things I love most: couture, culture, cuisine and cocktails.

I know why people say that New York is an urban playground for adults. My trip included late boozy dinners with friends, early morning subway rides and plenty of bars and night clubs to keep me and the wild ones satisfied. This city never shuts down. I had a lot of fun exploring the Upper East Side, West Village, Lower East Side, 5th Avenue, Chelsea and Central Park. If you have the chance to go to NY, go visit! It was only my second time in NY, but whenever I travel I learn something new about myself and how I handle stressful situations. I always feel so alive and excited when I visit a new city or country.  I hope everyone gets the courage/opportunity to go on an adventure with their own tangerine tote, even if it is a close destination.  These journeys turn into the most memorable trips.

Enjoy the photos.

{View of the SW end of Central Park from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel}

{Walking around the Flatiron District}

{Getting ready for the holidays and frosted with diamonds at the new Harry Winston store}

{Grand Central Station}

{View of The Plaza Hotel from Gapstow Bridge in Central Park}

{Duck pond in Central Park}

{NY Icon: Bergdorf Goodman and The Plaza Hotel}

{Booze lunch at Eataly, accompanied with classic Ray Bans}

{Blowing bubbles in Central Park}

{DVF offices via @TediTsuruda (aka Tangerine Tote’s) Instagram}

{Perfect NY meal: pizza accompanied with a glass of a deep Merlot}

I had the best time in NY, but I am also very thankful for my life on the West Coast. I loved visiting my old friends, drinking skinny vanilla lates at cafes and walking around iconic and historic landmarks. I want to return very soon and I hope you enjoyed my photo diary of New York. There are so many beautiful things and I couldn’t capture them all.

Stay tuned, I’ll be putting up helpful tips for the holidays and festive cocktails for entertaining your guests. Three days until Thanksgiving!


Fall Outfits 2012

On of my Tangerine Tote philosophies is, is that a pair of shoes make an outfit POP. I was in NY this week and experienced a lot of crazy weather. I flew to NY the day of a Nor’easter and it was nothing like I expected. I arrived in NY around 3pm and the storm just started dusting beautiful snow on the wings of the plane, and I thought to myself, “wow, how lovely.” Quickly after I grabbed my tangerine tote from baggage claim and stepped outside I realize how drastic a northeastern is. That night the streets of NY were covered in a fresh blanket of snow and the snowflakes were so thick they looked like cotton balls. It was amazing how quickly the weather changed.

Six days in NY lead to a bizarre change in the weather. It started as a crazy blizzard to beautiful 65 and sunny fall day to gloomy rain. Now, I wasn’t complaining, I saw NY for everything it was, and I loved it. My trip inspired me to collaborate my shoes in my wardrobe and make useful, effortless fall outfits inspired by them and to prepare myself for drastic weather changes whenever I travel. Yes, some of these shoes are some of my favorites that I saved an arm and leg for them, but if you are a 20-something-year-old living in NY you probably are not going to run to Bergdorf Goodman and buy a brand new pair of nude Miu Miu pumps. Of course, if you have the “mullah” go right ahead. You can also try Saks off 5th, Nordstrom Rack and T.J. Maxx for discount designer goods which may require a lot of “digging” through shoe and clothing racks (which I so LOVE to do). But, if you don’t want to take the time and want designer look-a-likes try Target, Zara, Forever 21 and H&M. Also, checking out vintage and consignment shops in your neighborhood is a great place to find hidden gems. I promise you will find something similar in these less expensive stores than the shoes you’ll see in this year’s Nordstrom Christmas catalog. Check these looks out and let me know what you think!

Sam Edelman Lorissa Heel Outfit

Sam Edelman Lorissa Heel ($200)

Mia Limited Edition ‘Trail’ Ankle Boot Outfit

Mia Limited Edition ‘Traill’ Ankle Boot ($79)

Target Mossimo Vianca Tuxedo Flat – Animal Print

Target Mossimo Vianca Tuxedo Flat – Animal Print ($19.99)

Curved Heel Platform Pump Outfit

Miu Miu Curved Heel Platform Pump ($645)

Jeffrey Campbell Martini Flat Outfit

Jeffrey Campbell Martini Flat ($175)

Like what you see? I love making things on Tangerine Tote’s Polyvore! Check it out! Let me know what you think of my “created” outfits!

What’s In My Tangerine Tote

Via Tangerine Tote’s Polyvore

On a hot summer day in Hollywood, CA I met up with one of my dearest friends and told her about an idea for this blog I had. Ever since I lived in China and started following Fashion blogs like Tuula, Peony Lim, Cupcakes and Cashmere and Fashion Toast (to name a few) I started to get inspired. Looking through all these established fashion and lifestyle blogs I started brainstorming. However, starting and coming up with a name and content for a blog isn’t easy, and as you look through Tangerine Tote you will see a lot of different topics: fashion, DIY projects, food, travel… I want to talk about it all!

In the past 12 months I have worked internationally, experienced Fashion PR and got my hands dirty in advertising. Through it all, I have carried around one consistent item, my Tangerine Tote. The “Tangerine Tote” doesn’t just symbolize a Tangerine Tote but it correlates to all my handbags. Whether it’s my Tangerine Tote, LV speedy or evening clutch I always have a place to put my essentials. I believe in the saying, “you can tell a lot about a woman by the contents of her purse.” Sometimes my bag is neat and tidy, but most of the time you’ll find candy, gum wrappers, old café receipts and past ticket stubs.

However, you’ll always find a notebook, hand cream, lip balm/lip gloss, colorful scarf, sun glasses, iPhone, my signature perfume and sometimes booze tucked away in my bag of choice for that day/evening. The items shown above are things I use everyday and help inspire my posts for Tangerine Tote. As my blog begins to evolve so will I and TT’s angle. For me, and the same goes for a lot of people, that great things take time. As I continue to learn, I have figured out that launching Tangerine Tote was the hardest part. I am still learning how to master WordPress and Photoshop, but hopefully during this experience I will be a pro at both. Thanks everyone, I am excited to see what comes in the future.

What’s next? NY this week! I am excited to see some old friends and start finding out what my future has in store for me.

DIY: Easy Art Project

I am currently obsessed with doing easy art projects yourself. I was inspired to do this project from one of my favorite fashion websites, Refinery29. This piece of artwork is perfect for your bedroom, kitchen, living area or office. I have to say that DIY projects are sometimes intimidating, however, this one is for any DIY-er level.

Materials Needed:

  • Assorted acrylic paint of your favorite colors
  • 1 bottle of white acrylic paint
  • Painters tape (any size, larger is easier)
  • Paint brushes
  • Canvas (any size)
  • Newspaper and paper towels (in my case old fashion magazines)
  • Water dish

 Step One:


Assemble your paints and squeeze a quarter size amount of each on your palette (in my case cardboard). Start with one color. Add uneven lines and shapes throughout the canvas. When you are finished with one color, rinse your brush and add the next color.

Don’t be scared with using a lot of color and different strokes. Work on incorporating all the colors onto the canvas and mix colors together until you get the look you love.

Step Two:

It only takes a few minutes to dry, but for the impatient fashionistas hold up a hair dryer and it will dry quicker. Taping is the hardest part. Once you have an idea in mind of the design you want, start creating it. I decided to do a chevron shape. It was tricky and time consuming but I loved the end result. I measured each piece exactly at 3”. The first line was the trickiest, but once I had a perfect chevron line across the board it was easy to use that first line as my template.

Step Three:

Once the canvas is taped, apply a generous amount of white acrylic paint to your pallet. Evenly coat the canvas with the white paint. You can do as many coats as you like, and I thought two was perfect. Let the paint dry and remove the tape and see your beautiful masterpiece!

See, easy! More DIY projects to come. How did your’s turn out?