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First, let’s quickly start off with an announcement. Rhapsody Monday will be posting twice a month instead of every week from now on! As many of you may know already, Yico and I are living very far apart from each other (she’s on the other side of earth!), and both carrying different lifestyles and routines. It has become difficult to upload new contents that meets our expectations every week, and for that reason, twice a month seemed reasonable for us to manage. But this also means we each will have more time to devote into one post with better contents. Hooray!

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Pink has always been my favourite color, and for some of you who know me, my wallet is pink, school binder is pink, and my 3DS is also pink… I happened to stumble upon at this pink wall located on King St. E in Toronto on Internet, and couldn’t help but decide to come here for a photoshoot.

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This flower printed dress is an item I bought in Gap Kids. Their size ranges from XS to XXL and XL fits perfect for me. Many items in Gap Kids can be fit as an adult size, and unless you don’t tell your friend where you got it from, nobody can guess they are designed for kids. Plus, most of the times, they’re much cheaper than the adult clothing! Although, I gotta admit, it was pretty embarrassing to ask to try them on while you’re surrounded by kids and parents.

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It’s pretty tough to find a bright and cheery place to do a photoshoot in a city with so much marble, concrete and grey. If you find any pastel photo walls around the city, let us know!

xxx

Yu


→ What I’m wearing ←

Dress: Gap Kids (ASOS Similar)

String Choker: Amazon.ca

Shoes: R.E.A.L Shoes from Value Village (ASOS Similar)

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My life in Shanghai is pretty simple, work from Monday to Friday, and hang out with friends on weekends. We usually go brunch/coffee, and exhibition or gallery. Hmm, I realized that I have not upload outfits post for so long, I gonna do one this weekend, so stay tuned!  I am planning to travel to Korea in late September or October as my best friend just got accepted to a university.  Super excited to buy their cosmetics !!!

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Earlier in May, I went to an exhibition at Long Museum @ West Bund. It called “Nothingness is nothing at all” by Olafur Eliasson.  When my friend told me about this, I was like the name is so cool and bought the tickets online intermediatly (first impression wins! The fact is that I was right, the whole exhibition was way beyond brilliant.

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Olafur Eliasson, is the sculptor of light and space. He is talented at capturing light, and is able to match with the space. The transparent simplicity and experiential nature of his work has built Olafur Eliasson’s reputation as one of the world’s most accessible creators of contemporary art. It’s unbelievable to see how light moved, connected, separated and finally disappeared.To me, I felt like I was in outer space. However, the concept is trying to tell you, everything can be unreal, but art is always real.

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Currently, his (new) installations are at Chateau de Versailles in France.
“His art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. ” Yes, I totally agree with this, art means for turning thinking into doing. It was my honor to get this opportunity to see his works.
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Yico

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When I fall in love with a place, I often run into problems of knowing how to divide my time fully immersing in the moment and immersing in the moment well enough to capture the essence of it.. Two travel posts (click here and there) that I posted previously was my best attempt of it. Here, another post from Europe, and hope you enjoy it.

On this misty Sunday afternoon after our spa treatment, my friend and I decided to take a walk around town to take some photos. The town Luhacovice, is located in Eastern Moravia, Czech Republic. I instantly fell in love with the colourful houses, quiet and peaceful atmosphere of this town. Although rainy days were never my favourite, but the this place changed my perspective a little.

This bandana was purchased at Urban Outfitters, but I’m sure there are plenty of similar ones at dollar stores near you. The paisley square is no longer being only used as a head-piece, but also simply tying it around the neck will instantly put your outfit together. There’s no wrong ways to wear it, and an infinite number of so right ways, that spotting a new bandana trick can feel like a treat each time.

Every weekend, we had field trips to different cities and countries. We were getting used to living off only one bag-pack filled with clothes, hairdryer, hair products and so on. Fashion pieces like this moss-green romper became essential to my everyday outfit, because of its lightness, and easiness to care for.

Thank you Lulu (@luluxie), the photographer, for taking pictures and being an awesome roommate for five weeks!

Have a great week everyone.

xxx

Yu


→ What I’m wearing ←

Bandana: Urban Outfitters

Black Sweater: H&M

Romper: H&M (Similar)

Sandals: ASOS

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Yayyy, it’s summer time!!! I am beyond excited to welcome summer not only I live in Canada (99% snow), but also my birthday refers to the first day of summer in lunar calendar. Can’t believe I will be turning 22 in a day!! Pretty sad to admit that I am not a child anymore, and there are more responsibilities on my shoulder. However, growing up and being a little girl is not conflict as I still see myself as a naughty teenager, but on the other hand I learned how to control my emotions as an adult to achieve my goals. Forever Young <3

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It’s surprised to know that Shanghai actually rains very often, so make sure bring your umbrella. Sometimes I feel extremely sleepy after lunch break, and I have been craving coffee for so long (not just your ordinary Starbucks). This weekend, I visited a cafe called “A Room”, located in residential area which takes me a bit time to find it. The interior design is kinda Japaneses style, and the place is decorated with massive vintage pieces. I bet you gonna take hundreds of pictures like me because every corner is unique.

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I ordered a Tiramisu and a pot of earl grey,my friend got her carrot cake(with cinnamon) and mango slash. (I just realize that either of us got coffee haha) The food was on average, but the whole place is more than amazing! We had so much fun chilling there and people watching. One last thing to mention is that they only accept cash and their chicken wings look super delicious so I have to order next time!

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Hope you like this, and enjoy your weekend!

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Yico

 

Time flew by, and now my trip at Central Europe is ending with a little bit more than a week left. Within the three weeks, I visited three countries including Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, and the experiences in all these places were definitely unforgettable.

This week’s post will be a little more personal, particularly focusing on the people I’ve met during this trip. Here are some memories captured through a disposable camera, and a 35mm Olympia Accura film camera, without any filters or color adjustment.

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Meeting new people is always exciting and pleasant. Getting to know someone through a brand new environment is certainly refreshing, and sharing moments with people who have the same interests (i.e., beer & ice-cream) makes the trip even better. It is also true that friends who travel together form closer friendships. Same ice-cream, or a chocolate cake that you can get anywhere in Toronto, somehow tastes 3x better when shared with others in an unfamiliar country.

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Taking pictures of people is definitely one of my favourite things to do. No matter how bad the day was, they always somehow manage to put on smiles for the camera, and whenever I look back to these pictures, it reminds of the cherishable moments I spent with them in Europe.

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This trip would not be the same without these people, and thank you for making this experience the best thing ever (and also for being so photogenic).

xxx

Yu