Hello Chitty has returned! Between finals, summer and the new job, it’s been quite a busy couple of months, but I hope to get back to a more frequent posting schedule soon.
So on to stuff I made this summer:
Braided Pearl Necklace
This necklace is one I actually made quite a long time ago and have worn many times. This summer I restrung it with 14-karat gold finishings.
It seems simple enough to braid 6 strands of pearls but it wasn’t as easy as it seems. A good amount of tension needs to be kept between the strands to make the braid.
It’s not completely perfect and I’ll probably restring it again soon but I love wearing it.
Pearl and Coral Necklace
I made this necklace from large spherical pearls, rows of rice pearls, and different shades and colors of bamboo coral.
I’m absolutely in love with this color combination and finished the necklace with platinum coated findings.
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I majorly love cooking (the cleaning after bit- not so much). With the crazy New York City food prices, cooking for myself has done great things for my wallet.
Here are my recent endeavors. Click thumbnails for larger images. Scroll-down for recipes.
cooked black rice
medium firm tofu marinated in gochujang//sesame seeds//sesame oil overnight and then pan fried
spinach//beansprouts blanched and tossed with sesame oil//salt//sesame seeds
stir-fry the above together on medium heat
top with a slightly sunnysideup egg
cut bokchoy into strips (longways) and zucchini into 1cm thick pie like pieces
toast 2 tbs of chopped garlic in oil
add 1/5 cups water
add bokchoy//zucchini//extra soft tofu
cover pan and cook away
brusselsprouts curry + quinoa//brownrice + yogurt//cilantro
so usually I break out the spice tin and make my own spice mix for curries, but I was in a rush and cheated (eek) using parampara spice mixes (they all taste pretty much the same, I think I used vegetable tawa for this one). ill be sure to include my own recipe the next time I make it the long way.
cut brussel sprouts into fourths and toast in oil
add spice mix//water
bring to a boil, slow to a simmer, cover and cook until cooked 3/4
uncover and lets some of the water evaporate
garnish with yogurt and cilantro
cauliflower//zucchini + whole wheat pasta
same commentary and process as the above
cut eggplant long ways into fourths
toast on each side on medium heat until light brown
shred garlic (I uses a cheese grater to do mine)
combine garlic, soy sauce, sugar, water and chili sauce in bowl
pour over eggplant and cook on medium heat until eggplant is done, the moisture has evaporated, and the sugar has caramelized on the outside of the eggplant
Cheers and happy cooking!
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>>Finally finished changing my theme, and currently hosting the site on dreamhost (YAY). So this is a long overdue, and lengthy post that I started a month ago. Happy to have finished it:)<<
Whilst in the insert-university-name bubble, it’s hard to see beyond academia, research, and the handful of companies that come to campus to recruit each year… well at least it was for me. The Columbia bubble made it hard for me to hop off campus and consider the world beyond the 116th gates.
During Novemeber of 2011, I decided to shake things up, break the bubble, and make an effort to try new things. My first effort was small- I attended a dormcubator event at my residence hall. The event featured three people on the start-up scene who spoke about their experience over a pizza dinner. As a complete startup-noob, I was a bit intimidated (to say the least). But start-up people happen to be REALLY NICE. I spoke to one of the panelists, Schuyler Brown, who (on the spot) sent an email to Professor Wiggins as an intro for me.
Professor Wiggins put me in touch with Erin @Aviary and Charlie @BrooklynBridgeVentures. I had the chance to meet with both of them shortly after and they’re some of the most helpful people I’ve met during college.
Erin actually met me the day that I got intro’d to her (she was flying out the next day). She came all the way up to Columbia to meet me and we spoke for an hour or two about careers, the start-up scene, and her experiences. It was touching enough to find that she would come all the way up to Columbia just to meet me and dispell my fears about career hunting, but she’s always sending me information on postings and articles I’d be interested in [she recently wrote an article on TechCrunch that you should read]. It was inspiring to see her so dedicated and motivated, and her advice to go out, push myself, and learn new things really resonated with me.
A few months after meeting Erin, I met Charlie at one of the biggest starbucks I’d ever seen. Seldom have I found someone who is not only willing to give advice but also suggest concrete ideas on what to do next. I think the best advice he gave me that day was to just go out and do something. I haven’t quite yet found that one thing that I am so passionate about that I can’t stop thinking about it, and I haven’t quite determined my ideal career path. Before speaking with Charlie, I thought that I had to have a distinct vision for my long term future before I can get started doing the “right things,” but I’ve come to realize that only by trying things will I actually be able to determine what I’d like to do throughout my life (if you want some of Charlie’s tips yourself, his career advice article is a must read). After our meeting, Charlie introduced me to two start-up CEOs who I met over the next couple months.
My first visit was to Greatist Headquarters to meet CEO/founder Derek. Greatist’s easy to navigate website, killer graphics, unique posts (like this one and this one for starters), and tracebacks to journal articles are what (I think) makes Greatist one of the best places to get fitness, health, and lifestyle information. Derek himself is very enthusiastic, and it’s obvious upon meeting him that he is incredibly passionate about his start-up. This meeting was a great experience for me to see first-hand, someone in my age group who’s not only doing what they love but really excelling at it. The best advice Derek gave me was that I shouldn’t seek to monetize my hobbies/ventures. Putting in effort and building something awesome are what matter the most and although the money may or may not come after, doing solid work that I’m proud of is all that matters.
Last month, I completed my second visit, this time to Energyhub to visit CEO Seth . Nestled in Brooklyn, their office is the most amazing workplace I’ve been to. Their office space itself is phenomenal (how could I not love a space with an SNES, Jenga, Trivial Pursuit, and a wall of bike racks). [Energyhub makes awesome energy management products (their website explains the details well), and I think their technology benefits users by increasing interaction with utilities.] Over (a wonderfully tasty) lunch on the picnic bench in the EnergyHub Kitchen, I got to learn more what it takes to take an idea and grow it into a successful company. Although it was clear that everyone at EnergyHub is extremely busy, I got a feeling of genuine happiness and kindness from the people I met there.
To think that these busy people who do crazy awesome work would actually sit down a chat with me for a couple of hours is still unreal to me. In a few months I’ve met a handful of people who are key decision makers in the companies they work at, and it’s strange to think that working even a lifetime at a corporate company might not give me the chance to interact with the people who largely control the fate of the business.
These meetings have renewed my optimism in the world. There are people out there who are 100% inspirational and willing to share their knowledge, it’s just up to us to find them.
Suffice to say this is only the beginning of a long journey.
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Here’s my personal minimalist list of the face products I use frequently [daily to weekly]. Make-up and face products are surely not a necessity, ‘minimalist list’ sounds good as a category title. Happy reading!
- Coluccio Extra Virgin Olive Oil- Olive Oil is a recent addition to my daily routine, before I shower I rub a bit of EVOO all over my face, massage for a minute or two, wait for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off with Philosophy Purity. I love the way my skin feels right after using it. So smooth. It’s also nice as a drizzle on salads.
- Olay Active Hydrating Cream, Original- I love Olay face lotions. I grew up watching my grandmother use it, and now I do too. I just spread a very thin layer over my face in the mornings, its relatively non-greasy formula keeps my skin fresh all day.
- Philosophy Purity one-step facial cleanser- I first tried this product after my friend Anu gave me a sample. I’m so hooked. The cleanser isn’t overly viscous and has an inoffensive scent. Best of all, it does a great job of taking off makeup gently.
- MAC Studio Fix (in N9)- I don’t always wear facial powder but this one does a good job of creating a matte effect without looking cakey.
- MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush (in Ambering Rose)- I hardly ever wear blush, but whenever I want a little color on my face, a thin layer of Ambering Rose does the trick.
- MAC Duo-Fibre Foundation Brush (187SE)- I love Mac brushes. The softness and durability of the hairs makes these brushes a great purchase. The full-size versions of MAC brushes are quite expensive, so instead I bought the travel-size sets that Mac sells during the holidays. I don’t find any difference in the quality of the bristles, however the handles of the travel-size are much shorter, which I find to make them easier to store and use. I’ve had my brushes for quite a while, and with a semi-regular cleaning, they’re all still in great condition. I use this foundation brush primarily as a powder brush and it works perfectly.
- MAC Large Angled Contour Brush (168SE)- This contour brush does a great job of adding a light pop of color and blending the color with the rest of the face.
- Fresh Supernova Mascara- Love this stuff. I run it under hot water for 2 min to thin the formula out and then wipe down the brush to get the thinnest layer on my eyelashes. This weightless formula dries leaving your eyelashes soft and flexible, not like the MAC mascaras that leave my lashes brittle and hard. Best part is that Fresh sells only this mascara (style and color) so no problems for the indecisive.
- MAC Gel Liner (in blacktrack)- Gel liners are super versatile. It might take a little getting used to for people without steady hands, but is awesome once you get the hang of it. From dramatic cat eyes, to a thin line above my lashes, this formula does it all and stays put all day. The only problem is that the formula starts drying out after 6 months, but it’s still usable.
- Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner (in onyx)- I use this liner mostly for lining the waterline. It’s of medium hardness, allowing it to be sharpened easily and applied quickly without smudging throughout the day. An extra bonus is the great sharpener that’s attached to the back.
- MAC Fine-Tipped Eyeliner Brush (209SE)- This brush is super-versatile. I use it for creating cat-eyes and thin lines. It does take a little bit of practice to use, however.
- MAC Flat Definer Eyeliner Brush (212SE)- This flat brush makes applying a thin line of liner a breeze. It’s also great for lining the eyes using eyeshadow.
What are your favorite products? I’d love to hear from you!
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I promise this blog isn’t going to focus on just stuff I make, but I really wanted to share the small collection of stuff I’ve made that I happen to have with me at college.
I learned to crochet ages ago at a library event, and was obsessed for way too long. My collection at home includes a ton of scarves, hats, and blankets- most of which I don’t use anymore.
7 years ago I made my first crocheted item, the scarf pictured below. It’s made with thick wool yarn and is 2.4m long with a third of grey followed by a third of blue followed by another third of grey.
Back when I first made it, I never ever wore it as thick, chunky scarves really have no place in Texas weather. However, in NYC it’s totally come in handy and I’m super in love with it.
(you can see my semi ridiculous collection of Tazo tea in the background, lol)
The following mittens I made 6 years ago while in high school. My hands were freezing and I threw these together with some wool yarn I had laying around. I didn’t use a pattern and hence these look more like oven mits (T.T), but they are mega warm nonetheless.
I got into jewelry making many years ago during a visit to New Mexico. There are a ton of people who make their own jewelry there, and it’s a great place to find high quality beads and metal findings. In fact, I still purchase all of my beads from Liberty Gems and Minerals in Albuquerque. Learning to make jewelry was definitely a long process of reverse-engineering- I looked at pieces I had and figured out the tools, materials, and techniques I needed to recreate them. Although my first items were ridiculously ugly, I’d like to think I’ve come a long way through the years and I love wearing my most recent creations pictured below.
The following necklace is made from 5 strands of lapis lazuli, a brilliantly blue colored stone imported from Afghanistan. The piece is complete with two long strands of ribbon which are tied around the neck.
Here’s a close up of the stones:
Next is a pair of Swarovski crystal earrings. Roughly 5cm in length, these dangling earrings so beautifully pick up light.
Pictured on my ears:
Pictured below is my first attempt at bracelet making. It is made from 8 rows of chain and many small pearls.
This bracelet has an asymmetrical distribution of beads, and I love the way it sits on my my wrist when I wear it.
I made matching earrings that are super simple to complement the heavy beading on the bracelet.
Finally, here’s a necklace that I made at beginning of last summer to wear to work.
It features 11 strands of a sea green stone (the name of which I completely forgot) followed by 7 strands of avenurine, a green quartz.
I reinforced the sterling silver finding that I used to hold together the strands so that it wouldn’t bend when I wear it.
I hope I haven’t bored y’all too much, and thanks for reading! I’ll be sure to blog about a different subject next:)
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Last week, my ears were getting a bit chilly so I decided to whip something up to fight the cold.
I found the most delightful skein of light brown yarn there that I just had to have:
This project took no time at all and I’m pretty happy with the results. This headband is definitely something you should make instead of buying!
The final product (as modeled by my desk lamp):
Modeled by me:
PS: I learned to knit using knittinghelp. Being able to knit custom stuff is both creative and $$$ saving, so you should learn! It’s more simple than it seems.
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