Category Archives: Books

Catching Up

June 21, 2013

Aoki |

Here’s an old goal of mine – post everyday on my blog! I’ve always got so much to say and share, so updating my blog consistently is going to be a huge priority for me. Sorry for the delay!

Anyway, I’m excited because of the launch of Blog Bloom (sign up for the make-your-own-website class on July 27th!), Femme & Fortune is still kickin’ ass, and work and the boy are still doing great. Can’t believe it’s already summer either, but I have a feeling that this summer is going to be full of some serious creativity and entrepreneurship.

From friends like Celestine starting a design and event planning studio (!!) to some awesome videos and photos from Joshua, I love being surrounded by smart and motivated people. If you’re also inspired to make some creative changes in your life, here are some articles/columns/books that I’ve been reading from other bloggers that have really helped shape my inspirations and my own journey. Enjoy and good luck!

- The Power of Personal Branding from

- Creating Boundaries by Lara Casey Media

- The Art of Being A Goal-Getter by Oh Joy!

- The Be Free, Lance column by Breanna Rose

- Everything by Maria Forleo

- and Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho


(P.S. that’s a photo I took of Aoki Boutique yesterday. Stay tuned for some more beautiful pics of this boutique!)

Mindy Kaling on “Why You Need a Man, Not a Boy”

November 30, 2012

Sooo, I love Mindy Kaling. Not only is she a South Asian female in the Hollywood spotlight (finally!!), but she’s also a hilariously, independent woman and my role model. Glamour did a little excerpt from her great book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and I thought I’d share since it’s full of some great advice. Keep reading below and let me know, do you prefer boys or men? :)

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

August 29, 2012


I just finished reading this book (gasp, I know! Me reading a book? Whaaaaaa…), and it was pretty amazing. The writing was a huge step up from my last dive into the literary world (cough50Shadescough), and Flynn was able to portray a well-crafted story with twists and turns that’ll make you blink your eyes and think WTF, mate?

Here’s a little synopsis of the book:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

AND, turns out that the movie will hit the big screen with Reese Witherspoon starring as Amy Dunne. Perfect match, in my mind. Gone Girl is a very quick and satisfying read for all you bookworms out there, so start reading it asap! Next on my reading list are Flynn’s other two books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Nothing like some more psychological and suspense thrillers to get you all warm and fuzzy for the fall.

Book Review: I Am An Emotional Creature

July 22, 2010

It's a quick read!

I recently read a book in the library called I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE: The Secret Life of Girls around the World by Eve Ensler (aka the author of The Vagina Monologues). I was intrigued by the cover of the book (and yes, I do judge books by their covers), and so I decided to take a stab at the contents and see what the secret life of girls around the world was really like. I came out feeling a little more empowered, a little more enthusiastic, a little more aware of situations and lifestyles of the female race around the globe. There were fictional monologues, stories and poems (all of which are based on “what is real and true”, according to Ensler) about teenage girls in America dealing with high school drama, an African girl and her fate of female genital mutilation, girls sold into sex slavery, girls discovering life, love, sexuality and more. I finished the book in less than a half hour because it was a very quick and enjoyable read, but I recommend it to girls out there to just read and take in. The following is an excerpt from “You tell me how to be a girl in 2010″:

I want to touch you in real time,
not find you on YouTube,
I want to walk next to you in the mountains,
not friend you on Facebook.

This is from “I am an emotional creature”:

I am an emotional creature.
I am connected to everything and everyone.
I was born like that.
Don’t you dare say all negative that it’s a
teenage thing
or it’s only only because I’m a girl.
These feelings make me better.
They make me ready.
They make me present.
They make me strong…
I am an emotional
I am an emotional, devotional,
incandotional, creature.
And I love, hear me,
love love love
being a girl.