Month: December 2016

A Tradition

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Life

Since 2010, I’ve been keeping a playlist every year, adding songs I listened to way too much during each season (so I can do that thing where you listen to it later and instantly get transported back to the swirl of thoughts, emotions, and circumstances that defined a particular time…the coolest thing!) Spotify whips up a “Your Top Songs 2016” playlist based on your listening history as well, but it’s not the same! Spotify doesn’t know me…yet. […]

Instagram Tour: China’s Tier 2 and Beyond

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Odes / Travel

There are specific moments when I think, Damn, it’s pretty cool to be Chinese. Like when China infallibly dominates at Olympic diving. Or anytime someone mentions “China’s 5,000-year history” (a point of contention, to be sure). Or! When I see stuff like the photo above, shot from Fubo Hill in the southeastern city of Guilin. I’ve been to five Chinese cities so far—Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Chengdu—all of which are basically Tier 1 megacities familiar to the […]

5 Best Buys of 2016

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Life / Style

For whatever reason—writing more market stories for Curbed? Getting hooked on NYMag’s The Strategist? Being older and wiser about money? The KonMari/”Spark Joy” cultural takeover?—I became more passionate and intentional about shopping this year. In contrast to a traditional retail therapy where happiness and thrill come from spending money and acquiring new stuff in themselves, my shopping M.O. now concerns buying things that work really well (ha), extend beyond the realm of clothes, and can […]

NYC after 9-5

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Life / Odes

One of the things I lament about having a relatively typical office job (especially during these fall-winter days when the sun goes down right after 4 pm) is the lack of opportunity to snap photos in glorious daylight. I know, #firstworldproblem, but entertain me. When I think of on-point Instagram accounts, I think of endless grids of dreamy things shot in natural light, blending together to form one crisp, clean aesthetic. It’s hard to get […]