Glowing on that 24K magic ✧ Golden hour look

There’s something magical about the glow of a late afternoon.

Golden Hour – Glowing on that 24K Magic ✧

The low light before sunset is my favorite time of day, and it’s also one that lasts the shortest.

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

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Speaking of change, it’s a new year, and I’m sharing a new look that I’ve been dawning lately.

New year, different look, same awkward me.

This look is quite minimal, but in its minimalism, the gold accents can shine: subtle gold make up, gold accessories, and a bright golden smile… 😉

I like the simplicity in this because, to me, gold can be overdone. Anything that’s big and gold already makes a statement, so I like wearing this look with a clean white top for a white + gold color scheme, which I think is very chic.

In essence, this is a minimalist look with touches of gold to help you shine and glow. Everything from the clothing to the make up is all very simple to emphasize the glitter and gold. This is a style that I would dawn on to parties and celebrations like New Year’s Eve, weddings, and birthdays.

Speaking of birthdays, mine is in a couple weeks, and I’m already feeling that “24”K magic. 🥂

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light up my world like nobody else ✧

It’s going to be a very special birthday for me this year.

I’m calling it my “Gold Birthday” because (1) I’m turning 24, and I personally am alluding that to 24K gold, (2) my birthday this year is a couple days after Chinese New Year, and (3) this birthday will be my second “Golden Year,” meaning that it’s the zodiac cycle that I was born in: the Year of the Rooster. The gist of it is, 2017 is supposed to bring me lots good fortune and wealth. 🙏

Culturally, Chinese people love good fortune and wealth, and Chinese New Year is basically all about setting yourself up for that. I personally think that the truths within these superstitions is irrelevant. The way I see it, it is like Santa Claus on Christmas. We all know the truth about Santa, but it’s uplifting and fun to have the spirit of belief.

Anyways, I’ve always been drawn to the color gold, and I aesthetically prefer gold over silver. Even more so lately, I have been loving gold because of the New Year, Chinese New Year, and my 24th “Gold” Birthday coming up. For sure, I’ll be wearing this look again soon. For Chinese New Year, I’ll add a pop of Red the symbolize the good fortune and keep the Gold to get the wealth. 😉

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Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger… because I’m not!!! 😉

Get my look below. I explain the details of my minimal gold make up look and also link: the gold choker, cuff earrings (only $3), custom initial bracelet (only $12), my gold make up & nails, the white off-shoulder top, and more. ⤵

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Wafflin’ Wednesday ✧ New Website Design! 🌹

Wafflin’ on this Wednesday to celebrate my new Website design! 🎉 Woot!

Since launching this VivianTang.Co a few months ago, I’ve been frustrated by clunky it was just to scroll through the site. Personally, when I visit a blog that’s new to me, I first browse through the entire site, as oppose to reading each of the post individually, as I’m sure many of y’all likewise do.

Therefore, it was very important to me that this website could be smoothly scrolled through. I wanted to have my posts displayed in a grid layout, making it much easier to browse through all of my posts starting from today to March 2015. Wow, has it really been that long since I’ve been blogging?

 

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Anyways, despite the fact that I took 2.5 years of computer science courses throughout high school and some in college, my coding skills are still rather elementary, and I by no means am a pro at website design. What can I say, computer science was hardly my favorite subject, and thus I never retain any of the information. Woops. 🤷

Point is, I wasn’t quite sure how to create the blog format that I wanted my website to have, but last night, I finally decided to give it a go, delved into the CSS, and twinked the code a bit. Turns out, displaying all my posts into grid format wasn’t too hard to do!

That’s not to say it didn’t take me a couple hours though… Remember my coding skills aren’t amazing. Lol.

I know the changes to my website layout isn’t a drastic one, but I think the small change makes big difference because now readers can easily browse through my blog like a magazine! ☺️✨

Let me know what you think, and if you browse my new site carefully enough, you might just discover who’s the hottest b*tch on Instagram! 😹 Seriously though, I worked hard on the new site layout so do take a look! ❤️

Anyhow, these waffles are from Saturday morning, when I slept in until 11am and woke up to the smell of crispy, hot vanilla oatmeal waffles! These waffles are a secret recipe of mine. Despite being 100% whole grain and oil-free, they have a chewy interior and crispy exterior. If I had my own cafe, I would definitely serve these! ☕

That Saturday was particularly special to me because it Mei Mei’s Birthday! I’ll share more from that fun, happy day in another post!

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Happy Wednesday!

♡, vt

☕ A Comfy, Cozy, and Healthy Breakfast ✧ Chai Almond Milk Latte, Pumpkin Spice Muffin & Persimmon Parfait 🍂

Another “Breakfast Scenario” type of video is up on YouTube! Maybe I should start a series of these because it’s no question that I’m a fan of breakfast, especially slow and leisurely breakfasts on peaceful easygoing mornings. Mornings when I can slowly enjoy my caffeine, as oppose to chugging it down.

Who am I kidding, I chug my tea/coffee/latte regardless, and the video above just solidifies that fact. 😹 What can I say, I’m also a fan of hot beverages. ☕

Pumpkin Spice Muffins // Healthy, Oil Free, Whole Grain, Sugar Free; recipe by VivianTang.Co

Anyways, this particular video was actually uploaded last Friday, so this is a belated update to the blog, which means you should definitely check it out, and enjoy a comfy, cozy, and healthy breakfast with me. 😉

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And, yes, I know you’re eyeing that fluffy, soft Pumpkin Spice Muffin, and yes, I shared the recipe to it. It’s unbelievably healthy, 100% whole grain, and refined sugar free! Let me know if you try my recipe!

Happy Monday!

Can’t believe the holidays are so close! Are you more stressed or more excited?

♡, vt

 

❤️ Love through Hate

“Hate cannot drive out hate,
Only love can do that.” — MLK Jr

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Love Wins (Heart Yoga Pose)

It does not matter who you voted for. We should all be saddened, disgusted, and terrified by what is going on in our nation right now. This is 2016; how in the world are we back in the days of waking up scared / offended / threatened — based on the color of our skin, our faith, and our love orientation? What is happening to the diverse America that I loved so much and was so proud to call home?

Yesterday I was feeling down, but you know what, life moves on. We will still continue on with our day-to-day activities, fun hobbies, and boring jobs (or not). We will still laugh with friends, family, or alone with a TV show (haha). We will still cuddle, hug, kiss, and love.

Life moves forward, and we as a human race will move forward as well. I believe there is good that comes out of all this hate. The hate brings the right kind of people together. The hate makes our love for one another even stronger. The hate unites the majority of us more than it tears us apart.

It is up to us to not let hate win; to continue moving forward; and to keep on loving.

♡, vt

 

Beyond its petals ✽ Flower like Jasmine

To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.” – Beverley Nichols

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Oh, sweet jasmine

Fall is in its early swing, and the jasmines are in their final bloom.

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Flowers for breakfast

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Jasmines are an unassuming type. Unlike most flowers, the true beauty of the jasmine lies not in extravagant shapes or petal patterns but in its smell. Said simply, the jasmine is a small and white flower, but what it lacks in color and guise is made up for in its smell: delicate, sweet, and a hint of the tropics, the aroma of jasmine is intoxicatingly delicious.

It is a challenge for me to transcribe the fragrance of the jasmine into words, but what I can say is: its aroma is as calming as it is enlivening. It is as pure as it is mysterious. Its smell takes me to simpler times, when I’d prance around wearing a pink sundress in the backyard of the house I grew up in, smelling the jasmines blooming all through spring, summer, and early autumn.

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Not only does the smell of jasmine send me back in time, but it also sends me to places — not a particular X, Y dot on the map, but just some place where coconuts grow, and tropical winds blow. A slight whiff of jasmine draws out so many different sensations, further awakening other sensory modes. When I smell jasmine, I find myself pairing the smell not only with others scents but even tastes, such as the sensations of slicing open a fresh, juicy, and perfectly-ripen mango; and sinking my teeth into its flesh: oh-so sticky, tender, and sweet.

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And then a mango 😉
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The JUICIEST SWEETEST RIPEST and most DELICIOUS mango ever 🙂
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The juiciest mango tuned to the smell of the softest jasmine. Oh sweet, sweet nectar.

It’s funny to think how a delicate thing such as the jasmine flower can evoke so many feelings, some contradictory even, of purity, grace, and nostalgia. Its fragrance can even awaken other sensory modes of taste, sight, and perhaps touch. After all, the most attractive trait of the jasmine flower is in its smell, and smell, the sense most correlated with memories and emotions, is not a sensation to be taken for granted.

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Perhaps the jasmine is an innuendo to how some times in life, the best things aren’t the most beautiful or the most grand. Life’s treasures can be — and often are — found in simple things, and to find these tiny hidden treasures, all it takes is stopping to smell the jasmine flowers. 

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My Mei Mei, my pink pineapple pants, and my never-ending summer.

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Goodbye Summer ’16 ☼ Flowing to a late Summer Sunset

It is officially Autumn, but it still feels like Summer here in Texas, and I got that Summertime Sadness.

Here’s a little flow to a late summer sunset, inspired by the end of Summer ’16

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Almost impossible for me to describe how amazing it felt to do this stretch while zoning out to music against a sunset backdrop
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Was so surprised when I was looking through my camera to see this shot!
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Downdog Splits

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Happy Fall! What will you miss most about Summer ’16?

xx, vt

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Yoga Flow: After Rain Sparkles + My Yoga Philosophy

☁️ Last Thursday’s 45 minutes of low-intensity cardio, followed by a cloudy day yoga flow that left me feeling fresh and zen. ✨

This practice includes a lot of core work and balance; I just felt like working on those that day. Watch it to get ideas for your own practice! Even though the video is less than 4 minutes, I actually ended up spending 2 hours on yoga that afternoon! Before you think I’m crazy (haha), I did not do yoga non-stop for two hours, and I think I took a 15 minutes break somewhere in between…, but yes, it was more yoga that day than the usual*.

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Most of my yoga practice are good, but last Thursday’s practice was especially; everything just went so smoothly. Maybe it was the cloudy weather making me feel more peaceful than usual, or the easy cardio I did beforehand (which was just enough to warm me up, but not intense enough to wear me out before yoga), or just the fact that I was so in the “yoga zone” that day.

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Yoga high

*(I do an average of anywhere from 20-40 minutes of yoga everyday, usually 60 minutes of yoga every Tues, Wed, Sat, and Sun.)

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Speaking of yoga zone, I know where yoga comes from, but I’m not huge on many of the traditional parts of yoga; the “Ommmmm,” the sharp breathing, and yogic chanting is just not for me. Heck, I’m not even big on meditating (I tried to get into it a couple years back, but it didn’t last long). That being said, I call what I do “yoga” because whenever I turn on music and just flow, I do feel so at peace with myself, and I do feel as if I am actually meditating. Whenever I get in a good flow, I shut the world off, and I don’t think about anything but just inhaling and exhaling. I let my body go and move however it feels.

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Peacock Pose. I’ve been doing yoga since middle school, but when i started practicing yoga “religiously” in 2013, never did I think I’d be able to do this pose! I’ve come a long way. 🙂

Maybe what I call yoga isn’t true yoga, but whatever it is, it reminds me that I am a small part of this world, and it makes me feel calm. Those who know me may say that I have a very hyper personality, but whenever I do yoga, I let the zen side of me come out. Also, even though I do not practice very traditional yoga, I still incorporate a lot of yoga into whatever it is that I do, such as: inhaling/exhaling with each move, belly breathing, traditional yoga poses, sun salutations, etc.

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I really just see yoga as a way to train my core & flexibility while taking time to just breathe and listen to awesome music. Those are the reasons why I love spending time on the mat. Every yoga flow, no matter how short or long, leaves me feeling even more amazing than before. ✨

Anyways, if you like the video above, please ‘Like’ the video and ‘Subscribe’ to my YouTube channel! My YouTube username is TangyVivian. 🙂

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