Summer wish list & Chinese souvenirs


I'm not usually one for massive purchases on vacations unless it's specifically a shopping trip, which in all fairness, only happens once every few years. I find that souvenirs are usually pretty tacky and I tend to avoid tourist traps at all costs. The worse kind of stores are the ones where they walk you through quickly about how certain items are made and then force you to exit through a gift shop. The fiance and I have a pact to sit outside and wait while our group goes through the motion. I'm sure we appear pretty cheap, but at least I can keep my annoyance in check! Another really cheap habit I have is doing my laundry in the hotel room, so I usually pack quick drying clothes (tip: the Hope jersey tee-shirts are the best things ever! They dry almost instantaneously! Don't forget detergent!). That way, I don't really have to buy new clothing on trips and I save on over priced hotel laundry services.

From my recent trip to China, I managed picked up a sun hat in Lhasa (USD$7), a little Laughing Buddha statue (USD$20) and a traditional hand loomed throw  (USD$10). I also picked up a "pashmina" (no doubt a fake) scarf for USD$2! The laughing buddha statue is something I've been pining for a long time, it makes me happy when I get up in the mornings, so I think all in all, it's a pretty worth while purchase.

I think the scarf will be a nice pairing for my summer to-buy list which is as follows:

1. A good white summer-weight tee
I don't believe in spending too much money on a white tee-shirt especially ones where you're likely to wear to a barbecue or to a summer picnic. However, you also want to balance quality with price, making sure that the tee isn't too likely to stretch out or thin out in the wash. I've had cheap, lightweight tees unravel and develop a hole within the first wash. My favorites are ones from Banana Republic or Canvas by Land's End. I like them a little loose, and the scoop-neck, boyfriend tees are light and airy enough without looking drab. If I had my druthers though, I would pick up this one by Rag & Bone in a jiffy.

2. Clare Vivier Messenger bag in grey
I think the grey color is a good all-season bag and is large enough for toting around books and other junk e.g. sunscreen, iPod, wet wipes, picnic blanket etc. etc.  

3. Conroy & Wilcox small Signet Ring
I feel like I should keep things a bit low key when I'm wearing tee shirts & shorts and a signet ring just seems to bring everything together.

APC Oxford Denim blazer; Rachel Comey Clan Shorts;  Rag & Bone Boyfriend Scoop neck tee; Claire Vivier messenger bag; Madewell Park Bench fedora; ALittleDot Cubic necklace; Rachel Comey Wala clogs

I think I'm pretty much set for summer, Seattle has had really silly weather so I'm not sure if any major purchases of summer clothing are warranted. I'll probably be lounging around in cropped pants or shorts, light tee shirts and flats or sneakers. I'm very quite determined to lose about 5 lbs over the next few months, but I'm not sure if my summer staple of Caprese salad with mozzarella di bufala (*grin*) will help me achieve that. Any ideas or word of advice on how to avoid drinking too much prosecco and eating too much ice cream on warm summer nights are welcome!

P/S: I apologize for not responding to the various comments left on previous posts. I've been sick with various kinds of self-diagnosed ailments, but I do appreciate all the nice comments left and I hope to get back into the regular mode of things soon.

P.P/S: I am still sorting through the pictures from China and for those who are interested, I'll post the second part of my trip in the next few days!


  1. Your souvenirs seem perfect! Especially from China when most of it seems a bit junky to me. I almost never purchase anything when I'm over there, when I visit my pops.

  2. Hi angela! Yes, you really need to know what you're buying and how much the item is actually worth if you're looking for a good bargain in China! BTW, I like your shop a lot!

  3. I thought I was the only crazy person who did laundry in hotel sinks, and carried her own detergent around (sometimes shampoo or shower gel will do). I also google addresses of laundry services near my accom just in case I just HAVE to do laundry.

    Nice summer list, and I wish I could count a blazer as a summer buy. Also, I say just drink your prosecco and eat your ice cream, and exercise! I've always preferred swimming extra laps to eating less.

  4. Hah, my summer diet also seems to consist of caprese salad (or any salad for that matter), booze, and ice cream! And don't even get me started on crappy souvenirs from China...yeesh. Although, I do wish that I purchased one of those cheesy Chairman Mao lighters that play "The East is Red" when they're flipped open.

  5. lin: I wish exercising alone worked for me. I have a terrible fondness for things that make me pudgy in certain places and no amount of squats can remedy that. BTW, they must have those laundry lines in the hotel bathrooms for a reason, so perhaps we're not as cheap/crazy as we think we are?

    jennifer: How about an Obamao tee-shirt? :D I kinda wish I bought that!

  6. Oh, I couldn't agree more with the tees from Banana Republic. That's where I like to get my t-shirts from and since I like my tees a bit loose, I shop in the men's sale section. There is alwaysss a nice selection of size smalls available. They're also super comfy to sleep in.

  7. @paperwhales

    Ooh! Good tip. I shall look into that. Thank you.


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