Savor the Taste of Taiwan

It’s always been a dream of mine to visit Taiwan. What first got me interested in visiting and learning more about the culture is the food and its emphasis on light, natural flavors.

Set B (with fish congee)

I absolutely love Taiwan’s rice noodles, unique teas and the melting pot of culinary styles that come together to create a delicious flavor of its own. So, when I found out that the Taiwan Tourism Board was hosting a five-day festival in Flushing, New York celebrating delectable Taiwanese dishes made by Taiwan’s top chefs, I knew I had to have a bite.

Savoring Taiwan’s Cuisine

The Savoring Taiwan’s Cuisine food festival is taking place October 16 – 20 at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel. Mark your calendars and come hungry. Both gourmet dishes and a fusion of local snack options from a variety of influences will be available. Guests will enjoy a choice of three sets consisting of different Taiwanese street food; all with “Chou’s Shrimp Rolls” as the main dish. Chou’s Shrimp Rolls were created by Chef Chou in 1965 in the city of Tainan, the food capital of Taiwan. Chef Chou’s shrimp rolls are iconic throughout Taiwan and the world.

Chou's Shrimp Rolls

While Taiwanese cuisine often features high quality fish and meats, there are also many vegetarian options. There’s something for everyone. Though I hope to visit Taiwan someday, it’s good to know that I can get an authentic taste of Taiwan right here in New York. Find out more about experiencing the flavors of Taiwan for yourself!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.

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Boho Chic Fall Fashion

In the Northeast, transitioning your wardrobe into fall and eventually winter is no simple task. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put all of my summer clothes neatly away only to come head to head with an 80 degree day in late October. So I’ve since learned to transition into fall slowly and stylishly.

fall colors floppy hat

Part of making a slow stylish transition into the colder months is to pair your new fall pieces with your summer favorites. For this fab pre-fall look, I combined my new Old Navy Felt Floppy Hat and Old Navy T Strap Platform Clogs with an Aztec Print Dress from Express. The long sleeves give it a fall look while the short length keeps things comfortable should the temperatures hit the high 70s.

I love the floppy hat look for fall, but the wool hats will usually run you well over $50. With this Felt Floppy Hat from Old Navy, you can get this must have fall look for less than $20.

Photos by: Zarif Taufiq

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Keeping Up With the Socialite Lifestyle: Staying Energized

We’re all familiar with the feeling of pure exhaustion. As an Aspiring Socialite, that feeling becomes inevitable when you’re constantly gallivanting from shows, meetings and parties. Luckily, this socialite has a few official yet humorous tips to stay energized in this fast paced world.

moringaMy number one go-to quick fix when I’m running around like a mad-woman is…yes… coffee. A Venti Latte from Starbucks, to be precise. Starbucks coffee is the strongest coffee I know and therefore the main brand of caffeine I resort to. However, the reason why I suggest you drink a latte is because of that small dose of protein intake. Protein is a “macronutrient”, which means that the body needs a relatively large amount of it. The body does not store protein and therefore can’t draw the nutrient from a reservoir when the body is lacking it. So it is necessary to intake protein whenever you can.

Having a balanced diet is extremely important as well. A daily balanced diet includes a combination of plenty of fruits and vegetables, starchy foods including bread, rice, potatoes and pasta and proteins including eggs, beans and dairy. You must also drink about eight glasses of water a day (that dirty-martini does not count). Don’t ever skip breakfast! This first meal is literally the fuel that gets you ready for the day. Those who eat breakfast are known to have more energy and do better at work overall. Those who skip it tend to be irritable and tired. So go ahead and have that egg sandwich with your Venti Latte.

Third, it is recommended that you take a daily multi-vitamin to keep you healthy and balanced. Vitamins, when taken overtime become stored within the body, thus your body will use the fuel from those nutrients that are already stored whenever necessary. Moreover, Magnesium is particularly important when it comes to your energy, so make sure that this is included in the multi-vitamin. Women are advised to take around 300 milligrams and 350 milligrams are recommended for men. A healthy dose of magnesium can also be found in a handful of almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, ran cereal and fish.

I am sure that you have heard of the old expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, a daily dose of moringa powder, the dried and powdered leaves of the Moringa tree, keeps the doctor at bay. The powder is filled with a number of nutrients, minerals and vitamins and benefits your health entirely. Because of the dense and purest form of nutrients within this plant, the body is able to keep its energy levels up in an effective manner. In other words, sprinkle this stuff on everything.

It’s also important to stay physically active to keep those energy levels up and any stress and anger down. Doing cardio about three times a week is enough for you to feel rejuvenated and mentally stable.

Lastly, get some sleep. Turn off that phone, get under the covers and watch an episode of your favorite show one night a week, followed by at least eight hours of sleep. No one likes to feel exhausted, let alone look exhausted. Remember, the only kind of bags you should ever have are designer bags. Not those under your eyes.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.

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New York Fashion Week Wrap Up!

New York Fashion Week has once again come to an end. While part of me wishes I was going on to London, Paris and Milan to see the rest of the spring collections, I’m excited to once again resume daily workouts, Sunday morning brunches and return to a normal sleep schedule. Here are some of the highlights from the past few days of Fashion Week. I’m sure February will be even more fab!

Runway Fashion Week Michael Costello

I loved the perfectly flowing movement in Michael Costello’s SS16 collection inspired by feminine decadence.

Fashion Shenzhen New York Fashion Week

Bold eyeshadow colors were a huge beauty trend on the runway this season. Here it is at Fashion Shenzhen.

New York City Central Park

I went to the top of Hearst Tower for Seventeen Magazine’s preview of essie’s new fall colors and saw this amazing view of Central Park.

Essie Nail Polish Fall Colors Seventeen Magazine

I totally digged essie’s new fall colors…

Essie Candy Bar Nail Polish

and their sweet candy bar!

NYC fine dining

In between shows, lounges and parties where there’s rarely that much food, my friend Kristi ( and I managed to squeeze in a nice dinner. I hope to visit her in L.A. soon!

Aspiring Socialite French Connection Clutch

I finished off New York Fashion Week in the most stylish way possible – with a customized French Connection clutch!

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New York Fashion Week So Far!

We’re halfway through New York Fashion Week (At least I think we are. It gets hard to keep track of time when your life is this crazy). So far I’ve had such a great time adventuring around the city with Kristi of and going to fab shows like GEORGINE and Herve Leger. Can’t wait to see what fab shows and parties are to come. Follow @Aspiringsocialite on Instagram for the latest from #NYFW!

New York Fashion Week Street Style

Striking a pose outside the Vogue Lounge

Pamella Roland SS16

The 90s chocker takes new life at Pamella Roland SS16

Pamella Roland final walk SS16

Pamella Roland Final Walk

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Getting my nails done at the Vogue Lounge

The Blonds

A retrospective of The Blonds’ collections at the Rootstein Launch Party

Zang Toi SS16

Zang Toi SS16 inspired by the splendor of Santorini

Zang Toi Final Walk

Zang Toi final walk

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A much-needed coffee break at the Maybelline Lounge

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