modbod Cardigan Winner

Recently we hosted a giveaway for a modbod cardigan featuring a video with three benefits to wearing a cardigan this winter.

And the winner is…

#40 – Vicky Vix

Vicky’s styling suggestion for wearing her new modbod cardigan was this:

I’d wear it open over a black top and a straight black skirt. Probably with knee high boots.

You can purchase this modbod cardigan online at www.themodbod.com or from the Mod Bod University Mall store. Use the coupon code 7777 and get a 20% off discount!

Farewell, Utah | Hello, Seattle!

Photo: Michael Holden

After nearly five years in Utah, my husband and I moved to Seattle this week, a bittersweet change. Being from the Northwest, I’m happy to be back but sad to leave behind wonderful friendships and clients. Thanks to technology, the world is becoming flat and we’re never that far away.

When I arrived in Utah in 2007, I didn’t realize what a game changer our time there would be. After I started working with my business and life coach Lisa J. Peck, I was led to image consulting, attended the Conselle Institute of Image Management to earn my certification and be mentored by the illustrious Judith Rasband.

Sarah with Judith Rasband

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, I had never left until I moved to Utah. This allowed me to reinvent myself, choose the life I wanted to live, and develop rich relationships with people I never would have known otherwise. To all the people we met in Utah who changed our lives, thank you.

With that in mind, I’m confident that this chapter of our lives holds new fulfilling opportunities and relationships and I’m excited to turn the page and discover what’s in store.

Dined One Table Down from Sandra Oh at Cafe Medina

This week I dined one table down from Sandra Oh at Cafe Medina in Downtown Vancouver. Highly recommended by my culinary artist sister as the place to be, we stood in line for 40 minutes to have brunch at Cafe Medina earlier this week. Imagine my surprise when I walk in and see one of my favorite actresses! As a huge Christina Yang fan, I have to admit I was geeking out in her vicinity and sneaking glimpses from three chairs down.

Photo: shinhwa.biz

To respect her privacy and space, I didn’t snap a photo or say hello. But I have to give you the breakdown on what she was wearing!

She had on a white beanie over her curly hair with half-rimmed glasses and an orange knit scarf. She wore a white, black, and grey buffalo check jacket over a v-neck sweater, black skinny pants and heeled boots. Her face was bare and she looked terrific.

Since we are both Asian-Canadian women, I have a great respect for Oh and have been incredibly moved by her performances on Grey’s Anatomy. Strong and talented, she also has a great sense of personal style as well.

If you ever find yourself in Vancouver, Canada, check out Cafe Medina on 556 Beatty Street. They don’t take reservations, but let me tell you — it’s worth the wait.

Merry Christmas! Enjoy the Gift of Music

While Christmas can be a time of stress (shopping for the perfect gift) and contention (family get-togethers don’t always smooth), there is something so serene and magical about this time of year as we reunite and celebrate. It’s a treat to be writing this from the house I grew up in in Vancouver, Canada.

To wish you a Merry Christmas, I give you the gift of music. Several years ago, I sang in a vocal quintet, Dolce, and we recorded a Christmas album to share our favorite Christmas carols with family and friends. I’ve uploaded 10 songs onto my website so you can enjoy it during the holidays. To give you a taste, here is a lesser known carol and lullaby, Suo-Gan.

Listen to the entire Dolce Merry Christmas album here!

10 Christmas Albums to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

If you’re trying to get into the holiday spirit, music might do just the trick! Growing up, I sang in choirs that did Christmas performances around town and it never quite felt like Christmas unless I heard these sounds of the season. Here is a compilation of some of the best holiday albums around to get you into the holiday spirit. (Note: If you follow the links, it will pull up the albums and songs in Spotify for your listening pleasure.)

Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas (1994). This CD really established Mariah Carery as a talented entertainer and featured gospel-flavored back-up vocals. (Bonus: Mariah Carey has a 2.0 Christmas CD called Merry Christmas II Youwhich you can find on Spotify.)

The Carpenters – Christmas Portrait (1984). Released in the 80s, this album just keeps on giving! You’ll find standard Christmas carols in classic arrangements that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Michael Buble – Christmas (2011). After releasing a 5-song EP entitled Let it Snow in 2003, Buble went on to do a full-length Christmas album with fun arrangements of Christmas songs you know and love, and even a fresh new take on Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You“.

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Wear Red and Gold for the Holidays

Recently I was at Macy’s and saw this red and gold outfit on display. This is color scheme you can’t go wrong with during the holidays – isn’t this skirt amazing?

And if you happen celebrate Chinese New Year, these are lucky Chinese colors, so you can dust off your red and gold for the celebration in a few weeks as well.

Stocking Stuffers for the Fashionable Gals in Your Life

Are you looking for gift ideas and stocking stuffers for the fashionable gals in your life? Here’s some inspiration:

Undereye cream. As depressing as it may be, signs of aging start in our 20s. Regularly using an undereye cream can counteract the signs of aging — what woman wouldn’t want that? I personally love the Arbonne FC5 undereye cream.

Lip balm. Keep those kissers shiny! Bath and Bodyworks carries a vanillamint Mentha Lip Shine that makes your lips tingle.

Makeup remover pads. Instead of buying makeup remover and cotton balls, Physician’s Formula makes gentle makeup remover pads that don’t leave any oily residue.

Personal Style: One Piece Three Ways

Just because three people have the same piece of clothing doesn’t mean they’re going to wear it the same way. Case in point!

L to R: Judith Rasband, Kathy Adams, Sarah Ward

Today, Judi, Kathy, and I wore the same sweater-duster from Christopher Banks but we all styled it differently based on our personal style and color preferences.

Even if you buy an item that has been a hot seller, you don’t have to look like everyone else when you wear it. As you discover your personal style, you can wear every piece so the look is distinctly “you”. If you don’t know where to start, I’d love to help!

Adopt the Fashion Trends That Work for You and Leave the Rest

This weekend I tried on a pair of Born lace-up oxford brogue shoes. I have been eyeballing and secretly coveting a pair of these babies for over a year, envisioning what I could wear them with. But when I got them on my feet at Dillard’s, they didn’t look like me at all.

They were great. But not on me.

Borrowed from menswear, the oxfords just looked like I was wearing boy’s shoes. Since I have short hair, that probably wasn’t making it any better. So, instead of trying to force the issue, I left. Empty handed.

If, like me, you discover a trend you absolutely love doesn’t work for your body type, your personal coloring or personal style, it’s okay. Some fashion trends are better left for other people.

Adopt the fashion trends that work for you, and leave the rest.

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This Short Asymmetrical Haircut Doesn’t Work for Everyone

Today I saw a professional man in his late 20s sporting a Justin Bieber-style haircut and nearly did a double take. All you have to do is look around to see that this asymmetrical cut is really hot right now, especially among the hipster crowd. But it doesn’t work for everyone.

The cut worked for Justin Bieber.

It worked for the Asian guy from Twilight, Justin Chon.

It worked for Michelle Williams.

It worked for Robyn.

It worked for Rihanna.

It worked for me.

Photo: Justin Hackworth

If you’re in a creative field like marketing or design, then it could work for you, too. But sir, if you want to be taken seriously as a professional, choose something other than a haircut that is associated with hipster boys and stylish women. This cut, my friend, is not for you.