Today in Yara’s corner, I’m answering a 25 random questions tag, and in the comments it’s your turn. So get to know me a bit better, and I learn a little more about my readers and your personalities, dreams and funny habits. So I’m asking you to pick 5 of these questions and answer those for yourself in the comments. This should be fun! ;)
1. What is one of your biggest dreams?
A lifelong dream has been to live in America for a few months. Last January I flew to Los Angeles for a one week work trip and I fell for the city so much that I impulsively decided to stay and live for five weeks (I kept a daily LA diary here). I can’t wait to settle in LA or New York for a bit longer.
2. Name three things that are physically close to you.
My Moleskine notebook, peonies (my favorite flowers), and a box of caramel chocolates. Busted!
3. What’s an ideal Sunday for you?
Sleeping in until eleven, having a big brunch somewhere with friends (where we order everything from pancakes to eggs to avocado toast, smoothies, lattes and some champagne). Followed by some downtime at my apartment to chill and organize, followed by an open air cinema visit (wouldn’t that be awesome?) or some other spontaneous plan.
4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
Oh man. I’m a bad driver, I won’t even deny it. Even riding my bike is a constant struggle, and I’ve had some near death moments car wise. Especially in LA, that one time I ended up on the wrong side of the road after crossing the street. Still alive though!
5. What time did you wake up this morning?
At 8, so that’s allright. I’m a morning person by no means.
6. What’s one thing in your closet that you cannot live without?
My cut out biker boots by Balenciaga. They work with everything!
7. What was the last movie you saw?
The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson.
8. What does your last text message say?
‘Perfect, see you tomorrow’ – about a work meeting.
9. Something physical that stands out?
I have nine tiny, delicate ear piercings. All in silver, gold and rose gold, with tiny chains and real diamonds. Most are from Body Electric in Los Angeles and from New York Adorned in New York. You can see some of them here and here.
10. Have you ever been to a different country?
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a lot. First as a kid, my parents would take us to a country for a month each year – from Thailand to the US to India, Indonesia or China. We’d soak up the culture and get together as a family. It planted a seed for traveling and for my work I get to fly around the world for events and Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris, Londen and such.
11. Do you like sushi?
Is that an actual question? California rolls are my life.
12. What’s a song you secretly love to blast and belt out when you’re alone?
‘All that matters’ and ‘One life’ by Justin Bieber. His latest album is kind of awesome. There. I said it.
13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
Guilty as charged. I don’t want to fall for sleeping pills as I think I will be codependent instantly. But I have taken pain medication to doze off, just something like asprin. Not a good thing, and don’t try it at home.
14. How many siblings do you have?
A twin brother named Milan. He’s a total gem. We understand each other without words, always have the best time and he supports me in everything. Love that guy.
15. How would you describe your style?
I’d say it’s clean with a feminine twist. So I’d think of a slip dress with biker boots. Or leather skinnies with a simple t-shirt. Or black skinny denim with a pretty top and heels.
16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
Turning 25 on June 7th.
17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
I should. Constantly forget that I need to wear glasses.
18. Do you color your hair?
Yep. I love to play around a bit, always keeping it subtle. But as you know, I recently decided to go platinum. A fun experiment, but it’s a lot of work to keep up a look like this.
19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
Work. It’s always work! Followed by drinks in town with a friend.
20. What’s the drink you always order at Starbucks?
A caramel frappucino is what Starbucks excels in. At other places I’ll get a soy latte. Take-out coffee is my little luxury treat.
21. What did you want to be when you were little?
As a ten-year-old I was reading my mom’s ELLE and vowed to myself to be a part of a magazine team one day. I made it my mission, worked hard and landed a job at ELLE magazine at 21 as a writer, before I had even graduated. It’s one of the things I’m really proud of as it shows that with hard work and clear goals, a lot is possible.
22. What’s a beauty rule you preach, but never actually practice?
Not touching your face. I run my hands through my hair and rub my eyes or rest my face on my hands all day. Nice way to spread some germs, huh.
23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
O hell yes. Just read this article about the first 48 hours of CHAPTER FRIDAY as evidence. I’m a total night owl. The times I’ve worked until five in the morning – tiny eyes, near breakdown and about to burst out in screaming – can’t be counted on my hands and toes. For parties I’ve done the same but in a happier manner. Same for sleepovers with my friends. Or boys.
24. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
I think I do. Maybe it’s one of those skills I think I have but actually don’t. Like the ability to drive, or to see without glasses.
25. What quote/phrase do you live your life by?
Enjoy it, because it’s happening now. It’s important to me to let go a bit and enjoy the process, not just the outcome (which is always different than you could have imagined – by the way). This applies to everything, from dating to work to personal issues to discovering your style. Go with the flow and enjoy while you’re making magic happen!
(photo by Karen van Duijvenbode, jacket from Forever21)