plaid & dumpling


My sister and I make the trip to Chinatown once in a while to have dim sum at the ever-packed China Pearl. Even though it’s a little bit of a trek from Cambridge, steamed shrimp dumplings and shumai galore win everytime. Dim sum is served the traditional way — pushed around and delivered to each table by little trolleys, accompanied by lots of clatter and chatter. China Pearl’s food isn’t amazing, but satisfies my cravings for a piece of home.

Boston’s Chinatown is a place of many layers — red brick, murals, gritty concrete, large neon signs, and of course the adorable old couples shuffling along with bok-choy-bunches in hand.


This week’s outfit features a dash of color: navy-and-red plaid pants. Plaid is often associated with the laid-back, I’m-too-lazy-to-think-of-an-outfit look. Or maybe it conjures up images of school uniforms and lumberjacks. I had the same skepticism when my boyfriend showed me these plaid pants at Zara. However, I was surprised to find that when tailored well and paired with the right boots, they can look sharp and feminine.


I’m also getting a lot of use out of this Reformation coat and Zara white v-neck blouse. If you’re hunting for a coat that you can throw on any outfit, look put-together, and still beat the cold, this one could be a front-runner. It’s on the pricey side, but should last you many seasons. The blouse goes with anything and is the perfect layering piece; its sheer sleeves and flattering neckline give it interesting detail.

China Pearl’s hall of mirrors even allows for a quick touch-up after eating way too much dim sum:


This outfit has also been proven to be Chinese supermarket-friendly. 😉




the reformation sabel coat

zara v-neck blouse

zara plaid pants, similar here

zara block heel ankle boots

chloe drew bag

photography by the amazing alice xiang


  1. November 19, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Love the feel of these photos and interesting choice of local! It kind of reminds me of the movie 2046. 🙂 You should definitely check that out.


    • November 20, 2015 / 1:13 am

      Thank you Atsuna 🙂 It was a lot of fun to shoot in Chinatown, and I will definitely check 2046 out!

    • November 21, 2015 / 1:27 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

    • November 21, 2015 / 1:28 am

      Hi Katie! Thank you so much! 🙂

  2. December 2, 2015 / 7:27 am

    I was going to leave a comment on pleats and shine… but when I scrolled down to this post it definitely struck a chord with me! Love dim sum and even though I have Taiwanese heritage seeing those pictures of Chinatown brings a lot of good feelings to mind. Love your outfit and also inspired me to possibly do my next shoot at the Chinese grocery store hahah.

    Sartorial Diner

    • December 2, 2015 / 11:57 am

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much ! I definitely feel like places like Chinatown and Chinese grocery stores provide a very interesting backdrop for shoots, and aren’t really utilized. Glad you enjoyed this post 🙂