rise & shine

The Temple of Heaven (天坛), a stunning imperial complex of religious structures, is where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties visited to pray for good harvests. The park encircling the complex is a pleasure to stroll through, especially in the early morning. The local elderly gather here for all sorts of activities: ballroom dancing lessons, browsing each other’s bird collections, a game of badminton, and tai chi — just to name a few. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (祈年殿), a major structure located in the center of the complex, is breathtakingly beautiful. One tip I have for those planning to visit is to enter right when the gates open, to catch a glimpse of its beauty without a surrounding sea of people and selfie sticks (hehe). A truly wondrous sight to behold.

This dress from Reformation has been one of my favorite dresses this summer. In a beautiful shade of cerulean blue, it is made of breathable linen, while the tie-waist and high slits give it a flattering finish. It has been my go-to for everything from sightseeing days to date nights.










the reformation ghana dress

isapera elia sandal

bag via Shanghai tianzifang

& other stories earrings

photography by the wondrous alice xiang


  1. August 5, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    I actually like a lot of the Reformation dresses I see on their site. How do you find the sizing? I feel like they skew small.


    • August 6, 2016 / 11:19 pm

      Hi Thuy! Yea they have a lot of good stuff 🙂 In my experience, Reformation items do run a little small, so if I buy more fitted things I get a M, but for loser-fitting items I get an S (like the dress in this post), and that has worked well so far. Hope this helps!! They make such great summer pieces!