Tea with Tran

Cafe Conversations on Fashion, Art, Culture, Lifestyle, Food and Travel

The original supermodels!  I watched Catwalk the other day and thought of this video.  Models don’t look the same these days…

Mixing prints in the summer.

"Weird Al" Yankovic ‘Word Crimes’

"I read your e-mail.  It’s quite apparent your grammar’s errant.  You’re incoherent."  

"Irony is not coincidence."  


Caravan Palace ‘Jolie Coquine’

Love this!

Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.
@evwriting (via raysofthesun)

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fresh x modern

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There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
Will Rogers

My Bucket List

I found the list of goals I wrote down for myself when I was 18-19.  I’ve pretty much had the same bucket list since then.  The list in no particular order.  

  1. Hike Machu Picchu - I still haven’t been to South America.
  2. Go on an African safari - Or Africa…
  3. Finish a marathon and then a triathlon - I’ve done a marathon but probably should do another.  Completing a triathlon was just recently added.
  4. Travel for at least 6 months - I did 9 months in 2012 and before 30!
  5. Live in ParisI think 2-3 months in the summer counts but would be happy to work towards this goal again?  I wanted to do my study abroad in Paris junior year since I was working on a French major but ended up in Beijing instead.  I didn’t get my paperwork done in time.  
  6. Spend time in Vietnam and improve language skillsMy language skills did improve in 4 months.  
  7. Start a non-profit to educate girls in third world countries - This is something I’ll probably do in my late 40s or 50s.  
  8. Learn two languages fluently - Studied Chinese and French in high school and college…give me another 20 years.  I’ve always wanted to read Proust in French.
  9. Have my own companyWorking on it…I didn’t think I’d build an intimate apparel company.  I had no clue what industry I’d want to get into until 2012.  
  10. Travel…for work!Can be tied to #9.
  11. Get a PhD in Art History - I will do this close to retirement.  
  12. Make a movie - Behind the scenes of course! Maybe a short film for the lingerie idea will do.
  13. Be editor of a magazine or write a book - More so the magazine part versus the book.  Not sure what the topic would be - perhaps fashion?  
  14. Design my own house - After seeing the Rachofsky house in high school, I’ve always wanted to design my own house.  It’ll be out of this world!
  15. Read the first 100 of the greatest books ever written - The lists are subjective, but I’ve probably read 20-30% of the core books on every list.  
  16. Work at an IGO - Not sure I still want this on the list but will keep it on there.  In college, I wanted to work for the U.N.  

In a little over ten years, I have been able to cross off 5 1/2 items.  Since my goals are pretty attainable, I think I can cross off #1, 2, 13 and 14 in my 30s.  Learning two languages fluently and getting through the list of books will be continuous efforts.  The other items on the list I’ve been waiting till I get older.  

I’ve never written down short-term goals (1-3 years), except for work.  If I did, the short-term goals would probably be “steps on how to get the longer-term ones.”  And my NYE resolutions always include eating healthier, sleeping on a regular schedule or getting more exercise, but those are something I work on everyday.  

What’s on your bucket list?  

I love that the Cinderella story for women these days is when they become their own boss.  Even the main theme in Disney’s latest film “Frozen,” which I adored, was about a woman letting her go of her fears to come to terms with her powers.  She then become the great leader she was BORN to be.  Here’s my new hashtag.  #womenborntorun