NEW BLOG & VLOG: LAVENDAIRE

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I have created a new blog & vlog: Lavendaire and Lavendaire on YouTube. Check it out! This will be my main channel for writing and communicating. Super excited about it.

Lavendaire is a new blog and vlog dedicated to the ultimate form of self-expression: to create, shape, and design ourselves and our lives fully. Lavendaire follows the journey in creating the lives that we have imagined, and in honing our craft as artists of life.

Introducing Lavendaire

How to Stop Caring About What People Think Of You

3 Things All Creatives Need to Start Doing More Of

626 Night Market on Good Day LA (FOX 11 LA KTTV)

Had a really fun time previewing our event on Good Day LA yesterday morning! This was my first time LIVE on air; it’s as fast paced and exciting as I had imagined. Make sure you check out the final 626 Night Market this weekend, Sept 12-14, at Santa Anita Park. I’ll be there! :)

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How I Prepare for a Show (House of Blues Vlog)

I thought it would be cool to show you guys how I prepare for a show, so here’s my vlog on my House of Blues show that was on 7/9. See how I prepare for a performance, my singing essentials, what I pack, and more. Then check out some clips from my performance at House of Blues’ Foundation Room that night! It was a last minute show, but totally worth it because of the people who came out to support. I’m so grateful to have such wonderful supporters and I look forward to playing more shows this summer!

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626 Night Market 7/19 Show

aileen xu 626 night market 2014Had the most amazing time playing 626 Night Market this past Saturday at Santa Anita Park. The crowd was amazing—more amazing than usual, and I just felt the love. I played a new song, entitled “Cereal” for now, and I’m glad that I got some positive feedback about it. Performing is so much fun. Can’t wait to be up there again. Thanks to everyone for coming out to support, and it was so lovely to meet so many new people this weekend!

Anime Expo 2014 Performance

I had the opportunity to perform at Anime Expo this year with the dance project Chemical X!  We performed the halftime show of Masquerade, the main cosplay event at Anime Expo. It was my first time, and it was crazy. I had so much fun and it was really cool to be surrounded by people who are so passionate about anime. The energy was real.

I cosplayed as Anya Alstreim from Code Geass. My cousin chose the character for me because she’s a huge fan of anime. Soon after, I realized how hipster my character was LOL. Nobody knew who I was and I had to explain it to everybody, but whatevs. I had a lot of fun preparing the cosplay and I may just find a reason to do it again.. :)

Anya Alstreim Cosplay Code Geass

My Story in Kimchi for Life

 

I am so honored to have my story published in Kimchi for Life! This is my first piece of published writing, ever, and that is so very exciting for me because I dream of writing my own books in the future. Please give me a moment.

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Ok, moment was had.

Back to the blog. Kimchi for Life is kind of a Chicken Soup for the Soul featuring Asian American writers. I was asked to write a story for the anthology almost a year ago, and last week I was delighted to receive my copies in the mail. I couldn’t make the book release party because I was out of town, so I’m so glad that they also sent me my AUTHOR badge. I feel so cool. Cool yet humbled, because this book features stories from a ton of awesome and accomplished Asian Americans in a variety of industries. The cover is graced by the lovely Yuri Tag, who wrote the Foreword for Kimchi for Life this year. I remember watching Yuri Tag dance with Kaba Modern on America’s Best Dance Crew—I was in high school, I still watched TV, and I was beyond excited to see Asian Americans dance on mainstream television for the first time. It was historic. They danced to MJ. I went crazy. It was a moment.

Anyway, I’m just very proud to be a part of this project. I’m all smiles.

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