California, Travel, United States, Yosemite

Yosemite Part 1


Yosemite, California © Sylvie Li 2015

Yosemite is probably one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever visited (along with Zhangjiajie, Huashan, The Great Wall of China and hum, Big Sur?). I’m a sucker for landscape photography and amazing scenery, and Yosemite left no room for disappointment.  My highlights were probably Tuolumne Meadows (much less crowded than Yosemite Valley) and the view from Olmsted Point. The wild life is so beautiful and I fell more in love with nature. While hiking, we saw a deer running two meters from us –  he was in a hurry – and we even spotted a bear. Of course, everyone stopped by to take some pictures! I was so stoked about the beautiful, warm light we had while exploring the park and the jaw-dropping views. I miss the warmth of the sun on my skin and I wish I could go back just to get a bit of that California heath…

I’m a bit at a loss for words so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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Lifestyle, People, Portrait

Chryssi & Romain


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Whew! Finally glad I’m sharing this series of photos. A few months back, I had the opportunity to assist Micheal Beaulieu on my first wedding photo shoot and I was thrilled. I focused on shooting details – the venue, décor, flowers, setting – as well as shooting guests. Chryssi and Romain were such a sweet couple!  The venue was on Île Sainte-Hélène and I loved the little details – I couldn’t get over how pretty were the bouquets of flowers, the wooden tables and dinnerware. Michael insisted that I shoot in square format during Chryssi and Romain’s wedding and I love it, it’s a lot of fun! I’ll do more of that in the future. I had a blast helping photograph the wedding and I’m really happy with the result. Hopefully more opportunities will come soon.

Photographs and editing by me.
To see more of Micheal’s work and the wedding, click here.

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California, San Francisco, Travel, United States

San Francisco Photo Diary 4-5


San Francisco © Sylvie Li 2015

I can’t believe this has taken me almost four months to get through my photos of San Francisco. This is the final post of our adventures in this wonderful city. We went back to the Ferry Building Marketplace to eat at The Slanted Door, which serves delicious Vietnamese food. Prices are fair and we loved the broccolis and Vietnamese crêpe, as well as the salad with cantaloupe. So many flavours happening at once! We walked in the charming neighbourhood of Pacific Heights (hello all of the pretty houses) and stopped along the way to eat at b. patisserie and do some shopping at March, and insanely beautiful store providing items for the kitchen, pantry and table. Of course, we couldn’t leave San Francisco without enjoying a view of the city, so we walked up to Pioneer Park and ended the day strolling in Russian Hills.
San Francisco, you have been so good to us. We’ll be back! x

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California, San Francisco, Travel, United States

San Francisco Photo Diary 3


San Francisco 2015 © Sylvie Li

Still onto San Francisco… (second to last post!). We were lucky to have an amazing weather (read: sunny) for our third day. In the morning, we went to the Ferry Building Marketplace, which is an amazing outdoor and indoor food market. We snacked on fresh and organic fruits (plumcots, apricots, etc.), fresh bread, earl grey ice cream and yummy tacos from Tacolicious. The fruits and veggies are so good looking, I wish I could live there all year long just to eat them! My sister forced me to visit the Fisherman’s Wharf (please get me out of that place -_-), but fortunately we didn’t stay super long and moved on to visit the Palace of Fine Arts, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Sutro Baths.

One of this trip’s highlights is, without a doubt, our dinner at Chez Panisse, Alice Waters’ restaurant in Berkeley. For those who don’t know, she’s the pioneer of the cooking based on fresh, local and organic produce. Needless to say that we were all thrilled, and what a feast! The lettuce comes to the table still crunchy, as if it was picked from the garden a few seconds ago. I am at a loss for words to describe our experience, which I count in my top 3 restaurants. It’s so worth it and I’m happy I could finally tick this place off of my to go list.

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California, San Francisco, Travel, United States

San Francisco Photo Diary 2


San Francisco © Sylvie Li 2015

Hello world! Here’s my second photo diary of San Francisco (sorry for being late on all those travel posts, ugh). Summer is very chilly in SF and as much as I enjoyed my stay over there, trying to overcome the cold is difficult if you don’t dress accordingly. We strolled on the streets of several neighbourhoods: Hayes Valley, Noe Valley, The Castro, Haight-Ashbury… All such lovely areas with beautifully coloured houses and steep streets. I’m wondering how they can bike in this city…?

We started off the day with a light yet lovely breakfast at 20th Century Cafe and as we walked, we stumbled across a beautiful pop-up shop mixing both flower and clothing designs. We ended up having lunch in a delicious café and I’m still dreaming about their amazing farro and baby kale salad… (insert crying emoji). But the best part was, without a doubt, the Golden Gate Park. It is so huge and beautiful, with lots of walking paths, a greenhouse, amazing wildlife and giant trees. Unfortunately, the de Young Museum was closed, but it’s an architectural gem (especially for someone like me who’s obsessed with lines) and I wish we had more time to sneak in the California Academy of Sciences.

On another note, I came across a funny article in the Huffington Post titled « The Differences between living in New York and San Francisco ». Can’t decide which city I love the most!

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Food, Mile End, Montréal, Restaurants

Grilled Cheese Month at L’Gros Luxe


L'Gros Luxe © Sylvie Li 2015
I was invited a few weeks ago to attend the launch of the Grilled Cheese Month at L’Gros Luxe, but couldn’t make it because of school duties (I’m such a good student EH), so instead I went there for lunch with one of my good friends. L’Gros Luxe is well known for its comfort food and is offering this month a different grilled cheese every single day, meaning you can come back any time to try a new one. Sweet, savoury, sophisticated, you name it. Whew! Well I’m down for that. Each time I walk in front of the restaurant in the Mile End, it’s always packed with hipsters people so it seemed the perfect opportunity to go. FYI, I’m going back as soon as I can.

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Lifestyle, Still Life

Still Life – Flowers X and November Goals List


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Hum hello?! I just realized that I haven’t published a still life post for months and that my last goals list is from June. June! Summer went away in the blink of an eye and fall is now in full swing: October comes to an end in a few days and I can’t even recall what I did. In the midst of juggling with freelance and photo assistant jobs, night classes and part-time work at the bakery shop, I have little to no time at all for personal photo projects or administrative work, sadly. So hence the lack of updates here. But somehow I always manage to squeeze in a shopping session or coffee dates with friends… Tee hee.

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California, San Francisco, Travel, United States

San Francisco Photo Diary 1


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It was love at first sight between me and San Francisco, but oh don’t get me started with the tricky weather. I was wearing a dress on my first day, because I was telling myself: « It’s gonna get warmer. We’re California after all. » So. Damn. Wrong. It is surprisingly cold during summer, so as everyone would tell you, wear layers.

We spent the first day exploring The Mission District, which has strong Hispanic influences. There were so many grocery stores on the streets and we couldn’t stop ourselves from buying organic and locally grown fruits (apricots, plums, strawberries, name it!). They taste so damn good compared to the ones we find in Montreal! I was amazed, seriously nothing beats seasonal produce. As we walked in the area, we stopped on our way to admire beautiful street art on Balmy Street and grab a cup of coffee at Philz Coffee. San Francisco is so charming and lovely. I fell in love with its steep hills, the colourful houses, the succulents found on the streets, the people and the abundance of bougainvilleas. On Valencia Street, we visited many cute cafés, restaurants and design shops (so basically we ate, sipped warm drinks and lingered in the boutiques the whooole day). It was really inspiring to discover the local spots and I wrote down a few favourites (well those that I could remember :/).

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California, San Francisco, Travel, United States

Sutro Baths & Lands End


Sutro Baths © Sylvie Li 2015

Where should I begin? I think I left part of my heart in Sutro Baths and I couldn’t wait to share this gorgeous place. Sutro Baths was a large public swimming pool built by Adolph Sutro, a former mayor of San Francisco. Financially unprofitable at that time, it’s mostly all in ruins now, but what makes it unique is its location: it’s right by the sea at the north end of Ocean Beach. It’s a bit remote from the city itself and fortunately, few people/tourists know about it (many thanks to K for the rec!). Nearby Sutro Baths is Lands End, another stunning park where one can enjoy breathtaking views, admire the wildflowers and walk on the trails. Our visit was planned ahead because I wanted to get the best light of the day, hence we waited until 6pm to get there. It was worth it! I feel like I sound like a broken record, but there’s really something magical about the light on the west coast that I cannot put my finger on. I felt so blessed to be able to experience this moment: the view, the chilly wind, the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks, the golden hour… I’ll never forget it.

I took countless photos, so sorry for the overload. They don’t do justice to the beauty of Sutro Baths and Lands End, which is hands down one of my highlights in San Francisco. It gave me a little peek of what was waiting for us on the Pacific Coast Highway and I was thrilled.

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China, Shanghai, Travel

Shanghai Photo Diary II



I’m so late behind. These images are the second part of my adventures in Shanghai, back in 2013. Sometimes I do miss the dynamism of this city, I would want to go back in my old neighbourhood and eat cheap street food on the go!

On another note, California was amazing. There’s nothing I didn’t like of my trip, except LA maybe but more on that later. I’m in an editing process (took over 2 000 photos, oops) and hopefully I’ll soon publish postcards of SF. Today I’m catching up with paperwork, accounting and other boring stuff after two whirlwind weeks of pure bliss, so that will do for now.

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