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My Favorite Things: Carol Han

Websites dedicated to both food and fashion are not unheard of these days and we're especially enamored of Milk & Mode, the brainchild of the Hawaii-born, New York-based fashion and social media consultant Carol Han. Milk & Mode is a mix of personal style photographs with delicious recipes that Han says are aimed at people like herself—"busy, young, and cooking haphazardly in shoebox city kitchens." Today she shares her favorite things with The Fine Art of Family. Read on!


Item I own that gets better with age:
My Chanel bags
My secret to looking timeless: Keep it clean and simple.
Favorite vintage fashion trend: I'm loving the return of '90s minimalism. Also, I can't wait to wear long maxi skirts with cropped open-knit sweaters this spring.
Book I have read more than once: I was utterly charmed by Marisha Pessl's debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I can't wait for her second book to come out this year. I'm a completely voracious reader—I probably go through at least a couple of books a week.
Music that always takes me back: I grew up going to school dances that had a steady soundtrack of Bryan Adams, All for One, Mr. Big, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and old-school Madonna. So whenever I hear any of that, I'm instantly 13 again.
Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: That distinct saltwater beach smell. I grew up on beaches.
Favorite bedtime story as a kid: Where the Wild Things Are
Tastiest mom-and-pop shop that’s been feeding me for years: I love the shrimp trucks that line the North Shore in Hawaii. There's nothing better than getting a steaming hot plate piled with spicy shrimp and eating it while the sun goes down.
Childhood sport I still love to play: I've surfed since about the seventh grade and I love it even though I'm not very good at it.
I couldn’t live without: My dog Suz Monster. She's a feisty little long-haired Chihuahua who, once she decides she loves you, will give you endless amounts of affection.
My guiltiest e-pleasure: Pinterest, a new site that's an awesome tool that you can use to "pin" anything you want on the web and it automatically gets added to your "boards." It's especially useful for me because I'm always seeing recipes on the web that I want to make and then forgetting about them completely. With Pinterest, I can just "pin" it and they all get collected in one pretty place.