A creative media project inspired by storytelling, experimentalism and risk-taking.


The Escapist is a creative project I began to document my life as I try to navigate academics, literature, fashion, culture and food. It is my personal-lifestyle blog open to anyone who is passionate about the way they live their lives.

I want to share my curiosity, inspiration and passion; and I hope that you join me!


Once upon a time, in the realm of Suburbia…

I’m Lia! (Shhh, it’s a nickname for Helena. But don’t tell anyone.)

I grew up in the Silicon Valley, home to techies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. I knew “Java” as programming language first, then my coffee order. And yes, every one of my hometown friends are majoring in computer science, math or bio-chemistry. And me? Oh yes, hello, I’m the humanities major. *Cue parents’ disapproving looks*

While my friends blazed ahead in computer science, engineering, math and bio-chemistry, I meandered and took on classes such as Latin, Classical Greek, Anatomy, Philosophy, U.S. History, Studio Art, Modern Odyssey and Freak Characters. Today, I follow current events, politics and social issues with the same ardor that I follow fashion week trends, recipes, indie magazines and literature.

So when it came to choosing college, it made sense for me to head to New York City. Almost immediately I fell in love with the city, but eventually I fell out of love with my university. I loved the life and the “dream-big” mentality of the city, but I felt unfocused—limited by my major and drowned out in class sizes of 450+ students. For a prep-school student familiar with competitive 5-18 student class sizes, I became bored, dispassionate and uninterested. I didn’t want to become another student-zombie walking the halls chasing after a job title, so I left.

I took a leave of absence from college and travelled, interned, volunteered, and vlogged—a new video entry every week. (You can watch my “vlogumentary” gap year here.)

Now I’m back at college and trying my best to keep it real, keep it honest, keep it straightforward.


Let’s Be Friends




I do not earn money from this blog. Whatever I feature is not going to be advertisement and reviews are my own honest opinion. I’ll be sure to let you know if there is a change in this policy or if I ever receive compensation for anything (as per FTC guidelines).


I welcome opinions and thoughts from all walks of life, including constructive criticism. Let’s keep it simple and be kind! Be respectful to each other, be patient with one another and do good.

Using my photos/art/content

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