Hitting a Wall: Weight Loss

Weight loss, weight gain: A struggle that everyone faces.

Wall art

This June marks the 7th anniversary of the beginning of my weight loss journey and for the first time ever I am revealing all. For me, it will never be over: I will always monitor my weight, in case of hiccups along the road, but more on that later…

Tall blue flowers

My story starts in high school.

I am naturally muscular and athletic, so I was never skinny growing up. My dad has thick legs, calves and thighs, and I inherited that. It was my biggest insecurity until I started to gain weight in my sophomore year of high school, then my junior, then my senior year. Soon it overtook the top position of enemy number one. It just kept building up and I never really stopped to analyze how. All I knew was that it was making me unhappy.

Then came senior prom.

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May 2017: The Accessory Roundup

May 2017: The Accessory Roundup

May 

MAY

May has been a month filled with blooming flowers and fashion, with lingering elements of the past.

As a part of the process of becoming a better blogger, I read hundreds of blog posts in an month and after staring at pictures for such a long time, one naturally starts to recognize what items are the must-haves of the moment. The following items are some of the most viral and my personal favorites! (Let’s just say Gucci’s game is strong…)

Bags

Cult Gaia Ark Big in Bamboo or Acrylic  – Bamboo seen on Chriselle Lim from The Chriselle Factor

GG Marmont Montelassé Shoulder Bag – Seen on bloggers like Christine Kong from DailyKongfidence Continue reading “May 2017: The Accessory Roundup”

4 Ways to Happiness 

4 Ways to Happiness 
Brown looks miffed but at least I look happy.


I’ll be the first one to admit:

This winter has been stressful.


As in, immensely so. A beloved family member has been in and out of the ICU and ICU long term care facility since January and won’t leave completely for another few months. There were dreadful occasions when I received the “prepare yourself” call and my heart shattered every time, leaving me in an unending state of anxiety. Gradually this dismal period wore me down, both mentally and physically, until one weekend I simply broke down. I didn’t leave my apartment, I didn’t speak to my friends, I didn’t do anything except cry, eat, and mindlessly binge watch Netflix. That weekend was a breakthrough moment; it was like a light went off in my head that told me to take care of myself. I had lost the access card to my happiness and I needed to find it in order to enter the wondrous world of happiness. So started my arduous journey.

1.  The first thing I did the following day was spend as much time outside of my apartment as possible.

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Best Piece for S/S17: #Gingham

Best Piece for S/S17: #Gingham
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Spring is upon us and the air is becoming warmer.
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With this steady climb in temperature comes a need to include lighter fabrics in a our wardrobe, both in thickness and color. Lighter fabrics inherently breathe more and lighter colors absorb less heat, meaning I’m less inclined to faint from heat-stroke; One too many days on a tennis court on a hot summer day teaches a person that. The texture and density of your average, run-of-the -mill gingham does a phenomenal  job at keeping us cool in the blazing heat, so much so that it has become an iconic summer fabric and a favorite amongst American southerners.
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Leisurely Love

Leisurely Love
Leisurely Love
As Valentine’s Day comes and passes, friends and family alternately celebrate and ridicule the holiday in an endless battle. Personally, I enjoy the holiday even though I am single. On this day, I can eat as much decadent and rich chocolate as I want and imbibe as much of my favorite wine as I reasonably can. Check out my decadent hot chocolate for more cozy drink inspiration!

Chocolate dipped strawberries? Check.
A glass of Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon? Double Check. (As in two.)

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Photo by Jyun-Lei Jheng | Flikr
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Love
Should love make things complicated? Should it change how we view everyday activities?  When I think of the perfect Valentine’s Day, I don’t think of some extravagant affair in a dimly lit restaurant. A perfect evening would include creating a nest of pillows, wine and munchies, a good movie, and a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I’m secretly a hopeless romantic, so when I find someone who I can be happy spending such an uncomplicated evening with and feel completely comfortable with, I’ll know that he’s a keeper.

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Must Have Statement Shoe: Three Ways

Must Have Statement Shoe: Three Ways

All a girl needs is a great pair of shoes. If she chooses wisely, she can wear even a brightly colored pair with a variety of options. When I laid my eyes on this fantastic pair by Christian Louboutin, I fell in love with the gorgeous and unique detailing. My eyes gravitated towards the bright colorful version, but if you prefer a more classic look check out this beautiful sister shoe*. The stud and embellishment detailing was spotted throughout Fall 2017 NYFW on runways including Altuzarra, Creatures of the Wind, and Jeremy Scott; Continue reading “Must Have Statement Shoe: Three Ways”

5 Essential Goals for the New Year

5 Essential Goals for the New Year

zodiac

I must continually correct myself whenever I talk about the eastern New Year. Growing up in the US, we always called it Chinese New Year but now that I live in South Korea I need to say “Lunar New Year.” There is an absolute degree of difficulty in changing an old habit; each day is an opportunity to decrease the degree. Each opportunity not utilized is a step backwards in tackling the habit. So each day, little by little, I slash away another degree.
This will be my approach to the year of 2017.

To check out my progress read my latest post!


Goal One

Change bad habits (procrastination, laziness, classic problems)

Goal Two

Choose ONE language and learn it. No jumping from one to another when I become bored or frustrated. It’s definitely a recurring problem. Italian too hard? French it is then… Continue reading “5 Essential Goals for the New Year”

Delicious Hot Chocolate

Delicious Hot Chocolate
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I’ve had a lucky winter in Korea with no snow. My family on the other hand had a winter wilder than this photo.  Photo by PokemonaDeChroma | Flikr – no changes made

On cold days such as this, even a full two months after christmas, my love of hot chocolate comes to play. I love adding different ingredients to my hot chocolate, such as nutmeg or a dash of vanilla extract. In the past I’ve used peppermint extract, different seasonings, and even gone so far as to mix an assortment of cocoa powders together. Continue reading “Delicious Hot Chocolate”