Fashion Week’s Secret Star Color

Red has so far been the main attraction of Fall, with almost everyone owning a pair of red sock boots or over the knee boots. But during all of the fashion weeks occurring over the last few weeks, one color in particular stole the show:

Green

 

Whether it be the Dior SS18 Green T-Rex or the green accents on the dresses in the Tory Burch show, the color of fresh grass was everywhere.

Here are a few picks you can wear now until you can get your hands on the SS18 items, which are shown below the picks:

Zara:

Checked and Floral Dress

Green Embroidered Satin High Heel Ankle Boots

Leggings with Side Stripes

Nordstrom:

Frill Neck Sweater*

D&G “The Nail Lacquer” in Acqua*

Double Breasted Suit Jacket*

Shopbop:

Shashi Lydia / Camille*

Kate Spade Square Stud Earrings*

ban.do Chill Pill Phone Case*

Investment Pieces

You can be sure that these will be wearable for years to come!

Theory – Cotton-blend Velvet Blazer*

Gucci Soho Disco* Textured-leather Shoulder Bag

Chloe Faye Small Suede and Leather Shoulder Bag

Check out some of my fav picks from the New York, London, Paris, Milan, and Copenhagen Fashion Weeks!

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Saying Goodbye (For now…) Pt 1

Saying Goodbye (For now…) Pt 1

One Year

August 18th marked the one-year mark of my time in Korea, a year in which there were many highs and lows but one where I have learned more about what I want in life. It’s at times like these that we take a second to reflect on the good and bad times. Take a trip down memory lane with me as I recount major moments from the past year with EPIK.

August 2016

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I arrived in Busan, South Korea after a long layover in Beijing (a layover I really don’t recommend) to a team of staff from my recruiting company, KorVia, welcoming us with signs and a packet full of information and freebies. If you are applying to the EPIK program, I absolutely recommend going through a recruiter your first time if you don’t need to be placed in Seoul. Eventually, the EPIK staff organized onto buses to our orientation site, Busan Univeristy of Foreign Studies and to a week filled with training classes, cultural excursion, and a high humidity heat wave. Many clothes fell victim to sweat during the wave: may their souls rest in peace.

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End of Summer Edit: The Beauty Roundup

End of Summer Edit: The Beauty Roundup

Wow. Just wow, have I been busy. This month I moved back to the US, which entailed the menial bureaucratic nonsense that any cross-country move requires. Word to the wise though, I strongly recommend against using a Korean bank as your main account. In short, Korean banks are unnecessarily complicated. – End rant-

Now that I’m back in the states I have this unique opportunity. I’m getting paid to be on vacation for a month, meaning I have plenty of time to explore all of the beauty products that I missed out on this last year. The Korean government heavily taxes imported goods from outside the Asian continent, causing some products to be ridiculously expensive. I’m talking about you L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream ($64 in the US but 100,000 won in Seoul). šŸ˜¦

Now is the perfect time to research and invest in a few of the most unanimously recommended products from this summer.

Read on to see a few pieces I bought during the Labor Day sales! If you’re looking for fashion finds, you can check out here and here.

The Ordinary

When a brand is this cheap but such high quality, why not buy a few products and test things out?

*Natural Moisturising Factors + HA – I am on the lookout for an inexpensive alternative to the L’Occitane cream and hopefully this is it!

*Colours (Coverage Foundation) – With 21 shades and great reviews, I’m sure to find a shade to match my fair skin tone without having to shell out the big bucks like I would for the Armani foundations. Asos sold out of this faster than I could order it, so I will purchase this at a later date (Fingers crossed that I have enough foundation until then!) Continue reading “End of Summer Edit: The Beauty Roundup”

July 2017: 5 Must Have Shoes

July 2017: 5 Must Have Shoes
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We stumbled upon an amazing sky bridge to Yeouido!

Welcome to this month’s fashion round-up!

If you missed last month’s, check it out here!

What really drew my attention this month was the variety of gorgeous shoes. A hands-down favorite of the bunch is the continuing trend of mules. In high school, my mum let me raid her shoe rack and in it, I found the most amazing woven brown leather mules that I wore to death. Unfortunately, those beloved mules bit the dust last year, right before the mule trend started gaining momentum, preventing them from their due glorification.

Check out my July picks of mules and more below!

Mules

Black Block Heels | Rebecca Minkoff Robyn | Malone Souliers Maureen Satin / Velvet Continue reading “July 2017: 5 Must Have Shoes”

Life Update and Get to Know Me!

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A great picture from a great day on the riverfront!

Welcome to my life! I figured that because my blog has been up and running for about 5 months now I should tell you a little about myself.

20 Facts about Me

1. I am 25 years old.

2. My birthday is a couple’s holiday in Japan and South Korea : White’s Day. Yay chocolate!

3. I was born in Okinawa, Japan but would qualify to run for POTUS.

4. My eyes are grey blue. No one in my family has brown eyes.

5. I’m a coffee addict.

6. I am TESOL certified.

7. I earned my certificate in Barcelona, my second favorite city!

8. London is my favorite city. I visited when I was younger and it was love at first sight!

9. My ancestor was on the Mayflower, but I’m likely related through a female or non-first child.

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June 2017: The Fashion Roundup

 

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Due to the fantastic response to my May 2017: The Accessory Round-up,Ā I’m back this month with my latest round-up of clothing items!


Let’s work our way down, head to toe:

Tops

*Ruffle Bandeau Crop – Pinstripe patterns are everywhere, especially in crop style. Check Chriselle’s (of The Chriselle Factor) multi-purpose piece! Ā 1 | 2 | 3

*Wrap Top – Song of Style‘s Aimee wore the lovely JacquemusĀ multiple times Ā 1 | 2 | 3 Continue reading “June 2017: The Fashion Roundup”

Hitting a Wall: Weight Loss

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

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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…

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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

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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 Ā – Bamboo seen on Chriselle Lim from The Chriselle Factor

GG MarmontĀ MontelassĆ© Shoulder Bag – Seen on bloggers likeĀ Christine Kong from DailyKongfidence Continue reading “May 2017: The Accessory Roundup”

4 Ways to HappinessĀ 

4 Ways to HappinessĀ 
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 occasionsĀ 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. Ā The first thing I did the following day was spendĀ 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 thicknessĀ 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 Ā 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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Love
Should love make things complicated? Should it change how we view everyday activities? Ā 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 pairĀ 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

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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”

2 Best Cafes in My City

2 Best Cafes in My City

There is a growing indie cafe industry in Korea and I am thoroughly enjoying exploring every. little. one. My city is considered very small and yet it has numerous amazing cafes, all with delicious drinks and incredibly Instagram-worthy aesthetics. The one catch about Korean style cafes is that they are usually dessert-centric, only serving cake, ice cream, and pastries. My go-to read and relax cafe, a mere half block from my apartment, is one such cafe, whereas my go-to work cafe offers paninis, a full breakfast, and salad as well as grab-and-go items. Thankfully I have plenty of indie coffee shops to suit any circumstance!

Take a moment to experience my two favorites below šŸ™‚

 

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My Designated Jane Austin Reading Cafe

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