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:
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:
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.
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.
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). 😦
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.
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.
Weight loss, weight gain: A struggle that everyone faces.
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…
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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”→
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!
Change bad habits (procrastination, laziness, classic problems)
In high school, all those years ago, there was a popular, much-beloved boy that kept trying to bring his favorite pants into fashion. Every day was a new shade, a new attempt, and each time I told myself:
I will never wear that. Ever. Seriously, never.
Flash forward years later and here I am, about to espouse my new found love for this particular fabric. At this point, you’re probably saying “Hurry up and tell me already!” Well, ladies and gentlemen, that fabric is none other than:
If I reach further back in my memories, I can distinctly remember wearing corduroy in early elementary school. I absolutely loved it and would often refuse to take it off. Corduroy is incredibly soft and comfortable, as well as great at keeping you warm; seeing as I live in the northeast of the US, that trait is something that I will need in the coming months.
I actually started to see signs of this a few months ago and when I continued to see it crop up in influencers’ Instagrams and blog posts, I knew it was a trend to adopt early on!
Take a look a Negin Mirsalehi, creator of hair care brand Gisou (1|2) and parent of an adorable pup named Mosey, and see a perfect example of how to adapt Corduroy this Fall/Winter.
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The genius behind this outfit is that it implements this trend using items most people already have! Corduroy is especially appealing in a richer brown color or millennial pink. I’ve already seen corduroy trickling into stores, whether it is the sapphire blue corduroy miniskirt with 70’s vibe applique at Target or it’s the golden-hued brown belted Continue reading “The 3 Pieces You Need This Winter”→
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 🙂