I changed my hosting platform, so while I will no longer be blogging on this tumblr, there will still be posts to follow along (with links), just as I’ve done in the previous entry. Hope you follow along!
Shirt from Korea | Sweater Juicy Couture | Cardigan Romeo & Juliet Couture | Shoes Charlotte Russe
I styled my younger sister in my clothes the other day— going for that Urban Outfitters meets cool NYC grunge look. No UO articles of clothing though. You can make different patterns/textures work as long as you mute one (e.g. the stripes) and show-off the other (e.g. Aztec pattern). Keep them generally in the same color family or in a color pair that compliments each other.
Fashion tip: don’t be limited by your own closet. Venture into your mom’s, dad’s, siblings’ closets— you just expanded your wardrobe 5x.
Shirt from Korea | Sweater Dockers | Pants Victoria’s Secret PINK | Shoes Vince Camuto
It’s Thanksgiving break and I found my sister’s hat just chillin’ in the guest room closet. Obviously I’m going to wear it all day— inside & out of the house.
If you want to wear an oversized comfy sweater, stick to tighter bottoms, unless you actually want people to think you gained weight over the short holiday break (then go for it). I bought this sweater from the men’s section at Housing Work's Fashion For Action 2011 where I volunteered (basically a huge discounted fashion sale in which all proceeds go towards ending the dual problem of homelessness and AIDS/HIV).
I call this outfit Russian Fetch cause I’m wearing a freaking fur hat and it makes me feel so fetch.
While I was in Korea for the first time this past summer, my middle-aged uncle pushed me to become friends with people my age…Seriously awkward. I’m 19. Come on, how do you make new, foreign friends like that? But, I knew he was right if I wanted to optimize my experience in Seoul.
So, I became friends with SHS— a guy around my age who worked at Il Mare (an Italian franchise also found in LA, Chiacgo, etc.). Since he aspires to become a professional chef, he wanted to know how different food in Korea tasted from food in NY.
I got the usual tomato basil pasta dish, and he ate a creamy something, something (I don’t like creamy sauces…). What was super interesting though was the texture of the noodle. I don’t want to generalize but I said that these noodles tasted much chewier in a really strange way, and he said “Reallyyyy?”— the texture was so weird that I couldn’t decide if I liked it or disliked it. You know when you’re having that thought? And even though you finish the whole thing anyway, you’re still confused? But that if you ate everything, it must’ve been good? Yeah, me neither.
Then he also ordered a whole pie of pizza with four different toppings. it came out a lot thinner than a regular NY pie, so obviously it justified me eating like five, six slices (like a lady).
Look at the tomatoes! They look so silly like that, haha. It was actually really good. But, still, nothing beats New York pizza, I’m sorry.
Overall, it was a nice meal— it was interesting to see Korea’s take on international cuisine. I fell in love with the huge wall posters of Audrey Hepburn (I had to explain to SHS who that was…) throughout the place, and it was definitely “higher class” than most restaurants in Korea— simply because:
1. We had a placemat.
2. Our eating utensils were placed on a napkin.
3. Our water glasses were periodically filled up for us.
For those celebrating the recently passed Korean Thanksgiving (추석, Chuseok), one popular family activity is eating rice cakes! In my family, however, we always like to make things from scratch. Here are some of the rice cakes we made:
My mom made the dough and inside filling, my 12-year-old sister (Glory) assembled the dough and filling, and I did the decorations! We made rice cakes in the shape of pumpkins and flowers, and even just plain, flat rectangles with falling leaves.
All the colors are naturally added, by the way—no artificial coloring at all! This activity made me super excited for the traditional Thanksgiving celebrated in the United States that’s coming up. My household definitely goes full out during the American version of Thanksgiving more so than the Korean Thanksgiving.
Anyway, happy Fall!
Cheap Chic: H&M, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe
Pricier Palate: Zara, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Romeo & Juliet
The cheaper choices have trendy, affordable options. The pricier ones generally have better material quality and will last much, much longer!