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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Currently Loving #29

There is quite a lot of stuff I've been enjoying lately, y' goes....

1) Samsung Galaxy S7
I've always been an iPhone gal since since around 2007 when the 3G came out. I realized my cell phone co. reward dollars will expire soon, so I decided to finally upgrade my old iPhone 5 to a new phone. After doing my research, I decided to go with an android phone, namely this S7, and I love it! Here's why:
- water and dust resistant
- expandable memory (up to 200G with a MicroSD card)
- excellent camera
Below is an unedited shot I took with the phone...I love the shallow depth of field.
Mul this dish.
2) Spigen Slim Armor Case
A new phone requires a new case, of course. This one by Spigen offers great protection and also has a kickstand.

3) So Ji Sub
I just recently finished Master's Sun with Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin, and this is another Korean show I loved. Part horror (but not too scary)/part rom-com, the story is really quite engaging with some heart-breaking moments. So Ji Sub played the part of the arrogant CEO who eventually changed his ways quite brilliantly IMO. Now, I've been watching his hip hop MVs on's a slippery slope, I tellz yah!
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4) Memrise app
Miu recommended this app to me when I did a post about learning Korean, and have been using it everyday since then along with the books below. Guys, I love this app! I'm only in the beginning level, but I can already see the improvements in my memorization of Hangeul and many of the everyday greetings. Highly recommend this.

Both Madison and Shireen recommended DuoLingo which I've checked out. It's also a good one, but unfortunately, right now, it doesn't have a Learn Korean segment. I've checked the lessons for other languages though, and they do look great.

5) Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence sunscreen
Since getting into Asian Beauty, this is one of the few items in my skincare routine that has become a Holy Grail (HG) item. Most of the sunscreens I've tried before broke me out, but this one never did. I love the texture and it's perfect as a makeup primer.
A warning though: it's not waterproof/sweatproof, and does contain alcohol.
As you can see, I use it a lot that need back ups!
Speaking of Asian Beauty, I would like to take this opportunity to thank and send massive hugs to  Rowena. You guys who have been reading my posts for awhile know that she's the reason I got into Korean dramas. Well, not only does she give me awesome show recommendations, she also sent me this package for no other reason than because she's awfully sweet.
Guys, I am really super lucky to have met through blogging awesome people like her. XOXO

I almost don't want to use that mask with Song Joong Ki's face....

Do let me know what you're currently loving as well:)

Monday, June 27, 2016


I was looking at my closet for clothes to give away to charity when I saw this blazer I've had for awhile but never really wore much. The thing is, I don't really have a lot of clothes compared to other people, but I guess I tend to wear the same things over and over. I do like this piece though:)
Phillip Lim for Target blazer, Forever 21 shirts, no-name leggings, Birkenstocks

Do you find hidden treasures in your closet?

On a side note:
1) Watched Independence Day Resurgence this weekend, and quite liked it. It's not a cerebral movie obviously, but I thought it was entertaining. Too bad Will Smith was not in it, but the new cast (Liam Hemsworth et al) with the old ones (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, etc.) were still pretty good. The special effects were pretty awesome as well.
Rating: 8/10

2) RIP Bill Cunningham:'(
Anyone interested in fashion is mourning the death of this legend. I've seen the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" a few times on Netflix and have watched his slideshows on the New York Times website (with his commentaries). One could clearly see his dedication and love for for his work. You will be missed tremendously, Mr. Cunningham.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016


A minimalist outfit for an easy-breezy look:)
Topshop jacket worn with a dress I sewed awhile back

Monday, June 20, 2016

Inspiration: Lee Se Young

I really love Lee Se Young (이세영) in the Korean series Vampire Detective. She plays Han Gyeo Wool, a tough con artist who joins the detective team played by Lee Joon and Oh Jung Sae after being their first client. Such a cool character. She says whatever is on her mind, can hack into anything, and drinks wine for breakfast...hehe... Plus, I love everything she wears!

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Such flawless skin...sigh...she's just so pretty:)

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 Who's been inspiring you lately?

PS I just recently finished My Lovely Sam Soon  (recommended by Rowena) and lurved it so hard! I also marathoned this one. There was a noraebang (karaoke) scene in one episode that will make you really love this show:)

PPS I'm trying to learn Korean so I can watch these shows without subtitles, so if you're fluent in Korean and you live in the Toronto area (or know someone who teaches it), let me know! Just doing the self-study route right now.

People IRL make fun of my obsessions [aside from my taste in fashion] but when you get to my age, you just stop giving a rat's ass. #truth

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The perfect sky is torn...

 Because acid wash never really went out of style, right?
jeans and shirt from Urban Outfitters, Topshop jacket, Vans slip ons

Have a great day, everyone!

Monday, June 13, 2016

The latest uniform

I've been wearing this jacket a lot, daily. I find it just makes everything presentable, even when you're just wearing leggings and yoga tunics underneath:)

Topshop jacket, Lole dress, no-name leggings, Converse sneakers

Remembering all the victims of the tragic Orlando massacre....

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hallyu Fever

Well, it was bound to happen. When I get obsessed over something, I get OBSESSED. (It helps to have a tolerant husband and kids....) Let us take, for example,  my recent love for Korean dramas....

As per the suggestion of Rowena (Kamsahamnida, seonsaengnim! Thank you, teacher:D), I just recently watched My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.
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Ehrmahgerd, you guys! Love love love. It has 16 episodes, and I watched the last half in two days...yup... The leads Lee Seung Gi (who is an amazing singer...swoon) and Shin Min Ah are just perfect for the parts. I even like the "villain" No Min Woo, who is officially the prettiest actor I've ever seen.
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Let us all bask in the cuteness of Seung Gi....

I am also currently watching Oh Hae Young Again (mentioned here). Very different from Gumiho, and it didn't really pick up for me until about episode 3, but I'm loving it as well:)

So, this love for Kdramas has evolved into other aspects of my life....ahem....

I recently read The Birth of Korean Cool, and I highly recommend. Euny Hong does a great job (in my opinion) of explaining how Hallyu (Korean wave) gained its worldwide popularity. In particular, reading about the han and its influence on Korean movies, and how the Korean government played a big role in the spread of Hallyu were very interesting.

And also, the inside of our fridge...
boricha and a big tub of kimchi (Confession: I started eating a lot of kimchi because I read somewhere it's good for those with acid reflux.)
I've always liked Korean food tho....

Anyhoo, this is how I make the boricha:
1) Roast uncooked barley until golden brown. Boil water with roasted barley (for about 20 minutes). Strain.

 My skin care routine now incorporates mostly Korean brands, with some Japanese ones.

Guys, I'm not the only one who gets obsessive over these things, right?...Right?


Monday, June 6, 2016

The A-line Kiomi

I made this dress for the hot humid days of summer. This is so airy and flowy, that I'll probably be making more of this. The best thing is that when it gets colder, you can just throw some cardigan over it and wear your're good to go!
The Kiomi dress I sewed from Lotta Jansdotter 'sbook Everyday Style with Converse sneakers

 I think this is only the second or third time I've posted pictures here on my blog with my prescription glasses on. I've been wearing glasses for a long time...since the 90's actually.I'm near-sighted so I have to wear them when I'm driving (usually), going to the movies, etc....
My resting bitch face...sigh....I'm not pissed off. Seriously!
Inspiration from the book
Happy Monday, everyone:)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

From winter to...summer?

I's been so hot lately that I feel like we had a week of spring, and then...bam! Summer! I'm not complaining:D

Topshop jacket, no-name tank, H&M pants, Birkenstocks
I hope you're all having a fab weather wherever you may be:) XOXO

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