Thursday, February 26, 2015

Korea

This March, I will be traveling to South Korea to visit my family. I was born and raised in the US (and culturally, I'm pretty American) but my parents are originally from Korea and my relatives are still there. I used to visit a lot when I was a child but we stopped going as often when school and life got in the way. In fact, the last time I was in Korea was when I was 13 years old (I'm now in my mid-twenties).
Why am I going back? Well to be honest my grandmother recently suffered a stroke. She's okay now and mostly recovered but it made me realize that I don't know how much time she's got left. We are all certainly not getting younger and our time together may be limited. I really wanted to go and see her and make sure that when it's her time to go (whenever that may be), she will go with some good memories of spending time with her first granddaughter (me). 
Of course, I'll be doing lots of sight-seeing as well - it's my first time back in over ten years! I'm sure a lot has changed and I'd like to get to know my roots a bit better!

Friday, February 20, 2015

What's in My Tory Burch Tote?

This has got to be by far my favorite types of posts to read, to write, to put together, etc. It's been a while since I did one of these and since I've been wearing my new Tory Burch Robinson mini double zip tote to death, I thought it would be a fun idea to put together this post on the things I keep inside:




  1. iPhone and case: My phone is an absolute essential mainly for work-related purposes. I hate being that girl who can't live without her phone but when you work in an ever-changing field, you need to reachable at all times. I have an iPhone 5s and my case is from Kate Spade but I'm due for a change. I like these self-charging ones (also from Kate Spade). How convenient is that?
  2. Apple charger: I bought this backup charger at Lilly Pulitzer and it's been a life saver! I like to work on the go sometimes and this has been great at charging both my phone and my iPad. I've heard from some people that the charging metal part breaks off easily but I've had it for a few months and I haven't had any issues like that. 
  3. Moleskine notebook/planner: I am obsessed with all things Moleskine! I picked up this cute Le Petit Prince planner for 2015 and I've been using it for everything! I recently got this black (non-hardcover) gridded notebook  to write in-depth to-do lists and notes and it's been amazing. I'm planning a post on offline organizing starring these notebooks. Would that be something you guys would like to read?
  4. iPad mini with smartcover: I usually put this in the back zip-pocket of my bag and it fits perfectly! I've been using this for some minor blogging and for work. Sometimes I'll have a movie or TV show playing on it while I work from my computer. It's dreadfully useful.
  5. Aveeno hand cream: My hands get so dry, especially in the winter so I make sure to keep a bottle of hand lotion with me at all times. This one is incredibly moisturizing and a little goes a long way. 
  6. Pen with rubber tip: I really like this pen because the rubber tip at the end makes a great stylus for my iPad. 
  7. Minimergency kit: I've raved about this in previous posts but having a small kit of things for "emergencies" is terribly handy! In this little pouch, you get a bandaid, dental floss, hairspray, clear nail polish, aspirin, bobby pins, etc. And how pretty is the pouch??
  8. Kate Spade wallet: This was a relatively new purchase. I was drawn to the neutral navy color and the cute metal bow but I really like the look of this wallet and the super soft leather. 
  9. Metro card and keys: I attached my keys to this adorable panda USB drive/chain. 
  10. Business card holder: My dad got this as a gift for me when he was visiting Korea. I really like the sleek design and it fits a surprisingly large amount of business cards. 
Next up is my makeup pouch:


Thanks for reading and feel free to share some of the things you always have to have in your purse!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

5 Essential Lipsticks

Happy Thursday beautiful readers!

I must admit that I have waaay too many lip products in my makeup arsenal. I recently cleaned up my makeup stash and I found myself throwing out most of my eye-shadows/eye products but the day I throw away a pretty lip color is the day hell freezes over. I don't know, just something about a fun lippy makes me so happy and feel uber confident! 
I counted up 24 lipsticks and 12 lipglosses. That's 36 lip products (not including chapsticks and lip balms which is a whole 'nother story).
Do I think people need that many lip products? Not at all. It won't stop me from keeping them and insisting that I use every single one (truth is, I don't :/). I do, however, think that I can boil it down to five essential colors that everyone probably should have:



Classic Red: I think every woman should own a perfect red lipstick. Note that not all reds are made the same. Find a shade of red with either a cool or warm undertone (depending, of course, on your skin tone). Personally, I love my matte neutral red lipstick from NYX in 'Perfect Red.'


Soft Pink: Pink pouts are flirty and girly. I love 'Airy Fairy' from Rimmel - it's soft, smells good, and has small gold flecks that shimmer just a bit. 


A "My Lips but Better" Shade: I think this is also a no-brainer - everyone should have a nice lip color that is close to their natural lip color. I love my Dior Addict Lip Glow. I know this is quite pricey but it will flatter every skin tone (because it enhances the natural lip color). For a cheaper option, my personal favorites are Revlon Lip Butters in 'Berry Smoothie' and Maybelline's Color Whispers in 'Rose of Attraction.' An MLBB shade will mean something different for everyone though so try them all out!



Bright Trendy Color: What's the point of lipstick if you're not going to have some fun with it? A fun lip color can be a huge mood-booster! I really love my Revlon Lip Butters in 'Tutti Frutti' and 'Sweet Tart. '



Dark Vampy Color: Perfect for cooler months - my go-to is this Makeup Academy lipstick in 'Shade 1.' It looks red but it has deeper undertones and it's darker than it looks in the packaging. 


What are some of your go-to lipsticks?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Grayscale | Scuba Skirt and Moto Jacket

Wonderful Wednesday, lovelies!




Wearing gray today to match the sky - we've been experiencing drab weather but it inspired me to create an outfit to go with it.
I didn't take too many photos because it was absolutely freezing outside! The snowstorm made its way to the DC area when I took these photos and it was about 8 degrees fahrenheit. I could barely feel my fingers by the time I grabbed my camera and made my way inside. I think I may be insane for continuing to take photos outdoors when there's snow on the ground and the temperatures are below freezing!





Thanks for reading!

Top: J Crew tank (similar), H&M jacket (similar)
Bottoms: H&M skirt (similar)
Accessories: Uniqlo tights (sold out, similar here), H&M clutch (similar)
Shoes: Nine West (similar)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Mile in My Shoes: Weekend

Today I wanted to write a post on how I spend my weekends. I love reading these kinds of posts because I find it so interesting how people spend their typical days off. 

6:30 AM: Wake up, have some coffee with breakfast, watch the news while I read the paper and do some research in my industry. I realize I'm ridiculous for getting up so early on a Saturday morning but I'm a morning person.



7:30 AM: Get cleaned up and dressed for the day. I made plans to meet my friend Carly for brunch downtown and we were in for an unseasonably warm day. I kept that in mind when picking out my outfit. 


9:15 AM: I had a few errands to run before meeting my friend. Mostly just dropping a few packages off at the post office, getting some financial stuff out of the way, etc. 
10:45 PM: I made my way to Gallery Place (the Chinatown Stop). I was a bit early so I walked around the city for a bit and did some window shopping before I got to my destination on K st. 



11:15 PM: Brunch with Carly at Mandu's! It's a Korean-fusion restaurant downtown (I highly recommend it for those planning a trip to DC). I got a peach sojutini and split a brunch platter with my friend. Delicious!
We also got a cup of coffee afterwards (I'm an addict!)










2:00 PM: Get home and start blogging. Usually this consists of taking pictures for posts, writing down ideas, responding to comments, and visiting other blogs. 
3:30 PM: Do some pilates. I usually do this in the morning on week days but since I have today off, I like to take things a bit slower. I watch Blogilates on Youtube. If you haven't heard of her, I highly recommend it! 



4:00 PM: Catch up on some work. I mostly just check my work emails so I'm not overwhelmed by them when I get back to the office. I usually get about 40-50 emails a day at work. It's a lot and I always have to devote a portion of my time to just answering emails.
5:00 PM: Make some dinner and eat. I LOVE to cook and I especially like to try new recipes on my off days when I have more time to experiment. I actually just made pizza from scratch. Tomato and basil - yum! I'm also really OCD about leaving dishes unwashed so I always immediately clean it up after I eat. 
6:30 PM: Shower time! I also go through my skincare routine at this time.
7:00 PM: I catch up on my shows from the night before while I blog again. At this point, I add finishing touches to the posts I have lined up and schedule them to go out during the week. I also respond to comments and visit blogs again. You guys are constantly on my mind :]
9:00 PM: I'm trying to get better at shutting down after 9. I like to just use this time to read or do anything non-tech related for the next hour or so. I'm currently reading A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin. When I get tired I go to sleep. I know that a 10 PM bedtime is super early but I'm an old person with a job - I need my sleep haha. 



What do your days off look like? Do you spend them doing exciting things or do you use them for practical purposes? Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Just the Basics | Leopard Pumps and Chambray Shirt

Nothing fancy today, just a simple chambray shirt with leggings combination, made *slightly* less boring with the addition of leopard pumps and an oversized cardigan




Wanted to write a quick post on something I wear on my days off. Sometimes I see bloggers who wear such fantastic outfits that are very beautiful but... not really wearable for every day. Not that I don't think aspirational blogs aren't great but I also think there's nothing wrong with wearing leggings and a top (that's long enough to cover the not so flattering bits) and showcasing it on a blog if that's honestly what you wear. I often run into the issue of wearing an outfit or even buying pieces that I wouldn't really wear outside of my blog. Frankly, I don't get invited to enough parties and fabulous events to wear things like that every single day, unlike some of the other lucky bloggers out there. Most of my days are spent working in an office and when I come home, I just want to get into my pajamas and watch a ton of shows or movies on Netflix and not think about anything serious. In the spirit of being more budget conscious (especially this month), I'm going to try much harder to have more wearable outfits displayed here. 






What are your thoughts on inspirational vs. aspirational blogging?

Top: Forever 21 shirt, Forever 21 cardigan (similar)
Bottom: Zara leggings
Accessories: Tory Burch bag, New York and Co. necklace
Shoes: Sole Society

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Currently...

Welcome to another Sunday and and a new Currently post where I discuss some of the things I enjoyed the past week. Let's just jump right to it, shall we?

Currently


  • Reading: A Storm of Swords - this is the third installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. These books are the basis of the now world-famous Game of Thrones series on HBO that I absolutely adore! This book is pretty much  the third and fourth series of the show and it's been an amazing journey to read! Can't wait to start the fourth book now!
  • Watching: The Flash on the CW - I am a big sucker for superhero shows and DC comics in general. I really loved watching The Arrow so this spinoff of that show is so cool and refreshing! Also, Grant Gustin is adorable!
  • Listening: Morning Phase by Beck - Beck won a grammy for this album and rightly so, I believe! His work is amazing! I really love that he's not afraid to be experimental. Definitely an album to worth listening to. 
  • Wearing: Covergirl XL gel polish in 'Raspberry' - I wore this in some of my outfit posts and I really love how it looks! It was a great color for Valentines day, and considering that 'marsala' was named Pantone's color of the year, this was rather fitting. 
  • Eating: &Pizza - this is a a pretty new chain of pizzarias in the DC area and super delicious! It's kind of like the Pizza version of Chipotle - you add your toppings and they bake it right in front of you. The crust so thin and the pizza is long and the toppings can be as traditional or non-traditional as you'd like. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend it.
  • Drinking: Our office was going through renovations and when they finished they surprised us with a brand new coffee machine by Flavia (we had an old Keurig before). I quite like it so far and the coffee options have been pretty decent. We can even make lattes and mochaccinos!
Thanks for reading!
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