Throwback Thursday: Get This Kpop Look | Girls’ Generation “I Got A Boy” Music Video

Girls’ Generation fans worldwide rejoiced this past weekend when their music video “I Got A Boy” won the Video of the Year award at the first YouTube Music Awards. This was quite the accomplishment for Asian entertainment especially since the girls were up against icons such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Selena Gomez.

Although there were a number of haters who were ignorant to the success of Girls’ Generation, there were even more fans defending them.

Clearly, we’ve been their fans for quite some time. Today’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to our Get This Kpop Look based on the “I Got a Boy” music video.

Continue reading to find out how you can look like these showstoppers.

 

1. The Statement Head Accessory – keep it cute, but quirky with ears, mini devil horns or spikes.


Locomo Ear Beanie – 6.99


ElSTINKO Como Pink Fitted Cap – $50.00


Pink spike headband – $8.99

 

 

2. Channel some Sporty Spice – pair an athletic piece with a crop top.

Pop Boy Crewneck – $49.00


Criminal Damage – The Criminal Varsity – $40.59

 

 

3. Have some edge with feminine flair with an embellished jacket or top.


Envy Look metal studded denim jacket – $85.00

 

3. Think big and loud: don’t neglect the neon colors or huge prints!


Neon cat ear zipper top – $24.99


Locomo vertical striped leggings – $20.15


Ice cream bar cardigan – $59.99

 

 

4. Pay  homage to Marty McFly: yes, the gaudy sneaker wedges make quite the numerous appearances in this video.


Hailey Jeans Company Lace-up Sneaker Wedges – $32.99

 

 

 

5. Finish it off with funky jewelry!


Pretty Attitude – Spike Choker Necklace – $19.95

 


Neon hoop earrings – $7.59

 

The Ultimate Cookbook: Edward Lee’s “Smoke & Pickles”

Story by Kanara Ty.

We check out the debut cookbook of the three-time James Beard finalist (Best Chef, Southeast) — and yes, it’s a culinary classic. 

When I saw that Edward Lee, executive chef of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Ky., opened his Southern Asian fusion cookbook with an homage to a bowl of rice (“the fundamental Zen of the Asian table”), I knew Smoke & Pickles was going to be something special. For me, a clear indicator of a good cookbook is the amount of personal stories that are juxtaposed with the recipes. This is something Lee does skillfully as he takes us on a culinary journey of personal family stories (with photos and Korean superstitions) and his own relationship with the kitchen, writing, “My relationship with food developed in three stages: (1) as a memory, (2) as a history, and (3) as an ingredient.”

Lee’s voice is rather poetic throughout the book, making the anecdotes for every chapter a pleasure to read from beginning to end. (He was an English lit major at NYU.) One of the more enjoyable stories is from the chapter “Pickles and Matrimony,” where he describes how he and his wife Dianne were accepted into each other’s families through pickled cabbage: his parents first welcomed Dianne (who’s Jewish) into the family after she ate a pound of kimchi, while Dianne’s mother blessed their courtship with six jars of her homemade sauerkraut.

As for his culinary concoctions? They’re full of hearty recipes, all made with a lot of heart. For anyone who loves fried chicken, the Adobo Fried Chicken and Waffles definitely does not disappoint. Also give the Chicken-Fried Pork Steak a try — the crust is made with dried ramen noodles! There’s a lot for the kimchi lovers out there (he dedicates quite a number of recipes to kimchi), including Red Cabbage-Bacon Kimchi and Collards and Kimchi. And Lee is quite open about his love affair with bourbon, including a number of cocktail recipes featuring the dark spirit, like my personal favorite, the Kentucky Mule.

With every single one of Lee’s recipes, you can tell that he put a lot of thought into the process, learning from experimentation with different ingredients. Another thing I love about his cookbook is his non-intimidating approach: he’s welcoming and accommodating — no doubt a reflection of his Southern hospitality. Details Hardcover, $29.95, Chefedwardlee.com.

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TIPS FROM THE CHEF

1. Cilantro stems are edible! Instead of discarding them, snip the stems as you would do with chives, and add them to your dish along with the leaves for delicate crunch and added flavor. You can keep cilantro fresh for up to a week by storing it in a glass of water in the refrigerator.

2. A pinch of salt can be the difference between a good dish and a great one. Slow-cooked meats and stews change so dramatically every few minutes that it’s important to season them right before the dish is served.

3. When shopping for asparagus, be sure the asparagus tips are tightly closed, the stems firm, and the color bright green. Excerpted from Smoke & Pickles by Edward Lee (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2013. Photographs by Grant Cornett.

 

 

 

 

This story was originally published in our Fall 2013 issue. Get your copy here

Steven Yeun Writes Letter to the Thief Who Stole His Backpack

Story by Taylor Weik.

On Sunday night while the rest of America was watching the newest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead and praying our favorite Korean Walker-slayer would live to see another episode, Steven Yeun discovered that someone had broke into his car and stolen his backpack.

The backpack contained his computer, camera, book and notebook “full of my dumb ideas that I will never use.” Yeun, who plays Glenn Rhee on TWD, uploaded a photo of his car, back window shattered, on his personal Instagram account and typed out a letter to the backpack-burglar in the caption.

hey. asshole that broke into my car. I hope you enjoy what you find in my backpack. The computer I’m sure you sell to some other idiot. great. my camera is one of my favorite cameras. it’s my ricoh. enjoy the picture that I took on there of all the beautiful people that I love. but I hope you also enjoy the picture I took of my stupid messy room. you also took my book too, you dick. I was half way through that thing…now I have to start over from the beginning. that’s just the rules. but for real what pisses me off most is that you took my notebook full of my dumb ideas that I will never use. I loved those dumb ideas. it was a constant reminder for me to do better. now I gotta write down all those dumb ideas over again. those are the rules. one particular section had some stand up jokes in there. well there goes my 5 minute set that I’ve been working on about wizards, vertigo and chocobos. you’re a dick. but I still love you.

But seriously though, what kind of a person steals from the guy who plays Glenn?

Vivian Bang Opens Up: Pet Peeves, Emotional Eating And Childhood Memories

HERITAGE: Korean American
AGE: Between 25-45 (who knows with Asians!)
HOMETOWN: Seoul, South Korea; currently in Los Angeles.
CLAIM TO FAME: Bang plays Susan Sullivan on TBS’s Sullivan & Son, the sister to Korean Irish American Steve Byrne’s Steve Sullivan. “Susan is a competent but defensive type-A control freak who is very misunderstood by her family, especially by her mom,” says Bang. “She holds a one-sided competition with her brother, the golden child.”

 

My go-to karaoke song: “Hong Kong Garden” by Siouxie & the Banshees. It’s ironic that I sing this.

Last time I cried: Just now as I’m working on the last day of Sullivan & Son for this season. I get so attached to the amazing, talented cast and crew. It takes a village to raise this baby, and now we have to say a brief goodbye.

What always makes me laugh: Harsh reality. I feel like life is always playing a big joke on us!

My go-to comfort food: Depending on sweet or savory: coffee ice cream or kimchi fried rice.

Last thing I ate: Just now, a Snickers bar to cope with saying goodbye. Ha! I’m an emotional eater; don’t judge me!

A guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: I like to watch double features or sometimes three movies at the cinema on a nice sunny day.

Favorite drink: Currently, The Moscow Mule at Bar Stella.

Pet peeve: Road rage, or when people take themselves too seriously.

Habit I need to break: Sugar addiction and emotional eating.

Talent I’d like to have: Singing or any musical ability. I’m tone-deaf and lack rhythm.

Word or phrase I most overuse: Like. Ok. Oh my god. You know.

Most treasured possession: If there was a fire in my place I guess I’d grab my computer because it has all of my photos and music stored. Then some clothes? OMG.

Greatest fear: Being misunderstood … or maybe not being invited to the party? Which I face daily, ha.

Favorite childhood memory: Playing pretend war with neighborhood friends and hiding out in an abandoned yellow school bus that was parked in the bottom of the creek.

Motto: Get up and just do it. If you fall, just get up again.

What’s cool about being Asian: Family values, loyalty and much more respect for the elderly and their experiences. Also Korean is a rad language to speak. It has many words that cannot be captured in English translation. And the food? Forget it! One word: kimchi.

My job in another life: I’d have probably joined a circus and toured the world with a group of clowns. Oh wait, that is my occupation.

This story was originally published in our Fall 2013 issue. Get your copy here

Girls’ Generation Wins Video of the Year at YouTube Music Awards

Story By Taylor Weik.

K-Pop fans went wild as Tiffany from Girls’ Generation went up to receive the Video of the Year award at the first YouTube Music Awards on Sunday night.

Held at Pier 36 in New York City, the awards show was hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and and comic-musician Reggie Watts and credits acclaimed filmmaker Spike Jonze as its creative director. The show was live-streamed to 215,000 YouTube users and viewers themselves voted on the winners for categories such as video and artist of the year and YouTube phenemonon.

Girls’ Generation beat out American pop icons such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Selena Gomez to win the first ever Video of the Year award for their music video “I Got a Boy.” While the eight other members of the Korean female group were working back in Korea, Tiffany was there to represent Girls’ Generation and accept the award.

“To be here in the first ever YouTube Music Awards is a treat in itself,” Tiffany said, “But to win Video of the Year… this is absolutely unexpected, and exciting and altogether humbling at the same time.”

Check out the videos of their award acceptance and winning video below:

Flashback Friday: Small Boobs Unite! (And Find the Right Bra for You)

I think when I say that I have problems finding a good fitting bra since I am so petite, some of you would probably nod in agreement because you feel the same way. Yes, I have a small bust and I was ashamed of it. Going to bra shops and trying on the smallest size they carry, usually a 32A, and realizing I can’t even fill those up only added to my insecurity. Ladies, if you experienced the same situation, please know that we all come in different shapes in sizes. You are beautiful no matter what size you wear and I am excited to tell you that you no longer have to worry about being “too small” because there are shops that carry petite lingerie so you’ll finally be able to wear a bra that’s the right size for you.

First of all, it’s important to find out exactly what size you wear. Lingerie companies tend to use different calculations to arrive at your bra size, but they always take the same measurements: the under-bust area and the fullest part of your bust. If you personally visit a lingerie shop, ask them to measure you, or for those who are shy, tell them your two measurements and they should be able to tell you your size. If you buy bras online, be sure to check their fitting section since they tend to vary.

When fitting, you should be fastening your bra at the outermost hook because the band tends to stretch overtime and you can move in a hook when this happens and still fit the bra fine. After you put it on, pull the back of the band outwards and it should only stretch out 2 inches. Go up or down a band size depending on how much it stretches out. Do take into account that cup size changes with band size: when going up a band size, go down a cup size (e.g. the cups of 30B and 32A should be the same).

Lula Lu Petites

From left: Wireless Push-up Bra ($36.00); Azaria Bralette & Azaria Thong ($48.00/$30.00); Isabella Demi Cup Bra ($54.00). All from Lula Lu Petites.

Lula Lu Petites Lingerie

Some of you may be comfortable and proud of your petite breasts. You may not want to pretend to have more than what you own with major push-up bras but can’t seem to find small bras that fit you without thick padding. Ellen Shing’s lingerie collection, Lula Lu Petites, feature bras that are unpadded to lightly-lined. Sizes range from 32AAA-36AAA, 32AA-38AA and 32A-36A.

The Little Bra Company

From left: Lucia ($56.00); Sascha ($60.00); Angela ($52.00). All from The Little Bra Company.

The Little Bra Company (TLBC)

For those of you like me who don’t have a whole lot in the chest area but would still love some cleavage, Emily Lau from TLBC has the solution. Their bras do not contain a whole lot of padding but the size and fit are able to miraculously give you enough push for a desired shape. They carry bras that range from 28A-36B in either smooth or lace cups.

Itty Bitty Bra

From left: Signature Bra ($50.00); Bralette ($42.00); Removable Pad Bra ($60.00). All from Itty Bitty Bra.

Itty Bitty Bra

Jane Alden Hodgdon understands that grown small-busted women do not want to be searching the teenage section for a fitting bra. Women like us need a bra that not only provides support, but is also stylish and comfortable. They carry bras in sizes 32AA-36B.

Figleaves

From left: Embrace Lace Petite Push-up Bra by Wacoal ($69.00); Bahia Demi Cup Underwire Bra by Aubade ($82.00); Just Peachy Lace Padded Balconette Bra by Figleaves ($22.53).

Figleaves

Figleaves does not specialize in petite lingerie, but they do carry small sizes, such as band size 28 and 30. They bring together bras from many different companies so there are plenty of options.

Two other stores that you might want to check out are LoveStruck Lingerie and Eve’s Apples.

 

Throwback Thursday: Miyazaki-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Story by Katherine Chou.

 

 

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki OutfitKiki is a thirteen-year-old witch leaving home for the first time to seek her fortune in the port city of Koriko. Her signature black dress rivals Holly Golightly’s, though Kiki’s is far from little. Sporting long sleeves and a generous cut, it billows behind her in the air. Add a belt for a figure-hugging silhouette.

The outfit makes good use of red accents that pop against the black backdrop of the dress. With the help of a floppy red bow and dainty ballet flats, standard bag lady uniform is transformed into the look of an ambitious and independent young witch.

As us ordinary folk can’t exactly walk around followed constantly by a cat (though there are those lucky few), hint at Jiji, Kiki’s black cat and best friend, with a cat-shaped ring. Throw some nautical earrings into the mix as a nod to Kiki’s fondness for Koriko.

As for the broom, well that’s up to you. I hear the Firebolt is quite good.

 

Howl’s Moving Castle

Sophie OutfitSophie is a quiet and unassuming hatter. When she is turned into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste, she stows away aboard the moving castle of the enigmatic wizard, Howl, in order to remove her curse.

While Sophie may not be the most stylish among the heroines here, it is her cleverness and strength that saves Howl from his fate, bringing peace to their land and restoring her youth. Furthermore, she’s done what eludes most women, rocking the same outfit in both her youth and old age.

Start with a cornflower blue dress detailed with ruffles or neatly-lined buttons. A relaxed denim dress also does the trick. A pair of solid brown boots anchors the outfit, saying to the world, “My dress might border on frumpy, but I can still kick ass.” Which, now that I think of it, is essentially a theme of the film.

An orange gemstone is reminiscent of Calcifer, the flame that powers the castle and that only Sophie can tame. Bird silhouette earrings evoke the dark secret at the heart of Sophie’s story.

In the movie, Sophie wears both a red hair bow and a straw hat. If you find the combination a bit overwhelming in real life, you can tie a braid together with a red bow or top it all off with a straw hat in the style of your choice. A boater sets you apart from the fedora-loving masses. Okay, any hat stands out these days, even if it was mass-produced in a factory and not by Sophie’s loving hand.

This is America – even a hat of humblest beginnings can come to be part of an extraordinary outfit. Dream big, guys.

 

Howl OutfitMetrosexual is a good adjective for Howl, a wizard caught in the midst of an epic war, but his life does depend on keeping up appearances as he evades the draft with the help of his moving castle and a series of false identities.

Howl’s wardrobe staples are slim black pants and a relaxed white blouse, upon which he vainly piles layers of jewelry. Evidently he has never taken Coco Chanel’s advice. His jewelry is an eclectic mix of pretty trinkets and meaningful pieces like the ruby ring connecting him to Calcifer. Purists can find jewelry that match his piece for piece. You can also put together a unique collection of personal pieces and those that just bring out your inner magpie.

This is a perfect transitional look for fall. Howl’s patchwork pink and blue jacket is difficult to find in the wild, so substitute with a peacoat in similar shades. As the days get chillier, a frayed black scarf adds another layer of warmth while referencing Howl’s fowl alter ego. In warmer weather, a feathered hairpiece does the same trick. Keep shoes simple with black ankle boots.

This outfit also works for Halloween, if you’re eyeing trick-or-treating as a kaleidoscope.

 

Spirited Away

Chihiro OutfitChihiro is a ten-year-old girl who moves into a new neighborhood and finds herself in a surreal world of spirits and monsters, including the witch, Yubaba, who turns her parents into pigs. Although all the neon in her look may be daunting, consider it an upgrade from your outfits when you were ten.

A relaxed ombre lime top gives a nod to the ombre trend and Chihiro’s colorblock green t-shirt. Fight the heat with some heat of your own in the form of hot pink shorts. Tie your hair into a high ponytail and wind a dragon bracelet around your wrist in honor of Haku, the river spirit that befriends Chihiro.

Finally, slip on a pair of yellow sneakers so you’re prepared in case you need to race against time to save your parents from being pigs. For some especially angry thirteen-year-olds, that’s every day.

 

Princess Mononoke

San OutfitMononoke being a Japanese term for a spirit or monster, the heroine of this film is actually a girl named San who fights on the side of the forest and its supernatural guardians against rampant resource consumption by humans in the Iron Town.

In the sweltering summer heat, ditch the fur cape and hat for a cool, streamlined look. San layers a white tank over a black slip dress. You can do the same, or find a colorblock black and white top to pair with a black skater skirt.

To evoke the necklace of teeth that keeps San’s cape around her shoulders, add a shark tooth necklace. Grab one of the beachy hemp ones you inevitably collected in middle school or go classy with gold. Any necklace with a triangular pendant will do, really.

A pair of white pendant earrings brings attention to your face. The gold trim on this pair works with the gold of the necklace to pull the outfit together. Add a smear of lipstick as red as San’s face paint as the finishing touch.

It’s a minimalistic approach to Princess Mononoke, with the elements of her look pared down to the very basics, but her fierce strength still shines through. And whether you spend your days in a tree to prevent it from being chopped down or just own a recycling bin, I’m sure you’ll agree that minimalism keeps resource consumption low, which is totally in line with San’s passion for the forest.

Although if you’re currently residing in a tree, this might not be the most practical thing to wear.

 

My Neighbor Totoro

Mei OutfitSatsuki and Mei are sisters who move into an old house with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. While Satsuki attends school, Mei’s curiosity leads to the discovery of Totoro, a big friendly creature living in the giant tree just behind their new home.

Mei does all her adventuring in a casual pink sleeveless dress, which she layers with a white blouse. For an updated look, replace the puff sleeves with long ones. Mei is a girl who ascribes to function before form, and she’s all set with bright yellow accents that contrast with the pink and white of her ensemble. While traipsing around the village on Totoro-related missions, Mei keeps her feet comfortable in yellow mary janes. Her yellow satchel frees up her arms pick up the mysterious acorns she finds and holds them for safekeeping.

A few pieces of jewelry reference Mei’s first meeting with Totoro: acorn earrings like the ones she finds in a trail leading to Totoro’s hiding place, and a leaf-shaped necklace that could have been plucked off Totoro’s massive tree itself. Finally, sweep black nail polish onto your fingertips and see if you can convince anyone that you were catching soot spirits like the ones running rampant in Satsuki and Mei’s new house.

 

Of course, these are only a selection of Ghibli characters (or anime characters, for that matter). So tell us, what are some of your two-dimensional style icons?

 

This story was originally published in July. It has been republished in honor of Halloween.

Adorable Engagement Photo Idea: Paint War

Story by Taylor Weik.

Typically, newly-engaged couples opt to send out their “Save the Date”s on fine stationary with elegant calligraphy. Jagdeep and Jasleen decided to take their engagement to the next level by smothering their announcement on a white wall with paint.

New York City-based wedding photographer Amandeep Nagpal of A.S Nagpal Photography, who shot the couple’s messy, bright engagement photos, fell in love with the idea after Jagdeep suggested bringing paint into the shoot.

Nagpal brought his studio setup to the indoor location, laid out cans of vibrant paint and brushes, and let the paint war commence between the white-clad couple.

“I love couples that want to go the extra mile to help create something fun and different,” Nagpal wrote on his photography website.

Check out more of his photography here.

 

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Pottery Barn Pulls Offensive Costumes, Issues Apology

Story by Steve Han. 

Upscale home furnishing and fashion retailer Pottery Barn took its Halloween costumes of a sushi chef and a kimono off their shelves following complaints from an Asian American civil rights group.

Pottery Barn issued a formal apology late Monday and confirmed that the items were removed from its Pottery Barn Kids website.

“We did not intend to offend anyone with our Halloween costumes and we apologize,” said Leigh Oshirak, vice president of public relations and marketing for Williams-Sonoma, parent company of Pottery Barn.

A group of Asian American civil rights activists demanded “immediate removal” of the clothing and request an apology from Pottery Barn as the retailer began selling Japanese traditional clothing, kimono, and a sushi chef outfit that had the Rising Sun flag on it.

“It’s not that ethnic dress is offensive. What we find problematic is packaging this type of dress as a costume,” Ling Woo Liu, director of strategic communications for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, told the Los Angeles Times.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are real people who cannot and should not be commodified as costumes,” Liu added.

This story was originally published in iamkoream.com 

Hank Conger Attends Make-A-Wish Event at Pechanga Resort

Story by James S. Kim. 

Los Angeles Angels catcher Hank Conger joined fellow Angels players, current and former, in participating in a putting contest with children involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation earlier this month at Journey at Pechanga Golf Course in Temecula, California.

Joining the Korean American from Huntington Beach was infielder Grant Green, former Angels pitcher Clyde Wright, former second baseman Bobby Grich, voice of the Angels on Fox Sports West, Victor Rojas and Angels Baseball Chairman, Dennis Kuhl formed teams with the children.

For participating, the kids won trophies and golf apparel provided by Pechanga, along with luxury suite tickets with food and drink at a 2014 Angels game and a chance to watch pre-game batting practice from the field. The children with the top scores won a signed Angels jersey. The main goal of the event was to also raise awareness for Make-A-Wish and the services it provides to the Southern California community.

Conger, 25, is an avid golfer who has participated in charity golf tournaments in the past. While he is able to swing from both sides of the plate with a baseball bat, Conger goes to his normal right-handed swing for golf.

Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Journey at Pechanga golf course is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The 18-hole golf course is open to the public and Pechanga guests, and it is considered one of the top golf facilities in Southern California.