Get This Look For Less: Chinese Model Liu Wen At Paris Fashion Week

 

Chinese model Liu Wen is only 26-years-old, but has already successfully made it into prestigious magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar– a feat she achieved during the early stages of her successful career. Throughout her career, Wen has appeared at various catwalks all over the world, including Victoria’s Secret. Liu Wen now ranks as no.3 among 50 Chinese models. Of course, this is a well-deserved title. Not only is Wen incredible in photo shoots and on the runway, she has also gained fame for her simple and stylish street style.

Today, we check out how Wen dressed to impress during the Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015. Want this look, but don’t have the cash to get a wardrobe as luxurious? Don’t worry! Here’s how you can get this look for much, much less.

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Photo courtesy of vogue.com

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Photo courtesy of vogue.com

 

1. Women Idlf Denim Long Sleeve Shirt, UNIQLO – $40
2. Dark Authentic Rip Knee Jean, Miss Selfridge — $68 
3. Women Washed Narrow Belt, UNIQLO – $20
4. Sam Edelman Becker Slip On Sneakers, SHOPBOP – $88

 

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Photo courtesy of Polyvore

 

–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM

 

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Craving Asian Snacks From Your Childhood? Check Out This Homemade Choco Pie Recipe

 

When I was young, I spent most of my Saturdays at my grandmother’s house, secretly picking flowers off her houseplants, overfeeding her goldfish and eating up all her snacks that she would get from Chinatown. I say “all her snacks,” but my grandma really only had two snack foods in her cupboard — one was the family pack lemon puff biscuits, which always tasted dry and slightly artificial, and the other was Garden coconut wafers, which I knew had been laying around for a while. See, to save money, my grandma would buy the wafers in these big metal tins, which would take forever to finish. And for that reason, all the Garden wafers I’ve ever eaten at my grandmother’s house always tasted a bit stale. Still, I opted for the wafers over the biscuits.

I had a very specific method of eating the wafers. Because I was only allowed to have a few per visit, I would split the wafers into individual layers, so that it would seem like I had a whole lot more to eat than there actually was. As a kid, I would do this to all of my snacks, just to prolong my time with them. Sounds kind of silly, right?

But it’s funny how when I share these stories with my Asian friends, nearly all of them reciprocate with their own stories. My friend Timmy from Taiwan would freeze his lychee before eating them like little frozen popsicle balls. And my college classmate Grace, who grew up in Brooklyn, would take Haitai French Pie cookies, eat everything except the middle, and save the center apple pie filling for her last bites. “Always the last two bites because that was how the center fit perfectly into my mouth,” she says.

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Of course, my love of Asian snacks didn’t end as a child. As a college student, the Japanese fruit gummy candies — you know, the ones that come in apple, kiwi, strawberry and lychee — were my ultimate companions for late night studying. A small confession is that I would bring them into the library as well. (An even bigger confession is I’ve prob- ably brought a snack into every library I’ve ever been in — and the culprit snack was usually Asian. I know, I know, but it’s hard to walk away once you’re in the studying groove.) Anyway, any “library snacker” can tell you that the hard part is not sneaking the snacks into the library, but eating them in silence. That takes skill, especially when you’re eating those crunchy rice crackers.

Now as an adult, I still find myself watching TV and curled up next to a bag of prawn crackers or snacking on the latest red bean, green tea and sesame Pocky. To this day, Asian snacks remain a comfort food for me. So here’s my own attempt at recreating that magic with a homemade Choco Pie recipe.

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INGREDIENTS

Cake:
– 1 1/4 cup cake flour
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/3 cup milk
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– splash of vanilla extract

Filling:
– 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff pr marshmallow creme

Chocolate Ganache Coating:
– 8 oz chocolate chips
– 1 cup heavy cream

 


 

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Make batter by mixing dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
3. Fill whoopie pie pan or muffin tin with 1/4 inch of batter.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cakes turn golden brown on the underside. Let cool. (Tops may still look pale.)
5. Meanwhile, prepare ganache by bringing a cup of heavy cream to a boil.
6. Immediately remove from heat and pour on top of chocolate.
7. Whisk till smooth. Set aside.

 


 

TO ASSEMBLE
1. Cut tops off cake so that the surface is flat.
2. Spread about a teaspoon of marshmallow filling on the cake. Top it off with another cake, making sure the golden brown sides are exposed.
3. Place the assembled cakes on a wire rack with a sheet pan underneath to catch the ganache. Pour a small amount of ganache on top of each of the assembled cakes until the tops and sides are cov- ered. A spatula may be needed.
4. Let it set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.

 

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– Story and photos by Christina Ng
This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here

Top 6 Fragrances Worn by Your Favorite Celebrities

 

Fragrance is a strong factor in defining one’s personality, and it can get a little tricky and overwhelming to choose the right scent. We created a list of your favorite celebs along with their favorite scent for the fall season. Hopefully this will guide you in deciding your own signature scent this fall!

 


 

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Vanessa Hudgens
The all-time fresh and stylish Vanessa Hudgens revealed her favorite scent: Aquolina Pink Sugar. Just like the lovely Hudgens we all know, the fragrance balances out the sweet caramel and vanilla scent with a stack of womanly sexiness.

 


 

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Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling’s go-to fragrance is Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum because it was the fragrance her mother wore. After applying the fragrance, wait a few minutes; you never know the actual scent of the fragrance until a few minutes later. In just a few minutes, the sharp and metallic scent converts to roses with a hint of spice.

 


 

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Nicole Scherzinger
Why not find two separate signature scents you can wear during the day and night? During the day, Nicole Scherzinger likes to release a positive and softer side through Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb. Don’t worry– despite the name, it’s actually not that flowery. It’s more of a sugary scent with a hint of flowers which helps intensify the entire scent. In the evening, Nicole unleashes her wild side through Thierry Mugler’s Alien that will remind you of the sultry and intriguing Nicole you’ve always seen from the Pussycat Dolls.

 


 

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Hwang, Jung-Eum
The K-drama Endless Love superstar Jung-Eum Hwang is known to wear the English Pear & Freesia Colonge by Jo Malone, which is the perfect essence for autumn. For those in love with soapy, crisp and fresh scents, this fragrance will keep you satisfied all season long.

 


 

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Lee, Hae-Young
Who would’ve ever imagined she’s in her early 40s? Known for her unique and refined sense of style, Lee Hae-Young is one inspiring figure for woman in South Korea. On her Instagram, Lee Hae-Young revealed how much she’s in love with the elegant and gender-neutral Chai Robert Piguet.

 

 

–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM

Fall Eye Makeup Tutorial To Compliment All Eye Shapes

 

Fashion isn’t the only thing to change with every passing season. Makeup trends also change to match and compliment a season’s color, weather and feel. This past spring and summer, eye shadows of popping hues such as purple and aquatic and even lighter gold shades were a major hit during catwalks and on the streets.

This fall is all about seductive and flirtatious shadows that spreads throughout your entire eyelid with a good amount of moist and gloss. Today, we’ll take a look at different hues of eye shadows that complement different eye shapes.

 


 

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Single Eyelids – Burgundy

For those of you with single eyelids like Ga-In, you should try on the burgundy shadow to bring more emphasis towards the eyes. Whether you’re opening or closing your eyes, this hue will add a mysteriously beautiful look that fits perfectly during fall.

 

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First, apply a burgundy pearl shadow all over the eyelid as well as the under-eye region.

 

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Next, add a Champaign colored shadow above the burgundy eyelid and blend it to create a slight gradation.

 

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Add a touch of pink or white pearl shadow on the middle of the eyelid and the under-eye region to bring a three dimensional effect.

 

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For a more defined look, draw a winged liner with burgundy pencil eyeliner and finish the look by applying dark mascara.

 

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Double Eyelids – Orange

Orange is the perfect hue that creates a softer look for those with big double eyelids. Just the right amount of orange shadow will bring a rejuvenating effect like it does to Ko Joon-Hee, without the need of any additional products.

 

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Apply a beige-toned eye shadow all over the eyelids.

 

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Follow up the beige with a line of a darker toned coral shadow right above the eyelid.

 

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Mix up the red and brown shadows to create a more natural gradation and, starting from the bottom of the top eyelid, apply an orange shade halfway. You may also use any shine or glitter that you see fit.

 

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With black eyeliner, create a thin winged eye and make the final touch with black mascara.

 

 


–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
All photos courtesy of http://tvdaily.asiae.co.kr and http://blog.naver.com

Study Shows South Koreans Consume More Coffee Than White Rice

 

South Koreans now drink more coffee than they eat their staple food rice, according to a survey conducted by the Korea Centers for Disease Control of 3,805 adults, according to The Chosun Ilbo.

According to the 2013 survey, the average Korean drinks coffee 12.3 times per week, followed by eating kimchi 11.8 times, multigrain rice 9.5 times, and white rice seven times per week.

The proportion of rice in Koreans’ daily diet has steadily declined over the past decade whereas coffee-related calorie intake has quadrupled due to the amount of artificial sweeteners in coffee, reported The Korea Herald.

Over the past few years, coffee culture has been going strong in South Korea. Earlier this year, Seoul was named as the city with the most Starbucks locations, beating New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, it was reported last month that Starbucks in Korea costs twice as much as it does in the U.S.

 

–STORY BY REERA YOO 
Image courtesy of The Korea Herald
This story was originally published on iamkoream.com 

Haerfest Will Make You Fall In Love With Backpacks All Over Again

 

Backpacks have a long history stemming from both casual to military use, but as with most accessories, there is always some sort of fashion-focused, mainstream revival. Backpacks generally have most of us reminisce about our early school days or university years of carrying heavy loads of textbooks and papers, but fashion week produced newly inspired designs that work more for style statements rather than practicality. Ultimately, I prefer to find something advantageous to both function and aesthetic, so I revisited the brand Haerfest founded by New Yorkers, Daniel and Tim Joo.

A few years back, I was sitting in a friend’s apartment being introduced to his cousins who, at the time, were in the beginning phases of developing a line of accessories. They graciously shared a little of what they were doing while running back and forth between laptops, working on sketches and what was likely early product development. At the time I wasn’t writing for fashion, but instead science and research so I didn’t think anything about it other than it was amazing to see entrepreneurial spirits at their best. My favorite part of fashion is the beginning, which always starts as a simple idea coated with drive and hope, much like the fields of scientific research. Over the years these two men have produced a luxurious and sleek brand of backpacks, briefcases and small leather goods that outshine the overly sporty styles being carried around.

Their bags are perfect for any environment, and for those women who are enamored with menswear inspirations; carrying around any of their products would even grab the attention of those who prefer more classic, feminine accessories. Created in neutral tones, along with an artful balance of leather and textiles, the most appreciative design feature is their signature single strap construction with a ring and stud system. This provides stability and strength for any degree of handling a wearer may impose on the bag. The use of cowhide leather only adds to the durability, making any of their goods a worthy investment. For those of us who find functionality essential, interior pockets and sleeves offer extra storage and easy access for our personal belongings.

For me, it is wonderful to see the current growth and success of Haerfest since the time I first learned about the brand. My only hope is that their accomplishments and popularity continue to flourish in the fashion industry.

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Signature Single Strap Design.

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The F20 Briefcase — Available at Haerfest.us in green, black, red and blue for $425.

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The G13 Shell Backpack — Available at Haerfest.us in blue and black for $375.

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The G24 Shopper — Available at Haerfest.us in blue and black for $275.

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The Capsule Backpack — Available at Haerfest.us in blue, black, red and green for $395.

 

–STORY BY MIN A. LEE
All images courtesy of Haerfest.us

 

 

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ANTI-AGING YOGA: Fight Aging Without A Single Cream, Needle or Laser

 

One of my yoga mentors once said in class during a shoulder stand, “Do this every day for 30 minutes, and you will see that this is better than even the most expensive anti-aging cream out there. Truly.”

Mind you, this teacher looked half his age. Since this admonition, I’ve used the shoulder stand to end every one of my own classes. The shoulder stand increases your blood circulation to the face, which is a great way to prevent premature aging and encourage a youthful glow. Do the following three poses on a daily basis, along with your skin care regime, and you are on your way to a beautifully youthful and healthy look.

 

 

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Yoga Pose #1: Standing Forward Fold
Stand up straight with open shoulders, legs together, big toes touching. Inhale and stretch the hands up to the sky, gazing up. Exhale and fold over your legs, hands by the sides of your feet or arms behind the calves. Think about lifting the tailbone up higher as you drop the crown of the head lower. Stay for five to eight breaths.

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Yoga Pose #2: Seated Forward Fold
Sit with legs out in front of you, big toes touching. To ensure that your hip bones are rooted down evenly and firmly, lift up your right hip, shift the right butt cheek to the side, and repeat on the other side. (Yes, literally move your cheeks.) Inhale and stretch the arms up to the sky. Aim for a tall lengthy spine. Then exhale and, keeping the spine lengthened, lower down to touch the toes. It is OK to bend your knees as long as you are keeping the spine long and the head is completely dropped towards the knees. Breathe for five to eight breaths.

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Yoga Pose #3: Shoulder Stand
Lay on your back. With the strength of your core and with ener- getic legs, lift the legs up to the sky and place your hands on the lower back. Press the palms to push the back up straight. Lift the kneecaps up to keep your legs energized and straight up, feet flexed. Bear your weight on your shoulders, relaxing the neck and breathing. Stay for five to eight breaths. Eventually, work up to a 30-minute shoulder stand.

 

 

 

Sunina Young (sunina.com) is a yoga and SLT pilates instructor in New York City.
Photos courtesy of Ron Gejon.
This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here

 

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Fashion Trend Alert: Front Slit Skirts

 

Split skirts have been around for years, but recently, we’ve seen them make some major appearances in both street wear and on the red carpet. Split skirt comes in different lengths and slits, but what makes the front slit split outstanding is that it has a classiness to it, even with the same amount of thigh-baring.

It seems that the front split skirt trend has caught the attention of some of our most favorite Asian bloggers and can be seen in Asian street wear. The trend has even been picked up by Asian flight attendants (see below) looking to spice up their bland uniforms.

Go ahead and take a few minutes to look at different styles of front slit skirts and see how you can make the look truly yours:

 


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1. Yes, we all thought this was a dress, but they are actually two separate pieces. A monotone top and bottom, both with front gaps, recreates the original pieces to look like an entirely different outfit with edginess.

 


 

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Photo courtesy of http://www.hercanberra.com.

2. Slits don’t need to be too deep. Just a good amount of bottom skin revealing with a cozy sweater is the perfect go-to outfit this fall.

 


 

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3. Make use of your denim shirt with a distressed split skirt to boast the ultimate modern woman look. You can easily create your own distressed pair without spending a lot of cash on buying one. Click here for the DIY tutorial.

 

 


 

Photo courtesy of http://www.fashionwinsum.com

Photo courtesy of http://www.fashionwinsum.com

4. The beautifully layered line on this skirt, which opens up elegantly on the middle, is the answer to your date-night outfit. It’s the perfect mix of classy and sexy.

 


 

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5. Flight attendants taking their fashion onto another level with front slits. I know which airline I’m now taking when traveling to China.

 


 

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Photo courtesy of http://www.lyst.com/clothing/junya-watanabe-splitfront-distressed-denim-skirt-blue/

6. One slit is not enough. This long denim skirt layered with a white dress is no doubt the winner for the day.

 

 

 –STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
Cover photo courtesy of http://tiaalesewong.com/category/outfits/

 

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Get To Know Korean Model Jang Yoon-Ju

 

Korean model Jang Yoon-Ju, known for her god gifted body and unique face, is not only one skilled and confident model, she’s also been active within the media. Jang has taken part in movies, music albums and videos and even tried her hands in books. Though she was already a well-known model, she regained the spotlight earlier this year when she was virtually married to Noh Hong-Chul on a Korean television entertainment program, Infinite Challenge.

Though Jang’s body is the subject of admiration today, it used to be a disgrace to her during her childhood. As a kid, Jang was teased by her peers for her height and skinny body, but her middle school math teacher, who saw Jang’s potential in the modeling industry, told Jang that her long legs and beautiful Asian facial features will make her an outstanding candidate as a model. Since then, her classmates started calling her a “model.”

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In 1997, Jang made her debut in the Seoul Fashion Artists Association (SFAA) collection and made her first appearance on the runway. At that time, the fashion industry was alternating into a new paradigm called “orientalism” and shifted its focus more towards Asian models. Of course, all eyes were on Jang.

Since then, Jang advanced her modeling career in many ways. She also experienced countless failures along the way, but the process enabled her to understand her identity and grow as a model.

Today, Jang is the host for Korea’s Next Top Model as well as the DJ for her own radio program, Rooftop Radio. Clearly, she’s not the average model and there’s no single way to define her.

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–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM

Top 3 Lipsticks Made Famous by K-Dramas

 

Korean actress Jun Ji Hyun’s lipstick color made a huge hit during the Korean drama My Love From Another Star. But the Korean wave didn’t simply end there. Other lip trends, including the most recent ombre lips, were commonly spotted on K-Pop Stars and K-Drama actresses, which later brought wide interest even within American media.

There are countless make up trends that trace back to K-Dramas, but today, we’re focusing on three of the latest and most popular Korean dramas as well as the actresses’ iconic lipstick colors that you should get your hands on.

 


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1. Kong Hyo-Jin from It’s Okay, That’s Love

Whatever Kong Hyo-Jin brings to the TV screen is the next trend. Known for her laid-back yet unique sense of style, Kong has earned reputation as one of the most stylish celebrities in Korea. Of course, we can’t miss the lipstick she wears in the K-drama It’s Okay, That’s Love.

For those who love orange hues like Kong should try the Armani Lip Maestro in 300 to get that extra vivid and sweet look.

 

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2. Lee Yoo-Ri from Jang Bo-Ri Is Here!

Though Lee Yoo-Ri acts as the villain in the drama Jang Bo-Ri Is Here!, you can’t help but be a fan of her makeup on set. Most often talked about is Lee’s bold lip color in the drama, which is more powerful and rich than any red lipstick you might have ever seen.

The ‘limited-edition’ Seatree-Art Matt Kiss Lipstick: 03 Gorgeous Red is the answer to your curiosity and has quite the power of bringing out a soft, velvety richness appearance on the lips.

 


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3. Han Yeo-Reum from Discovery of Romance

The makeup worn by Han Yeo-Reun from Discovery of Romance is known for bringing back the man that broke your heart. What makes her makeup look different from other actresses is that she looks extremely natural. Of course, the lipstick takes a huge role in creating that look.

The Dior Rouge Baume #688 Diorette is the lipstick that makes Han’s skin look even brighter and softer than before. A touch of the lipstick will make your lips appear as if you put tinted lip balm, and two to three touches will bring out the actual rich color.

 

–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM

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