The Do’s & Don’ts of This Summer’s Bralet Fashion Trend

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Underwear as outerwear has made a scene in the fashion world. Watch out Audrey readers. The bralet fashion trend is definitely taking over this summer!

This trend may seem unusual, but who said that fashion follows the norm?

Below are some tips below on some things to keep in mind when trying this out-there trend! Don’t forget to find a bralet that fits your body perfectly, no one wants any mishaps.


1). Counter the skin tight nature of the bralet with a flowy maxi skirt! Wearing a top that is both cropped and fitted to the body can be daunting. Adding a loose maxi skirt adds balance to the outfit!
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2). Not feeling a skirt? Add a loose factor to your bralet outfit with a long cardigan or kimono cover up!
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3). Want to flaunt your bralet? Try pairing it with a pencil skirt. Remember not too tight!
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4). Going for a more polished look with your bralet? Pair your bralet with a structured blazer.
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Ice Up Your Summer With This Pastel Blue Fashion Trend

Story by Jeline Abutin.

Did you think pastels were just for the spring? Think again. This summer, try the icy shade of pastel blue. This color is definitely trending! Portray your laid-back summer months through some stylish pastel blue pieces. This color is both calm and soothing. It will definitely keep you cool from the sun, unlike a darker color that will soak up the sun’s heat.

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Seen in fashion shows for Prada, Valentino, and much more, pastel blue can be edgy, despite its demure look.

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Feeling like the pastel blue is a little too dull for your taste? Pair this color with bright bold colored pieces to add balance. Want to soak up the trend in all its coolness? Don’t be afraid to wear pastel blue throughout your whole outfit. Add hints of white to accent your pastel blue pieces.

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Hot Summer Trend: Tropical Print

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Despite the cliché, tropical prints are a wardrobe must in the hot summer months. Consisting of a plethora of prints ranging from palm trees to exotic florals, tropical prints may have you taking a vacation 24/7. Fashion-wise that is.

Resembling the Hawaiian shirt your dad or grandpa wore, tropical prints have gone farther than just a Luau or vacation staple piece. They have been seen on the runway from designers like Armani and have been in retail stores like Zara and Forever 21.

This bold and bright print will have you feeling refreshed. Is the tropical print too touristy for your taste? Give your outfit a modern feel by pairing your tropical piece with another pattern. Do you have a tropical print dress and just don’t know what to wear it with? Pair your dress with a simple jean jacket and simple accessories to highlight the print.

One tip to keep in mind when wearing this print for the summer is to not over accessorize. Keep it simple since the print is so bold!

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Put Away Those Heels For These Trendy Slip-Ons

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Wearing your go-to sky high Jeffery Campbell’s can get tiring. Put away those heels and wedges (on occasion) for this trend to try: slip-ons!

We’ve all encountered slip-ons at least once in our lives. If not, summer is the best way to get your feet in these shoes. Comfortable and easy to put on, slip-ons are a perfect shoe for those summer adventures that cute sandals and flats can’t handle.

Slip-ons aren’t just grungy anymore. Designers like Givenchy have embellished the basic slip-ons making them a mature and polished wardrobe piece. However, slip-ons like those will set you back about $650!

Not quite ready to bust your wallet for those Givenchy crystal-embellished sneakers? Here are our top five picks for slip-ons under $100!

 

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1). Topshop – KOOPER SLIP ONS
Price: $85.00
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2). NastyGal – Report Keelin Slip-On Sneaker
Price: $48.00
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3). Vans – Solid Colors Slip-On
Price: $45.00

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4). Steve Madden – ECENTRCF
Price: $69.95

 

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5). H&M – Patterned Shoes
Price: $39.95

Move Aside Couples, Now Best Friends Wear Matching Outfits Too

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

We all know about couples wearing matching outfits, but what about cross-coordinating outfits with your BFF?

Kastor & Pollux duo Bianca Venerayan and Dani Roche are notorious for putting together the most fab semi-matching outfits with each other!

Venerayan and Roche are the creators of Kastor & Pollux, an online store and blog that took three years in the making.

Starting their own business of making accessories and now clothing has skyrocketed the duo to amazing fashion heights: collaborating with Topshop Canda, Messeca NYC, and much more!

The cute and quirky duo describes themselves as “long-lost twins,” which is a perfect description of their friendship. I mean, who can cross-coordinate outfits with their BFF without even telling each other what they are going to wear? Venerayan and Roche sure can.

Check out their blog and be amazed by all the cross-coordinating outfit goodness! http://blog.kastorandpollux.com

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Korean American Michelle Wie Wins The U.S. Open

Story by Julie Ha. 

She did it. Michelle Wie just scored the biggest win of her career.

The 24-year-old golfer won the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, with a two-shot victory over the No. 1-ranked Stacy Lewis.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t believe this is happening,” Wie said on NBC, reacting to the career milestone.

Anyone who’s followed Wie’s roller coaster career, which began which so much promise and anticipation, but didn’t always produce the big wins, will appreciate the significance of this victory for the Korean American, who began playing golf at age 4. In today’s play, the Stanford graduate displayed the maturity of a champion, after recovering from  a late double-bogey 6 on the 16th hole and nailing a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

One NBC golf commentator summed it up, remarking, “We’ve been talking about Michelle Wie forever—the ups and downs … This is a pretty cool moment.”

Wie seems to be on a roll, making her previous, four-year winless streak a thing of the past. In April, she won the LPGA LOTTE Championship in her home state of Hawaii, which was her first LPGA victory since 2010.

Photo via Getty Images.

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com.

Dessert Lovers Rejoice: The Churro Ice Cream Sandwich is Here

Story by Ruth Kim. 

Sugar, spice, and everything (n)ice–Churro Borough is the new kid on the block bringing Los Angelenos the perfect summer dessert: the churro ice cream sandwich.

Created by Los Angeles chef Sylvia Yoo, Churro Burough is a guerrilla operation that’s been around since 2011. Inspired by the culture of Los Angeles street food and art, as well as the idea of serving the masses, the dessert pop-up is raiding the streets of L.A. with its handcrafted churro ice cream sandwiches. Their motto? “Pastry propaganda. Guerrilla goodies.” Now that’s bad-ass.

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Yoo, who enrolled in culinary school in New York in 2007, has been around some of the most intense kitchens in the Big Apple, including Jean-Georges and WD-50. After moving back to New York, she attempted to balance working at an interior design firm and as a chef at Red Medicine, but the pressure was too much to handle. She decided to take matters into her own hands.

“When I moved back to LA, it was the beginning of the ice cream boom, with places like Carmela and Sweet Rose opening shop. Working in pastry, ice cream was always my favorite thing to make and eat. I had dreams of running my own business, but I knew I needed my product to stand out,” Yoo told Chow.

Well, she’s certainly made a huge splash in the L.A. ice cream scene, with some claiming that the churro ice cream sandwich could be the “worthy cronut successor”. The perfect crispy exterior of the flattened churro “cookies,” hugging a bed of velvety, delicious ice cream certainly seems pretty irresistible. Daily flavors includevanilla custard, horchata, Mexican hot chocolate, and Spanish latte; seasonal flavors are orange creamsicle, panna cotta, caramel apple pie, strawberry buttermilk, and peach cobbler. According to Chow, Yoo makes all of the products herself. Ice cream shakes with churro dipping fries and Churrons (churro-flavored macaroons) are in the works as well. (Be right back–I’m crying tears of joy.)

Since Churro Borough is a guerrilla establishment, you’ll need to stay posted on their pop-up whereabouts. Yoo and her delectable sandwiches will be at the LA Street Food Festival at the Rose Bowl on June 28 and at Tasting Table’s Lobster Rumble West on August 1.

Photos via Churro Borough’s Instagram

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com

Summer Must-Have: Origami Skirts

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Amp up the average A-line flowy skirt for a crisp, structured origami skirt this summer!

Flowy skirts are fun and easy to wear, but can get a little repetitive. Take your love of the feminine skirt to a haute and edgy look by getting your hands on a skirt with more shape.

Pleats and geometric angled structured skirts can make your overall outfit polished with a hint of street style.

Pair your structured skirt with a Moto jacket to add shape to your upper torso for a tough but fem look. Not in the mood for too much structure? Pair your skirt with a simple t-shirt to make your skirt the center of the outfit.

We’ve all seen the infamous Zara skort worn by celebs like Kylie Jenner and Giuliana Rancic. Listed below are some affordable alternatives from Forever21 and Pacsun!

1). Forever 21 – Favorite Floral Origami Skirt: $17.80
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2). Forever 21 – Posh Origami Skirt: $14.06
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3). Pacsun – Finders Keepers Last Call Skirt: On Sale $69.99
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4). Pacsun – Finders Keepers Oblivion Skirt: On Sale $67.49
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Jenn Im’s Summer Casual Looks

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Is the summer heat making your outfit choices on the casual side? Not to worry, Jenn Im of ClothesEncounters has just the write mix of casual and chic outfits for this summer!

Our number one fashion blogger on our list of “25 Asian Youtubers You Should Check Out,” Jenn Im provides her viewers with cute outfits for any occasion.

Watch her styling video from her YouTube channel below!

Judy Joo’s Korean Food Made Simple

Story by Ada Tseng.

The Cooking Channel’s Korean Food Made Simple, hosted by Korean American chef Judy Joo, is the latest installment of a culinary television series that previously included Mexican Food Made Simple and Chinese Food Made Simple. Part travelogue, part how-to guide, Korean Food Made Simple sent Joo all over Korea to gather inspiration, from fish markets in Seoul and the streets of Busan to the small islands off the coast of Korea. (“I’ve been to more places in Korea than my relatives, who have lived there their entire lives!” says Joo.) After exploring different foods around the country, she returned to London, where she’s been based for the last several years, to show audiences how to re-create Korean flavors in a regular home kitchen.

Joo was thrilled when she was approached to do Korean Food Made Simple, as she’s proud of her heritage and has brought a lot of Korean influences to the menu at the Playboy Club London, where she has been the executive chef since it opened in 2011. Some of the dishes that appear on the show — like the Spicy Mussels with Bacon and the Steamed Ginger Infused Sea Bass with Zucchini — have actually been served at the Playboy Club. “We also make our own kimchi at the Club,” says Joo. “And we have a version of the Korean fried chicken in our sports bar.”

Growing up in New Jersey, Joo was no stranger to the local disco fries or fast fixes at Taco Bell, but she mostly ate Korean food at home. Her mother taught her how to cook authentic Korean food, but she jokes that helping out in the kitchen as a kid felt more like slave labor than fun.

“This was when there was nothing pre-made,” says Joo. “So it’d be me and my sister in front of a mound of meat making dumplings. I remember brushing sheets and sheets of dried seaweed with oil, salting them and then having to fry them. Then going to the garden to pick sesame leaves. It felt like chores.

“Also, [traditionally] you’re supposed to cook each vegetable separately to keep it from getting infected by other ingredients,” continues Joo. “And you want to keep the integrity of the color, so if the vegetable is light, you’re not supposed to use soy sauce. But no one has time to cook seven different vegetables separately in one pan to make one dish!” She laughs. “So I say, just cook it all together, and if the carrots are a little brown, it’ll be OK.”

She also shares tips and shortcuts for any home cook who might not live near a Korean market. For example, if you can’t find mirin, a sweet rice wine that is common in Korean cooking, Joo says it’s perfectly fine to substitute Sprite or 7-Up. And if you can’t find thinly sliced beef, partially freeze it and cut it with a knife. “I don’t think that you have to be completely authentic or traditional in order for people to get a good taste of a cuisine,” says Joo. “Food is always dynamic. Food in Korea has changed tremendously in the past years and decades. It’s like languages; it’s always evolving.”

One of Joo’s favorite meals to serve at a dinner party is do-it-yourself kimbap. Instead of pre-rolling the Korean sushi prior to guests arriving, Joo gives each guest their own squares of seaweed and lets them make their own. Joo is also a big fan of do-it-yourself bibimbap, where she encourages guests to choose their own vegetables for the mixed rice dish.

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Judy Joo with Seoul chef and restaurateur Lucia Cho.

Though Joo is now a recognizable TV food personality — she is one of the few who can claim to have been on Iron Chef as a competitor, an official Iron Chef (the only woman in the Iron Chef UK lineup) and a judge — her road to success was a winding one. Born to a physician father and a chemist mother, Joo initially aspired to a career in the sciences and ended up working in banking for many years before she had what she calls her What Color Is Your Parachute? moment and began to soul-search about what she really wanted to do with her life.

“My parents were not thrilled,” says Joo of the prospect of her giving up her prestigious gig on Wall Street. But to contextualize, she grew up in a stereotypically overachieving Asian American household where her parents were also “not thrilled” when she only got into Columbia and not Yale, where her sister went. She toyed with the idea of joining the Peace Corps (“My dad was like, ‘Why do you do that? That’s why I left North Korea!’”), but eventually enrolled in the French Culinary Institute in New York. Soon after relocating to London with her husband, she ended up working at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant and worked her way up from there.

But it wasn’t until she got into television that her parents started to understand the significance of her new career path. “When I got invited to the Blue House in Korea —the White House of Korea — that’s when my parents were like, ‘Oh, maybe you are doing something interesting and important,’” she says. “That’s when they realized I wasn’t just a line cook, I guess.”

Episodes of Korean Food Made Simple can be seen on the Cooking Channel, and a cookbook with recipes featured on the show will be available next year. 

This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here