Korean Street Style

Korean street style is all about unique simplicity.

Before the Korean War, Korean clothes were neat, simple and traditional, but by the 1950’s Western fashion was introduced into the country. As a result, modern-day Koreans have a very unique style, reflecting a sense of individuality.

Below are three very key traits when it comes to Korean Street Style:

 

1) Patterns are a huge trend, from patterned tops to patterned pants.

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2) People normally think of sneakers as workout shoes, but in Korea they are a fashion statement.

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3) Neutral colors can be so boring, but adding a pop of color makes it fun.

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DOs and DON’Ts: Harem Pants

Harem pants are all the rage. They’re flowy like a skirt, but have legs like pants. It’s the best of both worlds, but only if you wear them right. Here are the dos and don’ts of this fashion trend:

 


DO pair them with cropped jackets and shirts. It accentuates the pants and makes your torso look longer.

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DON’T over accessorize. The pants are the attention getter, not the bling.

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DO wear heels. Harem pants can make your legs look short and stumpy, so add height with a pair of heels.

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DON’T wear baggy tops. Balance the fullness of the pants with a fitted top.

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Beat the Heat: Frizz-Free Hair

Tis the season for suntans, short shorts and flip flops! There are many things to love about summer, but sometimes the hot weather doesn’t exactly help us look our best. Hot, humid, summer days are great for hitting the beach, but not so much for keeping your hair smooth.

Although people believe in the stereotype that all Asians are blessed with sleek, straight hair, I know from experience that this is not the case.

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Hair is made up of three layers and the outer layer looks like a shingled roof. When your hair is smooth, the “shingles” lie flat, but when your hair is frizzy the “shingles” are lifted. No one wants to spend their summer having bad hair days, so we’re here to help. Try these steps to keep your hair frizz-free all summer long!


 

1.) Apply a hair mask and relax outside in the sun. The heat opens the hair’s cuticle, and allows the product to sink in more deeply.

Try Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask ($32)

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2.) Don’t brush your hair. Brushing disrupts your hair’s cuticle. Instead of using a brush, use a wide tooth comb, gently combing through any tangles.

Try RickyCare No Frizz Jumbo Detangler Comb ($8)

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3.) Don’t over-process your hair. Straightening and blow drying your hair daily can make hair brittle and leads to breakage.

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4.) Put moisture back into your hair. Frizzy hair tends to be drier, so use natural oils to replenish the hair of its moisture.

Try Moroccanoil Oil Treatment ($14.80)

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Beauty Bargain: Self Tanners Under $20

Now that it’s summer everyone wants bronzed, glowing skin. Of course, achieving this golden skin is a lot harder than it looks. For instance, many risk their health in an effort to achieve this summer look.

One of the largest misconceptions within the Asian community is the belief Asian’s can’t get skin cancer. Let’s clear that up right now: Asians are most certainly susceptible to skin cancer. Believing in an immunity is the main cause that many Asians do not discover their cancer until a later stage.

Thankfully, we know another way to achieve bronzed and beautiful skin: self tanners. Self tanners are a cheaper and much less harmful way of getting that gorgeous glow. We’ve found our favorite self-tanners under $20. Check them out below.

 

Jergens
Jergen’s Natural Glow & Protect
($9.99)
This sunless self tanner gives you a gradual glow while protecting you from the sun’s harsh rays.

 

Nature's Glow
Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion
($13.99)

After two or three applications of this product, your skin will glow. Not only is this self tanner paraben free, bur it is highly moisturizing.

 

 

Victoria's Secret
Victoria’s Secret Self Tanning Tinted Spray
($15)
This super fine mist leaves skin with an instant, natural looking tan.

 

Australian Gold
Australian Gold Faces Sunscreen with Instant Bronzer
($9.99)
Self tanner, bronzer, and SPF 45 sunscreen all in one, this product is a triple threat.

 

The Ultimate Beauty Food: Avocados

Avocados aren’t just for eating anymore.

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Native to Mexico, Guam and Central America, avocados contain vitamins, antioxidants and a number of essential nutrients that leave skin and hair healthy and moisturized. They contain over 25 vital nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K as well as minerals such as copper, potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Clearly, avocados are a natural way to to nourish and better your physical appearance without the harsh chemicals of beauty products.

Check out some of our favorite avocado beauty secrets below!


 

Avocado Hair Mask

1) Mix one ripe avocado, one egg, and one tablespoon of lemon juice.

2) Apply to damp hair and secure hair into a bun.

3) Leave in hair for 30 minutes, then rinse with shampoo.

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Avocado Face Mask

1) Mix two ripe avocados, natural honey, and natural yogurt in a bowl.

2) Apply paste to face, and let sit for 15 minutes.

3) Rinse with warm water.

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Avocado Eye Mask

1) Mix a ripe avocado and aloe vera gel in a bowl.

2) Spread evenly under your eyes, and let sit for 10 minuntes.

3) Wipe gently and splash face with warm water.

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Look For Less: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Everyone has been raving about the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) with its twelve gorgeous neutral shades from shimmer to matte textures. But who wants to pay over fifty dollars on eyeshadow?

NYX’s Nude on Nude Palette ($25) is a medley of 20 neutral eyeshadows and 10 vibrant lip colors, and it doesn’t break the bank.

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Let’s compare the two palettes:

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Urban Decay Naked Palette:

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NYX Nude on Nude Palette:

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Both palettes have similar colors and a variety of shimmery and matte eyeshadows. Would you rather pay $54 for twelve eyeshadows or $25 for twenty? You’re welcome.

 

 

Get That Look: Seoul Fashion Week Street Fashion

Seoul Fashion Week for Fall and Winter of 2014 was hosted at Dongdaemun Design Plaza. With the crowds of people, all the best fashion trends were captured.

 


Floral Pattern

Bold, bright patterns are always on the lookout for a fashion trend, and floral is no exception.

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Floral Wraparound Kimono ($19.95)

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Mirrored Sunglasses

Sunglasses are the perfect accessory, and mirrored ones help bring life to any outfit.

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Quay Mirror Mirror Shades ($40)

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Color-matching

Wearing different shades of just one color instantly catches people’s eye.

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Sheer Maxi Skirt ($29.99)

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Straight Cut Coat ($139)

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Summer Beauty Trend: 3 Steps For BRIGHT LIPS That Last

This summer the new trend is bright lips. Of course, it takes more than  just the perfect lipstick to create lasting lipcolor. Lucky for you, we have some quick and easy ways to make sure your lips stay perfectly bright all summer long. Here are 3 tips for getting the perfect bright lip.


1. Exfoliate your lips before for smoother application.
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50)
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2. Store bright lipsticks in the fridge to prolong its life.

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3. Use a lip liner to prevent feathering and to extend the life of your lip color.
Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner ($19)
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Beautybox : The Most-Wanted Korean Cosmetics Delivered to Your Doorstep

Have you ever wanted to try new products without buying the full size bottle? Are you looking for the most trusted and best-loved Korean beauty products, but you have no idea how to get a hold of them? Well it sounds like it’s time for you to try out a beautybox.

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The beauty box by Memebox brings together products that are sourced, packaged and shipped directly from Korea.

“There are couple of reasons behind this,” The Memebox website explains. “Firstly, we want to make sure that you get the widest choice of products, and that means not limiting ourselves to a small warehouse outside of Korea. Secondly, beauty trends evolve incredibly rapidly, and shipping directly from Korea allows us to stay on top of that.”

The best part about this is all variation between the different beauty boxes. For instance the original Memebox ($23) contains 4-8 full sized products and deluxe samples that vary from hair and body products, to skin care and cosmetics. That’s right, you get to choose specifically what type of beauty products you’re looking for.

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There are special edition boxes that focus on masks ($23), scents ($15), or colors ($15).

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Additionally, there is the Superbox which contains full-sized products and the Luckybox which combines the most popular items selected from previously sold-out Memeboxes. There are even boxes for men ($29).

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Get That Celeb Look: Jamie Chung’s Clutch

Jamie Chung uses her red Kate Spade Saturday envelope clutch ($80) to add a pop of color to her outfits.

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Want to get this look for less?


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Charles & Keith Duo-Tone Clutch
($63):


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Sole Society Korie Oversize Pouch
($34.95)

 

For the ladies out there who like their neutral colors, there’s a clutch for you too.


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BCBGeneration Higher Maintenance Clutch
($62.99)