Beat Those Sluggish Mondays with Some “Lazy Egg” Treats

 

Got a bad case of the Mondays? I don’t blame you. It’s our snap-back-to-reality-the-weekend-is-over-and-back-to-work day. Between you and me, it was pretty hard to leave the comfort of my warm blankets this morning. I forced myself out of bed, got ready, sat through an hour in traffic and, as expected, I was still feeling groggy and quite sluggish once I got into the office. But as I went through my usual morning routine, one thing on my social media feed caught my eye: It was Gudetama, Sanrio’s beloved “lazy egg.”

And as I watched Gudetama roll around in a bacon blanket, too tired to get up, I thought to myself, “This little egg is the epitome of my Monday mornings.”

Soon enough, I fell into the cyberspace spiral and found myself watching videos of the Gudetama cartoon, videos of people baking Gudetama cookies and even a Gudetama sandwich tutorial. The unsuspected cuteness of the little yolk character made me giggle at every video, especially whenever they would draw on his lethargic expression. Ironically, Sanrio’s “lazy egg” had me feeling less lazy and a lot more energized from laughter. In fact, it made me pretty inspired to try out some new ideas for my next lunch.

So if you’ve got the Monday blues, watch these Gudetama tutorials and witness the cuteness for yourself. It’s awfully hard to not smile while watching!


Try this lazy cheese sandwich:

 


 

Nothing screams lazy like lemon cookies:

 


 

“I won’t move” milk jelly:

 


 

Even these sugar cookies aren’t motivated:

 


 

Add some tea, and it’s the perfect lazy treat:


 

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The Best Nail Salon in Korea?

 

I was binge watching videos from a new favorite channel on YouTube, EatYourKimchi, and I came across a video called “The Best Nail Shop in Korea.”

This caught my eye because, let’s face it ladies, we’ve all had our share of salon horror stories. I’ve lost count on how many different salons I’ve visited! I try and get my nails done at least once a month and even then, I usually go for a simple, solid color or french gel manicure. Why am I not more adventurous with designs? While I would love to have more intricate nails, just like Martina from EatYourKimchi, I’ve had too many horrible nail jobs to risk complicated designs.

For instance, I once asked for a simple feather design on my ring fingers and, no matter how many attempts (and I watched her put such honest effort), the manicurist just simply couldn’t draw a feather. I felt bad and I appreciated her effort, so I settled for what she drew, which ended up looking like a glittery rake. See the comparison below:

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The feather design I wanted. Courtesy of Pinterest.

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My manicure’s end result.

Nail’d it? Not quite. Needless to say, I’m still on the hunt for a nearby nail salon that I can trust with creative designs and nails that will last for weeks. Is it worth going to South Korea to get my ideal manicure? Perhaps one day.

In the meantime, Martina shows us her process of getting a decorative gel manicure and why she praises her go-to-salon, Sunkuku Nail Art Studio and its nail artist, Sunny. With Sunny’s clear artistic talent, her steady hand swiftly paints precise details and places minuscule studs to create a picture perfect design. It seems like she really takes her time with her clients to make sure your nails last as long as they should. In fact, Sunny is so dedicated that one session may take up an entire afternoon! Watch Martina’s five (yes, five) hour process below, along with some of Sunny’s notable works of art:

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What are your nail salon horror stories? Would you go to South Korea and give Sunny’s nail salon a try?

 

All images courtesy of sunnysunkuku on Instagram.

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How the Police of Bangkok Inspired a New York City Dress Shirt Company

 

Normally, National Public Radio (NPR) is considered at the forefront of distributing news and cultural programming, not as a media outlet for fashion. But one podcast is beginning to change how the global fashion industry is viewed.  Rather than a constant stream of modern trends and red carpet celebrity drama, which at times feels more like a reality television show, NPR host Jacki Lyden was given the task of presenting the topic in a way that will appeal to listeners.

Regarding her new production, she explained, “We have to do it as anthropology—and more like a salon of the air.  That’s where public radio audiences would come in—in the amazing cultural context of fashion, and as business, diversity, history, entertainment and social commentary.”  Hence, The Seams: Clothing Is Our Common Thread: In Every Stitch, A Story was born, and from its recent beginnings Lyden has used the world as a palette and shared stories that force us to think about fashion as a complex, yet engaging academic conversation instead of an image roll of pretty outfits.

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NPR Host And Author, Jacki Lyden, Image Courtesy Of Apbspeakers.com

Lyden’s first episode on theseams.org pulled us into the streets of Bangkok with entrepreneur Bryan Davis, who credits his extreme fascination with the police attire of the city as an influential obsession that would lead him on a successful kickstarter campaign for a patented dress shirt.

“I was reading about the police department, so I was particularly tuned into the police, and I noticed the police had these awesome uniforms, these really close fitting, sharp uniforms,” Davis states during the recording.

During a traffic stop, Davis found an opportune moment to question the officer where the uniform was from.

Luckily, instead of a ticket, he received an address for a local tailor, “My friend and I walk in to the tailor’s…she’s got to translate.  But what’s interesting in Bangkok is that the police all get their uniforms completely custom made.  This tailor was measuring me up asking, ‘Do you want cuffs on these pants,’ and all this stuff and then he got to a point where my friend couldn’t translate she didn’t know the word apparently for zipper…I want a zipper I’ve never seen that before!”

Taking inspiration from the uniform, Davis enlisted the partnership of master tailor Carl Goldberg and launched the company Teddy Stratford.  Using campaign money, the “Zip Fit Shirt” was released featuring a zipper hidden under a faux button placket to create a slim, stream-lined look.  In order to maintain the high quality that can be easily lost with mass production, all shirts are hand made in New York City with a retail price of approximately $185.

This experience shows us how every piece of clothing we have carries with it some anthropological and/or sociological aspect.  Clothing isn’t only just a reflection of individualism, but part of a giant industry that battles financial and ethical concerns along the way, which is what Lyden’s series for NPR hopes to address to a growing consumership.  As the podcast advances, we aim to share with you more compelling features, and if you are interested in listening in, visit theseams.org to check out the latest aired episodes.

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The Zip Fit Shirt, Image Courtesy Of Teddystratford.com

 Feature Image Courtesy Of Kickstarter.com 

 

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Japanese Blythe Dolls: High Fashion or Highly Creepy?

 

If you’re expecting Blythe dolls to resemble Barbie dolls, you will be in for quite a shock. After all, Blythe dolls are far from your average play toy. In fact, these dolls are rarely played with by children at all. Instead, they are considered high fashion dolls and are often collected and photographed by private investors.

Blythe dolls have been around since the 70’s but they haven’t exactly been embraced by American consumers. Instead, they attracted the eyes of collectors in Japan. It is rumored that designer Allison Katzman was inspired by the popular animated character Betty Boop. As a result, these dolls are known for their oversized heads, small pouts and strikingly large eyes that change color with the pull of a string. Despite these similarities, you’ll find that Blythe dolls are all rather unique since enthusiasts are most known for customizing their Blythe dolls and turning them into collectible, high fashion works of art.

Of course, we can’t say these dolls are for everyone. Despite their popularity in Japan, there has always been an eeriness to Blythe dolls that have generally made the public rather uncomfortable. Maybe it’s their lifelike features that make them so taboo or their massive marble eyes that seem to peer into your soul. I don’t know the answer, but I do know that these dolls are some of the most expensive dolls in the world. Ranging from sixty to several thousand dollars, these collectibles are not to be taken lightly. Some might find this a strange hobby, but in a weird way they are quite beautiful. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So what do you think? Are Blythe dolls creepy or couture?

 

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First Look at Olivia Munn as Psylocke in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

 

Have we mentioned how excited we are about Audrey cover girl, Olivia Munn, playing Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse?

Luckily for us, we’ve already seen a glimpse of Munn preparing for her role. Psylocke, a mutant with both telekinetic and telepathic abilities, is also an incredibly skilled fighter. This seems to be no issue for Munn who released an Instagram video last month to show her sword-fighting skills.

But if you thought that was exciting, it’s nothing compared to the new issue of Entertainment Weekly which provided our first official look at X-Men: Apocalypse. The cover features Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Olivia Munn rocking purple hair as Psylocke.

 

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What’s even more adorable is that Munn is just as excited as we are for her new role.

“It’s one of the coolest things,” Munn said at the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con. “It really doesn’t feel real. It’s a very cliché thing to say, but it’s just a really surreal thing when you’re on set. I try not to mess up anything or touch anything, don’t break anything because they’re going to ask you to leave. It’s this feeling of very surreal and temporary in a way, if that makes sense. Like a dream.”

And before anyone could mention Munn’s outfit showing off quite a bit of skin, she beat them to the punch. She has openly admitted that Psylocke’s outfit is rather “sexual,” but points out that wanting to look sexy does not take away from her character’s strength.

“The thing about that is that it doesn’t matter what I’m wearing as long as we’re all aware of who she is,” Munn explained. “She’s very strong and she’s very lethal and she’s very powerful, and it doesn’t really matter what she’s wearing as long as you have that strength and that presence.”

Of course, even with all her character’s strength, the outfit does get her into tight spots. Literally. “Now it fits like a glove, but it’s kind of hard because there’s been times where I’m pulling and it pops like a balloon, which did happen day one,” she revealed.

Hang in there, Olivia!

 

 

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Sunita Williams Is the Only Female Astronaut Chosen by NASA for History-Making Mission

 

NASA announced last week that Indian-Slovene American astronaut Sunita Williams has been selected to be on the first team of four astronauts to fly the next generation of commercial crew vehicles. Williams joins Eric Boe, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley as “space pioneers” in an effort to meet NASA’s goal of “sending humans farther into the solar system than ever before.”

From left to right: Douglas Hurley, Eric Boe, Robert Behnken and Sunita Williams - photo courtesy of blogs.nasa.gov

From left to right: Douglas Hurley, Eric Boe, Robert Behnken and Sunita Williams – photo courtesy of blogs.nasa.gov

“These distinguished, veteran astronauts are blazing a new trail, a trail that will one day land them in the history book and Americans on the surface of Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden in a blog post announcing the selection.

The commercial crew program seeks to send astronauts to deep space by the 2030s on privately built spacecrafts. The four astronauts will begin flight testing early 2017. They will work closely with Boeing and SpaceX to understand the designs and operations and help develop transportation systems to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

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Williams, a U. S. Navy officer, received her commission in the Navy in May 1987. She became a helicopter pilot, logging more than 3,000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircrafts. Williams was chosen for the astronaut program in 1998. She has since spent 322 days in space on two shuttle missions and holds the records for total spacewalks by a woman (seven) and the most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours and 40 minutes). Williams now ranks sixth on the all-time U.S. endurance list and second all-time for female astronauts.

Click on the link to find out more about NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and check out the Launching for America videos to meet the crew. Here’s the introduction video, complete with epic music:

Feature photo courtesy of NASA.

 

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Top Stories of the Week: Korean Summer Fashion & The Cutest Macarons You’ve Ever Seen

1) Comic Strip Shows Just How Uncomfortable Asian Fetishism Makes Us Feel [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

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2) Top Korean Fashion Trends You Need in Your Summer Wardrobe [READ HERE]

 

 

 


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3) Honey & Butter Macarons Are Irresistibly Cute & Delicious [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

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4) 5 Unique Cafés You Must Visit in Asia [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 


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5) Kids Eat Kimchi for the Very First Time [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

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7 Affordable Makeup Products That Won’t Melt off Your Face This Summer

 

Makeup is an interesting thing. What may work one day, can be your nightmare the next. This is certainly true when it comes to makeup in California summers. I can walk out of my house with my makeup looking amazing and return home looking like a hot mess.

When temperatures start to increase, you can’t help but sweat. You don’t need me to tell you that when you wear makeup and it ends up just wiping off,  it can be very frustrating. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve found effective (and affordable) products that will help you keep your flawless makeup all day long.

 


 

1. Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer ($6.49)

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Photo Via ulta.com

Primers are an essential factor in having long lasting makeup. For summer in particular, matte primers are the way to go. Primers are the foundation to your makeup routine and without it, your makeup will be slipping and sliding all over your face within an hour. Now Rimmel London wins in my book because it is not only a very affordable brand, it is also very reliable. Due to the fact that this primer is matte, it will keep your face shine free all day. If you have oily skin, just use a little bit over your T-Zone and it should give you a smooth, clean finish.

 


 

2. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara ($7.99)

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Photo Via boots.com

When you think of mascara, you probably think of eyelashes, but Maybelline has branched out and created a new line of eyebrow mascaras. During the summer, this is a great product to use over your wax or powder brow kit because it will give your eyebrows a more natural look, and it will also set them in place all day. Now if you get sweaty in the hot sun, you don’t need to worry about wiping off your brows.

 


 

3. Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner – Everlast ($5.19)

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Photo Via Milanicosmetics.com

Liquid eyeliners are always a smarter choice over the summer because they are not wax-based and will lessen the chance of getting “raccoon eyes.” However, some liquid liners can still wipe off by perspiration or oily skin. Milani’s Infinite Liquid Liner is a great option because it is waterproof and lasts a full 24 hours. I have been using this product for years and no matter how much I sweat, my liquid liner will stay in place.

 


 

4. L’Oreal Paris Double Extend Waterproof Mascara ($9.99)

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Photo Via Blog.transfashions.com

Voted by Totalbeauty 2015 as one of the best waterproof mascaras, L’Oreal Paris Double Extend Waterproof Mascara is an amazing product to use specifically in the summer. With products like mascara or eyeliner, waterproof is always a plus. This is because the agent that makes the mascara water resistant is wax. This is a perfect option for summer because the wax helps to hold the curl of the lashes longer than a standard mascara would. Therefore, your eyelashes be clump free, smudge-proof and will look even better than usual.

 


 

5. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream ($6.29)

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Photo Via Ulta.com

This particular BB cream is a perfect summer option because it serves many purposes. Where foundations can feel cakey and heavy, this product is extremely fresh and lightweight. It doesn’t clog your pores and has SPF 30 sun protection inside. Skincare is very important and having too much sun exposure can be harmful for your face. That is why this is a great alternative because you can have two in one.

 


 

6. Korres Lip Butter ($12)

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Photo Via Korresusa.com

Putting on lip gloss or lipstick on a hot day can feel like you’re rubbing maple syrup all over your mouth. That’s where Korres Lip Butter come in. It is not only a brand dedicated to quality and natural ingredients, it is also very gentle and moisturizing. Korres focuses on lotions and skincare. That is why the lip butter is a great choice because not only does it keep your lips hydrated all day, it provides the moisture of a chapstick and the pigment of a lipstick.

 


 

7. L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray ($13.79)

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Photo Via Lorealparisusa.com

While primer serves as a base, the Infallible Makeup Setting Spray is what is used as the final, most important top coat. Your makeup can look amazing, but if you do not finish your routine with setting spray, then it will all wipe off within a few hours. The Infallible Setting Spray beats other setting sprays because it is both affordable and effective. It keeps your make up lasting all day and does not make your skin oily.

 


 

There are many different makeup products out there, but if you are looking for products that are both effective and wallet-friendly, then these are my top recommendations for a melt-free summer!

 

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Disney Fans Get Ready! New Shanghai Park is Set to Open Early 2016

 

On Wednesday, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger unveiled plans for its first theme park in China. The new $5.5 billion estate will open in Shanghai and Iger recently revealed the impressive scale model of the park.

The resort will include two hotels, a dining and entertainment district, Disneytown, Wishing Star Park’s beautiful gardens and six themed lands – Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, Mickey Avenue and Gardens of Imagination.

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Photos courtesy of disneyparks.disney.go.com/

Pledging to make the legendary brand and cast of characters culturally appropriate to the huge new market, the company aims to blend the magic of Disney with the cultural spirit and beauty of China at the Shanghai Resort.

“We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only showcases the best of Disney’s storytelling but also celebrates and incorporates China’s incredibly rich heritage to create a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight and entertain the people of China for generations to come,” said Iger. “We are taking everything we’ve learned from our six decades of exceeding expectations – along with our relentless innovation and famous creativity to create a truly magical place that is both authentically Disney and distinctively Chinese.”

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Photo courtesy of shanghaidisneyresort.com.cn

For example, the Shanghai park will feature The Garden of the Twelve Friends – a nod to the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac. The classic Disney Castle being built in Shanghai will also be the biggest of all its parks and will feature a number of Chinese touches to make it distinctly more local.

This reveal comes just days before Disneyland’s 60th anniversary on July 18. Since breaking ground in 2011, Disney delayed the opening of its Shanghai park from the end of 2015 to Spring of 2016 in order to expand its plans.


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Seeing these plans definitely tugged at my heartstrings as I remembered my own magical memories at Disneyland. Wishing them the best of luck and cheers to many more memories to come at the Happiest Place on Earth!

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Style Blogger Ellenvlora Proves Asian Women Can Pull Off Any Haircolor

 

Trying to add color to dark hair– which Asians typically have– can be quite difficult. I’ve been dying my hair since the 5th grade so trust me, I know.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with hair dying, dark hair and hair dye do not mix too well because dark hair is more resistant to picking up color. However, if you’re patient enough to withstand the tedious hair dying process and your hair does pick up that color, it will be worth it. Just look at style blogger and Instagram star Ellenvlora, also known as Pure Evl. She has tried every hair color out there and when you see how well each color fits her, you’ll become a firm believer in Asians rocking bright purple hair.

 


 

STAGE 1: BLACK HAIR

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Photo Via Rocafox.com

Ellenvlora has naturally dark hair and clearly, she pulls it off very well. Her dark color compliments her pale complexion perfectly.

 


 

STAGE 2: RED

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Photo Via @ellenvlora

As stated earlier, it is very hard for dark hair to pick up color. Red is usually a good choice for a color change without using bleach. However, red can be one of the hardest colors to maintain as it washes out very quickly. Ellenvlora switched up her dark hair from black to red and did a subtle transition in color.

 


 

STAGE 3: BLONDE 

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Photo Via Rocafox.com

This is where Ellenvlora made a big transition in hair color. In order for black hair to pick up any color other than browns or reds, the natural pigments need to be stripped from the hair. Often. this is where most Asian women stop because they don’t want to commit to bleaching their hair blonde. But once you bleach your hair to a yellow, your hair platform will be able to pick up a much broader variety of hues.

 


 

STAGE 4: GRAY

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Photo Via Rocafox.com

Once you bleach your hair, it becomes much easier to lighten your hair.  When Ellenvlora transitioned her hair from a bright blonde to a silver/gray, it gave her look a very sophisticated, yet edgy vibe.

 


 

STAGE 5: LAVENDER

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Photo Via Rocafox.com

Ellenvlora kept up with the latest hair trend when she dyed her hair to a pastel lavender. It gave her a very feminine touch while still remaining fashion forward.

 


 

CURRENT STAGE: PURPLE HOMBRE

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Photo Via Rocafox.com

Having tried so many different colors, Ellenvlora has been sticking with the purple hues and we love it! Not only did she intensify the purple hue in her hair, she revamped her look by letting her purple roots flow into a cool silver hombre.

 


 

We can’t wait to see what color Ellenvlora is going to try next, but whatever it is I’m sure she’s going to work it.

 

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