The Perfect Fall/Winter Hair: Nelson J Salon’s BRONDE


Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. For many of you, that means sweater weather, boots and warm colors. But for those of you who are tired of dark and gloomy and are looking for a pop of color in your look, we suggest you use your hair.

Nelson Chan, the owner of Nelson J Salon, has brought together a number of looks perfect for the Fall/Winter season. Trust me when I say these are not your average cold weather hair colors. These hairstyles are sure to turn heads, while maintaining the warm feeling associated with the seasons. My favorite? Bronde.

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Bronde is a darker take on a blonde look first made popular by Victoria Secret supermodel, Giselle Bundchen.

“With a medium to dark base, boomerang-shaped blonde slices are scattered strategically around the eyes, cheekbones and neckline to add a bit of drama to what might otherwise be a basic brown. Placement is key, and the effect is more abstract than one which merely mimics nature. For instance, Chan does not place blonde highlights on the top of the head or parting, where in real life sunlight would fall and lighten locks. “Bronde” is an elegant, witty reimagining of how a worldly brunette might experience a last flicker of lingering summer as the seasons shift to darker days ahead.”

Clearly, Bronde strives to show the dark, warm colors of fall and winter with a lasting reminder of summer. The effect is a gorgeous Fall/Winter hairstyle that stands out brilliantly in comparison to the dark shades that are sure to pop up this season.

Upon first glance, I fell in love with this look. Would it truly look as good in person? I went to go find out for myself.






Before shot of my hair

You may think you know good customer service, but you truly haven’t experienced anything unless you’ve stepped inside Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills.

I was a little apprehensive about the idea of walking out of a salon with giant chunks of blond in my hair, but a after few minutes of looking around, all apprehension disappeared. Everyone clearly knew what they were doing and more importantly, they were determined to do a good job.

I was greeted at the door by a friendly receptionist who gave me a tour of the salon which not only only offers hair service, they also do nails and makeup. After a greeting from all of the staff members and offers of refreshment, I finally met the famed Nelson Chan.

“Back in Hong Kong, I was just a shampoo boy having fun,” Chan reflected as he began working on my hair. He laughed and added, “My first hair cut took my three hours. I didn’t even finish.”

Well he has certainly come a long way since his days in Hong Kong. His salon has become one of the leading salons in Los Angeles. His work is so sought after that he is often summoned to celebrity homes and movie sets. His client list includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Paula Abdul, Devon Aoki, Christina Applegate, Sarah Michelle Geller and Maggie Q.

“We mainly have celebrities, professionals and house wives.” Chan added before he showed me, step by step, what he was going to do with my hair.





In fact, there wasn’t a single moment during the entire visit where I wasn’t informed exactly what was going on. I was constantly asked if I was comfortable enough and it was obvious that the staff paid very close attention to every customer no matter how many there were. Chan confirmed that his staff members are thoroughly trained and are even taught new and updated techniques throughout their time working for him.

As the dye was washed off my hair by a staff member (who had the hands of an angel!), I noticed a customer in the middle of a deep conversation with her manicurist. It’s easy to see how this could happen– the staff made the environment extremely comfortable and welcoming to all the customers.

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By the time Chan was blow drying and curling my hair, any bit of apprehension was completely replaced with excitement. I had just witnessed 3 other girls walk out of the salon with giant smiles and I was confident that I would soon join them.

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Before and After.

Before and After.

Just as I had expected, my hair came out beautiful and has been eye catching enough to be a fashion accessory all on its own. The prices in Nelson J Salon can run a bit high, but it’s clear that you’re paying for an experience and for people who genuinely care . Best of all, you’re surrounded by people who sincerely seem to enjoy their work.

Ready to try out this perfect Fall/Winter hair for yourself? Check out the official website and schedule your appointment today.



Feature image courtesy of Nelson J Salon. 


What Would You Change About Your Body? Adults and Children Respond Drastically Different


If you were asked to change one thing about your body, what would you say? Would you want to lose those stretch marks you picked up from pregnancy? Or maybe you’d like to lose the 15 pounds you picked up from freshman year? What about your shoulders, hair, feet, smile, eye shape, butt and muscles? By the time you’ve thought about every little physical trait you’d like to improve, you may be wondering if it’s even possible for you to choose just one thing to change.

Unfortunately, this desire to change our body is quite common for many of us. After all, we’re constantly surrounded by media telling us the “ideal” way to look and the hundred ways we aren’t the ideal.

So that begs the question: When did we begin living in a world of counting flaws? We couldn’t have been born this way, right?

JubileeProject went ahead and conducted an experiment to find out. They gathered 50 people– both children and adults– and asked them what they would like to change about their body. The results? Children and adults have drastically different responses.

The description to the video states, “We hope that this video will inspire you to be more comfortable and confident in yourself. Beauty is not about what you don’t have, but about being comfortable in your own skin.”



The official website describes Jubilee Project as “a 501c3 that exists to tell stories that inspire change. We make short films, PSAs and documentaries in collaboration with non-profits to increase awareness and inspire action. Our vision is to produce entertaining content that will empower, enable, and inspire others to do good as well.” Learn more about them here.


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Jason, Eddie and Eric, the creators of The Jubilee Project. Photo courtesy of



Announcing The Performers For Unforgettable 2014


Audrey Magazine KoreAm Journal’s 13th annual gala, Unforgettable, is quickly approaching! This celebrity-studded event, dedicated to honoring Asian American achievements within the past year, will take place Friday, December 5th at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel.

This event is sure to be one of the premiere entertainment events of the year for the Asian American community. After all, this night not only consists of an awards ceremony, a gourmet three-course dinner and a hosted after-party for it’s 500 honored guests, it will also include highly-anticipated performances sure to leave any guest on the edge of their seat.

Check out this impressive line-up:



Yoon Mi Rae
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Yoon Mi Rae, also known as the ‘Queen of Korean Hip-Hop,’ is an American born hip-hop and R&B artist under the new label, Feel Ghood Music. She was named one of ‘The 12 Best New Female Emcees Dominating Mics Everywhere’ by MTV Iggy and has been considered one of the most influential rappers in Korea. Since her debut at an early age of 16 as a singer/rapper, Yoon Mi Rae has released chart-topping albums and singles receiving several awards including Mnet’s ‘Best Original Soundtrack’. Last year, her OST single ‘Touch Love’ swept all of Korea’s music charts including Billboard Korea’s Hot 100 list. This year, Yoon Mi Rae returned to warm the hearts of many with her voice in ‘I Love You’ for the OST of Korea’s recent #1 TV drama, ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’.



Tessanne Chin
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Jamaican recording artist Tessanne Chin, who is of Chinese descent, is most known for her successful win on Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Born to musical parents, Tessanne Chin began performing at the ripe, young age of 6.  Now, she has opened for a number of famous acts, toured for three years with Jimmy Cliff and her debut album Count on My Love was released on July 1, 2014 under Republic Records.



Arden Cho and David Choi
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Arden Cho is an actress, singer-songwriter and model most known for her role as Kira on MTV’s Teen Wolf. In early 2013, Arden pursued her music career with the release of her self-produced EP, My True Happy, currently available on iTunes.  With an active and growing following on her YouTube channel, ardenBCho, Arden continues to showcase her creative and music endeavors.

David Choi is a native Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer. On YouTube, he has close to a million subscribers and over 117,000,000 total video views. David has toured all over the world performing his original songs and covers in front of thousands of people. He wrote and self produced all three of his albums including “Forever and Ever.”





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G.NA is a Canadian singer and songwriter who reached stardom in South Korea. Her first digital duet song with Rain was released in 2010. This was also the year that her debut mini album Draw G’s First Breath was released. She recently released the music video to “G.NA’s Secret” on her official YouTube channel which has over 160,000 followers.



Mike Song and KRNFX
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Mike Song is a dancer and choreographer most known for being part of America’s Best Dance Crew’s Kaba Modern, Step Up Revolution, BLAZE: World Tour, and KINJAZ. He has become an international performer, judge and teacher. With over 30 million views on his Youtube channel, he has established a presence as one of the most recognizable personas in the dance scene.

Terry Im, more commonly known as KRNFX, is a Korean Canadian beatboxer and singer. He is most know for competing in the first season of Canada’s Got Talent in 2012, for winning the first Canadian Beatbox Championships in 2010 and for his YouTube videos. KRFX has collaborated Mike Song to make an appearance on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show.



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The Kinjaz are a Los Angeles-based performance group originally created by Mike Song and Anthony Lee. The group aims to combine theatrics, intricate choreography and comedy to create a new form of story-telling. The Kinjaz include members from America’s Best Dance Crew‘s Kaba Modern, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers “LXD”, and Jabbawockeezs.

Why Have A Book Club When You Can Have An Articles Club?


Who hasn’t heard of a book club? In fact, who hasn’t secretly wanted to join a book club, but never had the time? Well before you give in, we have something that may be just the thing you’re looking for. Spice up this winter with an articles club!

An articles club is like a book club, but instead of reading books, the club reads articles. Think of it as a cozy and more convenient cousin of the book club! One person in the group can be in charge of choosing 5 articles to read each week and have fun with it! You can choose a theme for all the articles from current events, holidays and even Beyonce. Best of all, you can read the articles when you have an hour or two during lunch or as you wait for an appointment. At the end of the week, everyone will meet up and discuss the articles over wine and snacks!

Try it out with some Audrey articles:



1. “Lucky” Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen: The Super Cool, History-Making Sister You Wish You Had 
Discussion points:
– Does she remind you of someone in your life?
– What do you think of the quote, “I think in the fashion and media industry today, there are so many people pretending to be something they’re not — personality-wise, image-wise, lifestyle-wise. And for me, I am who I am. I’ve never really had a reason to question that. I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve never had to ask myself, ‘Did I not get this because I’m Asian?'”
– How does she contribute to the conversation about the lack of Asian faces in Hollywood?
– Favorite outfit of hers in this story?



2. Do’s & Don’ts of Wooing a Girl in This Day and Age
Discussion points:
– Do you agree with this list?
– What are some of your own Do’s and Don’ts?
– Have you ever been burned by one of these Don’ts before?



3. Controversial Japanese Illustration Tries To Show What Type of Women Attract Sexual Assault
Discussion points:
 Do you think the artist was just stating facts, or that his intent was to further perpetuate rape culture?
– Do you think that his intention of showing how incorrect things are justified his illustration?
– Would reactions have been any different if it had been a woman who created the illustration?



4. The Beauty Photoshop Experiment On A Woman Of Color
Discussion points:
 Can Photoshop be considered art as well?
– After reading this, what are your thoughts on beauty standardization? Can the fact that it’s different in different countries make standardization any different?
– To prove the journalist’s point, was there one image you related to or empathized with more than others upon initial viewing? Why do you think that is?



5. 10 Asian Celebrities Who Would Make Amazing Boyfriends

Discussion points:
 It had to be asked: Who on this list would you most likely say yes to on a date?
– Do you notice any similarities in celebrities on this list?



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Spring 2015 Trend: Head-To-Toe in White


For those of you who adored this past summer’s trend of dressing in monochromatic white, there’s some good news! While recapping style favorites from Seoul’s runways, it became clear that the all-white trend still continues for 2015.  There’s an abundance of casual to elegant looks from several South Korean designers as they each revamp the crisp hue with their own personal tastes and inspiration.  White may not be everyone’s favorite, but for those who want to try to lighten up their spring wardrobe to a degree, consider trying out a cream or ivory ensemble instead of optic whites.  Perhaps mix and match all the different gradients of the non-color by layering separates and outerwear for a fresh take.

Below are some of our favorite all-white looks to draw inspiration from.



For the adventurous dressers, check out these structured and non-conventional cuts from Kwak Hyun Joo and Kaal E.Suktae or layered volume with graphic quotes like “Don’t Speak Loud” or “Make Sense Out Of Nonsense” by designer duo Steve J and Yoni P.


On The Left: Kaal E.Suktae S/S 2015, On The Right: Kwak Hyun Joo S/S 2015


Steve J And Yoni P S/S 2015 Collection

Not quite into the super edgy styles?  Try for more contemporary looks with asymmetrical hemlines and boxy, cropped shirts like How And What Seoul presented or consider reinventions of this fall’s beloved crew neck sweater such as this oversized version from pushBUTTON to pair with modern bottoms.


On The Left: How And What Seoul S/S 2015, On The Right: pushBUTTON S/S 2015

Need a dress for date night?  Here are some flirty and feminine styles with more modest cuts.  We love the details and patterns that help the dresses from appearing too bland.


On The Left: How And What Seoul S/S 2015, On The Right: KYE S/S 2015


Feature Image: Lie Sang Bong S/S 2015 Collection
All Images Courtesy of Michael Hurt,



Japanese American Hapa Ryan Potter on His Big Debut in “Big Hero 6″


As someone who has spent his whole life training in martial arts –– it was this hobby that landed him the leading role of Mike Fukanaga in Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas and jumpstarted his acting career, after all –– you’d think the fight sequences featured in Disney’s newest animation action flick Big Hero 6 would seem kind of mediocre to Ryan Potter. But he’s as floored by the elaborate animations as anyone.

“It’s that Marvel effect! Gotta love those Marvel action sequences,” 19-year-old Potter said excitedly over the phone, referring to Big Hero 6’s origin as a Marvel comic. “They’re larger than life.”

Potter lends his voice for the first time to the character Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old genius living in the fictional city of San Fransokyo and the eventual leader of Big Hero 6, a team of super smart superheroes. After the sudden death of his older brother Tadashi, Hiro decides to investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragic accident with the help of Baymax, a healthcare robot designed by Tadashi. Hiro’s older friends, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred, also join the fight in a show of friendship.


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The friends skate, race cars and even fly through the city of San Fransokyo, which is a clever and imaginative mash between the major cities of Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, U.S.A. After watching the finished product, the city itself stirred up fond memories for Potter, who was raised in Tokyo until his family moved back to the United States at the age of seven.

“There are so many similarities between Tokyo and San Fransokyo that when I watched the film, there were a lot of hidden moments there for me,” said Potter. “There were memories of me taking the train with my mom … it represented a big part of my childhood.”

The presence of Tokyo wasn’t the only thing that held meaning for Potter. Many people are already pointing out the fact that not only does Disney’s newest venture feature a multiracial cast and a diverse number of characters, but the main hero himself is biracial.

“If you consider the U.S. the melting pot of the world, hopefully in the future, the media is going to show that,” said Potter, who is of Japanese and Caucasian descent. “This movie has opened doors for more mixed roles for characters and actors who are biracial.” Growing up, Potter would watch TV and notice that he never saw any heroes who looked like him. People of mixed race were not represented in the media. Big Hero 6 gave him Hiro, the hero he’d always wanted to see as a child. Though the Big Hero 6 team includes characters of various ethnicities, Disney doesn’t poke fun at the characters’ backgrounds, or even highlights them, for that matter. “These characters don’t feel like they need to identify themselves –– they’re just San Fransokyans,” said Potter. “It’s just like when people ask me about my background. I don’t like to say I’m Japanese and Caucasian –– I say I’m American. Because that’s all that matters.”


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With his first animated feature under his belt, Potter is hooked to voice-overs and hopes he can join more animated projects in the future. His dream film? Any future Studio Ghibli movies legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki decides to embark on. “It’s so freeing,” Potter said of the advantages voice-acting has over live acting. “You go into that [recording] booth and you don’t have to worry about what you or your body looks like. You can be completely yourself.” The young actor, while he has no big upcoming projects, is currently planning on applying to various film schools in Southern California and dreams of working with Jeff Bridges and Robert Downey, Jr. But Big Hero 6 is a project that will remain close to his heart. “My favorite scene of all time has to be the first flight sequence Hiro takes with Baymax,” said Potter, referring to the scene where Baymax takes Hiro on an adventure through the city and over the clouds. “I think it’s every kid’s dream to fly.”    

The Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Mixes Our Two Favorites: Hello Kitty and Food


November is finally here! Aside from the countless pies you’ll consume during Thanksgiving, there’s another reason for you to be excited this month: November is Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary!

There have already been multiple ways to celebrate the creation of our beloved Sanrio character. Hello Kitty has collaborated with everyone from Vans to Sephora to bring you limited-edition Hello Kitty items. You also could check out Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. This is the first large-scale Hello Kitty museum in the United States and it will be up until April 26, 2015. Most exciting of all, some of you celebrated our favorite Sanrio character this past weekend at the world’s first ever Hello Kitty Con.

If you missed the Hello Kitty Con or simply feel the need to celebrate more, don’t you worry. One other way you can celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary is with the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt.



You read that correctly. This event mixes two of our most favorite things: Hello Kitty and food. For a limited time, various restaurants and dessert spots are participating in #HelloKittyHungryHunt .

Each location offers a limited edition Hello Kitty themed food or beverage item as well as a collectible Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt enamel pin exclusive to each location. Locations include Cafe Dulce, Lollicup and Seoul Sausage. For a full list of participating locations, click here.

The Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt began on October 24th, but it’s not too late! The hunt will continue until November 21st. Be sure to take part in the hunt will supplies last!


Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Collectible Pins.

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Collectible Pins.



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Meet Moana, Disney’s First Polynesian Princess!



Exciting news from Disney! The newest Disney princess, Moana, is Disney’s very first Polynesian princess! Marking Disney’s 56th animated feature film, this new princess will be available to us in late 2016, not 2018 which was the initial rumored year for the film’s release.

And this is definitely official. Walt Disney Animation confirmed the release date on their official Twitter!


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Moana is an adventurous, born-navigator and spirited 14-year-old teenager who “sets sail in search of a fabled island” to succeed her ancestors’ exploration of the Pacific Ocean 2000 years ago from today. Throughout her voyage the legendary demi-god and her hero, Maui, accompanies her and faces thrilling and astounding sights along the way. Many may be familiar with Maui since he is a recurring character in both Maori and Polynesian mythology.

The two directors of the film, John Musker and Ron Clements, also directed other Disney movies including Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

The screenplay was written by Oscar-nominated film-maker Taika Waititi, who was behind the New Zealand 2010 hit film Boy and the 2004 Academy Award-nominated short film Two Cars, One Night.

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Feature image consists of fan-art by johngreeko.

Spring 2015 Trend: All-Over Printed Jackets On The Runway & Streets


This is for all of you who are fans of unusual and funky prints.  Graphic design was a huge element to quite a few fashion designers’ collections during Seoul Fashion Week. From geometry to cartoon style illustrations, there seemed to be a unanimous love for printed jackets.  Some accompanied matching separates, while others stood out against subtle neutrals. Either way, each had an “it” factor quality.  These aren’t clothes meant to be hidden away in the back of a closet, but worn to be seen and perhaps even questioned by onlookers’ curiosities.

If you aren’t quite sure about wearing splashy patterns, but are wondering how to make it work, consider some of the more classic looking designs cut into timeless shapes rather than the contemporary boxy styles or dark on dark to light on light prints.  Multiple bright, primary colors always draw attention quickly, but below are some interesting and subtle versions.  With a busier jacket, you can always downplay the rest of your separates and accessories to let it stand out alone. Plus, it’s just as easy to take it off and let it hang loosely on your arm when on the go.

Below are some of our favorite picks from Seoul Fashion Week and even a few street style photographs of attendees already breaking in the spring 2015 trend.



Kwak Hyun Joo S/S 2015 Collection


How And What Seoul S/S 2015 Collection


KYE S/S 2015 Collection


pushBUTTON S/S 2015 Collection




PartspARTs S/S 2015 Collection

Now for the street style:


Images By Michael Hurt



Images By Michael Hurt


All Seoul Fashion Week Images Courtesy Of Michael Hurt,




Is Your Halloween Costume Racist? Use This Handy Chart To Find Out!


There are endless possibilities when it comes to Halloween costumes. You can be a cat, a superhero, even a banana! We personally don’t care how silly, scary or sexy your costume is, but we will care if your costume is racist.

Many people don’t even seem to recognize when they’re wearing a controversial costume. They simply see Halloween as an opportunity to be someone else for a night. But that’s the problem, you can’t be someone else for a night. As Huffington Post explains:

“Borrowing from another culture is most problematic when it plucks from a minority group (especially one that has been exploited or otherwise oppressed). Using aspects of another culture from a position of privilege is a means of additional exploitation in that it disregards the shared experiences that led to the development of the culture in question and uses ideas and traditions for their benefit.”


And trust us, we’ve seen some pretty insensitive ones over the years. Just check out these three guys who decided to be the Asiana Airlines flight attendants after crashing the plane.





So if you’re confused about whether or not you’re wearing something insensitive tonight, we’re here to help. College humor created this handy flowchart for anyone that can’t figure out if their costume is racist. Check it out below: