It seems like every high-profile celebrity scheduled a sweet vacay to Ibiza this summer (Kimye, Bieber and Lohan, to name a few), and we weren’t invited (cry). But it’s OK — as long as we can live vicariously through the plethora of Ibiza-hashtagged photos littering Instagram and E! News, we’ll manage.
One of our favorite fashion bloggers who joined in the Ibiza festivities this summer was the lovely face behind Song Of Style — Aimee Song. Pronounced “aw-mee” according to her Instagram, Aimee lived it up on the star-studded Ibiza beaches with her sister and friends, and lucky for us, the popular Korean American fashion blogger documented her trip through an endless stream of enviable photos. As summer is winding down and fall is, well, falling right around the corner, we thought it’d be nice to daydream about cocktails on the beach and adorable bikini attire with a little help from Song of Style before sweater weather sets in.
Photo credit: @songofstyle on Instagram and songofstyle.com
By chance, I stumbled upon an amazing 14 karat gold cuff featuring a black diamond by Andy Heart and Mirlo New York, and I decided to do a little research about who was behind this basic yet stunning design. What I found was the addictive style blog of Los Angeles-based designer, Ann Kim, whose fashion preferences are a minimalist’s heaven.
Simplicity is a key element that has continued since her very first posts. Her style isn’t dictated by fast changing trends, but rather by her own personal preference for impeccable tailored fits and all things black. If there is one thing I must note, I love that she never over-accessorizes. Kim proves that less is truly more.
I love Kim’s straight forward ensembles. Head-to- toe in black can flatter any figure or skin tone.
Uncomplicated accessories give off an elegant appearance even with the tough details of a biker jacket.
A timeless look that is perfect for being outdoors in the heat with its tastefully cut draping.
Finally, the cuff that started it all. This collaboration piece between Kim and Mirlo New York can be found at Sweetheartsociety.com for $585.
To all of my beautiful Asian ladies out there, I come to you with a serious struggle: My stubborn and inflexible, uncompromisingly flat, straight-as-an-arrow eyelashes. And I know many of you out there are fighting the same fight. We at Audrey just want you to know, we’re here for you.
I voiced my concern in the office today, and I was met with resounding solidarity in the movement against straight eyelashes. Being able to curl your lashes will not only result in beautiful and evenly mascara-clad curls, but it will also brighten up your face, tug at those smiling muscles, put you in a better mood, transform you into a pleasant person, and ultimately make the world a better place.
All jokes aside, East Asian and even Southeast Asian women generally do struggle with curling naturally stick-straight lashes. As a result, there’s been plenty of makeup tutorials and suggestions. So here’s a rundown of the best-reviewed products and tips for you to add to your daily makeup routine that will keep you and your eyelashes extra lifted.
1) Find the perfect eyelash curler.
Since East Asian eyes are usually monolidded, they have a less prominent brow ridge, causing the eye sockets to be less deeply set, according to Refinery29. It’s important to find an eyelash curler that will be the perfect fit to your eye shape, without pinching and missing any eyelash hairs.
Three popular favorites are the famous Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, the favored Shiseido Eyelash Curler, and the latest Bobbi Brown Gentle Curl Eyelash Curler.
Bobbi Brown Gentle Curl Eyelash Curler
While the first two Japanese brand eyelash curlers have been fighting Stick Straight Lash Syndrome for ages, the latter product has just entered the market. Refinery29 did everyone a favor and asked Senior Editor Sharon Yi to test out the Bobbi Brown Gentle Curl Eyelash Curler. Yi explains in the video below that the curler is specifically designed for almond-shaped eyes.
2) Wear waterproof mascara.
Makeup vloggers and beauty experts all over the Internet swear by this simple tip: For beautifully curled lashes with staying power, wear waterproof mascara. Stay away from wet mascaras that will only weigh your lashes down, and stick to dryer, waterproof mascaras for an all-day type of hold.
(In the video, she recommends a few affordable drugstore waterproof mascaras. Out of the suggestions is Maybelline’s The Falsies Black Drama Waterproof Mascara, a brand that was also mentioned in this vlogger’s tutorial. I decided to take one for the team and try out The Falsies, and I’ve been a fan ever since.)
3) Now walk it out(west side walk it out, south side walk it out …).
Lastly, walk your curler up and out as you curl your lashes. Head To Toe’s makeup tutorial above gives a great demonstration of how to curl your lashes this way. This will guarantee a natural curl for your lashes, not an awkward L-shaped bend if you were only to curl your lashes at the base of your eye.
4) Extra tips!
Heat things up a notch — just like many of us use hot curling irons and straighteners to style hair, we can also use heat to give our lashes a lasting curl. Heat your eyelash curler for 10 seconds with a blow dryer, let it cool for a bit, and then proceed to curl your lashes (but be careful not to burn your eye!). Or you can get a heated lash curler like the one used in, again, the video above. And if all else fails, you can follow the advice of one co-worker — use the back of a heated spoon lightly pressed up against her lashes for that desired curl.
Now, curl on.
Photos (in order) via fromheadtotoe.com, girlwithmakeup.com, and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
Gathering greens from her homemade garden at her quaint, new home on Jeju Island, South Korea, former Fin.K.L leader Lee Hyori has come a long way from her glamoured-up K-pop star days. On her new blog, she sheds her sexy pop star image and reveals what’s underneath — her organic, vegetarian lifestyle, her undeniable love for animals, and her insight on what it’s like to be a new housewife, as told by text and photographs.
“It’s been a long time since my friends from Seoul have come down [to Jeju],” she wrote in Korean, in her most recent blog post. According to Korea Times, the name of her blog, “so-gil-daek”, refers to her home in Sogil-li, Jeju Island. The site, which went live on May 29th, has already amassed more than 8 million views as of Thursday.
Scrolling through 20-some pages of her Naver blog reveals photos of her friends wandering the woods, her latest embroidery ventures, her adorable dogs (and her imaginary conversations with them) and what’s on her dinner plate, all accompanied by short and sweet blurbs about her day. There’s nothing glamorous about it. She’s almost — dare I say it? — one of us.
Surprisingly, Hyori has received some backlash from critics who say that she is making a fuss, using her fame to glamorize her “simple” life — a life that many ordinary people lead. Characteristic of her rather humble and honest demeanor that is apparent throughout her blog posts, Hyori responded to this criticism in her blog post titled, “Irony.”
“I am famous, but I want to live a quiet life,” she wrote. “I am living quietly, but I don’t want to be forgotten. I’m simple but rich, and I’m rich but nothing is really different. I confess to my ironic life.”
Don’t worry, Hyori — we’re all for it. Even without her fame and popularity, her blog holds its own. Imbued with an overall artsy, bohemian, hipster-esque aesthetic, her photos tell the story not of Hyori, the K-pop Queen, but a down-to-earth human being who just loves adventure with her husband, friends and dogs. She shares her life in simple and candid terms.
Speaking of her husband, here’s what you’ve been waiting for (unless you just skipped to the photos, because I wouldn’t blame you): the adorably adorable wedding photos of Hyori and Lee Sang-Soon! The two talented musicians tied the knot last September in a very private, intimate wedding at their home on Jeju Island, and Hyori recently uploaded exclusive behind-the-scene photos on her blog early July. The whole affair gave off strong vibes of DIY decorations and accessories — from floral crowns to homemade backdrops — that just may inspire your own bohemian, outdoor wedding.
The caption under this last photograph reads: “When night fell, we were all exhausted. Everything that I was worried about fell away, and after drinking beer, my body just collapsed. ‘How will I live from now on, on this foreign ground bearing my husband’s name?’ I thought to myself, and my heart felt heavy. Then I saw a small light flying around a nearby bush. It was a firefly. It felt like it was the first time I saw a firefly since childhood, and it seemed like the firefly was dancing, flying in between and around us and shining its light all over the place. If I believe that the firefly was telling me that it will all be OK and that I will do a great job, would that be too sentimental? But I looked at the scenery around me, and I realized that there was nothing more that I could ask for. Then, my heart seemed to feel a little lighter.”
Damn. Leave it to Hyori to be beautiful, down-to-earth and poetic all at the same time.
A couple weeks back, we brought you the new fashion trend of the summer — origami skirts. They are the perfect choice of clothing for days when you’re sick of wearing shorts and want to look a little bit more dressed up.
But like any other fashion trend, sometimes we hit a bump when we find cute pieces, but don’t necessarily know what exactly to wear with them. Luckily for us, we found Vancouver-based Ivy Xu that has mastered the art of wearing the origami skirt, and it turns out there are plenty of ways to style it. You can also follow her at her blog here.
Here are some of our favorites:
1. Pair it with a boxy top in a geometric print and, of course, some heels to make the look more polished.
2. Pair it with a casual tee for days when you’re running errands.
3. A fedora, an embroidered vest and a slouchy white tee lends a music festival feel.
4. Going to a party? Dress it up with a fancy necklace and a cropped sweater.
5. Nothing says badass like a snapback with big bold metallic letters, along with a chic black leather jacket and chunky heels to pull it all together.
Yes, I know. The comeback crop top fad this summer is no new news. Day after day, I’ve seen the tops continuously hit the racks at all my favorite clothing stores. If you’re anything like me though — someone who leans toward the “fluffy” side of the Asian figure spectrum — it can be a little daunting to try the midriff-flaunting look.
As it turns out, Filipino fashion blogger and Spanish fashion brand’s Mango’s newest “It” Girl Camille Co, is the ultimate answer to my question on how to pull off the crop top look, without concurrently destroying my self-esteem. On her lookbook page, as well as her own fashion blog titled Camille Tries to Blog, Camille shows us a variety of different ways we can rock the look in a more chic way.
Here are some of her outfits we love:
1. Pair a basic crop top with high-waisted shorts with a fun print, and throw a leather jacket in a bold color on top, for an edgier look.
2. Pair the crop top with a mini skirt, and a loose blazer for a night out.
3. If you’re going somewhere fancy, wear a strapless crop top with a high-waisted skirt and of course the essential pumps.
4. A crop T-shirt works well with a high-waisted pencil skirt; pair it with slip-on sneakers for a casual look.
Standing at just barelyfive feet tall, I have always been envious of friends who were blessed with long legs. In some pictures, one of my tall friends and I even look like mother and child. It’s tragic, really. But the real struggle comes when I go into pretty much any clothing store and nothing seems to fit the way they do on girls that are average height.
Jus recently though, I was looking through the fashion website lookbook.nu, and came across Filipino fashion blogger Kryz Uy. Not only does she have a cool, edgy style, she’s also only 5-feet-2-inches, andmanages to look both stunning and tall at the same time. That pretty much makes her my hero.
Uy has graciously shared with petite fans on her blog, Thirstythought, tips on how to achieve the illusion of having longer legs for those of us who, unfortunately, do not.
Here are 10 of her genius tips:
1. Pointers out. Pointy shoes can elongate your leg, especially when they match your skin color.
2. Waist Line Wonders. High waisted anything will give the visual illusion that your legs start higher than really do.
3. Lines Lines Lines. Just as horizontal stripes make you look wider, vertical ones will make you look longer and leaner.
4. Nude it up. Wear shoes that match the color of your skin to give the illusion of an extended leg.
5.Monochromatic. Wear a single color to lengthen your silhouette without any breaks.
6.No to breaks. Similarly, anything that breaks the vertical line of the body will visually shorten. Try going sans ankle strap to keep the line going.
7. Hey shortie. The higher the hem, the more skin exposure, the longer your legs will look.
8. Geometry. Play with asymmetric cuts or geometric patterns that elongate.
9. Maximum length. Don’t be afraid of skirts and pants that are too long. They are the perfect place to hide high heels, making you look naturally longer.
10. Posture. Stand tall, shoulders back and walk with confidence. The less you slouch your back and hang your head, the longer your entire silhouette will seem.
With the summer heat bearing down on you, it’s easy for your makeup to look and feel, well, under the weather. You need a makeup regime that will boost the brightness level of your face so you can keep on shining all day long — by choice, and not by sweat.
South Korean girls seem to have mastered how to balance the dewy-and-not-clammy look, considering that they live in terribly humid conditions all throughout the summer. Popular South Korean vlogger, Dayeong Kim, shows you how to achieve this glowing look in her tutorial for a makeup routine that she calls “a natural, daily look.” Featured on her YouTube channel, Dayomi page, the video shows a step-by-step rundown of her makeup routine, with tips to follow — but it’s all in Korean. Well, if you’re not a native Korean speaker, then you’re in luck, because we’ve brought you a translated run-through of how to pull off this natural, glowing look in 12, relatively easy, steps.
Here’s what you’ll need …
Step #1:Dab an ample amount of Botanic Hill bob Radiant Youth Ampoule Essence into your hands and vigorously rub it in between your palms. Then, gently press the essence into your cheeks, spreading it around your face in an upward fashion. (She applies this twice to show you how it’s done, but one application should be fine.) Dayeong says this essence gives your skin a sense of firmness, but it still allows the skin to be moist and flexible.
Step #2: Take Giorgio Armani’s UV Master Primer Mauve and apply to your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. Lightly spread and blend into your face. This orchid-hued primer doesn’t clog your pores, says Dayeong, and it provides a nice, dewy sheen all over your face.
Step #3: Dayeong explains the four-part process in applying her foundation. You’ll need Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer (in 7), Giorgio Armani’s Lasting Silk UV Foundation (in 4), Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly Original, and L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Masking Lotion. Using the back of your hand as a palette, dab a little bit of each item into one large blob and blend well. These four components work together to bring out the bright, pearliness in your skin, and creates a smooth, natural finish.
Step #4: Use Bobbi Brown’s Mineral Powder to help set the foundation and keep it from unevenly melting off.
Now, remember to take many moments during your makeup session to admire yourself in the mirror in interesting poses.
Okay, let’s get back to it.
Step #5: With a small brush, lightly apply the smokey color in Urban Decay’s Naked 1 palette for eyebrows that are not too light, nor too dark. Fan out as you apply for an even finish.
Step #6: Next, take your eyelash curler and start curling from the bottom of your lashes to the top in a gradual, upward motion. Dayeong says that since this glowing makeup look doesn’t highlight your eye points, it’s imperative that you give your lashes plenty of support for a beautiful, wide curl.
Step #7: Take Innisfree’s Creamy Tint Lip Mousse 3 (an item that Dayeong says she is currently obsessed with) and dab a little onto your hand-palette. Then dab some Urban Decay Eye Primer, and combine the two together. With the blended mixture on your finger, dab gently onto a napkin, and then proceed to apply the color to your eyelids. Dayeong’s tip: the key is to apply the color, dab lightly, blend out, and repeat as needed to create a subtle pink sheen that delicately fans out on your eyelid.
Step #8: Instead of using a black color for her liner, which Dayeong says is too harsh for this look, she uses a more natural brown hue for a softer touch. Take your eyeliner pencil and use Bobbi Brown’s Gel Liner in Espresso Ink. Lift your eyelid slightly and lightly apply the liner along your eyelash line, being careful not to go over the line. Finish it off by applying a very tiny wing to the corner end of each eye.
Step #9:Maybelline’s Falsies Mascara creates long, rich eyelashes that almost look like false eyelashes. As you’ll see in the video, Dayeong first applies the mascara downwards on the top eyelash first, and then applies upwards, for a more dramatic eyelash.
Step #10: Using Nars Love Blush, lightly apply to cheekbones as you would with any blush for a subtle, but romantic finish. It helps if you smile a little during the application, so your cheekbones are raised.
Step #11: Tone down your lips. Although many people use concealer to tone down their lips before adding color, Dayeong says that concealer reveals too much of the creases on her lips. If you struggle with this too, then use a lightly tinted lipstick instead. Dayeong uses Clio’s Diamond Lipstick in Pretty Pink to create a smooth under layer before applying her lip color.
Step #12: Using Innisfree’s Creamy Tint Lip Mousse 3 again — she did say she was obsessed — smear a small dab in the middle of your lips. Spread the color by pressing your lips together for a gradated look, applying more color as needed, and then dab the edges with your pink finger to fill in any spots.
Throw your hair up in a high pony, and voila, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 … 4, 5 …12 steps!
With all jokes aside, this natural, glowing makeup routine is simply perfect to wear daily. And the best part is, it stays on all day long. Dayeong’s makeup in the beginning of the video was filmed more than two hours after she had applied her makeup, and it still stayed so fresh and so clean (clean).
If you love the spunky and impossibly adorable fashion vlogger, Jenn Im (whose summer casual outfits can be found here), then you’ll love her equally fashionable, yet more edgy insta-sister, Eugenie Grey–because after all, opposites do attract. The chic pair has been spotted gleefully piggybacking each other and hanging out occasionally on Instagram, and just being two totally awesome Korean American trendsetters. I mean, just look how cute they are.
More famously known by her Instagram handle feralcreature, Eugenie Grey often channels a rock-and-roll persona that acts almost like an alter ego to Jenn Im’s sweet charm–but let’s be honest, we all want to be a little bad ass from time to time. So here’s how to be unapologetically “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll” in the summer heat with the 5 top rocker-chic looks by feralcreature. Start practicing your mean muggin’ face.
1) Keeping it Bare
Put away those high-wasted shorts and expose your midriff. The zip-up cropped turtle neck paired with the black leather duo of the jacket and boots give the outfit that bad-ass edge, but revealing the midriff graces the ensemble with an overall soft and cool look.
2) Hang Loose
Let it flow by wearing loosely fit tanks and bottoms. The silhouette of the joggers gives the outfit a relaxed, summery vibe, but the leathery, “snake” effect will keep it on the edge. And don’t put away those beanies just because it’s summer–they give the perfect finish for a street-style look.
3) Black and Gold
All black and gold, and that’s that.
4) Add Some Color
If you need a little splash of something-something in an overall one-tone outfit, then throw a bright flannel around your waist to liven it up and wear lipstick to match.
You don’t have to lose your edge when you put on a dress. Simultaneously gritty yet elegant, this lacey, see-through dress channels vampire-goth vibes, but it will still keep you cool in the summer heat.
Grey, who is based in Los Angeles, is an active fashion blogger, model, and style icon in the Instagram realm. She has been featured in online fashion sites the likes of Vogue Italia, Nasty Gal, and Wasteland, as well as in print magazines, including Nylon Japan, Clin D’Oeil, Disfunkshion Magazine, and Kode Magazine.
In search of a cute heel for the summer that withstands even a New Yorker’s walking lifestyle? Look no further than blogger Kristen Lam’s favorite heeled sandal, “The Warren” by Madewell.
Seen constantly on her Instagram as well as her blog KristenGlam, Lam’s go-to heel is as versatile as it is practical. With its 1-1/2 inch stacked heel, the minimalist, triple-strapped sandal gives you just enough height while keeping you grounded as you commute on busy urban sidewalks or travel through exotic lands.
Can’t seem to find a pair of The Warren heels in your size? Check out our alternative picks below from Topshop.
1. Preeta Premium Sandals: $130
2. Nowhere Black Strappy Heels: $100
3. Heartbreaker 2Part Heel: $45
4. Rose Gold Toe Sandals: $110
And be sure to check out Kristen’s official site here.
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