Wearing Your Style And Yourself With Confidence

To devote yourself to fashion, you have to be able to devote yourself to wearing yourself loud and proud. Confidence in the things you wear and believe are just two parts of confidence in yourself. So how do you live being able to wear whatever you want and believe what you want?

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Don’t judge

Judging is something you’ve already heard about at length. Judgement is a healthy part of how humans navigate danger but modern society is so full of conflicting tastes and ideas that we do it to the extreme. Take a breath and bite your tongue when you think of judging other people. Creating an environment for you to be confident in is the same as creating that environment that does the same for others.

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Wear it proud

The first step to being confident enough to fashion yourself however you want is… wait for it, fashion yourself however you want. That might sound counter-intuitive but it’s a self-feeding loop. Support your beliefs and make your statement, from lip rings to bindis to marine corps hats. Start wearing your identity and you’ll become more comfortable in it. The more comfortable, the less you’ll care about others opinions.

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What is self-confidence?

Self-confidence is a key to being free to do what you want in life. We’re so full of anxieties and unresolved questions that seem to never go away. You need to be able to cut right past them and be confident enough to be yourself despite your worries, not instead of them. Taking care of yourself is key to your self-confidence, too.

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Be aware

We all have a rippling effect on the world around us and our fashion is just a part of that. Be aware of the effects your choices have. Fashion is just another part of the trends that make up the zeitgeist and they do say things about us. Know the kind of impact that fashion has on society. That can give you the confidence to know that your beliefs and choices might have their own positive impacts.

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Cut the negative

A lot of our self-depreciation comes from little inside voices. We are always our harshest critic. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have our real living and breathing critics. Some of them even disguise themselves are our friends. There’s nothing more harmful to your own growth and self-belief than a toxic friend. A friend who wants to drag you down. Break free of toxic relationships if you want to make that inside voice a little quieter, too.

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Take time for the positive

Those little voices can cut in with all kinds of intrusive thoughts. So how do you shut them out? Getting rid of those negative people is one step. Surrounding yourself with positive people is the next. You need to do things and be with people that make you smile. Most importantly, you need to do the same with your thoughts. Even if it feels false at first, start rephrasing your thoughts after you think them to be more positive. Real self-confidence will follow if you keep it up.

My shameless selfies & Interview with the’Instacollage’ team

Photos are reality and reality is just photos… says our generation. #sodeep#notbasic

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(On the bus)

Hey guys! It’s me Konni again(obviously) and I’m sitting around as usual, taking shameless, superficial selfies. But today I’ve brought to you something that isn’t usual at all too-here’s a rare opportunity: getting to talk to the masterminds behind a popular smartphone app.

Being a wannabe techno-geek myself, I got talking with Alex from ‘Team Instacollage’.

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K: Hey Alex! First things first- why did you develop the app in the first place?

A: Thank you Konni for crediting me as being the developer of InstaCollage ;). But, I am not the real developer of InstaCollage. It was developed by my friend, Lavi, about an year and five months ago, who is a passionate android developer and a great one. He developed this app during his college time, but there was no real reason to develop it. I joined him six months ago to turn InstaCollage into a business, which does not suffice with just collage making. So, right now, we are porting this android app to iPhone, which we are planning to release within 2 months.

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(But first-Lemmetakeaselfie! Used to be obsessed with that song by The Chainsmokers. Oh and my phone camera sucks(as you can see in photo above) so bear with me. This photo is from my high school graduation day when I was caked with makeup : )

K: Cool. Tell us a bit about your app.

A: InstaCollage, as the name says, it’s a Simple Collage Making App on Android. I do really mean it “Simple”. The app has pure Black-and-White interface designed to let you focus on the most important thing while making a Collage, i.e. your photos.

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K: Ooh. So that’s what differentiates you guys from other photo collage apps out there.

A: Yeah, existing collage apps miss this most important part. InstaCollage is packed with photo editing tools too, like Photo Filters, Photo Frames and Backgrounds, the option to add text to turn it into a collage story. We are also working on stickers which will be released within a week. Apart from just providing these features, the app provides smooth and fast interface to create collages.

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K: What type of grids do you have on your app? I’m not a huge Instagram fan but I definitely do need a trusty collage app for my Kakao Talk(guys, this is a huge chatting app in Korea) profile pics.

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(I took this photo today, a moment ago, before I took my shower(I still have a towel on my head, I never got into the habit of actually using a hair dryer). I lost a bit of weight recently-probably because I’ve been busy working.)

A: Well, by using InstaCollage, you will find that you can create only square collage grids, and we are not looking to remove this restriction. But we will add “Free Style Collages” as a separate feature in InstaCollage by the end of February. I request you to install it on your android device and experience it yourself, as that matters a lot for us. You can simply install it from here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photos.instacollage

K: Thanks, Alex. Okay, now I need to know how it’s being run. So that I can, you know, take some superficial selfies.

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(Like this one)

A: I hope by saying “how it’s being run”, you want to know, how app actually works. Follow these Steps:

– Choose a layout and then select the required number of photos, and in the end, user is taken to collage editing screen.
– or Choose few photos, then you will be directly taken to collage editing screen, where a random layout is shown and you do have the options to change layout while editing your collage.

K: Thank you so much for introducing us to your app, Alex! This is all for now but be sure to type in ‘instacollage’ on your Google Play Store if you have Android because WHO DOESN’T NEED A GOOD PHOTO COLLAGE APP IN THIS DAY AND TIME, Y’ALL. Especially in fashion-I often find that fashion is in-the-moment, but it’s the photos that last.

Hope you guys had fun making fun of my selfies XD

 

How to make fashion choices you’ll never regret

Most people youll meet had an awkward phase in personal fashion. Whether it took the form of following an ill-advised EDM fad, or going through a goth phase doesnt matter. What does matter is that the vast majority of people never want to make fashion choices theyll regret ever again, and learning how to do that can be hard if you dont have the right guidance. Lucky for you, weve come up with a quick guide to perennially awesome fashion choices, so you dont have to. Here are the safest choices you can make in any situation.

  • A Little Black Dress The LBD has been a staple in just about every major fashion designers closet for at least 40 years, and what we really love about this fashion option is that theres a black dress for every person and every budget. If you dont want to spend too much, but still want to get a good one, wed suggest browsing Stelly dresses.

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  • A Pair Of WellFitted Jeans, A Slinky Top, And Heels For most women, this is the perfect go-to option for casual dating or just going out and about. Its casual, carefree, and always looks put-together.

  • A Tennis Dress – Tennis dresses are a great pick for a multitude of different occasions. They work beautifully at brunch, are ideal for a walk through nature, can be dressed up for a night out on the club, and can even be used in workplace settings in certain occasions. In other words, its a great choice that can show your femininity in a snap!

  • Leggings, A Tank Top, And A Cute Leather Jacket – Somehow, this ensemble always seems to make everyone look a bit slimmer. Its old schoolenough to make it timeless, yet still modern enough to avoid looking anachronistic.

  • Black Slacks And A Black Sweater – If theres one outfit which is most regularly worn by those who work in the fashion industry, its this dynamic duo. Though it always looks chic, its one of the lowest maintenance outfits you can have. The key to making this look absolutely stunning is to choose a sweater that wont change shape, and doesnt look frumpy so choose wisely.

  • Leggings And An Oversized Shirt – This is an unusually flattering look for many of us. If you need a quick casual yet urban look, this duo will make for an absolutely effortless statement.

  • A Beautiful Maxi Dress – Maxi dresses are the best possible choice for a day out on the beach, and they have the added bonus of being able to be dressed up to the point of being acceptable restaurant wear. With the right accessories and the perfect pair of sandals, a maxi dress can be one of the most important staples in a summer wardrobe.

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  • A Waist Length Midi Skirt And A Form-Fitting Top This duo is quite a rare find on people who are doing their day to day business, but the fact is that its still an incredibly feminine, sophisticated, and elegant combination that fashion experts extol. If your style is Euro-chic, then this is a duo that you will want to keep at close reach.

If you ask most fashion experts, the best way to make sure that you choose amazing ensembles time after time is to shop for items that actually suit you. Truth be told, even these current “no regrets” options might fall out of style in the future, but if you are able to rock it, the fact is that you still wont regret having worn it when push comes to shove.

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Author Bio: A fashion afficianado, Regina empowers women through her writing and fitness tips. If shes not walking her dog, you can catch her surfing the web for whats new at Stelly.

 

What to wear to a sports game

Hey guys,

I realize that I haven’t done a simple fashion post in a while. I’ve been so focused on fashion school and work that ironically, I haven’t been able to indulge in the pleasure of talking to you guys about my favorite thing, fashion.

While I don’t enjoy telling people what they should wear (don’t get me wrong- I love dressing people up, I just feel that I shouldn’t rampage over other people’s personal style), I am hopeless when I start talking about what I want to wear. It’s like my mouth has gone full motor. No stopping this girl when she starts talking about her clothes.

And I make a lot of fashion choices in life, as we all (consciously or subconsciously) do. Every day I coordinate everything from my bra and panties to my clothes to my socks and to my hair, makeup, and jewelry. (If you ever see me, just know that any garment or even streak of eyeliner on me has had at least a few seconds of thought put into it.) What I wear usually depends on what I am doing that day, where I am going, or plainly how I feel.

Today I want to talk about what I would put on to go to a sports game. To be honest, I rarely go to watch games, especially not baseball. But I do sometimes go to watch football(I mean soccer. I lived in London so bear my British.), and every time I find myself standing in front of my wardrobe asking myself the same questions: ‘Does this look sporty enough?’ ‘Would this outfit shield me from the football possibly flying my way and hitting me in the face?’ ‘Does this look too fan-girly?’

Well, as a proper fashion student, I did my work and came up with some outfits to wear to my next sports match, which is unfortunately not the Super Bowl since I’m in Seoul. BUT you’re free to make these outfits your own if you are lucky enough to go watch the Super Bowl. : ) Just come back after and tell me how the game was. If you’re in need of tickets to a sporting event you can check out TickPick. They’re a no-fee marketplace that offers NFL tickets, along with tickets to other sporting events, concerts and more!

#1. The all-out fangirl

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I once did a post about this look. This is my friend Jiyeon in a soccer outfit and red sneakers. I mean, why not just go to the game looking like your favorite player? Complete with red inflatable sticks to cheer your team on-I love that they match the sneakers, by the way- this is probably the equivalent of me dressed up as Harry Potter at the bookstore on the night of the release of a new book(which I actually did for ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’, in London). So yeah, I understand how it feels to be passionate, baby. Also, I just love the color coordination going on here. The deep turquoise-ish blue, the white, the bright red, and the green in the background-wonderful splash of colors.

 

#2. All black chic

 

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I actually really like this photo that I took. I know Anna Wintour would disapprove of this outfit(“Not feeling for any color, are we?” she might say) but I think it looks perfectly fine for a day out with friends at a football game. And a man to man tee shirt with a little wool on the inside is not only comfy but also warm, especially since it’s still quite chilly outside. The stars on the sleeves could maybe be replaced with your team name or team symbol. I also think legging-style skinny pants add to the total comfort of this game day outfit, complete with a Samsung phone in hand (gotta take pics at the game, duh). I guess the makeup could have been a little stronger(team colors, maybe) but I just went for the natural look here on my sister and fastened her hair with a hair clip.

If you’re not into looking too enthusiastic at the game or are just a naturally very chic human being(like I pretend to be but fail), I’d recommend this look.

#3. The ‘I-kinda-dressed-up-for-this’

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This is what I’d wear to a game if it were a date. First of all, before anything, I love having flannel shirts draped around my hips and thighs. It just makes me feel cool and all hipster whenever the ends flop around when I walk. (Oh stop judging, we all know how fashion can make us feel.) The hair is another big YES for me because, since I was a kid, I’ve always been into Bohemian-style, braided, wavy hair. The sweater on top is simple but not boring, and the socks are a nice touch to the whole outfit. I feel like this is the outfit that says, ‘I’m not too into sports but I’m here anyways coz I’m that cool and, oh, also stylish.’

 

Steal Taylor’s style (Guest Post)

Taylor Swift Looks That You Can Effortlessly Rock

Taylor Swift’s vocals never miss the right notes; the crooner just bagged the Best Song award for Bad Blood at the MTV EMAs. But you know what else of hers never misses striking a victory/ her ooh-so-uber sense of style. It’s trendy, it’s classy, and it’s even simpler to whip up in case you’re a fool for celebrity fashion. And here we bring you five of her easy looks to mock up and rock.

Mini denim and long legs

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Oooh so very light on the eyes and high on style – isn’t getting this look a piece of cake? We’re pretty sure that you have a pair of denim shorts lying around somewhere in your wardrobe that are just waiting to be pulled out. And even if you don’t, you can always cut up an old pair to match the length on those ultra-mini shorts Swift’s sporting. Pair it up with white full-sleeve top and nude pumps to get this super sexy yet easy celebrity style in absolutely no time.

Black is black

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New York – 04/17/2014 – Taylor Swift goes to a recording studio in Manhattan. Credit: Broadimage

Taylor Swift just looks fantabulous in black; don’t you agree? Well, if not, then take a second look. The good news is that you can probably mock up her celebrity style with just about as much as ease as the one earlier. While the skirt and that sheer top are probably branded and carry a rather unaffordable price tag with them, you can pull something off a reasonable e-store that is just about a perfect match. And the black leggings and heels are something that you probably already have in your wardrobe. If not, then what do you have? They’re black fashion essentials for every woman. Either way, the all black look is always a rocker and a fashion win on the streets; never goes wrong!

 

Active fashion

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And who said sporty wasn’t fashionable? She definitely makes us sweat swiftly in that sporty look. You know what, you can get it too, and that too without too much of an effort. So if you’re an avid gym goer, you probably already own a pair of black active pants; and even if they’re long, just roll ‘em up till below the knees. Slip on a black sleeveless top – which by the way is another female wardrobe essential. And for the white sleeveless, just ask one of your bigger male gym-going friends for one. Oh and don’t forget the fancy snickers and fashion jewelry in the arm to make the look more fashionable and less sporty.

 

 

 

 

Hot winter swag

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Winter’s here and a style guide would be incomplete without the letterman! And whaddya know, Taylor does it right again. It’s another easy look that you can effortlessly rock on the streets for some hot winter swag. Pull out your letterman, throw it over a simple white T, and match it with a pair of matching shorts. The flats are a great replacement for the heels to get a more casual and laid back look. Don’t forget the shades and the guitar case to land an impression; who said the case needs to be full!

The Swift Pick

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But if you’re really serious about cheating celebrity style, and have all the time and the wee bit of cash it takes to shop online, here’s a swift assortment of perfect style essentials to pull off a Taylor Swift that’s still easy, yet more on the classy side instead of casual. We reckon that you already have the thin stockings a pair of shoes and a leather handbag that would just about fine if not an exact match to those in the picture. All you’ll need is the vine dress and that lusciously straight hair.

So which Taylor Swift are you getting this fall?

Author Bio

Arsalan Ahmed is a passionate blogger who loves to write on different disciplines such as lifestyle, fashion, finance, and education.

 

Interview with YG KPlus model Eun-suh Cho!

She’s from the hottest model agency in Korea, YG KPlus, she’s on the latest issue of Marie Claire, and she’s only 17. I was able to reach her through fellow YG K-Plus model Jae-young Oh (thank you!).

Us both being students with school coming up the next week, our situation didn’t lead us to a face-to-face meet-up, but fortunately I still got the opportunity to have a chat with her online.

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K: Hi Eun-suh! I think I’ve seen you a couple times in brand lookbooks/catalogues! What type of work have you done so far since your debut?

E: Yeah, I’ve been in lookbooks and catalogues for fashion brands and I’ve also done a runway show!

K: Cool. From what age have you been modeling, and were you parents supportive at first? When and how were you admitted(?) into your current agency, YG KPlus?

E: I started modeling at YG KPlus this March, and my parents have always been extremely supportive of my budding career. I attended YG KPlus’s model academy and got into the agency as an actual working model on the last day of the academy program by passing an audition.

K; Is there a special experience or event that made you decide that modeling is the thing for you?

E: In 9th grade, I coincidentally came across a photo of the model Won-joong Kim(김원중). It made me realize how cool modeling can be and inspired me to become one myself. Ever since, I’ve been interested in the fashion world.

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…Well, he is called ‘God-Won-joong’ for a reason.

K: Right now you’re in the 10th grade, right? I imagine it must be hard to balance school and your modeling career. How do you do it? What’s the hardest thing about being a model and a high school student at the same time?

E: To be honest, I’ve basically given up on my studies, haha. I live in Chungju, which is quite far away from Seoul, so it’s hard to commute to and from modeling work. Also, since I’m a student it’s tiring to have to take all the steps to get official paperwork done to skip school to model on weekdays.

K: That’s understandable, I guess. When you have work in Seoul, do you go alone?

E: Yes.

K: Wow that does sound hard-although I’m definitely not a model, as a high school student living far away from school I think I get an idea of how annoying it must be… so what do your friends say about you being a model? They’re probably pretty envious, right?

E: They’re really interested in my career and they are envious, actually, because I already have a set path/dream, and that’s not common for most kids my age.

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K: Have you ever received negative comments or prejudices as a model?

E: No, never! Everyone around me was super supportive.

K: So how does this whole model agency stuff work? Seriously, there are teenagers that would kill to have a spot at a huge management company like YG KPlus. Tell us all what the modeling agency life is like! Is it worth it? In what way exactly does an agency like YG KPlus help you and your career?

E: Ever since becoming a YG KPlus model, I’ve definitely been able to access a wider variety of modeling opportunities and photoshoots etc than before.

K: How often do you visit the YG KPlus building? When you’re there do you get to see other YG models like Sung-kyung Lee(이성경) or Joo-hyuk Nam(남주혁)?

E: I live in Chungju, so I only go to my agency when I have time during my modeling work trips to Seoul. So far I’ve never seen Sung-kyung Lee or Joo-hyuk Nam there.

K: Are you allowed to freely say no to work that your agency makes you do?

E: I’ve never said no before.

K: What does ‘being a model’ mean to you?

E: Well, I just think it’s the thing I’m going to be doing in the future.

K: Then what type of modeling do you want to do in the future? Do you have a role model model (no pun intended)?

E: Yes, Won-joong Kim! Right now I’m hoping to walk at least one runway at Seoul Fashion Week.

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K: Lots of models are turning to other things like acting or singing, especially since modeling isn’t something you can do your whole life. Are you planning on doing that too, later on?

E: I am open to the option. I might try out other things later after lots of preparation.

K: It’s a well known fact that the modeling industry is packed with intense competition –have you experienced extreme competition against other models in your agency or against other agencies?

E: I just think, ‘what am I doing?’ when I see other 17-year-olds actively working as successful models and it makes me realize I should work harder.

K: In your opinion, what’s the most important factor to becoming a successful model?

E: I’m not yet in the place to dish out advice since I’m still learning myself, but I personally think a model’s ‘image’ is the most important thing.

K: So what’s your image?

E: Hmmmm….. Lively/cute? Lol I don’t know.

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K: What’s your strength, as a model in the industry?

E: My physical endurance.

K: Do you exercise and/or go on diets for your modeling?

E: I don’t diet normally but I do go on short-term diets before photoshoots. For exercise I just go to the gym.

K: Last question! What do you think the strengths/weaknesses of the current Korean fashion industry are, and what differences are there between the Korean fashion scene and the abroad?

E: Haha… I’ve never really thought about that before.

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Good luck to Eun-suh : )

The royal family-approved shoemakers, Crockett and Jones!

Iris Apfel once said, ‘If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything.’

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Lowndes, Dark Brown Calf, by Crockett and Jones, as seen on British GQ February 2014

Though it’s (obviously) a stretch, a neat appearance is extremely important. That’s why we have dress codes(although, these days so many dress codes are just crossing the damn line) and get all posh-ed up for job interviews or meetings. Basically, inevitably we do dress to impress -and I say Iris Apfel was right about the importance of wearing good shoes. Although they unfortunately won’t let you get away with anything, with a pair of good shoes you might just get that girl/guy from your class that you’ve been meaning to ask out and have been dressing properly for, or that job that that annoying girl/guy (aka your rival) from your team has also applied for, or just your co-workers’ approval(don’t deny you want it). Whatever it may be, a pair of fabulous shoes can only bring good into your life because shoes are the ultimate style item to wrap up your overall look. Which is why you need to get good shoes-the best of the best! The ‘royal family and James Bond and GQ-approved’ ones! Well, don’t worry- I’ve got you covered. ; )

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(James Bond wearing Crockett and Jones’ Black Calf shoes,

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I thought that today I’d bring you guys some amazing handmade shoes, from the well-known traditional British footwear brand, Crockett and Jones. (Well I mean I’m still only a student myself so as much as I’d love to buy you all shoes, I can’t… but you can order them online HERE). They’ve been featured on major magazines like GQ and Esquire multiple times, they’ve got a long, award winning (one of them being the Queen’s Award!) tradition and luxury stores in not only England but also the US, Paris, and Belgium, and they’re loved by fashionistas all over the world-including the royal family and, apparently, James Bond in the SKYFALL movie(see photo above)!

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CROCKETT & JONES – MAKERS OF THE FINEST ENGLISH LEATHER SHOES

“Founded in 1879 in Northampton, at the heart of England’s most famous shoemaking town, Crockett & Jones specialise in the manufacture of high quality Goodyear-welted footwear. For men there are 3 ranges produced by Crockett & Jones: Hand Grade, Main Line and Shell Cordovan. For women, we also have a new collection of low-heeled shoes and boots.

As a 5th generation family managed business, Crockett & Jones is committed to maintaining the highest standards of traditional craftsmanship, quality and service which have been appreciated by their customers for more than 135 years.”

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Approved by the Prince of Wales himself! : D

Honestly, I’ve never seen more traditionally preppy shoes that manage to be so unique and tasteful at the same time. Usually formal shoes look like they were selectively picked out from the most dreary funerals of the darkest of the darkest of times in the history of Europe or something, but the men’s and ladies’ collections from Crockett and Jones are both incredible (and even my crazy modern mind loves them).

Me being me, I couldn’t resist picking out a few favorites to show you guys.

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Angel, from the Crockett and Jones’ ladies’ collection.

I personally adore the fuschia.

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Cranford 3, Black Calf, from the Crockett and Jones’ men’s collection.

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Alexis from the Crockett and Jones ladies’ collection.

I love the design and the color, and these remind me of Alice in Wonderland.

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Aintree 2, from the Crockett and Jones men’s collection.

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Butterfly, from the Crockett and Jones ladies’ collection.

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Union Jack, from the Crockett and Jones men’s collection.

Okay, I know this is from the men’s collection but fudge that I am getting these.

Now come on. They’re adorable! If you didn’t like what I picked out here, no worries-this is only the beginning. They have a huge range of shoes you can choose from, made of different high-quality materials and of varying styles and colors, and they’re ALL super durable, so you won’t be needing new shoes again after these!

You can check them out here: MEN’S COLLECTION  ㅣ  LADIES’ COLLECTION

Tell me what you think in the comments below!

Interview with the editor of Pictorial Project: How she created the biggest fashion project of Korea

My 6 centimeter heels pounding on the hot pavement of the thriving Apgujeong neighborhood in Gangnam with its upbeat music blasting out of clothing stores on every block, I frantically adjusted my tattered plaid blouse and military-style jacket, cursing as I tried to wipe a smudge of Nesquik chocolate milk off my tights. I remember muttering “Oh **** Konni stop being so unprofessional,” every two minutes as I ran into a small path packed with indie clothing stores and Korean makeup shops and finally got to Coffee Arco, where I was supposed to meet Dahee Jung, the editor of the Korean fashion magazine Pictorial Project. (For those of you that don’t know, Pictorial Project is Korea’s biggest independent fashion photography project magazine.)

Having taken two crazy taxi rides to get there straight after class, my once neatly-combed hair was looking like a mound of garden weed and I could feel my makeup clinging off my sweat(gross, I know. Note to self-please, please bring a mirror to next interview meeting). Anyhow, I had gotten there, and as I took a deep breath and scanned the vintage-style cafe for the slim, dressed-in-black, mysterious-looking, twenty-something Pictorial Project magazine editor I had met back at the 5th Korea Style Week, I saw her in the corner, reading the latest issue of Avenue magazine with a cold latte in hand.

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Absolutely stunning.

In her 4th year of university, she’s already the editor of a fashion magazine.

Unlike me, Dahee ‘unni’(a Korean term used when a girl refers to an older girl) was calm and poised, and I thought, “That’s how I wanna be when I go to university”-chic, independent, and open to new talent and new ideas(in this case, myself, as a young fashion blogger in the Korean fashion scene). Clumsily taking out my papers and voice recorder, I smiled nervously and started to ask Dahee unni about Pictorial Project and her fashion career journey.

“I knew I loved fashion, but I was skeptical of whether I had any real talent, so I made Pictorial Project to test my limits.”

PP was born in 2013 on Facebook! Dahee unni got together with about 40 people on Facebook who were interested in her personnel recruit post. Hearing this, I obviously had to ask-HOW? Unni, how did you get 40 people to work for your project when you were completely new to the industry? To this she replied, “Although we have an overflow of fashion projects right now, at the time there weren’t many project group businesses in the fashion field to begin with, so we had a fresher approach. I thought, ‘There must be other people out there with dreams similar to mine who are looking for that certain confirmation to carry on.’ ” What I found interesting about Pictorial Project as a magazine is that it didn’t actually start out as a magazine! Yup, that’s right-it wasn’t supposed to be a magazine, but rather a collection of photos that Dahee unni and her team of friends had worked on. Literally, a ‘Pictorial’ ‘Project’.

“And then we started to get offers from bookstores like Kyobo(the biggest bookstore line in Korea) that wanted to sell our stuff,”

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Volume 4 of Pictorial Project recently got completely sold out in bookstores in Korea, and now Pictorial Project is on a two-month renewal in order to provide their readers with even more artistic goodness. When I asked about it, Dahee unni calmly explained that ever since the start of Pictorial Project, so many other project-based fashion groups have been on the rise, and all of them have started converging toward the same theme and the same goal. After the 2-moth renewal period, Pictorial Project will be back with Volume 5, and there will be more copies for a wider range of readers(D:”My original targeted reader base was people already working in the field, but most of our actual sales are made by high school or university students who are pursuing a future in the fashion industry.”), and start being distributed as a web-zine too. However, the original overall style of the magazine will not be changing any time soon, says Dahee unni- “Pictorial Project doesn’t really have one main style. We’re just a mix of a bunch of things from different designers and photographers, and as a team we’re all about respecting everyone’s individuality. I think it’s what makes us unique!”

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“FASHION X ART: We care about artistic sensitivity, more than anything.

“We focus on blending fashion and art together, rather than just showing readers what the latest trend is and what they should wear this season. I guess you could say we literally are more of a pictorial than an actual fully-functioning magazine. Also, we don’t usually work with brands or designers that are already super-famous. We work mainly with independent designers that are new to the fashion scene, to give them a platform to showcase their work.”

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‘What if a vegetarian works at the butcher’s?’

“I try to create fresh, original images based on the most random, craziest ideas. For example, one day I might wake up and think, ‘What if a vegetarian works at the butcher’s?’ and voila, there’s my next photoshoot. But then again I must admit that you can never truly create images that people have never ever seen before; different images go round and round and we see similar things again and again like with trends. It’s just a new individual perspective on the image.”

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Dahee unni at work

“Passion pay”

a Korean term to describe receiving little or no pay for one’s work;

a term recently increasingly used to describe the Korean fashion industry

“I used to get a few people here and there being worried for my future, questioning how I was going to make money with just fashion. The fashion industry is infamous for being tough; lots of people start off at the bottom of the ladder and get paid measly amounts of money. ‘Passion pay’ in Korea was also recently a huge issue… but I don’t think anyone around me really was totally against me working in the fashion industry. Everyone that knows me knows I’m an energetic, active person who likes to roam around and work.”

Near the end of our interview, we shared a lot of ideas about the Korean fashion industry (since we’re both a part of it). I couldn’t help but nod enthusiastically, once again realizing the importance of having a clear outlook on the fashion industry to be successful in it. She said, I think the Korean fashion industry is the most interesting in the world. We’re so extremely sensitive to the latest trends and what other people are wearing, so people tend to consume fashion extremely fast, even though we’re not even one of the 5 major global fashion districts. The problem here is that when people consume fast, they’re also quick to throw clothes away. So many people buy cheap clothes from indie brands or street stores and get rid of them when they go out of style. No one seems to wear anything for a long time, like people used to do in the past.”

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“You mean magazines like Vogue, Cosmo, Elle, and W?”

Dahee unni sipped the last of her iced latte, smiling with her eyes, as I asked her about her views on mainstream magazines. I was genuinely curious of what someone who ran an artistic, individuality-based magazine would think of magazines that are targeted toward a more ‘popular’ and trend-based audience. Dahee unni was surprisingly very positive about all types of magazines, and I listened in awe, thinking ‘that’s how I want to be when I grow up’.

ME: “The fashion industry, especially the magazine sector, is under fire for promoting unrealistic body images and lookism standards, and I sometimes have friends that look down on fashion magazines because of their ‘lack of quality content’. What’s your stance on the whole issue?”

DAHEE UNNI: “You mean magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and W? I used to buy them and read through them when I was a kid and it would be really confusing. I would read a column in Vogue and be like, ‘the parade of a facade of luxury based on the latest trend which is… err what?’ And then I’d pick up a Cosmo and it would have so many different articles about different topics from celebrity gossip to a sophisticated piece on traditional Chanel eyeliner on the Paris runway and I’d never know what to read. But my thoughts changed completely after becoming an editor of a magazine myself. I began to understand fashion magazines properly. I think that while Vogue tends to stick to a certain concept or theme, Cosmopolitan also has it’s own style and it’s own story to tell. Every magazine shows what they can express best, and sometimes that just happens to be in line with modern beauty standards or the latest trends. And plus, there are lots of types of magazines… If you’re still young and need to read Vogue Girl but you’re reading Avenue, then you’re not really going to get much out of it. Similarly, if you want to see alternative artsy styles, you don’t look for it in Cosmopolitan.”

ME: “Hmm. That’s actually a really interesting point of view. So you don’t think there are any drawbacks with current..mainstream magazines?”

DAHEE UNNI: “Well, as a person who reads about five different magazines every month, I think there’s definitely a situation where each magazine is failing to be unique. Magazines that are more commercial tend to all have similar content, like what the latest trends are, how to get the guy/girl, what the latest beauty tips and tricks are, etc. I reckon it’s because magazines nowadays are desperate to fill up quantity, to make it sell.”

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The Pictorial Project team working on a photoshoot

“You’re doing it wrong, you’re going to fail,”

To wrap up the interview, I asked Dahee unni for a bit of personal advice on how to make in the fashion world.

ME: “Since I go to a foreign language high school, some around me are surprised when I tell them I’m going to be a fashion magazine editor because it’s an uncommon dream for someone in my situation. Some people even tell me not to pursue fashion! What should I do?”

DAHEE UNNI: “I think that times have changed A LOT since the last generation. People used to have to follow the ‘regular’ route to success, and if they worked hard enough, everything would work out fine. But that’s really not the case anymore. We’re in an era where success isn’t determined by the amount of effort you put into following the traditional path to success; it just simply cannot be determined. There are too many variables in today’s society. The line between professionals and non-professionals is unclear, and talent is everywhere. For example, to become a fashion magazine editor, you used to have to start from the bottom of the fashion industry, doing basic labor, and become an assistant, and then if any slots were open for writers you’d work hard again to become a writer, and ultimately an editor. But I didn’t do that-I just did my own thing, even though people would often tell me, ‘you’re doing it wrong, you’re going to fail.’ I think that in today’s world, you need to do what you love because it’s not going to work any other way. If you do something you don’t truly love, you’re going to be beaten by the people who are in that field of work because they really love it and are competent. Plus, I’d personally say ‘do what you love, and money will come naturally.’ ”

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Back to the start: I first met Pictorial Project at the 5th Korea Style Week.

They had a partnership with Korea Style Week and their own booth.

Thank you to Pictorial Project and Dahee unni : )

I just got new sunglasses from Warby Parker!

It’s getting warmer, guys! And we all know that when it’s the spring/summer season, you’re tired, sweaty, and definitely not bothered to pick out an Anna-Wintour-approved ensemble, sunglasses are a MUST. Not only do they protect your eyes from those harmful UV rays(ugh!), they are also the best all-time fashion item. Ever. Whatever you’re wearing, whether it’s full-on classy or an i-just-got-out-of-bed jumble of old clothes, sunglasses will complement your look. Although in Korea wearing shades can sometimes be seen as ‘huh-sae‘, which is Korean for bluff or pretentiousness, no one can deny the fact that a pair of shades does make you look better than, well, however you looked without them. (Apparently this is scientifically proven-‘ooh’: psychologically, sunglasses add a layer of mystery to a person and therefore makes them look attractive because they’re covering the most important human body part of emotional communication-the eyes.)

So today I want to share with you the hottest, latest sunglasses collection that I found on the wonderful land of the internet, by the famous American eyewear brand Warby Parker! It’s called the Daydream Collection, which I think is the perfect name for a sunglasses line since when you’re wearing sunglasses you can daydream all you want and no one will ever know. If anyone’s looking for a bit of a mysterious-and-dreamy, high-fashion, or simply fun look, congratulations! You’re looking in the right place.

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THE WARBY PARKER DAYDREAM COLLECTION

Available online from March 17 – which is today! Go get them glasses, guys : D

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Oh and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better-it turns out that not only do they have the best sunglasses for this season, they’re also an extremely respectable, trustworthy, me-approved(if my opinion means anything to you, that is, haha) brand. Their motto is to sell glasses at affordable prices-to everyone! Whenever you buy a pair, you’ll also be helping a nonprofit to work to give more people proper, affordable eyecare.

Every idea starts with a problem. Ours was simple: glasses are too expensive. We were students when one of us lost his glasses on a backpacking trip. The cost of replacing them was so high that he spent the first semester of grad school without them, squinting and complaining. (We don’t recommend this.) The rest of us had similar experiences, and we were amazed at how hard it was to find a pair of great frames that didn’t leave our wallets bare. Where were the options?

It turns out there was a simple explanation. The eyewear industry is dominated by a single company that has been able to keep prices artificially high while reaping huge profits from consumers who have no other options.

We started Warby Parker to create an alternative.

-Warby Parker

Sounds like something from a presidential speech, but nope, it’s just your favorite always-accessible(in LA, NYC, Boston, etc. and online) eyewear store.

What I especially love about their new Daydream Collection is not only the fact that they’re totally affordable, but also that they’re simple and chic AND they seem to draw attention at the same time. The collection is based on the most basic color tones and would go well with any outfit, but they’re definitely not boring, if you know what I mean.

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If I had a boyfriend, I’d buy these for him. They’re called Topper Striped Beach, and do they look dapper or do they look dapper?

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Now these I’d buy for myself. Actually Imma get them right now. I am in love with these- they’re called Piper Petal Tortoise, and the color tone is just the right shade of a transparent pink-ish color with a chic petal design. They’re not too rectangular, which adds a retro sentiment. I would wear these sunglasses with an A-lined sleeveless minidress and simple heels. And sport a Taylor-Swift-style red lip, too.

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Since I have severely damaged eyes from staring at laptop screens my whole life and sensitive skin, I especially feel the need to try to protect myself from the sun(seriously, my whole morning beauty routine is almost entirely dedicated to ensuring I’ll be UV-free for the rest of the day), so I’m the kind of person that’d do anything to keep away from those rays- sunscreen 24/7, hats, and of course, sunglasses. I have a feeling I’ll be wearing them an awful lot this season since I just bought not one, not two, but three pairs of Warby Parkers online(I got Abel Jet Black, Topper Crystal, and Piper Petal Tortoise -you can find them all here).

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Meeee! Shades to cover up those dark circles ; )

A friend says I look like Michael Jackson in that pic.

Here’s a huge thank you shout-out to Warby Parker! : )

Talking to Korean fashion people in a cafe: An honest look inside the newly arising fashion scene

I take a few deep breaths and inhale the sugary warmth of the two-story Gangnam Pascucci cafe. Pulse throbbing in my ear, heartbeat racing through me, I sit in front of four models, two stylists, and a photographer. In my head I’m repeating my all-time mantra(which has never worked but I still do it anyways); keep cool, keepcool, keepcool oh forgodssakekeepcool! I have never really been a cool-looking, laid back person (type A humans I feel ya), and the situation of having these seven gorgeous, successful human beings before me, within two meters of my vicinity, is making my cheeks flush a deeper, embarrassing shade of vermillion-crimson.

And hey, no judging – being a fashion blogger doesn’t mean I don’t still get overexcited and nervous whenever I meet awesome, influential (and not to mention- major heartthrob material) people! Plus, these people aren’t your average fashionistas, they’re the new bomb of Korean fashion, and they’re already impressing people all over the country with their independent photoshoots, individual styles, and penetrating insights on the industry.

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