The story of how I fell asleep and missed my interview with Pixie Lott

Hey readers,

I feel like, because it’s hard to find an avid fashion blogger my age in Korea, lots of people tend to think I must be an incredibly amazing blogger. The thing is, whether I’m interviewing America’s Next Top Model models, hosting collaboration projects, or talking to magazine editors, I slip up a lot. And I mean A LOT.

For example, the other day I was supposed to be interviewing Pixie Lott, but I FELL ASLEEP AND MISSED IT.

Yep, you read that correctly. I just literally could not attend the online webinar BECAUSE I WAS FRIGGIN SLEEPING. IN MY BED. And this is THE PIXIE LOTT we’re talking ’bout here.

So here’s what happened. Recently I found a blogger community newsletter in my heap of emails. There was a link to attend the online Q&A session with Pixie Lott, hosted by the brand Magnitone. Of course, being a Pixie Lott fan, I applied. As I waited in anxiety and anticipation, I received an email informing me that I’d made it; that I’d been chosen to participate in the exclusive live webinar session with Pixie Lott. At that point I could practically imagine the looks of utter shock and admiration on people’s faces when they found out about it. Tingling with excitement, I posted this on facebook.

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And people were in awe, as I’d expected.

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I was too busy basking in the glory of being the first person among my friends to be able to exclusively interview someone as famous as Pixie Lott, that at first I did not realize that the Q&A session was in three hours. I was probably the last person put on the list.

I honestly freaked out when I read the words ‘Reminder: the exclusive Q&A session with Pixie Lott is in three hours(4AM)!’ in my business inbox. I’d been studying at school until 10PM that day, I was tired, I needed a shower and a nice few hours of sound sleep. A short internal conflict occurred in my head-should I stay up until 4AM and talk to Pixie Lott, or should I just forget it and get some sleep? After a split second, I decided that the former would definitely have to happen, because, who knows, this could be my big break, right? You never know in the blogging world.

So I drank my coffee, washed my face, and sat at my desk to prepare myself for the painful three hours of cruel, wearisome waiting in anticipation and irritation from severe sleep deprivation that were to come. I did everything to keep myself awake. After all, I couldn’t let my readers(you guys) down, and my friends were counting on me to nail this Q&A session and tell them all about it.

AND THEN guess what I did. I got a little drowsy, so I thought, ‘just 5 minutes…yes…I’ll just close my eyes for just, just…5 minutes’, and then I WENT TO MY BED. Now there’s one thing you need to know about my bed-it’s the coziest, softest, most sleep-inducing patch of space on planet Earth. It’s truly a fine bed. And as I lay down, I kept telling myself, ‘Everything will be fine… I’m sure I’ll get up before 4…’ BUT NO.

NO, NO, NO. JUST. NO. I DID NOT get up before 4. In fact I did not get up at all until the clock struck 7:10 AM. I opened my eyes, got straight up, stared at the clock, rubbed my eyes, then stared some more. The clock definitely said 7:10. I panicked for a while, even thinking, ‘well..well…maybe the webinar isn’t over! Maybe I’ll still get to talk to Pixie…’ But I regained my logical thinking skills, muttered some bad language about how I was such an idiot(WHICH I WAS), and went back to bed, because, you know, maybe it was just a big bad dream(which it wasn’t).

And that’s my story of how I almost, just almost, interviewed Pixie Lott. My friends were totally bummed when I told them, of course. My mother just laughed at me. I was mad at myself for a while but then, oh well.

This post was supposed to be about my almost-happened interview with Pixie Lott, but since it didn’t happen, here’s my reflection on the whole situation.

Thinking back now, firstly, I’m beginning to realize it’s not that big of a deal. #YOLO. Just kidding. That hashtag is overused. But seriously though, take that in for a moment-You Only Live Once. If I only live once, I wanna make mistakes, especially while I’m still young. I’m only human. There’s no point dwelling on the past and getting angry all over again. It’s a waste of precious time. Secondly, while I do need to forgive myself and move on, I also need to learn from my mistakes. Me missing the interview chance was totally my fault. I cannot blame anyone else for it since it was just the result of me being an idiot. Blogging and tackling school work all at once is turning out to be harder than I thought, and I do struggle. However, since I made the conscious choice to continue on with my blogging career, I need to start being more responsible for it. I need to improve my time management, primarily.

I also need to focus on the essence of my blogging. I always told myself that I didn’t want to be the type of fashion blogger that just posts photos of Chanel and Givenchy, accepting unhealthy fashion ideals and passing selling them on to the public as if those standards are the ultimate rules of fashion, conforming to trends without critical thinking. However, these days I often find myself thirsty for opportunities with famous, popular people that might give me my ‘big break’. It’s ridiculous, I know. I need to focus on my writing; my posts, which express my true colours and insights, and stop floating above my conscience, swimming on the edge of glamour and undeserved fame. This is my confession and promise to you guys that from now on I’ll remind myself each day of why I’m staying up this late(or NOT staying up, in the case of how my Pixie Lott interview went down, haha) and take myself to the beginning whenever I feel like I’m becoming too obsessed with the shallow glittery stuff. Because I believe I can make a positive change and contribute to the development of self-expression.

I love you guys. Thank you.

The friend that looks amazing in her soccer uniform and sneakers

Hey readers,

The time has finally come for me to show you guys the photos I’ve been taking with the new camera that my friend Jen lent me.

I took loads of photos of my friend Jiyeon. She has a unique look, an interesting sense of style, and an easygoing attitude, so she makes the perfect model to work with. The sunlight was just perfect when we were taking these photos.

So this is what we managed to create after about two hours of light bickering and fooling around with the camera(which was a Canon DSLR, by the way).

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The one above is my personal favorite. It was hard to get the right angle though.

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“Why are they always telling me to sit?”

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I love photos of natural, honest moments, like the one above.

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Style lord, Lorde. (Excuse the pun.)

Hey readers,

I remember a conversation with a close friend of mine where he asked me, “If you could look like anyone in the world, apart from yourself, who would you want to look like?” And I remember myself immediately replying, “Lorde.” He seemed puzzled, and asked why. I said, “She’s confident, unique, and so…raw.” (Raw as in genuine and straightforward and true.) Yup. I still stand by that statement.

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(The 17-year-old sensation, Lorde. Real name: Ella O’Connor.)

What does being confident, unique, and genuine have to do with looks, you may ask. But I think it actually has everything to do with looks. When someone is confident in their individuality and comfortable in their own skin, it shows on their face and the way they carry themselves. They glow(I often see this when I’m browsing through http://www.humansofnewyork.com). Of course, I can’t say for certain that Lorde is self-actualized and genuine(because I’m not a supernatural being that can determine people’s internal statuses) but when I watch clips of her performing her songs or talking about her music in interviews, I get the feeling that she is being genuine and true, from the lyrics she writes and the way she always speaks her mind honestly, the way she twitches her body to the rhythm with her eyes clenched shut, with her hands in the air, trying to shape the feeling of the sound like she’s searching for something. Therefore, when I think of Lorde, the first thing that comes to mind is “raw”. She’s just so original, from the way she posts pictures of herself with her acne cream to her outrage towards photoshop.

Not only is Lorde sensational in her music, but also in her style. I must admit-I am officially in love with Lorde’s fashion. I don’t usually gush over celebrities’ clothes but I just can’t help it because Lorde’s fashion so clearly yet subtly reflects her character and identity. Also, I personally love her simple-yet-bold clothes in general.

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One of the things I despise the most is drawing lines between men and women. Obviously, in many cases, the two sexes are essentially distinctly different in more ways than one, but I strongly believe that generalization must be avoided. Maybe that’s why I feel attracted to people or concepts or art pieces that successfully destruct the line between blue and pink that society has created for us. I am captivated by people who proudly stand in between the traditional gap of perceived gender disparity. People like Lorde. Lorde’s style is ‘feminine’ yet ‘masculine’, mature yet youthful, and unique and individual yet relatable to the general public. 

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Although she does have her flaws and does make mistakes once in a while(I didn’t understand why she declared Selena Gomez’s song ‘Come and Get It’ to be against feminism… I think it’s really all in how you interpret the lyrics, and Lorde saw them in a more sensitive way, I guess.), she’s still one of the most courageous young artists out there that are in the business mainly for the art, not to earn money by trying to look attractive and singing catchy songs that mean nothing to her. And that’s what makes her so appealing to hordes of fans(myself included). Her truthfulness shines into her strong, independent, ‘this-is-who-i-am-so-deal-with-it’ style.

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She usually wears clothes with bold hemlines and structures, and this conveys her attitude perfectly. Most of the time she wears bold, dark colors like black(lots and lots of it), wine red, dark blue etc. I just cannot get enough of her serious, dark, mysterious atmosphere. I didn’t think I would ever say this about a celebrity, but I just want to buy her wardrobe. There. I said it. Her expression of self through fashion is almost identical to how I would choose to do it  if I had more money.

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The fun thing is, judging from Lorde’s clothes, I feel like I’m already her best friend, since our styles are so similar. The basic premise behind this thought is probably that fashion reflects one’s personality and inner nature. Don’t we usually feel compelled to befriend those with similar self-identities to ourselves? Fashion is a profound way of expressing individual identity, and it can bond people together or split them apart(*cough cough high school cliques*). It’s quite interesting how the most basic principle of fashion can make me feel like I’m soulmates with a celebrity who doesn’t know I exist. said Konni, desperately trying to rationalize her extreme Lorde fangirling.

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VOGUE Confuses Me

Hey readers,

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This photo pretty much sums up my evening. Since midterms exams ended two days ago, I no longer had to fight back against the urge to run straight to the nearest bookstore and get my copy of the controversial Kim Kardashian&Kanye West (aka ‘Kimye’) covered latest issue of VOGUE magazine.

After purchasing the magazine, I carried it home(obviously), feeling the weight of the magazine, the weight of the 286 pages of the epitome of the fashion industry, pressing on my palms. Arriving home, I flopped my body onto my sofabed in the most comfortable position I could create with my throw pillows, and tentatively opened the cover of VOGUE USA 2014/APR.

The first 50 pages or so were smothered with advertisements for all sorts of different high-fashion brands, the sort that most fashion bloggers would die for. The other two-hundred and something pages mostly featured skinny models in weird poses(except for an article featuring an athlete known as ‘the world’s fittest woman’), squinting at the camera, or showed photos of celebrities livin’ the good life.

I probably sound not like a fashion blogger but like a grumpy old person with no understanding of the fashion industry. Well, maybe that’s true. Ironically, although my lifelong dream, for a few years now, has been to become the editor of VOGUE one day, I can’t help but wrinkle my nose at the fashion industry, more often than a dedicated fashion blogger should. I must admit that although I have an immense passion for style and fashion, I’m not yet able to sympathize with the motives of the industry itself. It still confuses me, and today I was having an ultimate mental breakdown while flipping through the glamour-filled pages of VOGUE, the magazine of my dreams that I both adore and feel skeptical of at the same time.

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(image above: Vogue UK  cover from January 1958)

Am I obsessed with reading the magazine? No.

Am I obsessed with the vibes that the magazine gives off in regard of the intriguing world of fashion and exquisite design; the very concept of such a magazine as VOGUE? Yes.

In short, to me, VOGUE is one of the most alluring solidificated masterpieces of creative human culture, and simultaneously it is the representation of the many flaws of the overly exclusive fashion world that promotes unhealthy idolization.

This is why VOGUE is such a confusing thing to me. I just can’t take a definite stance.

I mean, I’ve always been intrigued by human creations rather than the natural, already existent patterns of nature. Personally I find the former so much more interesting, because it gives me an idea of what we are capable of doing; what we can achieve as intelligent human beings. Also, human creations are a direct accumulation of our past-what we’ve done so far. And this is probably why fashion clicks with me. It’s such a magical concept, and anything beyond the limits of the laws of nature can be realized through human imagination and creativity.

You’d think, because of my views and feelings toward fashion that are portrayed in the paragraph above, that I should worship fashion magazines like VOGUE. But that’s not all. Like I assert fervently in many of my posts, the fashion industry and fashion magazines are greatly distorted in a way that promotes certain unified standards of beauty and style that, in my opinion, are extremely harmful for society, especially the younger generation(since they/we tend to be more influenced by lookism standards). That’s why I’m appalled whenever I open magazines like VOGUE and see a ton of brand labels each featuring the same standardized skinny, cheekbone-flashing model bombarding me and my 165cm, over-50-kg body.

I do understand that Conde Nast is a business, and that the fashion industry is indeed one of the most thriving money-generating hubs of this century, but I personally do believe that the fashion industry needs to be rooted in more philosophical values and a deep artistic passion for the world of fashion to be able to appeal to crowds of the other gender(men), wider generations, and people of different occupations. We need to work towards getting rid of the extensive glamour in order to let fashion show its true light from within. And although I’m still confused about why the fashion industry has to be so materialistic sometimes, one thing I know for sure is that that’s what I wanna do when I (hopefully) become the editor of VOGUE one day.

 

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New York Fashion Week, and everything in between.

Hi readers! : D (I remember about a year ago, when I didn’t have any readers to say hi to at the beginning of my posts.. Thank You to all of you that have made it here with me.)

If you Google “Fashion”, you’ll probably get a whole stream of news articles talking about New York Fashion Week, which is currently the biggest ongoing event in the fashion world right now. It runs from Feb. 6th~Feb.13th in a place called Lincoln Center in NYC. (Click here to watch live streaming of NYFW.)

I actually did Google “Fashion” about five minutes ago and did find myself browsing through a long list of fashion-related articles telling me all about NYFW and which designers were showing tonight, etc etc. While reading the articles, I thought “Why not do my own article/post about NYFW but make it more interesting and Konni-Kim-Designs-ish?” So that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. I thought that since all of you can easily find professional, informative articles and gossip about what the hottest designs are in NYFW, and who attended, and what they were wearing to the event etc, I should tell you guys about what I read in between the lines of those fashion articles. How I see it as a 17 year old high school student wanting to be a part of the fashion buzz.

Here we go.

#1. First off, MODELS.

When you watch videos of the shows in Fashion Week, you can’t help but notice how gorgeous and stern and god-like the models look. They all have spotless, clear faces and stick-skinny limbs and every single one of them is incredibly tall. Why? I kept thinking, “Why?” Why are these the standards for being a fashion model?

Today I asked my best friend if she would model for Konni Kim Designs, because I wanted to do a post about Korean high school students’ fashion. She refused, saying something along the lines of “Find someone else. I don’t think my body is fit to be a model. The clothes won’t look pretty on me.” So I said “But my blog is about real fashion. Actual style in real life. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Anyone could be a model for my blog. Seriously, anyone. You don’t have to be slim or look like Barbara Palvin.” It was a meaningful conversation. At least, to me it was.

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(image above: famous model Kate Moss)

The reality of the situation is that society does consider a slender, tall figure as “model-like”. Some people say that it’s the body type that accentuates the clothes the best, and that’s why models should be that way, but I disagree. Real fashion isn’t about making the clothes look as pretty as possible, it’s about expressing something. The feeling of looking at a short, plump person wearing a dress is obviously different to the feeling of seeing a tall, skinny person wearing it-but who says the latter is better? The shorter, plumper person can make a certain statement that the taller person would never be able to make. I’d like to clarify that I’m not against tall, slim models. I’m against the social norm that models must be tall and slim. There shouldn’t be a must for models.

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(image above: shirtless Abercrombie&Fitch models in Paris.)

#2. Performances

Since #1 almost turned into a rant, here’s a bit of sunshine from me. I absolutely love the performances in fashion shows. It’s a great way to mix styles and enhance the designer’s message/expression to the public. Sometimes just having models walk around in heels isn’t enough to express what the new collection is all about. Performances show that fashion isn’t just about making nice clothes. In a way, it’s everything. It’s the feeling you get when you see a new dress. It can be the shock you experience when you see Marilyn Manson for the first time. It can be the soft coziness of your favorite fluffy sweater. Performances help you feel those things at a fashion show.

Victoria’s Secret is a lingerie&sleepwear fashion brand that’s famous for its creative shows with great performances. Performances from the hottest stars make their lingerie seem more fun and dynamic, rather than serious and dull.

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(image above: Taylor Swift performing ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ at a Victoria’s Secret show.)

#3. Fashion X Art

Another thing I love about fashion shows these days is how I can see that art is seeping into fashion. When I interviewed Vinita Mohan, a fellow fashion blogger, she inspired me by saying that “fashion is art that you wear” and I really agree with her. (Check out the interview here.)

The prestigious high-fashion brand Prada has recently become known for doing this. For example, six artists(Mesa from Spain, El Mac from the United States, Gabriel Specter from Canada, Stinkfish from Colombia, and Jeanne Detallante and Pierre Mornet from France) created murals of women’s faces for the backdrop of a show and for the ready-to-wear pieces.

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(image above: Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, with the murals of women’s faces by six different artists)

#4. Exclusiveness (brace yourselves for another rant)

I really dislike how fashion shows have their “seating hierarchy”. Another thing I dislike even more is the exclusiveness of the fashion show itself, especially in Fashion Week. It’s not like a sports game, where anyone can just buy themselves a ticket. Most of the time you have to be specially invited, and only people related to the fashion industry or people who can benefit the brands are invited. For someone who strongly believes in real life fashion that can be applied to the general public, I don’t understand why we can’t all go and see the most prestigious designers’ latest designs. It’s a really big flaw of the fashion world-that it’s so tightly knit together so that “normal people” feel intimidated and excluded. Fashion should stop pretending to be something it isn’t. Come on Fashion, we all know that you’re just like the rest of us.

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