Korea Style Week, Celety, meeting the most famous fashion designers in Korea, and how I found out I can’t be a model

Hey readers,

I’ve never been pressured to write a post before, but tonight I am. Not in a bad way though. The pressure comes from my own enlightened desire to write something worthy of describing the awesomeness of the 4th Korea Style Week and all the things I learned and all the wonderful people I met through the experience.

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I honestly have so much I want to share about Korea Style Week this year that, despite my years of blogging experience, I don’t know where to start. The experience was overwhelming in such a lovely way that makes me feel all tingly just thinking about it right now.

 

BRANDS, BRANDS, BRANDS //MODERN SNAPBACKS AND CLASSIC JEWELRY

This year’s KSW was THE essence of my fashion blogging career(if you can call it a career). I feel that the most distinct feature and exclusive merit of buyer-to-buyer brand fairs like this is the diversity of brands. All the brands are willing to engage with the public and are very willing to communicate, which is something I truly appreciated as a fashion blogger at the event. Almost all the brand representatives I talked to were amiable and open to questions about the brand’s style in general, which made it easy for me to do interviews and gather resources.

Since it was a buyer-to-buyer fair, I inevitably anticipated that there would be limits on the creativity/originality of brands’ products but I was pleasantly surprised to see that in depth, every brand had their own ideals/motives and each held a sort of pride about their brand name, which I loved.

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Walking around the maze of brand booths, I could not take my eyes off all the clothes just beckoning for me to come buy them but interestingly for me the two exquisite hidden gems that I discovered this year in KSW were snapbacks and custom jewelry. This is amusing to me because I hardly ever wear snapbacks or pay much attention to my jewelry(hipsters leave angry comments now). It seems to me that hats or accessories have always been side-dishes to the main menu of my actual clothes, which, I now realize, is a very inappropriate attitude(since snapbacks are just the epitome of modern, youthful, hip culture).

 

HATER SNAPBACKS (http://hatersnapback.com/)

The most popular snapbacks at KSW were definitely those from the brand ‘HATer SNAPBACK’, and I could see why. Their snapbacks had a definite structure(unlike those other flimsy caps that you get from brands that don’t specialize in snapbacks) and a unique, appealing style. Their snapbacks seem like a whole new world of snapbacks. They succeeded in creating their own pedestal in the market of snapbacks.

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Each snapback has the famous upside-down-triangle brand logo in gold and the same structure. The only variants among all these snapbacks are the colors and patterns. It gives a sense of altered continuity. The snapbacks look great as one big collection and look equally as swag-filled separately, too.

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I would pick out one personal favorite if I could, but right now I’m hovering between the pink fluorescent one above and the tie-dye colored, leather printed one below.

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CELETY 

This is a brand I now personally feel extremely attached to. I approached the brand representative with the usual “Hi, I’m a fashion blogger and I want to feature your brand..” and she said, “Are you sure you’re a fashion blogger?”(I will still never know whether she was joking or not) Slightly offended, I replied, “I’ll show you my blog!” She smiled coolly and said, “I’m kidding.” At the time I was taken aback by her straightforwardness and humorous nature but I soon came to adore her relentless honesty. After talking about my blog and showing her my work, she was happy to collaborate.

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Jewelry is something I’ve never really experimented with. Personally, interacting with a jewelry brand was like pioneering in a whole new field. And it turns out I’m a jewelry geek.

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Intrigued by their painfully beautiful summer collection, I couldn’t have been more eager to work with Celety. I actually got the chance to interview the brand rep. of Celety(her name in Korean is 임그린), and it was honestly one of the most meaningful conversations I’ve had as a blogger.

 

ME: What’s the most important thing in running a brand business?

REP: Uniqueness is great, but individual sensitivity is definitely crucial. I draw my inspiration and sensitivity from old pop, and therefore I don’t deviate too much from the classics. I just add my own color and structure.

ME: What’s the difference between clothing trends and accessory trends?

REP: Jewelry doesn’t really have cyclic trends. It’s been 8 years since I’ve been doing this work and I just reinterpret the classic styles of the past.

Brand Designer/Stylist: Accessories don’t trend on their own. They go with clothing trends.

ME: So accessories aren’t treated as a whole separate market; they walk alongside clothing fashion.

Brand Designer/Stylist: Yeah.

REP: I wouldn’t say ‘accessories’. Rather, use the word ‘custom jewelry’.

ME: Right. Custom jewelry. I have another thing I wanna know. When you design your own jewelry for your brand, I assume that a certain disparity must exist between your own personal style and the style that your consumers want from you. How do you deal with that?

REP: Yes, of course, there definitely is that gap between what you want and what your customers want. I basically just try to ease prevailing current trends into my own designs. It’s actually one of the reasons why I attend fashion fairs like this-to make our jewelry better known among the public and to find the line between my personal visions and public desires.

ME: Hmm. That makes sense.

REP: It’s really all about reinterpretation. I keep my analogue sensitivity but reinterpret it accordingly every time, just like brands like Ralph Lauren-I truly respect Ralph Lauren- or Yves Saint Laurent do with their fashion. They always have a sort of consistent structure, sensitivity, and sense of color but they manage to make their collections different every time. Our brand name, Celety, means celebration+party, and I got the idea from the song ‘Celebration’ by a band called Kool and the Gang. You should look them up.

ME: Sure.

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(‘Celebration’ by Kool and the Gang)

 

I learned a lot from the short 8-minute conversation that we had. It made me think of jewelry from a new perspective. Not just as an ‘accessory’ but as an actual part of the whole fashion scene. Later, the Celety brand rep. told me that she likes plain white tees with a simple eyeliner and a high bun, because they’re easier to coordinate jewelry with. This made me look at fashion from a whole new point of view. Fashion isn’t just about the clothes you wear. It’s about how you wear them and what you wear them with. And it’s also about perspective. In an industry where objectivity is almost nothing but a myth and sales are based on interaction through common style, every sector of the industry has a strikingly unique point of view towards fashion and towards other sectors. Albeit modern youthful fashion labels focus on studs, statement tees, and bright floral shorts, jewelry brands like Celety appreciate a clean cut look more, because apparently a simple, plain look is more convenient when styling and matching jewelry.

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(The brand rep. gave me this necklace as a gift. I picked it out myself because of the ethnic feel and the combination of colors. I still cannot get over how stunning the necklace looks and how much it means to me. It’s an embodiment of all the sleepless, blogging-filled nights that have led up to this moment.)

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(Yay I’m wearing the necklace!)

I know that Celety will forever have a special place in my heart and my career. The brand rep. said she would invite me to future brand store openings and all that jazz, so, looking bright here!

GETTING TO MEET THE MOST FAMOUS FASHION DESIGNERS IN KOREA//THE RUNWAY

This was a huge part of KSW for me since, well, obviously, it’s not every day that you get to meet the role model of your whole career. Watching the runway shows at KSW and seeing Ko Tae Yong(고태용) and Hwang Jae Keun(황재근) was something that I never thought I’d be doing at this stage of my life and being there and witnessing their presence before my eyes was so inspiring in itself.

I learned a lot from listening to them talk.

Ko Tae Yong, who recently had his own show in New York Fashion Week just this year, designs for Reebok and his own brand, Beyond Closet. I watched him intently. His shades were reflecting light, and they shimmered because he kept adjusting them incessantly. He was also fiddling with his fringe a lot as he spoke. His choice of garments to the event was simpler than I had expected. He looked carefree yet down to designing business in loose black trousers and a loose shirt to go with.

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Ko Tae Yong’s words about how a fearless spirit is imperative in becoming a fashion designer really channeled my attitude towards being head-first and non-stop rather than over-thinking every single situation and being too careful to take risks. During his interview, he calmly stated that the most important difference between designer clothes and clothes sold at 4900 won is that designer clothes are sold at a much higher price because they have a sense of identity, unlike clothes that are mass produced in a factory. It cleared things up a little for me and I learned not to view the high-fashion designer brand world with my usual negativity and slight cockiness, since although the high-fashion world may be clouded by stereotypes of unlimited wealth and useless hubris, there is definitely a reason why those classic brands are still a huge success in the industry, and there’s a lot to learn from them.

 

Hwang Jae Keun is the ultimate champion of Project Runway Korea. That means he’s a renowned, experienced designer(Whoo, shocker). He gave styling tips and answered questions from the audience, and although I didn’t get to directly ask him anything due to time management issues, I did learn a thing or two about the concept of fashion.

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I realize now that I’ve been so selfish about fashion and art. I always had that selfish ‘i-don’t-want-your-influence-because-fashion-should-be-personal-and-genuine’ type of mindset when it came to styling or designing, but Hwang Jae Keun’s talk on what fashion meant was an eye-opening turning point. He said that fashion was ‘communication‘, because not only does a fashion designer have to express his individual identity but he also must excel in creating a common ground in which to bond with his consumers. I remember an internet article I read about Lana Del Rey saying that she doesn’t like it when people listen to and reinterpret her music because she makes her music solely for herself. At the time I was sympathetic of what she said to a certain extent, but I’m slowly leaning away from that point of view to the less-stubborn side.

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The runway shows were a delight.

 

HOW I FOUND OUT I CAN’T MODEL

Now, I’m usually the one behind the camera, taking pictures of other people (or heavenly items that I find once in a while in the back of my wardrobe), and I gotta confess that although taking the photos is great because I get to direct everything and create my own little work of art, sometimes, once in a while, I do want to be the girl standing in front of the camera, basking in the glorious spotlight of that camera beam. It’s probably not just me(I hope.), I bet a lot of girls and guys have flipped through W magazine or Vogue thinking, ‘Oh man, I gotta do that someday’. So since I was at KSW with my lil’ sis, I decided to switch roles for a change!

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“Like this?”

“No no, put your chin down a little more, and SMIZE. You know what Tyra Banks told you on ANTM.”

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“Ohhh okay like THIS!”

“Ehh.. move your head back a little.”

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“What, you mean like THIS??”

“Gurrlll you ain’t ever gonna be a model. Stop that this instant people are watching”

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“OHMYGEERRRRRD”

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Okay, this last pic is the least monstrous one out of all of them. This will have to do.

 

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(This is how it’s supposed to be done.)

All my sleepless nights of watching America’s Next Top Model and I still can’t take a good photo. Well that makes me feel professional.

LAST THOUGHTS…

Upon concluding this exclusive, one-of-a-kind, fashion-filled post, I’d like to give a huge internet hug to my readers(whether they want it or not) and I’d like to say thank you to everyone that’s supported me and brought me here. Although I still consider myself a beginner, I must say that I’ve come further in this than I expected myself to be at this time of my life and I’m grateful of the fact that I can still find the positive, pure energy in me to continue on with this passion of mine. I’m having the time of my life here, and I guess I can only try hard and hope things just keep on escalating.

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Escaping with my sister to Han River at night!

Hey readers,

I’ve always held a fascination for the nighttime. Since I’m almost an insomniac, in middle school(since I had nothing better to do back then) I would stay up until 4 or 5 in the morning and write or draw. Now I use that time to blog. For me, the night has always been my mental escape to freedom. Yesterday night, however, I decided to actually, physically escape. I went to the Han River with my sister(of course, not too late at night) and talked and ate and took some photos. Usually it takes quite a bit of persuading to get my sister to have some fashion photos taken of herself, but when I asked her today she quickly obliged because she was wearing her new favorite outfit.

Excuse the blurry photos-all we brought was a lousy camera phone. But on the bright side the city lights look amazing! And hey they kind of look artistic, if you know what I mean.

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(Teddy bears’ picnic! Does anyone recognize the orange Friendbear Care Bear…? I feel old.)

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The outfit of the night.

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Cropped top and matching shorts!

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Note to self: taking photos at night with camera phone-not a good idea in terms of photography. However, in terms of vintage artistic awesomeness, best accidental find ever!

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White Converses go with just about anything and everything.

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You’re part of a trend, whether you like it or not.

Hey readers,

Fashion trends are rooted in the basic human desire to imitate. It’s a human nature that has been psychologically proven, over and over again, through the behavior of infants and in the discipline of social psychology. It’s what runs the fashion industry. It’s what drives consumers to willingly open up their wallets and cough up the large amounts of money to invest in some nice clothes. Imitation brings us comfort; a sense of belonging. It’s a connection to our surroundings and to other members of society.

“That is the key of this collection, being yourself. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.”

-Gianni Versace

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“Dress to Impress”

Going further into the psychology of fashion consumption, there’s something more to the formation of trends than just a primary instinct to copy what we see. There’s a desire to impress. Not only do we want to fit in but we want to prove a point to other people. This is interesting because this is where we get to see the differences in culture and standards of value. Some people value wealth and adorn themselves with million-dollar jewels and preppy designer brand garments. Some people choose to show people that they’re more carefree and cool by dressing in baggy trousers and a hipster top. Others might idolize sensuality and wear skimpy clothes that can show off their body(I’m not saying this is ideal, just an example). Whatever they value most in life, what all of these people have in common is the subconscious(or possibly conscious) need to impress other people and make other people think of them in a certain way.

Since everyone has different standards, not everyone follows the same trend, but almost everyone is indeed involved in a certain pattern of fashion consumption. Ditto trends exist everywhere. Even when you think you’re badass for not caring about Chanel or Louis Vuitton and you turn to goth chains and ripped black skinny jeans, you’re still part of a ‘trend’ of being goth(or emo. or both. or maybe you’re just badass).

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(SUDDEN REALIZATION THAT I’M NOT AS SPECIAL AS I THOUGHT I WAS *gasp*)

“As a designer, you’ve always got to push yourself forward; you’ve always got to keep up with the trends or make your own trends. That’s what I do.”

-Alexander McQueen

If I ended this post here, it would be terrible, because I like to convince people that they are special. And you truly are, whether you see it or not. Being unique isn’t about wearing clothes from a distant universe that no one else has ever imagined to make before. It’s about your decisions. It’s why you make the choices you make. It’s the ability to make conscious choices to follow your own heart and not be dragged around by other people. So go ahead and wear that old, comfy, ‘unstylish’ shirt that you secretly love wearing when you’re alone in your room reading these blog posts. (Just don’t wear it to a job interview or anything. Have common sense and appropriate courtesy in fashion and it’ll probably be fine.)

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Image Credits:

http://www.fashionmagazine.com/fashion/at-the-shows/2012/10/29/top-10-fashion-trends-spring-2013/

http://www.mememaker.net

 

Letter to my readers & Summer plans

Dear readers,

Ironically, now that finals are over, I’m going to think more.

I feel like my mind has been confined in a rectangular box for the past 2~3 weeks, since during exam period even reading about people’s views on women’s self-identity and introspection and thinking about feminism is considered a “waste of time”(when I personally think it’s one of the most meaningful things I did this exam period). I mean, I do support and believe in education but I just wish it would involve more independent thinking and individual creativity rather than solely depending on memorization skills.

Well anyways, I’m back! : D It’s summer and I’ve got more time to talk to you guys-my awesome readers whom I love ❤ Honestly, you guys are the best, most insightful readers I could ever wish for. I’m sorry if I sometimes take too long to reply to comments-I’ll try to be faster… And hey if you wanna leave feedback or just talk about anything send me an email: konnikim@gmail.com

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(attempting and failing to build sandcastles at the beach last summer with friends! can’t wait to go again.)

Although my favorite season is without doubt winter(snow! hot chocolate! boots!), I have to admit that summer is one crazy, crazy season. This summer I’m hoping to do lots of things. I’ve got so many ideas in my head right now so let me just write them out.

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(I miss my furry winter boots : (  )

1. Blog, blog, blog.

No one will ever be able to tear me away from my old laptop! (Arrg the ‘d’ key is missing because I was stressed and pulled it out and threw it across the room in a storm of rage two weeks ago… couldn’t find it : (  )

 

2. Think!

I know I mentioned above that I’m gonna think more. Specifically I mean that I’m going to try to reduce the amount of time I spend just routinely doing things. I want to question anything and everything and try to read more and analyze more.

 

3. Go on a diet  Nahh not happenin’. Can’t live without my crisps and Nesquik.

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(How to be my friend: give me Nesquik.)

 

3. Study more

Obviously.

 

4. Buy merchandise!!

Wishlist: Harry Potter wand(yes, I’m 17 years old), Harry Potter shirt, Nirvana shirt, My Chemical Romance shirt.

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(okay #shutupandtakemymoney)

 

5. Come up with more effective argumentation to use against ignorant people that oppose gay marriage/any other type of equality.

Sexists, racists, and basically any other group of biased organisms of the human species included.

 

6. Do something crazy with someone I love.

Because isn’t that what summer is all about??

 

7. Learn to forget the haters!

Seriously girl, you go up to my best friend and whisper in her ear just to tell her you think I’m ugly? That ain’t make you any prettier (or cooler, for that matter).

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8. Fangirl over Benedict Cumberbatch…

…and how unbelievably sexy he is in Sherlock.

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(isn’t this GIF cute? I think it’s adorable.)

 

9. Stop unfairly judging people.

Okay, okay this kind of contradicts #7, but come to think of it now I too unconsciously judge people. So let’s all try not to judge each other(myself included).

 

10. Improve my Spanish.

Yeah, sure, Spanish movies are super fun and artistic. It’s just that I can’t understand what they’re saying. Is someone dead? Are they going to dinner now..ohh they weren’t whispering love poems in each other’s ears they were arguing over a divorce. okay.

 

I can’t think of any more right now but I’ll add more to the list if I come up with anything. What are YOUR plans this summer?

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Thanks!

 

Image Credits: http://www.nestleprofessional.com, http://www.memecenter.com, http://www.zap2it.com, http://www.lyst.com

A girl that used to be rich but lost everything and became a gypsy wanderer

Hey readers,

Just using my imagination…

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It’s been quite a while since I last did a personal art post, so here’s a new one!

I tried to make her look as lost, determined, special, beautiful, mature, and naive as possible. ♥

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Summer fashion photoshoot!

Hey readers,

I hope you’re all having a great day : )

Today I went to the Han River(Seoul’s major river, the fourth longest on the Korean peninsula) with family and took some great photos of how my sister wore her outfit. It was a beautiful sunny day so the pics really turned out better than I’d imagined. The background is filled with bright natural colors which makes the shots look vibrant and energetic. She’s wearing a grey shirt with holes all over it(yay grunge!). It has a lip/American flag design printed on the front. The shorts she’s wearing are stonewashed and are a light shade of blue. They’re ripped and the pockets are showing, to create a more grunge-y, vintage effect. The shoes are red high-top ‘SK8-Hi’s from Vans-I tried to find the exact color of ‘SK8-Hi’s on the Vans website, but I think they only have this exact model in Vans Korea, so if you’re in the US, click here(WOMEN / MEN) to see other ‘SK8-Hi’s with different colors(they’re all very unique and colorful!). Oh and of course-rectangular shades are crucial to her chic look!


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Let’s have an online sleepover where we tell each other about our tedious daily lives.

Hey readers,

If you’re up for some one-on-one bonding time over ranting on about our tough lives, you’re in the right place. (We can be frieeennds!) Of course all of us are living extremely blessed lives, but sometimes we just have to let the things on our mind out so that we can move on and be all happy and chirpy again. What are you stressing out over these days? Tell me by commenting on this post(click the title of this post, then scroll down to the bottom of the post. You’ll find the comment box.)

And I know (trust me, I do, I’m in high school) that sometimes you just can’t whine to your friends or the people around you because they’re too involved and continuously complaining about the details of your dreary life to them might chase them off. So why don’t we(yes, me and you. You and Konni.) rant to each other about our daily struggles? I’m willing to talk. Or maybe just listen, if that’s what you want.

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(So…let’s feed each other strawberries and have some quality bonding time like the people in this photo..?)

So let’s just sit down here with a cup of tea(ehh. I’ll have a chocolate Nesquik. But whatever works..) and talk about our hardships and the teeny-tiny annoying things that your husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/employer/friend does that you just can’t stand. Let’s talk about trivial things(or crucial events, if you’re up for it) like shallow people at a hair salon. Or like 15 year old girls at a sleepover.

Honestly, these days I’m having a hard time with running a not-your-average-fashion-blog blog. It has its perks, like being able to connect more genuinely with my readers. I also get to do whatever I want whenever I want to. I get to be myself. But the hardships are pressing down on me these days. Typical fashion/style related blogs are usually packed with high-definition photos of pretty girls posing with an indifferent look on their faces, wearing the hottest trends or the cutest little vintage item. Their photos are all over tumblr, WeHeartIt, Instagram, etc. It’s easier for them to get recognized as a ‘fashion blog’ among young teens(mostly girls). But the thing is, I’m raw. Maybe too raw to be the owner of a fashion blog. I take raw photos, I don’t buy designer label clothes, and I don’t make things look pretty. Usually I criticize the current fashion industry or try to prove how awesome fashion is not by posting pictures of beautiful leggy girls in floral dresses but by writing my mind and trying to stay as true to myself as possible. And as lovely as it is for me, it’s so much harder to get noticed by the fashion industry or magazine scouts. This makes it more difficult to get my thoughts across to big crowds of people.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking down on other fashion-related blogs. I’ve just observed some differences between the majority of fashion blogs and mine. I’m just stating some thoughts that popped up in my head while exploring Seventeen Magazine’s Style Council teenage bloggers.

Being off the mainstream road can be tough, I guess.

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(random photo of homemade cupcakes. My mum and sister made them for me on my 17th birthday.)

I’m also stressed because of relationships and my emotions. I feel very frustrated when I can’t control my emotions. But then… schoolwork just keeps rollin’ in and I have so much to do everyday, which prevents me from getting a chance to sit down alone and sort my emotions out.

Well, that was me.

Your turn.

What’s on YOUR mind?

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http://glossi.com/Fairy_Magazine/61491-fairy-magazine-issue-one

My favorite men’s summer 2014 fashion: the online brand Bonobos!

Hey readers,

Honestly, this is my very first menswear post. I don’t usually blog about men’s clothes because I’m a woman and I (obviously) encounter women’s clothes more often, but brace yourselves because from now on I’m going to post more menswear posts. ‘Why?’ Because I’m in love. ‘With a man?’ Kind of. I’m in love with his chinos.

For those of you that are sitting in front of your laptops wondering what in the world the word ‘chinos’ could possibly mean, ‘chino’ is a type of twill fabric, and the word also refers to trousers(pants) made of the material. (When I say chinos I mean the trousers.) And they’ve caught my eye this summer. No wait-specifically, the menswear brand Bonobos‘s new 2014 summer collection of garment-dyed chinos has captured my so very special attention. (Visit Bonobos now!)

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(Sea green garment dyed chinos. Bonobos.)

(I LOVE THIS COLOR!! It’s so fresh and minty!*squeals like a fangirl*)

For me the summertime is all about lighthearted fun and youthful cheer, and Bonobos’s garment dyed chinos say just that with their soft pastel tones and comfy-yet-preppy style. It’s like watching children make sandcastles, candyfloss(cotton candy) on a stick, and mint ice cream with delicious peanut sprinkles (why do I always make food comparisons…). I personally find it extremely attractive when men wear light colored trousers because it tones down the heaviness of the overall look and makes a guy look so much more brighter and approachable. If there’s anyone out there reading this that’s looking for a girl/boyfriend or trying to get that special someone’s attention in the school corridors, I recommend these wonderful garment dyed chinos.

Bonobos is a clothing brand focused on delivering great fit, high energy, and superb customer experience. Launched in 2007 on the Internet with its signature line of better-fitting men’s pants, Bonobos is now the largest apparel brand ever built on the web in the United States. In 2011 Bonobos extended offline, launching Bonobos Guideshops, e-commerce showrooms that deliver personalized, one-to-one service to those wanting to experience the brand in-person. In 2012, Bonobos expanded its distribution partnering with Nordstrom, bringing Bonobos apparel into select doors nationwide and to Nordstrom.com. Across channels, Bonobos is focused on delivering a well-targeted brand promise: world-class fit, an innovative shopping experience and an energetic brand spirit. Bonobos was named “One of America’s Hottest Brands” by Advertising Age, “Best Men’s Pants” by New York Magazine, one of Inc. Magazine’s “20 Awesome Facebook Pages” and was awarded Crain’s “Best Places to Work in New York City”. Visit www.bonobos.com.

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(from Bonobos’s Street Style photoshoot.)

 The chinos go really well with canvas shoes or casual floral shirts. I love how men’s fashion is gradually moving away from the standardized ‘black, grey, and brown’ colors and stiff formal hemlines, and is shifting towards a more harmonized jumble of both originally feminine and masculine style traits.

I’m also personally deeply in love with floral patterns for menswear. It just makes men look so stylish and fabulous-it’s like they’re saying ‘talk to me, I’m flirtatious and interesting’.

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(also from Bonobos’s Street Style photoshoot.)

There really aren’t many online clothing brands that I feel like I can trust(after all, it IS the internet), but Bonobos is a brand that’s always reliable, fashionable, and international(which is good news since lots of you guys, my readers, are from different countries)! Another thing I love about them is that they’re so unique with their collections and create trends rather than just follow mainstream trends.

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(Garment dyed chinos. Bonobos.)

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(Nantucket red garment dyed chinos. Bonobos.)

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(Wheat garment dyed chinos. Bonobos.)

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(Navy blazer garment dyed chinos. Bonobos.)

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My lazy Tuesday

Hey readers,

Today I didn’t go to school because it was the school’s 30th anniversary. I lingered around at home, went alone to a nearby cafe, read a book, studied, ate food, ate food, ate food, and ate food (you get what I’m sayin’). On a typical Tuesday I would be at school all day(school usually ends at 10:10 pm.), but for once I had the chance to spend my Tuesday relaxing alone. I had quite a pleasant day today, and would like to share it with you guys!

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(This latte in a jar tasted amazing. Best latte I’ve ever tasted.)

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(because drawing on myself is always fun.)

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(Why is Math so hard?)

I listened to Birdy all day. Her voice is so angelic and beautiful and makes me feel so…peaceful. (Look her up already if you don’t know who she is. ‘Seriously? You don’t know who BIRDY is yet?!’)

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I love the lyrics to her song, ‘Wings‘. To watch the music video, click here.

Sunlight comes creeping in
Illuminates our skin
We watch the day go by
Stories of all we did
It made me think of you
It made me think of you
Under a trillion stars
We danced on top of cars
Took pictures of the stage
So far from where we are
They made me think of you
They made me think of you

Oh lights go down
In the moment we’re lost and found
I just wanna be by your side
If these wings could fly
Oh damn these walls
In the moment we’re ten feet tall
And how you told me after it all
We’d remember tonight
For the rest of our lives

I’m in a foreign state
My thoughts they slip away
My words are leaving me
They caught an aeroplane
Because I thought of you
Just from the thought of you

Oh lights go down
In the moment we’re lost and found
I just wanna be by your side
If these wings could fly
Oh damn these walls
In the moment we’re ten feet tall
And how you told me after it all
We’d remember tonight
For the rest of our lives

If these wings could fly

Oh lights go down
In the moment we’re lost and found
I just wanna be by your side
If these wings could fly
Oh damn these walls
In the moment we’re ten feet tall
And how you told me after it all
We’d remember tonight
For the rest of our lives

Well… that’s all for now! Have a great day, everyone. Cheers.

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Image Credits: Photo of Birdy from (http://www.getshotmagazine.com/2013/04/15/birdy-the-opera-house/)

Interview with pop singer Derik Fein!

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I must admit-I am addicted to Twitter. Yes. Twitter. I just started actively tweeting a few days ago, and ever since I’ve just been obsessed with talking to Konni Kim Designs(KKD) readers and followers. It literally is a whole new world, and it’s opened new doors of interaction that have allowed me to talk to KKD followers from all over the world, and I LOVE IT. : D

Through Twitter, I’ve also been communicating with other bloggers, brands, YouTubers, artists, musicians etc. It’s super easy to get introduced to wonderful people who are also publishing their work on the internet, since Twitter automatically recommends scores of the most talented, successful new people for me to ‘follow’ every day. So I guess it wasn’t much of a coincidence that Twitter led me to Derik Fein, an amazing American pop singer with a great taste in music and style.

(Check out his official website: http://www.derikfein.com/ -You can also follow/like him on Twitter/Facebook through his website)

Aaand… as you probably noticed from the title, I actually got the chance to interview him one-on-one! (dances internally)

Without further ado, here goes.

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(K: Konni, D: Derik)

K: Hi Derik! It’s great to have you here. Could you tell us a little about yourself and your music, for people reading this interview that don’t yet know you?
D: My name is Derik Fein. I’m a POP singer from Miami. I have an amazing fan base called #Feiners.

K: When and why did you start pursuing music? Was it a lifelong dream or was it a spontaneous urge?
D: Definitely a life long urge. I’ve never had a lesson. Self taught. I began playing guitar when i was 12 years old. I traded my ipod for my friend’s broken guitar. Since then I have not stopped. I later took on singing.

K: Were your family/friends supportive of you making music and becoming a musician?
D: At first no one took me seriously, and it was more of a hobby. Now my family and friends are very supportive of my career. It has been a long musical journey for me.

 

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(from Derik’s music video ‘Times Square’. Click here to watch the video!)
K: I heard that you’re going on a world tour at the end of this year-tell us more about it! (Which countries are you gonna be visiting, what should fans be expecting to see, etc.)
D: No official dates or locations (are) confirmed. Stay tuned!
K: In your opinion, what are the similarities and differences between music and fashion?
D: Music and fashion are similar in the sense of being a form of expression. Both inspire and evoke many emotions in people. Both trends are constantly changing. Music aids our feelings while fashion displays our lifestyle.
K: Are you interested in fashion? Are you fashionable?
D: I love staying up to date with the latest fashion trends. I’ve been told that I am.

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K: What do you think of the modern fashion industry?
D: I think it’s rapidly changing. I could say I’m fond of whats currently trending.
K: Who/what is your ultimate inspiration?
D: Elvis, Steve Jobs and Enzo Ferrari. They were innovators.
K: What are your future prospects, both as a musician and as a person?
D: I have many exciting projects to look forward to in the near future. I would like to form a clothing line.
K: Any last words to your fans(including me : )) before we end the interview?
D: I love all of my #Feiners. Stay tuned for many exciting things to come this year.
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(Derik with #Feiners!)
K: Just one last random question-What’s your favorite movie and why?
D: My favorite movie at the moment is Crazy Stupid Love, Because I can relate 🙂

 

Aaand that’s a wrap!
The interview was pretty short(sorry!) but nevertheless I hope you enjoyed reading it!
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#Feiners! I might send some comments and send them to Derik Fein directly : )