Fashion

Reminiscing the Last Winter in Korea

May 18, 2016

I am so happy that it is spring and soon it will be summer, but there’s something about when the seasons pass, you miss them a little. I definitely love summer and spring a lot better, but I definitely miss the perks of winter as well. I am such a layering girl, so I will miss layering in the summer. In Korea, it is impossible to layer during the summer because it is just too hot!! On the brighter side, since I am going back to California very soon, I can enjoy the beautiful weather and definitely layer a little bit here and there! When it’s hot though, I have got to take a break from layering!

Nostalgic Memories of Korean Winters

The nostalgic memories of the ice cold winters in Korea will remind me of the differently designed hot packs also known as hand warmers that keep your body warm. If you don’t know what hot packs are, they are basically portable heaters that are small enough to fit into your pockets. They are little bags with “stuff” in it that feel like little rocks. You shake it and it becomes hot! Here is a link of where you could purchase them when you are in Korea. Although, you don’t need them now! For future winters in Korea, or other cold climate countries, it is great to have! I will definitely miss Korea’s clever ideas of hot packs that can even be stuck against your clothes to keep you snuggled in warmth! The cute head bands that keep your ears warm, so that they don’t feel like they will fall off! Being able to rock my blanket scarves from Aritzia and actually make use of every bit of fabric so that no cold air can seep into my body! Nonetheless, I am excited to move forward back to sunny California! Here is a quick recap of some of my outfits towards the end of the winter. Hope you enjoy!!

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Outfit Details

Outfit #1

Sweater: Korean Boutique

Jacket: Korean Boutique

Pants: Wonderplace (Old, Check out the site here).

Shoes: Steve Madden (Old, Similar Here).

Scarf: Lord and Taylor (Old)

Clutch: After Monday

Outfit #2

Coat: Club Monaco (Old)

Button up Collared Shirt: A Moveable Feast (Old)

Knitted Tank Top: After Monday

High-waisted Jeans: After Monday

Shoes: Pour la Victoire

Bag: 8 Seconds

Necklace: Handmade by Me

Outfit #3

Flared Sleeved Top: After Monday

Black V-Neck Top: Zara (Old)

Skirt: ASOS (Old)

Shoes: Steve Madden (Old, Similar Here)

Beauty

My Favorite Beauty Pick of the Week for Acne-prone and Sensitive Skin – MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

May 13, 2016

Cover up those vicious pimples and scars with the right foundation

In some of my past posts, I have mentioned that I have very acne-prone and sensitive skin, therefore the products I choose to use require a lot of research, testing, and returning of the product as well as trying of new products over and over again. It is always a long process trying to find products that will not break me out as much. I have suffered from acne for about 6 years now and have tried many different products, medication, and dermatologists, so I definitely know the ins and outs about acne products as well as extraction processes. Today, I will share about my new favorite foundation I am currently using. Nonetheless, just because I love it and it works for me, does not mean that it will work for you or not break you out. The process of finding the “perfect” foundation takes a lot of time and effort. You have to try and try and try and research and research! Eventually, there will be one that is good for you!

Through my years of experiences with acne, it is definitely more apparent that for acne prone skin, mineral foundation is the least irritating and harsh on the skin. However, as much as I love mineral foundation and its perks, there are definitely weaknesses in mineral foundation that stirred me onto my research for a non irritating liquid foundation. Don’t get me wrong, I love the results given through mineral foundation, but during harsh winters it can be very drying and show the bumps and signs of acne more clearly, which is a big no no! It defeats the whole purpose of using foundation in the first place. I feel like the minerals in mineral foundation wrap around your pimples and scars more visibly. I would still definitely recommend mineral foundation, but I would try to avoid it during the harsh winters. Here is a brief list of some of the mineral foundations that did not break me out and gave me good coverage: Bare Minerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15.

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As I have kind of mentioned above, I have started to realize that for acne prone skin, using a liquid foundation with a good balance of a hydrator helps to diminish the signs of acne. It is important to keep your face hydrated, even if you are oily or acne-prone. I have pretty oily skin but over the years, I feel like the rest of my face has become a little bit less oily minus my T-zone. Nonetheless, I always keep my face hydrated throughout all four seasons. Finding a perfect moisturizer for you is essential! When your skin is dry, it is more prone to breakouts and irritations. At least, that is what I have personally experienced. I have been using the same moisturizer for about a year now and I love it!!! I always wake up with a face that is rejuvenated and calm from the previous days exposure to dust and pollution. I will be posting about this moisturizer very soon! It is one thing I cannot live without! Let’s not get sidetracked Lydia! Onto my favorite foundation from MAC. I actually had my doubts about MAC for some reason. I had this subconscious notion that MAC products would not be good for acne prone and sensitive skin. However, I went to Mac Cosmetics and ended up finding a liquid foundation I really liked. At first, I went in to try the MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation, but I tested it out and did not like it due to the lack of coverage. I still have some scars and breakouts, so I feel like this foundation is more for people who already have pretty clear skin! So, I was recommended to try the  MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. I tested it out and of course before purchasing, I went home and did some research. There were pretty good reviews, so I decided to give it a try. As for me, I know that the reviews can only take you so far. The sad result is that all foundations give everyone different results. It would be nice to think that a perfect foundation that looks nice on your friend, would also look nice on you, but it doesn’t work that way! Therefore, I hope that for some people this MAC foundation will work for you!

There you go! My Favorite Beauty Pick of the Week: MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

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The reasons why I like this foundation are due to its nourishing effects, long lasting effects, and glowing effects. I do apply a skin cream that acts like a sunblock and helps to regenerate my skin, which I also think is a good combination with this foundation. It acts as a good base. Therefore, my foundation lasts a lot longer and my skin looks very moist and not too oily. Throughout the day, even after I sweat on my face, the foundation is pretty in tact. I usually barely have to touch up throughout the day. For the most part, I do not touch up my face unless I literally sweat waterfalls down my face. This foundation has a very nice, glowing satin finish with pretty good coverage! I do use a full coverage concealer as well, which I posted about a while back. You can take a look at the post here. When applying this foundation, I usually use a beauty blender sponge or makeup sponges that I have access to at home and apply it from an inward to outward motion. The  foundation applies very nicely and naturally with a beauty blender sponge. It gives me a perfect start and end to my day! I hope this was helpful!

Here are a few pics of what it looks like. I took this picture during midday around 4pm after a little bit of sweating on the face. There is a little bit of shine, but these are some of the raw photos during a photoshoot that I received. No editing or anything was done on them! The shine looks a bit brighter in the picture, but all you have to do is dab it a little with blotting paper if you do not like the shine.

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Lifestyle

Gieok Studio – 기억스튜디오 – Hongdae

May 10, 2016

Gieok Studio in Hongdae

I have about 25 more days left before I go back to California, so I have been trying to spend my time with the people that I love with efficiency and joy! One of my closest friends I met here in Korea, is getting married soon, so before I leave, we decided to take a Korean styled studio pic. We coupled up in a pair of jeans and a white top. We heard there were good reviews from this studio in Hongdae, called Gieok Studio (기억스튜디오), directly translated, Remember Studio, so we decided to give it a try! The studio was not too big, but still decent sized! We wanted something natural and simple, so we stuck with a simple background! If you ever come to Korea or are in korea, and want to take a nice picture with your friends, family, or special other, I would definitely recommend it! We got our pictures back on the same day, so it was quite fast. We were definitely satisfied with the picture quality as well! It was definitely a fun experience and a good memory to keep for a lifetime. Of course, it was awkward to pose at times and we wanted a lot of candid pictures, so we tried! I hope you like the pictures! You can check out their site at www.gieokstudio.co.kr.


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If you take the subway Line 6 to Sangsu station and go out exit one, you can follow the map I posted. Also, you can just go out exit one and take a U-turn and take a slight left and walk straight. Right after you pass CoCo Gallery, you take the first left and you should see it on your left.

Fashion

Spring Lookbook 2016

April 21, 2016

Spring is one of my favorite seasons, therefore, styling for the spring gets me the most excited and energized to create outfits that inspire me! I made my first youtube video featuring my Spring Lookbook of 2016! I incorporated some of my favorite trends of Spring 2016 to my outfits, which included high Victorian necklines, florals, bold colors, like orange, and the 70s look. I included some footage of photos from the day of the shoot below! I hope you enjoy looking at the different outfits I will be rocking this Springgggg! Click on the link below to see the video!! My outfit details are included in the youtube description as well as at the bottom of this posting! Be careful of spring allergies and stay healthy!

Spring Lookbook 2016

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 To explain my logo a little, it is basically a way of saying look at you, as in yourself and look at me, because my last name is Ju! 😉 dailylook, outfit of the day, ootd, oufit, style, spring lookbook 2016, lookbook, zara, asos, accessorize, aftermonday, korean fashion, choies, zooshoo, 데일리룩, 스타일, trends, spring trends

OUTFIT #1
FLORAL FLOWS
-Puffy Sleeved Shirt : Reclaimed Vintage – http://bit.ly/1XcmA4q
-High-Waisted Denim : After Monday – http://bit.ly/1MO7ykN
-Velvet Open-Toe Platforms : ASOS – Similar – http://bit.ly/1ovqkSw

OUTFIT #2
BRING’N OUT FEMININTY
-Navy Stone Pendant Necklace : Accessorize – Similar –http://bit.ly/1UQiNfQ
-Floral Maxi Dress : Ebonie – http://bit.ly/1RIVjD7
-Orange Suede Mules : After Monday – http://bit.ly/1XcnvBR

OUTFIT #3
BE BOLD
-Orange Blouse : MAGNMAG
-Knitted Peplum Top : Korean Street Boutique
-Pastel Pink Trousers : Wonderplace – http://bit.ly/1SwEYBc (If you are in Korea, you can definitely check this store out, they have awesome, but decent priced items!)
-Gold Mini Stone Cuffs : Zara
-Pointy Heeled Pumps : ASOS – Similar – http://bit.ly/1qkrZfz

OUTFIT #4
BACK TO THE 70s
-Highneck Wide Sleeved Blouse : After Monday – http://bit.ly/1V4BZ92
-Navy Stone Pendant Necklace : Accessorize
-Pleated Tank Top : Wonderplace
-Red High-Waisted Trousers : Culture Call
-Peep Toe Heels : Zooshoo – http://bit.ly/1N57pV7

Outfit 5
FREE NIGHT OUT (same top from outfit 1, change to a going-out look)
-Puffy Sleeved Shirt : Reclaimed Vintage – http://bit.ly/1XcmA4q
-Black Feather Skirt : Choies – http://bit.ly/1ovsvWh
-Gold Plated Bracelet : Accessorize – http://bit.ly/1UDJ4xw
-Ankle Strap Sandals : Soda – Zooshoo – http://bit.ly/1TwoTQL

Lifestyle

Welcome Spring

April 6, 2016

Spring is in the air, and so am I

Welcome Spring! Tis the season to be springy~falalalalalalala~Sorry, can you hear the excitement in my voice though?! I am so excited for the beautiful weather of spring and I am thrilled to be back here posting with you all! I have been gone for about a month and I am so sorry about that! It has been very hectic trying to get ready to move my whole life back to another country! I am moving back to my home in sunny California! I can’t wait to be back at home with my family! My time in Korea has been the most amazing and life changing time of my life! I have experienced so much exponential growth and being surrounded with one of the most genuine, loving, encouraging, and wise communities have been one of the best parts! I am overwhelmed by the thoughts and love I have received here! Of course, I have had some of the toughest times in my life in Korea as well, however overall, all of the experiences have brought me to be a stronger, happier, and more faithful person! There has been so much that I have wanted to share with you guys, but for now I will stop rambling on, and update you guys on some of the things I have been working on. The biggest thing I have been working on is my youtube channel! I am looking forward to sharing all my beauty, health, and fashion knowledge with everyone. My first video actually got posted just yesterday! I will be showing you all the sneak peaks of the footage very soon! For now, I wanted to give you a quick picture summary of what I have been doing the last month, including my last birthday here in Korea!

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The girl who planned it all, amazing friend, genuine woman, talented, and beautiful

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Fun days in Seoul, Samcheongdong, Sinsadong, Beautiful Cafes and Shops

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So much more I want to update you guys on through photo collaging, but I will definitely be up and posting very soon again!

Fashion

It is almost time to say “Goodbye Winter”

February 24, 2016

Luckily, this winter has been pretty bearable over here in South Korea. My time in Korea is slowly coming to an end. It feels weird and surreal. This is my last winter in Korea for the time being. We will see when I am brought back to Korea in the future, but for now it is time to go back to my hometown Cali!!!! I am super excited. TRANSITIONING! That can be such a scary word, for many people, including myself. Transitioning your life, career, school, job, or just any other important time in your life is pretty nerve wrecking, but staying in a place of faith brings me strength, joy, excitement, and hope!! I hope that transitioning for you can also be a time of excitement and hopefulness, rather than fear and anxiety. 😉 These past couple of weeks have been a bit hectic and crazy for me. One of the things that have kept me busy is my research on Korean products. I guess because I have very sensitive and acne prone skin, I kept to the products that worked for me as well as the products that I knew a lot of information on. However, through a casual conversation with my friend, I was reminded to take this opportunity while I am in Korea, to take a look at all the Korean products possible before I leave. With that, my research began. Through my research, I have found so many products in Korea that are worth giving a try. Of course, like a beauty scientist, I had to look up all the ingredients and make sure they are safe or non-acnegenic.  There are a lot of products, I still have not bought and have only written on my purchase list. I will try them out this week and give you my reviews soon, but I got super excited, so I took some pictures of a couple things I bought!  I have bought the Banila Co, Clean it Zero Purity for Sensitive skin, it is a cleansing balm that melts off all your makeup without stripping away the essential oils in your face. I also tried buying there palette, which I will be trying out this weekend! I will post my reviews this upcoming week!! I also purchased a BHA wipe from a Korean brand, called CosRx. I heard it was good, and wanted to try out a gentler exfoliant. I have pretty sensitive skin and so far my skin is okay, but it was a little red. However, I think I will use it 3 times a week and then if I think it is progressing well, I will use it every other day. I will try it out for another couple weeks and see how it is helping my pimples and skin! Enjoy the pictures for now, and get excited for my upcoming reviews on these products!

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My OOTD
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Outfit Details : Shirt: Zara (Similar here and here). Corduroy Bomber Jacket: Aftermonday (here, Sold Out Similar here and here). Pants: Wonderplace (Similar here). Shoes: Zara (Old). Scarf: Nordstroms (Old, Similar here and here). Fringed Backpack: Aftermonday (Sold out, Similar here and here).

Fashion

My vacation has ended, but Inspiration has began

February 17, 2016

Inspired to Inspire

My vacation has been over for six days now, and as nice as it would be to dwell in the past, I am not about that. I know there will be better and more vacations to come in the near future. A word of wisdom I learned this morning, there are greater things to look forward to in the future. By dwelling in the past, you are only limiting yourself to think that nothing will be better than now! Therefore, I was super happy on my trip and inspired by the beauty of nature and my quality time, so now it’s back to game time! I am working on different projects right now to keep myself inspired and starting something new always takes a lot of work and effort. Sometimes I forget how much work it takes to plan and prep for something new. It would be nice if everything would be as easy as a click, but quality work takes devotion and persistence. So, I have been chugging forward regardless of the little stones I have been stumbling upon this week. This week has just began and I have been filled with so much inspiration. Inspiration gives me hope and confidence. Have you every sat down and thought about what inspires you? It has been so much fun just watching, thinking, and listening to things or people that inspire me. Thus, posting the remaining pictures of my trips reminds me of all the joy that I experienced, so cheers to more days of fun! I hope that this week will be a week of inspiration for you as well!

Good Morning to a Beautiful Sunrise

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All the pictures were taken in Seokcho or on the way back from Seokcho

Outfit Details : Striped Long sleeve shirt: Zara (Similar here and here). Black V-neck Tanktop: Zara (Old, Similar here). Leather Jacket: Zara (Old). Pants: Aftermonday (here, they do not ship worldwide). Shoes: Pour la Victoire (Old, Similar here). Hat: Zara (Old, Similar here and here).

Fashion

Fun & Adventure – Seokcho Part 1

February 11, 2016

Happy Lunar Year! In Korea, it has been a long, special holiday due to a new lunar year. I usually rest up and just roam around Seoul, but this time I took a special trip with my friends to a place in Korea called, Seokcho (속초). On the drive there, I got to see the beautiful snow falling all over the mountains and trees. I posted some pictures of the gorgeous, white snow on the way to our oceanfront suite! I felt so much peace just looking at the beautiful oceans and being away from the bustle of the city life. I realized again the importance of making time for yourself doing something you enjoy. I felt so relieved and at peace just having a good time. I didn’t do anything too extravagant, but just ate good food, spent time at korean street markets, went up to Seorak Mountain, and watched movies in our nice suite, called Sonoheim. The suite was beautiful and the owners of the suite were very kind. I got to eat breakfast looking out at the ocean every morning. The first day we arrived, we got to explore our suite and go to the city street market filled with different kinds of yummy food! This was only the beginning of this trip, but I will do another post of a continuation of all the other fun activities I got to do!

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Outfit Details : White T-shirt: Zara (here). Collared shirt: Forever21 (Old, Similar herehere, and here). Oversized Sweater: Asos (Old). Pants: Aftermonday (here, they do not ship worldwide). Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (Old, Similar herehere, and here). Socks: Boutique (Old, Similar here, here and here). Backpack: Aftermonday (Similar herehere, and here). Choker: Random Boutique (Similar here, here and here).

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What’s on your Bucket List?

February 6, 2016

Thoughts of the Day

Bucket List, the words bucket list have been coming into my thoughts lately. There are so many things that I want to do and I feel like no matter what age you may be at, it is never too late. Personally, I feel that the world, the people of this society, and even your family members may constantly tell you that at a certain age you should graduate college, at a certain age, you should find a job or get married. However, I think these expectations built by the world are so limited. In this world, where there is a God that is limitless, I feel like there are so many chances to break free into the ideas and creative concepts that may run through your minds. I am at my late 20s and I still have so many dreams that I want to accomplish. I don’t see it as an embarrassment to step out of the norm and pursue the paths of dreams I may have, whether small or big. Rather than stability, I choose creativity. Nonetheless, I do not feel this should be an excuse to be careless and run around irresponsibly, but I definitely feel you should be able to somewhat support yourself financially as you head towards your dreams. Not everything on my bucket list is related to my dreams, however they all in some way define me or give me inspiration and excitement! One of the things on my bucket list is to learn a dance routine and perform it live on the streets someday. I am definitely not a professional dancer, but I have always loved dancing and that is something I just want to do! Another thing is to learn how to paint, sketch, and draw things I find beautiful. Realistically, these are more along the lines of what I want to do. I hope to design my own clothes or make items that can bring a one of a kind look to peoples’ outfits! Another thing on my bucket list was to blog, which is what I am doing write now! I hope that this enables you to think about what you want to do. It is never too late!!!! I feel that everyone has the potential to move forward with persistent efforts and a clearly focused direction of what he or she may want to do.What are the things on your bucket list?  Let’s go at it together!!

Today’s OOTD

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Outfit Details : Collared Shirt: Boutique (Similar here  here,and here). Cropped Sweater: Aritzia, Wilfred (Old, Similar here). Skirt: Wonderplace (Similar here and here).  Shoes: Asos (here). Necklace: Accessorize (Similar here here, and here). Purse: 8 Seconds (Similar here, here and here). 

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Happy February – F for Furrr

February 1, 2016

Happy February everyone! I cannot believe that it is already February!! My time in Korea is slowly coming to an end and I am super excited to enjoy every moment I possibly can until my leave. I have been living in Korea for about 5 years and due to my prior work schedules, I was not able to fully explore as much. A month before I leave, I will definitely be doing some last minute shopping, exploring, and eating! I am so thankful for the time that I have stayed in Korea, the lifelong friendships that have formed, personal growth spiritually and mentally, and the experiences I could have only had in precious South Korea. The winter in Korea has been pretty bearable, minus last week, which was killer with all the harsh, freezing wind and low temperatures. To start off the month of February, I wore my fur coat that I bought from Zara a year ago. It is still in good shape. Warmth may not be its strength, but cuteness is! 😉 I paired it with a dress from Zara, as well. I am not obsessed, i..i..it was sale season, so I snatched some goodies! You can never have enough black dresses. You can do so much with black dresses, from dressing it up for formal occasions, to dressing it down for casual days, and wearing it when your having a “I don’t know what to wear today!” kind of day! I personally  love this dress because of it’s cool, lace up tie in the front! I wore a nude long sleeve underneath the dress, for a little bit of warmth. Like I always say, accessories just make everything better! Thus, I wore my olive green hat and socks with one of  my favorite booties! I am super excited to post pictures form this upcoming weekend. I will be taking a trip near Seorak Mountain, in a beautiful pension with my precious friends! I shall take a lot of pictures and post them up next week!! Enjoy my pictures for today!

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Outfit Details : Dress: Zara (Similar here  here,and here). Fur Coat: Zara (Old, Similar here). Shoes: Zara (Old, Similar  herehere, and here). Socks: Wonderplace (Similar here and here).