Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hurray, it's Sneak Peek Time!

While the holidays are winding down I have taken the opportunity to get a shop overhaul in the works! I have been playing around with new software and it has been really fun especially with my mannequin to help me. Her name is Betty. :)

You would not believe what a time-saver it is when it comes to getting the clothing modeled and photographed. 

My Betty is the best 19 dollar purchase that I ever made on a sidewalk in Seoul. Love at first sight!

Here is a little something that I have been working on and wanted to share with everyone! I hope that everyone loves the fresh new look that will be hitting the shop in the near future.


Dinking around with the new software and photography has really helped me stave off cabin fever since the temperatures in Seoul have become pretty unpleasant. How is the weather where you are and what do you do to help stay sane when it isn't fun to be outside?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Things I love: My kids

I just want to take a moment to have a proud mamma moment.
I LOVE MY KIDS!

No, they aren't REALLY my kids, but they may as well be. Until recently I have been teaching English at a nearby hagwon or private school and during my time as a teacher I fell absolutely in love with my kiddos.

I used to be scared of little kids. They are so small and fragile looking and I was really nervous about being responsible for an entire classroom. My nervousness and anxiety about being  left alone with a room full of children dissolved almost instantly.

I couldn't help myself. I absolutely fell in love with each of them. I won't lie 10 five year-olds or 8 nine year-olds can be incredibly difficult to control with all the mood swings and tantrums, but I learned how to set boundaries and be firm while showing them all the love I could muster. The end result was all the love and hugs that I could handle on a daily basis Mon-Fri. 
Being a teacher was great, but the sense of fulfillment and direction that these kids have given my life is amazing. Even though I don't teach there anymore I have made sure to go to see them regularly and I can't believe how big they are getting! Teaching children was a new experience for me, served to make me into a better teacher, and has only furthered my desire to get my PhD.

Moral of the story: Kids rock! Also, I got baby fever, whoops.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Baked Brown Sugar Acorn Squash

I love the holidays for many reasons: time with friends and family, the decorations and lights, the great parties and clothes, the wintry weather, AND..... THE FOOD.

I can sometimes go overboard with throwing parties and making elaborate menus. My husband is a witness to me being covered in flour sitting on the floor at nearly 4 a.m. after having baked for nearly 12 hours and whining about the roast which hasn't been prepped. 


Holiday food should be delicious, but it should be simple. Time spent with family and friends is more important than slaving away in the kitchen and this recipe for baked acorn squash with brown sugar is a tasty time-saver. 

I got this wonderful recipe from Gina over at Skinny Taste and the only change that I made to it was halving the "I can't believe it's not butter" from 1 tbps to 1/2 tbsp per squash, and the brown sugar from 2 tbsp to 1. I found that letting the squash roast for an extra 15 minutes or so compensated for it and I didn't miss it when I seasoned the squash with brown sugar. Plus, it saved me a whole point which means I can eat more cake. ;)
 

Ingredients:
1 Acorn Squash
1/2 Tbsp I can't believe it's not butter
1 Tbsp brown sugar
Reynolds foil wrap to cover chosen pan
Baking pan large enough to put squash in
1/4 cup water



First take your medium sized Acorn squash, give them a good wash, and cut them half.  Cutting the acorn squash can be little tough since they are pretty thick so make sure to use a really good knife with a serrated edge to make speedy progress.


Next, scoop out the seeds and insides of the squash, and then evenly spread the I can't believe it's not butter evenly on the squash and top with brown sugar.
Put the squash in a baking pan and add ¼ cup of water to the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan with foil and put in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. 
Remove from pan, allowing the squash to cool for about 5 minutes and enjoy!

Nutrition:
Serves 2! Each half is 1 serving. 

Carbs: 54.24
Protien: 3.45
Fiber: 6.46
Fat: 8.43

Weight Watchers points +: 3 per serving







Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fashion Friend: Emily Reinhardt's Outfit of the Day


I chose this outfit for a day of thrifting and seeking out second hand treasures with my friend Jen Spring. We took the non-traditional Black Friday shopping route, avoiding those stores with crazy flat screen tv deals and equally crazy shoppers. She has ignited this desire in me to find the best deals and to shop as wisely and frugally as possible.


I found a 13-piece set of brown glass tumblers in various sizes for $7, a wood framed small mirror for the wall for $3, a bronze flower/succulent pot for $6.50, and cloth napkins for $1.00 each. For just about $20 I had my arms full of treasures that truly get my heart beating. I love treasure hunting, especially when it's time spent with a good friend.

My skirt came from Zara (www.zara.com), a store I fell in love with in Washington, D.C. during a sidewalk sale. My shirt and blazer are both from H & M (http://www.hm.com) and my flats are the Gap (www.gap.com) city flats - my absolute favorite flat! So comfortable, and I now own a wide range of colors! I've never been much of a necklace girl, so pinning a mini flower pom from ban.do (www.shopbando.com) right onto my shirt is the perfect accessory for me. Makes me feel extra fancy! Like it's a real boutonniere! My jade ring was made by Debbie Carlos (http://www.etsy.com/shop/shopahc) and she and I worked out a little trade, so it cost me a few ceramic plates, and that's it!


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Photographer: Jen Spring
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Shop Update!

I have been slowly getting back into the swing of things in Seoul and here is my first shop update since vacation! I am nearly done with my graduate applications, and you can be sure that these little beauties and more will be making an appearance in the shop.




Visit the shop, here, for more great vintage fashion!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Back in Seoul!!

After a whirlwind vacation home to America, I am back home and I am really happy about it. My husband, and myself Rich, were starting to have Korean food withdrawals and our return to Seoul came at a good time. ;) We had a wonderful time with our family and friends, and were pretty sad to leave them, but we held on to the fact that the sooner we left America the faster we would be able to come home for good!

We are really happy to be back, but jet-lag has started to rear its ugly head which is making being productive difficult. However, we are powering through it and are working on getting back into the swing of things.

I have great updates coming for the blog and the shop!

Also, I have some awesome and extremely exciting news that I can't wait to share!!


Here are a couple of shots from a really fun photo shoot that I was able to do with a friend while back Kansas.







Aren't these lovely? Katie is a great model, photographer, and I absolutely miss having her close by. What a babe!

Wish me luck as I push through the final graduate school applications! I can't wait to be done, breath a sigh of relief, and give the shop/blog some needed attention.

Cheers to fighting jet lag!




Fashion Friend: Alicia Brunson's Out of the Day!



When Crystal asked me to contribute to her blog, I was surprised and humbled. I don’t consider myself a fashionable person. I wear clothes that feel good, that I can afford, and are practical for the weather. If I could, I would wear pjs everywhere. On any normal weekday, I wear what I like to call “teachery” clothes. I am an instructor at Kansas State University and I am completing my dissertation to FINALLY be done with school! On teaching days, I wear dress pants or a skirt, a button up shirt with a jacket or cardigan, and eclectic jewelry to add some spunk.

This day, however, was a different day. It was date night! My husband and I dressed up to celebrate his successful defense of his Master’s thesis and our first anniversary as a married couple. Since this was a big occasion for us, we went all out and went to the swanky Harry’s Uptown in Downtown Manhattan, Kansas. We never ate at Harry’s together and we had a few thoughts about the restaurant that it would be stuffy and cold. It wasn’t! Although it looks like a replica of the Titanic, it was a very relaxed atmosphere. The chairs at our table did not match and reminded me of the chairs that the old couple in the movie Up sat in. I told my husband that we needed to get a pair of chairs like those!



I was also a bit concerned that our attire wouldn’t be formal enough. You know when you use the word “attire,” snootiness and pretension is expected. We put our irrational preconceptions aside and dressed according to how we wanted to express ourselves for that day. I wore a dress that Crystal scouted for me out in Seoul. I love the detail on the collar, the vibrant blue, and the delicate pearls on the cuffs. To go along with the dress, I wore the cutest belt with bow that Crystal again found for me. I love earrings! I wore earrings reminiscent of Indian design that I bought from Icing. My purse reminded me of roses petals, which was a detail in my wedding dress. Since we were celebrating our anniversary, I made sure to include that little touch. I found it on Idelli from a company called Lulu. I can’t stand my legs being cold. I always where tights if I am wearing a skirt. I found a pair of tights with great detail and warmth at Target. Shoes are little tricky for me to find because of my mobility issues, but I found a great company that makes adorable, affordable, and practical shoes for me. No, it wasn’t Crocs (although I do wear them)! It was Miz Mooz! I fell in love with the oxblood/burgundy color, detailed stitching, and how comfortable they are. To top it all off, I wore a white and black hounds tooth woven coat from Trendz to make the turquoise of the dress stand out even more.

Picking out something to wear and putting it on takes the least amount of time for me when getting prettified. Hair! Hair! Hair! I have a LOT OF HAIR! My hair is in its natural texture. I stopped chemically treating my hair almost five years ago. The mass on top of my head is a kinky curly texture. Some may think that hair that is not colored or chemically treated would be so quick and easy to take care of. NOT TRUE!!! I spend quite a lot of time maintaining my hair. I use Mixedchicks shampoo on days when I need to remove product build up and As I Am co-wash on other occasions to clean my hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Next, I use argon oil and Mixedchicks leave-in conditioner to feed my hair. Curly and kinky hair gets thirsty. Moisture is necessary! I tend to comb out my hair with a double-barreled comb from Ouidad to get all the snarls out. Then I rake and shake to find my natural curl pattern. I may define curls around my face by wrapping small sections around my fingers and then I let it air dry. This is a 30-45 minute process.



Makeup…I adore makeup! My current love is Bare Essentials. I start of with the purify cleanser, which is very gentle. Next, comes moisturizer with SPF 30. I am adamant about protecting my skin. I use the primer as well. A little goes a long way! Before using primer, I would have to use more makeup to get the same coverage and it would not last the whole day. With this primer, I don’t have to do any touch- ups throughout the day. The greatest product from Bare Essentials has to offer is their foundation. I use the matte foundation to cut back on my shininess. Color, or painting as I like to call it, is decided upon again where I am going and how I am
feeling. On this night, I wanted to be classic and sultry. I kept a clean yet contoured face and eye, and the focus was on my lips. I used an aubergine lip color.

My husband appreciated how I looked, but more important was that we could spend quality time together ooey-goo-ing all over each other. I have to say my most precious accessory is my husband. He goes well with whatever I am wearing!

At dinner, my husband and I relaxed, played, and enjoyed great food! If you every have the chance to stop by Harry’s be sure to try the tomato basil bisque and barramundi with creamy risotto! Delicious!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Outfit of the Day: Classic Knits


My favorite time of year is fall. There is just something about the lovely leaves turning color, the spiced chai drinks, and cool nights and mornings that I love. However, it is now the time of year that brisk fall nights are turning into chilly winter mornings! I used to hate winter because it required so much covering up and layering, especially when I moved to Kansas from South Texas and suffered through my first snowy season.

BUT! Since leaving the Lone Star state behind almost 5 years ago, I have begun to love winter and all of its glory. I have even developed a love for ultra warm wool knits something that I thought would never happen.

Yesterday morning I woke up needing to be around nature because in Seoul, the amount of nature you see can sometimes be limited to the fake flower pots in the subway.  I took a morning walk and here is my outfit that I slipped into for the day when the temperatures dipped into the winter zone.



I hadn't had the chance to wear my black leather Mizz-Mooz boots because the weather had not called for them in the city. I love the riding style of the boots and I will be looking for another pair very shortly when the snow begins to fall.  I got these boots during my annual trek to Nordstroms during the winter. I love to head there for quality boots at the start of the winter season because all of last season's boots have been drastically marked down and put on clearance. I paid under a $100 for these boots and I love them! If you remember to shop with seasonal sales in mind and you will be able to save a significant amount of money. I have never paid more than a $100 for any boots bought at Nordstroms using this shopping method.


I chose those bright green scarf by Nautica to brighten up my warm outfit. I fell in love with this vibrant scarf while wandering around a Burlington Coat Factory and had to have it. It's a men's scarf, but that didn't stop me from snapping up this lovely buy.


I found my oatmeal colored wool knit sweater on a shopping adventure in Seoul to one of the vintage markets that I frequent. I fell in love with this sturdy nautical inspired sweater because of the neutral color and the durability of the garment when considering the winter temperatures in Seoul. Also, I wanted the sweater to be a foundational piece in my winter wardrobe which I would be able to dress up or down, simply or heavily accessorized.


I am excited for the cool weather and I can't wait to spend the next couple weeks with friends and family. My husband and I are so grateful for the time that we are going to be able to spend away from the city and in the comfort and quiet of the relaxed American countryside. Also, the food is going to be amazing! ;)

Boots:Miz-Mooz: $80.00 Similar style, here.
Sweater: Vintage
Jeggings: American Eagle: $34.99, here.
Belt: American Eagle: $15.00 Similar style, here.
Scarf: Nautica: $10.00 Similar style, here.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fall Food: Apple Oat Smoothie



If you have been following my blog for a bit then you know that I love smoothies and breakfast. I can't help it and there is nothing that I love more than a great apple.

Hence, the Apple Oat smoothie!!

Ingredients:
1 massive apple of your choosing
1 cup Soy Milk
1/3 cup Oats
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
Ice- This is completely up to you, but I love frothy thick smoothies and I found that 1/2 cup of ice was perfect.

First, half and and then quarter your massive apple. Make sure to core your apple so that you don't end up with any of the hard bits or seeds in your smoothie. I don't have a fancy tool to core apples, so I just cut them into quarter pieces and then cut the bits off that I don't want.

Next, put everything into your lovely blender and hit the on button! 
 Pour out your healthy and delicious smoothie and enjoy. <3

Makes one serving.

Nutritition:
Carbs: 58g
Protien: 12g
Fiber: 13g
Fat: 9g
WW+ points: 9

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

VACATION TIME: 'MERICA!


You may have noticed that things have been pretty quiet from me on the blog front, and the reason is that I have been busy making arrangements and packing for my upcoming 3 week trip home.

I am beyond stoked!


My husband and I are like little kids running around as the days tick down and we realize that we will be in Florida within the week. We honestly love living in South Korea, but home is home, and we are thrilled to get a chance to see family and friends stateside.

 
 We are pretty much like this right now when we realize that we are going home.

Of course I will miss my kimbap and the hustle and bustle of Seoul...BUT, there is something to be said about the wide open skies of Florida and Texas.

In addition to the packing and general excitement of the vacation I have also been finishing my graduate school applications and I have felt pretty tapped out concerning writing after all of the essays I have written.

Not to fear though because I have been hoarding a collection of posts, ootd's, recipes and guest blog posts to share; all of them lovingly photographed and just ready to be posted. Expect to see fresh and lovely content while I am in America. The shop will go into vacation mode for the duration of our stay in America, but I have some wonderful new vintage just begging to be shared so there will be great things to look forward to when we get back to Seoul.

I cannot wait to post everything when while I am lazing away the days in America!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Super Sneak Peek Preview!

We were busy bees today and did a small photo shoot! Who says that fall has to be dreary? We are playing up a bold floral pattern with a variety of textures and details in our new inventory.

Here is a little sampling of what you can expect to see in the shop in a couple of days!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Stylish Surprise!

If you love adorable clothing and unbeatable prices then you need to head over to ModCloth posthaste. Right now the amazing clothing site that I webstalk religiously has started up the Stylish Surprise promotion!

Image Property of ModCloth.com


How it works:

You pay 15 USD + shipping, pick your size, and ModCloth sends you a wonderful little surprise which could range anywhere from $30.00 to a whopping $250.00! I am being overly optimistic, rolling a hard six and hoping for an extravagant $250.00 surprise.

I just put in my very own order for the Stylish Surprise and I am beyond excited for what could be in the mystery box!

After I placed my order I bored my husband to tears by talking about all the amazing things that could be in the box.

This is pretty much how I was while he was trying to watch a movie...


“A boat’s a boat, but the mystery box could be ANYTHING. It could even be a boat!”


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If you haven't already then get on over to ModCloth and sign up for your very own 15 dollar surprise(plus shipping), because it could be ANYthing! Even a boat.

Monday, October 22, 2012

May 29th, 2011: The Best Day Ever/part 1

My last post got me thinking about the best day of my life.



May 29th, 2011. My Wedding Day.

Yup. May 29th is a very special day and when I was going fangirl over Taylor Swift's new album RED (WHICH IS AMAZING!) I  said it would be the best day ever, well next to my wedding day. That little line I wrote hastily down got me thinking about the day in question because it really was the best day of my life.

Rewind 1 year ago and I was standing in Las Vegas, NV with a fluttering heart and a killer dress. Yes, we got married in LAS VEGAS!

Isn't that awesome? Rich and I had both never been to Vegas and so we decided to make our first visit count ;)

While a Las Vegas wedding often conjures up images of Elvis, white tuxedos, and drive-thru wedding chapels, our wedding was anything but.

 
Richard and I were married at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas which is an amazingly beautiful venue for any event. The Springs Preserve is a serene little oasis and is only a stone's throw from the bustling main strip of Vegas. The Preserve focuses on educating the public on water conservation, habitat preservation, green living and sustainability, and design. To say the least the Springs Preserve is an absolutely breathtaking and unique place to visit, and its staff is absolutely world class. I fell in love with the Preserve completely online. NERVE RACKING! I was a little nervous about booking the venue for the ceremony and reception based solely on photos and reviews, but I was not let down in the slightest. I was blown away by the beauty and quirkiness of the venue, and also by the kindness of every staff member we encountered on our journey to getting hitched.


We had a lovely morning wedding with a sit-down brunch with a few close friends. I did all of my own flowers and decorations with the help of friends. I made sure to keep the decorations and color scheme simple and fun; a word to future brides set on DIY, KEEP IT SIMPLE! I had crazy visions of some intricate things, but then as the date approached I realized that I would need to reign in my imagination. I am incredibly happy with every choice I made and I couldn't have been happier with how the day turned out.


I chose to do only 2 flowers for everything, Crespedia or Billy Balls as accent pieces and bunches of Baby's Breath served as centerpieces. I also made my own no sew pennant flag decorations (the same ones that you can see in my shop photos) and I collected vintage handkerchiefs for table decorations. I really wanted to have little unique touches to our wedding that would show our personality, and so I looked for affordable options to help us bring fun to the day.



For our guest book I found a great affordable option in favor of a stinky old book which would eventually get shoved in a drawer somewhere. I went to Etsy and found LoveFromTheThumb! A personalized tree that our friends and family put their fingerprints on in place of leaves was a big hit at the wedding and love seeing it everyday in our home. LoveFromTheThumb is an amazing shop and they were so wonderful in getting us a quality product that is a part of our everyday life.



We opted for mini-cupcakes and were able to get several delicious flavors on the fly after we had arrived in Vegas. The mini-cupcakes were fun, and affordable and we couldn't have been happier.


For my bouquet I wanted something that would last and wouldn't shrivel up and die so I started thinking what I could make that would be meaningful and could stand up to time. What did I come up with? A floral brooch and pin bouquet. It's AMAZING! I had so much fun making the bouquet and I started collecting brooches and pins about 6 months before the wedding. I used floral wire, the brooches, craft glue, ribbon and a bit of love to make my beautiful keepsake. I am definitely going to do a DIY post on how to make the bouquet for your own special day.

And that is the end of part 1! I will do a follow up post with a few more details on our day like my dress, the best wedding gift, the total cost for the day (your jaw will drop at the savings!) and the grand finale. ;)