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March 27, 2015

Eye Candy : Ji Chang Wook for Celebrity & SIngles

Ji Chang Wook, The Healer

It's been over a month since the drama The Healer ended and Ji Chang Wook remains as popular and busy as ever. If this keeps him appearing in more magazine editorials like these two then I'm not complaining. He looks as handsome as ever in a range of looks befitting a dapper gentleman in the pictorial that was shot at the picturesque Hantaek Botanical Garden by Kim Dowon for The Celebrity and the magazine likened his warmth and beauty to that of Spring. In the accompanying interview, the 29 year old actor revealed that he hasn't owned a computer in about five year and gets all his scripts printed out for him. I can't even imagine what that must be like. He must own a smartphone that enables him to post to Instagram though.

For the Singles editorial which was inspired by the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, Chang Wook reprises a charming gentleman look while also transforming into a bad boy. He nails each look convincingly and even manages to pull off a yellow Jeremy Scott Adidas Bones Fur track suit with considerable style and swagger. The actor who is currently in Thailand with Marie Claire magazine caused quite a stir when he made a surprise appearance at Seoul Fashion Week at the beginning of this week. He will be returning for some regional performances of the musical The Days and it looks like he may be the lead actor in the revenge thriller film Modified City. I hope he gets in few more projects before he enlists for military duty. Yes he's a favorite around here and you can always see more of him.

Ji Chang Wook, The Healer

March 25, 2015

Through My Lens : Ranunculus

Flower Photography

Besides my dolls, Rena and Ian, flowers are one of my favorite subjects in my personal photography work.  For my floral studies, I like to get up close and treat them almost as if they're abstract objects. The delicate petals fascinate me the most as their arrangement and movement are like visual poetry.  My latest series is a study of ranunculus. I've always thought they were really pretty but this is my first time photographing them and I feel as if I'm seeing their beauty in a new light. I think I may be adding a few of these to my Etsy print shop.

What's your favorite flower? Mine would be peonies.

Flower Photography

March 23, 2015

Dine Out : All'onda

All'onda Review, All'onda New York

All'onda describes itself as a modern Italian restaurant and it's another one that I got to cross off my list recently when we had lunch there during Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week is a discount dining program that usually occurs every winter and summer in New York City in which participating establishments offer three course dining deals at lunch ($25) and dinner ($38). It's a fantastic way to try fine dining spots for less. Because of timing, we only got to go to All'onda for this round but I hope to hit up a few more restaurants during the summer event. The word All'onda means "of the wave" and the decor of the bi-level space is mostly contemporary with some rustic touches. The cuisine is Venetian influenced with some flashes of Japanese fusion. For our appetizers, we went with the kale salad and tuna tartare ($5 supplement). The tuna tartare had good flavor but it was only a few bites. The kale salad was more generously portioned and it was also over-seasoned. Our entrĂ©e choices were the parmesan dashi ramen with porchetta and brussels sprouts and skate with lemon parsley and salted plum. The skate had the better flavors but the portion was minuscule. The ramen was a skimpy portion as well. The broth tasted good but the porchetta lacked flavor and the noodles were lacking as well. This dish is usually $17 and l would've been pissed if I had to pay full price for it.  Dessert was probably the best course and this is coming from someone who doesn't usually eat desserts. The olive oil cake with lemon and basil was moist with a nice subtle flavor. It probably looks bigger in my photo than it actually was. The hazelnut mousse with chocolate crumble and candied orange was probably my favorite dish. The texture was light and creamy and tasty. The service was pleasant enough though quite slow and not particularly attentive. For the standard prices they charge, I would hope that the portions aren't so tiny when it's not Restaurant Week. I can appreciate it when a restaurant offers their usual menu during RW but these serving sizes were ridiculous and we're not even big eaters. I can say that I dined at All'onda but I will not be going there again. For Italian food, Locanda Verde was way more impressive.

Have you dined out for Restaurant Week in New York? Does your city offer such an event?

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March 20, 2015

Exploring New Scents With Scentbird

I tend to be the sort who isn't very adventurous when it comes to scents. I fell in love with Stella by Stella McCartney on first whiff and have been wearing it for a number of years. When Scentbird asked if I would be interested in trying out their scent subscription service, I took them up on it since it would be a fun way to step out of my scent safe zone. Scentbird is a luxury subscription service that sends you a 30 day supply of a designer fragrance of your choice for $14.95. You start the process by taking a quiz which will create a scent profile and generate a list of personalized scent recommendations. 

March 18, 2015

A Tale of Chanel Couture

Vogue UK went behind the scenes of the Chanel atelier as the fashion house prepared for their absolutely enchanting Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection. Almost 5 million sequins were used for the 73 looks that were sent down the catwalk. 100 seamstresses labored tirelessly for a total of 22,000 hours over three months. 2,000 of those hours alone went into the final bridal gown. Karl Lagerfeld created each look in a sketch which was then assigned to a seamstress by his studio directors. One seamstress was responsible for each piece while the bridal gown took three. The results were both exquisite and extravagant as every layer and detail in a couture piece is like art in itself. These dreamy photos by Benoit Peverelli provide just a glimpse of the stunning collection. If you haven't seen it yet, you can view it in it's entirety on the Chanel site. What are your thoughts on this collection?

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