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Jill Stuart Fall Winter 2017

February 20, 2017
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Alchemy and essential oils were central to Jill Stuart's inspiration for Fall 2017 which translated into a collection that fuses a combination of various textures, prints and lengths along with a play on layers. A sumptuously dark color palette of mostly black punctuated by metallics and occasional pops of red, blue and purple serves as the backdrop for the languid silhouettes. The collection melds retro 70's boho with Victorian details like high necklines, puffed sleeves, velvet bodices, tiered skirts, underlays and ruffles. Overall the outfits exuded a sense of diaphanous glamour and wearable edge. Standout looks for me included all the metallic Swiss dot embellished pieces as as well as the exquisitely tailored coats and jackets. The styling also provided ideas for creative ways of layering as velvet was juxtaposed with tulle,  printed pussy bow blouses and knit turtlenecks were shown under dresses and corset belts worn over outerwear.

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Eye Candy : Lee Young Ae for Elle

February 17, 2017

Lee Young Ae absolutely dazzles in an array of gorgeous looks from Valentino in this Elle Korea editorial. The 46 year old actress has kept a relatively low profile since getting married and giving birth to twins in 2011 though she has continued her philanthropy efforts as a Goodwill Ambassador for both UNICEF and NGO.  She will probably always be best known for the classic Hallyu sageuk hit Dae Jang Geum (Jewel In The Palace). Following a 13 year hiatus, Young Ae recently made her drama comeback in Saimdang: Light’s Diary a fictional account of the life of Shin Saimdang, a famed poet, artist, scholar of the Joseon era who defied limitations to become a legend in her time. Kind of sounds a little like her character in Dae Jang Geum. While her acting has been praised, even Young Ae's immense star power isn't helping to keep the time travel historical drama from struggling ratings. To be honest, I had my doubts when I heard that Song Seung Heon would be her leading man. While quite handsome, he is definitely no heavyweight in the acting department and a wooden leading man can be a huge detriment. Anyway I'm sure her fans must be happy to see her making a return to the small screen. I'd love to learn her age defying beauty secrets because while she may be in her 40's, her beauty is timeless and Young Ae looks way more fresh faced than some Hollywood actresses who are supposedly in their 20's. Just sayin'

Elle Korea February 2017 // Photographer: Choi Moon Hyeok // Editors: Baek Ho Kwang & Lee Kyung Eun
Stylist: Amy // Makeup: Lee Ji Yung // Hair: Lee Sun Young

Beauty Products I've Used Up

February 15, 2017
L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara, Illume Coconut Milk Mango Hand Creme, Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream, RE:CIPE Rose Petal Cleansing Oil, Blithe Patting Splash Mask, Lady & Skin Royal Gold Concentrated Serum

I really need to be better about talking about my empties on a more regular basis since it's a good way to record some quick thoughts on products I've used both for myself and for your reference. These products were all purchased by me and I will only be including products that I personally bought in these posts. You might notice that four out of the six are Korean beauty products. AB does make up a good percentage of my beauty routine. This will probably not be changing especially since there is more of a convergence of K-beauty with natural beauty these days.

Recent Loves

February 13, 2017
LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule, Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Oolu Ginseng & Gold Mist Lotion,  GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment, 24/7 Honey Dual Lip Treatment Oil & Color Balm, Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Lip Stain,  Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

This is where I talk about some of the beauty products I've been loving lately...  I'm obsessed with moisture and radiance!

Eye Candy : Ji Chang Wook For 1st Look

February 10, 2017
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The recent release of his film Fabricated City means more Ji Chang Wook editorials which is really more than fine by me. I like how the monochrome treatment lends to the mood of this pictorial for 1st Look where he seems to channeling his inner bad boy. In the accompanying interview Chang Wook talks about how he doesn't think that he has an image as a pretty boy and why that doesn't appeal to him. Well it's understandable since he's mentioned in the past that he wants to be taken seriously as an actor and continue challenging himself. While I have to disagree with him when it comes to his looks, Chang Wook has more than proven his dedication to improving his skills and range as an actor with how far he has come since Smile Dong Hae. And he is only one of a handful of actors who is equally as talented as a singer with his steady work in musicals. I never tire of watching this particular performance of I'll Protect You from his HK fanmeet. I hope he'll be able to fit in one more project before his military enlistment later this year. It's not a look I'm particularly into but boy does he rock that leopard coat!

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