2011 11 29 The Feminine Dress


I don't own many dresses anymore and I barely even ever look at dresses when I shop!

Which is why I welcomed this new addition to my humble collection all the more. And look! It's feminine!!

I love to contrast my tomboy-ish style with a little femininity sometimes. Doesn't quite work so well when all you own is tomboy-ish only, though. Most of the time long hair actually does the trick. But I felt quite nice wearing something more feminine today. Of course, it's never 100% me without some contrasts in the mix so there go a pair of boots and my biker inspired jacket.

Sundubu Jjigae

I just cooked my most delicious sundubu jjigae, spicy stew with tofu, ever!

In fact, it's so tasty I have to share!

Put 1 cup of water, and a small can of canned tuna in a pot and cook on medium heat. 
Add 1/4 ts gochujang (Korean red pepper paste), 2 ts gochugaru (Korean red pepper pouder), and 2 ts soy sauce. Stir.  
Add half an onion, sliced, and one 200gr pack of soft (!) tofu.  
(This is optional, but you can beat an egg into the broth, but don't stir it, just let it boil a little as if you poached it.) 
Top it off with some cut Korean leeks, or chopped spring onions, and sliced green pepper.

You can see that the basic ingredients that make for the characteristics of the dish don't really differ much from my last recipe for superduper easy savory Korean mini pancakes, so if you buy them once you can re-use them over and over again and create tons of different meals.

Enjoy with white rice!

2011 11 27 Same Same But Different



Just the same fluffy jacket (like in the last post) turned inside out.

2011 11 26 Fluffy Jacket


Heavens, my love for fluffy jackets knows no end!

I don't think my boyfriend is a fan, but I absolutely enjoy wrapping myself into soft fluffy somethings with sleeves.

I remember a sad time when looking for a fake fur jacket proved to be no easy feat (last year in Germany). Fortunately, Korea obviously loves fake fur jackets just as much as I do and doesn't hold back from providing its population plentifully with exactly that.

I happened to stumble across this black and white number and while bf says it looks like smth a hooker would wear (he then withdrew his statement softening his tone by likening it to smth Peggy Bundy from Married with children would wear instead), I was most delighted when I found out it's wearable inside and out doubling the ways to wear it to countless possibilities!!! The other side of the jacket is simple black, so it's versatile indeed!

superduper easy savory Korean mini pancakes


Life's gotten so much cheaper ever since I know how to cook Korean. It's, without exaggeration, the same ingredients over and over again each and every single dish. You can probably cook a hundred dishes with only soy sauce, gochujang (red pepper paste) and gochugaru (red pepper powder) alone! One of my favorite recipes for example is for


superduper easy savory Korean mini pancakes:
Put together 
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of wheat flour
  • half a tablespoon gochujang
  • and an assortment of your choice of any of the following: kimchi, spring onions, Korean leeks, seafood, chopped up oysters, cheese, shredded carrots or zucchini, etc. etc., and
  • one tablespoon soy sauce.
Stir well. 
Bake out spoonfuls of the mix in hot oil in a pan. 
Eat with a dip made of 2 ts soy sauce, half a ts vinegar, half a ts of gochugaru, one ts sesame oil, and chopped spring onions. 

Or just dip in ketchup. Haha, jk. But it might be not bad.



P.S.:
You won't be happy to know that the more oil you fry them in the more crispy they get (like actually most of the stuff you fry). They'll taste fantastic.

2011 11 23 Gray Day


It's cold, it's windy, it's winter soon!

Jeans and shirt from Korea, sweater jacket from ASOS.com.

First of all thank you a lot for the feedback to the last post! It's not been much yet, but I appreciate any comment, and I hope you'll write me more!

Please stay tuned for an upcoming post, I will semi-test drive the idea and show some more pictures of the items I purchased lately and you will possibly be able to purchase two or three of them! I will also talk some more details so we'll all know what we'll be dealing with here.

Please continue to share your thoughts on my possible online shop with me! Any questions and/or suggestions are welcome! 

Would You Buy It?


I have been acting as a buyer for the online shop of my dear friend in China lately, and kept coming back with some amazing stuff I am highly tempted to keep for myself. Now I suspect that you, the dear readers of my blog most likely share a similar taste in clothing and fashion as me, so I was wondering if there is any demand among you if I was to open a small snug online shop myself selling unworn clothing and accessories from Seoul?

Above is only a small selection of the things that could be available through my own shop, though most likely not the exact same stuff unless you wanted it in which case I could try and purchase again.

I'd highly, highly appreciate feedback on this issue so do let me hear back from you!

Thank you :)

Winter Clothing


It's gotten quite cold in Seoul lately. Since we're talking 〜7°C that wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the sharp, piercing wind literally called "knife wind" in Korean cutting right through your clothing!

I'm a winter child at heart so I don't even mind that much. On the contrary, I am actually really looking forward to preparing for the winter!

Of course, I've alrdy been stocking up more and more autumn/winter appropriate clothing, mainly sweaters and knits! Sweaters are seriously all I need this winter. Even knit cardigans are too fussy for me lately, but I got some anyway.

Here's a few of my newer purchases, but I'm thinking of selling the last two items. I like them but then I don't know if I like them enough whereas I am downright in love with the other two sweaters if only for how comfortable and versatile they are.

2011 11 17 Outfit Post on the Go

Ever since I know this app works it's a nice option I can post some quick outfit posts on the go. But does anyone know a good iphone-app to make collages?

Random Mobile Post

Testing out this Blogger app for iphone posting a few random shots from my device.

Beautiful


Glitter and hardware. Perfect.

Blogger Tricks


When we wear flats we stand on our toes to make our legs appear longer than they actually are in the pictures! Mirror pictures give you the advantage of being able to calculate which angle is best, and also of being able to adjust said angle. Detail shots are always fun, keep the observer interested, and moreover are easy as 1, 2, 3. Photobooth-picture fall under the category of selca, and like mirror pictures are a breeze to take while giving you the possibility to control what your face looks like since what you see is what you get. Photoshop is a godsend not only to magazines.

I personally know embarrassingly little about photoshopping so I don't use it at all if you were wondering but I do use the few photo processing tools in Picasa. Everything else is old blogger tricks, if you are planning on writing a style blog someday take notes.

2011 11 11 Morning Cereals


Not that it's any relevant to the rest of the world outside of South-Korea, but today marks the 11.11., Pepero Day in Korea.

Pepero are popular sweet snacks in South-Korea, in Germany we call them Mikado-sticks. In Japan they are named Pocky.

Moreover, it's the 11.11.11!

I'm starting this 'special' day like any other day with a small bowl of my daily luxurious treat, my 7900 W (about 7 US$) the box morning cereals. It's normal morning cereals. Only they're pretty expensive in Korea.

Watches


How many watches do you own?

L'Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub


Having some free time to spare on the airport from Ho Chi Minh City back to Seoul some time ago, I chanced upon this L'Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub.

I was very pleased to find it as the concept of it looked much like my beloved Yes to Carrots Feel the C Pampering Hand & Nail Spa, which is rough natural exfoliating particles in an oily and rich solution full of skin nourishing goodness. In the case of the Yes to Carrots exfoliating scrub sea salt particles in a mix of Sea Water, fruit and vegetable extracts, oils and juices do the job. The L'Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub on the other hand does pretty much the same with organic brown sugar crystals and a oil-mix made up of shea, sweet almond and grapeseed oils.

Here is the thing, however: I don't really use either the Yes to Carrots nor the L'Occitane scrubs for my hands only. The peeling particles are too rough for my dry hands. Instead, I mostly use them for my extremely dry feet.

Some weeks ago, I used a peeling on my feet that made them peel off the dead and hard skin over a course of several days. If you are interested in that particular peeling, it was The Face Shop Smile Foot Peeling. It was after the treatment was over that I found the One Minute Hand Scrub by L'Occitane. So it might not be L'Occitane only I can give credit to for my now soft and pretty feet.

Only one thing I know for sure!

Do you know that feeling when you put on nylon tights and the material gets stuck on the little cracked parts of your fingers and feet? I hate that feeling.

Ever since using the One Minute Hand Scrub by L'Occitane, however, exactly that doesn't happen any longer. My hands and feet are well nourished and the dead skin on both are gone leaving them soft and fine. I am so happy about that because it feels so good. I love using the hand scrub, the smell of it, and above all the results.

I wouldn't say that the scrub is enough to get rid of stubborn hard skin on your feet for you. But it's the perfect product to maintain soft and clean feet and keep the stupid horny skin from coming back.

Thai Magazines


You may remember that I took a trip to Bangkok not a too long time ago.

I also bought a few fashion magazines at the station for one rainy evening, and here are a few snippets from what I found inside.

I must say I loved the magazines! Full of cool fashion and street style they proved Thai girls to be a beautiful and lovely breed that know how to dress, too.

Korean Hip-Hop


Simon D -- Cheers


Tablo ft. Taeyang -- Tomorrow


GD & T.O.P. -- Don't go home

Mmmh, yummy young men.

I am being frank, I like looking at beautiful people and Korean show business is full of (admittedly often surgically enhanced) beautiful people. Not all of them, however, are stylish, too.

This is changing lately. There are a few who caught my eye in this regard, especially men, so here's to them! Curiously, they are all rappers.

Anyway, Simon D and Tablo's songs just came out quite recently actually, but frankly, you also have to know GD & T.O.P.

en.stylenanda.com


I am being very generous today sharing with you my most favorite online shop of all times maybe and also my well kept secret.

As their recent banner is saying, "it's a gooooooood one!"

I have been coveting the clothing on Style Nanda for a long time. Even though Style Nanda offers international shipping I only placed an order after I finally had moved to Korea. I have been ordering two more times ever since and keep coming back.

Not only is the stuff on Style Nanda right down my alley, I also love their styling and pictures. Even when at times I am not buying anything I love to stop by and look at the pretty girls wearing cool stuff in this stylish way.

Thanks to their return policy it's no problem to return items and get a refund, either. However, I wouldn't go as far as to say their costumer service isn't troublesome. To contact them, you actually have to post in their forum, and whatever goes on behind the scenes not all of it is always going smoothly.

Even shipping within Korea takes a little while, too, with seven to fourteen days being the norm.

Those are a few drawbacks I can live with, though. But I don't know if it was worth the hassle would I order from overseas.