On Short Notice

This is short notice but this blog will soon be no more!

There is several reasons to closing down Picked Pics. First of all, I have grown out of this format. It doesn't suit my interests and life any longer. I like clear cuts so I want to start something new that gets all aspects of me under one address, and leave everything else behind.

So yes, that means I'll stick around, just under a new address, with a new blog, with a new format. Whoever wants to stick around also, do it on my new blog from now on, or keep an eye on my twitter.

Picked Pics has been my special baby, but now is the time for me to move on.

Thanks again for an amazing time!


Jung Ryeo-won

Jung Ryeo-won is a Korean drama actress and singer who is currently starring in the recently airing K-drama Salaryman Chohanji. She's also known as the wife of Uhm Tae Woong, but it doesn't matter really. What matters is that Jung Ryeo-won is been making headlines lately for her impeccable style she is showing off in the new drama, and you can also get a taste of it in the new issue of High Cut. Here's a few pictures of the shoot both from the official High Cut homepage (also see here) as well as a few scans I did myself. You should check out the drama if only for a glimpse of her style. The Korean fashion blog scene obviously likes her, too (like for example here)!

2012 01 22 Skater Skirt

And more bad quality mirror pictures! The skirt is by American Apparel. It's girly, and not the typical thing I'd wear. But I am looking forward to spicing it up. Also, I've been practicing doing french braids. Still got a long way to go, but I'll get there eventually!

2012 01 16 Outside

In the winter, I oftentimes think it doesn't matter much what I wear underneath my coats. My outfit thus covered is a well kept hidden secret for the greater part of the day anyway. That's why I already preached about the importance of good outerwear in times like these years ago. And this is what I look like for the greater part of the day, then. Count of layers in this outfit: five. Plus new Converse shoes, my Sunday's impulse buy of the week. How could I resist? My way to casual wear one pair of sneakers at a time.

An Approach to Personal Style

I received a request for advice on finding one's own personal style. It's possible that the way to one's own personal style differs from person to person. But I guess, most of the time it works like this:

Rice Porridge

Rice porridge is what any Asian mom will cook you when you're sick! But it's not only the perfect food for when you're sick, it's also a convenient way to use up your cold left over rice. Anyway, I've been sick lately, so this is the rice porridge concoction I came up with for the occasion. Recipe is for one person. For more, adjust accordingly.
Set up 1 cup of soup stock of your choice. Boil. 
Add one bowl of cooked white rice. 
Turn the heat down to medium. 
Boil and stir often until the liquid turns into -- excuse the expression, haha -- slime, and the rice has mainly dissolved into pap.  
Add an egg. Stir. Let it sit for a few seconds. 
Add a topping of your choice. I used doljaban muchim, seasoned seaweed.
Serve hot and enjoy! 

Another version I often cook and which is even more suitable for sick people is by using water and white rice only. Usually I top off that version with pork floss.

A Year In Style

I might be a little late with this, but I, too, felt inclined to assemble a little 2011-personal-style-retrospective, and well, that's it. All in all, I felt like 2011 was much about comfort and casual. I can see the red thread running through my outfits and feel absolutely good with it. 2011 also marks the year in which I took the plunge and settled in Korea. I am happy to say that despite of this I was still able to hang onto my own sense of style and not have myself drift away in other fashion abysses. Again, to an even better 2012!

Nail Talk

There is three things I am decidedly obsessed about: clothes, Korean boybands and nail polish. I can spend hour after hour on all of them. But anyway, let's talk about how to prolong the wear of your nail polish!

Of course, the right top coat is a must.  
A good base coat is very helpful, too. And yes, top and base coat do differ in important aspects! 
essie top coats don't work all that well on most OPI polishes is what I experienced 
Remember to go to the toilet before painting your nails. 
Also, paint your nails after washing your hair! Hot water and the head massage that, fyi, you perform with your fingertips after all won't be nice to your fresh manicure. 
Your manicure will hold up better on healthy nails. If they're not, change your nail polish remover. Fast! 
Don't shake your nail polish bottle, your manicure might get bubbles! 
Paint your nails with sufficiently lighting provided. 
lacquerized has some tremendously good guides on how to paint your nails (my technique is pretty similar) and easily clean up after painting.

Wardrobe Building: Out with the Old

Having long bid 2011 a celebratory good-bye, the new year is for fresh starts, and that for me comprised a new run at de-cluttering my wardrobe. However, as the contents of my wardrobe are boiling down to only so many items it is getting increasingly more difficult to decide which need to go and which can stay on. Here are a few rules of thumb that work for me.

Toss it, if
You have started feeling uncomfortable in it, no matter if it's the size or the style you are growing out of. For me, for example, that's anything that's sleeveless. No more bearing arms! 
You cannot remember one occasion on which you have worn it in 2011. It might come back in style, alright, but by then, you will probably also want to buy it new. 
Mix and matching it with the rest of your clothes and bringing it into accordance with your own style is giving you a headache. Such items get in the way too much, especially in the mornings when dressing is also about efficiency. 
It's not ideal, maybe because the fit is a little off or because of some detail you don't like. Of course, that's not yet reason enough to toss it, but if it's something you can easily replace by something better out there, go ahead and do it. 
For make up, please be aware that cosmetic articles have only limited shelf-life. That is especially important for mascara and lipstick/lipgloss, but also foundations, etc. General rule is, if color, smell or texture have changed, it's time to get rid of it. Also, if you can't remember any more when you bought it, it's probably old enough to be tossed, too.

OK. You don't wear it often, and it doesn't go with most of what's in your wardrobe. But if you really, really love it, why not hold onto it for special occasions. Be perfectly realistic and honest about it, tho, and remember that you are trying to de-clutter your closet here, don't leave the job half undone! Set your mind to "de-clutter mode" with the help of this post.

Korean Make Up Favorites

If you have taken a look into my Korean fashion shop you will have also noticed that I offer Korean make up there, too. However, I find it important to state that one of my main objectives isn't to simply just sell any make up, but only the make up and cosmetics I personally prefer, like, and can give good reviews of. Thus, here a short introduction to the make up products on offer right now. I will make sure to add more of my favorites by the by.

The Jelly Pop Nail Top Coat by Etude House
It's pure luck I picked exactly the one top coat at random that I would be the most satisfied with ever. This top coat leaves an incredibly glossy finish and extends the wear of my nail polishes by at least one or two days, if not more in some cases. It's a splendid inexpensive top coat I know I will buy again and again.

Lime Secret Shine Base by Skin Food
This comes in three color nuances, #65 Lime Pearl Green, #75 Lime Pearl Gold and #85 Lime Pearl Peach. They can be used as spot highlighter or applied all over the face or anywhere else for that matter giving your complexion a healthy shine and wonderful dew. I love using this all over the face as a make up base under my powder or by mixing it with my sun screen or BB Cream. For me, it really makes a difference and I love the dewy look it creates leaving my complexion looking fresh and healthy. Insider claim that the Skin Food Lime Secret Shine Base in #85 Lime Pearl Peach is an affordable dupe of the famous Benefit High Beam liquid highlighter.

M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++ by Missha
This BB Cream by Missha is one of the classics of Korean make up and has been extremely popular all around the globe for a while now. BB Cream is short for Blemish Balm Cream and is, to cut it short, a type of liquid foundation with plenty of nourishing and skin improving properties, as well as often UV protection and moisturizing features. The fascinating thing about BB Creams is their ability to blend perfectly with the color of your teint even though they usually come in very limited shades. This BB Cream by Missha really is no fuss, it blends right in and makes my skin look flawless. It has UV protection of SPF 42 +++, anti-wrinkle, whitening, soothing and moisturizing properties in one. If you are worrying about the whitening feature, please be at rest. What it actually does is lighten up your complexion evening out your skin tone by reducing redness or dark spots, so it's a good feature to everyone. Many blog readers I have recommended this to have been extremely satisfied, too!

Milk Shake Point Make-up Remover by Skin Food
This is hands down one of my most favorite beauty products in the world! It's a great and thorough make up remover that gets rid of the even most stubborn waterproof mascara there is for you all while being nice to the sensitive skin area around the eyes. Nourishing and efficient, I use this on heavy eye make up and lipstick. It's never let me down! Shake well before use.

Pretty People in Hotels

Something about the seemingly endless number of rooms in hotels obviously inspires video makers tremendously. The following three videos feature pretty people in hotels, starting off with the famous H&M x Lanvin collaboration promotion video, and the other videos being poppy K-pop.

"Never Mind" in Vogue Girl Korea, 2012/1, photographed by Mario Sorrenti

"Never Mind" in the Vogue Girl Korea issue from January 2012 plays with the lightness of casual wear and heavy jackets and knits. A mix I find very attractive and well-suited for everyday wear.

20xx xx xx The 2-in-1 Sweater

The thing about my shop is that I only stock things I would, without fail, all wear my very self.

Take this sweater for example.

Shortly before I left for Germany, I decided I need a warm, cosy sweater to keep me warm during the colder days, so off I ran coming home with this one. It's become one of my favorite items to wear!

Not only is it incredibly soft inside making it delightfully comfortable, it also ticks all the right boxes. Its oversized cut with the wide batwing sleeves gives it just the right quirk to an otherwise staple jersey sweater, and the zipper in the back only adds to this. What's even better, that zipper allows for double wearability since turned front to back the sweater can also be worn as a loose jersey jacket (see here).

Running back to the store where I got it, I purchased two more of it and they are now, of course brand new and unworn, available in the shop. Check it out!


May I present to you my little brand new online shop,


selling new and unworn clothing as well as make up and cosmetics from South-Korea, carefully selected and hand-picked by yours truly


The offerings aren't much yet, but I will add more and more the next few days, and even more depending on the demand I'm experiencing, so please keep an eye on it and spread the love!

K-Brands: Young Korean Designers in Nylon Japan

While the world has not yet fully cooled down over quirky Japanese fashion, Japan itself has already moved on to the next thing: Korean fashion! Nylon Japan is keeping up with the times and, besides K-pop and Korean cosmetics, is offering an introduction to so-called K-brands, young Korean designer brands. Brands which you must not fail to miss, either, so here they are, with a few informational bits and bobs that Nylon Japan has to say about them.

Paul & Alice, I introduced to you earlier in 2011 already. To follow up the link to my post on Paul & Alice, click! Described as grown up romantic-casual, Paul & Alice is taking cues from a Jean-Luc Godard movie, called "À bout de souffle" from 1960, and its main character Patricia, played by Jean Seberg, this season. Inspired by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joo Hyo Soon, designer behind Paul & Alice, knows how to translate French chic into casual Korean cool.

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone!

All hopes and expectations for something new, for something better seem to be within reach as soon as the new year rings in. Of course, everything is just the same way it has been before including ourselves, nothing really has changed. But this shouldn't stop us from drawing up well-intent resolutions nonetheless. Because with the new year, we have a great starting point from which at least to try our best and hope for better outcomes!

So for 2012, I'm hoping and wishing for good ideas, initiative, perseverance, and confidence.

My new years resolutions for 2012 are 1.) to be neater and not so lazy with the cleaning any more, 2.) to believe in the splendid future I am going to have but also to work for it, 3.) to do as I know is right.