I'm gonna need more hangers.

step 2 and step 3 are actually intertwined. i have one terrible habit and that is splurging on the right things at the wrong times. in other words, a lack of prioritizing needlessly nice things over needed things.

yes, play me the smallest violin ever.

while i do crave a perfect working wardrobe of separates and polite shoes, i always ALWAYS cave into high fashion potential.

the struggle fest continues.

Winter Boots 2014

L: Acne Lomi Boots, Alexander Wang Gabi Boots || R: & Other Stories Leather Ankle Boots

WANT#1:  Shoes

i will spoil myself with shoes, whether i will wear them or stare at them. i will. splurge.

NEED: only one multitasker  for winter/work. i’m thinking a simple, chelsea boot style with a chunky heel to be dressy or punky. maybe black, though ideally an eye catching hue or metallic for that beastly fashion craving. maybe the Lomis.

yesss

metalliccccccc.

price aint right dough. also the Gabi boots are sold out in my size EVERYWHERE. the faux-croc ones have a 10 cm/4 in heel that might be too much for everyday wear and i’m not sure about the fit as its h&m’s mid-tier division.

bah, maybe just cheap ones will do until the right ones turn up. i’m okay with that since Korea makes awesome fur-lined ones anyway.

sources: la garconne, &otherstories

hat [ssfw] :: bracelets [aland, handmade]

mmmm it is officially fall and i have new accessories. the woven bracelet was made by university students and i was so charmed. i love buying lovingly handmade things. slowly reconducting a more grown-up arm parade, though i fear becoming another editor-inspired cog. whatever… can’t help it if you like something that everyone else likes. at least my hat has ears.

shirt [thrifted DIY] :: sweater [cheap monday] :: skirt [thrifted] :: shoes [dahong]

i don’t know how to describe my style anymore, but i wouldn’t say i’m trendy. being trendy requires conscious effort to be included in fashion waxing and wanning and i’ve become far too skeptical to moon over those things. i find myself either ahead or behind and if i appear to be en pointe, it’s just a lucky guess.

i love/d everything about this outfit and that day.

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general packing rules:

1) heavy/bulky things (gifts, laptops) in the middle, shoes in the corners (at opposite ends of the luggage)

2) clothes rolled, placed in layers

3) underwear rolled/folded into crevics, like inside shoes or as cushioned between harder objects (same for electronics)

4) nestle flat objects (books, laptops again) between layers of clothes

5) wrap up liquids in extra bags and ziplocks, store like underwear/electronics

6) fold jackets/sweaters in half or just lay flat as layer dividers/close to the top

7) discard as many tags/unnecessary packaging as possible (soooo hard with gifts)

 

however, i do find that my tactics always change slightly depending on the shape of the luggage. more on this later.

jacket [busan] :: tees [elves, now fashion] :: hat [DIY]

shopping notes:

i can’t go to thailand for long winded reasons, so i just decided to endure the 8 hr round trip to busan and buy this jacket. it is by far the most expensive thing i own and i feel pretty proud for spending/saving for it without any parental aide whatsoever.

i usually have a problem buying tshirts cuz they’re so basic (i have a problem buying basics in general), but these were just too charming to pass up. the length obeys the no-pants rule perfectly too.

i’ve also been knitting! made this hat for a friend. i modified this pattern to suit the chunky yarn. i dont really wear hats myself but i love the way they look so much on other ppl.

btw, my food/korean life tumblr is still alive and well. i’m a lot better about updating it, which seems to be the common cold with other bloggers.

socks [now fashion, gunsan] :: shoes [culture call]

i have simple and complicated goals, one of them is to have a polka dotted version of everything i already have. i got this chambray shirt on a whim (i’m so French in this war of wills) and have been wearing it everyday last week when i get home. i love the newness of clothes and i can wear them for days post purchase to indulge in it for as long as possible. don’t worry, it’s in the wash now.

i got those silver shoes like i said i would. also finally shot the lookbook i’ve been meaning to post. yay getting things (done)!

photos via capucine

regrettable purchases of 2011

that outburst was to my would-be husband. currently i imagine him to have a rather charming and archaic name and to be very not asian.

anyway, it’s funny how when i want to get rid of things on my hanger/wall of shame that i often think “aw no…didn’t i once love you for a reason? can’t we make this work afterall?”

the answer should always be a resounding no, though its never an easy one.

1) as in love as i am with the faux fur collar, i just never came around to the olive color and it never fails to turn me off.

2) impulse buy, it looked great at the time but i hardly ever know what to pair it with. it’s a little too costume-y and all i do is stare at it. i’ve worn it twice in the past 3 months.

3) impulse buy, out of necessity. the stripes don’t line up. i am so annoyed at myself for not catching it.

4) adore that neckline, but the bow is too wilty and i think it’s too childish now.

5) augh i’m such a heart whore, i buy them fast and easy, and then i’m stuck with cheap ass quality that i can no longer stand. it puckers, it’s not long enough to tuck in, it wrinkles disgustingly around the embroidery. it’s infuriating.

and do you know what these all have in common? they were all cheap or on sale. HMMMMM. the sooner i get rid of these, the better. i can’t believe i won’t be able to ebay for another 6 months. lord help me.

sigh. the war is far from over.

daniel hurlin [hyeres]

i’ve officially started saving for a black leather jacket, as in made a little jar and put change in it, made its picture my wallpaper on my iphone as a reminder. this picture doesn’t really give that away, but the fact that i’m always going back to a silhouette i don’t own but adore goes to show that i really need to stay more focused and buy things i actually really want. also, this jacket is just boss.

actually i’m not really saving for it, i’m trying to get through this month and so i can buy it on my next paycheck. ah young and financially irresponsible. whoooooooo.

shirts [muji, e hyphen gallery] :: lingerie [risa magli] :: heattech shirt [uniqlo] :: socks [tutuamma]

i splurged on the most beautiful lingerie masquerading as ordinary underwear in Japan, among other things that are near perfection. i’ve never own anything so unapologetic-ally girlie. i’m always so much better at budgeting in a foreign country than i am with a full debit card. its annoying and a habit i need to fix. one of many things i need to fix in the new me.

these past weeks have been made of relief and pain. on one hand, i now know what feelings to follow to plan my next steps. on the other, i think i just let a soul mate walk on a plane as i held myself in my throat.

coat [ewha street] :: collar [hongdae]

i realize now that my hesitation to buy clothes before sprung out of a sedentary life with sedentary needs. i was in seoul this weekend with the girls and the need to stand out when going out was there. i think that’s why i want these bright things again. i’ve always got somewhere to go. with minimalism, i just wanted to disappear glamorously. ok no really, but my wardrobe did. do i think too much through my clothes? i don’t even care that i do, i don’t know why i’m complaining. i just like to hear myself type i guess.

i also realized that it’s pointless to name most brands of korean purchases cuz they copy and paste things everywhere, so i’m citing where i purchased it instead. i hate fussy coats with lots of buttons and i actually hesitated when i saw it. do i hesitate too much?