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

step 1 in my wardrobe reform is a clear budget.

here, i employed the 60/40 principle: 60%  living expenses, 40% leisure/savings. big thanks to wikipedia for informing me; i prefer overarching guidelines that i can tailor over pre-detailed plans, which tend to be overwhelming and impersonal. i’ve tried to scale each item’s size based on its percentage within the categories (ie. fiscal significance).

Budget

L: Utilities, Transportation, Rent, Food, Dry Cleaning, Household, Phone || R: Shopping, Creative Projects, Savings

while i love numbers and lists, visuals are the most effective means of motivation for me.  mapping this out, i realize how easy it is for me to lose sight of what’s important (ex. eating great food). this collage will remind me of what really has prominence and where sacrifices can be made if funds need to be shuffled around, given no extra income.

…which i do get actually; i’ve been working a lot of weekends (not by choice, boo). any extra income will go towards the savings, or irregular expenses, piggy bank first, though i can see creative projects absorbing most of it, which is fine.

creating this visual budget is one thing, maintaining it requires an additional system of checks and balances, puns notwithstanding.

1) weekly receipts are the best way for me to keep track of expenses. every sunday, my boyfriend and i try to divvy out what we owe over groceries, so i can use that time to jointly check-in on my own spending. sometimes this gets delayed, but there’s a noticeable void in productivity if we don’t. this allows for me to piggy-back on an already establishing habit, instead of trying to carve out a new one.

2) setting aside leisure savings on every pay day will be a challenge, but it can be done. in this case, its a matter of setting up a reminder on my phone, which also syncs to my laptop. yay apple!

3) have cushion room in the necessities category. i gave myself some generous leeway so if i do scrimp on something, i’ll feel like i saved extra, but if i don’t, its already accounted for.

positive reinforcement is as necessary as a crackdown i say. budget rewards, which can come out of irregular expenses or extra from the end-week, for myself are often activity or food related–a $5 yoga class, a cheap spa day, a succulent slice of cake–as i try to curb my retail therapy ways.

Source: pinterest, instagram(@perzpective, who beautifully photographed our little loft. yes i live there hehe)

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omh-my god, i am the WORST blogger in the history of inconsistency.

i’ve had a year of growing, searching, getting lost, moral mishaps and many other blah blah distractions, excuses rather, for my lack of committing to anything to completion. i’ve learned that for me, my actions and daily dealings are a pulse in the very beat of me. i have to do it all little by little, or it becomes fatal and i just…quit. i get lazy and my impulse for flight takes off. i’m crawling back, slowly, saying,

i’ll be better this time. please still believe it me.

usually if i go on a break, i try not to preface my returns with apologies, but i really do need to own up to what i’ve neglected. forgive me. if it happens again, you’ll know its the doe in me. wide eyes. stupid.

anyways.

here’s the top 5 from 2013:

1) i fell in love. and am lucky to still be in it.

2) i almost lost a friend because of said love. also lucky to be in good grace, with her and myself.

3) i’ve moved 3 times this year, twice being within seoul.

4) i’ve fallen deeply in love with yoga; it’s a relationship that has made me stronger and happier. my breath and body have come a long way in just a year.

5) i’ve dropped out of korean lang school in favor of saving for fashion school. yes, that dream still floats, in my bed, at work, on root beer.

6) can’t help it, its been too long: i miss my family. i’m thinking this will be my last year abroad. gonna need some serious help on the employment front though…no matter! that’s what friends are for right? ;)

via ilovewildfox

i was thinking about the next season and i realized that i dont really want to reinvent myself or do anything revolutionary; i just want to continue wearing more or less what i was wearing last season and seasons past, with a few injected adjustments.

winter is coming and this girl is wearing the leopard coat of my dreams and boots from heaven-knows-where. someone please. please.

if you haven’t noticed-and i haven’t been explicit- but i’ve been trying to exclusively post only pictures i take/are taken of me on this blog (for the record, irony of this post’s photo was noted). i know it’s kind of a pain for you as a reader, but it seems to make more sense for me to show my process through my tumblr/pinterest (peruse them as you like) and focus this blog on results and documentation for now. maybe when i’m a bit more organized, i can go back to being more integrated; i always found that more interesting anyway.

aaaaand now that i’ve said that, i can go back on my word.

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천천히 [slowly]

ONLY ONE? OF YOUR HAND? yeah i’d be disappointed too, but what if i told you these korean nail stickers were like $2, lasted a week, AND glowed in the dark??? [note: use base coat and a little heat to prevent pealing]

yeah it wouldnt do it for me either. to be honest, there have been a few times where i’ve wanted to post but i couldn’t because i just didn’t have any pictures. i’ve just lost the desire to take pictures of myself. i’m far more into experiencing, living, really seeing what’s in front of me rather than looking back at the moment. not that i don’t love that, which is why i am lamenting a little. if i don’t photograph what i’m wearing, did i really wear it? i wish you could see how i’ve changed and what i’m like day-to-day. i wish i could see that too.

this is why i shouldn’t have nice things! i waste them away with neglect.

to be fair, i’ve recently come into some adult thoughts and adult concerns, nothing seriously bad, but serious nonetheless and i’ve been very busy being busy and i HATE it, but it’s necessary. the good news is that it’ll be over soon. very soon.

i can’t wait till aug 3rd. and now you know.

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how great is that white onesie?  it makes black look better. i love how clean and creamy white on white on white is so much. i don’t think you know, i don’t think you understand.

so i’ve been thinking…should i get a pinterest…thing? i dunno if its big enough to be a proper noun, or if it’s just a blog or some new entity. anyway, i’m thinking i need a place to better visualize and access my inspiration pics. they just sit unsorted on my computer or get lost on this blog to be honest.

lily kwong [vogue china, april 2012]

some people know that i have a minimalist streak. i’ve been looking for a skirt version of my wednesday addams dress. damn you miu miu! and now i’ve also just spent way too long looking at chignon hair tutorial for my fun friday outfit. my school’s new higher ups are a lot more severe, so this is my mild attempt at demonstrating casual(er) friday.

via fgr

droptokyo

i can’t stop looking at the dude’s outfit though. i’m missing floral from my arsenal of prints at the mo. maybe i’ll find it when i go to hong kong this weekend. i really don’t make a lot of money, but i sure know how to spend it like an asshole.

jbook

tulle skirt without the elastic band: this may actually be improbable, but this skirt has the raw hem tufts on the outside to mask the tackiness of elastic at least.

green office girl barbie shoes exactly as pictured. same brand too preferably. BUT WHERE?

this look has been bored into my mind. in its crisp silhouetted perfection it manages to squeeze in bits of whimsy, untucked polka dot blouse + cobalt socks. this is probably the most perfect koreanized outfit i saw myself potentially getting into. its like swedish girl style, but more playful. UGH, painfully wanting.

found this magazine at an angel-in-us cafe, definitely my new favorite find. its a dual cover zine, for boys and girls. need to get paid so i can buy this months issue, along with vogue girl and elle girl and nylon. are zine subscriptions possible here? i never see those annoying tags sticking out.

[vanillascented] :: hypebeast [hapsical] :: cheap monday aw2011 [stylebubble] :: [mood]

currently into the androgynous differences of these looks. slowly building my collection of white collared shirts and my new found obsession for knits. and still on the prowl for the perfect leather jacket. i should stop traveling so i can throw down serious coinage for one when i get back to seoul. or japan. :D

i realized that if i don’t blog, i end up not thinking about what i’m buying and careless wanting ensues. i need to do this to remain focused and own up to the principles of quality and thoughtful style exploration that i worked so hard to uphold before. otherwise, i’m just going to bleed out fast fashion again, which is so not ok.