In the emerald city...

For those who didn't get the reference, I quoted the title of this blog post after the title of a number in the musical Wicked. I just had to pay homage to this amazing production which I had the privilege to attend last week after about, oh I don't know, 7 years of waiting? My obsession with this musical began after my best friend went to watch it in 7th grade and from the moment she came back telling me all about how wonderful Wicked was, I began memorizing lyrics to songs and performing a one-woman act in front of the mirror in the hopes that I would one day watch it with my own two eyes--and that day has finally happened. Can I just say: God has given an insane amount of musical talent to some people and I would highly recommend attending a musical (even if it's not Wicked) to just appreciate the powerful voices and entertaining acting these folks have to offer?

Anyway, here's the outfit I wore to the event! I wore a star spangled shirt paired with distressed black denim jeans and my new ASOS boots! To add more structure, I layered a grey fitted peacoat I received as a hand-me-down over the outfit--isn't the little bow in the back the cutest? My bangs have started to grow out, so I just swept them over to the side (with the help of some wind) and held a cup of coffee (that was actually my friend's) as the finishing touch.

This is not a sponsored blog post but WICKED WAS AMAZING and I would definitely watch it again if I get the chance.

I'll see you in my next post!


Jeans-Cotton On

Toss toss*, 


*another Wicked reference~


That moment when the perfect dress
becomes a beautiful addition to your closet...

Alright, alright so maybe I'm being a little bit dramatic...

But let me tell you something: it was fate, the meeting between this dress and me. I had recently been on the search for a well-fitting denim-like dress and lo and behold, one appeared right before my eyes. Well, actually my mom laid eyes on it first and told me to try it on. Fit. Like. A. Glove. 

It's actually quite difficult to find dresses that are the right length for me without it being too loose or too inappropriately short. So when this particular dress entered into my life, I had to say it was fate. Ending right above my knees, this article of clothing falls perfectly and is comfortable enough to spend a day shifting up and down and occasionally semi-squatting to take photos of my lovely friends (these were taken at Balboa Park in case you were wondering!).

Currently, this is my #1 favorite dress (as you can probably tell) and with its versatile style, I cannot wait to wear it in different looks for various occasions. 

What's your favorite look/article of clothing right now? Let me know all about it in the comments below!

Necklace-Forever 21
Backpack-Vintage Prada (aka Mom's Closet)



P.S.-yes, I did get bangs and yes, it was quite impulsive~


Keepin' it casual
this time around...

By now many of you know that I am not one to squeeze into a pair of jeans everyday. Dresses and skirts are definitely my go-to clothing of choice, but on the rare occasion that I do wear some denim, I like to keep the rest of my outfit very comfortable. 

Take this look for example: I paired my favorite pair of skinny jeans (high-waisted for the illusion of longer, leaner legs) with a simple white t-shirt and this unique fringed cardigan I received from The Mint Julep Boutique

What I love most about this combination is its simplicity! I really didn't have to think too hard to make the look as good it does here. The geometric print and subtle gold details on the cardigan, in addition to the cute fringed edges, create more dimension and movement while the fitted t-shirt and jeans keep the look pulled together. Also, doesn't everything just look so warm and cozy??

Fringed Cardigan-The Mint Julep Boutique
Shirt-Forever 21
Jeans-Seven for All Mankind
Sunglasses-Lucky Brand

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-winner will be announced on 12/10/14!

May the odds be ever in your favor, 



Just kiddin' 
I got it from the thrift store...

It's high-waisted. It's comfy. It's everything your mom would have worn in her prime days. It's...the mom jean. 

So what's so special about this fine piece of fabric that simultaneously creates the illusion of longer legs while making some people cringe? Personally, I have two reasons why I'm currently loving this trend: one, because it's a refreshing change from the skinnies and boyfriend jeans that many people wear and two, because I copped this from the thrift store for SEVEN DOLLARS. Am I a crazy good shopper or am I a crazy good shopper?

I love the fashion industry for its tendencies to recycle trends. I'm so glad that this particular style is "in" because I truly am a sucker for comfort (especially since I am not one to sport jeans all the time). 

Shirt-Urban Outfitters
Mom Jeans-Thrifted (Goodwill)
Cut-out Ankle Boots-Amazon
That pink hair-tie you always see me wearing-Korea (from like 4 yrs ago~)

Busy but blessed, 


P.S.-OMG, I found the perfect, industrial spot to take more #ootd photos. So stay tuned for more outfits in this setting!


The ombre trend 
is here to stay...

While most gals are fond of expressing the ombre trend by dyeing their hair, I decided to go on a simpler route by wearing it! This beautiful blue skirt, which was gifted by my grandma in Korea (a lot of my featured clothing items on this blog actually come from her!), just screams summer and I thought it was appropriate to wear on a lovely day out with my girlfriends.

I paired this skirt with a more subtle black tank and a few delicate pieces of jewelry. The lack of print in this outfit kept the focus on the blue skirt--the ombre definitely stood out against the monochromatic color scheme as well. 

Triangle Necklace-Forever 21

A short and simple ootd for ya'll! Tune in for my next style post featuring a few my hair!

Keep it real,