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2017 Korean Fashion Trends (AKA The Street Style Essentials)

My fashion inspiration is Stylenanda and Chuu’s editorial pictures.  They’re layering and styling is amazing and so unique.  It’s honestly a work of art.  2017 Korean Fashion Trends are twists on classic pieces, inspired by color, and plays with textures.

Hyuna and Krystal have been my style icons lately.  They’re take on the 2017 Korean Fashion Trends is awe-inspiring.

Before we get any further let’s map out these trends. What’s awesome about these trends is that you probably have most of these already in your closet!

2017 Korean Fashion Trends

First on the list is the quintessential T-shirt.  Don’t think of it as a lazy day thing or just for pajamas.  Your tee deserves so much more so let it shine by layering a cool blouse underneath it.  A fitted mesh top or striped blouse would turn your old tee in to a street style classic.

Don’t forget to work those ANGLES!  For a more slimming look, try getting a pair of shorts that’s fitted at the waist and looser on the legs.

The next thing on our list of trends is inspired by the 60s/70s, the striped top.  You can layer the striped top under a tee or wear it alone.  This combo looks great tucked in to a pair of high waisted jeans.  If you want a cool grunge look then pair this top with a pair of distressed mom jeans.  And don’t forget your converses to finish off your outfit!

In Korea, oversized tees, sweaters, and cardigans are taking over the market.  They look great paired with short shorts and boots or worn as a tunic with a cool pair of sneakers.  Korean girls love this new look because it elongates their figure and makes them look slimmer.

So, here’s a sneak peak of what I’ve been wearing lately.

First Look: The Classic T-shirt

Korean fashion has changed the way I think about a t-shirt.  Seriously, t-shirt and jeans are no longer a boring outfit.  Instead they are chic, high-fashion items.  When you layer a tee with a textured blouse, it creates an interesting mix of casual meets sophisticated.  Basically the essential key to street style fashion.

What do you think? Would you try this look?

7 Madewell Pieces You Can Find At The Thrift Store

thrift madewell inspired pieces

Spring is in the air in RVA (for the next few days at least).  We’re in the upper 60s and 70s so all I’m thinking about is off the shoulder tops, cutoff shorts, and denim dresses.  Now that I’m in school, most of my money goes to tuition and textbooks.  So, I don’t have much left for any shopping.

After doing a bit of online window shopping (like six hours worth), I’ve concluded that I would like to buy every item that Madewell has to offer.  But that would require having a few thousand dollars in my bank account that I can spend on clothes.

Instead of sitting around and sulking at my bank account, I’m heading to the thrift store to thrift Madewell inspired pieces.

The 7 Classic Madewell Pieces

  1. Chunky sweater
  2. Scarves
  3. Denim dress
  4. Denim Shirt
  5. Skinny Jeans
  6. Basic T-shirts
  7. Denim Jackets

How to Thrift Madewell Inspired Pieces

As with all thrifting trips, you need patience.

Chunky Sweater

I’ve been in love with Madewell since Alexa Chung’s first collab with them.  The Madewell style is classic and chic.  And I’m in love with everything.  There newest designer Joyce Lee Rose has designed some amazing pieces.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to save up for those!!!

Rant aside, let’s get started with the “juicy stuff,” AKA the seven pieces you can always find at Madewell.  The first thing we’re going to talk about is the Chunky sweater, which is a winter essential (Especially in the 20-degree weather we have in RVA).  It’s great for layering over maxi dresses, denim dresses, or just a pair of jeans.  Throw on an oversized hat and you’ll have a Rachel Zoe approved outfit.

Scarves

Blanket scarves, square scarves, knit scarves, or skinny scarves, add the perfect pop of color or texture to any outfit.  And you can find a TON of them at the thrift store. I am currently in love with the plaid blanket scarves from Madewell. They go with everything from t-shirts and jeans to dresses and skirts for the winter.

I’ve been in love with the Madewell brand since Alexa Chung first collaborated with them in 2011. Alexa Chung has been rocking the skinny scarf since 2015 and I’m obsessed.  It’s definitely on my thrift store treasure hunt list.

Denim Dress

One of my favorite pieces from Madewell is their classic denim dress.  It’s perfect for layering and even looks chic on its own.  The denim dress looks great with ankle boots or a pair of sandals. There are always a TON of denim at the thrift store. After a few trips, luck will come and you’ll be able to thrift Madewell inspired pieces for a fraction of the price.  I got my denim dresses for $7 each and a great linen tunic (that looks like denim) for $5.  I love great deals.

Denim Shirt

In order to thrift Madewell inspired pieces, you need to have a style and color in mind.  This will help you navigate the aisles of clothes at the thrift store more efficiently and maximize your chances of finding that classic piece!

When you’re talking about classic pieces, you can’t forget about the denim shirt.   It’s perfect for business casual days at the office or an easy weekend look.  There are a ton of denim shirts at the thrift store.  While you’re looking through aisles, pick up shirts that aren’t typically your size because you never how shirts fit especially if they’re vintage or been shrunk in the wash by the previous owner.

Skinny Jeans

These are definitely a wardrobe staple.  They are perfect for tucking in to boots or worn with converses for an easy casual outfit. Skinny jeans are so versatile.  You can dress them up with a blouse and heels or dress them down with a comfy t-shirt and sneakers.

Thrift stores are overflowing with jeans.  If you’re thrifting for skinny jeans, then block out about three hours for your thrifting trip because you’re going to be browsing many aisles and trying on many pairs before finding a select few that fit.

BUT it’s totally worth it because I’ve scored jeans for $2 that fit like a dream!

Basic T-shirts

With thrifting, you sometimes hit thrifting gold and you find everything you’re looking for and sometimes you find nothing.  But don’t be discouraged.  Go to another thrift store or go back another day because there is always new items being placed on the shelves.

I love shopping for t-shirts at the thrift store.  They have a ton of cool graphic tees and plain tees.  Most of the time, the tees are color coordinated so walk in to the store with a color in mind and you’ll have a much easier time going through the aisles.

Denim Jackets

This last item is very hit or miss at thrift stores but with a little bit of patience, you’ll find the perfect one.  It took me a month to find my perfect one but I found it!  The jacket was only $7 and it was in the perfect wash.  I’m now on the hunt for a black denim jacket.  Wish me luck!

And that’s it for my guide on how to thrift Madewell inspired pieces at the thrift store.  It’s fun and super easy, you just need a bit of patience.

Tell me down below, what you’re favorite thrift find is!

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5 Korean Fashion Websites without Shipping Fees (That You HAVE to Check Out!)

korean fashion websites without shipping fees

Korean beauty and fashion is the BEST!  I’m in love with everything.  Unfortunately, I live in the US so it’s pretty hard to buy Korean stuff without being charged an insane shipping fee.

It’s awesome that TONY MOLY, BELIF, Dr. Jart, LANEIGE, and a few other Korean beauty brands can now be found at Ulta, Sephora, and Target.  But Korean fashion is still very hard to find in the US if not impossible to find.

After hours of browsing the almost too cute to be real pictures of Korean fashion, you click add to cart and just as you’re about to click “check out,” your heart stops.  You see the $60 shipping charge and you slowly close your web browser.  Your dream of shopping Korean Fashion Websites without shipping fees seems impossible.  After hours of window shopping, it seems like you’re just going to have to find “inspired” pieces at Forever 21 and H&M.

BUT I’m here to tell you that there are Korean Fashion Websites Without Shipping Fees. Yes, they aren’t the unicorns of the fashion industry anymore.  They’re real.  Seriously!

So, I have compiled a list of sites where you can shop for all your favorite styles on Korean Fashion Websites without shipping fees.

The 5 Korean Fashion Websites Without Shipping Fees

First on the list is my one and only love.  Stylenanda.  There aesthetic and style is just perfect!  They can do no wrong in my eyes.

Stylenanda has a great selection of 3CE cosmetics.  3CE is awesome and many of their products like blushes are under $15 and they’re nail polishes are all under $8!  When I saw this, I think my brain just melted.  Trust me, it took a lot of self-control to not buy one in every color.

Many Stylenanda pieces are under $40 which is amazing!  On the Stylenanda site, you get free shipping with a purchase of over $200.  I know that seems like a lot but for me, it’s worth it.  If you’re looking for trendy items, you won’t get any better than Stylenanda.  Korean fashion is generally two years ahead of the US and the UK so grab these pieces up and be the true trendsetter!

TIP: Watch for sales!  They just had a 30%-50% off apparel sale!  (I was impatient and already placed my order- so I could have saved like $20…)

Best Budget-Friendly Korean Fashion Websites Without Shipping Fees

If $200 is out of your budget, then ASOS will become your best friend.  They sell a few pieces from Stylenanda now and they have free shipping over $50 plus FREE returns.  Yes, you read that right.  If it doesn’t fit or look right or you just changed your mind, you can return it.  Thank you ASOS for stocking Stylenanda.

A recent discovery is Kooding.  It’s like a Korean marketplace with lots of trendy Korean brands such as CHUU.  For orders, over $75 you get free shipping!  CHUU is famous for their -5kg jeans.  I desperately want to get my hands on a pair!

**They’re called loose weight jeans on the site, if you’re searching for them on the Kooding site.

On the CHUU site, there will be an $8.99 shipping charge (no matter how much you spend).  Which actually isn’t that bad compared to Aland’s insanely high shipping charges.  I was looking at buying a bottle of sunscreen and the shipping charge was $40.  If I bought the sweater I wanted with the sunscreen, the shipping charge was $60.  WHAT??!??

Aliexpress and Ebay also sell a lot of Korean fashion stuff, but I would stick to head accessories on these sites.  The sizing can be off and the material of some of these clothes can be very hit or miss.  But the prices are super affordable so if you don’t mind losing a few dollars then go ahead and buy it.  Who knows? It might be one of the good ones.

Aliexpress and Ebay Reviews

From Aliexpress and Ebay, I’ve bought beanies, a hat, headbands, tank tops, and bralets.  Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with my purchases but here are the full reviews of each product.

I bought the super trendy, “Bad Hair Day” beanie from Ebay for $3. The material of the beanie is very similar to the ones they sell in Forever 21.

For the hat, it’s super structured and made of a weird felt-plastic material. But what should I expect for $3?  It’s cute for pictures or as decor for your walls.  You just can’t really wear it out without feeling like you’re wearing one of those Luck of the Irish green hats from Party City.

For those super cute bunny ear headbands, Aliexpress and Ebay are perfect.  I’ve bought five so far and they cost less than a $1!  They’re not the best quality but they look really cute.

The tank tops I bought from Ebay were actually pretty soft.  They were just a really awkward length, so I cropped it.  But other than that they were surprisingly good.  Sometimes on cheap clothing sites, it lists the material as cotton blend and you get a very itchy material that feels quite strange.

The bralets I wouldn’t really recommend buying from Ebay.  I bought knock-off Chiyo tops from Ebay and they are cute, but almost impossible to put on unless you’re and XS or S.  And the  material is really flimsy so they’re semi-see-through.  The thing that really bugs me is that you can see the pads in the bralet.  Plus, one of my bralets came with a bent pad so I had to replace it with one from my swimsuits.

 

Music Festival Fashion on a Budget + the Seven Pieces You Need This Summer


It’s officially spring!  (Throws petals in to the air) So, music festival season is around the corner.  Be prepared this year by scoring the five pieces you need this summer.  I’m here to tell you that Music festival fashion on a budget is possible.  You just need to shop early and get in on those mid-season sales (before they sell out). OR if you’re a little lazy and prefer shopping while laying in bed, then I have the PERFECT solution for you! Keep reading to find my fashion secret.

The Seven Pieces You Need This Summer

  1. Glamorous sheer tunics
  2. Fringed kimonos
  3. Distressed cutoff shorts
  4. Comfy platform shoes
  5. Sporty crop tops
  6. Super cute sunglasses
  7. A fabulous Hat

First on the list are sheer tunics.  They are perfect for layering over crop tops or a cute bralet.  They prevent your skin from being overexposed to the sun.  Plus, they’re super light and won’t make you sweat in the summer heat because we all know that is not a pretty sight.

Pair your sheer tunics with a great belt and a large hat with some fabulous sunnies for a picture perfect Rachel Zoe approved outfit.

The next item on your packing list has to be a great kimono.  It’s going to get cooler in the night, so a kimono or maybe even a denim jacket depending on the climate is a very necessary item to pack.  Kimonos are light and add texture and interest to your tee and cutoffs outfit.

A floral fringed kimono is basically the most beautiful and perfect festival piece.  You can even wear it to the beach or the pool as a cover-up!

Next on the list are cutoff shorts because who can live without these in the summer?  They go with everything from crop tops to tees to blouses and everything in between.  Plus, they also look great under long tunics and short dresses too!

Now, if you’re a short girl like me then platforms are a must-have music festival fashion item.  These can come in the form of sandals, boots, or sneakers.

No summer wardrobe is complete without crop tops. You can style your favorite one with high waisted shorts, a ruffled skirt, or even a classic denim skirt.  Throw a kimono over your outfit and you’re festival ready!

Grab your favorite sunnies and a large brim hat because you’re now Instagram and Festival ready!  #outfitgoals

Music Festival Fashion on a Budget

Many of us are on a budget, so try shopping online for a great deal!  Currently, I’ve been obsessed with Tophatter.  They have a TON of great items for less than $25 including shipping!  If you love EBay shopping then you’ll love this.  Tophatter will actually notify you when bidding starts on your favorite items.  But if you’re impatient like me, you can also buy the items at the listed price.  I’m in love with this floral tunic I got from them.  It goes so well with denim shorts and a pair of strappy sandals.  The sheer fabric shows off my bralet in the most flattering way.

music festival fashion on a budget red sheer tunic

What do you think?

I also got this kimono from Tophatter.  Guess what? It was less than $15 and it is gorgeous, right?  It looks great with skinnies in the spring and fabulous over a dress once the weather starts warming up in RVA.

music festival fashion on a budget kimono

What’s your favorite way to style a kimono?

Music festival fashion on a budget is possible guys, especially if you’re willing to go digging for treasure at your local thrift store.  With thrifting, you’ll never know what you’ll find.  The thrift store is one of my favorite places to find jeans and cutoff shorts.  You can get your next favorite pair of high waisted shorts for less than $5!

When you find a super cool graphic tee at a thrift store, you can easily make it into a crop top or tie the hem in to a small knot for the perfect fit.  Remember music festival fashion on a budget is totally attainable if you use a little imagination and innovation.

Whether you’re going to a festival this year or staying at home these pieces are the perfect way to beat the summer heat in style!

**Disclaimer: I received the red sheer tunic and kimono from Tophatter for a discounted rate.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

Dress Chic in Seriously Cold Weather

how to dress chic in seriously cold weather

When it’s below freezing, you think, “It’s impossible to dress chic in seriously cold weather” because first, you’re cold so your natural instinct is to throw on sweatpants and a giant sweatshirt that swallows you whole.  Secondly, you REALLY don’t want to go outside, so you procrastinate from getting dressed and hide under the covers.  Third, you keep asking yourself, “Do I have to get up?”  While the word impossible keeps floating in your head, I beg you to remember the fabulous Audrey Hepburn.  She once said, “Nothing is impossible,the word itself says ‘I’m possible.'”

Trust me, I understand. With below freezing temperatures, it’s hard to wear anything except sweatshirts and sweatpants to stay warm.  (Translation: I don’t want to wear anything BUT sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajama bottoms, and my favorite fleece onesie.) However, there is a way to be stylish and chic AND warm.  In cold weather, layering and playing with volume is key to dressing chic and staying warm. Check out my tips below on how you can layer and accessorize with various pieces to dress chic in seriously cold weather.

These tips will prevent the horrible childhood nightmares of restricted arm movements and marshmallow (AKA Michelin Man) bulkiness because rolls are only good with cinnamon, cake or at the dinner table.

How to Dress Chic in Seriously Cold Weather

When you dress chic for seriously cold weather, you’re going to have to prepared for layers. LOTS of them because you’re going to need all the insulation you can get to stop those cold winds from reaching your body.  At the end of this, you might feel like you have half your wardrobe on your back and you actually might.  But when you’re walking from the parking deck to your office building, you’ll thank me.

The key to not looking bulky or restricting arm movement when you layer is to start with the basics: camisoles, tees, fitted sweaters, and oversized knits.  Playing with fit and volume will help streamline your layers and let you be chic while staying warm and toasty.  When the temperatures are BELOW freezing, an oversized cardigan or sweater is your best friend.

When you dress chic in seriously cold weather, you have to being the layering process with fitted pieces. In the winter, I love starting with a fitted camisole layered under a fitted t-shirt.  First two layers done.  This will NOT keep you warm but its a good start.

Now,if you’re prone to being cold then throw on a fitted sweater over your camisole and tee.  If not, then skip this step and just throw on the oversized sweater or cardigan you have.

Once you have your layers on, you’ll see the change in volume.  At this step, you’re basically a marshmallow.  Probably a cute one, but still a marshmallow.  The common mistake that many people make in the winter is wearing loose fitting or oversized bottoms with their layers.  All that fabric will swallow you up.  So, if you have volume on top, try to keep the bottom sleek.

Lately, I’ve been loving semi-fitted wool or knitted maxi skirts.  You can wear tights and leggings underneath to keep your legs warm.  Throw on a pair of socks and cute booties and you’re ready to brace the cold winds.

You can also throw on a pair of tights or leggings before slipping in to your favorite pair of jeggings.  Trust me, the extra layers will prevent your legs from turning in to popsicles.

Cassie from tothe9s also gave a great tip in one of their essentials videos, you can wear a pair of fleece-lined leggings under trousers.  You’ll look chic and no one will ever know that you’re basically wearing fitted sweatpants underneath your trousers.  (Don’t worry I won’t tell…)

Or you can try a body-con skirt on top of tights and leggings.  Popsicle legs are terrible, so throw on a pair of over-the-knee socks and boots to keep your legs warm.

Another winter favorite of mine is layering with summer dresses.  Any length works.  Once you have the camisole and tee on (plus a fitted sweater, if you’re ALWAYS cold), slip on your favorite summer dress before putting on your oversized knit.  Then, cover your legs with tights and leggings before shoving on boots.

**Bonus tip for ALL types of layering: Make sure the color palette is the same if your layers are longer in length.  If the colors don’t match, make sure your inside layers are shorter than the outside (that way no one will know!).

Finish off all of these looks with a great parka, trench, or pea coat to really insulate your body from the freezing temperatures!  With ALL these layers you’re bound to stay warm and toasty while looking super chic!

Accessorizing in Seriously Cold Weather

Scarves, hats, and gloves.  It’s hard to imagine coordinating these three without thinking back to the Minnie Mouse sets you used to own as a kid.  But there is a way to to coordinate without looking like a toddler.

In order to dress chic for seriously cold weather, you’re going to have to first find that “other” glove that’s gone missing since last year. And in many cases, they’re probably just behind the dresser or they’re having a party with all the lost socks.  In that case, RIP glove.

If you can find bother gloves and actually having a matching pair, then yay the hardest part is over!  Playing with pattern and texture is key to creating a chic look.  Personally, I love the faux fur scarves, faux fur trimmed gloves, and pom-pom beanies.  They are a great texture piece that will help break up all the various knits you’re wearing.

When you have a scarf, hat, and glove in the same color family then you’ll look polished and sophisticated while bracing through the cold winds.  You can have everything in the same color if you have different textures: knits to fur, beaded to solid, patterns to fur…etc.  Accessories add interest to your outfit so have fun with it!

And that’s it.  Those are my tips and tricks on how to dress chic in seriously cold weather.  This post was inspired by the below freezing temperatures in #RVA.

Which was your favorite tip?