Friday
Mar042011

[WEAR] Bonpoint

{Bonpoint}

Bonpoint, a French childrenswear clothing company, makes beautiful clothes for little ones. The boys have a Liberty print shirt that I adore, a gift from one our friends in Korea. I can see the boys wearing any of these outfits and again I find myself wishing they would make adult size versions of the girls clothing. The striped dark denim coat would be the perfect spring jacket for me!

Thursday
Mar032011

[EAT] Grüner

{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

A few months ago Appah and I started a new tradition of meeting up for a weekly lunch date. It works well for us because we don't have a regular babysitter and I like having dinner with the family and staying home in the evenings. Fortunately for us Portland is home to many wonderful restaurants and this year we're planning to eat our way through the city. I'll be documenting all our favorite spots.

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that Grüner is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. There are so many things to love about Grüner-- the beautiful branding, simple decor, amazing food [their burger is the best in town and their jam-filled donuts are delicious], right down to how they present the bill in an old book-- it all makes for a wonderful dining experience.

Thursday
Mar032011

[WEAR] zara kids 

{ZARA Kids}

I love ZARA Kids and have been happy with the quality of the clothing we've purchased for the boys over the years. The mix of neutrals + stripes + pops of color are perfect for a winter to spring wardrobe! And now I'm itching to buy the boys a pair of red pants. 

Wednesday
Mar022011

[TRAVEL] the shims in korea and japan

{Photographs by Sally J Shim}

Two years ago our family was living in South Korea as expats. The most amazing experience of my life [thus far]. While we lived in Busan we were able to do quite a bit of traveling throughout Asia. We traveled to Singapore, Thailand [twice], Hong Kong, Macau and Japan. My favorite city was Tokyo. It was the first time Appah and I traveled without the children [my mother took care of them in Busan]. I was a bit nervous to leave them [my first time in 3.5 years leaving j] but I was comforted by the fact that the plane ride was only 2 hours. Tokyo is an amazing city, so full of life and beauty. I was completely overwhelmed at how the Japanese are masters of detail and design. Even the restroom in the smallest cafe is beautifully designed. 

We are heading back to Korea and Japan in a few weeks and I am so excited! We will be spending a week in Korea and then Appah and I head to Japan for a week sans boys. [They will be well cared for my mother who will also be in Korea during our visit.] This will be the perfect way for us to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. I'm pretty sure we will be eating and people watching our way through Tokyo. We definitely want to revisit some of our favorite sites from our first trip together [Tsukiji Fish Market, The National Art Center, etc.] but I am also looking to visit some new places. I plan to take loads of photographs which I will share with you all when we return. If you have any recommendations on places to visit, please let me know. Thanks!

Wednesday
Mar022011

[WEAR] LIHO

{Liho}

Classic clothing by Liho, a London based childrenswear line. I know my boys would love the cardigans and scarves [one of their favorite accessories]. And I'd love the charcoal turtleneck and blue skirt in my size!

{via Simple + Pretty}

Wednesday
Mar022011

PHOTO 101

{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

One of my goals for the past few years has been to improve my photography skills. Appah gifted me with a Nikon D300 2.5 years ago and I had every intention of figuring out how to move beyond the automatic mode but you know, laziness set in. Fast forward a few years and I came across Nicole's Classes, creative online courses that range from Photo 101 to Photoshop to Illustrator. I am a fan of Nicole Gerulat's clean + bright shooting style so I was curious to see what I could learn from her. Being a bit of a design freak I have to admit the clean layout of her website also caught my attention. I ordered her Photo 101 book and read it in one sitting. Her first piece of advice is to turn the camera to the manual mode. I listened and haven't turned it back to the automatic mode since. After owning the book for more than six months I finally enrolled in the Photo 101 course last month. I liked the fact that the course is only four weeks long and through my weekly homework assignments I was able to get feedback from Nicole on ways to improve. Nicole really emphasizes shooting clean and not to rely on Photoshop to improve your image. I still have a lot to learn but I think it finally "clicked" that photography is no different than any other creative field, the more you practice, the better you get. And I have to say the class has helped increase the number of good shots I am getting straight out of the camera, without any Photoshop tweaks [although I plan to take her Photoshop 101  + Photo Workflow courses soon]. Even though the class is over I want to continue to shoot on a regular basis so I can improve my skills and continue documenting life. And what can I say, I think I have some pretty darn cute models to help me out!