Entries from July 1, 2012 - July 31, 2012

Monday
Jul302012

[TRAVEL] TOKYO 2012

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

In less than a week we're heading over to Fukuoka, Japan for a little family vacation. I'm finally getting around to sorting through our photographs from our trip to Tokyo in April. We had such a good time showing the boys around Tokyo (their first time to Japan) and they are thrilled to be returning to Japan. I'm excited to explore Fukuoka since this is my first time visiting (Appah has been there several times). If anyone has suggestions on places to visit or restaurants to eat at please let me know! I plan to be Instagramming throughout our trip. 

Friday
Jul272012

[FAMILY] SPEED SK8RS

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

This summer has been all about the boys trying out new things whether it is boogie boarding, Korean lessons or robotics class. This week the boys started speed skating classes which they are really enjoying. It helps that they have lessons every day so they are able to improve more quickly and it is super cute to see them all dressed up in their speed skating gear (love all the neon accents). I also find it quite amusing how they have a huge screen playing Kpop videos and a snack bar that serves over half a dozen types of instant ramen. You gotta love Korea!

Thursday
Jul262012

[BEAUTY] INNISFREE JEJU VOLCANIC PORE CLAY MASK

PHOTOGRAPH BY SALLY J SHIM

Moving back to Korea has reminded me that Korean women really know how to take care of themselves, especially their skin. I've mentioned my skincare routine and makeup routine before but I'm trying to make a bit more effort to step up my skincare routine a notch or two. I recently had my first Korean facial which was quite an experience. Although I've had some facials back in the States the one I had here was different since it involved massage boots on my feet and legs (which actually felt really good after all the running I've been doing lately) and arm and upper chest massage (I had to warn the aesthetician that I am very ticklish). The facial itself involved a long massage and a thick cooling mask which left my skin feeling really clean and smooth. Although I plan to get facials on a more regular basis I'm not sure I can commit to going once a week (which was what my aesthetician recommended). I figured I could do a bit of maintenance at home so I ventured out to our local beauty shop. If you've ever been to Korea you will notice there are tons of beauty stores everywhere you look which makes it a bit overwhelming to decide what to buy and where to buy it. I know there are tons of beauty blogs out there that review Korean products but I opted to go into an Innisfree store and randomly browse their skincare goods. I spotted their Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask because it had a "Bestseller" sign next to it (somehow this kind of advertising works on me regarding beauty products). I was intrigued by the coordinating Jeju Volcanic Steam Towel (yes, the cute packaging was also a big selling point) and decided to purchase both items. You need to moisten the steam towel with water, heat it up in the microwave and place it on your face for several minutes to open up your pores. Then you apply the mask all over your face (I also apply it to my neck), let it dry and rinse it off. It made my face feel smoother and did not tighten up my face the way some masks do. I plan to keep using this mask every week until it runs out. If there are any skincare products you love, please share!

Wednesday
Jul252012

[ART] JENNIFER VALLEZ

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER VALLEZ

Jennifer Vallez's latest watercolor illustrations have been popping up on my Instagram feed and I could not be more in love! Not only is she a wonderfully talented artist (and clothing designer, illustrator and doll maker) but her style is amazing. If only her sketches would turn into a clothing line (hint, hint), I would be so happy! Jen hasn't added her watercolor illustrations to her shop yet, but stay tuned!!

Tuesday
Jul242012

[ART] RESTYLE / Jan Skácelík 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAN SKACELIK 

One of my goals for this summer is to get started on decorating the boys' bedroom. I've made a list of things I need to buy (bunkbed, rug) and make (bedding, throw pillows, window treatments). I love hanging up the boys' original artwork on their bedroom walls but when I saw these awesome Star Wars prints by Jan Skácelík of ReStyle I thought they would be perfect for their bedroom. I love the modern colors and graphics. Check out Jan's shop for more pretty prints. And if you love minimal + clean interiors you will love Jan's blog, Design Attractor.

Monday
Jul232012

[LINKS] SUMMER VACATION / WEEK FOUR

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

We are officially half way through our summer vacation. The boys have four more weeks until school resumes and we are all hoping the time goes by slowly. Last week we had some stormy weather which made the ocean an amazing deep shade of blue. Now the weather is getting toasty but we've found early evenings to be the perfect time to hit the beach with our boogie boards. We are also trying to do more exploring around Busan so we recently stopped by GoEun Museum of Photography which is featuring an exhibit on modern landscapes by Dong-Jun Bae. Whether inside or outside it is nice to be able to enjoy the beauty around us.

A few bits of beauty:

1. Meant To Be Calligraphy's lovely new website. Joke and I had the privilege of working with Michele on a few different projects and not only is she an extremely talented calligrapher but a super sweet person!

2. I love the new simple + pretty website. Jane is the ultimate curator and finder of all things simple + pretty. I love visiting her site to find out about the prettiest goodies from paper goods to high fashion.

3. Looking at my friend Bonnie Tsang's latest Road Trip photographs from her travels through California and Oregon make me miss a) living on the West Coast, b) going on road trips, c) eating with Bonnie & her sweet daughter Venise.