Seoul Fashion Week Spring 2015 Day 1 Outfit

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This bomber jacket is everything you need for a lazy afternoon: neon geometric patterns paired with pinstripes add a sporty touch while an asymmetrical wrap miniskirt with a zipper detail is most definitely entertaining. It’s a Friday afternoon pick-me-up; a coffee break, that fat piece of chocolate cake, a 3PM tea-time. Do it with caution though, these heels are deadly.

Wearing Bomber jacket & skirt by JKOO, Strappy wedge boots by Jeffrey Campbell, Clutch by Zequun, Sunglasses by Celine, Snapback by New Era Korea

New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Day 6 Outfit

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7A little behind but only if you knew how many runway pictures are yet to be revealed… trying our hardest to get caught up though, I promise.

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7This was the last day of NYFW after Ralph Lauren in Meatpacking which has quickly become a new favorite. The last time I was there (prior to this trip) was eons ago when there used to be a Korean club. Yeah, let’s just keep it at that.

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7Not only was the show dreamy (coverage coming real soon), I had the pleasure of running into beauties from all over the world afterwards- some of them so influential in the realm of blogosphere my Instagram almost exploded when some of these pictures were posted. (Above with Sara Donaldson of Harper and Harley and Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three)

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It’s amazing what these ladies have accomplished and how far they’ve come with something created out of pure passion and joy. If you ever need inspiration or motivation, or are just having one of those days, check out their blogs- these girls are on fire.

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7NYFW SS 2015: Day 7 NYFW SS 2015: Day 7I don’t think I missed Korea as much when I was in NY or LA, even. Going through these pictures has confirmed my hypothesis that a part of me indeed had never left the city back in 2004. Who wants to join me on a teleport ride?

NYFW SS 2015: Day 7TAOL9452Wearing Lie Sang Bong & Silver Aloyna lace up sneakers




New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Day 5 Outfit

NYFW SS 2015: Day 5Fifth day of New York Fashion Week was spent wearing this pretty ensemble from Lie Sang Bong’s S/S ’14 collection. Also vaguely on mind is being interviewed by some media company with a funky name. Oh, and how can I fail to mention the pain that was unimaginable presented by these magical red pumps. Thanks, Mr. Francesco Russo, for making a girl’s life complete… just wishing there was a way to do it without the pain but anything good in life comes with a bit of discomfort.

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His white button down & silver metallic accent shorts by JKOO, Women’s coat by Lie Sang Bong, Creepers by 1-900, Sunglasses by Warby Parker

New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Day 3 Outfit

NYFW SS 2015: Day 3So.. how come nobody told us to check the weather?

NYFW SS 2015: Day 3Oh the consequences of being inattentive to current events. but really, it just had been a long time since I had been in New York during this time of the year. I thought it would be fall by the time fashion week began- who knew summer would stick around for so long? and of course, after a day or two of sweating my butt off in my decidedly F/W pieces, fall decides to finally show up. #fail

NYFW SS 2015: Day 3 NYFW SS 2015: Day 3Well, at least we matched, in a completely unplanned, coincidental way…

NYFW SS 2015: Day 3“Show me your model walk..?”

NYFW SS 2015: Day 3Definitely having a hard time keeping this coat on. This is far from posing.

NYFW SS 2015: Day 3Thanks for the blister that lasted throughout the entire week, new shoes. but you are forgiven because you look good. Seriously though, beautiful things including humans and objects have it way too easy.NYFW SS 2015: Day 3His vest, long button down shirt, leggings & combat boots: Caruso by Chang Kwang Hyo.

Her top, pants & coat by Lie Sang Bong. Silver ‘Aloyna’ sneakers by Jeffrey Campbell. Sunglasses by Celine. Bags by Jinnie J.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Day 2 Outfit


nyfw7-1So this was Day 2 of New York Fashion Week and I pretty much walked out of our Upper West Side apartment in my most frequented black bra and not much else. nyfw75If you follow me on Instagram, remember the post I made a few days before leaving for New York? About my anxiety towards things that could go wrong during Fashion Week? Guess what. It happened!

Funny thing is, it wasn’t one of the zillion things that crossed my mind- and of course, even with a wardrobe malfunction, Tomimito got to be creative! Thankfully however, it happened after we had left the venue… you know the one where gazillion photographers camp out.

nyfw75-2Can you guess what? Yeah, the unthinkable, the unmentionable, the unimaginable happened… the zipper on my skirt broke. hahaha. Thank God for the clutch. Should have walked instead but you know, the heel situation. It’s fashion week after all though, when anything is possible and even the most ridiculous accidents are forgiven. Fashion… must… go on.

More outfit shots here in which I forgot to suck it in. Oops- but then again, there is a reason why I never succeeded in becoming a professional model, remember?

Both in JKOO from their S/S ’14 collection. See them here.

Her “Scandal” heels by Jeffrey Campbell, His creepers by 1-900. Her sunglasses by Celine. His by Warby Parker.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 Day 1 Outfit

NYFW SS 2015: Day 1There are clothes that make you feel better than you feel, more glamorous than you are, more powerful than you ever have been- those that make you feel stronger and empowered.NYFW SS 2015: Day 1One that which makes us want to go out and conquer the world- and that is when you know she’s a keeper. NYFW SS 2015: Day 1This blue dress is one of those that not only makes me feel like a princess but a woman of class and glamour- especially favored are the lace sleeves which drop perfectly at the center of my hands. The delicate details of the vibrant blue lace accentuates femininity while the elastic underlayer adds a fun casual flair.NYFW SS 2015: Day 1 The dress served me well throughout the first day of New York Fashion Week while being perfect for attending Yuna Yang‘s F/W ’15 runway show as a guest (coverage coming soon). Her dresses always have a way of making me feel like a woman, a beautiful one at that. <3 NYFW SS 2015: Day 1On the other hand, it was nice being back in New York. NYFW SS 2015: Day 1It always is, but this time around, I found a piece of me that never left the city. I guess whoever said ‘Once a New Yorker is always a New Yorker,’ was right…NYFW SS 2015: Day 1which is quite unexpected coming from a person who vowed to never look back when she left him so many years ago. NYFW SS 2015: Day 1What have you done to me, New York?NYFW SS 2015: Day 1We shall reunite… one day. NYFW SS 2015: Day 1Until then… NYFW SS 2015: Day 1 NYFW SS 2015: Day 1 NYFW SS 2015: Day 1Blue lace dress by Yuna Yang (F/W 2014 collection), Clutch & Tote by Jinny J, Aloyna sneakers, Scarf by Hermes, Chanel Rouge Allure in 99 Pirate

Her Oak Tree


Life is part hair and part clothes. There needs to be other elements mixed in as well.


Other elements that physically compliment my look are muscles and a lean mean green T.


Life can put you in a corner. But just turn around and scowl.


And if scowling doesn’t work, be charming.


Green & Blue are two colors that dominate our world’s landscape and can perfectly compliment a decent outfit. What is nature wearing? Sometimes New York can become too Oak – the black, white or gray that sell for $200- the stuff that you have to read the laundry tag on your shirts or else they’ll shrink to shrubbery. Dressing to impress is more about the fit than the fame and once you understand that, you’ll be more satisfied.

Wearing a guy’s striped blue long sleeve & girl’s cut off green T. Jean shorts @ jeans are also from H&M.

Shot by Heehyun!

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Little White Dress

karen to-13Strangely been intrigued by things that are relatively muted, simple, unostentatious lately- if I may, perhaps this is my own interpretation of ‘normcore’ although it’s probably still considered extravagant to those who embrace the true definition of the term, whatever that may be.
karen to-20Compared to its long-term rival, black, white seems to signify things that are sweet, lovely and graceful, hmm… if it were a person, it would be someone who is amiable, approachable, and congenial yet incredibly sophisticated and classy…karen to-27In short, I find white mysterious.

I mean, ‘Is it a color even?’ one might ask. If we are able to give it a name, my guess is that it probably is.karen to-25And these Air Force 1s.. I don’t even remember when I got them; probably seven years ago. I just started wearing them again early this year and suddenly, I began seeing them everywhere from streets of Seoul to runways. Here’s a quick tip for you- never, ever throw away branded items, especially if they are classics, high-end, limited-edition, Made in Italy or France, etc.. but you knew that. karen to-35-2I was so frustrated when my mom told me that she sold her vintage Korean designer clothes at series of garage sales for less than $10… Out of respect, I won’t mention names but yeah… pretty devastating. Thankfully however, she had kept my prom dress which I’m considering wearing to the designer’s show at Lincoln Center this coming Fashion Week. Amazed on multiple levels: it still fits perfectly after all these years- actually it looks better now that my body’s more fit, and secondly, it still looks gorgeous. Lesson two: when possible, always opt for a high quality option rather than buying multiple low-end things. In the end, buying expensive stuff does pay off.karen to-35-4White cutout halter neck dress by Topshop, Miansai leather bracelet, Qlocktwo watch, Nike Air Force 1

 Photography by Sangtene