Monday, September 29, 2014

Mohair Maxi Cardigan

H&M mohair maxi cardigan (similar)
Marc Jacobs "London" tee
J Brand cropped skinny jeans (on sale!)
Forever 21 wool hat
Rebecca Minkoff "Darcy" bag

Fall is coming and I've stocked up on enough long cardigans to be comfortably snuggled all season (whilst still coveting the ideal Acne "Raya" cardigan). Wore this cozy outfit to brunch over the weekend -- does anyone else wear a hat as girl code for covering unshowered hair? So chic. ;) I leave you with my t-rex arms pic and one of many endearing t-rex memes.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Social Media Cleanse

In collaboration with ABC's new romantic comedy show Selfie, I completed a 24-hour "Social Media Cleanse." The challenge is inspired by Eliza Dooley, the star of Selfie played by Karen Gillan, who is a modern woman with 250k+ followers on social media. With the help of Henry, played by John Cho, Eliza learns to disconnect from technology in order to live in the moment.

Here's how my 24-hours without social media went down!

5:30am - Woke up for work. Usually, I snooze for a bit and check email, Instagram, and Facebook as I get up and brush my teeth. I realized I couldn't, so I was just a zombie as I got ready. I noticed how much I look to social media as a way to pass time, even when I'm at stoplights on my drive to work.

7am-3pm - Coincidentally, I'm teaching my seniors about mass society theory, and students are discussing that the use of technology makes us more passive recipients than active participants in culture. We're talking about whether digital "likes" and "friends" on social media equate affirmations and real relationships.

I had Parent Night until 9pm that evening, so my 15-hour work day helped distract me from the distractions of social media (oh, the irony). I did catch myself wanting to check activity on my phone out of habit.

Have any of you ever disconnected from social media for any period of time?

To watch Eliza's adventures, tune in for ABC's Selfie premiering Tuesday, September 30th 8pm/7pm Central.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ABC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.
While I was compensated to write a post about ABC Selfie, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pattern Mixing

Kate Spade stripe t-shirt (on sale!)
Christian Louboutin leopard loafers (heels version)
J.Crew silk fringe scarf (on sale!)
Chanel wallet on chain
ASOS circle sunglasses (on sale!)

Keeping the look fun and casual with a bright print layered over stripes and a pop of leopard. This may be the last of my "summery" style as the weather is turning significantly more fall-like by the day with drearier mornings, drizzling rain, and cooler temperatures. Autumn outfits to come next week!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Altuzarra x Target Oxford Shirt

Altuzarra x Target stripe oxford shirt
J Brand cropped skinny jeans (on sale!)
Maison Scotch leather tweed jacket (similar)
Christian Louboutin "Iriza 100mm" heels
Chanel wallet on chain

Shopped the Altuzarra for Target collaboration and added this classic stripe oxford shirt to my growing collection. While I didn't find the other pieces very wearable, I love casually throwing on an oxford shirt and cuffing the sleeves, or wearing it tucked into a pencil skirt for work. Happy Monday!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Trove - Seattle, WA

Let me begin by prefacing that I am a lover of Korean BBQ, Revel, and Joule (both restaurants I've reviewed on this site multiple times). Though I'm a resident of Capitol Hill in Seattle, I've been willing to drive 25-ish miles out of the city for more authentic Korean food. Until now.

Korean BBQs tend to require an expansive space considering the size of the grills and vents, so I had little hopes of one being in the city. But oh me of little faith. The magical chef duo behind Revel and Joule, Rachel Yang (pictured above) and Seif Chirchi, recently opened Trove, a 4,000 square-feet Korean BBQ in Capitol Hill, just minutes away from me on foot.

I haven't been this excited about reviewing a restaurant in a while. Let's do this!

Left: Husband's "Tacoma-Fashioned" and my "Seoul Mule." Right: You can order a meat tower: "Modest" ($70 for 2-3 people: 6 meats + 2 veggies) and "Baller" ($100 for 4-6 people... and does this option come with stacks of dolla dolla bills for you to toss?).

Tender octopus atop a white bean and kale salad dressed with miso.

An order of "Sloppy Kim", an Asian twist on the Sloppy Joe with cilantro and daikon in a fried bun.

Between the two of us, we ordered 2 beefs (hanger and wagyu) and 2 porks (pork belly and short rib) for the Korean BBQ. My recommendations: wagyu - melts in your mouth! And pork belly, because samgyeopsal is my favorite. Dip the pork belly in the sesame oil and salt mixture (pictured below).

We ordered one bowl of rice (plenty to share between 2 people) and some Korean side dishes that included kimchee and pickled vegetables. The banchan servings are modest, and not the plethora you're used to in more traditional Korean restaurants.

Just because this beer is so kawaii.

I'm never too full for dessert. Within Trove, there is a Bar, Noodle Bar (bustling for lunch - get the rice cakes), and Parfait Truck. We got a "New School Snickers" parfait layered with chocolate ice cream, crunchy miso caramel, black sesame cake, and candied peanuts. Also, make sure you take a look through the pipe on the side of the Truck. You will see a Godzilla surprise. ;)

Trove is a modern take on Korean BBQ, and expect quality over quantity. There may not be stacks of meat and endless banchan, but I don't think I'll ever have to drive out of the city for Korean food... maybe except for when I'm craving soondubu. Check out more of my reviews of Seattle restaurants! Happy Friday!

Photography by Miguel Marino. Please contact us for use.

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