Tuesday, April 24, 2012

style files: tribute to 90s kpop

With all this 90s nostalgia, I've been feeling quite reminiscent the past few days. But instead of Nirvana or Puffy and Family, I've been scouring Youtube for H.O.T., Shinhwa (신화), S.E.S., Sechs Kiss (젝스키스). That's right, we're going down 90s Kpop lane, aka Candyland.

"Candy" - H.O.T. (1996) 

The group that really began this era for me (and for most K-pop fans around my age) is H.O.T. Standing for High Five of Teenagers, this was the first group major label SM Town produced. The formula is pretty standard - five guys with fresh faces and marketability singing catchy pop tunes while dancing on stage in ridiculous costumes. Retrospectively, their debut outfits were brilliant. Oven mitts as accessories? Oversized jerseys with your names emblazoned in case you lose your memory in a car crash? Skiing goggles perched on top of your head? Seth Green took pointers for his role in "Can't Hardly Wait."

"Eusha Eusha (으샤 으샤)" - Shinhwa (신화) (1998)

Soon after, my affections turned to the megaband Shinhwa (신화). As they come from the same label as H.O.T., the two groups have very little differences. Six members, around the same ages, two rappers, three crooners, etc. What really won me over with Shinhwa's mega power was really their marketing. In the early 2000s, they went on a slew of variety shows, the most memorable being "장미의 전쟁 ( War of the Roses)" and "X-Man." Their addicting and winning personalities were the topic du jour of many sleepless nights in my college dorm. Besides, how can you hate on the first Korean pop group to take nude photos?

"Get Up" - Baby V.O.X. (1999)

The girl groups had their own spotlight. The two biggest names in the game were S.E.S. (Sea, Eugene, Shoo - the three members) and FinKL (Fine Killin Liberty - bless), but hands down, my favorite group was Baby V.O.X. (Baby Voices of Xpression - not any better, I know). Five members with a sound and vibe similar to the Spice Girls, I couldn't get "Get Up" off repeat. Plus, I used to think that I looked kinda like Kim EZ (김이지) and wanted to rock crop tops all the time.

"Black Cat (검은 고양이)" - Turbo (1995)

Of course I would be remiss if I didn't mention Turbo, whose song "검은 고양이"(Black Cat) didn't define the hellish two months of my parents' life when I played the song on repeat until I broke the CD. While Kim Jongkook (김종국) is enjoying his solo celeb life as a regular on SBS' "Running Man," he had his start as a falsetto crooning singer. As a group, Turbo didn't really make a break through until its second revival, and I would be lying if I didn't say that "Cyberlover" enjoyed its fair share of airtime in my sad Sony boombox. And with that, we entered the 2000s, which was a whole other story.

"Cyberlover" - Turbo (1999)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

welcome to the family

My first purchase after the 15/30 project (more on that later) was this beautiful Celine trio crossbody bag in a bright orange. While some people photograph their kids or their pets, I photograph my bags - as seen on my Twitter.

In addition to my ongoing obsession with Celine, I've spent way too much time documenting Shinhwa's (신화) comeback. I'm fairly certain that a K-pop idol is going to be my downfall. Between my fantasies of marrying Andy and dating Seulong (연하가 좋아요), it's a wonder I have time for little else in my life.


outfit photos by Sooji

Wearing: Bill Blass silk top, white Gap jeans, Chloe wedges (similar here), Celine trio, Tom Ford 'Nikita' sunglasses


Thursday, April 19, 2012

let's get missing

I took an unexpected hiatus last month.

After diligently updating the blog for about two months with a ridiculous scheduled post monitor, I got caught up with living in the moment. Three friends visited me - one I haven't seen in nearly a year. Thanks to her, I took an impromptu trip to Pittsburgh (wasn't a fan) and gained five pounds.

In the meantime, the spring I was desperately seeking finally arrived and now I get to flounce around in strappy sandals. Goodbye allergies, hello summer.

Banh mi with Becca
Pamela's in Pittsburgh - love their wall of vintage ads
Amish county!
Something romantic about farms... - Amish county
Culinary Institute of America
shadows at CIA