Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Cold is Coming: Jane Kim

Here is the favorite model of Grace Yourself, modeling a nice fall outfit.
It's that awkward time when it's not really cold but it's not really hot.

Shirt - Forever 21
Shorts - Forever 21
Belt - H&M
Socks - from her aunt
Shoes - boots from Steve Madden

The color and the shape of her shorts for some reason reminds me of pumpkins, which is actually quite fitting to the fall season, with Halloween around the corner and then Thanksgiving Day.
It would've been easily thought that the best option would've been to wear a plain top but Jane chose to wear a striped shirt, which actually suited very well. I also thought she was very sensible in the way that she wore a brownish-orange belt, which is in a similar color family as that of her shorts.

Color scheme of an outfit is important. You can easily look tacky if you don't match up colors well.
To match her black stripes on her upper body, she wore long black socks. The rest of her outfit just fell together well in one piece under the neutral tone.

I actually really liked her boots --- I love boots in general. It's hard to find myself boots that fit me well and actually look good or decent on me and it makes me jealous a little but at the same time happy to see someone wearing their boots in a fashionable way.
The brown color of her boots was a good match to the continuous neutral tone of her outfit.
Not only was it a good match to her outfit... it's the kind of boots in both style and color that would look good in almost any type of outfit (i.e., leggings with an oversized crewneck/sweater or even just skinny jeans and a shirt).

[A special featuring of my own younger brother, Il Han Daniel Lee, and his boot fashion.]

I hope this was an inspiring outfit for the Fall season!
Pull out your best outfits for this season or treat yourself to some nice outfits for this Fall.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Perfect Nail Polish

It's funny sometimes how you fall in love with a specific color and you just can't find satisfaction in anything else that is close enough in color and is cheaper that you end up splurging on that one expensive nail polish. I would have to say that this is definitely the most expensive nail polish I have ever bought with my own money.

It's already been a full year since I've been working at The Faceshop at the Madang plaza in the center of Koreatown, Los Angeles. Always having been a girly girl with love for cosmetics, beauty and fashion, it was quite nice to work here and try out many of their products to find that some are amazing. It's definitely a bit tough if you start thinking about how it's so much cheaper in Korea and that to be straight up honest, you are paying for something that is just way too overpriced. But what can I say? I can't physically go overseas to Korea to buy these things, which means I just have to suck it up and deal with the American prices.

When people ask me whether I use The Faceshop products or not, I always say that it depends on the product. I have probably spent the most money on nail polishes and face masks while working at The Faceshop. Some of the nail polishes are really good priced as $3, but it ranges a whole lot. Until a while ago, the most expensive nail polish in store was $8, which is pretty much the same price as one of my favorite nail polish brands, Essie. A couple months ago, we got a new line of nail polishes in our inventory, which is the photo shown above -- Expert Nails. This is said to contain diamond powders that make the nail polish stay on longer and shinier than any other nail polishes (apparently). And it blew me away because of its ridiculous price... $14 for a nail polish? I know there are other brands out there that do cost a lot more than $14 but like I said, I've never purchased any nail polishes that cost more than $8.

It's quite funny though, because I absolutely fell in love with this color and I couldn't find a good enough...satisfactory knockoff anywhere else. I looked through at a couple of Korean cosmetic shops, and I couldn't find any. I looked through CVS and they were either too orange or too pink. Maybe I'm just really picky, but I just couldn't let this one go so after a while of debating, I decided to splurge and obtain it for the sake of my satisfaction.

The day that I bought that nail polish, I decided I was going to do my nails the first thing when I get home. It's been a while since I've done anything fancy to my nails, so I took the time to actually make my nails look like I possibly got my nails done at a salon. It's definitely tedious work and there was a time when I used to do this all the time, but it felt good to do the work on my own nails with the most expensive nail polish in my rack of nail polishes.

I know that was a lot of reading but it was my experience with this newest addition to my collection of nail polishes and I will get around to posting more of my nail designs when I get the time.

I'm very excited to be able to use some of you guys' nails as my model for my future nail posts!
Take care of your nails until then... you know who you are :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sunday's Best in Black

Dear readers, meet two of my family group (small group) girls from LASRCC Arise EM.
We happened to all be dressed in black, so I decided to feature them on here.
Charis Bae (on the left) and Grace Kim (in the middle) are both freshmen at USC.

It was just the day to be wearing dark clothes, for all of us were pretty much dressed in all black. Well, almost.

It is difficult to tell in the pictures but Charis was actually wearing navy blue pants that were dark enough that it would be easily mistaken as black pants. 

I wasn't able to get information for what they are wearing, but I am wearing a black long sleeve top from Zara, black pants from H&M, along with a pop of style and color on my feet with a pair of cheetah print heels. I chose to carry just an all black Kate Spade purse to simply keep everything black and simple.

Grace (in the middle) wore a pair of black pants/jeans, along with a black sleeveless button up, a pair of simple nude flats and a brown purse.
Charis (on the left) wore navy skinny pants, along with a black short sleeve top with a pair of simple black flats.

Black is such a nice color to wear any time of the year, and it also is a nice color when you want to dress up a little. Details are important when wearing an all black outfit. It isn't shown in the photos but the back detail of my shirt is beautiful and unique -- it is kind of a sheer material in the back that crosses over with a ribbon on the bottom of the shirt to tie. These things, or putting in an accessory of some sort with a color that would pop due to the blackness of the outfit would also create a nice detail and a character to the outfit.

Show off your style through the universal color of black.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Neutral Fall Look: Karen Park

Introducing the first fall look on Grace Yourself, featuring Karen Park!

You want to look simple but fashionable? It's not that hard.
There are many ways to be simple yet fashionable, whether it's with color or with the neutrals.
Karen paired up a tan blazer coat with an all black outfit underneath. 

Blazer/Coat - Forever 21
Shirt - J.Crew
Pants - USA Jeans
Shoes - Forever 21
Necklace - Tiffany&Co.
Earrings - Anthropology

Our dear Rachel wanted to direct Karen's modeling, and I couldn't help but to include this photo of her.
She has been featured on my blog before, so check her out HERE , if you'd like.

I am quite excited for the Fall fashion, along with the Winter fashion coming soon!
Want to see specific styles? Feel free to comment below or even add me on INSTAGRAM !

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bold Blue & Special Announcement

Before I present you with this blog post, I have a special announcement to make to everyone.

After much thought, I have decided to bring an end to my "Timeless Beauty" page and move everything over to "Grace Yourself" page. It kind of sucks because I have put in quite an effort to my first ever blog but I came to a conclusion that it would be nice and interesting to open this floor up for things other than just fashion. I will continuously post on behalf of the fashion of myself and my fellow friends, but I will also be posting about other things like food (reviews, etc.), beauty (as my Timeless Beauty was a beauty blog), and other life style related topics that come to mind that I would like to openly share with you guys. I would like to give a huge shout out of thank you to all who participate in being featured and reading and hopefully enjoying my blog posts. I do wish to continue bringing joy to the eyes of those who follow and read my blog posts, and feel free to let me know if there are specific requests of topics or even opinions that you would like to hear about from me.

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To go on to the main part of this blog post, I am featuring my friend Jane Kim (again, I know haha) and her bold outfit from a few Sundays ago.

Skorts (skirt/shorts) have been quite in this past summer, and it seems to be a continuous trend into the fall season.
I've been noticing that so many people have been wearing Zara skorts, and how did I know -- Jane got her bold blue skorts from Zara as well. 

I would have to say that she did a great job of having an up-do for this outfit, because I loved how it was a clean look for such a bold color scheme of her outfit.
Her white button-up (H&M) is versatile in style and color that looks good with almost anything.
White is also a great addition to a bold color such as the blue of her skort and the blue of her awesome statement necklace (J.Crew). 
She could've tucked in her top all around, but she chose to tuck in just the front. That was quite satisfactory in my eyes as well, as it helps cover her butt but still look super fashionable.

Because the skort has an asymmetrical front view, it was kind of difficult to photograph it without making it look weird. And you may feel that the pictures don't look that great, but these pictures do not do the justice of her outfit. She stood out because of the boldness of her skort and I would have to say that this is by far my utmost favorite outfit modeled by my dearest Jane. She has been featured in many other posts, so feel free to check them out.

(Daniel thought he didn't get caught on camera... but bro, you got caught.)

On a last note...
Be Bold & Be Confident.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fashion&Food Fusion

I have given myself a chance to do something new and different, which has also raised up a question in my own head whether I want to fuse my two blogs together and open the floor up to topics other than just fashion or to keep them as is. We'll see how things go, and maybe I will make an official announcement on my decision.

This is the first post that is a "Fashion & Food Fusion," featuring myself and a restaurant by the name of "Tofu and Noodles." I've come here to eat several times ever since this place opened up, and it's always been a good experience. I wanted to share with you some of the foods that I had on my most recent visit, and also inform you of an event they will be having very soon!

Just like the name of the restaurant, they specialize in noodles. Their menu consists of different types of noodles that Korean people enjoy, called "kal-gook-soo." I'm a huge sucker for Korean food and carbs like rice, noodles and bread, and I would have to say that this place has pretty darn good noodles. I randomly chose a table but how did I know, it was my favorite number. 

I was able to try their new menu "Spicy Mushroom Noodles." It was the first dish that we ordered.

Although the name of it says "spicy," I found it to be not that spicy. I like some spicy foods but I'm not always good with spicy foods and this dish was actually perfect to my tastebuds. Non-Koreans may find it to be just a little spicy but it definitely is a manageable level of spiciness.

Besides the noodles and the soup, there were some delicious mushrooms in there. I absolutely love mushrooms, and almost all kinds of mushrooms. There were two kinds of mushrooms in here, but unfortunately, I have no idea what they are called. There was also chunks of meat (beef), and some other vegetables like squash and onions.

We also ordered a plate of spicy rice cake, "ddukbokkee," and Korean style sushi, "kimbap," which looks like an inside out California roll. Many of my friends know this, but ddukbokkee is one of my most favorite dishes ever. I can eat it couple times in a week and be fine. There are a few places that I do go for ddukbokkee, and now I added another place to my list. It was my first time having ddukbokkee here even in the midst of my previous visits, and I was quite impressed by the chewiness of the rice cake and the flavorful spicy sauce. 
The kimbap is also impressive here. I'm not the type to order kimbap when I go to a restaurant because I know that not all places are good at making them. This was the second time ordering kimbap, and I love how fresh it tastes. You can tell that they made it right when we ordered it, instead of it sitting around from being already made. One thing that is kind of a bummer is that they only have one kind of kimbap. It's forgivable though, because it tastes good.

One thing great about Korean restaurants is their share of side dishes. Some places have pretty nasty ones, but this restaurant's side dishes were quite delicious. I really liked all of the ones that were served to us, but one thing that was exceptionally good that we had to ask seconds for was the Korean pancakes, which are called "boochimgae."

It was warm because it was just made. Some restaurants have it made already, which makes them serve it kind of cold. It was a huge plus. Their boochimgae was a very simple one with green onions in them, and it was so thinly made that the batter didn't taste too much like flour.

Some other dishes that I've had here before include their "uhl-keun-ee" noodles that they had an event for before, and also their clam chopped noodles. I've also had this dish that has steamed kimchi and pork, and a few other that I can't recall. 

From the 10th to the 12th of this month, they are having a special Fall event for their new menu "Spicy Mushroom Noodles" along with some other incentives and bonus specials! 
They are located at 3068 W 8th St, Los Angeles, California 90005, which is right on the cross-streets of 8th street and Berendo. Here's the Facebook event for it, so check it out and get yourself grubbing on some delicious noodles! FB event link <- here's the link!

To continue with the post, I also got some snaps of my outfit from this day.

I put on a pair of dark blue jeans from Hollister, a white short-sleeve tee from Forever 21, an army green sleeveless vest from a random Korean shop, flats from Ideel, and my new clutch from a Korean cart/shop in the Madang plaza that I work at. It is definitely the first time that I am featuring my new clutch and the sort of new vest, which is exciting.

What I love about this vest is the uneven collars and its pockets. I do sort of wish they were long sleeves since it is easier to wear a jacket than it is to wear a vest but I love this vest regardless.

I will be featuring my clutch in the future, so don't be so sad I didn't talk more about it.

I hope you enjoyed my post, and photocreds for my photos go to Rachelle Song!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


I recruited this lady for her outfit a while back, so this is kind of a delayed post.
Sera is probably the tallest model I've had on my blog, or at least one of the tallest ones.
I definitely want to give her a shout out for allowing me to have her as a model even if she wasn't "photo ready"/"made up." She is still beautiful, and has an amazing smile!

Top - Zara
Shorts - Forever 21
Shoes - Justfab
Bag - from Korea

I loved her choice of jean shorts that had the rips on both sides, paired up with a black blouse and black shoes. I loved how the blouse was a long-sleeve with slits --- it added personality and feel to the plain, black blouse.

Another thing other than the arm slits that were interesting about this blouse was the back slit. Most blouses tend to have a round back portion, but this added another flavor to the plain black blouse, along with the addition of the silver lining the back and the wrists.

Instead of carrying a black purse to go with the blackness of her blouse and shoes, she picked up a neutral color purse. Black wouldn't have looked bad either, but she did a good job in picking out something that looks good with almost anything. It's definitely a nice way to slowly end the summer.