Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Comfort & Height

It's been a while that I've featured myself on my blog, and this isn't very recent but I decided to shoot a post right before Thanksgiving Day just for the heck of it.

I am short in stature and quite wide, and I know that sneaker wedges or any awkward length shoes never look that great on me. The shoes may be quite beautiful, but it doesn't change the fact that it will most likely make me look even shorter and pudgier than I am. This is something that is an important factor when picking out what kind of clothes or shoes to wear, but I've been wanting sneaker wedges for the longest time. I was actually blown away at the deal I found on IDEEL. I ordered these shoes for only $20, even though they are from BCBG.
I know that black would've done better for someone like me who is already so short but this was the only color left in my size and I decided I am going to rock them as well as I can and not think too much about how short it makes me look.

What I am wearing here is super comfortable, even though it doesn't look like a bum outfit. I love wearing super comfortable clothes like leggings and big sweaters, but that outfit is actually a lot more casual and a lot more "bummy-looking" than this outfit. Not only that, there is a boost in height because of the sneaker wedges which is always a huge plus for someone as short as me.

The gray v-neck sweater from Gap was my mom's pick but I love it so much that I've been wearing it more than she has been. It's just so comfortable to wear with anything --- jeans, black pants, leggings, or even a skirt(which is more recommendable for taller people). It's not really thick so you can totally wear it on days that aren't too hot but not too cold. As you can see, I wore a tank from Hollister Co. underneath that has a round-shaped bottom that is long enough to cover my butt. I did that mainly because I wore my work out leggings from Calvin Klein and I like to cover my butt when I wear leggings of any sort.

(My face looks really long in this photo...and the other photos. Please don't mind it too much!)

Happy [almost] Thanksgiving Day and I hope you have a comfortable but fashionable holiday!
There will be more posts soon, although they are all running a bit late.
Put me on your reading list on and stay in tune with what I have to share!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Simply Fall: Caroline Kim

The weather has been beautifully fall-ish lately (at last during the afternoon), allowing fashionistas to really rock some nice, comfortable fall clothes.
I had the honor of finally featuring Caroline Kim, all the way from the valley.
She also runs a blog [Berry Glamorous] <--- link to her blog
and has an Instagram account for food @lafoodfeed <--- link to her IG
that you can follow for her updates.

Her outfit on this day was actually quite similar to my latest featuring of Jane on "The Likeness of a Couple" post, with the denim on denim and a sweater vest over the denim button-up shirt.

Caroline put on a light colored denim button-up from Nordstrom with a darker colored denim on the bottom, which are jeans from Abercrombie&Fitch. On top of her light colored denim button-up shirt, she pulled over a gray, round-neck sweater from Gap.

She accessorized her sweater over denim shirt with a nice statement necklace which was themed in a neon greenish yellow put together with a natural crystal colored jewels from Kaitlyn. Because her overall outfit was very similar in color, the necklace gave a nice point to the outfit.

She held a simple, black purse from Kate Spade, which is versatile to many outfits and occasions because of its simplicity in style and color.
(Her jeans look like they're bright blue but they're not as blue and poppy as the photo makes it seem.)

As you can see, she rolled up her jeans to show her ankles. I really liked that because it creates a nice transition into her shoes, which are slip-ons.
To this outfit of blue, gray and black with a bit of point, she put on a black sequin top sider from Sperry. With slip-ons being a very popular fashion item at the moment, Sperrys are the more "classy" looking slip-ons to wear. I've never owned Sperrys of my own, but I always thought they looked nice.

She's so cute, and I absolutely love her dimples.
Show lots of love and check out her blog as well!
(Her blog and Instagram is linked up above, on the top portion of this post.)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Organizing Nail polishes.

I love girly things, and one of those things are nail polishes.
I have many of my own, but with my best friend leaving to the military this past January, I was able to inherit her collection of nail polishes. I have about 87 nail polishes... can you believe it?

Many times, I have a hard time picking out a specific color I want to apply on my nails.
I've been really wanting to organize my nail polishes and all of the colors somehow, so that it would be easier for not just myself but for my friends to look and pick out. 
I was at Daiso a while back, and I found these fake nails that you're supposed to glue on as if they were acrylics and paint on top of it with whatever color polish you want.
That's when the idea of using them like they use the round nail display thing at the nail salon came into my head and it was like a lightbulb that just went off.

I started this really late at night only to find out that I wasn't going to be able to sleep well if I didn't finish all of it. So despite the fact that I had to be up really early the next morning, I sat down and finished all of them.

This is my finished product. I tried to color code them as much as possible, and it's such a joy for me to look at my work and pick out the color of polish I would like to apply on my nails.

For in the case that I am not able to find the exact nail polish, I labeled every nail on the back portion with a sharpie. I don't know why but I can't help but be pleased at this idea and it would've been a lot better if they were the sturdy round ones like the ones they have at the nail salon but I wasn't about to order them from Ebay (because I don't use paypal...) which I think turned out fine thanks to Daiso.

Do you have any great ideas of how to organize nail polish colors?
Please do let me know! :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Show Me the Hat: Karen Park

As the Fall season has been slowly making its way into Los Angeles, I spotted Karen wearing a nice black hat (Irene's Story). Hats, beanies, and scarves are finding their way into the outfits fitting to this season and it was nice to see this particular hat in the midst of the typical kinds of hat wear that most people go for.

Her entire outfit for this day consisted of two colors: black and gray.
A gray long-sleeve top which is oversized is actually Rachel's, so she wasn't sure where it's from. 
Everything else in her outfit was black as you can see.

Having become a little more comfortable at posing for these photos, she has found herself comfortably posing and making faces throughout the photoshoot.

She picked up these cute pair of black sandals from Ebay, which is versatile in so many ways. Although they aren't really shoes for the Winter, you can pull them off for the beginning to mid Fall season and because they are black, you can match them with almost any kind of outfits whether they be pants just like Karen or skirts and dresses.
I also love the height because it gives you enough boost to feel like you got what you need, but it isn't overbearingly too tall that you would fall flat on your face.

The folded sleeves and the open-toed sandals that show much skin on the feet was a nice combination because the outfit became balanced through allowing skin to show in various places. That much skin showing isn't provocative at all, and it creates a classy look without looking like you tucked away all of your flesh possible underneath clothes.

What does your typical fall outfit and fall smile look like?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Likeness of a Couple: JK&AK

Well, isn't this a very familiar face here on Grace Yourself?
We're back with another post of our lovely model, Jane Kim.
 Although she is back on here once again, this one is a little more special for her.
This post will feature Jane's boyfriend who is also a good friend and brother, Allan Kim.

It was getting quite chilly, which brought out some nice fall clothes out of her closet.
Denim on denim has been an on-going fashion trend lately, and Jane did a good job of putting the denim button up (UNIQLO) and the denim jeans (J-Brand) together. Denim on denim can look really good if you match up the colors and designs well, and I really liked how she pulled over a navy blue sweater (GAP) on top of her button-up denim shirt. The color scheme of her entire outfit was actually really warm to the eyes, which I really like.

I have always failed to pick out statement necklaces that I like when online shopping or just shopping around, but Jane seems to be collecting quite a bit of nice statement necklaces that look good not just on her outfit but to my own eyes.

I would definitely have to say that my favorite piece of her outfit was her shoes (Frye's).
For those of you who know me well, I have a huge thing for shoes. I even have shoes that I haven't worn in a long time or that I just have a hard time wearing but that still stay on my shoe rack.
Having this many shoes actually doesn't stop me from being interested in new shoes when I am out and about. What can I say... I just really love shoes!

Next up on this post is the boyfriend that I talked about in the beginning.
Allan and I have known each other for a good 7 years now, which has been quite a while.
When he was younger, he used to wear clothes that were more loose although never really sagged his pants or anything. As he grew in age, so did his fashion and taste in clothes. I actually really like the way he dresses now.

Allan decided to put a v-neck pullover (J. Crew) over his button-up (J. Crew) as well, and in the same color scheme as Jane. His button-up shirt had little prints all over, making it not a plain denim button-up like Jane's, but it was nice to put underneath a somewhat very plain v-neck pullover. 
He put on a neutral toned khakis (Levi's) which I would say is a must-have in a man's wardrobe. There are so many ways to wear khakis throughout the year for a man, whether they want to look dressed up or just dressed casually but fashionable.
To go along with a plain and neutral toned outfit, he put on his dark brown Clarks
And finally, he accessorized his outfit with a watch from Citizens and black earrings.

I couldn't deny them some couple shots especially because their outfits were somewhat matching.
They both rocked Herschel backpacks, which have been a quite popular brand of backpack for students of all ages.

And to bring this to an end, today is November 11, which is a day that Korean people celebrate as "Pepero Day." It is a day where lovers present each other with pepero (which is like pocky).
To go one step further is to do a "pepero kiss," which is eating the pepero from each end until they eat all that their lips touch. It is widely celebrated in the Korean community, and I just thought it was perfect to post this couple post on this day.

With that said, "HAPPY PEPERO DAY!" from Grace Yourself's Grace(that's me!) and the couple of the day, Jane Kim and Allan Kim.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bring Out The Outerwear: Daniel Lee

Here's a new face being featured here on Grace Yourself, all the way from UC Irvine.
He is currently an employee at a UNIQLO in Irvine, and he is flaunting his simple yet warm outfit that happens to be mostly from UNIQLO.

Being put on the spotlight was a little hard for him as it is usually the case for first timers.
I got some nice photos though, so I guess it doesn't matter after all.

Shirt - Slim Fit Oxford Blue from UNIQLO
Pants - Stretch Slim Fit Tapered Jeans Navy from UNIQLO
Jacket - Mountain Parka from UNIQLO
Shoes - Beeswax Leather Desert Boots from Clarks
Watch - Michael Kors Men

I really liked his outerwear because that's the kind of jacket that I've been wanting for myself in a women's style. I also loved the taupe color of the jacket because it tends to be quite versatile.

This was my favorite pose of Daniel from all of what I captured. I love how the hands in the pockets line up his jacket and I really like how it shows his confidence in the outfit.

Can you strike a manly and fashionable pose like Daniel? :)