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Makeup Inspiration: Nam Gyuri & SPICA

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I am pretty routine with my makeup, I wear variations of the same look every day, but these looks have me wanting to try something a bit different.

Nam Gyuri 남규리 for "Sure" magazine
The look on the left is a soft and shimmery rose-hued look that is perfect for spring. I have definitely been loving all the rose gold recently (and am naturally just waiting until my local Sephora or Ulta has the Naked 3 in stock). The look on the right is pretty natural, but features a bold statement lip. It reminds me of Cheon Song Yi's (Jeon Ji Hyun) looks in 별에서 온 그대.

SPICA'S retro style for "You Don't Love Me"
Matte lips, full lashes and heavy liner. I love the retro, but modern feel of the makeup in this MV. I'm not sure how daring I am with eyeliner, because I generally don't wear it. However, I'm thinking it might be time to try again.
Check out the MV here.

My January in books

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I am one of those people who never leaves the house without a book in my bag. I should probably be grateful to the invention of the e-reader for significantly reducing the weight on my shoulder. However, I still prefer traditional books. (If I'm honest, I do like my nook for its convenience, but I don't enjoy reading on it as much. Why can't it count pages normally? I hate that pg three can last two or three clicks/page turns.)

Anyway, regardless of form, I love to read! This month I somehow managed to read eight books. I started keeping track of how much I read with a goodreads account a couple years ago. I like that it's an easy way for me to go back and see what I read in a year and what I liked/disliked. I also enjoy doing the annual reading challenge. Although I tend to just type in 50 as a sort of minimum to reach. This month didn't see any major disappointments, just a couple slight ones.

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield - This is one of those books wh…

How to stop over thinking? Just do?

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Last spring my professor likened Macbeth’s fatal flaw of ambition to my own flaw of procrastinating on everything. However, procrastination is really just a symptom of my “Macbeth” flaw – over thinking.
I wrote in an op-ed for my school paper that I am a perpetual over thinker, and it’s true. I can spend so much time just thinking over a decision. The op-ed was on studying abroad and just going. What if I had taken my usual decision time? I might have changed my own mind through over-research. Luckily, it was one of those rare moments where I acted. Now, I did have the basics down – I wanted to go to Korea, I wanted a semester (not summer) program and I was financially able. Also I applied to Uni knowing that I was going to study abroad. I didn’t write it as a goal for the New Year, but I’m now adding this as a personal goal to work on. I don’t want my habit to prevent me from doing things I enjoy. My problem is I overthink, which leads to procrastination. Or, perhaps worse, it create…

Konkuk University campus

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My last day at Konkuk I decided I had to take pictures of the campus, and some of the surrounding area. So my friend and I walked around all of campus, to the subway station, up the middle gate and past Star City across the street. These are just some, and this isn't the entire campus. I have a couple more posts that will go up over the next few weeks. By the way, these were taken mostly while walking around the lake. I started at the bottom of the hill up to the dorms and went straight/left.

I think it's interesting that we always overlook the place we call 'home'. While I was in Seoul, Kondae was definitely home to me. I would take photos whenever I went out, but it wasn't until the last week I realized I had none of 'home'. So, the campus looks dramatically different in these than when I first arrived in February (the lake was still partially frozen the first week!)
I wonder if the fact I'm graduating will inspire me to take photos of KU, I doubt it. …

Snowed-in cozy day

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Today was actually supposed to be the first day of school, which is exciting because it's my last semester! However, it snowed and classes were cancelled. Not that I'm complaining, I love snow!

When it's snowing, if I don't need to drive, I won't. And since I'm within walking distance of nothing, I generally stay in comfy clothes and do things that need to be done around the house.

My snow-day essentials: 1. Sweatpants, I just think these are cute 2. A loose top because I pretty much live in over-sized tops 3. Slippers 4. My favourite Earl Gray in a cute mug, because I've an obsession with mugs 5. TV show marathon - currently I'm watching Merlin s.3! 6. A good book 
Other than that, it's tea, tv and good book weather! I've been marathon-ing s3 of Merlin on Netflix, which is perfect because I can have it on in the background. I LOVE this show, I watched the first couple seasons a long time ago. Actually, I remember that I watched s1 when it was on …

제주 Jeju Excursion: Seongeup Folk Village (성읍민속마을)

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I must admit I have a bit of writer's (or blogger's) block, but I've decided the only way to get through it is to just write and not over-think it. ^^ Anyway, I happened to be flipping through a journal I keep (off-and-on) and one of the pages was written while I was in Jeju, and I remembered I had been posting the photos here.

Today's photo-post is of Seongeup Folk Village (성읍민속마을), which was a bit...disappointing, to be honest. However, some pretty photos came out of our stop there!

I've been making quite a few changes to this blog recently and deciding what exactly I want it to be. It still feels a bit school-ish to me, which I guess is what happens when you start a blog for a class. So, I'm trying to move it away from that to be a bit more "me". I also found the layout a bit cluttered and cramped, so I'm happier with the new one. It's a work in progress for sure, but slowly I'm getting there. Sadly pics are a bit small for posts now, but…

More photos from Suwon 수원

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Ages ago (also known as June 2013) I shared photos of street murals in Suwon. That day was probably my favourite out-of-Seoul trip, so much so that I have even given serious thought of it as a potential place for priority in applying to teach. 

These photos were mostly taken at night and include ones of the traditional-style market we toured around late in the day.

Hello 2014, let's be amazing!

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This year has some guaranteed excitement ahead, but it has a lot to live up to when I look at 2013. As I said the other day, 2013 was a pretty awesome year for me. So, here are some of my 2014 plans/goals! 

Happy New Year!!!
1. I’m graduating university in May. This is the single most thrilling and terrifying thought for me. I have been a student for so long that I’m a combination of sick of it and uncertain what it will be like without that identity. 

2. This spring I will be coeditor-in-chief of my campus newspaper! It’s something I said I wanted to become when I was intro to journalism. At the time I was half joking, but later realized it was true. So, this is extremely exciting for me! 

3. Applying to teach English in Korea. Teaching overseas is something I’ve wanted to do between undergrad and grad school for ages. It seems unreal that I now will actually be applying to do so. It’s even crazier to think that I will (hopefully!) be doing so in the second half of this year. 

4. Continui…