K-pop fever has hit this house

A couple of years ago, when Korean pop was making waves in Asia, I remember thinking that this was all silly child’s play. It is just another pop culture craze that young teenagers are chasing, much like the way J-pop fever reigned during my Secondary school days. I thought to myself that I must be old enough not to be herded along into this K-pop madness, and quite frankly, I did not think any of the Korean idols were particularly good-looking or talented anyway. Marketed in groups consisting of anything between 7 to 12 members, everyone in these groups looked exactly the same as each other and they sounded the same speaking in a language that I do not understand. Worse, these K-pop groups also had similarly strange names that mostly consisted of a combination of a couple of English letters and roman numerics (e.g. SS501, 2NE1, BTOB, 2am, 2pm etc). I did not find Korean pop attractive at all and simply could not understand what the huge hype was about Rain, or … whoever the latest K-pop idol is.

But I guess things are slowly changing… for me at least. I still do not profess to be a K-pop fanatic, but I am willing to admit that my interest in Korean TV and music has gradually grown.

It all started with me watching the Korean drama “playful kiss”, and I fell in love with a very suave Kim Hyun Joong.

Kim Hyun Joong

More recently, I have been hooked on a Korean TV series “Global We Got Married” which basically pairs a Korean pop star with another celebrity from a different country. It then follows them through their (fake) dating, proposal, wedding, honeymoon and subsequent married life. I didn’t think much of the TV show initially, but gradually found myself completely and utterly hooked! In the absence of a love life at present, it felt so nice to secretly share and indulge in the sweet moments that belong to another couple.

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Watching these TV shows have led me to further investigate a number of Korean boybands, including 2pm and FT island. This song by FTisland (sung by their lead vocalist Hong Ki Lee) has proven to be a complete earworm and I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Oh, if only I knew the Korean language! I would love to learn to sing this heartbreaking song…

Summer lust list

The summer is finally here.

Summertime brings with it so many vibrant and colourful possibilities, and it never fails to trigger my desire to purchase an entire new wardrobe. The gorgeous warmth emanating from golden sprays of sunshine, the rolling canvas that is our crystal blue sky, fluffy white candy floss decorates the painting to which we lift our eyes, the vibrant yellow hue of stunning daffodils, the healthy green foliage that now envelopes what were the barren twigs of winter, singing sparrows of the brand new morning… I could go on and on.

The beauty of nature is breath-taking, and it is my inspiration.

So, in an attempt to update my boring wardrobe, I have been perusing a couple of fashion blogs (particularly wendyslookbook.com and polyvore.com) and browsing the catalogs for a number of online clothes stores. There are so many things that I want to buy, but I also want to be sensible with my money. So here are a couple of items that are WAY over my budget, but are so delectable that I have to share them on this blog.

 

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First up on my lust list is this gorgeous Balenciaga 2004 Eggplant city bag. It is so beautiful! The raisin colour looks so yummy! It looks perfect for both formal and casual engagements. Nevertheless, this arm candy costs in excess of a thousand quid!

 

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These Firebird Booties are simply stunning! I love that the colours are so unconventional, that they are so low-heeled, and simply how rugged they look! They look like they should be put in a glass case to be admired and gawked at.

 

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There’s something about this marigold flounce skirt that keeps my eyes glued onto them. It looks so vibrant and brimming with life that only a cool black leather biker jacket will be able to pin it down and balance it out.

 

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I’m honestly loving orange hues this summer. This shapely, feminine Alexander McQueen dress is so so beautiful.

 

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These brocade jeans by the J crew are such an amazing wardrobe statement piece. I have been in love with twirls and swirls ever since I was a little girl, and I cannot help but gasp in awe to see them so elegantly worn out on this blue and gold pair of jeans.

 

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Nude coloured shoes make your legs look like they go on for miles. Extra points for putting your feet in cute nude-coloured Mary Jane heels! I am personally no good at wearing high heels, but these Yves Saint Laurent shoes can almost convince me that the pain may be worthwhile!

 

Ok, so that brings me to the end of what would appear to be the most shallow of blog posts I have posted so far. I am in no way advocating materialism and the waste of hard-earned money in one’s pursuit of external beauty. As cliche as this may sound, true beauty comes from the inside.

“Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” Psalm 31:30