Thursday, 16 March 2017

Shopping in Seoul - Weekend Diary ft. THENCE

Address: 3F, 4F Jeongwon Building. 189 Yulgok-Ro. Jongno-Gu, Seoul
 Closest Metro Station: Jongro5Ga or Hyehwa Station 

THENCE 덴쓰 Korean Brand Stationary Streetwear Jongro3ga
THENCE design showroom korea seoul shopping
A little weekend dairy ft. my two besties! 
- - - - Audrey's English/Chinese Blog: Seriously Bang - Based in Shanghai 
- - - - Day's English blog: Yo-Odd, Korean blog: ItsDayji - Based in Seoul

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Nailed It! with Korean Nail Artist: SENSEHONG

Who? Celebrity Nail Artist, Mi-Ae Hong
What? Sample of Jean Jullien x Mickey Mouse x Miu Miu Nails
Where? Soonsoo Beauty Salon in Gangnam (강남구 신사동 630-24 순수)
Instagram? @sense_hong_

In the back streets of Apgujeong, just steps from the glamorous Hermès building, is the highly acclaimed Soonsoo hair and beauty salon. Inside, you'll also find a nail bar, at which Mi-Ae Hong has worked her magic for the last 7 years. A maverick in her field, she has done nails for countless photoshoots, music videos and celebrity clients; including the likes of Girls Generation, Ailee, F(X), Girl's Day, Sulli and many more.

At the ripe age of 20, Hong began attending a beauty academy to learn the trade. While simultaneously starting her nail artist career, she also completed a university degree in design. Although both are creative in nature, she ultimately decided to stick with her first love, nail design.


When it comes to trends in the industry, Korean nail artists are definitely leading the way. Popular designs typically include additional pearl or metal elements, or impeccably hand-drawn art, a technique which Hong has perfected. Mi-Ae gushes that she is a fan of many Western nail artists, like MP Nails (@mpnails), who tend to practice more simple and symmetrical styles. She is inspired by what surrounds her in daily life, like street-style or prints and patterns she encounters. For a new design, it typically takes 2-3 hours to complete, or even longer for more intricate work.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

#BrandCap: 38comeoncommon

Spice up your life with 38comeoncommon's brightly colored collections! This Korean brand caught my eye at one of their main stockists, A-Land, due to their commitment to designing quality staple pieces. I'm always a fan of brands that have easy to mix and match, versatile clothing. 38comeoncommon's pieces can take you from the weekday workplace all the way to those Sunday coffee crawls. 
➥ PS: A-Land offers international shipping now! Definitely going to be using that when I move back to Canada! 
I went to visit their showroom and main shop in the cozy area of Yeonnam-dong. I'm totally in Spring-mode, and their boutique had put me in the best mood. The colorful clothing lines pink and beige walls, and the space is decorated with pops of vibrant velour furniture. 

Look 1: Roses are Red 
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Look 2: Cafe Latte 
Look 3: Spring Sprout! 

38comeoncommon A-Land Korean Brand Green Outfit
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Korean Brand 38comeoncommon A-Land Showroom Yeonnam-dong Seoul

Shop and Showroom Address: 
2F, 390-32 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 

#BrandCap is a series in which I introduce and explore innovative brands and designers from around the globe. Incorporating a few of their pieces into my daily looks, this is a Mia Liamani take on said brands. 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

How to spend an Afternoon in Kuala Lumpur

PULP by Papa Palheta
29 Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
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The name of this cafe originates from the fact that it was a paper-cutting space and factory for almost 50 years. Located in a little industrial area, PULP by Papa Palheta is a great spot to beat the heat. They have an excellent assortment of coffee, cold brew, snacks and desserts. I went with a solid avocado toast. If you're a photographer or fashion blogger, the entire area around the cafe is extremely photogenic, including the trip to the bathroom! 
^ My mum looking cute! Hehe 
The Ganga Cafe
19 Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Now that you've had your coffee fix, and you have energy to spare, take the time to walk through a residential area until you end up at The Ganga Cafe. We ordered the tasting menu, since we were just feeling peckish, but if you can, definitely get a full dish. The Ganga Cafe is a restaurant which serves South Indian vegan food, with a Gujarati twist. All of the vegetables are fresh from their farm, and are fertilizer+insecticide-free! On Sundays, they have a buffet from 10am-3pm. We were blown away by their Pranic juice. A fresh cup of green, made with: fresh mint, coriander, ginger, lime, pepper, black salt, honey and cumin. The manager joked that even if he shares the secret ingredients of the juice, customers never get the proportions just right when they try to re-create it at home. Not only would I go back for this magical juice, but the staff had us smiling and laughing the entire time. And guess what - when we finished our meal, the lovely owner happened to stop by, and she ended up giving us a ride to our next destination! So sweet ♥. 

I love Snackfood 
(Upstairs) 17 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Apparently everyone is just ridiculously friendly in KL. I had a nice little chat with the helpful staff of I love Snackfood. You might have a little trouble finding it, because it's actually up a flight of stairs! I enjoyed their selection of magazines, and picked up some Kinfolk, Cereal and High Snobiety to read by the pool. My mom actually got mad at me, because she was waiting downstairs, and I got way too carried away petting the adopted cats that belong to the shop-owners. 

Inside Scoop
No. 9 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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You'll always be ready to cool off in Malaysia. Inside Scoop is just a few steps away from the last destination, I love Snackfood. The colorful interior is a little oasis, serving flavorful scoops of cups and cones of ice-cream. 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Seoul Streetstyle - Sanghui Park

Who? Sanghui Park
Where? Yeonnam-dong

DUIER 듀이어 对儿 Lookbook | VLOG

At the Seoul Duier Flagship Store, I styled 3 looks feat. Korean brands: Eyeye, General Idea and Beyond Closet. 

Twins, Ada and Anna, are known to many fashionistas in Seoul for their stand-out style at local fashion events, but the sisters' intuition for trends and styling extends beyond their coordinated outfits at Seoul Fashion Week. They've recently burst into the local commercial fashion scene with the lifestyle shop, Duier. 

Hailing from China, Ada and Anna, 36, launched the first Duier boutique in 2009, alongside business and investment mastermind, Ivan Chan. Initially gaining traction on their home turf, the brand has since grown from one flagship store in Chengdu to 10 boutiques across the country, and a showroom in Hong Kong. Last October, the formidable three launched their Korean flagship Duier store in Garosu-gil. They stock the very best of Korea's hottest brands and designers, and have long-lasting friendships with all of them as well.

➥ To learn more, read my full article for Seoul Magazine - Sisters are Duiering it right

Thursday, 2 March 2017

#DailyLook - Four Eyes

You won't typically catch me in my glasses. As much as I love the idea of wearing them, I just always look really nerdy when I wear them. My contacts just happened to be burning my eyes yesterday, so 4-eyes all day, everyday.. until I buy new contacts that is. 
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