Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Model Off Duty - Jinkyung Kim 김진경

Where? Dongdaemun Plaza for Seoul Fashion Week 

Korean Model, Jinkyung Kim wearing this stunning oversized, yet romantic blazer from Balenciaga. A clean cut look, topped off with classic oxfords and a sleek ponytail. *Clap, clap* 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New Year, New Closet

At some point, we have all been guilty of repeating the

“I have nothing to wear” mantra.

This is problematic because you know it’s not true, and it can lead to wasteful impulse shopping. Cleaning out your closet can be a great way to start 2017 off on the right foot. The morning mad dash won’t seem so hectic, since you’ll know exactly what to wear everyday. Suddenly your closet will seem much more spacious, part of your wardrobe can be donated to a good cause, and you might even gain a bit of extra cash selling some clothes that are otherwise collecting dust.

Commit to the cause! Leave the excuses aside, and mentally prepare yourself to part ways with some treasured belongings. Although you may have made great memories in that stained and ripped college sweater, rest assured, the memories will live on despite whether or not it sticks around. Also, be sure to dedicate a couple of hours to the entire process. Completing your closet cleanse in one session will ensure that you only keep what you really need, and will be much more satisfying when completed. First things first, completely empty your closet. The time has come to organize all of your clothing into three piles.
KEEP PILE: For an item to qualify for the Keep pile, ask yourself: ‘Have I worn this in the past 6-12 months?’, ‘Does it fit my current body type?’ and ‘If I saw this in a shop today, would I purchase it?’.

REPAIR/ALTER PILE: For clothes that meet this criteria, but are slightly damaged or might fit better with a slight alteration, place them in the Repair/Alter pile. Conveniently, in Korea, taking clothing to the dry cleaners (세탁소) is very economical. Dry cleaning your clothes can return them to their original pristine state. Furthermore, they can repair your clothing, make alterations, and even replace missing buttons, for less than 10,000 won. Not only is that more affordable than replacing the item entirely, but you’ll also be a responsible consumer.

2ND HOME PILE: Clothing is one of the biggest contributions to landfill waste. There are handfuls of ethical ways to dispose of your unwanted garments without having to throw them in the garbage.
+ For some extra cash, join a marketplace app like Depop, and within minutes, sell your threads to a global community of fellow fashion lovers.
+ Host a get-together with friends and have a clothing exchange!
+ Have a street-sale, or rent a share-space and gather a few stylish friends together to host a clothing sale. This one can get you quite a bit of cash, and you only need one afternoon for it. That, and all you have to do is sit there and sip on lemonade. B )
+ Join a fashion community group on good ol' FB, or post the clothes in an album on your profile. When I'm in Montreal, I often use 'Tout le monde est pu capable de son linge' or 'McGill Clothing Exchange'. Try to find one in your community or university, or better yet, start your own!
+ There are countless organizations where your donation would be appreciated. Do a quick google search to find some local spots that would benefit from your closet overhaul!

Less is more when it comes to your wardrobe.

Clothes that are easily visible end up being worn more regularly, and purchasing a matching set of hangers is a great way to accomplish this. For smaller items like undergarments, socks and accessories, organize them into clear boxes (like the ones they have at MUJI). To see how you are doing 6 months from now, face all of your hangers away from you. The moment you wear an item, turn the hanger in the correct direction. In 6 months, you’ll be able to see which items will need to be reconsidered.

photo via pinterest

Friday, 16 December 2016

#BrandCap: Reike Nen

Korean Fashion Blogger Mia Liamani Seongsu Reike Nen Brand
Reike Nen Seoul Shoes Office Seongsu
After having a long-time internet crush on this brand, I finally got to see Reike Nen shoes in person. Founded in 2010 by Rei Yoon Hongmi, their 3-person team designs must-have statement shoes. This Seoul-based brand reinvents classic silhouettes like loafers and ankle boots by playing on angular shapes, texture and adding interesting metal accents. 
Reike Nen Reikenen Seoul Shoe Brand Slip Ons Black Leather Velvet
The shoes which have a velvet finish look extra special thanks to their deep yet vibrant colors. Also, the simple pumps embellished by an angular sole are THE perfect power shoes to kick 2017 in the butt. I'm definitely going to go back for this pair: 
#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. 

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Zaful Christmas Wishlist

Sleepwear: 1 / 2 
Outerwear: 1 / 2
Bottoms: 1 / 2
Feminine: 1 / 2

With the help of Zaful, I made a little wishlist of my own for the holiday season! The prices are so good, you won't feel guilty spoiling yourself with a little 'From: Me, To: Me'. I included some pajamas in the list, because I've been oddly obsessed with sleepwear these days. Even though you're just lounging around at home, doesn't mean you have to stop looking cute! I also love a good dress, to wear with thick tights in the cold weather, and without when I head on vacation to Indonesia in a few weeks! Super excited. What are your holiday plans?

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Models Off Duty - Minimal Mood

S E O U L S T Y L E 
Where? Dongdaemun Plaza for Seoul Fashion Week 
Korean models off duty wearing put-together looks for the winter season. Try it out for yourself: Denim paired with classic silhouettes like turtlenecks and blazers. Don't forget the black on black!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

#BrandCap: SMK - Sandra Meynier Kang

I had the pleasure of meeting up with French designer, Sandra Meynier Kang, whose initials make up the title of her label, SMK. Based in Seoul, it is always particularly uplifting to meet with fellow expats who are doing big things in Korea. 

Since her bright beginnings in 2014, Kang has been an advocate of sustainable and ethical fashion. SMK is a vegan brand which promotes animal protection, local production and using environmentally friendly materials for her pieces. 

The assumption of human superiority leading to the exploitation of animals. 

Look 1Winter Jacket
Mia Liamani Fashion Blogger SMK Sandra Meynier Kang
SMK Sandra Meynier Kang Lunch Bag
I initially found out about SMK because of her incredibly perfect Lunch Bags. A luxurious take on that which can hold my impressive selection of staple snacks like cheese strings and cookies.. along with maaaybe my wallet and keys. They come in a variety of colours and textures, including metallics, vinyl, velvet, quilted patterns and more. Gotta catch them all! 
Mia Liamani - Korean Fashion Blogger - Winter Dress
On that effortless French tip, Sandra's designs are comfortable and feminine. For me, it is as important to buy from responsible brands as it is to shop responsibly. Invest in the clothes you wear day to day, rather than that party dress you'll only get to wear once! 

#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. 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Seoul Streetstyle - Eunji Yang

Who? Eunji Yang - @luvyans
What? Clothes: Low Classic, Bag: A.P.C, Shoes: Dr. Martens
Where? Sinsa-dong
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