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Minimal Amazon Bedroom Decor Under $50

 

If you are not following my on Instagram, you probably have not heard my big news! I got a new job and am shortly moving to New York City! Specifically Brooklyn and I have been on this huge interior decor binge lately in preparation for the big move. Amazon continues to be my go-to when it comes to this type of home decor stuff because of the huge selection and the option of Prime (duh). I decided to hunt down my favorite bedroom decor products that are all under $50!

Green Machine

I love plants and foliage….but I do not have the best green thumb (or any to be honest). I have a few live plants I managed to keep alive, but other than that, I think there is nothing wrong with some artificial plants! They may not be real, but they keep your space looking fresh and zen. Personally, I think the greener, the better! I like to go with plants I can put on countertops, as well as a few options I can hang.

Selection of artifice plants from Amazon
1. Plant Hanger 2. Potted Plant 3. Geometric Wall Decor 4. Silk Palm Tree 5. Silk Wisteria Vines 6. Assorted Succulents

 

 All Natural

I also love interior decor items that have a nature-inspired vibe to them. Not to mention, these neutral, brown toned products would pair so well with the above artificial plants. Mixing both will definitely bring a sense of symmetry and calm to your bedroom space – especially with products such as the salt lamp and oil diffuser.

1. Gold Mirror 2. Himalayan Salt Lamp 3. Tapestry 4. Retro End Table 5. Essential Oil Diffuser 6. Decorative Throw Pillow

 

Cuddle Season

Evidently, one of the main focuses of the bedroom is…the bed. Make sure you pay close attention to the piece of furniture where you spend 8 hours (ideally, right?) everyday. Personally, I love buying things to enhance the bed and amp up the coziness factor. These products do exactly that.

 

1. Leaf Throw Pillow Covers 2. Down Duvet 3. Laptop Desk 4. Throw Blanket 5. Silk Pillowcase 6. Sateen Sheets

 

Inspiration

I have been trying to be more active on Pinterest and lately I have been pinning so much interior/home decor ideas! To wrap this post up, here are some of my favorite bedroom/home decor photos featuring some similar products from above!

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Joggers. faux-fur jacket, booties

Why It’s Okay to Not Have a Defined Sense of Style

What is Style?

As fashion continued to play a more integral part of my life, I would periodically receive the question, “How would you define your sense of style”? It is certainly not an uncommon question when one is a blogger per se, but I never really knew how to answer it. I felt like I could not say that I did not know and it depended on my mood – but in reality, this was exactly the case.

The past year or so, I was heavily influenced by streetwear and the athleisure trend (that has yet to slow down, by the way). However, nowadays I tend to gravitate towards more polished and classic styles. Perhaps this happened naturally as I entered the workforce and was obligated to dress more professionally. But this does not mean I left my love for streetwear behind completely. I realized I balanced between the two – among other sorts of looks and inspiration. So how would one describe this sort of style?

Classic Style
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Simply, I would have to say my sense of style is undefined. It cannot be summed up easily into a couple of keywords as it varies heavily on my mood and my environment and how I am feeling that day. Although it is abstract, I did not want to box myself in on only one option.

It’s a Digital World

Oftentimes, I wondered if constantly switching up your style was bad for your engagement (especially on Instagram). If people followed me because they found inspiration in my outfits featuring sneakers and joggers pants, did they unfollow me when I posted a photo of me in a dress a couple of days later? On the other hand, I have learned that it is best to be authentic and it is a privilege to be able to post whatever you want! I love switching up my style and this epiphany made me realize how many other people love to do so too.

Versatility is Key

Plus, streetwear and more classic outfits are different but can have similar elements. Not having a defined sense of style actually encouraged me to be more creative as I found parallel between the two. For instance, a pair of faux leather leggings can be worn with a graphic t-shirt and a pair of sneakers to channel an urban vibe. Or the leather leggings can be worn with a blazer and a pair of kitten heels. Similarly, a distressed pair of girlfriend jeans would look killer casual or dressed up! One day you can wear this distressed pair of girlfriend jeans with an oversized bomber and the next day you could wear it with a cozy turtleneck and ankle boots!

I truly believe we should all feel comfortable expressing ourselves through our clothing, whether that means sticking to the same style or having the ability to try out a different style everyday! We shouldn’t shy away from what makes us feel good. Embrace it!

 

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My Adoption Story

The Story of My Adoption & My Korean-American Identity

Back in September, I posted an Instagram sharing 10 random facts about myself. One fact mentioned how I am Korean, but I was adopted and someone said they would love to read a blog post sharing the story. Awhile ago, I probably would have dismissed the idea because I really did not want to get too personal on my blog, but now, I rather like the fact of being more open with you all since I rebranded and I thought this would be of interest to some of you. The story of my adoption and Korean-American background means a lot to me and definitely explains more about who I am and what defines me as a person.

Born in Busan, South Korea

…on April 23, 1995. According to my paper work, my birth mother was only 16 years old when she had me, so I guess she ultimately decided the best solution was to put me up for adoption. Aside from these facts, this is all I know about my birth mom. It is crazy to think she is only 38 years old right now. However, her life changing decision to put me up for adoption changed the course of my life forever…and I am so grateful because of it.

My Adoption Story

Raised in Pennsylvania, USA

I arrived in American when I was about 4 months old and was greeted by my parents and the majority of my extended family at the airport. Obviously, I do not have any recollection of this event given my young age, but I am lucky enough to relive it every now and then because my parents recorded the whole affair on VCR, complete with a cheesy soundtrack (think “What a Wonderful World” by Louie Armstrong) and everything.

My parents are white, primarily a mixture of Irish, Polish and Hungarian, but they were born and raised in America. As soon as I began to talk, my mom taught me how to recite, “I was born in South Korea and I came on an airplane” to anyone I came across. I honestly think that since then, I was engrained to never really forget about my culture.

Four years later, my parents adopted my younger brother, Hunter, from South Korea as well. Thus, completing our little family! I had a very easy-going childhood. Our home is in the suburbs of Pennsylvania and I honestly think I will come back here when it is time for me to start my own family with my own children.

I grew up in a predominately white community, which was completely fine, but it meant I was not exposed to much cultural diversity growing up. Aside from a couple of Asian friends, ethnically there was not much I could relate to. Not to mention, there were even less Asians in the media then there are today, making it hard to truly relate to pop culture. I am sure a lot of Asians growing up questioned why there were not any people who looked like themselves on TV or in the movies.

Childhood friend

Cultural Self-Discovery

In middle school, I discovered the realm of K-pop and K-drama with one of my best friends, who also happened to be adopted from South Korea. For a good year or two, we were completely enraptured by this huge cultural phenomenon. We consumed so much media, it was sort of overwhelming. This introduction to Korean pop culture filled the void we were both missing from media in America. Eventually, my obsession with Korean music dissipated, but I think this period of time really developed my cultural identity.

Much later down the road, I ended up learning Korean for two years at university and have been dating a Korean guy for the past four years! It has been interesting learning about my culture through interactions with his family. They mostly communicate in Korean, so it has been great for my listening skills!

Now, I occasionally still listen to a Korean song (mainly Dean) or get immersed in a Korean drama when I am in the mood for something cheesy and melodramatic (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon is my favorite), the fashion continually inspires me and of course we cannot forget about the power of Korean skincare!

Baby Pic with my Mom

Meeting my Birth Mom?

In the future, I definitely want to plan an all-encompassing trip to the motherland. I have been dying to do some shopping in 홍대 (Hongdae) and pig out at 동대문 (Dongdaemun), the famous night market. I also want to travel to the other side of the country and visit the place in which I was born, 부산 (Busan), which I hear has such fresh, to-die-for seafood.

Many times, I have considered contacting my adoption agency, Pearl S. Buck, to see if I can get access to any information that would aid me in finding my birth mom when I am there. The prospect of finding my birth mom seems rather daunting in retrospect because I cannot help but think about the millions of complications that could get in the way. What if I find her, but she has no interest in meeting me? I am not sure when I will be able to go to South Korea again, but if the opportunity arises in which there is a chance I could meet her, I would take it in a heartbeat.

Korean-American

Korean-American Identity

I identify as Korean-American because both sides of my culture are as equally important to me. Although, I was an Asian girl growing up in a white community, I was lucky enough to never have a cultural identity crisis or to never have remorse over the fact that I was Asian and not a part of the majority. I am so proud of my adoption background and who I am and I am not afraid to share it. I encourage you all to embrace your culture more if you have not already! After all, despite certain political leaders or thoughts, cultures are what make the human race so fascinating and so different from one another. It is truly a beautiful thing when they are able to come together harmoniously.

 

 

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How to Thrive in 2018

Featuring products from Blue & Cream

As I get older, the reality of diminishing time becomes more and more apparent. Honestly, as soon as I reached my 20s, I felt like the years have been getting shorter and shorter. Needless to say, I am still in denial in the fact that it is now 2018. How did this happen? I wrote on Instagram a bit ago about how I did accomplish a lot of things such as graduating from college and adopting my first bun child, Mononoke. Yet, I feel like 2017 was not my best work.

Yes, I am treating 2017 as if it was some project, but it’s true! There are 365 days a year in which we wake up and either accomplish what we set out to do or we do not. I have this haunting feeling that I did not live up to my full potential this past year and laziness came into factor a lot more than it should have. But 2018 is going to be different. I have had a full mental shift and this is how I am going to make 2018 the year I thrive.

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Set Goals

I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe in setting realistic goals for yourself for the year ahead. Take some time to sit down and write down what you want to achieve this year and order them from greatest to least importance. Next, take this same list and expand it. Write down every actionable step you need to take to reach this certain goal. If you can, take these a step further by setting a date in which you want this to be done by. Add it to your planner, bullet journal, iPhone notes, or wherever else this information can be easily accessible to you.

Sometimes goals seem unattainable because they are lofty or you do not know how to go about it. This process eliminates this intimidation factor and leaves you with no excuses. Breaking down your 2018 goals step-by-step is a great way to attack things head on. For me, my biggest 2018 goals I am going to tackle: Expand my blog, improve my Korean and put more time into my relationships.

What are your 2018 goals? Share them in the comments below!

Dress the Part

Time and time again, you will find me stressing the importance of enclothed cognition or how your outfit has a psychological effect on your mood and feelings. What better way to start off 2018 feeling like a #girlboss than by getting an outfit that says so. December was all about gifting other people, so let’s make January about treating yourself. Go shopping and treat yourself to the latest piece to your capsule collection or invest in that top you have been eyeing the past couple of months. If it makes you feel good when you put it on, it is worth it.

One of my favorite companies I have been loving to browse through is Blue & Cream – a high-end contemporary retailer. They have an amazing selection of designer pieces and the warehouse sale selection is to die for! Here are some of the things I am eyeing:

Blue & Cream Fashion Picks

  1. Sea Relaxed Maxi Coat
  2. Elizabeth and James Gisella Sweater
  3. Frame Denim Le Skinny De Jeanne Jean

Get Your Finances in Check

On Reddit, I saw someone who did a $5 challenge throughout 2018. Essentially, they saved all the $5 bills they obtained and put them to the side. By the end of the year, they saved quite a hefty sum of money! Personally, this would not work for me because I do not carry cash that often, butI decided to tweak it to suit my lifestyle. I am making it a goal of 2018 to spend more wisely and save a portion of each paycheck for the future. Trust me, you’re going to thank yourself!

Love Yourself

If you have not evaluated your self-love and inner-confidence this past year, I highly suggest you do so. Fresh beginnings means it is time to embrace all your imperfections and to learn to love yourself like you have never before. Make it a goal to look into the mirror every morning and give yourself one compliment. Make it a goal to be more health conscious, to stick to a skincare routine and to do more of the things you take pride in and enjoy. You cannot thrive in 2018 if you are still wallowing in self-doubt.

Related: How Blogging has Helped My Self-Confidence

Let’s work together to maintain this mindset for all of 2018! If you want things to happen in your life, you need to take action. This year is going to be the year we collectively thrive, learn from each other and grow. I know we are all going to achieve great things. Let’s keep the conversation and motivation going by sharing all your thoughts with the hashtag, #2018cognition on Twitter! See you there!

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Red Set from Kooding.com

Cozy Sweats with Kooding

I will admit, at one point in time, I was that annoying girl who refused to wear sweats in public (even in college)!! I never looked down on anyone who would do so, but personally, it just made me feel lazy and unmotivated. However, the cozy trend has been snowballing the past couple of years and I could not help but latch on and it changed my whole perspective on comfort and leisure wear. Nowadays, if I am just running out for a few errands or to grab a bite to eat, I will gladly wear my sweatpants out and about as long as they still look put together.

Red Track Set from Kooding
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Matchy Matchy

I picked out this comfy red sweats set from Kooding and I have been living in it – inside and outside of the house. Admittedly, it is quite baggy on me but I think that is what makes it so comfortable. The top cropped and has a boxy silhouette with cute white stitching along the neckline. The sweatpants are pretty typical, but they do cinch at the ankles with a matching white detail. If this is too overwhelmingly red, feel free to wear them separately (which I do often)!

Related: Honest Review of YesStyle.com (Korean fashion retailer)

Red Sweat Suit from Kooding.com

 

Team Cozy

Comfort is seriously key for me now, especially in the dead of winter when one cannotbe bothered to be dressed to the nines 24-7. Sets are a must because they are a no brainer. No worrying about if the outfit matches. Instead, you can just slip it on and hop out the door, which is ideal especially if you are just running a few errands and coming back.

Kooding is a great online retailer for your Korean fashion needs! I would definitely recommend them for your cozy needs! Here are some of my favorite sweats I found:

Kodding Fashion Picks


1. Bomber 2. Run Banding Pants 3. Bottom Strap Pants 4. Hoodie

 

 

Related: The Result of an Affordable 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine

 

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