BLUE + ME: FLORAL RUFFLE DRESS

Anita Oh

Anita Oh


This floral ruffle dress is perfect for the 70-degree weather in Philly today, which has me dreaming of spring! I’m loving the daintiness of this Vero Moda dress; it is the perfect hue and the ruffle sleeves and hem are a fun, flirty detail. I’ve styled the dress like this as a day look and also paired them with over-the-knee boots for a girls’ night out. Its long sleeves and appropriate length also make it a good Easter weekend pick!

These Marc Fisher wedges are also a spring/summer staple for me. I can pair them as easily with a dress as I can with a pair of jeans, and they instantly elevate me (ha) and my look. A cheaper Steve Madden dupe can be found here, but if you’re looking for better quality wedges that will last you multiple seasons, I would highly recommend the Marc Fisher ones instead! You can see how I styled them last season here and here.

Finally, for accessories, I added my holy grail Gentle Monster x Song of Style shades and my forever favorite hand-crafted circle rattan bag. I personally designed this bag last spring, but I found a near perfect match for it at Urban Outfitters for under $60! It is such a great piece to throw on and go in warmer temperatures, and it fits the essentials.

I’m also planning a trip to a warm locale soon, so I have even more heart eyes for spring and summer trends lately. What’s on your travel bucket list?

Photography: Carly Landolt Photo

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SEEING RED: VALENTINE’S DAY JUMPSUIT + WHY I GAVE UP LOVE

Red Jumpsuit
Red Jumpsuit
Red Jumpsuit
Red Jumpsuit

Photography: Carly Landolt

Dresses are definitely my favorite, but my closet is starting to fill with jumpsuits in every color because they’re the best of both worlds: chic and comfortable! This perfect-for-Valentine’s one in a fire red hue does not disappoint.

What can be disappointing, however, is our society’s approach to love today. Though I know plenty of fantastic couples, I also know many single friends who are disheartened by what they call a generation of “Tinder love.” Navigating intentions can get cloudy, juggling multiple people at a time is expected, and “ghosting” is a normalized modus operandi. Still, I have good friends who have happily married after meeting on dating apps, and I think that’s wonderful. They can be a great way to connect with people you may never cross paths with otherwise.

I do believe, though, that in a seemingly endless sea of options, there is a pervasive undercurrent that whispers, ‘Sure, this is good. But there could be better. Sure, you are happy. But could you be happier?’ And that dangerous thought affects everyone, even those of us who prefer to meet organically. As a result, we as a society seem to value commitment less, cheapen intimacy more, and resign ourselves to the idea that “this is just how it is now.”

I politely decline. A year ago, for good reason, I gave up love and started pursuing myself — continuing to chase my career goals, strengthen my friendships, and refine my sense of self. Our culture tells us our personal happiness and fulfillment are supreme. Yes, they are very important. But to me, love is a choice and a daily recommitment: to value your partner before yourself even when the initial sparks have faded, to be honest and loyal at all times, to protect his/her heart above your own interests and desires. Like many things in our lives, we choose what we allow, and we can choose to accept better for our precious hearts. And even though I find Valentine’s Day to be over-commercialized, I do appreciate that it’s an extra opportunity to express love to those around us. Whether you have your person or not, I hope you will rest in the assurance that you are deeply known and yet infinitely loved.

-fin- <3

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MY 10-STEP KOREAN SKINCARE ROUTINE

KOREAN SKIN CARE
KOREAN SKIN CARE

As someone who suffers from severe eczema, sensitive skin, and dermotagraphia, as well as being in a career that requires heavy makeup, skin care is essential to my daily routine. I take as much care and time to remove my makeup, cleanse, and moisturize as I do in applying my makeup. By now, you’ve probably already heard about the hype surrounding “K-Beauty” and Korean skin care. Koreans really value their skin and go to great lengths to ensure it radiates even without makeup. Below is my everyday skin care routine, which has made a world of difference for me. I hope it helps you, too!

MY TEN-STEP KOREAN SKIN CARE ROUTINE

1) Triple-cleanse! I first use micellar water, then I apply the Clean It Zero cleansing balm (I’ve also tried and loved this Innisfree apple-scented cleansing oil), then I rotate a number of cleansers throughout the week. My current favorite is this Boscia detoxifying black cleanser. I know many people just use cleansing wipes, but I find this never gets all of my makeup off. Triple cleansing may seem excessive, but I’d rather ensure all of my heavy makeup is removed.

2) Exfoliate I only exfoliate once a week, but this step is key to removing all the build-up and letting your pores breathe. The Skinfood black sugar scrub is my go-to. I can definitely see the difference after exfoliation, and this product smells amazing.

3) Toner To restore some moisture and balance my pH levels, I apply toner. Since my pores can be annoyingly visible, I use the Wonder Pore toner by Etude House. You can do this step with a cotton pad or with your hands.

4) Essence This is a step many skin care routines miss. Essence, especially the SK-II essence or the more affordable Miisha essence, is the holy grail for many Korean skin care routines because it works to hydrate, brighten, and repair skin.

5) Ampoule There are all kinds of extra treatments and serums to target what you may be most concerned about, such as wrinkles, large pores, and redness. I’m currently using this Propolis Sparkle Ampoule, which is supposed to reduce redness and give the skin a smooth, poreless appearance. It is also paraben-free and great for sensitive skin.

6) Anti-Aging Serum If you’re in your mid-20s or your 30s, you might not be worried about the effects of aging on skin. However, many serums are designed for use starting in your 20s! I apply the Clarins Double Serum to my face and neck before bed and pray this investment now will pay off as I age.

7) Moisturizer This step is crucial for me, especially since, as my brother often jokes, my skin can look more like a cactus at times. I have incredibly dry skin, and I need to lather on moisturizer to get to any semblance of normalcy. This Avene moisturizer is very thick and has been great so far. I use a foundation with SPF in it, but if you don’t, make sure to choose a moisturizer with at least SPF 15.

In between steps six and seven, you can also use sheet masks during the week and apply eye cream. This lengthy routine may seem like a daunting process, but I believe it is an investment for a lifetime of clear, healthy, and glowing skin.

What’s your skin care routine?

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#9ToTheNines: Velvet Statement Pants

Anita Oh
J.Crew Velvet Pants
J.Crew Velvet Pants
J.Crew Velvet Pants
J.Crew Velvet Pants

On most days, I wear dresses to work, but we all have those days when we wake up and think, “Today is 100% a pants day.” When that happens, I have a handy collection of statement pants to choose from: bold colors, vivid textures, and fun prints.

Statement pants are one of my favorite ways to add a little flair to an otherwise monotone look. I have worn this outfit to work with studded flats, as well. I love how soft and comfortable the J.Crew Easy Pant in Velvet is, and the soft guava color is such a lovely hue (and on sale for under $30)! The pants also come in black and navy, if you’re looking for the texture without so much color.

Since the camera typically only frames the top half of my body when I’m on-air, I can keep the turtleneck and coat neutral while having some more freedom with my pant choice. It’s the ultimate “professional on top, party on the bottom” combination.

Photography: Carly Landolt

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#9ToTheNines: Career Series

Anita Oh
Anita Oh
Anita Oh
Anita Oh
Celine Mini Luggage

Sofia Cashmere Fur-Collar Coat (Tahari Dupe here) | Banana Republic Windowpane Dress (similar here) | Celine Mini Luggage Tote | Over-The-Knee Boots | Gentle Monster x Song of Style Sunglasses

Welcome to my new career series: 9-to-the-Nines! The title is a spin off of the typical 9-5, since my job as a broadcast journalist can be more like a 9-9 (or with more unpredictable hours, like a 3 a.m. to noon shift). It also plays off the phrase “dressed to the nines.”

Being a TV reporter is very much a (fun) whirlwind. People always ask me what a typical day looks like, and the answer truly is there isn’t one! I need to be prepared to run from an interview at Philadelphia City Hall to a water main break to a homicide scene in a matter of minutes. That means my wardrobe has to look professional on-air but still be practical on-the-ground. I do keep “back-up” outfits at my desk, but I try to dress appropriately and comfortably each day.

My career path also requires a level of care about image, which has always been a strange concept for me. While I’ve always loved fashion, I didn’t touch makeup until I was in my early 20s! It took me a while to figure out that eyebrows really do define a face, can I get an amen? In this series, I’ll also be sharing my favorite beauty picks. Stila’s ‘Stay All Day’ liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Patina’ is my daily go-to both on and off-air. Its staying power is unmatched, and the color goes well with everything!

I think many can attest to the seeming correlation between looking and feeling your best. Even if my workload gets overwhelming, knowing that I can at least “have it together” in one department helps me attack my tasks with more confidence. Besides just sharing workwear, I also plan to interview bold career women who inspire me. I hope this series inspires you, too!

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HOLIDAY LOOK: VELVET OVERALLS

Anita Oh

Anita Oh
Anita Oh
Canada Goose Shelburne
Celine Mini Luggage Tote

Madewell Velvet Overalls | Striped Sailor Tee | Canada Goose Shelburne Parka | Jeffrey Campbell Pearl Heel Booties and Suede Version (size up half a size) | Sugarfix by Baublebar Tassel Earrings |

Velvet is a classic, timeless holiday texture, and I love the overalls trend; naturally, this pair of Madewell overalls instantly caught my eye. I paired them with a striped sailor tee for a casual weekend look, but a plaid top or chambray shirt would dress up the look. I’ve also gotten so many compliments on these booties, which have a gold and pearl detail on the heel. They have comfortably trekked through the streets of New York City during a recent trip and also through my daily workwear as a reporter. Add some extra flair with a fun pair of earrings, like these mint tassel drops that are less than $15!

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OH, CHRISTMAS TREE

Philly Christmas Trees
Philly Christmas Trees
Anita Oh
Philly Christmas Trees
Philly Christmas Trees
J.Crew Nordic Boots

One of my favorite parts about the holiday season is picking a real Christmas tree. It’s festive and traditional, and the pine scent it leaves around home instantly makes me happy. There are plenty of places around the Philadelphia region where you can pick up live trees and wreaths, but I stumbled upon this perfect lot at the Lemon Hill Mansion. From the sprawling hilltop, you can see the Philadelphia skyline on one side, the Schuylkill River on another, and the historic mansion built in 1799.

Other great options include:
Linvilla Orchards | Media, PA (also my favorite place to pick apples in the fall)
Bustard’s Christmas Trees | Lansdale, PA
Marsh Creek Tree Farms | Elverson, PA
Willard Family Christmas Trees | Newtown, PA – Washington Crossing, PA – Columbus, NJ – Hamilton, NJ
Terrain | Glen Mills, PA (for baby tabletop firs, garlands, wreaths)

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BIRTHDAY REFLECTIONS #ADay2o17

Anita Oh Birthday
Anita Oh Birthday
Anita Oh Birthday
Anita Oh Birthday

This year has been an especially challenging one for me personally: a lengthy season of change, growth, healing. I committed the year to self-reflection and to an intense laser-like pursuit of my passions. At the end of it, the biggest gift I gave myself in 2017 was self-respect. It sounds silly, but for someone who seems almost hard-wired to want to make everyone happy, it was quite a difficult but powerful lesson. I stopped settling —- in all aspects of my life. I threw away the idea that valuing your own peace, even if it requires walking away from certain opportunities or certain people, is selfish; it’s necessary.

It’s been a year of toiling, essentially. I feel like a gardener who had to pull out the weeds growing in my life and get muddied up in order to make room for what belongs. But planting a seed has no instant gratification. You have to water it with intentionality and with trust — that it’s going to bloom beautifully in due time and that what is meant for your life will arrive there.

I’ve also challenged myself every day this year to intentionally practice gratitude, as in, wake up or go to bed each day reminding myself of at least three things I’m thankful for. I am so blessed to have a small but fierce circle of compassionate, genuine, and truly kind souls, and I feel so happy to have a career that allows me to meet so many interesting characters and tell important stories in a city that’s really captured my heart.

The quote that kept floating in my mind this year: “And still, I rise.”

To rising.

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HOLIDAY HOME DECOR

Christmas wreath ideas
Holiday Home Decor
Holiday Home DecoR
Gallery Wall
HOLIDAY GARLAND
Baublebar Earrings

Holiday Home Decor
CHRISTMAS WREATH

Searching for and putting up holiday decor is such a happiness-inducing activity for me. These are just a few of the festive details I added to brighten up my space. I especially love the holiday throw pillows and glittery garlands.

While I love real Christmas trees, my space is so small, so I decided to add a faux baby spruce tree with mini ornaments instead. I’m very detail-oriented, so I like every piece on my tree to have a specific story. For example, if you know me, you know I drink everything out of Mason jars. I picked up this mini Mason jar ornament at a craft show when I was living and working in Georgia; it’s so darling and is a great tribute to my time there and memories created. I also took the initially black monogram letters and spray-painted them gold to add an accent to the gallery wall in the main walkway.

Right now, there are SEVEN (!) festive candles on rotation in my home. I’m very much a scent person, and whenever I am at home, there is guaranteed to be at least one candle lit. What are your favorite holiday pieces? Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

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VELVET CRUSH: THANKSGIVING DRESS

Velvet Dress
Velvet dress

This marigold beauty is perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s cute with a great price point but more importantly, it’s loose around the waist, so you can eat to your heart’s content. I paired it with leather booties and a leather jacket to edge up the look, but you can also wear it with simple heels to make the ruffle neckline the focal point. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday!

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