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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