Gong Yoo & Lee Min-jung for Mind Bridge

Gong Yoo and Lee Min-jung, co-stars of the soul-swap Korean drama, Big, have been the spokepeople for the brand Mind Bridge for a couple seasons now. While the cute hijinks and their onscreen chemistry was wonderful in Big, alas, it was not enough to save that train wreck of a story. Sometimes, even all the pretty in the world just isn't enough to save an impending doom. But luckily, in the case of photo shoots, all you basically need is the pretty!

Dr. Martens Fever

As of late, I've been having a growing obsession with Dr. Martens. Originally designed in the 1940's to be no more than just a comfortable shoe, Docs soon became a symbol of youth rebellion and are now considered synonymous with with youth subculture. In today's fashion, shoes are not only popular here in the West, but it's very popular among East Asians as well.

I'll be honest, there used to be something about these shoes that rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it's the clunky look or maybe it's the fact that these are reminiscent of that cringe-inducing heavy metal/gothic style from back in the day. Regardless, my opinion was totally reversed when I saw these pastel 1460 boots a while ago. And now I can't get them off my mind!

Outfit of the Day - Casual Sunday Brunch

Headband (below) - American Apparel
Cream Poncho - Girl's Monday
Ankle skinny jeans - Levi's
Boots - Blowfish (from DSW)
'Le Pliage' medium shoulder tote - Longchamp

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Collaborations are one of my favorite things about the fashion industry. These sort of projects really allow some designers to design lines that they wouldn't normally be able to put into their regular lines.

But despite my love for fashion collaborations, the release of Anna Dello Russo's collection for H&M totally went over my head! Sure, I might have heard about it long ago and probably saw an email or two from the H&M newsletter about it, but I wasn't all that interested anyways.

It wasn't until a shopping trip last week that I saw the line being sold at the 59th and Lex store. I never expected them to carry it, because they didn't carry the Marni collaboration when it was released this past spring. But lo and behold, there was the display when I went in!

A Look at Son Ga-in's "Bloom" MV

Son Ga-in's latest solo project, "Talk About S" hit airwaves this past week, and by now I think it's safe to assume that we can always trust the members of Korean pop girl group Brown Eyed Girls (which Ga-in is a part of), to push conventional boundaries and bring something new to the table. Both musically and fashion-wise, that is.

The music video for the title track, 'Bloom' is very fresh and youthful, perfectly suited for the upbeat song about women experiencing love in their 20's. I'm definitely digging the female sexual empowerment thing going on, but what I'm more interested in talking about is her outfits in the video - what worked and what didn't.

Making Fashion Affordable: Student Discounts

Let's face it, being a student basically equates to the perpetual state of being broke. Even if you're working part-time, it's unlikely you have a steady source of income. Sure, you have your parents' money, but you can't always go crazy with that debit card because at the same time, your parents are the ones covering your tuition. And you need to take care of your stomach, no? For the broke fashionista, it's the eternal dilemma between eating or shopping. Choosing between lunch this week or that pair of shoes you've been eyeing for so long. Can't have both, can you?

Luckily, sometimes you can.

Sometimes, flashing your school ID at stores can score you a pretty decent discount. While it won't entirely solve the food/shopping dilemma, it can definitely help reduce the dent in your wallet on those days that you really need to fill that retail craving.

The Denim Connection

Girl's Generation's Tiffany modeling Levis's for W Magazine.

I'll be the first to confess - among all the denim retailers out there, ranging from JBrand to True Religion to Forever 21, I can't deny that I still love me some good ol' Levi's.

Ironically, I used to abhor wearing jeans. My defense was always that they were "so unnatural." Yes, I was that girl who always wore leggings, yoga pants, or track pants to high school...not a proud moment in my life, to be honest. But today, my huge denim collection has proved me a changed person.

Perhaps it was brainwashing of denim history and terminology from the time I spent working at Levi's as a sales associate. Or maybe it's because of the fairly affordable prices they sell at for good quality (thank you, associate discount!). It's probably a mix of both. But whatever the cause is, I've been left a Levi's fan and denim hoarder for life.