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July 25, 2014

Eye Candy : Kang Dong Won for High Cut

Kang Dong Won finally makes a return to the big screen following his military service with the historical action film Kundo: Age of the Rampant. This also means a return to editorial features like this one for High Cut Korea. The stylish pictorial photographed in picturesque Catalonia, Spain is both playful and smoldering at the same time. He's a favorite because I really admire the the way he challenges himself as an actor. Okay he's also seriously good looking and has a really attractive deep voice. In Kundo, Dong Won portrays a villainous swordsman opposite Ha Jung Woo's protagonist, a butcher who forms a band of thieves to rebel against the corrupt nobility. This movie sounds interesting and Ha Jung Woo is usually so good but the one I'm really looking forward to is his forthcoming project, My Palpitating Life with Song Hye Kyo which looks both heartwarming and bittersweet. The two genetically gifted stars were spotted on location in Paris working on a photoshoot for Vogue Korea in May. Can't wait to see that as well and it will likely be a future eye candy feature.

July 23, 2014

Pinteresting Things : Summer Style

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Since summer in in full swing now, let's talk about summer style. My idea of summer dressing is definitely all about being effortless while trying to stay and look cool with a degree of modesty. That means falling back on classics and living in midi length dresses and skirts. I still wear pants and jeans and occasionally bermuda length shorts but never flip flops. I don't even own a pair as I find them massively uncomfortable and a magnet for dirty feet. The outfit above could be my perfect summer look and uniform as it translates my love for striped tops with skinny jeans. I swap in striped tanks when it's warmer and flat sandals to accommodate my rehabilitating ankle. These pins from my Style Files board on Pinterest are other types of looks that I personally wear and like. What's your summer style? Do you have a go to outfit?

July 21, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

In case you haven't heard, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is happening right now. It's a great chance to score some incredible deals for a limited time and all orders qualify for free shipping and returns as well. I don't really need to shop for clothes right now so I'm focused on their Beauty Exclusives. There some really covetable items like the Chanel Illuminating Powder with a gorgeous lace design and the NARS cheek palette. Some of these sets would make terrific Christmas gifts and now is not too early to start your holiday shopping. To take advantage, be sure to shop before 08/04/14. Have you shopped this sale? What do you have your eye on?

1. Yves Saint Laurent Essential Collection $75 ($127 value)  2. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Set $129 ($150 after sale)  3. Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Set $85 ($208 value)  4. Lancome Mascara Wardrobe $39.50 ($94 value)  5. NARS Cheek Palette $49 ($73 value)  6. Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing System $149 ($221 value)  7. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder $80  8. Ciate Sundae Best Paint Pot Trio $25 ($45 value)  9. L'Occitane Shea Butter Softness Set $48 ($86 value) 10. Voluspa Maison Jardin Candle Trio $29.50 ($40 after sale)

July 18, 2014

Style Crush : Ashley Madekwe

Ashley Madewke in Dior Resort 2014 at Diior and Maxfield Party

Ashley Madekwe attended the Dior and Maxfield party in LA celebrating the debut of the Dior Fusion couture sneaker collection wearing a lovely Dior Resort 2014 dress. The sheer grey floral lace sheath is splashed with yellow and pink accents. Her neutral toned accessories included strappy Giuseppe Zanotti sandals and a white clutch. Her polished hair and makeup was finished off with vibrant pink lips. The chic actress who has her own fashion blog is known for her modern sophisticated, feminine sense of style and this look is no exception. I really like how fresh and ladylike it is at the same time. What do you think of this outfit? Are you a fan of Ashley Madekwe's style?

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Photo: Donato Sardella/Wire Image

July 16, 2014

Faking A Summer Glow

Faking A Summer Glow

I look better with a little color on my body during the summer but with the talk about sun safety, I definitely wouldn't tan myself under the sun so I just fake it. Finding the right mix of products to achieve a natural looking fake tan has been a challenge for many summers but I'm seeing an end to my my quest this year with these three.

Karora Express Bronzing Mousse ~ Supreme Bronzette
I haven't used any self tanners in a few years but was excited when I read about this award winning botanical based line from Ireland. The chemical and paraben free mousse formula which dispenses via a pump has a subtle touch of color and smooth texture that makes it easy to apply which I do with their application mitt. It dries quickly allowing me to get on with what I have to do without worry about trailing any residue. This is the first self tanner I've used which you have to rinse off. I usually leave it on for an hour and a half and the color which develops is believably bronzed and natural looking without any hint of orange. I really liked the pleasant and very light citrus scent which wears off pretty quickly. The color lasts for about a week during which it gradually lightens.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream
I use BB cream on my face so why not on my body. This product works well on it's own and also helps to extend the life of my self tan. The lightly tinted cream hydrates my skin and imparts a luminous glow with a slight touch of color. With continued use I've noticed that it does actually enhance and improve the look of my skin while minimizing the look of imperfections like that bug bite I got last week while sitting out on my terrace.

Boots No7 Silky Leg Oil
This oil effectively moisturizes and smooths my skin leaving a soft glowy sheen which nicely compliments to my enhanced color. The vitamin E enriched blend of grape seed, jojoba, sweet almond, argan and evening primrose oils is emollient without being greasy and a little goes a long way. It absorbs well. I use this on my arms and shoulders as well as my legs. I think I might be using this one during the winter months when my skin is drier as well.

Do you fake a summer glow? What products do you swear by?

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