Thankful Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving, Christmas, the holidays. This time of year is always filled with love, family, and friends. The season of giving and cheer.

I have been living in Korea a year to the week. This time last year, I was disgustingly jetlagged (a 13 hour time difference will do that to you) and everything around me was new and exciting. I was talking to my family almost daily.

Now, a year later, I find myself truly missing my family, friends and holiday festivities back home. I miss seeing Christmas come to the mall, everyone discussing black Friday plans, and of course, dinner with the whole family. Being all the way around the world, in Asia, so far away from everyone leaves me feeling a bit lonely.

This is such a loving time of year. Being away from my amazing family and friends isn’t easy. But, it has taught me what a large and amazing role those close to me play in my life.

Today especially, Thanksgiving (in Korea), I am thankful and immensely grateful for all of the amazing friends and loving family I have in my life.

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City to Sea: Packing for Thailand

City to Sea

CITY: Satchel/ Laser Cut Top / Denim Shorts

CENTER: Hat / DIYed Sunglasses / Tassel Bracelet / Beaded Bracelet / Turquoise Necklace / Turquoise Ring / Sandals

SEA: Swimsuit / Cover Up / Beach Bag

I’ll be in Thailand next week on a little 8-day vacation!! For the past 2 weeks I’ve been counting down the days until I leave. Although I’m going to be in Thailand for a short time, I’ve managed to have some time in Bangkok and at the beach on Phi Phi Island. No matter where in Thailand I go, it will be hot and sticky (welcome to summer in Asia). Packing for a city vacation and a beach vacation require two different packing lists.  After a little Internet browsing and making a fun inspiration collage, I got to packing. Well, this is the items I’ll be packing!!Packing for Thailand

  • 2 swimsuits
  • 2 beach cover (double as day dresses)
  • 2 day/night dresses
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 3 tank tops (one is lace)
  • 1 tee shirt
  • 1 pair of jeans (airport attire)
  • 1 lightweight open weave summer sweater (airport attire)
  • 2 belts (one ribbon, one regular)
  • 2 simple necklaces (airport attire)
  • 3 DIY Friendship bracelets (airport attire)
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses (one DIYed)
  • 2 scarves (one on the hat)
  • 1 hat
  • 1 pair of sandals (not in picture)
  • 1 pair of flip flops (airport attire)

Packing for Thailand

Packing for Thailand

Only a few more days to go!! Can’t wait!!

 

DIY: Pearl Ribbon

diy, pearls, ribbon, waist belt, travel, accessoriesThe best accessory to bring on a trip is a black ribbon. A ribbon can be a belt, a cut headband, or a strap for a clutch. So why not give the simple black ribbon an update!Pearl ribbon DIY supplies

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Ways to wear. Dress up a t-shirt dress with the pearl ribbon tied at your waist. Used the ribbon as a headband with a messy updo. Tie the two ends of the ribbon together and place under the flap of a clutch. Wrap the ribbon around you wrist as a bracelet. Have you come up with new ways to wear the Pearl embellished ribbon?

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Welcome to Korea

Well, it has been far far far to long!! My life went through a bit of a change over the last two months. I moved to South Korea and started tteaching English to young Korean children. Quite a bit of adjusting and settling in had to be done! New country, new culture, new empty apartment, new job, new friends. Yeah, a whole lot of NEW.

Ok, instead of me rambling on about my life, lets run through a few instagram pics.

But first, a video of my apartment right after I moved in!

This video was taken about 5 minutes after arriving in my apartment in Korea…

Apartment Before…After soon to come!!

Apartment in Korea

korean coffee

This was my first cup of coffee in Korea. Got it at a convenient store during my very stressful week of training.

street food

A little adventure to find street food in Seoul, successful outcome I would say!

snow 1

Snow from my apartment window!!

snow 2

No really, snow, and a lot of it.

snow 3Ok, for a country that gets snow in the winter you would think people would use shovels not brooms!!

asian food

My first home cooked meal.

christmasI had my students color Christmas stockings!!

octopusVery late night or morning meal in a tent on the street at 6am…

chickenThis is chicken, right? Yes….found out later it was chicken butt hole

breadMy apartment does not have an oven, yet I managed to make bread. Yes, you can make bread in a toaster oven!!

white christmasOne snowy Christmas in Korea!

Traveling in a Plane Perfect Outfit

Well, we all know how much fun layovers can be…not! But at least we can be comfortable and stylish while traveling. I was traveling well over 24 hours, and there was one 14-hour plane ride in there! East Coast United States to South Korea, yikes!  The goal of my ensemble was first, comfort and warmth, I’m always freezing on planes, and second to look like a relatively put together person while traveling.

Long sleeve tee / pot-a-dot chambray / leggings / boots / scarf / watch / socks / messenger

The long sleeve heattech Uniqlo tee was my saving grace! The shirt keeps in your body heat, is super lightweight and is absolutely perfect for travel! I love wearing watches, this Fossil watch I wear literally every day! I set my watch for Seoul time before I left for the airport; I was kinda excited to see the 13-hour time difference!  I have a messenger really similar to this one, my senior year of collage it was my book bag and now it’s my laptop/work bag. Now, this bag was a bit of an investment for me, but one that was well worth it!! And, of course, the one thing that allowed me to attempt to get some sleep, my Breakfast at Tiffany’s Inspired Sleeping Mask (the person across the isle from me left the reading light on the whole flight!).

I’ve been in Seoul for a few hours now, I wondered to a restaurant that only serves chicken, that was on protein packed dinner, and had a good nights sleep. Actually, I’m really proud of myself, I managed to stay up until 11:45 Seoul time, pretty impressive for this jetlagged girl! Yet, the struggle with jetlag is still underway.

Oh, Thanks to The Arrival Store I was able to have a Smart phone waiting at my hotel for me! Can you say instant access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest, etc!!! Oh, was I one very happy camper!!

DIY: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Sleeping Mask

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me! I’ve been booking flights to South Korea and from Korea to Thailand for a wedding in January, getting my South Korean work visa (picking it up tomorrow!!), and trying to get myself all pack and ready to go on my year long trip to South Korea to teach English.

In my pre-trip shopping, I picked up a sleeping mask, something much needed for a nice long 13 ½ hour flight. The plan black mask seemed a little drab to me, so Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired sleeping mask anyone?!

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Sleeping Mask  – I like this one because it has little pillows under the eyes that keep all the light out!

Eyelashes – these are some full lashes, but any fake lases will work…have any left over from Halloween

Fabric, trim, thread, fabric glue (optional) and iron on decals can all be found at your local craft store or fabric store.

DIY | Breakfast at Tiffany's Mask

 

  1. Trace the mask. I like to use kids sidewalk chalk, it adds a nice seam allowance around the outside of the mask.
  2. Notch the outside curves and clip the inside curves. Remember that middle school sewing class!
  3. Iron down the edges. This is why you clipped and notched! Feel free to add more clips and notched as you iron, I did!
  4. Cut the iron on decal so you have two ‘U’ shapes. Then iron them on to the maskDIY | Breakfast at Tiffany's Mask
  5. Sew on those big eyelashes. Loop around the top (the part you glue to your lashes).
  6. Sew the fabric onto the mask. You could also use fabric glue instead of sewing.
  7. Sew or glue gold trim around the outside of the mask.
  8. You’re Finished!!!