How to appear less dead on a Monday morning at work

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

How to appear less dead on a Monday morning at work

Do you remember the scene in the movie “Frozen” when Anna woke up from bed? Her hair is a mess and she’s drooling? Yeah, I can totally relate to her because that’s what I struggle with it the morning and I’m glad no one’s around to see how many times I hit the snooze button. I almost fell asleep while writing this post because that’s how much I hate mornings. If you like your Monday morning face, you’re probably from another planet or a Disney princess. Here is a routine I came up with to appear less dead on a Monday morning at work.

1. Wash your face with cold water
I know it’s hard on a cold morning but resist the urge to use hot water and splash cold water on your face. It’ll wake you right up and don’t forget to use a refreshing cleanser with mint or green tea.

2. Use an undereye brightener
I don’t need to tell anyone that I’m a night owl because the evidence is showing right under my eyes. I use Ole Henriksen’s banana bright eye cream which makes it possible for me to pretend I love coming to work on a Monday.

3. Put on your favorite podcast or a tv show
I don’t mean CNN unless you want a reason to be angry about something inane. Whatever it is that will put you in a good mood or a smile on your face. One of my favorite videos that always makes me laugh is Dumb Ways to Die by Metro.

4. Drink or eat something sweet and energizing
An overly cold iced tea usually does it for me in the mornings but I found this recipe for the banana chia seeds toast and I thought I would switch the butter for a sinful amount of nutella…..or just shove a spoonful of nutella in my mouth before I leave.

5. Use a face mist or a perfume 
As a final touch to my outfit before heading out to work, I like to spritz my favorite perfume or a face mist. Right now, I’m using Elizabeth Taylor’s white diamonds which is a classic scent that I love and this face mist has been my staple for a long time. It’s only 10 bucks and your coworkers will be wondering why you’re in such a good mood.

 



The beautiful necklace I’m obsessed with from Aurate NY

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

I think jewelry is an important part of your outfit and I don’t personally feel complete unless I put on my favorite ring or a necklace. I love jewelry that is timeless, modern and elegant. But for a lot of girls, jewelry is expensive and something we can only admire from shop windows. Then one day, I discover a company called Aurate NY on instagram. At first, I was impressed by their beautiful pictures and then I dug a little bit more about how they made their pieces. All of their pieces are hand-made to perfection and they only use the finest and ethically sourced gold materials. And it comes with a lifetime guarantee. How cool is that?!

beautiful necklace I'm obsessed with from aurate ny

I wanted to buy everything on their website to be honest but I’ll have to wait until I have a millionaire boyfriend (haha!) but I set my eyes on this particular short gold bar drop necklace. I was so excited when it arrived in a beautifully wrapped box a few weeks later and immediately put it on. The gold color is gorgeous and it can pretty much go with any outfit I choose to wear whether it’s casual or fancy.

beautiful necklace I'm obsessed with from aurate ny

Check out their amazing collection and follow them on instagram @auratenewyork for inspiration on how to style their lovely pieces. If you’re fan of minimalistic jewelry like I am, you’ll also be a fan of their brand!



10 summer essentials you can’t miss from shopbop sale

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

summer essentials from shopbopThere are a few things I look forward to in a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Shopbop sales. It’s almost summer time and I’m in the mood to prance around in pretty dresses and sandals. My favorite essentials for warmer months include stripe dresses, straw bags, trendy sunglasses and light airy bralettes.

Here is something you cannot miss right now at Shopbop. They’re giving you 20% off on everything under $500.00 and 25% off on orders $500.00 and above. The sale includes full priced and sale items. Go there fast and grab as many as you can before your favorite things get sold out! Use the code EVENT18 at the checkout.

I just bought this cute little stripe dress! It goes perfectly with my straw bag with my rainbow keychain (It’s sold out unfortunately but you can get this ice cream one here!) and the Herschel Supply Co purse to put all my makeup in. I don’t have time for regular bras during hot months so eberjey bralettes are my preferred choice. I also have my eyes on this beautiful Native Gem necklace to add a bit of elegance to my outfits. Leopard print candle? Only Charlotte Olympia can make me splurge on one!

Let’s talk about shoes for a second. These flowery Tory Burch shoes are so pretty that I can stare at them forever. But what’s better than putting in my shopping cart with 20% off?! Don’t forget to put on a pair of chic sunnies if you’re planning to go to the beach girls! My go-to sunglasses are Le Specs because they’re so affordable and looks amazing on my face. Oh and it’s nice to read something good for your body like “Eat Beautiful“.

So there you have it! Get thee to the shopbop sale because it ends on April 14th!



10 beautiful cozy rooms I want to live in right now

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

These gorgeous places are too cozy for anyone to leave. I love pink walls, close proximity to the beach and the plants all around me.

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3 stylish Tobi Pieces I can’t live without

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

I’m kind of a sentimental person and my closet is full of items that I can’t seem to say good-bye to. Everytime I’m tempted to Marie Kondo my apartment, my closet will be the one I purposely ignore and I’ll happily let it overflow. But I make sure that when I add additional items to my growing collection, they are pieces that I’ll wear more than once.

Last weekend, I got three lovely pieces from Tobi that I’m obsessed with. First of all, rompers are one of my favorite things to wear. Half of my closet is just rompers in a variety of colors and prints. This black polka dot romper, in particular, has caught my eye and the bell sleeves bring the 70’s vibe. I paired it with my white sneakers and couldn’t stop swinging my sleeves around. It’s a perfect little romper that any girl would look cute in.


Another piece I love is the lace white skirt that can go from day to night easily. Lace is a classic trend that never goes out of style and I felt very feminine when I paired it with my favorite grey sweater. Plus the material is thick enough that it’s not see through!


And I wore this super cool sweater with lace-up sides to the beach because the material is thin enough to be comfortable and it’s definitely going to be something I can’t wait to wear again.

Tobi has so many affordable and stylish pieces for any girl who wants to look cute on a budget and it’s my go to place for finding pieces I don’t mind adding to my overflowing closet.



Shop Till You Drop at Shopbop

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

It’s officially the holiday season and what’s more satisfying than staying in all day in bed in front of your computer and finally buying everything on your wishlist? That’s exactly what I did on shopbop since they’re having an amazing sale where you can get up to 30 % off! Now that’s what I call a deal.

Here are some of my favorite things on shopbop and by the way, when you add in the discount, you’re saving money and saving the world! Okay, maybe not the last part but there are so many beautiful things on sale right now on shopbop that you’re missing out if you don’t get your pretty little ass there, like right meow!

So isn’t this Yumi Kim dress perfect for a fancy party or what? My favorite find so far. And the rest, well, you know I have a good taste so I did all the work for you and share what I have in my shopping cart.  The Schutz nude shoes, the always classic Levi’s denim jacket, Kate Spade 2018 planner, Jonathan Adler pretty candle, Contempoh jewelry which I want to buy every single piece, Le Specs sunglasses which I can never have enough of, and finally the Milly appropriately titled “Fancy AF” clutch. Now go and shop till you drop at shopbop with the code: More17 before they sold out!



10 beautiful things I’m buying from Shopbop’s sale

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

It’s easy to find things you like on shopbop because everything is so beautiful. That’s why one of the first things I do every morning is to check what’s new on their site. Here are 10 beautiful things I’m buying from Shopbop’s sale.

With a code EOTS17, you can get up to 25% off full items including sale! Hurry though because it’s only for three days and ends on September 29, 2017.

1) Rhode Resort Jagger Wrap Dress 2) Kenneth Jay Lane Pear Shape Y Necklace 3) Le Specs Paradox Sunglasses 4) Marc Jacobs Roxy Watch 5) Lizzie Fortunato Zip Pouch  6) Cosabella Never Say Never Sweetie Soft Bra  7) Cosabella Never Say Never Cutie Thong 8) Jonathan Adler Hand Ring Holder 9) Marc Jacobs Wavy Spots Bandeau Scarf 10) Aquazzura It’s You Pumps



10 Amazing Things I’m Doing In August

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The first day of a new month always energizes me and makes me feel like I can start a clean slate on whatever project I’m doing. I’m pretty excited about August for several reasons and one of them is traveling. I’ll be doing quite a bit of sightseeing around the world and it puts a big smile on my face. That means I’ll get to shop which is also my favorite activity and I can’t wait to pack my luggage with all the things I’ll be bringing back. Speaking of traveling, did you know that Jet Blue is having a sale right now that is just too good to be true? We only have one more month of summer so let’s make the most of it, shall we?

Here are 10 amazing things I’m doing in August! 10 amazing things I'm doing in august

*Book I’m reading: “How To Behave In A Crowd” by Camille Bordas. Dysfunction families? Teen Angst? Overachieving Siblings?  They always make for good stories.

*Movie I’m watching: The Dark Tower. Non-stop action movies are one of my favorites.

*What I’ll be wearing: This floral romper from Princess Polly. So cute!

*What I’m eating: Everything from the Brandless website. Wholefoods be damned!

*Beauty product I’m buying in packs: Wowder (clever name!). My oily skin can thank me, finally.

*Jewelry line I want to wear everyday: MJLulu (another clever name). Affordable and available on amazon? Double Yes!

*Fancy pillowcase I bought to go to sleep: Helps me with sleep plus prevents wrinkles? Sold.

*Where I’m going: This dreamy little lakehouse in Canada.

*The gear I’m buying for my iphone: These lenses seems like a good investment if you take a lot of photos on your iphone.

*The new software I can’t wait to use: I had the pleasure of trying out Ludus before they launched and I can’t wait to kick powerpoint to the curb. Awesome and powerful program with a simple interface.



How A Dating App Ruined My Life

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

How a dating app ruined my lifeThis is a story about how a dating app ruined my life. Okay, I’m a little bit exaggerating because my life is fine. But I noticed something different about myself when I started using a dating app. And I’m talking about just one dating app and it’s not Tinder. When I installed this app six months ago, I didn’t even know how to use it. I had to email the customer support with silly questions which I’m not going to reproduce here. Then I got it. Swipe right when you like him and swipe left when you don’t. Easy stuff.

At first, I was a little taken aback by how weird it feels to just reject someone based on their pictures and a few words they’ve written. I didn’t right swipe on any guy for the first month. Then slowly, I would right swipe on a few guys and went on the first date, second date, third date….and now, I’m exhausted. In the beginning, it was exciting to meet a new guy and had a good time and I did meet some really cool guys. But nothing substantial came from those dates. Now I dread about going out on a date…I didn’t feel as hopeful or optimistic as before. All I could think about was “Oh great, another date with some random guy who I will never see or hear from again.”

Some of the lessons I learned from using a dating app are:

1) Just because you’re talking to just one guy doesn’t mean that he’s only talking to YOU. He’s also talking to multiple girls at the same time and see which one he likes best. You should do the same.

2) When a guy says he’ll call you or he wants to see you again, don’t get too excited until he does what he promised.

3) Be prepared to be ghosted because it will happen all the time.

4) Do not have any expectations whatsoever on a date. That was my biggest mistake when I started going on dates. Just have fun and go home.

5) The reality is that most guys who use dating apps are looking for hook ups. Depressing for girls like me who are looking for a relationship but you can’t give up on love, right?

Using a dating app offers you a lot of options and that’s a good thing. But I also feel that it makes people unhappy because they’re never sure of what they want. It’s kind of like going to a grocery store to buy pasta sauce and here you are standing in front of hundreds of pasta brands and you have no idea which one you want. So you finally pick one because the packaging looks sexy and when you get home, you wish you pick a different one. Dating apps are kind of like picking a pasta sauce. Except you’re picking a real live human being. So be picky but be nice and don’t lose your faith in humanity in the process like I did. Okay, I’m exaggerating again but maybe not….



Here Are The Only 5 skincare products I use everyday

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Here are the only 5 skincare products I use everyday

When it comes to beauty, I’m extremely lazy about it. Maybe because I have good skin and I don’t really have to do anything special to maintain it. But the most important thing I do to my skin is to use sunscreen with loads of SPF. I rarely go outside when it’s super hot and I don’t see the appeal in tanning. I’m very picky about what I put on my face and body and over the years, I found some products that I can’t live without. Here are the only 5 skincare products I use everyday.

    1. Game Face Moisturizer – This one sinks into my skin and leaves no residue.
    2. Ole Henrikson Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil – I couldn’t live without this oil. I put this on before I go to bed and the next morning, my skin looks so radiant and smooth.
    3. Origins a Perfect World Age-defense Treatment LotionDefinitely one of my secrets to keeping fine lines at bay. Plus it smells pretty good.
    4. Molivera Organics Bentonite ClayMy all in one solution to solving all kinds of skin issues on my face and body.
    5. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub – It’s hard to choose my favorite face scrub but this one is super effective at making my skin feels clean and glowing.


About Me

Shin M.Ko
Honolulu, HI
United States

I love models. I love black and white. Beatles fan. Hopeless romantic.

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