Monday, March 10, 2014

i.e.; princess pipe dreams

A little back of a throwback post today~ from three months ago when I was still in Seoul, Korea for my study abroad term. This was in early December, about two weeks from my departure, when I realized I had yet to try on hanbok (한복 = traditional Korean dress). I went with Kim, Sonja, and Janina, who you may recognize from my Bukhansan hiking posts here and here.

There is a very popular dress cafe near Ewha called Princess Diary -- Google yields tons of blogposts about it, and Eatyourkimchi shot a video there once too. It's rather popular for foreigners to try on hanbok, but a lot of locals frequent it too -- usually girls dragging their boyfriends to take pictures in wedding dresses, haha. Couple culture in Korea is huge.

Anyway, here's the address if you ever happen to find yourself in Seoul and have a hankering to dress up...
Princess Diary 
3F Ewha Building 54-9 Daehyun-dong Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 서대문구 대현동 54-9 이화빌딩 3층

To go over the the way the cafe works briefly:

  • You order a drink (from about 6000-10 000 won, or $6-8). 
  • While enjoying your drink, you are given cutouts of dresses to choose your outfits from. The pieces start from 10 000 won and go to 50 000 won -- skirts and tops are priced differently also. 
  • You give your selections to the staff, who bring out the real garments and also put you in the dress itself.
  • You have an hour to wander about the cafe and take photos! 

Here are our hanbok choices -- from top to bottom, right to left: Kim, Janina, Sonja, me. Although later I changed my skirt to a more vibrant blue, because seeing this colour combination in real life just looked very peasant girl to me haha.

Janina and Kim were brought in room to be dressed first; I would say 'dressing room', but literally it was like a back closet with a curtain for a door LOL. Anyway, Sonja and I took the opportunity for a selfie. :)

The general atmosphere of the cafe is rather pretty and quaint. It does the 'cute' very well without shoving it down your throat, which I appreciate LOL.

And at last we were all dressed in hanbok... Prepare yourselves for the onslaught of photos!


Awkward family portrait hahahaha! I kinda wish I chose the traditional headband over the flower, whoops.

Note: the lighting in this cafe is terrible for photos, makes editing such a struggle. :(

Never ever miss an opportunity to camwhore. ;)

Tired of being pretty LOL.




You get a second photo because I miss you and I hope you're doing alright in Seoul all by yourself (i.e., without me ㅠㅠ)


Ahh, I can't believe Seoul was so long ago! And now winter's just about over (fingers crossed) and this term is about a month away from ending...

Also, I just realized that I missed the second year anniversary of i.e.; jessie! (It's March 6th.) Whoops, haha -- happy blog-versary to me!


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

i.e.; valentine's day

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day, everyone~ I know everyone has their own opinions on V-day. Either you hate it because you're bitter (in which case, I apologize), or you are one of those pretentious people who are like "I don't need a holiday to show I love my SO, when I can do that every day!" To which I reply, well, if you love them so much, you should be grateful for such a holiday to demonstrate because, let's face it, you're probably not going to show up at their door and surprise them with a bouquet of roses every single day! ... which is what Bo did for me on V-day, hehehe. (:

This was my first Valentine's with a valentine, so to speak. Well, unless you count all those previous years when my girlfriends and I would just call dibs on being each other's valentines haha. Valentine's is just a really good excuse to allow people to be cheesy and say how they feel about each other. Anyway, now that I'm on the other side of the fence, I've had more cause to celebrate the 'traditional' Valentine's day, so I thought I do a post about it! I'm also going to combine it with a sort of outfit post (although it was really too cold to take my coat off outside). This may be a rather cheesy post, so you have been warned! ;)

In the spirit of Valentine's, I wore something red! I actually bought this scarf the day of, when I went to the mall with one of my roommates, Grace, earlier. I was looking for something red to wear with a black skirt, but I came out with this scarf instead. I love it though, it's more versatile than a top and it's much warmer too! And I don't own anything in this colour, so props to me for expanding my wardrobe, haha. I wore it with a black-and-white print dress and a black leather envelope clutch, and dressed the whole look down a little more with knee socks.

I should've worn red lipstick while I was at it, oops. But I was in a total rush to get out the door in time; even my roommate Catherine laughed at me for being late to Valentine's day, LOL.

Bo took me to Atmosphere Cafe in downtown Guelph. I think this was actually our third 'fancy' dinner date -- certainly the first one I've actually dressed up for. Usually Bo and I either cook dinner at home or eat fast food on campus while studying, so this was rather more special hehe. It was a very happy night, not least because my tummy was happy! (:

Here are some food shots courtesy of my iPhone...

smoked salmon crisps 

hot apple cider with raspberry 
You can get this one spiked too, if you want! ;) This was amazing, not too sweet but very flavourful -- I'm actually sort of drooling right now as I type this, omg.

beef tenderloin 
Is it weird that I'm a steak kind of girl but Bo isn't a steak kind of guy? It's a little embarrassing but I was actually the one who ordered the steak and he the pizza... I think even the waitress was a little confused when she showed up with both our plates LOL.

woodland pizza 

bailey's creme brulee 
I definitely recommend this place's desserts. This creme brulee was so yummy and creamy -- actually I could apply those same adjectives to Bo's cheesecake too, haha. You really can't go wrong with desserts that are "yummy and creamy".

chocolate caramel cheesecake 
Mmm, so decadent. I rarely order dessert when I eat out, so this time was really a special treat, literally. (:

If you're in the area and are interested in having your next fancy date at Atmosphere Cafe -- they also serve lunch, or just coffee (it's in the name), here's the details...
  • 24 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario // 519.824.0430

This is my I'm-actually-freezing-but-don't-wanna-look-it face. I would probably make a terrible model.

(That's a little better, hehehe.)

After dinner, we decided to swing by the mall to walk around for a bit -- where Bo bought me my first Yankee Candle! I was so excited to light it. We were a little lost to do afterwards until we decided to cater to some domestic bliss on V-day and bake cookies! Bo actually drove to a grocery store, we bought all the ingredients, and then went home to bake! The cookies actually turned out somewhere in between the cookie and brownie zone, but that could be because Bo decided to cover the whole surface of the baking pan with dough to make one giant cookie...

Even my phone case matched my other-than-the-scarf-all-black-ensemble that night! The only exception was my Essie nail polish -- in Parka Perfect -- which I had had on beforehand. The polish was a Christmas gift from Bo, hehe. He really spoils me rotten. :3

These are my Valentine's gifts from Bo. Can I just take a moment to say, best Valentine's ever? Also, it wasn't a one-sided exchange. I gave him a tie as a V-day present, but I kept it small so I could go all out for his birthday next month... ;)

Got to take some shots with my roses later that night. Not only is Bo an amazing boyfriend, he is quite the photographer. I used to be so shy with him taking photos of me, but now he's the person I feel most comfortable with in front of the camera. He doesn't show up on my blog too much for this reason -- because he's always behind the camera.

Oh, also, I don't know if I need to clarify this, really, but I might as well do it now -- my boyfriend's name is Xiaobo, so I used to refer to him as X on the blog, but somewhere along the way I started calling him Bo here, because that's what I usually call him in person. (:

So, to Bo, thank you for the best Valentine's day I've ever had, and thank you for all your gifts -- they're so much more than just material objects. As cringe-worthy as this may sound, they show the lengths you're willing to go for me, and I'm always so thankful for you. Thank you for putting up with me, for loving me, and for making me a better 'me'. *muah* I love you!

And to you who are reading this, thank you! I hope you had a very happy Valentine's day -- (let me know how your day went in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!) Lastly, a big hug goes out to all my followers and readers! (:


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

i.e.; winter blues

Currently typing this while listening to conversations of varying hilarity in the Imprint office. It's hard to believe I've been involved for more than a year -- I joined in my first term of second year, in the fall of 2012. Time flies. Do you know how strange it is for me that I graduate in little over a year? I don't want to graduate yet, or be a grown-up, or have to pay off my student debt... life goes on and it's so disorienting to constantly have to run to catch up.

Shot these a while ago with Bo in the -40C weather -- ohyeah, thanks a lot, Mr. Polar Vortex, for that freezing welcome back to Canada... This is the winter jacket I got back in first year when everyone and their mom was wearing Canada Goose jackets and I really, really wanted one. But my mom said $600+ was ridiculous. ): I guess I'll just have to wait until I have my own settled income and all that. (That sounds so grownup and faraway but it isn't, omg.) On a side note, I've gotten into watching haul videos on Youtube lately and now I wish I could just go on shopping sprees and bring home lots of fun and beautiful things and revel in all the materialism, buahaha.

Tada~ I think I may or may not be getting somewhat more comfortable in front of a camera -- yay! (Also, it's about time! You'd think all the high school awkwardness would be gone by now. Or maybe awkward is just a state of being for me. #cries But then I'm also so over people calling themselves awkward -- things are only awkward if you think it's awkward, you know? Awkward is a state of mind. /end 'awkward' ramble.)

Typical one-eye-smaller-than-the-other smile. I like to think it gives my face character, aha. Or maybe I'm just comforting myself, but whatever. /hairflip

Also, I finally changed the profile and cover photos of my Facebook page -- it's all winter themed now! Appropriate, since the previous ones were taken in summer, haha. Ugh, why can't it just be warm already -- winter layers can be so stifling.

Lately, I've found myself being constantly buried under piles and piles of work. Of course, I'm exaggerating -- I know people who are way more hardworking and busy than I am, and they make me feel like a lazy slob, but hey, at least it's motivation to get it together, you know? hehe.

I've since realized that I should really get my life together before I graduate -- way too soon, if you ask me. Basically, I'm struggling with every student's existential crisis because I don't know what to do with my life. Boohoo. I'll let you guys know once I find out, maybe. Hahaha, gotta remind myself to keep working at it, one step at a time. (:


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