21 Nov 2020

Snaps for a Snapshot

Who: BTS

Wearing: all in Prada

Where: Global press conference in Seoul to celebrate the release of their new album “BE”

Who remembers their entire Dior period and how amazing that was?

20 Nov 2020

BTS – “Life Goes On”

Can I just say that being a part of this fandom has been the most fun I have had during the pandemic? As ARMY, we are spoiled with new teaser videos, photos, interviews, performances, and news constantly. Last night, BTS released their music video for the title track off their latest album, “Life Goes On.” However, they didn’t just release a music video. The event started with a live press conference with the guys talking about the latest album, “BE.” A 30-minute countdown video led to the music video. Shortly after, the album was released. To cap it off, BTS went live to discuss the new album with their fans informally. Is your head spinning?

The guys had to sacrifice a world tour to promote their last album Map of the Soul. They too, are grappling with the effects of COVID and not working the way they are used to. In “Life Goes On,” we see BTS living like us. They’re in the dorm that they reside in, playing video games, watching movies, eating pizza and being indoors. Video footage of them happily being with each other outdoors are shown in film to reflect pre-pandemic times. In the most impactful shot, we zoom in on Jin singing in the living room with the boys asleep. As the camera pans out, Jin appears alongside the group in an empty concert venue.

What made this even more special was that the music video was directed by member Jeon Jungkook. Longtime fans know that Jungkook loves being behind the camera. BANGTAN TV even let him have a series where he could share his hobby with the fans. Below is one of my favorites that I love watching on repeat. In the video, Jimin and Jungkook take a trip to Tokyo to eat, shop, and visit Disney Land. Not only is it shot and edited beautifully, but it’s an intimate behind the scenes of what the guys are doing when they aren’t just performing for us.

Where can you see BTS next? On Sunday, the guys will perform “Dynamite” and “Life Goes On” for the first time at the American Music Awards. Later on this week, the Grammy nominations will be released and every fan of theirs is crossing their fingers for them to receive their first nomination ever.

18 Nov 2020

Blog Roundup

  • Millennials Grow Up, But American Girl is Forever [Fashionista]
  • The World’s 50 Best Bars of 2020 [Hypebeast]
  • How to Carve Out “Me Time” When Work Never Ends [Fast Company]
  • 25 Movies Endings That Never Fail to Make People Cry [Buzzfeed]
  • It’s Time to Tell Your Family You Aren’t Coming Home for the Holidays [The Cut]
  • Here Are 6 Things to Consider About Holiday Travel [Vox]
  • Every BTS Song Ranked in Order of Greatness [NME]
17 Nov 2020

A Promised Land Playlist

In other news, our favorite former President has just published his memoir “A Promised Land” today. Since we recently finished “Know My Name,” this memoir along with many others are at the top of my list for what’s to read next. One thing that I’ve always loved about Barack Obama as President is that he was the most relatable to my generation. He was kind, earnest, genuine, and warm. More importantly, he had exceptional taste. Previously, we’ve always shared his playlists and now with the memoir out, we’ve got another one! Today, I’m enjoying this as the backdrop to our rainy work day indoors, but I hope you can enjoy this wherever you may be.

16 Nov 2020

Song of the Day

TXT – Blue Hour

I’ve probably been spending more time listening to this single more than “Dynamite” lately. TXT (TOMORROW X TOGETHER) is another group from Big Hit’s label and are essentially brothers to BTS. We love the disco pop theme that seems to be flowing into this track as well!

15 Nov 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

For a holiday that is based on the foundation of traditions, this year we are throwing all of that out the window. Do we even have a say in the matter? Even though I’ve been in California for nearly a decade, this will be my first time spending Thanksgiving here in the Bay and to say that I’m feeling a little deer in headlights is an understatement. Prix-fixe menus have never really been our thing and the same goes with a Thanksgiving meal that is re-heated. This is not something I know much about, but we’re taking a leap and hoping it doesn’t fail. Whatever the case, I’m looking forward to maybe some non-traditional dishes that I don’t typically get at Thanksgiving and an entire day of football.

Also for those of you who are ordering pre-made Thanksgiving meals for the first time, did all of you know how competitive this would be? Some San Francisco restaurants are already completely sold out! Luckily, I snagged ours before that happened, but if I had waited any longer, things could have gotten dicey. Now with one thing off my list, it’s one less thing to worry about for the holiday.

14 Nov 2020

8 Ways I De-Stress From My Work Day

Remember when it was March and we all thought that we’d be doing this for just a few months? Eight months later, the days blend together and weeks fly by before you know it. Usually around the holidays, I have a few things in place that get me ready for the wind down season. I see my work start to dwindle. That hasn’t happened yet. I start a packing list preparing myself to retreat back to Seattle. The fridge and the pantry start to empty out as I take into account what needs to be finished. This year, there’s none of that. I’m currently on an endless work marathon and for someone who hasn’t done this much WFH in her life, I’ve learned a lot from this experience. Experiencing burn out is likely in these instances and in a year like ours. Here are a few things I’ve done for myself that have helped because the end isn’t near and we’ve got a long way to go!

Tidy Up

I’m still practicing that trick that I shared with y’all some time ago – every time I leave a room for another, something comes with me. Often times, that thing goes into the trash, but regardless a little goes a long way. On the rare occasion that a call or a meeting finishes up early, this is the perfect time for me to bring my meal dish out to the kitchen, or pick up in my work/living space. Having a mess is something that brings added stress and the clearer the space, the clearer the mind.

Light a Candle

Since I started using candles more regularly, I always have plenty of new ones stocked. When one finishes, another one is right behind it. Always on hand is a case of tea light candles in a 100-pack in case I don’t have a fancy one ready. Like flowers, candles bring warmth to a room for me. Whether it’s the scent or an extra bit of light, it is instantly calming. More often they are lit in the evenings, but I switch off using them in the mornings and afternoons as well.

Water Your Plants

The sight of a wilting plant is the worst. This is another quick task that I can do in between my meetings. Though not a plant, I recently decided to re-grow my green onions and got so much satisfaction out of that! They were living in my kitchen and every time I passed by, it seemed like they had made a lot of progress within a few days. With my plants, I need to have more patience, but knowing that I’m taking care of something “living” in my home is a satisfying de-stressor.

Get Moving!

There are days where I will sit in the same spot and watch the sun come down on my work day. It’s a goal to make it out of the house every day in some form, but sometimes we can’t make it happen. On the off chance that I have 45 minutes or an hour to take a break, sometimes I will squeeze in a quick workout. There are plenty of Instagram accounts whether it is [joja] or [Revolve] that have short workouts on their IGTV perfect for these breaks and then allow me to slide back into work again.

Take A Photo

During the work day, my focus is 100% on my day job. There isn’t time for me to think about Yow Yow! or content. Sometimes I feel resentful of that – that I can’t do it all or balance both. However, one thing that I can do is plan for a quick shoot in the middle of the day when I have a few minutes. Even while I’m working, taking a quick photo or sharing a moment is content that can be saved for later. While it’s a small action, it moves the needle just a little bit!

Turn Off Your Phone

Technically, I can’t do this most days! More recently with the election, I was getting so many notifications, pings, and texts from random numbers. The amount of notifications I was receiving was at an all time high. Between receiving these on my phone and from my laptop, I felt like I couldn’t get away from the noise. Every notification that is actually important though will go to my laptop. For a period of a couple of hours last week, I shut off my phone. When I was in the office, I could hide it in my desk. At home, I leave it in another room. Free from notifications about Postmates’ evening deals and tweets that I could catch up on later made a huge difference. In this day and age, we can’t disconnect completely, but we can limit.

Turn On Some Music

Growing up, we always had the TV on in our house. It became so normalized that I carried that into everywhere that I lived. I don’t have a preference when it comes to light noise or silence, but as I have gotten older, I’ve discovered that I’m partial to music, particularly with more soothing sounds. When I think of my TV, I am reminded of how chaotic conversations can be. Off the top of my head, I’m thinking of recent debates from the election that brought me an immense amount of stress that I didn’t think was possible. Music, lyrics, sounds – these are less harsh on an individual.

I Cook

Granted, we can’t do this every night, but at least a few times a week, I like to make sure that I have time set aside to make a meal. These are the times when I close my laptop for several hours and I focus on constructing a meal that I’ve looked forward to in the week. It’s de-stressing in the sense that it focuses my attention elsewhere. I’m given a break from work mentally. It also gives my hands something else to do. Lastly, you’re nourishing yourself. Many times when we feel stress, we are dehydrated, fatigued, or just plain hungry. In moments of stress, it’s often why we forget to eat, but this isn’t an area we can skimp.

This isn’t the year we intended to have and 2020 will continue to challenge us until the very end of it. I hope these tips are useful, but I know at the end of the day, we all have personal things as well that help us recoup and it’s not a one size fits all!

14 Nov 2020

Song of the Day

Red Velvet – Future

I didn’t watch this full video so I hope it’s not giving away any spoilers! I first heard this song during the new K-Drama – “Start-Up” and have been a huge fan ever since. Actually, we’ve spent quite a bit of time listening to Red Velvet this summer as well as respective side projects they’ve done. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I love so much about this song. Is it the 80’s vibes? How hopeful the lyrics sound? All of the above?

13 Nov 2020

This Weekend:

What We’re Watching: Dash & Lily

The holiday season just feels so different this year, doesn’t it? Normally, I would make my list of series and completely veg out on my parents couch spending all of my holiday break watching all of my shows. Naturally, my family would also be dragged along for the ride against their wishes. This year though, it’s just me! Dash & Lily has just come out on Netflix and I’ve seen it pop up from a few people that I follow on Instagram who are raving about the series. We’re suckers for holiday themes, but also hello! An Asian American female lead!

What We’re Listening To: DJ Wegun, Jay Park – Everybody Sucks

Okay, technically this came out about two weeks ago, but we’re behind! I stumbled upon the Jay Park trend hard this summer and have since gone down a pretty deep rabbit hole alongside BTS and other K-Pop artists. Each track seems to be in collaboration with another artist. With only six tracks, getting through this album is going to be quick, but let’s hope it’s a good one!

What We’re Wearing: [Aritzia Auxiliary Ribbed Cuff Beanie] – $35

It’s officially beanie weather! I don’t know about you, but I have been freezing in my home since before the start of the week and at all times indoors, I’m always wearing wool socks. When I threw on my beanie just a week ago to go outside, I felt like my head was reuniting with an old friend. How did we get here? Wasn’t it just summer? So the above isn’t the exact same black beanie I have from Aritiza, but it’s similar and still available!

What We’re Eating: Hog Island Oyster Co. Clam Chowder

This is wishful thinking! I actually don’t know what I’ll be planning to have this weekend, but if it’s nice weather (unlike today’s rain) I’d like to stop by the Ferry Building. I’ve been thinking a lot about cozy meals that just make sense around this time and Hog Island Oyster Co’s Clam Chowder is one of my absolute favorites.

12 Nov 2020

Emily In Paris Gets A Second Season

That was quick! Shortly after it premeiered, Emily in Paris became an overnight sensation and soon, everyone was talking about it on social and creating respective memes for the series. It’s hard to believe that I ever doubted what a success story it could be! In my defense, episodes one and two were quite questionable. But, did anyone really anticipate how it would end? Maybe. Whatever the case, those of us who were hooked on the show might get an ending to that cliffhanger and that’s all I care about.

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