Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{TV Talk} You From Another Star (별에서 온 그대)

Here's the quick synopsis. Don't laugh, it works a lot better than you'd think. Kim Soo Hyun is Do Min Joon, an alien who came to earth 400 years ago during the Joseon dynasty. He ages differently than humans do, so he still looks like a K-pop star gone global at the Grammy's young in the present. Because he gets sick mixing with human saliva (like sharing food or lips), and because it's obviously hard to be lifelong friends with people who age while you don't, Min Joon is a loner. A loner who's 400 years rich and teaches some confusing college class as a brilliant, Harvard-educated professor. He's every bit the 400 year old grumpy pants old man too, which is totally comedic. Anyhow, on the female side of this love story is Jun Ji Hyun as the biggest Hallyu star ever, Chun Song Mi. She's so big her face is on this super expensive billboard that she can see from her apartment window. She gets away with being a diva because she's the big star. Netizens love her as much as they mock her. Her ego is so big, it is both her downfall and the perfect coupling with Min Joon's crankiness. This story mixes the alien plot, a murder plot, and the highs and lows of celebrity life all wrapped up into this epic love story between an alien who's ready to go home and a Hallyu star who hasn't felt home since childhood. 

Before I finally watched this show, I heard so much about it! I mean, it made a little appearance on Wendy Lookbook's Favorites videos. I don't even know the last time my K-drama world and fashion blog world crossed over! I had heard about the Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun's chemistry on The Thieves, and, of course, I know Ji Hyun from My Sassy Girl (which I actually only just watched in May!). I also knew, though, that this was an SBS drama, 1-1 1/2 hours long, and 20ish episodes. Considering I was just coming off the "I Need Romance" franchise from tvN, I was still in the midst of enjoying a raunchier, quicker side to Korean dramas. However, I tend to trust dramabean's reviews, so I dove into this drama with skeptical but high hopes...

...And I got exactly what I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, this drama is absolutely fantastic. It's really me, I promise. I've grown more skeptical of love stories over the years. Sixteen-year-old me would have reacted to this show quite differently than twenty-two-year-old me. The drama was absolutely hilarious, and I really felt every time Ji Hyun or Soo Hyun cried. However, drama, I've got some serious questions! I can't buy into the epic love and the ending without knowing the answers:

  • What are we gonna do when Ji Hyun ages and Soo Hyun stays the same alien forever?
  • They talk about babies, but, excuse me, dude can't even kiss without getting deathly ill! How are they going to make babies?!
  • I'm so confused over his return/not return/worm hole portion. I just don't get it. Like, at all. Some explanation would be nice, especially because you had more than enough time! 
  • Seriously, the sex part? How are you going to explain that?
  • And Park Hae Jin's character. Seriously? I would have preferred him being with Yoo In Na over still being Ji Hyun's right hand man. I mean, she's obviously never going to separate from Ji Hyun.
  • So this wormhole thing. Is he ever going to not go to it? What happens exactly when he's there? Why did he never return to his star/planet?
  • Explain these babies that they may or may not have! 

Over all, though, it's a beautiful drama. I don't know that I fell as hard for it as others, but I definitely enjoyed it.I think I'm too jaded (or I skipped ahead and watched to make sure they got together at the end -cough-) because I found the crying to be a bit much by the end even if it did pull at my dead heart strings. I loved all the characters, even the crazy murderer in Shin Sung Rok. Speaking of which, I'm slowly making my way through "Trot Lovers" and "Fated to Love You," both of which are making my life. This is the first time I'm watching shows as they air on television and not binge watching, and I kind of hate it even if it keeps me from staying up until 4 a.m....


Samantha Elisabeth

Monday, July 28, 2014

{Style Files} In My Bag

What's in My Bag

My bag is actually quite messy right now, so I thought I'd do more of a cleaned up version of what's inside of it! Yes, if you remember, I fell in love with the MK Selma this time last year, and I got her as my big Christmas present. She was pretty unused during the spring semester as I needed more totes than purses at school, but now that I'm becoming an adult, I use her just about every day. She's perfect in case you were wondering, and I absolutely love how well saffiano leather holds its shape. I also am not a big brand person, so I like that the Michael Kors is written discretely across the top. Anyhow, here's what's inside.

  • A pink Kate Spade wallet- Mine is a little different as it's from the Kate Spade Outlet. I'm not into being matchy-matchy with my purse and the inside accessories, and I prefer to complement it actually. Since my bag is such a neutral color, I opted for a fun color in my wallet (after all I'm the only one to see it!) instead of something boring. I also really like the organization of my wallet on the inside.
  • A Lilly Pulitzer agenda- Just got it! After my old one ended last December, I got a big one from Target for the year, but I found that it was too big for everyday life (especially post-grad). I wanted to get the Trippin and Sippin print, but since my local store didn't have, I got the Lilly Lovers one in Large. Any other size is either too big or too small, so I find this one's perfect for me! Plus I love the attention the designers put into the agendas from the sticker 
  • Eat, Pray, Love- I'm a really slow reader... Loving the book so far! 
  • Gum- Always. I'm such a gum addict sometimes. 
  • Water- I feel like I'm always thirsty, even when I'm fully hydrated. I always have water on hand somehow or another, and I feel like I'm dying when I forget it.
  • Pens- I always have a pack of pens or at least one floating around my purse. I keep them in this little case usually so they don't stain in the inside of the bag.
  • Michael Kors Sicily aviators- I have them in gold, and they're only aviators I've found that fit my face well enough! You can see me wearing them on my About page. I keep them in a hard case, FYI. 
  • iPhone 4S- Since I lost my phone last fall, my replacement came in the form of an iPhone 4S. It will actually be a lot easier to transfer my phone to a Korean SIM card this way. When I was in the J.Crew Factory Outlet earlier this summer, I picked up a cute little phone case for like 4 bucks, but I can't find a picture of it online. 
  • EOS lip balm- How cute are these things? 

That's it! What do you keep in your purse?


Samantha Elisabeth

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Healthy Cookies

Today was one of my days off, and I found this little recipe on Pinterest. It was weird because the recipe was the description for the pin, but the link was to a different recipe entirely (one that was more involved). Being the lazy baker that I am, I opted for the easiest directions and went from there.


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of quick oats
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I used a little less because I ran out!)
  • 1 spoonful of peanut butter,
  1. Mash everything together in the bowl.
  2. Spoon onto a baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
Easy, right? They're super tasty. I may or may not have eaten all of mine over the course of the day!


Samantha Elisabeth

PS I finally ran 2 miles straight at about 10:00 a mile! For someone who simply is the worse at running endurance or speed (seriously, put me on an elliptical or an incline power walk, and I can go for days! But running...Nope!), this is a huge feat! I didn't even need to watch a TV show while doing it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{In the Mix} Oh, Sistar

Okay, so this song is actually quite catchy and the bright colors and comedian cameos in the MV are fantastic. I'm probably going to get this song once I get over the embarrassing title of "Touch My Body," and that dance move that makes it look like they're shaking the pee from their legs... Watch the video, you know what I'm talking about. 

Anyhow, I'm all for a good summer song, and though this isn't "Loving U," it's got that infectious catchy beat to it! I can't wait to see what the live performance will be like since Sistar's always amazing at them


Samantha Elisabeth